Halliburton exposed


Richard Moore

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Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2007 09:31:13 -0400

Subject: Halliburton exposed - 3 articles-MoJo, Baltimore  Chronicle, Tom 

See excerpts below from the following articles

        1. http://www.motherjones.com/index.html
        March 13, 2007
        The World According to Halliburton

        2. http://baltimorechronicle.com/2007/031207Lindorff.shtml
        What's Good for Halliburton (and Cheney) is Good for...Dubai
        by DAVE LINDORFF

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        Subject:    [TD] Tomgram:  Rebecca Solnit on
                    Not Forgetting New Orleans

See tom Englehardt's Intro on to Solnit's article - included below




March 13, 2007

The World According to Halliburton

Halliburton's pending move forms part of the company's long history of taking 
government business while dodging U.S. taxes. Michael Scherer, Mother Jones [see
insert #1]

 The World According to Halliburton

Halliburton has been enjoying a good couple of years. Since Septemeber 11th the 
Bush administration has awarded Halliburton at least 2.2 billion in defense 
related business, mostly to support military operations overseas. The firm also 
receives generous federal subsidies for some of its most lucrative pipelines 
projects. The tax dollars couldn't come at a better t ime for Halliburton: It's 
share pirce has collapsed under the weight of asbestos lawsuits, a federal 
investigation into its accounting practices, and a drop in oil prices. But 
thanks in part to all the government business, the company maintains offices in 
70 countries and enjoys annual revenue of $12.6 billion. Here's a look at where 
US taxpayers fott the bill for the firms far-flung empire - and where 
Halliburton has set up subsidiaries  that are exempt from paying US taxes.



click the buttons below to see where the Halliburton empire extends. When the 
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2. http://baltimorechronicle.com/2007/031207Lindorff.shtml
What's Good for Halliburton (and Cheney) is Good for...Dubai

Dear All:
Here is a summary by way of excerpts of the longer article:

Halliburton is the company that has made the most money of any private 
enterprise off of the Iraq War--$27 billion to date, most of it in the form of 
extraordinarily profitable no-bid contracts (the company earned a record $2.3 
billion last year alone). It is also Vice President Dick Cheney´s company. ... 
Before, there was always the old argument that "what's good for Halliburton is 
good for America.....But with Halliburton now a Dubai corporation, with its tax 
obligations now owed to the Dubai Revenue Department instead of the IRS, that 
deception is gone.

We know now that when Dick Cheney makes a foreign policy or war policy decision 
regarding Iraq or Iran or Saudi Arabia, he is really thinking about what it will
do for Halliburton and Dubai--and for Dick Cheney.

We--and members of Congress, if they still remember how to do their job--ought 
to be asking whether Halliburton's move to Dubai has anything to do with 
anticipated business should Cheney get his way and the U.S. attacks Iran this 
spring. Since such a war would inevitably include the destruction of much of 
Iran´s state-owned oil industry, it would represent a huge new business 
opportunity for Halliburton, which first and foremost is an oil-services 

The American soldiers and marines stuck in Iraq, who have long been led to 
believe that they are over there fighting to defend America, should have little 
trouble these days seeing that they are really fighting and dying for 
Halliburton, Exxon/Mobil and Chevron...and Dubai.            - Dave Lindorff, 
author,  whose  latest book is The

Case for Impeachment, co-authored by Barbara Olshansky.



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So Halliburton is leaving the neighborhood. If I were you, I'd start selling. 
It's a sign that property values are heading down in looted and Katrina-tized 
America. With full protestations that it really isn't going anywhere, 
Halliburton, with its $19 billion in Pentagon contracts, with its $2.7 billion 
in estimated Iraq overcharges, is moving its headquarters to Dubai, the Las 
Vegas of the Middle East where almost anyone is welcome to plot almost anything 
on the indoor ski slopes or private mini-islands. If I were the head of Halli! 
burton, I'd be heading for Dubai, too, or at least for parts unknown while the 
Bush administration is still in office and I still had a roof over my head. 
Enron's Ken Lay could have taken a tip or two from Halliburton Chief Executive 
David Lesar on the subject. Far too late now, of course. And I wonder whether Al
Neffgen, the ex-Halliburton exec running the privatized company, IAP Worldwide 
Services, that was put in charge of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2006 as 
part of the privatization of the military, might be considering a holiday there 
as well. No mold, no rats (other than the human kind), just honest sun and sand,
surf and turf, oil money and... well, everything that goes with it.

We always knew that there was a link between Iraq, hit by a purely human-made 
flood of catastrophe, and Katrina, which had a helping hand from nature. 
Halliburton had a hand in both, of course, picking up some of the earliest 
contracts for the "reconstruction" of each -- the results of which are now 
obvious to all (even undoubtedly from Dubai). The inability of either the Bush 
administration or its chronically cost-overrun crony corporations to genuinely 
reconstruct anything is now common knowledge. But it's worth remembering that, 
though the disaster of Iraq's "reconstruction" preceded it, Hurricane Katrina 
was the Brownie-heck-of-a-job moment that revealed the reality of the Bush 
administration to most Americans. The various privatization-style lootings and 
catastrophes since then have all been clearer for that. Katrina, in fact, has 
become a catch- word for them. So when the Bush administration's treatment of 
the wounded -- though reported well beforehand -- suddenly became the headline 
du jour, it was also a Katrina-comparison scandal. ("Dems Call Walter Reed 
Scandal `Katrina of 2007";" The Katrina of Veteran's Care"; "Like Brownie in 
Katrina, Rummy did 'a heckuva job.' So has Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley, Army surgeon 
general, who commanded Walter Reed from 2002 to 2004.") As Rebecca Solnit so 
eloquently reminds us below, however, Katrina isn't simply some comparison point
from the past, a piece of horrific history to keep in mind; it's an on-going, 
never-ending demonstration that we have been changed from a can-do to a can't-do
society (except perhaps at the neighborhood level). Katrina, the hurricane, was 
then; Katrina, the New Orleans catastrophe, is right now and, given what we

know about government today, that "right now" is likely to stretch into the 
interminable future. Solnit is Tomdispatch's ray of hope (and the author of the 
remarkable book Hope in the Dark), but also the writer who deals with the 
largest of disasters. And here she is, as always not to be missed. Tom

 Unstable Foundations     Letter from New Orleans
  By Rebecca Solnit

Excerpt from Letter from New Orleans

Solnit concludes her article as follows:

One hundred and one years after my city was nearly destroyed by the

incompetent response of the authorities to a major earthquake, we are still 
sifting out what really happened. In a hundred years, we may see Katrina as a 
crisis for the belief that the civil rights movement had moved us past the 
debacle on the Edmund Pettus Bridge -- and as a crisis of legitimacy for a 
federal government that had done nothing but destroy for five years.

Rebecca Solnit's essay for Harper's Magazine on disaster and civil society went 
to press the day Katrina struck New Orleans. She recently trained to join San 
Francisco's Neighborhood Emergency Response Teams in the next big earthquake and
hopes to return to New Orleans for a more extended stay in a few months. She is 
the author of Hope in the Dark, among other books.

Copyright 2007 Rebecca Solnit


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