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American Assassination: The Strange Death Of Senator Paul Wellstone [Paperback]

by Four Arrows, James H. Fetzer
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November 2004 0975276301 978-0975276303 First Edition
Senator Paul Wellstone was, "the first 1960s radical elected to the U.S. Senate." In Senate Race 2002, the White House made defeating Wellstone priority #1. Karl Rove hand-picked arch Republican Norm Coleman to run against him. Despite massive funding, Coleman was trailing the popular Wellstone two weeks before election day.

Then, tragedy struck. On the morning of October 25th, 2002, Wellstone was killed after a mysterious communication cut-out and crash of his small aircraft. He died alongside his wife Sheila, their daughter Marcia, three staff members, and two pilots, while trying to land at Minnesota’s Eveleth airfield. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer insisted to his reporter at the scene that foul weather was the lethal factor in the crash, despite the statements to the contrary from the CNN correspondent. To this day, the public tends to blame the weather.

Ph.D. Professors James Fetzer and Don "Four Arrows" Jacobs present the harrowing truth. The plane was exceptionally airworthy. The weather didn’t bring down Senator Wellstone. Nor were the two pilots incompetent, as the report of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) would eventually claim.

The facts point elsewhere. The FBI arrived at the remote rural crash scene less than two hours after the crash. Could they have known about it in advance? The FBI forbade the ambulance and fire teams to take photos. Even the AP photographer on hand was intimidated, delayed and then highly monitored. For some reason, a member of the U.S. Capitol Police Dignitary Protection Division was also present.

Why did the FBI state that they were treating the site as a "crime scene" although there were "no indications of any criminal activity"? How could the FBI so very swiftly conclude and state publicly, before NTSB arrived, that there was "no evidence of terrorism" involved? Why did the NTSB search for a "black box" for a day and a half and then conclude that there hadn't been one, after all?

AMERICAN ASSASSINATION confirms the worst fears of a nation. Senator Paul Wellstone was murdered.

Both authors are decorated university professors. A Native American, Four Arrows (a.k.a. Dr. Don Jacobs) teaches educational leadership and is a staunch critic of US foreign policy. Dr. Jim Fetzer is a published expert on U.S. political assassinations and the logic of science.

Although no one can prove exactly what happened in the events leading to Wellstone’s death, these two Ph.D.s point out the official story’s inconsistencies and deliberate omissions. With a methodical argument, they present evidence of an official cover-up, a compelling motive for Wellstone’s assassination and advance a more likely explanation for how Senator Wellstone's plane was taken down. Their findings include new evidence and alternative hypotheses that were never considered by the NTSB:

• There was never any distress call from the pilots. Communication was somehow cut off shortly before the crash.

• NTSB’s Carol Carmody handled the Wellstone case. A former CIA official, Carmody is a damage-control expert who handled the NTSB’s investigation of the suspicious aircraft crash of Democratic Senatorial candidate Mel Carnahan, exactly two years earlier.

• NTSB is legally mandated to take jurisdiction over a crash scene, yet it allowed the FBI to control the scene--and then neglected to cite the FBI’s involvement in presence in the NTSB's final report.

• Some witnesses heard the engines cutting out, a phenomenon not consistent with a stall.

• Others reported odd cell-phone and garage-door phenomena that were taking place about the same time the plane lost both communications and control.

• The NTSB's own simulations, which replicated properties like those of King Air A-100s under similar conditions, were unable to bring the plane down—even when conducted under abnormally slow speeds!

• One of the members who actually signed the report, Richard Healing, admitted that they really had no idea what had caused the plane to crash.

Since becoming active in this issue, local residents have contacted Professor Fetzer and related strange electronic interference in the area at the time of the crash. One experienced an odd cell-phone phenomenon with a form of static he had never heard before. Its auditory pattern appears to be similar to that of "electro-magnetic pulse" (EMP) weapons recently developed by the Pentagon to jam the computer-assisted controls of enemy aircraft.

Reports of garage doors that mysteriously opened in the immediate vicinity are surfacing. And radar images from the time of the plane crashes of Senator Carnahan and of Senator Wellstone are suggestive of EMP imprints. These weapons not only jam a plane's electronics but also disable its radio communications.

In the wake of the crash, 69% of Minnesoteans blamed a "GOP Conspiracy" for Wellstone’s death. This book makes the case that, in this case, at least, the people had it right.

In appendices to AMERICAN ASSASSINATION, Paul Wellstone’s courageous stands against the rich and powerful continue to inspire us. It presents highlights from Wellstone’s platform and includes his important speech, "On Iraq."

His opposition to the Bush administration helps the reader to understand why the Senator was a likely target for assassination. When the reader meets Wellstone in his own words, his vision is kept alive and lives on in each of us.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

A meticulous, objective, and scientific analysis of the available relevant evidence that established beyond a reasonable doubt that this was no accident and explains why the death of Senator Paul Wellstone appears to have resulted from a political conspiracy.

From the Inside Flap

" Gripping and compelling. . . . With new evidence and scientific rigor, Drs. Fetzer and Jacobs systematically appraise the alernative explanations for the death of a United States Senator. Their conclusion--that Paul Wellstone was assassinated--is very disturbing. It should motivate local authorities to launch a formal inquiry into the death of this remarkable American."
--Donald T. Phillips

"Meticulous research . . . rigorous analysis. Their efforts lead us to only one conclusion . . . much of the circumstantial evidence incriminates Vice President Dick Cheney and other prominent figures in the Bush Administration as having some involvement in Wellstone's death.

"This book represents a tremendous collaboration in courage. In chronicling yet another chapter in what has rapidly become one of the darkest eras in the history of American democracy, this book deserves far more serious attention than it will likely receive from the mainstream of American journalism and scholarship."
--David Gabbard
Professor, East Carolina University

"By unraveling the conditions under which he died, Four Arrows and Jim Fetzer have not only paid tribute to Paul Wellstone, they've brought to light the facts surrounding yet another suspicious plane crash in a lineage that extends back to Governor Mel Carnahan, Senator John Tower, and Representative Hale Boggs."
--Russ Wellen

Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Drench Kiss Media Corp; First Edition edition (November 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975276301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975276303
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #988,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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206 of 218 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Abundant and Compelling Evidence December 5, 2004
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The authors of this important book argue that Senator Paul Wellstone's death, 10 days before the 2002 elections, was an assassination, most likely ordered by the Bush administration.

Directly confronting the widespread tendency to reject all "conspiracy theories," the authors point out that "the idea that every theory that implies the existence of conspiracy ought to be rejected out of hand" is no more rational than the idea that every such theory should be accepted. Rather, "each case has to be evaluated on the basis of the evidence that is relevant and available in that case." On that basis, they argue, if we look at ALL the relevant evidence and employ the scientific method of inference to the best explanation, we must conclude that the theory that Wellstone was assassinated is far more probable than the official theory, according to which his airplane crash was an accident.

The evidence includes several facts suggesting that the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) colluded with the FBI in a cover-up:

1. FBI agents from Minneapolis arrived at the crash site within 2 hours after the crash, even though the trip from Minnesota to Duluth to the crash site would have taken at least 3 hours--so they must have departed before the plane crashed.

2. When asked for the times at which private flights had arrived in Duluth that morning, the FAA said the records had been destroyed.

3. Considerable disinformation about weather conditions was quickly given to the press.

4. Although regulations called for the investigation to be carried out by the NTSB, not the FBI (because the crash site was not designated a crime scene), the FBI agents were there for 8 hours before the NTSB team arrived.

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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grounded in Method March 16, 2005
By Oakley
I acquired American Assassination last year, the moment it was first avaliable. Opening it on my way to the busstop my eyes flooded. I loved Paul, that was indeed part of my emotion. But I had just had a dream about Seneca, that he was an old man who had taken a protective position at my front door. The preface of this book opens with a quote from the ancient. "The one who derives advantage from a crime is the one most likely to have committed it." I was grateful, a tremendous relief unlocking tears not only of grief, but terrible frustration. Someone was going to help us citizens who doubted the official line about what caused, and what did not cause, the plane to crash.

Having lived in Argentina at the beginning of the Dirty War, I was not able to grow up trusting implicitly what "the government" says. Having read my Argentine friends' names in the lists of the disappeared, I was not naive. After over 30 years of having sickening hunches verified in fact, I knew that my sickness over the death of Paul and Sheila and the others was nothing to apologize for. Still, it is a comfort to others and essential for the truth to learn the facts. Some time after the crash I became acquainted with articles written by Jim Fetzer. He was methodically recording his own investigation into the crash and also into the government's investigation. My gut feelings aligned with his findings. I have communicated with him - to get a closer feel for his character - which like Paul's is strong, full of energy and humanity.

Like the above quote, many of Seneca's sayings seem so obvious one might wonder why anyone ever bothered to preserve them. Contemporaries may not have had a method, or maturity, in their thinking that allowed clear perceptions regarding the human drama.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To the skeptical Republicans on these pages.. May 24, 2005
I suggest you read the review below, citing the mother who refused to believe the photographs in front of her eyes. Assassinating Liberal leaders is nearly an American tradition. So easy. Nobody ever questions it or complains about it. In fact every Liberal leader America has seen since WWII has turned up dead at a young age. Imagine.

This book is as comprehensive as it could possibly be in presenting an irrefutable argument for assassination. The evidence is there and it is abundant. Just as it was for the previous assassinations . America's silence on these matters is disgraceful. We owe a debt of gratitude to these authors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As author I agree with A. Abruzzese's criticism June 14, 2006
I am Four Arrows, the lead author of this book.(See also my newest text from the Univesity of Texas, "Unlearning the Language of Conquest: Scholars Expose Anti-Indianism in America).

I recently read Abruzzese's review and find it to be fairly on target, in spite of its negativity. I'm at least happy he recommended that people read it "as a starting point," for this is all we intended it to be. We express state that the questions, inconsistencies and logic of our arguments should be sufficient for a more in-depth investigation.

As for the book being too short, our motive for writing this book was to get it published before the 2004 presidential elections in hopes that it would at least offer a prima facia case sufficient to raise the kind of questions that MIGHT dissuade people to vote for Bush. We only had a few short months to turn the "new evidence" that sparked our writing the book to get in published in time. Perhaps such hopes were unwarranted in spite of rigged elections and an relatively apathetic, hegemonized public, but it was our long-shot hope nonetheless.

In our book we have some substantial "evidence" from interviews and analysis, but mostly we simply show enough inconsistencies and provide enough motive to make a good enough case to stimulate further investigation, which we ALMOST got from Senator Barbara Boxer, who has a copy of the book.

I agree that some of the language about JFK comparisons and "scientific rigor" were unnecessary, but three people being involved with the content, such things, as unfortunate as they might have been to our message, might be persuasive for other readers. In any case, the bottom line is there needs to be further investigations and on this Abruzzese agrees.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am not a conspiracy person...
but this person really made me think. I am a HUGE fan of Senator Paul Wellstone and I really think he would have made a difference in so many things from the Iraq war, to the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wes Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Every American should get this
America is a victim of Yesterday's Newspaper so today, 99% of Americans have no idea who Paul Wellstone is. However, from Ron Brown to John Kennedy Jr. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Believable
Sadly, I believe all the speculation regarding Wellstone's death. Paul Wellstone was the greatest threat to todays convoluted, corrupt, self-serving politics this country has ever... Read more
Published 9 months ago by leslie hailer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very provocative.
Why this story was not questioned by the national media is beyond me. There are so many unanswered questions regarding this so called "accident". Wake up people!
Published 10 months ago by Toxicnut
2.0 out of 5 stars The Strange Death of Paul Wellstone
I did not like this book at all. The print was too small and the book was frankly boring. It stated the same things over, again.
Published 13 months ago by Martha Torres
2.0 out of 5 stars The Way to Give Conspiracy Theories a bad Name
Other than noting the uncanny timing of Senator Wellstone's strange death, something all of those who loved and respected him did indeed notice, this book offers us little more... Read more
Published on August 24, 2010 by Herbert L Calhoun
5.0 out of 5 stars "Who" isn't too hard to guess...
Engineered aircraft catastrophies seem to be the favored method Elites use to assasinate each other. Read more
Published on March 8, 2010 by Brian
1.0 out of 5 stars Liberals go figure
Liberals always see conspiracy theories when one of their own bites the dust or they lose an election. Read more
Published on November 1, 2009 by S. D. Hoover
3.0 out of 5 stars very interesting
The booklet by Four Arrows and Jim Fetzer, "American Assassination" was very interesting reading. I'd never come across the name of the publisher before - I often use the... Read more
Published on November 26, 2008 by Robert W. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars must read
this is a must read book for anyone who wants to know the truth about what happened to the great Senator Paul Wellstone. Read more
Published on November 23, 2008 by Jeffrey Goldsmith
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