Friday, July 27, 2007

Why Executive Privilege

In the Pat Tillman case.

I long ago learned NEVER to underestimate the Bush Administration's capacity for being assholes and using Tillman for propaganda purposes. And this just adds to the list:

_ In his last words moments before he was killed, Tillman snapped at a panicky comrade under fire to shut up and stop "sniveling."

_ Army attorneys sent each other congratulatory e-mails for keeping criminal investigators at bay as the Army conducted an internal friendly-fire investigation that resulted in administrative, or non-criminal, punishments.

_ The three-star general who kept the truth about Tillman's death from his family and the public told investigators some 70 times that he had a bad memory and couldn't recall details of his actions.

_ No evidence at all of enemy fire was found at the scene - no one was hit by enemy fire, nor was any government equipment struck.

The Pentagon and the Bush administration have been criticized in recent months for lying about the circumstances of Tillman's death. The military initially told the public and the Tillman family that he had been killed by enemy fire. Only weeks later did the Pentagon acknowledge he was gunned down by fellow Rangers.

All of this, especially the bolded section makes it incredibly suspicious when one recalls that within the last two weeks...

Bush claims executive privilege on Tillman

When exactly did Bush know how Tillman had been killed? Was it before or after the funeral?

Were Bush Administration officials, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Feith, Rove, Cheney, Libby, or even Bush, involved in the legal process to prevent a criminal investigation -- which from the circumstances seems necessary?

Sure would be nice to see the screws put to the Administration to be honest for a change, especially on such a viscerally known case.

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