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  • Saturday, December 23, 2006

    Progressive Democrat Issue 101: HALLIBURTON CORRUPTION: finally a conviction!

    This didn't even get it's own article in the NY Times but rather was buried at the bottom of an article on 4 marines dying in a helicopter crash. Really, you have to scroll down almost to the end to find it. It turns out that Halliburton has been awarding subcontracts based on bribes:

    In Rock Island, Ill., the director of operations for a Saudi company that operates dining facilities for American troops in Iraq and Kuwait was sentenced Friday in the Federal District Court for the Central District of Illinois to 51 months in prison for his involvement in a kickback scheme, according to a news release issued by a federal prosecutor’s office there.

    In the scheme, Mohammad Shabbir Khan, operations director of the Tamimi Global Company, paid kickbacks to an employee of Kellogg Brown & Root Services to secure two dining subcontracts valued at $21.8 million, the statement said.

    A United States district judge also ordered Mr. Khan to pay a fine of $10,000 and restitution to the United States government of $133,860, the amount he paid the Kellogg Brown & Root employee, the statement said.

    The judge also sentenced the former Kellogg Brown & Root employee, Stephen Lowell Seamans, to 12 months in prison for his role in the scheme, the statement said.

    Mr. Seamans was also ordered to pay restitution of $380,130 for that and another kickback scheme, according to the statement.

    Kellogg Brown & Root is a subsidiary of Halliburton. So Tamimi Global got its subcontract by BRIBING an employee of a Halliburton subsidiary.

    But this is only the tip of the iceburg. Halliburton Watch covers the corruption of Cheney's favorite company in some detail, including showing graphs of Halliburton profits compared with American soldiers killed in Iraq. Has there ever been a more disgusting example of war profiteering?

    Click here to go back to THOUGHTS section and Table of Contents for this issue.


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