Cheney’s Halliburton, Bush administration, accused of cover-up of rape in Iraq


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From Associated Press:

DOJ Questioned About ’05 Iraq Rape Case

By JOHN PORRETTO

Associated Press Writer

HOUSTON ā€” The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee asked the Justice Department on Tuesday to give a full account of its investigation into the alleged rape of a female contract worker in Iraq two years ago.

Jamie Leigh Jones, a former Conroe resident, filed a federal lawsuit in May against Halliburton Co., its former subsidiary, KBR Inc., and others claiming she was raped by co-workers while working for a Halliburton subsidiary at Camp Hope, Baghdad, in 2005.

The Associated Press usually does not identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted, but Jones’ face and name have been broadcast by ABC News and appear on her own Web site.

In a letter dated Tuesday, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., asked Attorney General Michael Mukasey if his office had investigated Jones’ claims and whether the Justice Department has jurisdiction to prosecute under military provisions of the USA Patriot Act.

Conyers also seeks clarification on a statement from KBR, the military contractor that split from Halliburton in April, that says it had initiated investigations into the alleged assault but later halted the probe.

KBR has said it was “instructed to cease by government authorities because they were assuming sole responsibility for the criminal investigations.”

Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr said Tuesday the agency was reviewing Conyers’ letter. “The Department is investigating this matter and because it’s an ongoing investigation, we are unable to comment further,” Carr said.

Jones’ case got renewed attention this week after ABC News previewed a report of the allegations it plans to air on “20/20” next month.

Jones began working for KBR as an administrative assistant in 2004 when she was 19, but later transferred to Iraq with another Halliburton subsidiary, according to her lawsuit.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Beaumont, claims Jones lived in a coed barracks and, after enduring harassment from some of the men in the quarters, was drugged and raped July 28, 2005. Her attackers were Halliburton and KBR firefighters, the suit claims.

The petition says the facility was under direct control of the U.S. government, KBR and Halliburton, collectively.

See also here. And here. And here.

Hillary Clinton Calls for Investigation Into Gang-Rape Allegations: here.

8 thoughts on “Cheney’s Halliburton, Bush administration, accused of cover-up of rape in Iraq

  1. Rep. Robert Wexler (FL-19) and two other Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee – Luis Gutierrez (IL-04) and Tammy Baldwin (WI-02) – today called on the committee to begin impeachment hearings for Vice President Cheney.

    They declared, “The charges are too serious to ignore. There is credible evidence that the Vice President abused the power of his office, and not only brought us into an unneccesary war but violated the civil liberties and privacy of American citizens. It is the constitutional duty of Congress to hold impeachment hearings.”

    The three Democrats wrote an op-ed to announce their position, but none of the nation’s leading newspapers would publish it – just as they refuse to include impeachment in their polls, and just as they refuse to publish their own investigations of the crimes of the Bush Administration. Why? Because the Corporate Media is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Republican Party, as it has been since the Reagan Revolution of 1980.

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  2. More Democratic Betrayals: Join the Democratic Donor Strike

    As Congress once again rushes home for the holidays, our Democratic leaders are adding to their long list of betrayals.

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    On warrantless wiretapping, Pelosi and Reid rushed the abominable “Protect America Act” through Congress in August, while vowing to “fix” it in the fall. When Senator Jay Rockefeller’s bill gave retroactive immunity to the telephone companies, Senator Chris Dodd vowed a filibuster. But Harry Reid is using his power as Majority Leader to undermine Senator Dodd’s filibuster – something he adamantly refuses to do for any Republican filibusters.

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  3. Wexler’s petition to impeach Cheney–Sign it!
    Posted by: “Matt” tr4nqued@yahoo.com tr4nqued
    Tue Dec 18, 2007 6:17 pm (PST)
    Representative Robert Wexler
    House Judiciary Member

    Wants IMPEACHMENT Hearings
    For Dick Cheney

    Sign His Petition
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    And tell your friends!

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  4. From democrats.com:

    Wexler Petition Hits 100,000 But 13 Judiciary Dems Remain Silent

    On 12/14, Democrats.com was excited to announce Rep. Robert Wexler’s campaign to demand impeachment hearings for Dick Cheney. Wexler’s goal was 50,000 signatures but with your support, Wexler’s petition passed 100,000!
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    Wexler is thrilled with your response, and he will hold a virtual town hall meeting on Thursday at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT) on Florida Progressive Radio with Kenneth Quinnell, co-hosted by Democrats.com.
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    Wexler has the support of two Judiciary Committee Democrats, Luis Gutierrez (IL-04) and Tammy Baldwin (WI-02). Five others are co-sponsors of H.Res. 333/H.Res. 799, Rep. Kucinich’s Articles of Impeachment for Vice President Cheney: Steve Cohen (TN-09), Keith Ellison (MN-05), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Hank Johnson (GA-04), and Maxine Waters (CA-35).

    But that leaves 13 Judiciary Committee Democrats who have NOT called for impeachment hearings. These 6 voted to send Kucinich’s bill to Judiciary on 11/6, so they should publicly support Wexler’s efforts: John Conyers (MI-14), Bobby Scott (VA-03), Brad Sherman (CA-27), Betty Sutton (OH-13), Mel Watt (NC-12), and Anthony Weiner (NY-09).

    These 7 voted to kill Kucinich’s bill on 11/6, so they need to CHANGE their positions and fulfill their oath of office to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign AND domestic: Howard Berman (CA-28), Artur Davis (AL-07), William Delahunt (MA-10), Zoe Lofgren (CA-16), Jerrold Nadler (NY-08), Linda Sanchez (CA-39), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20).

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    With Your Help, Chris Dodd Wins Temporary Victory on Warrantless Wiretapping

    Immediately after stealing the White House in 2001, Bush and Cheney told the telecom giants to wiretap ALL phone calls and emails of ALL Americans – even though it was completely illegal under FISA, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

    Only one company, Qwest, chose to follow the law. In true mafia fashion, Bush and Cheney punished Qwest by denying it contracts and prosecuting its CEO, Joseph Nacchio, for alleged securities fraud. The other companies willingly broke the law, and now face 40 civil lawsuits from outraged customers. So Bush is desperate to get Congress to grant the telecoms full immunity for the crimes he coerced them into committing.

    In October, Senator Chris Dodd promised to filibuster the immunity bill. Harry Reid betrayed Dodd and all of us by pushing a vote on telecom immunity. On Monday, Dodd fulfilled his promise, and Democrats.com and other blogs generated over 500,000 emails to Congress in support of Dodd’s filibuster. Key Democrats supported Dodd’s filibuster, and Reid was forced to reschedule a vote in January. Watch Dodd’s thank-you message:
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    On Tuesday, the Senate voted 70-25 to give Bush another $70 billion blank check for Iraq. Our soldiers were betrayed by every Senate Republican except Gordon Smith (OR) and 21 Democrats: Akaka (D-HI), Baucus (D-MT), Bayh (D-IN), Carper (D-DE), Casey (D-PA), Conrad (D-ND), Dorgan (D-ND), Inouye (D-HI), Johnson (D-SD), Landrieu (D-LA), Levin (D-MI), Lincoln (D-AR), McCaskill (D-MO), Mikulski (D-MD), Nelson (D-FL), Nelson (D-NE), Pryor (D-AR), Rockefeller (D-WV), Salazar (D-CO), Tester (D-MT), Webb (D-VA).

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  5. Friday is Iraq Moratorium Day #4

    As we celebrate the Holidays, let us keep in our hearts those with less reason to celebrate:

    * The 150,000 troops trapped in a grinding, senseless war, half a world away.

    * The mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, children, grandparents, sisters and brothers of the nearly 900 troops dead in Iraq this year, who face a holiday they know they will never again share with those loved ones.

    * The people of Iraq, with more than a million of their own loved ones dead, millions more living as desperate refugees in foreign countries, and all trying to survive the devastation of nearly five years of occupation.

    Please remember them all this Friday, Dec. 21, by breaking with your daily routine and taking some action, by yourself or with others, to end the war.

    http://iraqmoratorium.org

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