known euphemistically as the Pat Tillman Story™.
Now don't get me wrong. I love a good Conspiracy Theory as much as the next Kossack. My heart goes all apitter when there's discussion of Area 51, UFOs over Iran, and the Grassy Knoll. I have willingly lost uncounted hours of sleep staying up to listen to Art Bell and George Noory discussing Powers That Be (PTB) and whether or not Lieutenant Walter Haut's deathbed confession is the real McCoy.
But I'm having a few problems with some of the ideas being speculated upon with regards to the Pat Tillman story.
More on the flip...
There've been a couple diaries out there discussing the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Tillman as well as the equally mysterious and suspicious use of lies and cover ups...not to mention the amazingly stupid claims of privilege in a failed attempt to keep a lid on the Truth.
We have confirmed that Tillman had arranged to meet with a leading anti-war intellectual, Noam Chomsky, upon his return stateside. One can imagine the panic in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the vision of the much trumpeted poster-boy hero of the War on Terror returning home and speaking out against the evil charade of the War
in the midst of a much longer diary that offers some insight into Tillman's attitude towards the Mess in Iraq.
Taking Occam's principle of lex parsimoniae:
entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem
(Trans. entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity)
and applying it to the situation of Tillman's death, I'm really having difficulty thinking that
- The SecDef, much less his office, was in a panic at the idea of Tillman meeting up with Chomsky
- That one of Tillman's fellow Rangers would kill him in April 2004 Afghanistan for an opinion that a couple of his fellow Rangers (Kevin included) agreed with in March 2003:
Baer, who served with Tillman for more than a year in Iraq and Afghanistan, told one anecdote that took place during the March 2003 invasion as the Rangers moved up through southern Iraq.
"I can see it like a movie screen," Baer said. "We were outside of (a city in southern Iraq) watching as bombs were dropping on the town. We were at an old air base, me, Kevin and Pat, we weren’t in the fight right then. We were talking. That’s who he was. He totally was against Bush." (emphasis mine)
- That someone, meaning high ranking members of either the admin. or military brass heard that Tillman didn't agree with Iraq, picked up the phone, and handed down a "Kill" order to shut Tillman up about Iraq.
There are lots of questions surrounding the death of Pat Tillman. And I truly want all of the facts to come out for the sake of Tillman's family...for the sake of the country.
Ultimately, I have to wonder if it's even possible to believe those facts when they finally do come to the surface.
Even as some discuss the possibilities of what happened that day, others advise caution:
Pat Tillman MAY have been murdered, or he may have been the victim of a tragic accident; that elaborate lies were constructed around his death proves neither.
It's that network of elaborate lies which needs to be investigated. Questions...lots and lots of questions:
Who authorized such an elaborate PR campaign using Tillman's death as a sick and dramatic spectacle?
Who authorized the lying to the Tillman family in its time of grief?
Who ordered the Rangers to "make up" different stories about Tillman's death?
Was the evidence (e.g. diary and armor) actually destroyed?
Who authorized that evidence destruction?
Who doctored the evidence?
Who authorized the doctoring of the evidence?
Lots of questions...not a lot of answers. If there is an actual conspiracy to be found, it's in the active cover-up of evidence, lying to the family, lying to the public, and the cynical development of yet another PR story focused on selling a troubled foreign policy with the emotionally appealing story of American footballer turned Army Ranger to fight the "good fight."
The problem is that the more the "story tellers" weave their fabric of fakery, the harder it is to keep track of the lies. And hiding behind Executive Privilege only makes it look like they are hiding something.
Telling the truth? It's so much easier...
(NB: This diary really isn't intended to slam people re: their theories on Tillman's death. Rather, it's a demand from me to the PTBs for the Truth surrounding this whole horrific affair. Frankly, I'm sick of the lies. It's time to come clean.)
Update: h/t to RetreatHell:
I don't think it is this complex. He was very unlikely "wacked" on orders. If it was intentional, it was probably over some dumb, simple, non-complex shit. Something so stupid and basic that it wouldn't make sense to anyone, except the people who were there.
I seriously doubt political views had ANYthing to do with it. Every single soldier/marine over there has differing political and religious views, and spends numerous hours on watch discussing/debating/arguing over them. We don't kill someone over that shit. We're not brainwashed retards. You're over-thinking this. I guarantee it is not even close to being this complicated. Think more simplistic...