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Despite enormous waste and fraud, Republicans nearly weep at the thought of cuts to defense, even though Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asked Congress to trim the bill because it contained amounts allocated for weapons and programs that are no longer viable. Congress not only ignored his request, but even gave $1.7 billion more than the President requested. Is that the response of a Congress that desperately wants to cut the deficit?
Remember this when Congress debates to reduce military pay, veteran benefits and raise the cost of their healthcare. Remember this when they debate the need to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Are we more concerned about conquests in foreign lands than we are about the quality of life of those who risk their lives to keep us free? Many soldiers are paid poorly enough to qualify for foodstamps and WIC. What is the premium for an American life? Are we less concerned about the elderly, our sick, our children? What price for the American Dream? We must decide what kind of country we want to be.
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Consequences from America's Fake War on Terror, which launched a war on Iraq based on imaginary WMD's.
Under a contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, part of KBR's job was to restore a dilapidated water-injection facility in the south. American and British troops provided security. It didn't take long before KBR employees and soldiers complained of bloody noses, trouble breathing, and rashes. And it also didn't take long to figure out that parts of the facility were contaminated with sodium dichromate, a chemical that contains hexavalent chromium, a carcinogenic that most people might know from the movie Erin Brockovich.
You might think that health and safety officers from both KBR and the Corps would act quickly to remove the stuff, test the workers and soldiers, and provide protective gear. Instead, it appears that both sides tried to shift the burden onto each other while figuring out how to best adopt a CYA strategy.
In 2010, the soldiers sued KBR, accusing them of lying to the soldiers about the presence and danger of sodium dichromate. However, the Army's own medical evaluations -- limited to just a fraction of those possibly exposed -- did not find abnormal chromium levels in the soldiers' blood.
This week's cover story, "Blood Money," looks into what should have been a no-brainer -- cleaning up the facility in early 2003 -- but what instead has dragged on for nearly a decade, and what some of the troops believe has already cut some of their fellow soldiers' lives short.Consequences from America's Fake War on Terror, which launched a war on Iraq... more
KBR seeks sub-contractors to outfit “emergency environment” centers
The revelation that Halliburton subsidiary KBR is seeking sub-contractors to staff and outfit “emergency environment” camps located in five regions of the United States follows preparations over the last three years to deal with riots inside the United States that have already spread throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
As Infowars reported last night, a document sent to us by a state government employee confirms that Kellogg Brown & Root Services are looking to activate camps built for FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers across the United States.
This follows the Senate’s passage of Section 1031 of the National Defense Authorization Act which allows American citizens to be snatched off the street and held in detention camps without trial.
In 2006, KBR was contracted by Homeland Security to build detention centers designed to deal with “an emergency influx of immigrants into the U.S,” or the rapid development of unspecified “new programs” that would require large numbers of people to be interned.
Since 2006, the world has been beset by riots and civil unrest as a result of the fallout from the economic collapse. From the United Kingdom, to continental Europe, to the Middle East and North Africa, almost every corner of the globe has experienced social dislocation.
Now U.S. authorities are preparing for such eventualities on home soil, with major police departments like the NYPD staging “mobilization exercises” to train police to prepare for civil disorder in the United States.
Warnings and preparation for civil unrest coming to the United States have been voiced on a regular basis.
Back in 2008, U.S. troops returning from Iraq were earmarked for “homeland patrols” with one of their roles including helping with “civil unrest and crowd control”.
In December 2008, the Washington Post reported on plans to station 20,000 more U.S. troops inside America for purposes of “domestic security” from September 2011 onwards, an expansion of Northcom’s militarization of the country in preparation for potential civil unrest following a total economic collapse or a mass terror attack.
A report produced that same year by the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Institute warned that the United States may experience massive civil unrest in the wake of a series of crises which it termed “strategic shock.”
“Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremist to defend basic domestic order and human security,” stated the report, authored by [Ret.] Lt. Col. Nathan Freir, adding that the military may be needed to quell “purposeful domestic resistance”.
The United States has continuity of government plans in place should martial law be declared by the President. However, the details of those plans have been so tightly guarded that even Congressman and Homeland Security Committee member Peter DeFazio (D – OR), who has the necessary security clearance, was denied access to view the material when he requested to do so back in July 2007.
Under the terms of the the National Emergency Centers Act or HR 645, first introduced in January 2009 and still awaiting passage, emergency camps are to be made available to “meet other appropriate needs, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security,” an open ended mandate which many fear could mean the forced detention of American citizens in the event of widespread rioting after a national emergency or total economic collapse.
With many Americans now becoming “pre-revolutionary” as a result of their fury at the Obama administration and equally unpopular lawmakers in Washington, potential civil unrest could spring not just from a poverty-stricken underclass, but also the shrinking middle class.
Indeed, top elitist Zbigniew Brzezinski warned earlier this year that middle class unrest caused by economic disenfranchisement would soon hit America.
Perhaps that’s why the Department of Homeland Security is increasingly focusing its anti-terror apparatus on white middle class Americans, portraying them as domestic terrorists in a series of PSA videos. In addition, ‘Occupy’ protesters are also now being characterized as terrorists.
The fact that detention camps have been constructed inside America and are now being staffed and readied for “emergency” situations can no longer be ignored or ridiculed as a conspiracy theory.
Kellogg Brown & Root need to be completely transparent and explain where the camps are located, what they contain, and during what type of “emergencies” are they planned to be used for.
http://www.infowars.com/detention-camp-order-follows-preparations-for-civil-unrest/KBR seeks sub-contractors to outfit “emergency environment” centers The... more
Internal corporate and government documents obtained by the Project On Government Oversight show that a KBR subcontractor lured scores of South Asian workers to Iraq in 2008 with promises of jobs but ended up warehousing at least 1,000 of them in inhumane conditions with no jobs or pays.
The subcontractor, Najlaa, appears to have suffered no repercussions for its behavior. In fact, Najlaa continues to win government contracts.
Despite strongly worded “zero tolerance” policies against human trafficking, the U.S. has directly awarded contracts to Najlaa, including one contract that lasts through 2012.
The freshly unearthed documents show that for several months, KBR employees expressed exasperation at Najlaa’s apparent abuse of the laborers and said the subcontractor was embarrassing KBR in front of its main client in Iraq: the U.S. military. But despite its own employees’ strongly worded communications to Najlaa, to this day, KBR continues to award subcontracts to the company.
The documents also suggest that Najlaa rehired former KBR employees who were terminated for what appear to be trafficking-in-persons violations. It is not clear what, if any, repercussions these employees faced besides their termination.
Additionally, the documents raise questions about government officials’ response in the wake of the 2008 protests by Najlaa employees. Although, at the time, the press reported that the U.S. government was investigating alleged trafficking by Najlaa, it has not led to any prosecution or termination of the subcontract. A Sri Lankan company that supplied laborers to Najlaa told POGO it complained about Najlaa’s abusive practices to both KBR and the U.S. government, but said that U.S. law enforcement agencies never followed up.
http://pogoblog.typepad.com/pogo/2011/06/documents-reveal-details-of-alleged-labor-trafficking-by-kbr-subcontractor.htmlInternal corporate and government documents obtained by the Project On Government... more
June 9 (Bloomberg) — KBR Inc., the largest contractor in Iraq, lost all of its potential bonus — $24.1 million — for the first four months of 2008 because it was found partly to blame for the accidental electrocution of a Green Beret.
This is the first time KBR lost its entire performance fee since the company won the contract in 2001 to support U.S. troops, Army Contracting Command spokesman Daniel Carlson said.
Houston-based KBR has received orders from this contract totaling $35.7 billion to date. Its profit comes from a base fee of 1 percent and periodic bonuses based on criteria such as quality of work and its control over cost and schedule.
Staff Sergeant Ryan Maseth of the 5th Special Forces Group was electrocuted while showering on Jan. 2, 2008, in part because the shower’s electrical pump wasn’t properly grounded when installed less than two years before, the Pentagon inspector general reported on July 27, 2009.
The report criticized the Army’s oversight of Maseth’s compound, saying his death “was the catastrophic result of the failure of multiple systems exposing U.S. personnel to unnecessary risk.”
Army commanders, the Army contracting command and KBR were all “responsible for the use and physical condition” of the compound, the report said.
“KBR did not ground equipment during installation or report improperly grounded equipment identified during routine maintenance” at the facility starting in February 2006, thereby “perpetuating electrical hazards,” the report found.
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Boo-hoo, KBR (Halliburton subsidiary, Dick Cheney, CIA) lost 24 mil for killing a soldier. That wasn't the first time a soldier got killed taking a shower. Notice how the 24 mil was only a for a 4-month period in 2008, that's only a bump in the road for the amount of contracts their getting with our tax dollars + their side gig of running heroin out of Afghanistan (but that's for black ops). Such a shame for a hero like Ryan Maseth RIP.June 9 (Bloomberg) — KBR Inc., the largest contractor in Iraq, lost all of its... more
The US Army says that Iraq War contractor KBR Inc. has been selected for a no-bid contract worth as much as $568 million through 2011 for military support services in Iraq. The Army announced its decision only hours after the Justice Department said it will pursue a lawsuit accusing the company of taking kickbacks from two subcontractors on Iraq-related work.The US Army says that Iraq War contractor KBR Inc. has been selected for a no-bid... more
By Tony Capaccio
May 6 (Bloomberg) -- KBR Inc. was selected for a no-bid contract worth as much as $568 million through 2011 for military support services in Iraq, the Army said.
The Army announced its decision yesterday only hours after the Justice Department said it will pursue a lawsuit accusing the Houston-based company of taking kickbacks from two subcontractors on Iraq-related work. The Army also awarded the work to KBR over objections from members of Congress, who have pushed the Pentagon to seek bids for further logistics contracts.
The Justice Department said the government will join a suit filed by whistleblowers alleging that two freight-forwarding firms gave KBR transportation department employees kickbacks in the form of meals, drinks, sports tickets and golf outings.
“Defense contractors cannot take advantage of the ongoing war effort by accepting unlawful kickbacks,” Assistant Attorney General Tony West said in a statement.
KBR, the Army’s largest contractor in Iraq, will review the litigation when it is received and “will continue to cooperate with the government,” company spokeswoman Heather Browne said in an e-mail. “Gifts of dinners, baseball tickets and similar items would violate KBR policies and KBR was not aware of these violations.”
KBR will continue to provide services in Iraq such as housing, meals, laundry, showers, water purification and bathroom cleaning under the new order, which was placed under a military contract KBR won in late 2001, shortly after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan.
ttp://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-05-06/kbr-to-get-no-bid-army-work-as-u-s-alleges-kickbacks-update1-.htmlBy Tony Capaccio May 6 (Bloomberg) -- KBR Inc. was selected for a no-bid contract... more
Defense agreed to pay the megacontractor KBR $5 million a year to repair tactical vehicles, from Humvees to big rigs, at Joint Base Balad a large airfield and supply center north of Baghdad. Yet according to a new Pentagon report, what the military got was as many as 144 civilian mechanics, each doing as little as 43 minutes of work a month, with virtually no oversight. The report, issued March 3, 2010 by the DOD’s inspector general, found that between late 2008 and mid-2009, KBR performed less than 7 percent of the work it was expected to do, but still got paid in full.
The $4.6 million blown on this particular contract is a relatively small loss considering that in 2009 alone, the government had a blanket deal worth $5 billion Just days before the Pentagon released the Balad report, KBR announced it had won a new $2.3 billion-plus, five-year Iraq contract.
What the DOD investigators found in Balad was astounding. Army rules require that its civilian maintenance employees are actively working 85 to 90 percent of the time they are on the clock. Yet KBR’s own records showed that its workers were only engaged in labor an average of 6.6 percent of the time they were on duty. The DOD ran its own numbers, and its findings were even worse. In September 2008, for example, KBR had 144 maintenance employees at Balad, available to work 16,200 hours. Their actual “utilization rate” was a paltry 0.63 percent—which means that each of the 144 KBR employees averaged about 43 minutes of work for the entire month.
The Pentagon investigators found that the Army had no system in place to police how much work its contractors were actually doing. Plus, the unit in charge of KBR’s operation at Balad reported that the contractor wouldn’t reveal how many mechanics it employed there “because it believed the information was proprietary.”
Federal auditors are concerned with more than just KBR’s inflated contracts. In fiscal 2009 alone, the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA)identified $20.4 billion in questionable billing, and another $12.1 billion in unsupported cost estimates, by contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Title: KBR Bills $5 Million For Mechanics Who Work 43 Minutes a Month
Source: Mother Jones, March 25, 2010
Source URL: http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/03/kbr-idle-hands-iraq-balad-contract-waste-pentagon-report-hearing
Author: Adam Weinstein
Faculty Evaluator: Peter Phillips
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According to a new piece in Mother Jones magazine, military contractor KBR squandered $4.6 million of a $5 million contract in Iraq. The Department of Defense handed the contract to the company to repair tactical vehicles at Joint Base Balad, a large airfield and supply center north of Baghdad. Yet according to a new Pentagon report, what the military got was a glut of civilian mechanics, each doing as little as 43 minutes of work a month, with virtually no oversight.According to a new piece in Mother Jones magazine, military contractor KBR squandered... more
America’s recent attack, augmented by top line Afghan army troops, against the massive Taliban enclave in the city of Marjah, population 80,000, a city that has been an enemy stronghold for years may not have happened at all. Can anyone prove it? Nobody had ever heard of Marjah before or even knew a city was there. Nobody knew it was a Taliban stronghold either. One thing we can easily figure out from the total lack of reporting, other than our “screw ups,” killing the usual civilians, using our over reliance on technology, is that the sham of the operation was simply to give the mercenary army of the Northern Alliance, an army no American soldier would turn its back on, a casual airing.
A trip to Vegas would have been cheaper and we would have found just as many Taliban. What we did find is drugs, drugs everywhere, the embarrassment of our deceitful policy to build narcotics production from nothing to massive levels. The further risk of peppering the internet with more photos of American, Afghan, British or Canadian troops tiptoeing through the poppies had to be avoided at all cost. Thus a tissue thin cover story about poor farmers and their reliance on opium for a living was spun to the public, a story based on lies.
OIL, GAS, DRUGS, AND BETRAYAL
Bush settled into the poorly managed war in Afghanistan at the behest of Israel and India. Israel was chasing gas pipeline revenue and India needed a base of operations to train guerrillas to attack Pakistan. In the process, absolutely everyone involved was going to get rich peddling heroin into Russia by mule and running it by the ton into Western Europe and America in through every means possible including, we are told, using rendition flights as drug couriers. Now that these flights have been “privatized” for some reason, it could actually get worse, if that is possible.
Since day one of the American war, the primary goal has been to push opium production to maximum levels, restructure it as the number one agricultural crop of Afghanistan and to build a permanent tribal war to cover open involvement in this massive multi-billion dollar initiative through purposeful mismanagement, misjudgment and sheer idiocy.
NO WAR CAN BE FOUGHT IN AFGHANISTAN AS THINGS NOW ARE
We have recently learned, again, that our military leadership in Iraq had become corrupted in every imaginable way. The current round of investigations will end the careers of hundreds of officers and only proves that the new “privatized model” being used by the Pentagon to artificially suppress the actual number of troops involved in a conflict by supplanting the majority of military functions, including military intelligence, transport and logistics, administration and even some combat operations with private contractors and mercenaries, is a ruse. We don’t fool enemies anymore. It is always assumed the enemy is Congress, the American People and our allies.
Some of the contracting firms, notably KBR, Haliburton and Blackwater, but others also, performed dismally, over billed by billions and led to a culture of corruption that tore at the core of our Army, reducing effectiveness massively instead of supplementing and supporting. This “deconstructionism” cost billions and left us in a shambles, a shambles that has moved onto Afghanistan where things have only gotten worse.
We spend as much time briefing our military on “keeping their mouths shut” about corruption as we do combat.
Iraq had only Shiites and Sunnis. Afghanistan is filled with warlords, Islamic insurgents, Israeli and Indian spies, the scum of the earth packaged as United Nations workers, American mercenaries, India diplomats and tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of gun toting criminals who will kill their own mothers for 5 dollars. War attracts this kind of crowd but it took America’s decision to build drug trafficking to unprecedented levels to make the environment totally unviable for any military operations. Was it planned? It couldn’t have happened this way otherwise.
Did the US plan it alone? Not hardly. India was involved from day one, whispering in Bush’s ear about how bad things were, tens of thousands of foreign fighters building nuclear weapons in caves. They made it all up, like they made up the stories about how unsafe Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is. Only an administration with absolutely nobody in charge with any education or experience could fall for any of this. Look at the real history of Rumsfeld and Cheney, the “brain trust” that created this mess. These are little but blustery windbags who couldn’t keep up a conversation at dinner.
The only information we get is from “private intelligence contractors” who are likely involved in the drug trade themselves. Everyone knows this but turns a blind eye, that many people are getting paid out of this.
THE REAL DRUG WAR
What does it take to build a massive drug operation like this with thousands of hectares under production? Now that heroin production has been established inside Afghanistan, massive profits can be realized but the farmers themselves, the ones we are worrying about so much receive almost nothing for their poppies. They are actually paid better for growing wheat, an honest crop that brings high prices and is needed locally.
Where does the money come from? There was never an infrastructure in place that could organize production on a national scale, process heroin, ship it around the world and bank the billions of dollars in a world where strict money laundering procedures are in effect. There is certainly one now. I would start searching every politician on a junket to the region, especially some of the Americans who stop off at Tel Aviv on the way back. I would search them very carefully.
When international controls make it impossible to move hundreds of millions of dollars via the SWIFT system, negotiable instruments in paper form, such as Standby Letters of Credit and Bank Guarantees are used to move massive amounts of money. Only a VIP can carry such a thing without risk. The banking world is very aware of these transactions as is international law enforcement. However, it is powerless to act against the rich, powerful and righteous.
PLANNING TO LOSE
The only way money can keep flowing, drug money, massive contractor payoffs, money to rig elections and the Fog of War to make it all possible, the only way chaos can be maintained is by keeping a war going with phony victories every so often and the appearance of building a nation, a nation with no economy, no cohesive institutions and no leadership. Karzai is perfect for this, a classic “asset.”
As there never was a real enemy, no major leader of the Taliban, no “big kahuna” so to speak, especially since the death of bin Laden, not even Mullah Omar, defining an enemy or a victory would be impossible anyway. It gets worse when you have indefensible border on both sides, Pakistan and Iran and are fighting an enemy that can melt into the civilian population for 2 years to reemerge victorious while we are away playing tennis. Yes, Iran is being attacked also. They say Israel is doing it.
We have some experience with such things. We called it Vietnam.
The current plans, military, political and economic are ill advised, impossible to execute and blatantly dishonest in measure and application. They are a sham.America’s recent attack, augmented by top line Afghan army troops, against the... more
The Department of Defense agreed to pay KBR $5 million a year to repair tactical vehicles, yet according to a new Pentagon report, what the military got was as many as 144 civilian mechanics, each doing as little as 43 minutes of work a month, with virtually no oversight.
This is the real reason we have wars, not to defend anyone's "freedom".The Department of Defense agreed to pay KBR $5 million a year to repair tactical... more
DCBureau.org - The greatest risk for Staff Sergeant Ryan Maseth in Iraq didn’t come from enemy fire. Maseth was electrocuted to death due to U.S. private military contractor KBR Inc.’s shoddy electrical work. Now, for the first time, KBR is losing millions of dollars as a consequence. The Army decided to deny KBR bonuses, which were routinely awarded to the firm for “excellent” work.
According to KBR’s Security and Exchange Commission 8-K filing, they have been denied $20 million so far. Barry Piatt, press secretary for Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND), said, “The AP reported the figure at $25 million, but we are not sure where they got that figure.” If KBR’s SEC filing is accurate, $20 million could be just the beginning. If this review process continues, they’re expecting to lose $132 million in award fees for their work from January 2008 through December 2009. A press release from the Democratic Policy Committee on Thursday said that this is the “right call,” but only a “first step.” Senator Dorgan, the soon to retire chairman of the DPC, sat through 21 hearings about waste, fraud and corruption in military contracting since 2003. His countless hours listening to accounts of KBR’s “widespread sloppy contracting work that killed soldiers,” impacted KBR little, until now. Dorgan said that the Army’s decision “will send a long overdue message to military contractors that they will be held accountable for their performance, but the Army needs to send that message much more powerfully.”
He isn’t satisfied with the $20 million. The Army previously paid KBR $34 million for its past electrical work, and Dorgan thinks the army should get a refund. If the Army takes Dorgan’s advice, it will review the $34 million and potentially take away KBR’s bonus. This $34 million payback would be on top of KBR’s projected loss of $132 million.
How does KBR feel about this? KBR Director of Communications, Heather Browne, did not return our phone call or e-mail. KBR did say in their SEC filing that the firm had to take a second look at their projected earnings. In the SEC report, KBR says, “[Due to] our inability to obtain assurances to the contrary, we concluded that we can no longer estimate the fees to be awarded.”
The safety review began after Dorgan and Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) formally requested that the Army review KBR’s work following the electrocution death of Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth. Task Force SAFE found KBR exposed soldiers to life-threatening risks with their electrical work. According to Piatt, separate independent inspection teams from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Army Combat Safety Center faulted KBR’s “gross incompetence,” including a Level III CAR – a serious action just one step below the possibility of suspension or termination of a contract – from the Defense Contract Management Agency in September 2008. Dorgan says that KBR’s electrical workers were “often unqualified, poorly trained and poorly supervised.”
When DCBureau asked Piatt about other KBR negligence issues, he named a number of government organizations currently inspecting KBR. DCBureau’s investigations involving sodium dichromate at Qarmat Ali and the use of burn pits at Joint Base Balad are two of the issues under review. Piatt tells us that the U.S. Government Accountability Office is investigating the use of burn pits. The Department of Defense Inspector General is looking into the sodium dichromate issue.
What will these investigations mean for the KBR? Piatt says that Senator Dorgan “certainly expects the Army to continue to hold KBR accountable but believes it will take continued and aggressive oversight by Congress to ensure that it happens.” It remains to be seen whether or not denying KBR bonuses will improve their safety standards in Iraq and Afghanistan. At least it seems to have gotten their attention.
Reporting by Katie ManningDCBureau.org - The greatest risk for Staff Sergeant Ryan Maseth in Iraq didn’t... more
Throughout 2003, after the combat phase of the Iraq War had ended, the U.S. military and defense contractors raced to try and fix Iraq's infrastructure.
Working in a war zone obviously presents unexpected challenges and dangers far beyond the usual ones at industrial worksites. But this is the story of why some Army National Guardsmen are suing defense contractor KBR because of alleged exposures to a toxic chemical at one such industrial worksite in Iraq.Throughout 2003, after the combat phase of the Iraq War had ended, the U.S. military... more
KBR exposed soldiers and their employees to toxic burn pit smoke at Joint Base Balad in Iraq. KBR denies any responsibility even though their contract with the army contradicts their denial. Soldiers and KBR workers have suffered from health problems consistent with exposure to burn pit smoke since returning home.KBR exposed soldiers and their employees to toxic burn pit smoke at Joint Base Balad... more
No Contractor Left Behind tells how American soldiers were not told they were exposed to a cancer-causing chemical at the Qarmat Ali electrical plant near Basra in the first months of the Iraq War. KBR, the Pentagon's biggest private contractor, was supposed to clean up the site. It did not. Instead, the company and the Army exposed hundreds of soldiers to a rust inhibitor that is a well known carcinogen and did not tell them about it until years later. Many of the Army National Guard soldiers from Oregon, Indiana, and West Virginia became very ill. Several have died. You will meet some of the soldiers who were exposed and see the depositions of KBR officials who did nothing to protect the Guardsmen. The story shows how the Senate, more concerned about KBR and the Pentagon than the health of our soldiers, left the investigation into this tragedy to the Democratic Policy Committee. The DPC is powerless to compel testimony from witnesses, or subpoena documents, or control the budgets of the Pentagon or the Veterans Administration to help these men who are facing huge health bills and years of medical treatment.
Read the series at: http://dcbureau.org/Series/no-contractor-left-behind-kbr-the-pentagon-and-the-soldiers-who-paid.htmlNo Contractor Left Behind tells how American soldiers were not told they were exposed... more
Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR) was responsible for the kickback fraud that occurred in the US v. Khan case, and has been the focus of many other cases of procurement fraud within the LOGCAP project. Since combat operations began in 2001, DCAA has referred to criminal investigators 32 cases of suspected fraud that were associated with all wartime-support contracts. Of those, the vast majority were related to the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program.
http://information-security-resources.com/2009/11/16/revolving-door-of-abuse-procurement-fraud/Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR) was responsible for the kickback fraud that occurred... more
"KBR, the largest contractor in Iraq, is pulling out of that country so slowly that it could end up costing American taxpayers $193 million more than expected, according to a new Pentagon audit.
Furthermore, during a hearing Monday by the Commission on Wartime Contracting, a legislative body set up to study contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, Commissioner Charles Tiefer said the company’s plodding exit from Iraq could cost even more — up to $300 million.
One reason it’s hard to pin down how fast KBR and other contractors are withdrawing from Iraq is that the Defense and State departments and the Agency for International Development — the three agencies employing the most contractors in the Middle East — can’t agree on how many contract employees they have.
Tiefer released a list of the top contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan in late 2008 and early 2009. According to his list, KBR held four of the 10 largest defense contracts in Iraq, worth about $7 billion. Dyncorp was the largest State Department contractor, with four of the top 10 contracts.
“There’s no authority,” he said. “It’s good faith."
Blackwater retained two of the top 10 State Department contracts, worth $178.1 million. The government of Iraq revoked the company’s license to operate in Iraq last January after its employees were implicated in the killing of 17 Iraqi civilians."
Contractor=Mercenary. They take our tax money and shoot up villages, killing women and children. Then American soldiers get shot in retaliation, while these mercenaries are controlling the prostitution and drug rings. They make so much money exploiting war. There is no accountability while they rape and pillage and they never want it to stop. If the Taliban could pay them as much as we do, they'd come to America and start shooting us. No loyalty to country, just money."KBR, the largest contractor in Iraq, is pulling out of that country so slowly... more