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San Marco City Council members want KBR’s contact canceled under new ethics policy

Two on council want policy to scratch KBR

By SEAN BATURA
News Reporter

In September, the San Marcos City Council adopted a set of ethical criteria for the award of contracts. Now, Councilmembers Chris Jones and Jude Prather say they want to change the policy so it applies to KBR and others to whom the policy does not apply.

Prather said he spent 95 percent of his tour of duty as a U.S. soldier in Iraq escorting KBR trucks. Prather served in the 100th Battalion 442nd Infantry Regiment for nine months in Iraq and Kuwait.

“The drivers they (KBR) hired were from every corner of the world,” said Prather, who returned from his second tour of duty in August 2009. “And some of them wouldn’t even know how to drive a stick shift. They would just be thrown straight in the mix … A lot of them were unqualified to drive, and it would compromise safety during the mission. Having a breakdown on an Iraqi highway from an unqualified driver is about the worst place to be broke down.”

Prather said the only soldier in his unit to die in Iraq during his tour was named Casey Hill, a gunner whose Humvee was struck by a KBR truck. Read the remainder of this entry »

KBR rescinds orders on Expat ECP mission

Some KBR Employees Thank FOX 26 for Report

ISIAH CAREY –  Reporter – December 14, 2010 – HOUSTON – Some KBR employees are saying a FOX 26 exclusive report made a difference concerning civilian contract workers in Iraq.

Those employees with the U.S. military contractor said they were told to provide security at Tallill base in Iraq with no training and no weapons.

Emails obtained by FOX 26 indicated those workers were accompanied by KBR-trained security officers and military personnel.

Our report aired on Nov. 23. A supervisor at KBR sent out an email canceling civilian involvement in securing some U.S. government equipment at Tallill Airbase. Here’s part of that Dec. 3 email:

“Effective immediately ECP 1 Vehicle Monitoring is canceled. All departments that are assigned to complete this task please be aware of the change. Security will be taking the roles of the departments in completing this task. If you have any questions please contact Security or Adder Operations.”

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Nigerian government gone wild – sez KBR

Well if anyone knows about wildly and wrongly it would be KBR’s own Ms Heather Browne who has been steadfastly defending KBR’s managers and other criminals for years.   I just wonder how the shoe feels when it’s on the other foot. Personally, I think this is poetic justice at its best! Maybe they could fly them to Nigeria in one of Viktor Bout’s planes! One last thing….Nigeria don’t forget about KBR’s  Randy Harl, I believe he is currently the President and CEO for Wilbros! Go get ‘em!!  Does KBR’s indemnity clause include bribing Nigerians? ~ Ms Sparky

KBR Says Nigerian Officials Are Wildly And Wrongly Asserting Blame

December 07, 2010 – (RTTNews) – Engineering and construction firm KBR, Inc. issued a statement in response to recent press reports that name the company’s Chairman, President and CEO William Utt in the latest apparent charges to be filed by the Nigerian Government. The issues related to the latest set of charges involve violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or FCPA that occurred between 1994 and 2004.

KBR noted that Utt joined the company in February 2006 and the remainder of its executive team was appointed thereafter. KBR said no one on its current team was involved in the FCPA violations, adding that it in no way condones or tolerates illegal or unethical behavior.

“The actions of the Nigerian government suggest that its officials are wildly and wrongly asserting blame in this matter,” KBR said in a statement.

The company said it will continue to vigorously defend itself and if necessary, in that matter.  (Click HERE for original article)

Here is an excerpt from a longer more in depth article at MSNBC:

Babafemi said Halliburton, its Nigerian subsidiary, Halliburton CEO David J. Lesar, former KBR CEO Albert “Jack” Stanley and current KBR CEO William Utt all face similar charges in the case. The spokesman said each charge in the 16-count indictment carried as much as three years in prison.

Heather L. Browne, a KBR spokeswoman, said in a statement that Utt joined the firm in 2006, two years after prosecutors say the bribery case concluded.

“The actions of the Nigerian government suggest that its officials are wildly and wrongly asserting blame in this matter,” Browne’s statement read. “KBR will continue to vigorously defend itself and its executives, if necessary, in this matter.”

Nigeria will file charges against former US Vice President Dick Cheney

"We just bribed them a little. What's the big deal?"

Nigeria to File Charges Against Former U.S. Vice President Over Bribery
By Elisha Bala-Gbogbo – Dec 1, 2010 7:30 AM PT

Nigeria will file charges against former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and officials from five foreign companies including Halliburton Co. over a $180 million bribery scandal, a prosecutor at the anti-graft agency said.

Indictments will be lodged in a Nigerian court “in the next three days,” Godwin Obla, prosecuting counsel at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, said in an interview today at his office in Abuja, the capital. An arrest warrant for Cheney “will be issued and transmitted through Interpol” for enforcement, he said.

Peter Long, Cheney’s spokesman, said he couldn’t immediately comment when contacted today and said he would respond to an e-mailed request for comment later.

Obla said charges will be filed against current and former chief executive officers of Halliburton and its former unit KBR Inc., based in Houston, Texas; Technip SA, Europe’s second- largest oilfield-services provider; ENI SpA, Italy’s biggest oil company; and Saipem Construction Co., a unit of Eni. He didn’t identify the former officials whom he said held office when the alleged bribes were paid. Read the remainder of this entry »

KBR deploys cap & lanyard brigade to man checkpoints in Iraq

You managed to survive the KBR showers. You got through KBR’s “pardon our dust” phase of their Iraq reconstruction project.  Perhaps you’ve even been lucky enough not to be locked in a shipping container  after a close encounter with one of your criminal co-workers.   But apparently KBR wants one last chance at ensuring you don’t return home safe and sound to your family.  Armed with nothing more than your trusty cap and lanyard “All KBR Ex-pats” will be manning Entry Control Points (ECP) during the drawdown of troops in Iraq.  What the hell? Great management decision KBR!! Well played. Are you putting foreign nationals on the ECP’s or just Americans?

As Forest Gump would say……”Stupid is as stupid does!”

When will the DoD, DoS or Congress man-up and put a stop to this KBR  BS? If you are a KBR employee and need the name of a good attorney shoot me an email. I know a few!

~Ms Sparky

Security a Role of Contract Workers in Iraq?

ISIAH CAREY – HOUSTON – November 23, 2010 – Everyone knows what the danger was like on the battlefield in Iraq.  That is why some civilian workers now based in the war zone are asking why they are being placed in harm’s way. Those civilians work for KBR.

“This raises concerns; it raises concerns as we drawn down in Iraq.”

Some of the workers from the Houston-based military contracting company say they have been assigned to securing at least three entry control points at Tallill airbase in Iraq.

Those workers say they do not get guns or training, however they do say they are accompanied by limited military personnel and KBR private security officers.

FOX 26 News has obtained internal e-mail messages spelling out the plan in Iraq. They were sent by KBR officials to its employees.

One of the messages states the following:

“Please be advised that some changes will be implemented in our daily duties. All KBR ex-pats in all departments will be participating in the coverage of three ECP’s checking all personnel exiting an ECP for appropriate documents and reason for exiting.”

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