I guess it’s a good thing for Jamie Leigh Jones that she hasn’t had to have her case before the SCROTUS, since the “Cheating Five” would surely dismiss any lawsuits against a corporation the size of KBR.
But the fact that people who raped and then kidnapped her are still free ought to send a chill up your spine.
I’ve talked about KBR in here a few times before. Their use of foreign slaves is well-documented, as is the fact that they became the executioners of American Armed Forces personnel with their portable electrocution devices. And given that a hell of a lot of them are doped up or on steroids (or both,) it’s a thousand wonders that there aren’t a lot more women like Jamie Leigh Jones.
I wish I could say that it’s a surprise that the US Government uses your tax dollars to engage in the slave trade, electrocute American soldiers, and facilitate rapes and kidnappings, but that’s no surprise at all. After all, if you ain’t a member of the Plutocracy, you just ain’t.
A woman who says she was drugged and gang-raped while working for military contractor KBR in Iraq will face down an attorney for KBR in a Texas courtroom today.
Jamie Leigh Jones, now 26, was working her fourth day on the job in Baghdad in 2005 when she says she was assaulted by seven U.S. contractors and held captive by two KBR guards in a shipping container. Jones, whose story was featured in an award-winning ABC News “20/20″ investigation, is one of a group of women who claim they were harassed or assaulted while working for KBR and former parent company Halliburton in Iraq. She is suing KBR, former parent company Halliburton and KBR firefighter Charles Bortz, who she claims was one of the rapists.
Jones, who took the stand for the first time Thursday, testified Tuesday that she was “scared to death” the morning after she was attacked, and said she was held against her will without food or water by KBR officials when she reported the alleged assault. “As I’m banging on the door, I say, ‘I need to get out of here. I need to contact my dad,’” testified Jones.
Jones said she woke up that morning with no memory of what had happened after a night of drinking, but then began “putting the pieces together.”
“I knew I had been raped,” said Jones tearfully.
Bortz, who was never criminally charged, has denied raping Jones, and has countersued. His attorney cross-examined Jones Monday, questioning her about her sexual history and suggesting that her liaison with Bortz was consensual. He also said she had offered differing versions of how the alleged rape occurred. Jones denied that the sex was consensual.
KBR-Kill, Brutalize, Rape. And you’re paying for it all.