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April 2-4... In a chilling and stunning development, Steve Kangas- former Army intelligence officer (Berlin Soviet eavesdropper/analyst) and proprietor of an excellent + comprehensive liberal site: "Liberalism Resurgent" (http://www.scruz.net/~kangaroo) was shot to death in mysterious circumstances on the 39th Fl. outside Pittsburg offices of Richard Mellon Scaife Feb 9 - the right wing billionaire who has spent maybe $10 million trying to destroy Clinton. (see "Salon" acct.- page down on my site). More than anyone, Scaife was responsible for the Impeachment travesty and has operated with shadowy impunity; because of his wealth, charity donations, and control of Pittsburg Tribune/Review (a main newspaper) and DC based American Spectator, which broke the Paula Jones story. Allegedly reporters who did one of very rare stories on Scaife in Wash. Monthly were subsequently personally terrorized; he is quick to sue and use private detectives against critics (as he is or was against Kangas). The private detective, Rex Armistead, was big friends with Starr deputy Hickman Ewing (Starr’s most virulent Hater), who had also hired him for the OIC; Armistead had also investigated CNN correspondent John Camp and worked for the Scaife funded Ark. Project (digging Clinton dirt). Kangas was found in the men’s room- shot in the temple OR in the roof of mouth depending on police or coroner accounts. Serious conspiracy nuts give me the creeps, so I want to very careful about this. Kangas’s Website is very well done, organized, incredibly researched (more like 2 doctoral thesises), and reasonable, though there is some far-out stuff about the Knights of Malta. It’s possible Kangas went to Scaife and committed suicide as a frustrated last ditch effort to start a serious investigation of the malignant Scaife (who is reviled by his own family-Carnegie/Mellon, and most former associates). It’s also possible this erratic potentate, who had almost managed to remove a massively popular President and is famous for obsessive grudges, confronted by an threatening character at his seat of power... dealt with him permanently (or one of his loyal subordinates overeacted) If Gordon Liddy was willing to kill anyone Nixon ordered him to, what would a extremist security guy do about a percieved threat to his boss? One indication is the fact that this happened a month ago, but is ONLY making news now, attributed to the fact that no one knew who Kangas was (and newspaperman Scaife didn't bother to enlighten anyone). Scaife (who was there) has refused to talk to police or press and his office claims they had no contact with Kangas, although he might have spent 8 hours in the bldg. and was found 60 ft. from Scaife's door. Apparently Kangas shot himself with a gun he'd purchased before leaving Las Vegas, where he'd made as much as $150,000/yr. as a partner in a computerized horse betting operation. As a major critic of Scaife, we’ve had to make difficult decisions about how intensively to pursue him- since media outlets are extremely chary of offending him. But this should spur a serious FBI investigation, because Pittsburg police are not likely to have much predilection to shake the tree of the town’s most powerful citizen.
April 10 Little is happening in the Kangas death investigation. Not one media outlet, except for Pittsburgh papers + Salon, picked up the story (if anyone sees anything, let me know)- which frankly is incredible, considering Scaife was peddling his "Clinton had Vincent Foster murdered" trash for years. Now, a liberal activist and sworn opponent is found blown away just outside his door... and he isn't even questioned? According to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Dennis Roddy, Scaife is almost impossible to write about because nobody will go on the record about the vindictive magnate, who "prevents people from working in this town again", says Salon. The Washington Post is supposed to be doing a big profile of Scaife any day now. First big question is whether ballistics match- if bullet that killed Kangas came from his gun, though that isn't conclusive: if he was waiving it around it could have been taken away and used against him. We are looking into this. Till the we've provided some reading (some links aren't showing up in blue for some reason).
SALON MAGAZINE ARTICLE with LINKS
PITTSBURG POST GAZETTE ARTICLES -(dominent Pittsburgh daily paper)
Death sparks conspiracy theory Sunday, March 14, 1999 By Dennis B. Roddy, Post-Gazette
Staff Writer-- A former Army intelligence officer shot himself to death last month in a restroom outside
conservative philanthropist and publisher Richard Mellon Scaife's Downtown offices, and Scaife has
assigned a (14,882 bytes)
Suicide leaves more questions than answers,
Sunday, March 14, 1999 By Dennis B. Roddy,
-- After he set up a Web site championing the political left, Steve Kangas posted
his photograph alongside the story of his transformation from the son of conservative Christians to
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Police seek to question Scaife in man's suicide
Wednesday, March 17, 1999 By Dennis B.
Roddy,--- Pittsburgh homicide detectives want to question conservative
philanthropist and publisher Richard Mellon Scaife in a widening investigation into the death of a man
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John G. Craig Jr. Mission: Implausible---- Dick Scaife couldn't keep his probe of Kangas a secret
Sunday, March 28, 1999 The Steven Kangas case is a textbook example of the dangers of trying to hide
what will not stay hidden for very long.John G. Craig Jr. is editor of the Post-Gazette.. Kangas came to
Pittsburgh (8,012 bytes)
SCAIFE's TRIBUNE-REVIEW - (about half circulation of Post-Gazette) Most informative article, if obviously slanted (claims Kangas had copy of "Mein Kampf")
Ken Starr has been lying low as the weight of public disgust comes to rest on his head. How low was indicated by his turning on his spokesman Chas Bakeley for leaking grand jury material to the press- (Ken, of course, knew nothing) “The government should prosecute Chas” intoned Kenny, before retreating to his burrow, praying that some sacrifice would appease the millions who want to see Starr’s head on a spike. After our + other’s suggestions, the DC Bar Association is doing preliminary investigations into PULLING STAR’S LEGAL LICENSE for his many crimes and abuses. David Hale, Starr’s only witness against the McDougals + Jim Tucker + the Clintons in the Whitewater case, was convicted again- of decieving regulators by juggling $150,000 between accounts to appear solvent. Hale, who had been improperly protected from Ark. prosecutors by Starr for years, had defrauded poor blacks and pensioners in a $3.2 million insurance scheme. Hale also had recieved payments from Scaife, but because of 2 heart attacks and surgery... he only recieved 21 days jail.
Starr’s malicious prosecution of Julie Steele has hit a major snag: Kathleen Willey friend Harolyn Cardoza has told the FBI that (as Steele testified) Willey sounded pleased and eager to be seeing the President and boasted she could become famous as a paramour of Clinton’s, comparing herself to Judith Exner. She also failed one of two lie detector tests. So there are 3 people now that say Willey wasn’t “shattered” by Clinton’s groping, as she so sanctimoniously claimed; but was thrilled and excited: Linda Tripp, Julie Steele, and Cardoza. If there is any justice, the judge in Steele’s perjury + obstruction of justice case will dismiss this case immediately and sanction and fine Starr big time. Starr’s ulterior motive for what was obviously a losing case was displayed when Steele testified in support of Susan McDougal: that Starr had (like with McDougal) pressured her to lie about Clinton. That corroboration of his abusive tactics was what he obviously was trying to forestall by charging Julie Steele. Now this disgrace is using the power of his office to intimidate and destroy anyone who criticizes him.
Straining for her 15 minutes, the forewoman of the 23 member Clinton/Monica grand jury smashed the remaining panes of grand jury secrecy in her AP interview where she said she would have indicted Clinton for perjury, though she “absolutely love(d) him”. In the insanely long 1 1/2 years the grand jury functioned, she hugged Monica, was kissed on the hand by Monica’s sponsor to the internship (HE must be proud) Walter Kaye, and she “felt badly for” poor Ken Starr. Guess what- she’s going to write a BOOK.
Mr. Bill, perhaps not leaving well enough alone, said in his Dan Rather interview that he didn’t consider his impeachment “some great badge of shame”, and that history would explain the political motives behind it. Maybe, but then what was that 4 months of abject groveling he was forced into by the peculiar requisites of our circus culture, apologizing to everyone including Monica (where is Gordon Liddy when you need him). Doesn’t that negate all that and expose him to more charges of hypocrisy and insincerity? Wait a minute, I’m on HIS side.
We still are on track to bring petition to Reno (they still are coming in). Questioned Colin Powell + Mike McCurry at a recent business conference, and gave McCurry the petition book afterwards. I’d met him before in Moscow when he was still State Dept. spokesman. A friend in Hawaii met James (I’m right + they’re WRONG) Carvelle and got his info, so we’ll send it to him also, as well as Gore, whom we’ve had some previous correspondence with. Read interesting article about his town- Carvelle, LA., which has huge government leposy hospital that’s now being closed, after imprisoning those people for decades, they’re being tossed into the world.
This Esquire has chilling article about OPERATION PIPELINE, the systematic program to trash the 4th amendment and subject millions to illegal searches on the highways. Some 30,000 police (mostly Highway Patrol) have been trained by this DEA program (originated by a Florida cop who was investigated by the Feds and alleged to have ripped off thousands from his victims), whose purpose is to find any excuse infraction to stop your car and pressure you into allowing them to search... or just doing it anyway. Most disquieting is their list of indicators that you might be carrying drugs, which include having a cellular phone or beeper, having an air freshener on your mirror, or “refusing to consent to a search”. In other words, objecting to an utterly illegal search, is considered proof of guilt. Just incidentally, up to 75% of the searched people are black or Hispanic- guilty of DWB (driving while black), resulting in several suits. Though they’ve only found drugs in 2-5% of searched cars, police defend the program, which gives them incredible leeway for abuse.
Coordinately, advocates of law + order are agitating for a nationwide database of DNA, which sounds like a nice idea until you remember NY State cops were accused of PLANTING FINGERPRINTS in dozens of cases. It’s much easier to plant a few drops of blood- maybe that’s what happened to OJ (though I’m inclined to believe he’s guilty as sin). Sheeplike Americans, who’ve found no compelling reason to object to the constitutional outrage of mandatory drug tests for stupid jobs, schools, even proms; probably won’t even put up much of a fight, as the very fabric of our being is put under the microscope at any bureaucrat’s idle whim. Guilty until proven innocent, the end result of which thinking was the Clinton Witchhunt. And in such massive lab work, wouldn’t there be frequent mix-ups, contamination, false positives? The Republicans, despite their lame rhetoric about getting government off the backs of people, are natural fascists; and the Democrats will also chop away liberty under the name of political correctness: witness cigarettes being treated as an illegal drug. Clinton’s heralded “deadbeat dads” measure that forces companies to report everyone’s SS #'s is another tool agencies are using to monitor and track citizens. Nonsense concerns with terrorism (terrorists have fake PASSPORTS- think they’d have a problem with a lousy state ID) means the government now can track where everyone goes or is by checking airline passenger lists. TV cameras tracks us in stores, banks, elevators, now street corners. We now have more people in prison than any country but Russia, almost 2 MILLION, about half on violence-free drug charges. Meanwhile via unconstitutional “taking” laws, police depts. administratively seize (steal) hundreds of thousands of cars, homes, and assets of anyone who has anything to do with drugs; an outrage that they’re now trying to extend to DWI. Land of the free??
With the growing integration of databases, erosion of privacy, and computerization of police + corporations; America is about 5 years from being a full-fledged police state. I fear that not enough people understand or care enough to stop it, because with the coarseness of the growing mediaization and carnivalization of our lives... who will even notice?
In Kosovo, I think we should finally hunt down that brushy-headed bastard Milosovic who started this nationalistic garbage back in ‘87 (+ the other war criminals), though of course there are big questions why we should intervene there as opposed to Rwanda, or Indonesia, or North Korea, where as many as 2 million have died of starvation only because of the pathological secrecy of the paranoid scum leadership (working on a commentary piece on this). Essentially it’s because it’s in the media, in the middle of NATO, and threatens to involve Greece + Turkey- both NATO members and bitter enemies; if we can’t stop genocide there- where can we? (Spent several months in Greece in '92- the Greeks were then threatening war over the Macedonians just using the NAME as their country.) On 3 major fault lines of empire: Moslem + Christian, Slavic and Western, Ottoman and Habsburg, fascist and communist: the hatreds extend back 900 years and all parties have been reprehensible at some point. The hard-core Serbs are particularly distasteful: whining how they’re persecuted as they’re slaughtering unarmed civilians. We and the UN declared Srebenicka a “safe refuge”, then did nothing as the Serbs murdered 7000 people. These lunatics are avenging scores from 1389, when the Moslems won a decisive victory in the 1st (2nd?) battle of Kosovo and dominated Yugoslavia, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia for hundreds of years. The “Balkan obsession with suffering and pride” and “interest in self-destruction...is nowhere plainer than among the Serbs” and “may find it’s truest expression in defeat” according to a book I have on the Balkans. It’s virtually impossible to beat people who idealize bloody noble defeats, and I fear our bombing of Belgrade ministries could lead to assassinations of American leaders (like the Indian attack on the Sikh temple). The Serbs may be evil but having tied up German armies for years with partisan attacks (when they weren't killing each other) and succesfully resisting a Soviet coup amid total world isolation after their break with the Ruskies in '48, they aren't the puffs the Iraqis were.
Unfortunately, we are permanently alienating Russia, which is united in opposition to our “oppression of their Slavic brothers”, their invasions of Budapest and Prague having slipped their minds. Yeltsin is close to losing power, engaged in a desperate struggle with the Federal prosecutor, who has raided the Kremlin for documents proving diversion of millions (but which millions + which time). Theft and diversion of billions in Russia is so common that officials are able to successfully argue that it’s not a crime, but...... normal. Usually they just fire the prosecutor, which Yeltsin just did.... for the 5th time
We’ve spent a month or so basically purging our brain of Monica + Bill; but there are still dragons (or centipedes) to slay. We are now #1 in Yahoo search for "FIRE STARR".