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Iraqi Electrocutions of US Soldiers While Showering... Update !

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 ?

Comment balloon 11 commentsKaren Anne Stone • July 25 2008 10:27PM

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It will not get ratings. It may not get peoples interest as other news worth items. Its on the radar but it has a lot to compete against.

Posted by Eric Bouler, Listening to your Needs ( Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La.) about 11 years ago

Karen Anne, as you pointed out with the downplay, I had not even heard of this story until your mention.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 11 years ago

Karen Anne......news pray on sensationalism and that is what sells.  Sounds like shotty workmanship and high cost, lives and american dollars.

Posted by Pam Winterbauer, "Providing Blue Ribbon Service" (Pam Winterbauer Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Eric:  It is such a shame, and really indicative of how the national and cable news media continues to choose what the viewing public gets to see.  Shame on them !

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 11 years ago

Gary:  They buried the story each and every time it happened... and they buried it again now.  I found it on USA Today.  It should have been front page news... but it got buried.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 11 years ago

Pam:  I would have thought that at least the so-called "liberal media" outlets would play it... but where are they ?  Corners cut, workmen who cannot speak English, massive profits by a Halliburton company, and nothing... not a word nationally.  Yet we get coverage of John McCain visiting a German restaurant in Ohio.  Priorities...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 11 years ago

Geeze, I had not even heard about this.  People getting electrocuted while showering is aweful.  It almost gives me a headache thinking about how things really are versus how they get portrayed in the media.    

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) about 11 years ago

Sondra:  It really makes me wonder why news of such horrible happenings does not get featured.  I am also guessing that this has something to do with the administration wanting to sit on things like this... because KBR... the contractor who did the wiring... is a product of Halliburton... which has Dick Cheney stamped all over it.  Really makes me angry... !

Just a note here.  When I just hit spellcheck on this comment... one of the words that came up as an alternate for "Halliburton"... was "bellybutton."  I am not sure what that means... LOL.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 11 years ago

My, they work hard to put a muzzle on anything negative about the "surge", don't they..

Posted by Eric Kodner, CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 - (Madeline Island Realty) about 11 years ago

Eric:  Yes, and in this case... especially... because it was an electric surge.  Not funny at all... but that's the way this administration seems to flourish.  Do what you want, hope it doesn't get out, but if it does... either muzzle it, deny it, or both.  And of course, if you are then given a subpoena... just ignore it.

By the way... I just got word in an email flyer yesterday.  There is a Texas Realtor even coming up in September... and Karl Rove is giving the keynote address.  Hmmmm... what is wrong with this picture ? 

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 11 years ago

So Karl Rove is going to be in your area in September?  Gee, maybe you should do a "citizen's arrest" and take him into custody for contempt of Congress!

:)

Posted by Eric Kodner, CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 - (Madeline Island Realty) about 11 years ago

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