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Official Interest

Second Oversight hearing on military sexual assault

by Philip Barron on September 10, 2008 · 2 comments

A second hearing on sexual assault in the military is being held today by the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, a branch of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The hearing will be held in room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building and was to begin at 10:00 am Eastern. [...]

Danielle Vyas calls for justice

by Philip Barron on August 10, 2008 · 9 comments

Danielle Vyas, an activist and the author of, first learned of the story of LaVena Johnson via Electronic Village and immediately set about spreading the word. She submitted the story to the Care2 network of activists and added it to stumble, and digg, casting for the widest audience possible. After learning of the original [...]

The parents of PFC LaVena Johnson believe that their daughter was murdered in Iraq – contrary to Army claims of suicide – and suspect that she may have been victim to a sexual assault. The Army has resisted calls for reinvestigation of the matter; public and Congressional attention are required in order to change military [...]

LaVena in proposed Oversight Committee report

by Philip Barron on July 16, 2008 · 4 comments

The death in Iraq of PFC LaVena Johnson – ruled a suicide by the Army and vigorously disputed by her family – finds a brief mention in a proposed report recently released by the House Oversight and Governmental Reform Committee: Misleading Information from the Battlefield: The Tillman and Lynch Episodes. As the title indicates, the [...]

A reminder…

by Philip Barron on June 27, 2008 · 7 comments

Even though the petition to the Armed Services Committees of the Senate and the House closed on May 24, constituents of the members of the two committees can still lend their voices to the effort to prompt a new investigation of LaVena’s death by contacting those legislators directly. Reprised below is contact information for those [...]

Thanks to Congressman Clay

by Philip Barron on April 25, 2007 · 0 comments

Representative William Lacy Clay of Missouri’s First District brought LaVena Johnson’s story to national attention in his opening statement at yesterday’s Pat Tillman/Jessica Lynch hearing of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. If you would like to send him a word of thanks, you may use the information on this contact page. Please note [...]