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A friend of mine sent me an email, in which he synthesized the current Republican drumbeat against Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama's claim of Executive Privilege.  Their argument seems to boil down to one major issue:  the family of the slain  officer deserves to know how their son died, and if there was a cover-up following his death.

You know, I kind of agree.  Follow me below the fold for the shocking details of who knew what, who lied to the slain officer's mother, and who lied to Congress in the "investigation."  Follow me below the fold to see who in Congress was "shocked" at this outrage, and who did what to dig out the truth.

This is the email I received:

"On July 13, less than a week after claiming executive privilege for Miers and Taylor, President Bush's Counsel Fielding effectively claimed the privilege once again, this time in relation to documents related to the 2004 death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman. In a letter to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Fielding claimed certain papers relating to discussion of the friendly-fire shooting “implicate Executive Branch confidentiality interests” and would therefore not be turned over to the committee."

You notice the talking points being used today:

1.  The family of the Border Patrolman deserve to know what happened.  (The Tillman family still do not know what happened.  In fact, Army General officers deliberately lied to the Mother of Pat Tillman about the circumstances of his death and the following cover-up.)

2.  The President is hiding something.  (The Tillman family had pretty good  evidence that President Bush, himself, was directly informed of the initial lies about Tillman's death, and the subsequent cover-up.  Remember, Tillman was immediately recommended for the Silver Star, and Bush was cautioned, at the last minute,  to not mention it in a speech he made following Tillman's death.  (That's the famous P-For message)  Don't you think Bush would have said, "Wait.  He is recommended for the Silver Star.  Why can't I mention it?  Why was my speech changed at the last minute after I've already practiced reading it off my teleprompter?")

3.  If you have nothing to hide, why won't you just release all the documents?  (Exactly.)

4.  The second tier major players (Rumsfeld, Gen Meyer, Gen Abizaid) finally, after much stonewalling, all testified before Congress.  Their testimony was exactly the same:  "I don't remember."  Some even claimed they never received the P-For message.  Riiight.  (Ask any military commo officer if a P-For message is ever "not delivered.")  No one asked, "If you did not receive the P-For message about the cover-up, why did you rush to insure the President's speech was changed at the last minute?  They developed a cover-up for the death of arguably the most famous soldier on active duty at the time, and they didn't remember?  They went right to the President with it, and they don't remember?  They blatantly lied to Pat Tillman's mother about the circumstances of his death, approved a Silver Star based on a narrative they KNEW was a lie, and they didn't remember?  

5.  President Bush NEVER released the documents, nor discussed what he knew, and when.  The Tillman family NEVER found out who orchestrated the lie about Pat Tillman's death.  There was never an investigation into the question of whether Tillman was deliberately murdered, and why the cover-up at the highest levels began immediately following his death.  

I have looked for the comments of Speaker Boehner and Rep Daryl Issa concerning the unfairness of the stonewalling of the Tillman Family and the abuse of executive privilege in the Pat Tillman case.  I have not found them yet, but I know they must have been outraged.  I know they must have called for hearings.  I know they must have held the Bush administration in contempt of Congress.  

I will continue to search.  I invite you to make the connection in every blog, in every comment about Attorney General Holder and Fast and Furious, and in your letters to Congress.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    Olympia, gfv6800, BlackSheep1

    Demand Accountability.

    by stlawrence on Thu Jun 28, 2012 at 05:20:47 PM PDT

    •  Riiight (1+ / 0-)
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      Which part is bullshit?  Please.  Enlighten me.  

      Did the military leadership not lie to Pat Tillman's mother?

      Did the Army not put Pat Tillman in for a Silver Star, based on a false narrative of what happened that day?

      Did President Bush not change his speech at the last minute, to remove any mention of what happened?

      Did President Bush not claim executive privilege to avoid giving any details about what he knew and when he knew it?

      Please, enlighten us on the details.

      Demand Accountability.

      by stlawrence on Thu Jun 28, 2012 at 05:46:41 PM PDT

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      •  Sorry. I probably should have been less rude. (0+ / 0-)

        But my impression is that the two stories are apples and oranges.

        I think one would need to strain so much to get to where you're going that it undercuts the outrage of the charges against Holder.

        •  Accepted (0+ / 0-)

          I get your point now.  

          I agree - the cases are dissimilar.  There was an active cover-up, apparently at the highest levels, in the Pat Tillman case.  I have seen no evidence of a cover-up at high levels in the Brian Terry case.  Just the opposite - the attorney general was sending emails demanding to know what happened.  Read the Vanity Fair article.

          "undercuts the outrage of the charges against Holder?"

          Do you mean the phony outrage of the Republicans?  Uh, if they really cared about the parents having a right to know what happened, should they not equally have cared about Pat Tillman's parents?  And, as a previous poster noted, about Cindy Sheehan's son?

          If they were really outraged, would they not be questioning about where this program started?  Bush administration?  General Meyer's niece, who Bush named to head ICE when she was in her 30s?

          Demand Accountability.

          by stlawrence on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 04:41:02 AM PDT

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  •  I had been thinking about (2+ / 0-)
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    gfv6800, BlackSheep1

    Pat Tillman and the cover-up all day.  I am so glad you posted this diary.  Thank you.

    •  No, thank you (2+ / 0-)
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      Olympia, BlackSheep1

      Olympia, I think the Pat Tillman affair is one of the most shameful events in our military's history.  They (meaning the politicians and political generals) wanted to "Jessica Lynch" Pat Tillman's death (my opinion).

      In other words, no matter what the truth and the facts, they wanted, cravenly, to use Pat Tillman in a way he would never have countenanced.  To do so, they lied to his mother and father, lied to the American people, and there was absolutely no penalty.

      They never have, to this day, told the truth.

      Again, I'm sure Speaker Boehner and Rep Issa were outraged at this - I just have not been able to find any statements to that effect.

      Demand Accountability.

      by stlawrence on Thu Jun 28, 2012 at 06:32:46 PM PDT

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      •  stop digging for those statements because (1+ / 0-)
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        you will have a hole through to China and still never find them.  As Nancy Pelosi said today on the floor, just when you think they can't sink any lower they prove you wrong once again.

  •  Where were these assholes (1+ / 0-)
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    when Cindy Sheehan wanted answers?

    "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

    by CFAmick on Thu Jun 28, 2012 at 10:38:39 PM PDT

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