April 25, 2007
After watching Pat Tillman’s mother and his brother Kevin Tillman speak before congress, I have come to the conclusion that the Tillman family has been used, abused and manipulate by our military for political and propaganda purposes.
To believe that George W. Bush has not been aware of this abuse and manipulation would be very naïve.
An Army Ranger who was with Pat Tillman when he died by friendly fire said Tuesday he was told by a higher-up to conceal that information from Tillman’s family.” I was ordered not to tell them,” U.S. Army Specialist Bryan O’Neal told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Kevin Tillman accused the military of “intentional falsehoods” and “deliberate and careful misrepresentations” in portraying Pat Tillman’s death in Afghanistan as the result of heroic engagement with the enemy instead of friendly fire.
“We believe this narrative was intended to deceive the family but more importantly the American public,” Kevin Tillman told a House Government Reform and Oversight Committee hearing. “Pat’s death was clearly the result of fratricide,” he said, contending that the military’s misstatements amounted to “fraud.”
“Revealing that Pat’s death was a fratricide would have been yet another political disaster in a month of political disasters (Abu Ghraib) so the truth needed to be suppressed,” Tillman said.