Tuesday, December 11, 2007

As If Corporate Welfare Wasn't Bad Enough

This story may not fade away as easily as the one about Blackwater's murder of innocent Iraqis. On the other hand, it's taken 2 1/2 years for it to come to light! And what is it about, you ask? Well, on one hand, it's almost impossible to believe and, on the other, it shouldn't surprise us at all.

It seems that Jamie Leigh Jones, a young woman working for KBR (a subsidiary of our good friends at Halliburton)was brutally gang-raped by a group of KBR firefighters in the Green Zone in Baghdad. Her employer, concerned about her welfare after such a horrifying ordeal at the hands of their own employees, "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" according to a report by ABC News.

But wait there's more! Lots more. Best of all is that "legal experts say Jones' alleged assailants will likely never face a judge and jury, due to an enormous loophole that has effectively left contractors in Iraq beyond the reach of United States law."

After reading this story, here's the conclusion I've come to: Like waterboarding, rape is a justifiable practice that the Bush administration finds acceptable, or, at the very least, is willing to look the other way when it happens.

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