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Brig. Gen. Rodney L. Johnson, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, left, listens to Defense Department Inspector General Thomas Gimble as he answers questions from the media about the recent investigation into the death of Army Ranger Cpl. Pat Tillman.  The two were at a news conference Monday at the Pentagon.

By Robert Scheer

C’mon! The Pentagon’s inspector general concludes that nine top officers were involved in the cover-up of NFL football star Cpl. Pat Tillman’s “friendly fire” death, yet insists that this apparent conspiracy to conceal the truth does not rise to the level of criminality? Rather, it was “missteps” that led four generals and five officers of lower rank to conceal from his family and the American public the truth known instantly in the field: Tillman died not, as the Pentagon first claimed, in a firefight with the enemy in Afghanistan but rather at the hands of his fellow Rangers.

That family includes Tillman’s brother Kevin, who fought alongside Pat in Iraq and Afghanistan after ending his own sports career as a professional baseball player and enlisting with Pat in response to the 9/11 attacks. Yet this family, which sent two of its sons to fight in President Bush’s wars, was rewarded for its sacrifice with officially inspired fabrications enshrined in a Silver Star commendation.

For five weeks of mourning, from Tillman’s death on April 22, 2004, through his nationally televised memorial on May 3, the U.S. government—from the president on down—used the tale of Tillman’s heroism to deflect the nation’s attention from the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and the escalating American casualties in Iraq. Four generals were cited by the inspector general as sacrificing the truth in Tillman’s death. But another Central Command chief, Gen. John Abizaid, who knew about the friendly fire death a week after it occurred, was noticeably absent in the report released Monday.

The one officer who did pursue the truth was then-Capt. Richard Scott, now a major, who had been assigned within 24 hours of Tillman’s death to investigate the fratricide. His report, submitted May 10, 2004, concluded that possible criminal actions occurred. It was never officially accepted. He later testified that witnesses had been allowed, in subsequent Pentagon investigations, to change their testimony as to key details in the shooting.

As the Tillman family put it in a statement Monday: “The Army continues to deny the family and the public ... access to the original investigation and the sworn statements from that [Scott] investigation. ... His investigation contained the unaltered statements, taken when memories were still fresh, by witnesses to the events surrounding Pat’s death. We know ... that more than one of the original statements was altered, after Capt. Scott’s investigation ‘disappeared.’ This is not a misstep. It is evidence tampering.”

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The family scorned the inspector general’s conclusion of “missteps.” “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.”

The Tillmans noted the buck stops artificially with one of the generals cited, Lt. Gen. General Philip Kensinger, now retired: “While he is not blameless, we believe he is the pawn being sacrificed to protect the king ... [former] Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.”

The family points out that Rumsfeld was very familiar with the case. He had written Tillman a personal letter thanking him for enlisting. Rumsfeld was obviously aware that this was the most high-profile death in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The family noted it is inconceivable that the Pentagon would have been able to coordinate a carefully orchestrated campaign of lies converting Tillman’s death as a result of friendly fire into a Rambo-like assault on Taliban guerrillas, while keeping the secretary of defense and the White House in the dark.

Pat was a hero, saving the life of a fellow soldier who also was being fired upon. He sacrificed not only a lucrative career but also an extraordinary passion for life that included his marriage to a wonderful woman, his years of education in which he was distinguished as a scholar as well as an athlete, and the enormous love of his family and community.

He deserved the Silver Star granted him posthumously, but not for the phony reasons cited in the declaration. As the Tillman family put it, “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 and the public, while exploiting the death of our beloved Pat as a recruitment poster.”

They are right. As the family stated, “In three years of struggling with the Pentagon’s public affairs apparatus, we have never been dealt with honestly. We will now shift our efforts into Congress, to which we appeal for investigation.” A congressional investigation into the administration’s cynical exploitation of Tillman’s sacrifice is long overdue.

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By TAO Walker, April 3, 2007 at 1:46 pm Link to this comment
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Such dire outlooks as Logician’s here (#61593), and many others all over this site, are all too likely to prove true so long as the vast majority of the civilized breeds remain trapped in the carefully manufactured and expensively maintained illusion of their “individuality.”  Picking-off random collections of such faux fellas and gals is a piece-of-cake for the ruthless and malevolent forces arrayed against them….as Pat Tillman testifies posthumously.

Human beings do not occur in Nature as “individuals,” and as such are certainly not a viable life-form.  The same is true of “nucular” families, and even the so-called “extended” ones.  There is in the Lakota language a word, “tiyoshpaye,” which names that basic arrangement of humankind able to engage beneficially and sustainably with its “habitat,” and to propagate itself healthily over generations.  The closest English word is the now corrupted-beyond-useful-meaning “community.”

As for these “modern” nation states made-up of milling masses of individuated human livestock, their self-destructive effects on Earth’s living arrangement are by now too obvious even to mention.  It is that of factory-farms and feedlots, but on a “global” scale. 

So to borrow, and up-date, an American patriot’s revolutionary insight, to wit:  Cling to your make-believe individuality and you will all certainly “hang” separately.  Hang together, in the closest approximation of the tiyoshpaye you can form, and you at least have a chance to tell your great grandchildren about the time the Tormentors and their tame two-legged wannabes went the way of all damned fools and deliberate fuck-ups.

But first be sure and ask your “doctor” if you’re sexy enough for healthful activity.

HokaHey!

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By Chaseme, April 2, 2007 at 9:50 am Link to this comment
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Many of the soldiers in the military are there as a means of escaping; escaping from the poor and destitute life of trying to survive in a country that could give a damn about their existence.

Many accept the menial wages given to them because it is more than they could make in the coal mining towns or pulpwood and logging towns from whence they came. They go in believing that once they make a name for themselves in the military, their chances of survival after the military will not include the risk of: getting your hand chopped off while working in the lumber yard or having a tree fall on them while working in the forests. The chance of having a mine collapse on you is minimized, because now the military experience may give you better opportunities. Many believe that retiring at age thirty-eight will afford them more benefits than any member of their family has ever seen and this is certainly true in many cases.

However, for Pat Tillman, this was not the case. Pat did not have the worries many of his fellow soldiers had. He did not experience life on the same level of the majority of troops. Pat had what tens of thousands of US troops can only dream of. Which is what leads many to question Pat’s motives for not standing up, because he certainly stood out during this war.

In fact, Pat stood out so much that McCain, Rove, Rumsfeld, cheney and bush decided to sacrifice him in the same way they sacrificed those innocent people in the WTCs, the same way they sacrificed those innocent people at the Pentagon, the same way they sacrificed Valerie Plame; for political gain.

With Pat’s experience playing football, he should have known that you simply cannot just stand around, you have to be active and keep your feet moving and your head on a swivel or you will surely become an easy target for someone to turn your lights off. His inability to do just that in the military, made it easy for this group of misfits to take him out and try to use his death for political gain.

It’s true Pat Tillman’s death was no accident. The destruction of the WTCs was no accident. The outing of Valerie Plame was no accident. Things don’t just happen people. And, before this administration is finished, there will be many more deaths, many more families mourning as many more small town kids try to escape their destitute life in order to survive in this country.

In order for us to survive, we have to do what Pat Tillman failed to do; we have to stand up. We have to keep our feet moving and our head on a swivel before we all become targets in the crosshairs of this administration.

“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.”, H.M. Haile Selassie I

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By Logician, April 1, 2007 at 5:17 am Link to this comment
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Re#61162 by Lexie on 3/29:

It is a FACT Tillman was murdered.  My daughter, who just separated from the Army, remarked before all this hit the fan that his death was “laughed about,” and many of the soldiers were of the opinion that he “deserved it” for not supporting God’s American King, GWB.

The age of Christofascism is here, folks.  You will die at the hands of Blackwater scum or at the hands of vigilante “Christians” wiping the earth of “God haters.”

Take your pick.

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By Bert, April 1, 2007 at 1:42 am Link to this comment
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Mass firings, lawsuits against the war profiteers…start with abu graib and work from there…

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By Fadel Abdallah, March 31, 2007 at 1:29 pm Link to this comment
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In brief, Pat Tillman’s story is a symbol for the thousands of sacrificial lambs at the altar of evil Bush and gang. Unless those evil beasts are brought to justice, it seems to me that the silence of majorty is loudly saying, “Long live our American Hitler! We will offer you as many as sacrificial lambs as necessary to please your appetite for blood.”

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By DennisD, March 30, 2007 at 9:12 pm Link to this comment
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Webster’s New World Dictionary;
Lie - a statement one knows is false.
Misstep - a wrong or awkward step.

In our Bu$hocracy these two meanings are now one and the same. Ergo, no harm, no foul and no punishment. I’ll just cross out “responsibility” from the dictionary as long as it’s open.

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By Dale Headley, March 30, 2007 at 2:22 pm Link to this comment
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Nobody is as expert at lying as the military.

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By Arnold J. Robbins, March 29, 2007 at 11:55 pm Link to this comment
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Next to President George W. Bush, I am beginning to think that the worst President of the United States was James K. Polk who served from March 4th, 1845 to March 4th, 1849.  It was under President Polk that the phrase “Manifest Destiny” came into popular use and was taken to describe President Polk’s administration and mission.  Manifest Destiny expressed the belief that the expansion of the United States from the Atlantic seaboard to the Pacific Ocean was not only “good”, it was obvious (“manifest”) and certain (“destiny”).  All reports and analysis since the Iraqi war began indicate current administration still believes in the concept of Manifest Destiny to support the policy that it is America’s mission to promote and defend freedom throughout the world.  And so one hundred and fifty eight years later we find ourselves in an unpopular war that we initiated without being provoked or attacked by Iraq.  The war with Iraq was largely predetermined by the writings and advocacy of a conservative, Republican think tank located in Washington, D.C. known as “Project for the New American Century”.  Before George W. Bush was ever elected president in 2000 members of Project for the New American Century - which included Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Dan Quayle, Dick Cheney, Jeb Bush and Elliott Abrams -were advocating the U.S. invasion of Iraq! Surprise, surprise, surprise!  Now it is easy to understand why our government covers up incidents like: the murder of Pat Tillman, the torturing of Iraqis at Abu Grab prison, the mistreatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and the awarding of million dollar contracts to Halliburton Oil Company to build four permanent army megabases in Iraq.  Now remember when the Bush administration first started the war with Iraq and President Bush and Vice President Cheney were very upset with the media for reporting in the new that the United States had “invaded Iraq” and we were “a military of occupation”?  Do you remember that?  Turns out the press were right!  We were and are a military of invasion and occupation that is much more interested in securing a permanent prescience in Iraq so that we can stage future wars against any country or group in the Middle East that we consider a threat to “our strategic interest in a steady and protected oil supply from the Middle East to the United States.”  And so the Army uses the apparent murder of Pat Tillman as a shinning example of patriotic sacrifice to recruit more would-be victims of a war by the rich and powerful for the rich and powerful.  Please, please, please write your Congressional representatives immediately and ask them to begin impeachment hearings against George W. Bush and Dick Cheney as soon as possible.  We don’t need or want any more lies!  We want truth, justice and “the real American Way” as opposed to an Administration that is hell bent on practicing and promoting a one hundred fifty eight year old phrase - Manifest Destiny - that is outdated and archaic in today’s modern times.  Oh how I hate President James K. Polk and the concept of Manifest Destiny!

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By stephen miller, March 29, 2007 at 11:20 pm Link to this comment
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The commander of Tillman’s 75th Ranger Regiment, [then] Colonel James Nixon, was promoted to Brigadier General and Director of Operations at the Center for Special Operations at Florida’s MacDill Air Force Base. I guess Rumsfeld thought he’d done an outstanding job.

There’s still no answer to other troubling questions such as how Tillman could have been hit by “three closely spaced shots to the forehead” in a supposedly “chaotic firefight” in conditions of “poor visibility”. That kind of kill is classic sniper and scope work.
Or why his journal, in which he recorded every day his growing disgust with the Iraq War and the administration’s policies, was immediately destroyed, along with his uniform.
We have confirmed that Tillman had arranged to meet with a leading anti-war intellectual, Noam Chomsky, upon his return stateside. One can imagine the panic in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the vision of the much trumpeted poster-boy hero of the War on Terror returning home and speaking out against the evil charade of the War.
That aspect, combined with the nature of the wounds, the destruction of evidence, the first-level coverup, and the dream promotion of the commander in charge… well, you see where this is going.
No wonder Mary Tillman, Pat’s mom, has denounced the investigation report. In the video interview shown on MSNBC, she demands a congressional investigation, and says it “cannot be ruled out” that her son was murdered. More at http://dvmx.com/pat_tillman_death.html

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By carlito paquito-rivera, March 29, 2007 at 11:01 am Link to this comment
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Marksman, Sharpshooter then Expert.  I qualified Expert. If my memory serves well, we send expert shooters in these type missions.  God help us and pray for Pat Tillman’s mother.

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By Hooker, March 29, 2007 at 10:44 am Link to this comment
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With all we now know of Bush’s criminal enterprise better known as the war in Iraq, anyone who does not actively back the expeditious withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, will share responsibility in all the deaths that take place in that God forsaken land, between this day and when our men and women finally come home.

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By Ronn Cantu, March 29, 2007 at 10:18 am Link to this comment
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RE: Comment #60985 by vet240

I agree 100%. Every officer wants to be a general, and every enlisted wants to be a sergeant major. There’s no shortage of soldiers who’s “Love of Career” outweighs their “Love of Country.”

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By Lexie, March 29, 2007 at 9:25 am Link to this comment
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I see that I am not the only person who believes Pat Tillman was killed deliberately. (Note: That means he was murdered.) It is extremely disturbing to contemplate, but it is one of a few reasons why these generals would go to such lengths to hide the truth. Tillman was an atheist (which I am) and a very moral person and a very patriotic person. He recognized the illegality of the invasion of Iraq and he talked about his feelings. I will bet you any money that either a loose cannon killed him because of his opposition to the Iraq war, or even worse, there was a conspiracy to kill him. Why would so many higher-ups be involved in this? Their motivation is to hide criminal wrongdoing, not merely to create a propaganda vehicle for the Bush administration. They were to invested in hiding this information for it to be about cheerleading the war.

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By Fred Corron, March 29, 2007 at 8:20 am Link to this comment
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In my opinion, Tillman was assassinated by our real enemy, which is within our military and government, because not only was he a threat to them on several levels, but he was evidently in conscious conflict with them, and he therefore deserves the Silver Star.

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By carlito paquito-rivea, March 29, 2007 at 5:33 am Link to this comment
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Just my opine, God fertilzes what mankind destroys.  Pat Tillman was the sacrificial lamb that will be the biggest black eye on this administration, to all who did or said nothing, and for every Veteran and Soldier who realized if this could happen to GI Joe? 32nd AADCOM,G3 Operations, Tactical Evaluations, Squad Leader, NATO TOP Secret Clearance, U.S. Army Veteran (79-82)

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By Greg Bacon, March 29, 2007 at 4:07 am Link to this comment
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That the chain of command in the murder—why call it a death?—of Pat Tillman committed a series of “missteps” is a given.

That they also perpuated an ongoing criminal enterprise to coverup the details behind Tillman’s death is also a given.

What about the facts that aren’t listed in this article? Like burning his flak vest and clothes after Tillman’s murder? Why burn such items unless a cover-up was needed immediately? Wouldn’t those items be needed for an impartial investigation?

Why don’t we hear about this kind of gross evidence-tampering?

By the time of this so-called friendly fire incident, Tillman was no longer the Pentagon darling. He saw the wars for what they were: shameless war mongering and profit-taking and was starting to speak this truth to the Army.

Will the Bush/Cheney Regime sink to any depth to help maintain their grip on power and keep the various wars going?

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By ManipulationNation, March 29, 2007 at 12:05 am Link to this comment
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The cover-up regarding how Pat Tillman died follows a pattern of administration lies:

(a) the creation of a veneer that tax cuts being given to everyone while the majority were given to people who were so wealthy that they didn’t need them
(b) the reasons given for invading Iraq
(c) wiretapping Americans without our knowledge
(d) the claim that America is not torturing people when so many people with clear accounts have come forward that it’s virtually undeniable
(e) Dick Cheney has his Chief of Staff tell reporters the name of a CIA agent who is the wife of a prominent opponent of the war.
(f) The attorney general forces eight US attorneys (out of a total of 93) from office for obvious political reasons and then denies that he even knew the names of those eight.
(g) The president claims that the bills that the House and Senate pass to give him more money than he has requested to support the troops actually delay the funding because he is going to veto whatever version comes to his desk.

And these are not nearly all of them.  The pattern of deception used by this president and his administration make it pretty easy to decide whether Donald Rumsfeld, who had written a letter to Pat Tillman because of his prominence, was involved in this cover-up.

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By Arnold J. Robbins, March 28, 2007 at 9:40 pm Link to this comment
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Next to President George W. Bush, I am beginning to think that the worst President of the United States was James K. Polk who served from March 4th, 1845 to March 4th, 1849.  It was under President Polk that the phrase “Manifest Destiny” came into popular use and was taken to describe President Polk’s administration and mission.  Manifest Destiny expressed the belief that the expansion of the United States from the Altantic seaboard to the Pacific Ocean was not only “good”, it was obvious (“manifest”) and certain (“destiny”).  All reports and analysis since the Iraqi war began indicate current administration still believes in the concept of Manifest Destiny to support the policy that it is America’s misson to promote and defend freedom throughout the world.  And so one hundred and fifty eight years later we find ourselves in an unpopular war that we initiated without being provoked or attacked by Iraq.  The war with Iraq was largely predetermined by the writings and advocacy of a conservative, Republican think tank located in Washington, D.C. known as “Project for the New American Century”.  Before George W. Bush was ever elected president in 2000 members of Project for the New American Century - which included Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Dan Quayle, Dick Cheney, Jeb Bush and Elliott Abrams -were advocating the U.S. invasion of Iraq! Surprise, surprise, surprise!  Now it is easy to understand why our government covers up incidents like: the murder of Pat Tillman, the torturing of Iraqis at Abu Grab prison, the mistreatment of detainees at Guantanomo Bay in Cuba and the awarding of million dollar contracts to Halliburton Oil Company to build four permanent army megabases in Iraq.  Now remember when the Bush administration first started the war with Iraq and President Bush and Vice President Cheney were very upset with the media for reporting in the new that the United States had “invaded Iraq” and we were “a military of occupation”?  Do you remember that?  Turns out the press was right!  We were and are a military of invasion and occupation that is much more interested in securing a permanent prescence in Iraq so that we can stage future wars against any country or group in the Middle East that we consider a threat to “our strategic interest in a steady and protected oil supply from the Middle East to the United States.”  And so the Army uses the apparent murder of Pat Tillman as a shinning example of patriotic sacrifice to recruit more would-be victims of a war by the rich and powerful for the rich and powerful.  Please, please, please write your Congressional representatives immediately and ask them to begin impeachment hearings against George W. Bush and Dick Cheney as soon as possible.  We don’t need or want any more lies!  We want truth, justice and “the real American Way” as opposed to an Administration that is hell bent on practicing and promoting a one hundred fifty eight year old phrase - Manifest Destiny - that is outdated and archaic in today’s modern times.  Oh how I hate President James K. Polk and the concept of Manifest Destiny!

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By August West, March 28, 2007 at 5:27 pm Link to this comment
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Re: Comment #60925 by Jerry Bratcher “…Army brass [] tried very hard to protect this sad family from the awful news that their son died in vain, in a stupid accident.”

I disagree.  The government has lied so much that it has become pathological and epidemic.  Start with the run up to the war and the lies told by the Decider, Cheney, Rummy, and even Powell to get the public and Congress to support the invasion.  Then turn to the use of lies and distortion to create “war hero” Jessica Lynch whose injuries were not incurred in battle but in a car accident and her “rescue” from a hospital that the military knew was unguarded. [http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,956255,00.html]  Next up is the staged toppling of Saddam Hussein’s statute in Firdos Square, carefully managed and directed by the U.S. Psy-Ops squad.  [http://newstandardnews.net/content/?action=show_item&itemid=641]  It is not much of a stretch to think that the friendly fire incident was covered up because not only would the incident make the Army look bad, but it would show the sacrifice in vain of one of the Army’s most recognizable soldiers and true American hero.  “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”  (Maxwell Scott to Ransom Stoddard in “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.”)  This was not protection of the Tillman family, but protection of the Army.
Now, let’s talk about an appropriate investigation and the questions that do not have readily available answers:
1.  Who ordered the destruction (burning) of evidence (uniform, vest and body armor), when, why and on what authority?  Were the persons responsible aware that an investigation had been initiated at the time the equipment was burned?
2.  Did this investigation access the report of Capt. Scott and, if so, did investigators find discrepancies in sworn statements between the two investigations significant enough to consider perjury charges?
3.  Why did the Army continue to report the incident as one of enemy fire when Gen. Abizaid, chief of Central Command, knew it was a friendly fire incident one week after it happened and the Army Secretary knew it tree days after that?

A plumber friend of mine once gave me these words of wisdom: sh*t goes down, stink goes up.

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By MARIAM RUSSELL, March 28, 2007 at 4:14 pm Link to this comment
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So, the Army wants us to believe that our Special Forces, Super Trained, Rambo types are not trained which way to point a gun.

I am with Mrs. Tillman, I think he was killed deliberately and that is the reason for the elaborate lies.

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By Dan Noel, March 28, 2007 at 2:46 pm Link to this comment
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Near-total lack of accountability is the administration’s iron-clad guarantee to federal officials as long as they toe the line.

There is nothing new about the Tillman cover-up. Just name a single public servant who was fired for not preventing 9/11 or torpedoing its investigation.

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By RubyGlare, March 28, 2007 at 2:34 pm Link to this comment
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Why haven’t they put RFID tags into our guys dog tags instead of wasting time, letting others like Walmart play with RFIDs; put a double LED light on the guns/head up displays that would read RFID tags,  light is RED our guy-says which branch, maybe also says UK guy or Canada-light is GREEN shoot!

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By Robert Barker, March 28, 2007 at 2:13 pm Link to this comment
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So, Mr. Bratcher, the ends of protecting the Tilman family from the harsh reality of how their son died, justifies the means of lying and cover-up. The Tilman’s do not appear to agree with you.  They were not happy that the Army brass tried to use their son’s death as a means to promote recruitment by lying about how it happened.

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By Steve Hammons, March 28, 2007 at 1:40 pm Link to this comment
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The Pat Tillman case may further discourage young men and women from volunteering for the military ... at least for the Army (The Navy, Air Force and Marines usually don’t have problems recruiting).

With plans to increase the size of the Army (and Marines) and warm bodies for the volunteer Army getting scarce, could a military draft be on the horizon? After all, many young people don’t want to end up like Tillman.

If conflicts escalate, such as with Iran, and if the occupation of Iraq drags on and takes out a few more thousand US soldiers and Marines through death and injuries ... will a draft be next?

Food for thought on this can be found in the articles below:

“Another view of military waivers: Flexible recruiting avoids draft”

By Steve Hammons
Columnist, PopulistAmerica.com  
Populist Party of America
February 17, 2007

http://www.populistamerica.com/another_view_of_military_waivers

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“Military Draft Needed for War With Iran and Syria?”

By Steve Hammons
Columnist, PopulistAmerica.com
Populist Party of America
September 28, 2006

http://www.populistamerica.com/military_draft_needed_for_war_with_iran_and_syria

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“Revisiting the Vietnam War era: The draft, casualties and the Kent State shootings”

By Steve Hammons
Columnist, PopulistAmerica.com
Populist Party of America
November 19, 2006

http://www.populistamerica.com/revisiting_the_vietnam_war_era

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By gt, March 28, 2007 at 1:23 pm Link to this comment
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The NY Times has hardly made the key point that the Tillman family and Robert Scheer make—- this cover-up was directed by Rumsfeld and for all we know Cheney, who understood the negative psychological impact the news would have, and ordered that the Army’s own investigative procedures be subverted.

Abu Ghraib—same

Guantanmo—same

I am sick of seeing our military being trashed by people like Cambone, Rumsfeld and Cheney

Why does the NY Times not bother to report this?    Thank God there are some Robert Scheers

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By vet240, March 28, 2007 at 12:34 pm Link to this comment
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Anyone who believes the military (Lifers and careerists) is about patriotism is mistaken. The military is about the Corps, the Corps, the Corps.

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By Ga, March 28, 2007 at 11:12 am Link to this comment
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Re: Comment #60925 by Jerry Bratcher

It seems most likely that Pat Tillman’s death was simply used by the U.S. Administration’s PR Branch, much like Jessica Lynch was so used.

Most likely the initial reports of Tillman’s death were that he died by the enemy in a firefight—that it was a week before it was know that his death was friendly fire, makes some sense as reports and accounts are always hectic.

HOWEVER, and that is a BIG HOWEVER, people in the U.S. Government used Tillman’s death as a PR campaign! They were actively using a dead hero for propaganda purposes.

After that campaign was under way the truth gets known! So, what next? A COVERUP!

A COVERUP!

When are people going to wake up I keep asking myself?

When are people going to stop making excuses for our Leaders who are consistently and constantly being shown that they have no integrity and whose main job seems to be to control and manipulate the media to make them and “Our Country” look good?

It would not be so bad except that this “War” is going so badly. My God, people are insane!

“They” wanted to be “nice” to the Tillman family! Do you not understand the implications of what you are saying?

“They” should have said from the start that his death was a tragic accident—which is what any normal, honest organization of integrity would have said.

My God, once the Government starts down a path of only telling lies and stories only about heroes we have become a fascist state! Don’t you get? Doesn’t anyone get it? Let them lie to the families of the war dead, let them lie to the public, let them make their own news, let them act in secret, behind closed doors, and we have a road that ends only badly, very badly.

Insanity is spreading. Lies begat lies to cover-up those lies which results in a never ending downward spiral until someone in power stands up and says, “No more!” Or until millions of people start protesting in streets shouting, “No more!”

*Sigh*

No, let’s just let “Them” play “nice.”

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By Lee, March 28, 2007 at 9:10 am Link to this comment
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“The family scorned the inspector general’s conclusion of “missteps.” “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.”

That pretty much describes the entire Iraq war debacle and the consistent and deliberate methods of the neo-Nazi Bush administration.

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By Jerry Bratcher, March 28, 2007 at 8:32 am Link to this comment
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It seems to me most likely that a bunch of people (Mostly Army brass) tried very hard to protect this sad family from the awful news that their son died in vain, in a stupid accident.  Pat Tilman’s death was always going to get 1000 times more attention that any other and They (the brass) wanted to leave the family a hero and instead, with the constant chipping away at “facts”, now we have him murdered to protect Bush and his fellow criminals.  A a bunch of career officers destroyed for what could only have been an act of mercy.  We who oppose the war should not sieze on any and every “fact” to support our opposition.  We should be able to temper our anger at the war with some common sense and charity.  The General Officers that have had their careers laid waste by this were almost certainly acting in good (if mistaken) faith to protect the Tilman family.  Give them a break.

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By A moffat, March 28, 2007 at 8:06 am Link to this comment
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Let’s have a big, public, media push for building A Tomb Of The Unknown Soildier Killed By Friendly Fire, in Washington, along with all the many many other tombs and memorials. It’ll never happen but maybe just discussing the idea would shame the Generals, the Pentagon into telling the truth once in awhile. The feeling’s, the grief of Pat Tillman’s family dosnt bother the military one iota, it seems, judging from its whitewash.  What a tragedy, what a travesty.

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By John Earl, March 28, 2007 at 7:07 am Link to this comment
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The Army’s not getting very good press these days.

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20070409/kors

At a March 19th Iraq War vigil I made a statement:

“We’ve all heard about the scandal at Walter Reed. Neglect of our sick and wounded goes beyond that. The armed services are routinely shortchanging wounded soldiers by keeping their disability benefits low. There is widespread neglect of veterans who have psychological problems too. Our government seems to be good at making injured veterans. It’s just not very good at taking care of them.”

It seems that they not getting very good posthumous treatment either.

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By Alejandro, March 28, 2007 at 7:07 am Link to this comment
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First my heart felt condolences to the Tillman family. Being a Vietnam combat veteran I can tell you that when the lead starts flying sometimes it’s hard to know where it’s coming from. Most fire fights are spontanious and are over quickly. That being said, the only question to be answered is, whether Pat was fragged or got caught in a crossfire. I don’t believe we will ever know the truth about what happened. What can be exposed is the Pentagon’s efforts to use Pats tragic demise as a recrutement tool, for their failed policy and illegal war in Iraq. Finally, I ware my Pat Tillman Cardinal jersey on Veterans Day every year with honor.

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By James Yell, March 28, 2007 at 6:51 am Link to this comment
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There is a large number of Cartoon Generals at the Pentagon. They are politicians and self promoting. Ambition for advancement is the controling guide and how they keep more rational and the truely military men under control. There was a reason our founding fathers, looked at professional military with alarm and suspect. There was a reason that Dwight Eisenhower warned about the military/industrial complex.

We have had 6 years of the shabbist Administration in our history. Even Chester Arthur was a better President. This is just tragic.

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By Robert Baruch, March 28, 2007 at 6:29 am Link to this comment
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George W. Bush (I never really was a soldier, but I played one on T.V.) and the rest of the liars and cowards infesting this administration will be remembered by these words:

Truth, Honesty, Integrity

May They Rest in Peace.

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By vanjejo, March 28, 2007 at 5:18 am Link to this comment
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Dead men tell not tales.

And neither do burned evidence and diaries…..

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By Dr Paul Recher, March 28, 2007 at 12:48 am Link to this comment
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So what else is new? The USA ALWAYS denies responsiblity.

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By Arnold J. Robbins, March 27, 2007 at 11:26 pm Link to this comment
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The Tillman Family deserves better.  I encourage everyone to write their Congressional representatives and demand an investigation.  It is amazing how much the government lies to United States citizens.  I wonder if they will ever wake up and realize that they are fooling nobody but themselves when they try to obstruct justice as this article suggest.  Shame on the U.S. Army!!!

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By halhiker, March 27, 2007 at 10:50 pm Link to this comment
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Pat Tillman’s mother goes so far today as to suggest that maybe her son was killed on purpose.

Pat Tillman became an opponent of the war and as one of the most high profile individuals fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan that would have created an incredible amount of negative PR in the year of a pivotal election.  Mmmm.

Dead men tell not tales.

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