Tillman’s Family Presses Military Justice System for Truth


The family of former football star Pat Tillman, an Army Ranger killed in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan, are pressing the military justice system for answers about the death, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. His mother, Mary, hopes a new inquiry launched in August by the Pentagon's inspector general finally will answer these questions: Were witnesses allowed to change their testimony on key details, as alleged by one investigator? Why did internal documents on the case, such as the initial casualty report, include false information? When did top Pentagon officials know that Tillman's death was caused by friendly fire, and why did they delay for five weeks before informing his family?

“There have been so many discrepancies so far that it's hard to know what to believe,” Mary Tillman said. “There are too many murky details.” The files the family received from the Army in March are heavily censored, with nearly every page containing blacked-out sections; most names have been deleted. At least one volume was withheld altogether from the family, and even an Army press release given to the media has deletions. On her copies, Mary Tillman has added competing marks and scrawls – countless color-coded tabs and angry notes such as “Contradiction!” “Wrong!” and “????” A Chronicle review of more than 2,000 pages of testimony, as well as interviews with Pat Tillman's family members and soldiers who served with him, found contradictions, inaccuracies and what appears to be the military's attempt at self-protection.

Link: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/09/25/MNGD7ETMNM1.DTL

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