Senate Democrats Investigate Corruption and Waste in Iraq and Afghanistan

Senate Democrats are investigating into U.S. contractor corruption and waste in Iraq and Afghanistan. Monday a former employee of Houston based Kellogg, Brown, and Root told Senators of inhumane treatment of Iraqi employees, looting and other immoral practices. Jodi Breisler reports.
Former Marine Corps veteran and postal service employee Linda Warren went to Iraq in 2004. Warren says her coworkers were looting palaces they were supposed to be rebuilding.

"They were taking tapestries and melting gold down to make spurs, they were taking carvings off the walls and they were doing this under the direction of the Camp Manager." She also worried that her Iraqi staff were being forced to work in unsafe, 120 degree conditions where they did not have healthy water. She says she told management about her concerns and they threatened to put her out on the streets of Baghdad.

"A couple nights later someone showed up at my door, it was KBR security and they asked if I felt like my life was in danger- I told them ‘yes'. I was also told that Houston intercepted a threatening e-mail from one of my co-workers and that I was to be extracted the next day."

Democratic Senators say they will use testimony of whistleblowers like Warren to increase scrutiny on government contracts with companies like Kellogg Brown and Root.

From Capitol News Connection in Washington, Jodi Breisler, Houston Public Radio News.