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February 25, 2005

Halliburton up for another $1.5 billion

Halliburton Could Get $1.5 Bln More Iraq Work-Army

Fri Feb 25, 2005 05:07 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Halliburton Co., under scrutiny for its contracts in Iraq, would receive an extra $1.5 billion as part of the Bush administration's additional war spending proposal for fiscal 2005, a senior U.S. Army budget official said on Friday.

Halliburton, once led by Vice President Dick Cheney, is the largest corporate contractor in Iraq and has drawn fire for its no-bid contracts there, with auditors charging its Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) unit overcharged for some work.

The Army's portion of a $81.9 billion supplemental spending package earmarked the extra funding for KBR under its LOGCAP (Logistics Civil Augmentation Program) contract to provide a wide range of services to U.S. troops in Iraq, the official said. The contract covers food and laundry services, trash collection, mail delivery and other support services. [...]

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I hear tell they're also getting a bonus for the "good work" they've done in Iraq.

Privatizing the "services" side of the military was a stroke of genius. The end of KP (now that everyone's a "specialist" and may not understand domestic tasks involving mops, potatoes and garbage) was the Beginning for KBR. This is even better than the Weinberger Policy of having at least one component of every warplane &/or weapons system built in a separate congressional district, since there are more potential (actual?) bases for our troops than there are congressional districts! Bringing in the cheapest possible 3rd world help rather than hiring "potentially dangerous" Iraqis has got to be one of the peaks of hypocrisy. It's our "democracy and freedom" mantra at work, again, ie we're free to hire anyone we want, because our democratically elected rulers said so. ^..^

I want to be up for another $1.5 billion. Hell, I ho for a lot less than that. That's half the story of how The Heretik ending up reporting from his desk at the mouth of hell. Did somebody say $1.5 billion? One point five me in the right direction. Where can I get another contract like this before someone puts out a contract on me?

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Let's cyberparty like it's 2099, but fight like it's today and it matters. And never ever forget: Dick Cheney, before he dicks you.

The services are neccessary, whoever may provide them, unless of course, the troops all came home. BushCo said at the start of thier illegal war the contracts had to be let QUICKLY so THAT was why no competition. NOW they don't really NEED any excuse because they OWN fucking EVERYTHING anyway, including Washington DeeCee...I am sad....
Joe

So when the Army finally signed the contract in July, giving a no-bid contract for $5B to Halliburton, was there even a peep about it in the newspapers? I was out with pork sniffing dogs and backhoe digging up some other topic and stumbled on the most downplayed bit of cronyism I ever got wind of: only Al Jazeera caried the story on the day the deal went down...at least THEY know where their bread is bartered!.

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