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04-02-2007, 04:37 AM
Tillman case memo fuels cover-up theory
Robert Collier, Chronicle Staff Writer
Saturday, March 31, 2007

The controversy over the death of former football star Pat Tillman deepened Friday when a document emerged showing that a top Army general suggested only a week after Tillman was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan that the White House should be informed of the real circumstances of the shooting.
In a cable, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, chief of the Army's Special Operations Command, suggested to Gen. John Abizaid, chief of U.S. Central Command, that President Bush and other senior officials might mistakenly claim that Tillman had been killed by the enemy on April 22, 2004.
The memo, which was obtained by the Associated Press, does not prove that Abizaid informed Bush or his aides. White House spokesman Blain Rethmeier said Friday that there is no record indicating Bush was advised of McChrystal's concerns.
But to skeptics, the memo suggests the Pentagon was more concerned with protecting the president from embarrassment than with disclosing the difficult truth to Tillman's family -- who were finally informed four weeks later.
"Was the president informed of the true cause of Pat Tillman's death?" asked Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose. "If so, why did the president or his subordinates fail to immediately inform the Tillman family? If not, why was the commander in chief not informed, and why did successive layers of the military command continue claiming that Tillman was killed by enemy fire?"
Tillman's mother, who lives in San Jose and has been harshly critical of the Pentagon's handling of the matter, said Friday the memo made it highly likely that the White House was involved in a cover-up.
"It doesn't surprise us at all," said Mary Tillman. "We are just grateful a paper trail to the White House was finally found."
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The Army knew that lies were told at Pat Hillman's funeral. Seems likely now that the WH knew about the real facts also.
Have they no shame.