Soldiers in Iraq Knowingly Exposed to Deadly Chemicals?

December 24, 2008

US (ChattahBox) – New evidence has begun to paint an alarming picture of how soldiers are often put into unnecessarily dangerous situations without their consent, in order to protect US financial interests abroad.  KBR, an affiliate company of Halliburton, a company formerly headed by Vice President Dick Cheney, has been accused of knowingly exposing members of the US military to a toxic chemical in Iraq.

Commander James Gentry, as well as several members of his unit in the Indiana National Guard, have fallen seriously ill after being exposed to hexavalent chromium, a deadly chemical that was found to have been present all over the KBR water plant where they were directed to protect various contractors over several months. Commander Gentry is currently dying of a rare and devastating form of lung cancer, and other members of his battalion have been diagnosed with other forms of cancer, as well as serious and chronic rashes associated with toxic exposure, and they are all quite clear about the fact that they were never warned about the risk.

“We didn’t question what we were doing,” Gentry told CBS. “We just knew we had to provide a security service for the KBR. We would never have been there if we would have known.”

New documents that have been uncovered relating to the incident show that KBR was aware of the toxins and risks prior to the soldier’s exposure, as well as after, as they continued to work in areas of the plant that employees say had always been a concern.

KBR denies being responsible, and have issued a statement, saying, “We deny the assertion that KBR harmed troops and was responsible for an unsafe condition.” They have made no comment, however, on whether or not the allegations that they were aware of those conditions in the first place are true.


One Response to “Soldiers in Iraq Knowingly Exposed to Deadly Chemicals?”

  1. Ms Sparky on December 24th, 2008 3:46 pm

    I want to make sure that everyone is aware that KBR did not expose is own employees and troops to Chrom-6 in order to restore vital drinking water to troops and civilians. KBR exposed their own employees and troops to Chrom-6 in order to restore water for the oil wells and drilling process.

    I can only hope that the Army’s Criminal Investigations Unit (CID) has opened an investigation into this crime.

    Ms Sparky

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