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Halliburton Fraud Lawsuit Details Super Bowl Party<br><br>
By T. Christian Miller, Times Staff Writer<br><br>
September 9, 2006<br><br><br><br><br><br>
WASHINGTON Halliburton Co. executives ordered a big-screen television and 10 large tubs of tacos, chicken wings and cheese sticks delivered to Iraq for last year's Super Bowl, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">then billed U.S. taxpayers for their party</span>, according to a lawsuit unsealed Friday.<br><br><br><br>
The Houston-based company also defrauded the government by <span style="text-decoration:underline;">double- and triple-billing</span> for Internet, food and gym services for soldiers, according to the lawsuit by a former employee for KBR, the Halliburton subsidiary that runs dining halls for troops in Iraq.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
"The administration is not enforcing the laws against fraud when it comes to contractors in Iraq," said Alan Grayson, the attorney who filed the suit. "<span style="text-decoration:underline;">When it comes to seeing that the law is executed, the Bush administration is a no-show.</span>"<br><br><br><br>
Halliburton denied the allegations, filed under the False Claims Act. Designed to prevent war profiteering, such lawsuits allow citizens to sue on behalf of the government and recover a portion of any damages.<br><br><br><br>
The accusations in the lawsuit are the latest involving Halliburton's controversial multibillion-dollar contract to feed and house American soldiers in Iraq. Democrats have been quick to criticize the company, which was run by Vice President Dick Cheney from 1995 to 2000.<br><br><br><br>
In June, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">a KBR subcontractor was indicted on kickback charges</span> involving the dining halls.<br><br><br><br>
The whistle-blower in the case, Julie McBride, came forward only after Halliburton KBR officials ignored her complaints. McBride said in the lawsuit that <i><b>she was placed under armed guard and then fired after she raised questions about Halliburton's billing practices.<br><br></b></i><br><br>
Justice Department officials "are stonewalling and keeping these cases under seal unnecessarily," Grayson said.<br><br><br><br>
Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Los Angeles), who has been the leader in Congress in attacking Halliburton, said that the charges were further proof of <span style="text-decoration:underline;">war profiteering by the oil services giant.</span><br><br><br><br>
"One former Halliburton employee after another tells the same story of outrageous and intentional overcharging," Waxman said in a statement. <b>"Yet no one in the Bush administration seems to care."</b><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-fg-halliburton9sep09,1,2916236.story?coll=la-news-a_section&ctrack=1&cset=true" target="_blank">http://www.latimes.com/news/printedi...ck=1&cset=true</a>
 

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Yes there are big spending problems in nearly every branch of the government... not just in the ones you dislike, though. It's annoys me and everyone, to hear of spending problems. But a superbowl party with 10 buckets of food, why is that even making the news, let alone press releases and protests...?? That's just grasping at straws.<br><br><br><br>
Let's focus on some truely wasteful spending--public broadcasting and the national endowment for the arts.
 

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Agreed (with kpick). With all the wasteful spending that goes on, it's important to look at the stuff that really makes a dent.<br><br><br><br>
What was the total of the food bill? $100? And 300 million Americans had to pay for it? Hmmm. Doesn't seem that important to me, considering the multi-million dollar "projects" that are going on as we speak.
 

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Oh, I see. Little frauds wasting your tax dollars is OK with you. Well-meaning whistleblowers getting fired for trying to do the right thing is OK with you.<br><br><br><br>
Obviously you think war profiteering is fine and dandy.<br><br><br><br>
God help America.
 

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I'm not wasting my time with you.
 

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You said: Are you on some Anti-America mailing list and they send this stuff to you every day?<br><br><br><br><b>Good heavens! You think the Los Angeles Times is anti-American?</b>
 

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Actually I said that based on the number of anti-american threads you post (getting old), I assume you're not just randomly running across these things, but must be getting sent them all.<br><br><br><br>
Kind of like my mother and all the jokes she forwards to me.<br><br><br><br>
And you think becuase we're not outraged at someone eating tacos, suddenly were support War Profiteering and encouraging widespread fraud! That's why veggie use the fitting <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:">
 

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What did you expect when the Vice President was a former CEO of the company that you are giving most of your business to in dealings with your "war on saddam"..oops "terror".<br><br><br><br>
Its not even funny how much this is a conflict of interest.
 

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For the umpteenth time, lay off the personal jabs!! If you want to discuss the topic, please do. If you want to discuss the OP's motives and methods, take it to PM.<br><br><br><br>
a little friendly banter is one thing, but I'm personally sick and tired of every debate thread turning into a *****-fest before the discussion even has a chance to get started.<br><br><br><br>
If you don't want to participate in the discussion of the TOPIC, then go find one of the thousands of threads on VB that you do want to discuss.<br><br><br><br>
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"Even before US troops arrived in Baghdad, looting broke out--in Washington. While Republicans in Congress and their allies in the media yammered about the need to silence dissent and "support the troops," corporations with close ties to the Bush Administration were quietly arranging to ink lucrative contracts that would put them in charge of reconstructing Iraq. Bechtel's contract, worth up to $680 million, to rebuild Iraqi roads, schools, sewers and hospitals drew a lot of media attention, but it was chump change compared with the deal greased through by Vice President Cheney's old oil-services firm, Halliburton. The Army Corps of Engineers told Representative Henry Waxman that a Pentagon contract awarded without competition to Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) to fight oilwell fires is worth as much as $7 billion over two years. The Halliburton subsidiary has been authorized to take profits of up to $490 million."<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.thenation.com/doc/20030512/editors" target="_blank">http://www.thenation.com/doc/20030512/editors</a><br><br><br><br>
"Halliburton gets another $33 million for Hurricane Katrina clean-up<br><br>
12 Oct. 2005<br><br>
WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (HalliburtonWatch.org) -- The U.S. Navy awarded $33 million to Halliburton for clean up work at naval air stations damaged by Hurricane Katrina, the Department of Defense announced last night.<br><br><br><br>
The money will be added to the $12 million awarded to Halliburton on August 29, the day Katrina made landfall. Both awards, totalling $45 million, require the company to repair structures and remove debris at naval air stations in Pascagoula and Gulfport, Mississippi and in Louisiana.<br><br><br><br>
On Sept. 14, the Navy announced another $15 million for Halliburton to support the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in pumping water out of New Orleans, restoring utilities and constructing temporary morgues.<br><br><br><br>
The Navy assigned the work to the company under the $500 million "construction capabilities contract," (or CONCAP), awarded in 2001 and renewed in 2004 after competitive bidding.<br><br><br><br>
Last night's announcement brings the current value of Halliburton's Katrina contracts to $61.3 million, a number that is likely to grow as new task orders are issued in the future. [Oct. 19 Update: total value of Halliburton's Katrina contracts equals $124.9 million; includes contracts with the Department of Defense and FEMA.]<br><br><br><br>
Critics worry that Halliburton's performance in Iraq, which the U.S. State Department called "poor," will be exported to areas affected by Katrina. At one point last year, the Pentagon reported that <b>Halliburton failed to account for 43 percent of its expenses in the Middle East</b>. Military audits determined the company had $1 billion in "questioned" expenses in Iraq (i.e. expenses which military auditors consider "unreasonable") and $442 million in "unsupported" expenses (i.e. expenses which military auditors have determined contain no receipt or any explanation on how the expenses were disbursed). "<br><br><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/news/katrina2.html" target="_blank">http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/news/katrina2.html</a>
 

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Thank you Ludi, I couldn't have reported it better.<br><br><br><br><b>While Republicans in Congress and their allies in the media yammered about the need to silence dissent and "support the troops," corporations with close ties to the Bush Administration were quietly arranging to ink lucrative contracts that would put them in charge of reconstructing Iraq. Bechtel's contract, worth up to $680 million, to rebuild Iraqi roads, schools, sewers and hospitals drew a lot of media attention, but it was chump change compared with the deal greased through by Vice President Cheney's old oil-services firm, Halliburton.<br><br><br><br></b>
 

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Heh, that's nothing. One time I saw three govt employees standing around watching a fourth person hose water onto a street. This was in freaking new mexico, where you just know the water evaporated in about 15 minutes, so they were wastefully achieving a task that didn't accomplish anything in the first place.<br><br><br><br>
Just multiply by about 1,000 and you have a fairly hefty waste issue. That's not even including the internal inefficiency. On the bright side, it isn't fraud. It's just plain old bizarre misappropriation.
 

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"Rebuild Iraq"<br><br><br><br>
from what?<br><br><br><br>
From the US attacks.<br><br><br><br>
Sure is fun getting raped for our tax dollars for an unnesicary war.
 

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It's so easy to waste and spend Other People's Money - our taxes.<br><br><br><br>
If the senate had to spend some of their OWN money, you can bet they would make better decisions.<br><br><br><br>
And remember - the Pentagon cannot account for 43% of it's budget, according to Rumsfeld. Billions not accounted for! Is that what funds the covert operations of the CIA? The CIA has done so much evil in the world.
 
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