Friday, March 21, 2014
The Soldier Who Killed Herself After Refusing to Take Part in Torture
But one of the most most wrenching stories concerned Spc. Alyssa Peterson, 27. She was one of the first female soldiers to die in that conflict. It was an unusually tough loss for U.S. forces there, as she was one of the few Arabic-speaking interrogators. She had been killed by a bullet from a rifle. A daily occurrence for U.S. soldiers in Iraq then, but in this case the rifle was her own.
She had committed suicide after refusing to take part in torture. Naturally, a cover-up followed.
I was the first national reporter to write about her case, after a local radio newsman uncovered it. I've updated it since and wherever I write about it the articles draw wide readership and comments. Here's my most recent piece, from The Nation four years ago. She was also featured in my new e-book on the war, So Wrong for So Long.