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Another very suspicious 'Arkancide'
Posted By Joseph Farah On 01/12/1999 @ 1:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
An Arkansas medical examiner has once again concluded “suicide” in a case where common sense might determine otherwise.
On Nov. 17, Charles Wilbourne Miller, 63, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in a shallow pit about 300 yards from his ranch house near Little Rock.
Police found a .410 gauge shotgun near Miller’s body and a Ruger .357-caliber revolver submerged in water. Investigators concluded the Ruger was the weapon used by Miller to kill himself. Yet, two rounds in the handgun’s cylinder had been spent.
Only in Arkansas does a suicide victim use two shots — not to mention two weapons — to kill himself.
Worse yet, Miller was no ordinary citizen of Arkansas. He had long served as executive vice president and member of the board of directors for a company called Alltel and was deeply involved in his own software engineering company until the day he died. Alltel is the successor to Jackson Stephens’ Systematics, the company that provided the software for the White House’s “Big Brother” data base system and that was behind the administration’s plan to develop the secret computer “Clipper” chip to bug every phone, fax and email transmission in America.
There has been at least one other high-profile “suicide” among the inner circle involved with this secretive project — Deputy White House Counsel Vincent Foster, who, we now know attended critical National Security Agency planning meetings on the Clipper chip project, along with then-Associate Attorney General Webster Hubbell, Attorney General Janet Reno and then-White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum.
Just last week, WorldNetDaily columnist Charles Smith revealed that a newly de-classified FBI document confirmed that Reno personally appointed Hubbell as the Justice Department’s liaison to the computer chip project.
The document, a 1993 letter from FBI Director William Sessions to Reno, was obtained by Smith under the Freedom of Information Act. The FBI letter to Reno stated: “During the June 30, 1993, meeting with the National Security Council staff to discuss the status of the Presidential Decision and Review
Directives concerning key-escrow encryption technology and telecommunications trends, which was attended by Associate Attorney General Webster Hubbell, the issue of a recommended solution to the law enforcement access problem, or the digital telephony issue, was discussed.”
The existence of the White House computer system and data base — known as WHODB, White House Office Data Base, and containing as many as 200,000 names — was revealed by Paul Rodriguez in the Washington Times.
NSA worked with Systematics, half-owned by billionaire Jackson Stephens, a major contributor to Bill Clinton’s political campaigns dating back to his Arkansas days and a close associate of Mochtar and James Riady, the Indonesian billionaires and suspected Chinese government agents.
It was Stephens’ effort to get Systematics the job of handling the data processing for the Washington, D.C., First American Bank that led to the
BCCI takeover of the institution. Hillary Clinton and Foster represented
Systematics in that endeavor. Later Foster became an overseer of NSA’s relationship with Systematics. And later still, he got dead. No matter what Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr says, his death has never been explained adequately as a suicide.
Foster’s deep connections to the Whitewater scandal, the Travelgate scandal, the Filegate scandal and this spying scandal have never been examined by any of the official probes into his death.
How big and how sensitive was Clipper chip project? According to a 1996 report to Vice President Al Gore by former CIA Director John Deutch, Reno proposed an all-out federal takeover of the computer industry. The Justice Department proposed “legislation that would … ban the import and domestic manufacture, sale or distribution of encryption that does not have key recovery,” Smith found.
Prime targets for monitoring would be foreign governments, banks, corporations, and individuals opposing the Clinton administration. The keys were to be held by “key recovery agents” licensed by the Commerce Department. Key recovery is a government back-door system designed to secretly monitor computers.
Mention all this to most people in the United States and you will be labeled a “conspiracy theorist.” But one thing is clear from the government documents now available to the American people: There was a broad conspiracy at the highest levels of government to profit from a policy inimical to freedom, national security and civil liberties.
Whether the death of Charles Miller has anything to do with that plan or not, his strange and mysterious demise — like so many others in Arkansas and Washington in the last six years — bears more scrutiny than it is receiving.
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