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Parsons, Iraq, and the Bush Cabal
By Sarah Meyer, Sussex, UK

There is an article, "Sheik Beaten, Blinded, Tasered, Released Into The New Iraq," by Aaron Glantz, in which Mr. Rolands of the Christian Peacemaker Team speaks of a new prison being built by Parsons, Inc., in the north of Iraq, presumably near the new American base that is under construction.

Photographs of Parsons involvement with oil, prisons, and the Taji Military Base in Iraq can be viewed on the 'Parsons Iraq Projects' webpage.

Parsons Company founder, Ralph Parsons, an aeronautical engineer, was one of the founding members of the pioneering engineering company Bechtel-McCone-Parsons Corp. in the 1930s. Mr Parsons was killed in a plane crash in Bosnia in 1996 along with Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and other members of the government.

The present Chairman/CEO, James McNulty, was a program director in the Pentagon's "Star Wars" Strategic Defense Initiative program (link).

The Parsons Board of Governors can be found here.

Parsons, through its Board of Governors, has connections with AT&T, Citigroup, Wal-Mart, Safeway, Pepsi Co. Food Systems, Ernst & Young, Dunhill Technologies and the Pentagon.

The following information about Parsons is provided on the Center For Public Intergrity website.

"On January 22, 2004, the Coalition Provisional Authority's Program Management Office in Baghdad awarded Parsons Infrastructure & Technology Group Inc. a contract worth $31,136,252 for the renovation of the Tadji military base and the Iraqi Armed Forces recruiting stations."

"In July 2003, Parsons and Australia-based Worley Corp. submitted a proposal to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair and restore Iraq's oil infrastructure, a job previously awarded to Halliburton Corp. on a sole-source basis... Among its many notable projects in the area is the ongoing redesign and restoration program for the Kuwait Oil Company—a contract issued to Parsons following the first Gulf war."

On this site, there is also a list of all Iraqi and Afghani contractors, with links, as well as a "post-war" list of contractors by total contract value. A third link gives Campaign Contributions of "Post-War" Contractors.

What a happy family.

Sarah Meyer

20 September 2005

 

 

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