Paul Wellstone: Tenth Anniversary of His Assassination
GW Bush scoundrels murdered Wellstone to silence him and gain control of the Senate.
by Stephen Lendman
October 25 marked the 10th anniversary of Wellstone's death. Was it accidental or an assassination to silence a sadly missed principled voice? Convincing evidence suggests foul play. More on that below.
On October 25, 2002, The New York Times headlined "Minnesota Senator Is Among 8 Dead in Crash," saying:
Wellstone "was killed today when his campaign plane crashed approaching a small airport in a wooded region in the northern part of his state."
Campaigning for a third term, he "perished along with seven other people when the chartered King Air A100 went down near Eveleth around 10:20 a.m. Central Time, the Federal Aviation Administration reported."
Weather conditions weren't abnormal. Light rain mixed with snow was reported. Flights without incident occur normally under these and harsher conditions. Wellstone perished with his wife, one child, three staff members, and two highly experienced pilots.
From the time the news broke, suspicions arose that perhaps what happened wasn't accidental. Professors James Fetzer and Don "Four Arrows" Jacobs examined the tragedy. They concluded that Wellstone was assassinated.
In 2004, they published " American Assassination : The Strange Death of Senator Paul Wellstone." More on what they said below.
Like former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, Wellstone was a rare exception that proves the rule. He was uncorrupted by money and power ambitions. He left academia to run for office. Explaining why, he said:
"I don't represent the big oil companies, the big pharmaceuticals, or the big insurance industry. They already have great representation in Washington. It's the rest of the people that need representation."
His voting record explained why he was called "the conscience of the Senate." He opposed the Gulf War and 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution.
He was also against NAFTA, oil drilling in Alaska's National Wildlife Refuge, sending troops to Haiti in 1994 without congressional approval, and bankruptcy legislation benefitting financial giants at the expense of working people.
He supported labor rights, children's and women's rights, universal healthcare, public and higher education, good jobs with livable wages, small farmers, campaign finance and lobbying reforms, and retirement security.