Halliburton proudly donates 12 laptop computers to soldiers
18 Feb. 2004
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (HalliburtonWatch.org) -- Halliburton issued a press release today congratulating itself for donating 12 laptop computers to the 256th Brigade of the Army National Guard in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. The computers will be used in Iraq by Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 156th Infantry (Mechanized). ###
Halliburton's delinquent and possibly criminal track record in handling the taxpayers' money, including $2 billion in unverifiable expenses, didn't stop military officials from fawning all over the 12-computer donation:
"You have no idea of the magnitude of this donation," Family Readiness Group Leader for Alpha Company, Joel Breaux, said. "Just the other day, I got an email from a mother who wanted to know if there was anyone who might help her son find a laptop so he can keep in touch with his wife and child. This donation will touch many."
Halliburton's KBR subsidiary lost millions of dollars in U.S. government property in Iraq and Kuwait. The Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into the legality of the procurement process that awarded Iraq contracts to the company. And numerous government investigations continue today.
"We are very happy to donate these laptop computers to help the troops who are putting their lives on the line to support freedom for the Iraqi people," Tony Angelle, vice president of Halliburton's Gulf Coast Region, said.
Last July, a former Army chaplain who worked for KBR told Congress about KBR's abuse of U.S. taxpayer funds in the middle east. In a sharp attack on her former employer, she said, "KBR came first, the soldiers came second." She also lamented that, "Soldiers don't really get treated that well in the Army."