- Note - Former Arkansas State Trooper
and Clinton Confidant L.D. Brown delivered the following speech at "March
for Justice" in D.C. October 31, 1998
- I am a former Arkansas State Trooper
and Clinton bodyguard whose name has rarely surfaced. That's because my
close friendship with Bill Clinton caused me such grief I've struggled
to stay in the background all these years. I wanted to put the memories
of all the abuses of power I'd witnessed behind me; to make a new life
for my family.
- So why speak now? Just when I've got
a Ph.D. and am thinking of moving my family out of this country to Scotland?
Yes, that's how much I want to put memories of Clinton behind me. Why speak
now, indeed. Because for this moment my family and I still live in Little
Rock. We are already outcasts in our own home town just because I once
dared stand up and say the emperor has no clothes - he can't even keep
them on. Because I promise you after what I'm about to tell you, my family's
treatment in Little Rock is going to plunge from bad to worse than you
- So why make myself a marked man? Because
I started lying awake last week, asking myself 'what will I say when my
children one day ask, "But daddy you knew so much, you could have
spoken out why didn't you?"' So it has come to this moment, on this
Halloween day, to reveal skeletons - just a few, we only have hours here!
And I will not be telling you about abuses of power I've read about, but
about crimes I've witnessed with my own two eyes.
- You see I wasn't just Bill's bodyguard,
I was his close friend, and he mine. My future wife was Chelsea Clinton's
nanny and a frequent babysitter for Vince and Lisa Foster. I see now that
Bill and my close friendship was probably pre-destined. We were constantly
together, we both came from similar traumatic childhoods, and we both tried
to womanize away that pain and confusion. But if it were just about sex,
I would not be risking my family's welfare to speak up now. I step forward
because I was an eyewitness to the far darker path Bill turned down. It
is a path so dark, so twisted that it is almost impossible for the average
American to comprehend. The full horror of Bill Clinton's assault on truth
and justice staggers the imagination. There is no precedent, no point of
reference for understanding the corruption of this man. That's why we are
now a nation paralyzed by disbelief. Indeed if I had not witnessed his
crimes with my own eyes I could not fathom their magnitude either. But
now is the moment we must find the steeliness to confront the terrible
- America has allowed itself to be duped
into placing a dangerously sick and immoral boy/man in the most powerful
position in the free world. He is pitiable, yes. But he is also the sad
case with his finger on the button. He is the shadow figure with dirty
hands choking the future of our children, our country - indeed life as
we know it. Because make no mistake -- there is no tooth fairy, we may
be on the brink of a world meltdown, this may be our last chance to save
ourselves. That is why I will now publicly go on the record with what I
can. There is more I can say in time when current investigations I am involved
in go public. For now let me make clear that I do not know how Bill Clinton's
White House Counsel Vince Foster died. But I do know, for a fact, that
both investigations, Robert Fiske's and Kenneth Starr's, were cover-ups.
As a law enforcement agent for over 24 years, I will tell you that there
has been no investigation capable of ruling Foster's death a suicide in
Fort Marcy Park. Because there has been no investigation built around the
most relevant fact about Vince Foster: the fact that he and Hillary Clinton
were in the middle of a long torrid affair. I ought to know, I was there,
I saw it. And Hillary and I talked about it often during late-night chats
in the Governor's mansion. This affair started in Little Rock and drew
Vince Foster to Washington - and to his death. Without putting the affair
between these two people at its center, without interviewing Hillary, any
investigation into the death of Vince Foster will be totally compromised.
- I speak of this now NOT to speak of sex,
but to speak of the Clintons' frightening influence over the Park Police
and the FBI. Since when in America do we not fully and impartially investigate
the death of a citizen? Any citizen. But surely there should be no whisper
of compromise when it is the investigation into one of the highest-ranking
government officials in history to meet a violent end while in office.
- I gaze now on the White House and think
of Vince walking its halls. And that leads me to a memory from the days
when Bill was governor. Hillary and Chelsea and my wife and I were up in
Washington together and driving in a cab past the White House. Little Chelsea,
upon seeing this big white house, began begging her mother and nanny -
my wife - to take her on a tour. The supposedly sweet, motherly Hillary
launched into her usual sharp scolding of her daughter. Chelsea was quiet
and Hillary looked out the window at the White House, then home to President
Ronald and Nancy Reagan and told her child "Chelsea, I'll take you
on a White House tour when someone decent lives there!"
- Boy, I wonder how many people are telling
their children that same thing as they drive past the White House today.
When I first worked for the Clintons I naively saw myself as a sort of
patriot in my own small way, helping Bill to do great things for my beloved
Arkansas. It wasn't all the procurement of girls I was obliged to do for
him that brought on my moment of truth. It was finally the combined weight
all those moments I witnessed him sell his soul in a heartbeat. Take just
one time when he gave a law enforcement position to a man who everyone
knew would be a disaster. I confronted him and asked, "Why, Bill?"
He said "L.D. I know you're right, but he's contributing $5,000, and
that's a lot of money right now. Sometimes we need to do bad things for
the greater good."
- So it doesn't surprise me to hear the
Clinton administration has allowed nuclear targeting technology to be given
to Communist China in return for contributions to the Democratic Party.
Bill Clinton has no principles. Everything he does is geared toward winning.
In his mind it's all about how Bill Clinton must win -- whatever the cost
to the country and the world.
- Of Bill, of Hillary, of the whole stinking
sordid Billorygate, I say this: Betray us once and shame on you. Betray
us twice and shame on us. Betray us three times, four times, five times,
as you have, and I say, Lord, what is the matter with us? Please rouse
us from our denial. This is the darkest of hours for our country and our
constitution. I pray that we survive this most corrupt presidency in history.
I pray that this country finds a way to go on. I pray that there is a tomorrow
in which the history books will record this as the crisis that rocked us
to our foundations. But as the crisis from which we learned, once and for
all: Character Does Count - I end with a personal plea to my former buddy.
Bill: The Truth Shall Set You Free.
- L.D. Brown 10-31-98