----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- LINKS LIST-HALLIBURTON http //www corpwatch org/sites/default/files/Goodbye%20Houston pdf https //www desmogblog com/2015/01/22/fracking-boom-expands-near-chaco-canyon-threatens-navajo http //www disputingblog com/jones-v-halliburtonkbr-jury-reaches-verdict/ https //www daily-times com/story/money/industries/oil-gas/2017/07/30/putting-chaco-canyon-debate- perspective/479829001/ https //www nytimes com/2013/07/26/business/halliburton-pleads-guilty-to-destroying-evidence-after-gulf-spill html https //www npr org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1559574 http //www politifact com/truth-o-meter/statements/2010/jun/09/arianna-huffington/halliburton-kbr-and-iraq-war- contracting-history-s/ http //www simplyjustice com/halliburton https //en wikipedia org/wiki/Halliburton ARTICLES Corp Watch http //www corpwatch org/sites/default/files/Goodbye%20Houston pdf Excerpt: GOODBYE, HOUSTON: This year Halliburton’s chief executive officer David Lesar will say goodbye to his downtown Houston offices to wing his way to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. He also may have bid adios to a Texas size tax bill. Last year’s revenue of $22.58 billion – up from $20.24 billion in 2005 – was a respectable increase, if not quite the $4 billion leap in revenue reported for both 2003 and 2004.1 What stands out for the year of Lesar’s move was the company’s gross profits: they jumped more than a billion dollars, triple what they were in 2004. Unfortunately for the company, much of that extra money has had to be paid out to the federal government in taxes. Tax experts say that the move to Dubai, even though the company is still registered in the U.S., may slash the company’s contribution to the U.S. Treasury in years to come. http //www corpwatch org/sites/default/files/Goodbye%20Houston pdf New York Times Halliburton Pleads Guilty to Destroying Evidence After Gulf Spill. Clifford Klauss (2013/07/25) https //www nytimes com/2013/07/26/business/halliburton-pleads-guilty-to-destroying-evidence-after-gulf- spill html Excerpt: Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty to destruction of critical evidence after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, the Justice Department announced on Thursday. The oil services company said it would pay the maximum allowable fine of $200,000 and will be subject to three years of probation. It will also continue its cooperation in the government’s criminal investigation. Separately, Halliburton made a voluntary contribution of $55 million to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. https //www nytimes com/2013/07/26/business/halliburton-pleads-guilty-to-destroying-evidence-after-gulf- spill html NPR Examining Halliburton's 'Sweetheart' Deal in Iraq. Experts Say Lucrative Contracts Yield Razor-Thin Profit Margins. John Burnett. 2003/12/22 https //www npr org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1559574 Excerpt: Oil services company Halliburton has come under intense scrutiny over its multi-billion-dollar contracts with the U.S. military in Iraq. Congressional critics want to know if the company is engaging in gold- plating contracts -- inflating costs and pocketing the difference. Other critics charge that Halliburton has seemingly become another branch of the U.S. military, while the company's former chief executive officer, Dick Cheney, is now the vice president. https //www npr org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1559574 Politifact Halliburton, KBR, and Iraq war contracting: A history so far. Angie Drobnac Holan (2010/06/09) http //www politifact com/truth-o-meter/statements/2010/jun/09/arianna-huffington/halliburton-kbr-and- iraq-war-contracting-history-s/ Excerpt: And we'll also stipulate that there is a mountain of evidence that many American companies profited off of the government's inefficient contracting system during the rebuilding of Iraq. Dick Cheney was secretary of defense from 1989 to 1993, during the administration of President George H.W. Bush. A few years after leaving office, he became chairman and chief executive officer of Halliburton, a Houston-based oil services company. He led Halliburton until 2000, when he left to run for vice president on a ticket with George W. Bush. The Iraq war began a few years later. Most of the allegations of waste involving Halliburton focus on a subsidary company that Halliburton acquired in 1962, then known as Brown & Root. A series of mergers under Halliburton's ownership led to its current name, Kellogg, Brown & Root, or KBR. Halliburton's KBR held one of the largest contracts given during the Iraq war effort, the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program, or LOGCAP, which was part of the trend of government outsourcing traditionally military duties to the private sector. (We're focusing on the LOGCAP contract in this report because it's the contract that has the potential for "hundreds of millions of dollars" in fraud. There have been other isolated allegations of fraud that involved significantly smaller amounts.) http //www politifact com/truth-o-meter/statements/2010/jun/09/arianna-huffington/halliburton-kbr-and- iraq-war-contracting-history-s/ Simply Justice http //www simplyjustice com/halliburton Excerpt: Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Involvement Halliburton provided the cement work on the Deepwater Horizon, which was said to be the cause of the oil spill. The improper cementing done by Halliburton would ultimately lead to the oil igniting and causing an explosion. This would cause more that 1.84 million US gallons of oil to be released into the Gulf of Mexico and would spark several lawsuits and federal investigations on the company. Overall, this oil spill was considered to be the largest marine oil spill in the entire history of the petroleum industry. As of February 2013, the total criminal and civil payments and settlements would cost the company $42.2 billion dollars, while the totals are continuing to add up. http //www simplyjustice com/halliburton SELECT TOPICS Throughout its years of operation, Halliburton has been put under many different controversies. While many of these controversies were brought to court, Halliburton would be required to pay billions for overall damages it has caused. Some of Halliburton’s controversies include: 2002 Harris County, Texas facility was releasing toxic chemicals 2003 Iraq War 2005 Jamie Leigh Jones incident where she was gang raped by seven co-workers at KBR - see also: http //www disputingblog com/jones-v-halliburtonkbr-jury-reaches-verdict/ 2006 Farmington, New Mexico facility created toxic cloud 2009 Oil spills in the Timor Sea off Australia 2010 Nigerian government filed corrupt charges against Dick Cheney as chief executive 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion These are merely a few of the most significant cases brought to Halliburton over the past years, however many individuals have lost their lives, suffered damages, and lost jobs due to the Gulf of Mexico oil spills. http //www simplyjustice com/halliburton Deep Water New York Times 2013/07/25 Halliburton Pleads Guilty to Destroying Evidence After Gulf Spill. Clifford Klauss https //www nytimes com/2013/07/26/business/halliburton-pleads-guilty-to-destroying-evidence-after-gulf-spillhtml Excerpt: Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty to destruction of critical evidence after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, the Justice Department announced on Thursday. The oil services company said it would pay the maximum allowable fine of $200,000 and will be subject to three years of probation. It will also continue its cooperation in the government’s criminal investigation. Separately, Halliburton made a voluntary contribution of $55 million to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. https //www nytimes com/2013/07/26/business/halliburton-pleads-guilty-to-destroying-evidence-after-gulf- spillhtml Fracking Local - San Juan County, NM, Farmington, NM etc. Includes San Juan Basin with its Mancos Shale Desmog: Fracking Boom explands near Chaco Canyon Threatens Navajo (2015/01/22) Photo: Halliburton truck at a fracking industry site on Route 550 in New Mexico. ©2015 Julie Dermansky https //www desmogblog com/2015/01/22/fracking-boom-expands-near-chaco-canyon-threatens-navajo By 2013, flares started illuminating the sky between Counselor and the entrance to Chaco Canyon. “Within two years, the area went from undeveloped for oil to becoming a mess. Lack of planning is resulting in wasting natural gas by flaring,” Eisenfeld said. “If the pipeline is permitted, the fracking industry will expand exponentially,” Einsefeld warns. Actor and environmentalist Robert Redford weighed in on the proposed pipeline in a letter to the BLM: “I am writing today to respectfully ask that you deny Saddle Butte LLC’s permit for the Pinion Pipeline. This pipeline will forever change, and in some cases decimate lands owned by the Navajos, private owners and the state and federal government. As important, it will mean thousands of new oil wells at a time when the price of oil has plummeted and climate change threats have increased dramatically.” https //www desmogblog com/2015/01/22/fracking-boom-expands-near-chaco-canyon-threatens-navajo Farmington Daily Times Putting Chaco Canyon [Fracking] Debate in Perspective. Seems to be written by George Sharpe, Merrion Oil /Gas Investment Mgr (2017/07/30) https //www daily-times com/story/money/industries/oil-gas/2017/07/30/putting-chaco-canyon-debate- perspective/479829001/ Nigeria https //en wikipedia org/wiki/Halliburton KBR, one of Halliburton's subsidiaries at the time, paid bribes to high-ranking Nigerian officials between 1994 and 2004. Under a deal reached with the U.S. Justice Department, Halliburton has agreed to pay $382 million to settle the bribery case.[13] https //en wikipedia org/wiki/Halliburton Editing this was moved from the fat leonard/singapore section on jan 15, 2022 it needs to be incorporated into the right section or deleted if a duplicate General Dynamics Corp Watch: General Dynamics Corporation http://www.corpwatch.org/section.php?id=12 Blackwater, the questionable use of private military contractors Brookings dot edu: Peter Singer - The Dark Truth About Blackwater (10/02/2007) Excerpt: When we evaluate the facts, the use of private military contractors appears to have harmed, rather than helped, the counterinsurgency efforts of the U.S. mission in Iraq, going against our best doctrine and undermining critical efforts of our troops. Even worse, the government can no longer carry out one of its most basic core missions: to fight and win the nation’s wars. Instead, the massive outsourcing of military operations has created a dependency on private firms like Blackwater that has given rise to dangerous vulnerabilities….Our dependency on military contractors shows all the signs of the last downward spirals of an addiction. If we judge by what has happened in Iraq, when it comes to counterinsurgency and the use of private military contractors, the U.S. has locked its national security into a vicious cycle. It can’t win with them, but can’t go to war without them. https://www.brookings.edu/articles/the-dark-truth-about- blackwater/ -------------------- Comments: As with anything involving Iraq or the Middle East, keep an eye on sectarian battles anywhere, including inside courtrooms. Be sure to identify the racial, country, political, ideological and religious identities of people reporting on these topics. Although this particular topic seems global, multifaceted with many players, and responded to by diverse legal responses including more than one country and agency, hidden sectarian issues can be lurking around the corners. The Age 2016 The company that bribed theworld https://www.theage.com.au/interactive/2016/the-bribe-factory/day-1/the-company-that-bribed-the-world.html Excerpt: UNAOIL: THE COMPANY THAT BRIBED THE WORLD In the list of the world's great companies, Unaoil is nowhere to be seen. But for the best part of the past two decades, the family business from Monaco has systematically corrupted the global oil industry, distributing many millions of dollars worth of bribes on behalf of corporate behemoths including Samsung, Rolls-Royce, Halliburton and Australia's own Leighton Holdings. Now a vast cache of leaked emails and documents has confirmed what many suspected about the oil industry, and has laid bare the activities of the world's super-bagman as it has bought off officials and rigged contracts around the world. https://www.theage.com.au/interactive/2016/the-bribe-factory/day-1/the-company-that-bribed-the-world.html note: Huffington Post might have issues blocking objective reporting while promoting certain themes. See: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/04/25/a-huffpost-column-calling-to-disenfranchise-white- men-is-declared-hate-speech-in-south-africa/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.58de41ff6568 Al Jazeera 2020/10/08 UK Oil Executive sentenced over Iraq bribery plot. https //www aljazeera com/news/2020/10/8/uk-oil-executive-sentenced-over-iraq-bribery-plot source: reuters 2020/10/08 Former Unaoil executive sentenced over Iraq bribery worth $1.7bn: t his is the third sentence handed down by a London judge after a five-year investigation Basil al-Jarah admitted to paying $17m in bribes to clinch $1.7bnworth of oil projects in post-occupation Iraq A British former executive at Monaco-based oil and gas consultancy Unaoil has been sentenced to three years and four months in jail for bribing Iraqi public officials to clinch $1.7bn worth of oil projects in post-occupation Iraq. https //www aljazeera com/news/2020/10/8/uk-oil-executive-sentenced-over-iraq-bribery-plot source: reuters Reuters 2020/07/ 13 Former Unaoil managers convicted in Britain of Iraq bribery. By Kirstin Ridley https //uk reuters com/article/uk-britain-unaoil-corruption/former-unaoil-managers-convicted-in-britain-of-iraq- bribery-idUKKCN24E20Y Excerpt from Reuters-2020/07/13: LONDON (Reuters) - Two former managers of Monaco-based energy consultancy Unaoil have been convicted in Britain of bribing Iraqi officials to clinch lucrative oil projects as the war-ravaged country tried to boost exports after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. The verdict marks a milestone in the British arm of a four-year, global inquiry into how Unaoil, once run by the prominent Ahsani family, helped major Western companies secure energy projects across the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa over two decades. A London jury found British-Lebanese Ziad Akle, Unaoil’s former Iraq territory manager, and Stephen Whiteley, a British former manager for Iraq, Kazakhstan and Angola, guilty of plotting to make corrupt payments to secure oil contracts between 2005 and 2010. But after a marathon 19 days of deliberations, the jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case against Paul Bond, a British one-time Middle East sales manager for Dutch-based oil and gas services company SBM Offshore. He faces a retrial, the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) confirmed. The three men denied any wrongdoing. “These men dishonestly and corruptly took advantage of a government reeling from dictatorship and occupation and trying to reconstruct a war-torn state,” said SFO head Lisa Osofsky. “They abused the system to cut out competitors and line their own pockets.” https //uk reuters com/article/uk-britain-unaoil-corruption/former-unaoil-managers-convicted-in-britain-of-iraq- bribery-idUKKCN24E20Y SMH Sydney Morning Herald 2020/07/24 Justice for the Iraqi people': Unaoil executive jailed in massive oil corruption scandal. By Bevan Shields. https //www smh com au/world/europe/justice-for-the-iraqi-people-unaoil-executive-jailed-in-massive-oil- corruption-scandal-20200723-p55ez1 html London: A British judge says the jailing of a man who "sold his soul" by joining a major corruption ring will hopefully offer some sense of justice to the Iraqi people whose vast oil fields were exploited after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Ziad Akle was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday for his "leading role" in the Unaoil corruption scandal first exposed by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age in 2016. https //www smh com au/world/europe/justice-for-the-iraqi-people-unaoil-executive-jailed-in-massive-oil- corruption-scandal-20200723-p55ez1 html The FCPA Blog [FCPA says of itself: News and commentary about white-collar crime, enforcement, and compliance] 2019/11/06 Who did Unaoil work for? By Richard L. Cassin https //fcpablog com/2019/11/06/who-did-unaoil-work-for/ Excerpt: According to data from FCPA Tracker, Unaoil has been identified as an intermediary in FCPA-related investigations involving these firms: Honeywell International Inc.; Baker Hughes; John Wood Group PLC; TechnipFMC plc; SBM Offshore N.V.; Petrofac Limited; KBR, Inc.; FMC Technologies, Inc.; Core Laboratories N.V.; ABB Ltd The agencies involved in the still-open investigations include the DOJ and SEC, along with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the UK Serious Fraud Office, the Brazil Office of the Comptroller General, the Brazilian Federal Prosecutor’s Office, and the Scotland Crown Office. The DOJ information (charging document) against the Ahsani brothers said in addition to SBM Offshore Rolls-Royce plc, 25 other companies were part of the Unaoil bribe-paying conspiracy. The DOJ didn’t name the 25 companies. Rolls-Royce reached a global settlement with prosecutors in the UK, the United States, and Brazil in January 2017 that required it to pay a combined total of about $809 million. SBM Offshore paid the DOJ a criminal penalty of $238 million in November 2017 to resolve FCPA offenses in Brazil, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan, and Iraq. https //fcpablog com/2019/11/06/who-did-unaoil-work-for/ Updates-Halliburton: 2021/01/04 PAGE STARTED-Halliburton; moved from rivergold dot net; earlier rivergold dot net’s updates--Halliburton Page started 07/04/2018 Updates-Unaoil: 2021/01/05 PAGE STARTED-Unaoil, moved from rivergold dot net, with some additions today (SMH, Reuters, Al Jazeera showing 2020 July activity)
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