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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:00 PM
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Army to open criminal probe of Tillman death

Army to open criminal probe of Tillman death


Friendly fire blamed in death of former NFL player in Afghanistan
From Barbara Starr
CNN Washington Bureau
Saturday, March 4, 2006; Posted: 4:55 p.m. EST (21:55 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. Defense Department inspector general has directed the Army to open a criminal investigation into the death of former NFL star Pat Tillman, CNN learned on Saturday.

Initial reports said Tillman, 27, was shot and killed by Taliban forces during an ambush on April 22, 2004. An investigation later revealed that fellow soldiers shot Tillman, thinking he was part of an enemy force firing at them.

Tillman's family demanded to know why his uniform and armor were burned a day after he was killed and why they were not immediately told he might have been killed by fellow soldiers.

A 2005 report from Brig. Gen. Gary Jones contained sworn statements from soldiers involved in the incident who said they burned the items because they had taken pictures of the scene, walked around and knew how Tillman had been killed.

Initially, Tillman's blood-covered uniform and armor were said to have been destroyed because they were considered a biohazard.

more...

http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/04/tillman /



Investigate the entire Bush administration!
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renate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:25 PM
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1. what an incredibly sad story
:cry:

At least the real story finally came out.
Something about the claims of the soldiers who burned the items because they thought they were a biohazard sounds true to me, especially since this happened so soon after the beginning of the war and they probably hadn't had much practice in dealing with bloody uniforms. This must have been a horrible experience for them, too.

Pat Tillman, :patriot:
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:27 PM
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2. I'm glad they're doing this and I hope they find the truth
for his parents. They deserve to know the truth more than anybody. I hope this isn't a whitewash thing.
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OneTwentyoNine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:39 PM
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3. Damn,did Bush,Rove and company run out of ways to keep this buried?
It was bad enough he was killed by friendly fire,but then Bush and his Nazi's used Tillman's CORPSE to try and pimp their ALREADY failing War.

Get the investigation going and make it STICK. I'd love to know who ordered up Tillmans BS cover story when he got killed.

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cliss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:48 PM
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4. Does anyone know what really happened?
I've read that Tillman was in fact against the war(s) in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Another post said that Tillman's fellow troops turned on him because of this.

Rumour?
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 05:05 PM
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5. I've heard that too but I don't know
:shrug: Mighty sad if true. :( If it is true funny now 72% of them want out.
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mtnsnake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:51 PM
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6. "Pat was very critical of the whole Iraq War". Check this out....
"There was a lot more depth to Tillman, who was pursuing a master's degree in history, than one would normally expect of an NFL gladiator. Afghanistan had been an easier sell, but Tillman would never buy the official line on Iraq. At one point, according to a San Francisco Chronicle article published nearly a year and half after his death, he told fellow Rangers fighting in Iraq that the war was, "so fucking illegal." A close friend told the paper, "That's who he was-he totally was against Bush." Tillman's mother clarified, explaining that her son believed the Afghanistan war was justified by the September 11th attacks but "Pat was very critical of the whole Iraq War." Another friend, who served with him, recalled how Tillman admonished fellow Rangers to vote Bush out of office in the forthcoming presidential election.

As both wars droned on, Tillman, the picture perfect poster boy, evolved into something of a wild card. With a Chomsky meeting on the horizon there existed a very real possibility that Tillman, in the weeks leading up to the 2004 presidential election, might go public with his anti-war, anti-Bush views, dealing a critical blow to the very foundation of the Bush administration's propaganda pyramid. That day never came, however. On April 22, 2004, Tillman was killed while on patrol in Afghanistan by three American bullets to the head.

and more about how "the Bush administration's professional liars began spinning one of their tallest tales....and the cover-up and fabrication of events in the death of Tillman at:
http://www.thehumanist.org/humanist/articles/Niman.JanF...

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ReadTomPaine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 12:01 AM
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7. Army investigation? They are getting ahead of a brewing scandal.
Someone involved in all of this has tipped off outside sources or leaked information regarding the nature of his death, of this you can be sure. The army is getting ahead of this with an 'official' investigation of which nothing of consequence will come.

This will be a familiar process to those who remember Vietnam.

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