Halliburton Subsidiary Posions GIs now wants us to pay

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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...n_2436115.html
    In November, a jury found KBR, the military's largest contractor, guilty of negligence in the poisoning of a dozen soldiers, and ordered the company to pay $85 million in damages. Jurors found KBR knew both of the presence and toxicity of the chemical. Other lawsuits against KBR are pending.
    KBR, however, says taxpayers should be on the hook for the verdict, as well as more than $15 million the company has spent in its failed legal defense, according to court documents and attorneys involved with the case.
    KBR's contract with the U.S. to rebuild Iraq’s oil infrastructure after the 2003 invasion includes an indemnity agreement protecting the company from legal liability, KBR claims in court filings. That agreement, KBR insists, means the federal government must pay the company's legal expenses plus the verdict won by 12 members of the Oregon National Guard who were exposed to the toxin at the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant.

    It's unclear how many defense contractors have secret indemnification agreements with the military. Under the law, most government agencies are banned from entering open-ended indemnification agreements, but the Pentagon and a handful of other agencies were exempted in an executive order signed by President Richard Nixon in 1971.

    Another defense contractor, formerly a subsidiary of Halliburton, knowingly poisons our troops and wants the government not only to let them off but also to pay their legal costs.

    I read this with tears in my eyes and now am just furious. We will never stop paying for the GOP years of excess and feed the friend mentality.
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    Quote from aknottedyarn
    KBR, Guilty In Iraq Negligence, Wants Taxpayers To Foot The Bill
    In November, a jury found KBR, the military's largest contractor, guilty of negligence in the poisoning of a dozen soldiers, and ordered the company to pay $85 million in damages. Jurors found KBR knew both of the presence and toxicity of the chemical. Other lawsuits against KBR are pending.
    KBR, however, says taxpayers should be on the hook for the verdict, as well as more than $15 million the company has spent in its failed legal defense, according to court documents and attorneys involved with the case.
    KBR's contract with the U.S. to rebuild Iraq’s oil infrastructure after the 2003 invasion includes an indemnity agreement protecting the company from legal liability, KBR claims in court filings. That agreement, KBR insists, means the federal government must pay the company's legal expenses plus the verdict won by 12 members of the Oregon National Guard who were exposed to the toxin at the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant.

    It's unclear how many defense contractors have secret indemnification agreements with the military. Under the law, most government agencies are banned from entering open-ended indemnification agreements, but the Pentagon and a handful of other agencies were exempted in an executive order signed by President Richard Nixon in 1971.

    Another defense contractor, formerly a subsidiary of Halliburton, knowingly poisons our troops and wants the government not only to let them off but also to pay their legal costs.

    I read this with tears in my eyes and now am just furious. We will never stop paying for the GOP years of excess and feed the friend mentality.
    If they prevail we the people will have to pay them for poisoning our soldiers? and pay their lawyers to sue us?
    The million$ plus interest will be blamed on President Obama. KBR needs to pay for their wrongdoing.
    Doyle said the agreement may mean a taxpayer “bailout” for KBR. “It's basically saying that no matter if we're guilty of -- willful misconduct, poisoning soldiers -- taxpayers have to pay to cover us as well as whatever we decide to pay on lawyers at whatever rates and all these fees,” Doyle said. “That's a pretty good bailout."
    Elolf, the KBR spokesman, said the company sought the indemnification agreement because its work was “performed under dangerous conditions in Iraq.” He said the government is required to indemnify KBR for claims arising from its restoration work.

    KBR, Guilty In Iraq Negligence, Wants Taxpayers To Foot The Bill
    According to MSN Money, Halliburton’s KBR, Inc. division bilked government agencies to the tune of $17.2 billion in Iraq war-related revenue from 2003-2006 alone.

    The 25 Most Vicious Iraq War Profiteers
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    This sounds even more arrogant & uncaring than AIG's near lawsuit against the US for saving it back in 2008.

    Unfortunately, stuff like this is typically driven by financial concerns and lawyers, rather than any inherent sense of corporate responsibility.

    I'm sure that KBR will continue to receive taxpayer money for their services. Sad.
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    Capitalism at its finest. They have no loyalty same as AIG. How do we as a society tolerate such blatant acts of disrespect!!

    It is time to cut ties with organizations that dare to back stab Americans.

    Soldiers were exposed to these chemicals just like Vietnam veterans were exposed to agent orange. Its sad to hear a soldier had to eat a chicken patty covered in the stuff because the wind blew it into his food. He kept eating it because it was his only ration for the day. This is heartbreaking, something needs to be done.
    Last edit by kalevra on Jan 10, '13
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    Corporations have no obligation to the people of the US...not for their health, not for their retirement, not for nuthin...
    Corporations have obligations to their share holders, thus the talk of legal action...the share holders feel that the government was too heavy handed with the interest rates we charged them to save their business.

    Of course, they don't want to be treated the way they would treat others in the same boat...
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    Right up there with AIG who spent lavishly on bonuses and parties after the govt bailed them out and now were threatening to sue us the govt over the terms of the bailout! Unbelievable how greedy these corporations can be!
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    Quote from brandy1017
    Right up there with AIG who spent lavishly on bonuses and parties after the govt bailed them out and now were threatening to sue us the govt over the terms of the bailout! Unbelievable how greedy these corporations can be!
    This just burns me...

    Not only did we bail them out, but then they went on an expensive executive retreat and paid their executives huge bonuses for nearly collapsing the company.

    Greedy, irresponsible, and immoral. Perhaps the government should have taken them over and broken AIG up into much smaller companies...


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