Category Archives: KBR
Jeff Sessions, asshole for Alabama said that about Al Franken’s amendment to the defense appropriation bill recently voted on. From Politico:
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) offered an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that would withhold defense contracts to companies who prevent victims from filing lawsuits against sexual assault and harassment.
Franken proposed the amendment after hearing the story of Jamie Leigh Jones, who alleges that she was brutally raped while working a contractor for Halliburton/KBR in Iraq.
But Jones was unable to press charges in court because her defense contract stipulated that any such allegations can only be heard in private arbitration.
Franken’s amendment, which passed 68-30, received the support of 10 Republican senators. However, most Republicans opposed the amendment because it went against the wishes of the Defense Department, and argued it gave Congress too much influence in altering defense contracts.
I can not believe that even Rethugs would put the needs of Halliburton and KBR ahead of human beings, specifically women, on this issue. I can not believe it. But then..I can, ya know?
Fucking douche nozzles like Vitter and Sessions need to spend a month in Iraq..as a worker for KBR and Halliburton. Fucking pigs..make me physically ill. From Current, a list of the fuckwits and fucktards that put corporate needs above human needs:
Franken’s amendment ended up passing, 68-30. Here’s a list of the Senators who showed broad support for Roman Polanski by voting against it:
ADDENDUM: It’s been pointed out to me that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce lobbied against the Franken amendment as well:
Republicans point out that the amendment was opposed by a host of business interests, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and applies to a wide range of companies, including IBM and Boeing.
I guess we must cover up crimes like rape in order to save capitalism.
I guess capitalism IS more important than human rights for the bags of batshit above.
Its a booming business, similar to the coyote’s that bring people over America’s southern border. McClatchy’s writeup and video point a finger at KBR for knowing and allowing this disgusting crap to take place. From the article:
About 1,000 Asian men who were hired by a Kuwaiti subcontractor to the U.S. military have been confined for as long as three months in windowless warehouses near the Baghdad airport without money or a place to work.
Najlaa International Catering Services, a subcontractor to KBR, an engineering, construction and services company, hired the men, who’re from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. On Tuesday, they staged a march outside their compound to protest their living conditions.
“It’s really dirty,” a Sri Lankan man told McClatchy, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he still wants to work for Najlaa. “For all of us, there are about 12 toilets and about 10 bathrooms. The food – it’s three half-liter (one pint) bottles of water a day. Bread, cheese and jam for breakfast. Lunch is a small piece of meat, potato and rice. Dinner is rice and dal, but it’s not dal,” he said, referring to the Indian lentil dish.
KBR is trying to say they didn’t know about it, but people on the ground there in Iraq are calling bullshit on that one:
The conditions in which the men have been held appear to violate guidelines the U.S. military handed down in 2006 that urged contractors to deter human trafficking to the war zone by shunning recruiters that charged excessive fees. The guidelines also defined “minimum acceptable” living spaces – 50 square feet per person – and required companies to fulfill the pledges they made to employees in contracts.
A U.S. military spokesman for the Multi-National Force-Iraq referred questions to KBR, a Texas-based former subsidiary of Halliburton. The spokesman said that the American military wasn’t aware of the warehouses until McClatchy and the Times of London began asking questions about it on Monday.
Some of the men who’ve been living in the warehouses said that KBR representatives visited the site two weeks ago. They said Najlaa held their passports until the KBR inspection, which Najlaa officials denied. Seizing passports is a violation of the U.S. military’s 2006 instructions to contractors.
KBR didn’t answer direct questions about the warehouses but issued a two-paragraph statement. “When KBR becomes aware of potential violations of international laws regarding trafficking in persons, we work, within our authority, to remediate the problem and report the matter to proper authorities. KBR then works with authorities to rectify the matter,” it said.
KBR’s history in Iraq makes their company press release suspect. They have poisoned American soldiers, electrocuted them and overcharged the living shit out of the Federal Government for services rendered, just to name a few of their heinous transgressions.
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.
KBR does it…and now another huge federal contractor is setting up ‘house’ offshore so it doesn’t have to pay their employees as… well…employees. This newest one is MPRI a sort of BlackWater-type company which is owned by L-3, one of the biggest federal carpetbaggers in the Middle East. From the IRS site on what makes one an Independent Contractor:
The general rule is that an individual is an independent contractor if you, the person for whom the services are performed, have the right to control or direct only the result of the work and not the means and methods of accomplishing the result.
MPRI’s police trainers, who asked not to be identified, said they do not work that way. One former trainer working for MPRI in Iraq said that police trainers in Baghdad received letters at the end of 2005 saying that they might experience a brief disruption in their payments because “payroll was being moved to Bermuda to satisfy US tax code.”
The letters became a running joke among the trainers. “We said, ‘What do you mean, to avoid tax codes?‘” the former trainer recalled.
The Globe notes that as a result of MPRI’s practices, “workers cannot receive unemployment compensation when their jobs end and may be deprived of other protections under US law.”
Other protections such as Workers Compensation, payment into Social Security and Buddha knows what other traditional means that cover employees. Satisfy US tax codes…don’t the bastards mean to skate the US tax codes and screw their employees?
It was an early January morning in 2008 when 42-year-old Lisa Smith*, a paramedic for a defense contractor in southern Iraq, woke up to find her entire room shaking. The shipping container that served as her living quarters was reverberating from nearby rocket attacks, and she was jolted awake to discover an awful reality. “Right then my whole life was turned upside down,” she says.
What follows is the story she told me in a lengthy, painful on-the-record interview, conducted in a lawyer’s office in Houston, Texas, while she was back from Iraq on a brief leave.
I find it very difficult to comment on this story, being a woman and a former advocate for rape victims. To read the entire write-up, click the link at the top.