Friday, July 27, 2007

Slaves working on US Embassy in Iraq?

From the Wall Street Journal: Federal prosecutors are investigating the Kuwaiti company (First Kuwaiti) building the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, probing allegations that foreign employees were brought to work on the massive project against their will and prevented from leaving the country.

Exactly how low will this all go?  The list of outrages is already incredibly long but damn it if they cannot keep topping themselves!!!

According to the Washington Post, “Two American civilian contractors who worked on a massive U.S. Embassy construction project in Baghdad told Congress yesterday that foreign laborers were deceptively recruited and trafficked to Iraq to toil at the site, where they experienced physical abuse and substandard working conditions.

Yup, we’re talking slavery.  According to the testimony before Congress, 51 Filipinos who believed they were being taken to Dubai were instead shipped from Kuwait to Baghdad, which is quite a difference, and then had their passports taken away, preventing them from leaving.  Their job was to help construct the US Embassy.

The Post wrote, unsurprisingly, that State Department officials disputed the charges, telling a House committee that inspections had not substantiated the worst reported abuses.”

What a relief!  But then again, one can only wonder what this State Department would consider the “worst reported abuses.”

What next?  It is beyond imagining.

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