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Clinton's UFO Circle

From: Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk (Stig Agermose)
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 08:45:25 +0200
Fwd Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 07:11:47 -0400
Subject: Clinton's UFO Circle

This news item is about Vincent Foster, but interestingly enough says:
"Foster became a symbol of the travails of the Arkansas circle around
the Clintons. He became a cult figure among some of the same people
obsessed by the John F. Kennedy assassination and Roswell UFOs."

>From the Washington Post via the Contra Costa Times URL:




Published on July 20, 1998

Suicide altered history

*Vince Foster's death five years ago today was an event that forever
changed the Clinton presidency in perception and reality

*Lott questions efforts to keep Secret Service from testifying on
Lewinsky matter. B1

By Peter Baker

WASHINGTON -- After a cheeseburger lunch at his desk, Vincent W. Foster
Jr. left his office around 1 p.m., saying he would be back.

Five hours later, his lifeless body was found next to a Civil War
cannon in a Virginia park. As his compatriots at the White House
struggled to absorb the shock, one senior official told a colleague, "I
don't know that it'll ever be the same after this."

Few statements have been so prescient. Five years ago today, the man
who grew up with President Clinton and practiced law with Hillary
Rodham Clinton drove across the Potomac River, shot himself and altered
the course of a presidency.

What was certainly a personal tragedy for his friends and family became
a defining event for a young administration, one that robbed any
remaining innocence from the fresh-faced crew that had arrived in
Washington six months earlier, one that permanently colored how the
nation's leader looks at its capital and its culture, and one that
spawned an enduring climate of suspicion and a cottage industry of
conspiracy theories.

Even now, the aftermath of Vince Foster's suicide continues to ripple
through the Clinton White House, whether it be a new book examining the
events surrounding his death or a ruling by the Supreme Court a few
weeks ago setting a national precedent on the bounds of attorney-client

Foster became a symbol of the travails of the Arkansas circle around
the Clintons. He became a cult figure among some of the same people
obsessed by the John F. Kennedy assassination and Roswell UFOs. But
there are those looking back now who believe that had Foster lived, the
story of the Clinton presidency would been different in tangible ways
-- albeit for vastly divergent reasons.

"I thought his death changed history in some respects," Bernard
Nussbaum, who was White House counsel and Foster's boss at the time,
said in an interview last week.

In the months after Foster died, as the controversy over Whitewater
bloomed into a full-fledged Washington scandal, Nussbaum was the lone
voice in the upper ranks of the White House resisting the call for the
appointment of a special prosecutor, arguing it would lead to a
never-ending search for crimes where they did not exist.

Nussbaum lost the fight. Clinton reluctantly agreed to an investigation
into his real estate dealings in Arkansas, leading to the appointment
of independent counsel Robert B. Fiske Jr. and his successor, Kenneth
W. Starr, and the resulting years of subpoenas, indictments and court
battles that touched on everything from FBI files to Foster's death to
Clinton's alleged sexual adventures.

"If Vince had been around to support that position, if I hadn't been
the only one among his senior aides to take that position, he would
have had a big impact," Nussbaum said.

A former investigator who looked into many of those issues has reached
the same conclusion from another vantage point.

The way the White House seemed to stand in the way of the Justice
Department and others investigating Foster's death and the belated
discovery that Whitewater files had been removed from his office
generated a brushfire of speculation that there must be something the
Clintons were hiding.

"I don't think the suicide per se was the significant thing," said the
investigator, who declined to be identified for fear it might affect
his current business. "I think the handling of the Department of
Justice by the White House counsel's office in the days after the
suicide ignited Whitewater. Had that not happened, the whole thing
might never have triggered all the interest in Congress and ultimately
the independent counsel."

Foster's six months as deputy White House counsel were marked by
unaccustomed controversy -- failed nominations for attorney general,
challenges to the secrecy of the first lady's health care task force
and, finally, the travel office affair in which longtime employees were
fired while business was steered to the president's allies.

He took the criticism far more seriously than many, and in words that
effectively became his epitaph, he wrote in a note found ripped up
after his death that while neither he nor anyone in the White House
violated any law, "the public will never believe the innocence of the
Clintons and their loyal staff. =85 I was not meant for the job or the
spotlight of public life in Washington. Here ruining people is
considered sport."

Perhaps the chief irony of Foster's death is that a man who so hated
the spotlight will forever be remembered by some as the center of a
bizarre conspiracy.

There will always be people convinced Foster was murdered in a safe
house in Northern Virginia. That his body was rolled up in a carpet and
moved to Fort Marcy Park. That he had been involved in a CIA-sponsored
drug-smuggling operation.

In retrospect, according to some people close to him and the White
House, the fuel for that fire resulted from the confluence of three
factors -- speculation about Foster's relationship with Hillary
Clinton, the Whitewater connection and the seemingly hurried initial
investigation hindered by White House-erected obstacles.

The White House search of Foster's office the night of his death
continues to cause mystery.

During the formal search two days later, Nussbaum insisted on looking
through all the papers himself, contrary to an earlier agreement, while
angry Justice Department and police investigators looked on and were
shown only what the White House counsel deemed relevant.

The White House did not disclose the discovery of the torn-up note
until days later, after notifying Foster's family. Five months later,
the White House acknowledged Foster had a file on Whitewater. Two years
after his death, the White House produced handwritten notes in which
Foster wrote that Whitewater was "a can of worms you shouldn't open."
In January 1996, the White House discovered and turned over
long-missing Rose firm billing records last thought to be in Foster's

Edition: SRVT,=BF Section: A,=BF Page: 1

=A9 1998 Contra Costa Times