Frontier Former Editor

May 28, 2008

Another reason why Halliburton opened a dual headquarters in Dubai:

To avoid extradition or a well-deserved seizure and shutdown by the American people for what could be construed in many U.S. courts as negligent manslaughter?

“PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (CNN) — A highly decorated Green Beret, Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth died a painful death in Iraq this year. He died not on the battlefield. He died in what should have been one of the safest spots in Iraq: on a U.S. base, in his bathroom . . . .

The water pump was not properly grounded, and when he turned on the shower, a jolt of electricity shot through his body and electrocuted him January 2 . . . .

Army documents obtained by CNN show that U.S.-paid contractor Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) inspected the building and found serious electrical problems a full 11 months before Maseth was electrocuted.

KBR noted “several safety issues concerning the improper grounding of electrical devices.” But KBR’s contract did not cover “fixing potential hazards.” It covered repairing items only after they broke down.

Only after Maseth died did the Army issue an emergency order for KBR to finally fix the electrical problems, and that order was carried out soon thereafter.

In an internal e-mail obtained by CNN, a Navy captain admits that the Army should have known “the extent of the severity of the electrical problems.” The e-mail then says the reason the Army did not know was because KBR’s inspections were never reviewed by a “qualified government employee.” . . .

KBR declined a CNN interview, but in an e-mail the company said it found “no evidence of a link between the work it has been tasked to perform and the reported electrocutions.” “

God forbid we should consider Halliburton and its subsidiary KBR as acting in selfish disregard of the interests of the American soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen that they have been contracted to support. After all, they  . . . .

bring fresh water to troops in bases overseas

serve hot meals in sanitary mess halls to troops

get fuel to our troops in the field.

F***in scumbags, and mudering scumbags at that.

Every day I get to drive by Halliburton natural gas exploration trucks driving through our region as if the Iraqi insurgents trying to blow up their convoys have somehow arrived in the U.S. I’ve been told that one Halliburton driver was instructed not to dodge oncoming traffic if it meant him being late to a job site. If true, it makes perfect sense given what this organization has managed to become – a perfect 21st-century example of the robber barons of old.

At least American soldiers can trust Iraqi insurgents and al Qaida to try and kill them. Halliburton does it effortlessly and under the guise of good old American patriotism

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