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Posted by bosskitty on August 8, 2007
Rice Speaks With Pakistan’s Musharraf
Guardian Unlimited, UK - 1 hour ago
From AP By MATTHEW LEE AP Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke at length late Wednesday with Pakistani President Gen. …
Musharraf could declare emergency
TVNZ, New Zealand - 2 hours ago
Private Pakistani television channels reported that President Pervez Musharraf was preparing to declare a state of emergency imminently, but government …
Pakistani TVs say Musharraf to declare emergency
Washington Post, United States - 4 hours ago
By Zeeshan Haider ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Private Pakistani television channels reported on Wednesday that President Pervez Musharraf was preparing to declare …
All the prophets that have been watching this game unfold knew exactly what Musharraf was planning. Now that the US Presidential elections are raising the volume on rhetoric about terror and what to do about it, Musharraf’s grip on power is slipping. His precarious balancing act is starting to tilt, so, his solution is to declare the emergency in a last effort to stay in power. One of the presidential debaters made it clear that Musharraf is the only one keeping Pakistani nukes out of terrorist hands. Good or bad, there is no one on our side waiting in the wings who can guarantee anyone’s safety from Pakistan’s nuclear armaments
You know if this works for Musharraf, Bush will try it next …
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Posted by bosskitty on August 8, 2007
By Spencer S. Hsu Washington Post Staff Wednesday, August 8, 2007
A decision by the Bush administration to rewrite in secret the nation’s emergency response blueprint has angered state and local emergency officials, who worry that Washington is repeating a series of mistakes that contributed to its bungled response to Hurricane Katrina nearly two years ago. State and local officials in charge of responding to disasters say that their input in shaping the National Response Plan was ignored in recent months by senior White House and Department of Homeland Security officials, despite calls by congressional investigators for a shared overhaul of disaster planning in the United States.
“In my 19 years in emergency management, I have never experienced a more polarized environment between state and federal government,” said Albert Ashwood, Oklahoma‘s emergency management chief and president of a national association of state emergency managers.
The national plan is supposed to guide how federal, state and local governments, along with private and nonprofit groups, work together during emergencies. Critics contend that a unilateral approach by Washington produced an ill-advised response plan at the end of 2004 — an unwieldy, 427-page document that emphasized stopping terrorism at the expense of safeguarding against natural disasters.
Bruce Baughman, Ashwood’s predecessor as president of the National Emergency Management Association and a 32-year veteran of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said that a draft of the revised plan released to state officials last week marks a step backward because its authors did not set requirements or consult with field operators nationwide who will use it to request federal aid, adjust state and county plans, and train workers.
The disagreement over the plan comes at a time of increasing mistrust between Washington and state homeland security officials. In recent months, they have sparred over dwindling federal grants, the adequacy of local intelligence-gathering efforts and what states regard as Washington’s reluctance to share information about potential threats.
“Coordination between state and local governments and the feds . . . seems to be getting worse rather than better,” said Timothy Manning, head of emergency management in New Mexico and a member of a DHS-appointed steering committee that initially worked on the emergency plan before being shut out of the deliberations in May.
Testifying before a House panel last week, Ashwood and colleagues openly questioned why the draft was revised behind closed doors. The final document was to be released June 1, at the start of this year’s hurricane season.
Federal officials, Ashwood said, appear to be trying to create a legalistic document to shield themselves from responsibility for future disasters and to shift blame to states. “It seems that the Katrina federal legacy is one of minimizing exposure for the next event and ensuring future focus is centered on state and local preparedness,” he said.
The blunt remarks spotlight a breakdown in joint efforts to fulfill a core recommendation by investigators who examined federal missteps after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast in August 2005.
…. a special Republican-led House panel on the Katrina disaster reported. Conflicting command roles under the plan also contributed to a bitter public feud between Chertoff and Michael D. Brown, who resigned as FEMA director in September 2005 after Chertoff relieved him of his on-site relief duties on the Gulf Coast.
“The draft National Response Plan will be presented to the president after an extensive 30-day review period by federal, state and local officials, and we look forward to receiving the draft plan after that review period,” White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said.
…. John R. Harrald, a professor at George Washington University‘s Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management, cautioned that shutting out state and local voices during the plan’s preparation would be ill-advised. He said that the administration appears “to be guided by a desire to ensure centralized control of what is an inherently decentralized process. . . . Response to catastrophic events requires collaboration and trust in a broad network of organizations.”
What is so secret about a disaster plan? Why is it so complicated to include the disaster responders in coordinated planning? Didn’t the last disaster plan fail because the first responders and federal responders had no clue what each other were doing? This is another act of ‘weenie wagging’ that this administration is guilty of. They will take every opportunity to show you theirs is bigger than yours and they will remain in control, no matter how bad things turn out. Hiding stuff is what this administration is all about. I could make some really nasty comparisons, but for your sake, I will restrain myself. I have had enough of these guys. I would vote for Larry Flint before I vote for another Republican. Why isn’t Larry running? Past indiscretions are no longer stop signs for politicians. Honesty is too rare and should be embraced where ever it comes from. Kucinich might just fill that void.
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Posted by bosskitty on August 4, 2007
The alarming growth of Al Qaeda and the Taliban in the Pashtun tribal region of northwest Pakistan and southern Afghanistan is usually attributed to the popularity of their messianic brand of Islam and to covert help from Pakistani intelligence agencies.
But another, more ominous reason also explains their success: their symbiotic relationship with a simmering Pashtun separatist movement that could lead to the unification of the estimated 41 million Pashtuns on both sides of the border, the breakup of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and the emergence of a new national entity, “Pashtunistan,” under radical Islamist leadership.
Pakistan and Afghanistan are fragile, multiethnic states. Ironically, by ignoring ethnic factors and defining the struggle with jihadists mainly in military terms, the United States is inadvertently helping Al Qaeda and the Taliban capture the leadership of Pashtun nationalism. (entire article)
I could while away the hours
Conferrin’ with the flowers
Consultin’ with the rain
And my head, I’d be scratchin’
While my thoughts were busy hatchin’
If I only had a brain.
Are we living in OZ? Are we Munchkins running toward the Land of Oz: a fantasy region containing four countries under the rule of one monarch? The United States is on a collision course with reality. Other countries that occupy the same planet, are holding their breath to see if America will return from the alternate reality imposed on the American population and the world. The USA has emboldened the occupants of that nether world between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In the conventional wisdom, either Islamist or Pashtun identity will triumph, but a more plausible possibility is that the result could be what the former Pakistani diplomat Hussain Haqqani has called an “Islamic Pashtunistan.”
Pashtuns being the largest single ethnic group in Afghanistan, bitterly resent the disproportionate influence enjoyed by the Tajik ethnic minority in the Karzai regime, a legacy of U.S. collaboration with Tajik militias in overthrowing the Taliban. Pashtunsalso feel that they have been the main victims of U.S.-NATO bombing attacks on the Taliban, who are largely Pashtuns and operate almost entirely in Pashtun territory. In one authoritative estimate, civilian casualties have numbered nearly 5,000 since 2001.
So, what does the US do? It promotes further conflict that insures the “terror” threat does not fade. The Republican Administration is fearful that their grip on World Domination remains justifiable. Without a Terror Threat could we accidentally slip back into stability?. Without a Terror Threat, Republicans would loose their grip on the gullible voters. After all, there is a lot of taxpayer money money money to be pocketed.
The Minnesota bridge is a fine example of where taxpayer dollars should be going, not into the pockets of corrupt war profiteering buddies. The billions of dollars that are wasted, lost or unaccounted for since the Terror War was hi-jacked to Iraq, could be applied to countless US projects to protect our own infrastructure. Take a VERY close look at what Congress is spending on right now! They are appropriating money to fix that Minnesota Bridge. Great afterthought, huh?
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Posted by bosskitty on August 4, 2007
Maliki: timetable for US withdrawal not possible
Iraqi PM says neither Baghdad nor Washington can set timetable for withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.
Collapsing Bridges vs. War in Iraq
The Bush administration’s spending priorities – including an estimated $1 trillion for an unnecessary war – will cost the lives not only of US soldiers and Iraqi civilians but American citizens who will die from a decaying infrastructure and other government neglect, argues Stephen Crockett.
Daily demonstrations of corporate corruption, political corruption, missing cash, misused assets, and general bribery reminiscent of third world dictatorships. Corruption is an epidemic in the United States of America. Why? The ‘shock and awe’ of America’s decline is overwhelming. Republicans and Democrats share this disgusting tragedy. Republicans currently hold center stage and are too arrogant about being entitled to break every law this country has. Why? Aren’t tired of the word “FREEDOM” being used for everything from War to Viagra? What exactly are Americans FREE to do? Free to be lazy and complacent? Free to be led by the nose into total chaos by self-serving politicraps? America’s passion has been hi-jacked and is held hostage by political marketing!
“Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.”
He was the instigator of Soviet missile forces in Cuba and the Cuban missile crisis, the builder of the Berlin Wall, launched Sputnik and started the Cold War and the space race. Nikita was a comic but worthy enemy. His uneducated wisdom does ring true today.
We are victims of our own success and will be hung by our own rope, so espoused Nikita Khrushchev.
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Posted by bosskitty on July 27, 2007
Following are the latest figures for military deaths in Iraq and Iraqi civilians killed in attacks since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003:
U.S.-LED COALITION FORCES:
United States 3,646
Other nations 129
Military Between 4,900 and 6,375#
Civilians Between 67,945 and 74,336* This is the most disputed number!
Sunday 22 July: 59 dead
Baghdad: motorcycle bomb near Kulfaa Square; mortars, Bab al-Sharqi; roadside bomb, Amin; 21 bodies. Taji: truck bomb kills 6. Mosul: 6 men killed in separate attacks.
Iskandariya: mortars kill 2; civilian is shot dead in clashes; gunmen kill policeman; drive-by shooting kills civilian; 3 bodies. Basra: father and son shot dead; body found.
Saturday 21 July: 91 dead
Baghdad: up to 18 civilians reported killed in 3:00am US air raid in Husseiniya -7 children among them; bomb in bus kills 5, Baladiyat; mortars, Mashtal, Rashad; 5 die in random shooting by unknown gunmen; 17 bodies. Mosul: roadside bomb kills 6 policemen; gunmen shoot dead 2 men watching football match in cafe; 11 bodies. Iskandariya: 5 bodies. Hilla: 2 bodies.
Kut: gunmen kill policeman and translator working for US military.
Samarra: 2 killed by US fire, after coming under attack.
Friday 20 July: 38 dead
Baghdad: gunmen kill policeman and his wife, Dora; 16 bodies.
Muqdadiya: gunmen kill 2 women; body found. Hassawiya: attacks kill 5 residents. Ajemi: attacks kill 4. Mosul: civilian dies in US helicopter fire.
Thursday 19 July: 55 dead
Baghdad: roadside bombs, mortars kill 10; 17 bodies.
Dhuluiya: 2 killed in drive-by shooting. Jidaydat al-Shatt, Mansuriyat al-Shatt: unmen attacks kill 10 residents. Mosul: 8 bodies. Iskandariya: 8 bodies.
Wednesday 18 July: 92 dead
Baghdad: roadside bombs, Al-Qanat; mortars, Zafaraniya; roadside bomb kills 4 Electricity Ministry employees, Salihiya; Iraqi police kill 3 in Amiriya; US troops shoot dead 2 people, after coming under attack, Adhamiya; 15 bodies. Khalis: gunmen attack bus, kill 7 passengers.
Basra: university professor shot dead; body found.
Hilla: gunmen kill mother, father, son. Latifiya: 3 truck drivers killed by gunmen.
Baquba: roadside bomb kills 3; 2 bodies. Mosul: gunmen kill KDP official, guard; 6 bodies.
In outsourced U.S. wars, contractor deaths top 1,000
But, we don’t count the ORPHANS and WIDOWS do we? Heaven and Hell must be outsourcing by now, don’t you think?
This crazy, arrogant, mega-low-maniacal, morons who are trying to grab and squeeze the last drop of oil out of Iraq, are creating multi-national populations of damaged souls and broken bodies.
I see a ‘mushroom cloud’ of hate spreading across the horizon that will cover all Americans whether they agreed with the war or not. No casualty really believes the American public is innocent, because this administration hides behind “the will of the American people” to do anything it wants. The “will of the American people” no longer exists … The more Americans are hated, the more King George claims “we are making PROGRESS”!
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Posted by bosskitty on July 9, 2007
Border anarchy Jerusalem Post, Israel -
Among the more disconcerting anomalies in the judgmental pronouncements by purported human-rights advocates is their scathing criticism of Israel in recent …
‘Israel creating unnecessary drama’ Ynetnews, Israel -
Sudanese minister promises his country ‘will find the way to deal with refugees’. Israel to continue aiding those fleeing Darfur until international …
Wolfson doctors volunteer to treat refugees Jerusalem Post, Israel -
By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH A large number of physicians from Wolfson Medical Center in Holon volunteered this week to treat refugees from Darfur and Sudan who …
Government to set up tent city for Darfur refugees Ynetnews, Israel -
The government will set up a tent city in the Negev to house dozens of Sudanese refugees who infiltrate Israel from Egypt almost daily, Internal Security …
Israel Grappling With Influx of Sudanese Refugees CNSNews.com, VA -
By Julie Stahl Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) – The word has spread among Sudanese and other African refugees and job seekers that Israel — the only democracy in …
Egyptian Police Cracks Down on Illegal African FOX News -
EL-ARISH, Egypt — Some 37 Africans, mostly refugees from Darfur, were arrested Friday in the Sinai Peninsula by Egyptian authorities who said they were …
Unwanted in Israel Al Jazerra: By Sherine Tadros at the Egyptian-Israeli border
More than five hundred Sudanese refugees have fled to Israel in the last two months to escape genocide in Darfur. Now Israel is threatening to deport them.
No refugee status
Sigal Rosen, from the hotline for migrant workers in Tel Aviv, said: “The government started arresting the Sudanese under the infiltration law – a law made in emergency times; a law under which there was no possibility to release them for a very long period of detention.
To Israel, Sudan is an ‘enemy state’, and the Sudanese, ‘enemy nationals’.
“They aren’t getting refugee status and there are deportation orders hanging over the heads of all of them.
Eytan Schwartz, spokesperson for the Committee for Advancement of Refugees of Darfur (Card), said that Israel has a moral obligation to take the Sudanese in.
“We are a country founded by refugees, we are a people who were persecuted for thousands of years. We of all people should know what it’s like to be people of a nation that nobody wants to take in.
“That’s why we have a moral, historical obligation to take them in, even if they’re from an enemy country.”
But the Israeli government has said the situation is now at a crisis point and closing the border or deporting them back to Egypt may be the only solution.
But the Israeli government has said the situation is now at a crisis point and closing the border or deporting them back to Egypt may be the only solution.
Avishai Braverman, a Knesset member, said: “People heard that Israel may be a haven … [But] we are such a small country, we cannot do that. We have our own problems with our own immigrants.
“You can do certain things, but it’s not in our capacity to solve the problem of all the Sudanese … to say that we can absorb hundreds of thousands when we cannot even take care of our own, that’s a nice world but its unrealistic and unfair.”
To many, those Sudanese seeking refuge in Israel are viewed as a threat to the Jewish identity.
“Israel has an identity challenge,” Schwartz said. “We are a Jewish democracy and this is an example, a perfect example, of the negotiation of these two identities.
“How can you be a democracy with human rights, with values of accepting people from all nations, but you still want to maintain your Jewish identity? … That means always maintaining a Jewish majority.”
With every new arrival, Israel’s dilemma deepens. At the same time, for the Sudanese who make the journey with so much hope, life in Israel now holds an uncertain future.
“To say that we can absorb hundreds of thousands when we cannot even take care of our own, that’s a nice world but its unrealistic and unfair” Avishai Braverman, Israeli Knesset member
Where will they go? Why can’t responsible countries make their home safe so they don’t have to go anywhere? Why is all this allowed to happen, Oil is not at stake? SHAME on the world!
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Posted by bosskitty on July 1, 2007
Bush administration wants us to be scared of:
- Other un-named terrorists,
- anyone who is not a radical Christian, anyone who is not with his agenda,
- Inclusive health care
- People who think
This administration wants his population to be white or act white, buy in to the Armageddon concept to justify:
- atrocities against other cultures (anything outside of his world is PAGAN)
- completely destroy other civilizations (because they are PAGAN)
- grab oil resources wherever we can (so his greasy buddies can profit)
- allow genocide to grow exponentially long enough so that if we DO step up to responsibility thousands or millions have already died,
End Time Christian’s wars against PAGANS are equal to Islam’s war against INFIDELS. Euphemisms abound to cloak atrocities against other populations to justify world domination. The Political Islamists have used terror against innocent Americans, OK, so have Political Christians:
- First of all crimes against Americans are results of economic suppression and interference in local politics with extortion and bribery.
- American businesses use underhanded tactics to secure advantageous pricing and cheap labor from disadvantaged and desperate.
- Americans or their Proxy Mercenary Armies have injured, threatened or killed opposition to their agendas throughout history – don’t get me started on the American Indians.
Pagan can be defined broadly:
Wikipedia – the faith traditions outside the Abrahamic monotheistic group of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This includes the Dharmic religions (such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism), Native American religions and mythologies and Shinto as well as non-Abrahamic ethnic religions in general. More narrow definitions will not include any of the world religions and restrict the term to local or rural currents not organized as civil religions.
Both “Pagan” and “heathen” have historically been used as a pejorative by adherents of monotheistic religions (such as Judaism, Christianity and Islam) to indicate a disbeliever in their religion.
Religious Extremism: Answers.com, Wikipedia, BBS News
Wikpedia – Dominionist , Islam
Answers – Dominionism, Islam
Religious Tolerance – Dominionism, Islam
Disbelievers – United States Government – Islam – Christianity
Bush’s conversations with GOD have allowed Counterfeit Religion to be used as an excuse to conquer for OIL!
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Posted by bosskitty on June 25, 2007
WASHINGTON (CNN) — A just-released report slams the federal government for failing to coordinate the work of U.S. law enforcement agencies overseas to fight terrorism.
The Government Accountability Office found that in one country a lack of clarity about the roles and responsibilities of the FBI and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency may have compromised several investigations intended to identify and disrupt potential terrorist activities.
The GAO did not name the country in its report.
The White House has long issued directives asking that U.S. law enforcement agencies assist foreign nations’ anti-terrorism efforts.
But the report finds that embassy and law enforcement officials told the GAO “they had received little or no guidance” on how to accomplish that.
The issue of roles and responsibilities “remains unresolved and is still subject to ongoing debates within the administration,” it said.
A lot of things in this administration remain unresolved!
In one country, described as an “extremely high terrorist threat to American interests globally,” the State Department provided six times more funding to stop illicit drugs and crime than it did for anti-terrorism assistance, the report said.
It would be SO much cheaper to legalize and regulate drugs than spend billions on the original loosing battle for a country addicted to everything from cigarettes & alcohol to Pot, Meth and Crack. Did I forget prescribed mood drugs and those cute over-the-counter ‘gotta have this stuff to live’ medications. As long as we take this ‘selective prohibition’ approach to addictive human nature, this country will continue feeding the drug cartels (who would dry up if we were more smart than greedy). Yes, greedy! How do you think drug cartels spend their money? They buy politicians who will oppose any trend to legalize their products and turn them back into an ordinary agricultural industry.
Afghan opium production ‘soars’
Also, the report revealed that information about terrorists is not always shared or acted on. Generally, embassies retain “pre-9/11 structures” for information-sharing and collaboration, the report said, and have not been reconfigured “in a collective effort to prevent another terrorist attack on the United States or its interests.”
An “extremely high terrorist threat,” nation had never been asked to try to identify or disrupt any of the terrorists on the most-wanted lists of the departments of State or Defense, or of the foreign nation itself, an FBI official told the GAO.
The agencies involved blamed these discrepancies on shortages in staffing and funding, according to the report.
There ya’ go! This administration is SO full of BLUSTER and DECEPTION that it has convinced itself that WORDS are TANGIBLE ASSETS. This administration cannot see that WORDS alone don’t make it true. They gave us ALL these nifty new agencies and configurations and reconfigurations but forgot to give them the staff or money to operate. Bush, Cheney and their imaginary world have cut the balls off our imaginary Founding Fathers.
My imaginary friends think their imaginary world stinks.
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Posted by bosskitty on June 24, 2007
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) – All of her life, Zoila Meyer believed she was an American. She even won election to the City Council of Adelanto.
But now she is facing a threat of deportation for illegally voting, because she never became a citizen after being brought to this country from Cuba when she was 1 year old.
“To be honest with you, I’m scared. How can they just pluck me out of my family, my kids?” the 40-year-old mother of four said in a telephone interview Friday.
“If they can do this to me, they can do it to anybody,” she said.
“the police came to me and said, ‘Zoila, you’re not a citizen. You’re a legal resident but you’re not a citizen,”‘ said Meyer
because she was not a citizen, Meyer faced a felony charge of illegally voting in the 2004 election.
What Meyer didn’t realize is that fraudulently voting is a deportable offense.
On June 18, Meyer said, immigration officials showed up at her home and told her to appear at their San Bernardino office.
Her husband drove her to the office on Tuesday, “and they handcuffed me,” Meyer said. “They put me in jail and they frisked me and processed me.”
“I said ‘You’re doing this because I voted?”‘
The case is unusual but immigration officials were just doing their job when they arrested Meyer, said Lori Haley, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“People are arrested on immigration charges from all walks of life,” she said. “She can plead her case before an immigration judge, if she feels that she has reason to seek release for removal. … Everybody has due process when they’re arrested.”
Meyer was released pending a July 18 appearance before an immigration judge who will determine whether she will be deported to Canada, the last point of entry into the U.S. recorded in her immigration record.
Meyer said she and her parents had visited Canada and she had gone many times to Mexico without anyone ever asking her to prove her citizenship.
Meyer said she does not support illegal immigration but she thinks immigration procedures should be changed to prevent misunderstandings.
“It makes me feel like we’re all just numbers,” she said of her case. “I see people writing ‘this is my country.’ It really isn’t. It belongs to the government and they decide who stays and who goes … you think you’re free; you’re really not.”
I fear this is the tip of a very UGLY iceburg. The current issue about immigration is about new illegals vs. people who have made a productive life in this country for years. How many of us don’t even know we’re NOT legal citizens? It is starting to happen. Homeland Security has a lot of power without a rational leadership or common sense.
Doesn’t anyone realize that building walls along our borders also helps keep US Citizens from escaping when this GOP dictatorship becomes too scary? Can you pronounce ‘BERLIN WALL’?
Posted in civil liberties, civil rights, Democracy In Action, economics, Homeland Security, Immigration | 7 Comments »
Posted by bosskitty on June 23, 2007
Halliburton’s Accounting Might Make You Wonder
By Jonathan Weil Bloomberg Thursday 21 June 2007
Investors have shrugged off almost all the bad news at Halliburton Co. the past few years – accusations of overbilling the Army and bribing foreign officials, along with scrutiny over business dealings in Iran and non-compete bids on government work.
Instead of tanking, the company’s stock has soared.
The same investors might take notice, though, if Halliburton’s financial statements were in doubt, and a former company accounting executive says they are.
Anthony Menendez, who was Halliburton’s director of technical accounting research and training, has accused the world’s second- largest oilfield-services company of using so-called bill-and-hold accounting and other undisclosed practices to “distort the timing of billions of dollars in revenue.” In short, Menendez says this allowed Halliburton to book product sales improperly, before they occurred.
The allegations are part of a 54-page complaint Menendez filed against Halliburton with a Labor Department administrative law judge in Covington, La., who released the records in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. Menendez, who resigned last year and is seeking unspecified damages, says Halliburton retaliated against him in violation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act’s whistle-blower provisions after he reported his concerns to the Securities and Exchange Commission and the company’s audit committee.
Quote: While senator during WWII, Harry Truman said: “I have never yet found a contractor who, if not watched, would not leave the government holding the bag. We are doing him a favor if we do not watch him.”
Reason for concern in Halliburton’s books
Seattle Post Intelligencer - 14 hours ago
Investors have shrugged off almost all the bad news at Halliburton Co. the past few years — accusations of overbilling the Army and bribing foreign …
Halliburton Accused of Accounting Irregularities
TPMmuckraker, NY - Jun 21, 2007
By Spencer Ackerman – June 21, 2007, 4:35 PM Last year, Halliburton lost billions of dollars of revenue with the US Army discontinued a worldwide supply …
Cheney still rules the UNDERWORLD!
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