Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Halliburton - Cheney Lied

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Cheney Lied

Vice President Dick Cheney, appearing last September on Meet the Press, told a national TV audience, "I have absolutely no influence of, involvement of, knowledge of in any way, shape or form of contracts led by the [Army] Corps of Engineers or anybody else in the Federal Government." But an internal Pentagon e-mail obtained by Time magazine reveals that Cheney's office had specific influence, involvement and knowledge of a multibillion-dollar Halliburton contract. The email, sent by an Army Corps of Engineers official, said the contract was approved contingent on informing the White House, but that the Corps "anticipate no issues since the action has been coordinated with the VP's [Vice President's] office."

CHENEY STILL HAS FINANCIAL TIES TO HALLIBURTON: Cheney has also repeatedly denied any financial connection to Halliburton. On 9/14/04 Cheney said, " I've severed all my ties with the company, gotten rid of all my financial interest. I have no financial interest in Halliburton of any kind and haven't had, now, for over three years." In fact, Cheney eceives more than $150,000 in deferred compensation each year from Halliburton and holds 433,000 stock options, which increase in value when the company's stock rises. Time Magazine reports that Cheney's "recently filed 2003 financial-disclosure form reveals that Halliburton last year invoked an insurance policy to indemnify Cheney for what could be steep legal bills 'arising from his service' at the company."