The government’s unraveling story of Pat Tillman’s death just keeps getting
worse. The more truth that escapes their grasp the more obvious this story becomes.
You can call it “friendly fire” or fratricide, but it all comes down
to the same thing. The cover up of a soldier’s death.

ESPN’s Mike Fish is a good place to start, if you want to revisit the unwinding
of this tale:

• Ranger
with Tillman on ridgeline

• Ranger
in the firefight

• Sergeant
firing at Afghan fighter

• Ranger
firing toward Tillman

• Medic
who attended to Tillman

• Officer
at forward operating base

• Officer
who made fratricide announcement

• Critical
events debriefer

• Officer
involved in investigation

This story gets more disturbing with every drip. But if you didn’t have a clue
before, once Mr. Bush claimed executive privilege on disseminating more information on Tillman’s death, you knew we’d finally reached the tipping point. By now
you’ve likely read the new AP story. It adds
even more detail on what has been a nightmare tale of war.

Via Martha
Mendoza of the 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” … ..

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:

_ In his last words moments before he was killed, Tillman snapped at a panicky
comrade under fire to shut up and stop “sniveling.”

_ 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. … ..

Continuing from the AP article, we learn 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.”

At one point, the Army tried to target a soldier manning the .50-caliber machine
gun as the likely shooter. I’m simply a gun owner, not an expert — I leave that job to my husband
Mark — but as far as I know a .50-caliber bullet would have not only left a
“gruesome” wound, as Mike Fish says in his investigative piece, but
it would have not left room for two other bullet holes. The .50-caliber would
have done the damage of all three shots in one. Parts
, three
and four
of Fish’s investigation are all worth a read.

As a gun owner, I’ve covered issues relating to firearms and the military for
a while now. But when it comes to getting details, I go to my husband Mark.
He conducted the firearms
field test
for me when Dick Cheney shot Whittington, because he’s a crack
shot, which led us both to conclude that Cheney was a lot closer than reports
first stated, though we never learned the truth. So whenever military and firearms
questions arise, he’s my go to guy. So I had a short discussion today with Mark.

HYPOTHESIZING: Interview on firearms and ballistics re: Tillman death

There is only one conclusion to draw. Pat Tillman was killed by friendly fire, with many questions left unanswered; like could Pat Tillman have been fragged? We may never know. Maybe more information will yet drip out and we will find out something less sinister unfolded on the fields in Afghanistan, but given the latest new evidence and all that’s come before it certainly seems
to be the inescapable conclusion, along with one other.

It’s time to reopen the investigation into the death of Pat Tillman.