KBR Got Bonuses for Work that Killed Soldiers
The Nation / Jeremy Scahill
21-May-2009 (3 comments)

The Department of Defense paid former Halliburton subsidiary KBR more than $80 million in bonuses for contracts to install electrical wiring in Iraq. The award payments were for the very work that resulted in the electrocution deaths of US soldiers, according to Department of Defense documents revealed today in a Senate hearing. More than $30 million in bonuses were paid months after the death of Sgt. Ryan Maseth, a highly decorated, 24-year-old Green Beret, who was electrocuted while taking a show at a US base in January 2008. His death, the result of improper grounding for a water pump, has been classified by the US Army Criminal Investigations Division (CID) as a "negligent homicide." Maseth's death had originally been labeled an accident. Bonuses were paid to KBR in 2007 and 2008, after CID investigators had officially expressed concerns about the quality of KBR's electrical work. For its part, KBR denies any culpability for the electrocution deaths.

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and the same contractors

by NiloufarParsi (not verified) on

service the NGOs, diplomats and the UN in many international emergencies and peace keeping missions at exorbitant prices and at the direct expense of local businesses getting any 'trickle down' from aid. they learned their business in iraq and afghanistan, and have expanded globally.

clever lot these halliburtons and black waters. there is a good market for mercenaries: all you need is for other 'market interventions' that actually cause war, then you send in the mercenaries to fix it. cut with one hand and patch up with the other, but never actually fix it as that would be the end of business. military industrial complex plus congress. and then bonuses thrown in too...


and it doesn't end with Iraq

by IRANdokht on

They're moving on to Afghanistan with the same bunch of contractors, playing with people's lives and making even more money!


Niloufar Parsi

they turned Iraq

by Niloufar Parsi on

into hell on earth and laughed all the way to the bank...the sheer brutality of it all.