Monday, October 29, 2012

Paul Wellstone: Tenth Anniversary of His Assassination

Stephen Lendman, Contributor
Activist Post

October 25 marked the 10th anniversary of Wellstone's death. Was it accidental or an assassination to silence a sadly missed principled voice? Convincing evidence suggests foul play. More on that below.

On October 25, 2002, The New York Times headlined "Minnesota Senator Is Among 8 Dead in Crash," saying:

Wellstone "was killed today when his campaign plane crashed approaching a small airport in a wooded region in the northern part of his state."

Campaigning for a third term, he "perished along with seven other people when the chartered King Air A100 went down near Eveleth around 10:20 a.m. Central Time, the Federal Aviation Administration reported."

Weather conditions weren't abnormal. Light rain mixed with snow was reported. Flights without incident occur normally under these and harsher conditions. Wellstone perished with his wife, one child, three staff members, and two highly experienced pilots.

From the time the news broke, suspicions arose that perhaps what happened wasn't accidental. Professors James Fetzer and Don "Four Arrows" Jacobs examined the tragedy. They concluded that Wellstone was assassinated.


In 2004, they published American Assassination: The Strange Death of Senator Paul Wellstone. More on what they said below.

Like former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, Wellstone was a rare exception that proves the rule. He was uncorrupted by money and power ambitions. He left academia to run for office. Explaining why, he said:
I don’t represent the big oil companies, the big pharmaceuticals, or the big insurance industry. They already have great representation in Washington. It’s the rest of the people that need representation.
His voting record explained why he was called "the conscience of the Senate." He opposed the Gulf War and 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution.

He was also against NAFTA, oil drilling in Alaska's National Wildlife Refuge, sending troops to Haiti in 1994 without Congressional approval, and bankruptcy legislation benefitting financial giants at the expense of working people.

He supported labor rights, children's and women's rights, universal healthcare, public and higher education, good jobs with livable wages, small farmers, campaign finance and lobbying reforms, and retirement security.

He once told his students, "Never separate the lives you live from the words you speak." He stood for saying what you believe and doing what you say. At a time destructive neoliberalism took hold, he was a living, breathing antidote. His voting record showed it.

He supported progressive activism. He believed in backing principles with action. He battled hardliners supporting anti-populist measures he opposed.

At a fall 1990 White House reception for newly elected Congressional members, he urged GHW Bush to spend more time on education and other social issues.

He also advised him against attacking Iraq. Not at all pleased, Bush privately asked an aide, "Who is this chickenshit?" His activism and outspokenness cursed him with the mark of Cain. He'd learn later how hard it stings.

Project Vote Smart covered his voting record from April 1992 - October 2002. Many progressive ones included:
  • yea for family and medical leave;
  • yea for homosexuals in the military;
  • yea for ending military operations in Somalia;
  • nay on the Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act;
  • nay on space-based lasers;
  • nay on the Telecommunications Bill letting media giants consolidate to greater size;
  • nay on harmful welfare reform hurting poor people when they most need help;
  • nay on Cuba sanctions;
  • yea on helpful immigration reform;
  • nay against reconfirming Alan Greenspan;
  • yea for campaign finance reform;
  • yea for increasing the minimum wage;
  • nay for the partial/birth abortion ban;
  • yea for the Chemical Weapons Convention; it prohibits development, production, stockpiling, and use of these weapons; it also mandates their destruction;
  • yea for family tax relief;
  • yea for aiding higher education programs;
  • nay for banning Cuban travel;
  • nay for confirming John Ashcroft;
  • yea for a patients' bill of rights; and
  • nay for No Child Left Behind.
His book titled The Conscience of a Liberal: Reclaiming the Compassionate Agenda explained his passion for economic and social justice.

In 2002, he ran for a third term. Doing so reneged on a pledge to serve two and leave. He had unfinished business on his mind. He also faced long knives wanting him gone.

Big money was marshaled against him. An aide to his Republican opponent, Norm Coleman, said,
There are people in the (George W. Bush) White House who wake up in the morning thinking about how they will defeat Paul Wellstone. This one is political and personal for them.
Polls showed him ahead. Reelection looked likely. Potentially controlling the Senate was at stake. Eleven days before November 5, he tragically died en route to a funeral and campaign event in rural Minnesota.

Fetzer and Jacobs say Wellstone's death was no accident. It wasn't weather, plane trouble, or pilot error. Evidence they uncovered explains otherwise.

Confirmation of the tragedy didn't come from Wellstone's office, state police, or Minnesota's governor. It first came from GW Bush's ranch. Why was it known there before anywhere else?

FBI agents arrived with suspicious speed. Perhaps they knew in advance and positioned themselves nearby. They prevented fire teams, journalists, and others at the crash site from taking photos.

An AP photographer said he was intimidated, delayed and monitored. Was vital evidence removed or destroyed? NTSB investigators didn't show up for 10 hours. Why did FBI agents try having things both ways?

On the one hand, they declared the site a "crime scene." They also said no crime took place. How could anyone know without careful forensic examination?

Fetzer and Jacobs believe Wellstone was killed for political reasons. Coverup followed his assassination. The official story is rife with inconsistencies and willful omissions of key facts. They explained how, why, and who was responsible.

Besides eliminating a powerful progressive voice, Wellstone's enemies wanted Republican Coleman's win to help Republicans gain Senate control.

Fetzer and Jacobs explained the following:

Former CIA official Carol Carmody handled NTSB's crash investigation. She's a damage-control expert. Coverup is her game. She was also in charge of investigating Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan's suspicious aircraft crash during his senatorial race against John Ashcroft two years earlier.

NTSB is legally mandated to investigate transportation accidents. Yet it let FBI agents control things. Why it didn't explain. Mention of the FBI's involvement was excluded from their final report.

Ahead of the crash, neither Wellstone pilot signaled distress. Why not since they were going down in a remote area perhaps with no help nearby.

Some witnesses heard what sounded like the engines cutting out or stalling. Others reported odd cell phone and automatic garage door phenomena coincidental with the crash.

They included electronic interference and strange noises never before experienced. The auditory pattern appeared consistent with electromagnetic (EM) weapons use.

They were developed to knock out computer systems and harm human subjects. Most Americans know nothing about them. They can disable radio communications and warning systems.

They can alter an aircraft's flight pattern and cause pilots to lose control. They can make them lose consciousness, incapacitate them in other ways, or kill them.

Fetzer says they can "literally fry the electronic components in an aircraft" the way microwaves heat meals or lightening bolts affect objects struck.

NTSB's simulations replicated weather conditions, the flight pattern, and overall conditions at the time. Even at abnormally low speeds, they couldn't down the plane.

NTSB member Richard Healing said he had no idea what caused the crash. Yet he signed the official report giving reasons that didn't wash. They included pilot error, bad weather, and other preposterous claims. Instead of investigating responsibly, they made stuff up.

Fetzer and Jacobs established compelling prima facie and conclusive evidence to prove Wellstone's death was no accident.

They called his Beech King-Air A100 the "Rolls-Royce" of small aircraft. Pilot Richard Conry had 5,200 hours of flight experience. His rating was the highest civilian one possible. Two days before the crash, he passed his FAA flight check. He was highly qualified to fly the Beech aircraft.

Co-pilot Michael Guess was also instrument qualified. He was very able to fly the plane on his own under adverse weather conditions. It's inconceivable that either pilot alone or together fouled up.

According to NTSB's report, the "airplane descended through the trees wings level and upright on about a 26 degree downward flight path angle on a ground track of about 180 degrees."

Fetzer called this angle "too steep to suggest anything but a very serious dive, not likely to result from a low-altitude stall but from a plane completely out of control very abruptly or all of a sudden."

NTSB should have stressed this. It didn't. Why was never explained. If electromagnetic weapons were used, evidence would have clearly showed it. For example, digital clocks would have failed immediately, not at impact.

FBI agents arriving quickly did nothing to stop the fuselage from burning. It continued for hours. By the time NTSB investigators arrived, bodies were charred beyond recognition. Other forensic evidence was destroyed or concealed.

According to Fetzer:
Dennis Ciminio, a pilot and expert on devices of this kind, has confirmed that the technology to take out the plane has been around for decades and that the intense fire - which burned the fuselage but not the wings, in which the plane’s fuel was stored - was almost certainly intended to destroy the evidence of how it was done.
He has explained to me the most likely culprit here to put that kind of power directly onto the plane itself to cause such widespread mayhem would have been an electronically beam-steered-system, such as Raytheon’s BFL (Beam Forming Lens) equipped Army jamming system.
That is especially plausible, since Raytheon owns Beechcraft, which makes the Air King A-100 and would know exactly how it could be taken down.
More than electromagnetic weapons may have been involved. At about the time the plane crashed, "a white van" was seen departing the area at high speed.
The melted area at the altitude where ice forms, moreover, strongly suggests that the Wellstone plane was taken out using a satellite-mounted laser, which would have had the effect of melting the ice at that level.
Dick Cheney was running "an executive assassination ring" out of the White House at that time. He did then what Obama is doing now. Wellstone was perhaps one of Cheney's targets.

He, "Karl Rove, and Donald Rumsfeld may not have executed this hit personally, but they were in a position to make it happen." Eventually perhaps the full truth will be known. Enough already is clear to say Wellstone's death was no accident.

Anyone with a powerful public voice supporting principles he embraced could end up targeted for elimination and killed. That's how rogue states operate. Bucking the system risks life and limb. Wellstone paid the ultimate price.

David Ray Griffin calls Fetzer and Jacob's book compelling and vitally important. It's hard not believing that Wellstone was assassinated. Bush administration officials likely ordered it.

Based on all relevant evidence, "we must conclude that the theory that Wellstone was assassinated is far more probable that the official story" that doesn't wash.

Fetzer and Jacobs agree that "evidence shows beyond a reasonable doubt that Wellstone was assassinated. They have, in my view, made a convincing case."


In November 2002, investigative journalist Michael Ruppert asked, "Was Paul Wellstone Murdered?" He wrote:
The day after the crash I received a message from a former CIA operative who has proven extremely reliable in the past and who is personally familiar with these kinds of assassinations.
The message read, 'As I said earlier, having played ball (and still playing in some respects) with this current crop of reinvigorated old white men, these clowns are nobody to screw around with. There will be a few more strategic accidents. You can be certain of that.'
Everyone challenging the system is vulnerable. Wellstone paid with his life.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. His new book is titled How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War. Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening. http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour/


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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ted Kennedy had him killed because Wellstone discovered that Kennedy was spying for the Russians and had threatened to expose him.

Anonymous said...

Very good of you people to remind all of us about Paul Wellstone.

Anonymous said...

While Wellstone at least was a normally dissenting voice against the fascist Bush administration, he was certainly no saint. To quote Dave McGowan:

"He had no problem signing off on the Patriot Act or the resolution authorizing the brutal assault upon the nation of Afghanistan, and had little or nothing to say about the brazen theft of the presidential election or the evidence indicating that the official story of what happened on September 11 is almost entirely a work of fiction."

Just sayin' . . .

Anonymous said...

You can be disappeared like Paul Wellstone or disappeared like Sarah Palin. Nice that they give you a choice whether to shut up voluntarily or be shut up for eternity.

OldProspector said...

HE SUPPORTED Amnesty, Free Trade, went along with the 9-11 hoax and murders.
He was no friend of the working class.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Mr. Lendman for telling the truth about what happened to Senator Wellstone and why. I just want to add what happpened after he died by the good Senator Jeffords from Vermont to try to ameliorate one of the final blows to the American Republic before it turned into a fascist dictatorshdip with good PR.

Senator Jeffords from Vermont KNEW Cheney killed Senator Wellstone to control the Senate so he switched his affiliation from Republican to Independent. Cheney must have gone ape shit. Jeffords retired a few years later with cancer (makes you wonder, doesn't it?) but he did manage to put a cork on Cheney's plans for a while. The Bush team of whakers then went to plan B and corrupting the Democrats or blackmailing them. It doesn't look good to show you are as bad as the worst banana republic fascist murderers anywhere in the world. It's bad for the PR hype about freedom and democracy.

corruptico said...

Looks like the same technology that brought down the Russian commercial passenger [super] jetliner promotional flight in Indonesia, along with Russia’s top pilot - as means to keep Russia from competing with the multi-billion dollar passenger jet industry dominated by America and Europe. Information preemptively conveyed to me in 1998 by Neocon John Bolton’s nephew, a High School classmate of mine. Airbus also suffered a promotional flight crash in 1988.

Anonymous said...

dick cheney had him killed.

Anonymous said...

Wellstone committed suicide because he was so ashamed for being a Marxist/socialist and communism partisan.

Anonymous said...

He may have been a dissenting voice at times, but one thing we most certainly do not need are progressives. They are key to where we are today.

Anonymous said...

Wellstone was passionate about the following things: abolishing private property (except that held by the political classes), high tax rates, massive wealth confiscation from some people to transfer it to others, and making everyone heavily dependent upon the state literally from cradle to grave.
make no mistake about the nature of Wellstone's socialistic dreams. The state was the be all and end all and those who did not agree would be squashed.
Paul Krugman, the political operative columnist for the New York Times who masquerades as an economist at Princeton University, lauded Wellstone for being an "economic populist." Populism as it came out of the Progressive Movement of the late 1800s, was nothing more than a euphemism for mob rule. Thus, even in trying to honor Wellstone, Krugman unwittingly gives us the sordid basis for socialism.

Many speakers at the service exhorted those in the audience to "carry on" Wellstone's "dream." That dream — of a peaceful socialist society that provides plenty for all — is just a dream; the reality of socialism, as demonstrated grotesquely by the hundreds of millions of bones that lie beneath the ground in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Asia, is war, starvation, and death. No more proof of statism's evil is needed, but there are always socialists like Wellstone to tell us that he and others hold the "keys to the kingdom" that will make the system work and provide plenty for everyone, and there always are suckers out there who believe this nonsense.

Anonymous said...

Progressives (Marxist/socialist) are indeed The key to where we are today. We are literally in a great depression and the Marxist in chief has created this disaster.

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