November 24, 2008
Posted: 02:01 PM ET
This is a story that makes me stop and wonder if there’s someone out there who knows more.
Since we started reporting on electrocutions occurring on U.S. bases in Baghdad, we’ve heard from people all over the country.
Some people e-mailed us to express their anger and sadness at the senselessness of 18 servicemen being electrocuted. Pentagon officials tell CNN those deaths are mostly attributed to faulty wiring and the improper grounding of electrical devices.
But we’ve also received e-mails from members of the military, and even from contractors who have performed electrical work in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those are the e-mails that particularly interest for me. My producer and I have contacted many of these people. They seem to either have information about KBR (the Houston-based contractor in charge of maintenance, logistics and services for most U.S. bases in Iraq and Afghanistan), or they know about other incidents involving electrical shocks on U.S. bases.
As a reporter, I would love for them to share their story. But most of the people we talk to say although they would like to help expose the problems, they cannot say more. Many of the current military members say they fear getting in trouble for speaking up.
Why do these people feel the need to uphold some sort of unspoken code of silence? Why not speak up and tell the world what you know, especially if it could prevent another death? I wonder what would happen if more of our troops started talking – I guarantee people would listen. I know I would.
Filed under: Abbie Boudreau
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