Monday, May 31
Does the Bush administration
have a black eye over Iraqi
Halliburton Bills US for Empty Trips
Twelve current and former truckers who regularly made the 300-mile re-
supply run from Camp Cedar in southern Iraq to Camp Anaconda near
Baghdad told Knight Ridder that they risked their lives driving empty trucks
while their employer, a subsidiary of Halliburton Inc., billed the government
for hauling what they derisively called "sailboat fuel."
In addition to interviewing the drivers, Knight Ridder reviewed KBR records
of the empty trips, dozens of photographs of empty flatbeds and a videotape
that showed 15 empty trucks in one convoy.
"Sometimes we would go with empty trailers; we would go both ways," said
one driver who goes by the nickname Swerve and declined to be named for
fear of retribution. "We'd turn around and go back with empty trailers."
Iraqi insurgents have killed two civilian drivers.
Former Halliburton CEO Dick Cheney Arranged Halliburton Deal, according
to Internal Email
Three days after the email, the Army Corps of Engineers gave Halliburton
the contract, without seeking other bids.