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Alyssa Peterson: ‘The US Soldier Who Committed Suicide After She Refused To Take Part in Torture’

September 14th · No Comments · George W. Bush, Iraq, news media

Like Pat Tillman’s, stories such as U.S. Military Intelligence Spc. Alyssa Peterson’s break your heart. Especially because anyone not blinded by fear, ignorance and/or hate could easily see (despite the assurances of Judith Miller, Ahmad Chalabi, President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Condoleezza Rice and sadly, Colin Powell), that what our country was about to do to Iraq was terribly wrong.

Also painfully clear was that as Americans we would pay terribly for what was being done in our name — though not as dearly as untold numbers of innocent Iraqis, and our fine servicemen and women.

A thank-you to reporter Kevin Elston, who would not let Alyssa Peterson’s story fade into the abyss like too many others; and to Greg Mitchell at The Nation, for reminding us of the injustice done her seven years ago this week.

— C.B. Hanif

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