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"The {Untold] Tillman Story" Appendix D1 -- July 13, 2007 Gen. McChrystal To Testify (7/13/10; Last Updated 12/26/10)

"The {Untold] Tillman Story" Appendix D1 -- July 13, 2007 Gen. McChrystal To Testify (7/13/10; Last Updated 12/26/10)

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General McChrystal µInvited´ to Testify at HouseOversight Committeee August 1
2007 Tillman Hearing
Here¶s the announcement for the hearing:
House Oversight Committee¶s 8-01-07 Hearing Announcement with McChrystal ³Invited´ 
. . .
romHouse Dems want Rumsfeld, generals to testify in Tillman case 
Zachary Coile, San Francisco Chronicle Monday, July 16, 2007(07-16) 12:07 PDT Washington -- House Democrats, suspecting that top Pentagon officialscovered up the friendly fire death of football star and Army Ranger Pat Tillman, are
calling ormer Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and five
 generals to testify
about the San Jose'snative 2004 fatal shooting by solders in his unit in Afghanistan.
The committee also wants testimony from Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal 
, who sent a high- priority cable five days after Tillman's death to Abizaid and other top Army commanders,warning that the former NFL safety probably had been killed by friendly fire -- not by Talibaninsurgents as the Army claimed publicly.Rumsfeld and the others may resist testifying before the committee « But
holds a powerful card: He is the only committee chairman who can issue subpoenas without acommittee vote and
could order them to appear 
. « The Army did not immediately respondMonday to a request for comment on whether the current or former officials would agree totestify.
12-26-10 UPDATE:
A Lexus-Nexis search found this mention that Gen. McChrystalwas still on the ³invited´ list just three days prior to Congress¶s 8-01-07 hearing:
Federal News Service Daybook,
July 28, 2007
ull committee hearing on "The Tillman
ratricide: What the Leadership of the Defense Department Knew
" Pat Tillman,
a former NFL football player, was killed onApril 22, 2004 in a "friendly fire" incident while serving in the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion inAfghanistan.
2154 Rayburn House Office Building --
August 01, 2007
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld; former chairman of the JointChiefs of Staff retired Gen. Richard Myers; former commander of the U.S. Central Commandretired Gen. John Abizaid; past commanders of the U.S. Special Operations Command retiredGen. Bryan Brown and retired Gen. Philip Kensinger; and
commander of the Joint SpecialOperations Command Lt
Stanley McChrystal, testify
On July 13, 2007 the Oversight Committee announced that they were invitingMcChrystal. As of July 28, 2007 he was still on the list, just 3 days before his hearing. ButMcChrystal never showed up. Acccording the the following AP piece, he ³declined´ to appear  before Congress! Here¶s some excerpts:
AP: Tillman Memo Contradicted Citation 
By SCOTT LINDLAW and MARTHA MENDOZAThe Associated Press Saturday, August 4, 2007; 12:47 AMSAN FRANCISCO -- Just a day after approving a medal claiming former NFL player PatTillman had been cut down by "devastating enemy fire" in Afghanistan, a high-ranking generaltried to warn President Bush that the story might not be true, according to testimony obtained by The Associated Press.
Despite this apparent contradiction, Lt
Stanley McChrystal was sparedpunishment in the latest review of Tillman's shooting
On Tuesday, the Army overruled aPentagon recommendation that he be held accountable for his "misleading" actions
In a sometimes contentious November interview under oath and via videoconference,Pentagon investigators sharply questioned McChrystal about the conflicting accounts,according to the testimony obtained by the AP under the Freedom of Information Act.«"Why did you recommend the Silver Star one day and then the next day send a secret back-channel message warning the country's leaders about using information from the Silver Star in public speeches because they might be embarrassed if they do?" an investigator askedMcChrystal. Despite numerous questions, the general never directly explained thediscrepancies."That question seems to imply the fact that we were giving the award with one hand and thenwith the other hand saying it was something different," he protested. "But that's exactly theopposite of the way I felt and feel now."

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