Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Halliburton

June
13th

IRAQ: Let’s not forget, this is Cheney’s handiwork

In 1994, former Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney vigorously defended the 1991 decision of the elder Bush not to invade Baghdad and take out Saddam Hussein, rightly claiming that doing so would disastrously destabilize the region and “if we broke it, we would own it.”

Much later, something changed his mind. Was it becoming the CEO of Halliburton, which has made untold billions on the ensuing war and stands to continue making billions more? As chief counsel and vice president to a man utterly inexperienced regarding foreign policy, he carried unprecedented influence in the crucial period between 9/11 and the

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May
10th

MEDIA: No coverage of corporate crimes

The media obsess over the Boston bombing, trying desperately to turn it into a story about the usual suspects: brown-skinned foreign invaders. The media obsess over the lurid trial of Jody Arias, as if she is world-shaking news. The media obsess over the titillating story of Amanda Knox or the latest sex crimes in Cleveland.

Meanwhile, the media ignore the much more significant crimes of corporate deregulation. A whole town is devastated in Texas. More than 1,000 garment workers in Bangladesh die for our fashion industry. The Massey Energy Company in West Virginia kills or terrorizes its miners.

Halliburton and

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June
10th

OIL SPILL: Regulators knew about risks

Re: “Regulators knew of risk in 2000″ (TNT, 6-9).

Upon reading this article about government regulators having been warned a decade ago in a Shell oil company offshore drilling plan of, what has proven to be, a very accurate description of a deep-water oil rig disaster, it’s quite amazing that our government officials would then begin aggressive, government-backed offshore oil production and allow deep-water drilling.

As if that isn’t enough to make a person wonder just what our elected officials were thinking, the article states that in 2001, “George W. Bush, acting on recommendations from the oil industry, signed an

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