Nigeria To Charge Cheney With Bribery

Nigeria will file charges against former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and officials from Halliburton Co. and four other companies in a bribery case involving $180 million. It is rather ironic that Cheney can go around bragging about torturing people, but will be charged criminally with a bribe in Nigeria. I will be discussing this and the Wikileaks case tonight on Countdown.


Godwin Obla, prosecuting counsel at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, said the indictment will likely come in a matter of days. The arrest warrant for Cheney will issue from Interpol.

Cheney was CEO from 1995 to 2000. Nigeria has already arrested roughly two dozen people from Halliburton, Saipem, Technip and a former subsidiary of Panalpina Welttransport Holding AG in connection with alleged illegal payments to Nigerian officials.

At issue in this case is $180 million in bribes allegedly made to secure a $6 billion liquefied natural-gas contract.
Source: Bloomberg

An Interpol warrant would create a bit of a problem for the Obama Administration, which is pushing for the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Sweden released a warrant this week against Assange and Interpol added him to its most wanted list.

Source: Bloomberg

Jonathan Turley

46 thoughts on “Nigeria To Charge Cheney With Bribery

  1. Assange: helping people learn truths about their governments through factual documentation – ARREST HIM!

    Cheney: obfuscating the truth with lies and deceit – BUT HE’S A FORMER US VP!!!!

  2. Hmmmmm. Irony and coffee. Yummy.

    I look forward to seeing you Countdown tonight, Prof.

    Tell Keith that Buddha says “Howdy!” ;)

  3. IF the Arrest Warrant was issued by Interpol, doesn’t that apply globally?? Makes it real hard for the scum to travel, hey??

  4. Prof,I thought if you played it backwards it would say “Paul is dead!” Sorry, wrong decade!
    It is very exciting that Dark Vader Cheney will be a wanted man! It makes sense that money would be the cause of his being brought to justice. Now, I just hope the Obama administration does not try to block it like it did with the Spanish torture investigation. Why would you want to help and Teapublican after their continued attempts to stop everything your administration is trying to do? Does someone have some pictures on somebody, or what?!

  5. Torture by the favored powerful triggers the automatic “looking forward law” of Obama. Exposing torture or other wrong doing by favored powerful triggers international arrest. That’s what it says in the NUconstitution.

  6. rafflaw,

    You once said you would hold Obama’s feet to the fire for failure to prosecute Bush and Cheney for war crimes. Did you know that like your brother, my husband is a Nam Vet? I was thinking of all our young people sent to kill and be killed by a lying son of a bitch president when I asked Harold Koh why Bush wasn’t under arrest after admitting to ordering torture and starting a war under false pretense.

    You said you would get on the bus. For the sake of your son, your brother and the other veterans sent to kill or be kill in these wars based on lies, will you join the Veterans of Peace march in Washington? Here’s the info: ” *A December 16th Veterans-Led March In Washington To Stop The Wars In Afghanistan And Iraq -From The “Stop These Wars” Website

    WELCOME TO STOP THESE WARS Join Us For Peace on Earth!

    During the Vietnam War, Martin Luther King called our government “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” True then—and even more so today.

    A few years before that, in 1964 Mario Savio made his great speech at Berkeley; at the end he says, “There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!”

    There are children being orphaned, maimed or killed every day, in our name, with our tax dollars; there are soldiers and civilians dying or being maimed for life, in order to generate profits for the most odious imperialistic corporate war machine ever, again in our name. How long are we going to let this go on? Until it is too late, until this destructive machine destroys all of us and the planet to boot?

    Wikileaks has revealed the documented horror of U.S. war-making, beyond what any of us imagined. It’s time veterans and others express our resistance directly and powerfully by putting ourselves on the line, once again—honestly, courageously and without one drop of apology for doing so. It is not we who are the murderers, torturers or pillagers of the earth.

    Profit and power-hungry warmongers are destroying everything we hold dear and sacred.

    In the early thirties, WW1 vets descended on Washington, D.C., to demand their promised bonuses, it being the depths of the Depression. General Douglas MacArthur and his sidekick Dwight Eisenhower disregarded President Herbert Hoover’s order and burned their encampment down and drove the vets out of town at bayonet point.

    We are today’s bonus marchers, and we’re coming to claim our bonus–PEACE.

    Join activist veterans marching in solidarity to the White House, refusing to move, demanding the end of U.S. wars, which includes U.S. support—financial and tactical—for the Israeli war machine as well.

    If we can gather enough courageous souls, nonviolently refusing to leave the White House, willing to be dragged away and arrested if necessary, we will send a message that will be seen worldwide. “End these wars – now!” We will carry forward a flame of resistance to the war machine that will not diminish as we effectively begin to place ourselves, as Mario Savio said, “upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus.” and we will make it stop.

    We believe that the power of courageous, committed people is greater than that of corporate warmongers. But we will only see our power when we use it collectively, when we stand together.

    With courage, persistence, boldness and numbers, we can eventually make this monstrous war machine grind to a halt, so that our children and all children everywhere can grow up in a peaceful world.

    Join us at the White House on December 16th!

    For a world in peace,

  7. Jill, General George Patton was there also to help clear the veterans out of their tent city. I thought he led the calvary charge but he only gave the order as it turns out. He wasn’t a General then but I’m sure his valiant actions that day helped him become one.

    I hope a lot of people show up, a lot. I also hope it’s the first of many large groups of citizens to seek redress of their grievances in the heart of the Capitol. It’s overdue.

  8. As gratifying as the prospect of Cheney in shackles is, it’s not going to happen. Has anyone seen a recent picture of him? He’s dying. He has a mechanical heart. He lived well and long, became wealthy and powerful and will be dead before the sheriff knocks on his door. Sorry, he gets the last laugh folks. Justice delayed is justice denied.

  9. Jun Arima, an official in the government’s economics trade and industry department, in an open session, was the strongest yet made against the protocol by one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases.

    He said: “Japan will not inscribe its target under the Kyoto protocol on any conditions or under any circumstances.”

  10. I thought this was funny.

    jeremy says:
    December 2, 2010 at 8:33 am

    So the country that hosted that farce now rejects it. Can you get a better example of rejection of this political agenda?

  11. Jill,
    I have been holding Obama’s feet to the fire and I will contineu to. I am against most wars and Iraq and Afghanistan are on that list. However,I cannot join you in the march on Washington, but good luck.

  12. Thank goodness you are making these stories public since the typical corporate news media will go out of its way to keep these types of stories out of the pubic’s view. Thanks to you and to Hardball.

  13. In reading the responses to this article and to others with the Obama Administration protecting its political enemies, others are wondering, as I, if someone has something on Obama. I don’t believe that he is so dishonest that he could campaign for 2 years with the rhetoric of a liberal and then be turn out to be a corporatist.

    Something is out-reality to me in what has happened to the man that we all believed in. Let’s see if the Administration will allow Nigeria to go forward with their arrest and prosecution. Of course you must wonder if Cheney’s health can withstand this humiliation.

  14. Addiction Analyst: Obama showed his hand as a potential corporatist when he voted against capping interest rates in 2007.

  15. Swarthmore mom
    1, December 2, 2010 at 6:34 pm
    Addiction Analyst: Obama showed his hand as a potential corporatist when he voted against capping interest rates in 2007.

    =================================================================

    Bingo … one of the reasons I was less enthusiastic about his nomination than many of my fellow democrats.

  16. Professor after your explanation with KO all I can do is repost a previous comment I had made earlier:

    “eniobob 1, December 2, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    2011 looks as if its going to be more interesting than any of us could have imagined.”

  17. Addiction Analyst: ”
    In reading the responses to this article and to others with the Obama Administration protecting its political enemies, others are wondering, as I, if someone has something on Obama. I don’t believe that he is so dishonest that he could campaign for 2 years with the rhetoric of a liberal and then be turn out to be a corporatist.”
    ____

    I worked for an agency that had as its sop sending all new managers at a certain high mid-level, the people that would be groomed for executive leadership at the highest levels, off to HQ for 30 days of training. They all came back ‘different’. Srsly, they had a totally different outlook and modus operandi. I always joked that while the operation to implant the controller device in their brain and their recovery probably took no more than a few days they had to be kept at HQ long enough for their hair to grow back in.

    I don’t know. Sometimes I think I was on to something. DARPA has many resources and drugs at their disposal. All they would need to do is get a new president alone for a day, shoot him full of the proper chemical cocktail and give him ‘the speech’. I’m sure that’s how it’s done now. This is probably the speech:

    Enjoy :-)

  18. lottakatz wrote:

    “As gratifying as the prospect of Cheney in shackles is, it’s not going to happen. Has anyone seen a recent picture of him? He’s dying. He has a mechanical heart. He lived well and long, became wealthy and powerful and will be dead before the sheriff knocks on his door. Sorry, he gets the last laugh folks. Justice delayed is justice denied.”

    ============

    lottakatz,

    I saw a fairly recent photo of Cheney just a couple of hours ago and was shocked at the change in his appearance. He’s obviously quite ill. And as you concluded, he’s probably not long for this world.

    While I don’t pretend to know what lies in store after death (if anything), I find it satisfying to imagine that there might be a hell for those who have made this life “a living hell” for others. And eternity is a very long time…

    Your view is, realistically, the correct one. Mine, on the other hand, helps me to cope with what are, otherwise, nearly unbearable injustices.

  19. anon nurse,
    I agree with you. I say let Cheney rot in jail like the detainees who he ordered or authorized torturing. He is not too old to face justice.

  20. No one is too old to merit escaping justice for war crimes unless they are already dead.

    And then they better bury him in secret so nobody defiles the corpse.

    Or not.

  21. rafflaw,

    Regarding: “He is not too old to face justice.” I agree, but I think he’s probably too sick — I don’t think that he’ll last long enough to be jailed. But I’ve been wrong before…

    In looking at the clip of Cheney tonight, I felt that something had changed in his demeanor. Gone was the smirk, it seemed… But maybe I’m mistaken.

  22. “No one is too old to merit escaping justice for war crimes unless they are already dead.” -Buddha

    By nature, I’m compassionate and forgiving. Having said this, there isn’t much that would give me more pleasure that the sight of Dick Cheney in handcuffs or behind bars.

  23. anon nurse: “Mine, on the other hand, helps me to cope with what are, otherwise, nearly unbearable injustices.”
    ______

    I know what you mean. I’m athiest but was raised Catholic. I know how to confess and debase myself for forgiveness. To confess and wipe your slate clean and not look back must be a magical thing if you can actually believe. To have the surety of a reward for eating crap all you’re life no matter how unfair (and there are millions and millions that do so every day) and have the prospect of eternal bliss is probably the only thing that keeps many people from utter madness. To know that the malfeasors and monsters in the world will suffer eternally has a similar therapeutic function. I miss the 6 year-olds concept of heaven and hell.

    I do though have the satisfaction of the philosophy (don’t know who said it) “The best revenge is living well”. Yea, that’s the ticket.

  24. lottakatz,

    I posted a response about an hour ago and it didn’t go through… (I have weak signal here at times.)

    Anyway, your 10:40 pm comment is my favorite one on the blog tonight. It says “Welcome to my world” like no other. :-)The “Network” clip is the perfect capper…

    Sometimes, I swear to god, I feel like I’ve entered “The Twilight Zone.”

  25. Addiction Analyst: ”
    In reading the responses to this article and to others with the Obama Administration protecting its political enemies, others are wondering, as I, if someone has something on Obama. I don’t believe that he is so dishonest that he could campaign for 2 years with the rhetoric of a liberal and then be turn out to be a corporatist.”

    Could it be he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing?

  26. I don’t know, speculation is he was a CIA operative.

    What I would like to know is how did he get those scars on the back of his head. He no doubt suffered a very severe injury.

  27. ALL EUROPEAN LIFE DIED IN AUSCHWITZ

    I walked down the street in Barcelona , and suddenly discovered a terrible truth – Europe died in Auschwitz . We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, and talent.
    We destroyed the Chosen People, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.

    The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world.

    These are the people we burned.

    And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism, and lack of tolerance,
    crime, and poverty, due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

    They have blown up our trains and turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime.
    Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts.

    And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition.

    We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.

    What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe .

  28. Kind of ironic that the land of the Nigerian 419 scam is prosecuting one of our “own” for bribery.

    Isn’t a corporation’s bribery of a foreign official a crime under US law? See: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA) (15 U.S.C. §§ 78dd-1, et seq.)

    I guess the DOJ will also use its discretion not to prosecute Halliburton or Cheney for violating this law either.

  29. I’m trying to find any source info that the Obama administration is pushing for the arrest of Julian Assange, can’t find it. Can anyone help?

  30. anon nurse: “lottakatz, …your 10:40 pm comment is my favorite one on the blog tonight. It says “Welcome to my world” like no other. The “Network” clip is the perfect capper…

    Sometimes, I swear to god, I feel like I’ve entered “The Twilight Zone.”

    ——-
    Why thank you, one can’t ever go wrong with that particular posting from Network though, it elevates any posting it punctuates :-)

    True story; the first time Network was shown on TV when Howard Beal did his “Got to the window…” speech I heard a couple of voices from the street holler “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” A couple of people in he neighborhood actually did it. Maybe they were inventing ‘performance art, maybe they were stoned and it just seemed like a good idea, maybe they were just royally pi$$ed off; it was a very odd moment though and I did restrain myself from joining them though I did consider doing so in the spirit of conviviality :-)

    “Welcome to my world”. It’s a dark and paranoid place on more occasions than I would like but when it’s not really paranoia but more akin to prescience it puts me in a really bad mood and that’s something I’ve been giving a bit of thought to lately and flows into the Twilight Zone reference.

    (Warning, serious blather beyond this point.)

    Many of us have used “Twilight Zone” as a reference for what we see happening around us but I think that we are actually talking about something else that we don’t have an apt metaphor or simile for. Some of the discussions regarding science fiction of specific genres gets close though. Dystopian Sci-fi and cyberpunk is an appropriate point of departure though.

    As an example, the cyberpunk/cyberwar world of William Gibson (Neuromancer, early 80’s) is being played out as we watch the relentless attacks on Wikileaks. There have been other reports of various takedowns and attacks on computer systems but we’re watching this one play out real time and on other threads, updating each other on the elusive and temporary whereabouts of this cyber-entity as it eludes the cyber-assassins that are trying to kill it. How extraordinary is that?

    A-freaking-amazing and not, NOT, an alien concept or news to most people at this blawg yet, with this exercise, I feel a line has been publicly crossed. We can point to this (and probably the recent discord in Iran where their government used the same tactics)and say that the future (at least on this front) is here. There is no going back.

    So many of the things we are seeing happen right around us today we read about years ago, we’ve just been waiting for the real world to come into synch. 1984 isn’t a book, it’s the system of governance we live under right now. The gloves haven’t come off completely but they will. Since the most odious aspects of that reality are hushed up with the enforced silence of making any discussion of your abuse at the hands of the authorities a crime (read FBI National Security Letters here) the true extent will not be known for some time, if ever.

    We read, we see reports, we watch the news, we ferret out little bits of information and squirrel them away in our heads and start a dot string unconsciously. At some point we read something or see something and we know where those dots are going to lead. It’s like second sight and anyone with a brain does it without even thinking. The brain categorizes as a default.

    Then a week or month or year or 2 or 20 after we open that mental file and by default start putting bits of information into it, it’s here in the flesh and most of us, while horrified, aren’t surprised. My happiest new reading moments are moments when I see a headline and go ‘Fu(k me! I NEVER saw That coming! WoW!

    I don’t know what to call it. It’s a bizarro Memento. It’s the reverse image of the memory loss in that movie. It is the feeling of Deja Vu, all over again :-) It’s disconcerting and kind of unsettling that the instances of this feeling seem to me to occur with greater frequency. That means that I’m not projecting very far or that the world is moving faster to get to the end of the dot-strings than it had previously.

    It’s unsettling me. I’m not the brightest crayon in the box but I’m not the least bright either- and on a blawg like this where I respect the fact that many, if not most, participants have far more education and specialized expertise than I do, most here do not seem to evidence the trepidation I have regarding where we go from here. I feel as if I’m not handling it as well as my playmates and that gives me pause.

    I have to wonder if my lessening ability to stay ahead of the pace of these changes is a personal failing, an illness of the soul or mind. It feels as if the culture is moving now, publicly, at lightning speed into a vortex of oppression and corruption so pervasive it is almost a physical, living thing. I can’t even keep abreast of it. I can’t even name it for what it feels like.

    Cultural dissonance? No, not quite. Twilight Zone? No. It’s like one of those movies (Groundhog Day)about reliving the same time frame over and over but the time frame is something you projected, a future and not the past.

    Perhaps being able to predict the future, even in a small and pitiful way just makes you nuts. Like those old horror stories where ‘the secrets’ are revealed to the protagonist and renders him (it’s always a ‘him’) mad because there are just some thing man (and it’s always ‘man’) are not meant to know :-)

    I need to find a good word to describe it. I also need to get to bed earlier. I tend to turn into a mental ruminant around 3:00 AM and innocent postings just set me off on long rants. :-)

  31. I have been listening to the Grateful Dead version of “The Twilight Zone” theme and this popped into my mind.

    It’s an imperfect simile but it kind of works because once yo reach the outer limit, that place just becomes the departure point for the next leg of the journey:

    (As instructed n another thread I’l try the embed code again)

  32. Wow, Lottakatz, just… wow.

    Yeah, I don’t quite feel what you do because whether it’s just me and for me or whether it’s true for all and always, I cannot say. But I do know that for me, life is infinitely good. So much so that even the ashes of my dreams form themselves into the reality I dream of. So yeah, I get ashes on rare occasions, and I cry on rarer occasions still (for sadness, often – for happiness), but there you have it.

    Now that I think about it, it obviously isn’t so for all. But life is what it is, and I both love it and believe in it.

    Have been thinking hard about posting this… it’s not relevant to the thread, but it might have value somewhere, if only for a 3rd party perspective…

    Life takes care itself, at least in my own little world.

    P.S. Have tried staying away from this place but the open and welcoming atmosphere coupled with the overall brilliance makes it nearly impossible.

  33. Nate, “P.S. Have tried staying away from this place but the open and welcoming atmosphere…”
    —-
    As Don Michael Corleone would say “…they pull me back in.”

    If you haven’t already, go to the ABA site and vote for Turlyblawg as the best opinion oriented (IMHO category) law blawg: (she said, strumpeting for another vote) Sign up is easy but you do have to sign up.

    http://www.abajournal.com/blawg100/2010/imho

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