Blame Halliburton The Victim

And speaking of due process, I think it’s called for in this rape accusation out of Iraq:

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.

Nevermind that the story involves Iraq, Halliburton, sex crimes, and an attractive woman, I still don’t understand posts such as this from people who, fairly often anyway, I align with politically.

I know I’m going to take a lot of heat for this, but this story just sound so…. well…. er … far-fetched.

Not the rape part–rape happens all the time (gang rapes, not so much, but occasionally). Not the cover up part–cover ups happen all the time. Not the corporation trying to cover ass part–CYAs happen all the time. Not the administration is covering up part–administrations cover things up all the time.

But 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.

Now name KBR, Haliburton, Bush, & set the story in Iraq and you have more than a blockbuster movie pitch– you also have the perfect conspiracy.

What could be more salacious than this? I can’t think of a single thing.

It’s perfect. Too perfect.

Such a response strikes me as no more rational or proper than the idiots on the left who will be screaming “Chimpy McHalliburton knew about it! In fact, he ordered it! And Dick Cheney wanted to watch!” Particularly when the article has this to say about the help provided by a Republican Representative:

Finally, Jones says, 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, “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 on the wishes of KBR to conduct private arbitration rather than a public hearing on the matter:

In his interview with ABC News, Rep. Poe said he sided with Jones.

“Air things out in a public forum of a courtroom,” said Rep. Poe. “That’s why we have courts in the United States.”

Well, no, in the America of Bush II (can I rescind my vote?), we have private contractors operating outside of the law, we have secret military tribunals for people detained as long as the government may wish without charge, and we have the expectation that people can properly be defended when they don’t know the evidence against them, but hey, we’re the land of the free and the home of the brave and Mom and apple pie and Chevrolet Amen Baby Jesus.

So I’m told*.

I think there’s certainly enough here to warrant further investigation, without insinuating that it’s all about conspiracy or fame or money, but then I’m just a moron (at least judging by the characterization made of those who dare question “Dr. Rusty Shackleford” and his conspiracy-o-meter).

More: From here:

May 3, 2007- I was told by the state department that my rape kit was missing. The state department had previously ensured both of my parents that the rape kit had made it back to Washington before I even arrived back to the US . I had my mom call the state department to refresh their memories.

May 4, 2007- The rape kit was found, however the pictures of the bruises and the doctor’s notes from that day were still (and are currently) missing.

May 8, 2007- I received a letter of determination from the EEOC stating that their investigation determined in my favor stating that I was “indeed sexually assaulted by one or more of the Respondent employees and physical trauma was apparent. Respondent’s investigation was inadequate and did not effect an adequate remedy”. Due to the reason that the management didn’t investigate my housing situation, the EEOC found a violation against Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

…and, charmingly..

May 31, 2007- Lynn Falanga called me to tell me that the AUSA took on my case as an “intake” so that they could investigate my case diligently. In regards to the missing pictures and doctor’s notes that were taken in Baghdad Lynn Falanga and I both called the doctor that performed the rape kit. The doctor stated to both of us that “I have no idea which rape victum you are because so many young contractor girls were raped after drinking with the guys” she also stated that “I performed so many rape kits in the six months that I was stationed there that there would be no way to recall whom yours was.”

* And, you know, I actually do think we are a wonderful country and a great people, even when we’re being mislead by idiots or cons or some disastrous combination of the two.

9 Responses to “Blame Halliburton The Victim”

  1. tjproudamerican Says:

    Thank you!!!! Conservatives are not pro-rape and we hate Sharia Law. You speak for many of us. I am happy that the blogs with the pro-rape crowd are so out there….

    btw: she cannot sue because she waited for the case to go through “proper channels” and she probably won’t be able to sue her employer.

    As a father of a daughter, I cannot imagine what humiliation the family feels knowing they cannot help her and the haters who would politicize this make it worse.

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  3. Jon Swift Says:

    Jamie Leigh Jones Undermines the War Effort…

    If protecting America from terrorists means subjecting a woman to something akin to a second rape, then some are prepared to do their duty….

  4. Aaron Kulkis Says:

    I just got back from a year in Baghdad…and something about her story doesn’t make sense — specifically: Why would the hospital entrust the rape kit to Halliburton?

    In theater, sensitive materials are not delivered by contractors — they are put into the U.S. postal service as registered mail (return receipt with signature), which in Iraq is handled by U.S. military (Army, Navy and/or Air Force) postal units, until either being delivered in theater, or custody of the mail is given to U.S. Post Office civilians (NOT CONTRACTORS) for delivery out of theater.

    This leads me to question the whole story.

    We have a lot of people REALLY wacky people on the loony left, and I wouldn’t be surprised to find one motivated enough to go through all the hassle of going to Iraq just to give grounds for such an accusation.

    It will be interesting to find out what groups she was involved with in college. If it turns out that any of them are leftist/democratic-party affiliated, then I’ll bet my life savings that the accusation was planned out before she ever left the states.

    There is a possibility that her accusation is true… I met a lot of KBR employees, and they are almost all ex-military, and wouldn’t even dream of such a thing. I can imagine ONE bad apple slipping through the cracks…but enough for a GANG RAPE…and all working on the same base, and living in the same area, and all off duty at the same time, and being in the same area at the same time?

    Too many coincidences…WAY too many coincidences to accept this accusation at face value. My gut feeling from my experiences in theater is that the probability of this being a well-planned hoax is over 98%,

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  6. Luke Says:

    Aaron said:
    “It will be interesting to find out what groups she was involved with in college. If it turns out that any of them are leftist/democratic-party affiliated, then I’ll bet my life savings that the accusation was planned out before she ever left the states.”

    Don’t forget to check whether she has marble countertops, genius.

  7. Leslie Says:

    This is a mess…I worked with Jamie in Houston…in fact- she was very flirty and had a desire to be the “pet” where ever she was. I then moved to the Middle East- in the last leg of my tour, I was at Camp Hope…I was LIVING IN THE SAME BARRACKS as Jamie!So the statement of there not being any other females is VERY OFF BASE…there were at least 20 of us! I was pleased to see a familiar face- but what followed in the short time she was there was a living nightmare for us all! Jamie arrived and straight away tried to sway her manager to have them get her a private living container (there is a list that we were all on to get one) and when that didn’t go her way- she flipped- but let it go. She was flirting with our fellow KBR members right off the bat…noticing her “always male” company- I offered to hang out with her, and invited her to some of the social gatherings we had….she said she would “let me know” but of course never took me up on the offer. She was last seen drinking and flirting ALONE of course with all male company (eeewwww….I am shocked!) I saw her the next morning AFTER it all went down…she looked like Hell for sure- but said nothing to me. I was on my way out of the showers, and she was just walking in. She later found that the boys had bragged about “the activities that took place” and what a really good time Jamie was- and she went crazy. Next thing I know- we are all being interviewed, and asked about what we knew and what we may have heard that night. Jamie was never held prisoner- she was asked if she wanted to call her family- she didn’t care to eat- but was incouraged to do so….she played the drama to the tee- All that anyone could find from it all was that Jamie, along with a couple of the guys- had engaged in a rather akward adult situation in which (here’s another shock) SHE WAS embarassed about! (I would be too!) She left, and life slowly returned to normal…I returned home to Houston, and to work thinking that all of this had gone away.
    This morning- I have since moved to Europe…I turned on my TV and saw this on CNN! I am so angry that I can barely think! IT IS A WOMAN LIKE THIS that makes it hard for other victims to come forward! I am sure that she wants to save her relationship, and doesn’t want her family to know her dark side (none of her nifty little pics show any piercings or tatoo’s that she has!) but she has one…and by GOING ALL OUT as Jamie always has- she has lent damage to a company that has ALWAYS been known for safety above any other contractor in the Middle East. And just a side note…nobody was raped there before her in all the years the project had gone on, and NOBODY was raped after her…..STRANGE…..But then again…none of us ever were sexually harrassed by Eric in Houston either…..hmmm…..
    I think she suffers from some kind of “victims” syndrom for sure!!! THE NEED AND DESIRE to look like one!!! I DO HOPE THAT THEY INVESTIGATE this further and then EXPOSE her for what she is…..drama queen freak.

  8. vat Says:

    too bad that you were not American enough to take this to congress when they were investigating this, LesLIE.

  9. Siggy Says:

    Leslie wrote her comment on Dec. 13th. Did she not say that she was living in Europe and just found out that morning? Read next time.

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