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Jamie Leigh Jones, the former KBR/Halliburton employee who says co-workers gang-raped her in Baghdad, asserts that 38 women have contacted her about similar stories of assault but that the public or a court will never hear them because of arbitration agreements in their KBR/Halliburton contracts. Instead, the cases will be heard before secret arbitration panels that don't produce public records or transcripts. (ABC's "The Blotter")

The scandal surrounding the destruction of CIA videotapes of the interrogations of detainees has led to new rules governing the preservation of documentation of the treatment of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay and other prisons. According to court documents, Rear Adm. Mark Buzby, the commander at Guantanamo, has ordered staff "to record specific events on demand," including "forced cell extractions; medical emergencies; incidents of suspected/alleged guard misconduct; incidents of possible self-harm or injuries to detainees; significant damage to government property; mass disturbances by detainees; and any other similar events." (U.S. News and World Report)

Speechnow.org, a conservative group with ties to the Club for Growth and the Center for Competitive Politics, plans to challenge (sub. req.) an FEC advisory opinion stating that it should operate according to the rules governing political advocacy groups, which include limits on yearly individual contributions. If the challenge is successful, the group, which has not incorporated and has pledged not to take any corporate or union money, could potentially raise unlimited amounts of money from donors and become an organizational model for other groups. (Roll Call)

The Bush administration is proposing stricter new rules for "self-reporting" fraudulent activity involving government contracts, but they're making one major exception: "contracts to be performed outside the United States" will be exempt. The Justice Department says that the exemption is "a mistake that should be fixed before the plan becomes final." (AP)

The House Inspector General, in a just completed report (sub. req.) on the dorm that houses congressional pages, has found few problems with the residence hall. The review was initiated last year after two pages were expelled for "engaging in public sex acts" and another two were expelled for shoplifting. (Roll Call)