Pat Tillman’s mother: ‘This was a public deception.’

Last night on CBS’s 60 Minutes, host Katie Couric reported on the ongoing Pentagon deception surrounding the death of former Army Ranger Pat Tillman. “The point that everyone seems to miss,” said Pat’s mother Mary Tillman, is that “this isn’t about us. It’s about what they’ve done to the public. This was a public deception.” Watch it:

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Some of his fellow Rangers said that before he died, Pat Tillman expressed his fear that if something happened to him, his death would be exploited by the military and used as propaganda. “He would be just insanely upset,” a fellow soldier said. “He’d probably laugh and say this is just criminal. Those would probably be his exact words. This is criminal.” Watch the full video here.