Did Cheney Order The Murder Of Senator Paul Wellstone?"Shortly before he died in a mysterious plane crash 11 days before the 2002 elections, Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone met with Vice president Cheney .
Cheney was rounding up support for the October 2002 vote on giving the Bush administration carte blanche to invade Iraq, with or without blessing from the United Nations.
Cheney strong-armed opposing politicians like the most vindictive of mafioso leaders, and opponents usually gave in.
But not Wellstone. Whatever you thought of his progressive brand of politics, he wasn't a wimp.
And that's what made him more than dangerous in the eyes of people like Cheney.
At a meeting full of war veterans in Willmar, Minn. .days before his death, Wellstone told attendees that Cheney had told him, "If you vote against the war in Iraq, the Bush administration will do whatever is necessary to get you.
There will be severe ramifications for you and the state of Minnesota."
Wellstone cast his vote for his conscience and against the Iraq measure, the lone Democrat involved in a tough 2002 election campaign to do so.
And a few weeks later on October 25, as he appeared to be winning his re-election bid, Wellstone, his wife Sheila, his daughter, Marcia Markuson, three campaign staffers, and two pilots died in a plane crash in Minnesota.
Talk about severe ramifications.
Also see: "Evidence Mounts That Paul Wellstone Was Murdered:
Did Cheney Give the Order?"
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