Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Rape of Iraq And Jamie Leigh

Jamie Leigh was raped in Baghdad by her fellow KBR employees. She had to call her father in America, from a borrowed cell phone, and her father had to call his Congressman, Ted Poe, in order to rescue Jamie. It has been two years, and the case has not been investigated by our government. The rape kit from Jamie's medical evaluation was GIVEN TO KBR. KBR "LOST IT." THEN THEY FOUND IT AGAIN. BUT IT HAD BEEN TAMPERED WITH. Jamie has been brave enough to come forward, and Ted Poe is bringing her case into the bright light of day.

Here is Poe's December 12th speech.

Rape is not about sex, it's about power and dominance. The current tone set by the Bush administration is one that pursues domination and control, with arrogant dismissal of the Geneva Conventions, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and of the US Constitution. This administration has created a trickle-down effect, setting the same tone all the way down to individual soldiers, contract and government employees, both domestic and international.

If our President and his cronies can lie to, kidnap, imprison without charges, torture, "disappear," kill and displace human beings, all under the false guise of "promoting democracy," then it gives everyone permission to do the same, including those whom we call our friends, our co-workers, and those whom we call our "enemies."

I wish in no way to take away the reality, pain and horror of Jamie's and other women's rapes when I speak philosophically about them, but in addition to being illegal, immoral and despicable acts, these rapes are also symbols, a microcosmic reflection of America's overall brutish rape of Iraq and its people.

To learn more about the evolving story of Jamie Leigh and other women who are finding the courage to come forward, or to take action, please visit the Jamie Leigh Foundation website.