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(FT)   Halliburton in trouble for bribery in Nigeria   (news.ft.com) divider line 100
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2004-06-23 07:04:16 PM  
Dearest Nigeria,

I are a powerful oil company executive and I need help hiding my money, 80 billions of US bucks money, in the Africa. Please, God love you. You am a honest God loved help me. Send 2500.00 in Dollar money order, western union to which I will pay you 5% of Transfered FUNDS...

God loves us all. I am honest, you are honest, god's love, man...

etc.
 
2004-06-23 07:13:49 PM  
Halliburton? Nigeria? Corruption?

I think they're all synonyms.
 
2004-06-23 08:03:23 PM  
Are all corporations this evil, or is it just Halliburton?
 
2004-06-23 08:05:00 PM  
I am Jack's total lack of suprise.
 
2004-06-23 08:05:22 PM  


A large multinational energy company doing something illegal... And people are shocked because?
 
2004-06-23 08:07:26 PM  
Like all men, all corporations have the capacity for evil, Quadraton. Some choose to exercise this capacity, some do not. Successful corporations, like successful men, are often so because THEY'VE SOLD THEIR SOULS TO THE DEVIL!!!
 
2004-06-23 08:07:27 PM  
In other news Halliburton is still apparently considered a "favorable" service by the US Military despite overpriced and/or sub-standard products and work done by their employers.
 
2004-06-23 08:10:16 PM  
Haliburton in trouble. That's a laugh. Haliburton is the one last superpower. Even the US Govt. answers to 'em.
 
2004-06-23 08:10:17 PM  
Sur-Prize Sur-Prize Sur-Prize Sgt Carter
 
2004-06-23 08:10:40 PM  
Aengus


What I wish I could have said.
 
2004-06-23 08:12:24 PM  
So how long before we start defending/bashing Cheney?
 
2004-06-23 08:12:53 PM  
Normally, I would love to jump on the Cheney/Halliburton bashing. However, the laws that make it illegal for US businesses to accept bribes overseas are very bad.

Why?

Well, let's say a US, a French, and a Russian company are bidding for a contract in Buttfarknowherestan. The people they have to deal with in Buttfarknowherestan expect large bribes in exchange for the contract. The American company is forbidden by US law to giving them, so they don't. Guess what? They lose the contract to the Russians or French, whose governments don't give a fark about what happens in Buttfarknowherestan, as long as thier companies get the contracts.

It's a retarded law, and puts US-based companies at a massive disadvantage overseas.
 
2004-06-23 08:13:47 PM  
And once again, the corporate criminals will get off with no jail time, no death penalty... probably not even a fine.
 
2004-06-23 08:14:07 PM  
ummm.. isn't that how things are done there?

//didn't RTFA.
 
2004-06-23 08:14:09 PM  
Before the flames get too high, I just wanna' go ahead and make my obligatory post about Pipelinistan...

New World Order
 
2004-06-23 08:14:48 PM  
Damnit, I meant US companies giving bribes, not accepting them. In this case, company officials may have been the ones getting the bribes, so that's different.
 
2004-06-23 08:15:19 PM  
I'm.....shocked?
 
2004-06-23 08:15:56 PM  
aengus66

Oh yeah.
 
2004-06-23 08:16:55 PM  
Gee, with Cheney running the country, how could this POSSIBLY HAPPEN?


Annie
 
2004-06-23 08:18:54 PM  
Ironic?
 
2004-06-23 08:21:12 PM  
now watch this drive.


aw crap, this is about cheney, not dubbya...
/didnt RTFA, doesnt care to
 
2004-06-23 08:22:03 PM  
Looks like the Nigerian men asking for money sold them out.
 
2004-06-23 08:25:13 PM  
OH MY GOD HALLIBURTON IS RUINING MY LIFE!!! I CAN'T EAT, I CAN'T SLEEP!!! THE HORROR OF BEING A CARING SENSITIVE LIBERAL IN THIS CRUEL AND UNFAIR WORLD!!! MOMMY!!!!
 
2004-06-23 08:33:27 PM  
fark it. Watch this drive anyway.
 
2004-06-23 08:34:57 PM  
tom_strong: Maybe not your life, but they seem to have had a deleterious effect on either your intelligence or your funny bone. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume it's the latter.
 
2004-06-23 08:41:18 PM  
Is bribery a standard and expected business practice in Nigeria?

"When in Rome . ."
 
2004-06-23 08:43:10 PM  
Whups! Geoptf is all over this one.

. . nevermind.
 
2004-06-23 08:44:46 PM  
wow!! what a shocker!!!

 
2004-06-23 08:45:38 PM  
Still no word on the halliburton subsidiaries that did work in Iraq, iran, lybia etc?
 
2004-06-23 08:46:54 PM  
That's unpossible.


Perhaps in Nigeria not giving/getting bribes is considered immoral, wrong, and illegal. Ya know? Like, you would offend their local customs by not taking a bribe.

/just sayin'
 
2004-06-23 08:47:03 PM  
Here come the Republican apologists...
 
2004-06-23 08:50:28 PM  
I think, of all the senior staff in the White House, Cheney is the most insane.
 
2004-06-23 08:51:20 PM  
The problem with Halliburton is that it steps over the line... habitually. Halliburton is a habitual line-stepper.
 
2004-06-23 08:54:29 PM  

Because Ethics are for Pussies
 
2004-06-23 08:54:46 PM  
Where are you old fashioned Republicans and your love for the good old days and HUGEMONGOUS corporations? Defend your great leaders.
 
2004-06-23 08:55:12 PM  
I wish people would bribe me. Sure, I don't really provide any worthwhile service, but i could use the money.
 
2004-06-23 08:55:43 PM  
Call me a "Republican apologist" to my face.
I dare ya.

The Republican Party can, collectively, bend-and-bite.

However, logic dictates we consider the business practices of the foreign environment before we spring to judgement.

Further, equating one corporation with a political party is pretty simpleminded.
 
2004-06-23 08:56:30 PM  
Nigeria. Heh. That's a funny name.
 
2004-06-23 08:58:52 PM  
Hey GeoPTF not that I'm trying to bash you or anything,
but perhaps the law you are refering to was meant to hold the US to a higher standard? Granted, it subjects American companies to a short term farking, but what happens when a country cleans house? Russia and France (just to use your examples, not saying anything about the countries) are screwed. At least, that's my take on the situation. Of course, I'm kinda feeling like maybe, just maybe, all of my talk of high standards is no longer applicable.
 
2004-06-23 09:00:31 PM  
boy, it just keeps getting better dont it?


/sarcasm
 
2004-06-23 09:01:01 PM  
and why should anyone give a flyin fark about nigeria (other than nugent) ?
 
2004-06-23 09:02:57 PM  
We should care because Africa has the greatest untapped resources on the planet.
 
2004-06-23 09:05:52 PM  
Republican Apologists?
Name one time this adminstration has apologized for *anything*. Sorry we were asleep at the wheel wanting to attack Iraq rather than caring about terrorism on 9/11. Sorry we let energy companies create the energy policy. Sorry we released the CIA identity of one of our agents trying to help protect us from terrorists. Sorry we didn't have any accurate information about a country apparently in complience with sanctions which lead to the death of 700 american soldiers. Sorry we permitted torture for kicks making american soldiers less safe and starting this ever so fun beheading craze. Sorry we removed the limitations on the gouging California could endure at the hands of Enron as one of the first things in office. Sorry we lied about the amount the Medicare bill would cost. Sorry we didn't bother to let weapons inspectors do their jobs and could have avoided the whole Iraq thing if we had. Sorry we bugged the UN offices of some of the world leaders in violation of international law. Sorry we knowingly used false information in the state of the union address even though it had been debunked weeks earlier. Sorry we shattered the relationships between the United States and most of Europe. Sorry we gave no bid contracts to the company that Cheney use to work which subsequently gouged the hell out of us, because the more they forced the government to pay the more they earned (cost plus).

There are plenty more things you haven't heard apologies for. But, that's all I have off the top of my head. Pretty impressive considering its just what I could think of right there.
 
2004-06-23 09:06:53 PM  
Those bozos can't even do wrong right.
 
2004-06-23 09:07:00 PM  
Nanookanano email me. Your bio email is wrong. I have something for you.
 
2004-06-23 09:11:50 PM  
Nigeria was being too nubianrdly with their oil. Halliburton was just dealing with the niggling details as they came up. With bribes and blackmail!

/Rev. Jackson? At MY door? Let me get some coffee on.
 
2004-06-23 09:12:27 PM  
I heard some piece the other day about Halliburton, and how they were a really straight company, whose business was scientific in nature. Lots of research and development. They had products people in the industries needed, so they didn't need to be evil corrupt bastards.

Then along came Brown & Root, whose background was civil engineering for governments like the State of Texas. They were, by necessity, evil and corrupt, look at who they were dealing with.

When the companies merged, it was the Brown & Root philosophy of business that won out, and we have the Halliburton of today.
 
2004-06-23 09:16:07 PM  
Completely off topic. 3 gmail invites to the the first to request them.
 
2004-06-23 09:19:11 PM  
I submitted this bribe to them yesterday with much funnier money...
 
2004-06-23 09:19:11 PM  
Spam comes to Fark.

Get back to me when you are offering an effective penis enlargement program which does not involve those painful pumps.

/was bound to happen
 
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