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"Came to Bury Caesar" - October 24, 2000

When I tell people that I'm a Gates-assassination researcher, often the response is a roll of the eyes and the question, implied or otherwise, "Why don't you people just let it go already?" To a certain extent I can understand this reaction. The assassination saga over the course of the year 2000 hasn't exactly been up to the standards of other media mega-events in recent history. Bill Gates's death occurred over ten months ago, there was an investigation, there was widespread media coverage, and, unlike in, say, the O.J. trial or the Monica Lewinsky scandal, there has not been a steady stream of front-page revelations and turns to keep the storyline moving. The attitude of many is, "Gates got shot. Some crazy guy did it. Let's move on."

But for a great number of people, myself included, it is impossible to move on, as from our point of view the storyline is far from concluded. We may not be experiencing a second act packed with stunning reversals every minute, but the central issue of the story remains unresolved: Who is ultimately responsible for the death of Bill Gates?

There are many reasons that I personally consider that question unanswered, but for the purposes of this essay I want to concentrate specifically on the question of Gates's known enemies at the time of his death. Gates was a business leader who probably attracted as much antipathy in his life as any corporate titan in history. He had enemies in his own business, in the government, in the U.S. and abroad. While many people admired Gates and looked to him as a shining beacon for capitalism itself, many others believed him to have won his place as the richest man in the world by being an underhanded businessman who stole the ideas of others and forced a shoddy product on the market simply so he and his company could dominate it. And, of course, there were those who attributed even more sinister and unattractive qualities to Gates.

In 1999, about six months before Gates's death, a book was published that outlined many of these Gates enemies with great insight. The book, called "The Plot to Get Bill Gates" by Gary Rivlin, detailed how hatred of Gates had reached the point of obsession with a large number of his business rivals (as well as his detractors outside the technology industry, such as the Dept. Of Justice and Ralph Nader). It is difficult to find a person who inspires the kind of loathing Bill Gates immediately evokes in these people. Author Rivlin noticed this hatred early on in his research for his book and wrote that...

though the eyes of the nation were on Silicon Valley, in the Valley all eyes seemed diverted northward to Redmond; Bill Gates's name was on everyone's lips. "It's all just a plot to get Bill Gates," I said to my friend. "A plot by everyone to prove themselves bigger, better, and smarter than this dislikable, slop-shouldered tyrant from Redmond."

Who were these people who felt so strongly against Gates? The lead players in Rivlin's drama (to quote the book's publicity information) are "Lawrence Ellison of Oracle, Scott McNealy of Sun Microsystems, Ray Noorda of Novell, Marc Andreessen and James Barksdale of Netscape, Philippe Kahn of Borland, and Gary Kildall (the unsung programmer who could have been Gates)." And rounding out the cast are "venture capitalist John Doerr, consumer activist Ralph Nader, zealous attorney Gary Reback, and the Fraternal Order of Antitrust Lawyers."

That's a lot of enemies. How is it that none of these people are mentioned by name in the Garcetti Report? I'm not saying that I have any evidence that any of the above-mentioned folks had anything to do with the assassination, and I'm not saying that any one of them is the sort of person who would be involved in an assassination conspiracy. I'm simply saying that it's odd that not a single one of them was interviewed by Garcetti's Board of Inquiry. Let's say you're a homicide detective. If a man was killed and you knew he had business rivals who has been publicly quoted as saying things such as "I hate him" and "We're gonna crush him" and "I'm gonna get that fucker," wouldn't you at least want to make a phone call to these people? Rivlin again:

To my mind it's a tale of obsession worthy of Melville, where a long line of Captains of Industries have taken turns playing the role of Captain Ahab, ostentatious in their hate for Gates--the Great White Whale. The more he is attacked, the angrier and meaner (and larger!) this whale grows.

There is also a wealth of public evidence that several of Gates's rivals DID conspire against him with regard to the Dept. of Justice lawsuit--in fact, Microsoft's troubles with the federal government might not have even existed if it weren't for that conspiracy. Enemies with passionate hatred of Gates, enemies who have conspired before, a now-dead gunman who can't tell us whether or not he was hired for pay...it all sounds like something I'd look into if I were the D.A.

So that's the partial answer to the question, "Why don't you just let it go already?" I can't let it go when I know that there are stones left unturned, and provocative evidence is actually peeking out from beneath those stones, but the D.A. just ignores the stones like they're not there. The possibility of conspiracy with regard to Gates's tech-industry rivals is too important to overlook. There may not be fire underneath all that smoke...but then again, there may be.

Cooper Williams is a leading Gates assassination researcher and constitutional freedom activist based in Scottsdale, Arizona. He spent 12 years with the U.S. Navy Intelligence (Lt. Col., Ret.) and 8 years as a State Department analysist before retiring in 1997.



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