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American Academy of Pediatrics Supports Female Genital Mutilation and Halliburton Takes Up the Cause? How Far Has the US Government Let the Rights of Women Fall?

July 1, 2010

As you might know, I posted today on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ stance that maybe American doctors should do “ritual” cutting of girls’ genitalia to satisfy immigrants’ demands to mutilate their baby girls in the name of mame-your-daughter’s-possible-whorishness/sexuality-Muslim mentality, and it seems that where the AAP leaves off at age 18, Halliburton takes over, especially in its new bid to prevent women who were raped in Iraq from having their day in court by questioning the adult women’s “whorishness”(my term–not theirs, because the Big H just questions the woman’s authenticity) caused by rape.  (See AAP, you were right to mutilate little girls to prevent rape, because God forbid your little patient might grow up to serve her country only to be raped in Iraq, and you could have prevented it the whole time….)

Houston, Texas woman, who says she was gang-raped by her co-workers at a Halliburton/KBR camp in Baghdad, says 38 women have come forward through her foundation to report their own tragic stories to her, but that many cannot speak publicly due to arbitration agreements in their employment contracts.

Jamie Leigh Jones is testifying on Capitol Hill this afternoon. She says she and other women are being forced to argue their cases of sexual harassment, assault and rape before secretive arbitration panels rather than in open court before a judge and jury.(2008)

What, you  mean mutilating a little girl’s vagina doesn’t stop rape?  You gotta be kidding me?  So the AAP, which receives government funding, gets to issue a statement that ritual cutting could be done right here in the good ole U.S. of A. on the off chance that other doctors in foreign countries might be getting paid to do it?  Gotta keep that money local, right?  Oh yes, the AAP has issued this statement about female genital mutilation, changing the status to “cutting” out of sensitivity for the mutilators a.k.a. sadistic immigrant parents, based on the fact that some doctors have “heard of this procedure happening in other countries.”  Nothing like sound science guiding medical advice paid for in part by U.S. government grants, right?

Well, considering other businesses the U.S. government supports, like say, oh, Halliburton, the U.S. of A. has covered all the ages of abuse against women, with the AAP covering up to age 18 and Halliburton taking up the slack for adulthood.  SO GLAD U.S. governmental money goes to support this shit, aren’t we?

Well, Al Franken has tried to put a stop to the Halliburton contracts:

Today the Senate “debated” the Department of Defense appropriations bill passed by the House (H.R. 3326) for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010. Republicans added frivolous amendments all day, that were defeated one after the other. The amendment du jour, however, came from Al Franken D-MN.

And what a doozy it is! S. Amend. 2566 simply prohibits “the use of funds for any Federal contract with Halliburton Company, KBR, Inc., any of their subsidiaries or affiliates, or any other contracting party if such contractor or a subcontractor at any tier under such contract requires that employees or independent contractors sign mandatory arbitration clauses regarding certain claims.” The “certain claims” have to do with sexual assault.

Franken offered the amendment because a KBR employee, Jamie Leigh Jones, age 19, was raped by a bunch of KBR workers in Iraq and then locked up in a crate when she tried reporting them. After she was rescued and returned to America she was informed that she couldn’t take KBR to court because there was some fine print in her — and everyone else’s — contracts that don’t permit any such thing. [See the video below.]

Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, an especially corrupt member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was the key spokesperson for the GOP against the legislation which he called unfair to Halliburton, one of the biggest Republican Party contributors in history. (2009)

Of course it’s not fair to push legislation against such a big company just because women were gang-raped and locked crates, Senator Jeff Sessions, silly us! Why ever would us little women ever believe that Halliburton has been unfair to women?

Bring us up to speed in June 2010, and Halliburton has dropped its appeal that went all the way to the US Supreme Court in order to not lose defense contracts:

Halliburton Co. and KBR Inc. have withdrawn an appeal asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block a lawsuit by a former military contractor who says she was raped by KBR co-workers in Iraq.

KBR said in a statement Monday that it withdrew the appeal to not risk violating a recently passed federal provision it called “very broad and vague,” that restricts the Defense Department from doing business with companies that prohibit employees from seeking redress for certain crimes through the courts.

So maybe Al Franken did help, but where is this kind of help for little girls where the AAP is concerned?  Al Franken?  Anyone?

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