I kinda vaguely remember hearing about that LDS woman who was killed in Iraq awhile back.
From the Jan 04 Ensign: “The most recent casualty was United States Army Specialist Alyssa R. Peterson. She was killed in Tel Afar, Iraq, in September 2003 as a result of a noncombat weapons discharge. A member of the Cherry Hill Ward, Flagstaff Arizona Stake, Sister Peterson was in Iraq serving as an Arabic-speaking intelligence specialist assigned to the U.S. Armyâ€™s 311th Military Intelligence Battalion, 101st Airborne Division. Sister Peterson, 27, served a full-time mission to the Netherlands.”
Alyssa Peterson’s story is included in Boyd Peterson’s “Mormonism and Torture: Paradoxes and First Principles” in the April 2008 Sunstone, where I learned this:
An NPR reporter used a Freedom of Information Act request to find out that she died of a self-inflicted wound. She witnessed interrogation techniques for only two days before refusing to participate any longer. She was re-assigned and sent to suicide prevention training, which, according to the note pinned to her body, taught her how to kill herself.
This is probably the point in the post where I should decry torture or compare George W. Bush to a chimpanzee or tell you to vote for Obama. But I’m not going to do that (and I’m going to request that you not do that in the comments, either).
I just don’t want Alyssa’s story to be unknown or forgotten.