Thursday, May 21, 2009

Bonus Pay for Electrocuting U.S. Soldiers?


Pfc. Justin Shults displays his burn wounds. Shults was electrocuted in a shower facility in Iraq, and is now suing KBR. (Photo: AP)

The U.S. Army paid "tens of millions of dollars in bonuses" to KBR Inc, its biggest contractor in Iraq, even after it concluded the firm's electrical work had put U.S. soldiers at risk, according to a source close to a U.S. congressional investigation.

The Senate Democratic Policy Committee plans to hold a hearing on Wednesday to examine KBR's operations in Iraq, and question why the Army rewarded the Houston-based company.

The panel says KBR has been linked to at least two, and as many as five, electrocution deaths of U.S. soldiers and contractors in Iraq due to "shoddy work.

Investigators believe hundreds of other soldiers may have received electrical shocks, the source added. The Army is investigating.

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1 comment:

D. Cheney said...

These folks need to understand that they are lucky to have the opportunity to serve their country. In a GOP capitalist society they are our pawns.

If they receive inadequate kevlar vests, filthy drinking water, mess food that failed USDA inspection, or shocks in the what?

The important thing is that corporations like KBR,Exxon, and Blackwater make a profit.

Although having the military perform these services, as they had in the past, is less costly to the taxpayer then privatization, like the selfish soldier who expects clean drinking water after coming of a patrol, you just don't get it.

We lied about Saddam and Al Quaeda, we spent trillions of taxpayer dollars and sacrificed thousands of US lives and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives, we made the world much less stable and dramatically increased American hatred world-wide, because corporations like KBR have the RIGHT to make a profit!

Profit in a GOP society ALWAYS trumps the lives and wallets of US citizens, always! What is so hard to understand about that?

So if you know of a soldier, sailor or grunt who whines about their food, water or living conditions, remend them who they are working for. Remind them to be PATRIOTS!

Yours in flag waving and frear mongering,