March 08, 2008
Restoring Morality to Washington, Chapter 4,032:

More news from Halliburton, which as you will recall has Vice President Dick Cheney on its payroll to this day. I urge you to read it the whole story in the Boston Globe. Benumbed as we are from our long wallow in the squalor of the most corrupt administration in American history, this still retains the power to shock.

CAYMAN ISLANDS — Kellogg Brown & Root, the nation’s top Iraq war contractor and until last year a subsidiary of Halliburton Corp., has avoided paying hundreds of millions of dollars in federal Medicare and Social Security taxes by hiring workers through shell companies based in this tropical tax haven.

When Texas pipe-fitter Danny Langford applied for unemployment compensation after being let go by Service Employers International Inc., he was rejected, he was told, because he worked for a foreign company.

More than 21,000 people working for KBR in Iraq — including about 10,500 Americans — are listed as employees of two companies that exist in a computer file on the fourth floor of a building on a palm-studded boulevard here in the Caribbean. Neither company has an office or phone number in the Cayman Islands.

The Defense Department has known since at least 2004 that KBR was avoiding taxes by declaring its American workers as employees of Cayman Islands shell companies, and officials said the move allowed KBR to perform the work more cheaply, saving Defense dollars…



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at March 08, 2008 06:04 PM
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Hey, warthogs are intelligent and playful if not cute. KBR isn't cute. It's not a part of Halliburton anymore, either, since April 2007. Since KBR is dependent on Pentagon contracts, and Halliburton seems to be moving to the UAE, Cheney or his buddies probably thought it best to divest. I would guess that on or before Jan, 2009, KBR will stop using Cayman shells to defraud Americans and the USA. But, hey, it was a phenomenal 8 years. Better even than the Brown-Root partnership with LBJ.

Posted by: Craig Nelson on March 9, 2008 1:33 AM

Craig, warthog babies are the cutest animals on earth. If you ever have a chance to see warthog babies playing, in a zoo setting or otherwise, I encourage you to do so. You will never forget it.

The "wallowing in mud" imagery sure fits, though, doesn't it!

Why does so much of politics consist of we, the people, trying to protect ourselves from getting robbed?

Posted by: lorri on March 10, 2008 10:09 AM

When do we finally get to eat our share of the barbecue? Hopefully soon.

Posted by: Buck on March 10, 2008 5:44 PM
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