Pat Tillman

I must be on crack.  Am I reading this correctly?  There was no cover up in the death of Cpl. Pat Tillman?  According to the Washington Post, investigators found that 4 senior Army officials, including a three-star general who is still in Iraq made “critical errors” but insist that there was no cover up. 

This is indeed a cover-up.  On April 22, 2004, Tillman was killed in Iraq.   At first, the Army calimed that he was killed while charging up a hill against enemy fighters. In my opinion, the Army used Tillman as the poster board for recruitment.  The Armyand the media coined him as an example of what America is all about; making sacrifices in spite of what he had going for himself in civilian life.  even though Tillman was a hero, the Army let him down.  They let him down by lying to his family and the American people.

Let’s look at the facts:

  • The Pentagon Lt. Gen. Philip R. Kensinger Jr., now retired “provided misleading testimony” to Army and Pentagon investigators “when he denied that he knew friendly fire was suspected before the memorial service”
  • Brig. Gen. James C. Nixon, then a colonel in command of the 75th Ranger Regiment, failed to take steps to initiate investigations of suspected friendly fire.
  • Brig. Gen. Gary M. Jones, then chief of staff of USASOC and now retired, conducted a faulty follow-up investigation in which he did not interview all Rangers present or scrutinize the mishandling of evidence.
  • Nixon, along with Lt. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who was the joint task force commander, were responsible for submitting a Silver Star recommendation for Tillman that included “inaccurate information and a misleading citation that implied CPL Tillman died by enemy fire”
  • ******Soldiers burned Tillman’s uniform and body armor the day after his death.

Soldiers burned Tillman’s uniform?  Who gave the orders to do that?  Why did they burn his uniform?  And the Army has the nerve to tell the American people that this was not a cover up?  I am glad that his family is speaking out now and hopefully the truth will be uncovered; they do not deserve this, our troops do not deserve any of this.

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