How do U.S. civilians acting as non-military contractors and subcontracts die in Iraq and Afghanistan?
Corporate negligence and greed plus U.S. government apathy have contributed to the many serious injuries and wrongful deaths for both military and non-military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan.
For instance, there's KBR, a former subsidiary of Halliburton. With corporate offices in Houston, KBR is the largest non-union engineering and construction company in the United States. As of 2007, KBR was the largest employer of Americans, with nearly 14,000 U.S. workers in Iraq.
KBR non-military contract workers have died, disappeared, or became seriously injured from being repeatedly sent into active combat zones without firearms. The promise to keep workers safe was violated.
As of June 2008, 81 American and foreign KBR employees and subcontractors have been killed, and more than 380 have been wounded by hostile action while performing services under the company's government contracts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait.
While soldiers die in combat zones, nobody expects soldiers and non-military personnel to die while taking a shower or in their otherwise seemingly safe living quarters at their defense base. But that is exactly what continues to happen in facilities built and wired by KBR.
Are the electrical problems a fluke? No! Army experts warned as early as 2004 that shoddy electrical work created widespread potentially hazardous conditions for American personnel. Furthermore, internal Army documents reveal KBR's contractors failed to ensure that qualified electricians and plumbers did the work in the barracks resulting in more death and injuries from fires and shocks than the Pentagon has acknowledged.
Corporate negligence or not, the Pentagon awarded a $35 million contract to KBR even though KBR is under criminal investigation in the electrocution deaths of at least two American soldiers in Iraq.
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