Wednesday, July 13, 2011

First Kuwaitti General Trading and Contracting

Susan Brannon
13 July 2011
Please Note:  I understand that this is a complicated web, but I advise you to take some time and browse through the links and articles listed on the bottom of this post.  If you read the information, you will start to realize how this mess with our money spent on wars, are connected with oil, our government officials, and the contractors. 

First Kuwaiti General Trading And Contracting
•    founded in 1996, and soon became a go-to subcontractor for Texas-based contractor Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR)
•    (2008) given the contract to build the new U.S. embassy in Baghdad, despite lacking experience in embassy construction and entering a bid that was $60 million higher than the lowest bidder. project has been plagued by gross mismanagement, labor mistreatment and shoddy construction work. Cost overruns have raised its ultimate price tag from an original $550 million to upwards of $1 billion. But despite documented evidence of First Kuwaiti’s wrongdoing, State Department Inspector General Howard Kronguard continuously defended the company’s performance and thwarted investigations into the embassy project. (In These Times) (Corp Watch)
•    Completed a housing facility for the embassy’s security personnel, but the structure was shut down shortly after it opened. Problems included fuel leaks, dysfunctional appliances, toxic fumes and melted electrical wiring.
•    Reports that the company engaged in human trafficking. Workers from the Philippines, India, Nepal and elsewhere claimed the company lured them with the promise of well-paying jobs in Dubai and Kuwait, but instead flew them to Baghdad and confiscated their passports. (Corp Watch)  (MTR)  (House Reports)
•    Bush-appointed State Department inspector general — guess what — has found no evidence of any wrongdoing. (NYT)

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