by Diana Lee
(January 30, 2009)
As of January 20, 2009, George W. Bush finally made his exit from the Oval Office, leaving his fingerprints as the U.S. ‘terror’ president who has not only brought the once proud nation to its knees but also opened a Pandora box of plagues to the world - global 'terror' fear, Islamophobia, financial doom and incessant wars. He also left a trail of mysterious deaths that appear to be cover-ups for his surreptitious constitutional coup d'état of the United States for eight long, devastating years.
Not surprisingly, the Bush-Cheney administration has covered its tracks of criminal activities by closing files on some major unsolved cases: stolen elections, anthrax, Iraq-related government deceptions and lies, and corporate-related corruptions. As Bush no longer controls the government and its agencies, these suspicious deaths need to be reopened and thoroughly investigated for the sake of truth, justice and accountability.
Some of these untimely death cases were officially ruled as "suicides" and others were tagged as "accidents". But all victims met their deaths at a time when they were about to reveal damaging secrets of the Bush's corrupt regime or they stood in Bush's way to usurp power for fascism over the American society. Although there were many lives extinguished that didn't get media attention during the 'torturous reign' of Bush-Cheney, the compiled list below contains the high-profile cases that expose the Bush gang as 'thieves', 'thugs' and worse still, 'traitors' to the United States of America.
-- Bush insider, Michael Connell, who has been directly implicated in the rigging of George W. Bush's 2000 and 2004 elections, was killed in a plane crash on December 19, 2008.He planned to tell all after he was served with a subpoena to testify in court on September 22, 2008.
Key Points Raised: a) Michael Connell, who was an experienced pilot, had abandoned two flights due to sabotage of his plane two months before his fatal "accident" on a cold but calm day. b) A credible source disclosed that Connell was afraid for his life after Karl Rove had threatened him and his wife.
-- Raymond Lemme, who was an official from the Florida Inspector General’s office investigating the election rigging charges of whistleblower Clint Curtis, was found dead with his arms slashed in a motel room.
Key Points Raised: a) His body was found in the motel room on July 1, 2003, but he signed a check-out receipt dated June 30, 2003, 6:54 a.m. b) The inconsistency of police report and photographs raises doubts of his apparent "suicide" that occurred not in Florida but in Georgia.
--On July 29, 2008, 'suspect number one' for the 2001 anthrax attacks, Bruce E. Ivins, supposedly committed "suicide" rather than face criminal indictment, trial and possible execution. After the source of the high-grade anthrax was traced back to a Pentagon lab, a "fall guy" was obviously sought to wrap up the "unsolved cases" of anthrax attacks before George W. Bush was to leave the White House. It appears the government conveniently framed Ivins, one of the team members in the original investigation of the anthrax attacks, as the "lone nut" who sent the deadly anthrax letters to Congressmen and journalists in 2001.
Key Points Raised: a) Ivins was accused of sending anthrax letters to two Democrat leaders, Senators Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy, just before the vote on "anti-terrorism" USA Patriot Act. b) The anthrax letters tried to link 9/11 and anthrax attacks to a group of radical Muslims. Coincidentally, these letters toed the line of Bush administration's propaganda on "war on terror".
-- David Kelly, who was a British microbiologist and a Weapons Expert on WMDs, was found dead with his left wrist slit on July 18th, 2003. He was unmasked as the source of a BBC story that claimed the British government had "sexed up" a dossier on Iraq's WMD to justify UK's, and thereby US', illegal invasion of Iraq.
Key Points Raised: a) Thames Valley Police disclosed that no fingerprints were found on the blunt knife, Dr. Kelly allegedly used to kill himself. b) The "self-inflicted cut" on the wrist was unusual -- the ulnar artery severed but not the radial artery. c) Independent doctors pointed out the discrepancies in the post-mortem examination results.
--J. Clifford Baxter, who was vice chairman of Enron Corp., was found dead, shot in the head, on January 25, 2002. In one of the largest corporate fraud cases in U.S. history, Baxter was a key witness to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about Enron's illegal activities that might implicate the involvement of the Bush Administration at the highest level. Enron was the largest campaign contributor for George W. Bush.
Key Points Raised: a) Multimillionaire Baxter supposedly used a 'perfect murder weapon' to kill himself. A rat shot gun -- this kind of ammunition cannot be easily traced back to the gun that fired it. b) Baxter talked about "needing a bodyguard" just days before his body was found in a car, according to an unnamed associate in the New York Times (ENRON'S MANY STRANDS: AN EXECUTIVE'S DEATH; Critic Who Quit Top Enron Post Is Found Dead).
James Daniel Watkins, a consultant for Arthur Andersen, the accounting firm for Enron, also committed "suicide" with a gunshot wound to the head. His body was found on December 1, 2001, about a month before Baxter's death. Kenneth Lay, Enron Corp. founder was convicted of fraud and conspiracy. He died of a "heart attack" on July 5, 2006, 3 months before he was to begin his life sentence in prison. His body cremated and the ashes buried in an undisclosed location.
-- Gary Webb, an American Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter who broke the story about the CIA's direct involvement in drug trafficking, was found dead, shot in the head, in mid-December 2004.
Key Points Raised: a) Webb was receiving death threats before his apparent "suicide". b) There were news reports that the coroner on the scene had originally claimed Webb died of 'multiple gunshot wounds' but later changed to 'single gunshot wound.'
-- On May 1, 2008, Deborah Jeane Palfrey "D.C. Madam", who ran an escort agency for hiring prostitutes to serve the Washington's elite, was found hanged in a storage shed next to her mother's trailer in Florida. Two weeks before her death, she was found guilty of money laundering, using the mail for illegal purposes and racketeering. Palfrey claimed that she had 10,000 to 15,000 phone numbers of clients.
Key Points Raised: a) Palfrey made repeated public statements that any "suicide" would just be a cover-story for murder. b) Her two so-called handwritten "suicide notes" were released to the public, contradicting her on-the-record statements that she would never commit suicide.
One of her employees, Brandy Britton also committed "suicide" by hanging in January 2007, days before she was scheduled to stand trial on prostitution charges and eviction from her home.
-- Adamo Bove (Head of security at Telecom Italia) and Costas Tsalikidis (a Greek software engineer for Vodaphone) uncovered a secret bugging system installed in cell phones around the world. Both had uncovered American attempts to spy on government officials, anti-war activists, journalists and businessmen through illegal wiretapping. Both untimely deaths were ruled as suicides.
Key Points Raised: a) Vodaphone had destroyed spyware evidence in its system before Greek intelligence could conduct an examination. b) "U.S. agents" were highly suspected to be involved in the overseas eavesdropping.
These victims all had some sort of first-hand knowledge of dirty deals, high-level scams, frauds and other treasonous activities that the Bush administration tried to suppress.
Isn't it about time to conduct serious investigations into these mysterious deaths?
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