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Imagine if the nation suddenly learned that, as governor of Arkansas,
Bill Clinton knowingly oversaw the illicit sale of state prison blood to
Canadian hemophiliacs and others — spreading AIDS and other deadly
diseases to hundreds, perhaps thousands, in the 1980s.

My guess is that a scandal like that could potentially do more than
destroy President Clinton’s historical legacy. It could ruin Al Gore’s
chances for succession. It could set back the Democratic Party
nationally for a decade. It could help Americans regain their senses and
reconstitute their naturally healthy skepticism of government
benevolence.

It seems someone is trying very hard to make sure Americans never
reach such conclusions.

Last week, as reported exclusively in the Ottawa Citizen and
WorldNetDaily, two crimes occurred within hours of each other hundreds
of miles apart that raise questions as to whether someone is attempting
to silence those who have tried to expose just such a real-life scandal.

In Pine Bluff, Ark., someone firebombed a prosthetics clinic owned by
Michael Galster, the author, under the nom de plume Michael Sullivan, of
“Blood Trail,” a fictional account of the prison-blood scandal. Since
writing his book, Galster has been on an international campaign to
expose the blood trail that led from the Arkansas prisons to the AIDS
deaths in Canada.

Meanwhile, in Montreal, someone broke into the offices of the Quebec
chapter of the Canadian Hemophilia Society, which recently unearthed
documents that showed Finance Minister Paul Martin was a board member of
the corporation that owned Connaught Laboratories, the company that
fractionated and distributed the Arkansas prison plasma in Canada.
Officials at the Hemophilia Society said thieves stole a computer,
telephones and documents from a box labeled “Hepatitis C, Krever
Commission, Reform of the blood system, HIV-AIDS.” Executive Director
Pierre Desmarais said it appears the thieves were looking for
information rather than goods.

Mike McCarthy, a Canadian hemophiliac activist pushing for a broader
investigation of the blood scandal, is convinced the two crimes are
linked.

“It’s too much of a coincidence,” he said. “They’re trying to find
out what we know and erase the trail if they can. I think they’re also
sending a message. They’re trying to scare us into backing off. They’re
trying to put the fear of God into us, that if we pursue the truth it
can get worse. That the next action might not just be buildings and
records.”

But who is this “they” to whom McCarthy refers?

If there is such a conspiracy to obstruct justice and truth in the
matter of the blood scandal, can there be any doubt as to who is behind
it? Who would have the power and resources to conduct such a daring,
international campaign of dirty tricks? In another time, during another
administration, didn’t we refer to such actions as an illegal “plumbers
operation”?

“It’s really frightening,” said Desmarais. “This is the kind of thing
you see in the movies.”

Yet, with all the news being made in Washington — from bombing
foreign embassies and hospitals to the selling out of vital national
security secrets to the Chinese to the latest government attacks on the
fundamental human right to bear arms — it’s easy to overlook a story
like this. It’s easy to miss what it suggests about the criminal
character of the Clinton administration. It’s so easy to miss the forest
of scandal for the trees.

Sometimes the cover-up is more dangerous than the original crime.
Someone’s betting that few will notice these events — that even fewer
will connect the dots spread across a continent and two separate
nations. They’re hoping that those who do will chalk it up to
coincidence.

“I’m trying not to get too paranoid about it,” says Galster. “I pray
to God that it was just a coincidence.”

While he’s praying to God that it was a coincidence, I prefer to pray
to God that the guilty parties — those responsible for these recent
acts as well as the bigger and more deadly prison blood scandal,
whomever they may be — are caught and held accountable for their
despicable crimes.

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