Thursday, October 22, 2009

Let's Hear It for Gang Rape

You've doubtless read about this: a woman named Jamie Lee Jones, 20 years old at the time, was gang-raped by her co-workers at Halliburton/KBR in Iraq four years ago and then locked up in a crate for a day to keep her from reporting it. "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.) "

 She wants to sue the bastards responsible--the company. But the terms of her contract with KBR prevent her from doing this. So enter new Minnesota senator Al Franken: who introduces an amendment to deny defense contracts to companies that require their employees to sign away their right to sue. The amendment passed, but 30 Republican senators including our two Oklahoma dunderheads--Inhofe and Coburn--and the honorable senator from Arizona, John McCain.

This is gang rape we're talking about here. I have no words. None at all.

Rachel Maddow interviewed the rape victim tonight on her show. 

And Jon Stewart went absolutely nuts over this outrage.

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