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Halliburton Employees Getting Away With Rape As Well As Murder

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on February 26th, 2008 2:11 pm by HL

Yesterday we brought you the story of Halliburton/KBR Employees being indicted for war profiteering, today comes the story of a Halliburton employee getting away with rape. Not only was he not arrested, he hasn’t even been fired. After Downing St.org has the story.

Barker has brought charges against Halliburton/KBR claiming that she was sexually assaulted, harassed, and falsely imprisoned while working at Camp Hope in Basra, Iraq. Barker is a military wife and mother of 3 who worked for Halliburton’s KBR subsidiary as an administrative assistant in Iraq while her husband served in the U.S. military. According to ABC News, Barker claims that State Department employee Ali Mokhtare attempted to rape her: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/Story?id=3998439

“Mokhtare denied that he had attempted to rape her, but admitted that he had gone too far with Tracy, and signed a statement to that effect, which ABC News has obtained. In the document, Mokhtare states he ‘admitted that he pulled her vest and shirt’ and that he asked Barker, ‘What do you have behind there?’ He also says that he ‘made a mistake and it was stupid,’ according to the document. Despite his admission, Mokhtare, a U.S. citizen, still works at the State Department today….

“Mokhtare was a diplomatic official in Basra who first came to Iraq as a Farsi translator interviewing detainees. The U.S. Diplomatic Security Service investigated the allegations against Mokhtare and presented the case to the Justice Department for prosecution, but ‘the case was declined for prosecution’ states the document. Furthermore, investigators requested that the State Department suspend Mokhtare’s security clearance, but according to a handwritten note at the bottom of the document, that request was denied.”

Following the incident, Barker says, Halliburton confined her to a living container where she was constantly watched, including when she used the bathroom. Food was brought to her as if she was a prisoner, and she was denied medical attention and any outside communications. Barker says she was forced several days later to wear the same clothing she’d worn the night of the assault (ordinary pants and a long-sleeved shirt) and paraded through a crowded dining area apparently to humiliate her. This was part of the official investigation, aimed at determining whether she was sexually provocative. At this point she was still be refused medical attention.

Eventually, Barker says, she was able to use a cellphone belonging to National Guardsman Kevin Rodgers. Barker’s husband, 1st Sergeant Galen Barker, says that his wife contacted him through Rodgers. He then tried unsuccessfully to get to Kuwait so that he could rescue his wife from Iraq. Barker continued to be held against her will by Halliburton, and the State Department continued to stall her release. She was eventually rescued by Dr. David Pakkal of the State Department who took her to Kuwait.

When she returned home, Barker spoke out about what she had been through and began pursuing justice through U.S. courts. She says she was the first victim to do so. Several months after returning home, in July of 2005, Barker started receiving phone calls from other Halliburton employees who also alleged sexual harassment and rape while in Iraq. Barker learned that a State Department investigator and a Halliburton employee had given her home phone number out to gang rape victims because they thought Barker could help them.

PHOTO: Stewart Hoffer

Barker says the State Department offered her $3,500 in cash to drop certain charges, but she refused.

Halliburton has requested private arbitration instead of facing a civil suit and claims that this is required by Barker’s employment contract. A judge ruled this month in favor of arbitration, arguing that sexual harassment, including assault, is a reality in today’s workplace. Barker’s attorney Stewart Hoffer is in the process of appealing this order.

Barker was invited to testify before Congress on December 19, 2007, by Congressman Bob Etheridge. Barker’s newborn twins were fighting for their lives, but Barker made the trip to Washington, only to be denied the opportunity to testify.

HL’s Take
Slowly the whole house of cards is coming down, Eventually all the players in this tradegy of a war will face the consequences. Except of course for Bush, and Cheney. They are obviously bulletproof as far as the media, and congress are concerned. Those two could be filmed cutting open live babies and ripping thier hearts out, and the media would still find a way to sugar coat it, and make it seem so grand and noble.

2 Responses to “Halliburton Employees Getting Away With Rape As Well As Murder”

  1. David Aissn Says:

    Wow what a remarkable women. You have been fighting for justice for quit some time. You are not only the first women to come forward but from what I read she is the only victim that has come forward that was assaulted in Iraq who held the only status of military wife during the assault. A strong military wife. Keep fighting and still lead the way for these other girls so they will continue to fight!!! I hope that she receives justice against all of these individuals including Judge Miller. If something wouldve been done about Tracy being locked up then maybe it wouldve spared the other victims who came behind her something has to be done and soon this has been awhile for all of these girls,

  2. Patty Nygard Says:

    This would make a remarkable story or movie its not over or written and I already want to read it and see it hope that comes for the future Tracy’s experience and story has been incrediable and I know she has much more to do is there a trial somewhere?