Halliburton-KBR, Rape And Coverup
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Almost two weeks ago, the story of the alleged rape and the subsequent cover up of Jamie Leigh Jones had it’s big break on ABC News 20/20. Jones, who was employed in Iraq’s Green Zone by Kellogg-Brown and Root, was allegedly drugged, raped by multiple members of her team and was warned that she would lose her job if she sought outside medical attention.
This troubling story follows other reported acts of violence and terror against civilians by defense contractors and private mercenaries. Rape, torture and murder are just the spoils of war to the likes of Halliburton-KBR, Dyncorp and Blackwater, who currently operate neither within US civil or military nor by Iraqi law.
Even more troubling was the lack of media coverage of Jone’s testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on December 21, 2007, and the fact that a representative from the Justice Department failed to attend the testimony as promised.
Of course Halliburton and it’s subsidiaries are no strangers to this type of corruption in their history of nation building and war profiteering in war torn countries. In 2005, Haliburton, Dyncorp and other multi-national corporations were linked to sex slavery and human trafficking while on the Pentagon payroll. Efforts by watchdog groups to lobby Congress to enact congressional directives to restrict such activities were met with resistance by high level Pentagon officials, due to logistical problems of implementation.
Before former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney was railroaded out of office in 2006 after a highly publicized confrontation with Capital Hill police officers, she had a chance to confront former Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld on 9/11, Dyncorp, and 2.3 trillion unaccounted for by the Pentagon.