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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

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 Contract that spawned Guantanamo prisons awarded to Halliburton during Cheney's tenure as CEO

We are living in a kleptocracy.

A contract awarded to a Halliburton subsidiary in June 2000 while Vice President Dick Cheney was still at the helm of the firm spawned the detention centers at Gitmo (Link).

The contract, which allocated funds for "emergency construction capabilities" at "worldwide locations," authorized the Defense Department to award Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root any number of specific naval construction deals abroad.

Also note that the Defense Department announced on Thursday that Halliburton will build a new $30 million detention facility and security fence at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the United States is holding about 520 foreign terrorism suspects.

3 Comments:

Blogger Dave S. said...

Uh, so?

9:54 AM  
Blogger Nanovirus said...

Kleptocracy (sometimes Cleptocracy) (root: Klepto+cracy = rule by thieves) is a pejorative, informal term for a government so corrupt that no pretense of honesty remains. In a kleptocracy the mechanisms of government are almost entirely devoted to taxing the public at large in order to amass substantial personal fortunes for the rulers and their cronies (collectively, kleptocrats), or to keep said rulers in power.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Dave S. said...

I know the word. My point is that Halliburton can do the job. They'd likely get the contract even if you were the CEO. Are they supposed to not bid on these because their ex-CEO is VP?

11:32 AM  

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