Donna Teresa: Book and movie chronicle Pat Tillman's friendly fire ...

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I never knew what the term "friendly fire" meant until I saw a television movie in 1979 starring Carol Burnett.

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Aug 24, 2010
 
We are all indebted to the Tillman's famly. There is no greater sacrific than to have oneself or family member enlist into the military arms of the United States of America. With this said, the United States government has a moral and ethical duty to give accurate information to families who have lost their love one's in war. Pat Tillman's family in their quest to know what happened to their son deserves the truth.

There are no excuses, anyone who has purposely given false information to families who have lost their love ones should be severly punished. The government should not make ficticous war stories on how america's son's and daughter's have been killed in their quest to justifiy innocense any in the matter! The government should tell the truth........the Tillman's family deserve the truth.......anything less than the truth is a dishonor to the one's who have given the ultimate sacrific to this country.
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In his “The Fog of War” interview with Jason Guerrasio, Amir Bar-Lev, the director of “The Tillman Story,” said:“… there’s been no culpability on the second half of this tragedy, which is the higher ups trying to cover it up.… to borrow a football metaphor, they [the Tillman family] ran the ball 99 yards over four years time, they handed it off at the one-yard line to Congress and they fumbled it...."

Shortly after Sundance, Bar-Lev emailed me that “he was pretty hard on the Democratic Congress in his film.” True, his film does portray Congressman Waxman’s Oversight Committee as ineptly failing to get answers from the top military leadership during their hearing.

However, Bar-Lev’s film missed the ”untold story” that both the Democratic Congress and the Obama Presidency have intentionally protected General Stanley McChrystal from scrutiny and punishment for his central role in the cover-up of Pat Tillman’s friendly-fire death. This cover-up was a thoroughly bi-partisan affair. It wasn’t just a case of the Bush administration and the Army stonewalling the Democratic Congress. Congress didn’t just “fumble” the ball, they threw the game.

It’s not surprising that after their initial cover-up of Pat Tillman’s friendly-fire death fell apart, Army officers and the Bush administration lied to protect their careers. But after they took control of both Houses of Congress in 2006, the Democrats (including Congressman Waxman, Senator Levin, Senator Webb, and Senator McCain) could have gone after those responsible. Or at least not promoted them twice!

Five years ago, Pat Tillman’s family were handed a tarnished Silver Star. It was a travesty of justice that President Obama and the Senate promoted General McChrystal to the Army’s highest rank, and handed him his fourth star.

Just before the 2006 mid-term elections, Kevin Tillman published his eloquent letter,“After Pat’s Birthday”. Kevin had hoped a Democratic Congress would bring accountability back to our country. But, just as with warrantless wiretapping and torture, those responsible for the cover-up of his brother’s friendly-fire death have never been held accountable for their actions.

I’ve just posted “The [Untold] Tillman Story”– President Obama and the Bi-Partisan Congressional Whitewash of General Stanley McChrystal’s Cover-up of Pat Tillman’s Friendly-Fire Death, at http://www.feralfirefighter.blogspot.com

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