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Pat Tillman Feared PR Blitz
Ex-NFL Star, Who Died in Afghanistan By Friendly Fire, Was Wary of Gov't Using Soldiers as Media Tools, Book Alleges


http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/09/11/national/main5303235.shtml

By Dana Chivvis
Sept. 11, 2009

(CBS)  Jon Krakauer's newest book reveals how the Bush administration turned the friendly fire death of Pat Tillman in Afghanistan into a propaganda victory. "Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman" follows the story of Tillman's life through his death at the hands of his platoon to the smoke and mirrors orchestrated by the Pentagon and White House, reports ABC News and the LA Times.

Krakauer includes passages from Tillman's diary that show a keen awareness of the propaganda that would follow his death. While on his first mission as an Army Ranger, Tillman was sent to rescue Pvt. Jessica Lynch, a soldier who had been captured by militants in Iraq. Lynch was falsely characterized by the Pentagon as a military hero who had gone down with guns blazing. She later testified that she had not fired a single bullet.

"This mission will be a P.O.W. rescue, a woman named Jessica Lynch," Tillman wrote. "As awful as I feel for the fear she must face, and admire the courage I'm sure she's showing, I do believe this to be a big Public Relations stunt. Do not mistake me, I wish everyone in trouble to be rescued, but sending this many folks for a single low ranking soldier screams of media blitz."

A year later, Tillman was the center of another public relations stunt when the Bush administration said he died fighting the Taliban, rewrote eyewitness testimony, awarded him a Silver Star, and broke its own law by announcing his death within 24 hours of his family learning of it.

Tillman seemed to predict that the government would turn him into a false hero. Spc. Jade Lane, a friend of Tillman's, told Krakauer that during their first night as Army Rangers in Iraq, Tillman had told him he was worried that if anything happened to him, the government would create a media blitz around him.

"One night he said that he was afraid that if something happened to him, they would parade him through the streets," Lane said. "And those were his exact words: 'I don't want them to parade me through the streets.' It just burned into my brain, him saying that."

Read more at ABC News and the Los Angeles Times.

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Re: Pat Tillman Was Wary of Gov't Using Soldiers as Media Tools, Book Alleges
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2009, 12:33:52 am »
WOW.  :'(

It's so sad that he misguided his patriotism, it would have been better for him to follow Charlie Sheen's example. I wish he would have been able to survive and leak all he knew to we the people. He would have dealt a massive blow to the NWO.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil;  my cup overflows.

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Re: Pat Tillman Was Wary of Gov't Using Soldiers as Media Tools, Book Alleges
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2009, 01:35:52 am »
I meant specific to what he found out about afghanistan. What he found out about the opium fields, it would have been much better for him to come and spill all he knew from his own lips than to hear it from Alex Jones. Then again they would have painted him as a crazy lefty who hates amerika, and the machine would have kept rolling along.

...First to guard poppy fields
and to shred the bill of rights

Then it’s Hi! Hi! Hey!
The Army’s on its way.
Count off the cadence loud and strong (TWO! THREE!)
For where e’er we go,
You will always know
That The Army Goes Rolling Along.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil;  my cup overflows.