Sadly, after Pat Tillman, this doesn't seem so hard to believe anymore...and if her death was the result of a Blackwater employee, the administration and Department of Defense will likely do everything in their power (and given the news yesterday, a few things technically not in their power) to force this story down the memory hole.
Patriot Ledger (h/t Heather):
Ciara Durkin was home on leave last month and expressed a concern to her family in Quincy: If something happens to me in Afghanistan, don't let it go without an investigation.
Durkin, 30, a specialist with a Massachusetts National Guard finance battalion, was found dead last week near a church at the Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. She had been shot once in the head, the Army says.
Fiona Canavan, Durkin's older sister, said today that when her sister was home three weeks ago, she told family members that she had come across some things that concerned her and had raised objections to others at the base.
‘‘She was in the finance unit and she said, ‘I discovered some things I don't like and I made some enemies because of it.' Then she said, in her light-hearted way, ‘If anything happens to me, you guys make sure it gets investigated,''' Canavan said. ‘‘But at the time we thought it was said more as a joke.''[..]
Canavan said that her sister was openly gay, but that the family had no specific reasons to think that had anything to do with her death.