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Ear to the Ground

Congress to Investigate Tillman Cover-Up

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Posted on Apr 20, 2007

From documents already released, it has become clear that the Army acted inappropriately following the death of Pat Tillman, destroying evidence, instituting an “information lockdown” and possibly even discussing a PR strategy. Congress will now investigate the matter, with the aid of uncensored documents and testimony from the Tillman family.

San Francisco Chronicle:

But even the redacted records from three Army investigations and an inspector general’s report provide clues that Congress will use to determine whether a cover-up took place, including:

- deliberate destruction of evidence;

- testimony from soldiers who claim they were told to keep quiet about key details of Tillman’s death;

- false or distorted information in casualty reports, the field hospital report and press releases about Tillman’s death;

- a grossly inaccurate depiction of Tillman’s battlefield actions in his citation for the Silver Star award, including fabrications in eye witness statements;

- evidence that Army officials discussed a public relations strategy on how to handle his death;

- allowing a nationally televised memorial to proceed with false information.

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AP via MSNBC:

Within hours of Pat Tillman’s death, the Army went into information-lockdown mode, cutting off phone and Internet connections at a base in Afghanistan, posting guards on a wounded platoon mate, and ordering a sergeant to burn Tillman’s uniform.

New investigative documents reviewed by The Associated Press describe how the military sealed off information about Tillman’s death from all but a small ring of soldiers. Officers quietly passed their suspicion of friendly fire up the chain to the highest ranks of the military, but the truth did not reach Tillman’s family for five weeks.

The clampdown, and the misinformation issued by the military, lie at the heart of a burgeoning congressional investigation.

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By RobertBennett, April 21, 2007 at 10:38 am Link to this comment

For 15 years, I was a computer programmer for the Research, Development and Engineering section of The US Army.

The War on Terror security madness has brought productivity to a halt.

The ‘Privatization” of government functions has been devastating.  Government Research and Development departments are judged, not by the quality of their work, but by how much Money they bring in.

I personally know engineers and scientists who have done excellent, and inexpensive work, only to get less than optimal performance ratings because they did not generate enough ‘income’ to make their bureaucratic bosses look good.

Agency heads are rated by the size of their budgets, NOT by the quality of goods and services they produce.

The Defense Bureaucracy has become an economic system of its own, rather than an objective organization whose mission is to protect and defend the United States.  They can even get Advertising Budgets.  (I’m not kidding)

The result is that expensive weapons systems are preferred.  Solid and reliable systems have been shelved to make way for newer (and more expensive) systems that do not work as well as their predecessors.

For a few years now, I’ve been working as a defense contractor, but despite my high salary, I was unable to do my job because of paranoid security measures and the emphasis on making money.

I recently (and voluntarily) left the industry.  I was very frustrated by a seemly endless trail of roadblocks, and was stressed out due to the paranoid madness of the War on Terror.

I have no income, but both my wife and I are much happier.

Peace,
Bob Bennett
Lick Skillet, AL

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By Hammo, April 21, 2007 at 10:31 am Link to this comment

Many Americans, including myself, were hopeful that our Army and Marines would maintain integrity and honor, despite being sent on a terrible mission based on lies by a corrupt Bush-Cheney administration.

In some ways, the Army and Marine Corps, and individual soldiers and Marines, have acted as honorably as reasonably possible under horrible circumstances.

The Pat Tillman case and other troubling incidents make us wonder if the Bush-Cheney administration is “breaking” the Army and Marines in many ways.

See:

“Victory of Courage, Fellowship and Honor”

PopulistAmerica.com
December 17, 2006

http://www.populistamerica.com/victory_of_courage_fellowship_and_honor

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By ShockandAwe, April 21, 2007 at 7:02 am Link to this comment

The only crime in the military is embarrassing the military. If it can stay out of the news, then nothing happened.

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By Skruff, April 21, 2007 at 6:39 am Link to this comment
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I am no fan of the Bush administration, BUT as far as lies go, it’s the system, not Bush. Bush is a symptom of the deep thread of lies, deciet, and double-takk that has prevaded US politics throughout my life.

(Nixon/Sherm Adams scandle; Solved by “Checkers speech / 1954
Kennedy’s Diem assassination coverup
Johnson’s Gulf of Tonkin lie
Nixon’s Watergate deception
Ford’s East Timor sell-out
Carter’s Bert Lance affair
Reagan’s Iran Contra debicle
Bush Senior’s Somolia smoke and mirror
Clinton’s “I never had sex” lie

and for all of them, there is more.

So Bush Jr lies….what else is new?

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By Tom Doff, April 21, 2007 at 6:12 am Link to this comment
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You know, this is going to take forever, Congress investigating and challenging all the screw-ups of the Bushite administration, at least as long as the six years it took to thoroughly screw things up.

But there is a solution.

Congress should just pass one piece of legislation, and the whole problem would be solved. What we need is a Congressional bill that cancels all actions taken by Bush and Co. since inauguration day. That would sweep our Augean stables clean.

And for those Congressfolk who believe in Fables and Figments, they could set aside a National Day of Prayer, to ask ‘god’ to go back in time and cancel the ungodly mating of that deformed sperm and that mutated egg that resulted in the abomination that created this mess.

And they might want to ask Him to have a little lightning-bolt ‘talk’ with the neocon zionists responsible for the Iraq debacle.

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By boggs, April 20, 2007 at 10:58 pm Link to this comment

They saw a perfect opportunity to use the event for recruiting purposes.
Just think of the glory around a “star football player” making millions, but giving it all up, including the ultimate sacrifice just to serve Mr. Bush in his so called “war on terror.”
Lies come easily from this administration.
If the LIE furthers their cause and helps their goal, then the lie is not only necessary but also acceptable for truth in their warped minds.

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By QuyTran, April 20, 2007 at 6:39 pm Link to this comment

The Army didn’t want anybody to shed light into this murder case. It wanted all of us to be blind, completely blind as usual.

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