Saturday, August 25, 2007

Military Injustice?

from The Pfc. LaVena Johnson Petition web site:

Dr. Johnson spoke ... at the Veterans for Peace speakout on sexual assault in the military outside the Robert A. Young Federal Building in downtown St. Louis. This was just one of many events and workshops comprising the 22nd annual national convention of VFP.

In the video embedded here, Dr. Johnson talks about learning of LaVena's death, his suspicions about how she died, and the family's attempts to get the Army to reopen its investigation. He is introduced by antiwar activist and retired Army colonel Ann Wright.

Help compel the Army to reopen the investigation of a young soldier's death in Iraq.

Pfc. LaVena Johnson's death was ruled a suicide by military officials. The Johnson family believes she was murdered. Given the other stories that have come out of Iraq about violence against women in the military, I would absolutely agree with them. The family has pursued this matter for months. Please take a few minutes to visit their site and sign the petition.

As Logan Murphy, at Crooks and Liars, noted:
We know that George Bush and the military are still covering up the truth about the murder of Pat Tillman and lied about Jessica Lynch’s story so why should we trust we’re getting the truth about LaVena’s death?

h/t to Murphy at Crooks and Liars

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