GORDON DUFF: The Wheeler Murder, Just Another Dead Veteran?




By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor

John Wheeler III was pulled out of the back of a garbage truck two weeks ago, maybe cut into pieces, maybe burned alive, maybe tortured, maybe shot, nobody is telling us.  However, the stories are now hitting, Wheeler suffered from demons, nightmares from his service in Vietnam.  This is bull.

John Wheeler, a man whose Washington resume is unmatched, West Point, Yale Law, CFR (Council on Foreign Relations), SEC (Security and Exchange Commission,) expert on everything from financial crime, to cyber warfare, chemical weapons, nobody knew what this man knew, nobody had his expertise, his access.  No man in Washington had more secrets in his head than John Wheeler.

What John Wheeler was not, however, was a Vietnam veteran suffering from PTSD or similar combat related problems.  Wheeler’s military service was administrative.  He served in highly secure areas and lived under circumstances not unlike any military base near Washington DC.  His job, as with the vast majority of others that served in Vietnam in administrative and support positions, was what he was assigned to.  Some people were sent into combat and some were not.  I served in combat in Vietnam and strongly suspect that I was negatively impacted by this as were all those who served with me.  Most, those who survived, have suffered from this service in a catastrophic manner.

Wheeler’s murder is not going to be allowed to be shoved under a rug because of Vietnam.  There are enough of us around who have lived through decades of seeing veterans attacked, not just the media, the movies, the TV shows, but by congress.  The number of American politicians who have made an honest effort to support soldiers, veterans, confront the real betrayal of those who really protect America is less than 5 out of well over 500.

Making John Wheeler look like another “loser vet” as an excuse for what is now clearly a massive government cover-up of his murder isn’t going to be allowed.  His veteran status isn’t going to be used as an excuse, it is going to be used as a reason to catch his killers.

To do this, first we want to know why nothing has been done?  Is there an FBI task force assigned to investigate?  Have we proven his death a common street crime?  With the lying, the secrecy, the utter and total corruption we have seen in Washington, the veterans of the United States aren’t ready to sit this one out.  Too many of us have died quietly, Agent Orange, Gulf War Illness, abuse and neglect.

Lets look at Wheeler for a minute.  I have worked in Washington, politics, defense, not at his level and never with his expertise, but I know a little about his life.  This was a brilliant man, tireless, dedicated and honest as hell.  He didn’t serve in combat but never forgot those who did.  Service isn’t all about TV show “shoot-em-ups.”  Service and sacrifice isn’t all Vietnam.  Wheeler spent his life somewhere far worse than Vietnam, around dangers, around enemies far worse than I ever saw walking the rice paddies of Southeast Asia.

John Wheeler served in hell, he worked in Washington DC.  This is what killed him, maybe a government conspiracy, well, very probably that.  If you get knocked in the head for your wallet, they don’t try to hide your body, not in such a way as to make a public statement.  The body of a prominent defense expert, one of the top lawyers of the Security and Exchange Commission, Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, specialist in every covert defense technology known, isn’t tossed into a garbage truck without there being a message of some kind.

Wheeler, to me, is “one of us,” a Vietnam veteran.  We are not all the same, our politics, our jobs, our health, our outlook on life.  When you put us together, we are all brothers, and John Wheeler exemplified that with a life spent in the sewer of back stabbing cowards and liars that make up our military, government and financial community at the highest level.  He was always “one of us.”

John Wheeler was, best of all, the utter and total opposite of John McCain.

Wheeler may well have been murdered because of that, dignity, courage and integrity.

We are never going to be told the truth.  We gave that privilege up, the right to the truth, when we decided to hand our fate over to those who promised to “keep us safe.”  They put us in endless wars, took our jobs, our retirement, millions of our homes and, as some of us learned awhile ago, have kept us safe from the worst enemy we have ever faced.

They have kept us safe from “them.”

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