USA: Cheney’s Halliburton to profit from Katrina

This video from the USA is called Roundtable Discussion with Hurricane Katrina Survivors 1.

From the Google cache:

USA: Cheney’s Halliburton to profit from Katrina

Linking: 13 Comments: 44

Date: 9/3/05 at 7:18PM

Mood: Looking Playing: Money, money, money, by Abba

The Bush administration gets much criticism of its mismanagement of the Katrina tragedy.

While people needed help and didn’t get it, W was on holiday, played guitar, and propagated Medicare cuts.

Condoleezza Rice went holidaying, buying 3000 $ shoes in New York City.

While her department did nothing positive about foreign offers to help Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

And Vice President Dick Cheney?

Also on holiday, doing nothing for the victims.

But Cheney’s former? corporation Halliburton were extremely busy doing something for their profits.

From Peek blog:

Halliburton‘s KBR to do Katrina cleanup

Posted by Evan Derkacz on September 3, 2005.

And you won’t believe who’s lobbying for them.

Thanks, Halliburton!

For its ineptitude and dishonest business practices, Halliburton’s contracts ought to have been cancelled not extended, as they were in 2004.

And although it falls under a contract already in place, it’s nonetheless disturbing that administration cronies will profit from this catastrophe in any way — direct or indirect. On your dime no less.

From Halliburton Watch:

“The US Navy asked Halliburton to repair naval facilities damaged by Hurricane Katrina, the Houston Chronicle reported today.

The work was assigned to Halliburton’s KBR subsidiary under the Navy’s $500 million CONCAP contract awarded to KBR in 2001 and renewed in 2004.

The repairs will take place in Louisiana and Mississippi.”

Here’s the kicker:

“In March, the former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is tasked with responding to hurricane disasters, became a lobbyist for KBR.

Joe Allbaugh was director of FEMA during the first two years of the Bush administration.”

Allbaugh also happens to be a former Bush campaign manager and chief of staff. (Halliburton Watch)

From the Google cache, 9/3/05:

Interviewed by Dutch RTL4 TV, an African American woman in New Orleans said: “We are one of the richest countries in the world … but look how they treat us.”

The reporter said the care level in New Orleans is what one might expect in a refugee camp in Darfur in Sudan.

If people try to walk to dry areas where there is food, armed soldiers stop them.

Tornado disaster in Florida, 2007: here.

17 thoughts on “USA: Cheney’s Halliburton to profit from Katrina

  1. Halliburton and the laundry take-over

    In an email home on September 29, Brayden described how the US multinational Halliburton took over the lucrative laundry facilities at the Baghdad airport.

    Stationed here at BIAP (Baghdad International Airport) for the past year, we saw the local Iraqis open up a laundry facility on post last summer. It was quite a relief to know that we wouldn’t have to wash our own clothes by hand (nothing worse than endeavouring to get Iraqi sand out of your socks).

    The BIAP Laundry Service, at the southern end of the airport, a half-way point between BIAP-West and BIAP-East, opened up at the southern end of the airport, and quickly grew in size.

    Pretty soon it was handling the drudgery of washing soldiers’ dirty T-shirts, underwear and uniforms, for everyone stationed here — more than 30,000 soldiers and civilians.

    Of course, they had some hiccups running such a large operation … [however] overall they did a good job with a one-day turnaround on most bags. It was entirely Iraqi run — managed by an English-speaking Iraqi woman of about 45 — which many soldiers liked, also because they could drive over to check out the young Iraqi girls who also worked there.

    A couple of months ago, Kellog, Brown & Root (KBR), the Halliburton subsidiary that has so many lucrative military contracts with the US government decided that it, too, wanted to get in on the laundry business.

    They opened up two laundry facilities; one on BIAP-West, right down the street from my battalion’s encampment, and one on BIAP-East, a couple of blocks down from the Iraqi-run operation.

    It didn’t matter to me, because I kept taking my laundry to the Iraqi-run BIAP laundry. I liked the people; they were there first, and I thought it made good sense to support a local operation.

    I found out yesterday, however, that KBR had out-bid the BIAP Laundry Service and my little Iraqi-run operation is closing down. Now, we’ll have no choice but to use the KBR laundry facilities.

    This makes me a little disheartened, because KBR chooses not to employ local Iraqis in any of its operations. Not only did a good local Iraqi business get shut out by a big American competitor, good local Iraqi people that want and need work are being shut out every day by an American corporation that is importing cheap labourers instead of using the locals.

    I’m no businessman, but something tells me somebody is getting rich off of the US occupation of Iraq, and it’s not the Iraqi people.

    From Green Left Weekly, March 9, 2005.


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