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BY Tricia Romano


Karen Silkwood (inset), Silkwood's car after the accident
Karen Silkwood (inset), Silkwood's car after the accident

It was 7:30 p.m. on November 13, 1974, and driver James Mullins was driving down Highway 74, from Oklahoma City, Okla., toward the neighboring small town of Crescent. He caught a glimpse of a car on the side of the road, crashed in a ditch.

He pulled over his truck and got out. A small white Honda was smashed to bits, the front and left side of the car crunched like a soda can. A woman, motionless, was slumped over, one arm hanging over the side of the window. Her purse and a novel she had been reading—covered with blood—had flown out of the car and lay stuck in the mud.

Mullins noticed a paycheck, too: Kerr-McGee, the energy company with a nuclear plant located just a mile down the road.

This was not just any car crash. And the woman wasn't any accident victim. She was Karen Silkwood, who in death became one of the most famous whistleblowers in history. She would be portrayed by her generation's most famous actress, Meryl Streep, in an eponymous Academy Award-nominated movie; numerous books, magazine articles, newspaper stories, documentaries, would be dedicated to uncovering the mystery around her car crash.

Her death, on the surface, appeared to be a simple fell-asleep-at-the-wheel car crash. There were traces of Quaaludes in her blood stream, and more pills were found in her stomach, ready to dissolve. Marijuana cigarettes were found in her pocket. To the Oklahoma police, it was easy to file it as an accident, an open-and-shut case.

But because Silkwood had been collecting allegations about the health and safety conditions at the Kerr-McGee plant, where she worked, for several months, because she had just been so seriously contaminated herself that her home had been stripped of all possessions due to the radiation exposure, and because at the time of the crash she had been on her way to meet a reporter from The New York Times, allegedly armed with a manila envelope stuffed with evidence of corporate misconduct, the official conclusion was doubted by everyone who knew Silkwood personally.

Though she was hailed as a hero posthumously, in real life, she was a seemingly ordinary woman, fighting for her fellow workers health and safety, an unlikely hero who unwittingly found martyrdom.

More Than a Small Town Girl

Nederland, Texas, sign
Nederland, Texas, sign

At first, Karen Silkwood was just a Texas teenager. She grew up in Nederland, Texas, an oil town, and had two sisters. Pretty and stubborn, she became interested in science and math. In high school, when other girls her age were more interested in dating, Silkwood pursued academics, passing over home economics for science classes. Her sister was quoted in the Biography channel's documentary, Karen Silkwood: A Life on the Line: "She wasn't the type to sit around and worry about brushing her hair. She was more interested in taking care of business."

She excelled in school: She was an A student and even got a scholarship to Lamar University to study medical technology.

But her plans to go into science took a detour when she met her first husband, Bill Meadows. She was 18 when she met him—her parents were fortuitously vacationing in Longview, Texas, as were his—visiting from California. Though she went on to college, they stayed in touch by mail.

Karen Silkwood
Karen Silkwood

After a year of courtship, Bill, now graduated and employed at the Mobile Pipeline Company, just like his father, returned to Longview. The two teenagers—both only 19—ran off together. Because they were so young, Meadows explained in the documentary Contaminated: The Karen Silkwood Story, nobody would marry them. "We were too young to get married in Louisiana."

They returned to Texas and had three children. They never did have a wedding, but were together long enough to establish a common-law marriage.

The honeymoon didn't last long. After seven years, Karen wanted to get a divorce, but Bill, who had started dating another woman, wanted the children. After a brief battle, Karen gave up the fight. In August 1972 she simply walked out. Writes Richard Raske in the book The Killing of Karen Silkwood: "No note, no phone number, no address."

Silkwood intermittently made the two-hour drive to see her children, but it was a tumultuous time for her, trying to rebuild her life. She wound up in Oklahoma City, and soon found out about the new Kerr-McGee plant opening nearby in Crescent City. A lightbulb went off, perhaps, that career in science could happen after all.

Anyone else ever heard of this story? Just one more example of why there aren't always whistleblowers coming forward, as the CT denialists always claim would happen if there really were conspiracies so big.

rest of story: http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/crimi...mcgee.html

And this stuff just keeps happening to would-be whistleblowers/investigators....

Is Journalist Michael Hastings a Victim of Obama’s Assassination Policy?

Kurt Nimmo
June 19, 2013

Update: Michael Hastings was working on a story about the CIA prior to his death, according to LA Weekly. “That Hastings had the Central Intelligence Agency in his sights is no surprise to those who knew his work,” writes Dennis Romero, adding that “the shadowy world of intelligence and off-the-record American aggression was a favorite topic of the journalist.”

The story gets even more suspicious. Hastings apparently contacted Wikileaks a few hours before his death. The whistleblower organization posted the following tweet:

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“Mr. Hastings was believed to have been alone in the car, which struck a tree at high speed, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office,” the New York Times reported earlier today.

Photographs of the crash scene, however, reveal that the car Hastings was in did not experience a high-speed crash. “There is no impact damage to this car. The only damage there is BLOWN OUT in the back, not smashed in the front and it obviously missed the tree as it rolled to a stop,” writes Jim Stone. “This was a Mercedes, not a Pinto, which means it did not burst into flames on its own. One (seldom quoted) eyewitness said the car ‘exploded,’” Stone continues.

“No matter how you slice this particular pie, a Mercedes is not just going to explode into flames without a little assistance,” Stone explains. “Car fires in new cars happen for three main reasons — running the engine out of oil, or running the engine out of coolant, or after an absolutely huge car mangling accident, having the hot side of the battery short out against the frame before it reaches the fuse panel. And for all 3 of those normal reasons, which account for virtually all car fires in modern cars, the fire would have started in the engine compartment, progressed slowly, and scorched the hell out of the paint before ever reaching the gas tank. That clean paint is the be all tell all, Michael Hastings was murdered, and the rest is detail.”

The murder of Michael Hastings needs to be put in context. He is the journalist who brought down Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, then the top commander of United States forces in Afghanistan. The military undoubtedly viewed Hasting’s reportage as a direct threat and reacted accordingly.

Obama’s Assassination Policy

In February, the Justice Department released to the two congressional intelligence committees classified documents spelling out its legal justification for assassinating American citizens. The documents refer to the Pentagon dinner guest Anwar al-Awlaki who was allegedly killed by a CIA Predator drone strike in Yemen. Obama had the documents released on the eve of confirmation hearings of John O. Brennan, his pick for CIA boss and, not exactly coincidentally, the main architect of his murderous drone program.

Even though the public was not allowed to see the documents, the establishment media dutifully spread the message – the government had contrived a legal justification for assassinating citizens, beginning with alleged al-Qaeda bigwig al-Awlaki and his teenage son. Millions of Americans – brainwashed by years of war on terror fairy tales and propaganda – supported the policy.

Targeting Journalists

The Obama administration demonstrated its contempt for the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution when it was revealed in May that the Justice Department secretly obtained phone records of journalists at the Associated Press.

The move was an obvious attempt to intimidate and send a message to elements of the establishment media not following the government’s playbook. Fear and intimidation may work for establishment journalists, but for alternative media journalists – even those working on the fringe of the establishment represented by the liberal magazine Rolling Stone – assassination now appears to be the preferred course of action for deviating from the script.

The sloppiness of the Michael Hastings assassination was deliberate. The government, the Pentagon and the CIA are interested in sending a message, the same message sent by Hitler, Stalin, Mao and dozens of other dictators – go up against the government, deviate from unwritten parameters, and you may be assassinated.
Normal human beings expose injustice and help their fellow man.

In much of the elite and their patsies we are not dealing with normal human beings - we are dealing with sociopaths.
(06-23-2013 03:03 AM)BRIC Countries Wrote: [ -> ]Normal human beings expose injustice and help their fellow man.

In much of the elite and their patsies we are not dealing with normal human beings - we are dealing with sociopaths.

In a world where traditional definitions no longer apply, I'm not so sure what "normal" is anymore. Hell, I just read somewhere that in D.C. you no longer have to have had a sex change operation to have your birth certificate changed from male to female or vice versa. You simply have to have a doctors note stating you define yourself as the opposite sex and shazaam, history can be rewritten! Literally, they will change the area that states 'born as' to the opposite sex. But I digress..

I'd like to believe that if most people where privy to a secret that involved a conspiracy to harm large groups of the population, that they would instinctively seek to expose it. But most of the time the people in positions to know what's going on have been either subtly or outright warned that snitches get stitches, or worse.
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