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Halliburton/KBR rape: Al Franken works to stop the funding





handfleisch
While the neocons obsessed over the ACORN smear, a federal contractor (Halliburton/KBR, Cheney cronies) raked in millions of US dollars while forbidding their employees to publicly report getting raped, which happened several times. Al Franken has passed a law to stop taxes from supporting such a slimeball company.

http://thinkprogress.org/2009/10/07/kbr-rape-franken-amendment/
Quote:
Franken Wins Bipartisan Support For Legislation Reining In KBR’s Treatment Of Rape

In 2005, Jamie Leigh Jones was gang-raped by her co-workers while she was working for Halliburton/KBR in Baghdad. She was detained in a shipping container for at least 24 hours without food, water, or a bed, and “warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she’d be out of a job.” (Jones was not an isolated case.) Jones was prevented from bringing charges in court against KBR because her employment contract stipulated that sexual assault allegations would only be heard in private arbitration.

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) proposed an amendment to the 2010 Defense Appropriations bill that would withhold defense contracts from companies like KBR “if they restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.” Speaking on the Senate floor yesterday, Franken said:

The constitution gives everybody the right to due process of law … And today, defense contractors are using fine print in their contracts do deny women like Jamie Leigh Jones their day in court. … The victims of rape and discrimination deserve their day in court [and] Congress plainly has the constitutional power to make that happen.


Thirty Republicans, that's 75% of them, voted against Franken's bill.
lagoon
Why do the American people not hear of this? Simple. The media is owned by the same people that own these companies.
deanhills
Is this only limited to the Defence force however? How different would it be for this to happen in a large corporation, and the employees being paid off? I'm not minimizing what happened, but just saying that there is a lot of really bad things happening in the world, and what happened in the military has to be indicative of something that is prevalent everywhere. What happened should be punishable equally everywhere, and it would appear that the real problem here is ability to conceal bad things like these from the public by employees that are either bought off or coerced. It should be made easier for people who have been hurt this way, to come forward. But even after all of this time, when so much hard work has been done to get people who have been victimized like this to come forward, it still seems to be supressed. There should be some reporting legislation available that would punish organisations who allow acts of violence against persons to be supressed and not immediately reported and fully investigated.
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