U.S. Bases in Iraq Electrocuting Soldiers

U.S. Troops Killed by Faulty Electrical Systems

Six years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, inspectors are finding the buildings where troops live and work are filled with problems. About one-third of inspected facilities have major electrical deficiencies.

Shoddy wiring ‘everywhere’ on Iraq bases, Army inspector says

Thousands of buildings at U.S. bases in Iraq and Afghanistan have such poorly installed wiring that American troops face life-threatening risks, a top inspector for the Army says.
These wires installed in Iraq are some of the most important to ensure safety. They all need to be replaced.

These wires installed in Iraq are some of the most important to ensure safety. They all need to be replaced.

“It was horrible — some of the worst electrical work I’ve ever seen,” said Jim Childs, a master electrician and the top civilian expert in an Army safety survey. Childs told CNN that “with the buildings the way they are, we’re playing Russian roulette.”

Childs recently returned from Iraq, where he is taking part in a yearlong review aimed at correcting electrical hazards on U.S. bases. He told CNN that thousands of buildings in Iraq and Afghanistan are so badly wired that troops are at serious risk of death or injury.

He said problems are “everywhere” in Iraq, where 18 U.S. troops have died by electrocution since 2003. All deaths occurred in different circumstances and different locations, but many happened on U.S. bases being managed by various military contractors. The Army has has reopened investigations in at least five cases, according to Pentagon sources.

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KBR Electrocutions in Iraq

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3 responses to “U.S. Bases in Iraq Electrocuting Soldiers

  1. OMG! We should send hundreds of billions of dollars over to Iraq to fix faulty electrical problems. Forget about what we need here! I pay $300 a month for health insurance that I don’t use, but might need. I love paying rip-off premiums. Why would we need universal health care?

  2. Rather than continuing to spend billions of dollars on an illegal war, the troops ought to be pulled out of Iraq. But war generates income and corporations like KBR are making money there, despite their shoddy, deadly work.

  3. Where is the outrage for this? In perspective, the AIG bonuses are nothing compared to this in terms of cause and effect. How much money has KBR made since 2001? Well over the 165 million that is the current focus at AIG. That they took government money (especially from the DoD) for this work and allowed this practice to exist and persist without making amends for it is nothing less than criminal by intent and neglect, and they should be fully accountable for every single death related to eletrocution; perhaps as part of the penalty, the KBR officials responsible for this should be made to live and subsist in the dwellings that they have provided for the servicemen and women, until these repairs are fully completed, and at no expense to the US government or taxpayer. KBR has profited greatly under the previous administration, and as a Halliburton subsidary, they should hold the parent company also responsible for recovering funds to cover the rework. Those profits should be forfeited and held in a reserve account until all the buildings that KBR was paid to wire are fully compliant to code such that no more soldiers are at risk of electrocution by willful disregard for their well being. Back in WWII, practices like those mentioned in the article, and by the Army’s independent review, would have been classified as war profiteering. It was outrageous then, why isn’t it outrageous now?

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