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Who Killed Pat Tillman?

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Who Killed Pat Tillman?

by Michael I. Niman

Published in the Humanist, January/February 2006

The American mass media are like tired old dogs, dutifully fetching official lies on command and dropping them like bones at the feet of an unsuspecting public. We in turn reward them by buying both the products and the myths they sell us. Eventually, however, the products fail and the myths unravel. When the government's popularity wanes sufficiently, despite the support of a compliant press, even old dogs can come up with new tricks, reviving the lost art of investigative reporting.

Take the Pat Tillman story. Remember him? He was the star National Football League defensive back who, after the 9/11 attacks, walked away from his $3.6 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals to enlist as an elite U.S. Army Ranger and go off to Afghanistan to whip some terrorist ass. No matter what your opinion on the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, or your theory on who was ultimately responsible for the 9/11 attacks, Tillman was clearly acting as a selfless hero in the traditional sense of the word. The media sang only one song at the time-dirtbags in Afghanistan did this to us-and "deterrence" through violent retribution was the only discussable response. Both Tillman and his brother Kevin, like most every American, bought into the program-but they actually volunteered to fight.

After joining up, however, they weren't shipped off to Afghanistan, where they believed terrorists were holed up, but to Iraq to fight in a newly minted war that didn't exist when they signed away control of their lives. Here's where the recruiting poster image deviated from the script. 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 ******* 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.

The Chomsky Factor

Tillman, we now know, was also in contact with one of his favorite authors, America's leading intellectual dissident, Noam Chomsky. According the Chronicle, Tillman had set up a meeting with Chomsky to take place when he returned from Afghanistan, where he eventually wound up after serving his tour in Iraq.

This image of a Chomsky-loving, anti-Bush, anti-Iraq-war hero (at a time when most of the U.S. population supported the administration's foreign policy), flew in the face of the official Bush administration portrait of Tillman, painted by dutiful media whores like Ann Coulter, who once described him in near-racialist terms as "An American original-virtuous, pure and masculine, like only an American can be." (Max Blumenthal, blogging for the online Huffington Post, asked if we could have Coulter's line in the original German).

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.

Jessica Lynch Redux

Immediately, evidence surrounding the killing began to disappear. One day after his death someone burned his body armor. Two days later someone burned his uniform. At some point his journal, which he religiously wrote in, went missing. With that journal disappeared Tillman's voice.

Meanwhile the Bush administration's professional liars began spinning one of their tallest tales, with their cohorts in the Pentagon explaining how the hero Tillman was killed by enemy fire. Bush himself chimed in to announce that Tillman was "an inspiration on and off the football field, as with all who made the ultimate sacrifice in the war on terror." The Pentagon, as it did with the Jessica Lynch story, spewed forth so many lies as to bury itself under an obvious pile of bullshit. The Army issued Tillman a postmortem Silver Star for bravery, explaining in the process how, "through the firing Tillman's voice was heard issuing fire commands to take the fight to the enemy on the dominating hill ground." And this is the story the media reported to the world.

Reports of Fratricide

But files obtained by Tillman's mother, from three Army investigations into the killing, document a different set of last words. According to testimony issued by a fellow Ranger, who was at Tillman's side when he was killed, the last words Tillman shouted before being shot were, "Cease fire, friendlies, I am Pat ******* Tillman, dammit!"

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Ranger commanders received a report the day after his death stating that Tillman died in a suspected act of fratricide, the crime of killing members of your own group. But the more they were confronted with the truth of what happened, the harder Army officials stuck to the official lies. One week after his death they pulled the Silver Star move, successfully milking the hero dying in action myth in a compliant media environment. Two weeks after his death the Army's official casualty report stated that he was killed by enemy forces. Six weeks later, however, with the mythic version of Tillman's killing firmly embedded in the American conscious, and with the Tillman story safely buried in the ashbin of "old news," the Army finally told Tillman's family that the official cause of death was "fratricide."

By all accounts, Tillman was popular and loved by the troops with whom he served-supporting the theory that his death was in fact a tragic accident. One of the Army investigations, however, suggested leveling charges of criminal intent against the killer or killers, prompting Tillman's mother to ask, "I want to know what kind of criminal intent there was." But all she has been able to glean from over 2,000 pages of official reports are contradictions, continuously changing stories, and countless blacked out lines.

Putting It All Together

What we have with the Tillman case is a cover-up and a fabrication. What was covered up was the embarrassing reality surrounding the futility of his death-the wasting of an iconic American hero. What was fabricated was a fairy tale story of a heroic battle, one that would support the Bush administration's global war effort while not undermining its military recruiting. What was deliberately ignored was an incident at his funeral-reported in the May 4, 2004, San Francisco Chronicle and New York Daily News-when Tillman's youngest brother, Rich, took offense at words that Tillman was now "with God"; he stated to the gathering, "Pat isn't with God. He's ******* dead. He wasn't religious." More importantly, what was buried was the complex story of Pat Tillman's opposition to the Iraq war and the Bush agenda. Murdered in this fabrication and cover-up, therefore, was the real Pat Tillman. According to his father, "The administration clearly was using this case for its own political reasons. This cover-up started within minutes of Pat's death, and it started at high levels."

Only now, as a flood of public opinion is forcing the media to report critically about the Bush administration, will we possibly see a real investigation into how Pat Tillman died. And if we are persistent enough we might even see a proper investigation into why Tillman, and thousands of other Americans, and tens of thousands of Iraqis and Afghanis, had to give up their lives.
 

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To save Shamu some time, I'll tell you folks what the story is here.....it's not that Pat Tillman died in friendly-fire incident.....incidents that have occurred in every war known to man.

No, the story here is that George W. Bush had Tillman murdered to silence him because he was critical of the war and might hurt Bush's chances of re-election. And of course, the industrial-military complex and Jew-controlled media dutifully followed Bush's orders in a grand conspiracy.

Am I not right Shamu?
 
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Whitewing said:
To save Shamu some time, I'll tell you folks what the story is here.....it's not that Pat Tillman died in friendly-fire incident.....incidents that have occurred in every war known to man.

No, the story here is that George W. Bush had Tillman murdered to silence him because he was critical of the war and might hurt Bush's chances of re-election. And of course, the industrial-military complex and Jew-controlled media dutifully followed Bush's orders in a grand conspiracy.

Am I not right Shamu?

the facts speak for themselves..the military got caught lying just like the jessica lynch story that was all made up bs.

i bring up this story which was proven to be lies by the military to show they are also lying about osama bin laden. just another made up story with no supporting evidence other than they say so. just lies to continue a war for the military industrial complex.
 

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shaumei said:
Whitewing said:
To save Shamu some time, I'll tell you folks what the story is here.....it's not that Pat Tillman died in friendly-fire incident.....incidents that have occurred in every war known to man.

No, the story here is that George W. Bush had Tillman murdered to silence him because he was critical of the war and might hurt Bush's chances of re-election. And of course, the industrial-military complex and Jew-controlled media dutifully followed Bush's orders in a grand conspiracy.

Am I not right Shamu?

the facts speak for themselves..the military got caught lying just like the jessica lynch story that was all made up bs.

i bring up this story which was proven to be lies by the military to show they are also lying about osama bin laden. just another made up story with no supporting evidence other than they say so. just lies to continue a war for the military industrial complex.

Indeed. If they lied about Pat Tillman then that automatically means that the bin Laden story is all BS.

The military also claimed that they couldn't find WMD's in Iraq, so that must have been a lie too, right Shamu?

It's all so easy. The military told a lie, bin Laden didn't die. Yeah, I see the pattern.
 

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Larrry said:
I saw where there was another round of tornados today

From what I saw on TV today there is a new protection room you can buy to keep yourself safe from tornados. It is made out of kevlar and bolts down to a concrete pad in your basement. They range in size from 4 ft square to 12 ft. square.
 

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Tam said:
Larrry said:
I saw where there was another round of tornados today

From what I saw on TV today there is a new protection room you can buy to keep yourself safe from tornados. It is made out of kevlar and bolts down to a concrete pad in your basement. They range in size from 4 ft square to 12 ft. square.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP-2L3jnxFY

"Blast from the past"
 

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Tam said:
Larrry said:
I saw where there was another round of tornados today

From what I saw on TV today there is a new protection room you can buy to keep yourself safe from tornados. It is made out of kevlar and bolts down to a concrete pad in your basement. They range in size from 4 ft square to 12 ft. square.

That sounds good in theory, but with this last round.. I'm pretty certain anything above ground level was in trouble. All the houses I saw in the middle of it were wiped off the foundation.
 

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I don't want to take this as Bush bashing but the military did lie about Pat Tillman. I don't know if it was a big conspiracy or not but I am not happy about what the military did in this white wash and neither should any real American. It was done at pretty high levels which shows that at high levels we have people who will lie for their own benefit.

I do see this whole action as one that was lied about for purposes that did not honor this American soldier and all who were involved in that lie need to be responsible for their part in the lie and the coverup of Tillman's death.

To not do so means that you value a lie if it furthers your own political agenda and people like that are far too common in system. It means we don't deal with the truth and instead hide it. It means we are dishonest with ourselves.

Now I don't know if that leads to a whole conspiracy or not.

I do think that the past few presidents have not been truthful with the American people on a variety of subjects for political purposes.

I wish Bill Clinton would have lost more than his law license for his lies on the Monica Lewinski affairs. These kind of lies have lead us into bigger ones and bigger ones to where the conspiracies put forth are more and more believable.

I sure hope we don't have to have the Hand of God come down in the form of tornadoes and such for us to get back to the truth but that one is not my call. I think we all have a part in that judgement.

Tex
 

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Bash Bush all you want Tex. I bashed him for spending money like a drunken sailor while praising him for the general job he did on the one issue that I felt most important for America for many years....fighting these Islamic nutcases who wish to kill ever American possible.

I've also bashed Obama for spending money like 1,000 drunken sailors while praising him for abandoning his silly Hope & Change campaign gimmicks that fooled only the weak-minded amongst us, and have praised him for embracing many of Bush's strongest measures to fight terrorism.

As for the military, of course they lied about the Tillman incident. Who doesn't know that now? As with most coverups, it was eventually discovered, brought to light, and acknowledged by them. To me though, today's military lies and censorship are nothing compared to what took place during WW II. Some of it was necessary I'm sure to protect military plans (loose lips sink ships), some of it not.

Where I differ with the original poster though is the wild extrapolations he makes that if the military lied about X, Y, or Z, well then, they obviously had a hand in the colossal coverup of our government blowing up the WTC Towers so we could go to war.....yada yada yada.

He's a loon.
 
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Bash Bush all you want Tex. I bashed him for spending money like a drunken sailor while praising him for the general job he did on the one issue that I felt most important for America for many years....fighting these Islamic nutcases who wish to kill ever American possible.

I've also bashed Obama for spending money like 1,000 drunken sailors while praising him for abandoning his silly Hope & Change campaign gimmicks that fooled only the weak-minded amongst us, and have praised him for embracing many of Bush's strongest measures to fight terrorism.

As for the military, of course they lied about the Tillman incident. Who doesn't know that now? As with most coverups, it was eventually discovered, brought to light, and acknowledged by them. To me though, today's military lies and censorship are nothing compared to what took place during WW II. Some of it was necessary I'm sure to protect military plans (loose lips sink ships), some of it not.

Where I differ with the original poster though is the wild extrapolations he makes that if the military lied about X, Y, or Z, well then, they obviously had a hand in the colossal coverup of our government blowing up the WTC Towers so we could go to war.....yada yada yada.

He's a loon.

whitewing,

I am a loon because I post truth you cannot deny.

the govt lies daily to the people because they NO LONGER WORK FOR US AS THEY ARE BOUGHT OFF.

facts are facts...they lied about tillman and lynch....

they cannot be trusted yet say WE GOT OSAMA AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO RELEASE ANY EVIDENCE OF IT BUT JUST TRUST US WE GOT HIM.

OBL DIED IN 2001.

I WILL ALSO TELL YOU THAT KHALID SHEIK MOHAMMAD IS DEAD...THEY WILL NEVER SHOW HIS FACE AGAIN AND THIS IS WHY THEY PROPOSED THE TRIAL IN NY BUT NEVER WOULD HAVE DONE THIS...

A real trial will only prove that 9/11 was a govt and mossad operation.
 

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shaumei said:
whitewing,

I am a loon because I post truth you cannot deny.

the govt lies daily to the people because they NO LONGER WORK FOR US AS THEY ARE BOUGHT OFF.

facts are facts...they lied about tillman and lynch....

they cannot be trusted yet say WE GOT OSAMA AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO RELEASE ANY EVIDENCE OF IT BUT JUST TRUST US WE GOT HIM.

OBL DIED IN 2001.

I WILL ALSO TELL YOU THAT KHALID SHEIK MOHAMMAD IS DEAD...THEY WILL NEVER SHOW HIS FACE AGAIN AND THIS IS WHY THEY PROPOSED THE TRIAL IN NY BUT NEVER WOULD HAVE DONE THIS...

A real trial will only prove that 9/11 was a govt and mossad operation.

Shamu, you're a loon because you're a nutcase who believes in every silly conspiracy theory that comes down the pike, not because you post the truth that I cannot deny.

I've proven here so many of these facts you post as either your opinion or as outright falsehoods and lies on your part, that I can't even keep track any further, so again, spare me the hogwash about your truths.

"KHALID SHEIK MOHAMMAD IS DEAD". Prove it Shamu. Give me one shred of credible evidence that he's dead or just admit that it's your opinion. And credible evidence does not include someone's youtube video saying so.

"9/11 was a govt and mossad operation". Prove it Shamu. Again, spare us the youtube links and instead give me something credible, not just your opinion.

Everything you've posted here to date about this subject has been pure bull crap and is so easy to disprove that it looks like a house of cards falling a freefall speed.
 

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Whitewing said:
Bash Bush all you want Tex. I bashed him for spending money like a drunken sailor while praising him for the general job he did on the one issue that I felt most important for America for many years....fighting these Islamic nutcases who wish to kill ever American possible.

I've also bashed Obama for spending money like 1,000 drunken sailors while praising him for abandoning his silly Hope & Change campaign gimmicks that fooled only the weak-minded amongst us, and have praised him for embracing many of Bush's strongest measures to fight terrorism.

As for the military, of course they lied about the Tillman incident. Who doesn't know that now? As with most coverups, it was eventually discovered, brought to light, and acknowledged by them. To me though, today's military lies and censorship are nothing compared to what took place during WW II. Some of it was necessary I'm sure to protect military plans (loose lips sink ships), some of it not.

Where I differ with the original poster though is the wild extrapolations he makes that if the military lied about X, Y, or Z, well then, they obviously had a hand in the colossal coverup of our government blowing up the WTC Towers so we could go to war.....yada yada yada.

He's a loon.

I guess that is what I am saying, Whitewing. We can acknowledge the truth even if it isn't our storyline we want to hear, but I think we need to go a little further than that and hold the process that gave us the lies some accountability.

The great thing about our service men is that even though some of them may become disillusioned when they see the real thing on the field, they still do their job, and do it well. In doing that job, they do not need to swallow a bunch of domestic political lies. Their fighting means we can have or should have a little accountability with the top brass and not whitewash every incident. I think we owe our troops that much.

One can complain about George Bush or Bill Clinton or Obama and be correct in the complaints. These presidents all have tough decisions to make so there are bound to be some decisions you like, some I like, and some that were just wrong no matter how you look at it.

I think that was the case with the Jessica Lynch spin out story and the Pat Tillman story. Neither of these stories put out and stamped by top brass were honoring the men and women that serve our country. Lies serve the liar.

Tex

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It's amazing that our government hasn't already suppressed all your truth The Sham. You know they are watching you.... I'm concerned for your safety, you know the media would just cover things up and report what they are told. You should probably go underground for a while to throw them off.
 

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