I don’t know what to say about this, except it appears at this point to implicate theuse of slave labor in the construction of the US Embassy in Baghdad, aided, abetted and with the knowledge of the US State Department (hat tip Boingboing) . You decide:
The US State Department is denying the claims of occupational health and safety violations while at the same time saying they can’t control how foreign laborers are treated:
“At this time our reach does not extend to third-country hiring practices,” said William Moser, the deputy assistant secretary for acquisitions. (Washington Post via Star-Telegram)
Filipinos and other foreign laborers are used because Iraqis won’t work on these projects within the Green Zone, the heavily fortified US occupation command sector. The work is subcontracted to large companies, in this case a Kuwaiti firm. At that point the US contracting authority apparently washes its hands of the matter.
But no amount of washing will remove this kind of stain.