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The brother of Army Ranger Pat Tillman told a House panel on Tuesday that the military tried to spin his brother’s 2004 death to deflect attention from emerging failings in the Afghanistan war.
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As the tide was turning in the U.S. battle against Afghan insurgents and as media outlets prepared to release reports on detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib in Iraq the military saw Pat Tillman’s death as an “opportunity,” Kevin Tillman told the panel.

Though it was clearly a case of fratricide, the military released a “manufactured narrative” detailing how Pat Tillman died leading a courageous counterattack in an Afghan mountain pass, Kevin Tillman said.

Even after it became clear the report was bogus, the military clung to the “utter fiction” that Pat Tillman was killed by a member of his platoon who was following the rules of engagement, the brother said.

Kevin Tillman bristled at the military claim that the initial report was merely misleading.

Clearly resentful, he told the panel that writing a field report stating Pat Tillman had been “transferred to an intensive care unit for continued CPR after most of his head had been taken off by multiple .556 rounds is not misleading.”

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“These are deliberate and calculated lies,” he said.

The chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said Tuesday that the military “invented” stories about the death of Tillman and the capture of Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch.

“The bare minimum we owe our soldiers and their families is the truth,” said Rep. Henry Waxman, D-California. “That didn’t happen for two of the most famous soldiers in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.”

Waxman’s committee announced this month it was going to investigate how the Pentagon spread false stories about Tillman and Lynch.

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“The Tillman family was kept in the dark for more than a month” about the April 2004 friendly fire death of Tillman, Waxman said. “Evidence was destroyed. Witness statements were doctored. The Tillman family wants to know how all of this could’ve happened.”

Waxman also told Lynch and her family that the committee would find “the source of the fabrications you had to endure.”

In addition to Kevin Tillman, among the key witnesses in Tuesday’s hearings were Tillman’s mother, Mary Tillman; Gene Bolles, the neurosurgeon who treated Lynch at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany; and Lynch.

A statement on the committee’s Web site adds, “The committee will examine 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.”

Tillman, who became a national hero after he gave up a lucrative contract with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals to join the Army’s elite Rangers force, was awarded the Silver Star, the military’s third-highest combat decoration, after the Army said he was killed leading a counterattack.

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The Army later acknowledged not only that Tillman was killed by his fellow soldiers, but that officers in Tillman’s chain of command knew the counterattack story was bogus.

Though the military blamed the erroneous report on an inadequate initial investigation, Mary Tillman told ESPN Radio last month that everyone involved in the shooting knew immediately that her son had been shot three times in the head by a member of his platoon.

“That was not a misstep, that was not an error,” she said. “This was an attempt to dupe the public and to promote this war and to get recruitments up, and that is immoral.”

The Defense Department said last month that nine military officers, including four generals, would face “corrective action” in connection with Tillman’s death.
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The Tillman family released a statement calling the corrective action a slap on the wrist, saying, “Once again, we are being used as props in a Pentagon public relations exercise.”

Lynch became a celebrity after U.S. troops filmed what they said was a daring raid on a hospital where she was being held after a March 2003 firefight. Lynch, the Army claimed, was shot and stabbed during a fierce gunbattle with Iraqi troops that left 11 of her comrades dead.

Hospital staffers, however, said there were no Iraqi troops at Saddam Hussein General Hospital when the purported rescue took place. They also said they had unsuccessfully tried to hand Lynch over to American forces before the raid.

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It was later learned that Lynch never fired a shot during the firefight because her gun was jammed with sand. She incurred some broken bones when her vehicle crashed during battle.

Lynch told ABC News she was bothered by the military publicizing her rescue. The military, at the time, blamed any inaccuracies in the story on media outlets.
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Thanks CNN for telling us these details of FALSEHOOD!
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Well Baby Boomers, you decide…some of you have been through a couple of wars…fact or fiction?

ME…I vote for NO WAR!

And when you do mess up…own up to it…it is war…*%#$@ happens!

But lying to the families of the dead… a BIG NO~NO!

And once again, my condolences to the Tillman family. He was a brave man and will be missed.

War is horrible enough with out exagerations and lies.

I always thought that Jessia Lynch looked embarrased over all of the fuss. NOW, I know why.

World peace, peace out…
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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