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HALLIBURTON gives sewage water to the troops to drink!! Time to eliminate them..

 
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HALLIBURTON gives sewage water to the troops to drink!! Time to eliminate them..
Doctor alleges water linked to infections
Halliburton contends it met Army standards

By DAVID IVANOVICH
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Army doctor serving in Iraq has linked a small outbreak of bacterial infections among U.S. troops to allegedly contaminated water supplied by Houston-based Halliburton Co.

In the latest broadside against Halliburton and its performance in Iraq, Senate Democrats produced an e-mail Friday from Capt. A. Michelle Callahan, a family physician serving at Qayyarah Airfield West, recounting how she treated six infections over a two-week period in January, at the same time she was noticing the water in base showers was cloudy and foul-smelling.

Follow-up testing of the water soldiers were using to bathe, shave and even brush their teeth revealed evidence of coliform and E. coli bacteria, Callahan wrote in an e-mail to a staffer for the Democratic Policy Committee, led by Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D.

Halliburton subsidiary KBR was responsible for treating water at that base, under a contract to provide logistical support to U.S. troops.

Halliburton spokeswoman Cathy Mann said the company provided water at the base "consistent with the Army's standards and used the same process the Army itself had been using before KBR took over the water operations there."

Daniel Carlson, a spokesman for the Army Field Support Command in Rock Island, Ill., said military officials are aware of the issues being raised.

"Our personnel in Iraq are diligently working to assure a proper water supply," he said.

Chlorine added

Once Callahan raised the alarm, Halliburton chlorinated the water in the area where the infections had occurred.

But the water was still cloudy, Callahan said. Further investigation revealed that the water the troops were using was actually wastewater from a purification unit, she wrote.

In response to the issues Callahan identified, KBR installed an additional water purification unit.

Halliburton spokeswoman Mann noted that "despite the fact that KBR believed it was meeting the Army's own requirements, the Army requested and KBR immediately changed the treatment process and is still handling water treatment there."

Concerns about possible water contamination first arose in March 2005, when a KBR employee at Camp Ar Ramadi reported spotting what looked like larvae in a toilet.

Wil Granger, then KBR's water quality manager, and colleague Steve Outain conducted what they called a "cursory investigation."

But the report they issued two months later was explosive, warning that troops could have been exposed to "potentially harmful water for an undetermined amount of time."

Halliburton officials have distanced themselves from Granger's report. Indeed, they told Dorgan that Granger's findings, titled KBR Report of Findings & Root Cause Water Mission B4 Ar Ramadi, constituted Granger's "personal conclusions."

Noted Dorgan: "That is almost unbelievable to me."

Going public

Dorgan's panel learned about the water quality issue and went public with Granger's concerns in January.

Then in February, Jerry Allen, KBR's senior manager/practice leader for the Environmental/Water Resources Department, issued a "final report" disputing many of Granger and Outain's findings.

When they were conducting their probe, Granger and Health Safety and Environment Manager Kevin Pope "received inaccurate information," Allen wrote in the report.

"We have been unable to conclusively determine whether the 'larvae' was actually a microorganism or an optical illusion caused by a leak in the toilet fixture," the report said.

Who was purifying water?

And in March 2005 when the purported larvae sighting occurred, the Army not KBR was purifying water at Ar Ramadi "due to difficulties in obtaining and installing the necessary equipment," Allen said.

Allen conceded the water for showers was not chlorinated, but said military regulations required water for such uses to be chlorinated only "if prescribed by the command surgeon."

Jeffrey Griffiths, a professor of public health and medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, scoffed at that assertion.

"You don't shower with water that's not chlorinated at least," Griffiths said. "It's called common sense."

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Johnny Danger

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04/09/2006 01:27 PM
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Re: HALLIBURTON gives sewage water to the troops to drink!! Time to eliminate them..
Sounds about right. Lie them into a phoney war, to make the Bushites money, and then give them non-potable water to drink.

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04/09/2006 01:29 PM
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Re: HALLIBURTON gives sewage water to the troops to drink!! Time to eliminate them..
The troops in Iraq are war criminals. So this sounds just about perfect to me. Did you expect that one bunch of war criminals would treat another bunch of war criminals WELL?
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04/09/2006 02:03 PM
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Monty you're ignoring the culpable mental state of the parties involved. Most of the soldiers are kids that have been duped and truly believe they are acting from the right and for the good of all. The top level mongrels and the twisted corporate fux KNOW what they're doing and feel they are entitled to do it. Don't swab them all with the same brush.
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04/09/2006 02:07 PM
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7250...did they let off the german soldiers and the gestapo for the reason that they were not responsible for their own actions due to youth and propaganda? Or did they inform those people AND THE WORLD that we must as INDIVIDUALS accept responsibility for our own actions. Try telling the judge you were ignorant of the law and see if that gets you off the murder charge.
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04/09/2006 03:02 PM
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Monty's right. The fact that you might have been duped and really believed you were doing the right thing and just following orders - didn't wash as a defence at the Nuremburg Trials.

That said...it speaks volumes on how the war profiteers look at the ordinary grunts. It's just business for Halliburton.

If they can deliver dirty water instead of clean water, then it saves them money. Just business, nothing personal.

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04/09/2006 04:10 PM
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No one cares,...

Apparently.







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04/09/2006 06:05 PM
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It figures.... what did you expect from this immoral bunch ?
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04/09/2006 06:11 PM
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Moral of the story. Do not join the Military Forces. They treat you like dog shit.
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04/09/2006 06:11 PM
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What immoral bunch?

I think it's disgusting ... but I keep thinking that these troops supported the Prez. Not that I think loyalty needs to be repaid this way, but God! Who didn't know that little shit was lying?! (Anwering my own question posed) Apparently a lot of people!

I still think it's disgusting that they're getting filthy water.

But wasn't there a film on the web about soldiers sitting around shooting dogs in the head? And wasn't there that other documentary about soldiers collecting pieces of skulls?

I don't know. All this delving into morality ... it gets me confused. Let me just say this ...

Nobody should be drinking contaminated water. And Haliburton needs to be prosecuted for getting a kabillion dollars to serve contaminated water to American troops.

Even if they don't belong in Iraq.


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Isn't that just like something that Cheaty, er, Cheney would do?
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