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Remembering Pat Tillman—and the Questions Left Unanswered


Ten years ago Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan, and the circumstances of his death continue to raise questions a decade later.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE

What Stanley McChrystal Did to Pat Tillman’s Family


AP / Gerald Herbert

President Obama has asked Gen. Stanley McChrystal to oversee the administration’s new initiative to help military families. What a slap in the face to the nation’s highest-profile military family—that of Army Ranger Pat Tillman—on whom McChrystal heaped misery and disrespect.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 READ MORE

Dishonoring Pat Tillman


AP / Susan Walsh

Veterans were honored all across America Thursday, while the most famous veteran of our ongoing wars continues to be dishonored.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE

Revisiting ‘After Pat’s Birthday’

Pat and Kevin Tillman
Courtesy of the Tillman Family

In light of the release of the must-see documentary “The Tillman Story,” we reprint Kevin Tillman’s classic 2006 Truthdig piece on the death of his brother, Pat.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE

‘The Tillman Story’: Myth, Mystery and Celebrity

Tillman
tillmanstory.com

Thanks to the Establishment’s truly spectacular mishandling of this case—will they never learn, you can live with screw-ups, never coverups?—Pat Tillman left the country of celebrity and entered the land of myth, innocently, even perhaps tragically.

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 READ MORE

General Discharge

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U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Thomas Dow

Rolling Stone’s definitive piece on the “Runaway General” establishes the man in charge of the Afghanistan misadventure as an egotistical flake whose half-baked Afghan war-fighting strategy should never have been endorsed in the first place.

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE

Happy Birthday, Pat Tillman

Pat and Kevin Tillman
Courtesy of the Tillman Family

Pat Tillman’s birthday is Nov. 6, and we wish to commemorate his life by republishing Truthdig’s most popular piece, “After Pat’s Birthday,” written by Pat’s brother, Kevin Tillman.

Posted on Nov 6, 2009 READ MORE

Pat and Mary Tillman Are Saluted in N.Y. Times

Pat Tillman
terrorism.inreview.com

Four years after Pat Tillman’s death by friendly fire in Afghanistan, his mother, Mary Tillman, is still asking questions—primarily about the U.S. government’s initial cover-up of the details of Pat’s death and about how far up the chain of command the deception extended.  Here, New York Times sports writer George Vecsey praises Mary Tillman and her new memoir, “Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman.”

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE

Mary Tillman on ‘Today’: ‘Pat’s Death Was a Lie to the Country’

Mary Tillman

Mary Tillman made a sharp and moving appearance Tuesday morning on the “Today” show to talk about her new book, “Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman,” about the friendly-fire death of her son, Pat, and the U.S. military’s subsequent cover-up in 2004.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE

Rumsfeld Lies?:  Pat Tillman Case Review

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youtube.com

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made a cameo appearance on Capitol Hill Wednesday to testify about what he knew, and when, regarding the death of Cpl. Pat Tillman.  Facing Reps. Henry Waxman, Dennis Kucinich and others, a fidgety Rumsfeld denied that there was a cover-up, denied that he played any part in mischaracterizing Tillman’s death, and explained the difference between an “error” and a “lie.”

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE

Rumsfeld Denies Responsibility at Tillman Hearing

In a hearing before a House committee Wednesday, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld testified he had not known the real circumstances of Pat Tillman’s death in April 2004 and that he would not characterize the Army’s handling of the friendly-fire case as a “cover-up.”

Posted on Aug 1, 2007 READ MORE

Pat Tillman Murdered?

pat tillman
foxnews.com

Defense Department documents handed over to the Associated Press under a Freedom of Information Act request raised the possibility that the “friendly-fire” death of soldier Pat Tillman, a former NFL player, was the result of an intentional act that amounted to a crime

Posted on Jul 26, 2007 READ MORE

House Panel Demands Records About Tillman

House Oversight Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and his Republican committee colleague Rep. Tom Davis are putting pressure on the White House and the Defense Department to hand over records about the death of Pat Tillman.  The administration has been keeping the documents secret, citing its executive confidentiality prerogative.

Posted on Jul 13, 2007 READ MORE

Tillman and Kovic on War and Sacrifice

Kevin and Pat Tillman
Courtesy of the Tillman Family

In honor of Memorial Day, Truthdig presents two of the most powerful pieces we’ve featured by two invaluable veteran voices—Kevin Tillman (pictured) and Ron Kovic—who remind us of the brutal human costs of war.  (Click here to read Kovic’s article.)

Posted on May 27, 2007 READ MORE

Memorializing the Deadly Myth of John Wayne

wayne
www.tcf.ua.edu

On the 100th anniversary of John Wayne’s birth, falling as it does on Memorial Day weekend, Truthdig presents two pieces connecting the hype of the celluloid “war hero” who never fought to the hard human costs of war.  It was the Duke’s deadly myth, after all, that would lead young men like Ron Kovic to sacrifice life and limb in needless wars. 

Posted on May 26, 2007 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week:  Mary Tillman

mtillman
SF Chronicle/Christina Koci Hernandez

Truthdig honors Mary Tillman this week, on behalf of all the mothers whose children have been lost or are risking their lives at war.  Her brave search for the truth about the fate of her son and others sacrificed in the Iraq or Afghanistan war underscores the true significance of Mother’s Day.

Posted on May 13, 2007 READ MORE

Congress Will Investigate Misinformation on Tillman, Lynch

Tillman and Lynch

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will investigate the Pentagon’s handling of the death of Pat Tillman and the rescue of Jessica Lynch to determine “why inaccurate accounts of these two incidents were disseminated, the sources and motivations for the accounts, and whether the appropriate administration officials have been held accountable.”

Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE

Pentagon Cowers Behind Wordplay

Pentagon briefing
AP Photo / Haraz N. Ghanbari

The military covered its ass on Monday, with a report on the investigation into the exploitation of Pat Tillman that stank of non-denial denials. After three years of lies and obfuscation, the Tillman family deserves better.

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE

Tillman Family: Briefing Was ‘Unsatisfactory’

Tillman Briefing
AP Photo / Haraz N. Ghanbari

The Pentagon briefed the Tillman family Monday following dual investigations into the alleged criminality and cover-up in the aftermath of the fratricide of Pat Tillman. Here is the family’s response, in its entirety.

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE

Military Minces Words in Tillman Report

The military has concluded that the fratricide of Pat Tillman was not criminal and there was no broad cover-up, despite recommending action against officers who, as the AP reports, “passed along misleading and inaccurate information and delayed reporting their belief that Tillman was killed by his fellow soldiers.”

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE

In Defense of Pat Tillman

Last week’s leak that nine officers will be implicated in the cover-up of the circumstances of Pat Tillman’s death unleashed yet another wave of commentary and speculation about the nature of his patriotism and service. Stan Goff takes on one particularly ferocious vulture in order to defend Tillman’s memory.

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE

Nine Officers Blamed in Tillman Cover-Up

Tillman
news.bbc.co.uk

The findings of an investigation into the cover-up of the circumstances of Pat Tillman’s death won’t be officially released until Monday, but details are leaking out. According to Defense Department officials, the report will recommend holding nine officers, including up to four generals, accountable.

Posted on Mar 23, 2007 READ MORE

After Pat’s Birthday

Pat and Kevin Tillman
Courtesy of the Tillman Family

Kevin Tillman joined the Army with his brother Pat in 2002, and they served together in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Pat (left, above) was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. Kevin has written a powerful, must-read document.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE

‘They tried to attach themselves to his virtue; then they wiped their feet with him.’—Mary Tillman

pat_tillman_fratricide

With the Pentagon’s inspector general suggesting criminal negligence in the killing of former NFL star and Army Ranger Pat Tillman, it is time to demand congressional hearings into the way the Bush administration cynically spun the story to serve its political purposes at the expense of the truth.

Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE

The Mysterious Death of Pat Tillman

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AP

By Blair Golson

The Army is set to open a criminal investigation into the death of the former NFL star and Army Ranger. Sort the facts for yourself with Truthdig’s related articles, photos and movies.

Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE

Army Plans Criminal Investigation into Tillman’s Death

pat_tillman
From the U.S. Army

The military originally said the former NFL player was killed by enemy fire, but it turned out he was shot by his fellow Rangers. Now a lawmaker is alleging a possible coverup by the Army.

Posted on Mar 5, 2006 READ MORE

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