The DEA’s obstruction of a mother’s investigation of a 1987 double homicide highlights the criminal relationship between Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and the CIA

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I have seen it reported where Linda Ives, understandably, does not want her son’s death used for any political purpose.  This is not my purpose.  Nor is it my purpose to become involved in the details of her son’s murder and “the government’s” subsequent cover-up of that murder.  Her attorney, David Lewis, already did an excellent job of that. 


  1. It is difficult for the public to accept that the government of the United States and state of Arkansas, would be involved in the murder of two boys and/or cover up the murder of these boys in order to also cover up for cocaine trafficking by the same governments.  It seemingly involves too many people from both political parties, and is so far against American values for us to believe.  So public awareness is not on her side.  I hope to change that.
  2. If you assume the allegations are true, involving both major parties and both the United States government and government of Arkansas, their obstruction would be a huge obstacle to overcome without public demand.

Linda Ives Lawsuit

Plaintiff has been trying for the last 29 years (now 32) to learn how her son was killed, why and by whom and has been met with stonewalling at every tum. Plaintiff is trying by this action to learn how her son was killed, by whom, and how and why, how and by whom his cause of death was covered up.

Plaintiff believes the only reason she has not received adequate responses is that an adequate response would show crimes by government officials and would expose them and government agencies to suits for damages. Plaintiff will prove that there has been a massive cover-up by federal, state and county officials.

My purpose is to provide for the plaintiff and the public the overwhelming evidence of crime in our government which preceded the murders of Don Henry and Ken Ives, which the release of the documents to Linda Ives would expose to some extent.  In order for the reader to have a proper understanding of our government’s criminal history, I will present facts and “allegations” in chronological order along with events that are not crimes, such as elections and other changes in government administration.   

One of the more unsettling concepts that this timeline suggests is that the same people who profit from defense contracts and arms sales also control the terrorist networks that initiate the “dynamic events” (citing Erik Prince for that term) that form the basis for military actions and arms sales.  I will not try to develop that theory, or any other theories for that matter, although I will make a few notes and observations along the way.    

Point being, the murders of Don Henry and Ken Ives are commonly referred to as being related to “IranContra,” which is certainly true, but it’s much, much larger than that, as this timeline will illustrate.  This whole mess involves Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, the Mujahideen and the Contras, just for starters.  It involves the Republican and Democratic parties.  It involves drug trafficking, arms trafficking, terrorism, assassinations, and likely child sex trafficking.  It involves Christians, Jews, and Muslims. 

Again, I’m not going to develop any of those points.  You can think I’m crazy if you want, I don’t care.  Read it and make up your own mind.  If you’re one of those types who believe that only the Republicans, or the Democrats, or whoever it is are the only ones commit any crimes in our government, so be it.  There’s plenty in here for any of you.

There is only one thing I want you to believe.  Something very rotten lies at the core of the reason the DEA will not release the information Linda Ives asked for.  

To familiarize you with “The Boys on the Tracks,” as they’ve come to be known, based on the title of a book written by Mara Leverill And available here:   I’ll start with a the video “Obstruction of Justice” which summarizes the situation surrounding the murders.  Then I’ll summarize Linda Ive’s lawsuit a bit.  Then I’ll reference some reporting from Arkansas in 2018 about the government’s refusal to turn over documents to Linda Ives.  Finally my research in timeline format in support of the release of documents requested.

VIDEO- “Obstruction of Justice.”

Don Henry and Kevin Ives were murdered and their murders were covered up, period.   That’s not “conspiracy theory” to the people of Saline County, Arkansas.  It’s what they know.  The above video is a must watch to hear their story.

Linda Ives Lawsuit

On August 24, 2016, Linda Ives filed suit against the CIA, DIA, DOJ, DHS, DEA, USAO, USDOS, Arkansas State Police, Bryant Police Department, and the Saline County Sheriff’s Office.

Attorney David Lewis For Linda Ives did an excellent job laying that the governments of Arkansas and The United States are concealing criminal activity of government officials.

Some of the information contained in the lawsuit, from various sources, summarized as follows:  (any errors in the summary are mine).   Read it yourself though.

  • Medical Examiner Fahmy Malik falsified his autopsy report on the murders of Don Henry and Ken Ives.
  • The area where the boys were found by the train tracks was known locally to be a drop for drugs.
  • Saline County officials refused to consider a statement by Sharline Wilson providing key firsthand  information implicating other Saline County officials in the coverup.
  • US Attorney General Edwin Meese, among other government officials, had received a bribe directly from Barry Seal.
  • IRS agent Bill Duncan testified that US Attorney Asa Hutchinson covered up evidence of money laundering involving the Mena, Arkansas drug operation.
  • Around $100 Million a month in cocaine moved through Mena, Arkansas, the largest drug smuggling operation in the United States.
  • Much of the cocaine money was laundered through the Arkansas Development and Finance Authority created by Bill Clinton.
  • Much of the cocaine was later sold in Los Angeles as reported by Gary Webb of the San Jose Mercury News.
  • A large amount of evidence demonstrating that the CIA was using the cocaine proceeds to fund the Contras in Nicaragua. 
  • Money was paid from the Arkansas Development and Finance Authority to the Rose Law Firm.
  • William Casey said that Bill Clinton was “No. 1 on the short list” to be President if he didn’t “**** up.”


Agency ordered to disclose parts of files in ‘boys on the tracks’ case; 2 Arkansas teens found dead in ’87.  August 13, 1980.

He (Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Miller) said two documents — one a report of investigation prepared May 4, 1983, and another a report of investigation prepared Jan. 24, 1995 — were “directly related” to Ives’ request. He said the DEA withheld the entire documents, citing exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act that limit disclosure of documents that will invade privacy, reveal the identity of confidential sources, circumvent the law and place people at risk of harm…

He wrote that in her Freedom of Information Act request, Ives asked for “all records, recordings, documents and emails, unredacted, relevant to the death of Kevin Ives,” and sought “all records, recordings, documents and emails regarding Mena Airport drug trafficking as they relate to Barry Seal.”…

In response, Miller said, the department “searched for information relevant to Kevin Ives, but did not search for information relevant to Mena drug trafficking and Barry Seal.”

The DEA pushed back against releasing these documents even after Judge Miller issued his ruling that the DEA improperly withheld information from Linda Ives.

Arkansas mom’s motion in bid to unseal files says DEA hiding crimes.  August 18, 2018.  

While the DEA claimed all the withheld information was exempt from disclosure, Miller said his review, in response to a federal lawsuit Ives filed, showed that the agency didn’t provide Ives with “all reasonably segregable information.”

He ordered the agency to submit to his court by Friday a proposed method of redacting the exempt parts from the non-exempt parts. He said he would review the DEA’s proposal and then decide to either release the information as the DEA suggests or come up with his own method of segregating out the protected information, and give the DEA a chance to object.

On Tuesday, however, the DEA asked him to reconsider, arguing that the release of the information could endanger confidential informants or law enforcement agents even decades after the reports were written. The DEA appears to contend that the confidential information is too entwined with any nonconfidential information to be adequately segregated.

Lewis scoffed at that suggestion, arguing Friday, “It is much more likely that the government wants to conceal this report because it shows that the government was engaged in illegal trafficking of guns and narcotics which would be politically embarrassing and would require criminal prosecutions of government employees.”


1969.  Bill Clinton Sexual Assault at Oxford.

Bill Clinton Oxford 1968.

Snopes calls this allegation “unproven.”

My thoughts:  Look, you go to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and don’t finish for whatever reason, then an FBI agent supposedly writes about a sexual assault, it’s worth noting.

Or as the Independent writes:

The most famous former Rhodes scholar is Bill Clinton, who arrived at Oxford in October 1968, stayed a year, smoked dope “without inhaling” and came away without completing his degree.

In a court of law, yes Bill Clinton would get the benefit of the doubt here.  As far as this analysis goes, with all the history that is to come on Clinton assaulting women, he’s guilty.  This event looks like a coverup involving intelligence agencies that Bill Clinton would later be beholden to, a very important point when the CIA is later trafficking cocaine through Arkansas while he is governor.  Even if you dismiss this one allegation, it’s one of a great number of allegations about Bill Clinton, sexual assault, cocaine use, and the large amount of deaths that follow him around.   There is a ton of “Kompromat” on Bill Clinton for sure.  It just looks to me like 1969 is the point where it started, but pick another one if you like.

May 16, 1972.   George Wallace Is Shot, Legs Paralyzed;  Suspect Seized at Laurel, Maryland Rally.

George Wallace was a racist.  As his daughter said on July 31, 2019:  “The two greatest motivators at (Dad’s) rallies were fear and hate,” Wallace Kennedy said. “There was no policy solution, just white middle-class anger.”  

Now, that said, George Wallace was well on his way to becoming President of the United States in 1972.  A busing controversy began in January of 1972, and Wallace dominated the issue in the Democratic primaries.

As Britannica reported,

“in January 1972 a U.S. District Court judge merged school districts in Richmond, Va., and ordered that students be bused to achieve racial balance.  Gov. George Wallace of Alabama, an opponent of federally ordered integration, entered the Florida primary and focused squarely on the issue. Florida Gov. Reubin Askew campaigned statewide against having an antibusing referendum placed on the presidential primary ballot by the Florida legislature.  As the race grew more intense, political observers began to doubt that, with 11 names on the Democratic ballot, anyone could win a clear victory. George Wallace proved them wrong by taking 42 percent of Florida’s statewide vote and nearly all of the 81 delegates to the Democratic national convention.

Muskie, with 9 percent, lost his front-runner status. McGovern, who had written off Florida early, finished with 6 percent.

Note that McGovern, with only 6% in Florida at the time the busing issue began, would be the eventual Democratic nominee.

On the day Wallace was shot in Maryland, the Washington Post reported that he was expected to win in Michigan and Maryland.  Wallace was winning Democratic primaries from the South, to New England, to the Rust Belt.

Racism aside, Wallace’s “anti-busing” stand was also “anti-Federal Government.”  There was another extremely unpopular Federal government policy in 1972, the Vietnam War.  All the Democrat candidates criticized it, Wallace included.  A heavy bombing campaign in North Vietnam was underway in April, 1972, a month before Wallace was shot.  President Nixon said he didn’t want Vietnam to be an issue in his 1972 re-election bid.  

If Wallace had won the Democratic nomination, he would have ran to the right of Nixon on race and busing, and to the left of Nixon on Vietnam.  He was a savvy politician who cared about winning, not any party platform.  According to Wallace, “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the Republicans and Democrats.”  Between the anti-busing and anti-war sentiments, Wallace would have easily defeated Nixon, in my opinion, even without the aid of another issue brewing in 1972, which surfaced in a Grand Jury Indictment 3 weeks after Wallace was shot.

From the indictment:

“The June 5, 1972 Grand Jury has heard evidence that has led it to return the indictment being submitted herewith.  It has also heard evidence that it regards as having a material bearing on matters that are within the primary jurisdiction of the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary in its present investigation to determine whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to exercise its constitutional power to impeach Richard M. Nixon, President of the United States.”

July 1, 1972.  Barry Seal arrested in New Orleans with explosives bound for anti-Castro Cubans in Mexico.

Seal arrested

From Spartacus Educational:

On 1st July, 1972, Barry Seal was arrested in New Orleans and accused of sending C4 explosives to anti-Castro Cubans in Mexico. A DC-4 was seized at the Shreveport Regional Airport loaded with almost seven tons of plastic C-4 explosives, 7,000 feet of explosive primer cord and 2,600 electric blasting caps. 

November 1972.  Richard Nixon defeats George McGovern.

Shortly after the election, from Craig Unger’s House of Bush; House of Saud, which you can buy here:

House of Bush, House of Saud

Unger, Page 41 (I will quote the above book several times in this format)

In 1972, after his landslide reelection, President Nixon ordered a housecleaning based on one criterion— loyalty.  “Eliminate everyone except George Bush,” Nixon told his domestic affairs adviser John Ehrlichman.  “Bush will do anything for our cause.”


September 4, 1973.  William Colby becomes CIA Director.

William Colby

Wikipedia page on William Colby

September 11, 1973.   United States backs coup d’état in Chile.

Pictured above are Henry Kissinger and Augusto Pinochet.

From Wikipedia: 

Pinochet assumed power in Chile following a United States-backed coup d’état on 11 September 1973 that overthrew the democratically elected socialist Unidad Popular government of President Salvador Allende and ended civilian rule. 

Following his rise to power, Pinochet persecuted leftists, socialists, and political critics, resulting in the executions of from 1,200 to 3,200 people, the internment of as many as 80,000 people and the torture of tens of thousands. According to the Chilean government, the number of executions and forced disappearances was 3,095.  

September 18, 1973:  American journalist Charles Horman executed in Chile; 

September 22, 1973:  American student Frank Teruggi executed in Chile; US Intelligence involved.

Pictured above are Charles Horman and Frank Teruggi, from left to right.

From The Guardian:

A court ruling released late on Monday (in 2014) said a former US navy captain, Ray Davis, gave information to Chilean officials about journalist Charles Horman and student Frank Teruggi that led to their arrest and execution days after the coup that brought General Augusto Pinochet to power.

Horman, 31, a freelance journalist and film-maker, was arrested on 17 September 1973. A national truth commission formed after the Pinochet dictatorship ended said Horman was executed the next day while in the custody of Chilean state security agents. The commission said Teruggi, a 24-year-old university student, was executed on 22 September.

Here is a link to the Charles Horman Truth Foundation.  

October 10, 1973.  Spiro Agnew resigns as Vice President of the United States; is replaced by Gerald Ford.

Spirow Agnew.jpg

Early 1974.  Operation Condor begins.

From Wikipedia:

A declassified CIA document dated 23 June 1976, explains that “in early 1974, security officials from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Bolivia met in Buenos Aires to prepare coordinated actions against subversive targets.”

The National Security Archive reported, “Founded by the Pinochet regime in November 1975, Operation Condor was the codename for a formal Southern Cone collaboration that included transnational secret intelligence activities, kidnapping, torture, disappearance and assassination, according to the National Security Archive’s documentary evidence from U.S., Paraguayan, Argentine, and Chilean files.”

The State Department briefing for Kissinger mentioned awareness of Operation Condor’s plans to conduct possible operations in France and Portugal – a matter that would be prove to be extremely controversial later in Condor’s history.

August 8, 1974.  President Nixon Resigns, is replaced by Gerald Ford.  Nelson Rockefeller becomes Vice President.

Nixon resigns August 8, 1974.jpeg

December 22, 1974:  Seymour Hersh and New York Times report CIA abuses that lead to the Rockefeller Commission, Church Committee, and Pike Committee.

Seymour Hersh NY Times .jpg

From the New York Times:

The Central Intelligence Agency, directly violating its charter, conducted a massive, illegal domestic intelligence operation during the Nixon Administration against the antiwar movement and other dissident groups in the United States, according to well‐placed Government sources.  An extensive investigation by The New York Times has established that intelligence files on at least 10,000 American citizens were maintained by a special unit of the C.I.A. that was reporting directly to Richard Helms, then the Director of Central Intelligence and now the Ambassador to Iran.  

The disclosure of alleged illegal, C.I.A. activities is the first, possible connection to rumors that have been circulating in Washington for some time. A number of mysterious burglaries and incidents have come to light since the break in at Democratic party headquarters in the Watergate complex on June 17, 1972. 

Some sources also reported that there was widespread paper shredding at the agency shortly after Mr. Schlesinger began to crack down on the C.I.A.’s operations.  

The legislation setting up the C.I.A. makes the director “responsible for protecting intelligence sources and methods from unauthorized disclosure.”

Professor Ransom said that his research of the Congressional debate at the time the C.I.A. was set up makes clear that Congress expressed concern over any police state tactics and intended to avoid the possibility. Professor Ransom quoted one member as having said during floor debate, “We don’t want a Gestapo.”

The CIA was established by Congress in the National Security Act of 1947.   

1.4.75.  President Ford establishes The United States President’s Commission on CIA Activities within the United States, otherwise known as Rockefeller Commission, to investigate abuses.  Dick Cheney edits the report.

Nelson Rockefeller with President Gerald Ford in an undated photo, via NSA archives.

From National Security Archive:

Emphasis in italics is mine.

The Gerald Ford White House significantly altered the final report of the supposedly independent 1975 Rockefeller Commission investigating CIA domestic activities, over the objections of senior Commission staff, according to internal White House and Commission documents posted today by the National Security Archive at The George Washington University (  The changes included removal of an entire 86-page section on CIA assassination plots and numerous edits to the report by then-deputy White House Chief of Staff Richard Cheney… 

President Gerald R. Ford himself had a key role in triggering the investigations, inadvertently but artlessly revealing the fact of CIA involvement in plotting assassinations during a meeting with press editors.

Meanwhile at the White House, Cheney led the way in “editing” the Rockefeller report—including suppressing the assassinations section. The final draft of the full report contained a brief passage noting that President Ford had asked the panel to investigate the assassination plots after its inquiry began, that the staff had not been able to complete the investigation, and that Ford had then asked that assassinations material be turned over to him. The Cheney edit inserted doubts by adding that it was unclear whether assassinations fell within the scope of the Commission’s mandate, thus resurrecting jurisdictional issues which had previously been resolved.  The revised language also reduced President Ford to a bit player—asserting only that he had “concurred” in the panel’s decision to investigate rather than that he had revealed the existence of CIA plotting and then been obliged to modify the Commission’s terms of reference to include an investigation of the matter.

January 27, 1975.  The Church Committee is established.

Frank Church

From Wikipedia:

Before the release of the final report, the committee also published an interim report titled “Alleged Assassination Plots Involving Foreign Leaders”,  which investigated alleged attempts to assassinate foreign leaders, including Patrice Lumumba of Zaire, Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic, Ngo Dinh Diem of Vietnam, Gen. René Schneider of Chile and Fidel Castro of Cuba…

In addition, the committee produced seven case studies on covert operations, but only the one on Chile was released, titled “Covert Action in Chile: 1963-1973”.  The rest were kept secret at CIA’s request.

According to recently declassified documents by the National Security Archive, the Church Committee also helped to uncover the NSA’s Watch List. 

April, 1975.  “Operation Babylift”

From Wikipedia:

(Robert) Macauley first became involved in major charitable efforts following the Tan Son Nhut C-5 accident in April 1975, in which a United States Air Force Lockheed C-5 Galaxy carrying South Vietnamese orphans as part of Operation Babylift, crashed on landing killing more than 150 and leaving 175 survivors, many of them among the 2,000 children awaiting transportation to the United States in the days before Fall of Saigon to North Vietnamese forces later that month. When he learned that it would take more than a week to evacuate the surviving orphans due to the lack of military transport planes, Macauley chartered a Boeing 747 from Pan American World Airways and arranged for 300 orphaned children to leave the country, paying for the trip by mortgaging his house.   

Macauley… attended Phillips Academy and then Yale University, where he shared a room with George H. W. Bush.  Macauley founded Americares in 1982…

August 4, 1975.   Pike Committee established.

Otis Pike
Otis Pike (D- N.Y.)

From National Security Archive:

The Ford administration came close to igniting a constitutional showdown with Congress more than 40 years ago over demands by a House panel known as the Pike Committee for evidence of possible abuses by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). At the height of congressional pushback against the “imperial presidency” in the mid-1970s, Representative Otis G. Pike’s investigation, which paralleled Senator Frank Church’s simultaneous inquiry, raised fears at the CIA and the White House about secret activities coming to light but also about setting precedents for Congress’s right of access to Executive Branch information.

The CIA had tried to impose controls on all the investigations in the form of exacting agreements on the handling of classified information. To a large extent it had succeeded with the presidential commission (the Rockefeller Commission) and the Senate inquiry (the Church Committee), but the previous HSC had been derailed precisely because of the impression of collusion between the CIA and the committee. Pike was not about to fall into that trap.

September 5, 1975.  Assassination attempt on President Ford.

From SF Gate:

On Sept. 5, 1975, Charles Manson groupie Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme had tried to fire at Ford on the state Capitol grounds in Sacramento as he walked from the Senator Hotel across L Street to a meeting with then-Gov. Jerry Brown.

Nelson Rockefeller, who unsuccessfully sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1960, 1964, and 1968, would have become President.

September 12, 1975.  Memo to Donald Rumsfeld on the Church and Pike Committees expressing concern over the Pike and Church Committees.  

From National Security Archive:


One of the most serious fallouts from Watergate was that the intelligence community became a topic for Congressional investigation, public and press debate.   Starting with CIA links to Watergate, the issue has expanded to:

  • …CIA involvement in domestic affairs
  • …Questions of illegal or improper behavior such as assassinations
  • …Disregard of Presidential Orders (the toxins case)
  • …Poor management of resources and duplication of effort.

The President’s response to date has been to appoint the Rockefeller Commission to look at those situations in which the CIA violated the prohibition on domestic activities.

September 22, 1975.   Memo to William Colby that Congress has subpoena power over CIA Documents.

From National Security Archive:

In this sober 31-page legal memo, Special Counsel to the Director of Central Intelligence, Mitchell Rogovin and Paul Reichler warn that if the Pike Committee goes to court, “there does not appear to be any realistic way in which the Agency can come out the winner.” After a thorough legal analysis, Rogovin and Reichler conclude that, “If the House Select Committee on Intelligence goes to court to enforce its subpoena, it is a virtual certainty that the court will assume jurisdiction of the case.” Worse still for the Executive, the memo stresses that, “If the Committee goes to court, there is an excellent chance that it will persuade the court to enforce its subpoena. The Committee would have no trouble demonstrating that the information it is seeking is relevant, and possibly even essential, to its performance of the duties assigned to it by the House of Representatives.

September 22, 1975.  Another assassination attempt on President Ford.

Ford assassination attempt Sarah Jane Moore

From SF Gate: 

But for some quick action, Gerald R. Ford’s presidency, and his life, could have ended amid gunshots outside San Francisco’s St. Francis Hotel on the afternoon of Sept. 22, 1975.

As Ford emerged from the historic Union Square hotel’s Post Street entrance at 3:30 p.m. after addressing a World Affairs Council audience, he paused before getting into his limousine to wave to the crowd across the street.

In a flash, two shots rang out. The first narrowly missed the 38th president of the United States and the second was deflected by a bystander who grabbed at the arm of the shooter, a 45-year-old middle class housewife, dabbler in extremist politics and FBI informant named Sara Jane Moore.

January 30, 1976.  President Ford replaces William Cohen with George Bush as CIA director.

Bush 1976

February 18, 1976.  Executive Order 11905 by Gerald Ford.

Executive Order 11905

Under pressure from Congress, President Ford signed Executive Order 11905, which is commonly referenced as having prohibited assassinations.  Not exactly. 

Prohibition of Assassination.  No employee of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, political assassination.”  Note the qualifier “political.”

There’s also some other important text in Executive Order 11905: 

“(A) Protection by lawful means against disclosure by present or former employees of the Central Intelligence Agency or persons, or employees of persons or organizations, presently or formerly under contract with the Agency.”  It looks like this text will be used as a basis to destroy documents later.

May 20, 1976.  Draft Letter from William Barr on behalf of George Bush, referencing Executive Order 11905, on resumption of records destruction by CIA.

Bush Barr 1976

Excerpts from Barr’s letter via muckrock.

The purpose of this letter is to advise you that it is our intention to proceed with destruction of records, now that the Select Committee has completed its investigation and issued its final report. We have so advised Senator Church…

Along with the backlog of routine administrative records, the Agency will destroy records which were collected and maintained by the Agency and which were subject to investigation by the Rockefeller Commission and the Select Committee. The Agency is required to destroy much of this latter material by the Privacy Act of 1974 (P.L. 931579) and by Executive Order 11905…

I trust you agree that this action is now necessary and appropriate.


George Bush


September 16, 1976.  Secretary of State Henry Kissinger rescinds the delivery of a warning to Operation Condor nations against assassinations.

From National Security Archive:

Only five days before a car bomb planted by agents of the Pinochet regime rocked downtown Washington D.C. on September 21, 1976, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger rescinded instructions sent to, but never implemented by, U.S. ambassadors in the Southern Cone to warn military leaders there against orchestrating “a series of international murders,” declassified documents obtained and posted by the National Security Archive revealed today. 

“We know now what happened: The State Department initiated a timely effort to thwart a ‘Murder Inc’ in the Southern Cone, and Kissinger, without explanation, aborted it,” (Peter) Kornbluh said. “The Kissinger cancellation on warning the Condor nations prevented the delivery of a diplomatic protest that conceivably could have deterred an act of terrorism in Washington D.C.”

September 21, 1976.  Orlando Letelier, former Chilean foreign minister, and his 26-year old American colleague, Ronni Karpen Moffitt, are assassinated in Washington D.C. by a car bomb.

Pictured are Ronni Moffitt, the bombed car, and Henry Kissinger shaking hands with Orlando Letelier.

From Global Research:

 In early fall of 1976, after a Chilean government assassin had killed a Chilean dissident (Letelier) and an American woman with a car bomb in Washington, D.C., George H.W. Bush’s CIA leaked a false report clearing Chile’s military dictatorship and pointing the FBI in the wrong direction.

January 20, 1977.  Jimmy Carter is inaugurated as the 39th President of the United States. 

Jimmy Carter inaugurated 1977

1977.  Operation Condor in Argentina involves kidnapping babies and children.

General Videla
Jorge Rafael Videla

From BBC, 2005:

In Argentina, efforts are also continuing to delve into the origins of Operation Condor – so far, with just as little success.

Gen Jorge Rafael Videla, who led the country’s military junta from 1976 to 1981, is under house arrest in connection with separate inquiries involving accusations of illegal adoptions of children born to women detainees.

However, he has refused to give evidence to a judge who is leading investigations into Operation Condor in Argentina, and attempts to try him for involvement have so far come to nothing.

From Christian Science Monitor, 2012:

From 1976 to 1983 an estimated 500 babies were stolen and secretly integrated and adopted into families of right-wing military members and their allies as part of a sweeping program that brutally targeted left-wing militants and sympathizers during the military junta’s seven-year rule.

Bringing, perhaps, a fragment of closure to that era, a former Argentine dictator, Jorge Videla, was convicted yesterday for his role in the program. Mr. Videla, who headed the coup that brought the military to power in 1976, was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

“The women giving birth, who I respect as mothers, were militants who were active in the machine of terror,” he said at the end of the trial.

Note:  Like I’ve said before, Epstein’s network didn’t spring magically to life when Epstein bought Little St. James Island in 1998.  I think this is a big clue.  

March 9, 1977.  President Carter replaces George Bush with Stansfield Turner as CIA Director.

Stansfield Turner
Admiral Stansfield Turner

7.11.77.  Jimmy Carter intervenes with Congress on Bert Lance’s behalf

Bert Lance

The BCCI Affair:  Via Federation of American Scientists:

Jimmy Carter asked the Congress to suspend ethics rules that would have forced Lance to sell 190,000 shares of stock he owned in National Bank of Georgia. He based his request on the ground that Lance would lose $1.6 million if he was forced to sell, because the bank’s stock was depressed. Weeks of bad publicity followed, as well as an investigation by the Office of the Comptroller of Lance’s Georgia banks which found “unsafe and unsound” banking practices at NBG and the other banks, but no criminal behavior by Lance.

BCCI later became an international clearinghouse for terrorism, money laundering, drug trafficking, arms trafficking, and who knows what else.  The investigation was obstructed.  It all started with Bert Lance in 1977, who gave the criminal organization a banking beachhead in the United States.

Time Magazine Cover B.C.C.I.

As Unger wrote, Pages 30-32

After taking office in 1977, Carter had appointed his close friend Bert Lance, the CEO of the National Bank of Georgia (NBG), as director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)…

Lance had financed much of Carter’s electoral campaign through overdrafts at NBG, and now that he was in the glare of the Washington spotlight, those transactions had come under scrutiny…

An investigation and trial later found Lance innocent, but his reputation was devastated.  In September 1977, only a few months after he had taken over at OMB, he resigned.   Lance was heavily in debt and unemployed.  He just had one thing going for him:  he was still close friends with the president of the United States.

October 1977 (emphasis mine)

In October, just weeks after his resignation, Lance met with Agha Hasan Abedi, the Pakistani founder of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, or BCCI.  At the time, BCCI was said to be the fastest growing bank in the world.  Its assets had grown from $200 million to more than $2 billion in 1977.  As a bank friendly to Muslim concerns, BCCI was perfectly positioned to take advantage of the petrodollars flowing into the Middle East in the wake of the OPEC oil embargo…

“You cannot be a global bank, an international bank, without some sort of presence in the United States,” Lance told BCCI founder Abedi… Desperate to sell his stock, Lance had just the thing in mind- a modest Southern bank, namely, the National Bank of Georgia.

On December 20, Lance announced he was selling his NBG stock to Pharoan for $2.4 million at $20 a share- twice what it had been worth only a few weeks earlier.

Agh Hasan Abedi and Jimmy Carter
President Carter and Agha Hasan Abedi 

October 1977.  Iranian Revolution begins.

From Wikipedia:

Iranian Revolution begins.  Demonstrations against the Shah commenced in October 1977, developing into a campaign of civil resistance that included both secular and religious elements, and which intensified in January 1978.

October 31, 1977.  Stansfeld Turner lays off CIA agents in what he described as a turf war.

From the Washington Post:

Despite the facts, Turner says the press and public were deliberately misled by current and former agency employees into believing that he was actually firing 820 people. “What was really behind the outcries,” writes Turner, “was outrage at my challenging the traditional independence of the espionage branch. If I could summarily reduce the size of the espionage branch, I might next begin to supervise what it did.  The cry was over power and turf.”

Craig Unger described how this conflict within the CIA affected President Carter’s administration.

Unger, Page 50

“Certainly the CIA itself saw Bush as a favorite son.  Jimmy Carter’s appointment of Stansfield Turner as CIA director had angered hundreds of agents.  In October 1977, Turner eliminated 820 surplus CIA personnel, many of whom had been counterintelligence officers.  “You can’t imagine the tremendous anger against the Carter administration in the military and intelligence apparatus,” says Susan Clough, Carter’s personal secretary.  “Emotions had been boiling for years.” 

Widely hailed as the most popular director of Central Intelligence since Allen Dulles, Bush had enormous support with the Agency.  As the campaign got under way, Reagan-Bush posters appeared all over CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, many cut in the middle with only the right side, the Bush side, on display.

November 15, 1977.  Iranian students riot at White House against the Shah of Iran.  Tear gas is used while Jimmy Carter is speaking.

Shah of Iran

Shah of Iran November 15, 1977 riots

2.17.78.  Financial General Bankshares sues Bert Lance, BCCI, and Systematics.  William Barr and Hillary Clinton are involved in legal representation of the parties.

From conservapedia:

By then Lance had left the Carter administration, and he and Jackson Stephens joined together to help BCCI in a hostile takeover of Financial General Bankshares. Financial General filed a lawsuit on February 17 and named “Bert Lance, Bank of Credit & Commerce International, Agha Hasan Abedi, Eugene J. Metzger, Jackson Stephens, Stephens Inc., Systematics Inc. and John Does numbers 1 through 25.” B. Francis Saul II, chairman of Financial General Bankshares, was represented by William Barr.  Systematics was represented by C.J. Giroir, Webster Hubbell, and Hillary Rodham Clinton of the Rose Law Firm of Little Rock…

So Stephens, with the help of Bert Lance and others, brought in BCCI to wrest control of the bank from that group, and to put it into the hands of friendlier partners. By 1978 there were lawsuits, and Stephens’ software firm Systematics was represented by Joseph Giroir, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Vince Foster of the Rose Law Firm in 1978…

Systematics for many years had been laundering covert funds for the CIA and the intelligence community – legally at the time, as well.

Hillary Clinton was the intellectual property lawyer for Systematics.   Part of this “intellectual property” would involve a banking transaction software system based on the stolen PROMIS software.

Jackson Stephens
Jackson Stephens, Banker, Little Rock, Arkansas

I won’t try to get deep into Hillary Clinton’s involvement, but suffice to say that there was definitely an Arkansas connection to both BCCI and Systematics.  The PROMIS software came to be subject of a Special Counsel investigation later (and it was a coverup).  BCCI was investigated by Congress (obstructed as well).  I said at the beginning of this article that I believed Bill Clinton was beholden to intelligence agencies going back to 1969.  I think by 1978 we can add Hillary Clinton to the list as well, considering the criminal nature of BCCI (“bank of CIA”)  and Systematics PROMIS software (a big scandal in he DOJ).  It’s not like the CIA just threw a dart at a map and picked Arkansas to run cocaine through.

April, 1978.  Juanita Broaddrick assaulted by Bill Clinton.  

Clinton Broaddrick 1978

NY Times article on the assault.

Juanita Broaddrick meets Bill Clinton.  Later Juanita is assaulted in a hotel room by Bill Clinton, then the Attorney General of Arkansas.  This assault didn’t become public until 1992.

The allegation was passed on to reporters for The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times in the waning days of the 1992 Presidential campaign. Regarding it as the kind of toxic waste traditionally dumped just before Election Day, both newspapers passed on the story — that a nursing-home executive had been sexually assaulted in 1978 by Bill Clinton, then the Attorney General of Arkansas.

And Mrs. Broaddrick denied the encounter in an affidavit in January 1998 in the Paula Jones case, in which she was known only as ”Jane Doe No. 5.” Through all those years, she refused to come forward. When pressed by the Jones lawyers, she denied the allegation. And now, she has recanted that denial.

April 27, 1978.   Soviet-backed Saur Revolution in Afghanistan.

From Wikipedia:

The Saur Revolution, also called the April Revolution or April Coup, was a coup d’état led by the Soviet-backed People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) against the rule of Afghan President Mohammed Daoud Khan on 27–28 April 1978. Daoud Khan and most of his family were killed at the presidential palace.  

November, 1978.  Bill Clinton elected governor Arkansas first time, and uses Arkansas State Troopers to arrange sex.

The LA Times reported what came to be known as “Troopergate” in 1994.

From the LA Times:

The troopers said they were often called upon to act as intermediaries to arrange and conceal his extramarital encounters. They say they frequently picked up and delivered gifts from Clinton to various women and often drove Clinton in his state limousine to meetings with women.“

Patterson, 49, is one of two troopers who have signed affidavits for the Los Angeles Times to buttress his charges. The other is Roger L. Perry, 44, a 16-year veteran of the state police and president of the Arkansas State Police Assn., who also served on Clinton’s security detail for about four years.

Two other troopers supported their accounts but have declined to be identified.

Peter Smith was involved in “Troopergate,” and also a 2016 search for Hillary Clinton’s missing emails.  He died under questionable circumstances May 14, 2017.


12.28.78.  Iran arrests employees of Ross Perot’s Electronic Data Systems (EDS). Perot hires mercenary who worked with Iranian Revolutionaries to free 70,000 prisoners, including the EDS employees.

From the Washington Post:

There was, to be sure, some dispute as to whether William Gaylord and Paul Chiapparone, engineers for the Dallas-based computer company Electronic Data Systems (EDS), were technically hostages. Iranian authorities insisted that although no charges were brought against them when they were arrested on Dec. 28,1978, they were lawfully imprisoned. Eventually the authorities did charge them with bribing Iranian officials to secure a $20 million contract for EDS… 

Perot’s initial step as to send a team to Tehran to try to negotiate the release of the hostage. But in case that failed — as it did — he had meanwhile contacted Arthur Simons, the colonel (now retired).

Simons and Perot first considered a military attack on Ghasr Prison, where the Americans were being held, but abandoned this idea as too risky. The prison was heavily guarded and surrounded by a 12-foot-high wall. They decided finally to proceed by provoking a mob attack on Ghasr; they hoped that in the confusion, as the prison’s 70,000 inmates poured into the streets, Gaylord and Chiapparone, might be able to slip away. Iranian revolutionaries were eager to storm the prison, which had become a symbol of the deposed Shah’s power, and were thus easy to mobilize…  

The attack came on Feb. 11, 1979, Gaylord and Chiapparone did indeed escape with the rest, and they made their way to the Hyatt Hotel 10 miles away where they met up with Simons’ commandos. After a harrowing two-day trek, they crossed over into Turkey.

1.16.79.  The Shah of Iran flies to Egypt in exile.


Shah and wife

2.1.79.  Ayatollah Khomeini returns from exile in Iran.

Ayatollah Khomeini February 1, 1979

July 3, 1979.  “Carter signed the first directive to secretly aid Afghan rebels known as mujahideen”

Unger, Page 97.

On July 3, 1979, on the advice of his brilliant and hawkish national security advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Carter signed the first directive to secretly aid Afghan rebels known as the mujahideen who were fighting the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul.  

November 4, 1979. Iranian Hostage Crisis begins.

From Wikipedia:

Fifty-two American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days from November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981.

December 1979.  Barry Seal is arrested in Honduras and meets Emile Camp.

From Spartacus Educational:

In December 1979, Seal was arrested and jailed in Honduras after authorities there found a machine gun in his airplane. While in jail, Seal met Emile Camp of Slidell, La., another drug pilot. After they were released, Camp became Seal’s co-pilot.  “Emile and Barry worked really closely,” Dandra Seale said. “They were together at all times.”

December 24, 1979.  U.S.S.R. invades Afghanistan.

USSR invades Afghanistan.gif

April 24, 1980.  Operation Eagle Claw fails to end Iranian Hostage crisis. 

Operation Eagle Claw

From Wikipedia:

The operation, one of Delta Force’s first, encountered many obstacles and was eventually aborted.  Eight helicopters were sent to the first staging area, Desert One, but only five arrived in operational condition.  One encountered hydraulic problems, another was caught in a sand storm, and another showed signs of a cracked rotor blade.

During the operation’s planning it was decided that the mission would be aborted if fewer than six helicopters remained operational, despite only four being absolutely necessary.  In a move that is still discussed in military circles, the field commanders advised President Carter to abort the mission, which he did.

As the U.S. force prepared to withdraw, one of the helicopters crashed into a transport aircraft which contained both servicemen and jet fuel. The resulting fire destroyed both aircraft and killed eight servicemen.

July 17, 1980.  Klaus Barbie orchestrates the Cocaine Coup of Bolivia

Klaus Barbie

From “Whiteout” by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair:  (Page 167-168)

He helped orchestrate the so-called “cocaine coup” of 1980, when a junta of Bolivian generals seized power, slaughtering leftist opponents and reaping billions in the cocaine boom, of which Bolivia was a prime supplier.

All this time Klaus Barbie was one of the most wanted men on the planet.  But he flourished until 1983, when he was finally returned to France to face trial for his crimes.  In the whole sordid history of collusion between US intelligence agencies, fascists and criminals, no one more vividly represents the evil of such partnerships than Klaus Barbie.

From Wikipedia:

In 1942 he was sent to Dijon, France, in the Occupied Zone. In November of the same year, at the age of 29, he was assigned to Lyon as the head of the local Gestapo. He established his headquarters at the Hôtel Terminus in Lyon, where he personally tortured adult and child prisoners.  He became known as the “Butcher of Lyon”. The daughter of a French Resistance leader based in Lyon said her father was beaten and skinned alive, and that his head was immersed in a bucket of ammonia; he died shortly afterwards.  Historians estimate that Barbie was directly responsible for the deaths of up to 14,000 people.

In 1947, Barbie was recruited as an agent for the 66th Detachment of the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corps (CIC).” 

July 28, 1980.  William Casey, Ronald Reagan’s campaign manager, travels to Madrid to meet with Iran about arms for hostages deal.

Newsweek and The New Republic had initially published disinformation articles providing an alibi for Casey, which were debunked in 1991 when documents were discovered.

From Global Research:

(William) Casey had skipped the key morning session on July 28, 1980. The significance of this confirmation of Casey’s trip to Madrid can hardly be overstated. The influential October Surprise debunking stories – ballyhooed on the covers of Newsweek and The New Republic – hinged on their joint misreading of some attendance records at a London historical conference which they claimed proved Casey was there and thus could not have traveled to Madrid. That meant, according to the two magazines, that the CIA’s Iranian agent Jamshid Hashemi was lying about arranging Casey’s two meetings with Karrubi in Madrid.

From Wikipedia:  

“At a meeting in Madrid arranged by the Hashimi brothers that includes Robert Gray, a man identified as Donald Gregg, and Mahdi Karrubi, William Casey says that if Iran could assure that American hostages were well treated until their release and were released as a “gift” to the new administration, “the Republicans would be most grateful and ‘would give Iran its strength back.'”[15] Karrubi says he has “no authority to make such a commitment.”

August 12, 1980.  William Casey is informed that Khomeini has agreed to the arms-for-hostages proposal.

From Wikipedia:

About August 12, 1980: Karrubi meets again with Casey, saying Khomeini has agreed to the proposal. Casey agrees the next day, naming Cyrus Hashimi as middleman to handle the arms transactions. More meetings are set for October. Cyrus Hashimi purchases a Greek ship and commences arms deliveries valued at $150 million from the Israeli port of Eilat to Bandar Abbas. According to CIA sources, Hashimi receives a $7 million commission. Casey is said to use an aide named Tom Carter in the negotiations.

September 20, 1980. Iraq invades Iran.

Wikipedia Page Iran-Iraq war.

October 19, 1980.  George Bush and William Casey travel to Paris and meet with Adnan Khashoggi, to discuss a deal for Iran to hold US hostages until after the Presidential election.

From Napa Sentinel:

A BAC 111 aircraft, which had been reconfigured to carry a sufficient amount of fuel to travel 3,600 miles, left Andrews Air Force Base in the late afternoon of October 19, 1980. The aircraft’s destination: Paris, France. The Passengers aboard the aircraft included the command pilot U.S. Navy Captain Gunther Russbacher, Richard Brenneke and Heinrick Rupp, on the flight deck; and in the cabin was William Casey, soon to be the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency; Donald Greggs, soon to be the ambassador to South Korea; and George Bush, the future Vice President and President of the United States and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency.  There were also Secret Service agents aboard the aircraft.

This is the weekend – three weeks before the November 1980 Presidential Election, that Bush has claimed he spent at Andrews Air Force Base.

Testifying to this flight is Russbacher, the pilot. The Navy pilot is currently at Terminal Island, a federal prison, awaiting an appeal on a charge of misuse and misappropriation of government properties, misuse of government jets, and misuse of government purchase orders for purchase of fuel. He was also a member of the Office of Naval Intelligence and worked with the Central Intelligence Agency.

Russbacher, in an exclusive interview, states that Bush stayed at the Hotel Crillion in Paris. Russbacher has stated that more than one flight was involved, but that this was the initial flight at which time an agreement was made between Bush and Casey and the Government of Iran to delay the release of American hostages in Iran until after the November 1980 election. Former President Jimmy Carter and several Congressmen are now asking for an investigation into the “October Surprise”.

The returning flight with Bush landed at McGuire Air Force base at approximately 2 a.m. on October 20. Russbacher states that Bush, while in Paris, met with Hashemi Rafsanjani, the second in command to the Ayatollah and now the president of Iran, and Adnan Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian businessman who was extremely powerful. Arrangements were apparently made to pay Iran $40 million to delay the release of hostages in order to thwart President Jimmy Carter’s re-election bid. The $40 million was the beginning of terms that created the Iran-Contra scandal that is now being reopened by Congress.

January 20, 1980.  Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as 40th President of the United States.

Ronald Reagan inaguration 1981

January 20, 1980.  United States deposits $8 Billion in the Bank of England.  Iran releases the American hostages.

From United Press International:

Iran freed the 52 American hostages today on the 444th day of captivity…

Word of the long-sought release came at 11:36 a.m., less than a half-hour before Ronald Reagan succeeded Carter as president…

The U.S. Treasury said $8 billion was transferred to an Algerian account in London to be turned over to Iran…

Iran’s chief hostage negotiator, shortly before final agreement was announced, said, “Now the hostages are ready to fly, all preparations have been made and…the hostages will go home to their families — but only when Algeria confirmed the Iranian assets had been deposited in the Bank of England…”

The unexpected flap over the escrow account came after both Iran and the United States signed the documents to release the hostages and everything appeared “go” to end the crisis with Carter even flying to Wiesbaden, West Germany, to greet the returning hostages.

March 30, 1981. John Hinckley Jr shoots President Ronald Reagan, others.

March 31, 1981.  ABC News reports on link of the Bush family to John Hinckley Jr.

Youtube Link:  ABC reports Neil Bush meeting with brother of Reagan’s assassin John Hinckley

“This donut shop near the motel was visited by Hinckley, who reportedly waited for a phone call here each day, even though he had a phone in his motel room.  The nature of the calls is not known.  A touch of irony- the young man walking with the elder Hinckley is 30 year-old Scott Hinckley, John Jr’s brother.  He and Vice President’s Bush son, Neil, are friends.  They had planned to have dinner together in Denver tonight.  The plans have been cancelled.”

1982.  CIA not required to report some information on drug trafficking, as CIA Inspector General Frederick R. Hitz testified later.

From the Washington Post:

The inspector general also said that under an agreement in 1982 between then-Attorney General William French Smith and the CIA, agency officers were not required to report allegations of drug trafficking involving non-employees, which was defined as meaning paid and non-paid “assets {meaning agents}, pilots who ferried supplies to the contras, as well as contra officials and others.”

Yesterday’s hearing was called to review the inspector general’s report, which was triggered by a series of articles published in the San Jose Mercury News in August 1996 that alleged a CIA connection to the introduction of crack cocaine into South Central Los Angeles by Nicaraguan drug dealers.

Aside:  Here is one of Gary Webb’s articles in the San Jose Mercury News that provided the basis for the hearing.

Gary Webb.jpeg

From Wikipedia:

Gary Webb was found dead in his Carmichael home on December 10, 2004, with two gunshot wounds to the head.  His death was ruled a suicide by the Sacramento County coroner’s office.  

May, 1982.  William Barr begins service on the domestic policy staff at the Reagan White House.

William Barr, Ronald Ragan.jpeg

William Barr’s wikipedia page.

May 18, 1982.  Harvard expert testify that John Hinckley Jr. had mental problems.

From United Press International:

Dr. David Baer of the Harvard Medical School became the second defense expert to tell a jury that Hinckley suffered from a form of schizophrenia at the time of the March 30, 1981, assassination attempt.  Baer, a psychiatrist with a special interest in studying how the brain affects emotions, said he diagnosed Hinckley as having ‘schizophrenic spectrum disorder’ and suffering from a major depression.  Hinckley’s condition also was affected by a ‘significant loss of sleep’ over the five days before the shooting and by medicine he was taking at the time, Baer said. Prescriptions for the tranquilizer Valium and an anti-depressant drug were found in the hotel room where Hinckley stayed before the shooting.

August, 1982.  Jeb Bush and Bob Graham attend BCCI branch opening in Miami.

From:  The BCCI Affair. A Report to the Committee on Foreign Relations United States Senate, by Senator John Kerry and Senator Hank Brown.

We started in April 1982, but our formal opening in August 1982. Governor Graham came to that opening. Jeb Bush came to that opening too, along with Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young. Oil ministers from Venezuela, Abu Dhabi, the minister of economy and finance from Jamaica, Barbados, officials from Central Banks from all over the region. We had eight to ten ministers and central bank governors and leading businessmen from Venezuela and Peru and Trinidad, everywhere. It was a very successful opening. . .I have a videotape of portions of those in which Graham is being introduced to all BCCI people. Jeb Bush is also in those videotapes.

December 8, 1982.  US House of Representatives votes unanimously to block funding of rebels in Nicaragua.

Edward Boland
Edward P. Boland, (D-Mass)

From Wikipedia:

The Boland Amendment is a term describing three U.S. legislative amendments between 1982 and 1984, all aimed at limiting U.S. government assistance to the Contras in Nicaragua. The first Boland Amendment was part of the House Appropriations Bill of 1982, which was attached as a rider to the Defense Appropriations Act of 1983, named for the Massachusetts Democrat, Representative Edward Boland, who authored it.  The House of Representatives passed the Defense Appropriations Act 411–0 on December 8, 1982 and it was signed by President Ronald Reagan on December 21, 1982.  The amendment outlawed U.S. assistance to the Contras for the purpose of overthrowing the Nicaraguan government, while allowing assistance for other purposes.

Late 1982/ Early 1983.  “Barry Seal begins making “frequent appearances at Mena.”

From Spartacus Educational:

Hadaway, who is now manager of an aircraft engine shop near the Mena airport, said Seal may have based some planes at Mena in late 1981. He said Seal began making frequent appearances at Mena in late 1982 or early 1983.

1983.  Robert Maxwell, Israeli spy, brokers arms sales from U.S. to Iran, via his news editor.

Robert Maxwell

From The Washington Post:

Seymour Hersh alleged:  “Nicholas Davies, foreign editor of the Maxwell-owned Daily Mirror, acted as a Mossad agent by brokering arms sales to Iran” in 1983.

March 17, 1983.  George Bush and the National Security Council establish “a secret scheme to provide aid to the Contras in Nicaragua.”

Via Spartacus Educational:

George Bush had a secret meeting with Donald P. Gregg and Felix Rodriguez in the White House. As a result the National Security Council established a secret scheme to provide aid to the Contras in Nicaragua.

April 18, 1983.  Hezbollah bombs the United States Embassy in Lebanon.

April 18, 1983 US Embassy Lebanon

From Wikipedia:

The April 18, 1983 United States embassy bombing was a suicide bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, that killed 32 Lebanese, 17 Americans, and 14 visitors and passers-by.  The victims were mostly embassy and CIA staff members, but also included several U.S. soldiers and one U.S. Marine Security Guard.  It was the deadliest attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission up to that time, and was considered the beginning of Islamist attacks on U.S. targets.

May 4, 1983.  DEA Investigation Report directly related to Linda Ives FOIA request.

From the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette:

He (Judge Brian Miller) said two documents — one a report of investigation prepared May 4, 1983, and another a report of investigation prepared Jan. 24, 1995 — were “directly related” to Ives’ request. 

July 30, 1983.  George Wallace, Bill Clinton, and George Bush photographed together a Bush’s residence in Maine.


From CBS News:

Wallace and his third wife, the former Lisa Taylor, meet with Vice President George Bush and Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton at a lobster bake at Bush’s residence at Kennebunkport, Maine, July 30, 1983. The third Mrs. Wallace, whom the governor married in 1981, was 30 years his junior and half of a country-western singing duo, Mona and Lisa, who had performed during his campaign in 1968.

Bill Clinton was Governor of Arkansas in 1983.  George Wallace was Governor of Alabama.  The largest drug smuggling operation in the country ran through Arkansas at this moment.  Wonder what Bush and Wallace were talking about?

September 19, 1983.   Marc Rich indicted for violating trade sanctions on Iranian oil put in place after the Iranian Hostage crisis.

Marc Rich

From the New York Times:

The two men (Marc Rich) were also accused of buying oil from Iran after trade with that nation had been declared illegal in response to the Nov. 4, 1979, seizure of American hostages.  Prosecutors said it was the biggest tax- fraud indictment in history.

Marc Rich was later pardoned by President Clinton in his final hours in office.

From Reuters:

…the normally secretive Rich admitted to bribing officials in countries such as Nigeria and to assisting the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad.   …among those who lobbied Clinton on his behalf for his pardon were former Israeli Prime Ministers Ehud Barak and Shimon Peres.

September 26, 1983. The National Security Agency intercepts a communication from Iran regarding a planned terrorist attack against the United States Marines.

Peacekeepers at War

From Wikipedia, quoting the above book, Peacekeepers at War:

On September 26, 1983, “the National Security Agency (NSA) intercepted an Iranian diplomatic communications message from the Iranian intelligence agency, the Ministry of Information and Security (MOIS),” to its ambassador, Ali Akbar Mohtashemi, in Damascus. The message directed the ambassador to “take spectacular action against the American Marines.”  The intercepted message, dated September 26, would not be passed to the Marines until October 26: three days after the bombing.

October 23, 1983.  Marine Barracks bombed by Hezbollah in Beirut, Lebanon.

From Wikipedia:

On October 23, 1983, two truck bombs struck buildings in Beirut, Lebanon, housing American and French service members of the Multinational Force in Lebanon (MNF), a military peacekeeping operation during the Lebanese Civil War. The attack killed 307 people: 241 U.S. and 58 French military personnel, six civilians, and two attackers.

From United Press International:

In hindsight, the Marines ignored or discounted a number of warning factors that might have led them to intensify security at their base, but apparently did not.

Following the bombing of the U.S. Embassy with the loss of 63 lives April 18, the Americans had evidence that they had enemies in Lebanon who were ruthless, efficient, fanatical and shady.

Having been in Lebanon without major incident for a whole year, the Marines themselves started coming under fire two months ago — from Druze and Shiite militiamen, and perhaps also from outside provocateurs.

Earlier this month, the Marines started taking fire from surrounding Shiite neighborhoods, and Geraghty said he had ”clear indication that there were new elements in town that were specifically targeting Marines.”

Finally, the Americans had received ”a lot” of warnings about car bomb attacks, Geraghty said, and four Marines were injured by a booby-trapped car only four days before the attack on their headquarters.

Despite the embassy bombing, the Marine headquarters at Beirut airport was not protected against a similar kamikaze attack.

There were no ditches, tank traps or other heavy objects that would have stopped a big truck coming through at speed. When the disaster occurred, a sentry at the perimeter fence had no ammunition in his rifle.

October 25, 1983.  The United States invades Grenada.

November 4, 1983.  Letter from John McMahon, Deputy Director CIA, responding to earlier letter from DEA Administrator Francis M. Mullen Jr to the CIA, expressing Mullen’s concerns.

Francis Mullen

I don’t know if Mullen’s letter is public record, but here’s what the CIA said in response.

From the CIA:

You have expressed concern that the HUMINT Collection Plan and the authorities and responsibilities of the Director of Central Intelligence and the CIA may somehow be interfering with law enforcement authorities and responsibilities that have been assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration.  I believe this concern to be unwarranted.  The activities of the CIA and the Intelligence Community with respect to international narcotics intelligence collection are intended to support the law enforcement role of the DEA and the role of international policymakers in dealing with the international narcotics problem.  For these reasons, I was surprised by your reaction to my letter of 31 August, which transmitted the HUMINT Collection Plan to you.  As you know, representatives of DEA participated in development of the Plan.

I’ll pause right here.  If I’m head of the DEA, and there’s a huge drug running operation in Arkansas that’s untouchable, I’m either in on it, or I’m pissed off about it.  So I searched for the DEA administrator in this time frame and what did I find, correspondence with the CIA where he doesn’t sound too happy.  And the CIA is like, well how in the world does taking over jurisdiction of intelligence on international narcotics trafficking while we’re internationally trafficking narcotics have anything to do with you?  So the May 1983 investigation report that the DEA won’t release today may be a good one.  It may very well have information saying that prosecution in this area was impossible and state the reason why.

December 1983.  Donald Rumsfeld meets with Saddam Hussein while he is using chemical weapons.

Rumsfeld and Saddam Hussein

Unger, Pages 67-68:

“In December 1983, when Iraq continued to use chemical weapons (against Iran) “almost daily,” (Donald) Rumsfeld traveled to Baghdad as a special presidential envoy to meet with Saddam and pave the way for normalization of U.S.- Iraqi relations.” 

Unger, Page 65:

“U.S. support for Saddam Hussein could be traced all the way back to 1959, when the CIA hired him as a twenty-two year-old assassin to shoot Iraqi prime minister General Abd al-Karim Qasim.  Saddam fired too soon, however, and as a result he killed Qasim’s driver and only wounded the prime minister.”

1983-1984.  Bill Clinton, Roger Clinton use cocaine at the Arkansas’ Governor’s Mansion.

American Made

From the book “American Made” by Shaun Attwood.

Video version on youtube.

A few highlights:

  • “Former 1958 Miss Arkansas Sally Purdue claimed that during her 1983 affair with Bill Clinton, she saw him use cocaine regularly”. 
  • Grand Jury witness Sharline Wilson said she used cocaine with Bill Clinton, his brother Roger, the Attorney General of Arkansas, and members of the Arkansas State Police at the Governor’s Mansion in Arkansas.
  • Sharline Wilson said she provided cocaine for the Clintons at these parties at the Governor’s Mansion and worked for 3-4 months unloading cocaine at the Mena, Arkansas airport. 

1984.  United States provides biological weapons to Iraq.

Unger, Page 69

US Center for Disease Control provides biological weapons to Iraq, including viruses, retroviruses, bacteria, fungi, and… bubonic plague. 

March 1984.   Barry Seal becomes an informant for the United States government.

From Spartacus Educational:

In March, 1984, Seal was indicted at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for smuggling Quaaludes and laundering money… 

In an attempt to avoid an expected 10 year sentence, Seal made contact with George H. W. Bush. He then appeared before a secret session of Bush’s Task Force on Drugs in Washington where he testified that the Sandinistas were directly involved in drug trafficking into the United States. Seal claimed that the Medellin Cartel had made a deal with the Sandinistas, awarding them cuts of drug profits in exchange for the use of an airfield in Managua as a trans-shipment point for narcotics…

As a result of Seal’s cooperation in setting up this sting, the judge in Florida reduced his sentence from ten years to six months probation.

May 1984.  George Bush visits Pakistan;  area produces heroin for export to the United States and Europe.

Unger, Page 106.

In May 1984, Vice President George H. W. Bush visited the region and peeked across the border into Afghanistan from the Khyber Pass in Pakistan.  Armed with a $14-million check for humanitarian relief, Bush told the refugees, “Across the border, a brutal war is being waged against the people of Afghanistan.  I Know your resistance will continue until the Soviets realize they cannot be able to subjugate Afghanistan.” 

We do not know exactly where bin Laden was at that moment, but during this period he was nearby in Afghanistan…. Chances are, this is the closest that Osama bin Laden and George H.W. Bush ever got physically. 

Unger, Page 107.

As the Soviets withdrew, however,  the many unintended consequences of the war became increasingly apparent.   The arms pipeline set up by the CIA had unwittingly become a drug pipeline as well.  As first reported by the Herald, and English-language magazine in Pakistan, the main condos through which weapons reached the Afghan rebels was now one of the principal routes for the transport of heroin to Karachi for shipment to Europe and the Unites States.   

“It is really very simple,” the Herald reported in January 1987.   “If you control the poppy fields, Karachi, and the road which links the two, you will be so rich that you will control Pakistan. “   The article added that the drugs came down by truck from Peshawar with “sacks (containing) packets of heroin… This has been going on now for about three and a half years.”

Unger, Page 108, footnote.

*At the time he visited he war-ravaged region in May 1984, Vice President Bush was also serving as the head of the National Narcotics Border Interdiction System, a national network designed to stop the flow of drugs into the United States…. The CIA later insisted it had no knowledge of the heroin running.  But according to the Financial Times, the CIA not only had knowledge, it actually started a special cell that “promoted the cultivation of opium and the extraction of heroin in Pakistani territory as well as in the Afghan territory under Mujahadeen control for being smuggled into the Soviet-controlled areas in order to make the Soviet troops heroin addicts.”

June 22, 1984.  Robert McFarland arranges for Saudi Arabia to fund the Contras in Nicaragua; deal is approved by George Bush

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Unger, Page 64-66

However, even the Boland Amendment, as the bill was known, was not an insurmountable obstacle to a National Security Council that was prone to macho covert operations, bravado, and cowboy-style adventurism.  It considered a variety of options to fund the contras, including obtaining funds from other countries and skimming profits from arms deals with Iran.  Finally, in the spring of 1984, National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane raised the possibility of approaching Prince Bandar for the money.  If the Saudis were to agree to the request, clearly they would gain favor from the Reagan administration.  On June 22, 1984, Bandar and McFarlane agreed that the Saudis would give $1 million a month to the contras.

But the gambit was like playing political Russian roulette and had to be approved by the White House before it could proceed.  What would happen in Congress found out?  On June 15, 1984, a special meeting of the National Security Planning Group was called to discuss the issue.  The highest officials in the country were present— Ronald Reagan, George Bush, George Shcultz, Caspar Weinberger, William Casey, and Robert McFarlane, among others.  According to minutes at the meeting, James Baker, ever the vigilant attorney, argues that actively soliciting money from third countries— such as Saudi Arabia— could be an impeachable offense.

But Vice President Bush took issue with that position and said there was nothing wrong with encouraging third parties to help the anti-Sandinistas so long as there was no explicit quid pro quo.  “The only problem that might come up is if the United States are to pro use these third parties something in return so that some people could interpret this as some kind of exchange,” he said. 

Bush, after all, had been director of the CIA.  The way to do it, he seemed to be saying, as for the United States to let the Saudis finance the contras.  Afterward, the United States could then reward the Saudis fo rtheir loyalty, but the two events would have to happen without being explicitly tied to each other. 

And so, Bandar deposited $8 million in a Swiss bank.  Over time, the amount given by the Saudis to the contras reached $32 million.  No explicit promises had been made to the Saudis, so the administration could assert there was no quid pro quo, and therefore no impeachable offense had taken place.  And yet the Saidis did not go away empty-handed.  After all, tens of millions of dollars had changed hands.  At the time, King Fahd and Bandar wanted several hundred Stinger missiles from the United States, which had put restrictions on the sale of such weapons.  To help the Saudis out, President Reagan invoked emergency measures to bypass Congress and four hundred Stingers were secretly flown to Saudi Arabia.  The Saudis had received their payoff.  To put it badly:  in exchange for doing something that thad been explicitly prohibited by the House of Representatives by a vote of 411 to 0, Saudi Arabia received lethal, state-of-the-art American weaponry it would not have been allowed under normal conditions.

July 12, 1984.  Oliver North sabotages DEA operation against the Medellin Cartel.

Oliver North

From United Press International:

Oliver North leaks to press that Nicaragua’s Soviet-backed Sandinista government were allegedly linked to the Medellin cocaine cartel, a revelation that forced the Drug Enforcement Administration to kill the undercover sting because of risks to the agents involved.  ‘There is no doubt about (North’s) interest in getting the story out,’ said Frank Monastero, the former assistant DEA administrator, who nonetheless would not accuse him directly of the news leak.  Subcommittee Chairman William Hughes, D-N.J., came closest to pinning the disclosure on the now-retired Marine lieutenant colonel indicted on criminal charges in the Iran-Contra scandal.  ‘The only people who had reason to leak this were Oliver North and the CIA,’ Hughes declared. ‘It has been consistent that those were the two who wanted to get it out.’

September 20, 1984  Hezbollah bombs US Embassy in Lebanon.

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From Wikipedia:

On September 20, 1984, the Shi’a Islamic militant group Hezbollah, with support and direction from the Islamic Republic of Iran, carried out a suicide car bombing targeting the U.S. embassy annex in East BeirutLebanon. The attack killed 24 people.

December 1984, Barry Seal is busted again, this time for a cargo of marijuana. 

From Spartacus Educational:

In December 1984, Seal was arrested in Louisiana after flying in a cargo of marijuana. After paying a $250,000 bond, Seal was released and returned to drug smuggling. In return Seal provided information that resulted in the US government obtaining 17 criminal convictions.

December 27, 1984.   The Washington Post reports that Americares funds the Contras.

From the Washington Post:

“Americares Foundation, working with the Order of the Knights of Malta, has channeled more than $14 million in donated medical aid to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala over the last two years.”  Prominent in the U.S. end of the operation are businessman J. Peter Grace, head of the W.R. Grace conglomerate and chairman of the American division of the Knights of Malta; attorney Prescott Bush Jr., brother of Vice President Bush; former treasury secretary William E. Simon, and Macauley, a New Canaan, Conn., businessman.  Among the 1,750 U.S. members of the Knights are CIA Director William J. Casey, former secretary of state Alexander M. Haig Jr. and former secretary of health, education and welfare Joseph A. Califano, although they apparently are not involved in the Americares effort. Former national security affairs adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski is honorary chairman of Americares’ board of director.

Of course most people will recognize Prescott Bush Jr and William Casey from this list, but note Brzezinski.  He’s the former National Security Advisor for President Carter.

1985.  Jonathan Pollard, Israel spy, meets with Pakistan and Iran to broker arms sales.

Jonathan Pollard

From Wikipedia:

Pollard “met with three Pakistanis and an Iranian foreigner in an attempt to broker arms in 1985.”

In 1987, as part of a plea agreement, Pollard pleaded guilty to spying for and providing top-secret classified information to Israel. He was sentenced to life in prison for violations of the Espionage Act.

February, 1985.  Barry Seal’s co-pilot and partner, Emile Camp, is killed in plane crash in Arkansas.

Russell Welch

Former Arkansas State Police Investigator Russell Welch was interviewed by Marvin Lee, March 1996, on Emile Camp’s death, and other subjects.

From Washington Weekly,

LEE: When did your own investigation start?

WELCH: In 1985. Emile Camp crashed between Mena and Nella. Emile Camp was one of Barry’s pilots. Freddy Hampton [of Rich Mountain Aviation at Mena airport] asked me to come out to the airport and take a part in the investigation. He was, at that time, concerned because, in his own words, Emile Camp was an important witness in a trial that was going on in Florida at that time. There was some concern that Emile Camp’s death wasn’t an accident, that he had been sabotaged. He kept that attitude until about three days later when Barry Seal showed up and took control. Everybody’s attitude changed. At first they told me that Camp was an extremely good pilot who had flown through these mountains numerous times, day and night. After Barry Seal arrived they said, “Well, Emile Camp wasn’t a very good pilot anyway, he probably flew right into the side of the mountain.” It was obvious that Barry Seal, among other things, had done damage control.

We looked for Emile Camp’s crash for three days before Barry Seal showed up but couldn’t find it. The business manager from Rich Mountain Aviation, Rudy Furr, told me that he had contacted the governors office and Governor Clinton had promised to send some National Guard helicopters to help in the search. They never showed up, because of the weather, I think. Rudy Furr also said that the orbit of a satellite had been changed to help with the search. He said they were going to place the satellite over Mena to see if it could pick up an ELT.

About 15 minutes after Barry Seal showed up, he found the crash, just before dark. It reeked of him knowing where the crash was before he got there. The first words that I heard Barry Seal say were on a radio from his helicopter, as he was explaining how he found the crash so fast. He said, “I know my plane and I know how Emile flies,” or something like that.

LEE: And then you tried to find out why it had crashed?

WELCH: There was nothing to make a determination. Like most airplane crashes it was eventually ruled a pilot error, and there wasn’t anything left to determine whether it had been tampered with or not. During my investigation I did some checking with a number of people who knew Emile Camp and they all said he was just as good a pilot as you could find.

Early 1985.  William Casey and Prince Bandar discuss military action against Hezbollah.

Unger, Page 71

As reported in Bob Woodward’s Veil, in early 1985, Prince Bandar invited Casey to his home in Virginia just after the Iranian-supported Hezbollah had bombed American facilities in Beirut and kidnapped CIA station chief William Buckley.   Casey and the Saudis agreed it was time to strike back.  The target:  Sheikh Fadlallah, leader of the Party of God, Hezbollah.

May 5, 1985. Oliver North creates Nicaraguan Freedom Fund, associated with Americares.

Nicaraguan Freedom Fund created by Oliver North.  The main purpose of the Nicaraguan Freedom Fund was to divert attention from the covert channels through which real money flowed to the contras in violation of the Boland Amendment.  The group’s 1985 tax return for the fund reported donations of $165,648 to Americares.

August 30, 1985.  Israel sells American-made missiles to Iran.

Unger 72

..on August 30, Israel sold more than five hundred U.S.- origin TOW missiles (Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-command) to Iran.  Just over two weeks later, on September 15, 1985, the Reverend Benjamin Weir… was released. 

Benjamin Weir had previously been kidnapped May, 1984 in Lebanon.

November, 1985.  CIA provides air transport for arms shipment to Iran.

From National Security Archive:

In November 1985, the CIA role deepened when it directly provided air transport for an arms shipment to Iran.

December 20, 1985.  Barry Seal is sentenced and forced to travel to and from halfway house unarmed and unguarded every night for 6 months.

From Spartacus Educational:

Barry Seal appeared before Judge Frank Polozola in Baton Rouge on 20th December, 1985. Found guilty of two drug felony convictions, Seal was sentenced to six months supervised probation. A condition of the sentence was that he had to spend every night, from 6.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m., at the Salvation Army halfway house on Baton Rouge’s Airline Highway strip. Judge Polozola barred him from carrying a gun or hiring armed guards. Barry Seal told his friends “they made me a clay pigeon”.

Barry Seal was asked by his close friend, Rene Martin, if he feared being killed by the Ochoa family. Barry Seal replied that he was not afraid of the Colombians because he had not implicated senior members of the organization. Seal was more worried about his contacts within the US government. This view is supported by Lewis Unglesby, Seal’s lawyer. He confirmed that the man Seal was willing to testify against was George H. W. Bush.

February, 1986.  Reagan Administration arranges for Saudi Arabia to arm Iraq with American-made bombs.

Unger, page 73

“Reagan administration had secretly authorized Saudi Arabia to transfer US-origin bombs to Iraq and encouraged the Saudis to provide Saddam with British fighter planes as well.”

February 19, 1986.  Barry Seal is assassinated.

Barry Seal assassinated

From Spartacus Educational:

On 19th February, 1986, Barry Seal returned to his Salvation Army hostel at 6.00 p.m. As he parked his white Cadillac he was approached by a man carrying a machine-gun. Two quick bursts hit Seal’s head and body. One of Seal’s friends, Russ Eakin, observed the killing. “I saw Barry get killed from the window of the Belmont hotel coffee shop. The killers were both out of the car, one on either side, but I only saw one shoot, cause Barry saw it coming and just put his head down on the steering column.”

Over the next few days the police received information that enabled them to arrest several men for the killing of Barry Seal. This included Miguel Velez, Bernardo Vasquez, Luis Quintero-Cruz, John Cardona, Eliberto Sanchez and Jose Renteria. A seventh, Rafa Cardona, managed to escape back to Colombia. He was murdered later that year. Eliberto Sanchez and John Cardona were deported and never appeared in court for the crime. Nor did Jose Coutin who supplied the weapons for the killing of Seal. However, he was not charged with any crime and instead testified in court against Miguel Velez, Luis Quintero-Cruz and Bernardo Vasquez. According to Leslie Cockburn (Out of Control) Coutin was a CIA asset.

One of those originally arrested, Jose Renteria, took photographs of the dead Seal in the car. When his camera was confiscated by an FBI agent at New Orleans airport, it was opened and the film inside exposed. While being interrogated, Renteria claimed that Jose Coutin was linked to Oliver North. However, this information was never produced in court as Renteria was not charged with the murder and was instead deported to Colombia.

From Washington Weekly

WELCH: Just before Barry died, he made a tape recording of himself, DEA agent Jacobson and another person in Panama. It was a three way telephone conversation. The tape recording was with Barry in his car when he was killed. He was returning from his office in downtown Baton Rouge with a couple of boxes and other items. And on the tape recording, among other things, there was this conversation with these three people. And Barry was a desperate man, you can tell by his voice. He is trying to help find Pablo Escobar, and the agent – you can tell by his voice – that there’s nothing he can do with Barry anymore, he’s done his thing and the agent is trying to get rid of him on the telephone. Barry is desperate, he is trying to keep his position and status [as a valuable DEA informant]…

Anyway, on this tape recording, he is trying to give directions to the person in Panama, they are talking about streets, and Barry keeps telling him, “Don’t use my name on the telephone,” because all the telephones in Panama are tapped. The DEA agent comes in and says “Yeah, don’t use Barry’s name on the telephone!” And you can hear this fatalistic laugh of Barry in the background, like “I’m dead.”

March 3, 1986.  Louisiana Attorney General William Guste questions United States Attorney General Edwin Meese over the arrangement which led to the assassination of Barry Seal.

William Guste Jr.

From Louisiana Voice:

On March 3, 1986, only two weeks after Seal was murdered, Louisiana Attorney General William Guste hand-delivered a five-page letter to U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese. In his letter, Guste made a formal request for a complete investigation with respect to the government’s relationship with and handling of Seal.

“In October, as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Narcotics and Drug Interdiction of the President’s Commission on Organized Crime, I had presided over a seminar at which Barry Seal had testified,” Guste continued.

“His purpose there was to inform the commission and top United States officials of the methods and equipment used by drug smugglers….and (he) was scheduled to be a key witness in the government’s case against Jorge Ochoa-Vasques, the head of one of the largest drug cartels in the world. WHY WAS SUCH AN IMPORTANT WITNESS NOT GIVEN PROTECTION WHETHER HE WANTED IT OR NOT?” Guste asked, using all capital letters.

1986.  Reagan administration and Congress begin arming the Mujahideen with Stinger missiles.

From the Wall Street Journal:

In 1986, the Reagan administration and its congressional allies put aside qualms about dispatching missile launchers.  The Taliban emerged on top, and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency spent years trying to recover 600 unused Stingers, including 53 that found their way to Mullah Omar, the Taliban leader who hosted Osama bin Laden during the 9/11 attacks, according to the book “Ghost Wars” by Steve Coll.

April 8, 1986.  LA Times reports that Israeli financed a U.S. to Iran weapons deal.

From LA Times:

In an apparent contradiction of Israeli claims that Israel played only a minor role in the shipment of U.S. arms to Iran this year, sources confirmed Friday that a top aide to Prime Minister Shimon Peres tried to help two arms merchants obtain $15 million to finance a U.S.-to-Iran weapons deal this spring.  The aide, Amiram Nir, accompanied Saudi Arabian arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi and Iranian businessman Manucher Ghorbanifar to a meeting in London the night of April 8 with Roland W. (Tiny) Rowland, chief executive of Lonrho, a British trading and mining conglomerate, sources said. The meeting continued into the early morning. 

August 23, 1986.  Oliver North discusses arms deal with Manuel Noriega of Panama.

Noriega and George Bush

From National Security Archive:

Oliver North, who met with Noriega’s representative, described the meeting in an August 23, 1986 e-mail message to Reagan national security advisor John Poindexter. “You will recall that over the years Manuel Noriega in Panama and I have developed a fairly good relationship,” North writes before explaining Noriega’s proposal. If U.S. officials can “help clean up his image” and lift the ban on arms sales to the Panamanian Defense Force, Noriega will “‘take care of’ the Sandinista leadership for us.”

North tells Poindexter that Noriega can assist with sabotage against the Sandinistas, and suggests paying Noriega a million dollars — from “Project Democracy” funds raised from the sale of U.S. arms to Iran — for the Panamanian leader’s help in destroying Nicaraguan economic installations.

 The same day Poindexter responds with an e-mail message authorizing North to meet secretly with Noriega. “I have nothing against him other than his illegal activities,” Poindexter writes.

 On the following day, August 24, North’s notebook records a meeting with CIA official Duane “Dewey” Clarridge on Noriega’s overture. They decided, according to this entry, to “send word back to Noriega to meet in Europe or Israel.”

August 26, 1986.  Bill Clinton is the only Democratic governor to send his national guard to train in Honduras.

From United Press International:

The nation’s governors disagreed sharply Tuesday over the Pentagon’s policy of training National Guard units in Honduras, but unanimously approved a resolution supporting their peacetime control of Guard units.

The debate over allowing state National Guard units to train in Honduras, the base for U.S.-supported guerrillas fighting to overthrow the Nicaraguan government, was the only spark of controversy in the four-day meeting of the National Governors’ Association.

Gov. Madeleine Kunin of Vermont, a Democrat, said the training policy is a ‘backdoor escalation’ of the American military presence in Central America.

But Republican Gov. John Ashcroft of Missouri said the deployments are nothing more than a training program and ‘not an exercise in aid to the Contras.’ Ashcroft went to Honduras with the Missouri Guard, which helped build a road between two towns.

‘Even those who support the administration’s Central America policy don’t want the Guard used without their say-so,’ said Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, a Democrat who allowed his state Guard to go to Honduras.

October 5, 1986.  Barry Seal’s former plane shot down by the Sandanists; pilot parachutes to safety and has phone number to George Bush’s office on his person.

Eugene Hasenfus capture

From Whiteout:


On October 5, 1986, a few weeks after the meeting in London, the bold plans explored by North and Noriega came crashing down in the wake of a similarly abrupt descent of a plane ferrying arms from Ilopango air base in El Salvador to Contra camps inside Nicaragua.  As Eugene Hasenfus, a veteran of the CIA’s Air America operation in Laos, was kicking supplies out of the back of a C-123K, a Sandanista gunner scored a direct hit and only Hasenfus managed to parachute down and into the world’s headlines, offering incontrovertible proof of the Reagan administration’s illegal shipments.  Among the phone numbers in Hasenfus’s notebook was that of George Bush’s office. 

November 1985.  Lebanese newspaper Al Shirra breaks story about US arms sales to Iran.

Above is from Unger, Page 76

November 24, 1986.  United States Attorney General Edwin Meese blames the entire “IranContra” scandal on Oliver North.

Edwin Meese

From the Washington Post:

The attorney general, (Edwin Meese) said on Nov. 24 that North was the only person in the U.S. government who knew precisely about funds from the Iran arms transfers being transferred to the contras.

December 14, 1986.  Calls for immunity for Oliver North begin.

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William Broomsfield, (R-Michigan)

From the Washington Post:

William S. Broomfield, R-MI, writes an op-ed to Washington Post “That crisis can be avoided by acting immediately to secure the truth by granting immunity to North for his testimony.”

December 20, 1986. LA Times reports on Israeli financing of U.S. to Iran weapons deal.

From the LA Times:

In an apparent contradiction of Israeli claims that Israel played only a minor role in the shipment of U.S. arms to Iran this year, sources confirmed Friday that a top aide to Prime Minister Shimon Peres tried to help two arms merchants obtain $15 million to finance a U.S.-to-Iran weapons deal this spring.  The aide, Amiram Nir, accompanied Saudi Arabian arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi and Iranian businessman Manucher Ghorbanifar to a meeting in London the night of April 8 with Roland W. (Tiny) Rowland, chief executive of Lonrho, a British trading and mining conglomerate, sources said.

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Amiram Nir, in 1985, with his wife Judy Mozes (Photo credit: Moshe Shai/ Flash 90)

Aside on Amiram Nir:  Nir’s son, in 2014, said his father was assassinated.

From Times of Israel: 

Twenty-five years after a famed Israeli counterterrorism operator died in a mysterious plane crash in Mexico, his son alleged on Friday that the death was an assassination, and pointed the finger of blame at the United States…

The TV report featured a lengthy clip of George H.W. Bush being interviewed by Dan Rather over what he knew of the Iran-Contra scandal, including over his presence during a visit to Israel in meetings with Amiram Nir.  Bush had denied all knowledge of Iran-Contra during the 1988 presidential campaign.

From Wikipedia:  

After Nir’s death, “a systematic series of burglaries,” carried out by professionals who were never caught, targeted documents relating to the Iran-Contra Affair. One of the burglary targets was the home of Nir’s widow.

February 27, 1987. The Tower Commission report is published, blaming William Casey for poor management of Oliver North, and clearing President Reagan.

From the Tower Commission report: Page 82

Director Casey appears to have been informed in considerable detail about the specifics of the Iranian operation.  He appears to have acquiesced in and to have encouraged North’s exercise of direct operational control of the operation.  Because of the NSC staff’s proximity to and close identification with the President, this increased the risks to the President if the initiative became public or the operation failed.   

There is no evidence, however, that Director Casey explained this risk to the President or made clear to the President that LtCol North, rather than the CIA, was running the operation.  The President does not recall ever having been informed of this fact.  Indeed, Director Casey should have gone further and pressed for operational responsibility to be transferred to the CIA. 

May 5, 1987.  Dick Cheney, as Ranking Republican Member of the House Select Committee to investigate Iran Contra, says in his opening remarks that the President has cooperated fully. 

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I think it is also important, Mr. Chairman, to point out there is another individual who has been very supportive and cooperative of everything this committee has done to date, that is the President of the United States.  These won’t be easy hearings to watch in the West Wing, but it is important, I think, for people to know that the President has indeed cooperated fully with our investigation.

Earlier this year he appointed the Tower Commission to examine these events on behalf of the executive branch.  That report has been made public, and it, too, is not easy reading.  It contains some very tough criticism of our foreign policy with respect to the events under investigation by this committee, but the President, I thought, responded well to those developments.

It takes a big man to submit himself and his administration to that kind of scrutiny. In connection with this inquiry, which he has encouraged, he has placed no obstacles in the path of our investigation, and as was mentioned earlier by Senator Inouye, he has even made available to members of the committee the most intimate personal thoughts of his administration, his own diary.

May 6, 1987.  William Casey dies.

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From the Washington Post:

Casey’s death now means that Congress and the independent counsel investigating the Iran-contra affair will be deprived of his testimony and this may mean enormous gaps in public knowledge about the controversy.

May 13, 1987.  Robert McFarlane, former National Security Advisor to President Reagan, testifies to Senator William Cohen that Oliver North (who has immunity from prosecution), took orders directly from CIA Director William Casey (who is dead).

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Mr. COHEN In fact, we have evidence that Colonel North was calling the chief of station in a Central American Country and having him report to Colonel North. We have an ambassador being called in Lebanon, having him report to Colonel North. It is rather clear that Oliver North was acting under the-at least the aegis of Director Casey during this time? 

Mr. McFARLANE: Yes, sir.

William Cohen was a Republican from Maine who later served as Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Defense from 1997-2001.

August 23, 1987.  Don Henry and Kevin Ives are murdered in Saline County, Arkansas.

Don Henry and Kevin Ives

From Unsolved Mysteries:

In the pre-dawn hours of August 23, 1987, a 6000 ton cargo train made its regular night run to Little Rock, Arkansas.  The train was just over a mile long and was traveling at a speed of 52 miles per hour.  The train had been riding smoothly as engineer Stephen Shroyer approached the small town of Bryant, Arkansas.  Suddenly, he saw something in his path, but couldn’t tell what it was.  As the train drew closer, Shroyer made the horrifying discovery that two boys were lying motionless across the railroad tracks.


All I’m trying to establish is that the DEA is hiding something other than “sources and methods” from Linda Ives.  A preponderance of evidence establishes that statement as a fact beyond any reasonable doubt, in my opinion.




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