Monday, December 10, 2007

Cut Halliburton off

Victim: Gang-Rape Cover-Up by U.S., Halliburton/KBR

Why is this corrupt, murderous, criminal, Dubai-based company receiving one red cent of American taxpayers' money?

Miss Jones lawsuit should be for 100 billion dollars, or somewhere in the neighborhood of what these vicious bastards have looted from the American taxpayers in the past 7 years. If she got the money at least it would be back in the U.S.

Just think about the stories we haven't heard about.

Note this:

Legal experts say Jones' alleged assailants will likely never face a judge and jury, due to an enormous loophole that has effectively left contractors in Iraq beyond the reach of United States law.

"It's very troubling," said Dean John Hutson of the Franklin Pierce Law Center. "The way the law presently stands, I would say that they don't have, at least in the criminal system, the opportunity for justice."

Congressman Poe says neither the departments of State nor Justice will give him answers on the status of the Jones investigation.

Of course they're outside the reach of U.S. law...they moved to Dubai to solidify their autonomy.

This is the reality of the private war ecomony we've created...these corporations have no one to answer to and they're being propped up at the expense of the American taxpayer....we're being raped in more ways than one.

It cracks me up to watch this entire waterboarding debate go on, when we have a private corporate army nearly 1/4 quarter the size of our official military forces in Iraq. Blackwater doesn't have to answer to jack shit, much less the interpretation of the Geneva Convention. Who do you think is going to do the torturing?

And keep in mind, Blackwater is now on slate to be contracted domestically for border patrol.

Wake the fuck up people...we've been hijacked.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

wake up New Orleans!!!

Two Companies Awarded the Contract to Develop Master Facilities
Plan for Orleans Parish Public Schools

NEW ORLEANS , La . - The Recovery School District and the Orleans Parish School Board are pleased to announce that Parsons, a management and planning firm, and Concordia, LLC., an architecture and planning firm, located in New Orleans, have been selected to develop the new School Facilities Master Plan (SFMP) for public schools in Orleans Parish.

This comprehensive plan will provide a blueprint to help guide future school renovations and new construction for the Orleans Parish School System. This will be a joint venture between Parsons and Concordia. Parsons employs 11,000 and operates worldwide, primarily dealing with construction, construction management, and planning. There is a local office in New Orleans; however, the Officer in Charge of this project will be based in Houston. Parsons is nationally recognized for its assessment and planning capabilities particularly for education. ...

BAGHDAD, Nov. 5 — More than a year after the Parsons Corporation, the American contracting giant, promised Congress that it would fix the disastrous plumbing and shoddy construction in barracks the company built at the Baghdad police academy, the ceilings are still stained with excrement, parts of the structures are crumbling and sections of the buildings are unusable because the toilets are filthy and nonfunctioning.

The project, where United States inspectors found giant cracks snaking through newly built walls and human waste dripping from ceilings, became one of the most visible examples of a $45 billion American reconstruction program that is widely seen as a failure.

The project also became an argument for the value of government oversight when, in response to the inspectors’ findings, a Parsons executive told Congress in September 2006 that the company would fix the problems at no cost to the United States. Parsons now says that it did so, directing an Iraqi subcontractor to correct deficiencies at no additional charge.

But Iraqi police recruits, instructors and officers at the Parsons-built barracks and classrooms on Sunday complained bitterly about the buildings’ condition, calling the contractor negligent and asking why the problems had not yet been fixed. The structures were refurbished or built from scratch at an overall cost of $72 million in American taxpayer money.

Recruits in some of the buildings had recently been ordered not to use any of the toilets on the upper floors because the urine and fecal matter consistently leaked onto the lower floors, several American officials at the academy said.

An American officer affiliated with a major new project to fix the problems said he shared the unhappiness of many of the Iraqis.

“What I’ve seen here disgusts me as a taxpayer,” said the officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the project. “When it’s for something good, I don’t mind flipping the dime, but this money just went from my pocket to a contractor.”

The Iraqis at the compound were, if anything, even more upset. “They used bad pipes for the sewage system,” said an officer who gave his name as Lt. Selah, a maintenance adviser, as he pointed through a ruptured drop-ceiling that had been ruined by waste leaking from faulty pipes above it.

The concrete used in the construction was substandard and is already collapsing in places because of the constant rain of sewage, Lieutenant Selah said, barely able to contain his anger. Those dangers had forced engineers to turn off all the water in the building, he said.

“The students are stinking because there is no water,” Lieutenant Selah added.

A company spokeswoman, Erin Kuhlman, said that Parsons, which is based in Pasadena, Calif., had strictly abided by the terms of the contract it had received from the United States Army Corps of Engineers to do the work at the academy.

“Parsons completed its work at the Baghdad Police College in the spring of 2006,” Ms. Kuhlman said, adding that the Army Corps accepted the work as completed at about the same time.

By July 2006, the company had been notified of problems with the plumbing. Parsons put the Army Corps, in effect the company’s client, in touch with the Iraqi subcontractors who actually carried out the construction, so that the Iraqis could fulfill their warranty to redress shortcomings in the work, Ms. Kuhlman said.

“After we were notified by our customer of the issues, our customer worked directly with the subcontractor on the warranty work and Parsons has not been asked to provide any additional assistance on this project or with the warranty work,” Ms. Kuhlman said.

But dire problems with the project were discovered in inspections in August and September 2006 by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, an independent agency led by Stuart W. Bowen Jr. His report on the inspections severely criticized not only Parsons but also the Army Corps for oversight that the report said was so weak as to be almost nonexistent in some respects.

Mr. Bowen’s report also stated that inspectors had found “indications of potential fraud” in the project and had referred the case to its investigative division.

Those indications are apparently still being studied. On Monday, the American military referred questions on continuing problems with the project to a spokesman for the Civilian Police Assistance Training Team, a part of Multi-National Security Transition Command Iraq, the organization that works most closely with Iraqi security forces and is now trying to repair the academy buildings.

The spokesman, Col. Rivers Johnson, said the Parsons contract was terminated in May 2006. Asked about the problems with the construction, Colonel Johnson said in an e-mail message, “Due to ongoing legal issues, it would be inappropriate to discuss this issue in detail.”

On Sept. 28, 2006, as the inspector general’s report was released, Earnest O. Robbins II, a senior vice president at Parsons, testified before the House Government Reform Committee that the company would fix the problems at no extra charge. “We are repairing it at no cost to the government,” Mr. Robbins said in response to questions by Representative Chris Van Hollen, Democrat of Maryland.

But on Sunday, the American officer affiliated with the new project to repair the problems described an elaborate and costly effort to tear out and replace the plumbing on entire floors. The problems were so severe, the officer said, that the military had also been obliged to build new latrines outside and demolish some structures entirely and start over.

“These buildings are all Parsons-built,” said the officer. “The piping is bad. It really is. To be honest with you, it’s raw sewage, raw fecal matter coming out of the walls.”

Representative Henry A. Waxman of California, the chairman of the Government Reform Committee, said in a statement that there was no excuse for the state of the academy.

“Over a year has passed with virtually no progress fixing the abysmal conditions at the Baghdad police academy,” Mr. Waxman said.

“The police academy was supposed to be a showcase project, but it now epitomizes wasteful spending and incompetent oversight,” he said. “The administration said this mess would be cleaned up, but once again, the money was squandered and no one was held accountable.”

At the academy, Sgt. Oday Chaloo Hamid said that because of breakdowns, the broad, three-story barracks he lived in depended on just four toilets. He added that several American commissions had come through to study the problems, but that little had been done.

“They just give promises,” Sergeant Hamid said.