No doubt it was just a few “bad apples”:
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.
“Don’t plan on working back in Iraq. There won’t be a position here, and there won’t be a position in Houston,” Jones says she was told.
In a lawsuit filed in federal court against Halliburton and its then-subsidiary KBR, Jones says she was held in the shipping container for at least 24 hours without food or water by KBR, which posted armed security guards outside her door, who would not let her leave.
“It felt like prison,” says Jones, who told her story to ABC News as part of an upcoming “20/20” investigation. “I was upset; I was curled up in a ball on the bed; I just could not believe what had happened.”
Finally, Jones says, she convinced a sympathetic guard to loan her a cell phone so she could call her father in Texas.
“I said, ‘Dad, I’ve been raped. I don’t know what to do. I’m in this container, and I’m not able to leave,'” she said. Her father called their congressman, Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas.
Nothing like this has ever happened before. Except for maybe when the drunken Blackwater employee killed a bodyguard for the Iraqi vice president and the State Department helped whisk him out of the country before anyone could investigate.
And here’s the kicker:
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.
Thank you, Paul Bremer and Order 17. No charges have been filed against the drunken Blackwater employee either, and for the same reason.
And how about those Blackwater contractors responsible for shooting 17 Iraqis in Baghdad? Not to worry. If Order 17 doesn’t get them off the hook, the State Department seems to have offered them legal immunity.
Someone needs to be asking serious questions about the relationship between the government and contractors who seem to be calling all the shots. Why exactly were army doctors handing over a rape kit to Halliburton employees such that they could “lose” it?
I doubt Halliburton is worried. This, in the end, is all that matters.