Olbermann: 9/11 Activist Beverly Eckert Killed In Buffalo Plane Crash + Activist Alison Des Forges Dies in Crash

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Our sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who died in this tragic crash. ~ DS

Updated: 2.14. 09

[Note: replaced video Aug. 8, 2010]

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February 13, 2009 MSNBC Keith Olbermann

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Sent to DS from Roxanne (http://www.spiritmorphstudio.com/):

Rachel Fix Dominguez is collecting memories of Alison Des Forges to include in a book for the family. Please send me a message with your thoughts.

Members of the Bennett Park Montessori Center community will also be contributing. We want to compile something for Roger, Sandy, Jessie and the rest of the family. Please feel free to forward my e-mail address (rachel_fix@yahoo.com) to anyone else who might want to contribute.

Also:

http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/02/13/human-rights-watch-mourns-loss-alison-des-forges

Long or short, whatever you prefer. Members of the Bennett Park Montessori Center community will also be contributing. We want to compile something for Roger, Sandy, Jessie and the rest of the family. Please feel free to forward my e-mail address (rachel_fix@yahoo.com) to anyone else who might want to contribute.

Don’t worry what you write …Don’t worry if short (a sentence or two) or seems less profound than you think it should be. Alison touched so many people in so many ways- we want to hear about French classes, Social Studies lectures, hanging out at the Des Forges’ house, etc.

02.13.09 – 11:19 PM
Human Rights Activist Alison Des Forges Dies in Buffalo Plane Crash

http://www.commondreams.org/further/human-rights-activist-alison-des-forges-dies-buffalo-plane-crash

by Abby Zimet

Historian Alison Des Forges, 66, a prominent human rights advocate who documented genocide in Rwanda, was one of 50 people killed in Thursday’s Continental Airlines crash near Buffalo. Kenneth Roth, president of Human Rights Watch, said Des Forges, “epitomized the human rights activist – principled, dispassionate, committed to the truth and to using that truth to protect ordinary people.”

For her award-winning book, “Leave None To Tell the Story, Des Forges spent four years interviewing victims and organizers of the 1994 genocide that killed some 800,000 people in 100 days. Des Forges argued that the genocide was not a spontaneous eruption of ancient tribal hatreds but a carefully orchestrated effort by the government that seized power in Rwanda in 1994.

Des Forges was also an authority on human rights violations in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and had testified as an expert witness at many genocide trials. She worked as a senior adviser to Human Rights Watch’s Africa division.

For more go here.

22 thoughts on “Olbermann: 9/11 Activist Beverly Eckert Killed In Buffalo Plane Crash + Activist Alison Des Forges Dies in Crash

  1. Pingback: Bill Moyers Journal: Racism + Robert Johnson + Alison Des Forges « Dandelion Salad

  2. Thanks Roxanne.

    Also from Roxanne:

    From: Rachel Fix Dominguez at 6:48pm February 14

    Also, there is talk of having another service in either Boston or NYC in the spring, but that hasn’t come together yet. Link to the church: http://www.stjosephbuffalo.com/

    I will post more details as they become available. Please share widely.

    Note that the time has been determined for 3 pm.

    PLEASE SHARE WIDELY, for those traveling from out of town.

  3. Much appreciation for the link, Kooch. Some unusual circumstances (durability of plane, ability to keep off ice)…

    • Thanks, Natureboy. The link is also listed at the end of the above post, “For more go here.” But it’s easy to miss.

      What an incredible human being, she will be missed by many.

  4. Dutch ~ I appreciate your input into the crash. I had no idea about Des Forges being on the plane either. Funny there’s no mention of this in the media. I look forward to follow up on this topic. Thank you all for contributing.

  5. Thanks for posting, this, Lo. I’ll keep you posted on further developments on Allison.

    Have to say thanks to all in this discussion for keeping your critical thinking hats (with or without tin foil! 😉 on here–It brought a smile to my face to read, and feel like I’m among friends, always looking at the news from all possible angles.
    Love the Dandelion Salad Community!

  6. Suspicious no doubt, but likely not the most convincing way to have her ‘Wellstoned’ if that was the motive.

    The sordid history of ‘problematic’ political adversaries going down in mysterious small plane crashes certainly surrounds the event.

    Accident or unlikely assassination, certainly sad indeed.

    In honor of the memory of Beverly Eckert at least, it’s high time to reopen the investigation of the bizarre collapse of WTC #7.

  7. I’ve been flying small planes and much smaller planes for 25years. A bumpy ride is par for the course. Crashing isn’t.

    The plane did have on board a 9/11 activist, Beverly Eckert (who’s husband dies in the south tower and who worked tirelessly to force the Government to create the 911 commission and who testified before Pres Obama days ago about the need to inquire further and to impeach the3 bastards).

    Another passenger, Alison Des Forges, was yet again a tireless champion for human rights and justice (who studied and wrote a definitive book on the genocide in Darfur and who testified before several international genocide trials).

    Two thorns in the side of Fascist dictatorships that have been silenced.
    No history of icing problems on that type of aircraft.
    The plane was just 8 months old.
    Amazingly, the crash was mitigated to just one rural property, killing 1 of 3 occupants.

    Still sad.

    More suspicious.

  8. Baloney, you guys. The last time I flew, it was on a Continental Connection turboprop just like this one, and coincidentally, from Newark to Buffalo. Even on a good day, it’s a nauseating ride. A small plane, it felt like I was being blown from Newark to Buffalo in a paper bag. Put away the tinfoil hats, please.

  9. I wondered why that plane went down. The more vocal or better informed the passenger, the more likely the plane to crumble.
    Reminiscent of the key witness to the Bush’ election vote-rigging going down in his private plane just after having been deposed for a preliminary investigation of the crimes.

    This plane wreck is a horrible loss for many families, certainly.

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