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Halliburton Subsidiary Searches the Globe for Cost-Effective
Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown
and Root, the US Military's largest
private contractor in Iraq, continues
to be at the center of allegations of
exploitation, abuse, and forced labor
trafficking among the many
subcontractors the company uses to
acquire low wage workers from third
world countries. Although the
Pentagon has outsourced an
unprecedented amount of the
support services for its Iraq
operation, it maintains that oversight
of labor   practices at its bases is the
responsibility of Kellogg Brown and
Root. Similarly, KBR officials refer all
questions about its workers to its
subcontractors, a vast array of
shadowy companies that operate in
South and  Southeast Asia.
KBR employs some 48,000 contract
workers in Iraq of which 35,000 are
estimated to be from third world
nations such as Nepal, Vietnam,
Bangladesh, and the Philippines.
Subcontractors travel to these
countries and lure young men with
promises of jobs in hotels in Kuwait
or Jordan, often charging exorbitant
fees to the prospective employees.
They are flown to the Middle East
and put on buses to US military
bases in Iraq, where they work in
service jobs such as cleaning, food
preparation, and construction for
wages as low as $170 a month.

Once in Iraq the workers must
endure harsh conditions including
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Connected Contractors Come To Clean Up
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
the federal government has
approved over $60 billion for disaster
relief and reconstruction in the
affected region. But tracking how
these funds are deployed has been
difficult and in some cases
impossible, with little public
information available and limited
federal oversight.

Critics charge that the procedure for
awarding contracts is open to abuse.
An investigation by the
revealed that most of the top
ten Katrina contractors were
substantial donors to Republican
political candidates,
and use a variety of powerful
lobbyists to promote their services.
Federal Emergency Management
Agency acting director R David
Paulison, appearing
before angry Congressional
committees, promised to re-bid four
$100 million contracts that went to
politically connected firms.None of
the ten largest contracts went to local
companies. Contracts were awarded
to firms from Indiana, Minnesota,
Georgia , and Texas. Two went to
California companies and four were
awarded to companies from Florida.
All of these companies had previous
relationships with the federal

Among the contracts to attract media
attention are a $236 million deal with
Carnival Cruises to provide three
ships to house relief workers, and the
hiring of an Alaskan construction
company to build temporary
classrooms when a Mississippi
contractor was available for
for the job. Republican Senator
Susan Collins of Maine,chairman
of the Senate Homeland Security
Committee told Mr. Paulison that
she perceived a "trail of missteps
that calls into question what has
been done during the last four
years and that continues to
plague the recovery even today."  
Government contracts are
required to be made public within
a specific time frame, but
disclosure laws were waived in the
aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Moreover, these reporting
requirements do not apply to
large contractors that have
ongoing relationships with the
federal government such as
Bechtel and Halliburton, which
each received contracts
exceeding $100 million in the first
week following the disaster.
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Government Used 'Covert Propaganda'
Influence Support of No Child Program
The Government Accountability
office has issued a report
charging that the Bush
Administration carried out a
program of propaganda to
support its educational testing
program called 'No Child Left

The Inspector General's report
revealed that the Bush
Administration violated the
'government-wide publicity or
propaganda prohibition' by
contracting to pay a quarter of a
million dollars to commentator
Armstrong Williams to promote the
education initiative on his
syndicated television show and in
speeches, newspaper columns
and commentaries.

The GAO report concluded that
"the commentary obtained as a
result of"
the financial arrangement with
Williams violated the law "because
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Armed Federal Forest Service
agents in Missoula Montana barred
admittance of environmental activists
to a press briefing announcing the
release of the final Middle East Fork
Environmental Impact Statement.  
The document represents the first
such environmental statement under
President Bush's 'Healthy Forests
Restoration Act'.  

The act was signed into law in 2003
following  a summer during which
forest fires destroyed thousands of
acres of forest and threatened
communities in Arizona, California
and Colorado.  President Bush's plan
is supposed to protect trees from the
devastation of forest fires by allowing
the logging of the nation's 'old
growth' forests.  Environmentalist's
concerns to protect these ancient
growths of forest, with trees over 400
years old, were answered by the
administration's inclusion of
provisions that "strengthened public
participation" by " encouraging early
public input" as log harvesting plans
would be developed.

In the case of the Middle East Fork
area in the Bitterroot Mountains of
Montana, the US Forest Service,
following the dictates of the Healthy
Forest Act,
opened their proposal to allow
cutting in a 4000 acre stand of old
growth Douglas Fir trees to public
comment in April 2005.  An
environmental conservation
group, the Native Forest Network,
requested under the freedom of
information act that the US Forest
Service disclose comments that
the general public had made
regarding the logging project and
the documents revealed that 98
percent of the commentary
opposed the logging plans.

The documents given to the
group also disclosed that the
forest service had contracted to
mark trees in the same old growth
acreage about which public
commentary was being collected
to prepare the forest for logging.

Many Montanans took the
marking of the trees in the old
growth acreage to indicate that
the public commentary would in
no way impact the decision of the
Forest Service which was
determined to turn the 4000 acres
over to the logging industry for
harvesting.  Some advocates of
protecting forests older
than the United States saw the tree
painting itself as outrageous and
destructive as only the trees that are
not to be cut down were marked with
large spray-painted W's.  Larry
Campbell of the organization Friends
of the Bitterroot observed that
"following this 'healthy forest' project
the public will be left with a forest of
stumps and spray-painted graffiti on
all the remaining trees."  The Forest
Service paid $162,000 to spray-paint
the 400 year old trees between April
and August this year.

The activists who were removed from
the Forest Service's  press
conference were dismayed but said
that their removal was indicative of a
process that feigned the inclusion of
public input and aggressively
pursued a foregone decision  to log
the virgin old growth acreage.  
Bitterroot Forest Supervisor Dave
Bull said his staffing the press
conference with armed federal law
enforcement officials wearing bullet
proof vests and ejecting the activists
was done to protect attendees from
the local community.  Bull told
reporters from the
Missoulian, "we
felt we needed to make a safe
environment for them."
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The Senate Judiciary
Committee has passed a bill
that would require that all
suspects who are arrested or
detained by federal police
authorities give a DNA sample
that would be stored in a
gigantic federal database.  
Currently, only those citizen's
convicted of a crime are
required to provide DNA
samples for government
database storage.  

The bill would eliminate
statutes which prohibit DNA
tracking of individuals who are
arrested or detained but who
are never convicted of a

While the bill allows the
collection of DNA from
arrestees, it does not contain a
requirement for federal
authorities to remove the
collected genetic information
from government databases of
those detainees who are later
found to be innocent.  The
DNA of those never charged
with a crime would remain in
the databases indefinitely.

The bill's sweeping
diminishment of privacy rights
has prompted concern from
civil rights watchdog groups
and privacy rights activists.   
The American Civil Liberty
Union has sent a letter of
protest to the committee's
chairman, Arlen Spector

The bill, the ACLU writes,
would require the most
intrusive search of arrestees
"without any requirement of
individual suspicion."  The
ACLU warns that The law
would remove the presumption
of innocence and "people will
be penalized for either being
arrested or detained, even if
the detention or arrest is
was 'covert' in that it did not disclose to
the targeted audiences that it was
sponsored by the Department."

The department of Education also
hired a public relations firm to create
21 'news videos' which praised the
educational program to be distributed
to America's local TV stations as
straight news stories.  The firm also
received tens of thousands of
government dollars to monitor news
programing and news articles to see if
they promote the message that  "the
Bush Administration/GOP is committed
to education".  

Williams, who was dropped from
syndication shortly after his cover
relationship with the government was
revealed recently negotiated with
federal investigators to return some of
the funds he was paid by the
Department of Education.
meals, lack of adequate hygiene,
and a constant threat of violence.
The videotaped execution of
twelve Nepalese workers by
insurgents in 2004 led to riots in
Nepal and promises on all sides to
crack down on the more abusive
practices of the labor traffickers.
But the sheer number of
employment procurement
subcontractors and the lack of
international oversight makes
reform difficult.

Although millions of Iraqis are
unemployed as a result of the US
invasion,  military contractors are
forbidden from using Iraqi labor
because of security concerns.
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