Thursday, June 24, 2010

McChrystal Story Turning Uglier - Documentary Will Claim McChrystal Instrumental in Pat Tillman Cover-up

If there is truth to this, I immediately began to pray McChrystal rots in Hell.  Pat Tillman was a hero, his family has suffered greatly over the treatment of his death.  I hope this helps to them, and a final resolution to this travesty of justice.

Soon after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, pro football star Pat Tillman surrendered his multimillion-dollar NFL contract, left behind his wife, Marie, and joined the United States Army Rangers, where he completed multiple combat tours.
On April 22, 2004, while serving in the mountains of Afghanistan, Tillman was shot dead in what the U.S. government initially said was a result of enemy fire from a hostile ambush near the border with Pakistan. But it ultimately emerged that Tillman was, in fact, shot by his fellow soldiers, and details surrounding the motives and circumstances behind his death remain a source of great controversy.
One of the high-powered figures highlighted in the film for his alleged deception is Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was relieved of his military duties in Afghanistan on Wednesday.
Reacting to McChrystal's forced resignation, Bar-Lev said he was shocked that McChrystal had made the remarks critical of the Obama administration that led to his resignation.
“I am quite frankly surprised," Bar-Lev told Pop Tarts. "In the Tillman case, he was much more strategic than he seems to have been in this Rolling Stone interview.” 
Prior to President George W. Bush addressing Tillman’s death at a White House dinner, McChrystal, who reportedly knew that it was fratricide but chose to omit such details from his subsequent paperwork, sent an urgent memo to Bush’s speechwriters, warning them that "unknowing statements by our country's leaders ... might cause public embarrassment if the circumstances of Corporal Tillman's death become public."
Tillman's father told the New York Daily News on Wednesday that "I do believe [McChrystal] participated in a falsified homicide investigation."
McChrystal did not share his side of the story in the film, despite the filmmakers' request, Bar-Lev said.
Bar-Lev has not spoken to the Tillman family since McChrystal resigned. 
"The Tillman Story," which will see limited release in late August, was narrated by actor Josh Brolin, who told Pop Tarts he was “shocked” by what he learned while working on the project.
“I remember hearing in the documentary that someone [Gen. Kensinger] was saying that the family doesn’t have God in their lives and they are having a tough time getting over the death of their son because they don’t have anything to rely on,” Brolin said. “That was a guy that knew that they were lying to the family. So to say that to someone publicly was just so disrespectful to every person fighting for the country and fighting for the freedom in the country, that is the most evil thing you could do."
The documentary alludes to the fact that the government put the all blame on Kensinger after he had retired from the military, after which he could not be criminally charged, and “conveniently” no further investigation could then be ordered. While the family doesn’t believe Kensinger is blameless, they do believe he was merely a pawn to protect then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.  The film also shows a letter Rumsfeld allegedly sent to military officials after Tillman enlisted, telling them that he was “a special man” and that they needed to “keep an eye on him.”
A fellow Ranger, who was at Tillman’s side when he died, indirectly raises the question that the former NFL star may very well have been murdered. Despite Tillman’s constant screams and, what turned out to be his last words, “I’m Pat f***ing Tillman, why are you shooting at me?” the bullets continued to gain momentum.
Tillman’s longtime friend Russell Baer, who was with him when he killed and accompanied his body back home, hopes  the documentary brings some sort of closure in giving the American public a sense of what really happened to Tillman.
“If you’ve spent a lot of time in the service, they tell you to never lie. They hold you high with integrity and the truth and always sticking up for what you believe in and having each other’s backs, and when it came down to it they completely lied,” Baer said. “They completely held everyone out to dry, including Pat.”
Bar-Lev says the story does not end with his movie.
“This is an unsolved mystery; nobody has ever really paid a price for what was done to the Tillmans,” he said. “No one has taken accountability or made an admission for a deliberate attempt to conceal the truth. This story is not over yet.”


  1. Jon Krakauer blamed the Bush administration and Army for the cover-up of Pat Tillman's friendly-fire death. However, the untold story is the cover-up was a thoroughly bi-partisan affair.

    In particular, the Democratic Congress and the Obama Presidency protected General Stanley McChrystal from punishment for his role in the cover-up of Pat Tillman's friendly-fire death.

    It’s not surprising that after the initial cover-up fell apart, Army officers and the Bush administration lied to protect their careers. But the Democratic Congress, after they took control of both Houses in 2006, could have gone after those responsible. Or at least not promoted them!

    Just before the 2006 mid-term elections, Kevin Tillman published his eloquent letter, “After Pat’s Birthday” ( Kevin hoped a Democratic Congress would bring accountability back to our country. But, those responsible for the cover-up of his brother’s friendly-fire death have never been held accountable for their actions.

    Five years ago, Pat Tillman’s family were handed a tarnished Silver Star. It was a travesty of justice that General McChrystal was promoted to the Army’s highest rank, and handed his fourth star.

    I happened to post my latest document about the Tillman case, "The Emperor's General" -- President Obama and the Whitewash of Gen. McChrystal's Role in the Cover-Up of Pat Tillman's Friendly-Fire Death", just prior to finding out about the Rolling Stone article. A bit of synchronicity!

    See documents posted at

  2. Sounds like a looney conspiracy theory to me. It's McChrystal's fault. And Rumsfeld's. And Bush's.

    The military has been lying about friendly fire for eons in an attempt to comfort friends and family back home. And oh, he died gallantly, and it was instant, he felt no pain. He is no more dead than the trooper who was killed because we would not shell those shooting at him because they hid behind civilians. Or the one who died in an unprotected Humvee.

    Was there a cover-up? Seems undoubted. Why? Probably to avoid political embarrassment. Is it something that we should have fired several generals? I don't think so. And why just those at the top? Why not everybody who knew about it?

    What am I missing?

  3. Where is the motive for "murdering" him?

    Just because he was yelling doesn't mean they heard what he was saying. In the mountains, with high powered weapons firing continuously. Do the troops fire A LOT when they think they are shooting at a bad guy? I read somewhere that the number of rounds fired in Iraq/Afghanistan, can't remember which, was like hundreds of thousands for every kill. Dunno if it is accurate, but I would imagine that if those guys had a machine gun, then it was firing continuously. Who can hear over that racket?

    I am not a cover-up, toe the Government line type of guy, but neither do I believe this was murder without evidence of motive. Besides that they killed him out of jealousy. I'm jealous of lots of people, but I don't kill them.