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Gayle in MD
12-11-2010, 08:18 AM
http://www.care2.com/causes/politics/blo...bribery-scheme/ (http://www.care2.com/causes/politics/blog/breaking-news-dick-cheney-charged-in-180-million-bribery-scheme/)

Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed charges against former Vice President Dick Cheney and the head of oil services firm Halliburton, over an alleged $180 million scheme to bribe Nigerian officials.

The EFCC filed 16-count charges at a federal high court in Abuja on Tuesday against Cheney, who once headed Halliburton, David Lesar, Halliburton Chief Executive, and two other executives of the company, in a case that dates back to the 1990s.

Halliburton Pleaded Guilty

Houston-based engineering firm KBR, a former unit of Halliburton, pleaded guilty last year to U.S. charges that between 1994 and 2004, it paid $180 million in bribes to Nigerian officials to secure $6 billion in contracts for the Bonny Island liquefied natural gas project in the Niger Delta.

At that time, KBR and Halliburton reached a $579 million settlement in the United States, but Nigeria, France and Switzerland have conducted their own investigations into the case. This was one of the biggest fines ever paid by a U.S. company in a foreign corruption case.

Destruction Of The Niger Delta

Given that the oil industry in the Niger Delta has brought impoverishment, conflict, human rights abuses and despair to the majority of the 31 million people living there, it would be nice if they could benefit from any settlement in this case.

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>Amnesty International Speaks Out

From Amnesty International: Pollution and environmental damage caused by the oil industry have resulted in violations of the rights to health and a healthy environment, the right to an adequate standard of living (including the right to food and water) and the right to gain a living through work for hundreds of thousands of people.</span>
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“Oil companies have been exploiting Nigeria’s weak regulatory system for too long,” said Audrey Gaughran of Amnesty International. “They do not adequately prevent environmental damage and they frequently fail to properly address the devastating impact that their bad practice has on people’s lives.”</span>

For the record, Halliburton is the world's second largest oilfield services corporation with operations in more than 70 countries. It has hundreds of subsidiaries, affiliates, branches, brands and divisions worldwide and employs over 50,000 people. Net income for 2009 was $1,145 million.

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>Former British KBR Executive Pleads Guilty

In a related story, a former British executive of KBR pleaded guilty in the same case on Monday, December 6, in a federal court in Houston, Texas. Wojciech Chodam was extradited from Britain to face charges in the U.S. and can now expect to spend five years in prison, with sentencing predicted for February 22, 2011.</span>

Could the same punishment happen to Dick Cheney?
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<span style='font-size: 14pt'>Dick Cheney charged over abuse in private prisons
US vice president Dick Cheney has been charged with "organised criminal activity" over allegations about abuse in privately-run prisons. </span>By Tom Leonard in New York 6:50PM GMT 19 Nov 2008
A grand jury in south Texas indicted Mr Cheney and Alberto Gonzales, the former Attorney General, on state charges that they blocked an investigation into the mistreatment of prisoners.

The indictment cites a "money trail" relating to Mr Cheney's financial stake in prison-related businesses, including the Vanguard Group, which has an interest in privately-run federal jails in the region.

According to a grand jury in Willacy County, Mr Cheney is "is "profiteering from depriving human beings of their liberty".

It also accuses him of a conflict of interest and of "at least misdemeanour assaults" on inmates because of his links to the prison companies.

Mr Gonzales is accused of using his position to "stop the investigations as to the wrong doings" in county prisons.

The grand jury wrote that it made its decision "with great sadness" but said it had no other choice but to indict the pair "because we love our country".

The indictment – which is being overseen by Juan Guerra, the local district attorney – has not been seen by a judge, who could dismiss it.

Juan Guerra has a history of launching eccentric court and political battles, and critics accused him of trying to settle old scores in his final weeks in office.

However, he insisted the decision to bring charges was made by the grand jury not by him.

He said the prison-related charges against the pair were a national issue and experts from across the US testified to the grand jury.

Willacy County has become a hub for prisons. Last month, a grand jury indicted the GEO Group, a Florida private prison company, for murder over the death of a Willacy County prisoner just days before his release.

The company stands accused of allowing other inmates to beat Gregorio de la Rosa to death with padlocks stuffed into socks.

In 2006, a jury ordered the company to pay de la Rosa's family $47.5 million in a civil judgment. The Cheney-Gonzales indictment makes reference to the de la Rosa case.

Mr Cheney's office said it could not comment until it had received an indictment.

George Terwilliger, Mr Gonzales' lawyer, said in a written statement: "This is obviously a bogus charge on its face, as any good prosecutor can recognise."

He said he hoped Texas authorities would take steps to stop "this abuse of the criminal justice system".

It is not the first time that the vice president's business interests have provoked controversy.

His relationship with Halliburton, the energy company of which he was once chief executive, was scrutinised after one of its subsidiaries won contracts worth more than $1.7 billion to repair Iraq's oil industry.

12-12-2010, 01:08 AM
Ypu know what's going to happen is they will bribe the Nigerians to drop the bribe charge. $ 500 M was mentioned.


Gayle in MD
12-12-2010, 08:08 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Qtec</div><div class="ubbcode-body">You know what's going to happen is they will bribe the Nigerians to drop the bribe charge. $ 500 M was mentioned.

Qp </div></div>

I was thinking the same thing.


I'd give anything to see that crook locked up, in a Nigerian Jail, with Rice and Bush on the same block!

Heven't heard about any of them traveling out of the country. Have you?


12-12-2010, 07:25 PM
Did you ever think these were all trumped up charges by a government that was bribed to go after Cheney in the first place?


Gayle in MD
12-13-2010, 06:54 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: eg8r</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Did you ever think these were all trumped up charges by a government that was bribed to go after Cheney in the first place?

eg8r </div></div>

<span style="color: #990000">This is DOCUMENTED!


12-13-2010, 08:38 AM
You really want to hold up the Nigerian legal system as a paragon of justice?

Gayle in MD
12-13-2010, 08:46 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Deeman3</div><div class="ubbcode-body">You really want to hold up the Nigerian legal system as a paragon of justice? </div></div>

<span style="color: #990000">Do you really want to take the position that Dick Cheney, is an honest man, above committing bribery?

ah, oh yes, he bribed the entire country, didn't he, bribed and scared all of us, as he destroyed Bill clinton's budget surplus, and ruined our economy, as he and his wealthy buddies, stole all of the wealth from other Americans.

The Shock Doctrine, all over again, but this time, right in America, instead of a foreign country alone, another tragedy, like the many Milton Freidman tragedies of human kind.

Dick Cheney is a criminal. He belongs in Jail. Bush, rumsfeld and Rice, should be in the same cell block, being waterboarded until they drop!..It's already been proven what he did, while CEO of Halliburton.</span>


12-13-2010, 09:26 AM
LOL, just like the secretary was documented.


Gayle in MD
12-13-2010, 09:30 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: eg8r</div><div class="ubbcode-body">LOL, just like the secretary was documented.

eg8r </div></div>


12-13-2010, 12:04 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Deeman3</div><div class="ubbcode-body">You really want to hold up the Nigerian legal system as a paragon of justice? </div></div>

For Gayle, when it comes to spreading dirt about those she hates, the source doesn't really matter.


12-13-2010, 12:25 PM
I suspected as much but she knows I can't read the red text so I have no idea what her response was! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Gayle in MD
12-13-2010, 12:30 PM

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>There is no question that he did it. The link above, proves it. </span>