The title might seem misleading, because this is the story of one who refused to let her soul get that defiled, but chose to die by own hand not to
lose her dignity.
What a shame and loss of a guinuine sincere soul. What a tragedy.
Donwhite, I hope you read this, cause she's a true American Hero... to me. Respect!
Army specialist Alyssa Peterson, 27, from Flagstaff, Az., served with C Company, 311th Military Intelligence BN, 101st Airborne as an Arabic-speaking
interrogator assigned to a prison in troubled Tal-Afar in northwestern Iraq.
According to official records, she died on Sept. 15, 2003, from a "non-hostile weapons discharge." Only the third American woman killed in Iraq, her
death drew wide press attention.
More than three years should pass before the truth was revealed.
In 2005 a longtime radio and newspaper reporter named Kevin Elston, unsatisfied with the public story, decided to probe deeper. He made "hundreds of
phone calls" to the military and couldn't get anywhere. Untill he filed a Freedom of Information Act request. The documents of the official
investigation of her death proved to contained bombshell revelations.
Here’s what the Flagstaff public radio station, KNAU, where Elston now works, reported yesterday:
"Peterson objected to the interrogation techniques used on prisoners. She refused to participate after only two nights working in the unit known as
the cage. Army spokespersons for her unit have refused to describe the interrogation techniques Alyssa objected to. They say all records of those
techniques have now been destroyed...."
She was was then assigned to the base gate, where she monitored Iraqi guards, and sent to suicide prevention training. "But on the night of September
15th, 2003, Army investigators concluded she shot and killed herself with her service rifle," the documents disclose.
The Army talked to some of Peterson's colleagues. Asked to summarize their comments, Elston told E&P: "The reactions to the suicide were that she
was having a difficult time separating her personal feelings from her professional duties. That was the consistent point in the testimonies, that she
objected to the interrogation techniques, without describing what those techniques were."
Elston said that the documents also refer to a suicide note found on her body, revealing that she found it ironic that suicide prevention training had
taught her how to commit suicide. He has now filed another FOIA request for a copy of the actual note.
She graduated from Flagstaff High School and earned a psychology degree from Northern Arizona University on a military scholarship. After being
trained in interrogation techniques at Fort Huachuca in Arizona, she was sent to the Middle East in 2003 to conduct interrogations and translate enemy
Friends say Alyssa always had an amazing ability to learn foreign languages.
She became fluent in Dutch and she cruised through Arabic courses at the military's Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., shortly after
enlisting in July 2001.
A statement from a fellow student on DLI:
"I met Alyssa only once during a weekend surfing trip while she was at DLI. Although our encounter was brief, she made a lasting impression. We
did not know each other well, but I was blown away by her genuine, sincere, sweet nature. I don’t know how else to put it-- she was just nice. ... I
was devastated to here of her death. I couldn’t understand why it had to happen to such a wonderful person.”
I do realize there are people - also on this board - who do have sincere feelings about the military, seing it as a "good thing", who don't realize
the amount of personal corruption that HAS to go into submitting to such an entity. Who don't see all the BS that goes into the devalued concepts of
"honour" and "duty". Who never will admit the very evil it is meant for.
The good once goes first, they say. Well, if they just don't go in the army, they might stay alive. Or else we'll end up being left only with the
scum of the skull&bone.
I really don't know where this thread should go, only can we allow anyone to act against their belief?
Is it ok to corrupt your moral, if it's for country, nation and all that ...yes, even if it's for "God"?
Do you think it's right to do so for ANY