- Halliburton's connection to low wage slave trading in
the Middle East and espionage inside the Vice President of the United States'
White House office. Vice President Dick Cheney's old company, Halliburton,
has some interesting partners in its work in occupied Iraq. On Dec. 11,
WMR reported on links between Halliburton/Kellogg, Brown & Root and
a Viktor Bout-owned airline based in Moldova, Aerocom/Air Mero. Bout's
airlines have also reportedly been involved in flying low wage earners
from East Asia to Dubai and on to Iraq where they work for paltry salaries
in sub-standard living conditions. Halliburton/KBR has sub-contracted to
a shadowy Dubai-based firm, Prime Projects International Trading LLC (PPI),
which "trades" mainly in workers from Thailand, the Philippines,
Nepal, India, Pakistan, and other poor Asian nations.
- In 2004, after a Filipino PPI worker was killed in a
mortar attack on Camp Anaconda in Iraq, the Philippines government of Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo ordered PPI, which is based at P.O. Box 42252, Dubai,
UAE, to send overseas Filipino workers OFWs) home from Iraq and Kuwait
and banned it from further recruiting in the Philippines. Some of PPI's
recruiting included running ads on the Internet. In addition to the other
south Asian employees, the Philippine workers were employed by PPI under
a Pentagon sweetheart umbrella contract let to KBR under the LOGCAP (Logistics
Civil Augmentation Program) III program.
- Although little is known about PPI, it reportedly has
been linked to Halliburton/KBR for a number of years and has been associated
with Halliburton contracts in the Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the Balkans
during the time when Dick Cheney headed the firm. PPI has also been involved
in operations at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where Filipino workers were involved
in building the prison housing suspected "Al Qaeda" prisoners.
- Inside sources report that PPI has some high level financial
partners, including the al Nahayan royal family of the United Arab Emirates
and Vice President Cheney. And there are connections to President Macapagal-Arroyo's
ordering the repatriation of hundreds of Filipino workers home from Iraq
and Kuwait and the discovery that U.S. Marine Corps and FBI spy Leandro
Aragoncillo, a Filipino-American who worked as a Marine security aide inside
Cheney's office until early 2002 and who was arrested by the FBI this past
October, had stolen dossiers from Cheney's office that were considered
damaging to Mrs. Macapagal-Arroyo. Macapagal-Arroyo was sworn in as President
on January 20, 2001 (the same day George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were sworn
in) after a popular revolution ousted Joseph Estrada. Macapagal-Arroyo,
the daughter of past Philippine President Diosdado Macapagal.
- Philippine White House spy ring linked to Cheney, Abramoff,
and mysterious Dubai slave wage firm
- Aragoncillo passed Cheney's reports on Macapagal-Arroyo,
some of which were obtained from National Security Agency intercepts, to
Estrada, a political opponent of Macapagal-Arroyo and an ally of former
Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos. Estrada was planning a coup against
Macapagal-Arroyo with U.S. support. Aragoncillo was linked to another U.S.-based
Filipino spy -- former Philippine National Police officer Michael Ray Aquino
-- who was also involved in passing Cheney's classified documents to Estrada.
Aquino, who is wanted in the Philippines for involvement in murder, kidnapping,
and drug trafficking, was also arrested by the FBI.
- More importantly, Aquino's close friend, Estrada, is
also a business associate of indicted GOP lobbyist/reputed gangster Jack
Abramoff. Another high-level Filipino-American in the White House, Karl
Rove's Assistant and Assistant to the President, Susan Bonzon Ralston,
also served as Abramoff's personal assistant at the law firms Preston Gates
& Ellis and Greenberg Traurig. Ralston has been called to testify before
the grand jury and special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, who is investigating
Karl Rove's involvement in leaking the name of CIA covert agent Valerie
Plame Wilson to the media.
- Aragoncillo allegedly passed over 100 documents from
a classified FBI computer system at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey while working
there as an intelligence analyst for the FBI after he left the Marine Corps.
It is significant that Aragoncillo admitted to spying while only working
as an aide to Cheney and not when he worked for Vice President Al Gore
during 1999 and 2000.
- It now seems apparent that Aragoncillo and Aquino were
part of an illegal Cheney covert operation to topple Macapagal-Arroyo in
retaliation for her stopping PPI's recruiting efforts in the Philippines.
That decision by Manila dealt a severe financial blow to the Halliburton/KBR
LOGCAP profits in Iraq. It is also of note that Aragoncillo worked with
national Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.
- Cheney: Involved in the low wage slave trade, espionage,
and war profiteering.
- What was not anticipated by Cheney was that the FBI would
step in and arrest Aragoncillo for culling classified information from
the FBI's computers at Fort Monmouth. This case, like the AIPAC espionage
case involving top Pentagon officials, has been largely ignored by the
media. However, along with the Plame case and AIPACgate, all roads lead
back to Cheney's office at the White House.