Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Goodbye Gitmo

Finally, some good news to report. After beginning to waver on his commitment to close the American concentration camp in Occupied Cuba, President-elect Barack Obama said today he would call for the immediate closure of the site where war crimes were perpetrated on the orders of Vice President Dick Cheney.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President-elect Barack Obama plans to order the closing of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay as early as his first week in office to show a break from the Bush administration's approach to the war on terror, according to two officials close to the transition. (More...)

Dick Cheney, himself a war criminal/profiteer, achieved a generous payback for the company he oversaw as CEO before George W. Bush tapped him to be his runningmate/babysitter. In one of the most agregious examples of scandalous quid pro quo, Cheney continued to rake in of $200,000 a year from Halliburton, even as he lied to Americans that he no longer had a financial interest in company he ran in between his most stints in government.

“Since I left Halliburton to become George Bush's vice president, I've severed all my ties with the company, gotten rid of all my financial interest," the Vice President said. "I have no financial interest in Halliburton of any kind and haven't had, now, for over three years.” (RawStory: More...)

In return, Halliburton has been awarded over $21 Billion in government contracts, including including the gulag in Gitmo.

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