Thursday, July 26, 2007

Was Pat Tillman murdered?

This AP article seems to make that case.

I always assumed this was nothing more than a typical friendly fire episode that the Army tried to cover up for PR reasons. It would have never occurred to me that his own comrades would have intentionally killed him.

Here is some provocative evidence taken from 2300 pages of testimony:
  • Tillman had three M16 bullet wounds close together on his forehead which raised the immediate attention of the pathologist.

  • The shots were fired from as close as 10 yards.

  • No evidence at all of enemy fire was found at the scene — no one was hit by enemy fire, nor was any government equipment struck.

  • The soldier at Tillman's side has told conflicting stories.
By the way, Bryan O'Neal, the soldier who was next to Tillman when he was shot, had told a Chaplain at the time that when under fire he was hugging the ground at Tillman's side, "crying out to God, help us. And Tillman says to him, `Would you shut your (expletive) mouth? God's not going to help you; you need to do something for yourself, you sniveling ..." While a very human reaction, O'Neil's conduct is not exactly the image the army wants to project for it's "elite" Rangers.

Congress will be hearing testimony next week.

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