Cheney to face charges of corruption in Nigeria


10:36 am - December 3rd 2010

by Left Outside    


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Well if ever a story made me rub my hands with childish glee, this would be one.

Notorious warmonger Dick Cheney is to be charged with corruption in connection to his time at Halliburton – a company which made rather a lot of money from Dick’s notorious warmongering.

Reported by the BBC today:

Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency is to charge former US Vice-President Dick Cheney over a bribery scandal that involves a former subsidiary of energy firm Halliburton.

And from the Huffington Post:

Nigerian authorities will charge former Vice President Dick Cheney over a bribery scandal that is alleged to involve Halliburton, BusinessWeek reports. An arrest warrant “will be issued and transmitted through Interpol,” said Godwin Obla, the prosecuting counsel at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Nigeria.

My little value added on this would be a reference to this extradition treaty between Nigeria and the US that entered into force in June 1935. Who wants to bet it will be enforced? Anyone?

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Schadenfreude really is the tits sometimes.

Being accused of corruption by Nigeria? Oh, that’s gotta smart…

“Neocon Dick Cheney to face corruption charges in Nigeria”

Pffft. Physician, heal thyself.

Nigeria is the most corrupt country in the world! Pull the other one, lefties!

Dick Cheyney – corruption – Nigeria? This is all a bit of a fishy coincidence – I had an E-mail from a Mr Dick Chainsaw in Nigeria – not long back- he said if I sent him my bank account details he would be able to release the vast amount of money that was owing to me in his Nigerian Bank. Well not being one to turn up a windfall – I did just that – since when I have been finding it strangely difficult to keep up the rent on my cardboard box. Can anyone explain this?

“Nigeria is the most corrupt country in the world! ”

Nice to see them trying to do something about it then…….

Nigeria is the most corrupt country in the world!

Actually, Somalia is the most corrupt country in the world, with a CPI score of 1.1. Nigeria comes in at joint 44th with a CPI score of 2.4. [Source]

“Actually, Somalia is the most corrupt country in the world, ”

Rubbish, there is no evil government regulations and taxes in Somalia, so the free market has been left to make it the prosperous paradise on the indian ocean that it is. Transparency international are just a bunch of lefties, probably funded by our taxes anyway.

Touché.

Somalia is less corrupt and more prosperous without a state than with one: http://namcub.accela-labs.com/pdf/Better_Off_Stateless.pdf

That is the relevant comparison:)

Planeshift,

Unfortunately, Somalia also lacks any rule of law to protect the interests of the individual against big men (it’s a technicalish term from anthropology, not a reference to Somalia being ruled by fat people – I’ve never seen a fat Somali…), corporations and religious nutters. I think you’ll find very few right wingers that actually believe anarchy is a good thing.

As to the Haliburton probe, no great surprises, but I’ll give you good odds that the Cheney inditement is just headline grabbing or even politically motivated. Certainly I do not expect this extradition to go ahead unless spectacularly clear evidence is brought forward.

The relevant comparison for Somalia would be with their neighbours not some period in their past. It is all very interesting to look at British prosperity compared to our past but it is only meaningful in relation to how others are currently doing. The same applies to places like Somalia.

I’d have more faith in this procedure if he was due to be tried in a country with a legal system not riddled with corruption. He may be a swine but he deserves a fair trial.

“Somalia is less corrupt and more prosperous without a state than with one: http://namcub.accela-labs.com/pdf/Better_Off_Stateless.pdf

That is the relevant comparison:)”

No territory has developed without a state to create institutions to overcome collective action problems. Read Douglass North’s Institutions, institutional change and economic performance for a good intro.

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Nigeria is relatively corrupt, as, in my opinion, is Dick Cheney. As Ellie says “Schadenfreude really is the tits sometimes.”

He may be a swine but he deserves a fair trial.

Let’s face it, the chances of this ending up in any kind of trial are somewhat remote, to say the least.

How about Dick Cheney is just held without charge for an indefinite period on an island in the Niger delta and occasionally tortured? That is, allegedly, perfectly legitimate.

Obviously I abhore that idea, but it would make for a rather gruesome Greco-Roman-style poetic end to his career.

“Somalia is less corrupt and more prosperous without a state than with one: ”

I think that is really amusing. As if there were only 2 states (no pun…) a country could be in – authoritarianism and anarchy.

Nick, do you think Somalia would be more or less properous if it had a governing authority that taxed its citizens, regulated its businesses and attempted some kind of rule of law?

State building is very hard, no territory has developed without a state, I repeat, libertarians acting smug about Somalia look like morons.

If you want to convince people to join your side, then stop making this point.

There will of course be good things happe1ning in Somalia, humans are truly remarkable in the face of adversity, but Somalia will not develop and libertarians will discredit themselves and their ideol… oh… as you were, carry on.

If Somalia is so great then why have the libertarian fundamentalists not moved to Somalia? I believe in the open borders ideal. Therefore, I don’t accept that there is any coercion in taxation etc. If you don’t like the tax policies and state in one society move to another which is tax-free and has no central government.

I know Somalia provides anti-libertarians with their favourite straw man, but are any of you prepared to defend the government of Said Barre? He was a firm believer in scientific socialism, you know, so maybe we should see Somalia as a good example of what happens when socialism is implemented at gun-point.

As for Dick Cheney, I will look forward to the trial, although it’s a bit like doing Al Capone for tax evasion, considering his many crimes.

There is a genuine irony in all of these “shutting stable doors after the horses have bolted scenarios” – It’s the same with Blair/Bush and Iraq, Thatcher/Reagan trickle-down economics/nuclear bravado and many other very predictable misplaced power situations – next one up will be the forecast election of President Palin and the consequent war against Korea ( she isn’t too clear as to whether it will be North or South of ditto – but that’s small comfort) – why don’t we hold the trials before these inevitable crimes of folly are committed? Apart from the fact that we may not survive to bring the culprit before the courts – we don’t need crystal balls to see how these simpleton-elected simpletons are going to act – history is the main witness for the prosecution.

At the risk of being pedantic, there is absolutely no doubt that Halliburton, when Cheney was boss, was involved in corrupting Nigerian offficials, paying literally millions of dollars of bribes to win work on the Bonny Island Liquid Natural gas terminal, a massive facility: Halliburton have admitted the bribes, and paid millions of dollars of fines. Bribes included a brieface with a million dollars inside left in a car (!) . Much of the planning for this corruption took place in the UK, involving Halliburton’s UK subsidiary, meetings in London hotels etc. The British Export Credit Guarantee Department, part of the DTI, offered millions of dollars of insurance to the Halliburton scheme at the same time.
See eg

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/dti-probes-nigerian-contract-awarded-to-halliburton-group-as-bribery-claims-swirl-574290.htm

or

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/72033

I wasn’t defending Somalian style anarchy against all conceivable alternatives, only the actual alternative that was on offer at the time, which was socialism. Socialism (especially in Africa) creats more collective action problems than exist in the absence of states. This is an important point: some state institutitions are so bad and exploitative that you are better off without any at all than having them.

“I wasn’t defending Somalian style anarchy against all conceivable alternatives, only the actual alternative that was on offer at the time, which was socialism. Socialism (especially in Africa) creats more collective action problems than exist in the absence of states. This is an important point: some state institutitions are so bad and exploitative that you are better off without any at all than having them.”

But actually existing Socialism in Africa is much easier to reform than it is to create a state: Path Dependence and all that.

It took from probably 1066, if not early, to perhaps 1688 for the English state to be constructed successfully. In Africa much of the post war period much executive action has been directed towards state building rather than developmental work–it is very hard, but very useful for development.

Somalia may–although I doubt it–currently be better off without a Government than with the one proposed, but this would have been purchased at the cost of pushing Somalia onto a lower medium to long term growth trajectory.

Also, are you just talking about growth/economic development? Because that is a very poor metric.

Law and Order, very important, public health investment, like sewers etc. lead to not much more economic growth, but much higher life expectancy, private returns small (non-excludable, non-rivalous) but social returns massive. I did an essay on development versus economic growth a little while ago, its short and you might like it. http://leftoutside.wordpress.com/2010/11/19/how-valid-is-the-claim-that-the-twentieth-century-experience-of-economic-development-was-%E2%80%98divergence-big-time%E2%80%99/

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