Halliburton-KBR Iraq poison scandal

Another video from the USA used to say about itself:

Contractor Misconduct and the Safety of U.S. Troops in Iraq http://dpc.senate.gov/ Langford is one of nine Americans who accuse KBR, the lead contractor on the Qarmat Ali project and one of the largest defense contractors in Iraq, of knowingly exposing them to sodium dichromate, an orange, sandlike chemical that is a potentially lethal carcinogen. http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2008/06/21/witnesses_link_chemical_to_ill_us_soldiers/

From the blog of Paul Rieckhoff in the USA:

Were Troops Poisoned? Vets Demand KBR Come Clean on Toxins in Iraq

James Gentry served his country honorably as a battalion commander in Iraq. Now, he is dying of a rare form of lung cancer. And he’s not the only one. A troubling number of troops in Gentry’s Indiana National Guard unit have bloody noses, tumors and rashes. And tragically, one soldier has already died.

New reports suggest these injuries may be the result of exposure to toxins at a KBR-run power plant in Southern Iraq. In 2003, James and his men were responsible for guarding that plant, and protecting KBR’s employees. The soldiers were stationed there for months before being informed that the site was contaminated with a chemical known as hexavalent chromium.

Hexavalent chromium is a deadly carcinogen. It’s the same toxin that Erin Brockovich became famous for campaigning against. James believes that it was the inhalation of this chemical that caused his cancer, and the other rare illnesses among the Guardsmen who served at the plant.

But this is not just some sad story about accidental chemical exposure. This is a question of responsibility. CBS News has uncovered evidence that KBR may have known about the contamination at the power plant months before it took any action to inform the troops stationed there.

KBR then, of course, was a subsidiary of Dick Cheney’s Halliburton.

12 thoughts on “Halliburton-KBR Iraq poison scandal

  1. Jan 17, 6:13 AM EST

    Martial artist accused of defacing Wash. Capitol

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A mixed martial arts fighter and avowed anarchist has been charged with malicious mischief, accused of spraying graffiti on the state Capitol.

    Jeff “The Snowman” Monson, 37, of Olympia, was charged because of photos published in the Dec. 29 edition of ESPN The Magazine that show him spray-painting an anarchist symbol on the Capitol.

    Police had sought the person responsible for spray-painting columns on the north side of the Capitol on Nov. 26, The Olympian reported. The vandalism included an anarchy symbol, a peace symbol and the words “no poverty” and “no war.”

    Police recognized Monson in footage captured by a surveillance camera, but the break didn’t come until ESPN ran its article on the fighter, court papers show.

    Monson told The Olympian in a telephone interview that he took responsibility for the graffiti, which he said was a protest against the Iraq war and economic inequality.

    Every great movement in the U.S., Monson said, “has been the result of people standing up and breaking the law, refusing to stand at the back of the bus, refusing to stand aside when the government asks you to get off their property.

    “At some point you have to stand up,” he said.

    The graffiti in November cost $19,000 to clean up. An article on ESPN.com said Monson did not give the photographer advance warning before pulling out the spray can.

    A warrant was issued Wednesday in Thurston County Superior Court. If convicted, Monson could face a maximum 10 years in prison.

    Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com


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  3. Oregon Guardsmen suing KBR for Iraq job

    Published: Oct. 9, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 9 (UPI) — Lawyers say they will be watching the outcome of a civil case brought by members of an Oregon National Guard unit against defense contractor KBR.

    Jury selection was scheduled to begin Tuesday in the case of Bixby et al vs. KBR. The plaintiffs are 12 members of the Oregon National Guard who were deployed to Iraq in 2003 shortly after the U.S.-led invasion. The unit’s charge included providing security at a water treatment plant damaged in the fighting, The (Portland) Oregonian reported.

    KBR had been contracted by the Pentagon to repair infrastructure in Iraq. While working at the plant, KBR exposed the soldiers to sodium dichromate, a chemical containing carcinogenic compounds, the suit contends. Two soldiers have died of cancer and scores more report ongoing health problems as a result of being exposed to the chemical, the newspaper said.

    Photos published in the newspaper taken by the soldiers show large piles of loose paper bags containing the chemical in an open-air storage facility. Soldiers say the chemical regularly blew in the wind and leached into the soil.

    KBR said it took steps to curtail the chemical being released and did not knowingly expose soldiers to it.

    Twelve members of the unit are plaintiffs in the case, a number trimmed down from 100 previous plaintiffs. A judge has said other soldiers will have the chance to pursue their lawsuits after the initial case is heard.


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