Thursday :: Oct 4, 2007

Who killed Ciara Durkin?


by Erin Alecto

This story first came to my attention yesterday via Rachel Maddow on Air America Radio (why aren't you listening?):

Exactly how Ciara Durkin died remains a mystery. The Army National Guard soldier from Massachusetts was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in Afghanistan last week, and now her family is demanding answers from the military.

Initially the Pentagon reported that Durkin, part of a finance unit deployed to Afghanistan in November 2006, had been killed in action, but then revised its statement to read she had died of injuries "suffered from a non-combat related incident" at Bagram Airfield. The statement had no specifics and said the circumstances are under investigation.

The fact that she was openly gay might have had something to do with her death, some have speculated, but I think there might be more to the story than that:

Adding to the mystery is something the Army Specialist told her family: if something happened to her in Afghanistan, they should look into it. She was concerned about things she was seeing over there, one of her eight brothers and sisters said in an interview.

Canavan told the Quincy, Mass. Patriot Ledger on Wednesday that when her sister was home three weeks ago, she told her about something she had come across that raised some concern with her: "She was in the finance unit and she said, 'I discovered some things I don’t like and I made some enemies because of it.'"

Specialist Durkin requested Afghanistan duty versus Iraq because she thought it would be "safer," which, since she worked at a desk in the payroll department deep inside the Bagram "green zone," was a logical assumption, one would think. Though Ted Kennedy and John Kerry have gotten involved in the case, as well as the Irish government, since Ciara was born there, we may never know what really happened. I wonder, was the Pentagon attempting to pull another Jessica Lynch/Pat Tillman on us, or is there something more sinister going on? What "enemies" did she make, and why? Who is the Pentagon protecting?

Erin Alecto :: 10:44 AM :: Comments (17) :: Digg It!