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CHENEY WAR PROFITEER

by adrian more Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003 at 11:43 AM

cheney is a terrorist massmurderer and war profiteer

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http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=357118&group=webcast

impeach all these bastards, they are nothing except organized crime. They even have the stereotypical sneer. Oust these outre fascists.

The small number of people involved over and over in this is incredible--and it's only them! The only people profiting from the invasion of Iraq could fit in a freight elevator. How long are Americans going to stand there and shrug their shoulders that they KNOW there are criminals there who require jail or death for war crimes!

PICTURE: THE ONLY GOVERNMENT BUILDING IN BAGHDAD THE U.S. MILITARY PROTECTED: THE MINISTRY OF OIL, where Halliburton has set up shop in Iraq, Inc.

Hospitals were torched. Museums were looted. Hired (US/Mossad/British?) Arsonists in blue buses went around BURNING everything after the United States had conquered defenseless Iraq. UK Media reported on these blue buses. What, failed to hear about that from the US corporate military media state?





Thieves Like Us' - Cheney's

Backdoor To Halliburton

By Chris Floyd

The Moscow Times

10-24-3

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Secret deals with pals and patrons, secret profits that can't be traced, mutual funds to launder the money -- and plenty of cannon fodder to do the wetwork and take the blowback: Bush has turned America into a den of thieves.

. . .

Vanguard, as it happens, is the 10th-largest shareholder in -- oh, you guessed already! -- Halliburton. The fund owns 7.6 million shares in the firm, worth about 6 million. Thus any government contract that swells Halliburton's bottom line does indeed pour war profits straight into Cheney's bulging bank accounts. No amount of soap can wash away that fact.

Meanwhile, ***five of the other top 10 shareholders in Halliburton*** have big bucks parked with our old friends The Carlyle Group,. . .

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When they asked the outlaw Willie Sutton why he robbed banks, he put it to them straight: "That's where the money is."

It is of course physically -- not to mention politically -- impossible for the corrupt cadres of the Bush Regime to give a straight answer to anything, but if they could be forced to cough up the truth behind the conquest of Iraq, their reply would be identical to Sutton's. For although the cadres -- and the media commentariat -- have thrown up a dust storm of grandiose moral, strategic and ideological "reasons" for the war, each passing week brings new proof that the whole murderous farrago boils down to one thing: loot. "Follow the money" -- Deep Throat's abiding Suttonian wisdom -- is definitely the key to penetrating the grubby mysteries of the Bushist cargo cult.

Let's begin by following the money from the mounting pile of dead bodies in Iraq to the silk lining of Dick Cheney's trouser pockets. This month the mainstream American press woke up to the long-established fact that Cheney is still receiving oodles of boodle in "deferred compensation" from his old firm, Halliburton, which just happens to be the biggest gorger at the Iraqi trough.

These "revelations" forced the grim-visaged veep into a furious spin cycle: the terms of the deal were set before he took office, he'll give all the money to charity, his probity is irreproachable, blah blah blah -- the usual soft-soap, swallowed whole, as usual, by the media.

So bold was his defense that last week Bushist minions called on critics to issue a formal apology to the poor maligned unelected multimillionaire war profiteer (and former business partner of Saddam Hussein). But even granting the ludicrous assumption that Cheney was actually telling the truth about this particular arrangement -- which only involves chump change of a few hundred thousand dollars, after all -- the fact is that Halliburton is using a back door to fill its former chief's coffers with millions in blood money pumped directly from the corpses of American soldiers and Iraqi civilians.

This profitable arrangement was found hiding in plain sight last week by investigator Maggie Burns of the Progressive Populist. While the media mandarins were gulping soap, Burns committed the increasingly rare act of journalism by checking out Cheney's financial disclosure forms.

These show that Cheney has a minimum of million invested in The Vanguard Group, a leading mutual fund. (Given the deliberately vague, vast ranges of the "disclosure" forms, this nest-egg could be as high as million. We mere mortals are not meant to know).

Vanguard, as it happens, is the 10th-largest shareholder in -- oh, you guessed already! -- Halliburton. The fund owns 7.6 million shares in the firm, worth about 6 million. Thus any government contract that swells Halliburton's bottom line does indeed pour war profits straight into Cheney's bulging bank accounts. No amount of soap can wash away that fact.

Meanwhile, five of the other top 10 shareholders in Halliburton have big bucks parked with our old friends The Carlyle Group, where George Bush Sr. hangs out his shingle as a pricey corporate shill (and former bin Laden business partner). So Bush family coffers are definitely not forgotten when Halliburton goes to war.

But do let's be fair. After taking a bit of mild heat for larding Halliburton, Bechtel and other Bush-blessed firms with billion-dollar no-bid contracts, the Regime announced it was "opening up" competition for war pork. The new rules give potential contractors all of three days -- or even sometimes as much as seven whole days! -- to put together bids for major projects totaling hundreds of millions of dollars, The New York Times reports.

Oddly enough, most companies not already on the ground in Iraq are finding it difficult to meet these luxurious deadlines. "Oh, your company can't come up with specs for rebuilding the entire national highway infrastructure of Iraq in just three days? Too bad; guess we'll have to give it to Bechtel then. Here ya go, Bechs -- and by the way, thanks for that campaign check, pal! See ya at the ranch this weekend!"

Now this system of conquistador cronyism is going global. In a desperate bid to get some outside help in cleaning up the ungodly, bloodsoaked mess they've made, the Bushists struck a UN deal last week that will allow foreign countries who contribute to the pillaging -- sorry, the reconstruction -- of Iraq to funnel the cash to their own politically favored firms, The Guardian reports. Naturally, the Bushist occupation junta will "coordinate" the gobbling at this new trough, making sure the White House Vanguardians get their cut. At last, a form of internationalism that Bush can embrace!

But the sweetheart deals get sweeter yet for Homeland gobblers like Halliburton. First, most of the insider pork is being doled out in "cost-plus" contracts, with a company's profits tied to a project's "expenses." The more costs they ring up, the greater the profit: it's a green light for overruns, and a license to loot the public treasury.

But that's not all: The profits from these scams are being kept secret -- not only from those habitual saps, the American people, but also from the constitutionally mandated oversight of Congress, the Seattle Times reports.

Secret deals with pals and patrons, secret profits that can't be traced, mutual funds to launder the money -- and plenty of cannon fodder to do the wetwork and take the blowback: Bush has turned America into a den of thieves.

http://www.moscowtimes.ru/stories/2003/10/24/120.html



The 14 Defining

Characteristics Of Fascism

Free Inquiry

Spring 2003

5-11-3

Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each:

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.

6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed

to the government's policies or actions.

9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

THE U.S. FITS ALL FOURTEEN OF THESE CHARACTERISTICS!

BEWARE WORLD, YOU HAVE A REICH ON YOUR HANDS IN NORTH AMERICA!

STOP IT!

WWII IS BACK!

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