[Anger is a major manifestation of PTSD. But that is not to say that anger is necessarily misplaced or even wrong. Sometimes anger is just anger. Dick Cheney makes me angry:
- his five deferments from the draft during Vietnam
- his lies about WMD in Iraq and throwing his chief of staff under the bus for it
- his permission to allow flights to Saudi Arabia in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, when all other international flights were cancelled.
And then there is his association with multinational corporate giant Haliburton. You remember them, they won a non-competitive bid contract to rebuild every place around the world we decided to bomb into oblivion after 9/11. Despite multiple contract violations, they are still sucking from the teat of the US taxpayer. We bomb, they bank on building. (By the way, I place Blackwater, or whatever they call themselves these days, in the same rotting boat of mercenary war profiteers.)]
Unaoil Bribes the World
There is a little known company that operates out of tax haven Monaco that you should know about: Unaoil. According to http://cnn.com it is “the company that bribed the world … and has systematically corrupted the global oil industry, distributing many millions of dollars worth of bribes on behalf of corporate behemoths including Samsung, Rolls-Royce, Halliburton and Australia’s own Leighton Holdings.”
The Huffington Post http://huffingtonpost.com reports that, “after a six-month investigation across two continents, Fairfax Media and The Huffington Post can reveal that billions of dollars of government contracts were awarded as the direct result of bribes paid on behalf of firms including … Halliburton …”
Two sources, same conclusion.
[Dick Cheney’s Halliburton made billions of dollars from the Iraq war. (photo: Getty Images)]
CNN goes on to explain that everyone should care about the problem with international corporate corruption because “bribery fuels political instability — and it’s a propaganda tool for terrorists.” Moreover, Unaoil’s blatant participation “wasn’t winning contracts because of its expertise — it was winning them by paying millions of dollars in bribes to corrupt officials.”
It would seem more than naïve to believe that Haliburton only started paying bribes after Cheney stepped down as its head. The skunk is reported to have made upwards of $40 million dollars in his last year at Haliburton, the year he recommended himself to “W” as best qualified person to be vice president. How many people died so that Cheney and his cronies could live the good life? He doesn’t care. That’s what makes me angry.
[For a detailed description of Haliburton’s dealings and alleged illicit actions go to WatchCorp’s website:
Follow-up Report. On April 1, this headline:
Unaoil chiefs questioned by police after Fairfax Revelations
The article confirms the information above. Here are excerpts from The Huffington Post’s follow-up:
The headquarters of the Monaco-based oil company Unaoil and the homes of its executives have been raided by police in the wake of revelations in recent days that it has systematically corrupted the global oil industry.
In a statement, the Monaco government said it was helping British authorities investigate the “vast corruption scandal” revealed in recent days by Fairfax Media and The Huffington Post.
Police moved after Fairfax Media broke the story late on Wednesday (March 30) that Unaoil and its owners, the Ahsani family (Saman, Cyrus, and Ata below),
used multi-million dollar commissions to bribe corrupt governments in oil rich states to win contracts for large western firms such as … Halliburton …
Fairfax Media revealed on Thursday (March 31) that the British police had teamed up with the Australian Federal Police, the US Department of Justice and the FBI to investigate the vast cache of emails on which our stories have been based.
I don’t trust everyone in government, that’s pretty obvious, I guess. But that doesn’t make me paranoid. But the anger I feel about people who benefit from sending “us” off to senseless wars is real and it is deep.
Do you think Cheney will ever be brought to justice? No, me neither.