Hearing on Tillman, Lynch Incidents: "Tampered"

April 24, 2007
The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has just concluded its hearing entitled "Misleading Information from the Battlefield." The hearing focused on the death of Army Ranger Specialist Patrick Tillman in Afghanistan and the capture and rescue of Army Private Jessica Lynch in Iraq. Here Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) questions Specialist Bryan O'Neal, U.S. Army, an eyewitness to Tillman's death, on apparent tampering with his original reports on the incident:

Rep. Braley:

"This version of the statement also says you, quote, 'engaged the enemy very successfully,' end quote, that the enemy moved most of their attention to your position which, quote, 'drew a lot of fire from them.' Did you write these sentences claiming that you were engaged with the enemy?"

Specialist O'Neal:
"No, sir."