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Contractors also lost in the Iraq War

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on December 25, 2011

Letter at The Daily Advance Elizabeth City NC  December 24, 2011

Kudos for your recent editorial regarding the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. You captured the ambiguity that Americans experience as the troops come home. On the one hand, we are thankful for those who have safely returned.

On the other hand, we can not help but wonder if the sacrifice in lives and treasure was justified — particularly given the initially erroneous and changing justifications for the war from the Bush administration.

I take issue, however, with your reporting of American casualties. In addition to the thousands of servicemen who lost their lives or suffered devastating wounds, there were hundreds if not thousands of contractors who were also casualties of the conflict. Accurate figures hard to come by — apparently as a deliberate policy of the U.S. State Department in order to avoid public scrutiny of our extensive use of contractors in this war.

Some might argue that contractors, who were in Iraq for economic reasons, are somehow less patriotic and less deserving of our concern than our military heroes. However, the reality of our voluntary military in conjunction with the dismal job market in recent years has no doubt led many young people to enlist, at least in part, for economic reasons. This is not to question the patriotism of those in the military but to point out that economic issues ultimately led many of our people to wind up in Iraq — and many did not come back alive and many came back severely wounded and scarred.

Many of those contractors are our friends and neighbors — employed by Academi — formerly known as Blackwater and headquartered in Moyock. We owe a debt of gratitude to all of our fellow citizens who served in Iraq whether military or contractor — in spite of our lingering doubts about why we were there.



5 Responses to “Contractors also lost in the Iraq War”

  1. Richard said

    Hi every one i just got told this info from a friend still working over in Iraq. he/she told me if i used he/she’s name they would loose there job. so i wont. But this person wanted me to get this out, because KBR and the Dept. of State (DOS) are doing nothing for these people.
    These people need our help any way we can, or u can think of!!!
    *** The following kbr employees were arrested on 23 dec 2011 at 2300 hrs local time. the charge was “illegal trucks”, Iraqi jails
    do not supply food or shower facilities. there is a female on the crew and all are being held in the same holding cell. There is no US or KBR INC reps., just a local “Iraqi lawyer”. families are not aware of their predicament. they will be going to court today.
    Moro, Sulley 459274
    Kaler, Libbie 439497
    Artorie, Harisu 455837
    Baddoo, Daniel 457667
    Stojanovic, Josip 401411
    This is such Bull $%^& I cant even begin to tell you
    I may be home now but i still have friends over there as do many of us still do!
    this need to get out to everyone you can think of ASAP!!
    Thks much

    This is a quote from a friend that has contacts still in Iraq. Seem that the Iraqi Gov is trumping up fake charges for their own greed. But we can not confirm this nor deny it. There is just no way to know if this is true, since Ira is still ‘Hostilities Zone” BUT if it’s true than what is our Government doing about it, even KBR? Since they are KBR employees, why has KBR abandon them in time of need, without outside help or even a rescue mission, they are doomed to die, lonely and scared in a Iraqi jail. God Almighty, I hope that someone will do something to get them out and in one piece.This so-called “ILLEGAL TRUCK” is nothing but a trumped up charge. It was KBR responsibly to get all of their trucks legal and operational to supply our Armed Forces. Now they have some explaining to do on why this has happen to OUR former co-workers and FRIENDS.

  2. denise rosenberg said

    I want to thank all the contractors and our who risk there lives for us with there speciality skills that brought them to the war are all important working along side our military overseas

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  4. Kim said

    I couldn’t agree more — civillian or military – injured or deceased is still just that – they were all Americans and all fighting for the same cause.

  5. Tremendous letter !!

    The Hell on earth that injured contractors and their families are subjected to should also receive continuous national media coverage !!

    Here are quotes from a article about identical insurance company violations occurring in many cases :

    “CNA withheld portions of the investigators’ findings when it submitted the claims to the Labor Department, court records show.”

    “CNA’s failure to pay out benefits underscores the continuing problems with the Defense Base Act, essentially the workers compensation system for overseas federal contractors.”

    “Workers fought long battles for medical care, including such things as prosthetic devices and treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. The Labor Department seldom took action to enforce the law. Labor officials can recommend cases for prosecution to the Justice Department–but have only done so once in the past two decades, according to Labor officials.”
    (end of ProPublica quotes)

    You can see evidence that proves CNA and AIG destroy lives in multiple types of insurance by going to :

    This Spring I was contacted by an Iraq War Zone Contractor who had his leg, fingers and toes blown off, and many other injuries from a car bomb blast. Here are exact quotes :

    “The Sheriff repossessed my wheelchair because CNA Global Insurance stopped payment on the check that they issued to the suppliers and my life really started spiraling out of control”

    My medication that I need because of PTSD and the severe pain I experience, has not been paid for three months. My teeth are extensively damaged right down to the nerves due to grinding caused by the severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder I am suffering from.”

    “I am sleeping on the floor on a mattress in the living room with my Night care Assistant sitting on a chair next to my mattress. I have to use a bucket and a bottle to urinate in the evenings.”

    (end of quotes)

    President Obama and Bush’s DOL and DOJ have allowed murderous insurance companies to destroy the lives of thousands of injured workers, disabled Americans, citizens filing health care claims, and injured War Zone Contractors !!
    The insurers are doing this while admitting to rigging bids to increase sales of these policies and making huge contributions to Obama and other candidates. I feel a tremendous responsibility to help stop many more lives from being destroyed !!

    Professor Joseph Belth from Indiana University wrote :

    “They’ve turned Erisa on its head,” “It was supposed to protect employees, and it’s being used to protect insurers.”

    “The most important federal insurance regulation of the past generation is ERISA,” says Tom Baker, deputy dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia. “If ever a law backfired for the public, ERISA is the perfect example.”

    John Marshall Law School Professor Mark Debofsky wrote:

    “empirical evidence is now available that shows insurers operating under ERISA have systematically engaged in the wrongful denial of claims. Cases of abusive benefit denials involving other disability insurers abound.

    “MetLife and its henchmen” is an exact quote written by U.S. District Judge Richard Enslen in a Disability case linked later.

    WFAA – TV in Dallas wrote this about Workers Comp :

    “a remarkable number of Texans committed suicide because they could no longer endure the pain caused by their injuries and they had been repeatedly turned down for worker’s comp care. Some insurance companies send peer review doctors medical files “stripped” of records important to the possible approval of workers’ comp claims.”

    ** During the time period of the suicides AIG rigged billions of dollars in bids to increase sales of Workers Comp policies; No one was prosecuted by the Bush administration !!!!

    AIG, MetLife, Prudential, and Unum Insurance Have All Received Multiple Non Prosecution Agreements !!!! JP Morgan Rigged Municipal Bids in 31 States, and No One Was Prosecuted !!!!

    Please view :

    Quotes from Numerous Federal Court Judges Prove Insurance Company Doctors’ ignore life threatening medical conditions including Brain lesions and Multiple Sclerosis, cardiac conditions of many patients, and a foot that a new mother broke in 5 places, and also endangering multiple psychological patients !!

    The Judges quotes can be seen at the following website :

    Here’s one example :
    In the case of Brenda Zanny, U.S. District Judge Richard Enslen wrote :

    “Metlife and its henchmen should appreciate that such conduct may itself precipitate the suicide death of a person who has placed implicit trust in their organization. This record is an open indictment of MetLife’s practices and treatment of the mentally-ill and long-term disability benefits.”

    “MetLife should investigate the conduct of Mr. Kooi to insure that its agents are not either wittingly or unwittingly subjecting mentally-ill claimants to untoward risks of suicide death or other preventible injury.”

    Obama and Bush’s DOL and DOJ Directors have seen this evidence but will do nothing to stop these crimes even though the patients may die before their case is heard by the Courts !!

    A MetLife executive and private attorney and the law firm he works for made large contributions to Obama and then signed non prosecution agreements for bid rigging to increase sales of health policies; At the same time nothing is being done about Doctors’ paid by MetLife ignoring life threatening medical conditions including Brain lesions and Multiple Sclerosis, cardiac conditions of many patients, and a foot that a new mother broke in 5 places.

    This evidence was also filed in Federal Court and sent certified to President Obama and his top Directors as seen at :

    Wachovia Bank laundered $378 billion for the Mexican cartels and no one was prosecuted !! Bank of America laundered $3 Billion and no one was prosecuted !! You can see how the cartels kidnapped a 12 year old San Diego boy and forced him to decapitate four people, and 35 bodies were dumped in front of a Mexican mall during rush hour and many people are disemboweled and hung from Mexican bridges by going to :

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