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 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 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 â€œindeed 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 remedyâ€. 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.
May 31, 2007- Lynn Falanga called me to tell me that the AUSA took on my case as an â€œintakeâ€ 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 â€œI have no idea which rape victum you are because so many young contractor girls were raped after drinking with the guysâ€ she also stated that â€œI 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.