Category Archives: Iraq contractors
This will be interesting to watch, as the arrested contractor and his company have ties to KBR..from Jurist:
Five US contractors have been arrested by Iraqi officials for their alleged involvement in the May death of an American in Baghdad’s Green Zone, according to Sunday reports. The suspects are not yet charged but may be the first Americans to face trial in an Iraqi court since the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between the US and Iraq took effect in January. The agreement removed any immunity that private US contractors had under Iraqi law, allowing for the five accused to be tried. Jim Kitterman, an owner of a construction company, was found dead, bound, blindfolded, and stabbed in his car in late May. A US official anonymously disclosed that the investigations involved possible charges other than murder. Kitterman’s death is believed to be the first criminal killing of an American in the Green Zone since it was established in 2003.
Americans killing American’s in Iraq? WTF? From the LATimes link:
A relative of two of the suspects insisted that the men were innocent and would be released within a couple of days. John Feeney said the suspects included his father, Donald Feeney Jr., brother Donald Feeney III and two other employees of his father’s security company, Corporate Training Unlimited, or CTU. A fifth man who lived on their compound was also taken into custody, John Feeney said.
He spoke by telephone from North Carolina, where CTU has its U.S. headquarters.
Donald Feeney Jr has a storied past, from the FayObserver:
Donald Feeney Jr. first made news in 1988 when his company of former commandos spirited a 7-year-old child out of Jordan and reunited her with her mother in Texas.
CTU’s actions caused the U.S. State Department to apologize to Jordanian officials.
Feeney and others have defended the company’s actions, saying people in the United States are defenseless against custody battles involving other countries.
In 1993, Feeney and James Grayson of Florida were found guilty in Iceland of kidnapping Grayson’s daughter and the child’s sister. Feeney spent a year in prison.
Two months after his release, Feeney’s company took a child out of Tunisia in another custody battle.
The U.S. State Department has taken a dim view of Feeney’s actions.
It’s gonna get ugly methinks. The Washington Post has a different view on the arrests:
Maj. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said the men were being held at a police station in the Green Zone as part of a joint U.S.-Iraqi investigation. He said FBI agents had provided a tip to Iraqi forces, then accompanied them on a raid at a house where they had uncovered weapons and drugs.
But there were conflicting accounts about the arrest and possible charges.
Fennell said the men were not arrested on suspicion of involvement in the murder of Jim Kitterman, a 60-year-old contractor from Houston. During a search of the men’s house, authorities found “possible evidence on an unrelated matter,” he said, without disclosing details.
Staaaaaay tuned boys and girls! That SOFA Bush signed has changed the rules for contractors. They can now be tried, convicted and jailed by Iraqi’s. More than enough reason to keep your ass in the US..or be really really good whilst working in Iraq.
Update: The rightwing moonie media, the Washington Times is reporting that three of the contractors have been or will be released today.
The title is tongue in cheek, but then…not really since the government evidently has just discovered how crooked and lousy American contractors are over in Afghanistan.
Personally, I have to wonder where in the blue hell their heads have been. From ProPublica:
The congressionally mandated Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan  met for the first time in Washington D.C. today, the start of a two-year long probe into corruption, abuse and fraud in the ongoing conflicts that may one day top a trillion dollars in cost.
Front and center was a 456-page report on greed and waste  in Iraq written by the Special Inspector General of Iraq , Stuart Bowen. The draft of Bowen’s report, entitled “Hard Lessons,” was first revealed in December in a joint reporting project  between ProPublica and the New York Times.
The final version contained much of the same details  about poor planning and oversight that led to billions of dollars wasted in the $50 billion effort to rebuild Iraq. But the director’s cut included some notable new sound bites.
Christ, are these government inspectors retarded or what? Did they think the same companies wouldn’t screw us in Afghanistan after years of hosing us in Iraq? Again from ProPublica:
But nobody seemed quite able to answer the question of who was watching the store in Afghanistan, where some $32 billion has already been spent. While the Inspector General for Iraq presented his hundreds of pages of learned lessons, his newly appointed counterpart for Afghanistan, the retired Marine Corp Major General Arnold Fields, wasn’t even invited to the hearing. Hearing Chairman Mike Thibault said that the Special Investigator for the Reconstruction of Afghanistan  organization was so new, it wouldn’t have been fair to expect expect testimony on their findings.
It’s a must read over at ProPublica folks…sure to chap your ass and jerk your evah-lovin chain.
Thirteen soldiers in Iraq have been electrocuted by the faulty wiring put up by the fuckwits at KBR..an AMERICAN CONTRACTOR.
How is this acceptable? It is criminal..if its anything people. As the Smirking Chimp labels it..its fucking murder. This isn’t just in Iraq..soldiers have been electrocuted in Afghanistan as well. From the Smirking Chimp writeup:
Sunday’s New York Times carried another story of lies, deception, and fraud that resulted in death by electrocution of at least twelve soldiers and marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. These deaths did not come while the soldiers were on patrol or by unexpected encounters with downed “hot” wires. These “accidents” happened in facilities used as base camps for U.S. units, camps that were to have been completely refurbished – including the wiring – under terms of a $30 billion no-bid contract awarded to the one-time Halliburton subsidiary KBR (formerly Kellogg-Brown-Root).
Our soldiers fight for their lives every single day in Iraq and Afghanistan and then die when taking a fucking shower? And no one is to blame? Fuck me running..that is total bullshit folks. Its bullshit at it’s finest..and yet no one..NO fucking ONE is being held liable for these dozen deaths.
The fact that KBR is still a fucking contractor just slays me. WTF does it take for our government to cut these bags of batshit loose?
When Halliburton cut loose KBR I figured there was a reason they would dump a profitable entity. Evidently they were paranoid about shit such as this ruining them. From the ABC writeup:
Maseth’s tragic death brings to 12 the number of soldiers who have died in Iraq due to accidental electrocution, according to Army and Marine e-mails obtained by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif.
By comparison, there were 250 occupational fatalities due to electrocution among all workers in the United States in 2005, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Henry Waxman..you bastards have done little so far with your Democratic majority bullshit. You need to hold this fucking company accountable dude…get off you ass and do your job.
If you need something to personalize this loss..look at the picture in this post..that is someones son who died whilst taking a fucking shower after a hard day of trying to stay alive. Bitch and rant and rave for him. ok? Because this is total fucking bullshit folks..and yet we walk by and don’t say a thing.