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US Republicans Side With Halliburton/KBR Against Gang-Raped WomanSpecial to Salem-News.com from Middle East Online
American woman gang-raped by fellow US contractors in Iraq wins rights despite Republican opposition.
(WASHINGTON D.C.) - A federal appeals court has ruled a woman who says she was gang-raped by co-workers of the war contractor KBR can pursue her case in open court.
The three-judge panel rejected KBR’s attempt to have the case handled in private arbitration instead of a courtroom.
In 2005, Jamie Leigh Jones was gang-raped by her Halliburton/KBR co-workers while working in Iraq and locked in a shipping container for over a day to prevent her from reporting her attack.
The rape occurred outside of US criminal jurisdiction, but to add serious insult to serious injury she was not allowed to sue KBR because her employment contract said that sexual assault allegations would only be heard in private arbitration--a process that overwhelmingly favors corporations.
This year, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) proposed an amendment that would deny defense contracts to companies that ask employees to sign away the right to sue. It passed, but the amendment received 30 nay votes all from Republicans.
According to Think Progress:
"She was detained in a shipping container for at least 24 hours without food, water, or a bed, and "warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she'd be out of a job. (Jones was not an isolated case.) "
Halliburton and KBR, its former subsidiary, were the largest defence department contractors in Iraq.
Critics allege that huge contracts were won in part because of ties to George Bush's government, particularly to his vice-president, Dick Cheney, a former Halliburton chief executive who left the company during the 2000 presidential campaign with a $36m pay-off.
They also allege that Halliburton/KBR won a contract to plan oil-well firefighting in the Iraq invasion because no other firm was permitted to bid.
The Pentagon's auditor found Halliburton/KBR was linked to "the vast majority" of fraud cases investigated by the defence department in Iraq.
Below is the list of Republicans who voted to protect a corporation over a victim of rape:
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