Thursday, November 22, 2007

A Patriot's Pie for the Biggest Dick (in the World)

A Patriot's Pie to the biggest Dick of the week..

The Cheney/Halliburton Scandals Cheney's Office may have Passed Classified Information to Israel: FBI counterintelligence investigators have in recent weeks questioned current and former U.S. officials about whether a small group of Iran specialists at the Pentagon and in Vice President Cheney's office may have been involved in passing classified information to an Iraqi politician or a U.S. lobbying group allied with Israel. Wash. Post, 9/4/04 MORE

VP Cheney "Coordinates" Halliburton Contracts: The e-mail says Feith approved arrangements for the contract "contingent on informing WH [White House] tomorrow. We anticipate no issues since action has been coordinated w VP's [Vice President's] office." Three days later, the Army Corps of Engineers gave Halliburton the contract, without seeking other bids. Time Magazine

Halliburton in Nigeria #1: French Judge Renaud van Ruymbeke recently threatened to subpoena U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney over a massive corruption scandal involving Halliburton's operations in Nigeria in the 1990s. Charlie Cray, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 1/22/04
Halliburton in Nigeria #2
:Halliburton is already facing a separate investigation in Nigeria and the United States after disclosing that some employees in Nigeria paid $2.4 million in bribes to a Nigerian who claimed to be a tax consultant and turned out to be a tax official. JIM LANDERS and RICHARD WHITTLE, Dallas Morning News, 1/24/04

Confirming Identity of a CIA Operative: By validating the [classified] article and the letter's contents, Cheney has confirmed the accuracy of classified information – a possible violation of federal law Progress Report, 1/26/04

Update: Prosecutors investigating whether someone in the Bush administration improperly disclosed the identity of a C.I.A. officer have expanded their inquiry to examine whether White House officials lied to investigators or mishandled classified information related to the case, lawyers involved in the case and government officials say. DAVID JOHNSTON and RICHARD W. STEVENSON, NY Times, 4/1/04

Now, we have another cancer on the presidency. It began in July when it was learned that "two senior White House officials" -- many have pointed fingers at Karl Rove, some at Dick Cheney -- had leaked to journalists the identity of undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame (a felony, perhaps treason). Alan Bisbort, The Hartford Advocate, 1/8/04.
UPDATE: Federal law-enforcement officials said that they have developed hard evidence of possible criminal misconduct by two employees of Vice President Dick Cheney's office related to the unlawful exposure of a CIA officer's identity last year. The investigation, which is continuing, could lead to indictments, a Justice Department official said. RICHARD SALE, UPI, 2/6/04

Scandalizing the Supreme Court. This month may have been duck hunting season in Louisiana, but it was still a bad time for Justice Antonin Scalia to hunt ducks with Vice President Dick Cheney. Their trip came shortly after the Supreme Court agreed to hear Mr. Cheney's appeal of an order requiring him to disclose members of his secret energy task force. By going, Justice Scalia raised serious questions about his ability to judge the case impartially, and needlessly sullied his court's reputation. NY Times Editorial, 1/24/04

Commerce with U.S. Enemies. Halliburton is the company that Vice President Dick Cheney used to run. He was CEO in 1995 to 2000, during which time Halliburton Products and Services set up shop in Iran. Today, it sells about $40 million a year worth of oil field services to the Iranian Government. 60 Minutes, 1/25/04.
UPDATE: The oil services company [Halliburton] said it had received a letter from the US treasury department, informing it that an inquiry into allegations that Halliburton might have broken trade embargoes had been reopened. The investigation relates to when Mr. Cheney was running the company. He was chief executive between 1995 and 2000 before quitting to run for office with George Bush, taking with him a $36m (£19m) severance package. Halliburton said the investigation, originally begun in 2001, had been reopened but gave no other detail. Reuters quoted treasury sources saying that new information had come to light which prompted a fresh investigation. David Teather, The Guardian, 2/12/04

A grand jury issued a subpoena to oil field services company Halliburton Co. seeking information about its Cayman Islands unit's work in Iran, where it is illegal for U.S. companies to operate, Halliburton said on Monday. The company [was] formerly headed by Vice President Dick Cheney. . . Halliburton's engineering and construction unit KBR, formerly called Kellogg Brown & Root, is also the subject of U.S. Justice Department and SEC investigations for possible overcharges for fuel and food service contracts in Iraq, . . . In a report issued in October 2003. . . Halliburton said it was not illegal for U.S. companies' independent foreign subsidiaries to conduct business in Iran, and that it had taken steps to isolate its U.S. operations and managers from its work there. Matt Daily, Reuters, 7/19/04
Kickbacks from Kuwait. Halliburton Co workers may have taken kickbacks from a Kuwaiti subcontractor supplying US troops in Iraq, causing a potential US$6 million overcharge to US taxpayers, the company said on Friday. ..

Overcharging U.S. for Oil. the Halliburton Company, overcharged by roughly a dollar a gallon on gasoline trucked in from neighboring Kuwait. Its total skim: $61 million. And now Halliburton officials acknowledge that two of its managers have pocketed a total $6 million in kickbacks for subcontracts. Lionel Van Deerlin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1/28/04

Cost-Plus Scam. Referring to Halliburton's "cost-plus" contract, which allows the company to charge the U.S. a fixed percentage fee on top of whatever price it pays for goods, the former employees told Waxman that supervisors ignored prices when making purchases. As a result, the company paid too much for everything from rented jeeps to cellular phones to specially embroidered towels that cost three times what an ordinary towel would, they said. Christian Miller, LA Times, 2/13/04

Accounting Scam. In the Fall of 2001, both Halliburton and Enron lost value on the stock market, both availed themselves of Arthur Andersen's special skills, and both seemed poised for trouble. Andersen, it turned out, helped Halliburton boost its books by postponing losses and counting uncollected money as revenue. So called "unbilled receivables" allowed Halliburton to carry $234 million in disputed claims in 2001 (twice the amount from the previous year). Halliburton and Andersen changed the rules on "unbilled receivables" when Cheney was its CEO. When Cheney moved to Bush's side, his second-in-command, David Lesar, took over the firm. Before Lesar joined Halliburton, he was a senior partner in Andersen. VIJAY PRASHAD, Outlook India, 2/19/04

See the American Progress Fact Sheet:"Cheney, Halliburton & the Government"
So Mr. Cheney on behalf of all humanity a Patriot's Pie in the kisser. You Sir, are under arrest for treason, trading with the enemy, abuse of power, obstruction of justice and fraud.