Spc. Swift, facing a redeployment to Iraq while serving under the command of the same individuals that allowed her to be raped and sexually harassed, suffered a breakdown due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and went absent without leave rather than subject herself to the horrors she experienced during her first tour of duty. To learn more about Suzanne Swift see http://www.SuzanneSwift.org.
Suzanne Swift’s mother, Sara, sent this out today. Please forward & make a call to Rep. DeFazio on Suzanne’s behalf. – David Dixon for Action Center For Justice
A group of Iraq Veterans Against the War and CODEPINK activists are in
Washington DC for Camp Democracy, http://www.campdemocracy.org/. They are taking an action for Suzanne Swift on day 94 since she was arrested, 9-12-06, and we need your help. All day on the 12th we want people flooding Rep. DeFazio’s DC office with calls supporting justice for Suzanne. Please spread the word to all your email lists so we can do a mass mobilization.
Below are the numbers for DeFazio in DC and the letter that the IVAW/CODEPINK are delivering to DeFazio's office tomorrow.
DeFazio's Washington, DC Office
2134 Rayburn H.O.B.
Washington DC, 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6416
Toll Free (in Oregon): 1-800-944-9603
Dear Congressman DeFazio:
You now have the opportunity to help gain Swift justice for one of
your constituents. SPC Suzanne Swift (Eugene OR), facing a re-deployment
to Iraq while serving under the command of the same individuals that
allowed her to be raped and sexual harassed, suffered a breakdown due to
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and went absent without leave
rather than subject herself to the horrors she experienced during her
first tour of duty. At this point her chain of command has acted only to
investigate and prosecute SPC Swift for saving her own life by going
Mr. Congressman you have been contacted several times about this
issue, to include a signed privacy act release from SPC Swift with no action
or reply on your behalf. Therefore, we are respectfully demanding that
you call her chain of command immediately to begin a congressional
investigation into what has happened to SPC Swift. Please find out why she
is facing a dishonorable discharge while two of the men who raped and
sexually assaulted her have been granted honorable discharges. SPC
Swift served with honor for over a year in Iraq despite continuing rape and
sexual assault by her chain of command; we owe her more than a
dishonorable discharge. We owe her an honorable medical discharge with proper
treatment for both her war and rape induced PTSD.
We have come to your office because your constituents know you to have
a history of being a progressive voice in Oregon and there is no reason
why this issue should not be foremost on your agenda. To guarantee
this is your top priority we have decided to remain in your office until
you take the proper action of initiating a congressional investigation.
The chain of command information for SPC Swift is as follows:
I CORPS COMMAND GROUP at Ft Lewis
BLDG 2025 STOP 1 AFZH-CG
LTG JAMES M. DUBIK
Aide-de-Camp LTC Kamper 253-967-0022
Executive Assistant Mrs. Swartz 253-967-0002
Executive Admin Asst. MSG Johnston 253-967-0001
42ND MILITARY POLICE BRIGADE
BLDG 2007 STOP 55 AFZH-MP
POLICE INFORMATION/CONCERNS/QUESTIONS 253-966-0088/967-4824
Brigade Cdr/Provost Marshal COL Miller 253-967-3121
Thank you for truly supporting our troops and helping to end military sexual violence.
SGT US ARMY (R)
Member of Iraq veterans Against the War
Sara Rich, Mother of Suzanne Swift
G.I. Resisters Support Center
Action Center For Justice