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Hidden Danger: Soldiers Dying From Electrocution

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posted on Mar, 21 2008 @ 09:42 PM
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Hidden Danger: Soldiers Dying From Electrocution


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Maseth's tragic death brings to 12 the number of soldiers who have died in Iraq due to accidental electrocution, according to Army and Marine e-mails obtained by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif.

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posted on Mar, 21 2008 @ 09:42 PM
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It's surpising we haven't heard more about this in the news, but I imagine there's there's a lot of things we never hear about..

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posted on Mar, 21 2008 @ 11:53 PM
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KBR...what can one say?

Everyone knows they're dirty, and yet people go to work for them, well technically, when it comes to payroll taxes, they go to work for one of two of their shell companies in the Cayman Islands:


CAYMAN ISLANDS - Kellogg Brown & Root, the nation's top Iraq war contractor and until last year a subsidiary of Halliburton Corp., has avoided paying hundreds of millions of dollars in federal Medicare and Social Security taxes by hiring workers through shell companies based in this tropical tax haven.
boston.com | Top Iraq contractor skirts US taxes offshore

They supply tainted water to the troops:


WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of U.S. troops in Iraq fell sick at bases using "unmonitored and potentially unsafe" water supplied by the military and a contractor once owned by Vice President Dick Cheney's former company, the Pentagon's internal watchdog says.

A report obtained by The Associated Press said soldiers experienced skin abscesses, cellulitis, skin infections, diarrhea and other illnesses after using discolored, smelly water for personal hygiene and laundry at five U.S. military sites in Iraq.
google | AP: Water Makes US Troops in Iraq Sick

KBR does nothing to investigate and prosecute employees accused of rape, well... except fire the victims:


Ms. Kineston is among a number of American women who have reported that they were sexually assaulted by co-workers while working as contractors in Iraq but now find themselves in legal limbo, unable to seek justice or even significant compensation.

Many of the same legal and logistical obstacles that have impeded other types of investigations involving contractors in Iraq, like shootings involving security guards for Blackwater Worldwide, have made it difficult for the United States government to pursue charges related to sexual offenses. The military justice system does not apply to them, and the reach of other American laws on contractors working in foreign war zones remains unclear five years after the United States invasion of Iraq.
nytimes | Limbo for U.S. Women Reporting Iraq Assaults

More:


DoD IG says the Justice Dept. is still investigating the alleged gang-rape.

The Defense Department's top watchdog has declined to investigate allegations that an American woman working under an Army contract in Iraq was raped by her co-workers.

The case of former Halliburton/KBR employee Jamie Leigh Jones gained national attention last month. An ABC News investigation revealed how an earlier investigation into Jones' alleged gang-rape in 2005 had not resulted in any prosecution, and that neither Jones nor Democratic and Republican lawmakers have been able to get answers from the Bush administration on the state of her case.

In letters to lawmakers, DoD Inspector General Claude Kicklighter said that because the Justice Department still considers the investigation into Jones' case open, there is no need for him to look into the matter.

"[T]he U.S. Justice Department has issued a statement that they are investigating the allegations," wrote Kicklighter's office to Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who had requested he look into the matter. "No further investigation by this agency into the allegations made by [Jones] is warranted."
AfterDowningStreet.org | Pentagon Won't Probe KBR Rape Charges

Even more:


A Houston, Texas woman says she was gang-raped by Halliburton/KBR coworkers in Baghdad, and the company and the U.S. government are covering up the incident.
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Halliburton/KBR Employees: Company Covered Up Sex Assault and Harassment

Jamie Leigh Jones, now 22, says that after she was raped by multiple men at a KBR camp in the Green Zone, the company put her under guard in a shipping container with a bed and warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she'd be out of a job.

"Don't plan on working back in Iraq. There won't be a position here, and there won't be a position in Houston," Jones says she was told.
abcnews | Victim: Gang-Rape Cover-Up by U.S., Halliburton/KBR

Who would want to work for such an evil entity in the first place?

 


More details from a different source in the electrocutions story:


The investigation was prompted by the death of Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth, 24, of Pennsylvania, who was electrocuted Jan. 2 while taking a shower in his living quarters in the Radwaniyah Palace Complex in Baghdad.

Initially, Maseth's mother, Cheryl Harris, was told her son — serving in the Army's Special Forces — had a small, electrical appliance with him in the shower.

"I tried to do this on my own and get answers," Harris said in a telephone interview.

"I was not successful doing that."
chron.com | KBR questioned over fatal accidents in Iraq

One more source on the story:


PITTSBURGH — A U.S. House committee chairman has begun an investigation into the electrocutions of at least 12 service members in Iraq, including that of a Pittsburgh soldier killed in January by a jolt of electricity while showering.

Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said Wednesday he has asked Defense Secretary Robert Gates to hand over documents relating to the management of electrical systems at facilities in Iraq.
chron.com | House panel investigating electrocutions in Iraq

No, sorry to say, LLoyd45, I'm not surprised we haven't heard more.

And I have no doubt there's a lot more yet to be discovered about this rapacious, despicable company.

What would possibly induce a person to sell their soul and work for such a corrupt manifestation of evil?

Oh wait, yeah, filthy lucre...



posted on Mar, 22 2008 @ 12:06 AM
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It's no wonder we keep giving them all those defense contracts. Look at the great things they're accomplishing in Iraq..


[edit on 3/22/08 by LLoyd45]



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