Here’s something we haven’t been hearing much about from the so-called Liberal Media, considering what a flagrant example of abuse of political privilege it is:
[quote]KBR has its defenders. Critics are just partisan, they allege. Until 2000, Halliburton was headed by Vice President Dick Cheney, and the VP still holds stock and receives monthly deferred payments from the company.
“In spite of the many misleading and inaccurate reports you may hear or read, we are proud of the work we are doing and appreciative of the continuing confidence of our customers,” Harl said in the Jan. 29 conference call.
The fact is, he’s right. Being Halliburton seems to mean never having to say you’re sorry. In the Balkans, Harl recalled, a similar situation arose in 2000. Indeed it did. KBR stands accused of having overcharged the U.S. government for millions of dollars. (Among other things, KBR purchased plywood in Texas at inflated prices, instead of buying cheap wood locally.) “Issues like this do occur, and investigations can take a while,” said Harl.
Meanwhile, since 2000, the number of U.S. contracts awarded to KBR has mushroomed