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    Halliburton Makes Billion$....And Shows why They are Worth It???

    [B][SIZE="4"]AP: Water makes US troops in Iraq sick [/SIZE][/B]

    By LARRY MARGASAK, Associated Press Writer

    [url]http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080309/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/iraq_contaminated_water&printer=1[/url]

    Dozens of U.S. troops in Iraq fell sick at bases using "[B]unmonitored and potentially unsafe" water [/B]supplied by the military and a contractor once owned by Vice President Dick Cheney's former company, the Pentagon's internal watchdog says.

    A report obtained by The Associated Press said [B]soldiers experienced skin abscesses, cellulitis, skin infections, diarrhea and other illnesses after using discolored, smelly water for personal hygiene and laundry at five U.S. military sites in Iraq.[/B]

    The Pentagon's inspector general [B]found water quality problems between March 2004 and February 2006 at three sites run by contractor KBR Inc., and between January 2004 and December 2006 at two military-operated locations.[/B]

    It was impossible to link the dirty water definitively to all the illnesses, according to the report. But it said [B]KBR's water quality "was not maintained in accordance with field water sanitary standards" and the military-run sites "were not performing all required quality control tests."[/B]

    "Therefore, water suppliers exposed U.S. forces to unmonitored and potentially unsafe water," the report said.

    The problems did not extend to troops' drinking water, but rather to water used for washing, bathing, shaving and cleaning. Water used for hygiene and laundry must meet minimum safety standards under military regulations because of the potential for harmful exposure through the eyes, nose, mouth, cuts and wounds.

    KBR said its water treatment "has met or exceeded all applicable military and contract standards." The company took exception to many of the inspector general's assertions. "KBR's commitment to the safety of all of its employees remains unwavering," the company said in a statement to the AP.

    KBR is a former subsidiary of Halliburton Co., the oil services conglomerate that Cheney once led.

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    Here we are giving Billions of dollars in no-bid contracts to this company. Billions of dollars given to a company that is supposed to be investing it in the welfare of our brave soldiers. We are all aware of how this company was able to enjoy this money and get these no-bid contracts. Could they at least give them water that doesn't make them sick? I think the soldiers deserve that much. Instead they give them this; [I]"But it said KBR's water quality "was not maintained in accordance with field water sanitary standards" and the military-run sites "were not performing all required quality control tests. [I]"Therefore, water suppliers exposed U.S. forces to unmonitored and potentially unsafe water,"[/I][/I]

    But lets hear one more time how its the anti-war people who are disrespecting the troops because they want them home safe. Lets hear again from Cheney, a man who dodged his military service 5 times yet talks tough about war, how he appreciates the soldiers. Does he appreciate the soldiers enough to send them a company that does this type of job for them? (And only an absolute fool would believe that Cheney did not pull the strings necessary to get Halliburton these contracts)
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    Private military contracts are good because capitalism is good.

    Remove competition, capitalisms most important facet, and this is what you get.

    Iraqi contracts are the OPPOSITE of a capitalist endeavour. In fact, it's extremely socialist/Nazi/fascist/dark side of the forceish. There is absolutely no incentive for Halliburton to do anything properly or efficiently...they are guaranteed their money no matter how much they f*ck sh*t up. Get soldiers sick? Who cares? You still get the job. Kill innocent people? Who cares? You're above the law.

    Anybody who stands and thinks that this is OK hates America and hates soldiers and hates freedom and hates baseball and hates hot dogs and hates county fairs and hates bluegrass music and hates flags and hates eagles and hates Mt. Rushmore...

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    [QUOTE=intelligentjetsfan;2421731][B][SIZE="4"]AP: Water makes US troops in Iraq sick [/SIZE][/B]

    By LARRY MARGASAK, Associated Press Writer

    [url]http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080309/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/iraq_contaminated_water&printer=1[/url]

    Dozens of U.S. troops in Iraq fell sick at bases using "[B]unmonitored and potentially unsafe" water [/B]supplied by the military and a contractor once owned by Vice President Dick Cheney's former company, the Pentagon's internal watchdog says.

    A report obtained by The Associated Press said [B]soldiers experienced skin abscesses, cellulitis, skin infections, diarrhea and other illnesses after using discolored, smelly water for personal hygiene and laundry at five U.S. military sites in Iraq.[/B]

    The Pentagon's inspector general [B]found water quality problems between March 2004 and February 2006 at three sites run by contractor KBR Inc., and between January 2004 and December 2006 at two military-operated locations.[/B]

    It was impossible to link the dirty water definitively to all the illnesses, according to the report. But it said [B]KBR's water quality "was not maintained in accordance with field water sanitary standards" and the military-run sites "were not performing all required quality control tests."[/B]

    "Therefore, water suppliers exposed U.S. forces to unmonitored and potentially unsafe water," the report said.

    The problems did not extend to troops' drinking water, but rather to water used for washing, bathing, shaving and cleaning. Water used for hygiene and laundry must meet minimum safety standards under military regulations because of the potential for harmful exposure through the eyes, nose, mouth, cuts and wounds.

    KBR said its water treatment "has met or exceeded all applicable military and contract standards." The company took exception to many of the inspector general's assertions. "KBR's commitment to the safety of all of its employees remains unwavering," the company said in a statement to the AP.

    KBR is a former subsidiary of Halliburton Co., the oil services conglomerate that Cheney once led.[/QUOTE]

    Couple of notes on this article...

    1. It's pretty screwed up that our soldiers are dealing with chitty water.
    2. Glad to hear it's not part of the drinking water, thank goodness.
    3. Comical how the article had to twice mention Cheney as though he is the one failing to test the water appropriately.
    4. There must be better oversight and a better process for contract awards.

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    Cheney poisoned the water supply. He hates the military.

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    [QUOTE=PlumberKhan;2421755]Private military contracts are good because capitalism is good.

    Remove competition, capitalisms most important facet, and this is what you get.

    Iraqi contracts are the OPPOSITE of a capitalist endeavour. In fact, it's extremely socialist/Nazi/fascist/dark side of the forceish. [B]There is absolutely no incentive for Halliburton to do anything properly or efficiently...[/B]they are guaranteed their money no matter how much they f*ck sh*t up. Get soldiers sick? Who cares? You still get the job. Kill innocent people? Who cares? You're above the law.

    Anybody who stands and thinks that this is OK hates America and hates soldiers and hates freedom and hates baseball and hates hot dogs and hates county fairs and hates bluegrass music and hates flags and hates eagles and hates Mt. Rushmore...[/QUOTE]

    Actually, it was a "cost-plus" contract -- where the more money they spend the more profit they are automatically given. In some instances (although this has nothing to do with the water problem) they would purchase cadillac Escalades to tool around Baghdad in -- then when it was time to change an air or oil filter they would torch the thing and buy an new one. In a cost plus environment, they earned a commission for [I]spending[/I] the money on the first SUV, for the gas they used to destroy it and for the brand new replacement.

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    [QUOTE=fukushimajin;2423827]In some instances (although this has nothing to do with the water problem) they would purchase cadillac Escalades to tool around Baghdad in -- then when it was time to change an air or oil filter they would torch the thing and buy an new one. In a cost plus environment, they earned a commission for [I]spending[/I] the money on the first SUV, for the gas they used to destroy it and for the brand new replacement.[/QUOTE]



    Yes, I'm sure this is true. :rolleyes:

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    [QUOTE=SanAntonio_JetFan;2423894]Yes, I'm sure this is true. :rolleyes:[/QUOTE]

    [url]http://dir.salon.com/story/tech/feature/2004/02/27/halliburton_whistleblower/[/url]

    Take your time, look it over -- they aren't trying to hide anything. They know that no matter what / how much they steal people like you will defend them or just look the other way.

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    [QUOTE=fukushimajin;2423927][url]http://dir.salon.com/story/tech/feature/2004/02/27/halliburton_whistleblower/[/url]

    Take your time, look it over -- they aren't trying to hide anything. They know that no matter what / how much they steal people like you will defend them or just look the other way.[/QUOTE]

    San Antonio Jetfan is a solid example of what happens when you fail to think for yourself.

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    [QUOTE=intelligentjetsfan;2424331]San Antonio Jetfan is a solid example of what happens when you fail to think for yourself.[/QUOTE]


    Well, I never saw any mention of buying and torching Cadillac Escalades in that article (which uses quotes from former and, most likely, disgruntled Halliburton employees).

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