Let the con­spir­acy the­o­ries be­gin

The Saline Courier - - OPINION -

Dur­ing the two decades I was a news­pa­per re­porter, I was once sued for li­bel.

I was cov­er­ing the lo­cal courts and a group of bur­glars tes­ti­fied that they sold gold and sil­ver from homes to a prom­i­nent lo­cal busi­ness­man.

This busi­ness­man was melt­ing the gold and sil­ver down while he was buy­ing it from them, they tes­ti­fied.

Po­lice searched this busi­ness­man’s of­fice and found bars of fold and sil­ver in sev­eral fil­ing cab­i­nets in his of­fice.

He sued the news­pa­per. The law­suit dragged on for about two years. Ev­ery news story about the case had to be ap­proved by the pa­per’s at­tor­ney be­fore pub­li­ca­tion.

The law­suit had what is known as a “chill­ing ef­fect” on cov­er­ing this story.

Just be­fore the case went to court, this busi­ness­man dis­missed it.

A news­pa­per was rep­re­sented by the Rose Law Firm and the at­tor­ney was a man named Vince Fos­ter. I spent many hours with Fos­ter pre­par­ing for a trial that would never take place.

While we dif­fered po­lit­i­cally, nei­ther of us ever spoke a hash word to the other. I found him to be a very in­tel­li­gent man and de­vel­oped a great re­spect for him.

Fos­ter left the Rose Law Firm to be­come deputy White House coun­sel for the Clin­ton Ad­min­is­tra­tion. He had worked with Hil­lary Clin­ton at the Rose Law Firm.

When it was an­nounced Fos­ter was found dead on July 20, 1993, and his cause of death was an ap­par­ent sui­cide, I found that dif­fi­cult to be­lieve based on the time I had spent work­ing with him.

As it turns out, over the years Bill and Hil­lary Clin­ton have been in pub­lic of­fice, there have been a string of un­for­tu­nate deaths — or for­tu­nate deaths de­pend­ing on if you sup­port the Clin­tons.

Many of the­ses deaths have been sui­cides.

When dis­graced 66-year-old fi­nancier, close friend of Bill Clin­ton and ac­cused child sex traf­ficker Jef­frey Ep­stein was found hang­ing in his cell at a fed­eral prison, most peo­ple as­sumed the Clin­ton or­ga­ni­za­tion had him killed.

Clin­ton flew on Ep­stein’s pri­vate jet and vis­ited his pri­vate is­land where un­der­age girls were al­leged to have been made sex­u­ally avail­able to rich and pow­er­ful friends of Ep­stein.

Of course, the Clin­tons are not the only well-known names as­so­ci­ated with Ep­stein.

Bri­tish Prince An­drew, the Duke of York, had a con­nec­tion and friend­ship with Ep­stein. The Royal Fam­ily has a his­tory of mys­te­ri­ous deaths and out­right as­sas­si­na­tions of peo­ple con­sid­ered threats to the Crown. That his­tory goes back cen­turies.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter Ep­stein’s death, peo­ple be­gan spec­u­lat­ing about who had mur­dered him and made it look like sui­cide. The far-left me­dia im­me­di­ately be­gan call­ing this spec­u­la­tion “con­spir­acy the­o­ries.”

De­pend­ing on your point of view, one man’s con­spir­acy the­o­ries are an­other man’s un­for­tu­nate and un­wanted facts that he won’t let won’t go away.

Dur­ing the decade I worked in home­land se­cu­rity and emer­gency man­age­ment, I at­tended many classes at fed­er­ally run schools.

Dur­ing one of those ed­u­ca­tional cour­ses, I met a sergeant with the Bri­tish Spe­cial Air Ser­vices. The SAS is one of the best — maybe the best — anti-ter­ror­ist forces in the world. One night af­ter class, he was show­ing a few of us some things about how to qui­etly kill an en­emy.

He men­tioned that stran­gling peo­ple would break the hy­oid bone in the neck. This was the first time I had ever heard of this horse-shoe shaped bone which is lo­cated be­tween the jaw and thy­roid.

The sergeant said if some­one was try­ing to make it look like the vic­tim hanged him­self, it was im­por­tant not to break the hy­oid bone. This, he said, would show up in an au­topsy and even an in­ept coro­ner would know it was mur­der not sui­cide.

Ep­stein’s au­topsy showed that his hy­oid bone was bro­ken, The Wash­ing­ton Post has re­ported on the of­fi­cially un­re­leased re­sults of Ep­stein’s au­topsy.

“If, hy­po­thet­i­cally, the hy­oid bone is bro­ken, that would gen­er­ally raise ques­tions about stran­gu­la­tion, but it is not de­fin­i­tive and does not ex­clude sui­ci­dal hang­ing,” Jonathan Ar­den, pres­i­dent of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Med­i­cal Ex­am­in­ers, told the Post.

Still, the break­ing of this small bone in the throat is one of those un­for­tu­nate and un­wanted facts that will only strengthen the idea that Ep­stein was mur­dered so he could not tes­tify against rich and pow­er­ful peo­ple to whom he traf­ficked un­der­age girls to on his pri­vate is­land.

JIM HAR­RIS CON­SER­VA­TIVE Cor­ner

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