Pat Tillman’s Death and the Cover Up

That’s right I didn’t say alleged…come on it was a cover-up.  Anyone can figure that out. 

Think about this.

Pat Tillman was used to drum up support for the war.  What Tillman did was great, he sacrificed millions of dollars to fight for this country.  Fantastic.  But this story was told over and over again as a way to get people fired up over being patriotic.  That’s fine….it was done.  And that’s a fact.

Pat Tillman refused to do interviews.  He didn’t want to stand out from the rest of the Army Rangers.  He wanted to do his job.  Still, his name was used over and over again by many politicians and policy makers on all sides. 

Pat Tillman was killed by friendly fire. 

The army refused to tell the Tillman family  how he died…for about a month.  even though they suspected friendly fire immediately.  think about this

Army Spc. Bryan O’Neal told a congressional hearing that when he got the chance to talk to Tillman’s brother, who had been in a nearby convoy on the fateful day, “I was ordered not to tell him what happened.”

Ok, I can understand not telling him immediately out in the field but you know he’s an Army Ranger and is trained to deal with people dying around him.  So you should be allowed to tell a fellow Army Ranger what happend and not have to keep it a secret.

Also, this little piece at the end of the article.  (why isn’t this higher up!)

The committee had wanted to hear from retired Lt. Gen. Philip Kensinger, who was in charge of Army special operations and came under the heaviest criticism from military investigators for misleading information about Tillman’s death.

Kensinger’s attorney sent Waxman a letter last week saying that if Kensinger were called to testify he would refuse to answer questions, citing his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Ok, so you take all of that…it at least makes you go hmmm.  that’s strange.

now add in Jessica Lynch saying this:

The committee also heard from Jessica Lynch, the former Army private who was badly injured when her convoy was ambushed in

Iraq in 2003. She was later rescued by American troops from an Iraqi hospital, but the tale of her ambush was changed into a story of heroism on her part.

Still hampered by her injuries, Lynch walked slowly to the witness table, took a seat alongside Tillman’s family members and said the heroism belonged to others who fought in Iraq, such as her roommate Lori Piestewa, who died in the same ambush in which Lynch was captured.

“The bottom line is the American people are capable of determining their own ideals of heroes and they don’t need to be told elaborate lies,” Lynch said.

Now, you could say that all of these people are democrats and against republicans so they will spin anything or that they are being used for this.  If you think this way then you have your head way up the political party (excuse my language) ass and can’t think for yourself.   sorry it’s true.

Remember, a lot of this info is not new at all.  Read a little more and notice the date on this one.

Now, don’t you think there is a reasonable chance that Rumsfeld, Bush, Cheney, Powell, etc.  were made aware that this guy (Pat Tillman) ,who they referred to in speeches from time to time, probably died under friendly fire and that this info will come out eventually so watch what you say. 

If they weren’t made aware of this then the people who work for them should be fired.  And don’t you think that maybe, just maybe, their were conversations about keeping this quiet and hidden from the public for as long as possible until they can determine if there would be a backlash. 

And finally, imagine you are the Tillman family and you are sending letter after letter, making phone call after phone call trying to find out what happened to your son but can’t get an answer from anyone.  Not the people who used his name in speeches and the one’s that called him a hero.  So is this what heroes are treated like?  Shouldn’t someone in the armed forces or this administration be ashamed about what has happened, mad?  I’d like to know the names of people who brushed off the Tillman’s when they tried to get to the bottom of this and don’t think there weren’t people on both sides of the political aisle. 

So that’s the rant today….i promise something funny on my next post.  i’ll make fun of someone and maybe myself.

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2 responses to “Pat Tillman’s Death and the Cover Up

  1. Great comments. This story is infuriating… and just one lie in a series of elaborate lies told by this administration. Good for Lynch and Tillman for coming forward. Here’s a bit of Tillman’s testimony: http://www.thenewsroom.com/details/236188/US

  2. Thanks for the link Dem. That’s a good read.

    Yeah, it really gets infuriating if you think about what has happened.

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