The Federal District Court in Houston, Judge Gray Miller presiding
dismissed the Good Friday Massacre case today saying that
KBR/Halliburton's actions are not reviewable by the Courts as a
"political question." This decision is devastating to not only my
clients but for all civilian employees.
The case concerns an incident, detailed in Robert Greenwald's new
documentary Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers, in which a convoy was sent into a known
battle zone by KBR/Halliburton. Last Monday my client Ed Sanchez, one
of the surviving truck drivers in the convoy, and I testified about the
case before the Democratic Policy Committee.
I remember Senator Dorgan's well- intentioned comment that "...we are
not here to try a case." As it stands now, the Courts will not review
Halliburton/ KBR's conduct, the Congress can't, and nobody (I mean no
government authority) will see the evidence or evaluate how seven
CIVILIANS were killed. The men who were killed that day are not even a
'statistic' because they are not part of the 'official death count.' As
it stands now this ruling means the truth about how and why civilians
were sent into a massive kill zone that Halliburton/ KBR knew was
present will never come out.
Seriously, where do United States citizens turn to be heard? I thought
we were fighting this war, and all wars, to preserve the rights of
citizens, including the right to trial by jury within our judicial
system. This, in my view, is a sad day not only for the families and men
I represent but for our future. We strongly disagree with the decision
and intend to appeal.