From the Cleveland Leader:
Over the weekend, defense contractor KBR made the announcement that it was banning the use of personal cell phones by employees in Iraq. KBR has not said that the ban is related to the numerous allegations of rape by female KBR employees by their male co-workers. They have not, however, cited any reason for the ban other than it being a "security issue", and the timing is certainly curious. Furthermore, it could potential endanger future victims.
Jamie Leigh Jones is the first alleged victim to come forth publicly. As she explains, she was gang-raped in 2005 by her male Halliburton/KBR co-workers, and then held in a shipping container for days so that she would not squeal and tell anyone what had happened. Her job was also threatened if she sought medical treatment or told anyone what occurred. As her story goes, she was able to convince a sympathetic guard to loan her a cell phone so that she could call her father in Texas.
This action by KBR is beyond disgusting. It should be grounds for KBR to lose all of it's government contracts. The fact that they did not give specific reasons indicates that their reasons are not about protecting the security of KBR employees who have done nothing wrong.
This move indicates instead that the only security that matters to KBR is the security of those who harm others and the security of KBR executives.
Labels: Violence Against Women