Thursday April 12, 2007
A U.S. House committee announced it would hold hearings on misleading military statements that followed the friendly fire death of Pat Tillman in Afghanistan and the rescue of Pfc. Jessica Lynch in Iraq.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said an April 24 hearing would be part of its investigation into whether there was a strategy to mislead the public.
"The truth, the truth, this is only a search for the truth,'' House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday at a news conference in San Francisco. "It's about holding this administration accountable for the message that it sends out. ... It's about reality.''
Word of the hearings comes two weeks after the Pentagon released the findings of its own investigations into Tillman's death, and three years after he was killed.
The committee has been quietly investigating the case since then and decided to add Lynch to the scope of its probe. It will "examine why inaccurate accounts of these two incidents were disseminated, the sources and motivations for the accounts, and whether the appropriate administration officials have been held accountable,'' the panel said on its Web site.
Friday, April 13, 2007