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HALLIBURTON'S NOT ALONE

Halliburton's Iraq contract shenanigans aren't unusual, according to a watchdog group. They're practically built into the way the government and big companies make deals."What most people do not realize is that those contracts are not anomalies in fact, they simply reflect the flawed federal contracting system that exists today," the Project on Government Oversight says in a new report, Federal Contracting and Iraq Reconstruction. "Favoritism, waste, abuse, and even fraud are far more likely today because of the systemic reduction of oversight and transparency in government contracting over the past decade."THERE'S MORE: "Amid allegations of overbilling by top Iraqi contractor Halliburton and kickbacks to its employees," the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, "senior Defense Department officials vowed yesterday to get tough with the politically connected conglomerate."

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