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. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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 .

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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.”

  7. 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.

  8. “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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.”

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    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.

  13. I’m growing to hate the new YouTube mods…. just double click the instruction to open a new window.

  14. 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 🙂

  15. 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.”

  16. 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.

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

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

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