This is one of the most bizarre and disgusting stories I’ve heard in quite a while:
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.
“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.
Among other things, Jones apparently had to be rescued by State Dept. officials at the behest of Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX):
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.
There’s much more and this story promises to be the poltical intrigue of the month considering the cast of bogeymen making an appearance: Halliburton, KBR, Iraq contractors, Bush Administration.
I honestly don’t know what to make of it right now, so I’ll reserve my thought until later. For now, Don Surber’s appalled, Rusty Shackleford is skeptical as is Ace, the left is having a field day. That should keep y’all busy.
So far the story reads like a made-for-TV movie, but that doesn’t make it false, just bizarre.
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