Posted by: Kevin | October 12, 2009

Yep, These Are My Senators

Meant to write about this last week when I first saw it on Balloon Juice but didn’t get around to it.  My Senators, Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham are objectively pro-rape.  My proof for this is their vote on the Franken amendment to HR3326

HR3326 is a Department of Defense Appropriations bill.  Franken’s amendment is a requirement that none of the funds appropriated go to contractors who require that sexual harassment and/or assault cases be handled through arbitration rather than the court system.  As for why such an amendment is necessary, I would refer you to the case of Jamie Leigh Jones

Jamie Leigh Jones was gang raped while working for KBR/Halliburton.  Rather than handling this like a normal human might (hospital visit, cooperate with police investigators, etc.), they locked her in an shipping container for a day until a sympathetic guard allowed her to use his cell phone to contact her father for help.  Ultimately agents had to be dispatched from the embassy in Baghdad to remove Ms. Jones from KBR custody.

When Jamie filed suit against KBR, they claimed that her contract forced issues like this to be taken to arbitration.  This would keep the whole proceeding behind closed doors and in an environment that grossly favored KBR (according to some reports they won >80% of the decisions that went to arbitration).  In the meantime they had “lost” her rape kit, which was eventually “recovered” minus the photographs taken by the doctor to document Jamie’s injuries.

To sum up a long ugly story, Jamie Leigh Jones was horribly raped, KBR tried to get away with covering it up and did nothing to pursue the actual rapists and Senators Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham think that is awesome.


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