Defunding ACORN and Double Standards
Dave Schuler notes that the Senate has voted to “de-fund” ACORN and strip them of Federal Money. I think that this is an entirely appropriate action. There’s enough evidence that ACORN employees might have been willing to go along with and provide assistance with a sex-trafficking scheme that it’s worth cutting off their funds, at least while the matter is investigated.
That said, I am curious as to why the Federal government continues to fund Armor Group, North America, which has come under fire because the guards it provided to guard the U.S. Embassy in Kabul have apparently been illegally engaging in sex crimes as well:
[Former Armor Group manager James] Gordon said the company resisted “with outright hostility” his efforts as a manager to impose a no-brothel policy. And Gordon said he asked both the company and the State Department to investigate whether guards were personally involved in sex trafficking, and that to his knowledge nothing was done.
“United States law, known as the Trafficking in Victims Protection Act, prohibits contractors from procuring commercial sex while working on the contract,” Gordon said in a statement. “Many of the prostitutes in Kabul are young Chinese girls who were taken against their will to Kabul for sexual exploitation.”
Gordon said a trainee had boasted that he could purchase a girl for $20,000 and turn a profit after a month.
“I immediately notified both the State Department and AGNA’s president, and urged the company to thoroughly investigate whether sex trafficking was occurring among the guard force … To my knowledge neither AGNA nor the State Department conducted a follow-up investigation,” Gordon said.
ACORN, as far as I can tell, gets about $3 million from the Federal Government. Via E.D. Kain, AGNA’s contract is worth $187 milliion.
But that’s not all: the Federal govnerment provides billions of dollars to Halliburton, which is currently facing scrutiny because it tried to cover up the gang-rape of one of its employees.
Remember Jamie Leigh Jones, the Halliburton/KBR contractor who alleged she was gang raped by her co-workers in Iraq and then imprisoned in a shipping container after she reported the attack to the company? Well, it looks like she’s finally get to sue the company, in a real courthouse, over her ordeal.
Her legal saga started after Halliburton failed to take any action against her alleged attackers, and the Justice Department and military also failed to prosecute. Jones then tried to sue the company for failing to protect her.
This is not an attempt at a “they do it too!” deal. I seriously have zero problem with cutting off ACORN’s funds. I just hope that the Congress starts applying this principle across the board and prevents the Administration from contracting with companies that are involved in sex crimes–not just politically convenient targets. Defund ACORN, AGNA, and Halliburton all. Oh, and while we’re at it, could somebody please ask Halliburton to return to the Federal government the over one billion dollars that it can’t account for?