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Pat Tillman's father to Army investigator: 'F--- you ... and yours'

Discussion in 'The Atrium' started by mrtibbs, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. mrtibbs

    mrtibbs Cheesehead

    Aug 28, 2010
    Pat Tillman's father to Army investigator: 'F--- you ... and yours'

    Fri Aug 13,2010 12:15 PM ET By Rick Chandler

    No story in recent years has been as baffling, disheartening and frustrating as that surrounding the death of former NFL star Pat Tillman, who was killed in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan in April of 2004 as a member of the Army Rangers. And as much as we think we know about the facts surrounding Tillman's death, apparently we don't know the half of it. The Tillman Story, an already-controversial documentary on his death and subsequent military coverup, premiered in New York on Monday. On Aug. 20 it debuts in Los Angeles and New York.

    The Weinstein Company, which is distributing the film, sent the Huffington Post two previously unseen letters written by Tillman's father, Pat Sr., to Brigadier General Gary M. Jones (the man spearheading the investigation) as well as the Senate Armed Services Committee (which oversaw Jones's work). They posted them today, and they're really worth a read. There has been much focus on Tillman's mom, Mary, due mostly to her book Boots On the Ground By Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman, in which she examines the convoluted path of the military's -- and the Bush Administration's -- clumsy coverup. But the letters now shine a brighter light on the frustrations of the father, who time and again ran into brick walls trying to get straight answers on what happened to his son.

    Excerpt from Tillman Sr.'s letters, via The Huffington Post:
    "You are a General," Tillman's father writes Jones after being presented with a briefing book of his findings. "There is no way a man like you, with your intelligence, education, military experience, responsibilities (primarily for difficult situations), and rank... believes the conclusions reached in the March 31, 2005 Briefing Book. But your signature is on it. I assume, therefore, that you are part of this shameless bull****. I embarrassed myself by treating you with respect [on] March 31, 2005. I thought your rank deserved it and anticipated something different from the new and improved investigation. I won't act so hypocritically if we meet again.​
    "The Rangers stand for something -- to this day, in my mind, the best. None of the five (5) soldiers on the ground, nor anyone in a discretionary capacity involved in this "Briefing Book" deserves to be affiliated with the Rangers. If your uniforms are so decorated, you should remove those items.
    "In sum: F*** you ... and yours."​
    Perhaps the most in-demand person at the documentary after-party on Monday was Russell Baer, an Army Ranger Specialist and good friend of Tillman's who served alongside Tillman and his brother Kevin in Afghanistan.
    In the film, Baer explains how his army commanders instructed him to lie to Tillman's family about his death, propping up the myth that Tillman was killed during a Taliban ambush rather than by his fellow American soldiers.​
    And while the Tillman family cooperated with the documentary -- Pat's mother, Dannie, and father, Pat Sr. as well as younger brother Richard and his widow Marie all appear on-camera over the course of the film -- none was in New York for the premiere.​
    "Their response was, 'Why would we come to that?'" [director Amir] Bar-Lev said during a Q&A at Michael's. "They have a really strong sense of what is public and what is private in a time when so many of us seem to have lost that."​

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