Seventh-round NFL draft pick Pat Tillman wasted no time in setting records for tackles on the football field for the Arizona Cardinals. But in the Spring of 2002, after marrying his childhood sweetheart, Tillman walked away from his multi-million-dollar NFL salary and joined the Army with his brother.
Tillman’s departure from the NFL was widely publicized, as was his death on the battlefield of Afghanistan in 2004. The Pentagon, President George W. Bush, and what seemed like all of America, celebrated Tillman’s heroic death. However, Tillman’s death was not heroic by any means. He was shot and killed by his fellow U.S. soldiers. But once the deception about his story was propagandized, little could be done to undo how the military and the White House had capitalized on his death.
In 2006, The Guardian published a story, titled, “The footballer who became a war hero who became a scandal,” in which author Lawrence Donegan revealed the dastardly actions the government took to rewrite Tillman’s history. Donegan described how all was going well for the Bush Administration’s “War on Terror” when Tillman decided to enlist. He wrote:
“For the Bush administration, recently embarked on its ‘war on terror,’ Tillman’s story was an enormous PR boost. Professional athlete eschews fortune for patriotic duty—not even a White House well versed in spinning self-serving propaganda could have dreamed up such a perfect recruitment story. Tillman finished his basic training in time to be sent to Iraq as part of the US invasion force, before he was sent to Afghanistan in early 2004.”
But all that changed in 2004 when it was learned that the Pentagon’s poster boy had been shot and killed. Instead of telling the truth about Tillman’s death, the decision was made to spin a web of lies and deceit. The heartbreaking reality that he had been killed by his fellow platoon members was, evidently, too dangerous for national security—so much so that an invention of a superhero was birthed. The substitution of stories created a mythical hero out of Tillman on the level of G.I. Joe and was immediately used to further the recruiting efforts of what has now become America’s longest war. Donegan writes:
“The Pentagon immediately announced Tillman had died a heroic death while fighting the Taliban. George W Bush, whose own patriotism never stretched to completing his Texas National Guard duty, spoke of Tillman’s ‘ultimate sacrifice for the war on terror’ and offered to record a tribute to be broadcast during a live NFL game. The soldier was awarded a posthumous Silver Star. On April 30 an Army press release described how Tillman was killed while storming enemy positions.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. It would take a full 10 years before a guilt-ridden ex-soldier broke his silence about what he says happened the night Tillman was killed. Steven Elliott told NPR that he and his squad leader, Sgt. Greg Baker, were the ones who opened fire on Tillman’s position.
The platoon had divided into two groups that went in separate directions. After the first group was ambushed by Afghan fighters, the confusion on the battlefield led Elliott and Baker to open up machine gun fire on Tillman’s location and the former NFL football player, along with 19-year-old Bryan O’Neal, were killed.
“I remember thinking for just a second or two, but what felt like longer—your perception of time in the midst of a firefight can be distorted—that if he’d fired, and without any other information to indicate a friendly position, that I should also fire,” Elliott said, noting that his squad leader fired first, and then he joined in.
He said he was instructed by his superiors not to discuss the friendly fire incident outside of his unit. The military knew it had a PR problem on its hands but Elliott said he was too naive to believe they would spin it into a web of deception.
“I was operating on a certain level of naiveté, I believe,” Elliot said. “[I thought] senior leaders were trying to protect the family, and I had no idea they were being deceived at any point.”
Elliott said he has always wanted to speak with Pat Tillman’s brother, Kevin, about Pat’s death, and he admitted that he struggles with how to approach the family. He told NPR he knows the family feels deceived by its government.
“I always felt like I didn’t know what to say to Kevin,” Elliot said. “It felt like something that you just wanted to avoid, and it grieves me to no end that I didn’t make the effort at that time…I always felt very conflicted about that … I knew that they were very, just hurt beyond belief … [both in] losing Pat but then in the grief and the confusion of the deception.”
What started out as a glorious embark towards battle, ended in a tragic yet completely avoidable death. Just as Americans were told Benghazi was a knee-jerk mob reaction to an anti-Islam film and not a coordinated attack to commemorate 9/11, so were people told Tillman’s death was a heroic one.
Strangely enough, Americans know they were lied to about Benghazi and held several congressional hearings on the failures of leadership in Libya, but with Tillman, he is still celebrated as a hero. The distrust, anger, and outrage at a government who would have Americans believe a lie has been put aside, to honor the man, not his legend.
And honor him they do. Each year, the Pat Tillman foundation hosts a fundraiser in his honor. On the foundation’s web page, his death by his platoon mates is mentioned but missing is any critical comments regarding how the Pentagon and the White House propagandized his death. The Foundation describes his death by writing:
“On the evening of April 22, 2004, Pat’s unit was ambushed as it traveled through the rugged, canyon terrain of eastern Afghanistan. His heroic efforts to provide cover for fellow soldiers as they escaped from the canyon led to his untimely and tragic death via fratricide.”
“Fratricide” is what his death is referred to as, which means “the killing of one’s brother or sister.” The Tillman family has picked up the broken pieces and they are doing their best to move on. The Pat Tillman Foundation focuses on meeting the educational needs of soldiers returning from the battlefield, soldiers they call “Tillman Scholars.” The foundation also acknowledges how Tillman’s fame was highly publicized and describes his legacy:
“While the story of Pat’s death may have been the most publicized in the War on Terror, it is Pat’s life, principles and service that are his true legacy. Pat’s family and friends started the Pat Tillman Foundation to carry forward that legacy by giving military veterans and spouses who embody those principles the educational tools and support to reach their fullest potential as leaders, no matter how they choose to serve.”
And it’s true. Tillman was the epitome of a scholar-athlete. His self-sacrifice and service to his country should be celebrated. But somewhere along the way, someone should be held accountable for the lies perpetrated upon the American people about his death. Instead, not only has no one ever faced consequences for deceiving an entire nation, but deception originating from the highest executive office, its cabinet, and the military continues to this day. Administrations come and go, but the lies remain.
For an even deeper look into Pat Tillman’s life and death, consider “Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman,” written by Jon Krakauer. He noted that much of Tillman’s death still remains a mystery:
“When a soldier is killed in combat, you should put his uniform, his weapon, everything—anything that can be considered forensic evidence should be sent back to the States with the body, so the medical examiners could determine the cause of death. In the case of Tillman, none of that happened.”
Krakauer told NPR that he uncovered more disturbing facts, such as that “Tillman’s uniform and body armor were burned,” and that “his weapon, helmet, even a part of his brain, which fell to the ground after the attack, disappeared.” Krakauer also noted that:
“In July 2007, the Associated Press published an article reporting that the Navy pathologist who performed Tillman’s autopsy testified that the forensic evidence indicated Tillman had been shot three times in the head from a distance of thirty-five feet or less. The article prompted widespread speculation on the Internet and in the mainstream press that he had been deliberately murdered.”
What is crystal clear is that the U.S. military lied, covered up Tillman’s murder, and then used his story for pro-war propaganda. Now, it has been 14 years and the truth about Tillman’s death may never be fully known.
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Special units of India’s police have raided hideouts of Maoist rebels in the forested area of Maharashtra state. The encounter resulted in the death of 14 rebels, according to officer Prashant Diwate. He added that the police suffered no casualties during the fighting. The insurgency against the government by the militants, inspired by Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, has been going on since 1967. The Maoists demand land and jobs for farmers. In 2010, the rebels launched what is believed to be their deadliest attack against the Indian Army, killing 76 soldiers.
“Democracy” as it is practiced in the Third World (and soon coming to white nations if the nonwhite invasion is not halted) is a murderous affair, as evidenced by the fact that at least 82 candidates and office holders have been murdered in Mexico since campaigning began last September in the run up to the July 1 2018 vote.
According to a report by the Mexico City-based security consultancy Etellekt, there have been over 200 attacks on Mexican politicians since September 2017. The attacks took place in 29 of the 32 federal states, mainly Puebla, Guerrero, Veracruz, Mexico State and Hidalgo.
About 173 of the 203 attacks were direct attacks by members of organized crime groups, while 30 were against relatives of the politicians.
Authorities have confirmed the deaths of at least 30 candidates, according to Mexico’s interior secretary Alfonso Navarrete.
Etellekt disclosed that there have been about 60 attacks in the past month alone.
“The number of threats of death and intimidation against candidates has also increased greatly, forcing them to renounce their aspirations in exchange for not threatening their lives or relatives in many municipalities,” the report said.
The interior secretary told reporters that the attacks were “very focused on some regions of the country,” mostly in areas where organized crime is rampant.
“That doesn’t mean we are not taking steps,” the interior secretary said. “We could do it in a much better manner in an electoral year, be much more effective,” Navarrete explained.
Some 66 percent of the murders were registered in the pre-campaign and inter-campaign period. There have been calls for security to be assigned to the victims, who a usually candidates running for office.
“Organized crime particularly attacked pre-candidates, this is where the greatest number of attacks occurred, at least 20 murders were against candidates or pre-candidates in a primordial manner at the municipal level, which is the most vulnerable sector of the country. The most affected parties are the PRI [Partido Revolucionario Institucional], with 29 dead activists, followed by the PRD [Partido de la Revolución Democrática].”
In 2016, Mexican mayors were nearly 12 times more likely to be killed than members of the general population, according to an analysis by Justice in Mexico.
“An organized crime group may believe that a mayor is collaborating with another group and needs to be removed immediately,” said Laura Calderon, program officer for Justice in Mexico. “Or organized crime may feel betrayed that a mayor refused to collaborate, so they need to delete the mayor from the picture.”
* It is not just in Mexico where this happens. In India, supposedly the world’s “biggest democracy,” a quarter of all Members of Legislative Assembly (MLA) elected in the 2017 election had either been, or were facing, charges including rape, murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, culpable homicide, communal disharmony, electoral violations, and assorted sex crimes against women.
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A pilot and a passenger of a light airplane were killed as it crashed in the town of Kaybaly in the Republic of Khakassia, the Russian Investigative Committee said on Saturday. The aircraft’s nose was severely damaged in the incident. The plane is partly in the water and the victims have not been removed yet, according to RIA Novosti, citing a local monitoring service. An investigation into the incident is being conducted.
It was added to the UK vaccination schedule on 1st August 2017, with the sole purpose of introducing Hepatitis B into routine infant vaccinations. It is scheduled to be given at 8, 12 & 16 weeks of age and is to be administered alongside other recommended vaccines from the NHS Immunisation Schedule at age appropriate appointments.(ref 1)
Hepatitis B has a very low incidence rate in the UK (0.3 – 0.4%). It is spread via blood-to-blood contact through percutaneous exposure (e.g. sharing of needles and other equipment by people who inject drugs or through contaminated ‘needle stick’ injuries), sexual intercourse with an infected person and perinatal transmission from a mother to child (0.05 to 0.08%).
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She first became interested in natural health and immunity several years ago when she became ill after a family trauma. Emma was diagnosed with a suppressed thyroid, infertility and a whole range of other symptoms which became daily struggles. When discussing options with her GP, she was told she could do nothing naturally to regain my health. She didn’t accept this and with sheer determination, hit the books and joined support groups which lead her down the road to a natural recovery. she managed to heal herself without one prescription drug. She says, “When you experience the failures of modern medicine first hand, your left with no other options than to teach yourself about health and wellbeing. The power of self-healing is truly liberating!”
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A lawyer representing relatives of an unarmed black man killed in a hail of police bullets in a California Walmart parking lot accuses officers of profiling, stalking and unjustifiably shooting him.
Diante “Butchie” Yarber, 26, who had been driving his cousin and friends to a Walmart in Barstow, died when police fired what witnesses told The Guardian sounded like more than 30 bullets. A passenger was seriously wounded.
“They saw a car full of black people sitting in front of a Walmart, and they decided that was suspicious,” Lee Merritt, an attorney representing Yarber’s family, told the paper. “They just began pouring bullets … It’s irresponsible. It’s dangerous. It’s mind-boggling, the use of force.” He said Yarber was hit “an estimated two dozen times.”
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said Barstow officers opened fire after the driver of a black Mustang, wanted for questioning in a recent crime involving a stolen vehicle, suddenly reversed in a getaway attempt, crashed into two patrol cars and “accelerated toward the officers.” Police had been sent to the Walmart lot to investigate “a call of a suspicious vehicle,” the sheriff said in a statement.
Officers involved in the April 5 shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave, police said.
Dale Galipo, an attorney representing Marian Tafoya, 23, a back seat passenger seriously wounded in the shooting, said officers weren’t in the path of the Mustang, so they had no justification to open fire.
Video footage of the car after the shooting shows what appear to be many bullet holes. There’s also minor damage to the front bumper and driver’s side fender, but it’s unclear whether that happened prior to the incident:
Yarber’s aunt, Aleta Yarber, said the car belonged to her son, who was a passenger in the vehicle, and hadn’t been reported stolen. She said her son “has not been able to say much of anything” since the shooting, because “it was very traumatizing.”
Yarber was a “loving, caring and a friendly person,” said Samantha Robledo, who has a 7-year-old daughter named Naliyah with Yarber. “Our relationship was like no other,” she told HuffPost. Yarber also has daughters ages 9 and 1.
Yarber’s sister, Ruby Hawkins, told The Guardian that police frequently targeted her brother.
“They are the biggest criminals. They are bullies with badges … I don’t know how you can fear for your life with a person that is moving away from you,” she said.
Merritt, the family’s lawyer, wrote on Facebook that the shooting was ” the worse case of excessive and unnecessary force I have seen in my career.”
“The Yarber family deserves answers in the form of transparency by the Barstow Police Department,” he said. “Body, dash and surveillance video must be turned over to my office immediately. The San Bernardino County district attorney must throughly investigate and zealously prosecute the gunman involved.”
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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Afghan and Pakistani troops clashed near the disputed border between the two countries on Sunday. The fighting left two Pakistani soldiers killed and five others wounded.
The Pakistani military confirmed the casualties, saying that its border guards were “fired upon from the Afghanistan side” during a routine surveillance mission. Afghan police said that force was used after the Pakistani troops illegally crossed the border. There’s currently no information about the death toll on the Afghani side. Clashes are frequent in the area as Afghanistan doesn’t recognize the 2,400-kilometer Durand Line (drawn by Britain in 1896) as its international border with Pakistan.
A judge on Thursday sentenced an Alabama teenager to 65 years in prison for a series of crimes, including murder, even though a police officer was the one who actually killed the victim.
Lakeith Smith, now 18, was convicted under the state’s accomplice liability law in March. Based on that law, a person can be convicted of felony murder if they were committing a crime with the deceased that led to the other person’s death, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. Most U.S. states have similar laws.
In Smith’s case, he was involved in burglaries alongside A’Donte Washington, 16, when a police officer shot and killed Washington in 2015.
In February 2015, both Smith and Washington were part of a group of five who broke into two houses in Millbrook, Alabama, the Advertiser reports. When police responded to the scene, the two sides exchanged gunfire. Body camera footage played in court showed Washington running towards an officer pointing a gun at him. The officer then shot and killed Washington.
Circuit Judge Sibley Reynolds sentenced Smith to 65 years in prison on Thursday — 30 years for a felony murder, 15 for burglary and two 10-year sentences for theft.
“The officer shot A’donte, not Lakeith Smith,” said Smith’s attorney Jennifer Holton during the trial, as per USA Today. “Lakeith was a 15-year-old child, scared to death. He did not participate in the act that caused the death of A’donte. He never shot anybody.”
Though Smith was a minor when the incident took place, he was tried as an adult.
In March, Smith declined a plea deal that would have sentenced him to 25 years in prison; he was convicted later that month.
The other three defendants involved in the burglaries have all entered guilty pleas, Fox 8 Live reports. One has been sentenced to 28 years in prison, while the other two have not yet been sentenced.
And as for the Millbrook police officer who actually killed Washington? A grand jury cleared him of any wrongdoing back in 2016, saying he was justified in fatally shooting Washington, WSFA reported at the time.
This article has been updated to clarify that most U.S. states have laws similar to Alabama’s.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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Hundreds attended the funeral of a well-known Palestinian journalist in Gaza on Saturday who was killed while covering mass protests along the Israeli border the previous day.
Yasser Murtaja died from a gunshot wound he sustained while filming Friday in an area engulfed in thick black smoke from protesters setting tires on fire. Israeli troops opened fire from across the border, killing at least nine Palestinians and wounding 491 others in the second mass border protest in eight days. The deaths brought to at least 31 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire since last week. The border area appeared calm Saturday.
Witnesses said Murtaja was over 100 meters (yards) from the border, wearing a flak jacket marked “press” and holding his camera when he was shot in an exposed area just below the armpit.
The Israeli military has said it fired only at “instigators” involved in attacks on soldiers and was investigating Murtaja’s death amid a very hectic environment.
Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since a 2007 takeover and calls for Israel’s destruction, has called for a series of protests until May 15, the anniversary of Israel’s founding when Palestinians commemorate their mass uprooting during the 1948 war over Israel’s creation. (AP)