Recently I wrote a post telling the horrible story of another American in service to his country in Iraq... being electrocuted while taking a shower in the shower facilities at his own base in Iraq. This is a short update on that post... relating some comments that appeared in today's USA Today newspaper.
The following disclosure came after former Halliburton subsidiary KBR Inc. Chief Executive William Utt met with Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., on Capitol Hill Friday to discuss allegations that soldiers died from electrocutions caused by faulty wiring at U.S. facilities run by the contractor.
Casey said there have also been dozens of injuries and hundreds of fires from faulty electrical work and that there have been reports of problems with people being shocked as recently as three weeks ago.But Casey and Rep. Jason Altmire, D.-Pa., who also attended the meeting with KBR officials, said it remains unclear whether it is the military or the contractor that bears responsibility.
"It leads to hundreds and hundreds of questions that Congress must ask," Casey said.
Houston-based KBR has said it has not found a link between electrical work it did and the electrocutions. The company holds a multi-billion dollar contract to provide basic services at thousands of buildings in Iraq.
In a statement, Utt reiterated that the company is not responsible for the deaths, and that it "remains committed to fully cooperating with the government on this issue." He also told Casey that a February 2007 change in the company's contract limited its duties for performing electrical maintenance and repairs.
At a hearing earlier this month, former KBR electricians said KBR employees with little electrical experience supervised work done by subcontractors and foreign electricians who could not speak English. Company electricians who raised doubts about the work were allegedly fired.
It is now the end of the week during which Barack Obama spent touring many European capitals, and surveying the "on the ground" situation with General Petreas... both in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The news reports... on almost all of the cable channels... Fox and MSNBC both included... are totally wallpapered with comments and counter-comments between Senator McCain, Senator Obama's camp, and "pundits" of all sizes, shapes and alliances. They center on "the trip."
Not one single word has been spoken or heard about our servicemen and women losing their lives while taking an "expletive deleted" shower on the bases which they currently call home.
Once again... what in the world is wrong with this picture ? Why is this NOT four-square in the center of the news ?