Within months, one of a selected group of democratic Senators, likely from a state with a Republican Governor, will meet an untimely death. The death will appear to be either a plane "accident" or by "natural causes," - Whichever is most easily accomplished. The reality will in fact be that the Senator was one of a group of several Senators (Narrowed down into a group of "Selects") targeted for assassination and was the one who was in the right place at the right time for the most convenient and clean "hit."You will see, within in the coming months, for absolutely certainty, the untimely death of at least one Democratic Senator, to "re balance the scale". The private covert intelligence groups behind George Bush Sr. are extraordinarily well funded with petrochemical billions. They are deadly, work completely autonomously, in a terrorist formation identical to a terrorist organization, and are absolutely religiously dedicated to accomplishing their objectives. They will not rest until the Senate is under the control once again of the darkest force ever to seize control of the American Empire - The clandestine industrial / military / intelligence triad who is currently represented by George Bush Jr. --Democratic Senator to be Assassinated Soon, Assassination teams actively preparing hitWellstone opposed the Bush administration's 'War Resolution'. Is this motive for murder? That is best answered with another question: when it is clear that Saddam Hussein neither had WMD nor anything to do with 911, were the rich oil fields of Iraq motive for a war of aggression that has most certainly claimed over one million innocent lives?
If Wellstone's plane was sabotaged, it wouldn't be the first time that a political figure met his end in the friendly skies. A plane carrying Chinese leader Mao Tse-Tung's hand-picked successor, Lin Biao, crashed under mysterious circumstances en route to Moscow during 1971. The Chinese later claimed that Lin was defecting to the Soviet Union after a botched coup attempt against Mao; guilty or not, most historians believe that his plane was probably sabotaged. On March 3, 2001, a phosphorus bomb blew up a Thai Airways Boeing 737-400 minutes before the country's new prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, was set to board the jet.Many American politicians--mostly Democrats and liberal Republicans--have died in aviation disasters. Senator John Tower (R-TX) Senator John Heinz (D-PA), Congressman Mickey Leland (D-TX); Ron Brown and Mel Carnahan are among those who have been killed in airplanes since 1989. "Elected officials expose themselves every day to these kinds of risks as they travel across their states or districts," Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) commented, noting the perils of frequently using small aircraft.Anyone who has traveled on what is euphemistically called "civil aviation" can tell horror stories about sudden drops, lurches and violent thunderstorms. But it's also true that security at the regional airports and small terminals at major airports used for such flights--Wellstone flew out of St. Paul--is more easily penetrable than that at JFK and LAX. It would hardly be impossible to sabotage a plane chartered for an inconvenient politician.Wherefore the Black Box?According to aviation consultant Robert Breiling, the plane that carried Senator Wellstone--the King Air A-100 "business turboprop," also known as a Beech King Air--is remarkably safe, with 25 percent fewer fatal accidents than other planes in its class. Warren Morningstar, spokesman for the Airline Owners and Pilots Association, says: "It's a great airplane."So why did Wellstone's go down? Weather is the lead suspect. Freezing temperatures, which can be severe in Minnesota, came early this year. "This airplane would typically be equipped with de-ice equipment but there are icing conditions that are beyond the measure of any equipment to remove," Morningstar notes.Local pilots, however, doubt that ice was a problem. "There was little ice. It was normal. We see it all the time," said Don Sipola, a flight instructor with 25 years experience."Black boxes"--a flight data recorder and a cockpit voice recorder--are often crucial for discovering the cause of airplane crashes. According to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Paul Takemoto, the plane was required to be equipped with both. Contradicting the FAA, Carol Carmody, acting chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board which is investigating the site of the crash, says that the plane apparently carried neither. Were the black boxes lost or were they never aboard? Someone may know, but thus far no one's saying.--Ted Rall, Assassination by Aviation
Paul Wellstone was the only progressive in the US Senate. Mother Jones magazine once described him as, "The first 1960s radical elected to the US senate." He was also the last. Since defeating incumbent Republican Rudy Boschowitz 12 years ago in a grassroots upset, Wellstone emerged as the strongest, most persistent, most articulate and most vocal Senate opponent of the Bush administration.In a senate that is one heartbeat away from Republican control, Wellstone was more than just another Democrat. He was often the lone voice standing firm against the status-quo policies of both the Democrats and the Republicans. As such, he earned the special ire of the Bush administration and the Republican Party, who made Wellstone's defeat that party's number one priority this year.Other prominent officials meeting untimely deaths in small plane crashes include Texas Democratic Representative Mickey Leland and Clinton administration Commerce Secretary Ronald Brown. Leland had been a six-term member of Congress, outspoken advocate of sanctions against the apartheid government in South Africa. He was traveling to Ethiopia when he was killed. Brown's plane went down in the Balkans.Another suspicious case is that of Gen. Torrijos Herrera, the so-called dictator of Panama. The motive may have been his defiance of Ronald Reagan. Torrijos had 'thumbed his nose at the Reagan/Bush regime and threatened to close the Panama Canal. Like many another fatal flight, the Torrijos flight exploded in flight, disappearing from radar. In common with many another death, the flight took place in severe weather, the plane had dropped off radar. The Torrijos death was most certainly politically motivated. In a pre-trial hearing in Miami, in 1991, Manuel Noriega's attorney, Frank Rubino, was quoted saying: "General Noriega has in his possession documents showing attempts to assassinate General Noriega and Mr. Torrijos by agencies of the United States." Mel Carnahan was not the only politician from Missouri to meet an untimely end. Jerry Litton was running for the Senate when he and his family were 'plane crashed in August of 1976 enroute to a victory celebration in Kansas City. In 1978, Dick Obershain had just won Virginia from John Warner. He was 'plane crashed'near Richmond, VA. Who benefited? John Warner who now heads the Senate Armed Service Committee. In 1980, John Lennon, who had written poignantly of a world free of religious and political ideology, was shot to death by Mark David Chapman. Chapman was improbably connected with/to John Hinckley Sr, the father of the man, accused of shooting Ronald Reagan. Hinckley Sr was president of World Vision, a right wing evangelical association which had employed Lennon's killer --Mark David Chapman. Ominously Hinckley's organization is deeply connected to the CIA and has helped 'the company' in numerous 'projects'. Hinckley's largest contributor is none other than the US Department of State. I smell a rat, murder, and right wing subversion! [See: MarkWhite.com] Among the numerous assassinations and strange deaths that have come to characterize American politics, the case of Gary Caradori --a retired state police investigator --is among the most weird and hints at the negative, evil, Satanic underbelly of American political culture. The Nebraska Senate had hired Caradori to investigate a "homosexual prostitution ring" that appeared to be operating right out of the White House. The Washington Times broke the story, reporting "...a homosexual prostitution ring is under investigation by federal and District authorities and includes among its clients key officials of the Reagan and Bush administrations, military officers, congressional aides and US and foreign businessmen with close ties to Washington's political elite."
...Wellstone now joins the ranks of other American politicians who died in small plane crashes. Another recent victim was Missouri's former Democratic governor, Mel Carnahan, who lost his life in 2000, three weeks before Election Day, during his Senatorial race against John Ashcroft. Carnahan went on to become the first dead man to win a Senatorial race, humiliating and defeating the unpopular Ashcroft posthumously. Ashcroft, despite his unpopularity, went on to be appointed Attorney General by George W. Bush. Investigators determined that Carnahan's plane went down due to "poor visibility."Carnahan was the second Missouri politician to die in a small plane crash. The first was Democratic Representative Jerry Litton, whose plane crashed the night he won the Democratic nomination for senate in 1976. His Republican opponent ultimately captured the seat from his successor in November.While an article in the New York Times on Saturday pointed out the danger politicians face due to their heavy air travel schedules, the death of a senator or member of Congress is still relatively rare, with only one other sitting US Senator, liberal Republican John Heinz, dying in a plane crash since World War II. Heinz, who entered office as an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War, later emerged as a strong proponent of health care, social services, public transportation and the environment. He also urged reconciliation with Cuba. He died when the landing gear on his small plane failed to function, and a helicopter dispatched to survey the problem crashed into his plane.One former senator, John Tower, also died in a small plane crash. Tower was best known as the chair of the Tower Commission, which investigated the Reagan/Bush era Iran/Contra scandal.Another member of a prominent government commission who died in a small plane crash was former Democratic representative and House Majority Leader Hale Boggs. Boggs was best known as one of the seven members of the Warren Commission, which investigated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The commission found that Lee Harvey Oswald was acting alone when he killed the president. Boggs, it turns out, had "strong doubts" that Oswald acted alone, but went along with the commission findings. Later, in 1971 and 1972, he went public with his doubts. He was presumed dead after the small plane carrying him and Democratic Representative Nicholas Begich disappeared in 1972.--Was Paul Wellstone Murdered, Alternet