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Monday, June 22, 2009

Mom Wants To Know

The mother of slain U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman says Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal lied about her son's death during a congressional hearing.

Mary Tillman, mother of the former NFL star who was killed by friendly fire five years ago in Afghanistan, said McChrystal lied Tuesday during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee when he said there was no intent to deceive anyone about the cause of Tillman's death, CNN reported.

Mary Tillman has long complained that the military ceremony and posthumous Silver Star medal awarded to her son lacked any mention that his death was the result of fire from his own platoon, despite officials knowing at the time he did not die from enemy fire.

Mary Tillman talks about her son Army Ranger Pat Tillman's death, during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Army's misleading information regarding the death of Pat Tillman and the enemy's capture of Jessica Lynch, in Washington on April 24, 2007. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
Mary Tillman talks about her son Army Ranger Pat Tillman's death, during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Army's misleading information regarding the death of Pat Tillman

"McChrystal was lying," she told CNN.

During his testimony,McChrystal said of Pat Tillman's death, "I didn't see any activity by anyone to deceive."

"He said he didn't know for certain Pat was killed by fratricide. That isn't true in and of itself, but the fact is, it doesn't matter whether he knew it for certain," Tillman said.

She contended that Army protocol at the time required families to be told of possible fratricide, regardless of whether it had been confirmed.

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