Gripping Testimony In Tillman Case
The family of Pat Tillman, the former NFL star who died serving as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan and Jessica Lynch, whose wounds and rescue gave the Defense Department the opportunity to spin a false tale out of her service, testified yesterday and proceeding to paint an even more damning picture of the Bush administration than we have already seen.
Here's Army Private Jessica Lynch, with some of her testimony Tuesday from a hearing called "Misleading Information from the Battlefield."
"I have been asked here today to address misinformation from the battlefield. Quite frankly, it is something I have been doing since returning home from Iraq. However, I want to note for the record that I am not politically motivated in my appearance here today. I lived the war in Iraq and today I still have family and friends fighting in Iraq.Here's the video of her opening remarks:
"At the same time great tales of heroism were being told at my parents home in Ward County West Virginia, it was understaged by media, all repeating the story of the little-girl Rambo from the hills of West Virginia, who went down fighting. It was not true.
"I'm still confused as to why they chose to lie and try to make me a legend when the real heroics of my fellow soldiers that day were legendary."
The committee also heard heartbreaking and powerful testimony from Pat Tillman's brother, Kevin, who joined the Army with his brother and also served in Afghanistan. Kevin Tillman doesn’t hold back and shows very clearly just how deeply the corruption goes in the Bush administration.
"Revealing that Pat's deaths was a fratricide, would have been yet another political disaster, during a month already swollen with political disasters and a brutal truth that the American public would undoubtedly find unacceptable. So the facts needed to be suppressed, an alternative narrative had to be constructed, crucial evidence was destroyed including Pat's uniform, equipment and notebook.Here's the video:
"The autopsy was not done according to regulation and the field hospital report was falsified. An initial investigation completed within 8 to 10 days, before testimony could be changed or manipulated, and which hit disturbingly close to the mark, disappeared into thin air and was conveniently replaced with another investigation with more palatable findings.
"This freshly-manufactured narrative was then distributed to the American public and we believe the strategy had the intended effect. It shifted the focus from the grotesque torture at Abu Ghraib and a downward spiral of an illegal act of aggression to a great American who died a hero's death."
Isn't it amazing what you find out when you have a working Congress and oversight of the White House makes a comeback?