war profiteering

UN begins probe into Bhutto killing; Pakistan to determine ultimate culpability

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"...Out West, where you vacation, the aspens will already be turning. They turn in clusters, because their roots connect them..."
      -- I. Scooter Libby to Judith Miller,
        September, 2005
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From an AFP News Brief on France24.com comes this news:

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UN begins probe into Bhutto killing

A UN commission appointed to investigate the assassination of Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir Bhutto began work on Wednesday, a spokesman said.

The panel, which has a six-month mandate, is being led by the Chilean ambassador to the United Nations, Heraldo Munoz, and includes an Indonesian ex-attorney general and an Irish former police official.
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Good news for the potential for justice, but only if the investigation can get through to the roots of the problem. Deadeye Dick may not have anything to worry about, but -- perhaps fortunately for the rest of us -- the Aspens may not actually turn in clusters, but they are all connected at their roots:

An Open Response to Halliburton

Promoted. Originally posted 2009-06-25 15:51:21 -0400. -- GH

BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE

An Open Response to Halliburton

Ms. Gabriel,

I’m writing in response to your June 23rd request for an immediate correction to a statement made regarding the Halliburton Corp. in my June 20th article, Healthcare: Why Can't We Get the Congressional Option? Your communication reads as follows:

FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

The article, “Healthcare: Why Can't We Get the Congressional Option?” posted Saturday, June 20, on The Wattree Chronicle contains information about Halliburton that is completely misleading and incorrect.

Halliburton is not a military contractor. Halliburton is one of the world’s largest providers of products and services to the energy industry, and serves the upstream oil and gas industry throughout the lifecycle of the reservoir – from locating hydrocarbons and managing geological data, to drilling and formation evaluation, well construction and completion, and optimizing production through the life of the field.

You will note that all of the government services and engineering and construction businesses have been and remain with KBR. To confirm, KBR and Halliburton are completely separate and independent of each other. Halliburton separated KBR from the company in April 2007 (http://www.halliburton.com/public/news/pubsdata/press_release/2007/corpnws_040507a.html.

We respectfully request you make this correction immediately.
Kind regards,

Diana Gabriel
Senior Manager, Public Relations
Halliburton

diana.gabriel@halliburton.com
Office: 713.759.2608
Cell: [Redacted]
Fax: 281.575.5790

While I am always careful to obtain multiple sources for any assertions that I make in my articles, nevertheless, I went back to objectively revisit the facts just in case it was necessary to accommodate your request.

Five Civilian Contractors In Iraq Held In The Death Of A U.S. Civilian Contractor

Hat-tip to Lady SaraBeth of Delphi Forums for the heads-up.

Our own intrepid Susie Dow has been writing about this sort of thing for months, along with some pieces by Jim Staro, Jan Barry, Connecticut Man, Cho and others. It's still happening. It's still not acceptable. But hopefully, this is the start of some degree of accountability. Via CNN:

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5 contractors held in U.S. death in Iraq

Five American security contractors have been detained in connection with the killing of another American contractor inside Baghdad's Green Zone, sources told CNN on Saturday. James Kitterman's bound and blindfolded body was found last month in a car in the heavily protected district. The 60-year-old Houston, Texas, resident owned a construction company that operated in Iraq. full story
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For those who are interested, we have a short compilation over the fold of some recent coverage on the stories of civilian contractors missing or killed in Iraq.

With Malice Aforethought: Iraq, Permanent Bases, and Iran

Throughout the entire tenure of the George W. Bush Administration, they have been lying to us. Congressional Republicans who served any time since 2001 can no longer deny their role and complicity. The final bits are coming to light now that vindicate the cries of those of us who insisted that the invasion of Iraq was intended from day one of this Administration's tenure -- long before 9-11 happened.

It also bodes ill for Iran's short-term prospects.

There's a dKos diary that hit with this news early -- by Framlingham. Go give Recommends & tips.

The implications -- for the US, for the next President, for the current pResident, for members of the GOP who were in Congress anytime during the 2001-2008 timeframe. Now, we're talking about intention to deceive and malice aforethought.

Now we're assured of an Administration leaving behind a unholy, historic legacy of treason, war crimes, crimes against humanity, dereliction of duty, war profiteering, negligence, graft, corruption, voter suppression, obstruction of justice, and even major violations of the RICO act.