Mike Papantonio, Ring of Fire Radio, joins Thom Hartmann. War profiteer giant KBR was found guilty last year of negligence, and is being held responsible for the poisoning of a dozen soldiers with a chemical known as sodium dichromate, which is used to prevent pipe corrosion. The Huffington Post reports that one exposed soldier, who was told by KBR that the chemical was just a mild-irritant, ended up dying from sodium-dichromate-caused-cancer at age 52. KBR was ordered by a court to pay $85 million in damages, but KBR is saying that the government - and “you and me, the taxpayers” - should pay for the damages. Thanks to a contract with the Bush/Cheney administration, KBR argues that is has full legal immunity - meaning taxpayers should pay for all of KBR’s legal costs and pay their victims. So far, this contract is classified, and is not available to the public.
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