The movie, Richard Jewell, produced and directed by Clint Eastwood, one of the few remaining loyal Americans in the motion picture industry, depicts the case of Richard Jewell, a heroic security guard who was on duty the night of the horrific bombing at the Summer Olympics on July 27, 1996, at Centennial Park in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jewell’s actions, in first finding the suspicious knapsack which housed the bomb, then in alerting police, and finally in helping police move the crowd away from the bomb before it detonated, undoubtedly saved numerous lives and prevented further injuries.
Yet, despite the lack of any evidence against him, the FBI named Jewell as the prime suspect in the bombing, thanks largely to an unscrupulous FBI agent-in-charge who leaked information to a whore reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in exchange for sexual favors (talk about a REAL Quid Pro Quo!!!).
Then, again with no evidence whatsoever, the newspaper ran a front-page story accusing Jewell, and the media mob frenzy predictably ensued. Subsequently, timeline evidence proved Jewell could not have been the bomber and he was cleared. A few years later, the real bomber confessed and was arrested and convicted.
But the damage was done. Jewell died on August 29, 2007, at the age of 44, of a heart attack, undoubtedly exacerbated by stress and anxiety due to the false accusations against him by the media mob and the FBI.
Kudos to Clint Eastwood for sharing this story with the American people, and for exposing the corruption, bias, and incompetence at the highest levels of the FBI and in the mass media.
The Honorable Eddie Rose
Former Laguna Niguel (CA) City Councilman
“A Voice—Not An Echo”