Keep Whistling.

November 18, 2008 at 12:45 pm | Posted in Office of the President | Leave a comment
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(CNN) — An extensive federal report released Monday concludes that roughly one in four of the 697,000 U.S. veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War suffer from Gulf War illness, … a condition now identified as the likely consequence of exposure to toxic chemicals, including pesticides and a drug administered to protect troops against nerve gas.”

According to Scott Swan/Eyewitness News in Indiana, “The [Indiana National] Guard is trying to contact more than 600 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 152nd Infantry who may have been exposed to sodium dichromate.”

American “citizen soldiers” were guarding the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant near Basra, Iraq while it was rebuilt by KBR, the Iraqi Baath party having sabotaged the facility prior to the US invasion by opening bags of sodium dichromate, used to prevent rust and fungus in the pipes, and spreading the chemical around the plant. Sodium dichromate is “one of the most potent carcinogens known to man,” according to Dr. Max Costa, professor and chairman at the Department of Environmental Medicine at New York University School of Medicine and one of the nation’s leading experts on the chemical.

In the summer of 2003 the Health, Safety and Environmental Coordinator at the water treatment plant (a KBR contract employee) reported many workers and soldiers were getting nosebleeds and having difficulty breathing. KBR had known about the contamination with sodium dichromate since at least May of 2003 but dismissed it as a “mild irritant.”

Our “citizen soldiers” are coming home and dying so KBR can profit.

Another fine example of American moral values at work.

h/t First Draft

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