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Nurturing a toxic culture and other news

Posted October 14, 2012 By Forseti

…the toxic culture of the military allows “open and blatant sexual harassment to occur on a daily basis,” and retaliates against its opponents…

…While the military claims a zero-tolerance policy and touts systematic reforms regarding rape and sexual assault, “this rhetoric has failed to change the misogynistic culture of the Army and has not resulted in any meaningful reform or reduction in sexual assaults”… – Military Accused of Nursing Culture of Rape & Retaliation

Halliburton senior vice-president and six others nabbed in prostitution sting
Clifford Pugh – (Culture Map) – October 12, 2012 –  A Halliburton senior vice president and six others were arrested Thursday in an undercover prostitution sting in north Harris County. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office vice unit focused on suspects soliciting sex online and set up the sting operation from a motel located off I-45 and FM 1960.

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By Laurel Brubaker Calkins and Margaret Cronin Fisk – Jan 12, 2012 3:55 PM CT

(Bloomberg News) – Halliburton Co. (HAL), won’t face a jury on claims they sent unarmed civilian convoy drivers into an Iraqi battle zone in 2004, knowing the workers would be injured or killed, an appeals court ruled.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans today ruled the drivers’ claims were blocked by the Defense Base Act, a U.S. law that shields military contractors from lawsuits. The drivers were attacked and injured because of their role in support operations for the U.S. Army, which is covered under that statute, the judges said.

“Coverage of an injury under the DBA precludes an employee from recovering from his employer,” even if the worker claims the company was “substantially certain” the injuries would occur, U.S. Circuit Judge Priscilla R. Owen said in a 30-page ruling by the panel.

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KBR wants Good Friday Massacre suit tossed

Posted July 7, 2011 By Forseti

Appeals court asked to toss suits in convoy deaths

(The Associated Press) – NEW ORLEANS – July 7, 2011 – A long-running suit over insurgent ambushes that killed civilian truck drivers in Iraq is back in a federal appeals court.

Halliburton and former subsidiary KBR Inc. are accused of knowingly sending supply convoys into a dangerous area where six KBR drivers were killed and several others wounded in April 2004.

A federal judge ruled in March 2005 that most the suits can go to trial, though he said it’s unclear whether the defense contractors sent convoys knowingly into harm’s way.

Halliburton and KBR asked a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to toss out the ruling Thursday. The companies contend the claims are not subject to litigation and are covered instead by a federal workers’ compensation law.

The panel didn’t indicate when it would rule. (Click HERE for original article)

The Uncounted Contractor Casualties

Posted May 9, 2011 By Ms Sparky

David IsenbergThe PMSC Observer & Huffington Post

Author, Shadow Force: Private Security Contractors in Iraq (Praeger Security International)

Of all the things said and written about private military and security contractors working for the U.S. government in various war zones one of the least discussed is the sacrifices they make. And like regular military forces they also pay the ultimate sacrifice, as in dying. Unlike regular military personnel their deaths rarely get any notice, aside from a company press release and a few paragraphs in the hometown newspaper. (click HERE for Fallen Contractors Memorial at American Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan)

Their sacrifices are so unrecognized that if Washington, D.C. were to build yet another war memorial on the mall The Tomb of the Unknown Contractor would have to be considered a viable candidate for selection. To paraphrase the old saw about regular military forces, one might say in regard to recognition of contractors wounded and killed, “nothing is too good for our contractors so that’s what we’ll give them. Nothing.”

Admittedly there is slightly better recognition of the wounded and dead contractors than when the U.S. invaded Afghanistan and Iraq but that is not saying a whole lot.  There simply has not been much detailed analysis of this subject. That is why a recent paper strongly deserved attention. It is Dead Contractors: The Un-Examined Effect of Surrogates on the Public’s Casualty Sensitivity by Prof. Steven L. Schooner and student Collin D. Swan, both of the George Washington University Law School,  was recently published in the Journal of National Security Law & Policy.

In the paper they examine the “casualty sensitivity” effect. Economists define this as an inverse relationship exists between the number of military deaths and public support. Currently, most studies suggest that “majorities of the public have historically considered the potential and actual casualties in U.S. wars and military operations to be an important factor in their support.” Read the remainder of this entry »

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The Missing Man by Susie Dow

Posted August 10, 2010 By Ms Sparky

I’d like to take a moment and give KUDO’s to Susie Dow at The Missing Man blog. Susie has painstakingly collected and tracked information on Americans who have been abducted, murdered or who are still missing in Iraq.  Susie first began investigating abducted Americans when Kirk von Ackermann mysteriously disappeared in Northern Iraq in 2003.

Because the Defense and State Departments don’t publish lists of abducted Americans and their current status,  collecting, compiling and maintaining the information is very time consuming.

Personally, I had no idea there had been at least 42 abductions of American citizens in Iraq. Of those 18 were killed and 18 are still missing.

Most stories just die, once the Main Stream Media (MSM) and general public grow tired of them. Thanks to Susie for doggedly sniffing out this information and publishing it for others to use forever! I know it takes a lot of time and effort, but don’t our American citizens who have died and are still missing deserve that?

If you have information about an abducted American in Iraq or Afghanistan you can contact Susie at The Missing Man.

Thank you Susie!

Ms Sparky