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Alyssa Peterson: Suicide Before Torturing

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    U.S. soldier commits suicide to avoid torturing detainees Kevin Elston http://www.publicbr oadcasting. net/knau/ news.newsmain? actionfiltered= printarti
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      U.S. soldier commits suicide to avoid torturing detainees
      Kevin Elston
      http://www.publicbr oadcasting. net/knau/ news.newsmain?
      actionfiltered= printarti cle&ARTICLE_ ID=989178


      10/31/06 (2006-10-31) Army specialist Alyssa Peterson was an Arabic
      speaking interrogator assigned to the prison at the Tal-afar airbase
      in far northwestern Iraq near the Syrian border.

      According to the Army's investigation into her death, obtained by a
      KNAU reporter through the Freedom of Information Act, 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.

      Instead she was assigned to the base gate, where she monitored Iraqi
      guards. She was sent to suicide prevention training. But on the night
      of September 15th, 2003, Army investigators concluded she shot and
      killed herself with her service rifle.

      Alyssa Peterson graduated from Flagstaff High School and earned a
      psychology degree from Northern Arizona University on a military
      scholarship. She was trained in interrogation techniques at Fort
      Huachuca in southern Arizona, before being deployed to the Middle East
      in 2003.

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