Wednesday, February 4

Looks Like Business Is Picking Up Again

Another Halliburton Probe

The Justice Department has opened up an inquiry into whether Halliburton Co. was involved in the payment of $180 million in possible kickbacks to obtain contracts to build a natural gas plant in Nigeria during a period in the late 1990’s when Vice President Dick Cheney was chairman of the company, Newsweek has learned.
White House says questions about Bush's military service represent election-year politics

Bush spent most of his time in the Guard based near Houston, but in May 1972 he received a three-month assignment in Alabama so he could work on a political campaign.

While serving as political director of the Senate campaign of Winton "Red" Blount, a family friend, he was ordered to report for duty at the 187th Tactical Recon Unit in Montgomery, Ala. The 187th did not fly F-102s, so Bush did not go to the base as a pilot. After missing a required physical exam and being out of the cockpit so long, he lost his flight credentials in Alabama.

Retired Gen. William Turnipseed, a commander at the base, said during the 2000 campaign he never saw Bush appear for duty. Bush, however, says he remembers meeting Turnipseed and performing drills at the base.

Bush's campaign staff searched for records that would show he was actually there, but concluded none of those records survived.