Halliburton firm responsible for 231 electrical shocks in two yearsSeems like Haliburton spin-off , is responsible for not properly grounding electrical facilities in Iraq. Story by John Byrne, in Raw Story.
U.S. troops in Iraq suffered electrical shocks about every three days in a two-year period, according to an internal Defense Contract Management Agency report obtained by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a McClatchy newspaper -- or 231 incidents in all, from a single company, the former Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root.
The 45-page document -- a high-level request for corrective action generated last fall -- found that Texas-based military contractor KBR Inc. failed to properly ground and bond its electrical systems, which contributed to soldiers "receiving shocks in KBR-maintained facilities on average once every three days since data was available in Sept. 2006," a release said.
The report comes just a day after Halliburton was fined more than $500 million for bribery in Nigeria.
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Raw story also carries this:
Officials are worried of an international crisis as a CIA station chief faces allegations that he drugged and raped at least two Muslim women, ABC News reports.
"It has the potential to be quite explosive if it's not handled well by the United States government," Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow Isobel Coleman said. "This isn't the type of thing that's going to be easily pushed under the carpet."
And the http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2009/01/28/ST2009012803363.html reports that Blackwater is being told to leave Iraq.
MOSUL, Iraq, Jan. 28 -- The Iraqi government has informed the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that it will not issue a new operating license to Blackwater Worldwide, the embassy's primary security company, which has come under scrutiny for allegedly using excessive force while protecting American diplomats, Iraqi and U.S. officials said Wednesday.
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And here's a link to a petition calling for the appointment of a Special Prosecutor
Dear Attorney General Eric Holder,
We the undersigned citizens of the United States hereby formally petition you to appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate and prosecute any and all government officials who have participated in torture and other war crimes. ...
The full petition is online at Democrats.com.
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A change is long overdue and from all accounts Change is on the way, not only on the public stage but in the White House. as well. IHT covers this one. Obama settles into a more informal White House, by Sheryl Gay Stolbert.