Monday, January 23, 2006

Supporting the Troops

Interviews and internal company documents revealed that both Iraqi civilians and occupation troops at a U.S. military base in Iraq were exposed to contaminated water last year.

Who would do such a thing you might ask? You get one guess, but here's a hint - the Vice President continues to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars a year from this company in 'deferred salary'.

Well surely it was an accident you say? Yes, of course, and in these times competence is completely unrelated to performance.

But what really puts the Halliburton stamp on this story is this:

Halliburton employees couldn't get their company to inform camp residents

A cover up?

First time the problem was reported was by water expert, Ben Carter, to Halliburton officials on March 24, 2005 - an "incident report" from tests he performed the previous day.

"It is my opinion that the water source is without question contaminated with numerous micro-organisms, including Coliform bacteria," Carter wrote. "There is little doubt that raw sewage is routinely dumped upstream of intake much less than the required 2 mile distance.

"Therefore, it is my conclusion that chlorination of our water tanks while certainly beneficial is not sufficient protection from parasitic exposure."

Carter submitted his resignation in April after Halliburton officials refused to take any action to inform the camp population.

He told company workers at the base in Ramadi that they would have to notify the military. "They told me it was none of my concern and to keep my mouth shut," he said.

I found this story on Al (not the same as the TV station).

Was it on CNN?

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Yeah right.

I guess the poisoning of the troops and the subsequent cover up don't register as stories of note in the liberal media.

Fox is busy covering something about a Spongebob lawsuit, probably to stop him from being gay.

Are the chickenhawk war bloggers who profess so much love and support for the troops on this story? I don't know, and I can't check until my biohazard suit is back from the cleaners

1 comment:

mdhatter said...

One might argue those intangible microorganisms cost more than the very tangible 600 dollar hammers of the 1980's.

and having had some nassssty food poisioning in my day, If given the choice, I'd have to think a minute before i choosing which one i would rather pass.