Convicted KBR corporation British police partner


This video is called Criminal investigation of Halliburton‘s Nigerian operation.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Saturday, 11 August 2012

KBR FINED $402m IS TO BE POLICE PARTNER

KELLOG, Brown and Root (KBR) is on the shortlist for the ‘Business Partnering for Police’ (BPP) project.

It is the company which pleaded guilty before an American court to engaging in a scheme between 1994 and 2004 to bribe Nigerian officials with significant financial payments in order to secure business.

KBR was then a subsidiary of Halliburton, of which later US Vice President Dick Cheney was then the boss.

The company was fined $402 million in 2009.

A letter-before-claim was sent on Thursday to the West Midlands Police threatening legal action over the approach of the authority to selecting its shortlist for the project.

The BPP project aims to contract out aspects of the police service to the private sector.

Under the relevant Procurement Regulations, West Midlands Police is required to exclude KBR from the procurement process as a company convicted of bribery offences, unless it considers that there are ‘overriding requirements in the general interest’.

What appears to have happened here is that, in response to a ‘Pre-Qualification Questionnaire’, KBR indicated that it had not been found guilty of bribery offences and West Midlands Police has blindly accepted that indication.

The letter-before-claim also raises concerns about G4S and Serco, and the extent to which West Midlands Police has actively considered concerns that the companies have been involved in acts of grave misconduct.

Public Interest Lawyers are instructed by Ms Robina Khan, a resident of Birmingham who is concerned about the type of companies to which vast amounts of taxpayers’ money may be directed as part of the BPP project.

Robina Khan, the Claimant, said yesterday: ‘There is already a fragile relationship between the police and the community.

‘Introducing private companies into policing activities will only weaken this trust further.

‘Looking at what companies like KBR and G4S are doing in other countries, it is only right that we question their human rights records, particularly when they stand to benefit from taxpayers’ money.

‘The procurement process is a shambles and consideration should have been given to the human rights records of these companies at the outset. Human rights should be upheld consistently.’

G4S has reportedly extended its contract to protect the British embassy in Afghanistan’s capital in a deal understood to be worth £72 million: here.

Dick Cheney’s corporation accused of Iraq fraud


This video from the USA is called Jamie Leigh JonesKBR Gang Rape ABC 20/20 Report.

From British daily The Morning Star:

Washington takes on its Iraq mercenaries

Friday 02 April 2010

The US government turned on its mercenaries in Iraq on Thursday and sued the largest “contractor” in Iraq over improper charges for private security.

Houston-based KBR Inc is a former subsidiary of Halliburton.

the corporation of Dick Cheney, George W Bush’s vice president

It recently won a new contract worth more than £1.3 billion for support work in Iraq.

The lawsuit charged that KBR and 33 of its subcontractors used private armed security from 2003 to 2006.

It alleged that KBR knew that the company could not bill the US government for such services, but did so anyway.

The case poses the question of what authority private contractors had to carry weapons and use force.

KBR reported 2009 revenues of £3.2bn from government contracts to provide logistical support, such as food services, transport, laundry and mail for US forces in Iraq, but security was to be provided by the military.

The government says KBR broke the contract by failing to get army authorisation to arm subcontractors and using unregistered private security contractors.

KBR’s “Facts” About Rape Case Are No Such Thing: here.

Not enough water for US soldiers in Iraq


This video is called Half of Iraq hit by cholera 04 Oct 2007.

There are more problematic private contractors than just Blackwater.

From CBS in the USA:

Some GIs Forced To Steal Water In Iraq

Soldiers Reduced To Desperate Measures To Survive Desert Heat; Say They Found Plenty In Hands Of Private Contractors

HOUSTON, May 12, 2009

Stories of short supplies for American forces in Iraq, such as inadequate body armor or unshielded Hummers, have been around since the war began. CBS affiliate KHOU-TV in Houston has discovered that some soldiers were forced to ration water, perhaps as little as 2-3 liters per day, because there was never enough.

It is less than the one gallon minimum a day that an Army manual says is necessary just to survive in a desert environment. In fact, an Army training document on preventing heat casualties states that water losses in the desert can reach 15 liters (about four gallons) a day per soldier.

Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Robey told KHOU correspondent Jeremy Rogalski that soldiers would throw up or pass out from dehydration.

Chronic dehydration can lead to such problems as kidney stones, urinary infection, rectal afflictions and skin problems, and can have long-term health problems, including kidney injury.

Robey said in 2003 his company would run out of water on missions, forcing them to improvise, like drinking water from whatever taps they found.

Unfortunately, the often-untreated Iraqi water can cause intestinal illnesses. Robey said 50 to 60 members of his company got dysentery.

Desperate, Robey said he and his commander were reduced to stealing water from supplies stored at Baghdad International Airport.

They found plenty, in the hands of civilian contractors who Robey claims were supposed to be distributing it to soldiers.

“You just had pallets upon pallets upon pallets of (bottled) water,” Robey said.

According to Private Bryan Hannah, in 2007 his lieutenant said that they didn’t have enough water and he was told, “Go find some.”

Hannah and his fellow soldiers did just that, finding it once again at a civilian contractor facility.

While many soldiers have said they had adequate access to water, and even Gatorade, KHOU found that the differing experiences seemed to have a great deal to do with when and where a soldier was deployed in Iraq, and their assignment.

In 2008 at Camp Taji, Sgt. Casey J. Porter videotaped the water – yellow and filthy – that came out of pipes in the soldier’s showers and bathroom sinks. Yet the camp itself looked more like a mall, fitted with franchises and shops, than a war zone.

“You can eat Subway, Burger King, you can buy a $1,200 Oakley watch, but you can’t have clean water to brush your teeth with? What’s the real priority here?” Sgt. Porter told KHOU.

The water was supposed to be processed by Houston-based company KBR.

KHOU’s Rogalski says that an internal KBR report reveals “massive programmatic issues” with water for personal hygiene at its Iraq facilities dating back to 2005, and outlines how there was no formalized training for anyone involved with water operations.

Former KBR employee and whistleblower Ben Carter told KHOU that he discovered that soldiers’ sinks at Camp Ar Ramadi were pouring out untreated wastewater. He described showers as “essentially a sauna of microorganisms. Your eyes, ears, anyplace there’s a cut, a person would be at risk of containing a pathogen,” Carter said.

Carter says he received a verbal lashing from KBR supervisors when he raised his concerns.

KHOU obtained a statement from the Multi-National Force in Iraq press office which read, “We have a proven system that works. Commanders at all levels do their utmost to provide the necessary resources required to sustain the force.”

KBR told KHOU that a Department of Defense Inspector General’s report has concluded “KBR has (since) satisfied applicable water standards,” adding that “the DoD has not found any illness which it attributes to water in Iraq.”

Staff Sgt. Dustin Robey disagrees. He says he’s passed hundreds of kidney stones since returning form Iraq, and because of his condition the Army forced him to retire. His family is now facing foreclosure.

Terrible though this is for United States soldiers and their families, for most Iraqis things are even worse. Many Iraqis depend on river water contaminated by dead bodies, cholera causing water, etc.

KBR then, of course, though the CBS article does not mention it, was a subsidiary of Dick Cheney’s Halliburton.

The truth about Richard Bruce Cheney: here.

KBR Sued for Giving Soldiers Ice with ‘Traces of Body Fluids and Putrefied Remains’: here.

Book Review: Halliburton’s Army: here.

US female soldiers die, suicides or murders?


This July 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

The Silent Truth (FULL DOCUMENTARY)

Ninety-four US military women in the military have died in Iraq or during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). ‘The Silent Truth’ tells the story of one of these women, PFC LaVena Lynn Johnson, who was found dead on Balad Air Force Base in Iraq. The army claimed she shot herself with her own M16 rifle, but forensic evidence, obtained by the Johnson family through the Freedom of Information Act, brings the army’s findings into question. The Army refuses to re-open LaVena Johnson’s case, leaving the family in limbo. ‘The Silent Truth’ follows the Johnsons’ pursuit of justice and truth for their daughter.

Another video from the USA used to say about itself:

Female Iraq soldier brutally killed/raped by US soldiers-1/3 Suicide or Murder? Three Years After the Death of Pfc. LaVena Johnson in Iraq, Her Parents Continue Their Call for a Congressional Investigation Three years ago, on July 19, 2005, Army Private First Class LaVena Johnson was found dead in Balad, Iraq.

Her body was found in a tent belonging to the private military contractor KBR. She had abrasions all over her body, a broken nose, a black eye, burned hands, loose teeth, acid burns on her genitals, and a bullet hole in her head. The Army labeled Johnson’s death a suicide. But her parents never believed that story. They think she was raped and murdered and are now demanding a full congressional investigation into their daughter’s death.

Part 3 of that video is here.

By Colonel Ann Wright from the USA:

U.S. Military Is Keeping Secrets About Female Soldiers’ ‘Suicides’

September 10, 2008

Our soldiers’ families deserve better than that.

Since I posted on April 28 the article “Is There an Army Cover Up of the Rape and Murder of Women Soldiers,” the deaths of two more U.S. Army women in Iraq and Afghanistan have been listed as suicides — the Sept. 28, 2007, death of 30-year-old Spc. Ciara Durkin and the Feb. 22, 2008, death of 25-year-old Spc. Keisha Morgan. Both “suicides” are disputed by the families of the women.

Since April 2008, five more U.S. military women have died in Iraq — three in noncombat-related incidents. Ninety-nine U.S., six British and one Ukrainian military women and 13 U.S. female civilians have been killed in Iraq, Kuwait and Bahrain, as well as probably hundreds of thousands of Iraqi women and girls. …

The deaths of 14 U.S. military (13 Army and one Navy) women and one British military woman who served in Iraq, Kuwait or Afghanistan have been classified as suicides. Two Army women in Iraq (Pfc. Hannah Gunterman McKinney, a victim of vehicular homicide, and Pfc. Kamisha Block, who was shot five times by a fellow soldier who then killed himself) and two Navy women in Bahrain (MASN Anamarie Camacho and MASN Genesia Gresham, both shot by a male sailor who then shot, but did not kill, himself) have died at the hands of fellow military personnel. Several more military women have died with unexplained “noncombat” gunshot wounds (U.S. Army Sgt. Melissa Valles, July 9, 2003: gunshot to the abdomen; Marine Lance Cpl. Juana Arellano, April 8, 2006: gunshot wound to the head while in a “defensive position”).

Most of the deaths of women who have died of noncombat gunshot wounds have been classified as suicides, rather than homicides. The Army, the only military service to release annual figures on suicides, reported that 115 soldiers committed suicide in 2007. According to Army figures, 32 soldiers committed suicide in Iraq and four in Afghanistan. Of the 115 Army suicides, 93 were in the Regular Army and 22 were in the Army National Guard or Reserves. … [Of, officially, “suicide cases”]

# — Three had expressed concerns about improprieties or irregularities in their commands (Durkin’s concerns were financial; Davis had given a seven-page deposition on contracting irregularities in Iraq the day before she died; Peterson was concerned about methods of interrogation of Iraqi prisoners).

# — Several had been in touch with their families within days of their deaths and had not expressed feelings of depression (Morgan, Durkin, Davis, Priest, Johnson). … A few days later, the Army changed its story and told the parents of Spc. Block that their daughter had been murdered by a shot to the chest. At the funeral home in Vidor, Texas, Block’s mother noticed her daughter had a wound to her head, not mentioned by the Army. … Our Soldiers’ Families Deserve Better The families of slain soldiers deserve the truth about how they served and how they died. A professional military should handle each case with utmost care and concern.

Tragically, in the past seven years, too many families have been faced with unanswered questions and a military bureaucracy that closes ranks against those who are trying to find answers. I appeal to those in our military who know how these women died to come forward. Hopefully, the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Susan Davis, (202) 225-2040, will hold hearings on military suicides in the next two months and provide protection from retaliation for those willing to testify. …

Col. Ann Wright is a retired Army Reserve colonel and a 29-year veteran of the Army and Army Reserves. She was also a diplomat in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia.

She resigned from the Department of State on March 19, 2003, in opposition to the Iraq war. She is the co-author of “Dissent: Voices of Conscience“.

Military town newspaper challenges US military on murder of military women: here.

Cancer water for US soldiers in Iraq


This video from the United States Senate is called US soldiers exposed to Sodium Dichromate in Iraq at KBR’s facility.

From Associated Press in the USA:

Soldiers may have been exposed to toxic chemical

JASPER, Ind. — The Indiana National Guard is notifying nearly 600 soldiers who served in Iraq that they may have drunk water tainted with a carcinogen at an Iraqi treatment plant.

During a U.S. Senate hearing in June, senators learned that sodium dichromate — a cancer-causing chemical that can also cause breathing problems — was used at the Qarmat Ali water plant near Basra, Iraq.

Guard spokeswoman Lt. Col. Deedra Thombleson told The Herald of Jasper on Monday that the Guard has sent letters to most of the 140 current and former soldiers known to have been at that treatment plant between May and September 2003.

The addresses for 18 of those soldiers could not be found to send them letters notifying them of their possible exposure.

Thombleson said 448 other Guardsmen are also being contacted to determine if they were ever at the plant. Of the 588 soldiers being sent letters, she said 138 are back in Iraq. …

According to the testimony heard June 20 by the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, sodium dichromate was used at the Basra facility as a corrosion inhibitor in water.

Indiana National Guard officials learned of the potential exposure June 27.

Paul Eckert of Jasper received his notification letter Friday. He served in the Guard for 10 years and was in Iraq with the Jasper-based 1st Battalion, 152nd Regiment from February 2003 to February 2004.

During his tour, Eckert went to the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant several times with a group to pick up water and supplies for their unit.

When he returned to Jasper in 2004, Eckert, 38, said he noticed a change in his health.

“I never snored or had breathing problems until I got back from Iraq,” he said Monday. “I have a lack of energy, and I didn’t know why. I’ve always been in top shape.”

Eckert also noticed blotches on his skin that burned and itched. When he got it checked out at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Louisville, Ky., he said he was given a medicated lotion that didn’t help his condition, he said. …

A fact sheet provided by the Guard states that exposure to sodium dichromate can cause sores in the nose and sores on the skin that tend not to heal.

Other symptoms include skin irritation, tearing and eye irritation, runny or bleeding nose as well as sneezing, coughing, wheezing and pain in the chest when breathing. Fever, nausea, vomiting and upset stomach are other symptoms.

Long-term exposure to the chemical can cause lung cancer, the Guard’s fact sheet says.

Eckert wonders if his late comrade, David Moore, might have been sickened by the chemical. Moore, of Dubois, died earlier this year from what doctors called interstitial lung disease.

While in Iraq, Moore escorted Eckert’s group to the water treatment plant and drank the water the team brought back, Eckert said.

Moore’s sister, Beth Pfau, said Monday that her brother had serious breathing problems after returning home in 2004. He saw specialists at Indiana University Hospital and elsewhere, but no one could figure out what was causing the problem.

“His breathing got worse and worse,” she said. “He was on oxygen at home for a while.”

Pfau said that in early January her brother checked into the VA hospital in Louisville, where he was eventually put on a ventilator.

He was 42 when he died at the hospital Feb. 4. She said her family has not heard from the Guard but they plan to contact officials.

Sodium dichromate is the same chemical residents in Hinkley, Calif., were exposed to and highlighted in the movie “Erin Brockovich.”

Staff Writer Sally Petty contributed to this report.

This Associated Press item does not say who put the poison in the US soldiers’ drinking water. The answer is, KBR corporation, then part of Halliburton, Dick Cheney‘s conglomerate.

Meanwhile, from the blog of US Congress Speaker Nancy Pelosi:

The Oversight Committee is currently holding a hearing, “Deficient Electrical Systems at U.S. Facilities in Iraq.” The hearing will examine electrical problems leading to the injuries and deaths of military personnel and the Department of Defense’s management and oversight of contractors. Chairman Henry Waxman has been investigating the situation for several months, see his letter to Secretary of Defense Gates. Witnesses from the Defense Department Inspector General’s office, Defense Contract Management Agency and KBR, Inc. will testify.

Pentagon Attempted To Cover-Up KBR’s Negligence In Electrocution Of U.S. Soldier: here.

Use of Contractors in Iraq Costs Billions, Report Says: here.