"I was ordered not to tell them," testified U.S. Army Spc. Bryan O'Neal on Tuesday. According to the AP, the Army Ranger was instructed by a superior to conceal information about the friendly-fire incident from Pat's brother and fellow Army Ranger Kevin Tillman on threat of punishment.
Testifying before the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform, Jessica Lynch and Pat Tillman's brother and mother criticized the Pentagon and the government, which they said manipulated the truth for the sake of political gain.
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.
Keith Olbermann interviews a computer forensics expert, who explains various ways the White House might uncover those pesky missing e-mails. All in all, the chances that up to 5 million e-mails have completely disappeared are very slim.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will investigate the Pentagon's handling of the death of Pat Tillman and the rescue of Jessica Lynch to determine "why inaccurate accounts of these two incidents were disseminated, the sources and motivations for the accounts, and whether the appropriate administration officials have been held accountable."
The findings of an investigation into the cover-up of the circumstances of Pat Tillman's death won't be officially released until Monday, but details are leaking out. According to Defense Department officials, the report will recommend holding nine officers, including up to four generals, accountable.
Peggy Buryj was told in 2004 that her son Jesse died near Karbala, Iraq, sustaining a back injury while heroically defending an Army checkpoint. She would later learn that he was shot in the back. While the Army, which has destroyed important evidence related to the case, insists a Polish soldier fired the shot, a friend of Jesse's who served with him told his mother an American soldier was to blame. (h/t: Buzzflash)