Monday, January 23, 2006

They Love Our Troops, But Didn't Tell Them Their Water Was Contaminated

According to documents obtained by the AP, "water supplied to a U.S. base in Iraq was contaminated and the contractor in charge, Halliburton, failed to tell troops and civilians at the facility."

Senate Democrats are acting on their own to investigate the incident because "they had not been able to persuade committee chairmen in the Republican-run Senate to investigate."

The company's water treatment expert at Camp Junction City in Ramadi discovered "numerous micro-organisms, including Coliform bacteria" in the water and tried to get the company to warn soldiers, but they refused. (A shark? In Amity? Nonsense!) Meanwhile, he and several soldiers came down with diarrhea and stomach cramps. So he resigned and went public.

The story states that "while bottled water was available for drinking, the contaminated water was used for virtually everything else, including handwashing, laundry, bathing and making coffee."

In a July 14 internal Halliburton memo, PR department staffer Jennifer Dellinger wrote, "I don't want to turn it into a big issue right now, but if we end up getting some media calls I want to make sure we have all the facts so we are ready to respond."

You have got to love these people.

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