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Cheney's former company must pay for overcharge

posted by ewing2001 on Saturday December 13, @02:31PM
from the AP/Newsday dept. News

Bush: Halliburton Must Pay for Overcharge

Newsday -December 13, 2003, 4:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON -- As Democrats demand further investigations of Vice President Dick Cheney's former company, President Bush says Halliburton Co. should repay the government if it overcharged for fuel in Iraq.

"If there's an overcharge, like we think there is, we expect that money to be repaid," the president told reporters Friday when asked about the contract controversy.

Pentagon auditors say Houston-based Halliburton charged up to $61 million too much for delivering gasoline to Iraqi citizens under a no-bid contract to rebuild Iraq's dilapidated oil industry. The company denies overcharging.

Meanwhile, an Army spokesman disclosed that companies from France, Germany, Russia and Canada won't be eligible to replace Halliburton as the recipient of the oil reconstruction contract.

...As long ago as last May, in a CBS-New York Times poll, about half the respondents said they thought the administration gave contracts to companies because they had close Republican ties.

Pentagon officials say they gave Halliburton the prewar oil reconstruction contract because it was essential to start rebuilding quickly after the U.S.-led invasion. Halliburton already had a competitively bid contract to provide short-notice logistical help for the Army.

Separately under that contract, Halliburton has been paid about $3 billion for supporting the military with cafeterias, mail delivery and other services.

The oil contract started as a relatively small order for fighting oil well fires and has grown into the largest reconstruction contract in Iraq. Halliburton has received more than $2.2 billion so far on that contract.

Together, the 11 other Iraq reconstruction projects awarded to other companies have paid out $1.7 billion. The largest, to construction conglomerate Bechtel Corp. for rebuilding infrastructure such as highways and bridges, has delivered more than $1 billion so far.

The largest part of Halliburton's oil reconstruction contract is providing gasoline and other fuel to Iraqis while the country's oil industry is being rebuilt.

A Pentagon audit found Halliburton was charging $1.09 more per gallon for gasoline it trucked into Iraq from Kuwait than for the same fuel imported from Turkey.

Pentagon officials said Thursday that Halliburton's Kuwaiti subcontractor apparently charged too much for the gasoline. Halliburton's president, Dave Lesar, said the Kuwaiti firm was the only one that met the contract's requirements. Lesar said Halliburton earned "a few cents on the dollar" for delivering the fuel.

Under the contract, Halliburton gets a guaranteed profit calculated as part of the company's costs. In other words, the higher the costs, the more money for Halliburton. Halliburton is guaranteed a profit equal to at least 2 percent of its costs. Depending on performance, Halliburton can earn a profit of up to 7 percent of costs.

If the subcontractor were to overcharge by $61 million, Halliburton would be guaranteed $1.2 million in profit from that amount. If Halliburton earned the entire 7 percent, its profit on the overcharge would be about $4.3 million.

The Army Corps of Engineers is reviewing bids for the $2 billion in contracts that will replace Halliburton's no-bid award. At least 69 companies -- including Halliburton -- were sent solicitations, according to a Corps Web site.


World Premiere: Brandnew Footage of WTC 7

posted by ewing2001 on Thursday December 11, @06:07PM
from the INN/GFP dept. News

On Friday, GFP's new cooperation partner, INN Report presents a special 911-Report, including:

  • Brandnew Footage from WTC 7, which shows, that the fire could not have collapsed it on Sep11th.
    TV Show (Live Stream on INN at 6PM EST, FreeSpeech TV).

    Update: New WTC-7-Footage now mirrored at:
    GFP, TheWebfairy.com (Webfairy/Other Versions) and 911Review (coming up soon)
    Extra Footage at Webfairy/wtc_plusrubble

  • Exclusive Footage from D.C. Press Conference with 9/11 Widow Ellen Mariani and her lawyer Phil Berg, 911forthetruth.com
    Update: Mariani/Berg-footage postponed to next week
  • Interview with Michael Elliott, 911review.org
  • Latest 9/11 Round up with reports about Moussaoui- and Mzoudi lawsuit
  • Plus Interview with Dennis Kucinich and many other stories from this week

    What really collapsed Building 7?

    On Monday, GFP asked for the second time the Sep11th Commissioners, if they already looked into the Collapse of Building 7.
    Tom Kean said, we should send him new information about it.
    At Round 6, GFP asked also about all 10-12 Terror Scenarios between 2000 and September 2001, which speaks clearly against the official "incompetence theory".

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    Bush connections win deals for American businessmen

    posted by Mactyler on Thursday December 11, @01:45PM
    from the Financial-Times dept. News

    Update Bush stands firm: No Iraq contracts for Russia, France, Germany
    Bush laughs off German Chancellor Schroeder:
    "International law? I better call my lawyer" (FT 12/11)

    Businessmen use Bush link to win deals

    Financial Times -December 11 2003

    By Stephen Fidler and Thomas Catán

    Two businessmen instrumental in setting up New Bridge Strategies, a well-connected Washington firm designed to help clients win contracts in Iraq, have previously used an association with the younger brother of President George W. Bush to seek business in the Middle East, an FT investigation has found.

    Businessmen use Bush link to win deals By Stephen Fidler and Thomas Catán Published: December 11 2003 21:58 | Last Updated: December 11 2003 22:33 news.ft.com

    Two businessmen instrumental in setting up New Bridge Strategies, a well-connected Washington firm designed to help clients win contracts in Iraq, have previously used an association with the younger brother of President George W. Bush to seek business in the Middle East, an FT investigation has found.

    John Howland, the company president, and Jamal Daniel, a principal, have maintained an important business relationship with Neil Bush stretching back several years. In Mr Daniel's case, the relationship spans more than a decade, with his French office arranging a trip for Mr Bush's family to Disneyland Paris in 1992, while his father, George H.W.Bush, was president.

    On several occasions, the two have attempted to exploit their association with the president's brother to help win business and investors.

    Three people contacted by the FT have seen letters written by Neil Bush recommending business ventures promoted by Mr Howland, Mr Daniel and his family in the Middle East. Mr Daniel has also had his photograph taken with the elder Mr Bush. Such letters and photographs can be valuable props when doing business in the Middle East.

    Mr Daniel's Houston investment fund, Crest Investment Corporation, employs Neil Bush as co-chairman. Crest Investment also helped fund Neil Bush's Ignite!, an educational software company. Mr Daniel sometimes introduces himself as a founding backer of Mr Bush's company, a Middle-Eastern businessman who has met him said, and has persuaded the families of prominent leaders in the region to invest.

    Mr Daniel, Mr Bush and Mr Howland have also been directors of Silvermat, a Swiss company controlled by Crest Investment that supplies the hospitality industry and has had financial and industrial relations problems. Mr Howland is chairman of the company.

    Mr Howland, the Houston businessman who heads New Bridge, was accused in a court case in 1997 of misusing company funds, self-dealing and civil conspiracy, while running a company owned by a Saudi businessman. It was alleged more than $12m (?9.9m, £6.9m) went missing from the company while he was in sole charge of its finances. Mr Howland was also being paid by the company's sole supplier, American Rice, with whom he negotiated a "fraudulently induced" contract, it was claimed.

    Mr Howland denied the arrangement had been secret and he and American Rice countersued, alleging breach of contract. He said on Thursday: "There was nothing secretive about it at all. It was all public information." He also said he did not know what had happened to a $12m letter of credit that was used up while he was running the Saudi company.

    The case, in which Mr Daniel's role also came under question, was settled in 1998 with payments to Mr Jaber understood to have exceeded $3.5m. A lawyer for Mr Howland on Thursday said the suit had been "frivolous" and the claims "unsubstantiated". Mr Bush and Mr Daniel did not respond to interview requests.

    New Bridge was established in May and came to public attention because of the Republican heavyweights on its board - most linked to one or other Bush administration or the to family itself. Those include Joe Allbaugh, George W. Bush's presidential campaign manager, and Ed Rogers and Lanny Griffith, former George H.W. Bush aids.


    911: German court frees Mzoudi

    posted by ewing2001 on Thursday December 11, @02:46AM
    from the Reuters dept. News

  • Update: Mzoudi seeks now asylum (12/13)
  • Mzoudi is free -Unnamed witness gave evidence
  • Court was not allowed to talk with bin al-Shibh and KSM

    German court frees 9/11 suspect

    CNN -Thursday, December 11, 2003

    HAMBURG, Germany (Reuters) -- A German court released a Moroccan man after the judge in his trial said there was new evidence which "clearly exonerates" him of suspicions he helped the September 11 plotters.

    The lawyer for another Moroccan, convicted and jailed in Germany for abetting the September 11, 2001 attacks, also said he would demand his client's immediate release.

    Judge Klaus Ruehle granted a defense motion for the release of Abdelghani Mzoudi on Thursday after German investigators informed the court of new testimony that the Moroccan did not belong to the Hamburg al Qaeda cell instrumental in the September 11 plot.

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    Clark supports "9/11 Incompetence Theory"

    posted by ewing2001 on Wednesday December 10, @06:25AM
    from the Boston-Herald dept. News

    Clark does not agree with Dean's "Bush Knew" -remarks

    White House lapses led to 9/11, Clark says

    Boston Globe -12/10/2003

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Retired Army General Wesley K. Clark yesterday suggested that President Bush bears some responsibility for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, saying the administration had been warned about the threat of Osama bin Laden but did not act quickly enough to prevent the tragedy.

    "Now, we know who did 9/11," Clark told a roomful of business people at a law firm in Portsmouth, saying the Bush administration should be investigated for its actions prior to the attacks. Bush, he said, is "responsible for our preparation, our defense, and that's the issue. . . . This was a president who was in charge in this country for almost nine months, and failed" to defend the country. "

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    Private Military Contractors: "The point of no return"

    posted by ewing2001 on Wednesday December 10, @03:12AM
    from the Guardian dept. Bush

    The privatisation of war

  • $30bn goes to private military
  • Fears over 'hired guns' policy
  • British firms get big slice of contracts
  • Deals in Baghdad, Kabul and Balkans


    Ian Traynor

    Guardian -Wednesday December 10, 2003

    Private corporations have penetrated western warfare so deeply that they are now the second biggest contributor to coalition forces in Iraq after the Pentagon, a Guardian investigation has established. While the official coalition figures list the British as the second largest contingent with around 9,900 troops, they are narrowly outnumbered by the 10,000 private military contractors now on the ground.

    The investigation has also discovered that the proportion of contracted security personnel in the firing line is 10 times greater than during the first Gulf war.

    In 1991, for every private contractor, there were about 100 servicemen and women; now there are 10.

    The private sector is so firmly embedded in combat, occupation and peacekeeping duties that the phenomenon may have reached the point of no return: the US military would struggle to wage war without it.

    While reliable figures are difficult to come by and governmental accounting and monitoring of the contracts are notoriously shoddy, the US army estimates that of the $87bn (£50.2bn) earmarked this year for the broader Iraqi campaign, including central Asia and Afghanistan, one third of that, nearly $30bn, will be spent on contracts to private companies.

    The myriad military and security companies thriving on this largesse are at the sharp end of a revolution in military affairs that is taking us into unknown territory - the partial privatisation of war.

    "This is a trend that is growing and Iraq is the high point of the trend," said Peter Singer, a security analyst at Washington's Brookings Institution. "This is a sea change in the way we prosecute warfare. There are historical parallels, but we haven't seen them for 250 years."

    When America launched its invasion in March, the battleships in the Gulf were manned by US navy personnel. But alongside them sat civilians from four companies operating some of the world's most sophisticated weapons systems.

    When the unmanned Predator drones, the Global Hawks, and the B-2 stealth bombers went into action, their weapons systems, too, were operated and maintained by non-military personnel working for private companies.

    The private sector is even more deeply involved in the war's aftermath. A US company has the lucrative contracts to train the new Iraqi army, another to recruit and train an Iraqi police force.

    But this is a field in which British companies dominate, with nearly half of the dozen or so private firms in Iraq coming from the UK.

    The big British player in Iraq is Global Risk International, based in Hampton, Middlesex. It is supplying hired Gurkhas, Fijian paramilitaries and, it is believed, ex-SAS veterans, to guard the Baghdad headquarters of Paul Bremer, the US overlord, according to analysts.

    It is a trend that has been growing worldwide since the end of the cold war, a booming business which entails replacing soldiers wherever possible with highly paid civilians and hired guns not subject to standard military disciplinary procedures.

    The biggest US military base built since Vietnam, Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo, was constructed and continues to be serviced by private contractors. At Tuzla in northern Bosnia, headquarters for US peacekeepers, everything that can be farmed out to private businesses has been. The bill so far runs to more than $5bn. The contracts include those to the US company ITT, which supplies the armed guards, overwhelmingly US private citizens, at US installations.

    In Israel, a US company supplies the security for American diplomats, a very risky business. In Colombia, a US company flies the planes destroying the coca plantations and the helicopter gunships protecting them, in what some would characterise as a small undeclared war.

    In Kabul, a US company provides the bodyguards to try to save President Hamid Karzai from assassination, raising questions over whether they are combatants in a deepening conflict with emboldened Taliban insurgents.

    And in the small town of Hadzici west of Sarajevo, a military compound houses the latest computer technology, the war games simulations challenging the Bosnian army's brightest young officers.

    Crucial to transforming what was an improvised militia desperately fighting for survival into a modern army fit eventually to join Nato, the army computer centre was established by US officers who structured, trained, and armed the Bosnian military. The Americans accomplished a similar mission in Croatia and are carrying out the same job in Macedonia.

    The input from the US military has been so important that the US experts can credibly claim to have tipped the military balance in a region ravaged by four wars in a decade. But the American officers, including several four-star generals, are retired, not serving. They work, at least directly, not for the US government, but for a private company, Military Professional Resources Inc.

    "In the Balkans MPRI are playing an incredibly critical role. The balance of power in the region was altered by a private company. That's one measure of the sea change," said Mr Singer, the author of a recent book on the subject, Corporate Warriors.

    The surge in the use of private companies should not be confused with the traditional use of mercenaries in armed conflicts. The use of mercenaries is outlawed by the Geneva conventions, but no one is accusing the Pentagon, while awarding more than 3,000 contracts to private companies over the past decade, of violating the laws of war.

    ....Since the end of the cold war it is reckoned that six million servicemen have been thrown on to the employment market with little to peddle but their fighting and military skills. The US military is 60% the size of a decade ago, the Soviet collapse wrecked the colossal Red Army, the East German military melted away, the end of apartheid destroyed the white officer class in South Africa. The British armed forces, notes Mr Singer, are at their smallest since the Napoleonic wars. ...One senior British officer complains that his driver was recently approached and offered a fortune to move to a "rather dodgy outfit". Ex-SAS veterans in Iraq can charge up to $1,000 a day.

    "There's an explosion of these companies attracting our servicemen financially," said Rear Admiral Hugh Edleston, a Royal Navy officer who is just completing three years as chief military adviser to the international administration running Bosnia.

    ...."If these things weren't privatised, uniformed men would have to do it and that draws down your strength," said another senior retired officer engaged in the private sector. But he warned: "There is a slight risk that things can get out of hand and these companies become small armies themselves."

    And in Baghdad or Bogota, Kabul or Tuzla, there are armed company employees effectively licensed to kill. On the job, say guarding a peacekeepers' compound in Tuzla, the civilian employees are subject to the same rules of engagement as foreign troops.

    But if an American GI draws and uses his weapon in an off-duty bar brawl, he will be subject to the US judicial military code. If an American guard employed by the US company ITT in Tuzla does the same, he answers to Bosnian law. By definition these companies are frequently operating in "failed states" where national law is notional. The risk is the employees can literally get away with murder.

    Or lesser, but appalling crimes. Dyncorp, for example, a Pentagon favourite, has the contract worth tens of millions of dollars to train an Iraqi police force. It also won the contracts to train the Bosnian police and was implicated in a grim sex slavery scandal, with its employees accused of rape and the buying and selling of girls as young as 12. A number of employees were fired, but never prosecuted. The only court cases to result involved the two whistleblowers who exposed the episode and were sacked.

    "Dyncorp should never have been awarded the Iraqi police contract," said Madeleine Rees, the chief UN human rights officer in Sarajevo.

    Of the two court cases, one US police officer working for Dyncorp in Bosnia, Kathryn Bolkovac, won her suit for wrongful dismissal. The other involving a mechanic, Ben Johnston, was settled out of court. Mr Johnston's suit against Dyncorp charged that he "witnessed co-workers and supervisors literally buying and selling women for their own personal enjoyment, and employees would brag about the various ages and talents of the individual slaves they had purchased".

    ....The growing clout of the military services corporations raises questions about an insidious, longer-term impact on governments' planning, strategy and decision-taking.

    Mr Singer argues that for the first time in the history of the modern nation state, governments are surrendering one of the essential and defining attributes of statehood, the state's monopoly on the legitimate use of force.

    But for those on the receiving end, there seems scant alternative.

    "I had some problems with some of the American generals," said Enes Becirbasic, a Bosnian military official who managed the Bosnian side of the MPRI projects to build and arm a Bosnian army. "It's a conflict of interest. I represent our national interest, but they're businessmen. I would have preferred direct cooperation with state organisations like Nato or the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. But we had no choice. We had to use MPRI."


    911: Bob Kerrey named for 9/11 Commission

    posted by ewing2001 on Tuesday December 09, @05:01AM
    from the Newsday dept. News

    Update: Kerrey was part of neocon group that pushed for war with Iraq

    Tom Daschle ignored unofficial nomination of Kristen Breitwieser

    Update: Breitwieser about Kerrey Nomination (12/09)
    Update: Family Steering Committee Statement

    Ex-Sen. Kerrey Joins Sept. 11 Commission (12/09)

    Newsday -December 9

    WASHINGTON -- Former Sen. Bob Kerrey, D-Neb., who served as vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was named Tuesday to fill a vacancy on the independent commission studying the Sept. 11 attacks.

    Kerrey replaces former Sen. Max Cleland, D-Ga., who left to become a director of the Export-Import Bank. The appointment was made by Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D.

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    911: Dean's Remarks on Bush's 9/11 Prior Knowledge Stir Furor

    posted by ewing2001 on Monday December 08, @10:32PM
    from the LA-Times dept. News

    GlobalFreePress and Nic Lewis (911Truth.com) dropped the Dean Issue also at the 9/11 Commission on Monday (report coming up soon)
    Controversial Candidate now also endorsed by Al Gore ("...the President is anxious to keep the Congress from ...clear, strong and explicit warnings directly to him a few weeks before 9/11", 11/09)

    Update: "It's just a theory that Howard Dean is a member of Al Quaeda..." (NY POST Opinion, Jay Ambrose 12/12)
    Update: Dean repeated 9/11 remarks at Dem-Debate (12/09)

    Dean's Remarks on 9/11 Stir Furor

    LA Times -December 9

    Howard Dean, whose penchant for off-the-cuff comments has proved both a strength and political liability, is facing a new flap over suggestions that President Bush had advance knowledge of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

    Dean broached the possibility during a radio interview last week, but dismissed the notion in the same breath. A spokeswoman said Monday the former Vermont governor "obviously doesn't believe it's true."

    But the fact Dean alluded to a "theory" that Bush had received prior intelligence from Saudi Arabian sources — which Dean called "most interesting" — was enough to incite Republicans

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    New Memo about Cheney INC-Intel

    posted by ewing2001 on Monday December 08, @12:44AM
    from the MSNBC/Newsweek dept. News

    Cheney and the ‘Raw’ Intelligence

    Newsweek -December 15 Issue

    ...For months, Dick Cheney’s office has denied that the Vice President bypassed U.S. intelligence agencies to get intel reports from the Iraqi National Congress.

    However, a memo obtained by Newsweek suggests that the INC last year was directly feeding intelligence reports about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and purported ties to terrorism to one of Vice President Dick Cheney’s top foreign- policy aides. Cheney staffers later pushed INC info—including defectors’ claims about WMD and terror ties—to bolster the case that Saddam’s government posed a direct threat to America. But the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies have strongly questioned the reliability of defectors supplied by the INC.

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    "Miserable Failure": Bush has been Google bombed

    posted by ewing2001 on Sunday December 07, @03:47AM
    from the BBC dept. News

    Miserable failure' links to Bush

    George W Bush has been Google bombed

    BBC -Sunday, 7 December, 2003

    Web users entering the words "miserable failure" into the popular search engine are directed to the biography of the president on the White House website.

    The trick is possible because Google searches more than just the contents of web pages - it also counts how often a site is linked to, and with what words.

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