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Iraq Oil Contract Details Withheld Due To "National Security"

How can anyone take this administration seriously? They're looting the nation and too few people are aware or care. If Cheney's energy notes containing maps of Iraqi oil fields are any indication, eventually this information will be made public and we'll listen to the deafening silence that follows. So what if Cheney's notes had maps of Iraqi oil fields and Halliburton was awarded no-bid contracts worth $7 billion to control and distribute Iraqi oil, the new fall season is on tv.
For Inmediate Release
September 12, 2003 Contact: Press Office
Contact: (202) 646-5172
PENTAGON STONEWALLS RELEASE OF KELLOGG, BROWN & ROOT DOCUMENTS ON IRAQI OIL CONTRACTS

Halliburton's "KBR" Granted Contract Options for Up to
$7 Billion Over 5 Years

"National Security" Claimed for Withholding Justification, Approval and E-Mails Concerning "Sole Source" Contract to KBR


(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, said today that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has refused to produce records, under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), pertaining to the decision to grant "sole source" contracts to Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root ("KBR"). Sole source contracts are awarded to a company without having to go through a competitive bidding process.

Vice President Richard B. Cheney was Halliburton's chief executive and chairman from 1995 to 2000, when he stepped down to be President George W. Bush's running mate. The Securities and Exchange Commission is currently investigating Halliburton's 1998 decision to change the way it accounted for revenue on cost-overrun projects. Last year Halliburton agreed to a $4 billion cash-and-stock deal to settle 200,000 asbestos lawsuits.

In a letter to Judicial Watch, dated September 5, 2003, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Counsel Richard L. Frenette claimed: "Thus far, the documents that have been located include justification and approval documents, which led to the award of a sole source contract to KBR and also a number of e-mail messages, all of which are classified documents." Under Exemption 1 of the FOIA, the government may protect "national security information" from disclosure to the public. Mr. Frenette went on to say that: "The contract is for a period of two years, with three one-year options, and the total amount of the contract cannot exceed $7 billion dollars."

"The Pentagon is acting like it has something to hide. And the news that their Halliburton contract could go up to $7 billion far exceeds any previous numbers put out by the Pentagon," stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

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for all those who think oil isn't important... 15.Sep.2003 15:51

this thing here

... or more specifically, the oil of iraq isn't worth talking about in light of recent events...

oil = national security. amount of oil available = national security. plans to increase the amount of oil available = national security. illegal plans to increase amount of oil availble = national security. oil = national security.

the oil of iraq is $7 billion important. and the fact that the specifics of these contracts were kept secret is a further signal of their importance. why is halliburton over there after all? because all that oil, second only to saudi arabia, lies underground, "un-monetized", in the disgusting jargon of businessspeak. given that this is an open ended contract, if it took halliburton $50 billion over 20 years to "liberate" that oil, i bet the contract would be re-written to say "not to exceed $50 billion, with an option for $50 billion more". whatever it takes, halliburton will get. again, that is the signal of how important it is...