Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Wonkette - It's almost too depressing to mention again, but let's recap the Pat Tillman revelations from Army medical examiners and internal Pentagon reports released last week and find out what happens when famous football stars turned Army heroes become anti-war critics:

He was shot three times in the forehead at close range with an American M-16.

This was after he was shot in the chest, legs and hand.

And this was after he screamed to the "friendlies" that he was Pat Tillman and please stop shooting him.

But they didn't; they executed him.

They were Americans.

There wasn't even an "enemy" around; not only was nobody shot by "enemy fire," no equipment was shot by "enemy fire."

"Members of Tillman's unit burned his body armor and uniform in an apparent attempt to hide the fact that he was killed by friendly fire."

Army medical examiners tried to get a criminal investigation opened, but they were shut down.

The Army brass who conspired to shut down any criminal investigation into the U.S. assassination of Pat Tillman sent "congratulatory e-mails" to each other after shutting down the snoops.

The Pentagon heavily promoted Tillman's enlistment and service as both a recruitment tool and a domestic propaganda tool.

The Pentagon maintained for long after his murder that Tillman died in combat, finally admitting to his family that "friendly fire" killed him - which wasn't exactly true, either.

Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Kauzlarich, who commanded Tillman's base in Afghanistan at the time of his assassination, dismissed Tillman's family's attempts to find out what happened. Why? Because Pat Tillman was an atheist, like his family, so they were having "a hard time letting it go."

In his writings - Tillman wrote constantly in letters and diaries and e-mails - the NFL star who became an Army Ranger after 9/11 had concluded the Afghanistan War was fake and the Iraq War was a criminal setup.

The Pentagon still has his diary that he kept with him in Afghanistan, where he was killed, and they won't release it to his family.

Tillman had even arranged a meeting with anti-war icon Noam Chomsky about how to go public with a veterans-against-the-war movement.

Such a movement would've had an interesting effect on the Iraq occupation and the then-upcoming 2004 election; Tillman had already been encouraging his fellow soldiers to vote against Bush.

Donald Rumsfeld [has] refused to testify on the subject of Tillman's assassination before Congress on

White House Counsel Fred Fielding has, of course, already "refused to issue certain documents to the committee because of executive privilege."

What is the White House doing with "certain documents" about Pat Tillman's murder?

Says Pat Tillman Sr.: "The administration clearly was using this case for its own political reasons. This cover-up started within minutes of Pat's death, and it started at high levels. This is not something that people in the field do."


At July 15, 2008 8:18 PM, Anonymous Of course the orders still stand. Have youy heard anything to the contrary? said...

http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-3722436852417384871 In any other country besides USA, UK, or Israel (axis of evil) Bush/Cheney would be strapped to a gurney in Texas. Another remarkable set of circumstances involving the Machiavelian pricks at PNAC.

At July 16, 2008 9:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you payoff a guy who can walk away from millions of dollars in order to stand for and defend his convictions?
The answer is you can't.
Put another way, what does it cost to keep someone from talking?
Well, in 2003, the going rate for a thousand rounds of .223/5.56 was just under $200.00.

At July 16, 2008 10:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a horrible story and needs to be heard more and investigated further, but the Wonkette post you refer to is close to a year old:


How is this "New Reports"?

At July 16, 2008 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Waxman Committee, which began its investigation in April 2007, released their findings on Monday, July 14, 2008. Admittedly, the story is now two days old, however one might justifiably argue its appropriateness for inclusion here.
The authors of the congressional report carefully avoided assigning blame or intent in either the Tillman or Lynch cases.
But they concluded: “In both cases, affirmative acts created new facts that were significantly different than what the soldiers in the field knew to be true. And in both cases, the fictional accounts proved to be compelling public narratives at difficult times in the war.”

At July 18, 2008 2:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is the text of the probe's report from July 14, 2008 on Tillman and Lynch, in all its tedious, mealymouthed glory.


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