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.Go read the whole thing and let me know what you think.
If there's substance to this story - and her congressman confirms that she was found in the container under guard - then this has to be the final straw on contractor lawlessness in Iraq. Let's not wait months and then send a classified letter expressing misgivings this time, eh Nancy and Jane? Get your asses in gear with some legislation and an investigation of State's involvement, pronto! Earn the votes you were given.
Update The wingnuts are already on the sliming trail, like the slugs they are.
combine gang rape + cover up + corporate malfeasance + political intrigue and you have the perfect story. Throw in a crusading lawyer using civil law to find justice when criminal courts have let the victim down and you have the perfect John Grisham book.Ace of Spades:
I can't say this is nonsense, but it does all seem a bit hard to believe. And very convenient in terms of a multimillion dollar lawsuit against a very deep-pocketed corporation against whom a significant portion of the public is willing to believe literally anything at all.Flopping Aces:
Tooooo perfect. They even have a beautifully done website and a foundation all set up.If the idiot at Flopping Aces had bothered to read the "beautifully done" website he would have found that:
The website was designed for free by one of the industries best graphic designers after he met Jamie.
The rape kit, which had gone missing, was actually later recovered (something ABC didn't mention) and does indeed show she was raped.
Her husband is a Navy aviation mechanic.
Nice way to support the troops and their families there, guys...
Update 2 Over at Red State, Chris Jones at least believes Jamie Leigh...but what he says next takes the breath away.
I have been a strident defender of allowing contractors to be immune from prosecution in Iraq. I don't really lose any sleep over Blackwater having to shoot one or more people for whatever reason.Oh, the crimes of Empire!
Thanks to Ben Domenech, also at Red State, for showing the rest of the wingnuts how the compassionate thing is done:
The story of the rape of Jamie Leigh Jones, filed by ABC's Brian Ross on this weekend's 20/20, is a sad tale indeed. It is tragic, and it is moving.Although admittedly Domeneich is silent on the pros and cons of letting contractors murder innocent Iraqis at will.