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The show tonight has been postponed until later this week.  Ms. Jones has been invited to speak to congress tomorrow and understandably would like to spend the night working on her statements.  I will post again when we find out when Ms. Jones will be available.

Jamie Leigh Jones will be on The People Speak Radio Tonight at 8pm eastern, 7pm central, 5pm pacific. I hope some of you can tune in!  You can call in and ask Jamie questions live.

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007 - 8-9PM Eastern
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Jamie Leigh Jones is the founder of The Jamie Leigh Foundation and has brought charges against Halliburton/KBR stating that she was drugged and raped by Halliburton/KBR employees in July 2005 while working at Camp War Eagle in Iraq.

Learn more about Jamie by reading further....

Jamie Leigh Jones was a young military wife, just 19 when she began working at KBR as an administrative assistant in Houston. About a year later, she was transferred to Iraq. While there, Jamie states that she was drugged and then raped by numerous unnamed coworkers inside the Baghdad Green Zone. After the incident, she says she was confined by armed guards under orders by her employer KBR to a shipping container containing only a bed and denied food, water, and medical forensics.

Jones used a borrowed cell phone to contact her father, who in turn contacted Representative Ted Poe (R, TX) who contacted the State Department. Agents were dispatched from the US Embassy in Baghdad and removed Jones from KBR custody. US Army medical doctors performed an examination that discovered proof of vaginal and anal rape, but that the sexual assault kit disappeared after being turned over to KBR security forces. According to her statement of facts, the kit was later found, but was missing a few key elements, including photos of her bruises. The kit does still contain the proof that she was raped.

The Justice Department has brought no criminal charges against the alleged assailants. Neither the U.S. or Iraqi legal systems can be applied to contractors in Iraq. Jones has filed a civil lawsuit against KBR and former parent corporation Halliburton. KBR has requested a private arbitration, and claims this is required by her employment contract. In private arbitration, there would be no judge or jury, and the case would be handled by an arbitrator hired by the corporation.

Jamie's response has been quite heroic and inspiring, and she continues to seek justice as well as educate, inform, and offer help to other victims through her Jamie Leigh Foundation:

"The Jamie Leigh Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping United States citizens and legal residents who are victims of sexual harassment, rape and sexual abuse while working abroad for federal contractors, corporations, or government entities. We believe that overseas contractors and corporations should act responsibly, and be held accountable to provide safe housing and a work environment free of sexual harassment, and limit the potential for abuse. We believe that United States civilians who perpetrate crime while working in foreign countries should be held accountable for their actions. The Jamie Leigh foundation will assist victims through advocacy, education, referral and providing support. We work toward the day that no person shall face sexual abuse and harassment, and all persons, regardless of gender, will be able to work without fear, consternation, and safety concerns."
Please visit: http://www.JamiesFoundation.org

Originally posted to IAProgressive on Tue Dec 18, 2007 at 10:37 AM PST.

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  •  Strong Person (7+ / 0-)

    I look forward to hearing the show!

    I'd rather vote for something I want and not get it than vote for something I don't want and get it. -Eugene V. Debs

    by Cheney on Tue Dec 18, 2007 at 10:39:12 AM PST

    •  I'm hoping to hear some good news from her (2+ / 0-)
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      notanumber, dconrad

      After reading a lot about her situation and how much of a mess she has had to go through, I'm hoping that she has some positive news about her case.  

      In this case, I just can't believe that the simplest of procedures hasn't been followed...possesion of evidence.   The last thing I understood is that the story is that the doctor that performed the rape kit gave it to KBR/Halliburton after it was done.  KBR then passed it to the State dept. for it's own investigation, and then the evidence was lost.  

      Here's my question:  If it was 'lost', who had it last?  Who recieved the evidence (including photos) in the first place, who did they give it to, and so on until we find out who had it last.  

      What did the person that last had the evidence do with it?  How do you lose a rectangular box with 'Evidence Box' written across it.  Is that State dept employee going to get fired for losing criminal evidence?

      I have many more questions, and I'm looking forward to the show to see if Jamie will really get some justice.

  •  Thank you for reporting this. (5+ / 0-)

    As you rightly say, she's brave and heroic for telling her story and refusing to disappear.  

    the third eye does not weep. it knows.

    by mijita on Tue Dec 18, 2007 at 10:40:25 AM PST

  •  I read her story... (3+ / 0-)
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    notanumber, irishwitch, IAProgressive

    ... and I'm outraged beyond words.

    I look forward to hearing her speak.

    (1) D.I.E.B.O.L.D.: Decisive In Elections By Ousting Liberal Democrats.
    (2) R.A.T.S.: Roberts, Alito, Thomas, Scalia.
    (3) -8.75, -8.10

    by Archangel on Tue Dec 18, 2007 at 10:46:20 AM PST

  •  Didn't know she was a military wife. (2+ / 0-)
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    notanumber, IAProgressive

    This is just an outrage.

    The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

    by irishwitch on Tue Dec 18, 2007 at 10:48:09 AM PST

    •  I heard from another story (3+ / 0-)
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      notanumber, irishwitch, dconrad

      that they actually were able to contact the doctor that performed the rape kit, and the doctor said 'I am unable to specifically remember Jamie's case'

      That says 1 of 2 things:

      1. The doctor sees way too many rapes of this violent level in Iraq, rape from up to seven men leaving bruising all over her body.  Enough rapes going on to let one like this to 'fade into the background' is really crazy.

      or

      1. The doctor is making the choice to not remember the case for whatever reasons...I'll leave it up to you to theorize
      •  Either is appalling in my book. (0+ / 0-)

        I am however surprised that a military wife w ould be allowed to join her husband in a deployment in a combat zone--she'd have to have gone over on her own rather than as a military spouse.

        The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

        by irishwitch on Tue Dec 18, 2007 at 04:17:36 PM PST

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  •  Support Jamie Leigh Jones against KBR on Facebook (2+ / 0-)
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    danger durden, IAProgressive

    Please visit and join the "Support Jamie Leigh Jones against KBR" Facebook group.
    Being part of this group is very important! Having a large membership is very helpful.

    While she is in the news now, the court case will last years against an unpleasant adversary.

    We need numbers to show lasting support, invite your Friends!

    http://www.facebook.com/...

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