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Perle gave advice on profiting from Iraq conflict

Pentagon adviser Richard Perle briefed an investment seminar on ways to profit from conflicts in Iraq and North Korea just weeks after he received a top-secret government briefing on the crises in the two countries, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday.

Perle did not return phone calls or e-mails from the newspaper seeking comment.
Report: Pentagon adviser in Iraq flap

L.A. Times: Perle gave advice
on making profit from conflicts

 http://www.msnbc.com/news/910268.asp?0cv=CB10&cp1=1

LOS ANGELES, May 7 Pentagon adviser Richard Perle briefed an investment seminar on ways to profit from conflicts in Iraq and North Korea just weeks after he received a top-secret government briefing on the crises in the two countries, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday.

PERLE, who until March was chairman of the Defense Policy Board, a group of outside advisers to the Pentagon, also serves on the board of several defense contractors. The revelation raises concerns about conflicts of interest.

The Times reported that Perle attended a Defense Intelligence Agency briefing in February and three weeks later participated in a Goldman Sachs conference call in which he advised investors in a talk titled "Implications of an Imminent War: Iraq Now. North Korea Next?"

Perle did not return phone calls or e-mails from the newspaper seeking comment.

VOCAL ADVOCATE OF WAR
One of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's closest advisers, Perle was a vocal advocate of going to war against Iraq and publicly questioned the reliability of some longtime U.S. allies, including France and Saudi Arabia.

He resigned as chairman of the Defense Policy Board on March 27 after it was reported he had worked as a consultant to bankrupt telecommunications company Global Crossing Ltd., which was trying to get Pentagon approval to be sold to Asian investors.

In offering his resignation, Perle, 61, denied any wrongdoing and said he didn't want questions about his outside interests to be a distraction to Rumsfeld. He remained a member of the board.

"The guiding principle here is that you do not give advice in the Defense Policy Board on any particular matter in which you have an interest," he said at the time. "And I don't do that. I haven't done that."

Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, has asked the Pentagon's inspector general to investigate Perle's business activities and any conflicts they might pose for his membership.

HALLIBURTON'S EXPANDED ROLE?
The report in the Times comes amid other questions regarding the war in Iraq and possible conflicts of interest.

Documents uncovered Tuesday showed that the emergency contract that the Bush administration gave Halliburton Co. to extinguish Iraqi oil fires also gave the firm a more lucrative role in getting the country's oil system up and running.

A congressional critic of the Houston company, formerly run by Vice President Dick Cheney, said the administration was hiding the expanded role.

A spokeswoman for Halliburton said the company's initial announcement of the contract on March 24 disclosed the larger role for its KBR subsidiary.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in a letter to Rep. Henry Waxman last Friday, disclosed that the no-bid contract included not only extinguishing fires but "operation of facilities and distribution of products."

Waxman, D-Calif., senior Democrat on the House Government Reform Committee, wrote Lt. Gen. Robert Flowers of the Corps of Engineers on Tuesday, saying the contract "is considerably broader in scope than previously known."

CHENEY DENIES LINK
The lawmaker also said the corps' proposal to replace the Halliburton contract with another long-term deal was at odds with administration statements that Iraq's oil belongs to the Iraqi people.

KBR was given the right to extinguish the oil fires under an existing, contingency contract. Cheney's office has said repeatedly the vice president had no role in the contract award.

Carol Sanders, a spokeswoman for the Corps of Engineers, said officials were reviewing the letter but had no immediate response.

Halliburton spokeswoman Wendy Hall pointed to the company's announcement of the contract in March, which she said revealed the extent of the work.

FROM THE PRESS RELEASE
The release said: "KBR's initial task involves hazard and operational assessment, extinguishing oil well fires, capping oil well blowouts, as well as responding to any oil spills. Following this task, KBR will perform emergency repair, as directed, to provide for the continuity of operations of the Iraqi oil infrastructure."

Hall said KBR is assisting Iraq's oil ministry to get the oil system operating.

Waxman countered, "Only now, over five weeks after the contract was first disclosed, are members of Congress and the public learning that Halliburton may be asked to pump and distribute Iraqi oil under the contract."

Waxman also has repeated the corps' statement that the contract could be worth up to $7 billion for up to two years, but the corps said that figure was a cap based on a worst-case scenario of oil well fires. In fact, few wells were burning during the war with Iraq, and the corps said that by early April, the company had been paid $50.3 million.

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Put the pressure on the Bush junta; write your senators (links provided) 12.May.2003 11:26

Dade Cariaga dadecariaga@hotmail.com

This story points up the blatant corruption of this administration! Richard Perle is a beast, a hypocrite, and a blatant liar. Write your senators and demand an investigation!

If you live in Oregon, you can write to Senators Smith and Wyden at:
 http://gsmith.senate.gov/webform.htm
 http://wyden.senate.gov/contact/

Washington residents can reach Senators Murray and Cantwell at:
 senator_murray@murray.senate.gov
 http://cantwell.senate.gov/contact/index.html

People, if we can keep the pressure on our elected representatives, there is a chance that we might actually wake them up enough to start doing something about this. If you'd like, copy and paste my letter. But, whatever you do, PLEASE WRITE!

Here's my letter:

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To the Honorable Senator [insert Senator's name here]

Senator, I'm writing today to urge you to call for a full congressional investigation into the apparent conflict of interest between Defense Policy Board member Richard Perle and the war in Iraq. In today's Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press reports:

"....Perle attended a Defense Intelligence Agency briefing in February and three weeks later participated in a Goldman Sachs conference call in which he advised investors in a talk titled 'Implications of an Imminent War: Iraq Now. North Korea Next?'"

You can read the full text of the article here:

 http://www.msnbc.com/news/910268.asp?0cv=CB10&cp1=1

Senator, if Mr. Perle stands to personally profit from foreign policy that he helps formulate, it is not only a conflict of interest, but out-and-out corruption! Further, although Mr. Perle may stand as the most egregious example to date, there are serious questions regarding Vice-President Cheney's role in Halliburton, which has recently been awarded "no bid" post-war government contracts in relation to Iraq's oil production. Mr. Cheney is currently being awarded a salary in absentia by this very entity!

You don't need a hound's nose to smell a rat in this cesspool.

This must be investigated by the Senate, the House of Representatives, and all appropriate governmental bodies. I hope and trust that you will do everything in your power to bring about such an investigation.

Sincerely,
[insert your name here]