Because, You See, Raw Sewage Is Normally What We Pump Into Congress
For more than a year, Halliburton contractors at the US military base in Camp Junction City, near the Iraqi city of Ramadi, permitted troops and civilians to use contaminated water, the AP reports. The company's own water-treatment expert at the camp, Ben Carter, wrote in an incident report that "raw sewage is being routinely dumped upstream of intake" and the camp's water "is without question contaminated with numerous micro-organisms, including Coliform bacteria." Anothe former Halliburton hand, Ken May, claims a widespread incidence of diarrhea and stomach-cramping.
Needless to say, Halliburton's brass swung promptly into action. "They told me it was none of my concern and to keep my mouth shut," said Carter, who resigned last April in frustration. "They brushed it under the carpet. . . I told everyone, 'Don't take showers; use bottled water.' "
See, but that's just playing into their hands! The mega-connected contractors apparently then launched a whispering campaign that Carter was actually French. --HOLLY MARTINS
"Workers Allege Halliburton Knew Their Water Was Foul" [AP, via WaPo]