Clinton Body Count: Ron Brown’s Loose Lips Seal His Fate

Ron Brown’s Loose Lips Seal His Fate

by J. Orlin Grabbe

1. The April 1996 issue of The American Spectator contained an article “Why Ron Brown Won’t Go Down”. Shortly thereafter, on April 3, both Commerce Secretary Brown and his plane went down while on a landing approach to an airport in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Thirty-four other passengers were on board.

2. Ron Brown–who at various times has been under investigation by the Commerce Department Inspector General, the FDIC, the Justice Dept., the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, and the Senate Judiciary Committee–was only two weeks away from being indicted with respect to a bribe paid by Oklahoma company Dynamic Energy Resources. “I am too old to go to jail,” Brown loudly proclaimed. “If I go down, I’ll take everyone else down with me.” Brown assumed the threat would force Democratic bigwigs to rally around him, to make sure that the charges he faced were buried in an appropriate fashion. But Brown miscalculated. His own words buried him instead.

3. Brown was flying in the same equipment that had ferried Hillary Clinton around Bosnia the week before. The aircraft had taken no intervening flights.

4. The plane was a “T-43A” that had undergone further modification. (“T” stands for trainer. The ordinary T-43 is a military version of the Boeing 737 used to train navigators. It has two yokes–one for the pilot and one for the copilot–and has a number of navigator stations in the rear of the aircraft for the student navigators.)

5. Brown’s plane was one of two planes in the fleet not equipped with a Black Box. It was, however, already wired for a Black Box, and the latter could have been purchased and put in place for the occasion for a mere $80,000 or so. (The wildly varying costs estimates– in one case $6 million was cited–are speculative noise.) It is against Air Force regulations to transport government officials of diplomatic status or higher without a Black Box. Clearly, someone wasn’t doing his job.

6. Landing visibility was good. This was reported by two pilots who landed immediately ahead of Brown’s flight. One of these pilots has had more than 8000 hours flying experience. The statements by Lt. General Howell Estes–carried on CNN and elsewhere–about visibility problems and terrible conditions of wind, rain, and fog, are either simply erroneous or constitute sheer disinformation. (“The Pentagon finally told that old fart to shut up,” one source says.) Similar statements such as those by Don Phillips in the Washington Post that “the plane was fighting . . . poor visibility when it slammed into a mountain” (A28, April 12, 1996) also seem to be part of a active disinformation campaign.

7. “If you are even a quarter mile off course, the tower begins screaming at you,” says a pilot who has flown into that airport. To be off more than two miles is impossible without having generated a great deal of control tower radio traffic. What do the tapes show with respect to Brown’s flight?

8. The control tower tape is missing. While very suspicious, this could simply represent an attempt by someone to secure crucial evidence. However, there is a backup cylinder which keeps a backup copy of all traffic for up to three months. This backup cylinder is also missing. “The missing backup cylinder shows that this was a professional job,” says a source highly connected in the intelligence community.

9. The maintenance chief for navigation systems at the airport, Niko Junic, is said to have subsequently committed “suicide” at home, on the Saturday after Wednesday’s crash of Brown’s plane. Junic is said to have shot himself in the chest, an unusual choice of techniques. His medical records show him to be a very stable, reliable individual.

10. Brown’s plane made its approach to the airport from Tusla in the northeast. But part of the plane ended up on the mountainside about 10 miles southeast of Dubrovnik, while another part ended up in the water roughly 18 miles away–about five miles northwest of Dubrovnik in the Adriatic. This indicates the plane came apart at fairly high altitude.

11. CIA trawlers have recovered part of the wreckage in the water. This, along with the wreckage on the hillside, not only shows unmistakable evidence of an explosive blast, but the type of detonator (“descending detonator”) that set it off. The downing of the plane was no accident: it was a deliberate act of sabotage.

12. When President Clinton appeared on camera to announce the disappearance and death of Ron Brown, his nose and eyes showed unmistakable signs of recent significant cocaine usage. Did the President need a lot of lines to get courage to face the public? Or was this just one more example of the type of hubris that led to Brown’s demise?

13. Like Brown himself, those responsible for his death have apparently miscalculated. Two of the most powerful organizations in the U.S. government have now decided that enough is enough, and they aren’t going to let the cover-up of the Brown assassination continue.

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The assassination of Ron Brown

Posted: September 29, 2004
1:00 am Eastern

By Jack Cashill
© 2009

Editor’s note: In his extraordinary new DVD documentary, “Mega Fix,” Emmy-award-winning filmmaker Jack Cashill traces the roots of Sept. 11 to the political exploitation of terror investigations by the Clinton White House in the desperate 1995-1996 election cycle. This 8-part series began in Oklahoma City and now moves on to Croatia.The “Mega Fix” DVD is available now at Jack Cashill’s website.On April 4, 1996, the subject of my radio show in Kansas City was Commerce Secretary, Ron Brown. He and 34 others had died the day before when their Air Force plane crashed into a Croatian mountainside.Not one to shy from exploitation of a tragedy, President Clinton was busily profaning the memory of Martin Luther King – who had been killed on April 4, 1968 – by comparing King’s mission to Brown’s.

What Clinton did not say was that Brown had gone to Croatia to broker a sweetheart deal between the neo-fascist strongman who ran Croatia, Franjo Tudjman, and Enron Corporation. This was all part of the Clintons’ desperate drive to raise money for their 1996 re-election campaign.

More than a few callers argued that the Clintons had the plane destroyed. I dismissed these arguments out of hand. I believed then, and believe now, that an American president would never do such a thing.

When I began my investigation for my book, “Ron Brown’s Body,” I thought, however, that I might very well find another link in the Mega Fix chain – that is, the cover-up of a terrorist incident for the sake of political advantage.

Brown’s flight did leave Bosnia, a Muslim country swarming with mujahideen. This flight came just six months after the Dayton accords and the insertion of American troops – an unpopular move. I figured that if a terrorist missile shot Brown’s plane out of the sky, or a hijacker flew it into the mountain, the Clinton White House would have good cause to conceal this fact.

But I was wrong. The evidence does not support a terrorist scenario.Here is what we know for sure about Ron Brown’s last days.

  • To protect his son Michael from prison, Ron Brown threatens to expose the White House’s yet unrevealed Asian fund-raising scheme, in which Brown played a major role.
  • Just weeks before his death, Brown starts going to church for the first time in his life. He is scared for his life and that of his confidante, Nolanda Hill.
  • The Croatian government insists on a Dubrovnik stop an unprecedented 36 hours before Brown’s scheduled landing.
  • The Enron executives take their own plane.
  • The Air Force calls the pilot’s nearly two-mile deviation into a Croatian hillside “inexplicable.” No aircraft has ever drifted inland before at that airport. The AWACS data suggest sabotage of the ground-based navigation system, a line of inquiry that the Air Force is not allowed to pursue.
  • For the first time ever on friendly soil, the White House orders the Air Force to skip the “safety” phase of the investigation and move directly to the “accident” phase. There is to be no consideration other than accident, even though this airport is near the Bosnian border and in a potential hot-fire zone.
  • Three days after the crash and two days before his scheduled interview by the Air Force, the Croatian responsible for the airport’s navigation system is found with a bullet hole in his chest.
  • A day later, every pathologist who views Brown’s body concludes his head wound, at the very least, looks like a bullet hole. In a decision that reached the White House, there is to be no autopsy. The Brown family is not informed. Nor is there any forensic testing or a search for an exit wound.
  • The head x-rays that show a possible “lead snowstorm” are destroyed. Officially, they’re lost.
  • The three Armed Forces pathologists and the forensic photographer who blow the whistle on this case have their careers destroyed.
  • In silencing these dissidents, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology brass assure the public that Brown died of “multiple blunt force injuries” like the others. The death certificate says otherwise. It notes that Brown died of “blunt force injuries to the head.” He was the only one of the 35 victims to have a reported head wound.
  • Franjo Tudjman, who has feared a trip to the Hague as a war criminal, shows up a week after the election at the Walter Reed Army Hospital to have his cancer treated.
  • His son, Miroslav, investigates the death of the navigation chief and rules it a suicide.

The evidence strongly suggests that Ron Brown was, in fact, assassinated. In the most likely scenario, Croatian intelligence agents coerce the navigation chief into sabotaging the airport’s non-directional radio beacon. After the plane crashes, they divert the rescue efforts, go to the crash site and administer a coup de grace to Brown, who may already be dead. Three days later, they murder the airport’s navigation chief lest the Air Force investigators persuade him to talk.

Who commissioned the Croatians is not known, although the list of suspects is small. If the commission came from Washington, it likely did not include the destruction of the aircraft.

Although not technically “terrorism,” the Mega Fix paradigm works here just the same: The White House undermines the investigation and exploits the political advantage. The Clintons do not want to know the truth about Ron Brown’s death, and they certainly do not want to share it. In this case, it is impossible to lay the blame on the FBI. That much-maligned agency is not involved.

This time, the Clintons use a reluctant Air Force and a nearly mutinous Armed Forces Institute of Pathology to bury Ron Brown as quickly as possible, literally and figuratively. They exploit Brown’s death for political advantage and leave the truth buried with him. Without an autopsy or a serious investigation, that is where it remains to this day.

On April 14 – four days after Brown’s funeral – Clinton watches in shock as his buddy Greg Norman blows a six-stroke lead in the final round of the Masters, the greatest choke in the tournament’s history.

“Yes,” Clinton tells press aide, Mike McCurry, “that’s going to be the new theme for the campaign, that we’re not going to allow ourselves to be Greg Normanized.”

Clinton is horrified in a way few around him can understand. “We could have a major crisis go bad on us,” he frets constantly. Clinton knows something his staff does not: Ron Brown’s death has spared him just such a crisis. “Greg Norman,” he repeats to his staff. “Greg Norman.”

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