"The [anti-rape] legislation passed the Senate with a clear majority but 30 Republican members voted against it, including the former presidential candidate John McCain.
"Among the objections were claims that the government had no business interfering in a private contract between a company and its workers."
read more via detailed backstory at www.guardian.co.uk
"When [Jamie Leigh Jones] awoke the next morning still affected by the drug, she found her body naked and severely bruised, with lacerations to her vagina and anus, blood running down her leg, her breast implants ruptured and her pectoral muscles torn‚ which would later require reconstructive surgery. Upon walking to the rest room, she passed out again," the papers say.
"Jones was treated by a US army doctor who gave forensic evidence to company officials. She says the firm placed her under guard in a shipping container and she was released only after her father asked the US embassy to intervene. (I wonder how he even found out?)
"When the forensic evidence was handed to investigators two years later, crucial photographs and notes were missing.
"Jones says she identified one of the men who attacked her after he confessed, but that Halliburton/KBR prevented her from taking legal action against him or the company by pointing to a clause in her contract requiring disputes to go to arbitration.
"This year, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) proposed an amendment that would deny defense contracts to companies that ask employees to sign away the right to sue. Ya think?
It passed, but it wasn't the slam dunk comic pundit Jon Stewart on the Daily Show expected. Instead the amendment received 30 nay votes all from Republicans.
"I understand we're a divided country, some disagreements on health care. How is ANYONE against this?" Stewart asked.
More from the video clip on Jon Stewart's Daily Show.
Here's the 30 Senators who think Halliburton should do whatever they want if it's in the fine print:
Jason Linkins has more on the senator's "reasoning."
Each one of these senators needs to receive a bronze plaque with the following engraved memo: "How To Prevent Rape." Read it all. It's the first list I ever read that has a toehold in reality.