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Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 7 Num. 58

("Quid coniuratio est?")


The Crash of Ron Brown's Plane

By Sherman H. Skolnick

The plane supposedly hit a hilltop in Croatia. Odd, but parts of the plane were found some distance away from the crash site. A local official said they recovered the black box, the tell-tale flight recorder. Yet, later, U.S. officials said the plane had no flight recorder. A senior U.S. defense official hastened to point out that "the U.S. and NATO have the entire region covered with aerial surveillance and detected no hostile action against the plane nor explosion aboard." Who asked him?

Was there foul play? It may take a long while for independent journalists to determine, if ever. Was there a motive in getting rid of U.S. Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown, who died in the crash? Judge for yourself.

ITEM: A couple of years prior to the crash, a Vietnamese official accused Ron Brown of soliciting a huge bribe -- like $700,000 -- to get Clinton to open up Viet Nam to American big business. A federal grand jury began hearing evidence for a possible criminal indictment. There was jury tampering by President Clinton and his Justice Department. The grand jury proceedings were supposed to be secret, yet Brown and his confederates were day by day, illegally kept informed, so they could obstruct justice by bribing or terrorizing grand jury witnesses. Brown was not indicted.

ITEM: At the time of the crash, a federal grand jury in the Southwest was reportedly just a few weeks away from handing up a criminal indictment, charging Commerce Secretary Brown with taking a huge bribe to fix a matter involving a gas pipeline case, implicating Bill Clinton and his circle of big business scoundrels. Now, according to Brown's confidants, who ask not to be identified -- they say Ron Brown was planning to NOT take the fall -- he was planning to finger Bill and Hillary Clinton on the gas pipeline bribery mess.

Was it just a coincidence that a week previous, the same plane carried the First Lady and her daughter?

In 1973, I wrote one of the first books of its kind, the Secret History of Airplane Sabotage. Such a book is taboo; it makes airlines and airline passengers nervous. The book was snuffed out in production by Rockefeller's lawyers; the largest stockholders of one of the main airlines named, United Air Lines, was Rockefeller-owned Chase Manhattan Bank. An edition of "Reel News" magazine, distributed at airports and such, detailing airplane sabotage evidence, was blocked from distribution. It was more or less the last edition; the magazine was put to the wall.

From at least the time of Adolph Hitler, airplane sabotage was the favorite way of getting rid of troublemakers. A few years after the assassination of President Kennedy, a disgruntled CIA official was on the way to Chicago to tell a journalist of the CIA's complicity in the murder. His plane blew up and fell in Lake Michigan in shallow water. Early editions of one newspaper mentioned the explosion. Later news forgot the story. The chief crash investigator confided to me how the plane bombing was covered up. A diver went into the shallow water and stole the black box, the flight recorder -- sort of similar to Ron Brown's plane.

A month after Nixon was re-elected president, in 1972, a United Air Lines plane pancaked, falling into a residential area, just short of Chicago's Midway Airport. Strange, but within a few minutes, 150 Justice Department agents surrounded the plane and cordoned off the zone. They kept Chicago fire and police, and hospital ambulances, from approaching the plane.

Why? Because onboard were 12 Watergate figures, including Dorothy Hunt, wife of E. Howard Hunt, the Watergate burglar. The twelve were among those that died in the crash, although there is reason to believe Mrs. Hunt was murdered by the FBI on the ground. Toxicology reports showed she had a higher level of cyanide in her body than she could have gotten from the airplane fire. As referred to later in secret FBI reports, Mrs. Hunt bought a second First Class seat on which she kept a suitcase with two million dollars in negotiable instruments. Her husband reportedly had blackmailed Tricky Dick [Nixon] with inside CIA knowledge of Nixon's role in arranging and carrying out the murder of JFK. In the celebrated Watergate tapes, Nixon uses the code phrase "Bay of Pigs" when he was actually referring to the Dallas "hit".

Other oddities of the Watergate plane crash: The tell-tale flight recorder supposedly jammed. An intelligence agency operative in a jumpsuit managed to escape from the tail of the plane. What was he doing onboard? A mafia gang of air baggage thieves, apparently with FBI complicity, stole Mrs. Hunt's suitcase containing money orders and cashiers' checks and peddled that on the black market for two-and-a-half times the face value. That, because they could be traced back to incriminate Nixon as to why he reportedly found it necessary to pay the blackmail.

Details of the mafia gang were brought out in the unpublicized case in Chicago federal district court of U.S. vs. Joseph Sarelli, during which this writer was the only journalist covering the trial. Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, as part of a cover up, had his Sanitation Department quickly bury the fuselage of the plane in a mafia-owned dumpsite, before the plane crash could be investigated.

Our group "liberated" the entire file on the crash from the federal agency, National Transportation Safety Board [NTSB] -- some 1300 documents and pictures showing sabotage. To be supported by this and other evidence, we brought a court suit to expose the cover up of the sabotage. The case was torpedoed by then U.S. Attorney Jim Thompson, who with the help of Nelson Rockefeller went on to become Illinois Governor for 14 years. The highly corrupt NTSB hearing board panel later ruled it was "pilot error"; hearing board members were also investors in airline stock.

Rockefeller-owned United Air Lines, if the sabotage were widely publicized, would have lost their certificate to fly because of their role in covering up the sabotage. They are the largest air carrier in the U.S. The story of the sabotage evidence ran on the international and national wires of Associated Press but was only used by one smaller U.S. newspaper. Later, a 90-minute documentary on the sabotage ran on the television in Sweden. I assisted their film crew.

Other examples of censoring of airplane sabotage stories in my censored book included "The Mattei Affair". He was the petroleum and energy czar in Italy and wanted to make Italy independent of the Rockefeller oil interests. Mattei publicly condemned Rockefeller and the Standard Oil monopoly. Mattei died in a sabotaged airplane crash.

The secret U-2 plane of Gary Powers went down over the Soviet Union because of the connivance of the U.S. military-industrial complex that needed an incident to stop U.S.-U.S.S.R. peace meetings. His plane was sabotaged; the press says the Soviets hit him with a missile, which was unlikely because of the extreme high altitude the U-2 was at. (See the book, "The Secret Team" by Fletcher Prouty.)

In 1977, Gary Powers began going public with details. Such as Lee Harvey Oswald, on behalf of the CIA, was keeping track of the U-2, at the secret U-2 radar facility Atsugi, Japan. Powers apparently was working on a book about the CIA and Oswald and the U-2 affair. In 1977, Powers and his TV cameraman, George Spears, died when the TV helicopter they were in crashed. The pressfakers falsely stated the crash was caused by running out of fuel. Actually, the tail rotor was blown off by a shaped charge supplied by an explosives manufacturing firm owned by Michael Riconosciuto and his father. (In 1995, Spears' son, Terrence, was disbarred for complaining about federal court corruption. The younger Spears was an attorney representing dissidents.)

Norman Ollestad was a well-informed former FBI agent who wrote a book condemning the FBI. He died in a sabotaged plane crash. Gary Caradori was a private investigator pursuing leads on a ring of children used for sex and satanic rituals by prominent people in Omaha, Nebraska. Among those implicated with the strange goings-on was George Bush. He [Caradori] called a state official in Nebraska, telling him that he had the evidence now. As his plane was taking off from Chicago, Caradori and his son died when an explosive device caused the plane to crash. Reportedly in on the sabotage was an FBI agent, Mike "Chuckie" Peters, who himself flies a helicopter. According to an undisputed court suit, Peters was reportedly implicated in the murders of some 40 federal grand jury witnesses in the INSLAW affair, theft of high technology by the Reagan and Bush White House and their cronies. Former Chicago Federal District Judge Nicholas J. Bua, as so-called Special Counsel to the Justice Department for their investigation supposedly of themselves, used Peters with wide-ranging authority to search out and interview federal grand jury witnesses. The witnesses were found dead under circumstances tending to show murder. A lawsuit against Bua on the failure to protect grand jury witnesses was thrown out of court without legal formality. Bua's report on INSLAW stated he could not find any evidence of wrongdoing by his employer the Justice Department.

Judge Bua, by the way, was promoted from the state court to the federal district court as a pay-off for his role in covering up the sabotage in the Watergate plane crash. Without having the evidence of sabotage, known to be available, he made a pronouncement that "there was no sabotage".

These are just a few examples of getting rid of "trouble-makers" by the convenient device of airplane sabotage.

Was there foul play -- sabotage -- in the crash of Ron Brown's plane? We hope to bring you further developments in future stories.

Last minute addition to story: Ron Brown was recent chairman of the Democratic National Committee [DNC]. Insofar as there was foul play, you have to consider: Brown was in a position to know that DNC money reportedly secretly paid for whitewashing some details of the strange death of Clinton White House deputy counsel Vincent W. Foster, Jr. Reportedly 150 thousand dollars of DNC funds went to influence CBS' "60 Minutes" program honcho Mike Wallace to do a cover-up program about Foster and Ft. Marcy Park. Also, 276 thousand dollars reportedly was funneled to Foster's wife Lisa to keep her mouth shut about the strange death of her husband and to make public statements that she knew it was suicide, when it was more likely murder. How much will it cost -- did it cost -- to cover up the death of Ron Brown?

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Mr. Skolnick is founder/chairman, since 1963, of the public interest reform group, Citizens' Committee to Clean Up the Courts, investigating and researching judicial bribery and political murders. Since 1971, he has been editor of a 5-minute recorded phone commentary, HOTLINE NEWS, (312) 731-1100, a regular phone call, on 24 hours per day, changed several times per week. Since 1991, he has been a regular panelist, now the moderator, of a weekly public access one-hour Cable TV Show, "Broadsides", available to some 400,000 households. His comments appear on several news groups on Internet and on the World Wide Web. Office, 8 a.m. to midnight, 7 days/week: (312) 375-5741. Call before sending fax. 9800 S. Oglesby Ave., Chicago, IL 60617-4870.

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