Tillman Family, Jessica Lynch to Testify on Capitol Hill

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Tomorrow, Pat Tillman’s mother and brother and Jessica Lynch will testify at a congressional hearing focusing on the inaccurate reports of Tillman’s friendly fire death in Afghanistan and Lynch’s capture and rescue in Iraq.

The Tillman family has been butting heads with the military for years now, all in an effort to get a straight story about Pat’s death, and Lynch has openly said that her rescue, once called “one of the most stunning pieces of news management ever conceived” was overblown. Should be an interesting hearing.

We covered Lynch in the Mother Jones Iraq War Timeline. See all entries relating to her here. The link provides a pretty good summary of that whole embarrassing drama.

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