Professional, Polite, Prepared to Kill

KBR Seeks to Blame Army, Insurgents for Iraq Deaths

By Laurel Brubaker Calkins and Margaret Cronin Fisk

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) — KBR Inc. and its former parent, Halliburton Co., filed a request in court to tell a jury that the U.S. Army and Iraqi terrorists are responsible for deaths and injuries to company truck drivers in Iraq in 2004.

Families of the dead and injured drivers claim in a federal lawsuit that KBR and Halliburton officials sent unarmed civilians into active-combat zones in April 2004 knowing they would be attacked and possibly killed. The contractors and their families say Houston-based KBR misrepresented the risk and should be held accountable.

The military isn’t a party to the lawsuit, and the action by Halliburton and KBR won’t force the army to defend its conduct in court. The companies are using a Texas law that lets juries consider whether others bear responsibility for some of a victim’s injuries, even if those third parties aren’t named in the lawsuit.   More HERE

How can one go to Iraq in 2004 and NOT know they are going to a war zone? 

When my husband went to Iraq in January 2004 as an American trucker with KBR, we knew what we were up against.  The middle east on a good day is a dangerous place for a westerner…  Of course, the first clue, as a dear friend and fellow contractor wife said, that it is a dangerous world over there was when they were issued kevlar helmets…


January 11, 2009 - Posted by | Iraq, trucking, War on terror | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Having been over in the dirt-box and riding with the KBR bubbas. I always thought they were nuts. The company provided them with no up-armor for their vehicles, and to my knowledge, the truckers had to buy their own PPE.

    KBR and Haliburton made enough money to at least retrofit their vehicles with even the most modest of protection. I understand it is a choice and people knew the dangers, however, the company could have made some effort. Do they deserve a law suit? Probably not, but as I said they could have at least made an effort to protect their employees.

    Comment by CriticalThinker | January 12, 2009 | Reply

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