Tillman's brother says administration twisted facts
By Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer
10:32 AM PDT, April 24, 2007 WASHINGTON -- In explosive testimony before a congressional committee, Kevin Tillman, brother of Cpl. Pat Tillman, the former NFL player who was killed in action in Afghanistan, accused the Bush administration of twisting the facts of his brother's death to distract public attention from the prisoner abuses at Abu Ghraib.
Kevin Tillman, brother of NFL star-turned-Army Ranger Pat Tillman who was killed by friendly-fire in Afghanistan, testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, April 24, 2007 as his mother Mary Tillman looks on at right. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he called the hearing into Tillman's death -- as well as the exaggerated reports of Pvt. Jessica Lynch's heroism -- because "our government has failed them" and hoped "in some small way … this hearing can begin to right those wrongs."