Saturday, March 27, 2010

This Is An Open Investigation That Has Gotten No Major Publicity And Your Help Is Needed

The day before Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan went on a rampage at Ft. Hood and allegedly shot 43 military personnel, wounding 31 and killing 12, there was another “shooting” at an American military base in Iraq which has been treated far differently by the military: the “execution-style” murder of Staff Sgt. Amy C. Tirador, 29, of Albany, N.Y. at the U.S. military base near Kirkush.

On November 6, 2009 the Department of Defense issued a press release on the death of Staff Sgt. Amy C. Tirador, 29, of Albany, N.Y., who, according to the DOD, “died Nov. 4 in Kirkush, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a “non-combat related incident”:

Staff Sgt. Amy C. Tirador, 29, of Albany, N.Y., died Nov. 4 in Kirkush, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. She was assigned to the 209th Military Intelligence Company, 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.

The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.

For more information media may contact the Fort Lewis public affairs office at (253)-967-0152, (253)-967-0147.

Even though the DOD claimed Tirador died due to a “non-combat related incident”, the DOD also stated that her death was “under investigation” and here’s the reason why: Tirador’s parents publicly stated that their daughter was shot “execution style” in the back of the head.

According to the Olympian, Tirador’s parents are seeking answers to their daughter’s death at a American military base near Kirkush. Tirador served as an Arabic-speaking interrogator in Diyala province with the 209th Military Intelligence Company, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

“A spokesman for the American military unit overseeing operations throughout northern Iraq said investigators are still determining whether Tirador’s death was accidental, a suicide or a homicide.”

While Tirador’s death is being considered a possible homicide, the DOD stated the incident was “non-combat” related. Another “non-combat” incident: Hasan’s Ft. Hood “rampage” where Hasan has been, so far, charged with with “13 counts of premeditated murder in the military’s legal system”.

According to the Olympian, the army hasn’t responded with more info on the incident and that Tirador’s father, Gerard Seyboth, who spoke to WRGB-TV in Albany, N.Y., believed his daughter’s “work as a interrogator made her a “high-profile target”. The Times-Union had more, that Tirador was shot in a “secure area” of the base, and that Tirador’s parents believe their daughter “was a hero”:

“Amy died a hero,” Murphy said. She and Mickey Tirador said they didn’t want to say more until the Army completes its probe.”

The site,, whose author is an “anonymous” intelligence officer “currently serving in 1-14 RSTA Squadron, part of the 3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team” wrote about Tirador, some of her military background, what her current duties where, where she was “assigned”, and the “questions” he now faced: what he would do if “one” of his soldiers “died”:

“In May 2004 I sat in SEATAC airport waiting for my flight to Baltimore and utimately Iraq. It was my first deployment and one of the primary thoughts was what would I do if one of my soldiers died.

Late June 2006 beginning my second deployment I had the same thought…what am I going to do if one of my soldiers dies?

July 2009 that same thought inched its way forward into my mind.

4 November 2009 I suddenly had to face the question. My human intelligence collection NCO, SSG Amy Tirador, was found dead of non combat related injuries on FOB Caldwell.

SSG Tirador had joined the Army as a medic and had saved a soldier’s life during her first deployment in 2004. She changed MOS’s and become an intelligence NCO and soon joined 3-2 SBCT where she was assigned to the 209th MICO. During the deployment she was attached to 1-14 CAV and my section as my human intelligence collection NCO.”

Tirador’s husband, Mickey Tirador, was in Iraq on his third tour of duty when his wife was killed while Tirador was the sixth woman military personnel from Ft. Lewis to die in while on duty in either the Iraq or Afghanistan war.

In April, 2008, US Army Reserve Colonel, Retired, Ann Wright, a 29-year veteran of the Army and Army Reserves wrote a stunning piece on the military and “non-combat” deaths of women military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Wright wrote about the “alarming” DOD statistics:

-”One in three women who join the US military will be sexually assaulted or raped by men in the military”,

- “Of the 94 US military women who died in Iraq or in OIF, the military says 36 died from noncombat related injuries, which included vehicle accidents, illness, death by “natural causes” and self-inflicted gunshot wounds, or suicide. The military has declared the deaths of the Navy women in Bahrain, which were killed by a third sailor, as homicides. Five deaths have been labeled as suicides, but 15 more deaths occurred under extremely suspicious circumstances.”

Wright supplies detailed info on several of the women’s deaths and how they were grossly mislabled by the military, and how the military, faced with further “evidence” refused to change their “findings”. An extremely informative read, here’s the link: Is There an Army Cover-Up of Rape and Murder of Women Soldiers?

The victims of the Ft. Hood shootings were honored by President Obama, who attended their memorial service and spoke of the victim’s “greatness”:

“We need not look to the past for greatness, because it is before our very eyes.”

Tirador’s “greatness” has been shrouded in military “secrecy”. Her military legacy clouded by the military’s label of a “non-combat” death. A execution-style death in a “secure area” on an American military base in a war zone.