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September 10, 2005

Katrina Clean-Up: And the Winner Is . . . Halliburton
Posted by Suzanne Nossel

Last week, I warned that while we were all fretting over the fate of hurricane victims, firms with close ties to the Administration would be lining up for the reconstruction gravy train.  I pointed out that such firms, including principally Halliburton and its subsidiaries, had been accused of massive fraud, mismanagement and waste in relation to their roles roles in post-war Iraq.

Sure enough, its happening.  This story reports that Halliburton and Bechtel have already scored rich contracts for clean-up work on the Gulf Coast.   Members of Congress, the media and the public should demand accountability and insist that the people of New Orleans partake of the economic opportunities that will be created through the rebuilding effort.  The clean-up and reconstruction processes should be used as ways to lure people back to New Orleans to revive and reshape their city, not to line the pockets of the Administration's favorite large corporations.

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Where can a sub-contractor learn about available contracts ?

good question . . .

http://supplier.bechtel.com/bni/FEMA/Katrina.htm

Um. Yhe people of New Orleans. NO is empty (mostly) and has, thus, (mostly) no people.

So how is there anyone to employ, and why not just hire people to move into the area to do the work, with the idea being that they might just stay?

Good thought. Hire the right people and encourage them to stay, and you can design in the redistricting from the start.

bah.

Everything you could ever want to know about how Cheney used to run Halliburton.

Nothing about how the Shaw Group is run by the current chairman of the Louisiana Democratic party.

http://www.theind.com/political2.asp?CID=-1975237869

Feh.

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