Friday, June 16, 2006
Cheney: Caught in KBR no-bid Cover Up
So via Rawstory on Thursday, we learn: "New documents obtained by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch suggest that the Army Corp of Engineers may have publicly lied regarding the involvement of the Vice Prez's office in awarding a '03 multi-billion dollar, no-bid contract to KBR, a subsidiary of Halliburton. The Army had earlier refused to hand over the documents, but Judge Ricardo Urbina released them after Judicial Watch sued, arguing that they were being improperly exempted from the Freedom of Info Act. Judicial Watch said: "The judge had to get personally involved and look at these documents in private before they could be released. And what the judge said when he saw them was, turn them over. They were abusing the FOIA process -- embarrassment is not sufficient cause for exemption." Hmm, sounds like things might get bad for the Veep, huh? Maybe not. It has taken over 3 yrs to get this tiny scrap of truth to surface. Back on April 9, 2003 CNN had this news: "Congressmen Waxman (D-CA) and Dingell (D-MI) asked the GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, to look into contracts received over the last 2 yrs by Halliburton & its subsidiaries, which have totaled at least $600 million. Among the contracts that Waxman and Dingell want the GAO to investigate is 1 awarded last month by the Army Corps of Engineers to KBR to put out oil fires in Iraq, w/o competitive bidding or a price cap." Sounds very familiar, no? And what did Cheney's office have to say back in '03 about this?: "A spokeswoman for Cheney, who was Halliburton's CEO from '95 to '00, said he "has nothing at all to do w/ awarding these contracts, the bidding process or the current work orders. He severed all financial ties w/ Halliburton before he took office." Oh really, so that must mean that Judicial Watch and the judge got those documents all wrong, huh? And what were our esteemed elected Repuke officials doing Thursday as this Halliburton graft info came to light? Perhaps discussing the US reaching the death milestone of 2500 in Iraq? Naw. They engaged in the oh-so-important job of painting all Dem politicians who want to put a tourniquet on the bloodletting in Iraq as traitors & treasonous cowards, and especially targeting Vietnam vets John Kerry and John Murtha as the worst of the worst b/c let's face it: Highly decorated ACTUAL combat veterans know nothing about being put in the middle of a US combat clusterfuck.