Cheney Firm Sued for Letting Animals Eat Amputated Limbs & for Poisoning American Troops and Firm’s Workers
Is there a day that passes when CheneyCo does not reset the evil meter?
There have been mercenaries in history who waged wars and profited from them. Some of them have been recorded as heroes, depending on whose side you or your ancestors were on.
But few can claim to have reconfigured a globe-dominating nation’s defense industry (by privatizing defense support), gone into industry to establish himself, and returned to government to incite a war so his former employers and he could clean up on it. (Yes, we know that he makes noises about renouncing the profits from his shares; Goering said he loved kids, too.)
The monstrous vastness of the crime, however, an achievement of unprecedented proportions in terms of the lives lost and money looted is a perverse yet awesome work of political engineering, a perfidious wonder of the world.
But really, it is so vast that the evil of it only appears to us in the small, grim details that spill out of the battle front, usually through leaks, outraged denunciations by retiring officers and the sundry law suits against the bust-out’s participants.
In one such detailed law suit against Dick Cheney’s old company, Haliburton and its parent company, Kellogg, Brown & Root for exposing its own employees and US troops in Iraq to horrifically unsafe and macabre conditions we have a microcosmic view of the consequences of his crime.
The Associated Press reported today: The lawsuit also said the “defendants burned medical waste that contained human body parts on the open air burn pit. Wild dogs in the area raided the burn pit and carried off human remains. The wild dogs could be seen roaming the base with body parts in their mouths.”
While the companies were providing the feral dogs with inviting snacks, the suit alleges, they were poisoning their water and food.
The Houston Press reported earlier this week: The first allegation deals with water. According to the lawsuit, KBR provided most of the water used to drink, swim in, or treat the wounded with, and was supposed to monitor and maintain its quality. KBR is accused of failing to test the water and then distributing unsafe, untreated water.
Next there’s the spoiled food. Eller alleges KBR served U.S. forces chicken, fish, beef and eggs that were well past their expiration date, causing salmonella poisoning in at least one case. Even when KBR food-service managers were notified that the food had expired, the lawsuit states, KBR still served it. Some of the nourishment, according to the lawsuit, “may have been contaminated with shrapnel, or other materials.”
The punishment has to fit the crime. But when the crime is this titanic what could possibly be appropriate punishment? What say you, Stinquers?