We can’t handle the truth, but we can foot the bill? Is a little transparency too much to ask?
According to an article in last Saturday’s Washington Post, an audit by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction accuses Halliburton subsidiary KBR Inc. of stamping virtually every report to the government “proprietary.” According to the report:
KBR has turned contracting rules “designed to protect truly proprietary information and to enhance procurement competition . . . into a mechanism to prevent the government from releasing normally transparent information, thus potentially hindering competition and oversight.”
Could this be a tactic to circumvent legitimate Congressional oversight of the Pentagon’s program in Iraq? Again, according to the Washington Post article:
Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-N.D.), who has conducted a series of hearings on contractor abuses as chair of the Democratic Policy Committee, said yesterday that he had been denied information about KBR’s operations in Iraq because it had been deemed proprietary.
Close to $2 billion a week we’re spending in Iraq. Where’s it going? Who’s getting it? I’ve come to the conclusion that the biggest reason to vote in the Mid-Term Election is to restore the function of House and Senate as intended under the Constitution.
Clearly, if we’re going to have some truth and transparency about what’s going on in Iraq, and elsewhere, we’re going to need a new Congress.
Cross-posted from Sustainable Middle Class