House May Hold Clues to Marine Wife’s Death


Kristina Davis
San Diego Union-Tribune
April 21, 2012

Clues to the killing of a young military wife may reside in a pale yellow Fallbrook Street house in need of a fresh coat of paint.

That’s where 25-year-old Jessica Lynn Lopez, a caretaker for the elderly, and 45-year-old Louis Ray Perez, a Camp Pendleton Marine with a self-described appetite for sadomasochism and bondage, have both lived, along with Perez’s “sex slave,” who owns the Fallbrook home.

And that’s where homicide investigators have scoured for evidence during two middle-of-the night searches, hunting for answers as to how and why Brittany Dawn Killgore ended up in a roadside ditch in Riverside County last week.

To read the full story at the San Diego Union-Tribune web site, click here.


Additional Reporting on this story can be found at the links below:

Brittany Kilgore Suspect’s Suicide Note Led Investigators to Her Body

Marine Connected to Missing Brittany Kilgore

Last Person Seen With Brittany Kilgore Found With Stolen Assault Rifle


Judge Orders Military To Release Sexual Assault Information

Annie-Rose Strasser
Think Progress
April 3, 2012

A federal district court judge ruled yesterday that the military has been too slow to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request for its sexual violence data. There are an estimated 19,000 reports (PDF) of sexual assault in the military each year — a number that is rapidly rising — and both the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are seeking more information on the problem, arguing that the only way to begin to solve it is to know all the facts.

To read the article at the Think Progress web site, click here.


Additional Information:

ACLU Press Release  April 2, 2012

SWAN and ACLU File Lawsuit Seeking Military Sexual Trauma Records Withheld by Federal Government,  December 13, 2010

Lawsuit Seeks Military Records On Sexual Trauma, The Public Record, December 18, 2010

Image courtesy Friends of Morganne McBeth

Stepmother of Slain Female Soldier Asks Court to Show Leniency


John Lasker
March 25, 2012


Spc. Nicholas Bailey, the second and final suspect charged in the 2010 stabbing death of Army paramedic Morganne McBeth, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter March 9 and later that day was sentenced to nine months in military prison and given a bad-conduct discharge.

Bailey, in a court-martial proceeding at Fort Bragg, N.C., admitted his guilt “as part of a plea deal,” a website of News 14 Carolina reported. He had faced a more severe charge of negligent homicide.

McBeth, a popular 19-year-old from Virginia, was in a tent on a military base in Iraq with Bailey and Spc. Tyler Cain when she was stabbed near the heart.

The case was detailed in a Truthdig article posted last Sept. 20. In that article, McBeth family members described the slain paratrooper as a vivacious young woman who loved to leap from military airplanes and who, as a display of patriotism, occasionally decorated her hair with strands of red, white and blue. They strongly criticized the way the Army investigated and prosecuted the case.

To continue reading this article at TruthDig.com, click here.

Anti-Base Campaigners Flock to World Heritage Jeju Island


“The South Korean Government is constructing a naval base on Jeju Island. Officially named the “Island of World Peace” by the late President Roh Moo Hyun, Jeju was the site of a 1948 massacre in which more than 30,000 civilians were estimated to have been slaughtered during a democratic uprising.

Located strategically in the Korea Strait, the island’s potential to become a military target in the event of an armed conflict in this tense region would increase exponentially with the addition of a naval base. The threat this poses to the men, women and children of Jeju Island is unconscionable, and it can be avoided through halting the base construction.” [Save JeJu Island]



Environment Newswire Service
February 24, 2012

The South Korean Navy is building a military base on Jeju Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site just 300 miles from the Chinese mainland. The base will become a port for U.S. Navy Aegis destroyers outfitted with the missile defense systems that are key to Pentagon planning for this strategic location, surrounded by China, North Korea, Russia and Japan.But the 400-year old Gangjeong fishing and farming village on Jeju Island is being destroyed to build the base. The base site has the cleanest water on the island and the world’s finest lava tube cave system. Endangered soft-coral reefs offshore will be destroyed when the seabed is dredged to get U.S. warships into the port.Today, to demonstrate their opposition to the Gangjeong Naval Base, 150 peace groups from across Korea and around the world are gathering on Jeju. They are attending the 20th annual organizing conference of the nonprofit Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, which is headquartered in Brunswick, Maine.Each year the Global Network holds its conference in a different part of the world. The theme for this year’s conference is “Jeju for Island of Peace.” …

To read the full article at the Environment News Service, click here.



Additional information about the struggle at Jeju Island can be found here:

Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space

U.S. Army Among 141 Groups Pulling Ads from Limbaugh


Stephen C. Webster
The Raw Story
March 12, 2012


A memo being circulated by the distribution company behind Republican shock jock Rush Limbaugh has revealed a massive flight from Limbaugh’s program in the wake of his offensive comments about a Georgetown law student.

The companies include major corporate players like Sony, British Petroleum, McDonald’s, NBC, Toyota, Subway, Lowes, Autozone, Geico, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, State Farm, IBM and many others.

And in a surprise reveal, it appears that the U.S. Army is among them.

To read the full article at The Raw Story, click here.


A boy in front of a sign illustrating the reasons behind the creation of Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Photograph: Rebecca Blackwell/AP

Wronged Women of Liberia Reluctant to Revisit Human Rights Abuses


Tamasin Ford
February 28, 2012

The women sat on plastic chairs arranged in a circle, some breast feeding, others with small children at their feet. This is their centre in Ganta, the dusty, vibrant commercial capital of Nimba county in north-east Liberia.

“Most of the women here were raped [during the war],” says Yarih Geebah, the speaker for Ganta Concerned Women. “But if you don’t have money, nothing happens. [For] we, the poor people, we who don’t know book … justice don’t prevail.”

Liberia went through a 14-year civil war in which people were forced to perform the most debased and cruel acts imaginable. Initial findings from a United Nations Development Programme/World Vision survey in 2004 estimated 40% of the country’s women were subjected to sexual violence, although other estimates suggest the figure is higher.

To read the full article at theguardian, click here.

To visit the Ganta Concerned Women via the photographs of Christopher Herwig, click here. (Select West Africa upon reaching his web site.)

UN Report on Sexual Violence During Conflict Singles Out Worst Offenders


UN News Centre
February 23, 2012


The annual United Nations report documenting conflict-related sexual violence around the world today for the first time names some of the military forces, militia and other armed groups that are suspected of being among the worst offenders.

The groups listed in the report include the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the Central African Republic (CAR) and in South Sudan, armed militia groups and former armed forces in Côte d’Ivoire, and the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The report provides examples of how sexual violence has threatened security and impeded peacebuilding in post-conflict situations, such as in Chad, CAR, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and how it has been used in the context of elections, political strife and civil unrest in Egypt, Guinea, Kenya and Syria, among others.

“Conflict-related sexual violence is not specific to one country or continent: it is a global risk. The terror of unarmed women facing armed men is age-old and universal,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative Margot Wallström, who presented the report to the Security Council in New York.

The report stresses that over the past year there have been several new and ongoing armed conflicts where sexual violence was widespread and, in some instances, may have been systematically targeted at civilians by armed forces and armed groups with the intent of punishing, and humiliating the population.

To read the full article at the UN News Centre click here.

To read the Report of the U. N. Secretary-General on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (A/66/657 – S/2012/33), click here.

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