Why we need oversight and law suits.

>> Thursday, December 4, 2008

We need oversight in any interaction between the government and private military contractors. We pay millions to these companies to perform jobs that really should be performed by the military and we dont bother to make sure that they follow through on the commitments. When we do find out that they have failed to perform the jobs for which they were contracted they should be sued. By actually performing oversight and suing for damages due to the breach of the contracts maybe we can prevent this type of stuff from happening in the future,

The lawsuit also accuses KBR of shipping ice in mortuary trucks that "still had traces of body fluids and putrefied remains in them when they were loaded with ice. This ice was served to U.S. forces."

Eller also accuses KBR of failing to maintain a medical incinerator at Joint Base Balad, which has been confirmed by two surgeons in interviews with Military Times about the Balad burn pit. Instead, according to the lawsuit and the physicians, medical waste, such as needles, amputated body parts and bloody bandages were burned in the open-air pit.

"Wild dogs in the area raided the burn pit and carried off human remains," the lawsuit states. "The wild dogs could be seen roaming the base with body parts in their mouths, to the great distress of the U.S. forces."

Go on and read the whole thing because there are other equally as bad acts on the part of KBR. I find it generally appalling that despite the repeated disclosure of horrors KBR inflicts on American servicemen that they are granted billions of dollars in tax payer money with little censure.

They should be sued into the ground. If we look at this solely from the standpoint of KBR unless the cost of the litigation and the damages exceeds that of the contract price it will be efficient for them to continue on in this manner. Unless we seriously start to eat into their economic motive for committing these types of acts we cant expect them to change. Without continual oversight and a strict accounting KBR will simply build the price of the litigation into their contract bids and pass the cost of their malfeasance onto the american people. Hey, they are no bid contracts so why should they care?

KBR is the symbol of the worst of capatalism and the laundry list of crimes an torts they commit in iraq is truly astounding. Maybe Obama can get some people to review all of this and get some justice and accountability. First step is forcing KBR to disgorge all the profits made from their cost cutting both to the american taxpayer and the troops they harmed.


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