THE "CURTAIN OF SILENCE" NOW DESCENDS
DON'T LOOK FOR MANY DETAILS ON APPARENT
"SUICIDE" OF GEN. TINSLEY FROM HERE ON OUT
MANY QUESTIONS UNANSWERED - SOMETHING
HORRIBLE MUST HAVE MADE WELL-LIKED
COMMANDER PULL THE TRIGGER - WHY NO
WARNING OR NOTE LEFT BEHIND? - DOES DEATH
HAVE ANY CONNECTION TO INDICTMENT OF
POWERFUL U.S. SENATOR TED STEVENS?
Things have been hectic round here since we got word that well-liked 3rd Wing Commander, Gen. Thomas Tinsley had apparently shot himself to death in his home on Elmendorf AFB Alaska. So many e-mails have poured in from well-meaning and sometimes "in-the-know" people (both in and out of the Air Force) it has been impossible to find time to answer them all.
By no means do we wish to discourage our readers from contacting us at email@example.com. You know you aren't going to get a snow-job or plausible denial here. If we find out the truth as to why Gen. Tinsley is dead, you will read it here first.
The latest bombshell to hit in the Anchorage area is Tuesday's announcement that powerful U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, former chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, a man known to all senior officers of the military services, has been indicted on seven counts of corruption.
Some of our more conspiratorial readers ventured the guess that Tinsley might have learned of the impending announcement and worried that more would come out than just a fat-cat politician accepting $250,000 in freebies from a well-connected corporation.
We all know that once the Feds start looking under rocks - and they must have studied Steven's inter-actions with top brass at the Pentagon - something more might surface.
By no means do we wish to infer that the general has done anything wrong or embarrassing enough to cause him to kill himself. But the timing of this news - the "suicide" and then indictment within 48 hours of each other - is curious indeed.
Thomas Tinsley was universally admired. His kind nature and pleasant manner - he remembered the first names of low-ranking airmen at Elmendorf - was in stark contrast to surly lowlifes like Gen. Gary North, whom we have exposed on these pages for sacrificing two of his own Air Force officers and disregarding an investigating officer's report from Afghanistan that cleared both men, in order to "suck up" to Blackwater.
We also are told North knows everything about the Maj. Jill Metzger cover-up and subsequent sweetheart deal. Tinsley, as Gen. Mosley's executive officer at the time, could not have helped but know the details, too. But he was no threat to talk about that. It was not in his character to "betray" his senior officers, even if they engaged in what many believe to be one of the most disgraceful episodes of recent Air Force history.
Again and again we come back to motive. Why would a relatively young - age 46 - brigadier general with a brilliant future ahead of him destroy himself in one terrible moment? He loved his family and was a good and thoughtful father. Why, then would he "check out" of this life with no suicide note or explanation, and let his loved ones hear the shot and find his body the way they did?
The OSI has interviewed his wife Johanna and probably will dig some more, but if the findings are too "sensitive" for release, you can count on the Air Force brass to suppress the truth, just like they did with Metzger for more than a year after her spurious "abduction" and "escape" in Kyrgyzstan
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