Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Halliburton KBR employee gang-raped and imprisoned in Iraq . . . by her coworkers

Oh, I just threw up a little. As if Halliburton and their former subsidiary, Kellogg Brown and Root, aka KBR, weren't disgusting enough to begin with, they are apparently covering up the rape and abuse of one of their own employees, Jamie Leigh Jones, who was 20 at the time. . . by her coworkers. ABC reports:

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.

She managed to finagle a cell phone form one of the guards and called her dad, who contacted their Congressman, Tom Poe (R-TX) who supports getting to the bottom of this coverup. KBR won't even tell her who did it, and wants to avoid even airing this out in a courtroom, instead saying that the terms of her contract prevents her from filing in court!!!! Now I need to clear my head of this filth. I can't believe the degree to which KBR thinks that they are beyond the law.

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