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US army official slams Bush over Halliburton Iraq contracts

By David Randall

01 November 2004

One of the US Army's top procurement officers yesterday called the Bush administration's grant of multibillion-dollar contracts to oil services giant Halliburton "the worst case of contracting abuse she has ever seen".

Bunny Greenhouse, the Corps of Engineers chief contracting official, said: "It was misconduct, and part of that misconduct was blatant." Her comments, made in an interview on NBC's Nightly News programme, came as US government memos revealed that the Pentagon extended a Halliburton contract for 11 months beyond its expiration, despite warnings that the company was "out of control" in its work providing troop support in the Balkans.

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