compiled by Dee Finney

The world is too terrible a place to live in, not because of the bad things that happen,
but because of the good people who stand by and do nothing."
- Albert Einstein




Mary Mahoney. Died July 1997. Was a former intern working for Bill Clinton. In the pre-trial publicity surrounding Paul Jones' lawsuit, and mere days after Newsweek's Mike Isikoff had dropped hints that a former White House staffer was going to go public with her story of sexual harassment at the White House, gunmen entered the Starbuck's coffee house in Georgetown while the crew was cleaning up after closing. Mary's two associates were taken to a room and executed. Mary had five bullets in her.

No money was taken. Isikoff's former White House staffer never appears and the Georgetown police steadfastly refuse to comment on this heinous killing - a killing the police say is extraordinary since they never have even one shooting in this area, much less three people executed in the same place on the same night and nothing taken.

Vincent Foster. White House Counsel. Died July 21, 1993. Everyone's heard the whitewash from two independent prosecutors but if you want the truth and not "spin", order Chris Ruddy's book, The Strange Death of Vince Foster. Suicide my foot.

Maj. General William Robertson, Deputy Commanding General, V Corps, Europe, former bodyguard to Clinton.

Colonel William Densberger, V Corps Chief of Operations and Plans, former Clinton bodyguard.
Colonel Robert Kelly, V Corps Chief of Intelligence. Former Clinton bodyguard.

Specialist Gary Rhodes, Crew Chief. All died February 23, 1993. All were killed when their helicopter crashed in Weisbaden, Germany. No cause ever determined. V Corps figured prominently in the US Bosnia-Serbia peacekeeping operations, along with the carrier Roosevelt. These men and 8 others associated with Clinton's visit to the Roosevelt all died within four months of each other.

Steve Willis, Clinton Bodyguard. Robert Williams, Clinton bodyguard. Conway BeBleu, Clinton bodyguard. Todd McKeehan, Clinton bodyguard. All executed by gunfire in the Waco, Texas assault on the Branch Davidians. All four were examined by a private doctor and died from nearly identical words to the left temple. All deaths blamed on the Branch Davidians. Amazing that the Branch Davidians could place the gunshots to each of their heads in roughly the same places. Amazing.

Staff Sgt. Brian Haney, Clinton bodyguard. Marine Sgt. Tim Sabel, Clinton bodyguard. Major William Barkley, Clinton bodyguard, Capt. Scott Reynolds, Clinton bodyguard. All died May 19, 1993 when their helicopter crashed in the woods near Quantico, VA. All four men had escorted Clinton on his flight to the carrier Roosevelt shortly before their deaths.

My husband was in the Army 27 years and is a retired Colonel. We have been absolutely stunned by the overwhelming number of crashed military planes and helicopters since Clinton took office. It is unprecedented and in case you are unaware, Clinton stated in his evasion letters to avoid the draft back in the '60's that he "hated the military."

Dead Fund Raisers:

C. Victor Raiser II, National Finance Co-Chairman for Clinton for President Campaign. Montgomery Raiser, son of C. Victor Raiser: both men died July 30, 1992 in a private plan crash in Alaska en route to a fishing expedition. No cause was ever determined. Five others not connected to Clinton died with them. Paul Tully, Democratic National Committee Political Director. Died September 24, 1992. Found dead in a hotel room in Little Rock, Arkansas of unknown causes. No autopsy allowed. Ed Willey, Real Estate Attorney, Clinton Fund Raiser. Died November 30, 1993 of a gunshot wound to the head. Body found deep in the woods in Virginia. Ruled a suicide. No note was found nor motive ever determined. THE Kathleen Willey of 60 Minutes Deception fame- her husband. Hershell Friday. Attorney and Clinton fund raiser, dead March 1, 1994 when his plane exploded. No known cause ever determined.

Jerry Parks, Head of Clinton's Gubernatorial security team in Little Rock. Died September 26, 1993. Gunned down in his car at a deserted intersection outside Little Rock. His family reported that shortly before his death, they were being followed by unknown persons and their home had been broken into; Parks had been compiling a dossier on Clinton's illicit activities; the dossier was stolen and never recovered.

James Bunch, influential Texan died in 1993 from a gunshot wound similar to Vince Foster's. Was discovered to have a "little black book" which contained the names of many influential people in Texas and Arkansas who visited certain prostitutes. A good friend of Bill's.

John Wilson, former Washington, DC Councilman. Died May 18, 1993. Found dead from an apparent hanging suicide. Was getting ready to start talking about Clinton. Dead men tell no tales. Bill Shelton, Arkansas State Trooper and Fiancee of Kathy Ferguson. Died June 1994 by allegedly committing suicide by shooting himself at the grave site of his fiancee, Kathy Ferguson. Ferguson was the ex-wife of Trooper Danny Ferguson. Kathy also committed "suicide" in June 1994 when she shot herself in her living room. Strangely, next to her body were her packed bags as if she was expecting to go somewhere. I guess she was packed for her after life...Danny Ferguson is a co-defendant along with Bill Clinton in Paul Jones' sexual harassment suit. Kathy was reported as a corroborating witness for Paula Jones.

Gandy Baugh, Attorney representing Mr. Lassiter in a case concerning alleged financial misconduct. Died May 1994 in an alleged suicide by jumping out of a window of a multi-story building. Lassiter was a close associate of then Gov. Clinton and was later indicted and convicted on cocaine charges and was PARDONED by Bill Clinton. Slick has now started his big ad campaign on the war on drugs yet he pardons his close cocaine dealing bud. Hello out there, does anyone see anything wrong with this picture????

Dr. Ronald Rogers was killed in a plane crash. Dr. Rogers was a dentist and was on his way to an interview with a London Daily Telegraph reporter to reveal information on Bill Clinton that he just couldn't live with anymore - and he didn't. He died with the truth.

Stanley Huggins, partner in a Memphis law firm in 1993, found dead at the age of 46. Law firm headed a 1987 investigation into the practices of Madison S & L; his 300 page report has never been released.

Florence Martin, accountant subcontracting to the CIA , found dead in 1994 in Mabell, Texas, the victim of three gunshot wounds to the head. Ms. Martin had the documents and paperwork, including the PIN number for an account that had been set up in the name of Barry Seal for $1.5 million at the Fuji Bank in the Cayman Islands. Oddly enough, following her death, the money was transferred to the Guaranty Bank in the Cayman Islands and then to another bank in the Virgin Islands.

Jim Wilhite, associate of Mack McClarty's former firm. Many remember the sleezy McClarty from Clinton's first administration. Wilhite died in a skiing accident on December 21, 1992. Michael Kennedy and Sonny Bono should have paid attention to history - it has a habit of repeating itself and some people relive it. As a side-note, during the Waco whitewash congressional hearings, Bono, in tears, said Janet Reno was a mass murderer. Well, he's not around to criticize her anymore and no doubt, she will get away with gassing and burning 100 Americans.

Susanne Coleman. Had an affair with Bill Clinton when he was Attorney General down in Arkansas. She was another ASS victim: Arkansas Suicide Syndrome. Gunshot to the back of her head. No autopsy performed, she was pregnant at the time of her murder; rumors around Little Rock: Bill was about to become a pappy again.

Paula Grober, Clinton's speech interpreter for the deaf. Died December 9, 1992 in a one-car accident with no known witnesses. I have seen a photo of Paula and she was very attractive; traveled extensively with Clinton from 1978 until her death.

Paul Wilcher, Washington attorney investigating government corruption. Died June 22, 1993. Found dead on a toilet in his Washington apartment. No cause of death ever determined. At the time of his death, he was investigating connections between the alleged October Surprise, which involved Reagan, "Ollie" North, Pointdexter and Secord - another cover-up, as well as Waco and the drug and gun-running still going on outside Mena, Arkansas. Wilcher had delivered his 100+ page report to Janet the Butcher of Waco Reno a week before his death. I have a copy of this report.

Jon Parnell Walker, RTC investigator [Resolution Trust Corporation - as in bank fraud investigations] who mysteriously fell to his death from an apartment balcony at the Lincoln Towers in Arlington, VA. This apartment is reported to be the one Vince Foster used as a retreat. Back in 1992, Walker contacted the Kansas City RTC office for information concerning the ties between Whitewater and the Clinton duo. What exactly was he looking for? A reported $50 million transfer from an RTC fund in Chicago to Madison Guaranty S & L to cover up a $47 million dollar embezzlement. I watched the hearings on C-SPAN with the RTC group. Those who tried to tell the truth were slayed by the Demarats on the committee. Another whitewash on Whitewater.

Ron Brown, Former Chairman of the DNC and Commerce Secretary. The Liars for Hire aka the establishment media, have done their best to smear anyone trying to get to the bottom of this very convenient and horrible plane crash in which 39 people were killed. April 3, 1996 the T-43 carrying this trade mission group on a trip to Bosnia crashed while approaching Dubrovnik airport. Ron Brown was on the verge of being indicted and had prior to his departure, made it known that he "wasn't going down alone."

On April 3, 1996 at approximately 11:00 am MT, I, along with at least a hundred other people I know, saw the first coverage of this plane crash on CNN. What did we all see: A CNN reporter at the Dubrovnik airport, lots of activity in the background. This female reporter said the military rescue craft were just lifting off - lots of activity in the background - to begin recovery efforts in the ocean! She said the reporters were told that the tail section of the plane was in good condition and sighted by rescue planes. She went on to say that the weather was kinda rough but that rescue operations were underway.

Later that day, I saw, again on CNN, the first pictures of the crash - on the side of a hill. I saw the tail section, shiny and white, like it had been washed, on the side of the hill with some other wreckage. Imagine my surprise. I guess this must be another vast right-wing conspiracy by my eyes....Later that same day, CNN carried a quick blip: Ron Brown's business partner, while in South Africa on business, was shot in an assassination attempt but had survived. I have no further information on whatever became of him.

What I find so odd is that Mrs. Ron Brown got the run-around from the White House when Chris Ruddy's story and photos of a possible bullet hole in her husband's head broke. To this day, I cannot understand why she hasn't had her husband's body exhumed and autopsied. Of course, that would let any cat out of the bag. Or, perhaps, since it is now public knowledge, everyone knows her husband was cheating on her for years with Nolanda Hill and Mrs. Brown has had her faced rubbed in it, sadly in a very public way.

My heart goes out to Mrs. Brown but I sincerely wish someone could convince her to have Commerce Secty Brown's body exhumed so we can get to the truth and if he was murdered and those responsible punished. Thirty nine people died on that plane, their families deserve the truth, America deserves the truth. All the military personnel who have blown the whistle on this are having their previously untarnished careers trashed because they came forward with legitimate questions. When is this going to stop?

Chief Niko Jerkuic, committed suicide May 6, 1996. He was Air Traffic Maintenance Chief for the plane Ron Brown died aboard in his "accident." Dead men tell no tales.

If you can, get a copy of the April 1996 American Spectator [703-243-3733]. It came out six days before Brown's plane crash and gives a thorough, chronological accounting of why Brown was to be indicted by the Justice Department. This issue also carries the feature story, incredibly well documented on how the traitor, William Perry, former Secty of Defense sold all our technology and military secrets to the Reds and was known as the darling of Peking. This man collaborated with the Communists and if it were you or me, we'd be tried for treason and sedition. Instead, Perry collects his fat government retirement and continues to collaborate with our enemies. And for those Clinton supporters who want to spew their usual bilge that this magazine is funded by Richard Mellon Scafe, try reading the article and then do the research - you'll come up with the same sickening facts.

Barbara Wise, Commerce Department Staffer. Found dead November 29, 1996, partially nude and covered with bruises in her locked office at the Department of Commerce. No cause of death has been announced and the police refuse to comment on this death. It surely must be a conspiracy, except that official records show that Bill Clinton made an unscheduled return from Camp David to the White House the morning she died and before her body was discovered.

The President of the United States claims he flew back from Camp David to retrieve a book of poetry he needed to finish his inauguration speech. Really? Doesn't he have staffers to do this? He interrupts his Thanksgiving break to fly all the way back to the White House to get a book of poetry? And sure I believe that, folks.

Something I find frightening is the fact that Ms. Wise's murder so closely resembles the story line in a Clint Eastwood film titled Absolute Power. Eastwood just happens to observe the President of the U.S. beat up and murder his sexual paramour and then the cover-up begins. This is not the type of video I rent but on a recommendation that I would find the similarity between Clinton and the president in this movie overwhelming, I rented it and found it bone chilling.
Charles Meissner, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for International Economic Policy. Following Ron Brown's death, John Huang was placed on a Commerce Dept., contract that allowed him to retain his security clearance by Charles Meissner - something considered nothing short of astounding. Shortly thereafter Mr. Meissner died in a small plane crash, Mrs. Meissner still works in the Clinton administration.

Kevin Ives & Don Henry. Initial cause of death was said to be falling asleep on a railroad track in Arkansas on August 23, 1987. Next the local sheriff said it was a double "suicide". Later it was determined that Kevin died from a crushed skull prior to being placed on the tracks. The other teenager, Don Henry had been stabbed in the back. These two young boys allegedly had stumbled on the drug running operation still going on outside Mena, Arkansas.
Keith Coney died in a motorcycle accident in July 1988; Keith was fleeing an attacker. Keith had a great deal of information on the Ives/Henry deaths.
Keith McKasle, stabbed to death in November 1988. Also had information on the Ives/Henry deaths.

Gregory Collins. Had information on the Ives/Henry deaths. Mr. Collins died from a gunshot wound to his face in January 1989.

Jeff Rhodes had information on the Ives/Henry and McKaskle deaths. His burned body was found in a trash dump in April 1989 with a gunshot wound to the head, body mutilation.

James Milam died shortly thereafter. He had information on the Ives/Henry deaths. Although he was decapitated, Fahmy Malak, the Arkansas State Medical Examiner ruled his death as a result of "natural causes." No lie, read his report.

Richard Winters was a suspect in the deaths of the two teenage boys, Ives & Henry. He was killed in a "robbery" in July 1989 by a man with a sawed off shotgun; this robbery was later proven to be a set-up. Dead men tell no lies.

Jordan Ketelson, also had information on the Ives/Henry deaths. He was found shot to death [shot gun blast] in the front seat of his pickup in June 1990.

Danny Casolaro, 1991, a reporter investigating a number of the Clinton "scandals"; found dead in a bathtub in a hotel room in West Virginia, his wrists had been cut. Had done what so many of us have done: told our families that we are not suicidal.

Stanley Heard, Chairman, National Chiropractic Health Care Advisory Committee. Steve Dickson, counsel to Mr. Heard. both died in a plane crash September 10, 1993 outside Dulles airport; fire reported on board. Their plane developed unexplained trouble so they had to use another plane which just happened to be available at the time. In addition to serving on Clinton's advisory council, he also personally treated Clinton's mother, stepfather and cocaine using brother, Roger.

1989: A bank president, Dan Short, abducted from his home in Benton Co., Arkansas and allegedly forced to open the State Bank in Noel, MO were $71,000 was allegedly taken. Mr. Short's body was allegedly found in Grand Lake in Delaware County, OKlahoma even though eye color, hair color and dental records did not match. Three days before his abduction, he had told friends that he had been laundering drug money and was in trouble. The Mena and Bill connection is strong here. Where is the real Dan Short?

Gary Johnson: Not dead but beaten half to death and left for dead. He had videotapes of Clinton going in and out of Jennifer Flowers' apartment building; Mr. Johnson lived next door. The tapes were taken and never recovered.

Dennis Patrick. Court Clerk in Kentucky. Mr. Patrick had at least four documented attempts on his life. Why? The Little Rock brokerage firm of Lassiter & Co, owned by the convicted cocaine dealer, Dan Lassiter - pardoned by Slick Willie Clinton - laundered millions of dollars through Mr. Patrick's account at Lassiter & Co., without his knowledge. You can imagine the paper trail of documents Mr. Patrick has in his possession. Mr. Patrick went into hiding and is no where to be found.

L. J. Davis. Reporter investigating Clinton scandals. Attacked in his hotel room in Little Rock; his notes were stolen, he survived.

1983: Sheriff Gene Matthews was shot and killed allegedly by federal officials. Sheriff Matthews crime: Looking into the drug activities at the Mena airport.

1986: Russell Welch, an Arkansas State Police Investigator who was stricken with what his doctor called military grade anthrax poisoning while conducting his own probe of the Mena drug operations.

And, from investigative journalist, Pat Shannan:

"In 1986, Barry Seal [previously mentioned] was ambushed and machine-gunned in his home in Baton Rouge, LA. A Hollywood movie called "Double Crossed" was later made of the story of Seal's escapades as a cocaine-running pilot hauling his periodical loads into Florida and Arkansas. The film did not detail his true and close association with the Governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton." The information being given here by Pat Shannan is a matter of public record in a number or courthouses involving the trial of Dan Lassiter and in references given below in the reference section. This is not, I repeat, not, some soap opera or some future script for Steven Segal. This material is factual as are all the deaths being recounted in this section.

"...on my radio show was presented a video tape showing Governor Clinton inspecting a load of cocaine inside Barry Seal's airplane, along with his crony Dan Lassiter. Lassiter was the wealthy businessman who later took the fall for the drug conviction and was then pardoned by Clinton." This is a matter of public record. On September 23, 1996, former Congressman Robert Dornan spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives about Clinton, the surveillance tapes the drug enforcement people made of his brother Roger referring to Clinton sniffing the coke and what a vacuum cleaner Bill's nose was for cocaine. Dornan did not survive his reelection bid in November 1996. Clinton under no circumstances will release his medical records. Gee, I wonder why?

These surveillance tapes are real and were made by undercover law enforcement, not the vast right-wing conspiracy elves Hillary whines about. Dornan and a lot of other people in Congress have heard them. Where's Dan Blather or Tom Broken Jaw or any of the other hot-shot reporters? Where's Woodard & Bernstein? These media people all listened to the Lewinsky tapes. How come no interest in these other tapes made by law enforcement? How about the C-130 that went straight into a mountain in Wyoming in 1996, all military crew and one Clinton former bodyguard who was aboard, all killed. Experienced air men and pilots flying straight into a mountain? Give me a break. That's right - it's all just a vast right-wing conspiracy!

April 17, 1995, near Alexander City, Alabama, another plane crash. I requested under a FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] Request from the NTSB [National Transportation Safety Board] & FAA [Federal Aviation Administration], their accident/incident files on this plane crash; I received them in April 1997. This crash was a USAF C21 (Learjet 35). I have all the notes, radar, pilot conversations with tower, etc. This was another one of those incredibly strange crashes. The Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Clark Fiester was among the eight people killed on this flight.

My interest in this flight was the one Army member on board who was flying on a "space available" basis and the documents he allegedly was carrying at the time - documents "unfriendly" to Bill Clinton. Since I am still looking into this, I won't elaborate any further. All AF personnel, the one Army individual, all killed on this routine flight that ended up dumping fuel, who radioed they would be ready to land in 28 minutes after the fuel dump - four minutes later they were all dead.

On January 29, 1995, the London Sunday Telegraph ran a story titled Arkansas Drug Expose Misses the Post. This was a well documented story about the drug running in Mena, implicating political figures, law enforcement and Bill Clinton. In this article by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, he points out the fact that the Washington Post was going to run a story on this, roughly 4,000 pages and 11 weeks of research. Guess what? The piece was canceled the prior Thursday. Free press in America? There's a hoot. Only an idiot can't see that the "free press" in this country, 88% of them voted for Slick in '92, are protecting this criminal couple.

And for all those "pro-choice" supporters of Slick Willie, this: In a 1986 letter to the Arkansas Right to Life group: "I am opposed to abortion and to government funding of abortions. We should not spend state funds on abortions because so many people believe abortion is wrong." And, a little extra for your money: In 1977, Richard Gephardt: "Life is the division of human cells, a process that begins with conception. The Roe ruling was unjust and it is incumbent upon Congress to correct the injustice." I guess both of them decided there was more money to be had in taking the side of those who think nothing of murdering of unborn babies. Funny, I have yet to see Gephardt begin the correction process by Congress of this "injustice."

March 8, 1998, James McDougal. Former Whitewater partner of the Clinton's. Died in solitary confinement less than 24 hours before he was due back in front of a grand jury. The details of how he was transferred to Texas, the unusual and weird way in which he was treated has led to at least one prisoner there to give a full accounting of what about 150 other prisoners saw the afternoon McDougal was put into solitary confinement. This one stinks real bad and if I were Jim Guy Tucker, I'd be very concerned. Can all these deaths of individuals with the same common denominator - Bill Clinton - can they all be just coincidence????

I have suggested to some independent media investigators that they look into this: Prior to Susan McDougal going to jail for refusing to testify in front of a grand jury re Whitewater, her two brothers in Arkansas barely kept their heads above water regarding their business dealings. Suddenly Susan sacrifices herself for truth, integrity and the America way and whala! her two brothers are now drowning in work and their personal finances have taken a miraculous turn for the better. I know, it's just a coincidence.

In a recent interview on big network TV, Miss Susan said, "There are worse things in life than a few months in jail." This was in response to a question as to what Susan thought Monica Lewinsky should do about testifying in front of a grand jury. It is reported by those who have listened to the Linda Tripp tapes that Ms. Lewinsky made one comment to the effect that she "didn't want to end up like Katy Mahoney." Remember the Starbuck's executions?

March 29, 1998, Johnnie Laughton. Found a cashier's check made out to Bill Clinton from Madison Guaranty (1997), cashed but not endorsed. Found in the trunk of a car at an auto salvage dealer in Arkansas after a tornado. How unbelievably convenient and how did this car with all this incriminating material end up where it did and then found after all those years? Some say it was the Fifth Column at work. All material turned over to Ken Starr. Clinton testified under oath that he never took a penny in loan money from Madison; this cashier's check in the amount of $27,000 was made out to Clinton, cashed with no endorsement on the back. Johnnie may have been called to the Whitewater grand jury someday. Well, that problem is solved. Another coincidental death? Dead men tell no tales.

March 31, 1998, Neal Moody, the step son of Lisa Foster, widow of Vincent Foster. She married Judge Moody, a Clinton appointee, two years after her husband's incredible suicide. Neal met a violent car death while carrying allegedly incriminating documents regarding the death of Vince Foster. Another coincidence?  Clinton Body Count
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The Mystery of Latitude 40.07!

Senator Sonny Bono died just outside S Lake Tahoe, latitude 40.07;
Senator Paul Wellstone's plane crashed at Latitude 40.07;
Senator John Heinz's plane crashed in Philadelphia at Latitude 40,07;
 JFK, Jr.s Plane crashed at 40.07;
Space Shuttle Columbia lost first pieces 89 miles off coast of Eureka, Ca..Latitude 40.07;
Multiple Chinese Mine Cave In's..Latitude 40.07;
mysterious blast levels mountain in N. Korea, Latitude 40.07;
Madrid Train Bombings, Latitude 40.07;
Sumatra/Tsunami Quake..dead center Latitude 40.07;
Kobe Earthquake, Latitude 40.07;
Mysterious Blast at Dugway Proving Grounds Utah, Latitude 40.07;
World Trade Centers Latitude 40.07;
Immense N Korean Train Blast..Latitude 40.07;
Hindenburg Disaster, Latitude 40.07;
Head of Homeland Security for Indiana...died 2004, mysterious plane crash in Iowa (?) Latitude 40.07;
Minnesota Governor...plane crash Latitude 40.07.

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The Assassination of Sonny Bono

10-07-08 Ian Punnet was joined by investigative researcher Bob Fletcher, who discussed the mysteries surrounding Sonny Bono's death and why he believes the former entertainer-turned-politician was assassinated.

Fletcher began by providing background on the toy manufacturing company he started in Marietta, GA in the early '80s. Fletcher said he merged his operations with a man he'd met at a marketing show in New York, and soon discovered that his new business partner was using the toy company as a front to supply armaments for covert NSA/CIA operations.

Fletcher left the partnership, tried to sue, and began an investigation into the activities of high ranking U.S. military and government officials, who he claims were involved not only in secret weapons dealings but in drug smuggling as well. Fletcher said he'd sent Bono his documentation and the congressman had looked it over and decided to go after the people mentioned in the report. A week and half later Bono was dead.

Fletcher went over the unusual circumstances of Bono's death, noting that the evidence surrounding the fatal ski accident does not make sense. Fletcher stated that Bono had "prominent blood stains" that had soaked through the back of his jacket and three layers of clothes, yet no wounds could be found on his back. He also pointed out that Bono had no neck trauma, no contrecoup brain injuries, nor any other sign that would have come from colliding with a tree at 30 mph.

Fletcher suggested instead that Bono was beaten in the head with a gun and placed by the tree to make it appear as though he'd been in a skiing accident. According to Bono's autopsy report, "some of the fractured bone pieces have a curved configuration" consistent with being struck by the barrel of a .45 or 9mm pistol, Fletcher explained.


Ron Brown

Experts differ on Ron Brown's head wound (Pittsburg Tribune-Review) Dec. 3, 1997
Questions linger about Ron Brown plane crash (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) - November 24, 1997
Ron Brown conspiracy protest today (UPI) Dec. 24, 1997
NAACP Wants Explanation on Ron Brown's Death (Fox News) Dec. 19, 1997
PIRN-9785: Matt Drudge scoops big media by George Alexander Saturday, Dec. 06, 1997, 8:30 pm U.S. Eastern Time
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by Mr. Barry Lituchy

Thursday, 4 April 1996

It was payback day in the former Yugoslavia.

In the biggest loss of American life since the U.S.-instigated civil war in Yugoslavia began, some 33 Americans died in a plane crash outside the port city of Dubrovnik as their U.S. military jet approached the city's airport on the Adriatic coast. On board were some 27 elite figures of the U.S. political, military, corporate, media and intelligence establishment, along with a military crew of six.

The most famous of those killed was U.S. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown. Brown, a long time Democratic Party faker, had been under continuous criminal investigation for years for illegally using his various political posts to build a massive fortune in the hundreds of millions of dollars in a long series of conflict of interest deals. Ron Brown was widely regarded by Washington observers as the single most corrupt individual in the Clinton administration.

Also among the dead are at least six military personnel, one State Department official (probably an intelligence operative), one translator, one N.Y. Times reporter, and at least ten top corporate executives, as well as an unknown number of "government officials." The identities of all those aboard will not be released until the ruling elites decide "the time is right." But that time may never come.

This accident offers us a unique opportunity to view a highly important but not normally observed aspect of U.S. imperialism close up. U.S. military and political power is used to help U.S. multi-national corporations control and exploit the world economy and impose their economic and political power on the peoples of the world. Moreover, this power is used in the interests of a single, elite socio-economic class. It is used against the interests of the majority of Americans and against the interests of the human race in general. However, it is rare that the public gets to see in the media the direct connections between American military aggression and the economic interests driving it.

The very fact that representatives of all segments of the American capitalist ruling class were on board this plane with a single economic objective dramatically illustrates the truth about U.S. imperialism far better than any theoretical treatise. The borders between the government, the corporations, the media and the military are non-existent when it comes to imposing U.S. military and economic power abroad. Their interests are those of a single socio-economic class. U.S. foreign policy always amounts to one thing: the rape of the world for the benefit of the tiny elites at the top of U.S. capitalist system. U.S. foreign policy is a class policy for plunder, violent aggression and exploitation on a global scale. These are the true inner workings of contemporary imperialism.

Indeed, not only are the borders between these various ruling class institutions seamless, but in fact the biographies of some of the deceased on board this plane neatly illustrate how these ruling elites are interconnected by revolving doors that allow military leaders, corporate execs or journalists to become government or intelligence officials, and vice versa, and always with ever greater loot.

Among the deceased take Charles Meissner. A former vice-president of Chemical Bank, Meissner also served on the World Bank, in the Treasury Department, in Congress, the diplomatic service, and finally the Commerce Department. Take Robert Donovan. Prior to his executive post with the electrical generator manufacturer Asea Brown Boveri Inc., Donovan served around the world as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. military, including in Vietnam. Take Paul Cushman the 3d. Cushman's duties as executive vice-president and head of international banking for Riggs National Bank in Washington DC involved handling banking accounts for U.S. embassies in Europe. Take New York Times reporter Nathaniel Nash. As the financial reporter for the Times in the European financial capital of Frankfurt, Nash nurtured close ties with financial and corporate elites as well as with the U.S. government and intelligence agencies, with whom he had already had close ties as a result of his post in Latin America in the 1980's. Take Ron Brown himself. Throughout his career Brown hopped from government position to lobbyist and private business and back again. Now his hopping days are over.

The purpose of the ill fated trip was to ferry top corporate leaders across Yugoslavia, to seek out "business opportunities" and to present them to the new puppet regimes of Bosnia and Croatia put into power by the U.S. and Germany. The dead execs were conducted from place to place by top U.S. political and military brass, whose presence reminded the Croats and Muslims who's in charge, and guaranteed that the corporate bosses got whatever deals they wanted. Having secured the rise to power of these fascistic regimes in Croatia and Bosnia after five years of civil war, the U.S. expects to bring in swarms of these corporate vultures, and with full confidence of compliance say to the Croats and Muslims: "Listen up, boys, we want this, this and this. Sign here." A difference of opinion at this point is unthinkable. Puppets are easily replaced.

That's what the visit was about. But this important visit by U.S. corporate leaders would have never received the massive attention and scrutiny it deserves had these vultures not died in this crash.

Consider for a moment the types of corporations represented by the dead executives and what their intentions were. Robert Donovan of Asea Brown Boveri represented a company that manufactures electrical generator plants; Robert Whittaker and Leonard Pieroni represented multi-national heavy construction firms; P. Stuart Tholan represented the giant Bechtel construction firm specializing in oil production facilities; I. Donald Terner represented his housing construction business; Claudio Elia was the C.E.O. of Air and Water Technologies Corporation. The U.S. and Western sponsored war in Yugoslavia destroyed much of the infrastructure of Bosnia and parts of Croatia. Now these same countries will pour billions of our tax dollars into reconstructing it (not to the Serbs though!). But this money goes directly into the pockets of U.S. (and to a lesser extent other Western) corporations. It's a multi-billion dollar gravy train for the multi-nationals and their financial backers who will also control these assets in the future.

But guess what Yugoslavia's greatest export industry was before the war? That's right, construction. Communist Yugoslavia's construction industry was internationally renowned as one of the most cost efficient and technically competitive in the world. It won contracts for construction projects throughout the Third World. (An interesting example is the underground system of bunkers in Iraq which proved impenetrable to America's air strikes during the Gulf War and were built by a Yugoslav construction firm.) Now those firms will be shut out and shut down by U.S. firms. Yugoslav petroleum engineering firms were second to none in the world; they built facilities around the world. Now they too will displaced by U.S. corporations. Consider two other dead execs: Barry Conrad of Barrington Hotels and Walter Murphy of AT&T. Conrad was there to buy up at bargain prices hotel facilities in Bosnia and especially on the beautiful Adriatic coast. Murphy was there to take over and rebuild the former Yugoslav communications system.

All of these economic assets previously were built, owned and operated in Yugoslavia by the people of Yugoslavia for the benefit of the people of Yugoslavia. They were built by Yugoslav firms with Yugoslav technology and personnel and were publicly owned. As a result of U.S. military intervention, all that was created by several generations of Yugoslavs is now to be destroyed and replaced by enterprises owned and operated by U.S. or Western corporations for the benefit of the super-rich in those countries. Not only did Yugoslav firms build the infrastructure of their own country, but these corporations competed successfully on the world market for contracts in other countries with U.S. and Western multi-nationals, and were able to complete the same projects at a fraction of the cost. This alone was ample reason for U.S. imperialism to destroy socialist Yugoslavia and to partition it into several, economically unfeasible mini-states. Of course, had the U.S. really wanted to rebuild Yugoslavia they would have helped the peoples of Yugoslavia to rebuild their economy on their own -- but that's exactly what they don't want. Imperialism is a system for plundering the world and reducing other countries to a position of permanent economic dependency, backwardness and slavery. It's the reason why countries have (and need) socialist revolutions in the first place.

The U.S. and Western powers made the decision to destroy the multi-national state of Yugoslavia in 1989 when it became obvious that Yugoslavia would be the one country in Eastern Europe that would not voluntarily overthrow their socialist system and Communist political leadership. In other words, one of the richest territories of Eastern Europe would remain beyond the grasp of the capitalist multi-national corporations and financial elites whose main goal since World War II was nothing less than the recapturing and plundering of the socialized wealth and property of the Communist Eastern European countries.

Having achieved their objectives everywhere else in Eastern Europe, the U.S. and Germany could not accept the continued existence of a powerful, multi-national socialist country smack in the middle of Eastern Europe. They therefore poured hundreds of millions of dollars into right wing nationalist-secessionist political parties in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo to tear the country apart. Much more went to provide covert military shipments and intelligence operations. Another sizable amount went to supposedly "non-governmental" cultural institutions -- like the Soros Foundation, etc. -- which served similar purposes (the undermining and overthrow of the existing pro-socialist leaderships through propaganda).

Having overseen the destruction of Yugoslavia for the sake of capitalist restoration and the creation of fascistic mini-nation states in Croatia and Bosnia with puppet dictators controlled from Washington -- all at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives -- the time had come for the U.S. government to present their prize to their corporate bosses. Like a flock of flying vampires, America's financial and industrial executives were flown across the devastated land to decide how to carve up the economic assets and markets of the former Yugoslavia, to decide what they can plunder and how much more blood and profits they can suck out of the long suffering peoples of the Balkans. Only this time it was the bloodsuckers' blood that got spilled.

And how the bloodsuckers' media let out such a howl when their bosses died! It was a mournful howl heard round the world. Truly the howl of a beast that has been mortally wounded.

As usual, the American media immediately turned the truth upside down and inside out. Instead of admitting the obvious, that these corporate executives were not there for charity, but rather for material self-interest, the media spun a web of incredible lies. There were two whoppers in particular. The first was the "we want to re-build Bosnia" lie. On the day after the crash, a New York Times editorial called the Ron Brown junket "a mission of faith and hope." Once again the New York Times comes away with the Joseph Goebbels prize for excellence in big-lie journalism. Not only is the U.S. responsible for the Yugoslav civil war, but it is also responsible for destroying the economic achievements of three generations of Yugoslavs. The other big lie was the heroic portrayal of Ron Brown as a legendary civil rights activist and rags to riches phenomenon. Actually, the opposite is true. Brown came from a privileged background: his family had money and he attended the best prep schools in Westchester and then the exclusive private college of Middlebury. While some literally gave their lives during the sixties for the civil rights and anti-war movements, Brown went into the ROTC, became an Army officer and then a lawyer. He later amassed a fortune by illegal methods and became an advocate in the Clinton administration for rolling back the very same social and civil rights legislation the New York Slimes claims he championed. This is not the profile of a great man, but rather of a slick and despicable con artist.

To top it all off, the media even tried to hold off the inevitable news that all aboard were dead. No they weren't dead, said NBC, CBS and ABC, they were just "missing!" Oh, sure, that made sense. They were just hiding out somewhere. Actually, this kind of deliberate mind control by the media serves an extremely important psychological and political function for the ruling class in times of crisis in that it preserves the stability of the system. Too much bad news all at once can destabilize or paralyze the political and economic system. Thus, the media withholds as much bad news for as long as it can, letting it seep out only in drips and drabs, thereby preserving the status quo. For a comparison, consider how the media rushes to report the deaths of working people, foreigners or criminals in disasters, often in unsympathetic or even gloating ways. Rather than respect for life -- for which the media has none -- the cautious reporting of bad news is inspired only by a respect for power and self-interest.

Typically, one must always expect cover-ups by the media with mishaps like this. One detail that may be withheld from the public is whether the plane was shot down or blown up by Serbian or other Yugoslav forces. Contrary to the myth of a "free press," information not in the interests of the U.S. government is usually censored. Several Serbian shoot- downs of U.S. aircraft went unreported in 1994. A more notorious example was the shooting down of KAL 007 over the Soviet Union in 1984. The truth about how the Reagan administration organized this as a planned provocation against the Soviet Union went unreported for years. Likewise, the media covered up the fact that the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle in 1986 would never have happened had the Reagan administration not rushed the take-off so that it would coincide with Reagan's State of the Union Address the same day and thereby advance Reagan's reelection campaign. The examples are too numerous to cite here.



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John, Gone: From Man To Myth in Forty-Eight Hours
by  Shelton Hull

July 19, 1999, 

The first sentence for this does not come easily to my mind. I don't think there's anything about the Kennedy family that hasn't been spoken, printed or etched into marble by now, and the accumulated word volume has gone in the direction of Dow Jones over the past few days. The reader surely knows what I'm talking about. The height of ignominy is ignorance of what happened on the 16th of July. Because it's inescapable. Only a total recluse wouldn't have heard, and many recluses are better connected to the world than most regular people. For those who aren't, a recap: John F. Kennedy, Jr. piloted his Piper Saratoga out of New Jersey at 8:38 pm, and was never heard from again. Also in the plane were Carolyn and Lauren Bessette, sisters, the former being Mrs. Kennedy. They were going to the wedding of John's cousin Rory, set for six pm Saturday at the family compound at Hyannisport. It was cancelled, and catering trucks, florists (carrying what were suddenly the wrong arrangements) and a few guests that had not been watching television were turned away as the cameras rolled, as the network correspondents yipped and yapped away like the sick, intrusive bastards they can be, like sharks when blood's in the water. Extra phone lines were installed in the compound, and the amassed royalty of the American scene gathered, and this country gathered vicariously through the miracle of satellite feed, waiting for what will probably be the worst possible news. The plane parts recovered thus far point to a horrific ending, and part of me hopes they never find the fuselage.

I feel obliged to point out that I don't really have any regard for the Kennedy family. I don't hate them, I'm simply ambivalent. Mere mystique and glamor do not appeal to me, and their political legacy is that of stillborn potential. Any discussion of the Kennedys leads inexorably into a labyrinth of hypotheticals that constitutes an alternate universe in which bullets don't fly and planes don't crash. The finality of mortality is an iron lock on the doors of perception, a barbed-wire fence between what is and what should have been. One may start anywhere. If John F. Kennedy hadn't been assassinated, he would have won in '64, and Lyndon Johnson might never have held the top job. A run in '68 would have been possible, but an aging Johnson has no hope against Robert Kennedy, who would have treated Johnson at the polls like he treated McCarthy. Why even bother to speculate on who the outgoing 51-year-old JFK would have endorsed? And what if Sirhan Sirhan had missed or been neutralized before he could get a shot off? Imagine: Kennedy-Nixon II. Need I say more?

The Republicans had nothing in those years that could have defeated the Kennedy political machine at that point. They were too handsome, too charismatic on the stump, and they knew all the right people. Only Nixon knew how ruthless they could be. They exploited his swarthy appearance without ever mentioning it: it was implied that truth and beauty could not exist apart from each other. Even Pat Nixon would've crawled on her hands and knees to Hyannisport if JFK gave her the right look. And so Nixon was vanquished thanks to television, which has not ceased to be a factor in Presidential campaigns since. Nixon's banishment from national politics -- which he'd had coming ever since his vulgar crack about Helen Douglas' "pink panties" -- would have lasted forever had Robert left California alive, but he didn't, so the tragedy is twofold.

The political scenarios conjured above are based on how the Kennedy men are regarded today, in glossy revisionist hindsight. Scandal and bad legislation could have wrecked their legacy far more than the assassins did. John and Robert died before they could do (or be caught doing) anything, so we assume that it would have been smooth sailing. The two most significant domestic events of the '60s were civil rights legislation and the moon landing, both ideas of JFK, both of which could have happened in Kennedy administrations. Kennedy-style liberalism is better exemplified in speeches than on paper, though LBJ clearly tied some of the loose ends of JFK's policy together to forge his own legacy. Nobody knows what concessions JFK might have made later in his term for expediency's sake, concessions that LBJ did not have to make, due to the nature of his promotion. The Kennedys' politics are inconsistent with their wealth, and that is the most intriguing thing about them. They are famed for their populist rhetoric, but unlike most populists, their actions have never directly contradicted their words.

As for John, Jr., what is there really to say? He was 38, married three years, the publisher of George for four. As a young man, he fucked Madonna, back when that meant something. (Terrible remark, yes, but irresistible!) Definitely Kennedy stock. He could have been the total package, the standard-bearer for the American male at the intersection of today and tomorrow. Three of the beautiful people, combined age of 106 (35, on average), the flames of passionate youth snuffed out with no warning and no logic at all. I haven't actually shed any tears, but I almost think I could if I tried hard enough. It's not about fame. To exit this planet as they did, when they did, sucks regardless of who it was. Whether it's Glenn Miller, Amelia Earhart, Roberto Clemente, nobody, whomever. When I hear that they found part of a seat, one landing gear, a prescription bottle, a suitcase that washed up on the beach, I can't escape the thought that, you know, they saw it coming. The very idea that there were at least a few seconds of total clarity in that tiny little plane, in which the fact of what was about to happen became more clear than such things should ever have to be, such an idea makes me cold all over, and I have to blink a little faster to keep my eyes clear. I think if that happened to me, I'd prefer to go alone, or with strangers, but certainly not with my wife or sister. If nothing else is possible, one should be able to face the end of his life with total self-concern. For all the wealth and privilege JFK, Jr. had, he wasn't even allowed that luxury.

This weekend's Extreme Championship Wrestling pay-per-view was probably the only piece of live television that did not mention the plane crash. I was planning to watch it anyway -- Yoshihiro Tajiri was challenging Taz for the heavyweight title -- but a weekend of Kennedy consumption left me all the more eager to embrace any kind of wanton escapism. At one point in the show, the guy I was watching it with said: "You know, how the fuck do three people in the same family die in three unrelated plane crashes? What are the odds of that?" A very good question that I do not know the answer to.

I suppose the most appropriate way to end this column is with Ted Kennedy. The youngest of the Kennedy children has been the oldest male member (no pun intended) since 1968. He'll never be President, he'll never contend (though I'm sure he's fine with that), so he is doomed to third or fourth place among the most famous Kennedys, even though he has spent more years in the Senate than his entire family combined. He's the butt of comedians' jokes, people say he's a drunk, that he's a dirty old man, that he's to blame for the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, and so on and so on. Yet some say he might be the luckiest Kennedy of all, because he gets to be an old man, because he gets to see his children and grandchildren. I say this: if you were Ted Kennedy, you'd be so much worse than whatever he is. You wouldn't be able to deal with it at all. I say to Ted: drink, smoke, fuck, whatever the hell you do to keep going, keep doing it. His brother Joesph, Jr., killed in a 1944 plane crash. His sister, Kathleen, plane crash, 1948. John, shot, 1963. Robert, shot, 1968. (A weird effect of the Kennedy mystique, if you're Ted, is that you never know when you might see videotape of your brothers being murdered on television.) Three nephews: David, drug overdose, 1984. Michael, skiing accident, 1997. And now JFK, Jr., the guy who was supposed to carry the family name back to glory, something Ted wasn't able to do...Plane crash, 1999. Ted himself broke his back in a plane crash in 1964. I don't know if there's a "Kennedy Curse" or not, but whatever it is, it's some ill shit.

Shelton Hull (aka Archibald Bobo) has been writing professionally since 1995. He also does the column "Money Jungle" for FolioWeekly (Jacksonville). His work has appeared in places like Section 8 Magazine, Movement, CounterPunch, Lew and the Florida Times-Union. He was a 2002 Fellow at the Academy of Alternative Journalism, AAN/Northwestern University. He works for himself.

AN UPDATE by Sherman H. Skolnick

What Happened To America's Golden Boy. WHO BENEFITS? That is a question that should be asked following a political assassination, or even when foul play is suspected. The monopoly press, from the time of Abraham Lincoln to date, never asks THAT QUESTION. Common Americans are to be fed from a bottomless garbage can of "lone assassin", or "accident" rubbish.

John F. Kennedy, Jr., most would have to admit, was charming and articulate, and had none of the ghosts and scandals in his closet that others of his relatives seem to have had or have. If he ran for important public office, he most likely would sweep the field if not just giving every other candidate a hard time.

There are two reasons for his death, one being the main one and then, for some, an alternative. Main reason:

His family knew he planned, on August 1, 1999, to announce, that like his father, he was going to run for President. His relatives, however, warned him that the U.S. Secret Service would not and could not protect him and they did not protect his father. The head of what is now called the U.S. Secret Service, Lafayette C. Baker, was part of the plot to murder President Abraham Lincoln. ["The Lincoln Conspiracy" by Balsiger, was also a movie in the 1970s.]

The presidential guards likewise permitted an assassin to murder President James Garfield and President William McKinley. Both were anti-British, pro-American at a time when Great Britain persisted in their schemes to take back this Continent as their puppet colony [an ongoing plot from the time of the War of 1812 to now.] Further, the Secret Service allowed a plot to go forward to disable or murder in 1981 newly-elected President Ronald Reagan. A so-called "lone assassin", Hinckley, part of a family close to oil-soaked family of George Herbert Walker Bush, then Vice President, was blamed. A trial that might have brought out inconvenient facts was cut short by a purported insanity plea by the would-be "lone assassin". Two TV network reporters stated live that there were shots from another gunman, a matter never repeated on the air but never rescinded.

John F. Kennedy, Jr., made one grave mistake. He trusted the presidential campaign officials of Albert Gore, Jr. to know that JFK Jr. planned to announce on August 1, 1999, that he was going to run for President. That would have interfered with the plans of Gore as well as George W. Bush, the Texas Governor. The Gore campaign reportedly promised total secrecy, a pledge they never kept. The Elder Bush, George Herbert Walker Bush, was reportedly part of the scheme to assassinate President Kennedy. According to the book not allowed for many years to be openly sold in the U.S., "Farewell America", the oil industry wanted President Kennedy dead, dead, dead. JFK wanted the oil cartel's tax dodge, the oil depletion allowance, to be cancelled. [The book was written under the pen-name "James Hepburn" by the French CIA that infiltrated the plot. In the 1970s, I and another assassination researcher were the only ones to get copies into the U.S. Alas, I have only one copy left now.] What's that? So you did not know or believe books are suppressed in the U.S.? Too bad for you.

The latest front for the oil fraud, George W. Bush, likewise would most naturally have an interest in the demise of JFK, Jr. George W. just before the fatal plane take-off, somehow was near the New Jersey airport where JFK Jr. kept his plane without proper security. A coincidence?

After all, JFK Jr. was a captivating speaker and would have most likely swept the field of Presidential candidates. Conservatives and liberals, both could join together to support America's Golden Boy.

According to our best, long-time reliable sources, Jr.'s sister, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg likewise warned her brother that running for President would be a death warrant. Nevertheless, she reportedly said she would support his plans. After his death, reportedly feuding with the Kennedy family, she did not go to the family get together. Her family reportedly threatens to silence her with a "Marilyn Monroe" needle, by a psychiatrist to change her views. [Remember, Marilyn Monroe was planning to go public at a press conference with details of her sex episodes with President Kennedy and brother Bobby, Attorney General. A psychiatrist reportedly gave her the "needle".]

To understand why and how the Kennedy family financially benefits by not fighting or exposing the cabal murdering their family members, visit our website, the four part series, What Happened to America's Golden Boy. Have you forgotten the attempt in 1964 to murder Teddy Kennedy by a sabotaged plane crash? Or the frame up in 1969 at Chappaquiddick?

An alternative reason, which some accept, is that JFK Jr. was going to run, not for President but for U.S. Senator from New York. Thus interfering with the plans of what we call The Dragon Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton.[Visit our website.] Visit, as well, various websites of the Clinton Body Count. Upwards of a hundred eyewitnesses have been "suicided", "accidented", or plain murdered, who knew too much about the criminality of the CIA couple known as Bill and Hillary. So, as an alternative, if Jr. were planning to run for U.S. Senator from New York, who benefits from his demise? Hillary. So you think that she did not know or suspect early on that her original opponent, Rudy Guiliani, was going to remove himself from the Senate race, because of cancer treatment, or marital scandal? Hillary reportedly knew that when Guiliani was Chief Federal Prosecutor in New York, he reportedly covered up plenty in the worldwide cases called the "Pizza Connection". The Rodham family reportedly are tied to Gambino crime family in Pennsylvania. Visit our website: "The Government-Criminal Connection". Hillary's original opponent, Rudy, was plenty blackmailable.

The FBI covered up the bombing of JFK Jr.'s plane. We obtained the details of the secret FBI report which was not to have been disclosed for 30 years. {Naive people heckle me claiming they cannot "find" it on the FBI's website. See: Golden Boy on our website, Part 4.] Within 48 hours of the time the FBI knew we had their secret report, they mysteriously announced, without explanation, that henceforth all public visitors would be cancelled to the Bureau's headquarters in Washington, D.C. They claimed unspecified "terrorists" were threatening them. By the way, Hillary put me and my TV show assistant, Joseph Andreuccetti, on an "enemies list" falsely labeling us as "domestic terrorists". A crooked, blackmailable federal judge in Chicago dismissed our case without legal formality against Hillary and others.

The National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB, released a report claiming the JFK Jr. plane crash was due to "pilot error". Over the years, the federal crash investigators have covered up several sabotaged plane crashes. For details on the long-time lies and frauds of the NTSB, visit our website story "Air Crashes, Black Boxes, and Unsafety Boards".

John F. Kennedy, Jr. was murdered before he could get to his planned announcement of August 1, 1999. If he lived and ran for President, he would have been 40 years old just after the 2000 Presidential election. Slightly younger than his father when he ran for President. Has the murdering of the Kennedy would-be dynasty ended with the rub-out of Jr.? We intend to post more updates on What Happened to America's Golden Boy. Stay tuned. .

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Who killed John-John?
Date: Wednesday, August 31
Topic: News Media Control

Who killed John-John?

“If a man or woman living among you in one of the towns the Lord gives you is found doing evil in the eyes of the Lord your God in violation of his covenant....and this has been brought to your attention, then you must investigate it thoroughly. If it is true and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done in Israel, take the man or woman who has done this evil deed to your city gate and stone that person to death. On the testimony of two or three witnesses a man shall be put to death, but no one shall be put to death on the testimony of only one witness. The hands of the witnesses must be the first in putting him to death, and then the hands of all the people. You must purge the evil from among you.” Deuteronomy 17: 2-7

Division 4 team names Clintons, Bush 41, 43 in JFK Jr. assassination

by Tom Flocco

“One of my family members was related to JFK Jr.‘s grandmother, and although it was not a blood relationship, I had at least a half dozen lengthy conversations with John during the years before he died. We liked each other and hit it off; so this was why John opened up to me and seemed to trust me regarding his future plans to run against either Hillary Clinton for the Senate or George W. Bush for the Presidency in 2000. John had many conversations with my relative; and he gave her permission to discuss his political aspirations with friends so this was not a closely held secret. But what was interesting was that John told me he was pretty sure he could win either of those races.” ("Delbert," former Interpol operative and CIA Division 4 team member)

Caldwell, New Jersey -- August 31, 2005 -- -- “I know I’m risking my life in allowing you to interview me; but I’m aware there is an operational grand jury and indictments regarding the White House, so now is the time. I‘m tired 

of knowing all the details and perpetrators of the murder of an innocent and good man without seeing justice. John’s death has caused tremendous trauma throughout the Kennedy family,“ said a 40ish ex-operative who consented to discuss the investigation and his part in writing the JFK Jr. plane crash preliminary and final reports authorized by the FBI.

“Just refer to me as ‘Delbert.’ That’s good enough,” he said, adding, “If they will kill ‘John-John,’ they’ll kill anybody.”

The long-time Special Forces and Division 4 operative’s explosive evidence, witness testimony and his team’s suppressed and classified final report naming former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush, President George W. Bush and Senator Hillary Clinton among others as being involved in orchestrating the assassination of John F. Kennedy Jr. will require U.S. Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to hear testimony to investigate John Jr.’s death as part of his ongoing grand jury probe involving White House crime families.

1999 piper saratoga II TC
....similar to JFK jr. plane

During three exclusive interviews with, the ex-operative told us the final classified report specifically said “JFK Jr.’s plane broke in half just aft of the cabin. The damage was caused by a plastique (C-4) shape charge which was formed along the bottom of the fuselage and up along both sides of the walls. The charge was caused to be set off or exploded with a large spark generated by a barometric switch device triggered by the altitude of the plane. In other words, the assassins chose the altitude for the explosion of the plane--a standard procedure to make the target’s murder look like an accident.”

Delbert said his team and their witnesses and families have been in physical jeopardy since 1999 “because the media did not report the truth about what happened;” and that all involved are now placing their lives in the hands of Fitzgerald and his deputies to prosecute the evidence--charges that will serve to mitigate compromised media outlets now protecting the White House with spin and insinuations that Fitzgerald is using the “perjury trap” to manufacture crimes instead of genuinely seeking evidence.

Sources close to one grand jury indicate the spin will not work this time. The U.S. intelligence community is monitoring the work of all the prosecutors and grand juries. Serious crimes with supporting evidence involving three branches of government and the media have already threatened the long term survival of the Republic.

We learned that scores of witnesses were interviewed by Division 4: a) at the scene of the explosion off Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, b) when the plane and bodies were recovered, c) in the White House regarding the assassination plot prior to the crash, and d) at the airport concerning what witnesses saw three days before Kennedy’s plane took off. Collectively, they tell a different story than the media--one that might ultimately rival the political intrigue surrounding ancient Rome’s ruling Caesars.

The decision to come forward

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After observing that the Division 4 JFK Jr. preliminary report (filed three days after the crash, but later leaked within the intelligence community for a number of years) had remained online for the last six months, contact was made with where we first saw the document. Webb had already faxed the document to more than 300 top electronic and print media outlets which collectively ignored it.

We inquired whether it would be possible to interview one of the active or retired Division 4 members who conducted the actual investigation and wrote the reports, given the rapidly gathering swirl of secret grand juries.

A former member of the Division 4 International Murder Investigative team named Delbert, who helped write the reports and interview witnesses, was asked to come forward by Stewart Webb and was subsequently contacted by, consenting to several interviews to discuss his findings in the leaked preliminary report and reveal specific names and evidence details contained in the final classified report which has been withheld from the American people.

Delbert told us today that he cringes when he reads the report and thinks about it being in ‘general’ circulation: “It was NEVER meant for general dissemination and consumption; and frankly, I’m somewhat appalled when I think of it being ‘out there.’ The final report was cleaned up grammatically and the actual facts presented in a much clearer, concise manner leaving out any speculation. But I regret this report ever getting out.”

Grand jury activity notwithstanding, what piqued our initial interest was a feeling that the Division 4 team, with experience tracking murderers across the globe and placed on loan to assist an overwhelmed FBI for the JFK Jr. probe--had apparently conducted an investigation far more complete than what the mainstream media was telling its trusting viewers and readers.

Not unexpectedly, the team was told to “back off,“ since its leaked preliminary report written by Delbert and another team member revealed specific contradictory evidence, calling JFK Jr.‘s death to be a “political assassination of the highest order.”

Division 4 investigative team’s past exploits can currently be seen on the Discovery Channel in “The Hunt for the Serpent,” about a serial killer they chased through Nepal, India, Pakistan and China; but the team also became well-known for a chase through the Hudson Valley into Canada before capturing the Green Valley killer who had murdered 43 young prostitutes. As part of this international version of the FBI, the team specializes in tracking serial killers and pedophiles across foreign boundaries.

The ‘Phoenix Project’ and assassinations

Years prior to serving on this team for three years, Delbert said he was a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces, attached to the Phoenix Project / Operation, on orders to “destabilize targeted governments by murdering government officials, elites, professionals, bankers, military leaders, teachers, professors and medical professionals."

“This started in Vietnam and then moved to Central America,” said Delbert, adding “I was part of what we called the Bush-Clinton New World Order takeover to place in power selected individuals who received their marching orders directly from the U.S. government. Plain and simple, Project Phoenix required Americans to kill off innocent people to place in power those selected by the U.S. ruling elite; but I left, finding it very objectionable.”

“These activities are still going on today,” said the intelligence insider. “America now uses FBI Division 5, CIA Division 4, and elements from within the Department of Defense (DOD) and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) for its dirty work. Five-man Delta teams made up of nationals from Mexico and Ecuador are being trained for house-to-house extraction and murder of American citizens--when the day comes that Martial Law is declared and what little is left of our Constitution is scrapped.“

"These (elements) are counter-intelligence goon squads of trained assassins which engage in covert operations both inside and outside the United States--with or without the knowledge of Congress which is supposed to be restraining them from actions against our own citizens. They’re out of control--just a marvelous group of human beings,” said the former intelligence veteran.

With a measure of insight into Delbert’s background and credibility, we asked him to talk about Division 4’s JFK Jr. findings, the specific content of the team’s written accounts and the details of the assassination plot.

The preliminary and final reports

The preliminary report and our three interviews with Delbert provide an open window template through which to view previous evidence that could point to prosecutable obstruction of justice by a grand jury regarding past FBI probes of major political figures who also died in plane crashes or in another manner. Ample evidence indicates that Congress has permitted the Bureau to serve as a private taxpayer-funded political cover-up arm for each White House.

A grand jury itself presents what amounts to a citizen-controlled fourth branch of government, set aside by founding fathers as a necessary precaution against corruption, obstruction of justice and/or treason on the part of the Supreme Court, White House and Congress -acting separately or in concert. Individuals talking to sources close to the grand jury told us that citizen panelists are currently reviewing powerful evidence with explosive documents and are dead-serious about cleansing the government.

A case in point for a grand jury to become operational would occur if, for example, Fitzgerald had witnesses who could corroborate that members of the Supreme Court received financial bribes in 2000 to install George W. Bush in the White House [ Part 1 / Part 2 ], or if Florida’s elected officials destroyed voter ballots to prevent Al Gore from becoming the duly elected president for the same reason. In short, evidence would be collected and the grand jury would hear testimony.

While John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. was reported to have died in an accidental plane crash on July 16, 1999, Division 4’s preliminary report reveals careful details dissimilar to those reported by news outlets, indicating what the team described in its report as “classic media disinformation, if not outright lies” pertaining to suspect circumstances surrounding the death of the only son of President John F. Kennedy who was himself assassinated on November 22, 1963 under a similar investigative cloud.

Most families of well-known politicians killed in “accidental” plane crashes were not afforded the opportunity of having a separate outside agency like Division 4 to investigate the evidence of their loved one‘s death as in the case of the son of an assassinated president. The prelim report summary is revealing:

“Subject was a qualified pilot, in control of his flight, flying a reasonably new aircraft, in excellent condition. Visibility was 8 miles. Wind, calm. All indication from Forensics and Physical evidence investigations lend themselves to a violent explosion, either from an altitude or barometric pressure device, or from a Particle Beam laser. [Delbert said Particle Beam laser was left out of final classified report] Aircraft ‘broke up’ in mid-air, as evidenced by wide spread debris gathered from the ocean and several different beaches. This can only be caused by an onboard explosion, or an attack by a missile or Laser. [Delbert said missile and Laser were left out of final report] Considering the nature of current political leanings of subject and today’s political atmosphere in America, and the before-mentioned facts, there is little doubt that subject was assassinated. In fact, team [Interpol Serial Killer Alpha Team] considers this a Political Assassination of the highest order. It was meant to alleviate a potential threat to the ruling elite. And it succeeded.” [From the JFK Jr. preliminary report, filed on July 19, 1999. This document has been authenticated by several intelligence agents; and we were told copies have been passed around the intelligence community for several years.]

Four team members and two from another U.S. law enforcement agency who jointly participated in producing the final classified report, filed on August 5, 1999, revealed startling evidence which will prevent a continued cover-up.

The six members of the Division 4 team and others will have to be protected and then subpoenaed for sealed testimony; and the grand jury will also need to hear the testimony of scores of the team’s interviewed citizen witnesses who have thus far remained understandably silent about what they saw and heard regarding JFK Jr.’s tragic death.

Delbert said the team's probe was rigorous. We found it staggering:

“a) 30-40 witnesses were thoroughly interviewed
b) Ten individuals said they actually saw JFK Jr.‘s plane explode in mid-air

Essex County Airport in Caldwell, New Jersey

c) Two witnesses told the team they saw George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush at the Essex County, New Jersey airport with Israeli Mossad agent Michael Harari and another Mossad agent who were both seen standing next to JFK Jr.’s Cessna--all four were at the airport just two days before the doomed plane took off with JFK, Jr., his pregnant wife and her sister
d) Several witnesses testified they overheard the murder plot being discussed in the White House oval office
e) One ‘company’ (CIA) witness at the scene saw the bodies and the damaged plane and told the team a mid-air explosion caused the crash
f) Approximately 150 witnesses gave individual depositions and signed statements for the final report
g) Three flight instructors who worked with JFK Jr. testified he was an excellent pilot and had logged a huge number of flying hours since being licensed--he loved to fly and was that good.”

Delbert told us “At the end of July, 1999, during the final phase of our investigation, we talked to several individual sources in the White House who consented to be interviewed as witnesses.”

“We included their testimony in the final draft of the report which was classified until 2025--not currently available to any living individual,“ said the former operative.

“Since concrete evidence of a plot involving three presidents and a current senator in the assassination of John F. Kennedy’s son--who the report said they perceived as a political threat and future rival--would not exactly inspire public confidence in the government, it’s probable that the American people will never see our final un-redacted report,” said Delbert, “unless there are grand jury murder indictments and a public trial.”

The Players

“The White House sources we interviewed overheard conversations involving individuals who made the decision to murder JFK, Jr.,” said Delbert, who joined three Division 4 fellow operatives and two other federal agency officials in alleging the following names in the final classified report as having participated in planning the murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. after the team had interviewed all the witnesses involved in the case:

The Division 4 team member told us “The meeting to discuss the murder occurred in the White House oval office. The subjects named in the report who participated in ordering the murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. were President Clinton and his wife Hillary--both in the room, former Attorney General Janet Reno--also in the room and who JFK Jr. had publicly called to task for her role in Waco and Ruby Ridge operations, FBI Director Louis Freeh--in the room, and former President George H. W. Bush, Lawrence Rockefeller (now deceased), and three Inner Circle Council of Thirteen members who were all teleconferenced into the oval office discussion via secure White House phone lines.“

Quietly taken aback by the revelations, we asked Delbert to summarize the content of the alleged oval office murder plot overheard by the team's interviewed witness sources, including witnesses assigned to White House domestic security:

“a) Conversation about JFK Jr.’s magazine GEORGE becoming a political vehicle which could threaten ruling elite families and expose past White House crimes
b) Discussions about blowing up his Cessna, John Jr.’s vulnerability and even carelessness about his plane’s security when warned that suspicious individuals had previously been seen lurking around his plane at the airport
c) Attorney General Reno’s problems with JFK Jr. criticizing Waco and Ruby Ridge
d) Speculation about who John Jr. would pick to run against in 2000--Hillary Clinton or George W. Bush
e) Discussion about political family factions and relationships between federal law enforcement, national security and intelligence agencies
f) Discussion about how the assassination would take place, starting at the airport--with specific Mossad agents named by the subject conspirators without mentioning the actual Israeli agency
g) General agreement that John, Jr. had become over-zealous in planning to employ GEORGE to circuitously expose those who were behind the assassination of his father.”

White House-controlled foreign assassination teams in America

As we listened without comment, the Division 4 operative continued: “We were told by the same White House sources we interviewed that FBI Director Freeh left the oval office after the murder plot was discussed and met with Israeli Mossad agent Michael Harari who then met with his supervisor, General Rafael Eitan, considered to be one of the most dangerous Israeli agents who ever lived,” stated Delbert.

Delbert explained that testimony by White House and airport witnesses and others will provide outrageous but credible grand jury evidence that three United States presidents have their own private Israeli Mossad assassins--as well as assassins from several American federal government agencies--and will use them to commit treason and murder against other Americans perceived to pose a political threat to their power, a fact surely to horrify Jewish-Americans and all U.S. citizens.

“I had heard that even our own FBI agents literally trembled at the fear of being assigned to watch General Eitan’s movements, since collaborating congressional oversight allowed him to freely enter the United States at any time, using passports under a different name,” the Division 4 special investigative team member said.

[One of the most outrageous documents this writer has ever seen, confirming the existence of Michael Harari and his nefarious Bush-connected activities, was the Colonel Cutolo / Colonel Corone Court Deposition, which we found on www.]

Delbert continued his shocking narrative, “About three days before John’s plane took off and exploded in mid-air, Michael Harari, and another Mossad agent were seen with former President George H. W. Bush and his son Texas Governor George W. Bush at the Essex County, New Jersey airport where John Jr. kept his plane.” This fact was also confirmed by separate U.S. intelligence sources who are also willing to testify before a grand jury.
[click here to read more about Harari’s U.S. activities in the Cutolo Affadavit.htm also found at]

“All four were positively identified by an aircraft mechanic and a maintenance worker we interviewed for the final classified report; but we didn’t include their names or the names of some other key witnesses so that there would be citizens left to testify in case the Clintons or Bushes started having people murdered,” said the former Special Forces member.

Delbert’s chilling words provided concrete and credible proof that congressional oversight over counterfeit immigration documents acquired by assassins and terrorists, wide-open U.S. borders and homeland “security“ is so seriously flawed, broken down and corrupted that Senate and House members are permitting known foreign murderers to move around America at will.

Given the state-side depletion of National Guard and Reserve troops which renders the U.S. more vulnerable to foreign enemies while pre-emptive war based on lies is being fought, the physical and economic security of the nation is problematic enough to assert that Senate and House members may literally be conspiring against their own constituents in favor of a clandestine world-wide agenda supported by assassination of “troublemakers,” political or otherwise.

The American-French Alliance (AFA), a tightly-knit and hushed organization of active intelligence community patriots from both countries, is said to be waging an under-the-radar-screen war to stop rogue elements and assassins in the FBI, CIA, DOD and DIA--supervised by the White House and directly linked to Al Qaeda and former CIA operative Tim Osman (also known as Osama bin Laden) but also British MI-6 agents from engaging in black operations throughout the United States.

According to intelligence sources who spoke with federal whistleblower Stewart Webb, the AFA reportedly killed General Eitan in October, 2004 for his role in stealing the U.S. atomic nuclear codes from the National Security Archives. and other websites have previously reported circumstances surrounding an attempt by eight rogue British MI-6 agents to blow up the Chicago subway underneath the Everett Dirksen Federal Building where federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald and a grand jury are investigating multiple crimes and treason linked to the White House.

The physical evidence

“The preliminary Division 4 team report was written with my partner who has retired and returned to his own country. We were joined by two others from our team and two more from another federal agency in putting together the final report,” said Delbert.

“Our boss ordered us to re-write the final draft but we refused. We wanted to tell the truth; so they classified the (final report) until the year 2025 despite the fact that we had interviewed scores of witnesses who can corroborate all of our findings. This was August 5, 1999.”

“The obstruction of justice by our ‘upper management’ and the FBI caused so much chaos that they dissolved our team; then they, quite possibly along with the Clinton White House, tried to have me murdered within ten weeks at the end of October, 1999 while working in Belfast, Ireland. I was supposed to be in a car with a friend who was blown apart in the explosion,“ said Delbert.

“That explosion was meant either as a warning or an assassination attempt, and cost the life of not only my associate, but a friend of his as well; so I closed all my accounts, resigned from Division 4 and went underground by November, 1999, for six months,” he said--but not before devastating reports had been filed by a team of investigators experienced in tracking evidence and criminals all over the world:

Satellite Photo of the Essex Co. Airport.
[From the preliminary report]

“Subject, John F. Kennedy, Jr. left Essex County Airport, Caldwell, New Jersey at 8:38 P.M. Friday, July 16, 1999 in a Piper Saratoga II TC. Aircraft was built in 1995, purchased last year by subject. It has been reported to have been in excellent condition--simple and comfortable to fly...Visibility was eight (8) miles--I say again visibility was eight (8) miles. Media reports of ‘hazy’ or ‘foggy’ conditions are untrue,” said the report.

“At 9:39 P.M. JFK radioed the Martha’s Vineyard Airport giving his location. Subject was completely calm, giving no indication of any difficulties, stating that he was making his final approach, no more than 10 miles from shore and 13 miles from the airport...When he radioed at 9:39 P.M., 17-18 miles West of Martha’s Vineyard, he was at 2,500 feet. When detected on radar 29 seconds later he was at 1,800 feet, 16 miles West of Martha’s Vineyard. He was then lost off radar. No MAYDAY was ever heard. Tower personnel at Martha’s Vineyard Airport verified previous data,” indicating an immediate catastrophic problem.

“Within app. 10 seconds of this final radio contact at 9:39 P.M., an aircraft fitting the description of the subject’s (aircraft) and in that same general location was identified on Radar by both Military personnel and Martha’s Vineyard Airport tower personnel as descending 1,200 feet in 12 seconds--a full, head-long dive, in other words. A reporter for the Vineyard Gazette newspaper told WCVB-TV in Boston that he was out walking Friday night about the time of the crash and say a “big white flash in the sky,” just off Philbin Beach. Luggage, a tire, plexiglass pieces of cowling have all washed up on Philbin Beach. Said reporter has now partially recanted his story by stating that ‘perhaps it was a bright light from an explosion, but he just cannot be sure.’ Reporter has been ‘gotten to, compromised. Unknown as to who, at this time.”

“Several local news reports initially (reported) that several people SAW and Heard an explosion in the air over the ocean South of Martha’s Vineyard towards Eastern Long Island, at the same time that subject’s plane ‘went missing.’ We have confirmed these reports by speaking with 4 of the witnesses who have asked to remain anonymous. Detected definite fear on their part.”

“All evidence at this time indicates that aircraft was in a fiery, head-long crash dive within seconds after the 9:39 radio transmission. Aircraft was equipped with a radar transponder that transmits a 4-digit ID code and the altitude. Aircraft contained a 406 MHz satellite Distress beacon which would have notified the FAA of exact lat. & long. Device was NOT Activated. Believe reason as aircraft disintegrated instantly.”

“Subject has been reported by all interviewed, including 3 flight instructors, to be an Excellent pilot who did not take chances. Subject had logged many hours and had acquired an abnormal amount of expertise for an individual holding a pilots license for only 15 months. In fact, it has been reported that JFK, Jr. had logged enough hours, and acquired enough expertise to qualify as a commercial pilot! He had passed instrument checks with no reported difficulties. Although subject did not like flying at night, all information indicated he did so efficiently. Media’s reports of ‘pilot error,’ ‘failed instrument test and checks’ and ‘scared to fly at night’ are patently untrue. Standard American Media disinformation.”

“When SK Alpha team began investigating weather anomalies and any possible phenomenon, (weather), Radar images/data that have proven useful in such investigations, to include the observations of Electromagnetic/radio frequency phenomena, were discovered to be missing from the archives for the Eastern Long Island/Martha’s Vineyard area during the two (2) critical hours in which JFK Jr.’s plane apparently crashed/disappeared. This is/was more than suspect. After demanding said data from air control personnel, and receiving stammering red-faced explanations as to it’s whereabouts, team notes data has been intentionally ‘misplaced,’ or in fact lost.”

“The head-rest, steering yoke, pieces of the cowling, plexiglass and carpeting were literally torn apart from/off the plane, floating up on Gay Head Beach. This indicates a mid-air explosion, not a stall and crash. Debris from the crash has also been washing up on the West end of Martha’s Vineyard, creating a very wide-spread area of destruction (in other words, the remains of the aircraft are spread out over a very large area of space on the Ocean, indicating a mid-air explosion, not a stall and crash).

“Recorded conversation with air traffic control all indicate a calm, relaxed pilot in full command of the flight, with no difficulties in the final approach. Seconds after the last transmission, the explosion was observed and contact was lost with subject’s plane.”

“Previously mentioned weather and electro-magnetic/radio frequency data has been lost or misplaced. Since this typically NEVER happens, a cover-up of some sort is strongly indicated....The wings of the aircraft were NOT torn off, which they would have been had subject’s plane gone into uncontrollable dive, as being reported by the American press....If aircraft had had engine trouble, as reported, it should /could have simply gone into a slow glide and made a soft-water landing....NO MAYDAY was ever heard, indicating catastrophic occurrence.”

“...Every indicator points towards JFK Jr. having ’had enough’ of this humiliation [report said threats and blackmailing of Kennedy family] and planned on turning his magazine ’George’ into a true political vehicle for change. For the American public, not the New World Order. In fact, he had already begun this process by publishing factual exposes on George Wallace and the Rabin assassination. This alone is enough to have gotten him killed.”....Subject had begun looking into his father’s murder, and had developed plans to slowly expose those involved (in his magazine).”

“The American press/mass media are now releasing news reports that are far from factual. In fact, they can be considered, at best, to be (classic) disinformation, if not outright lies. In the initial reports that were released, the essential truth of the situation, the facts were being released. However, what is now being reported is (essentially) leaving out the essence of truth and simply glossing over what actually occurred. Again, what we regard as standard American Press procedures, disinformation at best. This strongly indicates a cover-up, or else the truth would still be reported.”

“Although requested onsite by Federal agencies, team has been coerced to ‘back off,’ albeit subtly and quietly. This particular tactic speaks well for itself. We have not ‘backed off,’ nor will we.”

Al Gore’s close call

Astute political observers are aware that electoral assassinations are very difficult to prove; however, such “accidental” deaths often result in “clearing the field” of a contending threat, rival--or witness of wrongdoing which would discredit or expose a candidate. Thus the way would be paved for an assured (or at least easier) election victory to retain or gain power by removing a political rival from the scene--forever.

Given the Division 4 reports and witness testimony relating to the White House assassination plot, the Fitzgerald grand jury will also want to initiate a probe of the close, coincidental time-line nexus between John Jr.’s plane “accident” and Vice President Al Gore’s “close call” the week before on Air Force Two.

Most Americans are unaware that the Chicago Sun-Times reported that about one week before JFK, Jr’s death on July 16, 1999, Vice-President Al Gore’s Air Force Two jet lost power and had to make an emergency landing while flying through heavily congested air space near Chicago. Gore’s plane going down would have resulted in another pre-2000, election-related “accidental” death almost overlapping John F. Kennedy, Jr.

The Division 4 team's White House crime family evidence alleging JFK, Jr.’s assassination plot is reminiscent of a scene in the legendary mafia movie The Godfather, when Michael Corleone orchestrated the simultaneous murders of his five crime family rivals during the exact hour he attended the baptism service for his Godchild.

Intelligence sources have alleged to us that Gore’s plane was vectored, possibly resulting in loss of cabin pressure related to some sort of software technology, in a failed attempt to “clear the field” for George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential race.


There is evidence to prove that George H. W. Bush was a member of the CIA on November 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated--a fact Bush 41 has repeatedly denied, according to Federal whistleblower Stewart Webb.

In his book The Immaculate Deception--The Bush Crime Family Exposed [1991, America West Publishers, pp. 31-39], retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Russell Bowen refers to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) memo unearthed in 1977-78, dated seven days after the assassination on November 29, 1963, describing the full briefing given to “George Bush of the Central Intelligence Agency” on the day after the [JFK] assassination. [When Bush 41 was just 39 years old]

[General Bowen was an original member of Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during the 1940s with George H. W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, Allan Dulles and others who became known as the secretive “brown-shoe boys,” which later became the CIA. Webb revealed that General Bowen personally told him that Kissinger served as a duel spy for Germany and Russia during WWII before later becoming U.S. Secretary of State under President Nixon; and as of today, Bowen and Webb are still alive to testify and allege that such a spy can hold high U.S. office, the public none the wiser.]

FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover wrote the memo [see link above] mentioning Bush; and curiously, Hoover met with others at the ranch of Texas oil baron Colin J. “Clint” Murchison, Jr. in Dallas, on the night before Kennedy was assassinated, according to retired Army Brigadier General William Penn Jones.

A FOIA lawsuit publicized an FBI report regarding a man identifying himself as “George H. W. Bush” who telephoned the FBI’s Houston office within hours of Kennedy’s death with information about a threat allegedly made against Kennedy by a young right-wing Republican, according to General Bowen.

The FBI report stated “On November 22, 1963, Mr. George H. W. Bush, 5535 Briar, Houston, Texas telephonically advised...that one James Parrott had been talking of killing the president when he comes to Houston.”

Since witnesses have connected George H. W. Bush to JFK Jr.’s airport and the White House assassination plot prior to his murder, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald would be negligent if the grand jury did not also probe the Hoover FOIA lawsuit evidence linking the ex-president to events surrounding the assassination of John Jr.‘s father, JFK.

All this gives rise to serious grand jury questions: Why has Bush 41 denied being in the CIA on November 22, 1963? Why was Bush [at the age of 39] fully briefed on JFK’s assassination on the day after the event? What does he know about Hoover’s meeting in Dallas on the night before? Who else was at the meeting? What did they discuss? Why did Hoover specifically name Bush in the memo?

George H. W. also denied being involved in Iran contra. But according to General Bowen, “investigators obtained copies of Colonel Oliver North’s diaries which documented Bush’s role as a CIA supervisor of the contra supply network. In 1988 Bush issued false statements to Congress, testifying he knew nothing about the illegal supply flights until late November, 1986; yet North’s diary shows Bush at the first planning meeting on August 6, 1985.”

Securing Justice

After considering the team's gathered physical evidence, written testimony and our talks with Delbert, who had interviewed most of the investigation witnesses involved, rhetorical questions could be posed regarding how the mainstream media could be so controlled and manipulated that it would be able to cover up the obvious:

How come the media saw things differently than the Division 4 team? Were key editors, reporters and global media executives co-participants in obstructing justice by glossing over a political assassination? Will the media receive the same severe scrutiny by Phi Beta Kappa and Harvard Law grad Patrick Fitzgerald and his grand juries as the alleged perpetrators themselves?

While more than nine families in particular are literally hanging out there in physical jeopardy, knowing that witnesses, credible evidence and a classified report point to three U.S. Presidents and at least one Senator as having their own private teams of foreign assassins available to do their political bidding, the ball is now in Special Counsel Fitzgerald’s "court." This, while Congress looks the other way, knowing it needs to be held accountable for gross corruption.

The pressure will be enormous on prosecutors and jurors alike. Witnesses and team members referred to herein will need to be afforded protection. That said, Fitzgerald and his staff of about 150 Assistant U.S. Attorneys possess the quintessential job description for probing White House felony families: regularly handling public corruption, narcotics trafficking, violent crime, jury tampering and white-collar fraud. But they must do their job.

Fitzgerald himself has played a personal role in many significant investigations involving financing terrorism, violent crime, narcotics, and gang prosecutions, particularly including U.S. v. John Gambino et. al., prosecuting crime family “capos and crews,” an ideal candidate to lead White House crime probes.

Given the mood of multiple intelligence sources understandably furious about what historians will say happened on their recent watch (the transfer of nuclear codes to China, the September 11 attacks and Oklahoma City bombing, an attempt to blow up the Chicago subway underneath Fitzgerald’s grand jury in the Dirksen building on July 18 and war under false pretenses), thousands of government agents are reportedly prepared to block obstruction and obfuscation if “deals are cut” or “private payoffs” are attempted in order to prevent the wheels of justice from turning.

There is a strange, unsettled feeling sweeping across the land. America seems to be aware that something big will happen this fall. Most can’t put their finger on it. But the markets know what’s coming.

Massive insider stock sales versus purchases were running $74 sold to each $1 of stock bought, right after alone reported that President Bush and Vice President Cheney had been indicted. Unknowing investors with automatically deducted pension fund and 401K contributions are still buying into the stock market while the turmoil of coming political upheaval is slowing festering like an inexorable cancer ready to claim its victim.

In February, 2005, corporate business executives, officers and directors sold $5 billion in personal stock, establishing a new market record for unloading insider securities in a single month. What do they know that the public doesn’t?

The stock market may be poised to reprise its 2000 collapse even as inside traders and government funds are now grabbing more of America’s wealth and financial security by quietly selling. Americans should heed Dubya-speak: “Fool me once, shame on you or me, fool me twice, uh... fool me twice... uh.... I won't get fooled again.”

Gold has moved from $385 to about $450 an ounce over the last 6-8 months; and the metal’s rise in value indicates that some investors are buying gold so they won’t be left holding the old maid (inflated fiat paper currency) in the event of a protracted political crisis.

The interest rate yield curve on long bonds is virtually flat in the face of ten straight rate increases by Allan Greenspan and the Federal Reserve. Future trust in the financial stability of U.S. currency is exposed when a 10-year note draws about the same interest rate as a 30-year note, hence the flat yield curve. (We used to be nicely rewarded for letting the government hold our money for a longer period. But not now.)

The gold websites are reporting that China and Japan have not purchased U.S. Treasury securities since last January; and that 80-90% of our Treasuries are now purchased “off-shore,” indicating private sources, secretive countries, laundered drug money, or “printing press finance” to quietly prop up the economy.

During recent House Armed Services Committee hearings, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld admitted to Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-4-GA) that China has been financing the entire Iraq War by purchasing U.S. Treasury notes. How is this possible if China is not buying our Treasuries? Is Rumsfeld telling the truth? Why isn’t the American media holding his feet to the fire?

Prescient warnings notwithstanding, witnesses with evidence in the matter of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. are available to testify and be evaluated in front of Patrick Fitzgerald, his staff of deputy career prosecutors, but most importantly, grand jury panels of American citizens who will listen and decide whether murder indictments are in fact warranted in light of Division 4's evidence.

Fitzgerald and his grand juries are still operational in spite of the House, Senate and U.S. mainstream media, all of which will ignore this story, the evidence, the witnesses, and the preliminary and "classified" JFK, Jr. reports.

If approximately 150 witnesses and credible evidence is not enough to render proper justice in the assassination of the son of an assassinated U.S. President, then the American justice system is not worth the paper that the Constitution and the United States Code are written on; and it will be quite obvious that Patrick Fitzgerald was “gotten to,” and likely deserving of separate consequences.

However, all indications from intelligence sources confirm that Fitzgerald is a rather remarkable and heroic patriot who will not back down from his sworn duty. Given coming indictments against high officials in all three branches of government, the fourth branch (citizen grand juries) will be crucial this fall.

But then America was always supposed to be about the citizens--not powerful ruling elite families whose progeny have come to expect receipt of power, perks and privilege via noblesse oblige.

There is nothing noble about what some U.S. government leaders have done to America since November 22, 1963.

Purge the evil from among you.

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Postscript: In a June, 1992 exclusive and published interview granted by President George H. W. Bush to Sarah McClendon, the grand dame of the White House press corps at the time:

“George Bush, what will the people do if they ever find out the truth about Iraq-gate and Iran contra? ‘Sarah, if the American people ever find out what we have done, they will chase us down the streets and lynch us.’ ”

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John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy

The Kennedy family is a prominent family in American politics and government descending from the marriage of Joseph P. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. The predominantly Democratic family is known for its political liberalism. Perhaps the best known Kennedy is the late President of the United States John F. Kennedy.

The Kennedys are often compared to the Adams and Bush families as among the most influential American political families. All three families have strong roots in the New England area of the United States. The Kennedy Compound is located in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

Some commentators in the early 1960s made predictions that President John F. Kennedy would be first of a dynasty in the White House. But these predictions were not borne out, and the idea largely dropped off the public's radar after Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1968 and Senator Edward Kennedy was involved in a possible drunk-driving incident (in which a passenger in his car was killed) in 1969. However, a number of Kennedy family members have held high office since then.

Together Rose and Joe Sr. had nine children:


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Mr. Beye had a distinguished diplomatic and political career. He served in the Government of Mali as Minister of Youth, Sports, Arts and Culture (1978), as Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (1978-1986) and as Legal Counsel to the President (1986-1988).

In 1988, he was appointed Secretary-General of the African Development Bank in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, and from 1991 he headed its Legal Department.

In addition, between 1971 and 1990, Mr. Beye was elected to various high offices at international conferences and intergovernmental bodies, including the Arbitral Court of the Economic Community of West Africa, the African Commission on Human Rights and Peoples, and the International Association of Democratic Lawyers.

As a scholar, Mr. Beye undertook research in international law, political science and international relations at Dijon University's Faculty of Law and also at the Center for Studies and Research on International Law and International Relations in The Hague, Netherlands.

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Hopefully this crash of a Cypriot 737 was nothing more than an accident. There are more questions than answers currently:

Experts told Reuters it was extremely rare for a plane to lose oxygen, and that emergency systems should have kicked in.

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“A loss of pressurization in the cabin is in itself a rare event but to go as far as it incapacitates the pilot is hugely rare,” the retired pilot said.[…]

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The plane was on a flight from Larnaca in Cyprus to Prague with a stop in Athens. An airline spokeswoman and Greek authorities denied some media reports that many of those on board were children.

I hope this was only an accident and not an act of sabotage or terrorism. Nothing is conclusive at this time but maybe we’ll get some answers. It seems awfully strange that an aircraft in this kind of trouble wouldn’t alert anyone.

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O n October 31, 1999, EgyptAir Flight 990 plunged into the Atlantic ocean soon after takeoff, killing all 217 people aboard. The flight-data and cockpit voice recorders were recovered within weeks, and the story they told seemed shocking but conclusive: at a moment when the captain was out of the cockpit, the copilot, Gameel al-Batouti, disengaged the autopilot and calmly pushed the airplane into a steep dive. When the captain returned, Batouti fought him for control of the airplane—and then turned off the engines. But the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), charged with investigating the crash, soon realized that what they had thought would be a simple, open and shut case would actually require all of the political and diplomatic skills they could muster. The Egyptian investigators professed outrage at the idea that the crash would be called intentional, which they seemed to feel was a cultural slight—setting off a conflict with the NTSB that continues to this day. The Egyptians went on to raise theory after theory for what could have caused the crash, and the NTSB, with the help of Boeing, performed extensive tests to see if any of the theories matched the flight's profile. None of them did.

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Egypt to Challenge U.S. Report on Plane Crash

An Egyptian investigation panel has said that it will challenge the course of investigations into the 1999 crash of an EgyptAir airliner and their findings.

An Egyptian investigation panel has said that it will challenge the course of investigations into the 1999 crash of an EgyptAir airliner and their findings.

The panel issued a statement Thursday night, rejecting the U.S. conclusion on the tragedy and terming it as "inadequate and inconclusive," Egypt's official MENA news agency reported on Friday.

On Thursday, the U.S. transportation safety authorities blamed the crash of the aircraft on its co-pilot without giving reasons for his actions.

In its final report on the crash, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said that the copilot, Gameel El- Batouty, was alone in the cockpit when he disconnected the autopilot and sent the plane downward.

The plane plunged into the sea off the Massachusetts coast on October 31, 1999, soon after it took off from New York en route to Cairo. All 217 people aboard were killed.

"There was no evidence of any airplane system malfunction, conflicting air traffic, or other event that would have prompted these actions," the report said.

The plane began to plummet after El-Batouty took control, the report said. While the pilot, Mahmoud el-Habashy, tried to bring the plane out of its dive, El-Batouty continued to keep it heading downward and shut off the engines, it said.

According to the Egyptian penal, its technical report showed that all evidence cleared El-Batouty of deliberately doing that.

It also demanded that information on radar and air control circumstances be made available to complete the probes. "Until this is done, there is no way to know the possible cause behind this incident," the statement said.

The Egyptian penal presented its comment on a final U.S. report on the crash in June 2001, in addition to a 225-page technical report to be appended to the U.S. report, the statement said.

Egypt has previously rejected the U.S. theory that a suicide action was behind the tragedy, insisting that mechanical problems with the ill-fated plane's flight control system might have been to be blamed.

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U.S. Army Conducted Mass Casualty Drill For Plane Crash Into Pentagon.....Almost One Year Before The Real Attack On 9/11 Coincidence Or Fore-Knowledge?

by John Hawkins

Are you wondering what the racist fringe set thinks about 9/11? Well I ran across a page written by Hal Turner, a man who claims to be "one of the Founding Fathers of the talk radio revival." He also says that he's a "Pro-Life, conservative Republican." Of course that's what he claims. He also has news headlines on his page like "8000 Queers Do Group Sex In Nyc" and "Filthy Rat Jew Soldiers Pee On (And Inside) American Homes!". All that goes along well with his "No Savage Negro Beasts" coffee mugs that are probably given away as door prizes at KKK meetings.

Anyway, on to his brilliant theory. Apparently in October of 2000 the Pentagon planned out reactions to a number of different scenarios...

"The Pentagon Mass Casualty Exercise, as the crash was called, was just one of several scenarios that emergency response teams were exposed to Oct. 24-26, 2000 in the Office of the Secretaries of Defense conference room. This "exercise" took place just short of a year BEFORE the real plane attack which struck the Pentagon on September 11."

"On Oct. 24, 2000 there was also a mock terrorist incident at the Pentagon Metro stop and a construction accident to name just some of the scenarios that were practiced to better prepare local agencies for real incidents."

Well that's plausible. The military does all sorts of contingency planning for every imaginable circumstance. So what does Hal think about this?

"After the terrorist attacks of September 11, uncovering the fact that this "drill" took place a year ahead of the real attack begets the question "Was this drill a coincidence, or was it planning for something the Pentagon already KNEW was going to take place?"

Even in his own article he admits that the Pentagon also planned for a "construction accident" and a "mock terrorist accident at a Pentagon Metro Stop" as well. So doesn't that seem to indicate coincidence? He goes on for a bit about the security around DC and then says...

"September 11 sure "looks" like a series of terrorist attacks. But it is clear to this writer that it was an inside job, aided and abetted by disloyal Americans in our own government."

Based on a practice a year ago at the Pentagon it's clear that this was an inside job? But it get's worse with the last line of the aricle...

"Why isn't Congress investigating? Maybe because THEY are "in" on this scam?"

So let's just consider how many people Hal must think are involved in this little conspiracy. The Pentagon? There have to be a lot of high end people there involved. Someone had to recruit all these people to pull it off and high level generals must of given the order to do it? What about these people running the exercises? They probably know something is happening too. Of course, the military would never try something like this without getting the orders from the commander and chief right? That was Bill Clinton at the time. Some of his staff must of known what he was doing as well. Furthermore, since this occurred on GWB's watch he and much of his staff must of also known too. Then there are the 540 members of Congress who he thinks are ""in" in this scam."" You also have to figure that portions of their staffs know what's going on since they deal with them on daily basis as well.

So what we have total here is somewhere between 1000-3000 people total who were aware of a conspiracy by America's government to kill thousands of American citizens? Despite the fact that all these people from different political parties knew about this and despite the fact that the Pentagon must of known that their own men were going to die, they chose to execute this whole thing without a SINGLE PERSON coming forward about it before or afterwards? That apparently makes perfect sense to Hal. That's why he's RWN's "Crackpot of the Day".

© copyright 2001-2005 John Hawkins


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A missed murder:  CLINTON

They also crashed the plane he was supposed to ride in to California on his birthday. Did the Wellstone murder to get Coleman in. Plane crashed, according to my husband, are a very useful tool and "only kill a relative few number of people".  quote by Kay Griggs

Air Force probes Wyoming C-130 crash

Pilot may have tried to return to airport

August 18, 1996
Web posted at: 6:00 p.m. EDT

JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (CNN) -- The pilot of a presidential cargo plane flying to President Clinton's birthday party may have been trying to return to the airport when the C-130 slammed into a mountain minutes after takeoff, killing all nine people on board.

Air Force accident evaluation specialists flew to Wyoming Sunday to investigate the remote crash site, which was located at about 11,000 feet just South of Yellowstone National Park.

Authorities hoped to recover the voice cockpit recorder and flight data recorder from the scene, among other things.

Crash map

One Secret Service employee and at least eight crew members were aboard the C-130 when it crashed Saturday at 10:48 a.m. MDT (12:48 a.m. EDT) near Sheep Mountain, also known as Sleeping Indian Mountain. President Clinton had been vacationing in the area and left some five hours before.

"There are no signs of survivors and by the nature of the wreckage none was expected," said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Dan Ellison. But rescuers "haven't given up hope."

The plane was en route from Jackson Hole to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, where Clinton traveled from Washington Sunday to celebrate his 50th birthday, which falls Monday.

Clinton returned to the White House early Sunday after a nine-day vacation in Wyoming.

"I was told that they thought the pilot had turned around to come back to the airport," President Clinton said Sunday of his initial overnight briefing. He offered his and the First Lady's condolences to the victims' families.

 "This is especially painful to us because they worked for me," Clinton said. "They did an invaluable service, and I'm very, very sad about it." 

A group of 28 emergency workers traveled overnight by foot and horseback to reach the scene before dawn. They searched for possible survivors and worked to stabilize and secure the scene. Plane debris was still burning when they arrived, but even though the area has been very dry, authorities were not concerned about a forest fire because the crash scene was above the timberline.

The crash site is in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, a part of the Gros Ventre Wilderness.

 The plane went down in a designated wilderness area, and crews worked to establish good landing zones for helicopters on the mountainside. The nearest road is more than two miles away, said Scott Fitzwilliams of the U.S. Forest Service.

The Jackson Hole airport is over 6,000 feet above sea level, making take-offs more difficult because of the thinner air. The airport is a small facility and has no control tower.

Pilots have been critical of the short runway and the close proximity of the mountain ranges to the airport, but Park spokeswoman Linda Olsen downplayed those factors in this crash.

The C-130 Hercules, designed for combat airlift missions with quick departures from short runways, should have had no problem at that altitude, U.S. Air Force Captain Todd Vician said.

The plane's fuel tanks which can hold some 9,200 gallons, were onlyhalf full, according to Don Holloway, operations director of Jackson Hole Aviation. "So, weight was not a factor," he said. "They did everything by the book." 

The four-engine turbo prop was carrying one vehicle and luggage, all related to the president's vacation in Wyoming, said Holloway.

The plane, considered a workhorse of the Air Force's transport fleet, was built in 1974 by Lockheed Martin. The crew was from Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, a base spokesman said.

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by Sherman H. Skolnick 08/6/01

In November, 1972, Richard M. Nixon was re-elected President. One month later, on behalf of the Nixon White House, America's secret political police, the American Gestapo, the FBI, and the American CIA, arranged to sabotage a commercial airplane headed for Chicago. On board were twelve Watergate figures, including Dorothy Hunt, wife of the Watergate burglar, E.Howard Hunt. They had reportedly blackmailed two million dollars out of Nixon threatening, among other things, to publicize documents they had showing Tricky Dick, along with top officials of the FBI and the CIA, had planned and carried out the political assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

We received a mysterious phone call. "You should look into the crash near Midway Airport. They murdered Mrs. Hunt and the others." From various circumstances we determined that the call came from an official in Midway Airport Tower, Chicago. We started our own investigation. In 1973, I wrote a book, "The Secret History of Airplane Sabotage". So far as I could find out, there never was an authoritative book on the subject up to that time. And even now, I know of no other such book. A sizeable book publisher undertook to publish my work. The book, however, was stopped in the print cycle and no copies became available. The book was suppressed by the Rockefellers, at the time the major owners of UAL, Inc., the parent firm of United Air Lines, with the United Air Lines crash near Midway Airport being a major section of the book.

I am posting starting as Part One excerpts from the book. In some instances, it has been updated and slightly revised to show details uncovered after 1973.


1. THE PEOPLE. Upwards of twelve persons connected in one way or another with Watergate, boarded United Air Lines Flight 553 on the afternoon of December 8, 1972. They had something in common. That week there had been a gas pipeline lobbyists meeting as part of the American Bar Association meeting in Washngton, D.C. It was conducted by Roger Moreau. His secretary was Nancy Parker. Among those attending were Ralph Blodgett and James W. Krueger, both attorneys for the Northern Natural Gas Co., of Omaha, Nebraska. Associated with them were Lon Bayer, attorney for Kansas-Nebraska Natural Gas Co.; Wilbur Erickson, president, Federal Land Bank in Omaha. This was a belligerant group determined to blow the lid off the Watergate case. Reason Former U.S. Attorney General, John Mitchell, and his friends running the Justice Department were putting the spear into Northern Natural Gas. Some officials of that firm and its subsidiaries were indicted on federal criminal charges, September 7, 1972, in Omaha, Chicago, and Hammond, Indiana. Charge bribery of local officials in Northwest Indiana to let the gas pipeline go through. (Chicago Daily News, 9/8/72). To blackmail their way out of these charges, the Omaha firm had uncovered documents showing that Mitchell, while U.S. Attorney General in 1969, dropped anti-trust charges against a competitor of Northern Natural Gas---El Paso Gas Co. The dropping of the charges against El Paso was worth 300 million dollars. A spokesman for Mitchell belatedly claimed, in March, 1973, that Mitchell had "disqualified" himself in 1969, because Mitchell's law partner represented El Paso. The Justice Department under Mitchell, dropped the charges. Period. About the same time, Mitchell, through a law partner as nominee, got a stock interest in El Paso. Gas and oil interests, such as El Paso, Gulf Resources, and others contributed heavily to Nixon's spy fund, supervised by Mitchell.

[Earlier, I had spoken out about the apparent bribery of Mitchell as Attorney General by El Paso which caused him to proceed to prosecute on my charges, Chicago Federal Appeals Judge Otto Kerner, Jr., for bribery. The highest level sitting federal judge sent to jail for bribery in U.S.history.]

Pipeline official Krueger was carrying the Mitchell-El Paso documents on the plane. He had told his wife that he had in his possession irreplaceable papers of a sensitive nature. For months after the crash, his widow demanded, to no avail, that United Air Lines turn over to her his briefcase. It later came out in the pipeline trial in Hammond, that Blodgett had been browbeating federal officials, to drop the criminal charges just prior to the crash. (Chicago Tribune, 5/18/73.) [Our investigation uncovered that most of the local officials, to be government witnesses against the pipeline, were murdered just prior to trial. In all, some five Northwest Indiana officials.]

Dorothy Hunt, Watergate pay-off woman, who offered executive clemency directly on behalf of Nixon to some of the Watergate defendants, was seeking to leave the U.S. with over 2 million Dollars in cash and negotiables that she had gotten from CREEP, Committee to Re-Elect the President. [She was so concerned about these valuables, she purchased a separate first class seat next to her on the plane for this luggage.] She and her husband, E. Howard Hunt, the Watergate conspirator, were a "C.I.A. couple", two agents "married" and living together. Early in December, 1972,both were threatening to blow the lid off the White House if (a) he wasn't freed of the criminal charges; (b) Nixon didn't pay heavy to suppress the documents they had showing he was implicated in the planning and carrying out, by the FBI and the CIA, of the political murder of President Kennedy; and (c) Dorothy and Howard Hunt didn't both get several million dollars. Some of these details are in the Memo of Watergate double-agent, James McCord, a CIA official in charge of the Agency's physical security; details before the Senator Ervin Committee. (N.Y. Times, 5/9/73.) Hunt claimed, according to McCord, to have the data necessary to impeach Nixon. McCord said matters were coming to a head early in December, 1972. Mrs. Hunt was unhappy with her job of going all over the country to bribe defendants and witnesses in the bugging case. She wanted out.

Mrs.Hunt was on the way to arrange to take her money out of the country, possibly Costa Rica, to link up with international swindler Robert Vesco who was there at the time; through Harold C. Carlstead, whose wife was Mrs. Hunt's cousin. Carlstead reportedly did accounting and tax work for mobster-owned businesses in the Chicago-area. He operated two Holiday Inn motels in Chicago's south suburbs---at 174th and Torrence, Lansing, Illinois and at 171st and Halsted, Harvey, Illinois. Carlstead's motel on Torrence was reportedly a favorite hang out for gangsters and dope traffickers such as apparently "Cool" Freddie Smith, Grover Barnes, and the late Chicago mobster Sam DeStefano (who aided the American CIA in bloody tricks and was snuffed out to silence him), to name a few. Mrs. Hunt had (a) Ten Thousand Dollars in untraceable cash; (b) Forty Thousand Dollars in so-called "Barker" bills, traceable to Watergate spy Bernard Barker; and (c) upwards of Two Million Dollars in American Express money orders, travelers checks, and postal money orders. (As shown by testimony before the National Transportation Safety Board, re-opened Watergate plane crash hearings, June 13-14, 1973. Hearings re-opened as a result of my lawsuit claiming sabotage covered up by the N.T.S.B.) Carlstead issued a fake "cover" story that had (only) Ten Thousand Dollars with Mrs. Hunt. A story swallowed up by the Establishment Press.

Mrs. Hunt got on Flight 553 with Michele Clark, CBS Network newswoman, going to do an exclusive story on Watergate. Mrs. Hunt, Mitchell, Nixon---the story could have destroyed Nixon at the time. Ms Clark had lots of insight into the bugging and cover-up through her boyfriend, a CIA operative. In the summer of 1972, prior to any major revelations of Watergate, Ms Clark tried to pick the brains of Chicago Congressman George Collins, regarding the bugging of the Democratic headquarters. Ms Clark was sitting with Cong. Collins on the plane. (Testimony 6/14/73, of Cong. Collins' public relations director.)

After the crash, Michele Clark's employer, CBS Network News, ordered and demanded that the body be cremated by the southside Chicago mortician handling the matter---possibly to cover up foul play. Later, the mortician was murdered in his business establishment, an unsolved crime. (We interviewed close confidants of her family who informed us of the details how CBS applied tremendous pressure and offered large sums for silence on the crash details and having her body cremated contrary to her family's wishes.)

Also on the plane were four or more people who knew about a labor union that had given a large "donation" to CREEP to head-off an criminal indictment of a Chicago labor union hoodlum(at the time of the book, 1973, actively investigated by us).

For many years, like clockwork, one Chicagoan went to Washington, D.C. on Monday and came back Friday afternoon on Flight 553 or its equivalent Lawrence T. O'Connor, Apt. 5-C, 999 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois. On Friday, December 8, 1972, he received a call from someone he knows in the White House, telling him not to take Flight 553 but to go instead to a special meeting.

My long-time friend, political activist Dick Gregory, informed me that there had been strenuous efforts to steer him that same afternoon onto United Air Lines Flight 553. Luckily, he had changed his mind.

Also getting on Flight 553 was a reputed "hit-man", pursuing Mrs. Hunt and others, and going under the "cover" of being a top Narcotics official with DALE (Drug Abuse Law Enforcement). He used the name Harold R. Metcalf. He is an unusual "narc"; he worked directly for Nixon. Metcalf told the pilot he was packing a gun, and so Metcalf was assigned seat B-17, near the stewardesses' jump seat and also near the food galley and the rear door of the plane. After the crash, he walked out of the cracked open fuselage of the pancaked plane wearing a jumpsuit. A former Military Intelligence investigator, who used his credentials to get into the crash site, identified the person posing as "Harold Metcalf" as an overseas CIA parachute spy. (Investigator's testimony at re-opened N.T.S.B. hearings, 6/14/73). Also see Metcalf's statement about being a "narc" and his gun on the plane. (N.T.S.B. Docket SA-435, Exhibit 6- B, p. 17, surviving passenger statements). Metcalf evidently supervised certain foul play, possibly cyanide, directed at certain passengers, but he didn't know of the over all sabotage plan. One of our staff investigators confronted Metcalf about a week after the crash.

(a) Metcalf, supposedly a government narcotics bigshot, knows nothings about dope. (b) in response to our question, "Did you know the plane was sabotaged?", he blurted out half a sentence, "It was not supposed to....", turning purple, he then left the room. Evidently, he was a double cut-out, an espionage term for an operative to be himself eliminated by someone else. His survival was an oversight. (N.T.S.B. testimony, 6/13-14/73).

More details from the suppressed book in further parts of this story.

Stay tuned.

Since 1958, Mr.Skolnick has been a court reformer. Since 1963, founder/chairman, Citizen's Committee to Clean Up the Courts, disclosing certain instances of judicial and other bribery and political murders. Since 1991 a regular panelist, and since 1995, moderator/producer, of one-hour,weekly public access Cable TV Show, "Broadsides", Cablecast on Channel 21, 9 p.m. each Monday in Chicago. For a heavy packet of printed stories, send $5.00 [U.S. funds] and a stamped, self-addressed business sized envelope [4-1/4 x 9-1/2 #10 size] WITH THREE STAMPS ON IT, to Citizen's Committee to Clean Up the Courts, Sherman H. Skolnick, Chairman, 9800 South Oglesby Ave., Chicago IL 60617-4870. Office, 7 days, 8 a.m. to midnight, (773) 375-5741 [PLEASE, no "just routine calls]. Before sending FAX, call.


Charges on Korean plane crash aired in Security Council - Korean Air Lines
mid-air explosion in November 1987 -

Charges on Korean plane crash aired in Security Council

The Security Council has considered allegations that two North Korean "special agents" planted a time-bomb on a Korean Air Lines (KAL) plane in November 1987, causing it to explode in mind-air off the coast of Burma. North Korea categorically rejected all charges and blamed South Korea, Japan and the United States for the incident.

Meetings were held on 16 and 17 February at the requests of the Republic of Korea and Japan, at which the Council discussed the charges.

Statements were made by: Argentina, Bahrain, China, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, France, Germany, Federal Republic of, Italy, Japan, Nepal, Republic of Korea, United Kingdom, USSR, United States, Yugoslavia.

The Republic of Korea presented to the Council a document (S/19488) detailing the findings of an investigation it conducted concerning the destructions of Korean Air Lines flight 858, which resulted in the deaths of all 115 passengers and crew members. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea also submitted a document (S/19492) containing statements it said conveyed the "truth of the KAL incident".

According to South Korea, two North Koreans--a 70 year-old man and a 26-year-old woman posing as father and daughter and carrying false Japanese passports--boarded a regular KAL flight from Baghdad to Seoul, placed explosives in an overhead luggage compartment, and disembarked at its first stop at Abu Dhabi. Nine hours later, the bomb exploded and the plane went down into the Andaman Sea off Burma. The man and woman went on to Bahrain, where they were stopped and held for questioning. They then ate poison ampules hidden in the filtertips of cigarettes they were smoking. The man died. The woman survived, and was extradited to South Korea, where South Korean authorities stated she had confessed on 23 December.

In Council debate, Foreign Minister Kwang Soo Choi of the Republic of Korea said the "heinous act of State-directed terrorism" by North Korea was intended to disrupt the Olympic games in Seoul this year.

Pak Gil Yon of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea said the KAL incident was a "drama writen and enacted by the highest South Korean authorities themselves" and the outcome of the "insecure political situation within South Korea". Japan and the United States had helped South Korea "fake the false drama", he said.

Hideo Kagami of Japan said his country was also a victim of the incident since the North Korean agents had pretended to be Japanese. "Unless we confront terrorist act such as this, we will be faced with the destruction of the safety and order of international civil aviation," he said.

Karim Ebrahim Al-Shakar of Bahrain rejected North Korean allegations of involvement in the incident. His Government had conducted investigations and extradited the young woman because it "loves justice and peace" and because Islamic law prohibits the "terrorizing of innocents and aggression against their property and their lives".

Protocol against airport violence adopted

A Protocol for the suppression of unlawful acts of violence at airports was adopted by consensus on 25 February at an international conference on air law held at the Montreal headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). It will come into force after ratification by 10 States.

The Protocol supplements the 1971 Montreal Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Civil Aviation. It foresees severe penalties for unlawful acts of violence against persons at an airport serving international civil aviation.

Signatory States will be expected to establish their jurisdiction over the offence not only if the offence is committed in their territory but also when the alleged offender is present in their territory and the offence was committed elsewhere. They would have the choice either to extradite the offender to the State where the act was committed or to present the case to their own authorities for the purpose of prosecution.

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March 12 / 14, 2004

Nobody Can Call It a "Plane Crash" Now!

Judge Bruguière's Report on the Assassination of former Rwandan President Habyarimana


As people around the world prepare to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrible Rwandan tragedy triggered by the shooting down of former Rwandan President Habyarimana's plane on April 6, 1994, the report by French anti-terrorist judge Jean-Louis Bruguière provides cause to reconsider some accepted ideas about those events. The 225-page report leaked to Le Monde places the entire blame for the missile attack on President Habyarimana's plane on current Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

That attack was surely one of the worst terrorist acts of the 1990s. Think about it! Two African heads of state were killed--President Cyprien Ntaryamira of Burundi was also in the plane ­, the fragile peace based on the Arusha accords of 1993 was shattered, war resumed, and masses of people were massacred. The perpetrators of that attack--the Rwandan Patriotic Front according to Bruguière--knew what would happen, as did their principal backers, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Unclassified internal Clinton Administration documents show that on that very night, immediately after learning of President Habyarimana's death, Prudence Bushnell of the American Embassy in Kigali presciently wrote to Secretary of State Warren Christopher in Washington: "If, as it appears, both Presidents have been killed, there is a strong likelihood that widespread violence could break out in either or both countries, particularly if it is confirmed that the plane was shot down."

A rigorous six-year investigation now finally casts light on an event that changed the course of Rwandan--and central African--history and names names. Had the plane not been shot down, the massacres might have been avoided.
The Bruguière report is also particularly damning for many people who have shaped the narrative of the Rwanda tragedy since 1994. Among them, Kofi Annan, who in 1998 commissioned an Independent Inquiry into UN Actions during the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. In that very official report states: "At approximately 20:30, Habyarimana and President Cyprien Ntaryamira of Burundi were killed in a plane crash just outside the Kigali airport." Indictment documents produced by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda also calls it a "plane crash". Two surface to air missiles were shot, but the official UN story was that the plane fell out of the sky! That probably explains why the black box disappeared in UN offices for 10 years.

The report is also damning for Louise Arbour, recently appointed by Kofi Annan to head the UN Human Rights Commission. In her capacity as Chief Prosecutor of the Tribunal, Louise Arbour nixed the only UN sponsored investigation into the assassination of the Rwandan president. When investigator Michael Hourigan turned up evidence pointing to Kagame and the Rwandan Patriotic Front along with testimony from RPF members who had participated in the missile attack, Louise Arbour, though initially enthusiastic, suppressed his findings and ordered him to go no further.

It is damning for former UN mission commander general Romeo Dallaire: first he provides no explanation for the disappearance of the plane's cockpit voice recorder (black box), which surfaced this week at UN headquarters. Dallaire was in charge of the so-called Kigali weapons secure area from where the missile was shot. Secondly, his 600-page book does not even try to explain how the former Rwandan president was killed and who did it. Worse still, he continually refers to the assassination as an "accident".

The report is damning for Uganda and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. The missiles used to shoot down the plane were the property of the Ugandan Army. Uganda had been bought them from the Soviet Union in 1987. Whereas the official story would have it that the tragedy in Rwanda was an internal crisis, the ownership of those missiles points directly to the fact that the so-called RPF rebels were ranking members of the Ugandan army until the day they invaded Rwanda on October 1, 1990. Paul Kagame had been Uganda's Chief of Military Intelligence and benefited from Ugandan until he took power in July 1994.

The report is also very damning for United States, and particularly the Clinton administration, who have supported Paul Kagame and the Rwandan Patriotic Front unfailingly since the early 1990s. How could a country supposedly so intent on fighting terrorism treat the assassination of two African heads of state so lightly that it never forced the UN get to the bottom of it? After all, the Washington has always gotten its way on Rwanda at the UN.

For instance, when it was time to act in 1994, another unclassified State Department document dated April 15, 1994, states that for the United States the first priority of the UN Security Council was "to instruct the Secretary general to implement an orderly withdrawal of all/all UNAMIR forces from Rwanda." That is exactly what the UN did, thus prompting former UN Secretary General Boutros-Ghali to declare that "the Rwandan Genocide was 100 percent American responsibility".

Hopefully, the 10th anniversary commemoration will be an opportunity find out more about why so many people died in Rwanda and later in the Congo. Moral indignation is fine. But it cannot replace hard facts. Judge Bruguière's report has uncovered some important facts that have been carefully edited out of the official story about in Rwanda. It deserves to be studied carefully.

Robin Philpot is a Montreal writer. His book Ça ne s'est pas passé comme ça à Kigali (That's not what happened in Rwanda) will soon appear in English. He can be reached at .



Politicians: Death in Airports

Very incomplete list!

in chronological order

Go to The Political Graveyard main page.

Politicians graveyards


AvStop Magazine Online
Friends, family and colleagues continue to mourn Provincetown duo lost in plane crash Gwen Bloomingdale and Barbara Gard were unforgettable part of disparate milieus

By Beth Berlo, Bay Windows staff
Friday, March 16, 2001, The London-to-Sydney Air Race 2001 roared off March 11 as scheduled, but not before teams observed a moment of silence for aviators Gwen Bloomingdale and Barbara Gard, killed just days before when their twin-engine plane fell into the frigid waters off the coast of Iceland.

It could be months, investigators say, before they will know what may have caused the crash, or learn why no distress call was received.

Meanwhile, the Web site set up by the women to help fans track their around-the-world-by-plane progress continues to act as a memorial site where well-wishers express their grief and condolences. The tragedy has resulted in outpourings of sentiment not only from complete strangers around the globe, but also from the many friends and family members who knew the adventurous duo as aviators and activists who endeavored to leave their communities better places for their presence.

Bloomingdale was a vocal activist and accomplished attorney in Boston's then-nascient gay community, where she soon became a fixture around town helping organizations such as the (then-named) Greater Boston Gay and Lesbian Political Alliance and the (then-named) Human Rights Campaign Fund get off the ground. She also served as a mentor to many people who today are prominent leaders in Boston's gay community, including many

 people now active in Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders and the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association.

Don Gorton, co-chair of the Massachusetts Governor's Task Force on Hate Crimes, is one of them. ``She mentored me and got me started in the Gay and Lesbian Political Alliance," Gorton said. ``She was one of the more experienced activists to get younger activists involved. I have very fond memories of her."

In 1987, Bloomingdale was instrumental in passing the gay rights bill, Gorton recalled: ``We had to have two successive votes in Senate. We had the majority of votes, but couldn't get it through the Third Reading Committee. We were initially able to get the bill approved by Senate, but it was buried in committee and the final vote didn't take place and the bill died. But Gwen pressured the Legislature to get it to the point where we had the majority vote in Senate."

There was a sense of urgency to passing the bill at the time, Gorton said. ``It was very much a Zeitgiest [effort on her part]," Gorton recalled of Bloomingdale after the bill got through in 1989: ``She was very much someone who made her commitment to justice felt. She moved on to Provincetown and I had a career into which she introduced me. I remember her vividly. She's someone who lived with style and died doing what she loved most."

Gard left her own marks in Provincetown and beyond, especially with the Center for Coastal Studies, a renowned marine research center on Cape Cod perhaps best known for helping during strandings of whales, dolphins and other sea life along the coast.

And both women will be sorely missed in Provincetown, where they had woven themselves into the political and social fabric of a town where lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgenders and heterosexuals mix more easily than most anywhere else in the country. Their efforts are credited by many in the community with helping to keep Provincetown the unique place that it is, both socially and environmentally.

The couple's Web site, was initially created for family and friends to track their trip around the globe that the couple planned for the next year after the race. The women had installed a camera in their cockpit and looked forward to sending their Rockport, Mass., and Dallas, Texas, grandchildren live updates into their classrooms.

Debbie Bloomingdale, Gwen's daughter-in-law, has two children, aged six and eight, in the Rockport school system. ``Over 40 kids sat in that cockpit two weeks ago," Bloomingdale said. ``They knew them. It's been really hard. One of them asked if Darwin was coming back." The couple's mascot was a stuffed monkey named Darwin, perhaps named after the destination of the first Great Air Race in 1919.

While some wish their ashes were being buried together, Bloomingdale's will be buried in Provincetown, while Gard's will go home to her family in Indiana.

``They weren't legally married," Bloomingdale said. ``They didn't make their wishes known. We have absolutely nothing to do with what happens to Barbara, the same way Barbara's family has nothing to do with [what happens to] Gwen. I think that Barbara's family needs to do what they need to do and so do we. We live in Massachusetts, so it's easier for us to get to. But it's a very hard line."

They died together living their dream, Bloomingdale added. ``How many of us will do that? They don't have to fight for their rights anymore or for people to accept them."

Several friends and relatives of the women pilots have likened them to aviator Amelia Earhart (who was also lost at sea) and Christa McAullife, the New Hampshire teacher cum Challenger astronaut who died when that shuttle exploded and plummeted into the sea.

Of the more than 50 messages posted on the Web site since the accident, most are condolences. Some are poems and still others are fond memories of the couple walking around town in Provincetown. Some posts were by family members, while others arrived from friends as far way as Ireland and France.

One fellow pilot who said he learned to fly in the Cape Cod area posted a poem, ``Do Not Stand At My Grave," written by an anonymous author: ``Do not stand at my grave and weep; I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow; I am the diamond glints on snow," it said.

Another post came from someone who described Gwen as an aunt and thanked people for leaving what were comforting and heart-felt messages.

Gerry Desautels, who has maintained the Web site throughout -- from inception to its conversion as a memorial -- said the outpouring ``has been amazing. It's such a cross-section of people they knew earlier in their lives and careers."

The London-to-Sydney Air Race is sanctioned by Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) and will commemorate Australia's Centenary of Federation in 2001. The race has 21 formally scored race legs with stopovers in, among other places, Crete, Bali, and Indonesia. There are now 49 planes left in the 28-day race.

During an interview with the Provincetown Banner in February, Bloomingdale said, ``If that process happens without glitches, and with flyable weather and no mechanical issues, then we will be very lucky." When asked what was next after criss-crossing the world, Bloomingdale matter-of-factly responded, ``We'll probably find the next road out there on our trip, somewhere along the way."

In a December interview with The Boston Globe, Bloomingdale told a reporter that she and Gard had both experienced forced landings before and knew what to expect if it happened again. But when asked if they had nightmares about such an event, Bloomingdale quipped, ``Absolutely no. We wouldn't fly if we did. We're not scared. Are we excited? Yes, very."

A service for Gard will be held at 7 p.m. March 22 at St. John's United Church of Christ in Crown Point, Ind. On March 24, a service for both women will be held at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House in Provincetown. A reception will follow at the Provincetown Municipal Airport Lounge.

November 2001 New York Plane Crash Was Terrorist Attack Says 'Al-Qaeda' Operative

National Post | August 27 2004

A captured al-Qaeda operative has told Canadian intelligence investigators that a Montreal man who trained in Afghanistan alongside the 9/11 hijackers was responsible for the crash of an American Airlines flight in New York three years ago.

Canadian Security Intelligence Service agents were told during five days of interviews with the source that Abderraouf Jdey, a Canadian citizen also known as Farouk the Tunisian, had downed the plane with explosives on Nov. 12, 2001.

The source claimed Jdey had used his Canadian passport to board Flight 587 and "conducted a suicide mission" with a small bomb similar to the one used by convicted shoe bomber Richard Reid, a "Top Secret" Canadian government report says.

But officials said it was unlikely Jdey was actually involved in the crash, which killed 265 people and is considered accidental. The fact that al-Qaeda attributed the crash to Jdey, however, suggests they were expecting him to attack a plane.

"We have seen no evidence of anything other than an accident here," said Ted Lopatkiewicz, spokesman for the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. "There has been no evidence found, from what I can tell -- at least that's been relayed to us -- that there was any criminality involved here. It appears, at least the evidence we have, is that a vertical fin came off, not that there was any kind of event in the cabin."

Jdey, 39, came to Canada from Tunisia in 1991 and became a citizen in 1995. Shortly after getting his Canadian passport, he left for Afghanistan and trained with some of the Sept. 11 hijackers, according to the 9/11 commission in the United States.

He recorded a "martyrdom" video, but was dropped from the 9/11 mission after returning to Canada in the summer of 2001. The planner of the World Trade Center attack, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, claims Jdey was recruited for a "second wave" of suicide attacks.

The FBI issued an alert seeking Jdey's whereabouts in 2002. John Ashcroft, the U.S. Attorney-General, told a news conference in May that Jdey was one of seven al-Qaeda associates "sought in connection with the possible terrorist threats in the United States."

The information on Jdey's alleged role in the plane crash is contained in a memo on captured Canadian al-Qaeda operative Mohammed Mansour Jabarah. The Canadian government memo was written in May, 2002, and was based on information provided by a "source of unknown reliability."

Jabarah is a 22-year-old from St. Catharines who allegedly joined al-Qaeda and convinced Osama bin Laden to give him a terror assignment. He was tasked with overseeing a suicide-bombing operation in Southeast Asia, but was caught and has since pleaded guilty in the United States.

The report, which was sent to the Philippine National Police intelligence directorate, recounts what Jabarah said he was told about the U.S. plane crash by Abu Abdelrahman, a Saudi al-Qaeda member who was working for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

"In discussions, Abu Abdelrahman mentioned AL QAIDA was responsible for the assassination of Massoud, the Northern Alliance leader," the report says. "According to the source, Abu Abdelrahman added that the 12 November 2001 plane crash (btb American Airlines flight 587) in Queens, New York was not an accident as reported in the press but was actually an AL QAIDA operation.

"Abu Abdelrahman informed Jabarah that Farouk the Tunisian conducted a suicide mission on the aeroplane using a shoe bomb of the type used by Richard Reid .... 'Farouk the Tunisian' was identified from newspaper photographs as being identical to Abderraouf Jdey, a Canadian citizen who had resided in Montreal."

Jabarah was initially suspect of the claim about Jdey, but he later believed it after he saw the same information on a "mujahedin Web site," the report says.



Lyndon Johnson's Hit List

Josefa Johnson, the sister of Lyndon B. Johnson, was born in 1912. She was a student at San Marcos and after marrying early was divorced in 1937. Three years later she married a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army. The marriage ended in divorce in 1945.

Josefa took a keen interest in politics and helped her brother in his successful 1948 senatorial campaign. She had a reputation for wild behaviour and was said to work for Hattie Valdez's private club. Josefa was also an alcoholic and was admitted to hospital several times with health problems.

It was rumoured that Josefa had affairs with John Kinser and Mac Wallace. Kinser opened a golf course in Austin and asked Josefa to approach her brother for financial help. When Lyndon B. Johnson refused it is believed that Kinser resorted to blackmail.

On 22nd October, 1951, Mac Wallace shot dead John Kinser. According to Barr McClellan, the killing had been organized by Edward Clark. At his trial in February, 1952, Wallace was found guilty of murder. Eleven of the jurors were for the death penalty. The twelfth argued for life imprisonment. The judge overruled the jury and announced a sentence of five years imprisonment. He suspended the sentence and Wallace was freed.

Josefa Johnson died of a cerebral hemorrhage on 25th December, 1961. Despite state law, no autopsy was conducted. Twenty-three years later the lawyer, Douglas Caddy, wrote to Stephen S. Trott at the U.S. Department of Justice. In the letter Caddy claimed that Billie Sol Estes, Lyndon B. Johnson, Mac Wallace and Cliff Carter had been involved in the murders of several people including Josefa Johnson and John Kinser.

Open Debate on the Kennedy Assassination

(1) Barr McClellan, Blood Money and Power: How L.B.J. Killed J.F.K. (2003)

Lyndon Johnson had a sister with ambitions similar to his. Josefa Johnson had been trying to keep up with her famous and powerful brother through the only readily available means a woman then had. While going through two husbands in 1948, she also worked in the "blondes' brigade" for Texas lobbyists and, as a sideline, when the legislators and the lobby were away, she was involved in the sex group centering on the Austin community theatre.

(2) Walt Brown, The Sordid Story of Mac Wallace, JFK/Deep Politics Quarterly (July 1998)

On December 25, 1961, LBJ's sister, Josefa Johnson, was found dead in bed at her Fredericksburg, Texas home at 3:15 am. The cause of death was stated to be a brain hemorrhage. Josefa Johnson had returned home at 11:45 pm from a Christmas party at Lyndon Johnson's ranch. There was no autopsy and no inquest; the death certificate was executed by a doctor who was not present to examine the deceased. Ms. Johnson was embalmed on Christmas Day and buried on December 26th.

(3) Douglas Caddy, letter to Stephen S. Trott at the US Department of Justice (9th August, 1984)

Mr. Estes was a member of a four-member group, headed by Lyndon Johnson, which committed criminal acts in Texas in the 1960's. The other two, besides Mr. Estes and LBJ, were Cliff Carter and Mac Wallace. Mr. Estes is willing to disclose his knowledge concerning the following criminal offenses:


1. The killing of Henry Marshall
2. The killing of George Krutilek
3. The killing of Ike Rogers and his secretary
4. The killing of Harold Orr
5. The killing of Coleman Wade
6. The killing of Josefa Johnson
7. The killing of John Kinser
8. The killing of President J. F. Kennedy.

Mr. Estes is willing to testify that LBJ ordered these killings, and that he transmitted his orders through Cliff Carter to Mac Wallace, who executed the murders. In the cases of murders nos. 1-7, Mr. Estes' knowledge of the precise details concerning the way the murders were executed stems from conversations he had shortly after each event with Cliff Carter and Mac Wallace.

In addition, a short time after Mr. Estes was released from prison in 1971, he met with Cliff Carter and they reminisced about what had occurred in the past, including the murders. During their conversation, Carter orally compiled a list of 17 murders which had been committed, some of which Mr. Estes was unfamiliar. A living witness was present at that meeting and should be willing to testify about it. He is Kyle Brown, recently of Houston and now living in Brady, Texas.

Mr. Estes, states that Mac Wallace, whom he describes as a "stone killer" with a communist background, recruited Jack Ruby, who in turn recruited Lee Harvey Oswald. Mr. Estes says that Cliff Carter told him that Mac Wallace fired a shot from the grassy knoll in Dallas, which hit JFK from the front during the assassination.

Mr. Estes declares that Cliff Carter told him the day Kennedy was killed, Fidel Castro also was supposed to be assassinated and that Robert Kennedy, awaiting word of Castro's death, instead received news of his brother's killing.



Nixon's Enemies List.

Other descriptions of Nixon's Enemies List

Nixon's Enemies List is the informal name of what started as a list of the Nixon administration's major political opponents compiled by Charles Colson and sent in memorandum form to John Dean on September 9, 1971. The list was part of a campaign officially known as "Opponents List" and "Political Enemies Project." The official purpose, as described by the White House Counsel's Office, was to "screw" Nixon's political enemies, by means of tax audits from the IRS, and by manipulating "grant availability, federal contracts, litigation, prosecution, etc." The White House Counsel is a staff appointee of the President of the United States. ... IRS is short for U.S. Internal Revenue Service short for Indian Revenue Service short for Independent rear suspension, used in automobiles. ...

In a memorandum from John Dean to Lawrence Higby, (August 16, 1971), Dean explained the purpose of the list succinctly: John Dean, May 7, 1972. ... August 16 is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ...

"This memorandum addresses the matter of how we can maximize the fact of our incumbency in dealing with persons known to be active in their opposition to our Administration, Stated a bit more bluntly —how we can use the available federal machinery to screw our political enemies."

The original 20 names in Colson's memo (and his notes accompanying them) were as follows, although a later, much-longer list of "Political Opponents" was later developed as well:

  1. Arnold M. Picker, United Artists Corp., New York; Top Muskie fund raiser. Success here could be both debilitating and very embarrassing to the Muskie machine. If effort looks promising, both Ruth and David Picker should be programmed and then a follow through with United Artists.
  2. Alexander E. Barkan, national director of A.F.L.-C.I.O.'s Committee on Political Education, Washington, D.C.: Without a doubt the most powerful political force programmed against us in 1968 ($10-million, 4.6 million votes, 115 million pamphlets, 176,000 workers—all programmed by Barkan's C.O.P.E.—so says Teddy White in The Making of the President 1968). We can expect the same effort this time.
  3. Ed Guthman, managing editor, Los Angeles Times national editor: Guthman, former Kennedy aide, was a highly sophisticated hatchetman against us in '68. It is obvious he is the prime mover behind the current Key Biscayne effort. It is time to give him the message.
  4. Maxwell Dane, Doyle, Dane and Bernbach, New York: The top Democratic advertising firm — they destroyed Goldwater in '64. They should be hit hard starting with Dane.
  5. Charles Dyson, Dyson-Kissner Corporation, New York: Dyson and Larry O'Brien were close business associates after '68. Dyson has huge business holdings and is presently deeply involved in the Businessmen's Educational Fund which bankrolls a national radio network of five-minute programs, anti-Nixon in character.
  6. Howard Stein, Dreyfus Corporation, New York: Heaviest contributor to McCarthy in '68. If McCarthy goes, will do the same in '72. If not, Lindsay or McGovern will receive the funds.
  7. Allard Lowenstein, Long Island, New York: Guiding force behind the 18-year-old "Dump Nixon" vote drive.
  8. Morton Halperin, leading executive at Common Cause: A scandal would be most helpful here. (A consultant for Common Cause in February-March 1971) (On staff of Brookings Institution)
  9. Leonard Woodcock, United Auto Workers, Detroit, Michigan: No comments necessary.
  10. S. Sterling Munro Jr., Senator Henry M. Jackson's aide, Silver Spring, Maryland.: We should give him a try. Positive results would stick a pin in Jackson's white hat.
  11. Bernard T. Feld, president, Council for a Livable World: Heavy far left funding. They will program an "all court press" against us in '72.
  12. Sidney Davidoff, New York City, [New York City Mayor John V.] Lindsay's top personal aide: a first class S.O.B., wheeler-dealer and suspected bagman. Positive results would really shake the Lindsay camp and Lindsay's plans to capture youth vote. Davidoff in charge.
  13. John Conyers, congressman, Detroit: Coming on fast. Emerging as a leading black anti-Nixon spokesman. Has known weakness for white females.
  14. Samuel M. Lambert, president, National Education Association: Has taken us on vis-a-vis federal aid to parochial schools—a '72 issue.
  15. Stewart Rawlings Mott, Mott Associates New York: Nothing but big money for radic-lib candidates.
  16. Ronald Dellums, congressman, California: Had extensive EMK-Tunney support in his election bid. Success might help in California next year.
  17. Daniel Schorr, Columbia Broadcasting System, Washington: A real media enemy.
  18. S. Harrison Dogole, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: President of Globe Security Systems — fourth largest private detective agency in U.S. Heavy Humphrey contributor. Could program his agency against us.
  19. Paul Newman, California: Radic-lib causes. Heavy McCarthy involvement '68. Used effectively in nationwide T.V. commercials. '72 involvement certain.
  20. Mary McGrory, Washington columnist: Daily hate Nixon articles.

It has been written that there were as many as 490 names on the list, or that there were 600 names on the list and that the names changed constantly. Paul Newman has said that his inclusion on the list is one of his greatest accomplishments. The full list includes many notable people and publications, including Jane Fonda, Steve McQueen, Barbra Streisand, The New York Times, and the Washington Post. .. 

PIRN-9618: Admiral Boorda's suspicious death

News Release 9618 "Deaths in Clinton Administration"
From: Political Intelligence Review and Newsletter) (PIRN)
Date: May 22, 1996, 12:50pm (EST-US)
Deaths in Clinton administration

President Bill Clinton once again resumed his role in leading tributes to his administration's casualties, following the third death of a top official during Clinton's first term. This time it was Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Mike Boorda. Boorda was found at home with a gunshot wound to the chest, a gun found nearby.

As in the cases of Vince Foster and Ron Brown, the cause of Boorda's death was quickly determined.

In the cases of Foster and Boorda, the official position is that the causes of death were suicide, Commerce Secretary Ron Brown died in an airplane crash.

The speed at which the deaths of Foster and Boorda were called suicide calls up memories of the prompt identity of Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone assassin of John F. Kennedy.

Deaths associated with prominent individuals in other administrations include the wife of Howard Hunt, and Senator John Tower.

During the peak of the Watergate scandal that drove President Richard Nixon from office, the wife of Watergate burglar Howard Hunt died in an airplane crash. A large quantity of cash was found among Mrs. Hunt's luggage and personal effects by searchers during the crash clean-up.

Later, during the Bush administration, Texas Senator John Tower died in an airplane crash. Tower had headed up the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB). Tower died shortly after Bush announced plans to reduce PFIAB's membership from nine to five.

Admiral Boorda's voyage as Chief of Naval Operations was a stormy one. The admiral assumed his duties in the wake of the Tailhook scandal, and weathered tempests from Clinton administration initiatives to allow homosexuals in the military service and increase assignments of women to serve aboard navy combatants.

Other non-wartime pressures on Boorda included heavy demands on Navy operating forces in the face of defense spending cuts, and controversies generated by Clinton administration policies to increase the involvement of U.S. military and naval forces in non-traditional missions, including domestic law enforcement, peacekeeping and other United Nations operations.

Boorda's motives for suicide are said to be despair over allegations that he wore combat awards that he was not eligible to wear with his uniform. One of Admiral Boorda's chief critics seems to be a highly decorated retired army officer, David Hackworth. Former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo Zumwalt joined others coming to Boorda's defense.

Critics of the Clinton administration have compiled a list of unexpected deaths of persons associated with the Clinton White House, a number of them linked to the Whitewater investigation.

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Clinton Body Count: Other Links and Sources

James McDougal - Clinton's convicted Whitewater partner who died of an apparent heart attack while in solitary confinement.   He was a key witness in Ken Starr's investigation.

Mary - A former White House intern who was murdered in July 1997 at a Starbucks Coffee Shop in Georgetown.  The murder occurred shortly after she was to go public with her story of sexual harassment at the White House.

Vince Foster - Former White House councilor and colleague of Hillary Clinton at Little Rock's Rose Law Firm.  Died of a gunshot wound to the head.  Ruled a suicide.

Ron Brown - Secretary of Commerce and former DNC Chairman.  Reported to have died on impact in a plane crash.  A pathologist close to the investigation reported that there was a hole in the top of Brown's skull, which resembled a gunshot wound.  At the time of his death, Brown was being investigated, and spoke publicly of his willingness to cut a deal with prosecutors.

C.  Victor Raiser II & Montgomery Raiser - Major players in the Clinton fund raising organization who both died in a private plane crash in July 1992.

Paul Tulley - Democratic National Committee Political Director who was found dead in a hotel room in Little Rock, September 1992.  Described by Clinton as a "dear friend and trusted advisor."

Ed Willey - Clinton fund raiser found dead November 1993, deep in the woods in Virginia of a gunshot wound to the head.  Ruled a suicide.  Ed Willey died on the same day that his wife Kathleen Willey claimed Bill Clinton groped her while they were together in the oval office.  Ed Willey was involved in several Clinton fund raising events.

Jerry Parks - Head of Clinton's gubernatorial security team in Little Rock.  Gunned down in his car at a deserted intersection outside of Little Rock.  Park's son said that his father was building a dossier on Clinton.  He allegedly threatened to reveal this information.  After he died the files were mysteriously removed from his house.

James Bunch - Died from a gunshot, ruled a suicide.  Reportedly, he had a "black book" that contained names of influential people who visited prostitutes in Texas and Arkansas.

James Wilson - Found dead in May 1993 from an apparent hanging suicide.  Reportedly had ties to Whitewater. 

Kathy Ferguson - Ex-wife of Arkansas Trooper Danny Ferguson.  She was found dead in May 1994, in her living room with a gunshot wound in her head.  Ruled a suicide, even though several packed suitcases were found in the proximity, which would suggest that she was planning to go somewhere.  Danny Fergeson was a co-defendant along with Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones lawsuit.  Kathy Ferguson was a possible corroborating witness for Paula Jones. 

Bill Shelton - Arkansas State Trooper and fiancée of Kathy Ferguson.  Critical of the suicide ruling of his fiancée, he was found dead at the grave site of his deceased fiancée in June 1994 of a gunshot wound.  Also ruled a suicide.

Gandy Baugh - Attorney for Clinton's friend Dan Lassater, died in January 1994 by jumping out a window of a tall building.  His client was a convicted drug trafficker. 

Florence Martin -
Accountant & sub-contractor for the CIA, was connected to the Barry Seal Mena Airport drug smuggling case.  He died of three gunshot wounds.

Suzanne Coleman - While pregnant, died of a gunshot wound to the head, and was ruled a suicide.  Reportedly had an affair with Clinton when he was Arkansas Attorney General. 

Paula Grober - Clinton's speech interpreter for the deaf from 1978 until her death December 9, 1992.  She died in a one car accident.

Danny Casolaro - Reporter who was investigating the Mena Airport case and the Arkansas Development Finance Authority.  He apparently slit his wrists in the middle of the investigation. 

Paul Wilcher - Attorney who worked alongside Casolaro in investigating corruption at Mena Airport and also the 1980 "October Surprise".  Found dead on a toilet in his Washington D.C. apartment in June 1993.  Three weeks before his death, he had delivered a report to Janet Reno. 

Jon Parnell Walker - Whitewater investigator for Resolution Trust Corp.  Jumped to his death from his Arlington, Virginia apartment balcony on August 15, 1993.  He was investigating the Morgan Guarantee scandal.

Barbara Wise - Commerce Department staffer.  Worked closely with Ron Brown and John Huang.  Died November 29, 1996.  Cause of death unknown.  Her bruised body was found locked inside her office at the Department of Commerce. 

Charles Meissner - Assistant Secretary of Commerce who gave John Huang special security clearance, died shortly thereafter in a small plane crash.

Dr.  Stanley Heard - Chairman of the National Chiropractic Health Care Advisory Committee, died with his attorney Steve Dickson in a small plane crash.  Dr. Heard, in addition to serving on Clinton's advisory council, personally treated Clinton's mother, stepfather, and brother.

Barry Seal - Drug running pilot from Mena Arkansas.  Death was not an accident.

Johnny Lawhorn Jr. - Mechanic, found a check made out to Bill Clinton in the trunk of a car left at his repair shop.  He was later found dead after his car hit a utility pole.

Stanley Huggins - Investigated Madison Guarantee.  His death was ruled a suicide and his report was never released.

Hershell Friday - Attorney and Clinton fund raiser, died March 1, 1994 in a plane explosion.

Kevin Ives & Don Henry - Known as "the boys on the track" case.  Reports say the boys may have stumbled upon the Mena Arkansas airport drug operation.  The initial coroner’s report was highly controversial, and stated that their death was caused by their falling asleep on railroad tracks.  Later reports claim that the two boys had been killed, and then their bodies had been placed on the tracks.  Many people linked to the case died before their testimony could come before a grand jury. 

The following persons had information on the Ives/Henry case:

Keith Coney - Died when his motorcycle slammed into the back of a truck, July 1988.

Keith Mc Maskle - Died of excessive - 113 - stab wounds, Nov 1988.

Gregory Collins - Died from a gunshot wound, January 1989.

Jeff Rhodes - Shot, mutilated, and found burned in a trash dump in April 1989.

James Milan - Found decapitated.  The coroner, however, ruled that his death was due to natural causes. 

Jordan Kettleson - Found shot to death in the front seat of his pickup truck in June 1990.

Richard Winters - A suspect in the Ives/Henry deaths.  He was killed in a set-up robbery in July 1989

Additionally, the following Clinton body guards are dead:

Major William S.  Barkley Jr.

Captain Scott J.  Reynolds

Sgt.  Brian Hanley

Sgt.  Tim Sabel

Major General William Robertson

Col.  William Densberger

Col.  Robert Kelly

Spec.  Gary Rhodes

Steve Willis

Robert Williams

Conway Le Bleu

Todd Mc Keehan

Bush Death List

Subject: You've heard of Clinton's 'Dead';
Here's a partial list of Bush 'Dead'...

A Roster of the Dead

This is a list of bodies, a roster of the dead, who might have been called Witnesses had they not met their untimely ends. Some of the names on this list will give you pause. Some are rumor. Some you may find incredible, and some frightening. Do your own research You will draw your own conclusions.

The above paragraph began the last edition of the Bush Body Count. In previous editions, there were no special criteria for adding bodies - only that they could be related to the Bush family in some way, and be dead. In fact, the original Bush Body Count started as a parody of the so-called Clinton Death List.

Times have changed. The Bush Body Count is no longer a parody, and many of the names have been removed. This edition examines the scandals and misdeeds of the Bush family generations, and lists the corpses they leave in their wake.

Bush Went AWOL


Sid Adger
Mr. Adger, a Houston oil supply company executive and Bush family friend, died in 1996 of unknown causes. Adger was the mysterious businessman who approached General James Rose and asked him to help George W. Bush avoid Vietnam by recommending him for a pilot position with the National Guard.

General James Rose
General Rose recommended George W. Bush for a pilot position with the Texas National Guard. He died of unknown causes in 1993. He was immediately buried and no autopsy was performed.

Lt. Colonel William Harris, Jr.
Lt. Col. William Harris was one of two commanding officers who could not perform George W. Bush's annual evaluation covering the year from May 1, 1972 to April 30, 1973. They stated in their filing that "Lt. Bush has not been observed at this unit during the period of this report." Fortunately for George W. Bush, Lt. Col. Harris is not here to verify his 1973 statement. He's dead.

Lt. Colonel Jerry B. Killian
Lt. Col. Jerry B. Killian was another of George W. Bush's commanding officers. He cannot testify in a court of law as to George W. Bush's dereliction of his sworn duty. Lt. Col. Killian is dead.

James Downing Aalund
Mr. Aalund's name is the first on a long list of young Texans who died in Vietnam. These young men did not have influential fathers to pull the strings necessary to get them into the Texas Air National Guard. If they had been so lucky, they would surely have fulfilled their responsibilities to the ANG, if only out of gratitude that they did not have to die, thousands of miles away in a strange land. They surely would not have disappeared from duty for over a year, as did our fearless leader George W. Bush.



J. Clifford Baxter
Found dead in his car, shot in the head. Mr. Baxter was vice chairman of Enron Corp. when he resigned in May 2001. Enron has been hot copy lately with the revelation that they were the largest campaign contributors for George W. Bush. Was J. Clifford Baxter a potential witness to Bush foreknowledge of their wrongdoings? His death was ruled a suicide.

Charles Dana Rice
He was the senior vice president and treasurer of El Paso Corp., an energy corporation swept up in the recent energy scandal. Two months after the "suicide" of Enron executive Clifford Baxter, in the midst of questions about the accounting practices of El Paso Corp., Charles Rice was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head. His death was ruled a suicide.

James Daniel Watkins
His body was found on December 1, 2001 in the Pike National Forest in Colorado, a gunshot wound to the head. Mr. Watkins was a consultant for Arthur Andersen, the accounting firm for Enron. He disappeared on November 13 after he left work. He was described as a devoted family man who always called home if he were going to be late. Officials initially said that the death was suspicious, but have changed their tune and have ruled his death a suicide.

Commerce Secretary Ron Brown
He died in a plane crash on April 3, 1996. Was Ron Brown the first Enron body? In 1995 Enron officials accompanied Brown on a trade mission to India, and to Russia in 1994. Speculation among right-wing whackos suggests that our last duly-elected President, Bill Clinton, was somehow responsible for his death, but we wonder: was Secretary Brown privy to information that would conclusively link George W. Bush to Enron greed and corruption? Charles Meissner, Assistant Commerce Secretary, also died in this crash.

Jake Horton
He was the senior ice-president of Gulf Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, a cohort of Enron in the energy industry, and a major contributer to the Bush agenda. According to reporter Gregory Palast and,11337,643422,00.html , Horton knew of the company's appalling accounting practices, and "... had no doubt about its illegal campaign contributions to Florida politicans - he'd made the payments himself. In April of 1989 Horton decided to come clean with state officials, and reserved the company jet to go confront company officials. Ten minutes after takeoff the jet exploded.

Kennedy Assassination


John Fitzgerald Kennedy
An internal FBI memo reported that on November 22 a reputed businessman named George H. W. Bush reported hearsay that a certain Young Republican had been talking of killing the President when he came to Houston. The Young Republican was nowhere near Dallas on that date. According to a 1988 story in The Nation, J. Edgar Hoover said in a memo that Mr. George Bush of the CIA had been briefed on November 23rd, 1963 about the reaction of anti-Castro Cuban exiles in Miami to the assassination of President Kennedy. George H. W. Bush has denied this, although he was in Texas and cannot account for his whereabouts at the time.

Hale Boggs
He sat on the Warren Commission, which concluded that President Kennedy was slain by a lone assassin. Later, in 1971 and '72, Boggs said that the Warren Report was false and that J. Edgar Hoover's FBI not only helped cover up the JFK murder but blackmailed Congress with massive wire-tapping and spying. He named Warren Commission staff member Arlen Specter as a major cover-up artist. Congressman Boggs' plane disappeared on a flight to Alaska in 1972. The press, the military, and the CIA publicly proclaimed the plane could not be located. Investigators later said that was a lie, that the plane had been found. On the plane were Nick Begich, a very popular Democratic Congressman, and Don Jonz, an aide to Mr. Boggs. All were killed.

George de Mohrenschildt
A rich Russian oilman, he was described with his wife as being the two people friendliest to Oswald at the time of the assassination. De Mohrenschildt was the man who moved Oswald to Dallas. In the late 1970's, shortly before the first meeting of the House Select Committee on Assassinations, de Mohrenschildt started seeing a new doctor in town. He quickly became mentally unstable, at which time his wife convinced him to stop seeing the doctor. They moved away and left a false forwarding address. On the same day that the Committee tried to contact him about testifying, he was found dead of a gunshot wound. In his personal address book was the entry Bush, George H.W. (Poppy) and Zapata Petroleum Midland (the oil company owned by George H.W. Bush).

Mrs. E. Howard Hunt
In December 1972, while George H. W. Bush was at the Republican National Convention, a United Airlines flight carrying Mrs. Dorothy Hunt, CIA operative and wife of Howard Hunt, (CIA operative and suspect in the Kennedy assassination) crashed. Believed to be carrying $25,000 in "hush money", she died in this crash.

George H.W. Bush


Gary Caradori
He was investigating Lawrence E. King, Jr., a very influential black Republican who was also a friend of George H.W. Bush. King was director of the Franklin Community Credit Union in Omaha, Nebraska, and was suspected of embezzling $40 million . The Nebraska Senate questioned child prostitutes, who accused King of running a child prostitution ring. One of these children said that she saw George H.W. Bush at one of King's parties. "Pronto", a newspaper in Barcelona, Spain, reported that the scandal "appears to directly implicate politicos of the state of Nebraska and Washington DC who are very close to the White House and George Bush himself". On July 11, 1990, Gary Caradori was killed along with his 6-year old son in the crash of his small plane, after a mid-air explosion, the cause of which was never discovered. He had told friends repeatedly in the weeks before his death that he was afraid his plane would be sabotaged.

Orlando Letelier
He was torn to bits by a car bomb on the streets of Washington DC just before he was to testify against the Chilean dictator Pinochet. After the bombing, CIA Director George H. W. Bush told the FBI that there had been no Chilean involvement whatsoever. In 1991 the post-Pinochet Chilean Supreme Court asked George H. W. Bush if he would submit to questioning. BUSH REFUSED.

Ronni Moffit
She was Letelier's assistant. She and her husband were riding in the car with Letelier when the bomb exploded. Mr. Moffit survived. Ronni didn't.

Jack Delaney and Ted White
These young men were killed when pilot George H. W. Bush abandoned his plane when it was hit by enemy fire. Much has been made of this story - Bush propaganda would have us believe that he was a hero. An eyewitness to the event tells us otherwise: Chester Mierzejewski, who was the turret gunner in another plane, had an unobstructed view. He states that he saw a "puff of smoke" come from Bush's plane and quickly dissipate. He states that the plane was never on fire and that Bush never attempted a water landing, which was standard procedure, and which would have given Mr. Delaney and Mr. White a chance.

Silent Voices


Steve Kangas

His web site, Liberalism Resurgent, was meticulously researched and presented such a problem to the "real boss" of George Bush, Richard Scaife, that he hired a private detective to look into Kangas' past. Steve Kangas was found in a 39th-floor bathroom outside of Scaife's offices at One Oxford Centre, in Pittsburgh, an apparent suicide. Mr. Kangas, a very prolific writer, left no note. He had brought a fully-packed suitcase of clothes with him to Pittsburgh. He bought a burglar alarm shortly before he left for Pittsburgh. Why did he need a burglar alarm if he was going to commit suicide? An avowed advocate of gun control, he nevertheless bought a gun. What was he afraid of? Why did he go to Pittsburgh? After his death, his computer was sold for $150 and its hard drive wiped clean. Everything in his apartment was thrown away.

Danny Casolaro
He was working on a book that tied together the scandals surrounding the presidency of George H. W. Bush. He told his friends he was going to "bring back" the head of the Octopus. Instead, his body was found in a hotel in Martinsburg, West Virginia, on August 10, 1991, an apparent suicide.

Mark Lombardi
He was an accomplished conceptual artist who, while chatting on the phone with a banker friend about the Bush savings and loan scandal, started doodling a diagram and was inspired to create a complex series of drawings and sketches that charted the details of the scandal. According to the New York Times, "He was soon charting the complex matrices of personal and professional relationships, conflict of interest, malfeasance and fraud uncovered by investigations into the major financial and political scandals of the day; to keep facts and sources straight, he created a handwritten database that now includes around 12,000 3-by-5-inch cards."

On the evening of March 22, 2000, Mark Lombardi was found hanging in his loft, an apparent suicide.

James Hatfield
Mr. Hatfield was the author of Fortunate Son, an unauthorized biography of George W. Bush. The book detailed Bush's cocaine use and cover up of a cocaine arrest. He was found Wednesday, July 18, in a motel room, an apparent suicide.

Prescott Bush


William S. Farish

He was one of Prescott Bush's partners in business deals with Adolph Hitler. He was devastated by the intense grilling he received from the Senate about his dealings with Nazis, and while Prescott Bush skated free, Farish collapsed and died on November 29, 1942.

James Forrestal
He was U.S. Secretary of Defense, and become a problem for Prescott Bush when he proposed racial integration of the Armed Forces. On March 28, 1949, he was forced out of office and flown on a military plane to Jupiter Island in Florida. From there he was taken to Walter Reed Army Hospital, where he was given insulin shock treatments. He was shielded from all visitors except his estranged wife. From "George Bush, the Unauthorized Biography":

On May 22, Forrestal's body was found, his bathrobe cord tied tightly around his neck, after he had plunged from a sixteenth-story hospital window. The chief psychiatrist called the death a suicide even before any investigation was started. The results of the Army's inquest were kept secret. Forrestal's diaries were published, 80 percent deleted, after a year of direct government censorship and rewriting

Texas Justice


Karla Faye Tucker
She was executed in spite of enormous protest from the public, even those religious groups that advocate the death penalty. Even Pat Robertson thought that Karla was truly repentant and asked George W. Bush to spare her life. He refused. Afterward, in a Talk Magazine interview, Bush mocked the woman whose death warrant he had sanctioned, pursing his lips and whimpering, "Please don't kill me!"

David Wayne Spence
David Wayne Spence was executed in Texas in 1997 in spite of compelling evidence of his innocence. Two of the State's witnesses were co-defendants who testified to avoid the death penalty, one of whom changed his story three times in response to discrepancies. He later testified that D.A. Simons encouraged him to alter his testimony. Two other witnesses for the State were jailhouse snitches who recanted later and stated that Simons offered them favors in exchange for testimony. All of this and more was supposedly reviewed by Governor George W. Bush, but Bush refused to commute his sentence, and did not order the Board of Pardons and Paroles to review his request for clemency. It is a myth that a Texas Governor can do nothing to stop executions; the Board will almost always go with his recommendation. Bush washed his hands of the matter and did nothing. Reasonable doubt is not a factor in Texas justice.

Gary Graham
Gary Graham was convicted of the robbery and murder of a white man in 1981. Nearly two weeks after the crime, the state's prime witness could not pick Gary's picture out of a photo line-up. Mr. Graham was arrested with a 22 caliber pistol. The victim had been killed with a 22, but the police firearms examiner determined that Mr. Graham's gun DID NOT fire the fatal bullet. Four witnesses said Gary Graham was with them, miles away from the convenience store, when the murder occurred. All four took and passed polygraph tests. George W. Bush, predictably, expressed his faith in the Texas judicial system and allowed Mr. Graham to be put to death. Mr. Graham maintained his innocence to the end.



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Bush 'executive assassination ring' reported directly to Cheney office: Seymour Hersh 11 Mar 2009 At a "Great Conversations" event at the University of Minnesota last night, investigative reporter Seymour Hersh talked about new alleged instances of domestic spying by the CIA, and about an ongoing covert military operation that he called an "executive assassination ring." Moderator U of M Political Scientist Larry Jacobs asked Hersh if presidents [get] drawn into improper covert actions that exceed their constitutional powers. Hersh replied, "Yuh. After 9/11... the Central Intelligence Agency was very deeply involved in domestic activities against people they thought to be enemies of the state. Without any legal authority for it... the Joint Special Operations Command -- JSOC it’s called. It is a special wing of our special operations community that is set up independently. They do not report to anybody, except in the Bush-Cheney days, they reported directly to the Cheney office. They did not report to the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff or to Mr. [Robert] Gates, the secretary of defense. They reported directly to him. ... Congress has no oversight of it. It's an executive assassination ring essentially, and it's been going on and on and on... Under President [sic] Bush's authority, they've been going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing them and leaving. That’s been going on, in the name of all of us. It's complicated because the guys doing it are not murderers, and yet they are committing what we would normally call murder."

UN experts to investigate secret U.S. jails 11 Mar 2009 Two UN human rights experts said on Tuesday that they would conduct a global investigation of secret detention centers used by the United States and other countries in their 'counter'-terrorism efforts. The yearlong investigation is aimed not only to clarify facts, but also to ensure that such secret jails would not be used in the future, according to Manfred Nowak, UN envoy for torture, and Martin Scheinin, UN envoy for human rights and counter-terrorism.

Terrorist watch list hits 1 million 11 Mar 2009 The government's terrorist watch list has hit 1 million entries, up 32% since 2007. Federal data show the rise comes despite the removal of 33,000 entries last year by the FBI's Terrorist Screening Center. The remaining million entries represent about 400,000 individuals, according to the center. "It's always going to be a work in progress," says Timothy Edgar, a civil liberties officer at the intelligence director's office. [Yes, and apparently under Obama, it's *progressing* nicely. --LRP]

U.S. cybersecurity head quits, citing growing role of spy agencies 11 Mar 2009 The official in charge of coordinating the U.S. government's cybersecurity operations has quit, saying the expanding control of the National Security Agency over the nation's computer security efforts poses "threats to our democratic processes." "Even from a security standpoint," Rod Beckstrom, the head of the Department of Homeland Security's National Cyber Security Center, told United Press International, "it is unwise to hand over the security of all government networks to a single organization."

NFL, others win exemption from terrorism lawsuits --Many beneficiaries of legal protection are large government contractors that sell equipment such as airport X-ray machines and chemical sensors. [In other words, taxpayers are funding corpora-terrorist cronies to be absof*ckinglutely useless - with impunity.] 10 Mar 2009 The National Football League and dozens of other companies and organizations have won exemption from lawsuits under a post-9/11 law that prohibits them from being sued if terrorists attack a site they are protecting. The law, called the SAFETY Act (Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies), aims to help security providers by guaranteeing they will not pay any claims that terror victims might file after an attack.

Brown rejects judge-led inquiry into UK spies 11 Mar 2009 British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Wednesday declined a request by opposition parties to authorize a judge-led inquiry into the conduct of U.K. intelligence agencies in supporting the U.S. government's pursuit of terror suspects since 2001. Lawmakers in Britain, the U.S. and Europe have raised concerns over the extent to which the U.K. and other allies of Washington have been complicit in the extraordinary rendition kidnapping, secret detention imprisonment and alleged mistreatment torture of suspected terrorists.

Judge 'should head torture probe' 11 Mar 2009 Allegations that British intelligence agencies were complicit in torture should be fully investigated by a judge-led inquiry, say the Tories. The claims by a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner [Binyam Mohamed] have been referred to the attorney general but David Cameron said that did not go far enough. He said it would only look at whether a crime was committed not whether "our moral authority has been maintained".

Italy high court to rule on CIA kidnap case 10 Mar 2009 Lawyers for the Italian state began arguments to the Constitutional Court Tuesday to try to get a case against U.S. and Italian spies accused of kidnapping a terrorism suspect thrown out. Twenty-six Americans and seven Italians are accused of grabbing a Muslim imam off the streets of Milan and flying him to Egypt in 2003. Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, says he was tortured and held for years without charge.

U.S. military transfers "enemy combatant" to civilian custody 11 Mar 2009 The U.S. military on Tuesday transferred an "enemy combatant" to civilian custody, the Justice Department said. The man, Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, a Qatari national, is now in the custody of U.S. Marshals Service after being released from the Naval Consolidated Brig in South Carolina, the department said in a written statement.

Domestic terror threat growing, Senate committee warns 11 Mar 2009 There is an increasing threat of homegrown terror stemming from segments of a deeply isolated and alienated Somali-American community, a U.S. Senate committee hearing concluded Wednesday. The hearing, conducted by the Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee, focused on the attempted recruitment of young Somali-American men by al-Shabaab, "a violent and brutal extremist (Somali) group" with significant ties to al Qaeda [al-CIAduh], according to the U.S. State Department.

U.S., Israel Disagree on Iran Arms Threat --Senate Panel Told Tehran Has Not Made Decision to Pursue Nuclear Weapons 11 Mar 2009 Iran has not produced the highly enriched uranium necessary for a nuclear weapon and has not decided to do so, U.S. intelligence officials told Congress yesterday, an assessment that contrasts with a stark Israeli warning days earlier that Iran has crossed the "technological threshold" in its pursuit of the bomb.

Intel Chiefs: Iran Can't Build Nukes Yet 11 Mar 2009 Iran does not yet have any highly enriched uranium, the fuel needed to make a nuclear warhead, two top U.S. intelligence officials told Congress Tuesday, disputing a claim by an Israeli official. U.S. National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Maples said Tuesday that Iran has only low-enriched uranium - which would need to be refined into highly enriched uranium before it can fuel a warhead. Neither official said there were indications that refining has occurred.

Iran lacks nuclear bomb fuel: US officials 10 Mar 2009 Iran has yet to decide whether to build a nuclear bomb and currently lacks the weapons-grade highly enriched uranium needed to do so, top US intelligence officials told lawmakers on Tuesday. But [LOL! I knew that was coming] Tehran is enriching uranium in defiance of global sanctions and is "mastering" the know-how to build long-range missiles that can carry nuclear bombs to their targets oceans away, said director of intelligence Dennis Blair.

Chas Freeman Slams "Israel Lobby" 10 Mar 2009 Chas Freeman's full statement following his decision not to serve as National Intelligence Council chairman... 'The tactics of the Israel Lobby plumb the depths of dishonor and indecency and include character assassination, selective misquotation, the willful distortion of the record, the fabrication of falsehoods, and an utter disregard for the truth. The aim of this Lobby is control of the policy process through the exercise of a veto over the appointment of people who dispute the wisdom of its views, the substitution of political correctness for analysis, and the exclusion of any and all options for decision by Americans and our government other than those that it favors.'

Tariq Aziz, Saddam-era official, gets 15-year term 11 Mar 2009 Saddam Hussein's former foreign minister, Tariq Aziz, was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday for his role in the 1992 execution of 42 merchants accused of price gouging while Iraq was under U.N. sanctions. The conviction was the first against Aziz, who for years was the former regime's public face to the West.

Iraq Suicide Bombing in Western Baghdad Kills 30 10 Mar 2009 A suicide bomber blew himself up among a group of tribal leaders on the western outskirts of Baghdad, killing at least 30 people and wounding 50. The explosion happened today in the Abu Ghraib municipality, 15 miles (24 kilometers) from the center of the Iraqi capital, President Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party said on its Web site.

DPRK blasts U.S. on its human rights 11 Mar 2009 The United States was the No. 1 human rights abuser in the world, the official KCNA news agency of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said on Wednesday. The KCNA issued an article enumerating the human rights abuses in the U.S., saying it was not qualified to talk about other countries' human rights. The KCNA said the working people in the U.S. were deprived of clothing, food and housing and the election serves only the rich.

Congress mulls elections to fill Senate vacancies --Lawmakers debate changing Constitution so voters can pick replacements 11 Mar 2009 Following tumultuous [?!?] turnovers in Illinois and New York, lawmakers on Wednesday asked whether it was time to change the Constitution so that voters, and not state governors, fill Senate vacancies.

Obama issues signing statement on spending bill 11 Mar 2009 Two days after criticizing his predecessor for issuing guidelines on how to put legislation into practice, President Barack Obama issued such a directive himself. He also issued a "signing statement" in which he objected to provisions of the bill that he said the Justice Department had advised "raise constitutional concerns." Among them are provisions that Obama said would "unduly interfere" with his authority in the foreign affairs arena by directing him how to proceed, or not to, in negotiations and discussions with international organizations and foreign governments. Another provision, Obama said, would limit his discretion to choose who performs specific functions in military missions.

Obama Signs Spending Bill, Calls for Earmark Guidelines 11 Mar 2009 President Obama today signed what he called an "imperfect" spending bill to keep the government running even though it contains thousands of lawmakers' pet projects, but he called for more rigorous review of future projects, known as earmarks, that are designated by individual legislators for their states or districts.

Mega barf alert! Administration to Ask Congress to Expand Funds Available to IMF 11 Mar 2009 The Obama administration is planning to ask Congress to expand the United States' primary line of credit to the International Monetary Fund from about $10 billion to $100 billion to boost emergency support for struggling economies around the world, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said today.

AIG's Small London Office May Have Lost $500B --Feds, Brits Probe AIG's London Office on $500B Losses 10 Mar 2009 Ground zero for AIG's spectacular implosion, which has soaked up more federal bailout money than any other entity, appears to have been a small London branch office that may have lost nearly half a trillion dollars in bad deals. The disastrous deals were built up in a decade and, when the crisis hit, the man who ran the unit for the last eight years retired after making $280 million for himself and leaving with a $1 million-a-month consulting contract.

Freddie Mac seeks $30.8B in US aid after 4Q loss 11 Mar 2009 Freddie Mac said Wednesday it will ask the government for nearly $31 billion in additional aid after posting a gargantuan loss of more than $50 billion last year as the U.S. housing market worsened. The mortgage finance company posted a loss of $23.9 billion, or $7.37 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Minnesota Bank Asks Why It Pays for Wall Street Greed 06 Mar 2009 TCF Financial Corp., the Wayzata, Minnesota-based bank that never made a subprime loan and hasn’t lost money since 1995, is asking why it should help clean up the mess made by Wall Street. "I’m kind of bitter," said William Cooper, chief executive officer of the 448-branch bank, adding that over the years TCF has invested about $1 billion in the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s fund that guarantees bank deposits. "We pay for the excesses of our competitor over and over again."

US: Congressional Democrats balk at rescinding tax cuts for the rich By Bill Van Auken 11 Mar 2009 Elements of the Obama administration's $3.55 trillion 2010 budget proposal are facing stiff opposition from leading congressional Democrats who are balking at attempts to rescind tax cuts for the top 1 percent of the population and other measures seen as impinging on corporate profits.

Fast-growing Western U.S. cities face water crisis 10 Mar 2009 Built in the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas leads Western U.S. cities scrambling to slash water consumption, increase recycling and squeeze more from underground aquifers as long-reliable surface water sources dry up. From handing out fines for leaky sprinklers to charging homeowners high rates for high use, water officials in the U.S. West are chasing down squandered water one gallon at a time. [See: Drought 'Oddities'.]

Sea levels rising twice as fast as predicted --Melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica force UN scientists to issue dramatic warning 11 Mar 2009 Sea levels are predicted to rise twice as fast as was forecast by the United Nations only two years ago, threatening hundreds of millions of people with catastrophe, scientists said yesterday in a dramatic new warning about climate change. Rapidly melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are likely to push up sea levels by a metre or more by 2100, swamping coastal cities and obliterating the living space of 600 million people who live in deltas, low-lying areas and small island states.

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Previous lead stories: Guantanamo cases proceed despite Obama freeze --Military lawyers are still filing legal documents in other cases in anticipation that the Guantanamo 'trials' will resume as soon as Obama's freeze order expires on May 20. 10 Mar 2009 The Guantanamo war crimes trials remain officially frozen while U.S. President Barack Obama weighs how to proceed with the terrorism prosecutions but several of the cases are still very much in motion. The chief judge in the Guantanamo court, Army Col. Stephen Henley, ordered the public release on Tuesday of a document in which five defendants boastfully repeated their claims of guilt in plotting the [Bush-Cheney] September 11, 2001 attacks.

US army brass prepare for quick getaway from Iraq 10 Mar 2009 US Military officials in Iraq have said they want a speedy withdrawal of most American troops by President Barack Obama's deadline at the end of August 2010. The second-ranking US military commander in Iraq, Lieutenant General Lloyd Austin, has said he expects to keep about 130,000 American troops in the country through the end of this year, when Iraq has a series of 'elections' planned, but then wants to make a quick exit.

Interpol examining case for arrest of 25 Israelis 10 Mar 2009 Interpol has confirmed that Iran has asked it for help in tracking down 25 senior Israeli officials involved in the recent war on Gaza. Tehran Chief Prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi announced earlier that Iran had asked Interpol to issue international arrest warrants for 25 Israelis charged with committing war crimes during Tel Aviv's Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip.

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It’s The Story Of A Lifetime. Or Maybe Not.

March 12th, 2009
Guest Voice


This is a little story about a potentially huge story that a lot of folks like myself want to be true but don’t know whether it is true. This little story also is about jumping to conclusions about that potentially huge news story, which had its public incubation at a college lecture last night and is now on a journey to super nova fruition or embarrassing fizzlement.

01aaa_cheney.bmpI write of investigative journalist Seymour Hersh’s perhaps inadvertant assertion during an appearance at the University of Minnesota that a covert military unit attached to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) prowled the world killing people on orders of Dick Cheney.

This “executive assassination ring,” as Hersh termed it, allegedly reported directly to the vice president’s office, bypassing the defense secretary and Joint Chiefs of Staff, had no congressional oversight and went into foreign countries without talking to the ambassador or CIA station chief.

As corroboration, Hersh pointed to a New York Times story that Vice Admiral William H. McRaven, the JSOC commander, had ordered a temporary halt to most commando raids in Afghanistan because of a growing concern that civilian deaths caused by American firepower were jeopardizing broader goals there.

Hersh is the preeminent investigative journalist of our time. He broke the story of the My Lai Massacre, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize for The New York Times in 1970, and was the first journalist of consequence to draw attention to the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad in 2004 in a New Yorker magazine story. He also reported in the New Yorker that the U.S. was prepared to use nuclear weapons against Iraq and that there was a covert action plan in place against the Tehran regime.

So when Hersh mentions, even in passing, that the vice president had his own hit squad, he has to be taken seriously until when and if he is discredited.

Hersh himself later regretted spilling the beans, explaining in an email exchange with a Minneapolis reporter that the subject was “not something I wanted to dwell about in public,” that he is looking into it for a book that it may be a year or two before he has enough evidence “for even the most skeptical.”

But until that story can be fleshed out beyond anecdotal evidence that the squad operated in Afghanistan, which after all is a war zone, and faces and places where it may also have roamed that are not war zones can be confirmed, what we’re left with is a lot of wishful thinking from sites like Raw Story and bloggers such as Will Bunch and emptywheel, as well as the usual “this is just another Hersh fantasy” from the Weekly Standard and other unquestioning defenders of the Bush imperial power grab.

It should be noted that the Joint Special Operations Command has been anything but a secret since it was established in 1980 following the failed Desert One mission to rescue the hostages at the U.S. embassy in Tehran. And even though its work is covert, it is an open secret that CIA and JSOC teams have been in pursuit of Al Qaeda and Taliban bigs since shortly after the 9/11 attacks.

What we do know about the obsessively secret — and I daresay obsessively evil — Cheney suggests that there is some truth to the story because the vice president would never let something like President Ford’s 1976 executive order prohibiting any employee or agent of the U.S. government to conspire or engage in political assassination, let alone any other order or law, stand in his way. That order was enacted in response to post-Watergate revelations that the CIA had tried multiple times to assassinate Cuban President Fidel Castro.

But this is not yet a Story of a Lifetime. It remains to be seen whether what on its face may be little more than a conspiracy theory gathers steam in the days and weeks to come — which is to say that Hersh himself fleshes out his assertion with a piece before he publishes that book that does not rely entirely on blind sources and deep background, and the mainstream media joins in, as well.

My inherent caution does not preclude my joining Bunch and others in noting that if the Cheney accusation stands up, then President Obama must shake off his much criticized diffidence about going after Bush administration wrongdoing. Cheney clearly will have broken the law and must be held accountable.


Shaun Mullen is a former The Moderate Voice columnist. Over a long career with newspapers, this award-winning editor and reporter covered the Vietnam War, O.J. Simpson trials, Clinton impeachment circus and coming of Osama bin Laden, among many other big stories. He blogs at Kiko’s House.


Crash adds to political mess

Candidates scrambled to get to Tallahassee after a FedEx jet went up in flames, destroying

[AP photo]
Three crew members escaped serious injury in Friday's crash of a FedEx Boeing 727 cargo jet, which closed Tallahassee Regional Airport for about five hours.

By JULIE HAUSERMAN, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published July 27, 2002

TALLAHASSEE -- Even for Florida's much-scrutinized elections machinery, it's been quite a week.

First, the state miscalculated the filing fee for legislative candidates. That triggered an 11th-hour scramble by candidates to send an extra $40.23 to elections officials in Tallahassee with two days' notice.

Friday, a FedEx 727 cargo jet crashed in Tallahassee hours before the noon deadline to qualify to appear on the ballot. Three crew members escaped with minor injuries, but campaign forms and checks for filing fees went up in smoke. The airport shut down.

Then it looked like the noon deadline would be extended at the urging of Secretary of State Katherine Harris, who was a stickler for deadlines during the 2000 election.

Then the deadline wasn't extended. Then it was.

It's enough to put Florida back in the late-night talk show jokes.

"Only in Florida," said Sen. Jim King of Jacksonville.

During Friday's confusion, some candidates chartered private planes and made the deadline with minutes to spare. Some drove frantically northward to the capital.

By midafternoon, Gov. Jeb Bush declared "a state of emergency exists due to a minor disaster." He extended the qualifying deadline for some candidates to 5 p.m. today -- as long as they have receipts showing their papers were delayed by the plane crash. Or copies of plane tickets for flights that were canceled Friday morning because the Tallahassee airport was closed.

It's unclear how many candidates will benefit from the deadline extension. That left a bit of uncertainty on a day when qualifying traditionally provides clarity to the fall lineup.

Florida Insurance Commissioner Tom Gallagher appears to have been elected to the new powerful Cabinet position of chief financial officer -- he thinks. No one else was qualified for the race Friday, but Gallagher wasn't about to declare victory.

"With the qualifying deadline extended, I would never presume to be the only candidate for this important position," he said in a statement.

Friday produced a couple of surprises.

Bush, the incumbent Republican, and prominent Democratic challengers Janet Reno, the former U.S. attorney general; Bill McBride, a Tampa lawyer; and Daryl Jones, a Miami state senator; qualified for governor earlier in the week. But a Tallahassee woman dressed as Mickey Mouse's evil brother, "Mickee Faust," signed up as a write-in candidate Friday in the governor's race.

The race for state agriculture commissioner also became more interesting.

Mary Barley, a wealthy environmentalist who battled sugar growers and backed a constitutional amendment to help clean up the Everglades, abruptly switched her party affiliation from Republican to Democrat to oppose incumbent Republican Charles Bronson, a Bush appointee.

Barley almost didn't qualify. Her campaign staffer chartered a private jet and flew it to an airstrip in the countryside 8 miles outside Tallahassee. They raced to file the paperwork moments before noon.

Former Florida Republican Party Chairman Tom Slade said some Republicans regard Barley as "our worst nightmare -- a rich woman environmentalist and consumer affairs person." He said Barley could be a formidable opponent, especially if she winds up with significant financial help from Paul Tudor Jones, a New York commodities trader and Everglades crusader.

In the race for attorney general, four Democrats and three Republicans are in a crowded field. The Democrats who qualified are state Sen. Buddy Dyer of Orlando, Tallahassee Mayor Scott Maddox, and former deputy attorneys general Walter Dartland and George Sheldon. The Republicans in the race are state Sen. Locke Burt of Ormond Beach, Education Commissioner Charlie Crist and Solicitor General Tom Warner.

Candidates who couldn't hire a private plane got to Tallahassee any way they could.

One Hillsborough County candidate, Democrat Allison McInnis-Gimbert, had a wild ride. She thought she had arranged to qualify in the District 16 state Senate race against Republican Jim Sebesta.

She sent her qualifying papers Thursday by FedEx to Anna Cruz, executive director of the Florida Democratic Party. She also planned to catch the 8 a.m. flight from Tampa to Tallahassee on US Airways to deliver the papers in person, if necessary.

Her package went down in the FedEx crash in Tallahassee. Her flight was canceled.

"When somebody told me about the plane crash, I just about fell out," McInnis-Gimbert said.

So she got in her car around 8:30 a.m. and "hauled tail." She arrived in a parking lot outside the Capitol -- at 12:02 p.m. She was in line at the elections office four minutes later when she learned it was too late.

She hung around in Tallahassee hoping for help. She got it when Bush extended the deadline until today for candidates in her predicament.

The Florida Democratic Party attacked Secretary of State Harris for being out of the office during most of qualifying week.

For days, her office would not say where she was. A partial schedule of her week was finally released Friday.

While her elections office coped with difficulties such as charging candidates an incorrect filing fee, Harris helped announce a new Wal-Mart distribution center in DeSoto County;, greeted the Korean ambassador in Orlando; attended international trade meetings in Washington; spoke at an international conference in Orlando; and attended a fundraiser for her congressional campaign at the Washington offices of the Holland & Knight law firm.

"She was AWOL. She was MIA," said Florida Democratic Party spokesman Ryan Banfill.

Harris spokesman David Host said the secretary of state intended to be back in her office on Friday, deadline day, and she was.

-- Times staff writers Adam Smith and Bill Varian contributed to this report.







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