Friday, July 27, 2007

Was Pat Tillman killed on Cheney's or Rumsfeld's orders?

(the following piece got the O'Reilly treatment from none other than Karl Rove's greatest achievement, The Daily Kos website. If you are not aware of this site, it is where little "d" democrats are required to play nice within the framework of the authoritarians in the undisclosed locations and in secret meetings closed to the plebes in the streets. The Daily Kos is where support for politicians like multimillionaire John Edwards, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, (still a Goldwater Republican Girl,) and Nancy Pelosi, (aka Nancy D'Alesandro; daughter of the Baltimore machine politician, Thomas D'Alesandro) can be heard to with continue the war in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places, while appeasing the ruling class of the idle rich.) Playing by the rules is the way we stay mired in the mud and remain inoffensive and non threatening. This is the rule of The Daily Kos.)

We must be ever vigilantly cynical regarding the bloodthirsty, money-hungry cut-throats in the White House because they never disappoint the rudest and crudest analysis of their active and ongoing conspiracies. The vilest imaginings of Stephen King is where these deceitful serpents dwell. Never make the mistake that you are being too cold in your analysis of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell, and Rice. When I wrote this piece 28 April 2007 I kept that in mind:

"This is only the latest incident highlighting the arrogance of the authoritarian officer class of the military which feels itself duty bound to protect the military-industrial echelon which signs its paychecks and greases the skids of empire. Officers are paid and promoted for lying about the war and putting a false face of honor on what is nothing but the murder of civilians. "

"It appears that for a time Pat Tillman bought into the propaganda like so many green fresh-faced kids do. When he found that it was a lie and wrote to others including his family about the atrocities he was seeing on a daily basis and being forced to participate in by his commanding officers, he was seen as a threat to the whole Iraq War Lie told by Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bush, Powell, and Rice. Pat was a famous enlistee who would find an audience and he was finding his own voice and it scared the daylights out of the Administration liars. "

"So when the letters home detailing the day to day horrors he was being asked to inflict on innocent civilians showed some consistency and gravity and when his conversations to others in the squad started to raise eyebrows, he was ordered killed to keep his mouth shut. That is what this country has become and it is to our collective shame that his death speaks. The US Congress needs to speak for all the dead through Pat Tillman with a thorough investigation, seeking conviction of all who sought to silence him through death. "

Michael Jordan

This is an excerpt of the San Jose Mercury article published 25 April 2007 by Frank Davies

"There is growing evidence that Tillman's death was a prime topic at the highest levels of the military and Bush administration. When he was killed in April 2004, the White House was dealing with the bloodiest month in Iraq to date and the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. Six days after Tillman's death, a White House speechwriter, John Currin, contacted the Pentagon to get more information about Tillman and how he enlisted, an e-mail released Tuesday showed. Currin wanted it for a speech by President Bush to the annual White House correspondents dinner. "

"A day after that e-mail, Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of joint special operations, warned top generals that Tillman's death was likely caused by friendly fire. McChrystal was worried that Bush might include comments about Tillman in a speech. He warned in the memo that "it was essential that you received this information as soon as we detected it in order to preclude any unknowing statements by our country's leaders which might cause public embarrassment if the circumstances of Cpl. Tillman's death become public." "

"Bush praised Tillman and his courage at the dinner, but made no specific comments about how he died. McChrystal and another general, Philip Kensinger - who attended the San Jose memorial but did not tell the family how Tillman died - were severely criticized in Gimble's report, and face punishment under an ongoing review by a four-star general, William Wallace. "

"Gimble admitted to the House committee that he "did not look into" possible contacts between the Pentagon and White House over the case, and that investigators did not question Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld about what he knew and when. Instead, Rumsfeld sent a letter to the investigation that he did not know the true nature of Tillman's death for several weeks, Gimble said. Kevin and Mary Tillman said they found that difficult to believe. Rumsfeld was keenly interested in Tillman's service and had written him a personal letter of thanks after his enlistment."

But now the only uncertainty remaining resides with the "tooth fairy" set of conservative journalists. The Associated Press revealed today the results of a freedom of information request involving 2500 pages of investigation which was repressed by the Defense Department and the Bush Administration and their Republican allies in the house and Senate. It is now painfully clear when viewing all the facts regarding Tillman that he was murdered by the Bush Administration to keep him from using his celebrity status and money to expose the lie of the war in Afghanistan.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Pat Tillman's forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former NFL player's death amounted to a crime, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

"The medical evidence did not match up with the, with the scenario as described," a doctor who examined Tillman's body after he was killed on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2004 told investigators.

The doctors _ whose names were blacked out _ said that the bullet holes were so close together that it appeared the Army Ranger was cut down by an M-16 fired from a mere 10 yards or so away.

The medical examiners' suspicions were outlined in 2,300 pages of testimony released to the AP this week by the Defense Department in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

Among other information contained in the documents:

_ Army attorneys sent each other congratulatory e-mails for keeping criminal investigators at bay as the Army conducted an internal friendly-fire investigation that resulted in administrative, or non-criminal, punishments.

_ The three-star general who kept the truth about Tillman's death from his family and the public told investigators some 70 times that he had a bad memory and couldn't recall details of his actions.

_ 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 Pentagon and the Bush administration have been criticized in recent months for lying about the circumstances of Tillman's death. The military initially told the public and the Tillman family that he had been killed by enemy fire. Only weeks later did the Pentagon acknowledge he was gunned down by fellow Rangers.

The documents show that a doctor who autopsied Tillman's body was suspicious of the three gunshot wounds to the forehead. The doctor said he took the unusual step of calling the Army's Human Resources Command and was rebuffed. He then asked an official at the Army's Criminal Investigation Division if the CID would consider opening a criminal case.

"He said he talked to his higher headquarters and they had said no," the doctor testified.

--Associated Press reporters Scott Lindlaw in Las Vegas and Lolita C. Baldor in Washington contributed to this story.

This whole nightmare we have been enduring was cooked up by Cheney and his Energy Council during the first days of the Bush Presidency and every incident including 9-11 was a concocted casus belli to enable the Texas Oil Cartel to convince US citizens to take our tax money and blood and use it to enrich the Texans by going to war in Afghanistan for an pipeline for Unocal, and in Iraq for cheaply pumped crude oil to be shared by the Seven Sisters. If you want to find who started this horror show rolling you need look no further than James Baker of Baker Botts. It was Jimmy Baker who bullied Al Gore out of his victory in 2000. Janet Reno should have arrested him when he started interfering with the election outcome.

Solution? First we need to impeach them, then we need to prosecute them, sentence them, and then finally put them to death in a Reign of Cleansing to put the world right again. If you haven't got the stomach for victory, find it.

Long Live Robespierre!

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