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The Pat Tillman saga is such a disturbingly sad one that has only become more disturbing after yesterday's news releases. Tillman, ex-Arizona Cardinal NFL'er, set aside fame and fortune and joined the U.S. military to become an Army Ranger. His reasons for joining were patriotic after the 9-11 tragedy but he was never a George W. Bush admirer. Tillman was quoted about the Iraq war of choice saying, "This war is so f*cking illegal."
The most recent information had been that Tillman was killed by "friendly fire" in 2004 in Afghanistan. That information had been withheld for a long time by the military as Tillman's celebrityhood patriotism was exploited for Bush's ridiculously named Global War On Terror. The initial story to Tillman's family, and then to the public, was that Tillman died battling the "enemy". The similarities to the fictitious Jessica Lynch storytelling was uncanny.
Yesterday this was reported....
SAN FRANCISCO -
Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Pat Tillman’s forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former NFL player’s death amounted to a crime, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
“The medical evidence did not match up with the, with the scenario as described,” a doctor who examined Tillman’s body after he was killed on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2004 told investigators.
The doctors - whose names were blacked out - said that the bullet holes were so close together that it appeared the Army Ranger was cut down by an M-16 fired from a mere 10 yards or so away. Link
If that alone is not disturbing enough....read this....
_ Army attorneys sent each other congratulatory e-mails for keeping criminal investigators at bay as the Army conducted an internal friendly-fire investigation that resulted in administrative, or non-criminal, punishments.
_ The three-star general who kept the truth about Tillman's death from his family and the public told investigators some 70 times that he had a bad memory and couldn't recall details of his actions.
_ No evidence at all of enemy fire was found at the scene _ no one was hit by enemy fire, nor was any government equipment struck.
Henry Waxman, who has held previous hearings pertaining to Pat Tillman's death, will be hosting another hearing to deal with this newly released information.
The Reverend has been following this story since the beginning. The military has purposely misused and exploited the death of Pat Tillman to serve their, most likely, recruitment levels. That's the same kind of exploitation and deception we saw in the Jessica Lynch saga. The Bush White House used Tillman's death to glorify the Commander Guy's Great and Glorious War in the hopes of scoring patriotic political points with Americans.
But the White House and the military based their accounts of the Pat Tillman death on lies and deceptions. Now it appears Pat Tillman not only was not killed while fighting the "enemy", not simply killed in a mistaken clustermess of "friendly fire", but that he was actually MURDERED. My God....three bulletholes in his forehead.
The question that most likely will never be answered in this sickening account is...... why.