Military Minces Words in Tillman Report
The military has concluded that the fratricide of Pat Tillman was not criminal and there was no broad cover-up, despite recommending action against officers who, as the AP reports, “passed along misleading and inaccurate information and delayed reporting their belief that Tillman was killed by his fellow soldiers.”
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AP via SFGate:
High-ranking Army officers made critical errors in reporting the friendly fire death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman in Afghanistan, but there was no criminal wrongdoing in the shooting of the former NFL star, the military concluded Monday.
Army and Defense Department investigators said that officers looking into the incident passed along misleading and inaccurate information and delayed reporting their belief that Tillman was killed by his fellow soldiers. The investigators recommended the Army take action against the officers.
Among those blamed were the three-star general in charge of Army special operations as well as Tillman’s regimental commander.
The investigation also recommended that the Army review its award of the Silver Star to Tillman. Defense Department Acting Inspector General Thomas F. Gimble said some information provided to justify the citation was inaccurate.
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