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Halliburton admits it might have bribed Nigerian government
2 Sept. 2004
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (HalliburtonWatch.org) -- Halliburton's lawyer told the Wall Street Journal today that the company's KBR subsidiary "may" have bribed Nigeria's government to win an $8.1 billion contract to build a natural gas liquefaction plant. James Doty, an attorney for the Houston law firm Baker Botts, told the Journal that "people may at the time have been planning or contemplating the necessity of money for the purpose of making bribes." Doty based his comment on newly uncovered written notes from KBR employees which suggest that bribes were discussed to win the Nigeria contract. "There is no way to read these materials and not be concerned about that," Doty told the Journal. The notes were discovered over the last 10 days by Halliburton's lawyers and were written between 1993 and 1998.
Pete Hisey points out that James Doty is the same guy who investigated Bush in the Harken deal. Good snag Pete!
$40 Million Memory – Smear Boat Veteran’s Fuzzy Memory Clear Up After Receiving Federal Contract From Bush Administration
Web Of Connections Grows Wider: $40 Million Contract From The Bush Administration And A “Swift Shift In Stories.” Four days ago, retired naval Rear Adm. William L. Schachte Jr. seconded accusations made by the group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth seeking to discredit Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kerry's record in Vietnam. But since then, Democrats have discovered that Schachte is also a long-standing supporter of President Bush and a lobbyist whose client FastShip Inc. recently won a $40 million grant from the federal government.
According to a March 18 legal filing by Schachtes firm, Blank Rome, Schachte was one of the lobbyists working for FastShip on issues such as the effort to win funding for a new marine cargo terminal. On Feb. 2, Philadelphia-based FastShip announced that it would receive $40 million in federal funding for the project. In addition, David Norcross, Schachte’s colleague in the Washington office of Blank Rome, is chairman of this week's Republican convention in New York. Records also show that Schachte gave $1,000 to Bush's 2000 and 2004 campaigns. [Washington Post, 8/30/04]
Like A Lead Balloon
So it looks like the first twins aren't going to make it in the world of Republican stand-up. Some of the more interesting quotes from the article:
"...the twins seemed to amuse themselves more than the crowd."
"Some delegates in Madison Square Garden seemed startled when Jenna Bush accused her beloved grandmother Barbara of being too opinionated..."
"Cheney stared back stone-faced. "
"They also referenced a speech given at the Democratic convention by the daughters of their father's opponent, John Kerry, by saying they, too, had a hamster. But unlike in the Kerry household, where the presidential candidate jumped into the water to save the family pet, "let's just say ours didn't make it," Barbara Bush said."
"And, if we really beg them, they will even 'Shake it Like a Polaroid Picture,' " said Jenna."
Sheesh. Somebody's parents just didn't raise them right.
Holy 'Consciously Failed to Act'! Batman!
Half of New Yorkers Believe US Leaders Had Foreknowledge of Impending 9-11 Attacks and “Consciously Failed” To Act; 66% Call For New Probe of Unanswered Questions by Congress or New York’s Attorney General, New Zogby International Poll Reveals
The poll is the first of its kind conducted in America that surveys attitudes regarding US government complicity in the 9/11 tragedy. Despite the acute legal and political implications of this accusation, nearly 30% of registered Republicans and over 38% of those who described themselves as "very conservative" supported the claim.
The charge found very high support among adults under 30 (62.8%), African-Americans (62.5%), Hispanics (60.1%), Asians (59.4%), and "Born Again" Evangelical Christians (47.9%).
(Editor's Note: It's really hard to determine what to snip from this article -- You might as well read the whole darned thing.)
SCOPE: The poll covered five areas of related interest: 1) Iraq - do New Yorkers think that our leaders "deliberately misled" us before the war (51.2% do); 2) the 9/11 Commission - did it answer all the "important questions" (only 36% said yes); 3) the inexplicable and largely unreported collapse of the third WTC skyscraper on 9/11 - what was its number (28% of NYC area residents knew); 4) the question on complicity; and 5) how many wanted a new 9/11 probe. All inquiries about questions, responses and demographics should be directed to Zogby International.