May 30, 2016
Was American Football Star and War Hero Pat Tillman Executed by the US Military?
After experiencing the tragedy of 9/11, Pat Tillman, like many other young patriotic Americans, decided to join the military to go fight against Osama Bin Laden and al Queda. As an NFL star, Pat was no ordinary recruit. He gave up more than most by walking away from a multi-million dollar contract with the Arizona Cardinals to join the elite Army Rangers. Tillman was quite a catch for the Army and his national fame as a professional footballer, caught the attention of the White House. Former President Bush and top Army brass seized the opportunity to make Tillman into their 'poster boy soldier' (see image on right) to enhance military recruiting. However, Tillman soon turned Anti-Bush and anti-war after experiencing directly the fallacy of the US in Iraq and Afghanistan. He decided to take action and was planning on publicising his anti-war stance through well known activist author Noam Chomsky upon his return from Afghanistan. This would have attracted negative press nationally and no doubt hindered Bush's efforts to promote the wars (and his re-election). But Pat Tillman never returned from his last tour in Afghanistan - alive anyway. What an amazing coincidence that he was killed just before his return .
When the news of Tillman's death was first reported, the military proclaimed he died a hero's death as a result of leading a charge up a ridge to save his comrades from enemy fire. Little did the public know at the time, the true enemy was his very own Army Ranger comrades who shot Tillman through 'friendly fire'. As part of the cover up, the military went so far as to award Tillman with two posthumous medals - the purple heart and the silver star. Even Tillman's family was not told he was actually killed by friendly fire until five weeks later.
So although the army now admits it was friendly fire, the facts released by the military don't stack up. According to army medical examiners, Tillman was ultimately killed by three closely spaced bullet holes to the head which indicated the shooter had to be no more than ten yards away. This would certainly indicate the shooters could have easily seen and/or heard Tillman as he screamed his name over and over to try and stop his comrades from killing him (his death occurred at about 6:46 pm - so it certainly wasn't dark). The medical examiners who examined Tillman's body after the incident were quoted as saying, "The medical evidence does not match up with the scenario as described." They then requested that the military undertake an investigation of a possible homicide. The military denied their request.
To add insult to injury, documents obtained from the military by the Associated Press (through the 'Freedom of Information Act') indicate, "Army attorneys sent each other congratulatory e-mails for keeping criminal investigators at bay as the Army conducted an internal friendly-fire investigation [instead of a criminal investigation] that resulted in administrative, or non-criminal, punishments." [emphasis WCM]
Also, Sergeant Bryan O'Neal who was located close to Tillman when he was killed, testified before a Congressional hearing that he could recognize the shooters since they were only 10 and 50 yards away. How on earth could comrades so close to Tillman not have known it was him? If O'Neal could see and recognize the shooters, the shooters could certainly see and recognize Tillman. Furthermore, a civilian contractor at the Afghanistan air force base in Bagram said he actually filmed the shooting through a drone that was hovering over the area at that time. Of course the Army denies there ever was a film.
Friendly Fire or Execution?
So the obvious question that needs to be asked is, was Pat Tillman executed by his own comrades - obviously at the command of their superiors to stop Tillman from returning home from Afghanistan as an anti-war icon? On July 26th, 2007 General Wesley Clark (former supreme allied commander of NATO in Europe) was interviewed by Keith Olbermann on MSNBC, and was quoted as saying the following:
"If there’s even a hint that there was something like a homicide or a murder in this case, it should’ve been fully investigated and proved or disproved, and we don’t really know how far up- Was it the Secretary of Defense’s office? Was it the White House? Where did the idea that you shouldn’t give any indication of what happened to Tillman. ‘Just go ahead and go through with the burial ceremony. Give him the Silver Star.’ Where did that- where was that idea blessed? You can be sure that that idea did not originate or stop at the Two- or Three-Star level. That was- someone approved that all the way to the top, because Pat Tillman was a political symbol used by the administration when it suited their purposes.”
Whether or not Tillman was actually murdered remains to be determined. However, when considering all the above points collectively, the Army is clearly trying to hide something from the public and you can be sure it is far worse than friendly fire.
For those who are quick to cry 'conspiracy theory' and demand proof of the above quote, the first video below shows highlights of the General Clark interview on MSNBC regarding Tillman's death. The second video (at the bottom of the page) is an excellent interview that reveals Pat's own words from his personal diary.