Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Ask and ye shall receive

The Universe works this way for YWA so often that I cannot in good conscience say, "What a coincidence."

In an earlier post today (Another one takes a nose-dive), I mentioned that I couldn't remember who else besides John Kokal took a header about the same time (November 7, 2003), and what do I find in my inbox this evening but a Google automatic alert linking an article written today by Wayne Madsen addressing that very thing. 'Twas Gus Weiss...
Gus W. Weiss, 72, a former White House policy adviser on technology, intelligence, and economic affairs, died Nov. 25 [2003] of a fall from the Watergate East residential building in the District. The D.C. medical examiner ruled his death a suicide.


The suspicious fatal fall from the Watergate complex of ex-CIA and NSC official Dr. Gus Weiss a few weeks after Kokal's similar death at the nearby State Department also merits investigation. Weiss, like Kokal, was adamantly opposed to the Iraq war and Weiss, uncharacteristically, went public with his protests.

Weiss worked in the office of Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson in the 1970s, along with Iraqi war architects Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz. He also served on the U.S. Intelligence Board under President Jimmy Carter and was considered a hawk during the Carter and Reagan administrations. However, in later years, Weiss broke ranks with his old neoconservative colleagues and came out against the Iraq misadventure.

INR and other State Department officials reported that a "chill" set in at the State Department following Kokal's defenestration. A number of employees were afraid to talk about the suspicious death.

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