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afterwards i realize that.
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afghanistan. and pakistan to discuss the drug. war seen as the major cause of instability. police on high alert investigations and suggest. the man behind. could be responsible for. russia. also human rights group says the scandal involving an israeli army officer. is just the tip of the. polish president pledges a better relations with russia as investigators from both countries joined forces to continue exam. what caused
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a plane crash which killed president lech kaczynski. that's a look at our headlines next in our special report we look at the personal stories of female u.s. soldiers who were sexually assaulted while serving in iraq and the army's attempts to cover it up. tonight. jefferson barracks national symmetry here the u.s. military alone is more. than simply thousand wounded from camp things past and present. but for the family of one soldier buried here on the defense forces code of honor and respect means nothing.
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you blessed us when you gave birth to us. we just never imagined we wouldn't help her moment. today dr john johnson has come back to reaffirm his promise to his nineteen year old daughter that he will continue the fight to find out how she died. i'm asking you to just continue to to bless us to encourage us to get justice for. dr johnson refuses to believe the army's finding that he's doing private living or leaving johnson killed herself just five weeks into her tour of iraq by firing him sixteen rifle into. you get a nineteen year old female that gets off work she puts a l. for a at reflective belt around her waist she stops at the p.s.
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and seabass soda lip balm in amman eales did you go say she walks across the post and sets doubt in a dark trash contractors tip and sit down to shout a cell phone a male sixty a rifle and then believe makes sense as she put all her thing your prayer and all around the room and see with f. give me mom do i have a rang out of this book and i can't bear to take it down. levine is not the linda spoke to the night before she died she with her happy jubilant but please so we left. and i say we would make it plain stocking about christmas and if it's july seventeenth. after that a soldier showed up unannounced at the johnson school in missouri. so he looked up
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at mainly. all you lyndon johnson the mother. pavel of a number. and i say. what do you. any open his little book and he said he began to read i regretfully inform you that your daughter private. of a self-inflicted wound. and i just began screamin it harlan i just last arkan believe. after the initial shock the family began to question the army's rush to judgment that living in a died of a self-inflicted injury. that's the one with the rifle. dr johnson
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is a veteran himself who went on to work for the army as a civilian specialist in psychology for nearly three decades but for the past three years he has studied every aspect of his daughter's did. but i am looking for the sketch that the criminal investigators may. their best to showcase in. their close up of it and love it as another blood pattern with his brother joe a former prisons officer with forensics training their spin countless hours analyzing and cross referencing photos reports and the testimony of those in the camp when the car if they stay there from the time he heard what he deemed to be out the back far or a gunshot he looked in the direction of his saw flames coming from the tip no live
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d.f.a. see two with just a contract to step. one of the many in consistencies according to dr johnson is the army's conclusion that living in a used in excel or and to start a small fiat to burn her diary which then spread to a nearby binge the witnesses say that the stone was lying on top of her someone live in excel and in excel it was sitting on the bottom of the still so physically best that evidence just shows there was at least another person in that location once when she were by it was placed there because that's not where she. there's also you believe that there's signs that she was sexually assaulted. dr johnson believes levine was raped and mooted by someone in her camp and accuses the army of covering up a soldier on soldier slaying. it would be easy to dismiss his
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conclusions as the imaginings of a grief stricken father if that moment the disturbing pattern of six crimes in judicial inaction in the u.s. military is going to jessica and. i. just see kenyon is an army veteran and today she is giving a talk to students at a new york college it is. jessica says she survived multiple rapes in situ assaults joining the military korea and she is now campaigning to increase awareness of the problem is important for those of us who are able to speak out. for the ones who are just not able to mentally or emotionally or whatever so this is a infantry division which is basically everybody in korea becoming an officer had
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the dream and then the wings in the u.s. signify that. but as a mechanic attached to a helicopter squadron kenyan found herself in a unit way few women had been before and in a culture where bullying and persecution was the norm it was just premature hazing birthday or a tour you know where they do this they make them all up and then he's actually tied to a chair. right now but then they make a. sexual harassment at all levels was common place and. women were a source of derision in this video she filmed in her base a young soldier was taunted and humiliated by his command for more than four hours after it was discovered he was a virgin and. lost
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in the us jessica says she was raped by a national guard soldier and later her wrist by who training instructor. jessica was then posted to korea where she continued working on apache helicopters and still had high hopes for who korea so it didn't really affect my work until i was fully assaulted before right by another soldier in korea who was actually a friend of mine here i had confided in i was overseas. and so. i didn't report that right away either as well because for the same exact reasons that i couldn't trust my commander my commanders or my sergeant anything anyone associated with my command. jessica says that she eventually made an official report after his superior insisted he would make sure who the silent this child. but when her attacker was found guilty she says that same command gave him just
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forty five. and a demotion to banks it really breaks my heart you know because i was going and i was really pushing for the twenty years ago officer you know i was fully capable but you know it was just for all of that to go down no it came to me for me to do the right thing and then for them to not even hold there in the bargain a little an ad in the honor to it it was really pretty disgusting. most sexual assault filled victims are not treated well. they become a double victim they become a victim of the system. retired army colonel and relight is another veteran campaigning against sexual assaults the issue of sexual assault in our u.s. military is very grave one in three women it appears have been sexually assaulted
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during the time they've been in the military. the former u.s. diplomats and antiwar activists believes the military justice system is stacked against victims. tattling on someone else in your unit even though that person has committed a criminal act on you or gets out of the unit so and so has been messing around with someone else and look at sergeant so and so he's being accused of rape and he's got a wife and two kids and we can't sacrifice his career because of this unmarried single night thousand year old woman that claims that he raped her you know. and not the army's own only problem in the background and so on and suzanne sees and sweep in iraq in two thousand and four the mob the sarah remembers will the night before who depart show. this is their own time and it has i remember hurrying
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and all three of them are asleep and i thought this may be the last time i ever have all three of my kids sleeping in the same room. soon after arriving in iraq then nineteen year old suzanne started calling her mother to tell her about problems with the platoon i heard that the man that told me don't worry mammogram take good care of your daughter started asking her to go into a sexual relationship with him. that's the only one left thank you all away. susan experienced a phenomena known in the military as come on drape genius soldiers coerced by high ranking commanders into sexual relationships which the military legally defines as right a couple of months into. a kind of dawned on me it was that i could say no to it.
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i just hated it that much that i was you know. she was telling me about the humiliation she was telling me about the things that these men were doing and saying. i remember one point she said mom you're either a bitch or whore and i don't want to be either one of those i don't want to be a bitch i don't want to be a whore. and really i remember her crying. but when susan complained about how she was being treated she says she was threatened he called me into his room one night and he was like work. i know that you're thinking that it might be ok thing to go to the commander about this but i'm just going to deny we're going to be the one that gets in trouble. susan was saying to ensure jeweled homely but when it came time to ship back to iraq she for who's and chose to go rather than return to face there is silence so why did you decide what
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happened that moment when you said no i just realized that i could there's no escape when you're there and there are no the guy in charge or you are going. to make you do anything including work you know run through the mine field you go i don't like you. this is in statement to the military about who come on drapes when she was eventually arrested in jail for going the army offered her a deal it would reduce her. maintenance if she signed a new watered down statement so suzanne's response that was that i'm not doing that and then she took the document as she corrected it everything that they had written just so that they would really see what really happened to her you know i always and to this day i absolutely believe my daughter one hundred percent but that really means she's she's got some power you know she's very powerful she's very
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strong and this showed me that she would rather go to prison than say you know been deny what happened to her. since we've just now out of the army and getting back into normal life today helping out a friend with babysitting and this is. just like everybody's doing normal regular life you know it's a. really complex life going on in the world when i'm out in the world doing other stuff i tell that. to the next eighteen months she's still on a really reserve least with the possibility of being called back hanging over her and her assailant still unpunched. a major crucifying the people that i've talked to who have been thick timbs of sexual assault is that when they reported it that
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they were victimized this is a phenomena that has existed and this is precisely part of the culture that we're we are in fact turning around. distrust brigadier general jim phillips is a thirty year career veteran and deputy chief at the army's public relations department before i go any farther i want to offer an apology to anyone associated with the army who has endured sexual abuse sexual harassment assault of any kind this is a this is a problem that the army is tackling with we're going at it full bore quite frankly . sure the soldier who was the victim physically mentally and emotionally to try to change its culture the army recently launched an awareness campaign using d.v.d.'s like this one. what a sexual assault occurred it is a direct violation of not just our army core values and warrior ethos it is an
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assault on the army way of life i'm worried from which it is our duty to protect take care of each other no matter the time please really what we're doing here is we're engaged in cultural change not to like what the army went through in the late forty's fifty's and into the sixty's as we addressed racial inequality cultural change at a very profound level we are in fact is leading the country in this sort of cultural change the core of being present a civilian national those kinds and no longer recently ami civilian losses will come to order i find it outrageous that brave women at a hearing on situ assault in the military last september congresswoman carolyn maloney the known dellec of progress by the department of defense i have been in congress for seven terms now and every single term we have had meetings with dia de and they come in and they confirm to the us to us we are going to be serious we're
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going to take care of this we're going to stop this zero tolerance but the rhetoric is not being turned into the reality of protecting our women and in some cases men and our military just the committee was grilling dr kay whitley she's the head of the defense department unit set up to address the situation so problem of course the doctor whitley had filed to even tune up to an early a hearing and having finally appeared she had few and says even as to why. oversight body hadn't met two years do you know why didn't me. my understanding is they had a difficult time getting the right people in the job thing getting them cleared as i said i wasn't privy to the discussions about why. i'm having is that it's
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sounds like you're weak. state line tried to speak with dr whitley but she declined to be interviewed her. it seems that in this whole area all the army can do is apologize in fact we're the first thing we do is apologize because we do recognize that there is a problem that reflects a society wide problem to say it's reflective of society is to dismiss the extent of the problem though isn't it because the problem is much bigger in the military then the real world we're acting aggressively on the problem and so the farthest thing we're doing is dismissing it what we're saying is we recognize that this part of a larger piece the piece that we can act on is a piece in the army and that's what we're acting directly on none of that is any consolation to john johnson look at video he is running down the left sad of her body which clearly implicates this she was lying on her lip side when she died knowing that not all her back like what like what she was found think him and his
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family this is and says goes on every piece of evidence they have had to be forced out of the army using freedom of information requests said to have to apply constantly under freedom of information to be subjected to rounds and rounds of paperwork just to find out the basics is that how it is information that is available to them under the law and under policy should be forthcoming but if it hasn't been that that is a mistake that should be corrected. dr johnson believes this move. next to his daughter's body is evidence that someone tried to cover this the young he says there's no evidence to back that. the fire inside the tent resulted from p.f.c. johnson sitting some papers on she used to accelerate to ignite several pages that she had ripped out of a notebook which is believed to have been
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a diary. the army investigators also claim that living in his behavior prior to did pointed to suicide but her. own company commanders statement suggested otherwise this soldier was clearly happy and seemingly very healthy physically and emotionally. with no suicide note no recovered baluch no significant gunshot residue on her hands and injuries to johnson's belief look cool is by an attack on they decided to push on with their own inquiries and use force taking you behind the scenes of the investigation into the death of a local soldier dead a private living at johnson is clouded in controversy and allegations of a cover up new source matt says he was a johnson's head levain his body exist and an independent autopsy conducted by missouri state officials but it failed to provide conclusive and says this
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examination does not demonstrate any evidence of an assault but you can't eliminate sexual activity by an examination of an adult person and if there is not injury that doesn't mean that there hasn't been sexual activity so you can't rule it out you cannot rule it out. with the military having filed to conduct a right test at the time if they did there was little that could be done. no one wants to living is did the defense force finalized its report officially concluding that she committed suicide and that the thai speak low sed. the dripping looks like it's this one that and then there were the russians so the implication here is that that when this event took place that they like was the first position p. to die of shock in the truck with forensic scientists a john jay college of criminal justice in new york just melted plastic stuck
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deadline approached them to take an independent look at the living in the johnson case. after reviewing the evidence. they say they understand why the johnsons doubt the military's spine dings. in your mind a suicide. that conclusion i believe is premature at this point it is one of the potential conclusions but to say definitively i don't see enough compelling evidence taken overall to state that it is in fact a suicide and i think that's one of the possibilities. both have concerns about evidence that appears missed all missing including the failure to test if she had been sick is sold. they said it wasn't done for she was. standing up to say we don't you don't need to die really doesn't matter people can be addressed on drastic cetera so affection had some burning possible burning on the skin.
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on the way and not apparent burning on the clothing might mean something happened with the clothing off so these are the things you want to check that's why you got old america checked these things to eliminate the possibility of them having happened i think that there are so many unanswered questions about loving his death and how how her body was found in a tent how she was able to kill herself set herself on fire set the tent on fire. i'm. stunned that so little investigation was done at the scene itself. tragically according to and write the johnson story is not unique of the more than one hundred fifteen thing now service member deaths in the iraq and afghanistan wars sixteen have been ruled suicides. i've talked to four of the families of those women and they maintain. their daughter sister did not commit
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suicide. and question very strongly. what did go on and all of them are getting no cough aeration from the military from the army they are being told. there's nothing else to investigate we finished our investigation and we're not reopening it. so the johnsons each day is a struggle they do says big dream remains untouched the day around new photos of her anywhere in the house. when she left me in such a horrible horrible hoofs way it hurts me even war to look at that smile. explain. to go through and run. how do you keep doing this. you know i think originally this was tough.
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but i want to mission you know somebody murdered my daughter. i couldn't give up all my baby so i'm going to fight this until i get justice for. what's justice they need to make some changes in their attitude about the how they treat women in the military just get past look they know that's not all for me it's going to be a fight now to see if we can get some changes in their. minds. soon which brightened if you knew me about some from friends to
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