US anti-torture soldier’s suicide


This music video from the USA says about itself:

A song of mourning for Alyssa Peterson who took her own life after working in “the cage” for only two days as an interrogator in Iraq.

From Greg Mitchell’s blog in the USA:

The U.S. Soldier Who Committed Suicide After She Refused To Take Part in Torture

September 13, 2010

With each revelation, or court decision, on U.S. torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and Gitmo — or the airing this month of The Tillman Story and Lawrence Wright’s My Trip to Al-Qaeda — I am reminded of the chilling story of Alyssa Peterson, who died seven years ago this week. Appalled when ordered to take part in interrogations that, no doubt, involved what most would call torture, she refused, then killed herself a few days later, on September 15, 2003.

Of course, we now know from the torture memos and the U.S. Senate committee probe and various press reports, that the “Gitmo-izing” of Iraq was happening just at the time Alyssa got swept up in it.

Spc. Alyssa Peterson was one of the first female soldiers who died in Iraq. Her death under these circumstances should have drawn wide attention. It’s not exactly the Tillman case, but a cover-up, naturally, followed.

Peterson, 27, a Flagstaff, Ariz., native, served with C Company, 311th Military Intelligence BN, 101st Airborne. She was a valuable Arabic-speaking interrogator assigned to the prison at our air base in troubled Tal Afar in northwestern Iraq.

The soldier who committed suicide after she refused to go along with torture, Part II: here.

Pat Tillman’s Brother: ‘I Wish He Would’ve Lit These F–king Idiots Up’: here.

Pat Tillman’s Mom Wants General Stanley McChrystal Removed From White House Post: here.

Britain: Reprieve has condemned the coalition government’s decision to wash its hands of former British resident [and Guantanamo prisoner] Ahmed Belbacha.

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