Decades of lies and intimidation could not make the Iraqi people love their oppressors or desire their own enslavement. Men and women in every culture need liberty like they need food, and water, and air. Everywhere that freedom arrives, humanity rejoices. And everywhere that freedom stirs, let tyrants fear. -

George W. Bush, "Mission Accomplished" Speech, May 1, 2003

 


 

On March 7th, 2008 Blanca Luna is found stabbed to death in her room on Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. Cuts on her fingers match the pattern of defensive wounds; her mother immediately receives a letter informing her that her daughter had been murdered. The Air Force later rules her death a suicide.1,2

 


 

In June of 2005, Col. Ted Westhusing, a West Point scholar of Military Ethics, is shot in the head. In the weeks prior to his death, Westhusing had been investigating widespread corruption and human rights violations among military contractors in Iraq, reporting his findings to his superiors. The Army rules his death a suicide.3,4

 


 

Private First Class Lavena Johnson dies in 2005 from a gunshot wound. She has been struck in the face with a blunt instrument, her teeth have been knocked out, she has bruises and scratch marks on her body, and she has been set on fire. Lye has been poured into her vagina and there is a blood trail leading to the scene of her death. If the military is to be believed, these injuries are self-inflicted.5,6

 


 

Colonel Philip Shue dies on April 16, 2003, in a car crash. His wrists and ankles are bound with duct tape, his nipples have been sliced off, one of his ear lobes have been severed along with one of his pinkies. His death is ruled a suicide for 5 years, until his ex-wife convinces a judge his death was a homicide.7, 8

 


 

In 2004, Army Ranger and Former NFL player Pat Tillman is killed by three gunshot wounds to the head at close range. His family is told he was killed by enemy fire, even though the wounds were sustained from 10 feet away. It takes the military three years to rule the death “friendly-fire”.9, 10

 


 

Prior to her death, Army Specialist Alyssa Peterson refuses to participate in an “interrogation technique”, records of which the Army destroys. On September 15, 2003, she sustained a gunshot wound to the head, an apparent suicide.11,12

 


 

Army National Guard soldier and lesbian Ciara Durkin tells her family: “I discovered some things I don’t like and I made some enemies because of it.” On September 28, 2007, she dies of a gunshot wound to the head. Her family is initially told she sustained combat injuries; her death is later ruled a suicide.13

 


 

1. http://www.chicagoreader.com/features/stories/murderonthebase/
2. http://www.wikio.com/us/crime/murder/blanca_a._luna
3. http://www.unknownnews.org/0512021127Westhusing.html
4. http://www.rense.com/general69/r3nk.htm
5. http://lavenajohnson.com/category/deaths/
6. http://www.salon.com/mwt/broadsheet/2008/06/27/lavena_johnson/
7. http://www.woundedtimes.blogspot.com/2008/06/air-force-colonel-philip-shues-death.html
8. http://www.nowpublic.com/world/philip-shue-case-reads-novel
9. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/26/AR2007072602025.html
10. http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/04/24/tillman.hearing/index.html
11. http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1102-05.htm
12. http://www.militarycity.com/valor/256698.html
13. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/10/04/world/main3328739.shtml?source=mostpop_story

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