Obama Gives Contract to Former Halliburton Subsidiary Under Criminal Investigation

The Associated Press: KBR wins contract despite criminal probe of deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense contractor KBR Inc. has been awarded a $35 million Pentagon contract involving major electrical work, even as it is under criminal investigation in the electrocution deaths of at least two U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

The announcement of the new KBR contract came just months after the Pentagon, in strongly worded correspondence obtained by The Associated Press, rejected the company’s explanation of serious mistakes in Iraq and its proposed improvements. A senior Pentagon official, David J. Graff, cited the company’s “continuing quality deficiencies” and said KBR executives were “not sufficiently in touch with the urgency or realities of what was actually occurring on the ground.”

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KBR was previously owned by Halliburton Co., the oil services conglomerate that former Vice President Dick Cheney once led. Democrats have long complained it benefited from ties to Cheney.

Separately, court papers filed in Houston on Friday show KBR is preparing to plead guilty to federal bribery charges for promising and paying tens of millions of dollars in bribes to officials in Nigeria in exchange for engineering and construction contracts between 1995 and 2004.

2 Responses

  1. Quote”Obama Gives Contract to Former Halliburton Subsidiary Under Criminal Investigation”

    I don’t like Obama, but, Obama had little or nothing to do with this contract being awarded to KBR.

  2. The Pentagon is not under the President?

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