Clinton’s Arkansas blood scandal

By Joseph Farah

Just when you’re certain you’ve heard about and explored
every conceivable crime to which President Clinton has
been a party, another bombshell drops.

Like so many other Clinton administration scandals, this
one still hasn’t been broken in the establishment U.S.
press, but it has been covered extensively in Canadian
papers — from the Calgary Sun to the Ottawa Citizen. Those
reports have also appeared in WorldNetDaily, bringing this
story to the attention of radio talk-show hosts throughout

Here’s the story: In the early 1980s, while Bill Clinton was
serving as governor of Arkansas, his administration
awarded a contract to Health Management Associates to
provide medical care to the state’s prisoners. The president
of the company was, naturally, a long-time friend and
political ally of Clinton and was later appointed by him to
the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission. Later,
he was among the senior members of Clinton’s 1990
gubernatorial re-election team.

As part of the deal HMA struck with Arkansas, in addition
to treating the prisoners, the company collected their blood
and sold it. Because of the exploding AIDS crisis, U.S.
regulations didn’t permit the sale of prisoners’ blood
within the country. But HMA found a willing buyer in
Montreal, which brokered a deal with Connaught, a
Toronto blood-fractionator, which didn’t know the source
of the supplies. The blood was distributed throughout
Canada by the Red Cross. Sales continued until 1983, when
HMA revealed that some of the plasma might be
contaminated with the AIDS virus and hepatitis. The blood
was also peddled overseas.

Now the lid has been blown off this scandal by Michael
Galster, who conducted orthopedic clinics in the Arkansas
prison system during the period the blood was collected.
Afraid to tell the story any other way, Galster authored a
thinly veiled fictional book called “Blood Trail,” which
tells the story of an Arkansas governor’s role in the
mega-scandal — an Arkansas governor, by the way, who
later becomes president.

Galster charges HMA officials knew the blood was tainted
as they sold it to Canada and a half-dozen other foreign
countries. He also alleges that Clinton knew of the scheme
and likely benefited from it financially.

“We now have solid evidence he not only knew about it,
but he signed off on it,” Galster told the Calgary Sun.

Galster says Clinton organized a payoff plan to various
officials, including a judge, to make sure the blood sales
continued. He claims millions were made from the
conspiracy because between 5,000 and 8,000 units of blood
were shipped every week from one prison alone. He has
eyewitness reports that inmates were even drawing blood
from each other with dirty needles.

So fearful of the dreaded Clinton attack machine was
Galster, that he wrote the book under a pen name, Michael
Sullivan. But now, as of last week, he has gone public with
his story.

“Knowing the nature of politics in Arkansas, I felt unsafely
exposed,” said Galster.

Galster is understandably frustrated with the unwillingness
of the U.S. media to seize on this latest Clinton scandal —
even as the impeachment process begins to move forward.

“If you would just listen to all of the dying people out
there, you would understand that there are much greater
atrocities than a sexual liaison in the Oval Office,” he told
the Ottawa Citizen.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are now investigating
the blood trail, but Galster is frustrated that the FBI has not
yet conducted a probe. I have some advice for Galster on
that front: Don’t hold your breath.

If even a small percentage of Galster’s accusations are true
— and I have no doubt they are — this is criminal behavior
tantamount to mass murder. No one is certain how many
people in Canada and other foreign countries died as a
result of infections from the bad blood. It may have been
hundreds. It may be thousands.

It’s worth pointing out, however, that even if the
catastrophe was all the result of innocent mistakes, Clinton
is the president who wanted to take over the U.S.
health-care system — to nationalize it and, presumably, run
it as efficiently and humanely as he and his friends in
Arkansas did in the 1980s.

Can you imagine the kind of holocaust such a system
would have wrought on America?