"'We're not inflicting pain on these f-----s,' Clinton said, softly at first. 'When people kill us, they should be killed in greater numbers.' Then, with his face reddening, his voice rising, and his fist pounding his thigh, he leaned into Tony [Lake], as if it was his fault. 'I believe in killing people who try to hurt you. And I can't believe we're being pushed around by these two-bit pricks'. . ."
- "All Too Human" by George Stephanopoulos
"With an immense sense of sorrow, I have to say I believe that the stories of the 'Clinton Body Count'" are on the mark. It does appear, at least to this observer, that the man occupying the United States Presidency is a murderer.
- "The Secret Life of Bill Clinton: The Unreported Stories" by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
"... The President suffers from a syndrome characteristic of certain adult children of alcoholic parents. This gives him a strong tendency to lie, to be by nature indecisive, to create and thrive on chaos, to deny personal responsibility and indulge in self-destructive behavior."
- "The Dysfunctional President: Inside the Mind of Bill Clinton" by Paul Fick, Ph.D.
There is a term that gets tossed around a lot these days. Bill Clinton's top political consultant, James Carville, loves to apply the term to the women in Clinton's life. The term varies from "white trash" to "trailer trash." It is an unfortunate term, and somehow the racial and class connotations inherent in the word are not Politically Incorrect, like the infamous "n" word.
As long as it is a word that Clinton's people float around, then it becomes fair game in relation to him. If ever it applied to anybody, it applied to Bill Clinton and his mother. She was a woman who slept around with various men in Arkansas, got herself pregnant by a bunch of them, and ended up having four children from four different ones. One of them was Bill Clinton. Another one was his half-brother, Roger, a drug addict, alcoholic and ne'r'do'well.
Clinton grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas, one of the most corrupt, mob-controlled cities in America. Al Capone had permanent rights to a suite in the Arlington Hotel. Clinton's stepfather liked to wave a gun around in a drunken stupor. His business ventures fell through because he stole money from the company. He physically abused Clinton's mother, who was a heavy gambler and always owed money to the mob. She figured out "inventive" ways to repay her debts. Bill's Uncle Raymond was a mob character whose house was firebombed in retaliation for some criminal enterprise.
"In Hot Springs, growing up here, you were living a lie," recalled Paul Bosson, Hot Springs prosecutor. "You lived a lie because you knew that all of these activities were illegal. I mean, as soon as you got old enough to be able to read a newspaper, you knew that gambling in Arkansas was illegal, prostitution was illegal. And so you lived this lie, so you have to find some way to justify that to yourself and, you know, you justify it by saying, `Well,' you know, 'it's okay here.'"
Clinton's mother stated that it did not "occur" to her that gambling was illegal there, and that she was "shocked" when a vote was held to determine its legality. She got away with her illegal gambling.
A Federal investigation determined that Hot Springs had the largest illegal gambling operations in the country. Clinton grew up in an environment of sexual promiscuity. Do not get me wrong, I have no argument with sexual promiscuity and would be a hypocrite to write moral condemnations denigrating the joys of sex. One could even argue that in having all these illegitimate children, Clinton's mother was a poster girl for the Pro-Life movement, although one is not aware of how many abortions she underwent. A man should not be judged by who his parents are or the environment he was raised in, but there is little question that such circumstances do shape what kind of people we become. There is an obvious connection between Bill Clinton and his mother, just as it impossible to separate the Kennedys from Joseph P. Kennedy.
Exactly how indiscreet the gal was makes a difference. If she went to hotels, or the dudes' houses, or had them over when Bill was at school and away from him, that is one thing. A son coming home to see his mom getting three-on-oned is another.
There is also a great deal of admiration due a young man who grows up on the wrong side of the tracks, no doubt enduring the barbs of others who identified and ridiculed his mother for her loose ways. Clinton could have grown up like Roger, a substance abuser who lived on the edges of the law and saw little reason to try and succeed on a straight and narrow path. Instead, he excelled in school and found fascination with beautiful subject matter, like politics and history. He admired John F. Kennedy and even met him when he was a teenager. This was at a time when average people were not particularly aware of JFK's promiscuity, either.
On the other hand, Clinton's supposed "other side of the tracks" upbringing does not square with the fact that through is mother, and through blood relations, he had wealthy and influential connections, albeit illegal ones.
Clinton was not a bad-looking kid, and he had the gift for speech. He made himself popular through his wit, his smile and his smarts. He grew up in Arkansas at a time when racial bigotry was very common, but he did not harbor prejudice towards blacks. Because he was considered so low on the social order, he identified with them. Because he was so gifted, he elevated himself above his social ranking. By earning his way to prestigious Georgetown University, he rose above and beyond what normally came from his neck of the woods.
Clinton was a true scholar. He possessed the ability to work hard, but did not consider studying to be drudgery. He envisioned a career in politics and considered every day an opportunity to prepare himself for that day. He earned a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford College in England.
Clinton was a wild and wooly 1960s radical. He did drugs. He apparently was emulating his mother and making time with as many girls as possible. These were the days of "free love," and Clinton drank from that trough. His years in Washington had transformed him from the quiet Southern boy into a loud anti-war protester, with the abominable "bad hair" that went with it. Vietnam was raging. Clinton did not want to touch it with a 10-foot pole. The Rhodes Scholarship offered him the perfect opportunity to get out of the country and avoid the draft. For the first, he lost interest in school, which is a little surprising. Studying politics at Oxford was a fascinating opportunity. However, real world politics trumped the kind you read about in books. Anti-war protests were occurring in London. Clinton saw the power of anti-Americanism. He identified with it. Being the poor kid whose mother tramped about the countryside, he saw himself as one of the dispossessed "victims" of American greed and capitalism. Eventually, his mother would be elevated to heroic status by the Democrat party, and his drug-addled brother trotted out as his spokesman by the liberal media.
Res ipsa loquiter.
Clinton enthusiastically rallied against America while living in England. Then he went to Moscow in the dead of Winter. He said it was a "vacation," a "sight-seeing trip." His detractors have implied that he may have offered his services to the Communists, or that they might have recruited him. There is some evidence that his itinerary and travel schedule veered from the tightly controlled tourist schedule of the average foreign visitor to Moscow, which could be a sign that he had a handler. Clinton biographer Roger Morris wrote that Clinton was a CIA informer during his Rhodes Scholar days. He had no visible income, yet traveled around Europe and the Soviet Union, staying at the best hotels in Moscow. The U.S. government supposedly had a program at that time, employing well-educated people like Clinton as part of Operation Chaos, in order to undermine anti-war resistance. Former White House FBI agent Gary Aldrich wrote that Clinton was asked to leave by Oxford officials, supposedly because they knew about Operation Chaos.
If Clinton was a Bubba "Manchurian Candidate," it explains much about him. If indeed he did endeavor to, or actually carry out, espionage and treason against the U.S., he got away with it. It does not follow his character pattern that he would work for the government to "break" student resistance. He could have been informing the Communists of what he knew about Operation Chaos. As somebody who planned to run for office eventually, this would have been risky, but that is part of his character.
He did not complete his studies at Oxford, which leads one to question why he went to Europe while the Vietnam War raged. Avoiding the war was an obvious answer, but clandestine activity is another. If so, he got away with it.
Clinton met a 19-year-old woman in an English bar and had sex with her. She claimed it was rape. Clinton claimed it was not. A retired State Department official, who was involved in the case at the time, told the Capitol Hill Blue news service in the late 1990s, "There is no doubt in my mind that this woman suffered severe emotional trauma. But we were under tremendous pressure to avoid the embarrassment of having a Rhodes Scholar charged with rape. I filed a report to my superiors and that was the last I heard of it." The victim's family did not file charges. Clinton got away with it.
Eventually, Clinton did face the draft. He took an audience with an Army officer to discuss his status. He tried to defer his draft, saying he was going to the University of Arkansas Law School. He wrote a letter stating that he "loathed the military." He worked the angles in classic Clinton form, using time and bureaucracy to delay and obfuscate, openly expressing that he wished to avoid the draft while still maintaining his "political viability" for that time in the future when he planned to run for office. The segregationist Arkansas Democrat, Senator William Fulbright, also mentored Clinton. When Eisenhower tried to enact civil rights laws, Democrats like Fulbright and Albert Gore, Sr., father of Clinton's eventual Vice-President, blocked it. When LBJ proposed civil rights in 1964-65, Fulbright and Gore joined fellow Democrats to try and bock it again. Republicans gave Johnson the votes he needed.
Clinton simply outlasted the draft board until he could apply to, get accepted, and start at Yale Law School. He was a draft dodger, but he got away with it. He met a 22-year-old woman who told the campus police that Clinton sexually assaulted her. No charges were filed, but retired campus policemen contacted by Capitol Hill Blue news service in the 1990s confirmed the incident. The woman also confirmed it, but declined to discuss it further. Clinton got away with it.
At Yale Law School, he met Hillary Rodham. Hillary had grown up a "Goldwater girl" in the Chicago suburbs. Some time before or during her time at Wellesley, she had a complete "change of heart" and became a total liberal. This is the first indication that her entire moral base is the hunger for power. She saw at Wellesley the power of the lesbian elite that is part of liberalism's core. Hillary realized that her political chances were better attaching herself to this new, shrill voice than the old-fashioned American values embodied by Goldwater. Hillary's senior thesis has never been viewed. She ordered it sealed from public view, and got away with it.
When she met Clinton, her plan was hatched. Here was a smart, savvy Southern Democrat whose politics were in line with the anti-Americanism she adhered to at Wellesley. In the early 1970s she saw it as the future of the Democrat party. There was some attraction, which helps. A political marriage was struck.
Hillary realized that Bill's star would have to rise and shine first. She would rise with it, in the manner of Eva Peron, who slept her way to success as a political wife in 1940s Argentina. She would bear up to life in Arkansas. In light of Nixon's Southern strategy, she knew that this part of the country would be instrumental in future national elections. Racial politics had already changed. She perceived that Democrats could benefit from the new openness. She was right. Hillary would take a job as a lawyer and make money while her husband made his name.
They worked for George McGovern and the Democrats when Watergate broke, trying to impeach Richard Nixon. Once that mission was accomplished, the Clintons went to Arkansas and entered politics.
27-year old Clinton had been profiled occasionally in "hometown boy makes good articles" detailing his rise through Georgetown, the Rhodes Scholarship, and Yale Law School, but politically he was unknown. He ran for Congress in a crowded Democrat primary, vying for a shot at an entrenched Republican incumbent.
"Yet as soon as he enters the race," Roger Morris wrote. "Mr. Clinton enjoys a decisive seven-to-one advantage in campaign funds over the nearest Democratic competitor, and will spend twice as much as his well-supported GOP opponent. It begins with a quiet meeting at his mother's house in Hot Springs. Around the kitchen table, as Virginia Clinton will describe the scene, avid young Billy meets with two of his most crucial early backers - Uncle Raymond G. Clinton, a prosperous local Buick dealer, and family friend and wealthy businessman Gabe Crawford. As they talk, Mr. Crawford offers the candidate unlimited use of his private plane, and Uncle Raymond not only provides several houses around the district to serve as campaign headquarters, but will secure a $10,000 loan to Bill from the First National Bank of Hot Springs - an amount then equal to the yearly income of many Arkansas families. Together, the money and aircraft and other gifts, including thousands more in secret donations, will launch Mr. Clinton in the most richly financed race in the annals of Arkansas…
"No mere businessman with a spare plane, Gabe Crawford presided over a backroom bookie operation that was one of Hot Springs' most lucrative criminal enterprises. [And the] inimitable Uncle Raymond - who had also played a pivotal behind-the-scenes role in keeping young Bill out of the Vietnam draft - was far more than an auto dealer. In the nationally prominent fount of vice and corruption that was Hot Springs from the 1920s to the 1980s (its barely concealed casinos generated more income than Las Vegas well into the 1960s), the uncle's Buick agency and other businesses and real estate were widely thought to be facades for illegal gambling, drug money laundering and other ventures, in which Raymond was a partner. He was a minion of the organized crime overlord who controlled the American Middle South for decades, New Orleans boss Carlos Marcello or 'Mafia Kingfish' as his biographer John Davis called him."
Clinton got away with it. His mob connections, orchestrated through his mother, who appears to be a small-time Judith Campbell Exner, belie the image of a "man from Hope" rising from hard-scrabble beginnings by dint of talent and work.
Clinton became a law professor at the University of Arkansas, where Capitol Hill Blue news service reported that a female student claimed Clinton attempted to keep her in his office against her wishes, groping and feeling her out. She reported the incident to her faculty advisor, but Clinton said she ''came on'' to him. The girl was forced to leave school, and after Clinton became President, she was located in Texas. She chose not to speak to reporters. Other students who were there conformed that it happened. Clinton got away with it.
In 1976, Clinton, backed by Arkansas mob interests in league with the state Democrat party, was elected Attorney General of Arkansas. Two Indonesian billionaires came to Arkansas that year to do business with Clinton, who they heard was pliable in various…matters. Mochtar Riady and Liem Sioe Liong, close to Indionesian strongman Suharto, ran a company called Riady. Riady was looking for an American bank to buy. It was not unlike Meyer Lansky's decision to do business in Bautista's Cuba, where a friendly government would give him carte blanche. Carter put Riady together with Jackson Stephens, and Stephens Finance was formed. An association began between Stephens and BCCI's founder, Hassan Abedi, with Carter aide Bert Lance, all sponsored by Arkansas' new Attorney General. It was pure corruption, but Clinton got away with it.
In 1977, Hillary Clinton joined the Rose Law Firm. The next year her husband was elected Governor. The Clintons and their friends, James and Susan McDougal, bought land in the Ozarks for $203,000 with mostly borrowed money. The 203-acre plot was called Whitewater. It was scammed to retirees as a retirement community, even though there was no infrastructure or business within 50 miles to support it. The Washington Post later said that some of the retirees were forced to "live off the land" because, to borrow Gertrude Stein's phrase, there was "no there there." More than half of the purchasers lost their plots in the sleazy rip-off deal. The Clintons got away with it.
Two months later, Hillary Clinton invested $1,000 in an insider cattle futures deal. A few days later her $1,000 was $5,000. She earned almost $100,000 altogether. Economists estimate the chances of making such a profit legally are one in 250 million. She got away with it.
Governor Clinton appointed Jim McDougal as economic development advisor.
His mother was regularly seen "hanging out" at the race rack with mobsters. She introduced her son, Roger to horse breeder Dan Lasater. Lasater gave Roger "work" and helped him pay off an $8,000 drug debt to Colombia's infamous Medellin cartel. Roger had a four-gram per day cocaine habit. He got his stuff from a New York broker of the Medellin supply. The Medellin normally would not extend business to white trash types like Roger. But his family connection, including his mother being a mob associate and, his middleman later testified, "who his brother was," made him an exception. It was during this time that capitol rumors circulated Hillary was having an affair with a man named Vince Foster.
Clinton raped a woman named Juanita Broaddrick, who was a Democrat volunteer in Clinton's gubernatorial campaign. He almost bit her lip off in the process of the act. The hospital reported the rape. Clinton's people removed the report and photos. Broaddrick was frightened out of her mind, and intimidated into not pressing charges against the Attorney General. Clinton got away with it.
Roger Morris wrote in "Partners in Power" that Clinton accosted a woman lawyer in Little Rock. When she rejecting him, he bit her. The lawyer, like Broaddrick, chose not to press charges against the Attorney General because he already had a reputation as a man who was protected by forceful elements. Clinton got away with it.
When her husband saw now-Governor Clinton at the 1980 Democrat Convention, he told him, "If you ever approach her, I'll kill you." Clinton apologized and told the man he would never contact her.
Shortly after these incidents, Paula Grober, Clinton's speech interpreter for the deaf who was with him when they occurred, was killed in a high-speed, no witness, one-car crash. If Clinton murdered Grober, he got away with it.
A legal secretary said Clinton attempted to force her to perform oral sex. Her boyfriend, a Democrat lawyer, told her that "people who crossed the Governor usually regretted it," and that she should forget that it ever happened.
"I haven't forgotten it," she says. "You don't forget crude men like that." Clinton got away with it.
Sharlene Wilson testified in 1990 that she sold cocaine to Roger Clinton, and observed Bill snort some at Le Bistro, a Little Rock nightclub.
"I watched Bill Clinton lean up against a brick wall," Wilson told the London Telegraph's Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in 1995. "He was so messed up that night, he slid down the wall into a garbage can and just sat there like a complete idiot."
Wilson said she observed Bill's avid drug use between 1979 and 1981. Drug prosecutor Jean Duffey said she believed the testimony. Clinton got away with it.
Arkansas state trooper Larry Patterson claimed that Governor Clinton had oral sex with a woman in a car parked outside daughter Chelsea's elementary school. He got away with it.
Governor Clinton appointed Web Hubbell to head the state ethics commission, with the goal being the weakening of legislation exempting the Governor from strong oversight provisions. Arkansas under boy Clinton was the home of some of the most notorious gunrunning, drug and money laundering operations in America. The IRS issued notice that Clinton's "enticing climate" was ripe for bribery. Operatives would go into banks with duffel bags full of cash. Bank officers distributed the dough to tellers in sums under $10,000. Anything under 10 grand is not reportable.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard wrote that Sharlene Wilson flew cocaine from Mena, Arkansas to Texas. Other drugs were stuffed into chickens for shipping. Wilson was known as "the lady with the snow" at "toga parties" attended by Bill Clinton, who got away with it.
"I lived in Little Rock, Arkansas, okay?" said Wilson. "And I worked at a club called Le Bistro's, and I met Roger Clinton there, Governor Bill Clinton, a couple of his state troopers that went with him wherever he went. Roger Clinton had come up to me and he had asked me could I give him some coke, you know, and asked for my one-hitter, which a one-hitter is a very small silver device, okay, that you stick up into your nose and you just squeeze it and a snort of cocaine will go up in there. And I watched Roger hand what I had given him to Governor Clinton, and he just kind of turned around and walked off." The Governor got away with it.
Investor's Business Daily reported that Sally Perdue, a former Miss Arkansas and Little Rock talk show host who said she had an affair with then-Governor Clinton in 1983, told the London Sunday Telegraph that he once came over to her house with a bag full of cocaine.
''He had all the equipment laid out, like a real pro," said Perdue. He got away with it.
"He smoked marijuana in my presence and offered me the opportunity to snort cocaine if I wanted to," Genifer Flowers, who had an affair with Clinton, told talk host Sean Hannity. "I wasn't into that. Bill clearly let me know that he did cocaine. And I know people that knew he did cocaine. He did tell me that when he would use a substantial amount of cocaine that his head would itch so badly that he would become self-conscious at parties where he was doing this. Because all he wanted to do while people were talking to him is stand around and scratch his head...." Clinton got away with it.
Two Arkansas state troopers swore under oath that Clinton was ''under the influence'' of drugs. He got away with it. Sharlene Wilson said Bill and Roger snorted blow together, but got away with it. Jack McCoy, a Democrat politician, told the Sunday Telegraph that he could ''remember going into the Governor's conference room once and it reeked of marijuana.'' Roger Morris quoted law enforcement officers who said they knew of Clinton's drug abuse. Apartment manager Jane Parks said she would listen through the walls while the Governor and Roger talked about their drugs. R. Emmett Tyrrell, editor of American Spectator, tried for years to verify rumors that Clinton overdosed. He got away with all of it.
Hillary Clinton made a $44,000 profit on a $2,000 insider investment in a cellular phone franchise deal designed to bilk minorities and women through an FCC loophole. Her investment was made just before the cellular giant, McCaw, bought the company. She got away with it.
A drug pilot claimed that he would land his Cessna 210 full of cocaine into eastern Arkansas. Clinton's state troopers would meet him. If true, Clinton got away with it.
Jerry Parks' wife claimed that security operatives brought huge sums of money from Mena airport to Vince Foster, waiting in a K-Mart parking lot. Mrs. Parks opened the trunk and found so much cash she could not close it again. Her husband told her that Foster paid him $1,000 for each trip to Mena, and to forget what she had seen.
"Foster was using him as a kind of operative to collect sensitive information on things and do sensitive jobs," Evans-Pritchard wrote. "Some of this appears to have been done on behalf of Hillary Clinton. . .Foster told him that Hillary wanted it done. Now, my understanding . . .is that she wanted to know how vulnerable he would be in a Presidential race on the question of - how shall I put it? - his appetites." If true, the Clintons got away with it.
Interestingly, Hillary Clinton began to lobby on behalf of the Nicaraguan Contras. Word began to spread around Little Rock that Dan Lasater threw parties in which coke and women were available. Bill was a frequent guest. He got away with it.
Roger's landlady, Jane Parks, said Bill visited his apartment and shared drugs and young girls with him. If there were underage, they got away with it.
Judy Gibbs, a model/escort who modeled in Penthouse, ran a brothel in Fordyce, Arkansas. They blackmailed powerful clients. Her family linked her to Clinton, but after she cooperated with police in a cocaine trafficking investigation, she was burned to death inside her home from an unsolved fire. If Clinton killed her or ordered her killed, he got away with it.
Newsmax reported in 1999 that, "[Former Clinton bodyguard Barry] Spivey had become something of a mystery man, who insisted on meeting [Paula Jones investigator] Rick Lambert on a deserted road nestled deep in the Arkansas backwoods. The Jones investigator admitted he was none too comfortable with the situation. Spivey shared a story about a conversation he had with Clinton while on a flight over southeast Arkansas. The trooper noticed a blackened patch amidst the greenery below that, surprisingly, Clinton recognized. That patch was all that was left of an estate that had burned to the ground in the mid-'80s. According to the trooper, Clinton began reminiscing about rumors of his involvement with the woman of the house, a onetime 'Penthouse pet.' Her husband, Spivey said, was involved in a pornography ring. Clinton explained to Spivey, 'You know that mansion just burned down right on top of them.' Years later, Spivey remains struck by one thing: The eerie expression that crossed Clinton's face as he spoke those words...." Perhaps it was the look of a man who got away with it.
Well over 30 people met unexpected, often violent deaths after being connected in some manner to Bill Clinton in those days. Almost all of them were poorly investigated by Arkansas officials. They were either incompetent or chose incompetence. How many were killed by Clinton and his people is not determined. Barbara Wise's semi-nude body was found in the Commerce Department. She was said to be a troubled individual, and the chances are that her death had no connection to Clinton. A business figure with connections to espionage operations was scheduled to fly on a plane with Commerce Secretary Ron Brown. At the last second, he cancelled his seat, and the plane crashed. The businessman later died in the crash of TWA 800.
Vince Foster's death could have been part of illegal activities he performed or knew that Clinton was involved in. Investigators may have been getting close to past money laundering, drug trafficking, or illegal intelligence operations.
All of this leads me to stop for a second and contemplate some possibilities. I am a Christian, and many, especially those of the liberal persuasion (who have adopted the Clintons as their heroes) think this is an antiquated religion. For some reason, the "Eastern philosophies," which are much older than Christianity, are often their preferred "faiths." Anyway, Christianity offers the existence of the devil.
Now, this no doubt will make many think I am a nut, but I do not care. I believe that a human being can summon forth the power of Satan if he believes in his heart that Satan is real. I believe he can make a deal with the devil to achieve greatness that he or she otherwise would not attain. I believe there are famous people in Hollywood, politics, music, the business world, book publishing, and other endeavors who have achieved their success as a result of these deals. I believe dark forces protect them. I believe it is utterly possible that the Clintons made such a deal.
I could be completely wrong about this, but so far, Bill and Hillary have gotten away with it.
Clinton lost re-election as Governor in 1980 because the electorate despised Hillary. She refused to change her last name to Clinton and showed disdain for the "red-necks" of Arkansas.
Larry Nichols told the George Putman Show in 1998 that Clinton had determined that he had to "dry out on the white stuff" before making another run. R. Emmett Tyrrell spoke to emergency room workers at the University of Arkansas Medical Center to confirm whether Clinton had been hospitalized after OD'ing. He was not told "no."
''I can't talk about that,'' a nurse said. Another feared for her life. Dr. Sam Houston, a well-known physician and doctor for Hillary's father, told Newsmax Clinton's cocaine overdose was well known within medical circles. Houston had full knowledge of the incidents, which involved state troopers and Hillary's instructions for the hospital staff. Hillary told both resident physicians that they would never practice medicine in the United States if Clinton's drug problem leaked out. She pinned one up against the wall to back up her point. Both hands pressed against his shoulders, as she gave her dire warning. The Clintons got away with it.
Jim McDougal developed a system to pass money to Clinton. A contractor agreed to pad his monthly construction bill by $2,000. The contractor put the figure on his invoice as a cost for gravel or culvert work. After he was paid the full amount...the contractor reimbursed McDougal the $2,000. He turned the money over to Clinton. Once, after he handed over his latest consignment of 20 hundred-dollar bills to relay to the governor's office, Clinton's assistant said, "Caesar had his Brutus, Charles the First had Cromwell. Clinton could profit from these examples if we cross him.'" Clinton got away with it.
Hillary Clinton wrote to Jim McDougal that, "If Reagonomics works at all, Whitewater could become the Western Hemisphere's Mecca." She got away with it.
Major drug trafficker Barry Seal, under pressure from Louisiana, relocated his operations to Mena. Seal imported 1,000 pounds of cocaine a month from the Medellin. He claimed to have made over $50 million. As an informant, he said that in 1980-81, he made about 60 trips to Central America and returned with 18,000 kilograms.
In 1996 the Progressive Review reported, "The London Telegraph has obtained some of the first depositions in ex-CIA contract flyer Terry Reed's suit against Clinton's ex-security chief - and now a high-paid FEMA director - Buddy Young. According to the Telegraph's Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, 'Larry Patterson, an Arkansas state trooper, testified under oath that there were "large quantities of drugs being flown into the Mena airport, large quantities of money, large quantities of guns." State troopers working on his security detail discussed the subject repeatedly in Clinton's presence, he alleged. Patterson said the Governor "had very little comment to make; he was just listening to what was being said."' Clinton got away with it.
State police investigator Russell Welch said the Mena airport was owned by a man who "doesn't exist in history back past a safe house in Baltimore in 1972." Another was owned by someone who "smuggled heroin through Laos back in the '70s." Still another was "owned by a guy who just went bankrupt. So what's he do? Flies to Europe for more money." Welch said of Fokker that "the DEA's been tracking those planes back and forth to Columbia for a while now." Clinton got away with it.
Evans-Pritchard detailed a DEA report that a backer of Clinton "smuggles cocaine from Colombia, South America, inside race horses to Hot Springs." IRS agent William Duncan and an Arkansas state police investigator reportedly took drug trafficking concerns to U.S Attorney Asa Hutchinson. 20 witnesses were to be subpoenaed before the grand jury. Hutchinson chose three.
"The three appeared before the grand jury, but afterwards, two of them also expressed surprise at how their questioning was handled," wrote reporter Mara Leveritt. "One, a secretary at Rich Mountain Aviation, had given Duncan sworn statements about money laundering at the company, transcripts of which Duncan had provided to Hutchinson. But when the woman left the jury room, she complained that Hutchinson had asked her nothing about the crime or the sworn statements she'd given to Duncan. As Duncan later testified, 'She basically said that she was allowed to give her name, address, position, and not much else.' The other angry witness was a banker who had, in Duncan's words, 'provided a significant amount of evidence relating to the money-laundering operation.' According to Duncan, he, too, emerged from the jury room complaining 'that he was not allowed to provide the evidence that he wanted to provide to the grand jury.'"
Bill Clinton got away with it and was again elected Governor of Arkansas.
Mochtar Riady formed Lippo Finance & Investment in Little Rock. A non-citizen, Riady hire President Carter's former SBA director, Vernon Weaver, to chair the firm, along with a $2 million loan guaranteed by the SBA. Weaver used a character reference from Governor Clinton to guarantee the loan, which was funneled to Little Rock Chinese restaurateur Charlie Trie. Riady and Jackson Stephens formed United Pacific Trading, while state regulators warned McDougal's Madison Guarantee S&L to stop making improper loans. Clinton knew about the warnings but did nothing. All the while, according to the Tampa Tribune, the Mena drug-running operation was in full swing. The drugs were transported in coolers marked "medical supplies." The planes were reportedly met by Bill Clinton, who got away with it.
Dan Lasater's firm was under investigation for drug peddling, but he still was given parts of 14 state bond issues. Judge David Hale's Capital Management Services began loaning money to state figures. Stevens and Riady bought Worthern Bank, installing Riady's 28-year-old son, James as president. BCCI investor Abdullah Taha Bakhish was a co-owner. Jim McDougal attempted to keep his S&L, which had been providing cash for the Whitewater operation from being shut down by the state.
Clinton used to "jog over to McDougal's office about once a month to pick up the [retainer] check for his wife," the Washington Times quoted a business associate. He got away with it.
Goldman Sachs, Payne Webber, Salomon Brothers and Merrill Lynch became Clinton's financial backers. So did Washington socialite Pamela Harriman. They were not the only "backers" of Bill Clinton.
"…The mob really came into Arkansas politics," a former U.S. attorney told Roger Morris. "It wasn't just Bill Clinton and it went beyond our old Dixie Mafia. . .This was Eastern and West Coast crime money that noticed the possibilities just like the legitimate corporations did." Clinton got away with it.
Dan Lasater bought a New Mexico ski resort for $20 million, and the Clinton's promoted it. U.S. Customs determined that the resort was a front for drugs and money laundering. Lasater, with Patsy Thomasson, bought a 24,000-acre ranch in the drug emporium of Belize, helped by the U.S. Ambassador. The Belize government nixed the deal, though.
Under Clinton, Arkansas' prison system sold prisoners' blood to Canada, until a problem was discovered involving AIDS and hepatitis. This is against American law but Clinton got away with it.
Thousands of dollars in mysterious checks were cashed through the Whitewater account at Madison Guaranty in a check-kiting scheme McDougal operated, probably with the Clintons, who got away with it.
When Roger Clinton was arrested for buying more cocaine, he told Hot Springs police, "Got to get some for my brother. He's got a nose like a vacuum cleaner." Roger was working for Dan Lasater at the time. His brother got away with it.
Barry Seal said the Mena operation earned him between $60 and $100 million, but Vice-President George Bush's drug task force was closing in on him. He flew to D.C. to cut a deal, "rolling" for the DEA on the Medellin cartel. Louisiana and Arkansas agents were unaware of Seal's deal.
"By Seal's own account," reporter Mara Leveritt said, "his gross income in the year and a half after he became an informant - while he was based at Mena and while Asa Hutchinson was the federal prosecutor in Fort Smith, 82 miles away - was three-quarters of a million dollars. Seal reported that $575,000 of that income had been derived from a single cocaine shipment, which the DEA had allowed him to keep. Pressed further, he testified that, since going to work for the DEA, he had imported 1,500 pounds of cocaine into the U.S. Supposed informant Seal will fly repeatedly to Colombia, Guatemala, and Panama, where he meets with Jorge Ochoa, Fabio Ochoa, Pablo Escobar, and Carlos Lehder - leaders of the cartel that at the time controlled an estimated 80 percent of the cocaine entering the United States." Despite his ties with Seal, Clinton got away with it.
When President Reagan wanted to send National Guard troops to Honduras to aid the Contras, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis went to the Supreme Court to stop it. Clinton, however, offered to "help" the Contras, sending his security chief, Buddy Young, and the Arkansas National Guard. They left "excess" weapons behind for the Contras. If this act of "benevolence" on behalf of Reagan was cover for a drug deal involving the Contras or some other Central American organization, Clinton got away with it.
State trooper L.D. Brown, Clinton's bodyguard, applied to the CIA. Clinton "Reaganized" his application regarding Nicaragua. Brown met a "CIA recruiter" in Dallas, but apparently he was a member of Vice-President Bush's staff. Bush's man arranged a meeting with Barry Seal, who was cooperating with the V.P.'s task force. Brown joined Seal, flying M16s to Honduras. They returned with duffel bags. When Brown expressed concern to Clinton that he might be involved in illegalities, "Slick Willie" told him, "Oh, you can handle it, don't sweat it." Brown eventually looked in the duffel bags on the next trip and found cocaine.
"Your buddy, Bush, knows about it," Clinton told Brown. "That's Lasater's deal." If this story is true, then it could explain why the Republicans did not go after Clinton harder. Bush may have been involved in a CIA operation to bust the drug lords or to use them to aid the Contras. Manuel Noriega of Panama may have been involved. Either way, it may have eventually spun into something the Reagan Administration did not want exposed. If so, Clinton got away with it. He also won re-election in 1984.
In 1985, Roger pled guilty to cocaine distribution and served a short prison sentence. Wayne Dumond allegedly raped a relative of Bill Clinton. He was then sexually assaulted and castrated by two masked men. A local sheriff was sentenced to 160 years for extortion and drug dealing. He kept a jar on his desk with Dumond's testicles in it, reading, "That's what happens to people who fool around in my county." A parole board eventually released Dumond when evidence revealed his innocence.
Clinton carried on a "romping, stomping fit," according to the editor of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. He blocked the release. If Clinton ordered the innocent Dumond's testicles to be castrated by sheriff's deputies, then blocked the release of an innocent man, and was involved in extortion and drug dealing with the sheriff, then he got away with it.
McDougal put Mrs. Clinton on a $2,000 a month retainer by Madison Guaranty to mollify her and keep her passing money to her husband. Hillary later denied involvement in Madison, who she represented before the state securities department. When her lie was later exposed she exclaimed, "For goodness sakes, you can't be a lawyer if you don't represent banks." That must have been her Republican upbringing. She got away with it.
The Arkansas Development Finance Authority was, according to a Clinton crony, "his own political piggy bank." Millions were funneled to Clinton's people, but records were usually not kept. AFDA was used to bring in business from out of the state. The hook under Clinton was that Arkansas kept union activity to a minimum. This could either be because Clinton was a conservative at heart or the mob does not like to share with unions. Either way, Clinton got away with it.
Dan Lasater underwrote a $30 million bond deal for state police radios at the time that Roger was telling the U.S. about Lasater's drug operations. Bill Clinton, through Worthen Bank, was raiding the Arkansas state pension funds during this time, causing them to lose 15 percent of their value. Clinton's subsequent high risk, short-term investment caused a $52 million loss. Mochtar Riady bailed out Clinton. They covered the losses with a Worthen check written by Jack Stephens in the middle of the night, an insurance policy, and the subsequent purchase over the next few months of 40 percent of the bank. Clinton got away with it.
A Chinese native named John Huang became a Lippo executive in Arkansas.
China Resources paid Lippo to "tour" Asia on behalf of Governor Clinton, according to the FBI. Mochtar and James Riady took over the First National Bank of Mena. It has been alleged that they ran a Contra supply base in addition to the drug and money rackets. If so, and if Clinton was involved, he got away with it.
A Contra operative named Terry Reed helped organize Operation Donation. The plan was to steal planes and boats needed for the Contras, and the owners claimed the insurance. Reed was a CIA asset of Felix Rodriguez, Vice-President Bush's Contra connection.
Park on Meter, a manufacturer of parking meters in Russellville, Arkansas, was the recipient of an industrial loan from the Arkansas Development Finance Authority in 1985. Allegedly, this company was a Federal front for the manufacture of chemical and biological weapons and devices to carry them on C-130s for the Contras. They denied it, but they admitted to having secret military contracts. A parking meter manufacturer that had secret military contracts? Web Hubbell was their attorney. Oh, coincidentally, next to their land was an Army Reserve chemical warfare company.
Checks made out to Clinton and his campaign were endorsed and placed in Madison S&L. A cashier's check in the amount of $3,000 had the name of a 24-year-old college student named Ken Peacock on it. In 1993 he refuted that claim. Whitewater did not file corporate tax returns. Asa Hutchinson failed in his try for the U.S. Senate. Police sources alleged that Hutchinson knew about the Mena operation but did not act. Mike Fitzhugh, his successor, did not allow state investigator Russell Welch and IRS agent William Duncan to present a money-laundering scheme to the grand jury. Jim McDougal created another land deal, this called Castle Grande.
Evans-Pritchard said that Clinton's Arkansas was a "major point for the transshipment of drugs" and "perilously close to becoming a 'narco-republic' - a sort of mini-Columbia within the borders of the United States." Meyer Lansky would have been proud.
"An epidemic of cocaine, contaminating the political establishment from top to bottom," with parties "at which cocaine would be served like hors d'oeuvres and sex was rampant," was Evans-Pritchard's description of events attended by Clinton, who got away with it.
Madison was described by a Federal Home Loan Bank Board audit as financially reckless and ready to break apart, but this was the era known as the "savings and loan crisis." It hoped to fold and be rescued by the Feds, just like so many other S&Ls. The audit, however, indicated that Madison's records were even shoddier than most. It was obvious that the exact nature of their transactions was meant to be kept secret. If Madison's records were so bad in order to hide the Clinton's participation, they got away with it.
David Hale's Capital Management Services Inc. received an SBA-approved $300,000 loan for Susan McDougal, who owned an advertising agency called Master Marketing. The loan was never repaid. If Clinton was involved, he got away with it.
Dan Lasater pled guilty to cocaine distribution. Roger copped a plea and testified against him. Both did time. Lasater's jail-time affairs were run by future Clinton White House aide Patsy Thomasson. If Bill Clinton snorted and distributed drugs, he got away with it.
Associates of Barry Seal had their money and drug racketeering case dropped despite investigators' and IRS objections. Seal was slated to testify at Jorge Ochoa Vasques' trial. Seal was murdered by three Colombian hitmen in a gangland hit in Baton Rouge just before it started. If Clinton was involved in the conspiracy to commit this crime, he got away with it.
Months later, Seal's cargo plane was shot down over Nicaragua with supplies from Mena for the Contras. Crewmember Eugene Hasenfus survived. Louisiana's Attorney General told U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese that Barry Seal had smuggled $3-$5 billion worth of drugs into the States. If it was done for, or with the cooperation of Governor Clinton, Bill got away with it.
Whitewater did not file corporate tax returns for 1986. James Riady resigned from Worthen Bank, and Clinton was re-elected Governor of the greeeeeaaaaat state of Arkansas. He got away with it. Again.
In 1987, the McDougal's Whitewater files were transferred to the Clintons. In 1992, the Clintons said they had no records of this. They got away with it. Clinton made presentations of the Arkansas Traveler awards to Contra operatives Adolpho and Mario Calero and John Singlaub.
In Saline County, two boys, Kevin Ives and Don Henry, died when a train ran over them on a railroad track. It was ruled "accidental." Supposedly the kids smoked pot and fell asleep on the tracks, never hearing the oncoming train. Independent investigators, aware that they were close to Mena and that suspicious drug-related activity was rumored to be going on there, were completely stonewalled by law enforcement officials in their efforts to get to the heart of the matter.
After dogged work, they managed to exhume the bodies so an autopsy could be performed. That autopsy determined that Henry had been stabbed in the back while Ives was beaten with a rifle butt. The investigators determined that the Mafia and the Clinton's political machine were behind the murders. They both got away with it.
Theories as to why they had to die included the possibility that they came across a drug drop. The Progressive Review said the drop could have been not of drugs but cash, gold and platinum, based on the concept that there was a series of drops in which Federal intelligence agents were being reimbursed. Another version of events said the Dixie mob and Clinton political boys had stolen the drops, using the boys as scapegoats.
"I firmly believe my son and Don Henry were killed because they witnessed a drug drop by an airplane connected to the Mena drug smuggling routes," Ives' mother said, stating that the entire investigation was a cover-up.
"I believe the law enforcement agents were connected to some very high political people because they have never been brought to justice and I don't think they ever will be," prosecutor Jean Duffey said of the incident. "I think they are protected to avoid exposing the connection...There have been several murders of potential witnesses. Anyone who could have solved this murder many years ago has been systematically eliminated."
Nine people who had knowledge of events surrounding the Ives-Henry murders ended up dead. The chance that this is coincidence is so far from being possible that it is that with which is impossible. The Clintons got away with it.
That is what the meaning of is is.
Keith McKaskle told his parent's good-bye because of the "railroad track thing" that he knew involved Clinton's "octopus squad." An inmate said he was offered $4,000 to kill him. A suspect in the Ives-Henry murders was killed in a robbery set-up. Boonie Bearden disappeared from the face of the Earth after rumors floated around that he knew what had happened to the kids. James Milam was decapitated. Clinton's state medical examiner, Fahmy Malak, called the Ives-Henry deaths accidental and Milam's decapitation death by natural causes. Jeff Rhodes was shot, burned and his hands and feet were sawed off. If the Clintons ordered these killings, they got away with it.
Terry Reed said that after his plane was returned he was told it would have to be "borrowed" again, so therefore he did not report it missing. Reed said he backed off the Contra operation when he learned that drugs were involved. Reed felt state financial people were laundering drug money. He told Felix Rodriguez he wanted out. Reed was charged with mail fraud for trying to collect on the insurance on a plane in a Little Rock hanger. Captain Buddy Young, the head of Clinton's Swiss Guard, said he saw the Piper Turbo Arrow at the North Little Rock Airport. Whitewater did not file corporate tax returns for 1987.
At the home of Pam Harriman, conservative Democrats met over 100 times in 1988 to come up with a plan to revamp their party and take the White House away from the Republicans. Charging donors $1,000 to attend her soirees, Harriman raked in $12 million and the cabal settled on Bill Clinton as the man to lead them to the Promised Land. Clinton was chosen as the keynote Speaker for Michael Dukakis' nomination at the Democrat National Convention. Instead of promoting Dukakis, Clinton made a long-winded speech extolling his own platform. His biggest applause occurred when he said "in conclusion."
Polk County prosecutor Charles Black, asked to meet Governor Clinton to probe illegal activities in Mena.
"His response," Mr. Black told CBS News, "was that he would get a man on it and get back to me. I never heard back."
Arkansas Representative Bill Alexander pressured the General Accounting Office to investigate Mena in April of 1988. The National Security Council shut his probe down within four months, according to Micah Morrison of the Wall Street Journal. Congressional inquiries never got anywhere. Clinton got away with it.
The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations connected Oliver North to the Barry Seal case.
"Law enforcement officials were furious that their undercover operation was revealed and agents' lives jeopardized because one individual in the U.S. government - Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North - decided to play politics with the issue," their report stated. "Associates of Seal, who operated aircraft service businesses at the Mena, Arkansas airport, were also targets of grand jury probes into narcotics trafficking. Despite the availability of evidence sufficient for an indictment on money laundering charges and over the strong protests of state and Federal law enforcement officials, the cases were dropped."
The ultimate irony is that Bill Clinton may have literally gotten away with murder because his Arkansas mob operations were connected to Republican attempts to fight Colombian drug lords and illegally stop the spread of Marxism-Leninism in Central America. No wonder the guy has that Cheshire cat grin on his face all the time.
Madison S&L was closed by the Feds, costing the taxpayers $47 million. The Clintons got away with it.
The FDIC hired Webster Hubbell from the Rose law firm to handle the Madison case. Rose law represented the FDIC and sued an accounting firm for $60 million, blaming their auditing practices on the S&L disaster. Rose earned $400,000 in fees and expenses. The accounting firm paid $1 million to the government. The irony of Hillary's law firm working for the government is almost too rich to stomach. Rose might as well have been "The Firm" in John Grisham's novel, only in this version they were not the targets of the Federal government, but lawyers for them. Hillary got away with it.
A U.S. Senate subcommittee said they had insufficient evidence to issue indictments on Mena money laundering charges, ending a fruitless five-year investigation. Arkansas prosecutors asked Clinton to allow local investigators to pursue the case further, but he refused the request. Clinton got away with it.
A group of University of Arkansas students decided to look into Mena as part of a study of corruption in Arkansas politics. Dan Short was the president of State Bank in Noel, Missouri. He told people that he was in trouble because he had become involved in a drug-laundering scheme. He was kidnapped, forced to take out $71,000 from his bank, and then killed. If Clinton was involved, he got away with it.
In 1990, James Riady took a branch of Lippo Bank in association with John Huang, who was based out of Hong Kong. China Resources Company Ltd. bought bank stock in Hong Kong Chinese Bank at a 15 percent undervalued price. According to intelligence sources, the firm was a front for Chinese military intelligence. If Clinton was involved in this espionage operation, he got away with it.
Warren Stephens provided $50,000 for Clinton's campaign commercials. The investigation shut down mysteriously. Something scared the heck out of Sharlene Wilson after she told her story about a coked-out Clinton collapsing into a garbage can. She went on the lamb when her ex-boyfriend, Clinton supporter Dan Harmon, took charge of the case. Eventually she was located and sentenced to 31 years for a relatively minor charge. Clinton, on the other hand, got away with it.
Terry Reed's case was tossed out. The judge was disgusted at the various "holes" in the "chain of proof" necessary for conviction, a reference to the obstruction of justice led by Governor Clinton, who of course got away with it.
Clinton's security man, Buddy Young, was described as having a "reckless disregard for the truth." Young's main job was to use state troopers to do Clinton's dirty work, then keep them quiet. He was rewarded with a plumb at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Clinton again got away with using the troopers for his criminal network.
One of those troopers did not stay silent. Larry Patterson testified that there were "large quantities of drugs being flown into Mena airport, large quantities of money, large quantities of guns." Patterson says Clinton was aware of all of it. A judge protected Clinton when he said no Mena evidence regarding Clinton would be permitted, allowing him to get away with it.
Governor Clinton pardoned Lasater after six months in jail. A law enforcement official said this was far from normal procedure in such cases. Clinton got away with it.
A new drug task force began looking into the deaths of the boys on the railroad tracks. Jean Duffey told her boss told that her work was not to entail any public officials. This left Clinton out it, despite "witnesses telling us about low-flying aircraft and informants testifying about drug pick-ups" in a large-scale operation that could not have been conducted unless it had the approval of government agencies. Clinton got away with it.
An Indonesian-Arkansas connection began when the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission furthered deals involving Wal-Mart, Tyson's Foods, and JB Hunt. The Arkansas Democrat- Gazette reports "make reference to Clinton's ideal position as President . . .in helping to secure Arkansas-Indonesian deals." The U.S. Ambassador in Jakarta said that numerous Arkansans began to appear in Indonesia. If the connection involved illegalities, Clinton got away with it.
According to the IRS, the CIA was still operating out of the Mena airport. Arkansas State Police investigator Russell Welch developed pneumonia-like symptoms after cooperating with the IRS. According to the Washington Weekly in 1996, "On the weekend of September 21, 1991, Arkansas State Police Investigator Russell Welch met with IRS Investigator Bill Duncan to write a report on their investigation of Mena drug smuggling and money laundering and send it to Iran-Contra prosecutor Lawrence Walsh. Returning to Mena on Sunday, Welch told his wife that he didn't feel too well. He thought he had gotten the flu . . .In Fort Smith a team of doctors were waiting. Dr. Calleton had called them twice while Welch was in transport and they had been in contact with the CDC. Later the doctor would tell Welch's wife that he was on the edge of death. He would not have made it through the night had he not been in the hospital. He was having fever seizures by now. A couple of days after Welch had been admitted to St. Edwards Mercy Hospital, his doctor was wheeling him to one of the labs for testing when she asked him if he was doing anything at work that was particularly dangerous. He told her that he had been a cop for about 15 years and that danger was probably inherent with the job description. She told Welch that they believed he had anthrax. She said the anthrax was the military kind that is used as an agent of biological warfare and that it was induced. Somebody had deliberately infected him. She added that they had many more tests to run but they had already started treating him for anthrax." If Clinton was involved, he got away with it.
IRS agent Bill Duncan was arrested for possessing a service revolver that he had a permit for. He was beaten and chained in the basement of D.C. police station. Taken off the Mena case, he was told to falsify testimony for a Federal Grand Jury, refused, and was fired. If Clinton was involved, he got away with it.
Iran-Contra special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh received "credible evidence of gunrunning, illegal drug smuggling, money laundering and the governmental cover-up and possibly a criminal conspiracy in connection with the Mena airport" by State Attorney General Winston Bryant and Arkansas Representative Bill Alexander. Walsh wrote back that the investigation was closed.
"The Feds dropped the ball and covered it up," said Alexander. "I have never seen a whitewash job like this case."
This is very interesting, and helps to explain why Clinton got away with everything. Lawrence Walsh had operated a highly partisan attack on the Reagan/Bush Administration that, in the end, accomplished little despite enormous sums of taxpayer dollars expended. Walsh surely reached the point where he saw the culpability of a Democrat Governor who was tapped as the party's favorite for the next Presidential election. This meant a dead end.
Jackson Stephens and BCCI figure Moctar Riady bought BCCI's former Hong Kong subsidiary. Dan Harmon took over prosecution responsibilities in the train deaths' investigation. His drug investigator, Jean Duffey, was smeared, threatened and left Arkansas in fear. Clinton got away with it.
In the meanwhile, a D.C. fundraiser said that she was in a hotel room with Governor Clinton when he pinned her against the wall and felt her up her dress. She screamed until an Arkansas state trooper knocked on the door. At that point Clinton let her go and she ran away. She told her Democrat boss about it and was told to stay silent, allowing Clinton to get away with it.
Clinton announced his candidacy for President, leading Meredith Oakley of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette to write, "His word is dirt. Not a statesman is he, but a common, run-of-the-mill, dime-a-dozen politician. A mere opportunist. A man whose word is fallow ground not because it is unwanted but because it is barren, bereft of the clean-smelling goodness that nurtures wholesome things. Those of us who cling to the precepts of another age, a time in which a man's word was his bond, and, morally, bailing out was not an option, cannot join the madding crowd in celebrating what is for some Bill Clinton's finest hour. We cannot rejoice in treachery. The bleaters who care more for celebrity than veracity are basking in a false and empty light. They trumpet the basest form of political expediency, for they revel amid the debris of a broken promise. Clinton will never accept that assessment of his actions or his following. He subscribes to the credo that the anointed must rule the empire, and he has anointed himself. In his ambition-blinded eyes, one released from a promise has not broken any promise. He ignores the fact that he granted his own pardon."
The are the words of Truth.
The Worthen Bank gave Clinton a $3.5 million line of credit. Stephens Inc. employees raised more than $100,000 for him. Soraya and Arief Wiriadinata, the daughter and son-in-law of Lippo's co-founder, donated $450,000 to the DNC. Arief Wiriadinata came to the U.S. from Indonesia. She was supposed to study landscape architecture, although he was described as a gardener.
Little Rock Worldwide Travel gave Clinton $1 million in deferred billing for campaigning. Clinton aide David Watkins claimed they were responsible for him being able to make his run at the White House, at least in the beginning.
The first thing Clinton's campaign staff did was to create a "bimbo" patrol to threaten, buy, and discredit the numerous women who have had sexual relations, often violent, illegal and mysogynistic, with the Governor. Private investigators were sent out in a wide-ranging blackmail, psychological and intimidation operation. The goal was to make sure Clinton got away with it.
Clinton allowed the execution of a black man, Ricky Ray Rector, even though he was not mentally competent. Money magazine reported that Clinton received yearly $1.4 million payments for admissions tickets to the state-regulated Oaklawn racetrack. Clinton would hand out tickets to contributors, and got away with it.
Brooks Jackson of CNN reported that the state's greyhound track commission met several times a year at the Kennel Club, with the Southland Greyhound Park illegally paying for the commissioners' food and booze. No doubt illegal deals were conducted there, on the behest of Bill Clinton, who got away with it.
Torch singer Gennifer Flowers recorded her last conversation with Clinton.
"If they ever ask if you've talked to me about it, you can say no," Clinton was recorded saying. He called New York Governor Mario Cuomo a "mean son of a bitch."
"I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't have some Mafioso connections," Flowers told him.
"Well, he acts like one," chuckled Clinton.
Regarding media inquiries, Clinton her, "If they ever hit you with it, just say no and go on. There's nothing they can do. I expected them to look into it and come interview you. But if everybody is on record denying it, no problem."
The Washington Post and the New York Times had the tapes but decided that such a recording of the Democrat front-runner was not fit to print. In 1997 Gennifer Flowers was interviewed by Penny Crone and Curtis Sliwa on New York's WABC. She claimed to have received death threats after the recordings were made public. She claimed that making her involvement public was protection from murder.
She was asked if Clinton was behind it.
"What I thought, after my home was ransacked, was that he was behind that - simply because I had called to tell him about it and it was his reaction it," she said. "I mean, he acted, he was aloof. He didn't act that concerned. He said, 'Well, why do you think they came in there?' And I said, 'Well, why the hell do you think?' He said, 'Well, do you think they were looking for something on us?' I said, 'Well, yes.' And at that moment I thought, well, maybe you're behind this because he would have as much interest to know what evidence I might have as anyone else would." Flowers added, "One thing that Bill said on those tapes that I think has run true throughout his Presidency. He told me, 'If we stick together and we continue to deny it, everything will be OK.'"
In February of 1992, a survey of Democrat contenders showed "Slick Willie" in the lead for President. He was getting away with it.
Days before the New Hampshire Primary, a supermarket tabloid, the Globe, said Clinton had fathered a bastard child after she attended orgies with him. She had moved to Australia. The elite media ignored the story. The chances that they would have ignored it if it had been President Bush are so far from possible as to be simply impossible. In the meanwhile, Clinton got away with it.
Time whitewashed the Mena investigation as a smear job while smearing those making the allegations against Clinton, helping Clinton to get away with it.
"It's very difficult to catch Bill Clinton in a flat lie," the Pine Bluff Commercial wrote. "His specialty is a lengthy disingenuousness."
Former Miss Arkansas Sally Perdue described her affair with Clinton on the "Sally Jesse Raphael Show". The London Sunday Telegraph reported that state troopers dropped Clinton off under the guise of "jogging."
"He saw my Steinway grand piano and went straight over to it and asked me to play. . ." recalled Perdue. "When I see him now, President of the United States, meeting world leaders, I can't believe it. . .I still have this picture of him wearing my black nightgown, playing the sax badly. . .this guy tiptoeing across the park and getting caught on the fence. How do you expect me to take him seriously?"
A Democrat Party goon approached her.
"He said there were people in high places who were anxious about me and they wanted me to know that keeping my mouth shut would be worthwhile. . ." she said. "If I was a good little girl, and didn't kill the messenger; I'd be set for life: A Federal job, nothing fancy but a regular paycheck. . .I'd never have to worry again. But if I didn't take the offer, then they knew that I went jogging by myself and he couldn't guarantee what would happen to my 'pretty little legs.'"
Fine party, the Democrats.
Perdue said a shotgun cartridge was left on the driver's seat of her Jeep and back window was shattered. Clinton got away with it.
James Riady's family and employees gave Clinton $700,000. After his election, John Huang and Riady gave $100,000 to Clinton's inaugural fund. Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker came to Washington for the inauguration. He left Arkansas under the control of the President Pro Tem of the Senate, Little Rock dentist Jerry Jewell. Jewell, as acting Governor, issued a number pardons, including one for convicted drug dealer Tommy McIntosh.
It was "a political payoff, offered in exchange for dirty tricks Mr. McIntosh played on Clinton political opponents during the Presidential campaign, or as a payoff for stopping his attacks on Mr. Clinton," reported the Washington Times. "It seems that the elder McIntosh had worked for Clinton in his last state campaign and, according to McIntosh in a 1991 lawsuit, had agreed not only to pay him $25,000 but to help him market his recipe for sweet potato pie and to pardon his son." Clinton got away with it.
Webster Hubbell was floated as a potential Deputy Attorney General, but he told associates that "to take any other position that involves Senate confirmation - perhaps to avoid fishing expeditions into the law firm's confidential business," made acceptance of the nomination problematic, according to Time magazine.
John Huang arranged for Mochtar Riady and Clinton to meet and discuss China's "most favored nation" status and the relaxation of economic sanctions. China's MFN was renewed. If this was the result of bribes, Clinton got away with it.
The Clintons engaged in "foul-mouthed shouting matches and furniture-breaking sessions," according to two Arkansas state troopers, quoted by Washington Times reporter Jerry Seper.
Hillary Clinton and David Watkins favored World Wide Travel over the White House travel office. They had been the source of $1 million in "free" campaign trips. Seven long-term travel office employees were fired. The Clintons trumped up mismanagement and kickback charges, while director Billy Dale was charged with bogus embezzlement allegations. A jury acquitted them in less than two hours on the false charges of kickbacks, bribery acceptances and payoffs. Can you imagine that? Bill and Hillary Clinton accusing somebody of kickbacks, bribery acceptances and payoffs! They got away with it.
Insight magazine reported that the Clinton Administration eavesdropped on over 300 locations during the Seattle Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference. FBI videotapes of diplomatic suites "show underage boys engaging in sexcapades with men in several rooms over a period of days." The operation involved the FBI, CIA, NSA and Office of Naval Intelligence. Hotel rooms, telephones, conference centers, cars, and even a charter boat were bugged. The operation was performed as part of a blackmail operation used to further Asian financial interests that were bribing Clinton. In a world in which Osama bin Laden and other dangerous terrorists were plotting to destroy this beautiful nation, Clinton was using the full force of our intelligence apparatus to bug underage boys engaging in sexcapades with men because it threatened his cover. He got away with it.
Washington attorney Paul Wilcher was investigating various scandals ranging from the October Surprise of 1980, drug and gun running through Mena and the Waco assault. His plan was to make a TV documentary detailing Clinton's crimes. After delivering an extensive affidavit to Janet Reno, he was killed. If Clinton ordered this, he got away with it. Can't vouch for Reno.
The Clinton's attorney, Vince Foster, finally filed the missing Whitewater tax returns. The RTC and SBA investigated the $300,000 SBA-approved loan to Susan McDougal in 1986, provided by Capital-Management Services Inc., owned by David L. Hale.
A package from Arkansas contained a vial that Clinton said was allergy medicine. Clinton asked White House physician Dr. Burton Lee to give him an allergy shot. Lee told him he could not do so without seeing the President's medical history, or what is in the serum that had been delivered, without supporting data from Clinton's doctor in Arkansas. He in turn told him he had to check with Hillary first. Lee was immediately fired and told to leave right away. Clinton got away with having his medical records (which included his treatment for cocaine abuse, among other things) from being revealed. In 1996 journalist Richard Reeves stated that Clinton "tries to avoid heavy lifting or meetings after he has taken his allergy shots because he is so punchy; he has trouble thinking coherently."
On July 19, 1993, Clinton personally fired FBI director William Sessions, telling him to leave FBI headquarters. That night, Clinton security aide Jerry Parks' wife Jane overheard her husband's animated conversation with Vince Foster.
"You can't give Hillary those files, they've got my name all over them," Foster said.
The next day, Louis Freeh was named new FBI director. Also that day, the FBI raided David Hale's Little Rock office and took the Capital-Management documents. A few hours after the search warrant was signed by a Federal magistrate in Little Rock, Vince Foster "drove" to Ft. Marcy Park without car keys, in a vehicle that changed color over the next few hours. He "walked" across 700 feet of park without getting dirt on his shoes or grass stains on his pants. He "shot himself" with a vanishing bullet. He left a tiny amount of blood. That was the "official account." Foster's death is still today an unsolved mystery. Millions of people who can think believe the Clintons got away with murder - again.
A few hours after Foster was "discovered," Clinton's goons secretly searched his office. One of them was Hillary's chief of staff. A couple of days later, another search was conducted, for the record. U.S. Park Police and FBI agents, who had jurisdiction over the Foster investigation, had their efforts blocked by the White House, citing "executive privilege."
30 hours after his death, Foster's "suicide note" was provided, torn in 27 pieces with pieces missing. Witness Patrick Knowlton was in the park 70 minutes before the body was "discovered." His recollections did not fit the official version, even though he was pressured to change his story. He was subpoenaed and said that he was harassed and knew he was under surveillance, in an effort to intimidate him. If Clinton's people were obstructing justice, then Clinton got away with it.
Jerry Parks, who had handled Clinton's security in Arkansas (can you imagine what that entailed?) kept a dossier on Clinton. Two months after Foster's murder, Parks was murdered sitting in his car near Little Rock. Parks was shot through the rear window, then finished off with three more shots with a 9mm pistol. He had run American Contract Services, supplying Clinton's bodyguards during the campaign and transition. He was still owed $81,000 by Clinton, and had begun a file that included photos and dates of Clinton's sex life. According to his widow, Federal agents took his files and computer. She quoted him saying, "I'm a dead man" after hearing of Foster's murder. He had made substantial cash transfers to Foster. Later, his house was trashed, with files, 130 telephone tapes and computer data stolen. If Clinton had Parks murdered, he got away with it.
Four years later, the Progressive Review re-visited it.
"Why did Miquel Rodriquez, the Assistant U.S. Attorney assigned by <Ken> Starr to reopen the investigation into Foster's death resign? Was it true, as some have alleged, that he was blocked from aggressively pursuing the case? Why was he denied the opportunity to bring in experts outside the FBI to deal with inconsistencies? Why did Starr, in reopening the Foster case, permit FBI agents to review their own work in the previous investigation? There have been conflicting statements as to whether any x-rays were taken of Foster after his death. Were there or weren't there? If there were, where have they gone? If there weren't, why not? It is standard police procedure to investigate suicides as though they were murders. Why wasn't this done in the case of Vince Foster? Why did Bernard Nussbaum ask for the combination of Foster's safe immediately after his death? Why were manila envelopes in the safe addressed 'Eyes Only' to Janet Reno and William Kennedy never delivered to them? Where are these envelopes and what was in them? Whose bloodstained car was towed to the FBI garage from Ft. Marcey Park the same night as Foster's death? How did Foster walk 750 feet through a park without gathering any physical evidence of the hike on his shoes? How did his glasses end up 19 feet from his body? What were the origins of numerous carpet fibers found all over Foster's clothing and underwear? How did it happen that all 35mm film of the scene was either overexposed or missing? How did it happen that most of the Polaroid shots have vanished? How did Foster manage to shoot himself yet die laid out in the careful manner of someone placed in a coffin? Why were there no fingerprints on the gun? Why did no one hear the shot? Where is Foster's appointment book? How did car keys, not found during the investigation in the park, turn up with Foster at the morgue? How was Foster's car opened at the park since officials claimed it was locked? Where is the bullet that killed Foster? Why did witnesses have their testimony changed and why was one witness subsequently harassed in a manner used by intelligence agents for intimidation? What did Foster do in the hours between lunch time and when he supposedly was killed? What did Marsha Scott of the White House staff and Vince Foster talk about during the two-hour meeting they had the day before he died? Why can't Marsha Scott remember? What did Foster do on secret trips to Switzerland and other locations about which his wife knew nothing? Why have police and rescue workers been forbidden to discuss the case?"
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind, but the real answer looks to be that 32 years apart, the Democrat party nominated and got elected men who ordered the murder of others in the manner of a Mafia don. Clinton's heroes, the Kennedy's, had the president of South Vietnam assassinated in 1963, they very likely killed a year after Marilyn Monroe in Los Angeles. As Joe Di Maggio said as soon as he heard of Marilyn's death, "Those fucking Kennedys."
The deaths of Foster and Parks create a real quandary. In a town dominated by Democrats, who populate the Federal bureaucracy, the question is, are Democrats able to get away with things that Republicans cannot? Or is it just that Democrats are more pre-disposed to do the really heinous stuff? Is it easier to destroy a Republican President who was trying to find out what his opponents strategy might be than to get a Democrat ordering murders? Or to bring down a Republican President going against Democrat attempts to keep anti-Communist freedom fighters from overcoming their oppressors, just a few years after Democrats had succeeded in shutting down aid to people who died by the millions because of it? Are Democrats just more skilled and experienced at breaking these laws?
Or do the Clintons have dark forces working on their behalf? Did they make a supernatural deal that allowed them to improbably rise to power, all their crimes covered up and never solved? Is one of them a beast, over and above run-of-the-mill evil? If so, is it coincidence that such evil chose to be draped in the cloak of the Democrat party? Is the Clinton's story the real tale of Damien and "The Omen"? Is it dangerous to broach this subject?
The Truth will set you free.
Patrick Knowlton's attorney, John Clarke, raised other issues:
· "Can you tell us why no fingerprints were found on (1) the external surface of
the gun found in Mr. Foster's hand; (2) the cartridge casing of the bullet's found in the gun; (3) Mr. Foster's eyeglasses; (4) Mr. Foster's car; (5) any of the contents in his car; and (6) the torn 'suicide' note?
2003 "Your report on Mr. Foster's death claims there was a 1 1/4 x 1 inch, or half-dollar sized exit wound in the back of Mr. Foster's head caused by a .38 caliber gunshot with high velocity ammunition. Please explain why out of all the witnesses at the scene, not one reported or documented having seen this wound, or brain matter, or bone fragments or blood splatter on or around the body, head or vegetation, as would be expected.
· "Between the hours of 4:30 P.M. and 6:05 P.M., there is a record of six witnesses - Jennifer Wacha, Judith Doody, Mark Fiest, Todd Hall, Patrick Knowlton and George Gonzalez - having seen an older brown Honda within the Ft. Marcy parking lot, parked in the same spot as Mr. Foster's car was later found. Inasmuch as Mr. Foster's Honda was silver and much newer than the brown Honda described by the witnesses, and inasmuch as Mr. Foster was dead by 4:30, how is it that Mr. Foster's car arrived in the park after he was already dead?
· "Mr. Foster's body was found at Ft. Marcy Park with his car but without any car keys. Later that evening William Kennedy and Craig Livingstone showed up at the morgue and so did Mr. Foster's car keys. There are conflicting reports in the record about when Kennedy and Livingstone and the U.S. Park Police arrived at the morgue. Can you explain where William Kennedy and Craig Livingstone were during the five-hour period when Vincent Foster was last seen and his body was discovered?"
The only "answer" continually seems to be that Clinton got away with it. The Honda in the Ft. Marcy parking lot was said to be "brownish" before Foster's body was found, "gray" afterwards.
One day after Foster's murder, Buddy Young was sent to Texas to work for FEMA. When four former ATF agents were killed during the Waco Massacre, it was noted that all of them had once been Clinton's bodyguards! All of them were killed in a mysterious manner. The nature of their entrance wounds made it appear that they could have been killed by sharpshooters who had planned to kill them ahead of time, and if this was ordered by Clinton to keep them silent about what they knew about the President, he got away with it.
Four more Clinton bodyguards died in a helicopter crash near Quantico, Virginia. Reporters were not allowed near the site, which was guarded by "lots of Marines with guns," according to the fire chief. A firefighter made a videotape, which was seized by the Marines.
China Resources Company Ltd. paid 50 percent above market value for Lippo's Hong Kong Chinese Bank. The Riadys made $163 million off the transaction. Tyson Foods gave illegal gifts to Agriculture Secretary Michael Espy when costly regulations were under consideration. Tyson's reduced fines cost them $6 million, but government contracts arranged by Espy earned them $200 million.
The Clinton Administration viewed ATT's new tap-proof phone as a threat. Janet Reno put Webster Hubbell on the case. Hubbell tapped into a fund of drug money, attempting to buy all the phones, planning to refit them with a chip called Clipper, an NSA invention allowing the government to bug phones with a special key. The DEA was given a supply of these. The plan was for all government agencies and everyone in the country to use the new public-key based cryptography method. Public outcry derailed Clinton's plan, which was an interesting one in light of the fact that he and his wife had worked against Nixon during Watergate, because bugging people was such an awful thing to do. Amazingly, this time, Clinton did not get away with it.
The Clinton White House sold Cray supercomputers to China as part of a "goodwill" gesture. China during the Clinton years made enormous "strides" in the area of technological advancements. In other words, Clinton finally made Lenin a prophet, by selling the Communists the rope they could use to hang us. $2 billion of trade with China was exempt from national security scrutiny. China obtained 77 supercomputers to scramble and unscramble secret data and design nuclear weapons. Clinton almost single-handedly modernized the Red Chinese Army, and he got away with it.
President Clinton signed national security waivers allowing four U.S. commercial satellites to be launched in China, despite evidence that China was exporting nuclear and missile technology to Pakistan and Iran, just to name a few. One of the satellites belonged to Loral.
Chinese launched an appropriately named Long March rocket carrying a $200 million satellite belonging to Loral, but it failed in mid-flight. In legal proceedings that followed, it was determined that circuit boards from the highly classified encryption device in the satellite were found to be missing. After the crash, the NSA reportedly changed the encoded algorithms used by U.S. satellites due to the probable release of highly classified information. If this story is true, perhaps for the time, Clinton can get a little credit. Selling faulty equipment to the Communists might have been a swindle that netted him a lot of money, and yes, he got away with it, but anything that leaves the Chinese with missiles that fail is alright from this angle. On the other hand, the faulty equipment was probably placed in the devices by the NSA without Clinton's knowledge, as part of a patriotic effort to keep America safe despite him. This would be in the tradition of Naval intelligence maintaining the Venona project to see if the Soviets were cutting a separate deal with Hitler and had spies in the Roosevelt Administration, unbeknownst to Roosevelt. When Democrats are in power there are just some things that have to be done to make sure we are kept safe, regardless of whether they like it or not. God bless these guys.
Loral CEO Bernard Schwartz contributed a minimum of $1.5 million to the Democrats. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown okayed the sale of new American engines for China to put in its cruise missiles. Brown reclassified the military equipment as civilian. Brown told the Saudis they could only have our planes if they signed on to a sweetheart ATT phone contract that he brokered, adding $4 billion to the deal, all cut through a firm called First International, owned by Ron Brown. Brown and Clinton got away with it.
The temerity of the Democrats was virtually beyond belief. Clinton and his cronies were utterly brazen. They had been throughout his public life. It almost seemed that the only way they could keep getting away with it would be if they were…protected, by…what?
In 1994, John Huang quit the Lippo Group and took $800,000 with him. He went to the Commerce Department to work for Ron Brown, at the behest of Hillary Clinton. Brown gave him top secret clearance. Huang visited the White House approximately 70 times. The CIA briefed him 37 times. He had access to some 500 intelligence reports. He made 281 calls from his office at Commerce to Lippo banks. Hunag was not working on national security. He was using the American government, at the expense of our ability to defend against military action from China, to make money for himself and Bill Clinton. They both got away with it.
Ron Brown went to China to open up $5.5 billion in business. A $1 billion contract was for one of Clinton's pals in Arkansas, Entergy Corporation, to run Lippo's power plant in northern China. Entergy got similar sweetheart contracts in Indonesia.
"I think the idea of having President Clinton from Arkansas in the White House shouldn't be underestimated," Riady told the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
Indeed. Clinton got away with it.
China, at this point only five years removed from Tiannenmen Square, still operated Soviet-style gulags and work camps. This did not bother the Clintons one bit. In fact, if they are not just crooked but genuinely evil. It makes sense that they admired the Communists for their "hard-line" ways.
A Commerce Department statement read, "…deftly navigated the human-rights issue by obtaining an agreement on further talks and then moved directly into the economic issues at hand: Helping Chrysler, Sprint and others with their joint ventures."
Is there some set of circumstances, some alternate Universe, in which Democrats can legitimately know these allegations and still support these people? The Clintons got away with it and the beat goes on.
Gandy Baugh, an attorney for Dan Lasater, "jumped" to his death. His law partner "killed himself" a month later. Danny Ferguson was named a co-defendant in the Paula Jones lawsuit. Five days later, his ex-wife, Kathy Ferguson, was found dead. She left a "suicide note" next to bags she had neatly packed for a trip she was scheduled to take. Her fiancée, a state trooper, was shot at her gravesite next to a note reading, "I can't stand it any more." The local police chief was quoted saying, "It puts big questions in your mind. Why?" Big questions? Are there still really questions? Clinton got away with it.
FBI agent Gary Aldrich was on White House detail. He was told to trim the Christmas tree in the Blue Room, using small clay ornament of 12-lords-aleaping. The Clinton's ornaments had erections. Hillary's other ornaments allegedly included drug paraphernalia such as syringes and roach clips, three French hens in a menage a trois, two turtle doves fornicating, five golden rings attached to a gingerbread man's ear, nipple, belly button, nose, and male phallus.
Webster Hubbell was convicted of tax evasion and mail fraud after stealing almost half a million bucks from the Rose law firm and not paying $150,000 in taxes. Considering everything, one is surprised Clinton did not nominate him to be Attorney General. He quit his job at Justice, then met with Hillary, John Huang, James Riady, and Ng Lapseng. Riady and Huang went to the White House for five straight days in June of 1994. The Hong Kong Chinese Bank, a Lippo/Chinese intelligence operation, paid Hubbell $100,000. Hubbell received $400,000 in additional payments for his fine work. Huang previously had worked for the Hong Kong Chinese Bank. Clinton got away with it.
James Leach chaired the House Banking Committee. He came home one day and found a Clinton private investigator checking out his house to intimidate him. Clinton got away with it.
Macao businessman Ng Lap Seng was associated with the Chinese. On June 20, 1994, he arrived in the U.S. from China with $175,000, and met with Charlie Trie and Mark Middleton at the White House. He sat at Clinton's table at a Democrat National Committee fundraiser. Middleton regularly visited Trie's apartment at the Watergate, which was paid for by Ng. If a Chinese money laundering operation was being run through the Clinton White House, Clinton got away with it.
Few White House employees had security clearances. Huang did, and he used it at Commerce to obtain top secret files on China before meeting with the Chinese ambassador. If he then informed the ambassador what was in those files, on Clinton's behalf, they both got away with it.
Huang and the Riadys then met with Clinton, and Huang's new marching orders were to raise funds for the Democrats while staying on at Commerce as a $10,000 a month consultant. He raised $5 million for the 1996 campaign, but about one-third of that had to be returned to its illegal sources, including five Chinese nationals who gave $250,000 to the Democrats in exchange for a meeting with the President, who got away with it.
Hubbell went to work for a Lippo affiliate before doing jail time.
"I guess the question is really this, it is whether, in connection with this representation, you received a large amount of money and that may have had an impact on the degree of your cooperation with the independent counsel or with us?" a Senate counsel asked him.
"That's pretty rotten," Hubbell responded. Hubbell had represented Worthen and James Riady in the 1980s. While Hubbell may have been nailed, the Clintons got away with it. At Christmas time, the Clintons invited a major drug dealer named Jorge Cabrera to the White House. Cabrera, a Democrat of course, gave $20,000 to his party of choice. Vice-President Gore was happily photographed with the drug man at a Miami fund-raiser. Unbelievable. Clinton tried to hide the photo of Gore with the drug dealer, calling it a secret under the Privacy Act! Clinton and Gore eventually got away with it.
Cabrera had done 54 months in prison for his continuing narcotics operation, which he was actively managing during his service in the Clinton/Gore Administration. He did more prison time after his visit with the Clintons for transporting 6,000 pounds of cocaine into the U.S. The Clinton Administration said he posed no threat! They, uh, got away with it.
Clinton pardoned one of his mother's gambling friends, according to the Washington Times. Jack Pakis had been convicted under the Organized Crime Control Act, sentenced to two years in prison, but the sentence was suspended. He was fined and put on probation. Pakis' arrest had been part of an FBI sting operation against illegal gambling in Hot Springs.
"His trial judge described Mr. Pakis as a professional gambler, part owner of an illegal casino and an illegal bookmaker for football and horse-racing bets," according to the Washington Times.
The FBI had "reached into Hot Springs to put a stop to gambling that has existed here since the 1920s,"U.S. District Judge Oren Harris noted. Pakis was the former owner of one of Al Capone's favorite hangouts. Clinton's mother wrote an autobiography describing the joint as a place where "gangsters were cool and the rules were meant to be bent." It is not known whether Pakis was one of the men she provided sexual services for. Thanks to her, there were in Hot Springs a lot of motherf… You get the idea. Clinton got away with it.
Roger Morris and Sally Denton detailed Clinton's drug/Contra operations in Mena, but the Washington Post did not run it. A pattern was developing among Democrats and their willing accomplices in the media. It was similar to the way Joe McCarthy had been lied about and smeared after Alger Hiss, Harry Dexter White, Henry Wallace, the Rosenbergs and many other liberals were discovered to be Communists and Communist spies in the 1940s and '50s. Their world depended upon it. The truth about Clinton was so horrible that to admit what he was could very well spell the end of the Democrat party. Everything they stood for rested on this "man's" narrow shoulders. A seminal moment in politics had occurred, and the result was that the Democrats were doomed to being the party of lies, crimes and murder. This is the simple, sorry fact of the matter.
It is very likely that the Clintons were protected because Mena had involved the Reagan/Bush Administration. We will probably never know the whole truth. However, the case against Clinton, by 1995, only his third year in office, was so insidious that it is difficult to excuse his crimes as "political," or "bi-partisan." It appears that in an effort to fight Communism via a covert operation out of Mena, he may have hooked on to a proposal the Reagan people made early in the 1980s. Knowing the whole thing was protected from prosecution and the public because it was a secret, national security operation, Clinton realized he had what he considered to be the carte blanche opportunity to engage in any activity he wanted. The devil works that way.
The Post said "allegedly dark deeds at Mena have helped foster the cult of conspiracy that has taken root among some of Clinton's more virulent opponents." Morris' and Denton's article eventually was published in Penthouse.
Just before White House lawyer Cheryl Mills testified before a Senate committee on the Whitewater affair, her car was broken into and her notes on Vince Foster were stolen. Clinton got away with it.
IRS investigator Bill Duncan's computer was broken into and his 7,000-page file on Mena was tampered with. Clinton got away with it.
L.D. Brown, who had been a part of the Arkansas State Police security detail, said in American Spectator that he made secret flights from Mena in 1984, providing M-16 rifles to the Contra rebels in exchange for cocaine for Clinton's drug selling operation.
"That announcement spurred Ft. Smith lawyer Asa Hutchinson, chairman of the Arkansas Republican party, to request yet another Congressional inquiry into long-standing allegations of money-laundering at Mena," wrote Mara Leveritt in the Arkansas Times. "Hutchinson was the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas when investigators first presented evidence supporting those allegations. In an argument disputed by police investigators, Hutchinson claims he left office before the evidence was well established. Since he harbors political ambitions, he has an interest in clearing his name." Clinton got away with it.
Johnny Chung called himself a pawn of macro-politics before a House committee. He said a fax broadcast service owner was sought by the White House, the DNC, various Chinese generals and officials, and that he was being called to a karaoke bar in the middle of the night to advise a Chinese-American on the run from the U.S.
"I next saw General Ji's wife when she came back to the United States with her son," Chung said. "I set up their attendance at a Presidential fundraiser - the 'Back to the Future' event - at a California movie studio on October 17, 1996. I took my driver and secretary as well as the general's wife and Alex to meet the President. There was a mix-up with the DNC and my driver and secretary were given a private audience with the President while me and the General's wife and son were not included. While my driver and secretary were very appreciative, I was very upset." If Clinton was using Chung to cut illegal deals with the Chinese that threatened American security, he got away with it.
Clinton spoke in Little Rock, saying the Whitewater investigators were "a cancer" that he will "cut out of American politics." He was determined to get away with it.
Barbara Wise, a Commerce Department (International Trade Administration) secretary and associate of John Huang, was killed. Her body was discovered partially nude in a locked office at Commerce. If she died because she knew things about Clinton and was going to speak about them, then Clinton got away with it. Her murder was never solved.
A grand jury probe began in March, 1996 regarding Ron Brown. An Oklahoma gas company allegedly diverted $500,000 to him to influence a pending lawsuit. Janet Reno put Daniel Pearson in charge of the investigation. Brown complained to Reno that the investigation was getting too close, but Reno felt that she had been presented with public information and if she stopped at this point, it would be too close. Brown went to Clinton and informed him that if he was going down, so was he. Big mistake.
Four days later Brown, the utterly corrupt, criminal former head of the Democrat National Committee, was dead. After the grand jury subpoenas were issued, the plane he was flying (along with over 30 Americans) crashed Croatia. Inconsistencies dogged the crash investigation regarding the weather, the crashed site, the black boxes, and the suicide (?) of an airport official in charge of navigational aids. The rescue team was delayed for more than four hours while Clinton's people prepared the site to eliminate evidence of foul play. Other reports indicated that the plane crash was arranged to kill another man who had the goods on Clinton, or simply heard about the plot in advance, and did not make the flight. He was killed eventually. Either way, if Clinton murdered all those people, he got away with it. At this point, the reader must examine the evidence and start asking some serious questions. Time after time, these reports are made, and there is never enough proof to get the Clintons. Is it possible these events keep occurring, over and over, and they are just plain innocent? Deaths, murders, suicides, crashes, drugs, money laundering, espionage, foreign countries? At one point does circumstantial evidence add up to an obvious conclusion?
Hillary Clinton decided to write a book, and was given $120,000 of editorial help that she attempted to hide from the public. Then she told New Zealand television that she was named after New Zealand's Sir Edmund Hillary. When Hillary was born, Hillary was an unknown beekeeper. He did not scale Mt. Everest until after Hillary was named.
Hillary's "an unusually good liar," Senator Bob Kerrey, chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, told Esquire.
Convicted cocaine distributor Dan Lasater testified before Congress. The newspaper of record, the New York Times, chose not to report the story. Lasater was a "friend of Bill" (FOB); Roger's drug supplier (paying off his debt to the cartel); a "friend" of Clinton's mother (who introduced them); and was recommended by Bill to eventual White House aide Patsy Thomasson, who became vice president of his bond company and had power of attorney for him when he was in jail. Thomasson became director of White House Management and Administration, responsible for drug testing among. Thomasson had hired Roger as a limo driver. At trial, Lasater said he supplied coke and ashtrays on his corporate jet. He said he gave coke to minors. Lasater had a back door pass to the Governor's mansion. A state trooper said he usually spent 45 minutes with Clinton. He was insulted when he was called a "drug dealer." The New York Times refused to print any of this. Bill, connected to Lasater up to his eyeballs, got away with it.
Ex-CIA director William Colby died while canoeing after leaving his home unlocked, his computer on, and dinner on the table. Colby had begun an investigation into Foster's death for Strategic Investment. If President Clinton could order the death of the former Director of Central Intelligence, and government agents carried it out, then it is a chilling statement about America. It makes one think about the Kennedy assassination. It speaks to a "shadow government" that makes the average American so small and insignificant as to wonder just how pervasive evil truly is. Will the Truth set us free? Is there an afterlife, and once he enters it, will Bill Clinton keep getting away with it.
Jim McDougal told a reporter that he expects to die in prison. Obviously, McDougal knew Clinton would get away with it.
The Arkansas Development Financial Authority transferred $50 million to a bank in the Cayman Islands. If this was part of the Clinton's illegal activities, they got away with it.
The Associated Press reported that drug use was rampant among Clinton staffers.
"Some of the Clinton White House employees who were placed in a special drug testing program had used cocaine and hallucinogens and were originally denied White House security passes, Secret Service agents testified Wednesday," the AP reported. "The testing program was created as a compromise so the new administration's workers could keep their jobs, according to Arnold Cole, who supervised the Secret Service's White House operations. 'Initially, our response was that we denied them passes,' Cole said."
"I have seen cocaine usage," said agent Jeffrey Undercoffer of Clinton's people. "I have seen hallucinogenic usages, crack usages." 21 Clinton White House workers had been placed in a special testing after their background checks indicated recent drug abuse. Clinton got away with it.
Vince Foster's widow re-married. Neil Moody, the son of her new husband, was killed in a single-car crash against a brick wall after he talked to reporters. He said he found documents in his stepmother's private papers indicating that Foster may not have committed suicide. He threatened to make a splash of it just before the Democrat National Convention. Witnesses saw him arguing with a man in his car just before he sped off, right into the wall. If he died to protect the Clintons, they got away with it.
Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jeremy Boorda allegedly killed himself after going home for lunch. Why? Supposedly he had been wearing an improper "V for Valor" medal. Others said he was stressed over Navy downsizing. Upon investigation, he was entitled to wearing the pins. Some now believe that Clinton's people either killed him, or if he killed himself, it was because of the "Tailhook" scandal that feminist Democrats had used to hatefully make Naval aviators look bad. Tailhook had been a major boost for Clinton and the Democrats during the "year of the woman" 1992 campaign. If Admiral Boorda died at their altar, they got away with it.
TWA 800 crashed.
"Police are investigating the possibility that insurance fraud by a Swiss resident listed among the 230 people killed in the TWA Flight 800 explosion might have been behind the disaster, Swiss television reported last night," wrote the Guardian of London. "Swiss authorities have been investigating Algerian-born Mohammed Samir Ferrat, for 18 months, the report said. . . A Geneva lawyer, Gerald Page, alleged in an interview for the Swiss television report that Ferrat took out life insurance policies worth several million Swiss francs in the weeks before the plane crashed in July 1996, half an hour after taking off from New York . . .On August 19, a month after the crash, the local medical examiner in Suffolk County - in whose jurisdiction the disaster occurred - declared that Mohammed Ferrat had been positively identified as a dead passenger from TWA Flight 800. U.S. investigators counted him out as a suspect early. . .The report showed footage of the late U.S. Commerce Secretary, Ron Brown, at the Washington signing with Ferrat of a pounds 62.5 million contract between Sofin and the U.S. construction firm Chatwick Inc., which was to build residences in the Ivory Coast."
According to CNN, Mohamed Samir Ferrat was scheduled to accompany Brown on the flight that crashed in Croatia. He did not make the trip for unexplained reasons, but did die on TWA Flight 800. If Clinton had anything to do with this, he got away with it.
Shelly Kelly was a flight attendant on Ron Brown's crashed flight. James Nugent of the Wall Street Underground wrote, "Four hours and 20 minutes after the crash, the first Croatian Special Forces search party arrives on the scene and finds only Ms. Kelly surviving. They call for a helicopter to evacuate her to the hospital. When it arrives, she is able to get aboard without assistance from the medics. But Kelly never completes the short hop. She dies en route. According to multiple reports given to journalist/editor Joe L. Jordan, an autopsy later reveals a neat three-inch incision over her main femoral artery. It also shows that the incision came at least three hours after her other cuts and bruises."
Chief Niko Jerkuic, technician in charge of the radio beacons used during the fatal Ron Brown flight, committed suicide. Christopher Ruddy and Hugh Sprunt wrote, "Brown's plane was probably relying on Croatian ground beacons for navigation. In the minutes before Brown's plane crashed, five other planes landed at Dubrovnik without difficulty, and none experienced problems with the beacons. But additional questions about the beacons and the crash will remain unanswered because, as the Air Force acknowledges, airport maintenance chief Niko Junic died by gunshot just three days after the crash and before he could be interviewed by investigators. Within a day of his death, officials determined the death was a suicide."
The three major networks spent an average of one hour and twelve minutes each on the Clinton scandals during all of the election year of 1996, and Hillary Clinton says they were victims of a conspiracy.
They just kept getting away with it.
Is it possible that the description of these events is just Republican ranting? Are they just scurrilous accusations? Can common sense discount these reports? The beatings go on.
Charles Uribe, chairman of A.J. Construction Company in New York, received a phone call, according to Michael Isikoff of Newsweek.
"The Vice-President is on the line," his secretary said.
"Vice-President of what?" Uribe asked.
"The Vice-President of the United States," she replied. A series of "yes, sirs" and "no, sirs" followed.
"We need to raise $50,000 for the campaign," Uribe told his colleagues. Clinton got away with it and was re-elected in November.
Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor said he was "stunned" to discover that companies joining him on trade missions were Democrat campaign contributors, despite a letter from Clinton stating that $10,000 donors would get an invite to "join party leadership as they travel abroad to examine current and developing issues." Clinton got away with it.
Hillary Clinton showed up at the pediatrics ward of the Georgetown University Medical Center to have her photo taken reading to sick kids. The sick kids looked…sick. They were bald from cancer treatments, and some had tubes and catheters sticking into them. She ordered the sick kids replaced by the healthy children of the hospital staff, who had to be rounded up. She got away with it.
Former White House intern Mary Caitrin Mahoney was shot five times during the murder of three Starbucks employees in an execution-style slaying, but no money was stolen. A police informant on the case was murdered when sent by D.C. police into a botched drug sting. There were 301 murders in D.C. that year. The Starbucks murder was the only one handled by the FBI and Janet Reno. If this was an effort to eliminate more people with knowledge of Bill, then Clinton got away with it.
Foutanga Dit Babani Sissoko, a West African multi-millionaire, was in jail for bribery and smuggling. He showed a judge a dinner invitation he received to dine with Bill Clinton in Washington. The judge figured if Sissoko was an FOB, he must be a truly bad criminal, and set his bail at $20 million.
Former Arkansas state trooper L.D Brown was approached on a bus in England and offered $100,000 to lie about Whitewater. A similar offer was made to him in Arkansas. If the Clintons were behind the bribe offer, they got away with it.
A $27,000 check was discovered in a car in Arkansas, along with McDougal's Madison Guaranty records. Shortly thereafter, a mysteriously sick McDougal was tossed into solitary confinement because he would not urinate for a drug test. He was on 12 medications at the time, four of which make it hard to urinate. If the Clintons were behind this, they got away with it.
Gennifer Flowers reported death threats and that her house was ransacked. Clinton got away with it.
Two Armed Forces medical examiners confirmed that Ron Brown had a perfectly circular hole in his head that looked like a gun wound. No autopsy or investigation followed, and if that was because Clinton ordered it that way, he got away with it.
A Federal grand jury found state prosecutor Dan Harmon guilty of drug dealing and extortion, sentencing him to eight years in prison.
Jim McDougal said of Web Hubbell, "Hubbell knows where the bodies are buried."
Independent prosecutor Dan Smaltz and the FBI questioned an ex-Tyson food pilot who claimed to have carried cash from Tyson to the Arkansas Governor's mansion.
"I nearly fell off my chair when I heard Joe make the allegation." Smaltz told Time magazine. "I took over the questions." Janet Reno blocked Smaltz from pursuing the case, so Clinton got away with it.
Monica Lewinsky had the following conversation with Linda Tripp:
TRIPP: "Well, let me put it to you this way. By hanging up and saying you're telling your parents and then hanging up the phone, you're saying a whole hell of a lot more than you could ever do in a 20-minute conversation."
LEWINSKY: "I know (tape skip) (inaudible) my Mom will kill me if I don't tell him - make it clear at some point that I'm not going to hurt him, because - see, my Mom's big fear is that he's going to send somebody out to kill me."
TRIPP: "Oh, my God. Oh, my God."
LEWINSKY: "So -"
TRIPP: "Shut up."
LEWINSKY: "Well, that's what she thinks."
TRIPP: "Oh, my God. Don't even say such an asinine thing. He's not that stupid. He's an arrogant....but he's not that stupid."
LEWINSKY: "Well, you know, accidents happen."
Charlie Trie told a reporter who located him in China that he would not come back to the U.S. because, "I want to stay alive."
Fox's Carl Cameron reported that the FBI saw Trie's employees destroying fundraising evidence. Just before Senate campaign finance abuse hearings, Janet Reno refused to grant the warrants to search Trie's office, leaving agents to simply observe the destruction of documents. Reno and Clinton got away with it.
White House aide Cheryl Mills told the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee that she and White House Counsel Jack Quinn withheld documents from investigators for 15 months, including a memo suggesting Clinton wanted the $1.7 million White House Office Data Base shared with the DNC.
"[Your investigations will not] feed one person, give shelter to someone who is homeless, educate one child, provide health care for one family or offer justice to one African-American or Hispanic juvenile . . ." she said. "You could spend your time making the lives of the individuals you serve better, as opposed to tearing down the staff of a President with whose vision and policies you disagree."
She concluded that Clinton was a champion of civil rights. In the mean time, Clinton got away with it.
Res ipsa loquiter.
1998 began with George Stephanopoulos telling ABC This Week that the White House has a "different, long-term strategy, which I think would be far more explosive. White House allies are already starting to whisper about what I'll call the Ellen Rometsch strategy . . . She was a girlfriend of John F. Kennedy, who also happened to be an East German spy. And Robert Kennedy was charged with getting her out of the country and also getting J. Edgar Hoover to go up to the Congress and say, 'Don't you investigate this, because if you do, we're going to open up everybody's closets.'"
"Are you suggesting for a moment that what they're beginning to say is that if you investigate this too much, we'll put all your dirty linen right on the table?" asked Sam Donaldson. "Every member of the Senate? Every member of the press corps?"
"Absolutely," replied Stephanopoulos. "The President said he would never resign, and I think some around him are willing to take everybody down with him."
In other words, Clinton intended to get away with it.
Jim McDougal said the Clintons move through people's lives like a tornado. He died in solitary confinement after being separated from his heart medication and put on Lasix, which is contraindicated for heart patients. After complaining of dizziness and becoming ill, no doctor was permitted to see him. He had been in isolation prior to his death. His autopsy found "a toxic but non-lethal amount" of Prozac in his body according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The medical examiner said the Prozac was unrelated despite being three times the normal dosage.
Shortly before he died, McDougal completed a book with Curtis Wilkie of the Boston Globe. In the New York Times review, "Moments after President Clinton gave videotaped testimony for the criminal trial of James and Susan McDougal, his former Whitewater partners, he privately agreed to give Mrs. McDougal a pardon if she was convicted, a new book by James McDougal says. 'I'm willing to stick with it, but if it doesn't work out, or whatever, can you pardon Susan?' McDougal recalled asking Clinton shortly after the President had completed his testimony, in the Map Room at the White House two years ago. 'You can depend on that,' Clinton is said to have replied quietly in the private conversation, apparently out of earshot of others. McDougal then asked, 'Like I say with all lawyers, I mean promptly?' The President grinned and nodded, by McDougal's account, and said, 'If you hang with me, I'll do it.'"
McDougal looks like the Frankie Pantangelo character in "Godfather II", willing to die for "Caesar." If so, Clinton got away with it.
Still another Clinton witness died. Johnny Franklin Lawhon, Jr., 29, was the owner of the auto transmission shop in Mabelville, Arkansas, who discovered a $27,000 cashier's check made out to Bill Clinton in a trunk of a tornado-damaged car. Lawhon hit a tree in the wee hours of March 30.
He took off "like a shot" from a filling station, said a witness. If Clinton's people killed him, he got away with it.
Linda Tripp had to be taken by the FBI to a safe house because of threats against her life. This is very interesting. The FBI usually uses safe houses to protect people from the Mafia and other criminals. Their use of the safe house meant that they felt Clinton to be as much a threat as the Mafia or dangerous criminals. Clinton got away with threatening her.
Arkansas Highway Police took $3.1 million from four suitcases in a tractor-trailer in money laundering scheme tied to Clinton's old Mena days, but he got away with it. Jorge Cabrera, official drug dealer of the Democrat party, pled guilty to laundering $3.5 million between 1986 and 1996. Clinton got away without it being connected to him.
Monica Lewinsky told Linda Tripp to lie under oath, and "I would write you a check. "
"I mean, telling the truth could get you in trouble," she added. "I don't know why you'd want to do that…I would not cross these - these people - for fear of my life."
Lewinsky thought she would be murdered by Clinton's "people" like former White House intern Mary Caitrin Mahoney, killed in the Starbucks execution-style murders, which Clinton got away with it.
The U.S. media ignored a story about Clinton selling the blood of Arkansas' prisoners in the 1980s, which he had gotten away with. Canadian publishers did report the story.
Kathleen Willey came forward to report that Clinton sexually harassed her in the White House. Before testifying, her tires were punctured with nails and her cat she went missing.
"Then just days before she testified in the Paula Jones lawsuit in early January, Willey was out jogging near her home when a stranger approached her. . ." reported ABC's Jackie Judd. "The man knew what had happened at her home and that he asked her if the tires had been fixed and if the cat had been found."
"Don't you get the message?" Clinton's man said before jogging off. Clinton got away with it.
On September 9, victim Bill Clinton gave a speech.
"All of you know that I've been on a rather painful journey these last few weeks and I've had to ask for things that I was more in the habit of giving in my life than asking for in terms of understanding and forgiveness," said Clinton, "but it's also given me the chance to try to ask, as all of us do: What do you really care about? What do you want to think about in your last hours on this Earth? What really matters? . . .So I ask you for your understanding, for your forgiveness on this journey we're on. I hope this will be a time of reconciliation and healing, and I hope that millions of families all over America are in a way growing stronger because of this."
Was this Clinton's version of a mea culpa?
Charles Wilbourne Miller, 63, was murdered and thrown into a shallow grave close to his ranch house near Little Rock. A .410 gauge shotgun and a Ruger .357-caliber revolver submerged in water were near Miller. The Ruger was supposed to have been used by Miller to kill himself. The weapon used by Miller to kill himself would then have had to be placed in the water by Miller after he killed himself. Two rounds in the handgun's cylinder were spent, meaning he shot himself, then put it to his head and shot again. Miller's connection to Clinton was that he had been the executive vice president and member of the board of directors for a company called Alltel, the successor to Jackson Stephens' Systematics. This was the company that provided software for the White House's "Big Brother" data base system and was behind Clinton's plan for the "Clipper" chip to bug every phone, fax and email transmission in America. If he died because he knew too much about Clinton, then the President got away with it.
Dr. Cyril Wecht, a veteran of over 13,000 autopsies, said there is "more than enough" evidence to suggest that Ron Brown's death was murder before the plane went down.
"It is not even arguable in the field of medical legal investigations whether an autopsy should have been conducted on Brown," said Dr. Wecht of the crime Clinton probably got away with it.
FBI Director Louis Freeh appeared before Congressman Dan Burton's committee:
BURTON: "Mr. Freeh, over 65 people have invoked the Fifth Amendment or fled the country in the course of the committee's [Clinton scandals] investigation. Have you ever experienced so many unavailable witnesses in any matter in which you've prosecuted or in which you've been involved?"
FREEH: "Actually, I have."
BURTON: "You have? Give me, give me a rundown on that real quickly."
FREEH: "I spent about 16 years doing organized crime cases in New York City and many people were frequently unavailable."
The only time Freeh ever saw more stonewalling than with Clinton was with the New York mob. Clinton got away with it. Former state trooper Larry Patterson testified in Paula Jones sexual harassment case:
Larry Patterson: "[Governor Clinton] said, 'I've got someone I need to see.' I said 'Okay.' 'Where are going?' He said 'To Booker Elementary School. . .[Chelsea attended Booker] So we went to Booker Elementary School and he said, 'I've a friend waiting down here, Larry and I'd like to spend some time alone with her.' . .This particular lady was driving a small red compact car. It was parked beside the school underneath a streetlight. . .I was out of the car smoking, could see the action going on. Two Little Rock city policemen pulled up, said, 'What are you doing here?' I I.D.'d myself. I said, 'I've a friend that's meeting a married lady down here, and they'd like some privacy. The Little Rock city policeman on the passenger side said, 'If the school gets burglarized, I hope you can cover this. . .I said, 'Yeah I can cover this. No problem.'"
Q: "You said that the woman's car was under a streetlight and you could see what was going on?"
Mr. Patterson: "Yes, Sir."
Q: "What was going on? What did you see?"
Mr. Patterson: "I saw Bill Clinton on the passenger side of the front seat. I saw the woman get into the driver's side. I saw her head disappear into what looked like his lap…"
Clinton got away with getting blown in a public place near where kids were. A "friendly" judge threw out criminal investigations into Clinton's scandals on technical grounds, in an effort to see to it that he got away with it.
Webster Hubbell faced new charges. After pleading guilty to tax evasion and mail fraud involving the theft of nearly a half million dollars from the Rose law firm and $143,000 in unpaid taxes, his plea was based on cooperating with the independent counsel, but he never did. Clinton got away with it.
"Communist Party cadres should study the speeches of Hillary Clinton because she offers a very good example of the skills of propaganda," wrote Yu Quanyu, director of the Chinese Academy of Social Studies in Ideological and Political Work Studies. "Her sentences are short and stimulating. That's why she gets a lot of applause. But Chinese people have a habit of giving long speeches in which the sentences are long and tedious."
President Clinton was deposed in the Paula Jones case. The Washington Times reported that his memory failed 267 times. The following is from the deposition:
I don't remember - 71
I don't know - 62
I'm not sure - 17
I have no idea - 10
I don't believe so - 9
I don't recall - 8
I don't think so - 8
I don't have any specific recollection - 6
I have no recollection - 4
Not to my knowledge - 4
I just don't remember - 4
I don't believe - 4
I have no specific recollection - 3
I might have - 3
I don't have any recollection of that - 2
I don't have a specific memory - 2
I don't have any memory of that - 2
I just can't say - 2
I have no direct knowledge of that - 2
I don't have any idea - 2
Not that I recall - 2
I don't believe I did - 2
I can't remember - 2
I can't say - 2
I do not remember doing so - 2
Not that I remember - 2
I'm not aware - 1
I honestly don't know - 1
I don't believe that I did - 1
I'm fairly sure - 1
I have no other recollection - 1
I'm not positive - 1
I certainly don't think so - 1
I don't really remember - 1
I would have no way of remembering that - 1
That's what I believe happened - 1
To my knowledge, no - 1
To the best of my knowledge - 1
To the best of my memory - 1
I honestly don't recall - 1
I honestly don't remember - 1
That's all I know - 1
I don't have an independent recollection of that - 1
I don't actually have an independent memory of that - 1
As far as I know - 1
I don't believe I ever did that - 1
That's all I know about that - 1
I'm just not sure - 1
Nothing that I remember - 1
I simply don't know - 1
I would have no idea - 1
I don't know anything about that - 1
I don't have any direct knowledge of that - 1
I just don't know - 1
I really don't know - 1
I can't deny that, I just -- I have no memory of that at all - 1
Bill Clinton has always been described as being a man with a "steeltrap mind." He got away with it. Monica Lewinsky spoke to Linda Tripp about filing a false affidavit in the Paula Jones case:
TRIPP: "You - you are - are you positive in your heart that you want to do that? I mean -"
TRIPP: "I'm only saying - I'm only saying that in case you should change your mind."
LEWINSKY: "No. I - I - I - first of all, for fear of my life. I would not - I would not cross these - these people for fear of my life, number one. Wagging the dog."
The term "wag the dog," made into a movie starring Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman, became a catchphrase of the Clinton Presidency, in which the President continually "made news," often faking some national security "crisis" in order to divert attention from his crimes and scandals. Some of these include:
· Election eve 1996: U.S. jets fired on Iraqi radar sites.
· January 26, 1998: President goes on TV to deny the Lewinsky affair; sent top officials on tour to build support for attack on Iraq. Warned Hussein not to "defy the will of the world."
· June 30, 1998: Judge Suzan Webber Wright ordered the unsealing of Clinton's Jones case deposition; U.S. jets fired on Iraqi radar sites.
· August 20, 1998: Monica Lewinsky appeared before the grand jury; Clinton attacked alleged terrorist centers in Sudan and Afghanistan.
· November 13, 1998: Clinton settled the Paula Jones suit for $850,000; Clinton ordered, then aborted, a massive missile attack on Iraq.
· Impeachment eve 1998: Clinton launched a massive missile attack on Iraq.
The Washington Times calculated seven Kenneth Starr-like investigations could have been carried out for the price of one day's assault on Baghdad by Tomahawk missiles, but Clinton got away with it.
The Defense Technology Security Administration said that Loral's unauthorized release of sensitive technology to China created "major" violations of U.S. national security, three medium violations and 12 "minor" infractions, but Clinton got away with it.
During Clinton's impeachment trial the following statements were made:
Senator Barbara Boxer: "Rejecting these articles of impeachment does not place this President above the law. As the Constitution clearly says, he remains subject to the laws of the land just like any other citizen of the United States."
Senator Herbert Kohl: "President Clinton is not 'above the law.' His conduct should not be excused, nor will it. The President can be criminally prosecuted, especially once he leaves office. In other words, his acts may not be 'removable' wrongs, but they could be 'convictable' crimes."
Senator Joseph Lieberman: "Whether any of his conduct constitutes a criminal offense such as perjury or obstruction of justice is not for me to decide. That, appropriately, should and must be left to the criminal justice system, which will uphold the rule of law in President Clinton's case as it would for any other American."
Senator Richard Bryan: "For those who believe that the President is guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice - criminal offenses - there is a forum available for that determination."
Senator Frank Lautenberg: "[The] legal system, our civil and criminal laws provide the proper venue for a President who has failed in his private character. . . .And in this case, the legal system can and will continue to address the President's personal transgressions."
Senator Kent Conrad: "Offensive as they were, the President's actions have nothing to do with his official duties, nor do they constitute the most serious of private crimes. In my judgment, these are matters best left to the criminal justice system."
Senator John Breaux: "For wrongful acts that are not connected with the official capacity and duties of the President of the United States, there are other ways to handle it. There is the judicial system. There is the court system. There are the U.S. attorneys out there waiting. There may even be the Office of Independent Counsel, which will still be there after all of this is finished."
There was no criminal indictment of Clinton. He got away with it.
An attempt was made to kill Johnny Chung. If this was Clinton's attempt to silence another witness in "Chinagate," he got away with it.
According to Neal Travis of the New York Post in a book on the Mossad, Israel blackmailed President Clinton with 30 hours of his phone sex talks with Monica Lewinsky. In return, Clinton halted a Federal probe into a top Israeli mole in the White House, who apparently stayed at the White House until the end of Clinton's second term. He was supposed to be much more important than CIA traitor Jonathan Pollard had been. Clinton got away with it.
Lewinsky testified about heavy petting and oral sex in the Oval Office. She said the President told her a foreign embassy was tapping her apartment. He gave her instructions on how to fool the buggers. Kenneth Starr had enough to handle, so Clinton got away with it.
1,000 Canadian hemophiliacs filed a $660 million class action suit in Toronto after getting Clinton's "bad blood" from Arkansas. He got away with it.
John Gotti told the New York Daily News that Clinton got away with things a Mafia boss would never have gotten away with. Of the tap in which Clinton and Gennifer Flowers said Mario Cuomo acted like a Mafioso, Gotti told his brother Peter, "He's telling her, 'Why would you want to bring this out? If anybody investigates, you lie.'…If he had an Italian last name, they would've electrocuted him." Of course, he got away with it.
The American Bar Association, one of the biggest supporters of Democrats in the United States, featured felon Webster Hubbell at its national convention after he did jail time for overbilling clients, one of the most important ethical breaches in the law.
The ABA invited Clinton to speak the same week that a Federal court judge imposed a $90,000 fine on Clinton for having given "false, misleading and evasive answers that were designed to obstruct the judicial process." The judge took the action, "not only to redress the misconduct of the President in this case, but to deter others who might themselves consider emulating the President of the United States by engaging in misconduct that undermines the integrity of the judicial system." Clinton was also facing disbarment in Arkansas.
A former White House aide, Mark Middleton, an Arkansas lawyer and confidant of Clinton, invoked the Fifth Amendment 28 times in campaign finance abuse House testimony. House Government Reform Committee Republicans wanted to know if he had conspired with government officials in China or elsewhere to illegally funnel contributions to the Democratic National Committee or the Clinton/Gore re-election campaign. Georgia Republican Congressman Bob Barr asked Middleton if he was "a bag man" for the Chinese.
"I respectfully decline to answer the question," answered Middleton, and Clinton got away with it.
Former counsel to the House Judiciary Committee David Schippers did an interview with Human Events editor Terence Jeffrey, excerpted below:
HUMAN EVENTS: "What is the most significant thing that happened during the impeachment process that the country doesn't know about but should?"
SCHIPPERS: "I think the most important factor that the public should know that they don't know is that, before we ever appeared on the floor of the United States Senate, the House impeachment managers and I were told that there was no way we could win."
HUMAN EVENTS: "Who told you that?"
SCHIPPERS: "Six Republican Senators. Members of the leadership."
HUMAN EVENTS: "Members of the Republican leadership came over to you?"
SCHIPPERS: "No, we were over there. We were discussing the kind of method by which we would try the case, and we, the managers and myself, were told, 'Look we're just trying to keep you from embarrassing yourselves.' I mean, this is after a vote of the House of Representatives impeaching the President.
"In that same meeting one of the senators - and because I do not know which one it was, I will not name any of the Senators - turned to Henry Hyde and he said, 'Henry, I don't care. No way are you going to get 67 votes.' This was before anything had occurred on the floor of the Senate."
"And Henry Hyde said, 'Well, you know Senator, we have other materials over there in that room that were furnished by Mr. Starr and I think that some of them may have to do with assaults or things like that. And the Senator said, 'Henry' - this is a direct quote - 'I don't care if you have proof that he raped a woman, stood up and shot her dead, you're still not going to get 67 votes.'
"At that point I raised my hand and I said, 'Senator, are you telling me I just watched a hundred Senators raise their right hand to God and swear to do equal and impartial justice and that they will ignore that oath too?' And the Senator said, 'You're darn right they are.'
"From that moment on I knew that we were in a rigged ball game. In Chicago we'd refer to it as a First Ward election…It was rigged to make it impossible for us to win. I don't know why they were so anxious to keep the American people from hearing the evidence. I just will never know."
The bottom line is Clinton kept getting away with it.
Senator Alphonse D'Amato approached former Arkansas state trooper and Clinton bodyguard L.D. Brown and used strong-arm tactics to get him to "cooperate" on the Mena charges. Apparently, D'Amato was concerned that the case was tied into the Bush task force on drugs and the Contra operations, which may in the end be why Clinton got away with it.
When Michael Espy was appointed to the Department of Energy, columnist Paul Greenberg wrote, "He seems to have passed this administration's high ethical test: He's been acquitted."
Wayne Dumond was released after 12 years in prison for not raping Bill Clinton's cousin, but Clinton got away with it. Whitewater criminal Susan McDougal was proudly featured by the Tulsa County, Oklahoma Democrat's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.
A Democrat National Committee staffer wrote the following to DNC chair Don Fowler: "Johnny [Chung] committed to contribute $75,000 to the DNC reception in Los Angeles on September 21. Tell him if he does not complete his commitment ASAP bad things will happen." No doubt, Clinton would still get away with it.
Carlos Ghigliotti, 42, was discovered dead in his office near Washington. Ghigliotti was the thermal-imaging analyst hired by the House Government Reform Committee to review tape of the Waco siege. He had said that his examinations revealed that the FBI fired shots during the incident. The FBI had said that the light bursts on infrared footage were reflections of sunrays on shards of glass or other debris.
"I conclude this based on the ground view videotapes taken from several different angles simultaneously and based on the overhead thermal tape," Ghigliotti had told the Washington Post. Janet Reno and Bill Clinton had just gotten away with it.
President Clinton declared "National Character Counts Week."
"The character of our citizens has enriched every aspect of our national life and has set an example of civic responsibility for people around the world," said "Slick Willie".
Danno Williams' father is not Bill Clinton, according to The Star. He got away with it. Clinton's liberal apologists used this single case of Clinton actually being proven innocent as example of the "right wing conspiracy" to get Clinton. But wait, even this fairly unimportant event turned out to be false, or probably false.
Newsmax checked various medical labs and determined that the test used to determine if the baby was Clinton's was not sufficient to determine paternity. At this point, is the reader ready to ask if Clinton has jackal's blood, or "666" imbedded under his hair?
"Some press have ignored the claims of Danno's family because Danno's mother, Bobbie-Anne Williams, of Little Rock has a criminal record as a prostitute and drug addict," wrote Newsmax. "Williams has stated that in the mid-1980s then-Governor Clinton had encountered her at her home, near the Governor's mansion, while out on a morning jog. The two had sex on several occasions and had also used cocaine, she said."
Larry Patterson was ordered by Clinton to deliver Christmas gifts to the boy in 1988 or 1989. Clinton did not buy the gifts. He stole them from among gifts friends of the Clintons had given him to give to his daughter, Chelsea.
"Patterson said, that in addition to the gift giving, he became 'really suspicious' in 1992, during the Presidential campaign, when the Williams' home was burglarized," continued Newsmax. "The only items stolen were two photographs of the child, one of which had appeared in the Globe, a supermarket tabloid, alleging Clinton had fathered the child. 'This is a simple house burglary,' Patterson explained, yet it set off alarm bells in the Governor's mansion. Patterson learned the burglary received priority attention from Clinton because Captain Buddy Young, who headed the Governor's security detail, assisted the local Little Rock police in their investigation of the case. Patterson said it was 'unheard of' for a member of the security detail to work with local police on 'a simple house burglary investigation.'"
Is any commentary really necessary? If the story is true, and Clinton did father this black child with a prostitute, then stole Chelsea's presents for the kid, he got away with it.
Juanita Broaddrick accused Clinton of raping her. She found herself audited by the Internal Revenue Service. Other "Clinton audits" include: Elizabeth Ward Gracen; Billy Dale (fired in travel office affair); Fox News critic Bill O'Reilly; Kent Masterson Brown (brought lawsuit compelling Hillary's health care task force to reveal its members); and Paula Jones. Also: National Review, American Spectator, Christian Coalition, Citizens for a Sound Economy, Freedom Alliance, Heritage Foundation, National Rifle Association, Western Journalism Center, National Center for Public Policy Research, Fortress America and Citizens Against Government Waste.
Clinton just got away with it.
A former Justice Department prosecutor testified to Congress that an investigation into Clinton's connection to a top Democrat fund-raiser involved in the sale of missile-related expertise to China was in order. Attorney General Janet Reno rejected the recommendation. Lee Radek, head of the department's public integrity section, called the recommendation "silly." But Clinton did get away with it.
The Association of Trial Lawyers, another fine organization that is virtually a fundraising wing of the Democrat National Committee, invited Clinton to speak.
Former White House counsel Charles Ruff said "I don't know," "I don't remember," "I don't recall" or "I have no specific recollection..." 12 times in 30 minutes before a Congressional committee investigating missing White House e-mails.
Ruff told Bob Woodward that Watergate figures could have gotten off the hook if they had just said, "'Gee, I just don't remember what happened back then', and they won't be able to indict me for perjury and that, maybe, that's the principal thing that I've learned in four years....I just intend to rely on that failure of memory." Ruff missed a major point. The Watergate figures were Republicans. The chances that Republicans will answer honestly are much greater than with Democrats.
When the FBI interviewed Vice-President Al Gore, he changed his answers at such time as his old answers were identified and exposed to be lies. He was shown documents from the fund-raising investigation, and said he may have missed an important discussion because he drank too much iced tea. 23 times Gore said that he was unable to recall the parts of the November 21, 1995 meeting referring to his illegal fund-raising. He and Clinton got away with it.
Arthur A. Coia, the former president of a labor union, raised millions of dollars for Bill Clinton, Al Gore and the Democrats. He pled guilty to defrauding taxpayers in Rhode Island of nearly $100,000 in taxes that were due on three Ferrari sports cars worth more than $1.7 million. Coia got two years probation and a $10,000 fine, but Clinton and gore got away with it.
The D.C. police reported that they towed about 1,000 vehicles per year to secure the streets so Clinton can make speeches, have lunch or catch a basketball game, but he got away with it.
Vince Foster's murder
From the Progressive Review, based on research by Hugh Sprunt:
July 20, 1993…PARK POLICE interviewed about a dozen family and friends. Police officer reported, "One of the last things I got from Mrs. Foster - I asked her was he - did you see this coming?…Everyone said, no, no, no, no, he was fine…Nobody would say anything about depression or that they noticed some signs, they were worried."
Later, in answer to a question from a Senate staff attorney, an investigator said, "I mentioned depression, did you see this coming, were there any signs, has he been taking any medications? No. All negative answers."
One day after death, BERYL ANTHONY, Foster's brother-in-law…Asked if Foster had been depressed during the two weeks before his death, Anthony said, "There is not a damn thing to it. That's a bunch of crap."
Two days after death PARK POLICE interview of three White House secretaries: "[number one] There was nothing unusual about his emotional state. In fact, over the past several weeks she did not notice any changes, either physically or emotionally. . . [number two] Mr. Foster's demeanor seemed normal to her. [number three] She did not note any unusual behavior on by Mr. Foster on [the day he died>. "She noticed no weight loss."
Two days after death WASHINGTON POST…"Although White House officials said they saw few if any signs of emotional problems from Foster, others who were his friends described themselves as worried over his depression and anxiety. "Certainly people who knew him well - he is reserved and hard to know, really - felt he was depressed, but no depressed in the sense of killing himself. I can tell you that thought did not enter people's minds," the friend said. Clinton addressed the mystery himself. "No one can ever know why this happened." (Author's note: But sure they can)
Six days after death PARK POLICE…"Mr. Anthony stated that he and his wife had noticed a gradual decline in Mr. Foster's disposition to the point of depression… During the month preceding Mr. Foster's death, Mr. Anthony stated that he and his wife noticed that Mr. Foster's depression had become increasingly worse and became very worried about Foster's well being…His wife had given Mr. Foster a list of three counselors, psychiatrist or other doctors to do counseling."
Nine days after death LISA FOSTER tells Park Police that husband had been taking an anti-depressant
Soon after death LAB TESTS BY VIRGINIA DIVISION OF FORENSIC SCIENCES…Lab tests come up completely negative re anti-depressants.
August 3, 1993 BOYCE RENSBERGER IN THE WASHINGTON POST…"No one around him has said they were aware of any problems."
August 9, 1993 SIDNEY BLUMENTHAL IN NEW YORKER…Had lost 15 pounds.
August 15, 1993 DAVID VON DREHLE IN THE WASHINGTON POST…"He had a difficult time sleeping. He felt guilt and worthlessness. His concentration at work was flagging although it was so high to begin with, he still functioned well." Had lost 15 pounds since coming to Washington.
Some months after death lab tests reported anti-depressants in Fosters's blood. This during a time when an FBI whistleblower was complaining internally that the labor was playing fast and loose with its reports.
Post death FAMILY DOCTOR told FBI that he did not think Foster was significantly depressed and that the prescription was just to help him sleep better. Prescription was one-fifth the initial average daily dosage for depression.
Post death MRS FOSTER (from FBI handwritten notes) said Foster had been "fighting" taking the prescription for sleeping pills dispensed several months earlier for insomnia. Foster was concerned they might be addictive.
Post death MRS. FOSTER (from FBI final report)…Her words are changed to "fighting depression."
June 1994 FISKE REPORT…Family doctor had prescribed an anti-depressant the day before the death. Weight loss "obvious to many."
"A Washington Tragedy"
By Dan Moldea
A Review by
Hugh Sprunt (c) April 1998
"There have been seven known government investigations concerning the death of former White House Deputy Counsel Vincent W. Foster: The U.S. Park Police investigation, the simultaneous one conducted by the FBI in parallel with the Park Police, the separate FBI investigation into the discovery of the so-called Foster 'torn note' in Foster's briefcase six days after his death, the one performed by Robert Fiske (the first 'Whitewater' Counsel), that conducted by Representative William Clinger (then ranking Republican on the Committee on Government Operations), the one conducted by the Senate 'Whitewater' Committee, and the investigation done by the current 'Whitewater' Independent Counsel, Kenneth Starr and released to the public on October 10, 1997 (the 'top-level' reports).
"Thousands of pages from the underlying government investigative record have been released as well (subsidiary reports of various kinds, testimony, depositions, FBI and Park Police witness interview reports, laboratory reports, investigators' memos and handwritten notes, etc.). It is critical to emphasize two points: The only source for the conclusions claimed for in the top-level reports is, of course, the underlying investigative record the government compiled and, at the time the underlying record was being created, the investigators involved had no idea the documents they were creating would ever have to withstand public scrutiny.
"Since the top-level reports reached the same conclusion - that Foster killed himself on the spot where his body was discovered at Ft. Marcy Park, Virginia, with the 1913 Army Colt .38 Special revolver found in his hand by firing a bullet into his mouth that exited the upper rear of his head - it is legitimate to ask why there is still any controversy remaining about Foster's death. If, on the other hand, numerous material discrepancies remain unexplained or unmentioned in the top-level reports after so many investigations and so much effort, it would be all the more appropriate to question the legitimacy of the government's claims about the death.
"In part, the Foster controversy survives due to the work of reporters such as Chris Ruddy and Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, both of whom had books published last year about their examination of the death explaining why they continue to question the official conclusions. The controversy also survives due to document analysis and fieldwork done by others, including Reed Irvine of AIM, who have also reported serious problems, if not more, with the official conclusions. Having evaluated that record with care, Reed Irvine, like Ruddy and Evans-Pritchard believes that, however Mr. Foster came to grief, be it suicide or be it murder, 1) the official death scene was materially altered and 2) Foster did not die in that park.
"According to his publisher, Dan Moldea's just-published book, 'A Washington Tragedy - How The Death Of Vincent Foster Ignited A Political Firestorm' (Regnery; $24.95), 'investigates all the details of the death of Vincent Foster and runs down all the clues and evidence. His trained eye for detail is evident on every page. . .He answers all the questions that have been raised.' According to the author, 'This work is based on my numerous exclusive interviews with the top investigators, both official and unofficial, in the Foster case, as well as a close reading of the thousands of documents they authored.' Moldea promises his readers 'a straight narrative about the Foster investigations, organizing it into a chronology of events,' without 'placing my own personal spin on the actual words written and spoken between and among the characters.'
"To his credit, Moldea mentions some of the sizable discrepancies between the factual conclusions endorsed by the top-level reports and the content of the underlying official investigative record. In sharp contrast, the reports ignored or greatly minimized government evidence, however significant, inconsistent with the official conclusions about the Foster death.
"The confidence the authors of the top-level reports express is extremely high. Fiske: 'On the afternoon of Tuesday, July 20, 1993, in Ft. Marcy Park, Fairfax County, Virginia, Vincent W. Foster, Jr., committed suicide by firing a bullet from a .38 caliber revolver into his mouth. As discussed below, the evidence overwhelmingly supports this conclusion, and there is no evidence to the contrary.' Fiske's successor, Independent Counsel Starr agrees with the prior official reports and quotes his own experts: '[I]n my opinion and to a 100% degree of medical certainty, the death of Vincent Foster was a suicide. No plausible evidence has been presented to support any other conclusion.'
"Moldea concludes that none of the discrepancies within the record are of any significance and agrees with the conclusions in the top-level reports. He differs only in that he believes that the 'triggering event' for Foster's suicide 'occurred within his private life, not his public career,' namely, Mr. Foster's 'unhappiness with the state of their marriage since his move to Washington.' What is the nature of the discrepancies, many alluded to by Moldea but many not, that continue to cause to some to believe the Foster death involves a significant cover-up - a cover-up that continues to this day? This review of 'A Washington Tragedy' will cover one major official claim in detail and highlight a few others, all framed within the context of Moldea's new book.
"Clearly, it would be astounding in an investigative record that spans many thousands of pages not to discover numerous discrepancies. That said, all material discrepancies should have been dealt with prior to the drafting stage of the top-level reports, either by reconciling the apparent discrepancies in a reasonable and innocuous manner or, if that could not be done legitimately, by shaping and qualifying the conclusions in the reports to reflect reality.
"If it can be shown that 'enough' high-quality material discrepancies exist within the government record of the Foster death, the American public should not be expected to be confident the government's conclusions about the Foster death are truthful.
Stated a different way for the purposes of this review: Is Dan Moldea correct to dismisses all discrepancies as, in his words, 'insignificant details' that have been over-hyped the 'minutiae peddlers of the Foster case'?
"You, the reader, will be the judge as you evaluate the limited sample of discrepancies below from the wealth of disconnects and contradictions within the official record. As you pause now to slip into your judicial robes, I ask that you hark back to the familiar statue of 'Blind Justice.' You know her well: The blindfolded lady, holding high the scales of justice that enable her to weigh evidence intelligently and impartially.
Much has been made in the official reports, newspaper stories, magazine accounts, and books regarding Foster's depressed mental state in the weeks before his death. The official consensus is that Foster was clinically depressed, but an examination of the underlying record severely challenges, if not utterly destroys, this claim.
"Moldea accurately reports that the White House position on Foster's mental state in the weeks prior to his death changed radically several days after his death, attributing this shift to the discovery by the White House, on July 26, of the so-called 'torn note' in Foster's briefcase - a laundry list of items said to have been troubling him.
"The existence of the torn note was not made public until about 30 hours after it was found - and not until after several discussions about it were held at the White House (at least one with the widow and her attorney).
"Beginning the night of the death and for several days thereafter, those who knew Foster expressed nothing but shock and surprise.
"No family member or close friend initially voiced any concern about Foster's mental state, but around the time of the torn note's discovery, seemingly everyone who knew Foster began to describe how 'down' or 'depressed' he in fact had been in the weeks before his death.
"Rather than the cause of the radical flip-flop on Foster's mental state, at a minimum, the official reaction to the discovery of the note, if not the note itself, may have been a prudent tactical response to the death. Had Foster's death remained the unexplained 'bolt from the blue' that his family and close friends initially described, ongoing public interest in the 'mysterious' reason behind the death of this senior administration official and long-time confidante of the Clintons would have been legitimized.
"On the other hand, if it could be successfully claimed that Foster had been clinically depressed for one or more of a laundry list of reasons (failed administration political appointments, the gays in the military issue, 'Travelgate,' the burning of the Branch Davidian complex in Waco, political infighting at the White House, the Wall Street Journal's editorials, the Clintons' tax returns and blind trust, and Health Care Task Force litigation) the clinical depression claim alone would tend to forestall further inquiry by subjecting outside investigators in the media and elsewhere to charges of insensitivity and political partisanship ('scurrilous right wing kooks with cockamamie theories profiteering on the death of Vince Foster' being a typical composite allegation).
"There are gaping holes in the attempt to paint Foster as clinically depressed. Apparently casting about for a physical symptom of clinical depression, Fiske reported that Foster's weight loss was 'obvious to many' (media accounts shortly after the death placed the weight loss at 12-15 pounds), but Foster's medical records are consistent: Foster lost no weight, based on his weight just before starting his White House job and his weight when he died on July 20, 1993.
"Fiske reported that the Foster family doctor had prescribed an 'anti-depressant' the day before the death, but the doctor - a long-time family friend - told the FBI that he did not think Foster was significantly depressed and that he felt the prescription in question was merely to help Foster sleep better. The specific drug and the single daily 50 milligram dose said to have been prescribed for the six foot, four inch 200-pound Foster - the smallest tablet manufactured and about one-fifth the initial average daily dosage to treat depression - corroborates the doctor's insomnia explanation.
"The handwritten FBI interview notes of the widow state that Foster had been 'fighting' taking a 'prescription' for sleeping pills ('Restoril,' generic name 'tamazepam,' a benzodiazepine) dispensed several months earlier for this same insomnia (according to his widow, Foster was concerned the sleeping pills could be addictive), but the typed FD-302 report of the interview states in the equivalent location that Foster had been 'fighting depression,' a significant alteration in wording by the FBI, apparently made to buttress the official claims that Foster was depressed.
"What did the Park Police learn about Foster's recent mental state when they spoke to family members and close friends the night of the death? Despite contemporary media reports that the Park Police were denied entrance, two Park Police investigators each spent 70 minutes in the Foster home that night. The investigators' depositions provide significant information regarding the real-time perspective of Foster's family and friends immediately after they learned of the death and several days before those closest to the administration began to bruit about allegations of clinical depression.
"Based on the numerous statements that surfaced several days after the death that Foster had been struggling with clinical depression for several weeks, the numerous relatives and close friends who gathered at the Foster home the night of the death should have been describing to the investigators (and to each other) symptoms of clinical depression they had observed in Foster.
"This is emphatically not what the two investigators discovered in their 70 minutes asking spent asking questions at the Foster home that night. Presumably, the dozen or so friends and family who were present (many of them attorneys) realized that the investigators were not present to make idle social chit-chat, but were conducting a formal investigation into the death of a high-ranking Federal official, and took the questions they were asked seriously.
"Here are some quotes from the Senate depositions and testimony about the interviews conducted that night:
"'One of the last things I got from Mrs. Foster - I asked her was he - did you see this coming, was [sic] there any signs of this…everyone said no, no, no, no, he was fine. This is out of the blue…' '[Foster's sister, Sheila Anthony] was talking with us…I spoke with her, [the other Park Police Investigator present in the Foster home] spoke with her. She was very cordial. I remember asking her, did you see any of this coming, and she stated, no. Nobody would say anything about depression or that they noticed some signs, they were worried.' '[We] asked, was there anything, did you see this forthcoming [sic], was there anything different about him, has he been depressed, and all the answers were no.'"
"The Senate staff attorney also asked the investigator if he found out Foster was taking any medication, specifically any anti-depressant drug:
"Q: 'Did anyone at the notification [the death notification and initial interviews at the
Foster home, 9:00 - 10:10 P.M. EDT on July 20] mention depression or anti-depressant medication that Foster might have been taking?'
"A: 'I mentioned depression, did you see this coming, were there any signs, has he been taking any medication? No. All negative answers.'
"Moldea reports none of this information and instead incorrectly writes that the investigators at the Foster home that night wanted to find out about any drugs Foster was taking, but had been unable to do so.
"Lab work done as a part of the autopsy tested Foster's blood, vitreous humor, and urine, and included specific tests (all performed by the Commonwealth of Virginia's Division of Forensic Science) for the presence of anti-depressants, including particular tests for the presence of 'tricyclic anti-depressants' and 'benzodiazepines,' even though the Park Police investigators had been specifically told by family members and close friends that Foster was not taking any anti-depressant medication.
"The tests came up completely negative re all anti-depressant drugs screened, specifically excluding the presence of any 'tricyclic anti-depressants' or 'benzodiazepines.' It is not certain on the face of the report whether Trazodone [Desyrel] was specifically tested for by the Virginia Division of Forensic Sciences or not.
"The first known official claim that Foster had been taking anti-depressant medication, came from Lisa Foster nine days after the death. She told the Park Police on July 29 that Foster had taken Trazodone [Desyrel] the night before his death. Indeed, in the words of the widow's subsequent, and only, FBI interview conducted for the Fiske investigation:
"'How were you aware that your husband took one 50 milligram dose of Trazodone on the evening of 7/19/93?'
"'LF [Lisa Foster] told VF [Vince Foster] to take one and she also saw him take it.'
The night of the death, when asked by the Park Police investigators if her husband had been taking any medication, specifically any anti-depressant medication, she said no, even though a few days later she told other Park Police investigators Foster had taken anti-depressant medication just one day before his death and later told the FBI that she had told her husband to take the anti-depressant and had watched him take it.
"The 'new' information first surfaced in the only other contact that the Park Police were permitted to have with the widow, a 50-minute session in her attorney's office that ended at 5:00 P.M. sharp, three days after the discovery of the torn note and two days after the widow and her attorney had attended a meeting at the White House to discuss the then still-secret torn note.
"This interview had at least one other unusual aspect. According to the deposition of the senior officer conducting the interview: 'You know, we didn't have to question her a whole lot.' The widow gave more of a verbal statement than an interview, he said. Indicating that he thought Mrs. Foster was 'happy to get some things off her chest,' the senior Park Police officer also considered that 'she had gone over it with her lawyer so many times she had it down pat…I don't think we ever asked her a direct question… We did not interview any of the Foster children [the youngest of the three about to start his senior year of high school]. [The widow's attorney] would not make them accessible to us.'
"It was not until a re-test of the blood some months later by the FBI Lab that, mirabile dictu, the presence of both Trazodone and a benzodiazepine (Valium) in Foster's blood was reported - in time to buttress the June 30, 1994, Fiske Report claims that Mr. Foster was clinically depressed.
"The completely contradictory Virginia Division of Forensic Science report that no such drugs were detected (the Virginia report was, of course, based on recently drawn samples) was not made public until after the Fiske Report was released and few paid any attention to it any more than to the immediate post-death denials by the widow, other family members, and close friends that Foster was either 'down' or was taking any antidepressant medication.
"Of course, FBI whistle-blower Frederick Whitehurst was complaining internally during this period that the FBI Lab was playing fast and loose with the truth in its analysis reports, claims that have since become public and, based on Whitehurst's recent sizable cash settlement with the FBI and still-outstanding legal actions, appear to have been well-founded.
"Moldea considers the prior conflicting Virginia lab report 'curious,' but insignificant, even though the original lab report that found no anti-depressant drugs, and in the context of the universal denials the night of the death that Foster was depressed or taking anti-depressant medication (Moldea does not mention the other data provided above).
"Perhaps the most succinct example of the stark timing of the change in the official line from 'no depression' to 'depression' was provided by Beryl Anthony, Foster's brother-in-law (married to Foster's sister, Sheila, then an Assistant Attorney General).
Moldea quotes from a Beryl Anthony interview on Thursday, July 22. Asked if Foster had been depressed during the two weeks prior to his death, Anthony's said: 'There is not a damn thing to it. That's a bunch of crap.'
"However, on July 27 (the torn note was turned over to the Park Police the night of the 27th, though it had been found some 30 hours earlier) when Anthony was interviewed by the Park Police he, like Lisa Foster, did a '180.' Per the interview report: 'Mr. Anthony stated that he and his wife had noticed a gradual decline in Mr. Foster's general disposition to the point of depression…During the month preceding Mr. Foster's death, Mr. Anthony stated that he and his wife noticed that Mr. Foster's depression had become increasingly worse and became very worried about Foster's well-being. [So much so that] his wife had given Mr. Foster a list of three counselors, psychiatrists or other doctors who do counseling.'
"Moldea does not mention that Foster's weight gain in the six months reported in Foster's medical records was corroborated by his widow. Indeed, according to Moldea, 'She also says he was losing [emphasis added] weight' in her interview with Fiske's investigators. However, according to the widow's FBI interview (the typed FD-302 and the handwritten interview notes are consistent on this point): 'She believed that most of the weight which Foster had lost by that time ["when Lisa Foster. . . arrived in Washington, D.C."] had been lost prior to his arrival in Washington, D.C.'
"Lisa Foster arrived in Washington on June 5, 1993, having stayed in Little Rock so her youngest son could finish his junior year of high school there. Her husband arrived in Washington in January 1993, so the widow is saying that Foster did lose weight, but that the weight loss took place prior to January 1993 when he joined the administration.
Foster's medical records indicate he weighed 207 pounds in August of 1990. On December 31, 1992, at a physical the month before he went to Washington, he weighed 194 pounds (a 13-pound drop) and, according to his doctor's notes, was on a diet and exercising. Foster's weight at the autopsy was 197 pounds. A weight gain of about three pounds (194 to 197) in seven months is not particularly significant. However, it certainly is not 'a weight loss obvious to many' (Fiske) nor is it the 12-15 pound weight loss claimed in the media beginning a few days after his death.
"In all likelihood the weight gain was significantly more than three pounds because Foster probably did not strip naked for the doctor's nurse when he was weighed - on December 31, 1992, or at any other appointment. If he was not nude for his weigh-in, his 'stripped' weight would have been a pound or two less than 194.
"Furthermore, the 197-pound weight at the autopsy was a stripped weight, a stripped weight that obviously did not include the large amount of blood (two or three pints?) Foster officially lost both at the park (Fiske: 'Those present observed a large pool of blood…') and later in the body bag (Starr: '…found a large amount of blood in the body bag'). Taking these adjustments into account, the 'weight loss obvious to many' claimed in the Fiske report is hard to fathom since the data support a 1993 weight gain of about 6 pounds, if not more, between December 31, 1992, and July 20, 1993.
"Moldea believes that Foster gained weight in the early months of 1993 because he was 'eating more junk food,' but that Foster started losing weight 'as his depression set in during the latter weeks of his life.' Anyone espousing the idea that Foster's loss of appetite as he became more depressed made him lose weight near the end of his life must contend with the robust a la carte lunch the official record states that Foster personally selected and had a secretary deliver to his office before leaving the White House for the last time at about 1:10 P.M., officially bent on killing himself: A medium-rare cheeseburger, fries, a coke, and some M&Ms.
"According to interviews with the office staff, he ate it all, as he read the newspaper in his office, except the raw onion, which he decided to remove from his burger (had he forgotten to tell the secretary 'Hold the onions'?), and a few M&Ms. As he left the White House for the last time, officially en route to his own suicide (having first checked out a White House Communications Agency pager), he said, 'I'll be back, there are M&M's left in my office.'
"What did the three secretaries in the White House Office of Legal Counsel told the Park Police two days after the death about Foster's mental state? 'There was nothing unusual about his emotional state. In fact, over the last several weeks she did not notice any changes, either physically or emotionally. She noticed no weight loss [number one].' 'Mr. Foster's demeanor seemed normal to her…<number two> "She stated that she did not note any unusual behavior by Mr. Foster on [the day he died] [number three, Foster's own secretary].'
"This examination of the 'depression discrepancy' is fairly detailed but far from comprehensive. There are dozens of other material discrepancies, each with their own supporting details. A partial list:
"*Starr's forensic expert reports he found blood stains up to one millimeter in size on each side of each lens of Foster's glasses (in an attempt to prove the glasses, found 19 feet up-range from his head, were on Foster's face when shot), but both the Park Police and the FBI Lab reports explicitly state that there was no blood on the glasses.
"*An agent's memo to the head of the Technical Security Division of the Secret Service describes the FBI as having removed evidence from Foster's desk (officially, of course, that did not happen) and refers to the discovery of a letter or other writing written by Foster (apparently the night of the death) that was not the 'torn note' found six days later.
"*Starr's forensic expert reports his examination of Foster's shirt and slacks showed no sign the body had been dragged (an attempt to refute arguments that the body was moved to or within the park), but the lead investigator at the body site, the Medical Examiner, and the investigator charged with taking notes all report that the body slid down the berm and that they then dragged the body up the slope (a serious effort obviously required given the approximately 40-degree slope), stopping only when he body was higher up the slope than it was originally.
"*Starr's forensic expert reports possible down-range blood spatter and splatter on the vegetation in the Polaroid photos taken of the body, but no one at the site states they saw any; several observers affirmatively state there was none present (including the lead investigator and the Medical Examiner; its absence is a classic indicator that a gunshot victim with a through-and-through wound died esewhere).
"[To his credit, Moldea does state in his book that one of the investigators on-site, an experienced gardener, told him that she, like the other investigators, was looking for signs of blood spatter and that the stains that Lee reported seeing in the Polaroids was in fact a form of leaf blight, not blood.]
"*The bizarre harassment of Patrick Knowlton by some two dozen individuals, a Federal grand jury witness who saw items and events inconsistent with the conclusions of the official reports in Fort Marcy Park about an hour before Foster's body was found and who refused to change his story under repeated FBI questioning (Knowlton convinced the judges supervising Starr to make his 20-page rebuttal of Starr's Foster investigation a part of the Starr Report).
"*The Medical Examiner's field report was altered on page one to change the description of the exit wound; whoever made the alteration failed to alter the same language on page two, leaving the description on page two inconsistent with suicide by gunshot (a telex to the acting FBI Director from the Washington Metropolitan Field Office of the FBI sent about a day and a half after the autopsy but not liberated until March 1998 via a FOIA lawsuit by Accuracy In Media, confirms prior phone calls to the Director's office that there was no exit wound, a finding that directly contradicts the exit wound - a 1-inch by 1.25-inch chunk of skull was said to have been blown out - in the upper rear of the head depicted in a diagram in the autopsy report not filed with the Northern Virginia Medical Examiner until six days after the telex to the FBI Director).
"*Numerous instances of systematic alterations in witness accounts: information in many handwritten witness interview reports was changed in the typed interview reports in a systematic way in order to support the official conclusions (other witness accounts were simply suppressed in the top-level reports).
"*In many cases, the top-level reports systematically alter the times reported in the underlying investigative record, apparently in an attempt to document the officially alleged delay in notifying the White House of Foster's death.
"*Much of the information used in the top-level reports to prove that the gun belonged to the family is contradicted by the underlying record.
"I differ with Dan Moldea: I believe any fair-minded individual familiar with the investigative record of the Foster death will conclude, at a minimum, that a sizable and ongoing cover-up of material aspects of this death exists.
"Ken Starr's report was unable to come to any conclusive results regarding Foster's death. Now available under the Freedom of Information Act, it says that Dr. Henry Lee Connecticut's former Commissioner of Public Safety, said it was not possible to completely reconstruct Foster's July 1993 death because of a lack of documentation
from the original shooting scene; no high quality scene photographs; no videotape of the scene; no detailed description of the scene; no diagrams of the location of each item of physical evidence and their condition.
"There were no X-rays of Foster's body taken at autopsy, there was no 'serious' investigation of the homicide or the moving of the body."
The Clinton Body Count
A number of people connected to Bill Clinton have turned up dead. To date, Bill and Hillary have gotten away with all of it! By printing this information (although I am by no means the first), I want to make it clear that I consider it entirely possible that the Clintons would attempt to have me killed. Whether they kill me or not, I cannot say. I can say it is something they would do if it can be done "cleanly." I want to plainly state that I am in perfect health, and if I should die suddenly after these allegations are published in this book, I want it known that I consider Bill and Hillary Clinton to be suspects. I also want to state plainly that "dark forces" of supernatural evil may be working on their behalf. As Shakespeare said, "There are more things on Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than can be dreamt of in your philosophy." These are some of the previous victims:
James McDougal - Clinton's convicted Whitewater partner died of an apparent heart attack, while in solitary confinement. He was a key witness in Ken Starr's investigation. Was McDougal murdered in a Federal prison to silence him?
Ron Brown - Secretary of Commerce and former DNC Chairman. Reported to have died by impact in a plane crash. A pathologist close to the investigation reported that there was a hole in the top of Brown's skull resembling 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. Did Clinton have him killed because he told him they would go down "together" regarding revelations of Brown's many corruptions?
Vince Foster - Former White House counselor, and colleague of Hillary Clinton at Little Rock's Rose law firm. Died of a gunshot wound to the head, ruled a suicide.
Mary Mahoney - A former White House intern was murdered July. 1997 at a Starbucks Coffee Shop in Georgetown. The murder happened just as she was to go public with her story of sexual harassment in the White House.
Was this just a robbery gone bad?
C. Victor Raiser II & Montgomery Raiser: Major players in the Clinton fund raising organization died in a private plane crash in July 1992.
Paul Tulley - Democratic National Committee Political Director found dead in a hotel room in Little Rock, September of 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 his wife Kathleen Willey claimed Bill Clinton groped her in the oval office in the White House. 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 Little Rock. Park's son said 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 suicide. It was reported that he had a "Black Book" of people containing names of influential people who visited prostitutes in Texas and Arkansas.
James Wilson - Was found dead in May 1993 from an apparent hanging suicide. He was reported to have ties to Whitewater.
Kathy Ferguson - Ex-wife of Arkansas trooper Danny Ferguson died in May 1994; was found dead in her living roon with a gunshot to her head. It was ruled a suicide even though there were several packed suitcases, as if she was going somewhere. Danny Ferguson 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 fiancee of Kathy Ferguson. Critical of the suicide ruling of his fiancée, he was found dead in June, 1994 of a gunshot wound also ruled a suicide at the gravesite of his fiancée.
Gandy Baugh - Attorney for Clinton friend Dan Lassater died by jumping out a window of a tall building January, 1994. His client was a convicted drug distributor.
Florence Martin - Accountant /sub-contractor for the CIA related to the Barry Seal Mena Airport drug smuggling case. Died of three gunshot wounds.
Suzanne Coleman - Reportedly had an affair with Clinton when he was Arkansas Attorney General. Died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head, ruled a suicide. Was pregnant at the time of her death.
Paula Grober - Clinton's speech interpreter for the deaf from 1978 until her death in December 9, 1992. She died in a one-car accident.
Danny Casolaro - Investigative reporter. Investigating Mena airport and Arkansas Development Finance Authority. He slit his wrists, apparent suicide in the middle of his investigation.
Paul Wilcher - Attorney investigating corruption at Mena airport with Casolaro and the 1980 "October Surprise" was found dead on a toilet June 22, 1993 in his Washington, D.C. apartment. Had delivered a report to Janet Reno three weeks before his death.
Jon Parnell Walker - Whitewater investigator for Resolution Trust Corporation. Jumped to his death from his Arlington, Virginia apartment balcony August 15, 1993. Was investigating Morgan Guarantee scandal.
Barbara Wise - Commerce Department staffer. Worked closely with Ron Brown and John Huang. Cause of death unknown. Died November 29, 1996. Her bruised nude body was found locked in 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 out of Mena, Arkansas. Death was no accident.
Johnny Lawhorn, Jr. - Mechanic, found a check made out to Clinton in the trunk of a car left in his repair shop. Died when his car hit a utility pole.
Stanley Huggins - Suicide. Investigated Madison Guarantee. His report was never released.
Hershell Friday - Attorney and Clinton fundraiser died March 1, 1994 when his plane exploded.
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. Controversial case where initial report of death was due to falling asleep on railroad track. Later reports claim the two boys had been slain before being placed on the tracks. Many linked to the case died before their testimony could come before a Grand Jury.
THE FOLLOWING SEVEN PERSONS HAD INFORMATION ON THE IVES / HENRY CASE:
Keith Coney - Died when his motorcycle slammed into the back of a truck July, 1988.
Keith McMaskle - Died stabbed 113 times, November, 1988
Gregory Collins - Died from a gunshot wound, January of 1989.
Jeff Rhodes - He was shot, mutilated and found burned in a trash dump in April, 1989.
James Milan - Found decapitated. Coroner ruled death due to natural causes.
Jordan Kettleson - Was found shot to death in the front seat of his pickup truck in June, 1990.
Richard Winters - Was a suspect in the Ives/Henry deaths. Was killed in a set-up robbery, July of 1989.
THE FOLLOWING CLINTON BODYGUARDS ARE DEAD:
Major William S. Barkley, Jr.
Captain Scott J. Reynolds
Sergeant Brian Hanley
Sergeant Tim Sabel
Major General William Robertson
Colonel William Densberger
Colonel Robert Kelly
Specialist Gary Rhodes
Source for above: Steven Levine (firstname.lastname@example.org)
More deaths connected to Clinton and his Administration:
Chinese journalists killed in the bombing on May 8, 1999 of the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia (Shao Yunhuan, of Xinhua News Agency, Xu Xinghu and his wife, Zhu Ying, reporters at Guangming Daily).
76 deaths as a result of the government siege on the Branch Davidians compound at Waco Texas.
April 19, 1995 - bombing of the Federal building in Oklahoma City results in the death of 168 people.
Yugoslav civilian death toll estimated at 2,000 in 78 days of NATO bombing of Yugoslavia (March-June, 1999) - Clinton said he supported NATO bombing of Serb television stations, despite criticism from some NATO allies who believe these are civilian targets. General Wesley Clark ran this operation.
"Serb television is an essential instrument of Mr. Milosevic's command and control," Clinton said.
"Clinton Urges Patience With NATO Bombing Campaign"
- Washington Post, April 25, 1999
All of these people have been connected with the Clintons in some form or another. Not included are any deaths that could not be verified or connected to the Clinton scandals. This list is considered the "smaller" list. More partisan, conservative lists include 61 names, but this includes people whose deaths were not tied to the Clintons and very likely died in other ways. All deaths are listed chronologically by date. This list is current and accurate as of August 1, 2000.
Time-line of the Clinton Presidency
1992 November 3 - Clinton and his running mate, Senator Al Gore (D - Tennessee), were elected with 43 percent of the popular vote, to 38 percent for George Bush and 19 percent for Ross Perot.
1993 January 20 - Clinton is sworn in for his first term as President.
April 19 - government siege on the Branch Davidians compound at Waco Texas results in the death of 76 people
June 18 - Clinton gets $200 haircut on Air Force One, shutting down two runways at Los Angeles International Airport for an hour
July 20 - Vince Foster dies - labeled a "suicide."
Aug 19ust - Clinton announces "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy regarding gays in the military
1994 March 14 - Associate Attorney General Webster Hubbell announces his resignation.
1995 April 19 - bombing of Federal building in Oklahoma City results in the death of 168 people.
June - Monica Lewinsky, 21, comes to the White House as an unpaid intern in the office of Chief of Staff Leon Panetta.
1996 April 3 - Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown dies in a plane crash near Dubrovnik, Croatia.
August 22 - President Clinton signs the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996.
November - Clinton wins reelection to second term with at popular vote of 45,628,667 (Bob Dole: 37,869,435).
1997 January 20 - Clinton is sworn in for his second term as President.
February 25 - The overnight guest list released by the Clinton Administration. Clinton acknowledges he personally encouraged rewarding DNC donors with overnight stays at the Lincoln Bedroom.
October - Jiang Zemin visits.
1998 January 14 - Lewinsky gives Tripp a document headed "Points to make in an affidavit," coaching Tripp on what to tell Jones' lawyers about Kathleen Willey
January 17 - "Did you have an extramarital sexual affair with Monica Lewinsky?" “No.” Bill Clinton on the record (ABC News).
January 19 - Lewinsky's name surfaces in the Drudge Report.
January 26 - Standing alongside First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and Vice-President Al Gore in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Clinton waged his finger at news cameras and declared, "But I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I'm going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time - never. These allegations are false. "
March 22-April 2 - Bill Clinton takes trip to Africa - GAO study put the cost of the trip at $42.8 million - excluding security expenses.
June - Trip to China.
August 17 - Speaks to the American public regarding Monica Lewinsky.
August 20 - Clinton orders Cruise Missile Strikes on Afghanistan and Sudan.
December 19 - House votes to Impeach Clinton.
1999 March 24-June 10 - NATO bombs Kosovo and Serbia - over 38,000 combat sorties. May 7 - US planes bomb Chinese embassy in Belgrade.
2000 January 4 - The Clintons move belongings to house at 15 Old House Lane, Chappaqua, New York.
Clinton raises taxes; "don't ask, don't tell"; Waco, "Black Hawk down"; Hillarycare
Bill Clinton was aided by a confluence of factors in his 1992 campaign against George Bush. His two main advisors were George Stephanopoulos, an idealistic young Democrat, and James Carville, a brilliant, tasteless, disgusting liar. Stephanopoulos quit working for Clinton shortly after his Presidency, at such time as he realized most of the things the Republicans said about him were true. Carville stayed on and to this day is his most vocal supporter. Carville is to Clinton what Al-Jazeera is to Al Qaeda. They were made for each other.
The Republicans are partially responsible for Clinton's two greatest achievements, winning the 1992 election, and presiding over a strong economy. A recession began under George Bush and did not end until just before the '92 election. The public was not aware of this until a few weeks later. The economy had already begun to come back prior to Bush's last day in office, in January of 1993. The economic downturn was a combination of three things. First, it is cyclical, and the cycle happened to hit Bush at the worst possible time. Second, Bush agreed to raise taxes in 1990, which is never a good idea. Third, the Cold War had been won between 1988 and 1991. This meant that many workers in the Military Industrial Complex lost their jobs. Most of those were in California. This caused the California economy to dip more than the rest of the country. Carville urged Clinton that "It's the economy, stupid." Clinton was able to convince the electorate that Bush's policies were responsible for the economy. In a way, he was right, only not the way he meant it. Bush's policies as a member of the Reagan Administration were part of the reason the U.S. won the Cold War. The "Cold War dividend" not only meant reduced military spending, but also took away the defense issue from the Republicans.
While Bush had presided over an impressive victory over Iraq in 1991, he announced that we had entered a period of New World Order. This had people believing that military solutions were no longer necessary. An era of peace, prosperity and diplomacy had replaced the violent ways of the past. However, Republicans no longer had the edge they long held in issues of national security. Bush was a victim of his own success.
H. Ross Perot took Bush's votes away. Had he not entered the race, it would not have mattered. The Democrats also went after Bush for not finishing the war in Iraq and marching to Baghdad to end Saddam's regime. They were right about that, although none of them would have done it.
It was also a Republican Congress, elected in 1994 that kept Clinton's domestic spending in check, helping him to preside over a strong economy over the next six years.
Finally, the many smart, educated tech workers who had been laid off as part of the "Cold War dividend" made up much of the brainpower behind the Internet revolution, also known as the dot-com era. This technologically savvy generation of older Americans mixed with a new, younger, entrepreneurial generation to form the economic base of the economy and stock market explosion of the 1990s. While it is true that successes and policies of the Republican party generated many of the factors in the economic success of the 1990s, it is also true that Clinton deserves to take credit for it. Presidents always have and always will take credit for strong economies under their stewardship, no matter what their party. Clinton certainly did not put up major roadblocks to economic advancements, at least after a rocky first couple of tears.
Clinton had dealt with his status as a pot smoker and draft dodger during the Vietnam War. He got off to a very bad start in January, 1993 when he tried to actively promote homosexuality in the military. Military leaders despised him anyway because of his cowardice, but trying to turn the military into a social experiment was too much. Eventually, an unsatisfactory policy called “don't ask, don't tell” took hold.
Clinton had promised not to raise taxes. The second thing he did after gays in the military was raise taxes. The next thing he did was put his unelected wife in charge of trying to socialize one-seventh of the American economy through a boondoggle called "Hillarycare." The health care plan was intended to create huge new bureaucracies, and remove choice from citizens, cause enormous tax increases, and would have cost over a million jobs. The idea behind it was not to provide health care for all citizens, but to make all citizens think it did. It was classic Hillary Clinton, all style and no substance.
It was unveiled as a 1,342-page bill in the New Deal tradition. Hillary and Ira Magaziner put together a task force to create it. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office immediately rejected its premise, stating that the official Clinton Health Care Plan would increase Federal spending by $1.584 trillion over five years, to be sustained by working citizens.
The first $1.384 trillion would have entailed a new payroll tax of between 14 and 17 percent on every worker, plus 17 other new taxes costing $127 billion over five years, and $300 billion over 10 years. Average families would have been looking at $3,056 more per year. It was quickly determined that the private sector could provide high quality care at much lower cost than that.
The Clinton Health Plan would have been larger than any program except Social Security and Medicare. It would have added 200 new regional health cooperatives run by 50,000 new bureaucrats, 50 new government bureaucracies, 177 new state mandates, and nearly 1,000 new Federal powers and responsibilities.
Potential job losses of between 600,000 to 3.8 million were predicted, with 400,000 to 1.5 million jobs lost in the first year alone. The plan gave no choice to consumers. A new bureaucracy called the National Health Board would determine the type and amount of health care for everybody. Individuals would be subject to Orwellian fines of $5,000 or three times the amount owed, whichever was greater. Normal patient relationships would have suffered. If a doctor tried to get an early date for surgery for a sick patient and took "anything of value," he would face stiff fines and a 15-year jail term.
Free market demand for obstetricians, surgeons, or other specialists would be replaced by socialist rationing.
Hillary's task force members had tried to put together the plan in secret, in violation of Federal open meetings and open records' laws. Hillary was found by a judge to be in violation of these laws. When her secret sessions were ordered revealed, the public immediately turned against the plan. Assurances about cost, taxes, bureaucracy, and consumer choice were all revealed to be lies. Furthermore, the Clinton Health Task Force overspent its budget of $100,000, wasting $13.8 million.
Despite the universal failure of universal health care, Hillary has always harbored plans to bring it back. On May 6, 1996 Ira Magaziner stated, "Certainly his <Bill's> views haven't changed...President Clinton remains committed to the idea. Indeed, the President will try again if a more receptive Congress is ever elected."
In early 1996 Hillary said it would eventually happen. Re-structuring of the same plan was done under Bill's guidance in the area of health insurance purchasing cooperatives, government-defined benefit packages, and premium subsidies. Senator Ted Kennedy said of it, "We're going to get this done, and we're going to keep coming back at it."
Clinton won his first real victory by pushing forward passage of the
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which took effect on January 1, 1994, and the Global Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which led to the establishment in 1995 of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Clinton's weakness (aside from his lack of character) was foreign policy, particularly when military action was called for. George Bush had sent American troops on a humanitarian mission to Somalia prior to leaving office, because the masses were starving.
Warlords were stealing U.N. food shipments. Genocide was occurring in Somalia, requiring tough action. Clinton maintained U.S. forces in the region for a few months, but nothing was accomplished. He decided to "pull out and declare victory." Under fire for his "pot smoking, draft-dodging" reputation with the military, Clinton ordered a detachment of Marines in camouflage gear to the White House lawn and staged a disgusting photo/op. He had the commander march up to him, salute, and declare, "mission accomplished." Clinton then had the temerity to make a speech praising himself for military leadership, attempting to claim that he had saved "tens of thousands" of lives. In Somalia, tens of thousands were dying.
With no U.S. deterrent, the warlords began bloody attacks on U.N. peacekeepers, forcing Clinton's hand. In August, 1993, he sent in a force of Rangers and Special Forces units to capture the brutal warlord Mohammad Farrah Aidid and restore order.
The first thing they asked for and needed was heavy armor; Abrams tanks and Bradley armored vehicles; plus AC-130 gunships. Clinton wanted to fight a symbolic war, with no real casualties. He was particularly distressed that the bad guys were black and desperately wanted to avoid killing them. So, he denied the requests. On October 3 a mission to pick up Aidid was forced to engage heavily armed rebels with no support. Two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down. 18 killed soldiers were killed, 73 injured, and the savages dragged the dead bodies of Americans naked through the streets. Absent graphic footage of dead children on Arkansas railroad tracks, or Vince Foster's murder, it was the first visual symbol of Clinton's Presidency.
The military immediately identified Clinton as the culprit for denying the request for armor. Secretary of Defense Les Aspin resigned, acknowledging this fact. A Senate Armed Services Committee investigation reached the same conclusion.
Despite the defeat, the Rangers had Aidid on the run and could have finished the job, but Clinton again cut and ran. The U.S. released the Muslim terrorists they captured. The U.N., without U.S. support, was unable to accomplish peace. Somalia is like many African countries in the post-colonial era, lawless and impoverished. Al Qaeda terrorists moved in and continue to use the country as safe haven and a staging ground. Clinton's performance there gave them the encouragement to increase terror activities that had been quelled by the Reagan/Bush Administration. In 1993, they went after the World Trade Center in New York City, exploding a car bomb in the underground parking lot. The intent was to blow up the entire twin towers structure. The plan partly failed. It still accomplished the goal of killing people and terrorizing New Yorkers, but Clinton was lucky it did not annihilate the entire building.
The military still harbors deep feelings about Somalia. There is a strong desire, especially among the elite Rangers and Special Forces, that they will go back there to finish the job as part of the War on Terror.
In 1993, a Christian sect called the Branch Davidians took up residence in Waco, Texas. They had some guns. The Clinton/Reno team thought the combination of white Christians with guns was too much to stomach. They laid siege on the Christians' compound, then ordered an attack.
''The decision to proceed was tragically wrong, not just in retrospect, but because of what the decision makers knew at the time,'' was the conclusion of a devastating 220-page critique of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms issued by the Treasury Department. The February 28, 1993 raid on David Koresh's compound in Waco resulted in the deaths of four ATF agents and six cult members. The 51-day standoff ended with the Clinton Administration burning 85 Christians to death. 17 of them were children. Then they tried to cover it up.
Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen, whose department was in charge of the ATF, replaced the agency's entire top management. Koresh was leading a Bible session when he learned of the raid. Those pesky Christians.
Clinton enjoyed being called "America's first black President." Black columnist Toni Morrison gave him that moniker. In so doing she insulted the black race in a way few Ku Klux Klanners could have done. By calling him a "black President," she was saying that a President who lied, cheated, murdered, was rotten to the core, and whose wife was even more evil, represented traits determined to be those of black Americans. Clinton was naturally pre-disposed to dislike whites and Christians. This probably went back to his youth, when upstanding white Christians in Arkansas looked down upon his white trash mother.
Clinton did preside over the Israel-Jordan peace agreement, signed in 1994 by Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordan's King Hussein. He restored Haiti's ousted president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, to power, and bolstered Russian President Boris Yeltsin.
War in the post-Communist breakaway Republics
With the breakup of the former Soviet Union, Yugoslavia split. War ensued in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. As a result, sanctions were levied and fighting ensued in Serbia-Montenegro, the remaining portion of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The United Nations Security Council (U.N.S.C.) adopted a series of Resolutions to impose economic sanctions against Serbia and Montenegro, the United Nations Protected Areas (U.N.P.A.s) in Croatia, and those areas of Bosnia-Herzegovina controlled by Bosnian Serbs. In 1993, CNN spotlighted the war that broke out, and quoted locals who asked questions like, "When will Clinton come?"
The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was led by a Communist named Slobodan Milosevic, who used U.N. economic sanctions to strengthen nationalist sentiment and his hold on power. Serbian nationalism lead to Serbia-Montenegro's expansion of war in the Balkans, which in turn led to forced removal, torture, and genocide of thousands of Muslims and Croats from their homes. Most of the human rights violations were
committed by Serbs against Croats and Muslims, but Croats and Muslims also violated Serbs' human rights.
Sanctions failed to stop Serbian expansionism. Prior to the breakaway of Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia had started its transition from a centrally planned to a market economy.
Sanctions failed to effectively collapse the F.R.Y.'s infrastructure. Before the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro's agricultural infrastructure was almost completely self-sufficient. Yugoslavia was forced to become a more closed economy.
War, rebellion and terrorism characterized post-Soviet life in Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Ukraine, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Oil smuggling was lucrative in Serbia-Montenegro and expanded to Romania. Bribery, corruption, "white slavery" prostitution, drug smuggling and organized crime became endemic.
Serbs violated both the Geneva Convention's Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Times of War, Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War. They violated the former Convention by forcing people to depart their homes and by forcing civilians to work in labor camps. Serbs also violated Article 53 of that convention which says, "any destruction by the occupying power of real or personal property belonging to private persons, or to the state or to other public authorities is prohibited, except where such destruction is rendered absolutely necessary by military operations."
The war in the Former Yugoslavia erupted over the rights (or lack thereof) of Republics within the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina felt their rights were being encroached upon by Serbia-Montenegro. As a result, they broke away from the F.R.Y. to form their own nations. Although Croats, Serbs, and Muslims have lived together for centuries and subsequently share common cultures, the war was driven by the perceived differences between the three groups and subsequent prejudices that arose as a result
The collapse of Communism left Yugoslavia free of totalitarian rule, but without a political system. The people were now free and able to establish Democratic governments. However, their understanding of freedom and the meaning of Democracy were not innate. A unified Germany caused fear in Serb-dominated Yugoslavia. The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand by a Serbian nationalist and the slaughter of thousands of Serbs in Krajina (a Serbian held part of Croatia) during World War II by Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and the Catholic government of Croatia, were still fresh in the historical mindset of the citizenry.
Prospering Slovenia and Croatia demanded Democratic institutions for the entire country, or else they would secede. In Serbia, Slobodan Milosevic was in power, pressing a nationalistic and Communist repression upon the minorities of the Serbian autonomous provinces of Kosovo i Metohija (mostly Albanian) and Vojvodina. (mostly Serb, but with important Hungarian, German and Romanian minorities). Milosevic revoked the autonomy of these Serbian provinces.
Dissident Republics of Croats and Serbs were founded and supported by Rump-Yugoslavia (Serbia) and Croatia. The Bosnians main feature of war was ethnic cleansing, with atrocities performed by the "Republika Srpska", the dissident Republic of the Serb population of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Territories conquered by Srpska were cleansed of their non-Serb populations. This often included acts of genocide like the one in Eastern Bosnian Srebrenica in 1995. Horrible atrocities were performed upon the people of Sarajevo. Pedestrians were machine-gunned in their own streets. The Muslim government, until then claiming to represent Muslims, Croats and Serbs, made a federation with the Bosnian Croats. NATO enforced a "no-flying zone" above the entire country and enforced the Dayton Peace Treaty in which Rump-Yugoslavia and Croatia took part, representing their vassals in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This treaty ended the war and made Bosnia and Herzegovina into a federation between the Muslim-Croat, and the Srpska parts. Both were under NATO occupation. Many officials of Republika Srpska and the Muslim-Croat federation committed war crimes. Croatians dealt with the Serb opponents within Croatia proper. In the east they faced Serb opposition in Vukovar and suroundings. A peaceful settlement was made there. In the Southwest, the Serb Republic of the Krajina, a spin-off of the Bosnian Republika Srpska, was conquered and ethnically cleansed.
After the Bosnian war, Rump-Yugoslavia was confronted with an uprising of Kosovo-Albanians from one of its former autonomous provinces. Atrocities against the Albanians of Yugoslavia were widely reported. NATO intervened with airstrikes and occupied Kosovo. The Third Yugoslavian war thus ensued in 1999. Eventually Kosovo was occupied by NATO forces and is now administered by the United Nations, remaining formally a part of Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia has seen revolutionary Democratic reforms since. Milosevic has been ousted and handed over to the Tribunal in The Hague.
A Fourth Yugoslav war became evident in 2001 when the Albanian minority in Macedonia was plunged into war by the encouragement of their Kosovo neighbors. NATO intervened there also. A new constitution, giving more rights to Albanians, was enforced.
Clinton wanted to end the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, but he did not want to commit American ground troops to do so. His military action had some effect, but was Clintonesque in its evasiveness. Clinton allowed U.S. troops to be commanded by NATO and U.N. commanders. He allowed American planes to be disguised with NATO markings. He dropped bombs on Belgrade and killed 2,000 innocent civilians. He ordered the planes to fly at a higher altitude than normal, thereby making their American identification harder to determine, while insuring more civilian deaths. A peace accord involving American peacekeeping troops was ultimately signed in Dayton, Ohio, in November 1995.
In 1999, the Balkans again required Clinton's attention. After hearing reports of continued ethnic cleansing in the Serbian province of Kosovo, Clinton and his British counterpart, British Labor Prime Minister Tony Blair, helped lead the push for NATO intervention, which resulted in a 78-day bombing campaign against Serbia that began in March. Political arguing over whether to send in NATO ground troops ensued. Clinton was not willing to use troops. Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic ultimately was brought down.
Following the Kosovo conflict Clinton had to deal with Russia, a traditional ally of Serbia, who had opposed NATO airstrikes. Then the U.S. accidentally bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, killing three journalists.
The relationship with Blair appeared, for a time, to be the so-called "New Way." This was embodied by Dick Morris, a middle-of-the-road political consultant who advised Clinton to moderate his liberalism. Blair seemed to be cut out of this same cloth. The eventual election of George W. Bush, who called himself a "compassionate conservative" but was essentially moderate, seemed to re-enforce the "New Way" view. Events beginning on 9/11 have since required traditional conservative policies. In England, Blair has become a courageous partner of Bush, despite his Labor leanings.
On April 6, 1994, Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana’s plane was shot down. Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntarymira died returning from Tanzania. Habyarimana's government had been in conflict with the rebel Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) in August of 1993. For three years, war, cease-fires and negotiations marked the crisis. Habyarimana was facing the end of 20 years of one-party rule. He faced opposition within his own political organization, which most likely caused his death.
The Presidential Guard, elements of the Rwandan armed forces (FAR) and extremist militia (Interahamwe and Impuzamugambi) immediately began the organized slaughter, starting in the capital Kigali, of nearly one million Rwandans in 100 days time! The devil works that way. They went after the prime minister, the president of the constitutional court, priests, leaders of the Liberal party and Social Democratic party, the information minister, and the negotiator of the Arusha Accord. Those who did not join in the killings, such as the governor of a southern province, were removed or killed.
“The plan appears to have been to wipe out any RPF ally or potential ally, and thus raise the costs and limit the possibility of an RPF/Tutsi takeover…" was the U.S. intelligence analysis. "No end to the unprecedented bloodshed is yet in sight.” (U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Intelligence Assessment, "Roots of the Violence in Rwanda”, April 29, 1994).
The international community turned a blind eye. Bill Clinton did nothing. Western nations evacuate their citizens and left. The U.N. mission (UNAMIR) tried to mediate between the RPF and the Rwandan army, but Clinton asked them to leave. Clinton did not want U.N. forces fighting in Rwanda, which would have put the pressure on him to exercise the vast and beautiful power that God vested America with. When the U.N. left, the media (such as it was) left. Rwanda was left to suffer its fate. Clinton's failure in Rwanda is at the heart of liberal perfidy when it comes to American power. Rwanda offered no security concerns of immediate U.S. interests. It was purely moral. In this regard Bill Clinton always has, does, and will, fall short.
The U.N. tried to re-group, but failed to deliver the full complement of troops and materiel until months after the genocide ended. French troops succeeded in saving tens of thousands of Tutsi lives but arranged for the exit of many of the genocide’s plotters, who were allies of the French.
On July 4, 1994 the RPF took the capital, Kigali. Rwandans implicated in the slaughter fled to neighboring countries, leaving nearly 1 million dead Rwandans, approximately one-tenth of the population.
The U.S. under Clinton not only did not do anything, they used their U.N. influence to discourage a U.N. response. Rwanda was the latest in a long series of events demonstrating that the U.N. is often impotent, and the U.S. is the only country that really can accomplish anything in these situations.
In a notorious “genocide fax” (originally published in The New Yorker), General Dallaire warned U.N. peacekeeping officials Major General Maurice Baril, the military adviser to Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and Kofi Annan, who at the time was Under Secretary General for PKO (peacekeeping operations) and is now U.N. Secretary General, of the existence of arms caches, a plot to assassinate Belgian U.N. peacekeepers and Rwandan members of parliament, and the existence of lists of Tutsis to be killed.
Dallaire intended to raid the caches, but Annan and DPKO official Iqbal Riza refused the request to aid the effort. In so doing, they all but sentenced the president to death. A "death squad" then tortured, killed, and mutilated 10 Belgian soldiers in the U.N. contingent protecting the prime minister, who was also their target. Belgium, a country not known for their backbone, withdrew immediately. The force stopping the murderers was no more. The U.N. Security Council actually voted to withdraw, insuring the slaughter.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher was aware of the situation but advised against doing anything. State Department and Pentagon officials received a memo stating that “a massive bloodbath (hundreds of thousands of deaths) will ensue” and the “U.N. will likely withdraw all forces.” The Clinton Administration's edict was to not get involved “until peace is restored,” which they knew would not occur until there were simply no more living people to kill. They were the only ones who could have restored peace and saved all those lives. The Pentagon analysts accepted it as inevitable.
American failure to intervene is one thing, but the efforts at keeping the U.N. from getting involved is another. Department of State cable number 099440 to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, New York, “Talking Points for UNAMIR Withdrawal”, April 15, 1994, forwarded to the U.S. Mission to the U.N. in New York, instructed U.S. diplomats there that “the international community must give highest priority to full, orderly withdrawal of all UNAMIR personnel as soon as possible.” Advising that this withdrawal did not require a U.N. Security Council resolution - which would have likely focused international criticism - the Department instructed the mission “that we will oppose any effort at this time to preserve a UNAMIR presence in Rwanda.”
The White House did urge Rwandan military leaders to “end the violence.” Perhaps if Clinton was involved in a sex scandal he would have been willing to "wag the dog" and save Rwandan lives instead of issuing statements.
A discussion paper from State further cautioned that the word "genocide" should not be brought up in conversations about Rwanda, because this could be used to pressure Clinton to have to “do something.” Clinton's parsing of words, his legalese in avoiding responsibility, which brought so much trouble to him but in the end kept him from facing the music over his multiple crimes, was a part of his administration's policy mindset.
Christopher finally called the Rwandan slaughter “genocide,” but on May 21 he had stated that “in light of the stark facts in Rwanda" to say “acts of genocide have occurred” (italics added).
North Korean nuclear build-up
In 1994, North Korea began to build up its nuclear arms stockpiles after a period of inactivity. The Clinton Administration knew of this frightening national security crisis but did nothing, with ramifications that are with us today.
Former President Jimmy Carter was instrumental in negotiating a 1994 nuclear agreement, for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize. North Korea later admitted it had not lived up to the accord. When the agreement was announced, it was obvious that the only way it could be maintained was by trusting the North Korean government of Kim Jong-Il.
"The North Koreans’ persistent eschewing of weapons inspectors undoubtedly raised red flags,” but Clinton Democrats "believed for years that they offered protection,” according to David A. Keene, co-chairman of Americans for Missile Defense. Since then, Kim secretly built a massive arms production program.
"Is anyone surprised that they couldn’t be trusted?” asked Keene.
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Wendy Sherman later complained they did not know the North Koreans were lying, which breaks the Cardinal "Reagan rule" of weapons agreements: "Trust but verify."
Republican Congressional leader Tom DeLay of Texas produced evidence showing that in 1998, intelligence sources contradicted Albright’s assertion that in 1994 North Koreans was not in violation of the Carter-negotiated treaty.
DeLay wanted suspension of the $4 billion to $6 billion agreements to build two light-water nuclear reactors and to provide other assistance to North Korea, until it could be certified that the North Koreans had not broken the agreement.
"Defense Intelligence Agency people, CIA people,” consistently warned Clinton, according to DeLay.
Newt Gingrich's Contract With America and the Republican Revolution of 1994
After the Persian Gulf War, when President Bush had 91 percent approval ratings, it appeared possible that the Democrat party might become obsolete, like the Whigs of the 19th Century. Events of 1992 changed that perception, but in 1994 the viability of the Democrats, and the relevance of Clinton, again became an issue. The Republicans swept to revolutionary victories in 1994. Now, a decade later, the 1994 campaign can be seen not as the final step, but one in a series of gradual steps, towards what is an increasingly inevitable reality.
The political viability of the Democrat party can be traced to a single event, with subsequent events and elections appearing as harbingers of their potential doom. Everything in post-World War II American politics can be traced to before and after the Vietnamese Tet Offensive of 1968.
This was obviously not the only "turning point." In the 20th Century, Theodore Roosevelt did much to build up and tear down the Republicans. Much of his good work was destroyed when he split the party in 1912, forming the Bull Moose ticket that upended William Howard Taft and gave the White House to Woodrow Wilson. If my theory has any validity - that Kaiser's Germany waited until a pacifist Democrat was the American President before embarking on war in France - then T.R.'s legacy is further tarnished.
The 1929 "Black Monday" stock market collapse created in the mindset of the American people an image of the Republicans as being uncaring, greedy, country club elitists who sacrificed the working man. While Dwight Eisenhower led the party back to the White House 33 years later, this image has been burned into many people's minds to this day by Democrats.
Two issues resonated within a few years of each other. The Alger Hiss case and McCarthyism creating the modern "politics of personal destruction" that poisons campaign methods. However, both events had dilutory effects over the immediate years that followed. Instead of creating an anti-Communist Democrat party, the result was the opposite. With Adlai Stevenson twice defeated, the Democrats succeeded with two hawks, John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. In Johnson's case, particularly, he felt the need to take a strong stand against Communism in part to dissuade Republican complaints from the McCarthy years that his party was "soft on Communism." In this respect, the Hiss and McCarthy events could arguably be viewed as forcing the Democrats into taking up with a winning issue.
But the Democrats are not a party of resolve. In 1964, LBJ won a complete victory, but by 1966 the Republicans were chipping away at his agenda with impressive mid-term victories. In 1968, the riots in Chicago exposed a fissure in the party, which was split between the traditionalists and the Robert Kennedy wing of anti-war liberals.
The Tet Offensive, which was a series of military failures on the part of the Viet Cong, served to break the Democrats. It turned them into a party of doves. This fact has led them further and further towards eventual oblivion. The immediate effect looked like victory, but circumstances changed. They have never been the same since.
After Tet, Eugene McCarthy scored a near-upset over LBJ in New Hampshire. LBJ then announced he would not seek re-election. Kennedy looked to be the front-runner until his death. RFK's passing can be viewed two ways, in terms of its political effect on his party. It appears his dovish anti-war stance was a winning one. However, his chances at winning the 1968 election were based more on his name and personal stature than his stance on the war. Eugene McCarthy would not have beaten Richard Nixon. While Vice-President Hubert Humphrey was hamstrung from speaking out against the President, it was fairly well established amongst the electorate that he wanted out of Vietnam. He still lost. Nixon's Silent Majority has proven to be the most powerful weapon in the G.O.P. arsenal. All the media carpings and loud critiques of Republicans have, time after time, been put down (to the continual amazement of liberals who "do not get it") by the Silent Majority.
The Democrats completely lost the South over the next four years, and in 1972 they completely lost the Presidency by 49 states to one. Their strategy is always to benefit from bad things happening to America, which occurred when they exploited Watergate to regain power in the late 1970s. However, they are their own worst enemies, since Democrats in office always remind the electorate that they are not worthy of being in office. The Carter years were a glaring example. The "Republican Revolution" of Goldwater became the Reagan Revolution. The Republicans were simply an inexorable force, striding forward as history's champions, albeit with little setbacks.
Nixon's defeat of McGovern in 1972 did not foretell an immediate break-up of the Democrat party, but it sure was a big blow. Had Watergate not occurred, the Democrats might have faced near-extinction by the 1980s.
The Reagan Revolution regained most of the lost momentum of the 1972 campaign. Considering Reagan's legacy; the economy, Cold War victory, and his Vice-President prosecuting the Persian Gulf War, 1992 could have been the death knell of the Democrats. The prospects in 1991 looked so good that a Bush re-election, complete with sweeping "coat-tails," seemed inevitable, but it did not happen in 1992. Instead, it happened in 1994. The "Republican Revolution" of that year led to further speculation that in 1996 Clinton would be voted out of office, and the continuing sweep of Republican triumphs would continue. Again, it did not happen as planned.
The Republicans faced setbacks in 1998, but managed to get a beachhead on history when George Bush was elected with a Republican majority in 2000. Since then, all momentum has been on the Republican side. The 2002 elections were a stirring, historical G.O.P. triumph, and the 2004 elections have the potential of being the greatest Republican sweep in electoral history. The Democrats truly could be exposed as a party without a future.
The Democrats have been "saved" by just Watergate and, in 1992, a combination of events that really had to test Republicans' faith in the cosmos. The economy took a turn for the worse at the most abominable possible time. George Bush campaigned like a stiff. Ross Perot derailed 10-15 percent of his votes. Bill Clinton proved to be one of the best campaigners of all time.
Two years later, Clinton was on the ropes in serious way after the Republicans swept to historic victories. It did not prove to be part of a massive, inexorable sweep to victory in 1996, when Bob Dole ran a worse campaign than Bush in '92. Heavy-handed Republican handling of the Lewinsky-Impeachment scandal derailed G.O.P. efforts in 1998. But 2000, 9/11 and the 2002 mid-terms have the Republicans poised to fulfill a mandate that, at various times, seemed to be in their grasp since 1972.
The Democrats are again a party that may become something else; splintered into different groups of independents, liberals, moderates, and Greens, perhaps. However, this is by no means inevitable. Furthermore, the Democrats have waiting in the wings Hillary Rodham Clinton, a formidable contender with enormous resources at her disposal.
Getting back to 1994, the Clintons proved to be a lightning rod of criticism, the worst enemy of their party. Clinton is and was a great campaigner, but his skills are very selfish and personal. He had a terrific way of convincing voters to support him, but because of his poor character and terrible baggage, it became problematic for other Democrats to "coat-tail" him.
The economy had not made its big comeback by November of 1994. The Internet, or the "information superhighway," had debuted the previous year, but it was still an infant. The Clinton's record was shoddy. It included a bad "gays in the military" policy, a broken promise to not raise taxes, disaster at Waco, "Black Hawk down," and the elevation of the terrorist Yasser Arafat to statesman.
The Democrat Congress also experienced an extraordinary amount of bad press over the prior two years. A disastrous check-writing scandal had been revealed, in which Democrats had bounced numerous checks at the House bank, but not been held accountable for the fees and over-drafts.
In 1994, Republican Congressional leader Newt Gingrich emerged as one of the great political visionaries of all time. Gingrich, who represented the Atlanta suburbs, did not go on to the kind of career many envisioned for him. He proved to be argumentative and a source of controversy. Democrats have painted him as intolerant and hypocritical. A publicized affair he had that broke up his marriage worked against his credibility. However, as a leader, his strategy proved to a winning one.
Gingrich unveiled the "Contract with America," a simple set of promises that the Republicans made to the country if they would be elected as the majority party. Clinton and his Carville-led team of liars derisively referred to it as the "Contract on America." The proposals were staples of Republican philosophy; small government, de-regulation, lowering taxes, and a pro-business environment. Issues such as tort reform, illegal immigration and a popular call for term limits caught fire with the public. The Republicans swept to historic majorities in the House and Senate.
In California, Republicans swept into the majority in the state Senate and Assembly, re-elected Governor Pete Wilson, and ushered in Proposition 209, which was intended to reduce illegal immigration from Mexico, stopping the flow of public services for illegals already in the state.
It was a complete repudiation of Clinton, who would have been defeated in a landslide had he been in the ballot. It proved to be part of a trend, but not a continuing, unstoppable one. The 1994 Republican victory made the Republicans overconfident.
The Democrats did manage to hold Dianne Feinstein's Senate seat in California. In 1995, Gingrich overplayed his hand in a budget battle with Clinton. The public sided with the President, and much of the momentum from November was lost. Later, the California Supreme Court overturned Proposition 209, and California Republicans in the post-Willie Brown era may have mangled their advantage as thoroughly as any political organization in modern history. By 1996 the economy was on the rise. Republican disappointment left many with the feeling that the gains of 1994 had been lost. To use the ironic words of Lenin, they took two steps back and one step forward, consistently beginning in 1964. The kind of seismic shifts entailed in America becoming a "Republican country" or a "conservative country" do not occur in single election years. Furthermore, it is an on-going battle. America is not Mexico, where the PRI was able to dominate through corruption for some 60-plus years.
What the 1994 elections did accomplish was to push Clinton to the middle. By acting more Republican, he governed better because of it. For all the rightful criticism that he deserves, he also deserves credit for doing this. It is true he pandered to the liberal wing of the Democrat party. If he has a heart and soul, somewhere deep down there he may just be a liberal. But he is also a Southern Democrat, honed in the tactics of Dixie politics.
1996 Clinton-Dole campaign
In 1996, Clinton faced Republican Senate leader Robert Dole of Kansas. Dole's nomination was more of a reward for a lifetime of service to his country. Partially paralyzed from his Army combat experience during World War II, Dole was the quintessential Midwestern Republican. In the years since, Dole has done more for his image, doing commercials for Viagra, showing smiling self-effacement, than he did in his entire public career. In losing to Clinton, he frustrated the right. Twice they nominated war heroes against the draft dodger who "loathed" the military. Twice Clinton got the last laugh.
Some of his backers claim conservatives do not feel that he is a "legitimate" President, but this is not the case. Clinton won, fair and square, using the election rules. In 1992, had Perot not run, Clinton never would have won. Perot ran again in '96, and this time he was less a factor. It is possible that Perot cost Dole the election, but less certain than the 1992 fiasco. Certainly, Clinton did not steal his elections as had the Kennedys in 1960. Either way, Clinton was the elected President of the American people. The extreme criticism that he engenders is something that emanates from his record, in and out of the Presidency, and is shared by his partner in power, Hillary. The Presidency is an honored, cherished institution. It gives Republicans no pleasure to describe Clinton's official record, which is often to describe America dropping the ball, failing in its responsibilities as a great, moral power. The fact that the people elected Clinton is something that tells us how deceptive politics can be, and how wrong voters are sometimes. However, Republicans make a big deal about trusting the people. They deride "elites" who think that they are the only ones with the requisite skills to make decisions for the masses. In accepting Clinton's Presidency, conservatives must stay true to this theme. He was popular. He had his supporters. Millions of them. There is no denying this. It was not a phenomenon. He is a master politician.
Dole was married to a genial North Carolinian named Elizabeth Dole. She is a well-educated woman who satisfactorily handled various government positions in Republican administrations. She was later elected to the Senate from her home state. Liddy Dole is the anti-Hillary. Liddy simply is what Hillary is not: Honest. She puts the lie to the oft-stated myth that conservatives do not like strong women (the Margaret Thatcher case dispels that in the most telling manner). She campaigned for her husband and was of great benefit to him, particularly during a masterful, staged display during the Republican National Convention.
Dole, however, appeared old. Age worked against him and Bush before him. Carville said they were poster boys for the past. In many ways he was right. Dole ran an uphill fight. He had faced some tough early Primary competition which exposed his weakness, both with the conservative base and the national electorate. He tried to hit Clinton with the "character issue" and his many scandals, but amazingly, the more crimes committed by the Clintons, the better it worked for them. They had always gotten away with everything, through buffers, legalese, and the ability to think through events 10 steps down the road (or through some "other" forces protecting them?). By 1996, Republicans were reduced to looking like they were going after the Clintons unfairly. They had failed to make anything stick. None of this had any Republicans convinced for a second that the Clintons were innocent, but it did have them wondering whether exposition of Clinton crimes was of political benefit to them.
The Clintons are great campaigners and survivors for the same reason they were terrible co-Presidents. They are, literally, too smart. A President has many intelligent people around him, or her. It is not necessary to be a "policy wonk," which both Clintons are. A certain amount of simplicity, combined with strong core beliefs, is the preferred Presidential mindset. It does not always work, but this kind of personality does often govern most effectively.
Dwight Eisenhower was smart and had core values, but age slowed him down in his last four years. John Kennedy was very intelligent, and seemed to use his intelligence in a good manner, but his lack of morals cannot be countenanced in such a job. Lyndon Johnson was no simpleton, but his Southern ways made him come off like that. He was also too flawed a human. He had very smart people working for him, and he gave them too much power. Richard Nixon was like Clinton in that he may have been too smart for his own good, and he had major character flaws. Gerald Ford was fairly ineffectual and made worse so by post-Watergate Democrats. Jimmy Carter was brilliant. It hurt him when he tried to micro-manage everything. Ronald Reagan was perfect; smart, but not an intellectual, with core values and good advisors. George H.W. Bush was very smart and experienced, but lacked core political instincts. Bill and Hillary Clinton were possibly the smartest (co)President ever, but they had no core values, not to mention any values, period. George W. Bush is cut out of the Reagan mold; relatively simple but with good sense for what is right.
Bob Dole simply did not excite anybody. It was frustrating for his supporters to see a man who had faithfully served his country, was totally honest and deserving, lose to somebody like Bill Clinton. Dole's running mate was an interesting politician named Jack Kemp, who managed to fall just short of the high expectations people had for him. Kemp, a native of Los Angeles, had grown up a football jock. He was very handsome, and became the rugged leader and quarterback of the Los Angeles Chargers of the old American Football League. He moved with the team to San Diego, then was traded to the Buffalo Bills. He was a second tier quarterback in a league that was filled with some of the legendary players ever to play that position, including Joe Namath of the Jets, Len Dawson of the Chiefs, John Hadl of the Chargers, and Daryl Lamonica of the Raiders. Lacking the physical tools of the above-named stars, Kemp made up for it with smarts, elan and competitiveness. He made his teams winners, and was highly respected.
Kemp also had an affinity for African-Americans. He played in the 1960s, when integration of pro football had become very widespread during a time of social unrest. He knew many black teammates. He treated them with the grace they deserved. His smarts, toughness and leadership qualities earned him the respect and admiration of his teammates, black and white.
In 1970, Kemp retired from pro football and ran for the U.S. Congress from Buffalo as a Republican. Based on his popularity as a player, he won, and managed to get re-elected year after year. Kemp, like most athletes, had never been a major scholar, but he took to educating himself. Through sheer hard work he became one of the leading experts on taxation. He was one of the early proponents of "supply side" economics, which worked part and parcel with the "trickle-down" theory. His economic philosophy was in sync with Ronald Reagan. He promoted Reagan throughout the 1970s.
When Reagan was elected, Kemp's status was elevated as he played a major in pushing Reagan's tax cuts through Congress. By 1984, many felt that Kemp, more than George Bush, was the heir apparent to the Reagan legacy. He had a lot going for him. His blow-dried good looks, combined with his initials, JFK, exuded glamour. His wife was very attractive. Kemp was a charismatic speaker and advocate. His son made it as an NFL quarterback, too, after playing in the Ivy League, which is a rare combination. As a California native who had quarterbacked the Chargers, then starred and held office in Buffalo, he had a strong demographic base on both coasts. Despite obvious conservative credentials, Kemp was not seen as strident. His conciliatory manner and intelligence made him easy to work with from both sides of the aisle, and therefore attractive to crossover Democrats. Kemp's appeal with blacks and other minorities was at the heart of G.O.P. efforts to woo their votes.
When George H.W. Bush was elected President, he inserted Kemp into his administration. He made strong efforts to make a difference in the inner cities. His idea for "empowerment zones" of development and investment in urban cores was hopeful and innovative.
However, despite his credentials, Kemp never quite caught hold in Presidential politics. The mantel was passed to Bush, who dropped the ball. In 1996 Dole was honored with the nomination, not Kemp. It seemed he still had youth and popularity on his side for the future. Had Dole been elected, Kemp's star would have shined again. But Kemp proved to be a less-than-scintillating national campaigner in 1996. He was more of a single-issue candidate, or at least limited. He was strong on taxes and the welfare reform, but was not built for the kind of attack-dog efforts often expected of V.P.s.
One of Clinton's greatest accomplishments was welfare reform. By pushing this through, he took a major issue away from the Republicans. It was the work of Dick Morris, who at the time seemed to be developing the Third Way moderate form of politics that Clinton was wearing, and Tony Blair in England would adopt.
Clinton taking over a traditional Republican issue was brilliant. The Republicans were bound to receive the usual criticism about being "heard-hearted" or racist if they tried to tackle reform of welfare. It was strategy that some call "Nixon goes to China." Clinton demonstrated that he was extremely smart, because welfare reform proved to be part of his overall tilt to the right. After Gingrich led the 1994 mid-term Republican gains, he was forced to deal with him and the G.O.P. Instead of fighting them, and creating gridlock, Clinton accepted the many good ideas, especially in the area of economic growth, which the Republicans presented to him. It was, in this sense at least, a very good partnership. Clinton deserves credit for the success that followed in his second term because of it, but of course so does the Republican Congress of the 1990s.
In the Middle East, Clinton failed to maintain the momentum left over from the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Israeli-Palestinian disputes continued and Iraq invaded Kurdish territory. Clinton responded to the Iraqi aggression by ordering missile attacks on Iraqi planes and ground forces.
The economy soared on the wings of the Internet revolution, which amazingly Vice-President Al Gore tried to take credit for. The budget was balanced, but Clinton's character was always an issue. Gore ended up in hot water for blatant election law violations and cover-ups. He attended a fund-raiser at a Buddhist temple in California that clearly violated the law. He used his office to campaign and raise funds at taxpayer expense.
Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, Clinton's handpicked envoy, helped broker a historic peace agreement aimed at ending decades of fighting between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland. Clinton also earned kudos on a successful trip to China, but that may very well have been a staged event from both sides. Clinton's fund-raising, using China connections - the espionage and failure to preserve American security interests in light of the China threat - never really went away.
The Monica Lewinsky scandal
Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who in 1994 took over the investigation of the Clinton's involvement in the Whitewater land deal, expanded his probe into the death of Vince Foster, the handling of firings in the White House travel office, and shocking allegations of sexual misconduct by Clinton.
Monica Lewinsky was a semi-attractive Jewish girl from Beverly Hills who told friends that she planned to go to Washington, D.C., to intern for Clinton. She intended to bring her "Presidential kneepads." This was a reference to the fact that she wanted to give Clinton oral sex as much as possible. She accomplished her task. There is no record that Clinton ever questioned whether there was anything immoral about a middle-aged President getting blown in the Oval Office by a young girl in her early 20s who worked for him. The blowjobs became a regular event. Over time Clinton even had Monica half-believing that they might even have a future together, implying Hillary was just a political wife in a loveless marriage. By the time the scandal became public, Monica had put on a lot of weight, which made the whole thing even more tasteless.
Monica was no different than all the other women he cheated with. What made it a scandal was the fact that Clinton was facing investigations, allegations and lawsuits from the many women who had come forward to inform the world of his rapes, sexual assaults, sexual harassment, and infidelities. In particular, Paula Jones had sued him for pulling his manhood out of his pants and demanding that she service him orally while in Arkansas. Since he was Governor and she was a state employee, the tasteless act was elevated to sexual harassment from the boss-underling standpoint.
In the Jones depositions, Clinton lied under oath. When asked about Monica, he perjured himself. He waved his finger at the American public and lied, and lied about asking people to cover it up for him. As President, he also found himself in a new situation. His old methods in Arkansas, which were to have enemies and informants killed, was no longer a viable option. The Foster case had shown that there was too much heat for a President to have people killed except in rare cases. After Ron Brown's plane crashed, somebody must have gotten to the Clintons and told him that they had to desist in this kind of activity. Many of the women who came forward likely saved their lives by doing so. Once in the spotlight it was too difficult to murder the likes of Gennifer Flowers and Kathleen Willey.
Hillary Clinton, along with James Carville, decided that instead of actually murdering the women, they would murder their reputations. Brutal smear campaigns ensued, attempting to depict the women as "white trash," "trailer trash," "bimbo eruptions," and sluts. Their lives may be in danger still, since Hillary plans to run for President in 2008. Whether the Clinton death squad will have the staying power of the Israeli Mossad going after Black September remains to be seen. The many people who know inside dirt on the Clintons, not to mention their critics like yours truly, had best remain alert.
The Republicans faced a difficult scenario when the Lewinsky case hit. It was an election year, 1998. They naturally wanted to make the most of it, but found this easier said than done. Clinton's lie was minor. His indiscretion was sleazy, but neither was it particularly new in light of what people knew about him, nor different from the activities of thousands of powerful men who have sex with secretaries, mistresses and hookers outside of marriage.
The key point was that Clinton had lied under oath. There was no question that, technically, he had broken the law. The facts were very plain, and under the letter of the law, he had committed what the Constitution calls "high crimes and misdemeanors," which are grounds for Impeachment. On the other hand, it was "just sex." Clinton trying to cover up another sexual affair was not unreasonable considering the political fallout.
Sides were taken, and in so doing morality, a very tricky issue, became the major source of debate between the two parties. The Republicans were placed in the uncomfortable position - and many of them willingly took this position - of being morally superior, more Christian, and more righteous. That is pedestal that is too easy to knock down. On the other hand, the Democrats exposed themselves for what they were.
Hustler publisher Larry Flynt became one of Clinton's biggest supporters, using all of his resources and investigative powers to investigate Republicans. In so doing, he did no favor to the Democrats, who were now seen as the party of pornographers, pimps and scum. The Republicans simply did not want those votes or that kind of support, and in the long run benefit from the fact that this kind of element is drawn not to them, but to the Democrats.
Actor Alec Baldwin ranted on national television for people to rise up and "kill Henry Hyde," a Republican whose committee was responsible for going forward with Impeachment proceedings. Like Flynt, Baldwin did the favor to Republicans by reminding people that within the Democrat constituencies were the worst elements of American society. The Democrats had by this time become exposed as the preferred political party of drug dealers, criminals, homeless bums, and various low sorts.
On the other hand, the fact that most Christians, working people and upright citizens supported the Republicans, while good, became an issue that Democrats tried to say was a sign of intolerance. The problem with being more moral, as the Republicans have found out, is that one cannot say it. Generally, it becomes a fact that people just accept as the way it is. Using it as a campaign issue is tricky.
On August 17, 1998, Clinton became the first U.S. President to testify in front of a grand jury in an investigation of his own criminal conduct. He admitted that he had sex and lied, but said he did not ask anyone to lie about or cover up the affair.
In order to divert attention from, his scandal, Clinton sent U.S. cruise missiles in an ineffectual strike of alleged terrorist sites in Sudan and Afghanistan.
Starr was a conservative Republican, and worse, a Christian. Therefore, he was the subject of intense abuse and invective from the Left. He very easily could have been turned into a historical villain in the mold of Joseph McCarthy, but by 1998 there were conservative news organizations, like the Washington Times and Newsmax, and fair, balanced ones, such as Fox News, that reported the truth. Starr's report outlined 11 possible grounds for impeachment.
Polling of the American population revealed that the Impeachment pursuit did not have majority support, but the Republican Congress smelled blood. They despised Clinton and wanted to damage him. In the process it became a highly partisan affair. The Democrats would have gone after any Republican four times as hard, but that is just the way it is. In December, 1998 the House Judiciary Committee approved four articles of Impeachment: for grand jury perjury, civil suit perjury, obstruction of justice, and abuse of power. Republicans rejected Democrats' call to censure Clinton for “reprehensible conduct” rather than continue with Impeachment. On December 19, Clinton became the second President in American history to be Impeached. Two of the four articles of Impeachment passed (Article I, grand jury perjury, and Article III, obstruction of justice), the votes drawn along party lines. After a Senate trial in January and February of 1999, Clinton was acquitted on both counts. On the charge of perjury, the vote was 55-45 with 10 Republicans voting for acquittal along with all 45 Democrats. On the charge of obstruction of justice, the vote was 50-50, with five Republicans joining Democrats in voting for acquittal.
In the end, the event worked to the slight advantage of the Republicans, but it was by no means a victory. The 1998 mid-term elections were disappointing to the G.O.P., who had hoped that the scandal would favor them. Clinton's crimes, in the narrow scope of the Lewinsky matter, were simply not egregious enough to force him out of office by resignation or conviction. By impeaching him, the Republicans managed to hang a scarlet letter on his Presidency, which is the very least he deserved. If the Senate had voted him out, it would have set bad precedent. The Republicans who gave Clinton the vote to stay in office showed more bi-partisan fairness than Democrats would ever show a Republican. Certainly, their treatment of Nixon had been an abomination.
The liberals, who spewed invective over Starr and the conservatives who attacked the Clintons, missed the point on why the right went after them. The Lewinsky scandal was of small consequence. Lying about sex in a political atmosphere like Washington is something any politician is all but forced to do. But the frustration the right felt over the Clintons cannot be underestimated. The numerous scandals, lies and crimes, the killing of people that goes back for years, was all known by every Republican. The fact that none of it could be pinned on "Slick Willie" was terribly hard to accept. Each conservative believes the Clinton stories to his or her own personal degree, ranging from near-certainty to probably to maybe. Foster's death, the Brown plane crash, the kids on the train tracks, and the many other murders, "suicides," and "accidents," add up to a collective degree of certainty that the Clintons are, at the absolute least, major felons whose activities over the years are worthy of a long Federal prison sentence. Clinton's smug expression is seen by his detractors as the smile of a man who knows he always has, and apparently always will, get away with everything he is accused of. Worse, the unproven accusations add up, in a strange way, in his favor, making him look like a man who has survived a "trial by fire" from witch-hunting moral crusaders. A key element of the Clintons is the certainty that whether any or all or part of the vast array of criminal activities attributed to them is in fact true or not, it is all something they would do.
Clinton simply befuddled his accusers with inane conundrums, such as stating "what the meaning of is is."
The other important factor that Republicans understood was that if Clinton were removed from office, Al Gore would have become President. The Republicans benefited from having the figurehead of the Democrat party - the very nature of what he was and what he stood for - exposed. Had Clinton slunk away in disgrace, Gore would have taken center stage, looking Presidential while handling the "crisis." In 2000, he would have been able to campaign without the encumbrance of Clinton's shadow, and with the imprimatur and perks of a sitting chief executive. It likely would have pushed him over the top, although this scenario does not factor in his ability to turn people off.
The Clinton legacy in the Middle East
The history may not be written yet regarding Bill Clinton's legacy in the Middle East as it pertains to Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and the spinoff issues that surround all of this. However, it is becoming more and more obvious that Clinton failed to adequately defend America's security interests against bin Laden, and allowed Saddam to re-build his weapons of mass destruction to the point where his successor was forced to deal with him.
The infrastructure of the CIA's ability to fight terrorism completely collapsed under Bill Clinton, according to former agent Robert Baer. CIA operatives were directed away from spying on disreputable people and told to concentrate on "human rights and economic globalization." This sounds good in theory, except that it mirrors the utterly failed intelligence operations that Jimmy Carter concentrated on. Baer believes that in 1996, bin Laden formed an alliance with Iran. Perhaps this was the reason George Bush included Iran in his "axis of evil" speech.
In 1995, the National Security Council prevented a planned coup by Iraqi military leaders against Saddam Hussein, choosing instead to protect him. CIA assassination plans of Saddam were not applauded, but rather cause for scolding. Clinton did not maintain rigorous maintenance of the 1991 sanctions against Iraq, which may have helped him stay in power. Saddam sold millions of barrels of Iraqi oil by shipping them overland through NATO ally Turkey.
It "was a lifeline for Saddam, who used the money to fund his intelligence services and Special Republican Guards - the forces that kept him alive," wrote Baer, adding that Clinton could have stopped it but chose not to.
Sudanese leaders offered to extradite Osama bin Laden to Saudi Arabia, and share intelligence to help the United States to disrupt terror networks. Clinton turned them down repeatedly. On May 18, 1996, bin Laden left on a chartered plane for Jalalabad, in eastern Afghanistan. Three months later, he issued his first fatwa calling for attacks against America, accused of defiling Muslim holy places by stationing troops in Saudi Arabia. The same month, the State Department labeled bin Laden "one of the most significant financial sponsors of Islamic extremist activities in the world."
Had the U.S. accepted, it would have received data compiled on Al Qaeda prior to the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in East Africa. Sudan had been observing Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, a Kenyan citizen working for Al Qaeda in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, and Wadih el Hage, bin Laden's former secretary. Both men were charged with plotting the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
The Sudanese had the goods on Mamdouh Mahmoud Salim, an Afghan war veteran who had worked for bin Laden until 1995. Salim often visited Germany, worshipping at the same mosque as Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi, the hijackers of the planes flown into the World Trade Center.
"Not to take up the Sudanese on their collaborative effort was a mistake," said Vincent Cannistraro, former chief of the CIA's counter-terrorism operations under the senior President George Bush. "When you can engage and learn something, it's always better than disengaging and turning your policy elsewhere."
Sudan had become a safe haven for terrorists evading the governments of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates. Among them was bin Laden, who fled Saudi Arabia in 1992 to join with former anti-Soviet Mujahadeen in Khartoum. The foreign agitation grew and anti-Americanism became part of the Sudanese political culture.
Bin Laden created training camps and funding operations. The State Department recognized the problem as early as 1993. President Omar Hassan al-Bashir was often seen with bin Laden, who oversaw a construction company that was contracted with Sudan.
"The U.S. said, 'We don't want him in Sudan,'" recalled Elfatih Erwa, then Sudan's Minister of Defense and now its Ambassador to the United States. "'He's a danger and he can build a terrorist network.'"
Former Clinton Administration officials have said they lacked enough evidence to indict him, which is an entirely different circumstance than removing him as a danger.
"Any good security person worth his salt says, 'Damn due process and civil liberties and civil review. We want that guy,'" said Steven Simon, then director for counterterrorism on the National Security Council. "That's not the kind of country we live in."
Sudanese and U.S. officials began talking about bin Laden in 1996. Bin Laden, a citizen of Saudi Arabia, had been kicked out of his native land.
"We asked the Saudis to take bin Laden back and they could handle it in their own way," said one anonymous negotiator. "They refused." The Saudis did not want anything to do with him.
Clinton's lame alternative was to pressure the Sudan to "ask" bin Laden to leave. The Sudanese then suggested that he stay in their country, where they would spy on him.
"We told them 'We believe if bin Laden stays in Sudan, we can baby-sit him,'" Erwa said. "'We can keep him under utmost control.'"
Clinton did not endorse that idea. By the Spring of 1996, bin Laden was gone. Sudan continued to offer intelligence on bin Laden, Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. They wanted to establish good relations with the U.S. An intermediary, Mansoor Ijaz, was a shadowy Muslim businessmen who, surprise, was a major contributor to the Democrat party. He negotiated with Sandy Berger. The gist of the talks was a sweetheart oil deal in return for bin Laden.
Ijaz met with Bashir and Hassan Turabi, who had brought Sudan's Islamist government to power. The State Department referred to Turabi as the "silver-tongued devil." He offered to "usher in a new era of improving the understanding and attitudes of all elements in the Islamic world."
The Clinton Administration was cautious, and in fact they had reason to be. This kind of "offer," or quid pro quo, is made regularly in the intelligence game, often from dubious sources. But Clinton policy seemed to pre-dispose them to failure in the dangerous game of terror intel. By the time Clinton was in office, the devastating consequences of the Church Committee restrictions were historical fact. The Carter policy of "human rights first" had proven to be a failure. The Reagan/Bush policy of aggressive inter-action in the shadowy world of narco-terrorists and drug dealers had helped bring Democracy to countries like Nicaragua. However, Iran/Contra had shed too much light on the reality of what that was.
There was also irony in the Clinton policy of not dealing with "bad guys," presumably a response to Iran/Contra. Having run the Mena smuggling operation, Clinton actually was one of the bad guys that the U.S. dealt with, and now it was people like him who were the bad guys he forbade his government from working with. It takes one to know one.
The Sudanese were persecuting the Christian minority. This would seemingly have made them popular in Clinton's world, but further irony is added in that it was conservative Christian groups in the U.S. who said he should not work with them in light of allegations of human rights violations. The whole convoluted situation was made more bizarre by the fact that influential African-Americans did not want Clinton working with Sudan because they were trafficking in slavery.
"The Sudanese are one of the most slippery, dishonest governments in the world," said Susan Rice, a Clinton official. "The only thing that matters is what they do, not what they say they're going to do. They're very good at saying one thing and doing another."
The Sudanese then went to the Congress. On April 5, 1997, Bashir sent a letter to Representative Lee Hamilton, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs committee.
"We extend an offer to the FBI's counterterrorism units and any other official delegations which your government may deem appropriate, to come to the Sudan and work with our External Intelligence Department in order to assess the data in our possession and help us counter the forces your government, and ours, seek to contain," the letter read.
Democrats on Capitol Hill may have been warned not to follow up and go against Clifton's policy. Further intelligence was coming in regarding the dangers of Islamic Fundamentalism, but it stayed below the Clinton radar. In the mid-1990s, Iraq was still the "enemy" in the Middle East, and they were a secular state. Afghanistan was ruled by the Fundamentalist Taliban, but they were a completely backward country that did not concern the Americans. Iran was flirting with moderation, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict had nothing to do with Fundamentalism.
Ijaz testified before a House subcommittee on crime, warning that the "real danger for the West lies in revivalist Islamic movements…where they can only be seen at a sidewalk cafe, with a bomb strapped to the body of a fanatic."
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright decided to pursue the matter further.
"With a permanent presence, we can nudge and push and argue," said Ambassador Timothy Carney at the time. His plan was to operate in Nairobi, Kenya. "We will press Khartoum to make good on its continual public statements that it opposes terrorism."
An internal squabble followed, and the Albright plan was quashed. On August 7, 1998, the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed. On September 12, 2000, the USS Cole was attacked off the Yemen coast. At this point, the intelligence community was able to piece together the bin Laden connection to Al Qaeda. Sudanese authorities arrested two suspects monitoring the American embassy in Khartoum. The U.S. still refused to accept their help in full. They then sent cruise missiles, allegedly to destroy a terrorist target in Khartoum. It was a pharmaceutical plant that the Clinton Administration said was making chemical weapons. Their intelligence, based on bad policy (concentrating on "human rights) was poor.
"It's not 100 percent clear that the Sudanese would have fulfilled it," said R. James Woolsey, Jr., the director of the CIA for much of Clinton's first term, regarding the prospect of cooperating with Sudan in getting bin Laden. "But we could have started a dialogue with them on terrorism.
"It will be one of history's great unknowns."
President George W. Bush later derided the Clinton strategy, and said when he sends missiles, it will be to destroy terrorists, not "hit a camel in the butt."
1998 saw increased tensions with Saddam Hussein and Iraq. London and Washington struck the facilities where Saddam Hussein manufactured his weapons of mass destruction. They also struck his military infrastructure. This went on for four consecutive nights. They cited his threat to the world and, in particular, his neighbors.
"We have reduced the danger Saddam represents consistent with common sense and a proportionate use of force," British Prime Minister Tony Blair said. "Had we simply allowed the [arms] inspection regime to be reduced to impotence, and simply done nothing, then he would have known that we were not serious. He would have felt unrestrained and able to work his will on the outside world again."
Saddam repeatedly refused to submit to U.N. arms inspections. Blair and Clinton said Saddam was seeking to resume weapons development programs. They wanted to force him into allowing arms inspectors back to work. U.N. sanctions held and were to stay in place until Baghdad was certified free of weapons, including biological and chemical arms. By 1998, however, fissures had formed in the U.N. Anti-Americanism was rampant, with the "blame America first" crowd crowing that "starving Iraqi children" were the fault of the U.S., not Saddam, who refused to disarm and stole all the "oil-for-food" money to build palaces.
An argument began to creep in that the sanctions and inspectors should be virtually scrapped, which of course would not only have made Saddam the big winner, but made him more dangerous than ever. This was precisely what Saddam's plan was all along. Bill Clinton was not the man to hold the line in this kind of crisis. Clinton's bombings, however, just divided American "allies" even more.
France said Iraqi weapons had been destroyed and that arms monitors should prevent Baghdad from acquiring new ones. They said sanctions should be eased. Russia and China opposed the air strikes and wanted to lift the sanctions. Iraq refused to let the UNSCOM inspectors return after the bombings. Saddam accused U.S. experts with UNSCOM of spying, using that as the reason to ban them. This was a pre-cursor to banning all inspectors from entering sites, which he called "presidential palaces."
William Quant, an expert on the Middle East at the Brookings Institute in Washington, said that Saddam's plan was to use weak American "allies," i.e., liberals of the "useful idiot class," to weaken resolve.
"I think there were several reasons for him to conclude in the early part of this year that perhaps the consensus was weaker," he said. "There was more open discussion of the negative effects of sanctions on the Iraqi people, there was an outspoken concern about the rather aggressive and highly public statements of some members of the UNSCOM mission, and I think it is quite typical of Saddam Hussein to probe and see how deep some of these differences may be. So yes, the perception of some disagreement within the Security Council and within the anti-Iraq coalition did tempt him to make a move at the early part of the year."
Russia, China and France became de facto Arab lobbyists, isolating the United States and Britain. U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan cut a deal with Iraq, allowing senior diplomats to accompany arms inspectors to sensitive sites and mediate over Iraqi concerns. In return he would promote Iraq's grievances over sanctions.
However, the U.N. quickly reached the conclusion that it was all sham, and that Iraq was trying to create sympathy, re-arm itself, and would never allow for full compliance. Baghdad demanded a new framework leading to lifting of the sanctions. Saddam cut off the "cooperation" he never engaged in the first place.
Washington and London threatened new air strikes, again without U.N. approval. The Arab Gulf states, plus Egypt and Syria, declared Baghdad had nobody to blame but themselves. With U.S. planes heading towards him, Saddam "promised" that Iraq would again cooperate with inspectors.
Four weeks later, Baghdad was still obstructing arms inspections. Washington and London bombed some 100 targets in Iraq for a total of 70 hours, again on a unilateral, non-U.N. approved basis. The aftermath of this event was that it was obvious that as long as Saddam was in power, he remained a threat. He would never cooperate or allow his country to become part of the family of nations. He possessed weapons of mass destruction. He posed a chemical, biological and, if unchecked, nuclear threat. Iraq taunted the U.S. and its allies further by shooting at jets patrolling the "no-fly" zones set up after the Persian Gulf war.
The Internet boom, Elian, Clinton's pardons and Democrat vandalism
In 1999, Washington had a large budget surplus, in light of Clinton's 1996 welfare overhaul. It was truly a boom time in the nation and in California, the tech capitol of the world. The Republican Congress had held the line on spending, working with Clinton on a bi-partisan economic basis. The Internet revolution had spurred an enormous stock market upsurge. Initial public offerings (IPOs) had turned ordinary people into overnight millionaires. Tech savvy college graduates could command $75,000 salaries and huge benefits packages, including lucrative stock options. Clinton was pushing for further social reform and revisions in the Social Security and health care systems. Republicans wanted to spur investment more through large tax cuts.
Despite Clinton's success with economic issues, he continued to show his true colors in the Elian Gonzalez case. Elian was a little Cuban boy who had boarded a boat with his mother, to flee from the awful repression of Castro's Communist Cuba. The boat sank and the mother drowned. The U.S. Coast Guard rescued Elian. He had relatives in Miami, and settled in with them. Castro realized it was bad propaganda for his citizens to continually risk their lives to escape life under him. With a friendly liberal in the Oval Office he decided to press for Elian's return. The boy's father was dug up and told that he now wanted to take custody of him. It was an utter sham, but it played with the "paternal custody" crowd.
The father was flown to the U.S., where he was introduced to his biological offspring, playing on the emotions of parents. The Cuban-American community offered to let him stay in the U.S. with the son, a terrific opportunity for him. More than likely, Castro's thugs were holding guns to the heads of his other relatives back in Cuba to prevent him from opting for freedom. He "insisted" that Elian return with him. It was obviously political and the Miami Cubans knew it. The liberals despised the idea of Castro and Cuba being made to look bad.
Janet Reno ordered agents in full combat gear to break into the house where Elian was sleeping in the middle of the night, point weapons inches from the boy's face and the relative holding him, steal Elian and return him to the imprisoned Communist island. It was disgusting. The photo that captured it describes the Clinton years in a nutshell. Elian's fate may never be known. The threats made to his father unless he cooperated with Castro might make disclosure problematic. One would guess that the boy will be treated well so he can be trotted out at some point to demonstrate the "success" of Communism. What crap!
Towards the end of his second term, particularly after George Bush was elected as his successor, Clinton settled into a behavior pattern that, in hindsight, is hard to explain. He and people around him committed some atrocious acts, particularly Clinton's numerous pardons of criminals and those blatantly bribing him for favors. Clinton allowed his photo to be taken for an Esquire photo shoot. In the photo, he has a grin that is so lugubrious, so obviously telling, that there is no question that what Clinton is conveying is that he got away with it, he knows it and he does not care who else does. It is unbelievable. The symbolism of the photo is obvious, too. Clinton sits spread-legged, his coat unbuttoned, with a long, phallic tie seemingly pointed at his notorious crotch, as if to indicate that he is a cocksman and damn proud of it. It makes Hugh Hefner and Robert Evans look shy.
With hours to go in his term, Bill Clinton issued pardons and commutation of sentences for politically connected felons and ne'r'do'wells. The obvious political payoffs and bribes were the blatant acts of a man bent on telling his critics that he could do anything he wanted to do, and they were powerless to stop him. This would make sense if Clinton planned to end his political viability, but this is highly unlikely. Hillary had recently been elected to the Senate in New York. Surely Clinton planned on her carrying on his name and legacy, probably in the White House some day. He has since lobbied for repeal of the 22nd Amendment, which bans him from running for President again, which indicates that he would like to be President once more. Clinton is a young ex-President, and he can hold many future jobs. His disbarment from legal practice probably would make him a longshot for the Supreme Court, a job he likely would not consider exciting enough, anyway. But Clinton has to be considered a candidate for future Senate or gubernatorial campaigns, cabinet positions, or ambassadorial roles.
His final actions seem to be telling reminders of his reckless personal side. The most outrageous pardon was of billionaire financier Marc Rich, a fugitive in Switzerland for 17 years, whose former wife is a major fund-raiser for the Democrats. Pictures of Rich's ex-wife, wearing cocktail dresses with her breasts all but flopping out, standing next to Clinton with his trademark grin, leave little doubt that sex was part of the deal. Presidential pardons are granted by Article II of the Constitution, and are given to people who have served their time after being convicted of a crime. The pardon restores civil liberties, such as the right to vote or obtain a hunting license. Most pardons follow a lengthy investigation by the FBI, former prosecutors, and the Pardons Office at the Department of Justice. Clinton by-passed all of that, obviously because Rich was not in any way deserving of a pardon. Aside from his fugitive status, his money was ill gotten.
Tom Bhakta was pardoned for tax evasion after his wife and three children each contributed $1,000 to Hillary Clinton's Senate campaign. Bhakta's business partner and attorney, Kenneth Mourton, represented the commodities broker who arranged Hillary's insider trading deal which netted her nearly $100,000 in a few days in the 1970s. Bhakta's case received no review from the Justice Department. Bhakta's name was not even spelled correctly because Clinton pushed it through so fast.
Four Hasidic men from New Square, New York, imprisoned for fraud for funneling millions of dollars of government money to a fictitious religious school, had their sentences commuted after their followers contributed thousands of dollars to Hillary Clinton's New York Senate campaign. Clinton commuted their sentences over the objections of the U.S. attorney who prosecuted them.
Edward Downe, Jr., a prominent Democrat contributor, was pardoned for insider trading. His prosecutor was not even notified of the pardon in time to oppose it. Clinton's pardons were cheap, sleazy bribes, arrangements for money, campaign contributions, sex, or sold by Hillary's criminal Rodham brothers. As usual, the Clintons got away with it.
Gerald Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon was justified since many convictions stemmed from Watergate, and Nixon had suffered enough in being disgraced and forced to resign. A trial was of no value to the country other than bloodthirsty Democrats. President Bush pardoned former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, former National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane and four other officials, effectively. Their "crimes" were strictly political and based on policy decisions within the framework of their jobs.
Another story dominated the last days of the Clinton Presidency. It would have been utterly unbelievable, except when one considers the Clintons and the kind of people who surround them. In light of that, all things are believable. Clinton's aides vandalized the White House! They left about $19,000 worth of Federal damage. Is there some alternate Universe in which Republicans would ever do such a thing? Does this question really need an answer?
"Damage, theft, vandalism, and pranks occurred in the White House complex during the 2001 Presidential transition," said a General Accounting Office (GAO) report.
Damage was done to 62 computer keyboards, 26 cellular phones, 15 television remote controls, nine historic doorknobs, two chairs with broken arms and one Presidential seal.
Outgoing Clinton staffers tucked pictures depicting Bush as a chimpanzee, glued desk drawers shut, ripped phone lines from the walls, left messy offices and removed the "W" keys from numerous computer keyboards. A Presidential seal was stolen.
"Incidents such as the removal of keys from computer keyboards; the theft of various items; the leaving of certain voice mail messages, signs, and written messages; and the placing of glue on desk drawers clearly were intentional acts," the 215-page report concluded.
"With regard to stolen items, such as the Presidential seal, because no one witnessed the thefts and many people were in the White House complex during the transition, it was not known who was responsible for taking them," the report said.
It was tawdry and low class, and therefore the perfect send-off of the Clintons, who got away with it!
"The bitch is back": Is Hillary Clinton worse than Bill?
"Bill and I have been accused of everything, including murder, by some of the very same people who behind these allegations…For anybody willing to find it, and write about it, and explain it, it is this vast right wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for President."
- Hillary Clinton, Today show
January 27, 1998
"I was lucky." (On how Hillary turned a $1,000 investment into $100,000 in one year.)
"He ministers to troubled people all the time…If you knew his mother you would understand it." (On why Bill was spending time alone with Monica.)
"I mean you've got this right winged press presence with really nothing on the other end of the political spectrum." (Hillary on the "right wing" press corps in Washington, 89 percent of whom voted for Clinton in 1992.)
"The problem back then, you'll remember, is that documents were destroyed, tapes were missing, 18 and a half minutes. The White House was no cooperating…I think the contrast is so dramatic." (On why the Nixon White House was "evil," but the Clintons were innocent.)
"When I look at the man department, I'm surprised more women aren't gay." (Hillary answering a question from female friends on whether she is gay or not.)
"Who is going to find out? These women are all trash. Nobody's going to believe them." (Hillary formulating strategy on how to destroy the women in her husband's life.)
"Every document that we have obtained has been turned over to the special counsel..." (with the exception of the documents not turned over to the special counsel or destroyed.)
"I don't have any memory of that." (The "smartest woman in the world's" stock answer to all questions regarding her illegal activities over the years.)
"He's a great human being." (Hillary on the liar James Carville.)
"We have to destroy her." (Hillary's strategy for dealing with Gennifer Flowers.)
"We will never build enough prisons to end our crime problem". (Hillary on crime.)
"I just put it in a little box. That's how I deal with it. I put it in a box in my mind and I just don't think about it." (On Bill's sex addiction.)
"To confine Impeachable conduct to indictable offenses may well be to set a standard so restrictive as not to reach conduct that might adversely affect the system of government. Some of the most grievous offenses against our Constitutional form of government may not entail violations of the criminal law…It limits Impeachable conduct to criminal offenses would be incompatible with the evidence...and would frustrate the purpose that the framers intended… Impeachment was evolved…to cope with both the inadequacy of the criminal standards and the impotence of the courts to deal with the conduct of great public figures. It would be anomalous if the framers, having barred criminal sanctions from the Impeachment remedy...intended to restrict the grounds for Impeachment to conduct that was criminal" (Hillary Rodham, Democrat staff attorney, House Judiciary Committee, 1974.)
"We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society." (Hillary's homage to V.I. Lenin and dead kids on railroad tracks near Mena.)
"I'm having a great time being the Pres- I mean Senator from New York." (Hillary's Freudian slip.)
"Marriage has got historic, religious and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time, and I think a marriage is as a marriage always has been, between a man and a woman." (Hillary Clinton, who is in a political marriage of convenience.)
"The clearest way to know whether you are with a poor person in America is not by the logo on the clothes, because we all wear pretty much the same anymore. It's by looking into their eyes and seeing whether they look into yours, and seeing what kind of teeth they have." (Hillary on how best to purchase slaves.)
"I am particularly horrified by the use of propaganda and the manipulation of the truth and the revision of history." (Res ipsa loquiter.)
"I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the President." (Hillary on her co-Presidency.)
"I've always been a Yankees fan." (Chicago-area native and Cub fan Hillary after declaring for the Senate in New York.)
"The Bitch is back."
- Elton John
Who is the worst American of the 20th Century? Joseph P. Kennedy comes to mind. So does his son, Teddy. Bill and Hillary Clinton are up there. In this man's opinion, Hillary is worse than Bill. The idea that one of these people is the anti-Christ is certainly a longshot. It insults the patriotic sensibility to think that an American is the anti-Christ. Truth be told, there are hundreds of non-Americans littering the 20th Century, all of whom were worse than the Clintons.
Even the concept that they made a deal with Satan in order to obtain power seems hard to imagine, although not completely out of the question. "Truth" be known, many people, including some very surprising names on all sides of the political spectrum, may have invoked the Dark Prince in order to get their way.
On the other hand, if Satan is looking for somebody to inflict maximum damage, who better than an American President? Thanks to some very fine American President's, many of whom happen to be Republican, we now live in a world in somebody other than an American may lack the kind of power to commit the really large evil that Satan might call the "Big Bang." Tinpot dictators of disgraced Communist enclaves are not to be ignored, but they do labor against the odds.
Clinton's Presidency, at first glance, did not usher in the new Dark Ages that one might associate with Satan. There is no denying that a lot of good occurred under him. However, consider a few other things. Clinton gave perilous secrets to nuclear-tipped Communist China in return for personal contributions and more for the Democrats. Maybe the Chinese chose, on their own, not to attack the U.S. for the obvious humanitarian reasons, and the more obvious reality that they would be destroyed in return.
Clinton allowed terrorism to go unchecked during his years in office. Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein were not dealt with. George Bush has taken out both. Perhaps the forces of evil that Clinton hoped to unleash were simply overcome by larger forces of good unleashed by the Christian George Bush. Just a thought.
The idea that Satan is all about nuclear war may be off the mark, too. He probably prefers more insidious methods. A nuclear war might create the Armageddon that the Bible promises, with Christ returning as promised to confront him. Satan is probably not very confident about a one-on-one confrontation with Christ.
The Internet, which was not invented by Al Gore, and was going to come along whether Clinton was President or not, nevertheless is something much associated with the Clinton era. The theorists have occasionally opined that Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the anti-Christ. He is not religious, operates in a world of numbers and codes, is the richest man in the world as well as one of the most powerful, and is a Democrat! He is as responsible as anybody is for unleashing the tentacles of the Internet. Gates appears utterly fallow, and aside from an occasional anti-trust suit that he buys his way out of, he does what he does pretty quietly.
Now, I am an admirer of Bill Gates and do not seriously propose that he is the anti-Christ. It is not for me to say who is, or if such an entity ever will appear. But the Internet is a technological achievement that must be watched closely. It is a wonderful thing, of course, in that it makes for an incredible research and information tool, and allows people to communicate and work with each other more closely than ever before. But the Internet does not work the way everybody said it would. Instead of providing Truth and freedom to oppressed people, it has become the tool of terrorists and the disseminators of enormous falsehoods, particularly in the Arab and terrorist world.
Arabs do not log on and read the Truth. They are getting lies and slander about America, feeding the insanity and falsehoods of Fundamentalist Islam. Terrorists use the Internet to communicate and plot their attacks. Spin and deception have taken over as political discourse. Winners used to write the history. Today's losers, realizing this, are usurping the process by writing the Big Lie about freedom, Democracy, Christianity and America.
Child molesters and other criminals use the Internet as a tool. Viruses, so far just the work of prank hackers, may become deadly and disabling. Lightning can travel through phone lines. Some day, disastrous methods of attack may spread through the wiring of a connected world.
Leftist Unabomber Ted Kaczynski warned that technology was getting out of control. He did not like its application as a tool of globalization and capitalism. But quasi-religious worship at the shrine of technology, which is about the mass spreading of information that can be misleading, evil and deadly, is a threat.
I could be completely off base with all of this. I hope I am. Getting back to the Clintons, one still must consider what further damage they can do. During the 1992 campaign, Bill told campaign audiences that voting for him was also a vote for Hillary, and that America would be getting "two for the price of one."
As a Senator, Hillary's ability to do evil is considerable, but presumably limited. A smart cookie, she has so far played it close to the vest, voting with the Republicans in authorizing war with Iraq. Bob Dole has publicly stated that he believes she is doing a good job. She certainly has the smarts, the passion and the work ethic to do a good job.
If she is ever elected President, this would mean the momentum of conservatism, 40-plus years in the making, would be reversed. It is very possible that only a "big event" - a major terrorist act or North Korea nuking Japan - that is pinned on Bush and the Republicans, could persuade enough Americans to vote for Hillary. It would also mean another co-Presidency - "two for the price of one" giving us four to eight years of Hillary. Her rise to power seems, at the time of this writing, to be something that could only happen amid anarchy and chaos. That was the formula for Lenin and Hitler.
I could be wrong, but I do not believe the Clintons can be compared to Lenin and Hitler. There are levels of evil that they obviously do not meet. The American system simply does not allow for Lenins and Hitlers to rise in that form. But I think the fact such a disqualifier is even valid makes the Clintons people we must not give any more power to.
The Clintons always figured out ways to make money even when they were on the public payroll. Bill's salary as Governor of Arkansas was miserable, and even the President cannot match a Wall Street CEO. The salaries of professional athletes and entertainers are far more. Hillary made a good living at the Rose Law Firm, but the Clintons enhanced their income through their nefarious criminal corruptions.
When Newt Gingrich was on top of the world for orchestrating the Contract with America, he was provided a generous advance to write a book about his political philosophies. Hillary was his loudest critic. Gingrich promptly gave the money back. He ended up making it all back and more when the book shot to the best seller list.
At the end of the Clinton Presidency, both Bill and Hillary were given enormous advances to write their memoirs. There was no concerted effort by conservatives to stop this eventuality, since conservatives realized in the free market they are worth what is offered to them, and that their books would make the money. They kept their advances, and of course got away with their hypocrisy.
Just as Bill's mother was a tramp, Hillary's family demonstrates that lying, cheating, corruption and scandal are traits that run through their bloodlines, not unlike the Kennedys. Tony and Hugh Rodham are a couple of losers who cashed in every way they could on their connections. They used the administration to promote fraudulent business "deals," including one nefarious scheme with the Mayor of Moscow arranged by President Clinton. Moscow has become overrun by the Russian Mafia, of which Mayor Yuri Luzhkov's membership is well known. Sandy Berger, the national security adviser, found that the Rodham brothers' arrangement created a nightmare for him.
The Rodham brothers' fascination with former Stalinist dictatorships continued when they, along with partner Stephen Graham, flew to Batumi in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia to look over a potential $118 million hazelnut operation. Aslan Abashidze, an ally of Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze, ruled Batumi. Berger told the brothers to end the hazelnut deal because they said it would give the "seal of approval" of the U.S. government to the Georgian government, causing further diplomatic consternation for Berger.
Hugh Rodham used his connections to negotiate possible gun industry and tobacco settlements. Hugh and Tony embarrassed the First Family in early 1993 by asking corporate donors to pay for their inaugural parties. Hugh actually ran for Senate but was clobbered. Tony married the daughter of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D.-Calif.), but his cheating ending that. He was "employed" by the Democrat National Committee. They got into fistfights and regularly embarrassed themselves with their drunkenness, profanity and sexual tastelessness. "The boys," as there were disparagingly referred to, have been compared to "The Sopranos", the HBO program about a crime family, for obvious reasons.
Tony Rodham helped obtain a Presidential pardon for a Tennessee couple over the objections of the Justice Department. Edgar Allen Gregory, Jr. and his wife, Vonna Jo were convicted of bank fraud in 1982, accused of using the assets of a bank they owned to give loans to friends.
"I told him about Ed Gregory," Rodham said. "I didn't push. I told the President about Ed Gregory and that he had applied for a pardon. He's what the pardon process is all about."
The Gregorys were major Democrat campaign contributors who bought their pardon by donations to Hillary's Senate campaign. Clinton's pardons on January 20, 2001 included two for which Hugh was paid $400,000 for his work on two clemency applications.
Dick Morris, who consulted for the Clintons in Arkansas and Washington, told an interesting story about the Clintons.
"The real reason I was reluctant was that Bill Clinton had tried to beat me up in May of 1990 as he, you, Gloria Cabe, and I were together in the Arkansas governor's mansion," Morris recalled in "conversation" with Hillary in his book, disputing her memoir, "Living History". "At the time, Bill was worried that he was falling behind his Democratic primary opponent and verbally assaulted me for not giving his campaign the time he felt it deserved. Offended by his harsh tone, I turned and stalked out of the room.
"Bill ran after me, tackled me, threw me to the floor of the kitchen in the mansion and cocked his fist back to punch me. You grabbed his arm and, yelling at him to stop and get control of himself, pulled him off me. Then you walked me around the grounds of the mansion in the minutes after, with your arm around me, saying, 'He only does that to people he loves.' When the story threatened to surface during the 1992 campaign, you told me to 'say it never happened.' That, and not the invented conversation in your memoir, was the reason that I was reluctant to work for Bill again."
When she learned in 1993 that there were "concerns of financial mismanagement and waste," in the White House Travel Office, said Byron York in "The Hill", Clinton writes, "I said to Chief of Staff Mack McLarty that if there were such problems, I hoped he would 'look into it'" in "Living History" it says it was an "offhand comment." An audit by KPMG Peat Marwick discovered financial irregularities in the office. Then, "based on these findings, Mack and the White House Counsel's Office decided to fire the travel office staff and reorganize the department."
She said she had nothing to do with the firings. Former White House aide David Gergen told the grand jury that he remembered a conversation with McLarty. McLarty said the first lady was "very upset" about the travel office and was "ginned up on that issue…and that there were at least two occasions when she made it clear to him that she wanted action taken."
Former White House administrator David Watkins wrote that both he and McLarty "knew that there would be hell to pay if…we failed to take swift and decisive action in conformity with the first lady's wishes."
Asked if she had any role in the firings, she replied, "No, I did not." They asked whether she "had any input with either Mr. McLarty or Mr. Watkins as to that decision." She answered, "I don't believe I did, no."
Independent counsel Robert Ray determined that "Clinton did play a role and have input in the decision to fire the travel office employees and that her testimony to the contrary was factually false."
Alison Muscatine and Maryanne Vollers ghostwrote "Living History", but the frontispiece still reads, "by Hillary Rodham Clinton." The previous book project of Maryanne Vollers was about Jerri Nielsen, the doctor who had to be airlifted out of Antarctica. It was titled "Ice Bound: A Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole" by Jerri Nielsen with Maryanne Vollers. John McCain's "Faith of My Fathers" is "by Mark Salter, with John McCain." Honor and honesty are not part of Hillary's essence. Hillary claimed she would not run for office, but she ran for the Senate. She has denied planning to run for President, but it is assumed by all that she is the Democrat candidate for 2008. If the situation is favorable to her, she will run in 2004, or attempt to work the delegates and usurp the Primaries. She has positioned herself perfectly. She could run in 2004 and hold her Senate seat. If re-elected to the Senate in 2006, she could run for President and hold the Senate. Defeating her in the 2006 New York Senate race is likely to be the Great Crusade of the Republicans. She consistently out-polls all other national Democrats.
LARRY KING SHOW, APRIL 29, 1997
CALLER: Are you considering running for office in the future?
HILLARY: No, no.
KING: At all?
KING: No circumstance under which you would?
HILLARY: Not that I can imagine. That is not anything I have ever thought of for myself...
If Hillary looks and sounds Machiavellian, note that her husband once cited Machiavelli as a defense in charges brought against him. Hillary Clinton said "I don't recall" or its equivalent 50 times during Whitewater. Rush Limbaugh turned it into a hilarious continual soundbite, along with a spoof of Sonny and Cher's "I Got You" that depicted Bill and Hillary each cutting deals with the prosecutor to "drop a dime" on the other.
Democrats who defended the Clintons - liberals, the National Organization for Women, environmentalists, pro-abortionists and the various ilk that makes up their constituency, face the same problem they did with Alger Hiss and other Democrats who spied for the Communists. To admit that their party was naturally pre-disposed to being unpatriotic, and to commit treachery against this beautiful country, they threatened to blow the lid off the Democrat party forever. They were forced to destroy McCarthy, and to their benefit they had a willing media and film industry help them perpetuate this lie.
The Democrats put all they had behind Clinton, who was the man who ended 12 years of Republican rule, breaking the grip of Reaganism that "threatened" to turn America into a conservative country. He "saved" them from oblivion. They were so grateful that they had to defend him, and everything the Clintons stood for. In so doing, the most hallowed office on Earth was bastardized. Honor, integrity, truth, justice, and all the idealism of the Presidency was compromised. Prominent liberals were reduced to publicly saying they would happily suck Clinton off because he protected the right to suck a living child out of a healthy womb. A once-great party was turned into a partnership of utter corruption. This is not healthy for America. Democrats compromised their integrity, their political heritage, and women. 68 percent of voters thought Clinton would go down in history more for his scandals than for his leadership. Almost 60 percent of Americans felt Clinton had led America down the wrong moral track. Absent unforeseen disasters, the Democrats will pay for the Clintons for years, if not forever. The Clintons lowered expectations so much that George Bush - hesitant, inexperienced and lacking a popular mandate - quickly ascended in opinion polls simply by not being Clinton.
The Clinton legacy is a legacy of lies and deceptions. The New York Times, who went through the disgraceful Jayson Blair affair, have lost the ability to print the truth, especially if it favors conservatives. Hillary Clinton and her husband "told" millions of young people that lying and cheating was acceptable. Liberals desperately try to pin the "liar" tag on conservatives. In doing this, they lie more. They just dig themselves deeper and deeper into a hole. This is what the Clintons gave to the Left. The lies and perfidies of the Internet came about under their watch. The Arab world learned how to spin and lie and distort their "news" under Clinton's watch.
Hillary claimed that the Monica Lewinsky affair was a surprise.
"I know that she wasn't [surprised] because Betsey Wright, his chief of staff [in Arkansas], had the full time job - in addition to helping him run the state - of fishing him out of bedrooms," Dick Morris told WABC Radio's Monica Crowley. "[Wright] once told me over the phone, 'I've had to pull [Bill] out of one-too-many bedrooms.'"
Working on Clinton's 1992 Presidential campaign, Wright compiled a list of 19 women who she described as potential "bimbo eruptions" to her, revealing that on several prior occasions, one of Mrs. Clinton's most trusted aides was dispatched to interrupt Mr. Clinton's extramarital liaisons. According to published accounts, Mrs. Clinton personally sought out San Francisco private detective Jack Palladino, whose job it was to discourage the women from coming forward. According to Federal Election Commission records, Palladino was paid $110,000 from the campaign's Federally matched account.
A photo showing Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton on a sailboat together during the time Senator Clinton now claims she was shunning her husband contradicted "Living History". Seen above aboard Walter Cronkite's sailboat on August 25, 1998, the photo was snapped as Cronkite took his guests for an outing off Martha's Vineyard, 10 days after Hillary claimed she had banished her husband from family activities after he admitted the truth about Monica. Bill posed in a triumphant, fist-in-the-air pose.
In "Living History" Hillary writes that she did not find out about Monica until August 15, 1998. Washington Post reporter Peter Baker, author of a 2000 book on the Lewinsky scandal, wrote that Bill Clinton asked his lawyer, David Kendall, to break the news to Hillary, which he did on August 13. Hillary told ABC's Barbara Walters that her husband had never lied to her before August 15, 1998.
Proving that she has no political conviction, Hillary lobbied on behalf of the Contras when she and her husband were profiting from a drug operation that may have been tied indirectly to them. Hillary, who protested against the war at Wellesley, later claimed she tried to enlist in the Army but was too old. In 2000, she went into a tirade against a Jewish campaign worker, calling him a "fucking Jew bastard" among other anti-Semitic remarks.
According to New York sources, Bill urged Hillary to run for President in 2004!
When asked how it was she could not remember any of the facts about her infamous cattle futures trading, Hillary said she was pregnant with Chelsea and therefore could not remember. She hired private detectives to go after opponents and Bill's girlfriends, and ruthlessly oversaw campaigns. Her own chief of staff, Maggie Williams, accepted a $50,000 check in the White House from a Chinese influence peddler. This man, when deposed on the matter, said, "Well, the White House is a bit like the New York subway. You have to put the tokens in before you're allowed access."
Hillary was on the board of a corporation, which, according to a key whistleblower, provided services to the covert arms export network that supplied Saddam Hussein. Rose law firm billing records ended up in a closet in the Book Room of the White House. Records from Arkansas she said she could not find were mysteriously found in the bedroom at the White House. She was mentioned 36 times in the fraud indictment against Webster Hubbell.
Federal prosecutors said a Hollywood private detective may be indicted on charges of widespread wiretapping and witness intimidation following his arrest on unrelated weapons charges. Hillary hired Anthony Pellicano, a famed Hollywood "private dick," to gather dirt on Gennifer Flowers. CNN (the Clinton News Network), tried to say that the Flowers tapes were tampered with. Vince Foster hired private detective Jerry Parks to further probe Clinton's affairs. Parks, who by this time knew too much, was killed in 1993. Hillary in 1992 helped enlist a private security agency to snuff a rumor that Clinton had sex with a black prostitute.
Gennifer Flowers eventually sued James Carville and George Stephanopoulos for libel and slander, based on their lies told over years. Carville touted as "evidence" that Flowers' tapes had been edited, and CNN ran with it. Later, tapes of Monica were said to be doctored, according to Clinton's "liar's squad." Flowers managed to get independent analysis of her tapes proving they were genuine. Carville did not apologize.
Hillary claimed to be a duck hunter. It was another lie. She lied when she said she and Bill were thinking of adopting a child. Liberals actually ate this stuff up.
"I was on the New York shuttle a couple of weeks ago, and I saw something interesting," CNBC's Chris Matthews told his Hardball guest Gail Sheehy. "Hillary Clinton (was) up in that little bankhead - bulkhead seat they reserve for VIPs in the corner, nobody around her; Secret Service guys all around with those little earphones and one large guy, rather embarrassed, rather sheepish, walking along with his own earphones carrying her bags… Who - who in the Senate gets a Sherpa to carry their bags for them?… I've never heard of a Senator getting a bag carrier. Who pays for the airfare for this guy? Who pays for his lifestyle? Who pays his salary to walk around carrying her bags, so she can walk around light-handed, with nothing in her hands?… I think next time you're on the shuttle, you'll see this show. It looks like - you talk about Queen Elizabeth, this looks pretty regal."
Senator Clinton was appalled over the FBI's slipshod handling of 3,135 documents related to the Timothy McVeigh case.
"How could this have happened?" she asked, backing an investigation.
"Does she think her future depends on making us forget her past?" countered the New York Times' Maureen Dowd. "She's trying to metamorphose from someone who likes to bend the rules to someone who wants to crack down on those who bend the rules."
Dowd, a die-hard liberal, reminded readers that for years Hillary could not locate her papers for the FBI, forgotten "in a White House closet full of tasteful Arkansas tchotchkes." Now, she must "relish the prospect of a delicious payback with Louis Freeh, a man she must detest. He spent much of his tenure as FBI chief slapping around the Clintons and egging on their tormentors…Hillary's memory works fine, it seems, when it comes to grudges."
According to Evan Fitzmaurice of American Spectator in 1994, "Beginning in 1990, Hillary Clinton received $31,000 a year to serve on the board of the Lafarge Corporation, a French company that is the second-largest producer of cement in the United States. Lafarge's Systech burning units disposed of more than 400 million gallons of hazardous waste between 1979 and 1992. In September 1992, Lafarge's plant in Demapolis, Alabama, was fined $1.8 million under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act for violating just about every possible regulation that existed for cement kilns - one EPA official described the plant as 'totally out of control.' A year later, the Clinton Administration allowed Lafarge to settle the $1.8 million in fines for only $594,000. When Lafarge obtained a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge for sand and gravel in a section of the Ohio River directly facing WTI, the circle of conflicts-of-interest was finally closed. Since at least April 1991, while Hillary was a board member of the parent company, Standard Lafarge has been permitted to dredge the Ohio River for sand and gravel to make cement."
On March 17, 1992, Hillary told the New York Times she did not earn a "penny" from state business conducted by her Little Rock law firm and that she never intervened with state regulators on behalf of a failed Arkansas savings and loan association. Records later showed that she did.
In 1996, the Chicago Tribune ran an editorial that read, "The legal issues will sort themselves out in time. But one thing has become all too clear. Bill and Hillary Clinton and their aides have made a concerted effort to deceive official investigators and the American public with half truths and outright lies . . . It's not clear what the Clintons want to conceal, but it's clear that they have made extraordinary efforts to do so."
Susan Edelman and Lois Weiss of the New York Post wrote, "Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's new office in Manhattan costs more than any other U.S. Senator's office in the country, a Post survey has found. Last month, the former first lady moved into a spread on the 26th floor of 780 Third Avenue, a stylish 50-story high rise covered with peach colored Finnish granite. The annual cost to taxpayers: $514,149. Her rent is nearly $90,000 more than the second most expensive U.S. Senator's office, Dianne Feinstein's newly leased $424,632 digs in San Francisco, according to the General Services Administration. New York and San Francisco office-rental markets are the priciest in the nation. But Clinton, New York's junior senator, picked space that's twice as roomy, has more amenities, and costs taxpayers nearly two and a half times as much as senior Senator Chuck Schumer's Manhattan office, which is across the street and a block away at 757 Third Avenue. His rent is $209,532 a year, which is also on the high end for U.S. Senators, the GSA says . . . 'I don't think she's paying too high a rent for the type of building a U.S. Senator should be in,' said Mitch Arkin of Cushman & Wakefield, one of the world's largest real estate companies. 'She's like royalty. She's the ex-President's wife. She lived in the White House for eight years, for crying out loud,' Arkin said."
Royalty!? Not on my watch.
Hillary is one of the newest Senators, but she made it clear that she expected to be given the opportunity to do the Democrat response after the next Presidential address.
When the Clintons' unforgivable pardons came to light, the New York Observer stated, "Had she any shame, she would resign…With the nation and indeed the world watching, we <New Yorkers> entrusted her with the U.S. Senate seat once held by Robert F. Kennedy and Daniel Patrick Moynihan. It is clear now that we have made a terrible mistake, for Hillary Rodham Clinton is unfit for elective office. Had she any shame, she would resign. If Federal officeholders were subject to popular recall, she'd be thrown out of office by Spring time, the season of renewal." A enormous majority of New Yorkers believed Hillary lied about the pardons.
When Hugh Rodham sought Florida's Senate seat in 1994, his campaign tried to use his primary opponent's Jewish faith against him. Rodham's primary opponent was Mike Wiley, whose real name is Mike Schreibman. The Rodham campaign sent campaign aide Ellis Rubin to parts of the state where there were lots of Jews to accuse Wiley of not being proud enough of his ethnicity to use his real name. The ploy was to "out" Schreibman as a Jew in locales where being Jewish was not thought to be a political plus.
Denise Rich and others loaded gifts on the Clintons, such as furniture for their new homes and a saxophone for Bill, plus four fur coats that Hillary received in the waning days of the Clinton Presidency. The Clintons even tried to take White House furniture and items belonging to the country, like two busts of former Presidents, FDR and Kennedy, that sat behind his desk. Two Presidential ushers managed to remove them from boxes before they could be packed away for shipping to a temporary storage facility in New York.
"The White House is always careful about what stays and what goes when Presidents are leaving," said a former Clinton aide. "But they seemed extra careful with him."
Res ipsa loquiter.
The Clintons tried to register their legal defense fund past Bill's second term, which would have meant they could keep the money for themselves. When Hillary was overseeing the ghostwriting of her autobiography, reports of her brutal temper tantrums and bloated ego ran rampant.
"She's incredibly difficult," said Barbara Feinman, who (ghost) wrote "It Takes a Village". "She didn't like the editors of her first two books, and she hated the ghostwriters."
She had such a falling out with the first lady over her by-line, her lawyers had to threaten a lawsuit before she got paid. MSNBC's Jeannette Walls reported that Cheryl Merser, an experienced author hired to collaborate on Hillary's second book, "An Invitation to the White House", had such bitter disagreements over content that she ended up being marginalized from the project. Merser was acknowledged inside, but her name was dropped from the cover. Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers recently told ABC that Bill Clinton's staff lived in fear of Hillary even after her temper tantrums subsided.
"Not only would she sort of humiliate you in front of your colleagues," Myers said. "Hillary tended to kind of campaign against people behind their back."
When the Clinton team cruised on the USS Roosevelt, as well as on other trips, wholesale theft of official government items occurred. The Secret Service had to issue a memo asking the Clintonistas to "please return" the stolen goods. Bill and Hillary personally stole more than 1,000 items from the White House upon their departure; items that belonged not to them but to the country, some of which was expensive, rare and antique in nature.
Hillary despised the Secret Service and treated them like servants, as she did also with the Marines detailed to the White House and wherever the President traveled. She stated that she "hated" the Marine uniforms, and had them carrying canapés and other items, like waiters, at White House parties.
When Hillary was elected to the Senate, she allowed huge corporations to finance her "welcome parties," which was the opposite of her pledge to campaign for finance reform.
The records of the Clinton Legal Expense Trust showed that the 10,071 contributors from New York include at least 200 retirees, 67 teachers, 50 nurses, 31 librarians, 27 members of the clergy, 14 social workers, 10 guards, five composers and four disabled veterans. In seeking to defray legal expenses that arose in part from a failure to tell the truth, the Clintons accepted $20 from a Manhattan man named John Marmarinos who described his occupation on the contribution form as "homebound vet." A woman who answered Marmarinos' phone said he was unavailable to comment on the Clinton's purchase of a $1.75 million house in Chappaqua and a $2.85 million house in Washington.
"He's in a nursing home," she said. The Clintons also accepted $50 from a man who termed himself "retired under disability," $25 from a man who described himself as "disabled/unemployed," and $5 from a woman who listed her occupation as "homemaker-unemployed." A total of $20 came from two men who listed themselves as simply "unemployed."
Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do the Clintons.
Despite everything, Hillary Clinton emerged from the Clinton Presidency as the most admired and powerful member of the Democrat party. Res ipsa loquiter. For years she denied having any political ambitions, which every human on Earth knew was a lie. For reasons that are almost mystical in nature, her lies never hurt her. She ran for the U.S. Senate in 2000 while her husband was still President. Even though neither Clinton had ever lived in New York, she ran in New York because it is the state of celebrities, offered her the friendliest demographics, and gave her the imprimatur of Manhattan social status.
Her election alarmingly came as the result of events that, again, seemed mystical in nature, as if she was being helped along by dark forces. Her opponent was New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a popular, highly effective Republican who had cleaned up the mob and the streets of Manhattan. Giuliani, a man of Presidential timbre, was well on his way to defeating Hillary, but amazing timing ruined it for him. He was estranged from his wife, and the details of his relationship with a woman who worked in his office hit during the campaign. This is the kind of thing that never hurts Democrats, since it is almost rote that Democrats are these kinds of people. Republicans hold themselves to higher standards and pay for it. Then Giuliani was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which is often not fatal, but in his case required immediate treatment. Knowing that the medical care would debilitate him, Giuliani dropped out.
Congressmen Rick Lazio, a competent, uncharismatic Republican from the Long Island suburbs, was installed as Rudy's replacement. Hillary went straight to the "race card," accusing New York cops of killing blacks, and generally making herself popular among the criminal element. Lazio hung close in the polls, but in the end Hillary beat him. A breakdown of precinct voting showed that in neighborhoods where crime was high, Hillary cleaned up. Safe neighborhoods went for the Republican, but it was not enough. The overwhelming Democrat majority of New York City was impossible to overcome. Only Giuliani could have done it.
After 9/11, Hillary was very vulnerable because all the courageous policemen and firefighters at the World Trade Center had voted against her. She failed to attend the many memorials and funerals that followed. When she tried to speak at a fundraiser for the heroes, she was booed vociferously. Good people see through and despise her.
How do the Clintons get away with what they get away? Start with Bill. One has to first understand where he comes from. On the East Coast, there is a corruption/ connection between organized crime and government. However, it has always been a separate identify. In the South, organized crime and the old-time Democrat machines that have been in operation there since Reconstruction are, in many cases, one and the same. This applies to the Orleans Parish in Louisiana, and it particularly applies to Arkansas. Nowhere is the entanglement between the mob and the government more thoroughly entwined than in Hot Springs, where Bill grew up.
Enter the woman who gave birth to him. She was a small-time gangster's moll, connected to mob figures for decades. She used sex to keep herself in good graces, and to help pay off her gambling, alcohol and drug debts. She gives birth to a bunch of kids from assorted dudes. How many abortions she had is not known. One of the births is Bill Clinton. The rest of the kids are ne'r-do'wells like the drugged Roger, but Bill is a special child. He is smart, bright and easy to like.
Early on, Bill is introduced to his mother's "acquaintances"; racketeers, drug lords, bookies and the like. Normally, a kid like him would grow up to be a "wise guy," running errands for these mobbed-up lowlifes until he "graduates" to a position of some authority in the "family." But Bill is different. Early on, these people recognize that he has potential beyond running a bookie operation or a whorehouse. So they sponsor and encourage him.
Good grades in high school. Georgetown. Yale Law School. The quid pro quo is, Hey kid, when the time comes you're gonna be our man in the government. Think of the Hyman Roth character in "The Godfather II" telling Michael that in Cuba they have a country and a friendly government all to themselves.
At Yale, he meets Hillary. When he identifies her as a fellow moral reprobate, he makes a deal. He tells her what is waiting back in Arkansas; political connections through organized crime, and plenty of ways to make money under the table. A pact with the devil is sealed. His run for Congress, as an unknown with no experience in his mid-20s, is the best financed of any candidate. Still in his 20s, the mob sponsors him to become Attorney General. Two years later, to Governor.
Bill takes over an office already infiltrated by the Arkansas Mafia. State troopers are de facto button men. He knows every bit of the operation because he has grown up with it since he was a child. People can be killed or made to disappear in an instant, all under the auspices of a deadly system that has been in place for decades. It is entirely rigged.
A funny thing happens. Previous Arkansas politicians are still…politicians. That is, there is some sense of idealism to them. Some moral suasion. Not so Bill and Hillary. They are more ruthless than the mob boys they work for. They take every possible advantage of the situation. They are bloodthirsty, the kind of people who actually have a taste for murder. Even the mob has always tried to tone it down. Bill and Hillary are drunk with power, unable to tone it down. People die. A lot of people. When the Reagan/Bush Administration tries to run a secret operation to fight Sandinista Communists, they turn to Clinton's drug operation in Mena. Once he has the "cover" of this Republican administration, Clinton can get away with virtually anything, knowing in the end he will be protected because the other side is involved. A dirty deal.
Being Governor of a small state is one thing. Nobody counted on this "man" becoming President. When he does the Republicans find themselves in a quandary. They cannot expose him entirely because of their own entanglements.
Then there is Hillary, who is worse than Bill. The sense of this snakewoman is that hell hath no fury like her wrath. Bill's crimes are "business." Hillary's have a personal angle to them. If you look closely enough at her, you see the ghost of the "Bitch of Buchenwald." If she was born in the Roman Empire, she is the kind of "woman" who had servants tossed into boiling oil for displeasing her. Think of Caligula.
When Hillary's memoir, "Living History" came out, it sold fairly well amid a huge publicity build-up. The Democrats, combined with Hillary's office and their PR minions, produced long lines of ready-made supporters to stand in lines in front of New York bookstores, creating the illusion for cameras that demand for the book was unprecedented. Meanwhile, at stores outside the mainstream loop of media attention, the book had a lukewarm reception. People walked into stores and saw huge stacks of "Living History", which gave the impression that it was selling "like hotcakes."
Two "dirty little secrets" belie this notion. First is that books that do not sell are returned to the publisher, for redistribution through book clubs or some other cut-rate way of unloading them. But the second "secret" was pure Hillary. It turned out that her publisher was forced to fire a large number of employees because Hillary's advance made it impossible to maintain their salaries!
America, do not elect this woman to the Presidency. Do not give Bill a second platform. Contained herein are many accusations and unproved rumors. Call it hateful if you have to. Call me a member of the "vast right wing conspiracy." Former advisor Dick Morris said that Hillary actually does care about children, women's issues and health care. If so, this is to her credit and makes my allegations less credible. Bob Dole said that Hillary was working hard and doing a good job as New York Senator. This may be true. But, over the course of a man's lifetime, especially if that man believes in decency, has common sense, learns history and tries to decipher right from wrong in a complicated, corrupt world; tries to teach his daughter to recognize and understand how to differentiate Truth from the devil's lies, he develops gut feelings and learns to trust those feelings. It gives me no pleasure to suggest that the Presidency, the greatest institution on Earth, of the country I love beyond all things save God and family, was for eight years occupied by such creatures.
Judging the Clintons publicly is a tricky task. Politically, and nobody knows this better than the Republican party, it is an activity filled with pitfalls. Every time I see the Clintons in a church, I think of Al Pacino becoming "The Godfather" to Connie's baby while Moe Green and the heads of all the New York families are murdered in juxtaposed montage. But the real-life murders of Arkansas, D.C. and thereabouts are not so easily pinned, Hollywood-style, on these people. Who, exactly, are they? Is it possible the "Clinton body count" is nothing more than coincidence? Are they actually innocent? What is the difference between Bill and, say, Ted Kennedy? It seems that while Kennedy is a coward, a drunk and a moral reprobate, he has not had to engage in the sort of actual criminality his father engaged in. For this reason, it seems that he can be judged "better" than Bill, who because he was not "born with a silver spoon in his mouth," to quote Ann Richards, had to emulate the likes of Joseph P. Kennedy and Michael Corleone to claw his way up the ladder.
The Republicans were unable to prove the most heinous of the Clinton's crimes - kids on railroad tracks, Ron Brown's airplane crash, Vince Foster's killing, and the rest. Eventually, they more or less "gave up" trying to hang all of this "baggage" on the Clintons. However, there are numerous criminals and elite mob bosses roaming this Earth free and easy because nothing was ever "proven." This does not make them less guilty, truth be told.
Eventually, the right found itself going for what they could get, perhaps motivated by Elliot Ness of "Untouchables" fame, who got Al Capone on tax evasion instead of murder, but "got him," nevertheless. It did not work out the same way with the Clintons. Hillary's testimony was found "factually inaccurate" (lies). Bill lost his bar license. He was Impeached but not convicted. They were found to have broken various laws regarding Whitewater, the Paula Jones case, and others, but none of it really stuck to them. They slid. Time passed. They were never disgraced and sent to "political purgatory." They won by attrition. They were like the Japanese hanging out in the caves at Guadalcanal, hoping to win by attrition by not getting smoked out. By not "killing" the Clintons, they survived. They are Nietsche's premise: "That which does not kill me makes me stronger." That phrase has always had a semi-Faustian ring to it. It still does when applied to the Clintons.
Still, who am I to say, for sure? Am I merely engaged in a scurrilous right wing "whispering campaign?" I never investigated Mena, Ron Brown's crash, Vince Foster's killing, the dead bodyguards, the drug deals gone bad. Somebody else did, and I just repeated it with my own spin. I am not infallible. As a Christian, I have been taught not bear "false witness" on others. A great moral conundrum permeates my attempts at finding something to hold onto regarding these people. I am not supposed to hate, and so I have to fight my visceral reaction to the Clintons. Between Christian charity and American legal traditions, which teaches us not to reach judgment unless it is "proven" and all the facts are in, the Clintons just walk between the raindrops. My gut tells me that this is how evil marches on, but my own mortality and limitations as a man prevent me from reaching full "judgment" and "conclusion."
The key question about the Clintons (Bill more so) is whether he is merely immoral, or actually evil? There is a huge difference. Many leading American politicians and heroes are immoral. Immorality can be measured by varying degrees. We all sin and are immoral. It is our concession as God's children. This is my concession, if you will, to the term "moral relativism." To criticize and judge Bill Clinton's morality is an act of hypocrisy on my part. I freely admit his sexual wanderings do not shock me. I may be a Christian, and many of my conservative brethren may take exception with this, but I freely adhere to Larry Flynt's statement, "Relax, it's just sex." Bill was getting blowjobs and screwing colleague's wives, but these are common acts, not Impeachable offenses. If this, plus a laxity of ethics, a willingness to skim off the top and steal a little here and there, is the extent of it, then Clinton is merely another in a long line of corrupt public figures. My advice is not to vote for him and let him leave.
But my instincts tell me to pursue it further. The sex apparently went beyond the usual. It was not just harassment or coercion under the color of authority. It was not just abuse of power. It was not just Bill's "arrested adolescence." Apparently it was violent and illegal. It was assault and rape. If the allegations do go beyond Whitewater, Paula Jones and Monica, veering into tacit side orders to eliminate suspects, get rid of witnesses, take care of rivals, then it deserves all the condemnation we can muster. Furthermore, these people are not going away. They want your children, people.
The fact that this nation survived the Clintons is, to me, the greatest example of how great we are. My fear is the devil's plan is not finished, and that the Clinton's are still central to the plan. Frankly, I hope I am wrong.
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