Friday, May 09, 2003

Lawmaker Ridicules Halliburton, Says It has links to "axis of evil" countries

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Halliburton, the oil services giant once headed by Vice President Dick Cheney, has done business in Iran, Iraq and Libya for years despite US embargoes, according to documents released by a lawmaker. A letter from Representative Henry Waxman, obtained Tuesday, said Halliburton's dealings with countries cited by Washington as state sponsors of terrorism or members of the so-called "axis of evil" dates back to the 1980s. The dealings "appear to have continued during the period between 1995 and 2000, when Vice President Cheney headed the company; and they are apparently ongoing even today," said Waxman, a Democrat and frequent critic of President George W. Bush's administration. axman, who has previously expressed concern about Halliburton's multimillion dollar contracts for postwar Iraq, made his latest comments in a letter April 30 to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. "Halliburton has recently been awarded a leading -- and lucrative --- role in the US war against terrorism," Waxman wrote. "Yet there is also evidence from press accounts and other sources that indicates that Halliburton has profited from numerous business dealings with state sponsors of terrorism, including two of the three members of President Bush's 'axis of evil.'" >>Full story...

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