Two nice pieces by Steve Croft over at 60 Minutes.
Stephen Glass: I Lied For Esteem
One-time rising star reporter, Stephen Glass, appears in his first interview since he was fired from The New Republic in 1998. Steve Kroft reports. He has written a novel about his life called “The Fabulist.”
Halliburton: All In The Family
“So they helped to design the architecture for privatizing a lot of what happens today in the Pentagon when we have military engagements. And two years later, when he leaves the department of defense, Cheney is CEO of Halliburton. Thank you very much. It's a nice arrangement for all concerned.”
- Charles Lewis, executive director of the Center For Public Integrity
Richard Perle resigned as chairman of the defense policy board last month after it was disclosed that he had financial ties to several companies doing business with the Pentagon. But Perle still sits on the board, along with former CIA director James Woolsey, who works for the consulting firm of Booz, Allen, Hamilton. The firm did nearly $700 million dollars in business with the Pentagon last year.
Another board member, retired four-star general Jack Sheehan, is now a senior vice president at the Bechtel corporation, which just won a $680 million contract to rebuild the infrastructure in Iraq. That contract was awarded by the State Department, which used to be run by George Schultz, who sits on Bechtel's board of directors.
“I'm not saying that it's illegal. These guys wrote the laws. They set up the system for themselves. Of course it's legal,” says Lewis.
“It just looks like hell. It looks like you have folks feeding at the trough. And they may be doing it in red white and blue and we may be all singing the "Star Spangled Banner," but they're doing quite well.”
Monday, May 12, 2003