Friday’s Bad News Dump – Officers in Pat Tillman’s Case To Be Held Accountable

March 23, 2007 at 8:30 pm | Posted in American politics, Bush Administration, conservatives, Military, Republicans | 2 Comments

Well, for those of you who pay close attention to the Bush administration, they’re M.O. is to dump the really bad news on a Friday afternoon/evening when few pay attention. Today’s big headline is that The Pentagon will recommend that 9 officers who handled Pat Tillman’s friendly fire death case will be held accountable for their missteps (if I can be mild).

Pentagon officials say a Defense Department investigation will recommend that nine officers be held accountable for the aftermath of the friendly-fire death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman, according to The Associated Press.

The Pentagon’s inspector general will describe errors and inappropriate conduct during the military’s investigation of the former football star’s death in Afghanistan in 2004, one defense official told AP.

The official, who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the investigation, told AP that military leaders may have lacked adequate information or failed to pursue it.

The U.S. Army last year launched a criminal investigation into the death of Tillman, who gave up his career with the National Foodball League’s Arizona Cardinals to fight terrorism after the 9/11 attacks.

Initial reports after his death said Tillman, 27, was shot and killed by Taliban forces during an ambush on April 22, 2004. An investigation later found that fellow soldiers shot Tillman, thinking he was part of an enemy force firing at them.

Tillman’s family demanded to know why his uniform and body armor were burned a day after he was killed and why they were not immediately told he might have been killed by fellow soldiers.

A 2005 report from Brig. Gen. Gary Jones contained sworn statements from soldiers involved in the incident who said they burned the items because they had taken pictures of the scene and knew how Tillman had been killed.

Initially, Tillman’s blood-covered uniform and armor were said to have been destroyed because they were considered a biohazard.

The key important thing about Pat Tillman’s case is that for the Pentagon, he was their hero, a football superstar who gave up a lucrative career to join the Marines. What a great recruiting tool. Then he gets shot up by his own men. How can the Pentagon now use this man as a recruiting tool? They’ve gotta lie and show he was killed by enemy fire. A fallen hero. This is your Pentagon ladies and gentlemen. This is your Bush administration.

OH and apparently there’s more bad news dumped on this Friday. Apparently new emails contradict Alberto Gonzales (surprise surprise).

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales approved plans to fire several U.S. attorneys in a November meeting, according to documents released Friday that contradict earlier claims that he was not closely involved in the dismissals.

The Nov. 27 meeting, in which the attorney general and at least five top Justice Department officials participated, focused on a five-step plan for carrying out the firings of the prosecutors, Justice Department officials said late Friday.

And we’re to trust officials of this administration to tell the truth in front of Congress? Make them all testify under oath! Don’t give in to them, Mr. Schummer. Don’t let them get away with it.


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  1. Funny how the guy at the very top never has to take responsibility for anything.

    I need a job like that.

  2. Sorkin has a more eloquent phrase than “bad news dump”—-

    This has been going on for years, notice that this episode aired in January of 2000—

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