The Bush Administration knew at the top that celebrity soldier Pat Tillman had been killed by persons in, or attached to his own unit, yet it purposely chose to muffle the incident for more than two years; lying to the family while lionizing the victim as a war hero.
Circumstantial evidence, primarily illogical actions at very high levels of the administration, suggests more than a cover up of a friendly fire accident (a common mistake during war.)
Had Tillman been accidentally shot by one of his own unit the whole matter could have been put to rest by holding a few harsh court marshals of those immediately involved, and issuing profuse apologies to everyone.
But, Americas most famous volunteer soldier was, according to his brother and constant companion, on the verge of whistle-blowing the bankruptcy of US policy in Iraq.
The untimely death of Tillman could not have been timelier for the top civilians in charge of making war, but covering for an assassination is not so simple.