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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

American Woman Alleges She Was Drugged and Gang-Raped in Baghdad

posted by on December 11 at 11:28 AM


By fellow Americans. Several of her male coworkers at Halliburton’s then-subsidiary KBR. That’s her above, in the photo that accompanies yesterday’s story on ABC News’s website.

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.

Read the whole thing. This story’s awful.

Over two years later, the Justice Department has brought no criminal charges in the matter. In fact, ABC News could not confirm any federal agency was investigating the case.

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.

(Thanks—I guess—for the tip, Paul.)

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That's horrible. Can't we issue bounties for these guys? Or, failing that, publish their names, pictures, addresses, and emails in every major American city?

Posted by Greg | December 11, 2007 11:38 AM

Inconveniently for Justice, Defense, State, and Bush, her champion is a right-wing Texas Republican and war supporter, the disturbingly named Mr. Poe.

I hope that the very first thing the new President does on January 20, 2009 is issue an executive order barring the employment of any past or present Halliburton or KBR employee by any part of the Federal Government.

Posted by Fnarf | December 11, 2007 11:47 AM

this is terrible. justice needs to be served here, and people need to be better protected in the future from these types of crimes.

Posted by infrequent | December 11, 2007 11:47 AM

Sadly, this is what happens when there is no accountability nor oversight.

Poor girl.

Posted by Packratt | December 11, 2007 11:58 AM

"Congressman Poe"???

Posted by Irena | December 11, 2007 12:00 PM

Everybody with my name is a piece of shit. Yeah, yeah. Get it all out. C'mon.

Posted by Mr. Poe | December 11, 2007 12:03 PM

i hear this story, and i'm glad they got her out alive. the guard that let her use his phone might have saved her life. rescuing her was heroic. (and damning, since they found her in the container.) seriously, there needs to be some justice here.

Posted by infrequent | December 11, 2007 12:03 PM

hey packratt (another victim needing justice) - ever thought of filing a civil suit against any of the "witnesses" the police interviewed upon your arrest? i mean, they have to have names, right?

Posted by infrequent | December 11, 2007 12:05 PM

Au contraire, Mr. Poe. Your congressional namesake is pursuing this with zeal and integrity.

Posted by Fnarf | December 11, 2007 12:06 PM

Is he? I didn't read it. I tend to not read about rape as much as possible, actually.

Posted by Mr. Poe | December 11, 2007 12:10 PM

She looks like somebody famous...I can't pin it...

Posted by Mr. Poe | December 11, 2007 12:11 PM

Why don't we waterboard Bush and Cheney about this for a few weeks just to be sure ... at GITMO.

I'm sure they'll confess they did it ... themselves.

Posted by Will in Seattle | December 11, 2007 12:12 PM

If it's true, this is a terrible thing.

Posted by Jason Josephes | December 11, 2007 12:37 PM


Need to find a lawyer I can afford who will listen first. But thanks for the suggestion.

Posted by Packratt | December 11, 2007 12:45 PM

How long 'til some Faux News jerkoff implies the slut was asking for it?

Posted by Mike in MO | December 11, 2007 12:47 PM

How long 'til some Faux News jerkoff implies the slut was asking for it?

Posted by Mike in MO | December 11, 2007 12:53 PM

Several of my friends in the Navy have been sent to Iraq to fill in where the Army doesn't have enough boots. The women all hear the same two pieces of advice from women who have been there:
1. Make yourself as unattractive as you're able.
2. Stay away from contractors.

My sense is these incidents are far too common over there and I hope she inspires others to come forward.

Posted by J | December 11, 2007 12:53 PM

oops, I haven't double posted in forever! My bad...

Posted by Mike in MO | December 11, 2007 12:53 PM

I'm disturbed that I have yet to see this story on any major news outlets (other than ABC, of course). It's been on blogs all day but a check of CNN and WaPo (that's as far as my research got, sorry) shows they haven't touched the story yet. What's up?

#11, I think she looks like a country singer. I don't know which one though.

Posted by Ayarkay | December 11, 2007 12:55 PM

Didn't they just murder a bunch of people with impunity last month? Why should they worry about getting away with a little gang rape?

Posted by chi type | December 11, 2007 1:01 PM

@11--she looks like a young Catherine O'Hara, of SCTV, Waiting for Guffmann, and Home Alone fame.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | December 11, 2007 1:16 PM

She's like a bunk balance of O'Hara and Griffin.

Posted by Mr. Poe | December 11, 2007 1:27 PM

I was thinking Lucinda Williams.

Posted by Irena | December 11, 2007 1:28 PM


Here, I posted about why it's actually so difficult to get a lawyer to file suit in my blog in case you want the long of it...

Posted by Packratt | December 11, 2007 1:34 PM

Of course her attackers need to be brought to justice, but what was she thinking working for Halliburton in the first place? Like signing on with Satan's workshop.

Posted by M | December 11, 2007 1:38 PM

@25 interesting way to blame the victim...

Posted by infrequent | December 11, 2007 1:52 PM

The legal loophole also means those good folks at Blackwater are free to go vigilante on the perpetrators of the crime.

Posted by Joshua | December 11, 2007 2:11 PM

If those bastards thought/knew they could get away with assaulting an American, I shudder to think of what they're doing to Iraqi women. Then there's the additional horror of some of those women subsequently being the victims of honor killings.

Posted by keshmeshi | December 11, 2007 2:16 PM

The link is to the second page of three, FYI.

Posted by Natalie | December 11, 2007 2:29 PM

28, i was thinking the same thing. what has derek schlesinger and his ilk been up to over there that we'll never find out about, and that they'll never be punished for. and then it's the poor victims who get axed due to their barbarian religion if anyone of their own finds out about it. just so awful.

Posted by ellarosa | December 11, 2007 3:02 PM

@11. Hillary Swank

Posted by Eric | December 11, 2007 3:49 PM

Of course this is awful. She didn't deserve it, blah, blah...But stay the fuck out of Baghdad.

Posted by Joy | December 12, 2007 3:34 PM

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