(Clinton, William Jefferson )
and the Decay of the American Meme
Who cares about a couple of blow-jobs
A Chronology of Treason
The Mena Scandal
The Drudge Report
Clinton Coke Lines
Impeach Clinton Now
when there are far larger issues afoot?
To the delight of the White House, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard has left
Washington. Time and again his stories on the Clintons and their
abuses of power have been proved correct. He leaves with a warning
Goodbye, Good Riddance
by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
From the (London) Electronic Telegraph -- April 20, 1997
It was something of a compliment, I suppose, when the White House
singled me out for attack in their report on the media "food chain"
assault against the Clintons. Now, apparently, the President's men
are relishing the prospect of my departure after four years as
Washington correspondent for The Telegraph -- the notorious London
"tabloid", as they call it.
"That's another British invasion we're glad is over," the White
House told George magazine. "The guy was nothing but a pain in the
Good. Let me state for the record that I was not sent to Washington
as part of a British government plot to destabilise the Clinton
Administration in revenge for US meddling in Ulster. Or at least, I
don't think I was. Contrary to assertions made in a Congressional
hearing, I have never worked for British military intelligence, or
MI5, or MI6, or for that matter MI7.5 -- the fabled Welsh branch!
No, I found my own way into a spitting match with President Clinton.
It was the last thing I expected upon arriving in Washington, for I
had succumbed to the Clinton charm years before at a meeting of the
Democratic Leadership Council. As for Hillary, I was rather taken by
her image of flinty altruism.
Disappointment was swift, however. I was stunned when the new
President -- barely installed in the White House -- repudiated his
campaign promise for a tax cut. It was downhill from there.
The Clintons look good from a distance. As Yale Law School graduates
they have mastered the language and style of the mandarin class. It
is only when you walk through the looking glass into the Arkansas
underworld they came from that you begin to realise something is
You learn that Bill Clinton grew up in the Dixie mafia stronghold of
Hot Springs, and that his brother, Roger, was a convicted drug
dealer who was once taped during under-cover surveillance saying
"got to get some for my brother, he's got a nose like a vacuum
cleaner". You learn about sworn testimony that links Clinton to
cocaine smuggling in the early 1980s. You learn that Clinton's chief
of security in Little Rock was gunned down in 1993 by assassins who
seem to be enjoying immunity.
Oh, yes, and let us not forget the allegation that Bill and Hillary
helped empty a bank called Madison Guaranty -- but I will leave that
to the special prosecutor, Kenneth Starr.
Bill Clinton is not the first president with the skeletons of the
mob in his closet. Harry Truman, for instance, was a protege of the
Pendergast crime machine in Kansas City. All you have to know about
Bill Clinton is that he chose Patsy Thomasson -- top lieutenant of
convicted cocaine dealer Dan Lasater -- to be his White House chief
Once that has sunk in, you can start to understand how seriously
this president has been compromised, and how much of a threat he
could pose to the democratic system if allowed to get away with
incremental abuse at a national level.
The Clintons wasted little time taking charge of the US Justice
Department. All US Attorneys were asked to hand in their
resignations. It was a move of breath-taking audacity, one that gave
the Clintons control over the prosecutorial machinery of the federal
government in every judicial district in the country.
They then set about eliminating the Director of the FBI, William
Sessions, who was known for his refusal to countenance White House
interference in the affairs of the Bureau. The post of FBI Director
is supposed to be a 10-year appointment that puts it above politics.
But Sessions was toppled in a Washington putsch, without a murmur of
protest from America's press, and replaced by the hapless errand boy
Louis Freeh. And I almost forgot, the Clintons installed their
friend Webster Hubbell as "shadow" Attorney General - until Hubbell
was jailed for Arkansas crimes.
When you are living through events day by day it is hard to know
whether you are witnessing a historic turning point, or just
mistaking the usual noise of politics for something meaningful. But
there is no doubt that strange things have been going on in America.
The Clinton era has spawned an armed militia movement involving tens
of thousands of people. The last time anything like this occurred
was in the 1850s with the emergence of the southern gun clubs. It is
easy to dismiss the militia as Right-wing nuts: it is much harder to
read the complex sociology of civic revolt. At the very least the
militias reveal the hatred building up against the irksome yuppies
who run the country.
It is under this president that domestic terrorism has become a
feature of life in America, culminating in the destruction of the
Oklahama federal building on April 19, 1995. What set the deadly
spiral in motion was the Waco assault two years before, and the
cover-up that followed.
No official has ever lost a day's pay for precipitating the
incineration of 80 people, most of them women and children, in the
worst abuse of power since Wounded Knee a century ago. Instead of
shame and accountability, the Clinton administration accused the
victims of setting fire to themselves and their children, a
posthumous smear that does not bear serious scrutiny. It then
compounded the injustice by pushing for a malicious prosecution of
Nothing does more to sap the life of a democracy than the abuse of
power. Public trust is dangerously low. According to polls, barely a
quarter of the American people now feel that they can count on the
federal government to do the right thing.
A majority refuse to accept that Vincent Foster committed suicide,
and they have good reason for their doubts. The paramedics and crime
scene witnesses in Fort Marcy Park on July 20, 1993, tell a story
that flatly contradicts the official findings. A police Polaroid
shows a .22 calibre bullet wound in Foster's neck that the autopsy
somehow failed to note. Are Americans to believe that Hillary
Clinton's closest friend shot himself twice, with two different
The Washington press corps has chosen not to report on this sort of
thing, of course, because it always gives more weight to the
utterings of an "official" source, with a title, than it does to the
testimony of a common citizen. It has the matter backwards, in my
opinion, because the "official" usually has the greater interest in
Even so, the truth is getting out. Unauthorised stories are reaching
the public through the samizdat links of the Internet and talk
radio. From there it disseminates by word of mouth, spreading a
thick layer of cynicism across the country.
Of all the bad things that Clinton has done to America, the worst is
turning the FBI into a federal replica of the Arkansas State Police.
Whether it is the persecution of dissident investigators in the air
disasters of Pan Am 103 and TWA 800, or allowing the White House to
peruse the secret files of political opponents, or the alledged
intimidation of key witnesses in the Foster case, the FBI is
starting to look like the enforcement arm of a police state.
The latest shocker is the decision to punish Frederic Whitehurst,
the whistle-blower who first came forward with tales of corruption
at the FBI crime labs. An internal inquiry has conceded that the lab
tilted evidence "to incriminate the defendants" and cooked up the
theory that a fertiliser bomb blew up the Oklahoma federal building
after it found fertiliser at the house of a suspect, Terry Nichols.
But the Justice Department seems more interested in denigrating
Whitehurst, the lone hero of this sorry tale, than flagellating
Look at the treatment of Carol Howe, the undercover informant who
tracked the early stages of what appears to be the Oklahoma bombing
conspiracy. The moment she surfaced as a threat to the "lone bomber"
case against Timothy McVeigh, this January, she was indicted on
The FBI claims that she was dropped as an informant months before
the bombing, but debriefing reports show the Bureau continued to
receive her intelligence weeks after the blast. They also show that
she named members of a neo-Nazi terrorist cell who had cased the
Oklahoma federal building in December 1994 with the intention of
bombing it. Yet the FBI did not follow up her reports. It conducted
26,000 witness interviews, most of them irrelevant, but could not
find time to pursue the suspects who were specifically named by a
This leaves the nasty suspicion that the FBI is shielding this
neo-Nazi group in order to cover its own tracks. If it turns out
that the bombing was a bungled sting operation by the FBI, as some
of the victims are now alleging, the only fit response is to send
bulldozers down Pennsylvania Avenue to flatten the Hoover Building
once and for all.
A monument should be raised on the rubble of the FBI headquarters
that reads Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? (Who Shall Guard the
Guards?) as a warning to free-born Americans of the next millennium.
Is Bill Clinton to blame? Of course he is. Degradation spreads from
the top down. Four years were damaging enough. Another four, if
Clinton lasts, will do real harm to the institutions of the US
Perhaps it is impolite for a London newspaper to say such things
about a president of the United States. Many people think so.
Clinton is not so bad, the argument goes. He is running a pretty
good economy. The planes are flying on time. But you could have said
the same about Benito Mussolini. A lot of people did, in fact, much
to their regret later.
Critics tell me that I have invested too much emotion in my quarrel
with the Clintons. To that I plead guilty. It comes from befriending
so many of their victims. I am content to be blacklisted as the "mad
scribbler" -- as the Washington Post called me this week -- for I am
confident that one day historians are going to view Clinton as a the
last great cad of the 20th century, or worse.
To the American people I bid a fond farewell. Guard your liberties.
It is the trust of each generation to pass a free republic to the
next. And if I know you right, you will rouse yourself from slumber
to ensure exactly that.