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ALASKA'S BERMUDA TRIANGLE OR LACK OF GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLITY?


By Tom Begich and Dr. Nick Begich, Jr.
Foreward by Freedom Writer
Anchorage and Eagle River Alaska
July 12, 2001


FOREWARD

By Freedom Writer

Dr. Nick Begich, Jr. was the guest host on Art Bell's nationwide radio talk show Coast-To-Coast AM (with Barbara Simpson the guest host) on July 12, 2001 when he aired some historical & recent information about his father's disappearance in a small plane along with the powerful Democratic Majority Whip Hale Boggs & two others from a flight in Alaska in 1972. The recent information you can read below, shared by Congressman Begich's surviving sons Tom & Nick (with permission), sheds light on possibly another incident of lack of government accountability. Coast-To-Coast AM can be accessed from Freedom Writer's Links Page. Dr. Begich's website can also be accessed from Freedom Writer's Links Page (EarthPulsePress.Com).

Dr. Begich recently appeared on the cable television series "History's Mysteries" in a segment called "Alaska's Bermuda Triangle" which explored the topic of the missing plane & passengers. You can order the video below or through Dr. Begich's website.

Did the government purposely fail to rescue the passengers? Is this another example of outside interests trying to control the resources of Alaska by eliminating those in key positions of power who would expose or prevent such exploitation? Was this just a case of bad weather befouling a small plane's pilot or were there mysterious forces at work akin to some alleged similarities found within the Florida, Cuba, & Bermuda sea triangle? Freedom Writer shares the concerns of the surviving family members & requests immediate answers to these questions.

When government proposes to legislate, enforce, & adjudicate laws & regulations over its citizens while keeping itself "above the law", then there is no longer any responsible government but tyranny, instead, over its citizens. Just as the citizens must exercise personal responsibility while they enjoy their liberties & freedoms, then government must also adhere to those moral precepts & restrictions which they impose upon its citizens.

When government is no longer accountable to its citizens, then why must the people subject themselves to that government? As responsible citizens, we must continue to hold government accountable, or we will lose our freedoms & rights. You can exercise some of those political action rights below, also.

FREEDOM WRITER,
Anchorage, Alaska.


PROLOGUE

From the book "The Life of Nick Begich"
by Thomas S. Begich

"October 16th, 1972"

(The following events are drawn directly from interviews and newspaper accounts of the events following the downing of the Cessna 310 carrying Congressmen Nick Begich and Hale Boggs, Begich aide Russ Brown, and pilot Don Jonz.)

Juneau, Alaska is known for its rain and fog. The morning of October 16th was no different. The drizzle was steady, the clouds low, the airport backed up.

Bob Cooksey glanced at his watch as the schedule ran through his mind. The cocktail party, the fundraising dinner that evening. It all had to be kept on schedule - not an easy thing to do when the plane was already fifteen minutes late. But, with the patience born of experience, Cooksey settled down to wait. Planes were often delayed on the Anchorage to Juneau run.

Fifteen more minutes went by. Cooksey went to the flight tower just to be sure that the plane had left Anchorage. No problem, he was told, the plane had left a little late. A weather delay. Just hold on, they111 be here. Why not have a cup of coffee? Have a seat?

After an hour Cooksey new that something had gone wrong.

"BOGGS, BEGICH PLANE MISSING"
by Paul Anderson Anchorage, Alaska (UPI)

"A fleet of thirty planes was thrown into a massive search today for a light plane lost over the Alaskan wilderness Monday..."

Sunday night Nick Begich leaned over to Margaret Pojhola in the ballroom of the Westward Hotel as a crowd of well-wishers pressed him with their hands and words. The success of the evening filled him as he managed a "Don't leave..." before the crowd overwhelmed him. After a few moments the number of people around the Congressman had grown no smaller. It was time for Margaret to take action. Using an old campaign ploy, she spoke to him while pushing through the crowd, her voice loud so that all those around would not miss a word. "Nick, if you don't leave now you're going to miss your next appointment!"

Deferring to Margaret, Nick nodded his thanks to his supporters and walked out of the hotel into the wet Anchorage night. Margaret's husband Carl brought up the car and they drove to the nearby Travelodge. There they met two other friends, Bill Sheffield and Wendall Kay, both old-time Alaskan politicos. October was a time of year heavy with politics and the future was looking bright for Alaska's Democrats. The five sat down to talk. Bill was picking up the tab.

After an hour Sheffield and Kay moved on, carrying the politics with them. Nick relaxed. Though the hour was late, he asked Carl and Margaret to stay. He wanted to talk about other things, personal things. This was one of those rare moments when politics did not pace him. They stayed and talked.

The glow of the evening had not yet left him. He talked about the night, of the mood of the crowd. His eyes reflected the wit of the laughter-filled words of Louisiana Congressman Hale Boggs, who had flown up to show his support for the first term Democrat from Alaska. He talked about his family, and seeing his wife Pegge the day before in St. Cloud, Minnesota in the middle of another of the seemingly endless trips back and forth from Washington D.C. to Alaska. He joked about his home, his kids, and the future. He was in a state of euphoria, on top of the world. In his words he wrapped them in his life as only friends can.

But the evening had to end. There was a full schedule in Juneau the next day starting early in the morning. He saw them off at their car. "I'll be back in town next Saturday" he said. "I'll call you then." The Pojhola's drove off as Nick stepped back into the Hotel.

There are times when a feeling comes over you, a foreboding, a doubt, the origins of which you can't quite place. Though the evening had been one of the most enjoyable in memory, Margaret felt that foreboding now. As they drove the feeling grew until, sick with an overwhelming fear, she turned to Carl and spoke the first words uttered since they had left Nick in the rain-drenched parking lot of the Travelodge. "Something terrible is going to happen" she said.

"SEARCH EFFORTS CONTINUE FOR MISSING PLANE BEGICH, BOGGS ABOARD; PLANE PRESUMED DOWN"
by the Empire Staff and the Associated Press

"...in Juneau, Coast Guard aircraft began search operations early this afternoon after waiting all morning for fog to lift.

"No aircraft had arrived or departed Juneau air­port this morning because of the foggy conditions..."

In Juneau Alaska Education Association lobbyist Bob Van Houte tried all day to pick up a distress signal from the lost plane on his "ham" radio. Political ally and friend of Nick's, he refused to believe that the plane was not out there somewhere waiting for the weather to clear, waiting for the rescue craft to find them. But there was nothing. There had been an emergency locator beacon on the plane, but it did not seem to have been activated. Or, if it had, it was where no radio could pick up its transmission. He tried again the next day, and then the next.

Gene Kennedy, Nick's Administrative Assistant and best friend, flew in to Juneau from Anchorage and chartered a helicopter to search for the missing plane. They searched all day up and down the inlets and passages around Juneau, Douglas and the surrounding islands. No trace of the plane could be found.

On Monday Kennedy had given his seat on the ill-fated flight to Russ Brown, Nick's aide. Brown had been unable to afford the commercial flight to Juneau and had asked Kennedy to switch places with him. Gene had agreed.

He couldn't believe that a life as vibrant as his friend's might be over. There was no way it could have happened .so quickly, Nick was too young. The days passed but still he waited for word.

As the hours passed Harry Lupro's hopes dimmed. Co-chairman of Nick's campaign in Juneau, he had to go to the events regardless of whether the candidate was there. He headed to the scheduled dinner that night. At least he could tell those who might not have heard what had happened. When he arrived at the Baranof Hotel he found that the few people milling about already knew.

"RAIN, FOG SLOW SEARCH"
by Howard Weaver Daily News Staff Writer

"An armada of aircraft was all but idled Wednesday, as weather conditions along Alaska's coast continued to thwart searchers looking for the plane, which carried Rep. Nick Begich, House Majority Leader Hale Boggs, and two other men on a flight from Anchorage to Juneau...."

"The Rookies" was on television keeping the kids under control as they sprawled on the couch and floor in rapt attention. When the phone rang moments later, the children looked at each other, hesitating before one of the boys hopped up and ran into the den to answer it. He returned seconds later and climbed back into his perch on the couch.

"It's for you Ma, some Governor or something...." he said and then the sirens of the T.V. show had absorbed him.

A Governor? Pegge thought. It could only be Bill Egan. But why would he be calling? When she picked up the phone she found it was "Governor Bill".

He spoke quickly and to the point. His was the first call to tell her that her husband's plane was missing. She listened quietly and asked for a progress report. He brought her up to date. When he was done she thanked him and hung up the phone. Calmly she returned to the children, sat down in front of the television and stared at the screen. The children barely noticed her return, absorbed by the action of the show. Though she watched with them, she did not see the images.

The first thing that Lindy Boggs saw when she stepped out of the plane in Anchorage was the cloudy sky that seemed to smother the city. She was greeted by military personnel and ushered to the search command center. There Major Henry Stocker brought her up to date on the search efforts, showing her maps of the search routes and transcripts of the many progress reports filed by the pilots. When reporter's crowded around her afterwards, she gave a brief statement. She was "very hopeful" that her husband would be found alive, she said. Outside the clouds continued to thicken.

"FOR BOGGS, BEGICH SPECIALIST JOINS SEARCH"
by Paul Anderson Anchorage, Alaska (UPI)

"The Air Force's top search and rescue specialist was on the scene today as the hunt for the missing plane carrying House Majority Leader Hale Boggs and three others went into its ninth day...."

The day after the plane disappeared, Pegge Begich woke her children for school and told them each what had happened. She had been up all night worrying about her husband and wondering if she should let the children know. Reasoning that they would probably hear the news soon enough, she decided they should hear it from her first. She let them decide whether or not they felt like going to school. She explained that there might be reporters, possibly questions. All of the children listened. All of them chose to go to school.

On the way to James Fennimore Cooper Junior High School Nick and Tom Begich stopped to rest on a stone bridge. Searching the sky and spying a cloud formation, Tom grabbed his older brother's arm.

"Look! See that cloud? It's like a plane. And that one? It's a mountain." He waved his fingers at the clouds. "It means Dad must have made it through. He's all right!"

Nick glanced at the sky and, with his jaw fixed, started walking towards the school. Tom hesitated, then followed. In the sky the plane and the mountain returned to the clouds.

"MRS. PEGGE JENDRO BEGICH RETAINS ALASKAN OPTIMISM"
by David R. Bolt, the Washington Post

"'People who don't understand Alaska don't understand why we're not falling apart at the seems, ' says Pegge Jendro Begich, whose husband, Rep. Nick Begich, has been missing somewhere in Alaska since the light plane he was in went down 20 days ago. . .

"In 1970 the entire Alaska Democratic ticket. . .were lost for nine hours when their light plane flew into impenetrable fog and had to put down on water until it cleared."

At the Begich-for-Congress headquarters in downtown Anchorage, Margaret Pojhola and Gene Kennedy did what they could to keep the campaign workers cheerful and the campaign going. It was a difficult task in the face of fading optimism.

The recent actions of some Republicans and Democrats, demanding that Nick's name be removed from the upcoming general election ballot, had shocked and crushed Kennedy in the wake of the disappearance. There was a feeling of hopelessness everywhere Margaret sat down next to him half-smiling at the thought that had just passed through her mind. "If he comes back, Kennedy," she said, "and you've lost this election for him, he'll kill you!" Gene smiled at the thought of a raving Nick Begich and for the moment it lightened his mood. He returned to work.

"BEGICH RE-ELECTION SEEN" Washington (UPI)

"Congressmen Hale Boggs and Nick Begich have been missing since their plane disappeared in Alaska Oct. 16, but the names of both will appear on ballots today...."

The young reporter, Howard Weaver, had been sent to the Begich headquarters for an election night story. He'd been assigned to write a piece on the people of the campaign, the personal story of a campaign headquarters where the candidate likely to win was as likely no longer alive. Politely he asked if he could sit in the main room of the building and take notes. Margaret and Gene assented, but the thought of some young reporter cranking out an election-night hack job was almost too much for them to bear. Weaver was treated icily, his presence barely tolerated.

When the results had confirmed Begich's re-election, Weaver thanked the two and left to file his story. Later that evening Kay Fanning, publisher of the Anchorage Daily News, appeared with a copy of the next day's edition. The campaign staff read Weaver's article and were stunned. It was beautiful. With a keen sense of his subject, Weaver had reached into the heart of his story and painted a portrait of despair brightened with the irony of the successful re-election and the bravado of the campaign staff. That morning, in the eyes of Kennedy and Pojhola, Howard Weaver reached a plateau of respect few reporters could ever hope to attain.

After thirty-nine days the air search, the largest in Alaska history, was abandoned. On what would have been Nick's 16th wedding anniversary a presumptive death hearing was held in Anchorage. Two days later, on December 31, 1972, after twenty minutes of deliberation the following statement was issued by the six jurors: "We the jury, after hearing and considering all the evidence presented, each find that it may be fairly presumed that Nicholas J. Begich has suffered death."

The Cessna 310 carrying Nick Begich, Hale Boggs, Russ Brown, and Don Jonz was never found.

REVIEW THE ORIGINAL FBI TELEX


ADDITIONAL FACTS

By Dr. Nick Begich, Jr.

June 19, 2001

On Tuesday, June 26, The History Channel will air a one-hour History's Mysteries segment called Alaska's Bermuda Triangle. It explores the disappearance of my father, Congressman Nick Begich, Sr., and the late Majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, Hale Boggs of Louisiana. The plane they were traveling in disappeared on a flight from Anchorage to Juneau on Oct. 16, 1972. The most massive air search ever undertaken in the history of the world did not find any trace of the plane. This was just weeks before the Watergate story. Inquiries about CIA misuse of power were being made and a number of other significant international questions were being addressed in Washington. The story is being incorporated into a book I am finishing called Earth Rising II - The Betrayal of Science, Society and the Soul.

Twenty years later, in 1992, a Freedom of Information Act Request by Roll Call Magazine unearthed an FBI telex indicating that the plane was located and never retrieved. Information obtained by a government verified source described the location of the plane and stated that there were two survivors shortly after the plane disappeared. The information indicated an undisclosed "firm" involved in testing advanced surveillance equipment had located the crash. The informant had a military background, according to the FBI document obtained by Roll Call. The FBI telex was sent to the Washington, D.C. FBI headquarters where it was presumably passed to the Acting Director, L. Patrick Gray. The previous director, J. Edgar Hoover, had been in a significant conflict with Boggs, who called for his resignation on the floor of the Congress. Boggs was one of the most powerful people in the country at a time when misuse of power was just beginning to be seen, culminating in the resignation of the President of the United States Richard Nixon. A good deal remains untold from this period of the country's history and perhaps my father's story being released will compel someone to come forward with the rest of the story.

Some of the other interesting points surrounding the disappearance include the fact that Boggs was taken to the airport for the first leg of the trip by a young democrat named Bill Clinton who later, as President, appointed Congressman Boggs' wife Lindy to the position of US Ambassador to the Vatican after she served eighteen years in the Congress after her husband's disappearance. Congressman Boggs was also on the Warren Commission and had some interest in reopening the investigation. My father had just completed his first Congressional term and as a freshman had engineered the biggest cash and land transfer to native Americans in the history of the United States, over 44 million acres and nearly $1 billion was transferred. This transfer and "settlement" was needed for establishing a clear title for the right-of-way of the Trans-Alaska pipeline which was then built supplying 25% of US oil for much of the time since its completion.

Things seem to run in cycles and it is interesting when I look at my family's work in Alaska and the work which we are doing now as a result of these early encounters with government. I had always suspected that there was more to my father's death than was revealed in past years. Time does reveal the truth and it seems that conspiracies can appear to be fact through strange coincidence or may actually be of sinister design. Sometimes it is difficult to determine which it is.. We have posted the FBI documents and part of the story on our website: www.earthpulse.com

Always the Best,

Nick

ORDER THE VIDEO "ALASKA'S BERMUDA TRIANGLE"


POLITICAL ACTION NEEDED

By Dr. Nick Begich, Jr.
Eagle River Alaska
June 20, 2001

Dear Friends,

We would very much appreciate your help in bringing to light the truth about the disappearance of my father, Congressman Nick Begich and House Majority Leader Hale Boggs on October 16, 1972. We are asking our friends to contact the following Committee and legislators to reopen the investigation of the disappearance of the plane because of the information reported in Roll Call magazine as released by the FBI under Freedom of Information Act request. The story will be airing on the History Channel on a show called History¹s Mysteries at 8:00 PM Eastern and Pacific time June 26, 2001. I want to thank you in advance for your help in discovering the truth about this event.

Please pass this message on to your friends and the media.

Please also Contact: The U.S. House of Representatives


Committee on Government Reform
Dan Burton, IN, Chairman
&
Henry A. Waxman, CA. Ranking Democrat

You can direct your message to them with one phone call to their direct line:

202-225-5074


Dr. Nick Begich is son of the missing congressman from Alaska, Nick Begich. He has authored numerous books and has spoke world wide on environmental, governmental and Alaskan Issues. He may be reached by email, through his web site, Earthpulse.com, by Voice mail at 907-694-1277 or by snail mail:
Dr. Nick Begich Jr.
P.O. Box 201393
Anchorage, Alaska 99520

Tom may also be reached through the same numbers.

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