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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Stay out of small planes AND away from open windows

And maybe send signed photos of you holding the latest newspaper every day to all of your friends and the media, with a note saying that you love life and have no intention of ever killing yourself. If you think you're in any way a possible threat to the ruling powers, you'd be wise to make it as difficult as possible to blame your death on you, because there seems to be a lot of that going on.

Michelle is linking the stories of three "suicides" in the past couple of years. The most recent one was Edward von Kloberg III, who fell to his death from a castle in Rome on May 1.
A legend of sorts in public relations circles, he counted as clients Saddam Hussein of Iraq; Samuel Doe of Liberia; Nicolae Ceausescu of Romania; and Guatemalan businessmen who supported the country's murderous, military-backed government.
Von Kloberg expressed no ethical concerns about his work, saying people such as Hussein were U.S. allies at the time.
According to Rigorous Intuition, "the CIA's declassified assassination manual advises that 'the most efficient accident, in simple assassination, is a fall of 75 feet or more onto a hard surface.'"

The other "suicides" occurred in late 2003. State Department official John Kokal, who was found dead in a window well beneath the State Department building. According to Wayne Madsden, Kokal "was involved in the analysis of intelligence about Iraq prior to and during the war against Saddam Hussein." And a few weeks later, a former neocon colleague of Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz named Gus Weiss, fell to his death at the Watergate complex. He had apparently turned against his old pals and opposed the Iraq war.

Yes, accidents and suicides happen. And many people who have embarrassed our "leaders" or blown whistles on their crimes--Scott Ritter, Paul O'Neill, Richard Clarke, Michael Moore, etc. are very much alive and free. Of course, their deaths would make headlines, while those of Kokal, Weiss and von Kloberg didn't--at least not big ones. Like Gary Webb, they had a combination of incriminating inside information and relative obscurity that has frequently proven to be deadly.