January 6, 2011

Life The Movie: Pentagon Official's Body in Landfill

In the midst of reports of birds falling out of the sky, fish dying en masse, an incredible homeless radio announcer, and the LOST numbers almost winning the lottery an very interesting story has surfaced. According to reports, John P. Wheeler, a Pentagon official was found dead, but it's not like he was dead in his apartment. His body was recovered in a landfill in Delaware.

While I don't want to discredit Mr. Wheeler's legacy or speak ill will of him during his family's grievance this story sounds like it's straight out of a movie.  Mr Wheeler worked with Mitre Corp, a private corporation with military contracts and was a huge supporter of the Vietnam war memorial. According to this report his behavior at the end of the his life was increasingly erratic. Bodies in landfill's are usually clear signs that someone didn't want it to get found. Check out this classic scene from the Departed.

Fitzy: I spent all fucking night dragging the poor bastard in there. Tell me how they find him so fast? Somebody walking a fucking dog ? What fucking size a dog is that? Has to be a big fucking dog, man. I spent all night doing it man. 
[pause, Frank stares at him] 
Fitzy: I'm embarrassed. I still don't believe he was a cop, I don't believe it. 
Frank Costello: The COPS... are saying he's a cop... so I won't look for the cop. Are you soft, Fitz? When I tell you... to dump a body in the marsh, you dump him *IN* the marsh. Not where some guy from John Hancock goes every Thursday

Sounds too me like someone in The Pentagon / Mitre Corp is having a Frank Costello moment. And if someone is having a Costello moment then some ambitious young aide is starting to put the pieces together and ask questions. Chances are people are telling that young aide that the answers to his questions are a little bit above his "pay grade." There also might be a trip to Columbia, why Columbia? Clearly you haven't seen the underrated Clear and Present Danger. Either way, the death of Mr. Wheeler is ripped from the pages of a Hollywood thriller, and just goes to show that, life is a movie.

1 comment:

  1. You are are, right, that Mitre Corp. is headquartered in Bedford, MA and that you have met several former engineers from there, all of whom worked on 'secure systems' for the USAF?