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Bad Wiring Puts Troops In Danger
Raleigh News & Observer ^ | 5/4/08 | James Risen

Posted on 05/04/2008 3:52:17 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur

In October 2004, the U.S. Army issued an urgent bulletin to commanders across Iraq, warning them of a deadly new threat to American soldiers. Because of flawed electrical work by contractors, the bulletin stated, soldiers at U.S. bases in Iraq had received severe electrical shocks, and some had even been electrocuted.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: army; iraq; kbr
As if our troops didn't have enough to worry about...
1 posted on 05/04/2008 3:52:17 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: Non-Sequitur

The memo came out four years ago and now the NYSlimes reports it.


2 posted on 05/04/2008 3:58:16 PM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (Kill 'em til they're dead, then kill 'em again!)
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To: Bushbacker1

I had to go back again to the article to catch something that was current.

Apparently in 2007 KBR found some unsafe wiring at a base and supposedly the military didn’t do anything about it.

Talk about digging deep for dirt.


3 posted on 05/04/2008 4:01:01 PM PDT by 2111USMC
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To: 2111USMC
Apparently in 2007 KBR found some unsafe wiring at a base and supposedly the military didn’t do anything about it.

Aha! KBR ==> Halliburton ==> Dick Cheney ==> George W. Bush.

So once again, the incompetence of Bush and Co. is on display! Thanks to the New York Times and their crack team of investigative journalists for uncovering more antics of this disgraceful administration.

(Do I really need to put the sarcasm tag here?)

4 posted on 05/04/2008 4:08:25 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: 2111USMC; Bushbacker1
KBR told the Pentagon in early 2007 about unsafe electrical wiring at a base near the Baghdad airport, but no repairs were made. Less than a year later, a soldier was electrocuted in a shower there.

It's not just the 4 year old memo. It's the fact that nearly 4 years later, another soldier was killed due to this problem, even though the specific location of the faulty wiring that killed him was the subject of an early 2007 warning memo. "Dirt" of that sort is well worth digging for. Instead of criticizing the NYT for printing it, we ought to be asking why conservative media outlets haven't seen fit to make an issue out of it.

5 posted on 05/04/2008 4:12:34 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Non-Sequitur
Yep, there is a reason they call it a war zone. When dealing with anything in the service, it is only common sense to always be aware and vigilant.

Our motto: Be ALERT! (American needs more LERTS)

6 posted on 05/04/2008 4:13:21 PM PDT by MCCRon58 (Freedom does not mean you are free from the consequences of your own freely made decisions.)
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To: 2111USMC

This is really old news.

Back in 2003 the MILITARY contracted (NOT KBR) for latrine, shower, and housing units and did not perform adequate QA/QC on the projects and ended up with a lot of poorly wired units.

Some of that was just because the third world contractors simply do not have the same standards as we do. What they consider normal is often deplorable.

So if you ever hear about the “shock showers” it probably is true.


7 posted on 05/04/2008 4:17:35 PM PDT by Eagle Eye (I'm a RINO cuz I'm too conservative to be a Republican. McCain is the Conservatives true litmus test)
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I’m an electronics engineer who has been shocked senseless on a number of occasions. Some folks say I didn’t recover. Electrocuted in a shower or a swimming pool seems a bit far-fetched to me, although I’m not saying it didn’t happen. Electricity always follows the easiest path to ground, and if that happens to be through you, you’ll get shocked. I would hesitate to blame that on KBR. Usually getting between the electrical charge and the ground can be avoided. I wonder if these supposedly electrocuted people were attempting to change a light bulb or dry their hair at the time. Sounds fishy to me.


8 posted on 05/04/2008 4:41:34 PM PDT by KarinG1 (Opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not necessarily represent those of sane people.)
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To: KarinG1

Although unlikely I was thinking along the lines of an “instant water heater” device ,, some of these are shower head units and in the 3rd world they probably don’t require a gfci to be in-circuit... I’ve seen some scary ones in Asia..


9 posted on 05/04/2008 5:31:23 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: MCCRon58
Yep, there is a reason they call it a war zone. When dealing with anything in the service, it is only common sense to always be aware and vigilant.

You would think that they troops should be able to step into the shower without fear of being electrocuted. KBR used electricians from Pakistan and pumps made in China for use outside the U.S. because they didn't meet U.S. safety standards. And as a result up to a dozen servicemen have died. But I'm sure KBR made money on the deal.

10 posted on 05/05/2008 3:58:30 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: Bushbacker1
The memo came out four years ago and now the NYSlimes reports it.

The latest electrocution occured in January of this year. It's hardly a dated subject.

11 posted on 05/05/2008 3:59:13 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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I read the full article yesterday. Of course it had the gratuitous slam against Haliburton and, by implication, Cheney.

But...I did not take it as old news, but rather a problem languishing in the not-my-job bureaucracy and apparently still killing people. The photo of the service panel was appalling. The also had a photo of the most recent casualty, a 5th Group NCO in Bagdad.

What was troubling was the number of people interviewed who found someone else to be responsible. But nobody seemed interested in stepping up to fix the problems.

12 posted on 05/05/2008 7:14:36 AM PDT by starlifter
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