History of the present King … is a history of repeated Injuries
and Usurpations, all having in direct Object establishment
of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let
the Facts be submitted to a candid world.
Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
this is a year of choice - a year when we choose not simply
who will lead us, but where we wish to be led; the country
we want for ourselves, and the kind we want for our children.
If this year of choice we fashion new polices out of old illusions,
we ensure ourselves nothing but crisis for the future, and
we bequeath to our children the bitter harvest of those crisis.
Robert F. Kennedy, March 18, 1968
is 3AM in the morning and the phone rings at the White House
who should the American public entrust to answer the phone.
A man whose ties to the Reverend Wright make his views radical
and out of touch with reality or a talented Senator from New
York who already has 8 years experience in the White House.
Listening to the media coverage since the evolution of the Wright
issues, the public is led to believe; this is a simple question
of Right from Wrong? But the sudden rise of Reverend Wright
as a decisive political issue deserves more investigation especially
considering that his recent speaking engagement at the National
Press Club was arranged and sponsored by an ardent Hilary supporter.
media has focused its criticism of Reverend Wright on two main
ideas he presented:
The 9/11 tragedy was caused in part by past US government
the AIDS virus came from US government labs and is part of
a larger conspiracy to keep Black America in chains
Wright is neither the first nor the last US citizens to come
to these conclusions. The corporate media has once again failed
the public by ignoring the historical basis of these comments,
preferring to paint Reverend Wright and therefore Senator Obama
as anti-American and a believer in the radical conspiracy theories
of the far left, the Anti-War movement, and what Wayne Madsen
has aptly termed the Internet irregulars.
good Reverend Wright unfortunately is behind the times. He does
not understand the cause of the 9/11 tragedy or its connection
to the most important problem facing Black Americans for the
last 40 years, the illegal drug trade. There is no single issue
more important for improving the lives of Black Americans or
the inner city poor than the drug issue. With the number of
US citizens in prison and jail approaching 3 million at an estimated
cost of over $300 billion a year by conservative estimates,
the drug problem has crippled the chance of the recovery of
the inner city. There is no chance for its recovery with out
the full disclosure of the role that the US government played
in this problem. The US government has been actively involved
in importing narcotics into the United States since the death
of John F. Kennedy.
single most important debate that has not even touched the lips
of the corporate media is that both Bill and Hilary Clinton
were involved in the importation of cocaine into the Untied
States during the Iran Contra Affair. If Hilary were to get
the Democratic nomination and be elected President, we can be
assured of the fact that like Presidents Clinton and Bush before
her she will do nothing to address the biggest scandal in US
history: US government involvement in the narcotics trade. A
complete investigation into this problem is the start of any
program to rebuild the inner city. The final recovery of the
money generated by the illegal drug trade is the funding solution
for rebuilding inner city life.
while Hilary and Bill cannot be singled out in this regard if
Bill had not been involved in the trade during his tenure as
Governor of Arkansas, the shape of the current political landscape
would be vastly different both politically and economically.
The rebuilding of America inner cities is going to be a multi
trillion-dollar project; the cash that can be recovered from
the drug trade will provide a good start for this project. But
the first step in solving this problem is putting someone in
the White House who was not part of the problem.
History: Vietnam: A bag of heroin a day keeps the Democrats
other political movement has profited more from the sale of
illegal drugs than the Central Intelligence Agency. I say political
movement because it has been clear from the start that the use
of the sale of illegal drugs has been a major fundraising practice
for individuals with corrupt political agendas. This began in
earnest when the CIA and FBI established its kiss and don’t
tell policy with Organized Crime. This relationship has been
responsible for the creation of more havoc in US cities over
the last 5 decades than any external enemy that we have previously
faced or ever will face. The amount of money that has been
obtained illegally through these activities is greater than
our national debt. The recovery of the profits from these illegal
actively would more than stabilize Social Security and it might
even balance the budget. Our duty as concerned citizens is to
recover these ill gotten gains and to restore American Faith
in this Republic.
involvement in the drug trade has been more than just a little
help for a close friend. In 1971 former Green Beret, Sgt. Paul
Withers testified at “The Winter Soldier Hearings” in Boston,
about his job description while he was on loan to the CIA in
mission in Laos was to make friends with the Meo people and
organize and train them to fight the Pathet Lao. One of the
main tasks was to buy up the entire local opium crop. About
twice a week an Air American plane would arrive with supplies
and kilo bags of gold dust. Paul gave the gold to the Meo
in return for their bags of opium which were loaded on the
Richard Nixon prepared his run for the White House, he proposed
that American’s not only seek to destroy the communists in Vietnam,
but also asked Americans to band together in an all out War
on Drugs. As it turned out, Nixon’s War on Drugs had two prime
objectives. The first was to put the international heroin trade
and its tremendous cash flow in the hands of his political allies.
Secondly, by blaming the anti-war movement for the drug problem,
he intended to give the public the idea that the peace movement
was set on destroying the American way of Life. This was the
prefect fuel for Nixon’s law and order domestic agenda.
Kruger, The Great Heroin Coup, believes the details of
this strategy were planned shortly after Nixon’s reelection
in 1968. He states:
in one way or another in the planning, the execution, or both,
were: President Nixon and part of the White House staff; Meyer
Lansky’s corporate gangsters syndicate - in particular its
Cuban exile wing run by Florida capo Santo Trafficante, Jr.;
The Cuba/China lobby; ultra reactionary forces in Southeast
Asia, primarily the Kuomintang Chinese on Taiwan, and in the
Golden Triangle; and intelligence and law enforcement factions
of the CIA and BNDD/DEA.”[ii]
McCoy, The Politics of Heroin, convincingly outlines
the results of US government complicity in the drug trade.
1934 to 1970, the slow pressure of League drug diplomacy had
forced a reduction in global opium production from 7,600 tons
to only 1,000. In the following 20 years, however, the failure
of the DEA’s suppression efforts combined with the CIA complicity
in the global traffic allowed world opium production to multiply
fourfold to 4,200 pounds by 1989. Significantly, some 3000
tons, or 73 percent of the 1989 total, came from Southeast
Asia, where CIA had worked with the region’s drug lords for
both the Vietnam era, and the 1980’s the Republicans road the
drug issue into office. America was being consumed by liberal
culture according to them, and it was leading to the downfall
of the American Youth, and destruction of the American way of
life. And here is the smoking gun, while using the media
and research institutions to back up their political ideology;
they simultaneously flooded the American Streets with heroin
in the case of the Vietnam War, and Cocaine during the conflicts
in Central America.
first goal of Jimmy Carter was to stop CIA covert action abroad.
If his policy to stop human right policies aboard was to succeed,
he knew the U.S. must set a good example. The first step he
took to accomplish this step was to fire George Bush as head
of the CIA. Unfortunately Carter did not realize that the CIA
had sufficient funding to run covert actions with the profits
from the drug trade.
March 18, 1978 an article in the Boston Globe proclaimed:
“Senate Investigation into drug trading should begin at home.
of all government and government agencies complicit in heroin
traffic none should be of more interest to the Senate Intelligence
Committee than the Central Intelligence Agency.”
extent of the intelligence community’s complicity in drug trafficking
will only be known with a complete release of all documents
in this area. But what we do know from empirical science is
that prior to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, there were
approximately 50,000 addicts, and 10 years later at the height
of the Vietnam War, there were closer to 1,000,000 addicts.
What role the FBI and CIA had in this heroin epidemic will only
be known by the release of still secret documents from this
era. One thing that we know for sure is that the amount of money
generated from the trading of illegal drugs skyrocketed after
Kennedy’s assassination. In 1960 the total heroin consumption
for a group of 50,000 addicts amounted to about $1.8 Billion
per year. By the end of the decade, with a 1,000,000 addicts
the cash flow would amount to $36 Billion or about $69 million
per day. Once you understand that the heroin trade was the pay
off for the Kennedy Assassination understanding how the history
of the 70’s unfolded is much easier.
presidential election season grew near, the Republicans began
to mold their political machine much in the fashion that Nixon
had during the Watergate Era. This new effort to control public
opinion through disinformation would come into a new era during
1978 and 1979. Bill Weinberg, “George Bush, The Superspy, Drug-dealing
Casey, the CIA man who was an old friend of Bush’s dad, was
appointed Reagan campaign manager, and would be rewarded with
the post of CIA director after the Reagan victory. Casey had
a vision of a “private CIA” which would not be funded by -
or answerable to - Congress. Honneger says that Casey and
Bush launched this spy network during the 1980 campaign. She
quotes an aid to Representative John Conyers: “William Casey
set up a mammoth intelligence operation, including past and
present members of the military and intelligence communities,
to spy on Carter’s negotiations with Iran.”[iv]
new privately funded “Secret Team” was already hard at work
planning to expand its drug distribution network. This, of course,
is the same secret team that has been involved in the illegal
torture and debriefing
of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan, now famous for the Iraqi
prison abuse scandal. This secret team had perfected technique
for torturing prisoners, and as we will learn American citizens
for more than 50 years. This secret team played a major role
in defeating Jimmy Carter in 1980, much as they played the same
role in Florida for George Bush Light during the 2000 presidential
race. Now with control of the White House, they unleashed their
new political weapon that seemed like it had unlimited potential,
Reagan took to the airwaves much like Nixon had 10 years before
to initiate his own personal ‘War on Drugs’. Bush as
head of the South Florida Task Force began to arrange a plan
of action. A cocaine epidemic had gone from the planning stages
to a plan of action. While the media highlighted a series of
cocaine seizures, George Bush’s first move would be to close
down Central America’s only DEA office in Honduras.
[v] Within a few months the CIA was moving large quantities
of Cocaine to the US through various places in Central America.
DEA publications and efforts focused on the threat of drugs
over the Mexican border, a new supply network was set up.
North’s direction, Shackley and Clines recruited their old
Operation Mongoose pals to run contra’s re-supply operation
at El Salvador’s Eloping, formed shadow companies to build
clandestine jungle airstrips-established the Contras as a
link in the Medellin Cartel’s Andesto-Maimi cocaine trail.”[vi]
successful would this new smuggling operation be? Between 1976
and 1988 the amount of cocaine entering the US had increased
from 16 metric tons to 90 metric tons. Gang wars in city streets
turned American political opinion more conservative assuring
Republican victories at election time. The operation had gone
on the television show hosted by Geraldo Rivera, `Now It Can
Be Told’, Richard Breneke described his first job for the illegal
Contra Supply network. Southern Air Transport, a subsidiary
of Air America famous for transporting heroin during the Vietnam
War, had hired Breneke. Upon returning to an airstrip in Mena
Arkansas from Central America, he discovered a large box had
been placed in his plane for return shipment to the US. He opened
the box and discovered it was filled with pure cocaine. He became
enraged and called his supervisor, national security advisor,
Donald Gregg, Vice President Bush’s National Security Advisor.
Gregg told Breneke to mind his own business that his job was
as a pilot not as a policy setter.[vii]
also surfaced during the show that a prisoner was being held
in prison in Washington State who had evidence of the use of
5 different US airstrips by the Contra Supply network to smuggle
drug to fund Oliver North and his contra army.
Clinton, Bush and the CIA
public…has the right to know about the CIA sponsoring candidates
for U.S. Presidency and, thereby, compromising themselves and
their values. We wrote this book because, otherwise, there would
be no assurances that the truth would ever be told.
1994 Terry Reed and John Cummings wrote, Compromised: Clinton,
Bush and the CIA, that outlined a strategy where by the
Bush family sought to compromise the Democrats by involving
them in a scandal he had been part of since before the Vietnam
War, cocaine trafficking. During the early 1980’s, Arkansas
became a central hub not only for planes landing with shipment
of Cocaine from Central America, but also for the laundering
of the profits from the trade. Terry Reed had been recruited
by Oliver North to help coordinate the trade of illegal weapons
and cocaine with North’s partners in Central America. Central
in this planning effort was the notorious Barry Seal.
Seal had played a major role in CIA complicity in the drug trade
for many years. He knew more about the inner workings of the
DEA, CIA, FBI and other agencies that turned blind eye to US
government involvement in drug trafficking than anyone. In a
1986 the Louisiana Attorney General wrote a letter to Edwin
Messe stating that Barry Seale had been personally responsible
for the importation of $3 to $5 billion worth of cocaine into
the United States.
to Reed, Seal’s planes were outfitted with sophisticated military
style communication systems that received its flight plans from
satellites allowing it to evade detection flying in and out
of the United States. On one such flight Seal reveals to Reed
how cocaine was being used to neutralize Bush’s potential political
you’ve got direct knowledge of the Republicans trying to neutralize
some Democrats before they can nuke Bush with this?”
yeah. I’ve been part of it. Remember in that meeting I told
you I had a plan to blow the lid off the whole damn Mena deal
and shut it down due to adverse publicity? Well, what I didn’t
tell you was that project was already in effect, and the Republicans
were already trying to neutralize some important people in Arkansas...namely
the Clinton family.”
don’t call it cocaine. Let’s just call it neutralizin’ powder.
Least that’s the way the Bush family saw it. This is just one
family warrin’ against another. Just like the Mob.”[ix]
1996 Michael Ruppert, prepared a statement for the US Senate
Select Committee on Intelligence investigating allegations of
US government involvement in drug trafficking. Ruppert had dedicated
his life to stopping US government involvement in drug trafficking
since discovering as a Los Angles police officer that the enforcement
community was turning a blind eye to the importation of drugs
into the Untied States. He documented efforts by the CIA in
operation Pegasus, and Watchtower to install radar beacons that
allowed planes flying out of Columbia to evade radar as they
headed for Manuel Noriega’s Panama. He states: The missions
are Iran-Contra era operations and directly link to admitted
Agency operations at Mena, Arkansas where tons of cocaine were
smuggled by Agency personnel into this country. That smuggling
took place under direct orders from the highest levels of this
investigative material, contrary to denials, is overwhelming,
irrefutable and shows a direct link between then Governor Bill
Clinton and CIA operations.[x]
many before them Reed and Seal suffered the consequences of
eating from the hand of the beast. Reed survived, Seal did not.
Reed was framed in an insurance fraud scheme. During the discovery
phase of his trail, he obtained a 1987 document proving what
he had known all along that the FBI was warning the DEA and
the CIA that the operation in Mena Arkansas was about to be
exposed by the media. The documents also confirmed that Seal
was a CIA operative.[xi]
Seal a year before being sentenced on drug trafficking charges,
traveled to Washington DC to testify before the Presidents Commission
on Organized Crime. He stated that he was moving drugs for the
cartel with direct support of the US government. He described
how he had used Department of Defense navigation and communication
equipment designed for nuclear war to avoid being detected by
military radar while making gun and drug shipments.[xii] Shortly after accepting a plea bargain from the US
Attorney in Louisiana, Seal died in a hail of gun fire from
members of the Medellin cartel on February 18, 1987. The media
characterized the assassination as a successful attempt by the
Medellin Cartel to silence a potential witness against them.
Those who understand history know this was the killing of a
man who could connect many powerful government officials with
a coordinated effort to raise money for illegal political activities
at home and abroad.
1997 article titled, “CIA Linked to Seal’s Assassination”, Daniel
Hopsicker interviews two New Orleans attorneys who provide important
details about Barry Seal. Sam Dalton, representing the Seal’s
Columbian assassins, questioned the CIA about its involvement
in Seals death during the penalty phase of their trail. During
discovery Dalton gained access to the contents of Seal’s trunk.
It was apparent that the FBI had done a good job removing any
incriminating evident before they handed over the contents of
the truck, but they missed the “smoking gun”. Dalton states:
“But they had missed a few things that indicated just how valuable
that trunk was. Because that’s where that phone number was.
That’s where we found George Bush’s private phone number. They
were regularly talking to each other very seriously over what
was probably a secure phone. Barry Seal was in direct contact
with George Bush.”[xiii]
Unglesby who represented Barry Seal in 1986 recalled the first
time he became aware of how high Barry Seal’s connections in
the Untied States government were. He states: “I sat him down
one time, and said: I cannot represent you effectively unless
I know what is going on. Barry smiled, and gave me a number,
and told me to call it, and identify myself as him (Seal.)
dialed the number, a little dubiously, and a pleasant female
voice answered: ‘Office of the Vice President.’”
is Barry Seal,” Unglesby said into the phone.
a moment, sir,” the secretary replied. “Then a man’s voice came
on the line, identifying himself as Admiral somebody, and said
to me, ‘Barry, where have you been?’”
me, Sir,” Unglesby replied, “but my name is Lewis Unglesby and
I am Barry Seal’s attorney.”
was a click, Unglesby relates. The phone went dead. “Seal just
smiled when I looked over at him in shock, and then went back
to treating me on a need-to-know basis.”[xiv]
1997 Celerino “Cele” Costillo III, a retired member of the DEA
and author of the book “POWDERBURNS, Cocaine, Contras &
The Drug War outlines the history of crack cocaine epidemic
in the Untied States for the House Permanent Committee on Intelligence.
of my investigation on CIA-Contras drug trafficking in El Salvador:
key to understanding the “crack cocaine” epidemic, which exploded
on our streets in 1984, lies in understanding the effect of
congressional oversight on covert operations. In this case the
Boland amendment(s) of the era, while intending to restrict
covert operations as intended by the will of the People, only
served to encourage C.I.A., the military and elements of the
national intelligence community to completely bypass the Congress
and the Constitution in an eager and often used covert policy
of funding prohibited operations with drug money.
my friend and colleague Michael Ruppert has pointed out through
his own experience in the 1970s, CIA has often bypassed congressional
intent by resorting to the drug trade (Vietnam, Laos, Iran,
Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc).
the Boland Amendment(s) cut the Contras off from a continued
U.S. government subsidy, George Bush, his national security
adviser Don Gregg, and Ollie North, turned to certain foreign
governments, and to private contributions, to replace government
dollars. Criminal sources of contributions were not excluded.
By the end of 1981, through a series of Executive Orders and
National Security Decision Directives, many of which have been
declassified, Vice President Bush was placed in charge of all
Reagan administration intelligence operations. All of the covert
operations carried out by officers of the CIA, the Pentagon,
and every other federal agency, along with a rogue army of former
intelligence Operatives and foreign agents were commanded by
their arrival on the national scene in 1992, Hilary has always
insisted that she and Bill are a two for one package. Many of
Hilary’s supporters claim that it is unfair to tie her to the
sins of her husband much like supports of our current president
insisted that he not be linked with the crimes against humanity
by his father. But in reality Bill and Hilary are linked by
the political forces that empower them knowing that an independent
Justice Department Investigation into these activities will
destroy the political ambitions of the people involved.
an article originally appearing in Penthouse magazine in 1995,
and later mysterious dropped by the Washington Post after accepting
it for publication, “The Crimes of Mena”, Sally Denton and Roger
Morris: “The tons of drugs that Seal and his associates brought
into the country, officials agree, affected tens of thousands
of lives at the least, and exacted an incalculable toll on American
society. And for the three presidents, the enduring questions
of political scandal are once again apt: What did they know
about Mena? When did they know it? Why didn’t they do anything
to stop it … The crimes of Mena were real. That much is now
documented beyond doubt. The only remaining issues are how far
they extended, and who was responsible.”[xvi]
Clintons’ involvement in this scandal has done more to harm
the Democratic Party over the last 20 years than any other single
issue. The illegal drug trade has provided the money and political
muscle to mislead the public on the issue of Homeland Security.
The current War of Terrorism is a carbon copy of the PSY-OPS
program used by the Nixon administration when they launched
the War on Drugs. With an understanding of this history in place,
we can now proceed to dissect Reverend’s Wright allegation that
9/11 was caused in part by past US government policies. For
the seeds for 9/11 where buried deep in the politics of the
international drug and arms trade.
Guest Commentator, John S. Phillips, has spent 30 years investigating
Government Involvement in the Narcotics Trade. A 1995 graduate
of Harvard College, he has been involved in researching the
issue of drug treatment for over 30 years. His website is: wbpnet.org.
here to contact Mr. Phillips.
Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars, Southeast Asia: The Opium
Trail, Boston, 1972, p.62
H. Kruger, The Great Heroin Coup, Boston: South End Press, 1980
A. McCoy, The Politics of Heroin, New York: Lawrence Books,
1991. p.19 This book was originally published in 1972 under
the title, The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia. When it
was re-released in 1991 it was almost impossible to find on
bookstore shelves and reports surfaced that the Central Intelligence
Agency was buying up as many copies as it could.
Bill Weinberg, High Times, November 1992.
P.D. Scott, Cocaine Politics, 1991. Scott outlines the details
of the strategy used to set up the movement of Cocaine through
Honduras and Costa Rica.
B. Weinberg, Ibid., p.58
For more information see: THE ORAL DEPOSITION OF RICHARD J.
BRENNEKE, a witness produced at the request of the Attorney
General’s Office, taken in the above-styled and numbered cause
21st day of June, 1991, before Jeff Bennett, C.C.R., Certificate
of BUSHMAN COURT REPORTING, INC., Notary and for White County,
Arkansas at the Office of the Attorney 323 Center Street, Little
Rock, Arkansas at 10:10 a.m.
Terry Reed and John Cummings, Compromised: Clinton, Bush and
the CIA, p9-10, S.P.I. Books, New York, New York, 1994.
Ibid., p. 213
Michael Ruppert prepared for Senate Select Committee on Intelligence,
November 15, 1996.
Compromised, p 198
Ibid., p. 221
Daniel Hopsicker, CIA Linked to Seal’s Assassination, George
Bush’s Personal Phone Number Found in Seals’ Trunk, The Washington
Weekly, Aug. 18, 1997
Ibid., p. 2
Written Statement of Celerino Castillo III, For the House Permanent
Select Committee on Intelligence, April 27, 1998.
Sally Denton and Roger Morris, “The Crimes of Mena”, Penthouse
Magazine, February 1995.