House Oversight Committee to Hold Hearings on Military’s Falsehoods in Tillman and Lynch Incid

Brian Zick

Scott Lindlaw for AP reports: SAN FRANCISCO - A U.S. House committee announced Tuesday 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 plan 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. The committee's press release states: The Committee 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.

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