{ An Autopsy of Democracy }

Sunday, October 02, 2005

The "All-American Hero": a Noam Chomsky fan who opposed the Iraq War, killed by friendly fire

This is surely old news, but I just heard about it.

New inquiry may expose events that led to Pat Tillman’s death

Noam Chomsky - what's new

"When word of Tillman's killing hit stateside, the conservative propaganda factory sought to make him theirs. Ann Coulter described Tillman as "an American original -- virtuous, pure and masculine like only an American male can be." (Can we have that in the original German, bitte?)

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Now, almost a year and a half later, the right's version of Tillman's killing has been shattered. The San Francisco Chronicle got its hands on 2000 pages of testimony on Tillman's death and interviewed his family and soldiers who served with him. The Chronicle's report not only strengthens the evidence that the Pentagon deliberately covered up Tillman's death from friendly-fire to better exploit him as a PR tool, it reveals that:

"--Tillman joined the Army specifically to fight Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, but was sent to participate in the invasion of Iraq against his wishes. He called the invasion, "so fucking illegal."

"--He was an avid reader and fan of Noam Chomsky. Tillman was scheduled to meet Chomsky upon his return from Afghanistan.

"--Tillman was an independent-minded, outspoken Bush critic who planned to vote for John Kerry.

"--On April 23, 2004, a day after he was killed, Tillman's bullet-riddled body armor was burned by a soldier. That same day, all Army Ranger top commanders were informed of the suspected fratricide.

"--Two days later, Tillman's uniform was burned."

Interviews also show a side of Pat Tillman not widely known — a fiercely independent thinker who enlisted, fought and died in service to his country yet was critical of President Bush and opposed the war in Iraq, where he served a tour of duty. He was an avid reader whose interests ranged from history books on World War II and Winston Churchill to works of leftist Noam Chomsky, a favorite author.

And how does Ann Coulter respond to this?


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