Archive for April 23rd, 2009

Yes, Virginia, there is a future for journalism…

23 April 2009

This is pretty cool: Mark Glaser at Mediashift has pulled together info (plus one more in the comments) about the growing number of (non profit) local watchdog news sites around the country. Worth a look.

Harry Reid needs to look Bobbi and Richard Peterson in the eye and explain himself

23 April 2009

Greg Mitchell on reporter Kevin Elston’s investigation into the death of Alyssa Peterson:

Alyssa Peterson was one of the first female soldiers killed in Iraq. A cover-up, naturally, followed. CM8ShowAd(“Middle”);

Peterson, 27, a Flagstaff, Ariz., native, served with C Company, 311th Military Intelligence BN, 101st Airborne. Peterson was an Arabic-speaking interrogator assigned to the prison at our air base in troubled Tal Afar in northwestern Iraq. According to official records, she died on Sept. 15, 2003, from a “non-hostile weapons discharge.”

“Peterson objected to the interrogation techniques used on prisoners. She refused to participate after only two nights working in the unit known as the cage. Army spokespersons for her unit have refused to describe the interrogation techniques Alyssa objected to. They say all records of those techniques have now been destroyed.”

“She said that she did not know how to be two people; she … could not be one person in the cage and another outside the wire.”

Peterson was then assigned to the base gate, where she monitored Iraqi guards. . . “But on the night of September 15th, 2003, Army investigators concluded she shot and killed herself with her service rifle,” the documents disclose.

Spc. Peterson’s mother, Bobbi Peterson, reached at her home in northern Arizona, said that neither she nor her husband Richard had received any official documents that contained information outlined in Elston’s report.

Harry Reid needs to look the Petersons in the eye and explain why he’s against an independent commission to investigate torture.