Media: Halliburton Paid Dick Cheney to Commit Rape in Iran

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A front-page story by James Risen in The New York Times on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, reported on a “troubling trend” of sexual assaults committed by American employees of military contractors in Iraq. The centerpiece of his story was Jamie Leigh Jones, who claimed to have been brutally gang-raped in 2005 while working in the Green Zone.

(Risen also interviewed other women claiming to have been sexually assaulted in Iraq and — for journalistic balance — their attorneys.)

Jones famously claimed that days after arriving in Iraq with KBR, then a subsidiary of Halliburton, she had been drugged and gang-raped by fellow employees and then held at machine-gunpoint in a tiny shipping container by KBR managers, with no food or water for 24 hours, as retaliation for reporting the rape.

You may have heard about Jones’ sensational allegations –- invariably reported as fact — on ABC’s “20/20″; CNN; CBS News’ “The Early Show,” MSNBC, National Public Radio, in every major U.S. newspaper and international media.

All she had to do was mention the words “rape” and “Halliburton,” and the automatons went wild!

Jones told her tale before congressional committees, on numerous TV shows — and in a book she is actually writing, titled: “The Jamie Leigh Story: How My Rape in Iraq and Cover-up Made Me a Crusader for Justice.” (Scheduled for release the third Tuesday after never.)

Then-senator Barack Obama demanded a State Department investigation into Jones’ claims.

But no one jumped on Jones’ story with more self-righteousness than Sen. Al Franken. He used her story to jam through a grandstandy “anti-rape” amendment to an appropriations bill prohibiting defense contractors from including mandatory arbitration clauses in employment contracts, thus depriving mountebank trial lawyers like John Edwards from collecting massive damages awards from illiterate jurors.

The 30 Republican senators who voted against Franken’s pro-trial lawyer amendment were promptly denounced as “pro-rape” across the Internet, on liberal talk radio and in mass phone calls to their offices.

And then a few weeks ago, the Times ran a microscopic, one-paragraph Associated Press story on page 13 of a Saturday paper, reporting that a jury looked at the facts and found that … Jones made the whole story up.

Maybe the Republican senators should have sponsored a no-false-rape-allegation bill for defense contractor employees.

When the time came to put up or shut up, Jones’ “gang-rape” claim simply disappeared. DNA evidence showed she’d had sex with one only man, and he claimed it was consensual.

In fact, the whole crime disappeared: After an investigation, no criminal charges were brought.

Instead, Jones’ lawyer brought a civil suit against KBR and its employees — with a much lower burden of proof — alleging only a routine he-said, she-said date-rape case.

Jones’ claim that she had been drugged with Rohypnol was demolished by tests taken by a female military doctor the day after the alleged attack. Rohypnol is detectable for 72 hours, but there was no trace of it, or any “date rape” drug, in her system.

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  • mcrobbins

    No one can skewer the Left with her sarcasm and wit like Anne Coulter. No writer deflates the hot air out of the self-aggrandizing and holier-than-thou priests and priestesses of liberalism, exposing their foibles and obsessions. The word Halliburton is to the Left like the ring of the bell is to Pavlov's dogs.

    • scum

      "The word Halliburton is to the left…" For good reason.

  • StephenD

    So, when will the retractions start for real and not just Saturday on page 13? I'd love to see Franken called out on this. Thanks for a great story Ann! I always look forward to you, in every forum you may appear.

    • Vermont Yid

      When? Why never, of course.

  • Maxie

    If the NYT was to turn out the lights, lock its doors and throw the keys into the East River about 80% of the world's problems would disappear.

    • Chicago Nick

      And the other 20% could be also pushed into the east river and be solved overnight with the decimation of the now and always useless UN. ;)

    • scum

      Sure, if only the state would dictate that only Fox News and the New York Post could sell us their drivel, the world would be a wonderful place. LOL

  • Geddy

    Franken is/was a pornographic comedian and the biggest laugh was that they elected him knowing that fact. Obama and his gang of muzlim supporters love rape. In fact his saudi "kiss the ring" king recently passes laws making sex and marriage with babies legal. It even declares that if still breast feeding the child's mother must come to feed the baby after sexual relations.

  • Chicago Nick

    The left’s hatred for the right and everything American has opened a profitable cottage industry for parasites like this chick and they’re out there by tens of thousands preying on idiots who think with the wrong head time and time again and they ruin it for the women who are actually ‘raped’ in the process.

    These people have destroyed this country so greatly from within Al Queda is using their playbook now instead of the other way around during the Bush administration. Two groups like c2 in a turban.

  • myomy

    yeah, her story is absurd…. a big evil company like Haliburton wouldn't have locked her in a shipping container, they would have dropped a shipping container on her.. ouch. Our corrupt MSM shouldn't be trusted about anything these days…

  • jasonz

    it will never get out and reported by the LSM. the facts behind the case are not relevent to the ultimate lesson and goal…'the left does not like cheney' . tho the left the ends justify the means and the false vilification of an adversary is more important than integrity or the truth.

  • ebonystone

    The only surprising thing is that the MSM haven't blamed the "rape" on Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, or the NRA.

    • pyeatte

      no, Bush did it.

  • ebonystone

    It's a good thing for her that her case didn't come before Gov. Christie's new Moslem judge. He would have thrown her into prison for failing to produce the required four adult male witnesses, as required by Sharia law.

  • mlcblog

    I am so not surprised that the LSM made a big deal of this false claim. They do not really care for the truth, only what headlines they can generate!!

  • scum

    If all of educaiton is the ''bastion of liberals,' it must be because conservatives moved into the big money positions in corporate America. If those CEO's want to come off the unemployment line (after the crash they caused) and teach for 34k, then go at it.

  • pyeatte

    Doesn't she face liability for false rape accusations?

  • twotwins

    New PR company please! We need billboards, our own newspaper,leaflets dropped from the skies . . . . . anything, anything to "counter" these viscious liberals. There are a few in my family and they are so nasty and cheap and low down. Somebody has to figure out a way to "counter" them everytime they open their jealous mouths!!!