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posted 15 September 2005 12:41 PM      Profile for thwap        Edit/Delete Post
Link (warning: it's long.)

If these testimonies to Congress are true, somebody's got a lotta 'splainin' to do.

In the spring of 2004, the contract was canceled and the new Iraqi Interim government gave an identical contract to Lloyd Owens International, a British company that manages 700 trucks from 7 separate subcontractors, which left Halliburton resentful toward the new company because of losing the contract.

The LOI also reported that on June 9th, 2005, a convoy of LOI trucks that was on its way to deliver construction materials for a Halliburton dining facility at an army base near Fallujah, came under attack and 3 drivers were presumed dead and six trucks had to be abandoned.

The surviving drivers limped to a military base, expecting to get help from the Halliburton staff running the facility, but instead got the cold shoulder. When the drivers tried to leave Iraq, they hit a roadside bomb and another man was killed.

Waller said Halliburton employees were instructed not to help the drivers and that the company had failed to warn LOI that two other convoy had been attacked in the same area the previous week.

At the start of the hearing, Congressman

Rory Maryberry, a former Halliburton contractor, who worked at the dining facilities at the largest military base in Iraq, also testified at the hearing. Mayberry said the company charged the government for serving 20,000 meals a day when it was only serving 10,000 and that he was sent to a more dangerous post as punishment for speaking to auditors.

In a video-taped deposition testimony played at the hearing, Mayberry told how Halliburton would sometimes supply food that was more than a year past the expiration date or that had spoiled due to poor refrigeration. The few times the military refused to accept the spoiled food, Maryberry said truckers were told to deliver it to the next base in the hope that they would escape scrutiny.

He said that Halliburton was also supposed to serve 600 meals to Turkish and Filipino workers in Iraq, and "although KBR charged for this service, it didn't prepare the meals. Instead, these workers were given leftover food in boxes and garbage bags after the troops ate. Sometimes there were not leftovers to give them," he said.

According to Mayberry, "Iraqi drivers of food convoys that arrived on the base were not fed. They were given Meals Ready to Eat, with pork, which they couldn't eat for religious reasons."

"As a result, the drivers would raid the trucks for food," he said.

From: Hamilton | Registered: Feb 2004  |  IP: Logged
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posted 15 September 2005 01:20 PM      Profile for WingNut   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post

ONe thing about those neo-con business people, as bad as you think they are, they are much, much worse.

From: Out There | Registered: Aug 2001  |  IP: Logged
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posted 15 September 2005 01:54 PM      Profile for Cougyr     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Originally posted by WingNut:
ONe thing about those neo-con business people, as bad as you think they are, they are much, much worse.

Yes. Unfortunately, they seem to be able to sway public opinion to the extent that people think you are some kind of loony if you state the truth. I'm not explaining this well, but anytime I criticize neo-con operations I inevitably upset someone. There are a lot of people who don't want to hear it. I keep hoping that enough of these reports will make it onto the six o'clock news to cause the population to wake up, but I don't think it will happen.

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posted 15 September 2005 03:40 PM      Profile for venus_man        Edit/Delete Post
What good can come from this guy? And Halliburton is his offspring.

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