Just the skins off the potatoes


Halliburton Pleads ads Guilty To Destroying Gulf Oil Spill Evidence:

July 25 (Reuters) – Halliburton Co has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and will pay the maximum possible statutory fine, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday.

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Halliburton the Houston based and “very politically connected” company that “Tricky” Dick Chaney was attached to has agreed to pay a $55 million to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to try and avoid taking the Gulf oil spill to court. The $55 million fine to Halliburton is like Bill Gates dropping .05 out of his pocket.

If Halliburton did go to court and the jury was privy to all of the company’s deceitful historical tactics, the fine could have been in the billions.

Over the years the company has paid out billions of dollars in fines for mismanagement, over charging, doubling billing, criminal offenses and a litany of other offenses.  How does a company like Halliburton get away with paying minimal fines but never gets thrown off of the vendors list for the government? Connections, connections and more connections.

So the moral of this story is; get the right judge to hear the case; make sure that all of his relatives are taken care of for life and settle without a jury for a minimal amount. That is the American way of big business.

Naturally, a spokesperson for Halliburton did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Are they ever?

Is it beyond the realm of imagination that because Cheney used to be the CEO of Halliburton that this company seems to be “bullet proof”? Everything they have ever been suspect of seems to have been swept under the rug or to pay a small fine.

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The follow articles are just a few of the highlights of what Halliburton has gotten away with doing government work:

http://www.socialistappeal.org/usa/halliburton_scandal.html

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2005/04/18/8257012/

http://www.vanguardngr.com/2012/10/180m-halliburton-scandal-two-ex-heads-of-state-battle-jonathan/

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/5669867/ns/business-corporate_scandals/t/pentagon-probes-halliburtons-iraq-work/

http://www.thenation.com/blog/156800/dick-cheneys-250-million-get-out-jail-free-card#

I certainly has paid big time for Halliburton to be connected to the right people in high places.

As of 2005 Halliburton made over 10 billion dollars doing mostly “non-bid/no audit” government work. In other words they had no competitors for the work that the government “GAVE” them. That number certainly has to have tripled since then.

Was it just a co-incident that Ex-Vice President Dick Cheney’s stock options rose from $241,498 in 2004 to over $8 million in 2005, an increase of more than 3,000 percent?

When Dicky decided to leave Halliburton to become vice president his severance pay was a whopping $35 million dollars. How do you like those apples? He got a $35 million dollar “going away present” but  cost our government billion if not trillions of dollars where he was very instrumental in getting us involved in wars that we had no business getting involved in. More importantly the 5,000 killed and thousands of people cripple and maimed for life. Is it possible that these wars were started in part for the rich to richer? I think that had a lot to do with it. If that is a fact these people have no heart or soul.

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This $50 million dollar fine they are paying the government for the Gulf oil spill disaster are just the “skins off of the potatoes”.

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How about jail time for tampering with the evidence? That is a serious criminal offense. If the company was not connected to Cheney they would have been put out of business with the very first scam. Their laundry lists of criminal charges are too long to list.

Offenses and punishments relating to witnesses withholding evidence:

(1) Subject to this section, a person who gives, offers or agrees to give a benefit to another person who is or may be required to be a witness in judicial proceedings (whether proceedings that are in progress or proceedings that are to be or may be instituted at a later time) or to a third person as a reward or inducement for the other person’s—
(a) not attending as a witness at, giving evidence at or producing a thing in evidence at the proceedings; or
(b) withholding evidence or giving false evidence at the proceedings, is guilty of an offense.
Maximum penalty: Imprisonment for 10 years.
(2) Subject to this section, a person, who is or may be required to be a witness at judicial proceedings (whether proceedings that are in progress or proceedings that are to be or may be instituted at a later time), who seeks, accepts or agrees to accept a benefit (whether for himself or herself or for a third person) as a reward or inducement for—
(a) not attending as a witness at, giving evidence at or producing a thing in evidence at the proceedings; or
(b) withholding evidence or giving false evidence at the proceedings, is guilty of an offense.
Maximum penalty: Imprisonment for 10 years.
(3) Subject to this section, a person who prevents or dissuades, or attempts to prevent or dissuade, another person from—
(a) attending as a witness at judicial proceedings (whether proceedings that are in progress or proceedings that are to be or may be instituted at a later time); or
(b) giving evidence at, or producing a thing in evidence at, such proceedings, is guilty of an offense.
Maximum penalty: Imprisonment for 10 years.
(4) A person is not guilty of an offense against subsection (3) unless the person knows that, or is recklessly indifferent as to whether, the other person is or may be required to be a witness or to produce a thing in evidence at the proceedings.
(5) A person who does an act with the intention of deceiving another person in any way in order to affect the evidence of the other person at judicial proceedings (whether proceedings that are in progress or proceedings that are to be or may be instituted at a later time) is guilty of an offense.
Maximum penalty: Imprisonment for 10 years.
(6) A person is not guilty of an offense against this section if there is lawful authority or a reasonable excuse for his or her action.

We all know what the old saying is “money walks and s – -t talks.

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