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What KBR really knew about the chemicals at Qarmat Ali

By MsSparky March 18, 2011

In the ongoing legal battle being waged by several State National Guard Units, this video is pretty typical of what I’ve seen of KBR testimony about the role they played in exposing US and British soldiers, US and local civilians to deadly at . You can watch more disturbing deposition testimony HERE. I am listing the people giving depositions in the order they appear in this DoyleRaizner video.

As far as I’m concerned, someone or several someones need to be going to prison for murder, assault and treason!
1. – KBR engineer who led team conducting April 2003 environmental/safety assessment of Qarmat Ali – Testimony from :53-2:29 of video
2. – Former Corporate Health Safety & Environmental (HSE) Manager – Testimony from 2:45-3:16 of video
3. – KBR Chief Contract Negotiator – Testimony from 3:20-6:08 of video
4. – KBR Contract Attorney – Testimony from 6:09-7:00 of video
5. – KBR Head of Security – Testimony from 7:19-8:03 of video
6. – KBR Environmental Engineering Manager – Testimony 8:08-8:42 of video
7. Mary Wade – KBR Chief Contract Negotiator – Testimony from 8:49-9:46 of video
8. – Former Commander of the – Testimony from 9:47-10:52 – Lt. Col James Gentry, 52 died on November 25, 2009 of his illness contracted from exposure to hexavalent chromium at Qarmat Ali.

See the original at MsSparky

March 18, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Casualties, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, Contractor Oversight, Department of Defense, Halliburton, Iraq, KBR, Toxic | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Did a Florida Oilman Bilk You?

By Brandon K. Thorp, Fri., Mar. 18 2011 @ 2:07PM Broward Palm Beach New

All of us belt-tightening, recession-hardened Americans love “fiscal responsibility” and “free markets.”

A politician merely says the words “free markets” or “fiscal responsibility” in a sufficiently grim tone and we go wild, like little Asian girls getting their first glimpse of a 22-year-old Paul McCartney.

And nobody does “fiscal responsibility” or “free markets” like the Republican Party. Right? Right! Because Republicans respect our hard-earned dollar! Right? Right!

Except, wait a minute, here comes this little story today in the Washington Post — co-written, I should add, by an occasional New Times contributor, Penn Bullock, who also happens to be my own frequent writing partner — about Harry Sargeant III, a Delray Beach oilman who may have bilked the United States taxpayer to the tune of $200 million. And what do we find on his resume? Why, apart from being an entrepreneur, an oilman, and a frequent Republican donor, he’s also the former finance chair for the Florida Republican party!

Please read the entire post here

March 18, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, Contractor Oversight, Department of Defense, Follow the Money | , , , , , | Leave a comment

UN underreports civilian deaths in Afghanistan

Press TV March 18, 2011

The number of civilians killed in U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) raids last year was probably several times higher than the figure of 80 people cited in the U.N. report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan published last week, an IPS investigation has revealed.

The report also failed to apply the same humanitarian law standard for defining a civilian to its reporting on SOF raids that it applied to its accounting for Taliban assassinations.

The March 9 report, produced by the Human Rights unit of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) jointly with the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), said a total of 80 civilians were killed in “search and seizure operations” by “Pro-Government Forces” in 2010. Inter Press Service

Please read the rest here

March 18, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Casualties, United Nations | , , , , | Leave a comment

4 New York Times journalists found in Libya

Associated Press at Yahoo

NEW YORK – The New York Times says four of its journalists who were reported missing while covering the Libya conflict have been found. The Times reported on its website that the four were captured by forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and will be released Friday.

The Times say his son, Seif Islam el-Qaddafi, gave the information to Christiane Amanpour in an ABC News interview.  Tyler Hicks, shown here, a NYT photographer is one of them.

March 18, 2011 Posted by | Africa, Journalists, Libya | , , , | Leave a comment

Libya Declares Ceasefire

New Statesmen March 18, 2011

The Libyan foreign minister, Moussa Kousa, has told reporters that Libya will impose “an immediate ceasefire and stoppage of all military operations” against rebel forces.

Speaking to reporters in Tripoli, he said that the country will abide by the UN Security Council resolution, which calls for a no-fly zone and a ceasefire.

Kousa was critical of the “unreasonable” UN resolution, which allows the use of military power. “This goes clearly against the UN charter, and it is a violation of the national sovereignty of Libya,” he said.

March 18, 2011 Posted by | Libya | , | Leave a comment

Cluster Bomb kills 2 Shepards, Wounds 1 in Iraq

Peoples Daily Online March 18, 2011

Two shepherds were killed and another wounded by a bomblet of an old cluster bomb in an area north of Slahudin’s capital city of Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Last year, Iraqi Environment Minister Narmin Othman appealed for more international support to clear the country of landmines and unexploded ordnance.

According to the ministry, there are more than 28 million landmines and unexploded ordnance, including some 500,000 unexploded pieces of cluster bombs.

March 18, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Casualties, Iraq | , , , | Leave a comment

Drone Attack: Pak Pulls Out of Trilateral Meet With US

Outlook India March 18, 2011

Pakistan pulled out of a trilateral meeting with Afghanistan and the US following a drone attack that killed 41 people in its northwest, today.

The Pakistan Foreign Office also summoned the US Ambassador to protest against the drone attack.

March 18, 2011 Posted by | Pakistan | , , | Leave a comment