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Top Twenty Iraq Oversight Outrages Uncovered by the DPC

Old 11-04-2006, 11:35 AM
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Republicans in Congress Refuse to Demand Accountability in Iraq;
Billions of Dollars Wasted, Our Mission Undermined


Over the last three years, Senate Democratic Policy Committee (DPC) hearings have uncovered massive waste, fraud, and abuse relating to government contractors operating in Iraq. This report presents twenty of the worst oversight outrages, as documented in testimony and evidence presented at DPC hearings:

1) Halliburton billed taxpayers $1.4 billion in questionable and undocumented charges under its contract to supply troops in Iraq, as documented by the Pentagon’s own auditors. More…

2) Parsons billed taxpayers over $200 million under a contract to build 142 health clinics, yet completed fewer than 20. According to Iraqi officials, the rest were “imaginary clinics.” More…

3) Custer Battles stole forklifts from Iraq’s national airline, repainted them, then leased the forklifts back to the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) through a Cayman Islands shell company — charging an extra fee along the way. More…

4) Halliburton allowed our troops in Iraq to shower, bathe, and sometimes brush their teeth with water that tested positive for e. coli and coliform bacteria. One expert has said that the troops would have been better off using the highly polluted Euphrates River. Halliburton has admitted that it lacked “an organizational structure to ensure that water was being treated in accordance with Army standards and its contractual requirements.” More…

5) Halliburton served the troops food that had spoiled or passed its expiration date. Halliburton managers ordered employees to remove bullets from food in trucks that had come under attack, then saved the bullets as souvenirs while giving the food to unwitting soldiers and Marines. More…

6) Halliburton charged taxpayers for services that it never provided and tens of thousands of meals that it never served. More…

7) Halliburton double-charged taxpayers for $617,000 worth of soda. More…

8) Halliburton tripled the cost of hand towels, at taxpayer expense, by insisting on having its own embroidered logo on each towel. More…

9) Halliburton employees burned new trucks on the side of the road because they didn’t have the right wrench to change a tire — and knew that the trucks could be replaced on a profitable “cost-plus” basis, at taxpayer expense. More…

10) Halliburton employees dumped 50,000 pounds of nails in the desert because they ordered the wrong size, all at taxpayer expense. More…

11) Halliburton employees threw themselves a lavish Super Bowl Party, but passed the cost on to taxpayers by claiming they had purchased supplies for the troops. More…

12) Halliburton chose a subcontractor to build an ice factory in the desert even though its bid was 800 percent higher than an equally qualified bidder. More…

13) Halliburton actively discouraged cooperation with U.S. government auditors, sent one whistleblower into a combat zone to keep him away from auditors, and put another whistleblower under armed guard before kicking her out of the country. More…

14) Halliburton sent unarmed truck drivers into a known combat zone without warning them of the danger, resulting in the deaths of six truck drivers and two soldiers. Halliburton then offered to nominate the surviving truck drivers for a Defense Department medal — provided they sign a medical records release that doubled as a waiver of any right to seek legal recourse against the company. More…

15) Halliburton’s no-bid contract to rebuild Iraq’s oil infrastructure was the worst case of contract abuse that the top civilian at the Army Corps of Engineers had ever seen. She was demoted after speaking out. More…

16) Under its no-bid contract to rebuild Iraq’s oil infrastructure contract, Halliburton overcharged by over 600 percent for the delivery of fuel from Kuwait. More…

17) Halliburton failed to complete required work under its oil infrastructure work, leaving distribution points unusable. More…

18) Iraq under the CPA was like the “Wild West,” with few limits and controls over how inexperienced officials spent — and wasted — millions of taxpayer dollars. More…

19) Cronies at the CPA’s health office lacked experience, ignored the advice of international health professionals, failed to restore Iraq’s health systems, and wasted millions of taxpayer dollars. The political appointee who ran the office had never worked overseas and had no international public health experience. More…

20) Administration officials promoted construction of a “boondoggle” children’s hospital in Basra, which ended up more than a year behind schedule and at least 100 percent over budget. More…

http://democrats.senate.gov/dpc/dpc-new2.cfm?doc_name=inv2

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Old 11-04-2006, 04:49 PM
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Is it not normal under an audit that monies not allocated properly on a balance sheet get re adjusted?

The company(s)is/are still obligated under contract to fulfilland complete the contracts and discrepenciescome out of the contract fees.

I read somewhere about a company pulling out because of too many employee deaths...so I am not sure how that would affect any contract obligations.
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Old 11-04-2006, 07:21 PM
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Not suprised that the Dems claimed to have found all kinds of abuse. If the shoe was on the other foot, the Repubs would have found the same things or more. Tis the year to play polotics. Thank God its almost over for this year and we will get a brief reast from political BS.
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Old 11-04-2006, 09:36 PM
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If a company is supplying the troops with water contaminated with e coli, that company's officers and anybody associated with the water supplies should be criminally prosecuted. There is no excuse for this crap.[:@]
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Old 11-04-2006, 10:54 PM
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The idea here is to put out as much trash & garbage, real or not, about the republicans to try to keep the republican/conservative turnout down. There's not much of anything on the democrat/left to vote for, so the only thing left viable it to suppress the turnout of the opposition, & hope that enough of the opposition fall for it.

No desire to get into a substantive discussion of the candidates & the issues; those are losers for most democrat candidates.
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Old 11-05-2006, 06:41 AM
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The idea here is to put out as much trash & garbage, real or not
Amazing, someone puts out a report about billions of our tax dollars being wasted and misapropriated, our troops being exposed to e coli and fed rotten foods, sending unarmed men into combat areas to be killed and instead of being outraged or even wondering if theres any truth to it you pass it off as politics.

Theres testimony in there from combat vetrans, US Army audits, doctors, the Defense Contract Management Agency, Haliburton Employees, High ranking members of the Army Corps, And a long list of others.You describe it as trash and garbage used to win an election as if all these people were making this up.Must be a republican thing, brush off billions of dollars in possible fraud but raise hell because the crackhead down the streets getting a 200$ welfare check from the governent.I dont care what parties in charge, if theres any truth to these claims someone should be fired, prosecuted, and stuck in one of our secret prisons as enemy combatants.More likely a lot of somebodies.
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Old 11-05-2006, 09:49 AM
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Of course Halliburton is going to run up cost, they are on a "Cost Plus" structure for their services. The higher the cost, the more they make. Personally, I'm ok with the high salaries and high cost, as I feel profit is a legitimate motivation to get a company in there. Is the UN there, how about the Red Cross? Nope, but Halliburton is, and the employees are dying, and the only remedy is to get out your check book. Has anybody seen the living conditions for HB employees? I just got an email from them the other day. Living military style bases, camel spiders, showering is rare and often done out of your water bottle, sleep on a cot, physical work required 7 days a week, subject to random gunfire, rpg fire and motor rounds, three meals a day often MRE's, if biological attack your body will be creamated etc, etc, etc. Probably not a job folks are going to take for 10 bucks an hour.
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Old 11-05-2006, 09:57 AM
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Living military style bases, camel spiders, showering is rare and often done out of your water bottle, sleep on a cot, physical work required 7 days a week, subject to random gunfire, rpg fire and motor rounds, three meals a day often MRE's, if biological attack your body will be creamated etc, etc, etc. Probably not a job folks are going to take for 10 bucks an hour.
They shopuld definately be allowed to steal Billions if they have to live that. It's not the upfront costs this article is about it's basically over charging and triple charing they have a name for that I believe it's fraud.
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ORIGINAL: Charlie P

Living military style bases, camel spiders, showering is rare and often done out of your water bottle, sleep on a cot, physical work required 7 days a week, subject to random gunfire, rpg fire and motor rounds, three meals a day often MRE's, if biological attack your body will be creamated etc, etc, etc. Probably not a job folks are going to take for 10 bucks an hour.
They shopuld definately be allowed to steal Billions if they have to live that. It's not the upfront costs this article is about it's basically over charging and triple charing they have a name for that I believe it's fraud.
Really? What is the going rate for bringing a company into this environment and having their employees killed and kidnapped? BTW, since when do democrats worry about fraud and overspending? For God sakes Charlie, take this for what it is, election day politics.
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Old 11-05-2006, 10:22 AM
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I really don't care if it's true.

What is the going rate for bringing a company into this environment and having their employees killed and kidnapped?
The going rate is what the employee agrees to. People going there knew exactly whet they were getting involved unless they have their head in the sand.

To me this isn't a Dem, Rep thing it's a ripping off the USA thing.
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