Rape who you want, as long as you’re defending freedom

11 01 2008

Item 3 of Naomi Wolf’s “Fascist America in 10 easy steps” involves the development of a thug caste:

The years following 9/11 have proved a bonanza for America’s security contractors, with the Bush administration outsourcing areas of work that traditionally fell to the US military. In the process, contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars have been issued for security work by mercenaries at home and abroad. In Iraq, some of these contract operatives have been accused of involvement in torturing prisoners, harassing journalists and firing on Iraqi civilians. Under Order 17, issued to regulate contractors in Iraq by the one-time US administrator in Baghdad, Paul Bremer, these contractors are immune from prosecution.

Existing outside the law, they can do what they like, and (so it would appear) there’s nothing anybody can do about it. Not even when one of their own is gang-raped by her fellow employees:

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. Jones described the container as sparely furnished with a bed, table and lamp.

No charges have been laid in the two years since the incident occurred (as the victim testified before Congress last month, she is still undergoing reconstructive surgery), and the Pentagon isn’t interested in pursuing the matter “because the Justice Department still considers the investigation into Jones’ case open.”

Jon Swift makes light of the some of the Right blogosphere’s demonising of Jones, but surely the carte blanche afforded to paramilitary organisations like KBR and Blackwater strengthen the case for regime change (the democratic way) in the US?

Via kip.




4 responses

11 01 2008
Sean the Blogonaut

Money +violence + plus no oversight = recipe for disaster. The Australian military I thought was very disdainful of “civilian contractors/mercs” but I am sure there are Australians serving as mercenaries in Iraq.

Maybe she could hire some independent contractors of her own and have them hunted down and shot. Fairs fair.

11 01 2008

This is such a horrifying read.

You know what’s really sad? What’s sad is that I am not even remotely surprised by this. What’s sad is that these guys weren’t even afraid of getting caught because the US government has their back. Its disgusting.

11 01 2008
citizen j

Thank you for covering this…i thought it was just me and Fox News talking about it, and they’ve long since fallen silent. This story needs to be breakfast table fare for every Citizen in the US for a week or two, until everyone understands that this is exactly how Roman outsourced contract mercs acted.

15 01 2008

I have not commented on this up to now because it makes me physically ill and violently angry. (Love almost goes out the window) I am tired tired tired of violent crimes being perpetrated against women.

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