Published: Friday, December 21, 2012, 3:02 PM By Mike Francis, The Oregonian The final Defense Authorization approved today by Congress includes an amendment that will prevent secret contractor indemnifications like the one the Army Corps of Engineers granted to KBR Inc. at the outset of the war against Iraq. The amendment barring such secret arrangements was sponsored [...]
If a Congressman from Oregon has his way, then American taxpayers would not be expected to foot the legal bills for private military contractors like the former Halliburton subsidiary that allegedly allowed dozens of National Guard troops to be poisoned by a dangerous chemical in Iraq. Legislation introduced to Congress by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) [...]
Veterans exposed to cancer-causing hexavalent chromium in Iraq — including nearly 300 Oregon soldiers — should be treated as if they’d hit a roadside bomb and receive lifelong medical care and Purple Hearts, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said Thursday.