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Did Ron Brown die for Enron's sins? Jack Cashill begins explosive series on man 'who knew too much'
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Tuesday, April 27, 2004 | Jack Cashill

Posted on 04/26/2004 11:17:01 PM PDT by JohnHuang2

© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com

"ENRON CORP. CONFIRMS NO ENRON EXECUTIVES ON BOARD COMMERCE SECRETARY RON BROWN'S MISSING PLANE." (April 3)

Throughout the day on April 3, 1996, even as America's power brokers scrambled to spin their respects, the man whom they presumed to honor lay face up amidst the mud and debris of a barren Croatian hillside.

Death, as it often does, humbled its victim, this man of impeccable style, and left his body in ironic disarray, his arms thrown helplessly over his head, the shirt ripped clean off his back, his pants severed at the knees like a careless frat boy's, the mocking vestige of a tie draped around his neck.

His name was Ron Brown, the United States secretary of commerce and an all too appropriate icon of this time and place. No man's life more clearly embodied the cynical ethos of official Washington and yet, given that cynicism, no man's death was more fully welcome therein.

For the two most desperate years of the Clinton presidency, 1994-1996, Ron Brown found himself at the nexus of White House machinations, the central exchange, the point where presidential power alchemized into hard cash more crudely and less discreetly than at any time in a century. Here, Brown was both exploiter and exploited, victimizer and ultimately victim, the classic "man who knew too much."

"Why Ron Brown Won't Go Down." So declared the grimly ironic title of a just-released article in the American Spectator. But the article's author miscalculated the physics of Washington power. Ron Brown did go down. Just before 3 p.m. Croatia time, the Air Force CT-43A that bore him drifted "inexplicably" off-course, sideswiped a hill nearly two miles from the Dubrovnik airport where it was headed and skidded to a wrenching stop.

Hours before the first American arrived at the crash site to confirm Brown's death, while at least one American passenger still lived, President Bill Clinton descended on the Commerce Department and, in the artless words of CNN, "eulogized his friend nonetheless."

"Nonetheless"?

"His favorite Scripture verse was that wonderful verse from Isaiah," said Clinton of Brown. "They who wait upon the Lord shall have their strength renewed. They shall mount up with wings as eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and faint not."

This verse would provide the essential metaphor for Brown in the days to come. He was the man "who walked and ran and flew through life." This was all fabrication. Brown did not know the Bible. He could not cite a single verse. His quest for spirituality had begun only in the last weeks of life and only then out of desperation. Still, on the dishonesty scale, this bit of presidential dissembling barely registers.

To be sure, eulogies almost invariably aggrandize the virtues of the deceased, but Clinton was not so much eulogizing Brown as he was constructing his own defense:

[W]hen we met earlier this week, right before he left for the Balkans, he was so excited because he thought that, along with these business leaders and the other very able people from the Commerce Department on this mission, that they would be able to use the power of the American economy to help the peace take hold in the Balkans, to help people in that troubled place have the kind of decent, honorable and wonderfully ordinary lives that we Americans too often take for granted.

In truth, Brown was not excited at all. When they met earlier in the week, Brown begged not to go. At this, the most anxious moment of his life, he dreaded the prospect of the trip. There was nothing decent or honorable about it. There no longer was anything approaching decency or honor on such junkets. He was sick of being, in his words, "a mother-f---ing tour guide for Hillary Clinton."

And this leads to the essential deceit of Clinton's hasty eulogy. The president and his wife did not love Brown as Clinton avowed. Nor did they enjoy much, if any, of "his friendship and his warmth." No, the relationship, always cool, had turned cold. Brown feared the Clintons, feared to even call them, and they deeply distrusted him.

This, the opinion-shapers in the major media chose not to know. They had already chosen their story line. Rather than recount Brown's fate as a cautionary tale on the perils of power, the media routinely meshed the death of "this great American hero" on April 3 with Martin Luther King's death on April 4, 28 years earlier. President Clinton, in fact, unblushingly claimed Brown, like King, died "answering a very important challenge of his time," and no one dared to call the comparison profane.

And so the story would have ended: Ron Brown buried at Arlington National Cemetery with more pomp than any government official since RFK, a nation in mourning for its fallen hero and a president bereft. But Ron Brown's body had one more story to tell.

At the U.S. Army base at Dover, Del., three days after his death, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology photographer U.S. Navy CPO Kathleen Janoski noted a nearly perfectly circular hole in the top of Brown's head. It would measure just about .45 inch in diameter.

"Wow. That looks like a bullet hole," said Janoski.

The pathologists who heard her cry and heeded it would soon enough wish they hadn't. They opened the door on a mystery that simply refuses to stay shut. And, like many others who questioned the official story line during the Clintons' most desperate years, they have suffered for it.


Tomorrow: Part 2 -- How the easy fruits of "minority capitalism" undid Ron Brown.




TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: brown; clinton; conspiracy; enron; hillaryclinton; ronbrown; tourguide

1 posted on 04/26/2004 11:17:03 PM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
God bless this writer! And thank you for posting, JH2.
2 posted on 04/26/2004 11:23:20 PM PDT by Judith Anne (HOW ARE WE EVER GOING TO CLEAN UP ALL THIS MESS?)
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To: JohnHuang2
I enjoy this type of reading because at heart I believe in good and evil, but let's all face the fact that NOTHING will ever be done, not about Ron Brown,or Vincent Foster, not about Ruby Ridge, not about Monica or Whitewater or the intern killed at Starbucks, not about the Rialdys' or the Chinese campaign contributions or the boys on the track.....

man, one needs a three ring binder to even list all the things that have been very, very, questionable....

3 posted on 04/26/2004 11:25:40 PM PDT by cherry
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To: JohnHuang2
Where's that video loop of Billy Jeff Clinton faking tears at Ron Brown's funeral?
4 posted on 04/26/2004 11:26:28 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace (Michael <a href = "http://www.michaelmoore.com/" title="Miserable Failure">"Miserable Failure"</a>)
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To: JohnHuang2
In truth, Brown was not excited at all. When they met earlier in the week, Brown begged not to go. At this, the most anxious moment of his life, he dreaded the prospect of the trip. There was nothing decent or honorable about it. There no longer was anything approaching decency or honor on such junkets. He was sick of being, in his words, "a mother-f---ing tour guide for Hillary Clinton."

WOW! Double WOW!!!

5 posted on 04/26/2004 11:28:59 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace (Michael <a href = "http://www.michaelmoore.com/" title="Miserable Failure">"Miserable Failure"</a>)
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To: Judith Anne
Welcome, my friend.
6 posted on 04/26/2004 11:29:18 PM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
Thank you for posting.
Going to be interesting to watch the pot shots from the elites here who are above WND.
They only believe the ComPost.
7 posted on 04/26/2004 11:48:00 PM PDT by Spirited
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To: JohnHuang2

Later, Clinton "wept."

8 posted on 04/27/2004 12:10:30 AM PDT by martin_fierro ("I actually threw away my medals - before I didn't" -- J Effin' K)
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To: JohnHuang2
Banquo's Ghost Bump
9 posted on 04/27/2004 12:19:38 AM PDT by Imal (Gravity is inertia expressed in an expanding space-time continuum.)
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To: JohnHuang2
Ping me when part 2 gets posted. Boy I've got to give the Devil his due. Clinton is a better actor who can instanteously jump into a role in an instant than anybody in Hollywood. This change from a laugh to crying in a milisecond proves it.
10 posted on 04/27/2004 12:24:07 AM PDT by holyscroller
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To: holyscroller
Boy was that a clumsy post. Sorry. It's late.
11 posted on 04/27/2004 12:24:56 AM PDT by holyscroller
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To: JohnHuang2
Did Ron Brown die for Enron's sins? Jack Cashill begins explosive series on man 'who knew too much'

Great post John! Don't you think Jack Cashill deserves a big award as a reporter?

His coverage on TWA Flight 800, the Chinese entry into the US and now Ron Brown. He's the best!

12 posted on 04/27/2004 12:25:42 AM PDT by AnimalLover
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To: JohnHuang2; All
From the GrooveYard of Forgotten Hits:

Was Ron Brown Assassinated? Take Two....

13 posted on 04/27/2004 12:46:21 AM PDT by backhoe (Has that Clinton "legacy" made you feel safer yet?)
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14 posted on 04/27/2004 12:50:30 AM PDT by Mo1 (Make Michael Moore cry.... DONATE MONTHLY!!!)
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To: JohnHuang2
Please ping me when you post additional installments.
15 posted on 04/27/2004 12:57:43 AM PDT by Fawnn (Canteen wOOhOO Consultant and CookingWithPam.com person)
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To: Fawnn
Will do.
16 posted on 04/27/2004 1:06:10 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: AnimalLover
Totally agree with you :-)
17 posted on 04/27/2004 1:08:44 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: cherry
I agree with you about the good and evil idea, but passionately hope that you're wrong about NOTHING ever being done about it (though I suspect that you're right). To me, the Clintons are an evil crime family and I'm amazed we (as a country) have survived them considering all they've had access to. Obviously, lots of people didn't survive dealing with the Clintons and I hope to see justice some day. Karma cannot be denied...even for the Clintons.
18 posted on 04/27/2004 4:31:35 AM PDT by GBA
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To: cherry
Nothing ever gets done because nobody's willing to point the finger at both sides. Its always "the other guy". And so they know their backsides are covered by partisanship. So it goes.
19 posted on 04/27/2004 4:34:27 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: backhoe
WHEW!!! A "Huge Ron Brown Links" BUMP!
20 posted on 04/27/2004 10:08:17 AM PDT by Pagey (Hillary Rotten is (still ) a Smug and Holier- than- Thou Socialist)
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To: JohnHuang2
Please ping me on future installments, also. Thank you for the post.
21 posted on 04/27/2004 10:11:29 AM PDT by Fedora
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To: backhoe
Thanks for that link.
22 posted on 04/27/2004 10:12:41 AM PDT by Fedora
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To: Alamo-Girl
Ping.
23 posted on 04/27/2004 10:13:54 AM PDT by Fedora
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To: Fedora
Thanks for the ping!
24 posted on 04/27/2004 10:24:09 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: GBA
We all must die, and then comes the judgement. Nobody will get away with ANYTHING. Not you, not me and not Bill Clinton. That's why we need to know what it means to die 'in Christ' and make sure we die that way.
25 posted on 04/27/2004 12:04:38 PM PDT by vigilo
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To: Pagey; Fedora
Thank you, both.
26 posted on 04/27/2004 1:26:18 PM PDT by backhoe (--30--)
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To: JohnHuang2
I remember listening to the radio the day after Ron Brown died. Here in the Detroit area, a group of minority businessmen were just back Washington. The day before they had breakfast with Bill Clinton. During the breakfast, he continually raved about Ron Bronw and how his guests had to meet him when he got back from his trip. Upon leaving the breakfast, the businessmen heard on the radio that Ron Brown had died. I cannot imagine these men hearing about the crash before Clinton did. Yet, he carried on as if it had never happened.
27 posted on 05/07/2004 10:41:16 AM PDT by RantEng
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