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.
St. Petersburg Times
Sen. Bill Nelson said the Pentagon and State Department won't tell him how many rape cases exist involving employees of contractors in Iraq.
"Neither agency has given us an adequate response to date," said Bryan Gulley, Nelson's spokesman.
The requests for information were made in mid December after two American women said they were raped by co-workers in Iraq in 2005. Both women were working for Army contractors, and one is from Tampa.
Nelson, a Democrat and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has expressed concern that the allegations are being ignored.
The Tampa woman alleges she was sexually assaulted by a drunken male colleague while working in Ramadi, Iraq, in June 2005 for KBR Inc. subsidiary Service Employees International Inc.
Nelson has said the Navy Criminal Investigative Service turned its findings over to the Justice Department, but nothing has come of the matter. The woman sued KBR, claiming the company failed to protect her from foreseeable harm.