It’s not enough that we have a bogus war based on lies… Nope, it’s not enough. Now we can add this outrageous crime perpetrated by BushCo favored, Halliburton workers in Iraq to the list:
A Houston, Texas woman says she was gang-raped by Halliburton/KBR coworkers in Baghdad, and the company and the U.S. government are covering up the incident.
Jamie Leigh Jones, now 22, says that after she was raped by multiple men at a KBR camp in the Green Zone, the company put her under guard in a shipping container with a bed and warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she’d be out of a job.
“Don’t plan on working back in Iraq. There won’t be a position here, and there won’t be a position in Houston,” Jones says she was told.
In a lawsuit filed in federal court against Halliburton and its then-subsidiary KBR, Jones says she was held in the shipping container for at least 24 hours without food or water by KBR, which posted armed security guards outside her door, who would not let her leave.
Jones told ABC’s 20/20 that she “convinced a sympathetic guard to loan her a cell phone so she could call her father in Texas.”
“I said, ‘Dad, I’ve been raped. I don’t know what to do. I’m in this container, and I’m not able to leave,’” she said. Her father called their congressman, Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas.
“We contacted the State Department first,” Poe told ABCNews.com, “and told them of the urgency of rescuing an American citizen” — from her American employer.
Poe says his office contacted the State Department, which quickly dispatched agents from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to Jones’ camp, where they rescued her from the container.
And, of course thanks to that enormous loophole, that BushCo managed to put in place regarding contractors in Iraq, the scum responsible for this are effectively “beyond the reach of United States law.” Now, Jones only recourse is the “civil system,” but her former employer, KBR “doesn’t want this case to see the inside of a civil courtroom.”
KBR has moved for Jones’ claim to be heard in private arbitration, instead of a public courtroom. It says her employment contract requires it.
In arbitration, there is no public record nor transcript of the proceedings, meaning that Jones’ claims would not be heard before a judge and jury. Rather, a private arbitrator would decide Jones’ case. In recent testimony before Congress, employment lawyer Cathy Ventrell-Monsees said that Halliburton won more than 80 percent of arbitration proceedings brought against it.
Good luck with that. Halliburton, has “divested itself of KBR,” since the rape, and they say they are “improperly named” in the law suit. And in a statement, KBR has said it was “instructed to cease” its own investigation by U.S. government authorities “because they were assuming sole responsibility for the criminal investigations.” What a crock. As Cernig points out on Newshoggers there’s some “mind boggling Rightwing reactions” to this story. Mind boggling and nauseating.
Talk about your home grown terrorism, a la Halliburton in Iraq.