More allegations of fraud and putting soldiers in Danger by Halliburton

Discussion in 'Political Discussion' started by DarrylS, Oct 9, 2007.

  1. DarrylS

    DarrylS Supporter Supporter

    Sep 13, 2004
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    To just outsource our military functions to Halliburton, Blackwater et al will long scar any legacy that George has left.. this is an article published in Vanity Fair.. it is not for the faint of heart.. thought these guys were supposed to be supporting the troops not making it worse. Logically there must be at least have a dozen trailers with the number of R-89 used by Halliburton, that is the only thing that makes any sense.

    In the midday heat of June 16, 2003, Conyers was summoned to fix a broken refrigerated truck—a "reefer," in contractor parlance—at Log Base Seitz, on the edge of Baghdad's airport. He and his colleagues had barely begun to inspect the sealed trailer when they found themselves reeling from a nauseating stench. The freezer was powered by the engine, and only after they got it running again, several hours later, did they dare open the doors.

    The trailer, unit number R-89, had been lying idle for two weeks, Conyers says, in temperatures that daily reached 120 degrees. "Inside, there were 15 human bodies," he recalls. "A lot of liquid stuff had just seeped out. There were body parts on the floor: eyes, fingers. The goo started seeping toward us. Boom! We shut the doors again." The corpses were Iraqis, who had been placed in the truck by a U.S. Army mortuary unit that was operating in the area. That evening, Conyers's colleague Wallace R. Wynia filed an official report: "On account of the heat the bodies were decomposing rapidly.… The inside of the trailer was awful."

    It is not unheard of for trucks in a war zone to perform hearse duty. But both civilian and U.S.-military regulations state that once a trailer has been used to store corpses it can never again be loaded with food or drink intended for human consumption. According to the U.S. Army's Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine, "Contact with whole or part human remains carries potential risks associated with pathogenic microbiological organisms that may be present in human blood and tissue." The diseases that may be communicated include aids,hepatitis, tuberculosis, septicemia, meningitis, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the human variant of mad cow.

    But when Bud Conyers next caught sight of trailer R-89, about a month later, it was packed not with human casualties but with bags of ice—ice that was going into drinks served to American troops. He took photographs, showing the ice bags, the trailer number, and the wooden decking, which appeared to be stained red. Another former KBR employee, James Logsdon, who now works as a police officer near Enid, says he first saw R-89 about a week after Conyers's grisly discovery. "You could still see a little bit of matter from the bodies, stuff that looked kind of pearly, and blood from the stomachs. It hadn't even been hosed down. Afterwards, I saw that truck in the P.W.C.—the public warehouse center—several times. There's nothing there except food and ice. It was backed up to a dock, being loaded."
  2. reflexblue

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    #91 Jersey

    A little bacteria never hurt no one. Hey theses guys are tough they can handle it. And besides hell all their trying to do is make an honest buck,so whats the big deal. :rolleyes:

    I know after WWII their were war profiteering hearings in congress, Haliburton has made so much money off this war its obcene. There should be wae profiteering hearings and trials again. And anyone caught doing it should be hit with TREASON and treated justly. But it will never happen we all know that. But one can dream.
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