Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Tillman Story Sets the Record Straight

Important to note here by way of Dean: "The original autopsy affirmed three taps to the head in tight formation. For those of you not familiar with what that means, the M-16 on automatic fires three shots. Now, for three shots from an M-16 on auto to hit Tillman's head "in tight formation", that means the shooter must have been so close to Tillman that the event constitutes murder. As the Mail OnLine reported in August 2007, "Astonishingly, long-hidden details of his death support the murder theory: medical evidence never did match up with the scenario of friendly fire; those three bullets from an M16 combat rifle could not have been fired from farther than ten yards; there were special forces snipers in the group immediately behind Tillman's platoon. 

Why is everyone (including the Tillman family) afraid to speak the truth?" 

MOVIE REVIEW: NFLer and U.S. Army Soldier Pat Tillman’s Real Story Told
Pat Tillman Story Movie PosterPat Tillman, the Arizona Cardinals safety who enlisted in the Army Rangers eight months after September 11, read Emerson, Chomsky, and, though an atheist, the Bible.
Resembling a beefier Seann William Scott, he shunned cell phones, cars, and professional-athlete megalomania.
A fiercely private (and principled) person, his death in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004, during his second tour of duty, was spun by the Bush II administration into a recruiting tool.
In the appalling exploitation of his corpse, Tillman was said to have died while protecting his comrades from a Taliban ambush; the bullets that felled him, however, came from his own platoon.
John McCain (R) and Maria Shriver (D), the military admitted that Pat was killed by friendly fire, attributing the incident to confusion during combat, or “the fog of war.” Poring through 3,000 pages of heavily redacted documents about her son’s death, Mary, with the help of retired special-ops soldierStan Goff (“I got a blog”), draws this conclusion: “It was not a fog of war. It was a lust to fight.”
Amir Bar-Lev’s assiduous, furious documentary (a significant improvement over his last nonfiction film, 2007′s middling My Kid Could Paint That) on the Army’s craven cover-up and the Tillman family’s determination to find out the truth is a withering assessment of U.S. military culture.

Unlike Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger‘s Afghan-war doc Restrepo, Bar-Lev’s film feigns no pretense of “neutrality.” War is hell, the former documentary relentlessly (if unhelpfully) reminds us. But The Tillman Story goes deeper, exposing a system of arrogance and duplicity that no WikiLeak could ever fully capture.
While all members of Tillman’s immediate family and his widow, Marie, are powerful, riveting talking heads, his mother, Mary, emerges as the tireless moral compass. (Pat’s middle brother, Kevin, who enlisted at the same time as his older sibling, apparently refused to be interviewed; perhaps he had nothing to add to his forceful, damning remarks at the 2007 Congressional hearing addressing the willful misinformation about Pat’s death, included here.) A few weeks after Tillman’s memorial service, which occasioned grandstanding from
Bar-Lev’s examination of that lust stands out as the film’s most scathing indictment, puncturing the military’s convenient, frequently deluded myths about altruism and the noble call to serve one’s country. “I wanted to serve myself,” scoffs Russell Baer, a close friend to both Pat and Kevin Tillman in the Rangers who was ordered not to reveal anything about the real cause of Pat’s death (though he had nothing to do with his pal’s demise).
“I wanted to shoot guns and blow things up.” He wasn’t the only one: Some soldiers responsible for Tillman’s killing remarked in a report that they were “excited” and “wanted to stay in the firefight” when asked why they continued shooting at Tillman, who was only 40 meters away. As Goff notes, the U.S. Armed Forces imposes “a level of wisdom and maturity on soldiers that doesn’t apply to 19-year-olds anywhere, ever.”
Pat Tillman
Brothers in arms: Pat (left) and Kevin Tillman
The bitter irony of Tillman’s death, of course, was that he was a modest, self-sacrificing soldier. Despite his celebrity, he refused all requests for press conferences or public explanations for his decision to enlist (which the U.S. government violated post-mortem, just as it tried to overrule his wishes for a civilian, not military, funeral).
Though he continually questioned the U.S. wars inIraq and Afghanistan in conversations with friends and family—becoming particularly disgusted with the occupation of the former—Tillman insisted on honoring his three-year commitment to the Army, declining offers from his agent to secure an early discharge and return to the NFL.
For his sacrifice, leadership, and character, his body was hatefully used as propaganda, his family lied to and gravely let down by Congress, which ultimately let Donald Rumsfeld and several four-star generals off the hook.
Details
The Tillman Story
Directed by Amir Bar-Lev
The Weinstein Company
Opens Worldwide on Sept 3rd, 2010
Source: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2010/09/02/the-tillman-story-sets-the-record-straight/

6 comments:

  1. The original autopsy affirmed three taps to the head in tight formation. For those of you not familiar with what that means, the M-16 on automatic fires three shots. Now, for three shots from an M-16 on auto to hit Tillman's head "in tight formation", that means the shooter must have been so close to Tillman that the event constitutes murder. As the Mail OnLine reported in August 2007, "Astonishingly, long-hidden details of his death support the murder theory: medical evidence never did match up with the scenario of friendly fire; those three bullets from an M16 combat rifle could not have been fired from farther than ten yards; there were special forces snipers in the group immediately behind Tillman's platoon."

    Why is everyone (including the Tillman family) afraid to speak the truth?

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  2. "Why is everyone (including the Tillman family) afraid to speak the truth? " = "The original autopsy affirmed three taps to the head in tight formation"

    Targeted assassination are legal now.

    mick

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  3. I see that Stan Goff is involved in this video. He says he's an expert on Army stuff, but doesn't get the importance of the tight grouping of three shots. I heard somewhere that Tillman was encouraging his platoon to vote for Kerry. I hope he didn't die for that, because look at how B O doesn't make a bit of difference. O K, he might be worse than Bush.

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  4. Anonymous says,

    "I see that Stan Goff is involved in this video. He says he's an expert on Army stuff, but doesn't get the importance of the tight grouping of three shots."

    Response: He gets it! He's just a coward. The fact that 'The Tillman Story' doesn't cover the fact that the original autopsy affirms that Tillman was murdered is proof that it is nothing more than spin.

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  5. I can see very easily why all the facts are not brought out on this production just from the details listed below the trailer. "Directed by Amir Bar-Lev
    The Weinstein Company" One step forward 2 steps back. Great posts!

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  6. Pat Tillman Sr says as much when he lays out the 45 sec to 1 min pause after Pat identified himself while his killers moved their vehicle closer toward him dismounted and advanced on him while he asked them why they were shooting at him and to stop .
    Please note that neither Tillman , O'niel or Baer fired at the killers ....were their guns jammed like Kevin Tillmans was (probably deliberately by the killers before hand)
    THE CHICKEN HAWK NEO CONS MURDERED TILLMAN FOR POLITICAL REASONS CLEAR AND SIMPLE !

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