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France Indicts Cheney for illegal activities

The Vice President is currently under investigation by French authorities for bribery, money laundering and misuse of corporate assets while at Halliburton and also faces a U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission probe of a $180 million "slush fund" that may have been used to pay bribes.
Repost from the Capitol Blue
 http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_4799.shtml

Vice President Dick Cheney faces criminal indictments for illegal activities while CEO of energy giant Halliburton and also illegally intervened to secure a $7 billion no-bid contract for his former employer after his election to office, an analysis by the White House counsel's office concludes.

The Vice President is currently under investigation by French authorities for bribery, money laundering and misuse of corporate assets while at Halliburton and also faces a U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission probe of a $180 million "slush fund" that may have been used to pay bribes.

Although the White House Counsel analysis is not available to the public because of the secrecy of "attorney-client privilege," it has generated speculation among senior White House aides who suggest the Vice President should step down as President George W. Bush's running mate for the November Presidential elections. Such talk has increased in GOP circles lately with former New York Senator Alfonse D'Amato Wednesday calling on Bush to dump Cheney.

Those who have read the analysis say it presents a "devastating" case against the Vice President and concludes Cheney has violated both the "spirit and intent" of federal laws on conflict of interest.

Even worse, Cheney faces indictment by a French court on charges of bribery, money laundering and misuse of corporate assets because of fraud associated with the construction of a $6 billion petrochemical plant built by Halliburton in Nigeria in partnership with Technip, one of France's largest petrochemical engineering companies.

Cheney is under investigation by Judge Renaud van Ruymbeke, one of France's famous investigating magistrates. Ruymbeke is a legend in legal circles because of his investigation into French campaign scandals in the 1990s, resulting in multiple indictments and convictions of top officials.

Because of Ruymbeke's work on the case, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has opened an investigation into a $180 million "slush fund" that the French judge says was used to pay bribes.

London Lawyer Jeffrey Tesler, a consultant to Halliburton, admitted under oath in May that he made payments from the fund to Albert "Jack" Stanley, president of Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root and a longtime friend and associate of Cheney. The payments, Tesler said, were personally approved by Cheney, who headed Halliburton at the time.

Although Cheney left his position at Halliburton before becoming Vice President, his financial disclosure statements show he continues to receive dividends from stock as well as deferred compensation from the company.

At least $5 million in payments to Stanley from the fund were wired to a secret numbered bank account in Zurich which Judge Ruymbeke discovered belonged to the KBR President. Tesler also testified he paid another $350,000 to another KBR executive, William Chaudran, through another secret bank account on the isle of Jersey.

Cheney served as CEO of Halliburton from 1995 until 2000 and approved the Nigerian contract in 1999. Halliburton publicly announced on June 18 it was "severing all ties" with Stanley, admitting he had received "improper personal benefits" while serving as President of KBR. Sources within Halliburton say the company's internal investigation clearly implicates Vice President Cheney but acknowledge the investigation will remain sealed in light of the company's $7 billion sweetheart contract with the Pentagon for work in Iraq.

French Judge Ruymbeke, however, is said to be offering Stanley a deal if he implicates Cheney and sources within the French legal system say the judge has more than enough to indict the Vice President on charges of bribery, money laundering and misuse of corporate assets.

The assessment of the White House counsel's office agrees that Cheney faces "serious legal implications" from the pending French indictments and add that the Vice President's illegal and unethical lobbying on behalf of Halliburton for the no-bid contract "raises additional questions."

Cheney, however, is standing firm and recently told Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont to "fuck off" when the Senator questioned him on the Halliburton matters.

According to White House sources, President George W. Bush laughed the matter off at a recent cabinet meeting.

"Fuck 'em all," Bush said.

The President's bravado, however, is not shared by worried White House aides. Some point to the last vice president to step down because of fraud and corruption - Spiro T. Agnew, who served under President Richard M. Nixon, another Republican forced to leave office because of scandal
please be accurate with headlines 13.Jul.2004 17:17

tsalagi red

Cheney hasn't yet been indicted. He is under investigation. That's not the same thing.

... 13.Jul.2004 17:38

this thing here

>Cheney, however, is standing firm and recently told Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont to "fuck off" when the Senator questioned him on the Halliburton matters.

According to White House sources, President George W. Bush laughed the matter off at a recent cabinet meeting.

"Fuck 'em all," Bush said.<

... children in grown up clothes. criminals in priests clothes. psychopaths in business suits...

Just an anecdote 13.Jul.2004 20:26

Me

I was talking to my brother-in-law the other day, a staunch Republican. He was complaining about Michael Moore criticizing Cheney about Haliburton. My brother-in-law said that Cheney shouldn't be penalized for having been a businessman. When I told him that Cheney was not a businessman until he became CEO of Haliburton, but had been in politics or the executive branch his entire career, my brother-in-law was surprised and this seemed to make him think a bit.

Cheney and your brother-in-law. 13.Jul.2004 21:37

so

Just about every cabinet member from both parties wind up in the private sector making much more than they did when they were working as a public servant.

Cheney was Defense Secretary under Bush Sr.

Did you expect him to take a job washing cars, or mowing lawns when he got out in 1992?

William Cohen (Clinton's defense secretary) is now on the board of Global Crossing.

If your upset with a revolving door, I agree. If you think that makes them criminals, then I don't agree.

it's not just the revolving door... 13.Jul.2004 23:26

zero_sum0g

it's the blatant conflicts of interest (Cheney's administration awarding no-bid contracts in Iraq to Halliburton, while receiving deferred compensation from them etc.) that are entirely criminal.

FDR (famous dead white guy) said that war profiteering (such as we are seeing in the White House today) was the highest treason that could be committed by a US citizen. Sure, he wasn't a Republican, and speaking somewhat rhetorically, but...

Mr. Magistrate better watch his back 13.Jul.2004 23:45

pix

if I were this legendary magistrate, I'd be wearing kevlar, and watching my back.

accountable? 14.Jul.2004 15:21

greg snyder

so far cheney has not been held accountable for any of the countless illegal, unethical, heinous things that he has pushed through while weilding the political power of the vice presidency. his atrocities probably started at the beginning of his political career so no one will ever know exactly the extent of his machinations. the only question i have is will he ever be made accountable for any of his actions. it would be gratifying if he were only made to pay for the obvious things he is on record for doing. at least that would be a start. i think that what france is doing is truly great. hopefully, it will make some kind of a difference and it would truly be wonderful if it serves as a springboard for real prosecution and then extraction of penalties. still if that were ever to happen it would not be enough. it never could be enough.

Play Nicely, Boys 14.Jul.2004 15:50

Veto

I think he should be incarcerated with Ken Lay and they can live happily ever after as butt buddies, screwing something other than the American public, for a change.

A MOST DANGEROUS GAME 14.Jul.2004 20:42

check out Cheney

TRANCEformation of America. On August 3rd, 1977 the 95th U.S. Congress opened hearings into the reported abuses concerning the C.I.A.'s TOP SECRET mind contol research program code named MK Ultra. On February 8th 1988, an MK Ultra victim, named Cathy O'Brien, was covertly rescued from her mind control enslavement by Intelligence insider Mark Phillips. Their seven year pursuit for justice was stopped FOR REASONS OF NATIONAL SECURITY. TRANCEformation of America (book copyright 1995) exposes the truth behind this criminal abuse of the Unconstitutional 1947 National Security Act. [excerpt] Cheney's face turned red with rage. He was on me in an instant, slamming my back into the wall one arm across my chest and his hand on my throat, choking me while applying pressure to the carotid artery in my neck with his thumb. His eyes buldged and he spit as he growled, "If you DON'T mind me, I will kill you. I could kill you--KILL you--with my bare hands. You're not the first and you won't be the last. I'll kill you any time I goddamn well please. "He flung me on the cot-type bed that was behind me. There he finished taking his rage out on me sexually. www.trance-formation.com