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Bu$h Family Babysitter Killed in Fairfax, VA

Bertha Champagne, 62, had gone outside the house about 9 p.m. Monday, reportedly to retrieve something from her car. The vehicle had been in gear, police said, and appeared to have rolled in her direction when Champagne was in front of it.
Bush Family Babysitter Killed in Fairfax

Sunday, October 5, 2003; Page C03

A babysitter for the family of Marvin Bush was found dead Monday night outside the family's Fairfax County home, and police said that she had been crushed when her car rolled into her, pinning her between the vehicle and an outbuilding on the property.

Fairfax County police said Bertha Champagne, 62, had worked for several years for Marvin Bush, President Bush's brother, and lived at the family home on Fort Hunt Road in the Alexandria section of Fairfax.

Officer Courtney Young, a police spokeswoman, said Champagne had gone outside the house about 9 p.m. Monday, reportedly to retrieve something from her car.

The vehicle had been in gear, police said, and appeared to have rolled in her direction when Champagne was in front of it.

After pinning Champagne, Young said, the car continued rolling toward Fort Hunt Road, near the intersection of Edgehill Drive.

Champagne was taken to an area hospital and declared dead that evening. Young said she did not know the cause of death.

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Marvin Bu$h--director WTC, Dulles, United Airlines security 14.Oct.2003 19:09

Margie Burns

George W. Bush's brother was on the board of directors of a company providing electronic security for the World Trade Center, Dulles International Airport and United Airlines . . . The company was backed by an investment firm, the Kuwait-American Corp., also linked for years to the Bush family. In addition, the suite in which Marvin Bush was annually re-elected, according to public records, is located in the Watergate in space leased to the Saudi government.
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Bush-Linked Company Handled Security for the WTC, Dulles and United
by Margie Burns

George W. Bush's brother was on the board of directors of a company providing electronic security for the World Trade Center, Dulles International Airport and United Airlines, according to public records. The company was backed by an investment firm, the Kuwait-American Corp., also linked for years to the Bush family.

The security company, formerly named Securacom and now named Stratesec, is in Sterling, Va.. Its CEO, Barry McDaniel, said the company had a ``completion contract" to handle some of the security at the World Trade Center ``up to the day the buildings fell down."

It also had a three-year contract to maintain electronic security systems at Dulles Airport, according to a Dulles contracting official. Securacom/Stratesec also handled some security for United Airlines in the 1990s, according to McDaniel, but it had been completed before his arriving on the board in 1998.

McDaniel confirmed that the company has security contracts with the Department of Defense, including the U.S. Army, but did not detail the nature of the work, citing security concerns. It has an ongoing line with the General Services Administration - meaning that its bids for contracts are noncompetitive - and also did security work for the Los Alamos laboratory before 1998.

Marvin P. Bush, the president's youngest brother, was a director at Stratesec from 1993 to fiscal year 2000. But the White House has not publicly disclosed Bush connections in any of its responses to 9/11, nor has it mentioned that another Bush-linked business had done security work for the facilities attacked.

Marvin Bush joined Securacom when it was capitalized by the Kuwait-American Corporation, a private investment firm in D.C. that was the security company's major investor, sometimes holding a controlling interest. Marvin Bush has not responded to telephone calls and e-mails for comment.

KuwAm has been linked to the Bush family financially since the Gulf War. One of its principals and a member of the Kuwaiti royal family, Mishal Yousef Saud al Sabah, served on the board of Stratesec.

The managing director at KuwAm, Wirt D. Walker III, was also a principal at Stratesec, and Walker, Marvin Bush and al Sabah are listed in SEC filings as significant shareholders in both companies during that period.

Marvin Bush's last year on the board at Stratesec coincided with his first year on the board of HCC Insurance, formerly Houston Casualty Co., one of the insurance carriers for the WTC. He left the HCC board in November 2002.

But none of these connections has been looked at during the extensive investigations since 9/11. McDaniel says principals and other personnel at Stratesec have not been questioned or debriefed by the FBI or other investigators.

Walker declined to answer the same question regarding KuwAm, referring to the public record.

Walker is also chairman and CEO of Aviation General, a Tulsa, Okla.-based aviation company with two subsidiaries. SEC filings also show al Sabah as a principal and shareholder in Aviation General, which was recently delisted by the Nasdaq. Stratesec was delisted by the American Stock Exchange in October 2002.

The suite in which Marvin Bush was annually re-elected, according to public records, is located in the Watergate in space leased to the Saudi government. The company now holds shareholder meetings in space leased by the Kuwaiti government there. The White House has not responded to various requests for comment.

Speaking of the Watergate, Riggs National Bank, where Saudi Princess Al-Faisal had her ``Saudi money trail" bank account, has as one of its executives Jonathan Bush, an uncle of the president. The public has not learned whether Riggs - which services 95 percent of Washington's foreign embassies - will be turning over records relating to Saudi
finance.

Meanwhile, Bush has nominated William H. Donaldson to head the Securities and Exchange Commission. Donaldson, a longtime Bush family friend, was a Yale classmate of Jonathan Bush.

On the very day of the tragic space shuttle crash, the government appointed an independent investigative panel, and rightly so. Why didn't it do the same on Sept. 12, 2001?

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Margie Burns, a teacher and writer, lives in Cheverly, Maryland.

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Marvin Bu$h--director WTC, Dulles, United Airlines security
Marvin Bu$h--director WTC, Dulles, United Airlines security

death of Bush babysitter 05.Aug.2004 18:29

Ramon LaMar

I'm curious if there has been any follow up on this story, e.g what the autopsy of Bertha Champagne revealed or if Marvin Bush and family were ever questioned. The woman must have been a possible threat to Marvin's bloody conscience regarding the 9/11 plot, which is no doubt why she had an "accident".

an uneducated guess 16.Aug.2005 14:12

primal screaming 2

Odd... ever get in front of an idling car in gear.. not much momentum.
My guess... the cover up is about one of the kids playing in the car.. or sitting in the car while the lady was getting stuff to the house.
kid plays with gas and gears.. shes done.
then.. the mysterious car that has gone forward and pinned a person.. mysteriously gets away and rolls somewhere eles.
try this at home... put your car in gear and let it roll into something. chances are thats where it will stay.
well, maybe this will be a Skakel thing some day. Doesn't the poor lady have family that want to know?
then, maybe she really did over hear something.. but that usually results in a disapear.
well, thanks for the chance to give my 3 cents.

The whole incident is worthy of intense scrutiny 25.Apr.2006 06:10

Another citizen questioning official lack of investigation

As Primal Screaming 2 suggests, a freely rolling car in idle has little momentum. There appears in the included photograph of the scene to be little-to-no grade. It seems to me that to cause this woman's death by crushing her, the car had to have something causing it to move forward with good intensity so as to apply high pressure to the woman's body. Perhaps the woman died of a heart attack or some other stress-related issue and was not crushed. We don't know. If she was crushed though, my first thought is someone was behind the wheel with their foot on the accelerator. Isn't it yours? The story is the car was moving forward on its own, drifting forward if you will. Would such a slow moving vehicle be able to crush and kill a person? The same automobile then somehow reversed direction, pulled away from the wall into which it would have crashed had not the woman's body interceded, and began to drift again, this time across a fairly busy street where it came to rest in a woods. The car's somehow reversing is implied by its moving from the scene at all. The law of momentum is denied by a car moving forward and hitting an equally opposing force, a woman and a wall, and doing anything but continuing to move forward. The old woman pushed it away from her? I question whether she would have enough strength to create force enough to reverse the momentum of the car, a very heavy object, though that is possible. The article says nothing about the vehicle drifting across a street while traveling backward while still not in gear, so if it moved forward to do that it would appear to have had to first back up to move away from the wall that was impeding its forward motion, even just to go around the wall and person blocking it, so it could continue forward. In order to have reason to roll forward in the first place without being propelled there would have to be a downward incline on which it was travelling. An un-propelled vehicle moving downward on a grade would simply not move very far in the opposite direction, uphill, no matter the proposed strength of the old woman who might have pushed it away from her. It would appear someone had to be controlling the vehicle. This is a matter of real-life physics, basic intuitive understanding of the situation gleaned from the sketchy details contained in the news story. Obviously, this is an event that still deserves deep investigation, as it deserved at the time and apparently did not receive.

death of bertha 10.Sep.2006 05:01

yet another citizens voice

the law of physics speak for themselves , you cannot deny them, believe it or not there are americans out here who do have some intelligence and at the very least half a brain. id be interested to see a full scale investigation into this poor womans death and read the autopsy report myself.

bush family crimes against america 04.Mar.2007 12:55

true american

"where there's smoke...there's usually fire"