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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two

A Reuters report is stating that Haliburton, VP Dick's old sandbox, has overcharged at least $212 million to get fuel to Iraqi civilians under a no-bid deal with the U.S. military. The audit, released by the Defense Contract Audit Agency, claimed that in at least one case the overcharges exceeded 47 percent of the total value of one work order. This report comes one month after the Defense Department began investigating an additional $108 million in costs and after an ex-employee of Kellog, Brown & Root, a Haliburton subsidiary, was indicted for defrauding the U.S. government by inflating the cost of fuel tankers for military operations.

More than $1.7 billion of Iraqi money has been paid to Haliburton to bring fuel to Iraq. This is on top of the over $7 billion paid by the U.S. military (aka American taxpayers) for the "oil sector" work that they are supposedly performing. The Peach supports Rep. Henry Waxman's (D-CA 30th) repeated requests for hearings on Haliburton's work in Iraq. It's time to put a stop to these burglars.


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