Sunday, October 12, 2008

LaVena Johnson

taken from democracy now!

" Suicide or Murder? Three Years After the Death of Pfc. LaVena Johnson in Iraq, Her Parents Continue Their Call for a Congressional Investigation

Three years ago, on July 19, 2005, Army Private First Class LaVena Johnson was found dead in Balad, Iraq. Her body was found in a tent belonging to the private military contractor KBR. She had abrasions all over her body, a broken nose, a black eye, burned hands, loose teeth, acid burns on her genitals, and a bullet hole in her head. The Army labeled Johnson’s death a suicide. But her parents never believed that story. They think she was raped and murdered and are now demanding a full congressional investigation into their daughter’s death. "

(From the second part of the Democracy Now segment, embedded below) Ann Wright (army colonel retired in opposition to the Iraq war)- " We have found through investigations of other.. uh.. deaths you know there have been 98 women, military women who have died in Kuwait, Iraq, and Bahrain. 40 of them died of non-combat incidents, as the military terms it. 19 of those 40 are under suspicious circumstances. 13 of them have now been termed "suicides" by the military. We know the military has misinformed, um, many military families, to include the Tillman family, Karen Meredith whose son Ken was killed by Iraqi trainees, Kamisha Block who was killed in her barracks and the family told that she was killed by friendly fire: one shot, it turned out she was killed by five shots and her killer, which was one member of her unit, committed suicide right in her barracks and yet the family was not told this for over 8 months. So there's a lot of misinformation that's going on with the families and I firmly believe that if we can get the Congress to hold hearings and require people to come forward under oath, then indeed we can get to the bottom of what happened to LaVena Johnson. "

another KBR rape case... and another... and another...

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