Thursday, October 08, 2009

GOP: The Party of no values?

Seriously, how do you vote against a bill that protects the rights of a rape victim? Well, 30 Senate Republicans obviously put the rights of corporations and the military industrial complex ahead of the rights of the people.

The proposal was pushed by Senator Al Franken who learned of the plight of Jamie Leigh Jones, who was an employee of KBR -- at the time a subsidiary of Halliburton -- working in Baghdad's Green Zone when she was allegedly gang-raped by other KBR workers.

According to Jones, on July 28, 2005, several KBR offered her a drink containing a date rape drug, of which she took two sips. The men then engaged in unprotected anal and vaginal gang-rape upon her while she was unconscious. She was able to name one of her attackers based on his confession to her, but was unable to identify the others due to her unconsciousness. Further, the lawsuit filed by Jones' attorneys cites the following: "When she awoke the next morning still affected by the drug, she found her body naked and severely bruised, with lacerations to her vagina and anus, blood running down her leg, her breast implants ruptured, and her pectoral muscles torn – which would later require reconstructive surgery. Upon walking to the rest room, she passed out again."[5] Jones' account was confirmed by U.S. Army physician Jodi Schultz. Schultz gave the rape kit she used to gather evidence from Jones to KBR/Halliburton security forces, after which the rape kit disappeared (though it was recovered later).

Jones was confined by armed guards to a shipping container containing only a bed, under the orders of her employer, KBR. She says she was denied food, water, and medical treatment. After approximately one day, says Jones, a sympathetic guard gave her a cell phone and she called her father, Tom, who in turn contacted Representative Ted Poe (R-TX) who contacted the State Department. Agents were dispatched from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and removed Jones from KBR custody.
So I must ask, whom are we protecting from whom?

1 comment:

taxpaying liberal said...

Too bad it wasn't acorn that did this. Bachmann and the Republicans would be in favor of removing all government funding.

If they did this with impunity to an American, think of what they are doing to the Iraqi’s. US contractors now outnumber US troops in Iraq.
A really sad story,