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Tillman Family: Briefing Was ‘Unsatisfactory’

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Posted on Mar 26, 2007
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Army Criminal Investigation Division Special Agent Scott Godwin, right, points to a map as Army Brig. Gen. Rodney L. Johnson, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, briefs the media about the most recent investigations into the death of Army Ranger Cpl. Pat Tillman.  The news conference was held Monday at the Pentagon.

Editor’s note: The Pentagon briefed the Tillman family Monday following dual investigations into the alleged criminality and cover-up in the aftermath of the fratricide of Pat Tillman. The following is the family’s response, in its entirety.


The briefing we just received was shamefully unacceptable.

Our family is therefore compelled to continue our pursue the full truth about the circumstances of Pat Tillman’s death and the so-called “missteps” and “deficiencies” of Pat’s unit, the Army, the Department of Defense, and this administration.

The characterization of criminal negligence, professional misconduct, battlefield incompetence, concealment and destruction of evidence, deliberate deception, and conspiracy to deceive, are not “missteps.”

These actions are malfeasance.

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This attempt to impose closure by slapping the wrists of a few officers and enlisted men is yet another bureaucratic entrenchment.

The Army continues to deny the family, and the public that pays for the Army with its taxes, access to the original investigation and the sworn statements from that investigation.

His investigation contained the unaltered statements, taken when memories were still fresh, by witnesses to the events surrounding Pat’s death.

We know from subsequent sworn statements that more than one of the original statements was altered, after Captain Scott’s investigation “disappeared.”

This is not a misstep.

It is evidence tampering.

The Army has yet to provide the family with a copy of the original narrative required by Army Regulation to support the award of the Silver Star.

While they admitted today that there were improprieties in the submission of the award, they appear to have intentionally stopped short in every single “misstep” of actual criminal actions.

Submitting fraudulent awards is a crime.

More than one person participating in the construction of a fraudulent award is evidence of a systematic cover-up.

Investigators from the Army claim that Secretary Rumsfeld was not even aware that Pat’s death was friendly fire for almost a month.

Anyone familiar with former Secretary Rumsfeld’s reputation as an unforgiving micromanager must find this claim to be extremely disingenuous.

The Army Regulation on the award of the Silver Star requires a detailed summary, confirmed by witness statements, of the exact circumstances of the event, which precipitates the award.

The award was directed before the unit had even returned from the field for debriefing.

The original draft of the award falsely claimed that Pat was killed by enemy fire, when Pat was not subjected to enemy fire throughout the entire incident.

We know, from sworn statements, that the draft was changed to exclude explicit reference to enemy fire - probably as a precautionary legal measure - while maintaining the impression that Pat was killed in an intense firefight with the enemy… which he was not.

The Army can still not cite a single instance of any Silver Star, before Pat, that was awarded in the case of fratricide, when the subject of the award was never fired upon by the enemy.

No one who knew Pat ever doubted his physical or moral courage.

But the award of the Silver Star appears more than anything to be part of a cynical design to conceal the real events from the family - but most especially, from the public - while exploiting the death of our beloved Pat as a recruitment poster.

The characterization of this fraudulent award as a list of “deficiencies” has the powerful odor of intentional minimization to a level just below criminal, in a case for which the accumulation of errors and missteps has long past the laws of probability for coincidence.

Emails discovered in the conduct of investigations refer to a “Silver Star Game Plan.”  This certainly at least suggests conspiracy.

The entire military, we believe, compelled by the Secretary of Defense’s office, was seeking to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative, as it was embroiled in a huge tactical setback in Iraq in April 2004, and as the Pentagon was preparing to deal with the public affairs crisis engendered by the about-to-be-revealed horror stories from Abu Ghraib.

This investigation draws conclusions, conclusions that are meant to be implanted in the minds of the American public, that say the wrongdoing flowed from bottom to top.

We base our beliefs on the relentless pattern of the administration of deception, evasion, and spin in the conduct of the entire dual-occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.

We remain convinced that the priority of the Pentagon was to prevent the public knowing that Pat was killed by the military’s highest priority shock infantry unit; and that he was killed by a combination of shoddy leadership and clear violations of the Rules of Engagement, as well as violations of the Law of Land Warfare.

We detail only two major themes in a much larger story.

These themes exemplify the way this case has been handled, and the way it continues to be handled.

These examples show that we are not dealing with “missteps” and “deficiencies.”

There is an overpowering suggestion of violations of law, regulation, and policy that reaches from the vehicle that fired on Pat and took his life to the highest levels of the Pentagon, who - with his reputation as a world-class micromanager—was certainly aware of every move made in this case.

In three years of struggling with the Pentagon’s public affairs apparatus, we have never been dealt with honestly.

We will now shift out efforts into Congress, to which we appeal for investigation.

Perhaps subpoenas are necessary to elicit candor and accuracy from the military.

We do not think that Pat’s notoriety - about which Pat himself was self-effacing - gives him a special qualification for Congressional attention.

But if that notoriety can serve as a catalyst to open dozens of cases - many of the families known to us - of troops who were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan by fratricide, and whose families, like us, were deceived about the circumstances of these deaths.

The fact is, the malfeasance with regard to this case only happened because of Pat’s notoriety.

The reenactment graphics shown to the press and the public were designed to emphasize enough exculpatory evidence to lower the level of actions during and after Pat’s death below the bar of criminality.


These cases will further establish a pattern - now well-known by the American public - of spin and deception by the Pentagon and the administration it serves.

Our family has worked hard to stay out of the spotlight.

We have continued to be optimistic that we might receive satisfactory answers from the Pentagon and the Executive Branch.

Now we ask the assistance of Congress.

Human beings continue to be sacrificed on the altar of a dual foreign military occupation.

Thousands of Americans and Afghans, hundreds of US allies, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis lives have been lost and shattered.

The deception surrounding this case was an insult to the family; but more importantly, it primary purpose was to deceive a whole nation.

We say these things with disappointment and sadness for our country.

Nonetheless, we will continue our search for the truth.

The truth is not what we received today.

Once again, we have been used as props in a Pentagon public relations exercise.


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By rich kalbus, April 23, 2007 at 4:19 pm Link to this comment
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A coward is someone who knows the truth but fails to reveal it.  Any soldier who was at the scene when Pat got gunned down, and who is withholding the truth is a coward.  But any soldier who reveals the truth, even if they were involved with the crime or cover-up, can instantly regain their integrity and soul.  The only way our Country can be saved from its’ downward spiral (due to corrupt political leaders) is by brave individuals who come forward to reveal the truth, along with evidence of the crimes/scandals/corruption which have been covered-up.  Anyone who has the guts to reveal the “Truth,” especially when it is dangerous to do so, is a moden-day American Hero.  We, the citizens of our Country, must protect and support those who have the courage to come forth with the truth, by whatever means possible.  I thank each person, and journalist, who has had the courage to bring forth the Truth, especially when it has been unpopular or dangerous to do so.  You folks are the modern-day Heroes, for our Country, and for the future of mankind world-wide.  Thank you!!!

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By moni, March 31, 2007 at 8:53 pm Link to this comment
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The Tillman family is demonstrating how honorable they truly are and undoubtedly what a good man their son truly was.  It makes this story all the
more poignant and difficult.  The military attempted to fabricate a “legend” around Cpl. Tillman in order to promote the Afghan-Iraqi War (s).  Pat Tillman was the quintessential soldier; so much so, that the upper echelons of the military were willing and eager to exploit
the beloved son of true American parents.

It appears to have been a collective decision of the “higher-ups” to cover-up the truth and HAD the Tillman family been willing to go along with the growing myth around their son they might have been spared some pain and suffering.  Instead they wanted to know what REALLY happened to their child.  Most concerned and loving parents would have reacted in the same way.
 
How can it be that Rumsfeld, the Generals and the
Bush-Cheyney team are so callous ?  The embarrassment of ‘the first casualty of WAR being THE TRUTH’ must be untennable to war-mongers. Instead an “ideal soldier” was to be mythologized and sacrificed so that the grand illusions upon which this war have been based could be further promoted.  This sad tale has been the epitome of irony and ALL Americans must demand accountability from this Administration.

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By lennybruce, March 30, 2007 at 3:09 am Link to this comment
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My emotions are so confused and conflicting. My sense of pride and empathy for the Tillman brothers and their entire family stand in sharp contrast to my sense of shame and outrage when it comes to our government.

I wish the Tillman’s much strength. I am sure they realize that they, not this government, represent the true values that run deep in the American spirit.

God bless

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By Larry, March 29, 2007 at 9:58 am Link to this comment
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This should be heading for priority status in the House and the Senate’s (ever-expanding) list of hearings. We need to hear the truth, as bad as it may be, regardless of what the White House and Defence Department may say or do. It is every American’s democratic right to hear from every one on this issue. So let’s get the hearings started, and help the Tillmans start the interminable process of closure, and justice, which is what they so richly and terribly deserve!

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By The Old Hooligan, March 28, 2007 at 12:07 pm Link to this comment
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The other shoe will drop shortly. Now that the Tillman family has had the moral courage to stand up to the Pentagon and the criminal Bush administration, it won’t be long before “Turd Blossom” and his ethically-bankrupt cronies on Capitol Hill do their damndest to spin this whole thing around a full 180 degrees.

By the time the Bush White House gets done with the Tillmans, they will have done their worst to make this poor grieving family look like a bunch of “Al-Qaida Sympathizers” for even -DARING- to question how their brave young son died in the war.

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By William McBride, March 28, 2007 at 9:48 am Link to this comment
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God less the Tillmans. The Nation as awhole mourns their loss. We must not rest until the truth about Pat’s death is told. We owe him that much at the very least.

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By Mark Dolce, March 27, 2007 at 6:35 pm Link to this comment
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I met Pat Tillman. I was working in Kingman, Arizona as a photojournalist. In July of 1998 - Pat’s rookie year with the Arizona Cardinals - I was on the sidelines during the Cardinals camp in Flagstaff. I had heard about him while he was at Arizona State University. I also graduated from ASU in 1983. He was sitting down at a table outside when the afternoon practice was done. I walked up to him and said, “Hello.” He turned and said “Hello,” to me. I said, “I hope you make the team.” He said, in a very quiet and humble way - “I do to.” Simple. Clear. Solid. He was tough and rough on the footbal field. I watched him play from the sidelines for several home games that season. I read some things about him and what he had done while in college and how he handled himself in life in general. I, as almost everyone, was impressed. Looking back, I would have liked to ask him some things; what he thought about pro football, certain things on education, what is more important in life, how he defined success, maybe even if I could do a photo-story on him as a rookie in pro camp. But, I did not. No regrets. But I was saddened by his death. And then the stories of friendly fire surfaced and then the denials by the US Army and Pentagon. What a loss for his parents and family and his wife not to mention all his relatives and friends. Who am I to judge death? I think Pat knew what he was doing. I think he would not have appreciated the moincer of ‘hero.’ He was not that type of person - this I could tell from the few words I shared with him. The Tillman family deserves to know the truth about the death of their son. I don’t care if I know - but they need to know. The controversy about how or why is a scary topic to me. I am afraid to hear what the truth is or might be - but I am sure I can get over myself and read it when it is finally revealed. I hope Pat was not intentionally killed by our own troops - for what ever reason(s). He knew what he was doing when he joined the Army Rangers. I have not been to war. I have never served in the US Armed Forces. He was one man doing what he thought he believed in - this I do not think is what it takes to be a hero. He turned down a big football contract - this is not what heroes do. He died doing his job in a very dangerous situtation which he volunteered for - this is not what heroes do. There countless things I do not know about Pat Tillman. But I venture to say he was a good man and he was loved by his family and friends. He was humble and very smart, not just intellegent. He was admired and respected. He was a guy with a hell of a lot to offer and now he is gone. Let the family know the truth about Pat Tillman. If there is any truth to the ‘hero’ label it would be because he was a human being; generous and open, humble and that he touched people’s lives.

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By Polly Ester, March 27, 2007 at 2:48 pm Link to this comment
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“the priority of the Pentagon was to prevent the public knowing that Pat was killed by the military’s highest priority shock infantry unit; and that he was killed by a combination of shoddy leadership and clear violations of the Rules of Engagement, as well as violations of the Law of Land Warfare.”

Dying by “friendly fire” does not inspire one to join an all-voluntary military—-and so let’s make the assumption, that the Pentagon did not consider Tillman’s manner of death something that would rally the country.

In fact, what a “downer,” a patriotic professional athlete gives up a three million dollar football contract to enlist after 9/11,  only to get shot down by U.S. soldiers—-now that is a disaster. No wonder, the pentagon wanted it hush it up—-I’m surprised that the truth is surfacing at all.

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By stephen miller, March 27, 2007 at 1:35 pm Link to this comment
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What about the original medical examiner’s report which said Pat Tillman had been killed by three closely spaced shots to the forehead? Sounds like a sniperscope was used, in which case his identity would have been clear.

Tillman had turned against the Iraq war, and had arranged a meeting with Noam Chomsky on his next rotation stateside.
Some unanswered questions still remain.

http://dvmx.com/pat_tillman_death.html

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By Steve Hammons, March 27, 2007 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment
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It is interesting how brave and honorable warriors like Pat Tillman are so used by those in power in the Pentagon and the Bush-Cheney administration.

Our troops who have been killed and terribly wounded seemingly are viewed as expendable by the chicken hawks and war profiteers who chose to invade Iraq and then occupy it indefinitely.

Politicians make political points, high military officials make rank, and chicken hawk citizens show they are macho by sending honorable troops into harm’s way.

For more on this, see:

“Victory of Courage, Fellowship and Honor”

By Steve Hammons
Columnist, PopulistAmerica.com
Populist Party of America
December 17, 2006

http://www.populistamerica.com/victory_of_courage_fellowship_and_honor

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By CJ, March 27, 2007 at 12:17 pm Link to this comment
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It is noteworthy that Pat Tillman, who was indeed one of the NFL’s finest defensive backs, and who left that career to go off to do what he thought was the right thing, was also a reader of Chomsky (and Herman too, I presume), among others. It is the most terrible irony that Tillman’s death and the Army’s subsequent cover-up of the circumstances of his death—so that Tillman could be used as poster-child, via media, for purposes of enlisting others to go off to war as well as to bolster support for the war among the general population—constitute an almost perfect example of the never-ending attempt by power to manufacture consent. Tillman and his family have been grossly, viciously exploited.

I have wondered what Pat would think were he around to think about it. I would guess he would say that he went to war for the rest of us, and not for those—from Rumsfeld and his generals to Bush, Cheney, Rice and all the rest of these neo-con nuts. (I didn’t know him and so can’t really know for sure what he would think.)

First for the crime of covering up circumstances of Tillman’s death, and second for doing so in order to manufacture consent, the aforementioned should be in the dock facing criminal charges. Alas, these charges are but two of hundreds that could and should be brought against so-called leaders—civilian first and military second—who have demonstrated themselves so callous as to require (hopefully after conviction, pending a fair trial, which even they deserve) imprisonment so that they might no longer pose a danger to society, meaning to the rest of us.

It has turned out that Pat Tillman was a hero in more ways than one.

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By Donovan, March 27, 2007 at 12:12 pm Link to this comment
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For Mark Jensen:

“fta, i was in the army for three years, as an enlisted man.  the way its run i’m suprised anyone stays in.  its the men and women in the army that keep the men and women in the army.  the army itself is a bad joke at its best and a nightmare at its worst. it would be nice if everyone woke up and walked away from the military.”

I can say the same thing about the Navy.  The Air Force and Coast Gaurds are probably the only “good” branches of service to be in.

FTN

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By tyler, March 27, 2007 at 11:07 am Link to this comment
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I am stirred as much by this address by the tillman family, as I was when I read the artcle written by Pat Tillman’s older brother, Kevin.  http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/200601019_after_pats_birthday/

It’s disgusting that there are people in the administration and the military that can live with themselves and sleep at night knowing that they’ve done such a monumental disservice to not only a soldier who gave up his life (and in Pat Tillman’s case, a flourishing career outside the military), but also to his family by recycling the lies that surround the circumstances of his tragic passing.

Thank you to the Tillman family for being so steadfast in their persuit of the truth, they are all an inspiration.  Hopefully through the efforts of the Tillmans, and any other of us like-minded people, Pat Tillman’s life, as well as the thousands of others who have lost their’s due to this madness, will not be in vain, because they certainly will not be forgotten.

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By sheila, March 27, 2007 at 10:40 am Link to this comment
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This is a masterful summation of the whole sordid affair and of the current administration.I so admire the courage of the Tillman family .  Many of us believed from the time of Pat Tillman’s death that the administration was cynically using it as a propaganda ploy. One can also see Rove and Cheney’s dirty thumbprints on the entire matter.  Thankyou to the Tillmans and my deepest sorrow for their great loss. Having lost a brother in Vietnam with the Marines providing us with several different accounts of the cause of his death please allow me to say that keeping Pat’s memory alive and informing Americans of the truth about the administration has to be healing in the long run.  Thankyou for that.

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By Todd Maher, March 27, 2007 at 8:52 am Link to this comment
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The Tillmans are the all american family, with a son who gave up millions to serve a cause that he, at the time, believed to be for freedom. Pat Tillman was killed during friendly fire, which was reported after information was leaked proving that the government lied, to try to propagandize the death to not only gain support for the war, but also to create false hatred for an imaginary enemy.
I think that Pat possibly saw something or figured out something about the war, and being such a popular individual, would’ve called out these hawks for what they really were. Pat was that kind of person. He didn’t follow bad orders without drawing questions in his own mind. He was more patriotic than that. I salute him in the same way I would salute a Thomas Paine or a Patrick Henry. God Bless you, Pat, and God bless your family as well.

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By mark jensen, March 27, 2007 at 8:29 am Link to this comment
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fta, i was in the army for three years, as an enlisted man.  the way its run i’m suprised anyone stays in.  its the men and women in the army that keep the men and women in the army.  the army itself is a bad joke at its best and a nightmare at its worst. it would be nice if everyone woke up and walked away from the military.

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By Summer Lipford, March 27, 2007 at 8:19 am Link to this comment
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Many thanks to the Tillman family for the couragous fight for the truth.  I too lost a son in Iraq and from the first meeting with CID I was blantantly lied to. I did manage to have one statement retratced by the military, however, I was unable to get the true finding of my sons death.  I pray everyday that someday my sons death will be exposed and those responsible will be held accountable.

Too many families have suffered this loss, too many cover ups, too many lies.

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By BRR, March 27, 2007 at 8:08 am Link to this comment
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Thank you Tillman family for your steadfast pursuit of a rare trait from this Administration: The Truth.

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By David Parish, March 27, 2007 at 4:58 am Link to this comment
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I just thought I’d flesh out my previous post referencing the Tillman-Netanyahu connection and James Webb for the benefit of other readers:

Yoni(Jonathan) Netanyahu has largely been forgotten in the US (his younger brother Benjamin is well-known as a former Israli Prime Minister) Yoni led the 1976 Raid on Entebbe.  The truth of his death has been covered up by the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) for the past 30 years.  His brother Iddo had to perform his own investigation into his brother’s death.  Iddo has published two books about his brother’s death (the latest 800 page tome is only available in Hebrew) In a recent article, he called the government’s official story about his brother’s death “ridiculous”. 

I feel the Tillman family would benefit from talking with Iddo (he’s a doctor in New York State.  Besides the coverup of their deaths, both Yoni and Pat were remarkable men, driven totally by integrity and honesty and lived their lives intensely.

I believe Senator James Webb could assist the Tillman’s in their battle for the truth.  Webb’s only son is a Marine grunt in Iraq, he is on the Senate Armed Service Committee, and as a novelist he has dealt with themes of betrayal, justice, and honor. 

Coincidentally, Webb’s 1991 novel “Something to Die For” features a Marine whose death is covered up and used by the President for political purposes.  Even though Webb is a bit too “patriotic” for my tastes and I disagree with his assessment of the Vietnam War; I trust him.  He is a man of integrity.

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By antons@latnet.lv, March 27, 2007 at 4:29 am Link to this comment
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If Bush sacrifices more troops, the issue of cloning the dead is sure to come up, but not to clone more warriors, but warriors opposed to war. See

http://www.militarytimes.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1258&goto=newpost

The Tillman family could use their son’s death to add to the cloning argument which could benefit so many other soldiers killed and maimed in this war. A cloned Pat Tillman? Why not? We would surely have a warrior against war.

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By Mike Bendzela, March 27, 2007 at 4:12 am Link to this comment
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Dear Tillman family,

My best wishes as you KICK THEIR ASSES.

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By ManipulationNation, March 27, 2007 at 1:50 am Link to this comment
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I believe that the family’s conclusions are completely consistent with the workings of the Bush administration, whether it be in President’s office, Vice-President’s office, Pentagon, Justice Department, or anyplace else we’d choose to look. Here are some examples:

—- The president gives phony reasons to the public to gain support to attack another country, which turns into a quagmire for money and lives because of how poorly the occupation is managed.

—- Our vice-president outs a CIA agent whose husband speaks out against the war by telling his chief-of-staff to tell reporters that she is a CIA agent.

—- The executive branch arranges secret, no-bid contracts for companies like Halliburton, which have earned billions of dollars from a war the president had no business starting.  A significant percentage of that money is still not accounted for and Halliburton has announced that it is moving its headquarters to the Middle East.

—- The president decides not to follow the acceptable methods of interrogating prisoners as set out by the Geneva Convention, which has been in effect for over 50 years. When it is discovered that torture occurred at Abu Ghraib prison, only low-level military members are blamed.
 
—- The president signs off on the firing of eight US attorneys (There are only 93 in the country.) after consultation with the Attorney General (AG), but the AG claims he didn’t the know the specifics of the individual cases when he told the president what he was going to do.  The AG denies they were fired for political purposes because he trusted that his chief-of-staff had good reasons.

Do we really expect that the president would foster an atmosphere of honesty and straightforwardness, even in the military, where it is mandated, when there is a good chance he can get away with inconvenient truths that may arise?

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By stephennnn, March 27, 2007 at 1:25 am Link to this comment
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Perhaps the Army can order the Tillman’s to accept their explanation and shut up like a good soldier.

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By TAO Walker, March 27, 2007 at 12:18 am Link to this comment
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The Pentagon has been trying to own and control the Pat Tillman “narrative” ever since he joined up.  Of course the motive is always to spin it along lines supportive of those objectives to which the U.S. military command structure is so fatally committed….some might even say dedicated.  It may be that Pat Tillman, once the perfect public relations “asset,” was becoming a potentially significant liability….if reports from family, friends, and fellow soldiers about his growing disenchantment with “the mission” are accurate. 

Given all the many procedural, evidential, and other anomalies that continue to crop-up, as the military tries (both desperately and ham-handedly) to salvage something of its original investment in the Pat Tillman story (or to at least control the damage accruing as the official version has simply fallen apart in plain sight), it becomes difficult not to at least wonder if maybe the “friendly” fratricide isn’t actually just plain murder….which of course sooner or later must out.  Could such a heart-breaking suspicion be part of what is informing his family’s tenacious effort to reclaim its natural organic ownership of both Pat Tillman and his story?

Among us heathen savages, as Leslie Silko so beautifully and starkly illustrates in her books “Ceremony” and “The Almanac of the Dead,” THE STORY is everything.  It is of course HER story….Life Herownself.  And it is ours, our Mother Earth’s, and all our relations’ as Life’s own particular and peculiar utterances in these parts over these times.  Here in these latter days we are again watching what happens to yet another bunch of true-believers finding out, to their immense consternation, what always befalls those who try to hijack our native narrative and turn it into some self-centered variation of “his” story….which is always, after all, only a wannabe wished-for never-ending saga of their very own.

The Tormentors and their domesticated human captives seem to think THE STORY is just another “commodity” to be exploited and processed and sold….that it is theirs to “own” and dispose-of as they wish, like the U.S. Army is still trying to do with Pat Tillman’s.  That grotesque misperception is their undoing, as it has been of others much more “powerful” and “advanced” and sophisticated, in ages long past.

Us free wild human beings will be living in Her story when this latest crop of would-be hijackers and gangbangers is long gone, too.  That’s because THE STORY isn’t “ours” at all.  We belong wholly to it.

HokaHey!

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By moe, March 26, 2007 at 9:57 pm Link to this comment
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HOORAY FOR THE FAMILY…I’M SURE PAT WOULDN’T WANT A MEDAL UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES..SEEMS HE WANTED TO EARN EVERYTHING HIMSELF..SOMEONE NEEDS TO FESS UP WITH THE TRUTH ALL THE WAY UP THE LINE..

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By David Parish, March 26, 2007 at 8:57 pm Link to this comment
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I just finished reading the “latest and greatest” Tillman investigation. This report is full of “missteps”  Mistakes just happened. B.S.

I would suggest the Tillman’s ask Senator Webb for assistance.  He’s got a son in Iraq, his novels have dealt with issues of honor and injustice for 30 years, and he’s a man of integrity.

And they might find it useful to contact Iddo Netanyahu.  He’s still fighting a battle for the truth about the death of his brother Yoni at the Raid on Entebbe 30 years ago.

PS. Did anyone at Truthdig pass on my email letters about Webb and Netanyahu?  I think they would be valuable to the Tillman family.

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