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KBR Secret Indemnity Agreement Signed By Army Chief Tainted In Enron Scandal

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“It is not possible to determine the actual or estimated cost to the Government as a result of the use of an indemnification clause since the liability of the Government, if any, will depend upon the occurrence of an incident related to the performance of the contract,” White wrote. The agreement was necessary to “facilitate the national defense,” he said.

White, currently a partner at DKRW Energy, did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

White maintained he knew nothing about Enron’s efforts to manipulate energy prices in the California power crisis in 2000 and 2001. His sale of millions of dollars in Enron stock in 2001 came under investigation by federal authorities, but no charges were ever brought. White said he was required to sell his stock under government ethics rules. The Pentagon’s inspector general also investigated whether White and his wife used a military jet for personal travel.

The 2003 agreement between the Army and KBR protects the contractor from financial costs associated with unusually hazardous risks including the “sudden or nonsudden release of hydrocarbons or other toxic or hazardous substances or contaminants into the environment.”

A KBR spokesman previously told HuffPost the company “is confident that it will prevail in enforcing the U.S. government’s legal obligations.” One lawyer representing soldiers in their lawsuit against KBR said the agreement amounted to a “pretty good bailout” for the company.

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5 Comments

  1. Comment by Conneckting Dots:

    “The report finds that there were at least 112 contacts between Enron and White House or other Administration officials during 2001. The largest number of known contacts — 40 contacts in total — were between Enron and White House officials. The White House officials involved in these contacts included Vice President Dick Cheney, presidential advisor Karl Rove, White House economic advisor Lawrence Lindsey, White House personnel director Clay Johnson III, and White House energy task force director Andrew D. Lundquist…

    …Moreover, the methodology used to count contacts between in-house Enron lobbyists and Administration officials is likely to underestimate the actual number of contacts. The report also does not include any of the 73 disclosed contacts that former Enron executive Thomas E. White had with Enron officials while serving as Secretary of the Army.”

  2. Comment by marc:

    The fact that the Indemnity Agreement was secret tells you all you need to know about it and the motives behind signing it.

  3. Comment by ARMY CONTRACTING COMMAND WATCH:

    As I have said in past posts. The Army is corrupt to the highest levels when it comes to contracting. Camp Arifjan is the Corruption Headquarters Middle East while Rock Island is the Stateside Headquarters for the United States. The Army cannot for the life of it follow Federal Acquisition Regulations and this guy just shows they think they can write new rules and waive what they want to and to hold them financially and personally liable will be some justice that can be handed down to them. Enron – another American legacy to corruption. What can anyone say?

  4. Comment by ARMY CONTRACTING COMMAND WATCH:

    As I have said in past posts. The Army is corrupt to the highest levels when it comes to contracting. Camp Arifjan is the Corruption Headquarters Middle East while Rock Island is the Stateside Headquarters for the United States. The Army cannot for the life of it follow Federal Acquisition Regulations and this guy just shows they think they can write new rules and waive what they want to and to hold them financially and personally liable will be some justice that can be handed down to them. Enron – another American legacy to corruption. What can anyone say?

  5. Comment by Anon12345:

    Why in the hell is this indemnification clause being allowed to stand?

    Once again, the big defense contractors laugh all the way to the bank while soldiers are poisoned and the taxpayers get ROYALLY SCREWED.

    Please tell me that White never should have signed this and the Court should void the clause immediately. For that matter, why do we allow KBR / Halliburton to continue to operate??

    They should have been put out of business years ago!!!

    Oh that’s right — the UPPER echelons of these companies are chock full of ex- Flag Officers ( Gens. And Admirals) who can walk over to the Pentagon and hob-nob with present Flag Officers as well as COLs etc and subtly promise them work after retirement if they play ball now ….

    It amazes me how much the American people have let the military -industrial complex get away with ….. They forgot Eisenhower’s warning and who pays for it…??? The troops get poisoned as I said and we, the taxpayers, get taken to the cleaners … While these ex-Flag Officers walk away with gazillions ….

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