imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Bechtel corruption info.

by David Baker...........edited by Sytemfailure Monday, Apr. 21, 2003 at 2:26 PM

Bechtel Corporation Info. -- Employees: 47,000 -- Current projects: 900 -- Countries: 60 -- Ownership: Bechtel family -- Founded: 1898 -- Major projects: BART, Boston's Big Dig, Hoover Dam and the Channel Tunnel rail link between Britain and France. -- Revenues: .4 billion (2001)

USA: Bechtel to Rebuild Iraq

Politically Connected Firm Wins 0 Million Bid

By David R. Baker

Bechtel Corp., the San Francisco construction giant known for its global reach and high-powered political connections, won a contract Thursday worth up to 0 million to rebuild Iraqi roads, schools, sewers and hospitals damaged in the war.

The contract, sought by the nation's largest construction firms, places Bechtel squarely in the middle of U.S. efforts to reshape Iraq.

The company will repair Iraq's waterworks, its electrical grid and its sewage systems. Bechtel also may dredge the seaport of Umm Qasr -- gateway for food and medical supplies flowing into the country -- as well as repair Iraq's airports.

The U.S. Agency for International Development, in charge of picking companies for Iraq's reconstruction, offered few details Thursday of why it chose Bechtel. The selection process, which was cloaked in secrecy because of national security concerns and which was open only to U.S. companies that were invited to bid by the government, angered critics in Congress and abroad.

Bechtel, however, pointed to its 60-year history building pipelines, airports and oil sites in the Middle East as credentials for the job. The company has roughly 1,000 people stationed in the region.

"Bechtel is honored to have been asked by USAID to help bring humanitarian assistance, economic recovery and infrastructure reconstruction to the Iraqi people," Tom Hash, president of Bechtel National, said in a prepared statement Thursday. "We will now begin meeting with USAID to start detailed planning on this important effort."

The contract is the largest for Iraq's reconstruction so far awarded by USAID, which has also hired companies to piece back together the country's education system and run the Umm Qasr seaport. Although the government may spend 0 million on the contract during the next 18 months, the initial award to Bechtel Thursday was far smaller, totaling .6 million.

Many predict, however, that the reconstruction job could lead to other lucrative work in Iraq, as the country rebuilds after decades of international sanctions and war.

"Presumably, if you are the first one in to do the initial work, the easiest thing to do is to say, 'OK, you get the next contract,' " said Michael Tierney, visiting assistant professor of government at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, before Thursday's announcement. "Whoever it is will presumably have the inside track."

The government's process of picking companies to rebuild Iraq drew its own protests.

Foreign firms resented being shut out. Government watchdogs noted that all six of the companies bidding on the contract Bechtel won Thursday donated heavily to American politicians -- .6 million between 1999 and 2002, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Most of the money went to Republicans. Bechtel and its employees contributed .3 million to federal campaigns and candidates over the past three years, with 59 percent going to Republicans and the rest to Democrats.

Bechtel's corporate board includes George Shultz, secretary of state during the Reagan administration. Riley Bechtel, the firm's chairman and chief executive, was recently appointed to President Bush's export council. Caspar Weinberger was a Bechtel director, vice president and general counsel before becoming Reagan's secretary of defense in 1980.

Fluor Corp., one of Bechtel's top competitors for the job, boasts as a board member retired Adm. Bobby Inman, former head of the National Security Agency and deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Last year, Fluor also hired a former Army official who oversaw the Pentagon's procurement program.

"It raises the possibility that the companies specially invited to bid on this huge government contract were those with deep pockets and strong connections," said Steven Weiss, spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics. "And companies that may have been just as qualified but didn't have as much money or didn't have the connections weren't invited."

In addition to Bechtel and Fluor, the government reportedly also invited Louis Berger Group Inc., Parsons Corp., Washington Group International Inc. and a subsidiary of Halliburton Co. to bid on the reconstruction work.

Bechtel's connections run to the top of USAID. The agency's director, Andrew Natsios, briefly ran Boston's Big Dig, a mammoth project in which Bechtel and another construction firm are burying miles of freeway beneath the city's downtown. Massachusetts politicians have blamed Bechtel and its partner for allowing costs to balloon on the .6 billion effort.

Natsios' experience with Bechtel, however, probably would not have made a difference in the company's bid for Iraq reconstruction work. Although he heads the agency, he does not pick the companies that receive reconstruction contracts, instead leaving that job to a procurement specialist and two independent panels.

Iraq won't be the first Middle Eastern country reshaped by Bechtel.

The company first started working in the Persian Gulf during World War II and never left. Bechtel built or expanded early refineries in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to feed the allies' need for fuel.

After the war, Bechtel stretched a pipeline 850 miles across the desolate Saudi desert to Jordan. The company built an electrical plant to light the Saudi capital of Riyadh, linked the city to the Persian Gulf with a new railroad and later added an airport. Muslim pilgrims from Jidda travel to the holy city of Mecca on a Bechtel-built highway.

When coalition forces drove Iraq's army from Kuwait in 1991, much of the cleanup work fell to Bechtel.

The company was one of several that extinguished oil wells set ablaze by the Iraqis and mopped up lakes of crude spilled into the desert. When the fires were out, Bechtel took the lead in repairing the damaged pipelines, production sites and shipping terminals trashed by retreating soldiers.

Mary Ann Tetreault, a professor of international affairs at Trinity University in Texas, visited Kuwait before and after Iraq's invasion. Many Kuwaitis, she said, were convinced Bechtel had paid off the royal family to win the contract, a perception Bechtel denies. Although Bechtel won't say how much it received, most estimates put the contract's worth at roughly billion.

Report this post as:

Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 29 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
Other recent multinational projects systemfailure Monday, Apr. 21, 2003 at 2:53 PM
Thank God fresca Monday, Apr. 21, 2003 at 7:15 PM
And people are complaining... daveman Monday, Apr. 21, 2003 at 11:32 PM
So what your really saying is.... systemfailure Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 1:43 AM
Yes daveman Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 2:03 AM
wow you ever answer questions? systemfailure Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 2:45 AM
I did answer the question... daveman Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 3:01 AM
Your the expert on Americanism systemfailure Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 3:48 AM
You offered the criticism... daveman Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 3:52 AM
thanks for admitting defeat systemfailure Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 3:54 AM
Yes, I've read them... daveman Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 5:53 AM
It'll never happen fresca Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 6:29 AM
This article was predictable Josef Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 6:32 AM
The Key point is... Diogenes Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 6:33 AM
Yes, that is the point. daveman Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 7:37 AM
davie proves he has... Diogenes Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 7:39 AM
Very well, daveman Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 7:45 AM
I did not assert that to be the case... Diogenes Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 7:49 AM
Oh, Gee, I'm so... Diogenes Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 8:01 AM
COINTELPRO COINTELPRO Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 11:26 AM
COINTELPRO daveman Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 11:29 AM
Caveman-neocon systemfailure Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 11:32 PM
Fine. daveman Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 11:53 PM
OneEyedMan KPC Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 9:56 AM
"In the land of the... daveman Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 10:19 AM
The corruption runs deep T. P. Monday, Mar. 24, 2008 at 3:53 AM

Local News


lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Tech workers organize A24 6:24PM

Architect Stephen Francis Jones A24 3:01PM

UN Forum Wrestles with Economic Policies 10 Years After Financial Crisis Islands Call for A24 12:34PM

Xyloglossie attitudinale A23 8:07AM

Shadowgun Legends Hack and Cheats A23 7:24AM

What does the Quran Say About Islamic Dress?? A21 4:15PM

Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée A20 11:22AM

The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion A20 7:14AM

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges A09 4:18AM

Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes A08 10:33PM

Amy Goodman interview on cell phone safety A08 10:29PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy