HOW DID CIARA DURKIN DIE? - WAS ARMY
SPECIALIST IN AFGHANISTAN MURDERED? - "IF
ANYTHING HAPPENS TO ME OUT HERE, HAVE
THE FAMILY LOOK INTO IT," FINANCE SOLDIER
TELLS SISTER WHILE HOME ON LEAVE - DURKIN
SAID "MADE SOME ENEMIES" - DISCOVERED
"BAD THINGS" GOING ON AT WORK - OFFICIAL
ARMY STORY SHE "KILLED IN ACTION" A LA PAT
TILLMAN - SOON CHANGED TO "SUICIDE" - THREE
YEARS LATER FAMILY STILL DENIED DAUGHTER'S
AUTOPSY REPORT - WHAT IS ARMY HIDING?
We can hear the nay-sayers already. "Why don't you leave it alone? Think of her family. You're a bunch of ghouls," ad nauseam.
Just as sure as the sun rises in the morning, the nuts and the hate mail will be here. So to those who would waste their and our time sniping and sending in cheap shot comments, when all we seek is to find the truth, don't bother. We're as quick on the "delete" button as we were on the trigger in Vietnam, when the enemy was coming across the wire.
Army SPC Ciara Durkin didn't commit suicide. Period. And if the Army cover-up artists would release the complete autopsy file to the family we might amend that statement. But they haven't, and they won't. Do you wonder why?
LIKE WITH PAT TILLMAN, FIRST VERSION OF DEATH A LIE
The first "official" story about Durkin's demise was the Pat Tillman treatment. In other words lie, and attribute the death to "hostile fire." She was "killed in action," yeah, that's the ticket.
Except that falsehood didn't last as long as the bigger lie did, about the late football star Pat Tillman.
Hear the name McChrystal anywhere lately? He was the general who engineered the cover-up of what really caused Tillman's death in a "friendly fire" incident. The beady-eyed, loose-lipped, ex-commander in Afghanistan even dreamed up a Silver Star medal to go with the faked heroism claims. We can't have people thinking the gridiron great died for nothing, can we?
Like PFC Jessica Lynch "blazing away" at the Iraqis with her M-16 during an ambush, when in reality, she never fired a round. Why let a big lie go to waste when you can use it to further political ends?
Ciara Durkin is just as beloved by her family back home in Massachusetts as Pat is to his vocal tribe here in Arizona. It's just that they - the Durkins - don't have the ear of the mainstream media, who either pay brief attention, or none at all, to cases like this.
THE FACTS DISPROVE "SUICIDE" COVER STORY
We don't intend to let her death be in vain. Here are the facts. Then, as FOX NEWS likes to say, "you decide."
SPC Durkin, age 30, was a respected and hard-working member of the Massachusetts Army National Guard. She deployed with her unit to Afghanistan and worked in an office, three miles deep, in the very secure Baghram Air Base. The only folks there with weapons, other than pilots wearing sidearms, are military police and security personnel. Soldiers in Durkin's shop didn't need to be armed.
While home on leave for a couple weeks in the summer of 2007, Ciara confided in her sister, Fiona Canavan, that all was not well back at work.
SPC DURKIN HAS A PREMONITION OF DEATH
"If anything happens to me, I want the family to look into it," the soldier said. She told her sibling that she'd made some enemies" in her job and had discovered "some bad things" she "didn't like" going on. The Irish-born woman, who emigrated to the USA as a child, didn't elaborate, but the impression she gave was something financial was amiss. Whatever it was, Ciara was on to it.
On the last day of her life, SPC Durkin went to the office as usual in the very secure base, sent a cheerful "happy birthday" voicemail to her brother back in the States, and then walked over towards the chapel. It is then that she died from one bullet wound to the head. Don't ask the Army for the autopsy report, or even what caliber bullet it was, from what kind of weapon, or which belonged to whom. They're not talking. Because they don't have to. When you investigate yourself, you usually come up with a whitewash.
As we have seen in other cases (see related stories box below), labeling a murder "suicide" is always the easy way out. Nice and tidy, except for the family and the memory of the deceased. They get smeared. News leaks out that Ciara was a lesbian. But she wasn't Rosie O'Donnell, "up in your face" about it. So that, we think, had nothing to do with her death.
Our strong suspicion is, that Durkin discovered something crooked going on that cost her her life. And that deserves more than being relegated to the media "memory hole."
[EDITOR'S NOTE: We'd like to render a well-deserved "salute" to a retired Army and USAR officer, COL Ann Wright, who wore the uniform with pride almost 30 years. This seeker of truth is unafraid of displeasing the Pentagon. She has been one of the leading voices calling for justice in the rape-murder (also dubbed by the Army as a "suicide") of the late PFC Lavena Johnson. Ann is a person of great principle, who dares take on the "big boys" and the "good ole boys" alike. Check out her book: "Dissent, Voice of Conscience." We don't agree with her politics 100%, but we sure do respect this woman and welcome her to the trenches where hand-to-hand combat for truth is fought.]