Monday, June 30, 2008

Welcome, Jezebel readers

An email from a reader at Jezebel alerted me to today's post there on LaVena Johnson.

This is Private First Class LaVena Johnson of Missouri. An honors student who nonetheless didn't quite know what she wanted to do with her life, she enlisted in the Army right out of high school in 2003 and was sent to Iraq, where she died. When the Army returned her mutilated body to her grieving parents as a suicide, her dad, Dr. John Johnson said to himself and the Army coroner, "Somebody murdered my daughter and you picked the wrong person to fuck with." Fucking right.

Megan Carpentier draws on the recent Salon post by Kate Harding, Tracey Barnett's article in the New Zealand Herald, and the June 3rd story at St. Louis-based KMOV-TV.

The Jezebel reader also alerted me to a change in the membership of the House Armed Services Committee. I've looked at the current listing for both committees and found three legislators who are no longer members - John Ensign for the Senate, James Langevin and Marty Meehan for the House. I'll replace their listings on the contact page with current members Roger Wicker in the Senate and Niki Tsongas and Kendrick Meek in the House. (Update: Changes made! Also, the pop-up link for Carol Shea-Porter has been fixed. Please let me know if other things need to be corrected.)

Many thanks indeed to Carpentier and the Jezebel readership!


Sew Bettie said...

Best of luck to the family.

Lesley said...

I am a fervent Jezebel reader & will not let this disappear. I will write my representatives. LaVena is loved and while I may not have known her, I care for her & this is no what a human being should ever be treated. Take care.

Philip Barron said...

Thanks to both of you, Sew Bettie and Lesley. Dr. Johnson does browse the website, so he'll certainly read your supportive messages.

Rosa said...

"Somebody murdered my daughter and you picked the wrong person to fuck with."

Dad. Of. The. YEAR/decade/century. Mr. Rob Andrews (NJ) will be hearing from me.

noah said...

Hello from Florissant. I have just e-mailed Claire McCaskill and requested that she raise questions about your daughter's suspicious death. My prayers and sympathy to you and your family. I pray that the truth comes to light.
Shannon Russell

K said...

I've sent links out to my email contacts list and received several replies- all extremely outraged. I've also written Senator Udall about this. My heart just hurts for the courageous Johnson family and any family involved in this atrocity.
Keep the faith!

bonanzaj1 said...

So sad that the military has to be such a scary dangerous place for women. I hope your daughter gets justice and that all the other women in the service are protected.