Worms and Flowers

Soldiers served contaminated water and rotten food.

Posted in Current Events/History by Lzyjo on December 25, 2008

I apologize for not blogging about gardening. I hate to rant, but this needs to be said and this is the best way for me to spread the word.

I thought it was shocking when mold and infestations were discovered in VA Medical Centers, but this, THIS is a hundred times worse.

Joshua Eller, a computer-aided drafting technician who was stationed at the Balad Joint Base in Iraq is filing suit against a class action lawsuit against Kellogg, Brown, and Root, KBR, and Halliburton Company. Eller and approximately 100,000 other Military personnel and government contractors who were exposed to contaminated water and food supplied by KBR. During Eller’s 10-month deployment in Iraq, he developed severe fluid-filed lesions on his body and feet that didn’t heal, but spread, due to contaminated water supplied by KBR for drinking, swimming, and showering that was not adequately and consistently chlorinated.

KBR served salmonella-contaminated eggs, expired fish, chicken, and beef, and food, in some cases, a year past the expiration date. KRB served ice to soldiers that was transported in mortuary vehicles, against military standards, while they contained traces of putrefied human remains and bodily fluids. To dispose of waste, KBR operated an unapproved open air burn pit, rather than a military-approved waste incinerator. While in Iraq, plaintiff observed a wild dog, carrying in its mouth a human arm that was thrown into the bit by KBR. Plaintiff claims to suffer from gastrointestinal problems, including vomiting, cramps, and diarrhea even after returning to the U.S.

Not only did KBR serve rotten and spoiled food to personnel serving for the U.S., but they served food from garbage cans, as relief rations to third-world nationals. According to the lawsuit, in 2006, KBR received over $4.7 billion, representing 45% of their total revenue, for military support in the Middle East. Even with all this money, they did not supply potable water, food fit for consumption, or hot water heated by safe water heaters on safe electrical systems.

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