Our first post-Alvarez phony in the news
Timothy Oliver, a Georgia boy by birth, spent years with the Special Forces in Afghanistan hunting bad guys in hideouts in the night.
Sometimes he found them.
Now, he spends his nights sleepless in a dimly lit mobile home park in Hermosa. Gaunt, with dark circles under his eyes and a limp, he smokes Marlboro reds and handles a toy gun that is a replica of the 9 mm he used to carry in Afghanistan.
Yeah, I don't think so, but do tell me more. I mean, who among us hasn't heard of an E5 heroically leading a Special Forces unit. Delta at that. I'm sure lots of E5's are doing that.
While traveling over land through a tight valley, the unmanned aerial vehicle used to see what was ahead of them spotted an ambush lying in wait. Oliver, the leader of his four-man team, said their training in such a situation was to exit vehicles and take cover along a valley wall. He was about 10 feet from their Humvee when it was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade.
A fellow team member, who instead of leaving the Humvee had gone for its mounted machine gun, was killed instantly.
The explosion threw Oliver against the canyon wall, sprayed him with shrapnel and broke his leg in three places.
Another team member was killed in a second explosion.
“We were being attacked from the front and the rear,” he said.
He saw another team member, who was trying to reload his weapon with one hand because the other one had been blown off, be overrun.
We've been emailing with the author of that story, and she is looking into it, but the dead giveaway to me?
Furthermore, the female pilot assigned to provide air support for his team – a woman he was close to but was back at base at the time of the attack – died soon after.
Well, not according to iCasualties. I looked at every female casualty in Afghanistan, and the only woman that fits his description (female, assigned to helicopter unit etc) died in 2003, before the events that are alleged in December of 2004.
Tomorrow I will have an indepth piece about why the Supreme Court's suggestion that private individuals counter these lies through true speech will never work, for a host of reasons. Check in tomorrow, it will be a good one.