Nixon Had his tapes, Cheney has his email

This is a repost something I did on an old Live Journal blog a couple years ago. It may be old news, but it still disgusts me. My updates to the post will be in Italics Well Golly! When are these high ranking elected officials going to learn to stop keeping such great records that eventually incriminate them, or in the very least catch them in a lie. We have no reason to believe that charges for the invasion of Iraq will not be pursued in a future attempt to bring justice to the perpetrators of the liberties taking with constitutional interpretation. I am of course referring to the secret White House audio recording system that led to the explosion of the Watergate scandle many years ago, and to the recently (not so recently since this was from 2003 when I was still pissed (and I guess I still am) about having to go to a bullshit war) uncovered e-mail that details the cozyness between Vice-President Chaney and his corporate alma mater, Halliburton. In a nutshell, Chaney was the CEO of Halliburton for about five years before he decided to join Bush for the Republican presidential ticket in 2000. (If you don’t know this, there are things you should be reading instead of this blog, you know, to catch up with the rest of America) While I am not sure if it is actually a legal requirement that one sell one’s stock and cut ties with a former employer before accepting such a high office, it certainly seems like a good idea, you know in the interest of how things look and all. Well, despite what was said, it appears that not only did Chaney not dissolve his involvement with Halliburton as he has claimed to, but he was orchestrating (illegally) no bid contracts to be granted to his former employer that would greatly benefit him (the increase in the value of his stock) and his old cronies. As of today, the value of Chaney’s 433,333 shares of Halliburton stock have a value of $12,488,657.06. For the record, in the fall of 2000, the value of his shares was about $6,066,662. (That was the amount in 2003, the current price per share of HAL is $75.50, which makes his holdings worth $32,716,642, assuming he has not gotten rid of any, and I have found nothing that says he has, and why would he, it is a fucking great ROI (Return on Investment for you non-business school types) .Those of us who have taken elementary math can see that those numbers represent an astronomical gain! They also show us that the lives of 800 American military personal (that too was in 2003, the loss of life is now at 2225) are worth about $6 million (about $26 million now). Keep in mind that this all happened before the country was told of the intention of going to war in the first place. If Bush were to be believed, which is a laughable concept in itself, one would think that they were trying to resolve the bone that the U.S. had to pick with Iraq diplomatically. But this was in the fall of 2002. So, in conclusion, we have yet another high ranking government leader, you know, the 2nd in control of the entire U.S. Govt., who has decided that the laws that are designed to prevent exactly what he has done to prevent despicable war profiteering (profiting off of dead soldiers) weren’t acceptable to him so he thought he would just ignore them. What a schmuck. For your viewing pleasure, I am including links to articles where I gleamed my information. Article Highlighting the existence of the e-mail that proves Chaney’s intent to profit on dead soldiers Chaney’s finances…