a love to kill 2005

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Hi, I’m LaVena Johnson. I was a 19 year old soldier who was found dead in my tent in Iraq with a broken nose, swollen black eye, missing teeth, acid in my genitals and a gunshot wound to my head. My death a ruled a suicide.

19 year old, U.S. Army Private LaVena Johnson, was found dead on Balad military base in Iraq, in July, 2005. She was the first female soldier from Missouri to die in Iraq. Her death was officially declared a suicide by The Department of Defense, they claimed that she died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head with an M-16 rifle. Amid confusion and the viewing of her body, her family decided to investigate and what they found was shocking.

Do you know the story of US Army Private LaVena Johnson and her alleged suicide? If you get most of your news from the mainstream media, probably not, considering the mainstream media has mysteriously cowered from her story of how a loving and happy 19-year-old suddenly killed herself in 2005 while serving in Iraq.

But now that the Cold Case Investigations Research Institute of Philadelphia has agreed to tackle the case, perhaps the story of LaVena and the mysterious deaths of other US female soldiers on bases in Afghanistan and Iraq will finally become recognized by a much larger audience.

Each year the Cold Case Investigations Research Institute (CCIRI) takes on a high-profile cold case. Past investigations have looked into the murders of Tu Pac and Chandra Levy, for instance.


So far, CCIRI has had their own ballistic and forensic experts and a psychologist who is an expert on suicides, take a good look at the military’s investigative file and autopsy photos. All have serious doubts LaVena took her own life.

“There’s no question the military’s [investigation and conclusion of suicide] has problems,” says Sheryl McCollum, director of CCIRI. “If there are any signs of murder, you can’t automatically call it a suicide.”

But while the CCIRI has found the courage to take on this potential military cover-up, major media such as CBS News’s 60 Minutes and ABC News have attempted to report on LaVena’s death, but backed away from airing the story, even though both CBS and ABC spent thousands of dollars on Lavena, sending multiple teams to the home of the Johnsons. 60 Minutes also paid to have LaVena’s body disinterred for a second autopsy, this according to LaVena’s father, Dr. John Johnson of St. Louis.

“No one will touch LaVena’s story with a ten-foot pole,” says Dr. Johnson about the mainstream and corporate media.

He believes the Pentagon has a choking grip on a media industry that has become so financially injured, if 60 minutes or ABC News were to air stories such as LaVena’s, the military would pull advertising from those channels, he says.

“The military sure as heck don’t want to admit black female soldiers are being raped and murdered because they’re having a hard time recruiting and retaining black females,” he told Toward Freedom. “Major media stories of brutally raped black female soldiers would devastate recruiting.”

Indeed, the Pentagon has tried to intimidate reporters and editors working on stories about LaVena. Essence magazine, for example, was threatened to have their military ad dollars pulled if they ran a story on LaVena. The magazine eventually caved to the Pentagon running a watered-down story as the editors reportedly said their survival depended on military advertising, which in Essence’s case, is seeking young black women recruits, such as LaVena.

Nonetheless, LaVena’s family continues their effort to raise awareness about a daughter who loved serving her country and lived for making a difference to help others.

24 hours before this fateful night, says her mother, LaVena called her with a global phone. Her daughter sounded happy, says the mother, as they made plans for her homecoming at Christmas and LaVena told her, “Don’t decorate the tree without me.”

But within the KBR tent, just one day after making plans for Christmas, LaVena was distraught beyond any hope after the breakup with her boyfriend – this according to the military. So Lavena found a can of aerosol, lit the break-up e-mails on fire, and lit the tent on fire. The military says Lavena then took her M16 and pulled the trigger. The happy soul and young life of Private Johnson was gone; a suicide.

Evidence doesn’t back the army’s theory but the the case went cold anyways. WE NEED JUSTICE FOR LAVENA!!! Stop trying to fake our suicudes.

To read more please visit [ https://www.change.org/p/it-s-time-to-act-now-claim-justice-for-pfc-lavena-johnson ] and sign the petition to get this case reopened and investigated. This petition is endorsed by LaVena’s father Dr. Johnson.

You don’t have to reblog this if you don’t want to but please just sign the petition. please. It’s been years since this petition for 50,000 signatures was created, and it still needs thousands of signatures to achieve the goal. Sad. But if it was about a celebrity it’ll have millions of signatures.
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TODAY’S RELEASE!
September 28, 2018

Joe Strummer
001 [Deluxe Edition Box Set]

2018 Ignition Records
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Tracks Disc One:
01. Letsagetabitarockin’ [2005 remastered version] – The 101ers
02. Keys to Your Heart [2005 remastered version 2] – The 101ers
03. Love Kills
04. Tennessee Rain
05. Trash City – Joe Strummer & the Latino Rockabilly War
06. 15th Brigade
07. Ride Your Donkey
08. Burning Lights
09. Afro-Cuban Be-Bop – The Astro-Physicians
10. Sandpaper Blues – Radar
11. Generations – Electric Dog House
12. It’s a Rockin’ World
13. Yalla Yalla – Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros
14. X-Ray Style – Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros
15. Johnny Appleseed – Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros
16. Minstrel Boy – Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros
17. Redemption Song – Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer
18. Over the Border – Jimmy Cliff & Joe Strummer
19. Coma Girl – Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros
20. Silver & Gold · Before I Grow Too Old – Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros

Tracks Disc Two:
01. Letsagetabitarockin’ [Strummer demo]
02. Czechoslovak Song · Where Is England – Strummer, Simonon & Howard
03. Pouring Rain [1984] – Strummer, Simonon & Howard
04. Blues on the River
05. Crying on 23rd – The Soothsayers
06. 2 Bullets – Pearl Harbour
07. When Pigs Fly
08. Pouring Rain [1993]
09. Rose of Erin
10. The Cool Impossible
11. London Is Burning – Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros
12. U.S. North – Joe Strummer & Mick Jones

Tracks Vinyl LP One:
01. Letsagetabitarockin’ [2005 remastered Version] – The 101ers
02. Keys to Your Heart [2005 remastered version 2] – The 101ers
03. Love Kills
04. Tennessee Rain
05. Trash City – Joe Strummer & the Latino Rockabilly War
06. 15th Brigade
07. Ride Your Donkey
08. Burning Lights
09. Afro-Cuban Be-Bop – The Astro-Physicians
10. Sandpaper Blues – Radar
11. Generations – Electric Dog House

Tracks Vinly LP Two:
01. It’s a Rockin’ World
02. Yalla Yalla – Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros
03. X-Ray Style – Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros
04. Johnny Appleseed – Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros
05. Minstrel Boy – Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros
06. Redemption Song – Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer
07. Over the Border – Jimmy Cliff & Joe Strummer
08. Coma Girl – Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros
09. Silver & Gold · Before I Grow Too Old – Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros

Tracks Vinyl LP Three:
01. Letsagetabitarockin’ [Strummer demo]
02. Czechoslovak Song · Where Is England – Strummer, Simonon & Howard
03. Pouring Rain [1984] – Strummer, Simonon & Howard
04. Blues on the River
05. Crying on 23rd – The Soothsayers
06. 2 Bullets – Pearl Harbour
07. When Pigs Fly
08. Pouring Rain [1993]
09. Rose of Erin
10. The Cool Impossible
11. London Is Burning – Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros
12. U.S. North – Joe Strummer & Mick Jones

Tracks 12″ Single:
1. U.S. North – Joe Strummer & Mick Jones

Tracks 7″ Single:
1. This Is England – Strummer, Simonon & Howard
2. Before We Go Forward – Strummer, Simonon & Howard
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* Long Live Rock Archive