Locking Down the Truth
Why did it take five weeks for Pat Tillman's family to learn that his death was caused by friendly fire? This is why:
Within hours of Pat Tillman's death, the Army went into information-lockdown mode, cutting off phone and Internet connections at a base in Afghanistan, posting guards on a wounded platoon mate, and ordering a sergeant to burn Tillman's uniform.
Wounded by the same friendly fire, Spc. Jade Lane was puzzled to find guards stationed at his hospital bed in Afghanistan.
Later, he said, he learned the reason for their presence: The news media were sniffing around, and Lane's superiors "did not want anyone talking to us," he said.
From another soldier, who learned about Tillman's death when it was reported to the Forward Operating Base where he was assigned:
"The phones and Internet had been cut off, to prevent anyone from talking about the incident," he told investigators.
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