William C. Bodie: KBR’s response
President, KBR North American Government and Defense
This letter criticizes GOP Senators for voting against a misguided amendment by newly elected Minnesota Sen. Al Franken. It is apparent that the editorial’s writer does not have a grasp of the facts, relied on inaccurate and false allegations, and did no due diligence to compile accurate information. Further to assert, as Mr. Kleckner’s piece states, that KBR is “condoning rape and immoral behavior” is offensive to KBR’s more than 57,000 employees.
As written, Sen. Franken’s ill-conceived amendment promotes frivolous lawsuits, increases litigation costs, and provides less monetary benefit, in many instances, to victims. For these very reasons, the Department of Defense, Chambers of Commerce and businesses, large and small, across the country are against the legislation.
There have been erroneous and inaccurate reports regarding the Jamie Leigh Jones case on which it appears the writer of the letter relied.
The assertion that Ms. Jones has been denied her day in court is false. A criminal investigation was conducted and found Jones’ claims unsubstantiated. A State Department investigation in Iraq, in which numerous individuals, including Ms. Jones were questioned, found there was no evidence Ms. Jones had been sexually assaulted. Further, the Justice Department pursued a grand jury investigation in Florida in February 2008. After hearing all of the evidence, which included testimony from Ms. Jones as well as the firefighter she alleges sexually assaulted her, the grand jury decided to issue no indictments.
To date, two formal investigations have been completed and neither resulted in any liability against Ms. Jones’ alleged perpetrators. Despite these findings, Ms. Jones continues to pursue legal action against KBR.
There is no greater priority at KBR than the safety and security of its employees. Throughout the continued media blitz regarding Ms. Jones’ case, assertions against KBR suggesting the contrary and a blatant disregard of the facts have perpetuated a biased, one-sided dialogue. The company intends to continue its vigorous defense and we believe we have the facts on our side. KBR remains committed to engaging in a transparent, fact-based dialogue and in turn, we expect and believe that, we as well as the public, deserve the same commitment from those in the media and in public office.
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