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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-27-07 06:33 PM
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Time For President To Come Clean On Tillman Cover-Up
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Edited on Fri Jul-27-07 06:34 PM by ProSense

Time For President To Come Clean On Tillman Cover-Up

Our guest blogger is Jon Soltz, chairman of VoteVets.org and veteran of the Iraq war.

The worst way you can further exacerbate the pain survivors of a fallen soldier feel, is to keep them wondering why and how their loved one died. Now past three years since former NFL star Pat Tillman died in Afghanistan, his mother, Mary Tillman, and her family do not have answers. Unfortunately, documents meant to put the investigation into his death to rest are only bringing up more painful questions, rather than calming them. Whats worse is that the case could start to have serious repercussions with internal confidence in the Armed Forces.

Yesterday, the Associated Press reported that among the files on the case that the news agency obtained were details of Army medical examiners being unable to convince the military to look into whether Tillman was intentionally killed. According to the documents, the wounds they found were inconsistent with the governments original official story that Tillman was cut down by Afghani fighters and looked more like he was killed by an American M-16 just a mere 10 yards away.

After an investigation, the government changed the story that Tillman was a victim of friendly fire, an honest mistake, because he was mistaken for the enemy. The recent revelations now cast this conclusion into serious doubt. You dont mistake someone from 10 yards away. But, was it murder or negligence? Was this a deliberate homicide?

President Bush is not helping at all. With these new details, and his decision to invoke executive privilege in the Tillman investigation, the President is certainly sending the signal that he has something to hide.

It is inevitable, then, that unless the President comes clean, rumors about Tillmans death will take hold. By stonewalling, there is no way to stop people from wondering, Was the man the White House used to promote the war ordered to be killed because he was becoming increasingly critical of the war in Iraq? It was well known that Tillman was critical of the decision to go to war, and had often read and quoted Noam Chomsky. I dont personally believe such a conspiracy to be the case, but until the President comes clean, rumors like that will continue to grow. Every officer knows that if a soldier in their command is killed they must write the family and tell them the truth, for exactly that reason. Why cant the man who sent Pat Tillman to war, and used his death for political gain, have the courage to tell a family what happened to their son?

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