1.10.2008

u.s. dod will not investigate kbr gang-rape case

A follow-up.
The Defense Department's top watchdog has declined to investigate allegations that an American woman working under an Army contract in Iraq was raped by her co-workers.

The case of former Halliburton/KBR employee Jamie Leigh Jones gained national attention last month. An ABC News investigation revealed how an earlier investigation into Jones' alleged gang-rape in 2005 had not resulted in any prosecution, and that neither Jones nor Democratic and Republican lawmakers have been able to get answers from the Bush administration on the state of her case.

In letters to lawmakers, DoD Inspector General Claude Kicklighter said that because the Justice Department still considers the investigation into Jones' case open, there is no need for him to look into the matter.

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Jones' lawyers also professed disappointment. "How could the Department of Defense refuse to help [Jones]?'" asked attorney Stephanie Morris, who noted that the criminal investigation into Jones' allegations has been going on for more than two and a half years, without apparent results. [More here.]

My earlier posts about this case are here and here.

3 comments:

Amy said...

Last week on ER, there was a subplot involving a female soldier who had been raped by one of her fellow soldiers and did not report it because she feared that her comrades would not look out for her when on duty if she betrayed one of their own.

Obviously, this was "fiction," but I generally assume that when these storylines enter the mainstream television shows, it's because such things are occurring often enough that some writer decides to call attention to it. This is especially true for ER, which often has had storylines involving current social and medical issues such as AIDS, Darfur, etc.

laura k said...

This is especially true for ER, which often has had storylines involving current social and medical issues such as AIDS, Darfur, etc.

Law & Order, too, is big on that pattern. When I used to watch it (it's a former addiction of mine), I was amazed at how quickly current events would be cycled into plot lines.

How is ER these days? It used to be a great show, but I haven't seen it in so many years. Is it still good?

Amy said...

ER is still good when compared to what else is on TV these days, but it is not as good as it was in the early days. There are still some characters I care about, and there are still some good storylines now and then, but overall although it still entertains, it is not as gripping as it once was. But then again, compared to what else is on, especially this season with the writer's strike, it is still well written, well acted, and well produced.

I will watch lots of junk TV, so I am not the most discriminating viewer, so take what I say with that in mind!