Monday, September 18, 2006

Halliburton Hard At Work...Defrauding The American Taxpayers And Poisoning Our Troops

Today the Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a meeting on contracting practices in Iraq where former Halliburton and KBR (a subsidiary of Halliburton) employees detailed personal instances they witnessed of waste, fraud and abuse perpetrated by Vice-President Cheney's former company.

Senate Policy Committee Ranking Member Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) expressed outrage over the lack of accountability by the GOP-controlled Congress of war profiteering by Halliburton and their sweetheart no-bid contracts.

Not only is Halliburton abusing and taking advantage of American taxpayer dollars, but they're also putting our troops in danger by supplying them with water that is "more contaminated than raw water from the Euphrates River."

Halliburton also offers wounded employees the US Defense of Freedom medal on the condition that they sign away their right to sue. Of course, they mislead the wounded employees by saying that the document is a medical disclosure form when, in fact, it frees Halliburton from any legal liabilities.

Supporting the troops goes far beyond sticking yellow ribbons on the back of your car and parrotting the GOP mantra. How about holding Halliburton accountable for knowingly providing our troops with toxic water and wasting our money? For all their talk of being the party that "supports the troops", the Republicans don't seem to want to investigate these serious allegations.


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