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The Activities at Mena - MENA is no myth!
By Michael Rivero
were to ever find out what we have done, we would be chased down the
streets and lynched."
-- George H. W. Bush, cited in the June, 1992 Sarah McClendon Newsletter
George H. W. Bush with legendary CIA agent Felix Rodriguez a.k.a. "Mr. Gomez" who ran the
Mexican portion of the Iran-Contra guns and drug running operation.
"I have put thousands of Americans away for tens of thousands of
years for less evidence for conspiracy with less evidence than
is available against Ollie North and CIA people. . . . I
personally was involved in a deep-cover case that went to the top
of the drug world in three countries. The CIA killed it."
Former DEA Agent Michael Levine
CNBC-TV, October 8, 1996
"The connections piled up quickly. Contra planes flew north to the
U.S., loaded with cocaine, then returned laden with cash. All under
the protective umbrella of the United States Government. My
informants were perfectly placed: one worked with the Contra pilots
at their base, while another moved easily among the Salvadoran
military officials who protected the resupply operation. They fed me
the names of Contra pilots. Again and again, those names showed up
in the DEA database as documented drug traffickers.
"When I pursued the case, my superiors quietly and firmly advised me
to move on to other investigations."
Former DEA Agent Celerino Castillo Powder Burns, 1992
"The Subcommittee found that the Contra drug links included:
Involvement in narcotics trafficking by individuals associated with
the Contra movement.
Participation of narcotics traffickers in Contra supply operations
through business relationships with Contra organizations.
Provision of assistance to the Contras by narcotics traffickers,
including cash, weapons, planes, pilots, air supply services and
other materials, on a voluntary basis by the traffickers.
Payments to drug traffickers by the US State Department of funds authorized
by the Congress for humanitarian assistance to the Contras, in some cases
after the traffickers had been indicted by federal law enforcement agencies
on drug charges, in others while traffickers were under active investigation
by these same agencies."
Senate Committee Report on Drugs,
Law Enforcement and Foreign Policy
chaired by Senator John F. Kerry
"I really take great exception to the fact that 1,000 kilos came in,
funded by US taxpayer money."
DEA official Anabelle Grimm, during a 1993
interview on a CBS-TV "60 Minutes" segment
entitled "The CIA's Cocaine." The 1991
CIA drug-smuggling event Ms. Grimm described
was later found to be much larger. A
Florida grand jury and the Wall Street Journal reported it to involve as much as 22 tons.
THE CLINTON CHRONICLES
Better save a local copy of the above. I suspect it will be "Orwellized" before November 2016 gets here!
This is Dan Lasater in front of the Whitewater committee.
OLIVER NORTH'S HANDWRITTEN NOTES.
Third paragraph reads.....
"Honduran DC-6 which
is being used for
runs out of New Orleans
is probably being used
for drug runs into US"
-LtCol Oliver North 09Aug85
The Clinton/Bush narcocracy that has corrupted the US Government today has its roots in the CIA's gun-running operation
to the Nicaraguan Contras (a violation of the Boland Amendment and the Logan act), and funded from the sale of cocaine
flowing back along the same smuggler route into the northern end of the gun/drugs pipeline at Mena, Arkansas, protected by then-governor
The hyper-links in this page connect, in most cases, to either published articles
or congressional records related to the link subject. They are well worth
following and although laborious to read (especially the congressional records),
are well worth the effort. It is the hard evidence behind the allegations.
The Intermountain Regional Airport at Mena first came to national attention
following the crash of a cargo plane in the jungles of Nicaragua.
The sole survivor of the crash, Eugene Hassenfuss, confessed to being part of an illegal operation
to arm and resupply the Contra forces staged out of the Mena airport, and
the scandal known as Iran-Contra erupted across the headlines of the world.
The specific aircraft which crashed in Nicaragua had, during the Vietnam war, belonged to Air America,
the CIA proprietary airline that had flown guns to the Laotian Meo in Long Tien,
while bringing heroin
back. Following the end of the Vietnam war, the aircraft was purchased by legendary
drug smuggler Barry Seal, who renamed it the "Fat Lady" and based it at
the Mena airport. Following Seal's
murder (an obvious setup by the court system), the plane was used in the gun running
operation to Nicaragua, ending with the crash.
After the Iran-Contra scandal erupted, individuals began to come forward with
stories that the same planes that ferried guns down to Nicaragua were ferrying
back cocaine for sale in the United States. Cocaine whose profits were the real
source of funding for the Contra's custom made (and numberless) M-16s. These
individuals included military personnel such as
Eugene Wheaton, and pilots such as
Richard Brenneke, and Terry Reed, who claimed they were part of the guns
and drugs operation itself. Some, like Chip Tatum,
had documents proving their claims. Others were highly respected law enforcement
officers and members of government, such as William Duncan,
L.D. Brown, and others, who had stumbled on the drug running operation and tried
to expose it. Some of those who had knowledge of
Mena started to die.
The IRS works for the Department of the Treasury. Hence, it was worth noting
that following US Representative Bill Alexander's complaints of IRS interference,
another division of the Treasury Department, the Customs Bureau, issued the
following memo, requesting that all records, especially paper records
relating to activities at Mena be sent to Washington D.C.. Included in the memo
was the request that Customs be notified if no records were found in
the individual offices.
For those who do not wish to download the 300 kilobyte scan, here is
a transcript of the first paragraph.(A capital X signifies an unreadable
The House Committee on Banking and Financial Services is
requesting Customs to make available to the Committee all
documents and communications in Customs possession related to
alleged money laundering and drug activities occurring at Mena
Airport, Arkansas. Attached for your review and action is the
Committee's letter and several attachments listing individuals,
firms, case numbers etc. The Committee requests Customs search
its records for information and documents related to the
information contained in the Attachments to the Committee's
Even the press seemed to have a blind spot where Mena was concerned. Writer Roger Morris
(author of "Partners In Power") and Sally Denton wrote a well-researched
article entitled The Crimes Of Mena.
This story, based on Barry Seal's surviving records,
had been fact checked and cleared for publication
by the legal staff of the Washington Post, when it was suddenly spiked without
explanation by Managing Editor Bob Kaiser, a fellow Skull & Bones alumni
with ex CIA chief George H. W. Bush.
This self-imposed blindness towards Mena by the America media did not go unnoticed
by the foreign press, most notably among them London Telegraph journalist
Mena is a current issue.
Mena is a current issue. The recent revelations of highly questionable fundraising
practices in the 1996 election, coupled with the suspicious deaths of four 1992
Clinton fundraisers, raises the ugly possibility that the American Presidency,
like those of Colombia and Mexico (and so many others), has been bought and
paid for with drug money.
It's nonsense to claim that Mena is a myth. The sheer weight of
concerns voiced by law abiding citizens regarding the flood of drugs
that poured into Arkansas cannot be ignored.
The CIA, after years of denials, finally admitted that it had indeed
had operations at Mena, although it continues to deny involvement in drug
There is something at Mena. Something that a great number of people
are working very hard to conceal.
Military "Suicides" - Keeping The Lid On The Use Of The Military?
Castillo, Celerino III and Harmon, Dave, POWDERBURNS, Oakville, Ont., Mosaic Press, 1994
Head of DEA in El Salvador discovered that the Contras were smuggling cocaine into the United
States. Castillo's superiors reacted to his reports by burying them. This book is too controversial for
an American publisher to print.
Cockburn, Leslie, OUT OF CONTROL, New York, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1987
Early account of the of the Reagan Administration's secret war in Nicaragua, the illegal arms
pipeline and the Contra drug connection.
Johnson, Haynes, SLEEPWALKING THROUGH HISTORY, New York, W.W. Norton &
Company, 1991. Pg. 261-274, 292-293
History of the Reagan years traces the relationships of William Casey, Manuel Noriega and the
Medellin cocaine cartel.
Levine, Michael, THE BIG WHITE LIE, New York, Thunder's Mouth Press, 1993
DEA undercover investigator learns that the biggest deterrent to stopping the drug epidemic is
the Central Intelligence Agency.
Levine, Michael, DEEP COVER, New York, Dell Publishing, 1990
DEA undercover operative penetrates the leadership of the Bolivian cocaine cartel, Panamanian
money-launderers and Mexican military middle-men. But it is all for nought, as interference from the
CIA and Attorney General Meese, along with DEA infighting, sabotage the investigation.
McCoy, Alfred, THE POLITICS OF HEROIN, Brooklyn, NY, Lawrence Hill Books, 1991
Excellent history about CIA complicity in the global drug trade, from the French Connection, to
Southeast Asia and onward into the Afghanistan and Latin America. A must read.
Parry, Robert, FOOLING AMERICA, New York, William Morrow and Company, 1992
Several sections discuss Contra cocaine smuggling in this book which describes how Washington
insiders twist the truth and manufacture the Conventional Wisdom.
Persico, Joseph E., CASEY, New York, Viking Penguin, 1990, pg..478-481
Biography on former CIA director William Casey briefly explores the relationships between the
CIA and drug traffickers, as well as the protection of narco-CIA assets.
Reed, Terry and Cummings, John, COMPROMISED, New York, S.P.I. Books, 1994
The definitive book on Mena, Reed's first person account of his CIA service on behalf of the
Contras opens eyes as to the relationships between the CIA, drug trafficking and recent occupants of
the White House. A second edition is in bookstores, however not from bankrupt S.P.I. Books.
[I highly recommend this book]
Terrell, Jack with Martz, Ron, DISPOSABLE PATRIOT: REVELATIONS OF A SOLDIER
IN AMERICA'S SECRET WARS, Washington, DC, National Press Books, 1992 ISBN 0-915765-38-1
An American soldier goes to fight the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. But he discovers
that the most dangerous war is the political infighting of Washington as politicians
and covert operatives fight to save their political skins ans stay out of jail.
Adams, Lorraine, "North Didn't Relay Drug Tips; DEA Says It Finds No Evidence Reagan Aide
Talked to Agency," WASHINGTON POST, October 22, 1994, pg A1
Oliver North knew his Contra network was smuggling cocaine, but he did not inform the DEA as
required by law.
Anderson, Jack and Van Atta, Dale, "Drug Runner's Legacy," February 28, 1989
Federal authorities stonewall investigations into Barry Seal's drug-trafficking.
Anderson, Jack and Van Atta, Dale, "Small Town for Smuggling," March 1, 1989
Suspects say they worked for the CIA to turn back investigations into the cocaine of Mena.
Arbanas, Michael, "Hutchinson knew in 83 of Seal probe, ex-IRS agent says,"
ARKANSAS GAZETTE, September 19, 1990 IRS agent William Duncan claimed Asa Hutchinson
knew about allegations of drug trafficking at Mena when he was US Attorney.
Arbanas, Michael, "Truth on Mena, Seal shrouded in shady allegations; Drug smuggling rumors just
won't die," ARKANSAS GAZETTE, December 22, 1990
Long overview of Mena evidence.
Bowers, Rodney, "Slain smuggler used airport," ARKANSAS GAZETTE, December 14, 1987
Evidence showing drug smuggler Barry Seal used Mena airport, and that federal Justice officials
interfered in local law enforcement investigating the narcotics.
Bowers, Rodney, "House investigators opens Mena probe," ARKANSAS GAZETTE, December 17,
Aide to Congressman William Hughes (D-NJ) visited Mena to gather evidence and testimony.
Brown, Chip, "Former DEA agent: North knew of cocaine shipments to US," ASSOCIATED
PRESS, June 17, 1994 DEA agent Celerino Castillo tells of his knowledge regarding
drug smuggling through the Contra resupply network.
"Co-pilot held answers sought in investigation; But he died in plane crash in 1985," ARKANSAS
GAZETTE, June 27, 1988, pg 6A
Cockburn, Alexander, "Chapters in the Recent History of Arkansas," THE NATION, February 24,
Describes what was revealed in court papers filed by Terry Reed in his case against Clinton aide
Buddy Young regarding CIA Contra cocaine smuggling out of Mena.
Crudele, John, "Drugs and the CIA -- A Scandal Unravels in Arkansas," NEW YORK POST,
April 21, 1995
Report that special prosecutor Kenneth Starr is investigating the CIA guns-for-drugs operations at
Crudele, John, "Bombshell in Arkansas Investigations Brings Both Parties the Jitters," NEW YORK
POST, August 14, 1995
Congressman Jim Leach's Banking Committee and the House Judiciciary Committee investigate
allegations of cocaine trafficking at Mena that point responsibility at the Clinton, Bush and Reagan
"Demo Says IRS Blocked Probe Of Drugs, Arms," SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
(ASSOCIATED PRESS), July 28, 1989
Rep. Alexander (D-Ark.) Charges the IRS with blocking investigations into cocaine of Mena.
"Deposition summarizes rumors about Seal," ARKANSAS GAZETTE, June 26, 1988, pg. 18A
Former military investigator Gary Wheaton gave a sworn deposition claiming that Barry Seal
engaged in gun-running and drug smuggling with the consent of the Drug Enforcement Administration
and Central Intelligence Agency.
editorial, "Investigate Mena," WALL STREET JOURNAL, July 10, 1995, pg A12
Epstein, Edward Jay, "On the Mena Trail," WALL STREET JOURNAL, April 20, 1994
The Journal warns that beneath Clinton's crimes, lie the crimes of Reagan and Bush.
Evans-Pritchard, Ambrose, "Cocaine and Toga Parties," SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, July 17, 1994
Describes evidence that Bill Clinton enjoyed drugs and young women.
Evans-Pritchard, Ambrose, "International Smugglers linked to Contra arms deals," SUNDAY
TELEGRAPH, October 9, 1994
Links Contra cocaine smuggling with Bill Clinton associate, Dan Lasater.
Evans-Pritchard, Ambrose, "Airport scandal set to crash into White House," DAILY TELEGRAPH,
March 27, 1995
Recounts evidence provided by Terry Reed and William Duncan regarding cocaine trafficking
Evans-Pritchard, Ambrose, "Clinton Involved in CIA Arms and Drugs Racket," SUNDAY
TELEGRAPH, July 9, 1995
Reveals that AMERICAN SPECTATOR was about to publish and interview with former Clinton
bodyguard, L.D. Brown. Conservative editor R. Emmett Tyrrell remarked how shocked he was to
uncover CIA skullduggery involving the secret was against the Sandinistas.
Evans-Pritchard, Ambrose, "Embattled Clinton falls back on Nixon's Watergate defence,"
ELECTRONIC TELEGRAPH, December 18, 1995
Haddigan, Michael, " Fat Man' key to mystery," ARKANSAS GAZETTE, June 26, 1988, pg. A1
Overview of the investigations and obstructions to uncovering the truth behind the cocaine of Mena.
Haddigan, Michael, "The Kingpin and his many connections," ARKANSAS GAZETTE, June 27,
1988, pg. 1A
Explores the career of Barry Seal.
Haddigan, Michael, "Mena tires of rumors," ARKANSAS GAZETTE, June 28, 1988, pg. 1A
Remote Mena airport does special refittings for planes from around the world.
Hanchette, John, "House Banking Committee Probing Tangles Tale of Mena, Ark.," GANNETT
NEWS SERVICE, January 25, 1996
House Banking Chairman Jim Leach is investigating Mena.
Harmon, Dave, "Ex-agent: Drug sales aided contras; Retired DEA man says smuggling, North
venture linked," CHICAGO TRIBUNE, January 26, 1993
Celerino Castillo describes the frustration in prosecuting cocaine smugglers involved with the
Contra resupply network.
Henson, Maria, "Testimony reveals leak in drug probe: Cost Seal his life, witness says," ARKANSAS
GAZETTE, July 29, 1988
House Judiciary subcommittee on crime hears DEA officials tell how a White House leak revealing
Barry Seal's undercover work ruined a major drug investigation.
Henson, Maria, "Alexander threatens budget ax to get agency's cooperation; He pledges to continue
investigation into drug trafficking," ARKANSAS GAZETTE, October 5, 1988
Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.) tries to force the Reagan administration to allow a General
Office investigation into drug-trafficking around Mena.
"IRS says smuggler owes $29 million, seizes his property," BATON ROUGE STATE TIMES,
February 5, 1986, pg. 1-A
Some of Barry Seal's assets are listed.
"Judge set to rule in dispute over Seal's tax assessment," BATON ROUGE STATE TIMES, March
Kwitny, Jonathan, "Dope Story: Doubts Rise on Report Reagan Cited in Tying Sandinistas to
Cocaine," WALL STREET JOURNAL, April 22, 1987
Account of Barry Seal's activities in Mena and his attempt as a DEA informant to connect the
Sandinistas with cocaine trafficking.
Lemons, Terry and Fullerton, Jane, "Perot Called Clinton About Mena Inquiry," ARKANSAS
DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE, April 19, 1992
In 1988, Ross Perot called Gov. Bill Clinton to discuss the allegations of cocaine trafficking on
behalf of the Contras in Mena.
Lemons, Terry and Fullerton, Jane, "Perot Vows Mena Airport Won't Be Issue If He Runs,"
ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE, April 26, 1992.
Perot confirms that he discussed Mena with Gov. Bill Clinton in 1988.
Morris, Scott, "Clinton: State did all it could in Mena case," ARKANSAS GAZETTE, September 11,
Gov. Bill Clinton claims the Arkansas State Police conducted a "very vigorous" investigation into
allegations of drugs and money-laundering around Mena.
Morrison, Micah, "Mena Coverup? Razorback Columbo to Retire," WALL STREET JOURNAL
May 10, 1995, pg. A18
Recounts the efforts of Arkansas State Policeman Russell Welch to investigate Mena, and the career
troubles which ensued.
Morrison, Micah, "Mysterious Mena," WALL STREET JOURNAL, June 29, 1994
Recounts the stories about allegations of U.S. government-protected drug-running in Arkansas.
Morrison, Micah, "The Mena Coverup" WALL STREET JOURNAL, October 18, 1994
IRS investigator William Duncan developed documentation proving the money-laundering of
cocaine profits through Arkansas.
Nabbefeld, Joe, "Evidence on Mena-CIA ties to go to Walsh; Airport's inclusion in Contra probe
urged," ARKANSAS GAZETTE, September 10, 1991
Iran-contra Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh is given evidence on drug money-laundering
involving CIA-Contra activities at Mena.
Norman, Jane, "Arkansas Airstrip Under Investigation," DES MOINES REGISTER, January 26,
1996, pg. 3
House Banking Chairman Jim Leach is investigating Mena.
"Panel investigating slain informant's activities," ARKANSAS GAZETTE, April 11, 1988
House investigators continue probing allegations of Contra cocaine smuggling.
Rafinski, Karen, "North gets boosters, protesters; Controversial Iran-Contra figure campaigns for
Hayes," ARKANSAS GAZETTE, September 23, 1990
Oliver North visits Arkansas to support Republican Terry Hayes running against Rep. Bill
Scarborough, Rowan, "House Panel Takes a Long Look at Mena," WASHINGTON TIMES,
January 18, 1996
House Banking Committee is investigating the cocaine trafficking at Mena.
Semien, John, "Agent says Seal trafficked drugs while an informant," BATON ROUGE MORNING
ADVOCATE, March 28, 1986
Louisiana state police describe their evidence that Barry Seal was a drug trafficker.
Semien, John, "Plane downed in Nicaragua once owned by Adler Barry Seal," BATON ROUGE
MORNING ADVOCATE, March 10, 1986
The plane shot down over Nicaragua, revealing the Iran-contra affair, was owned by drug smuggler
Semien, John, "Congress investigating Barry Seal's activities," BATON ROUGE SUNDAY
ADVOCATE, April 10, 1988
Investigators for the House Subcommittee on Crime visited Louisiana to develop evidence
regarding cocaine smuggling and the Contra resupply network.
Stewart, Julie, "Contras, Drug Smuggling Questions Remain Abut Arkansas Airport, ASSOCIATED
PRESS, September 24, 1991
Stinson, Jeffrey, "Alexander vows to find answers to Seal story," ARKANSAS GAZETTE, December
Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.) Renews his efforts for a federal investigation of Mena.
Stinson, Jeffrey, "House panel hears tales of illegal activities at Mena airport," ARKANSAS
GAZETTE, July 25, 1991
IRS investigator William Duncan describes the evidence he collected on drug trafficking at Mena
and how the Justice Department asked him to perjure himself before a grand jury.
Tyrrell, R. Emmett Jr., "Furtive Drug Flights," August 25, 1995
Former Clinton bodyguard L.D. Brown reveals that apparently both Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush
knew about the Contra cocaine flights into Mena.
Walker, Martin, "Conspiracy theorists let imagination run riot over Whitewater scandal; Murder,
arson, burglary, drug trafficking . . . they're all part of he plot, if the Clintons' accusers in the press are
to be believed," THE GUARDIAN, March 24, 1994
Recounts the darkest allegations against Bill Clinton.
Weiner, Tim, "Suit by Drug Agent Says U.S. Subverted His Burmese Efforts," NEW YORK TIMES,
October 27, 1994
Top DEA official in Burma describes how the State Department and CIA jeopardized his heroin
investigations and put his life in danger.
Chua-Eoan, Howard G. and Shannon, Elaine, "Confidence Games," TIME, November 29, 1993,
CIA facilities in Venezuela are used to store 1,000 kilos of cocaine that is shipped to Miami.
Corn, David, "The C.I.A. and the Cocaine Coup," THE NATION, October 7, 1991, pg.404
Tells of CIA assistance in 1980 Bolivian coup that put cocaine cartel leaders into power.
COVERT ACTION INFORMATION BULLETIN, "The CIA and Drugs" edition, Number 28
8 articles on the history of CIA drug trafficking and money laundering. Ordering information at
Dettmer, Jamie and Rodriguez, Paul M., "Starr Investigation Targets Law-Enforcement Complicity,"
INSIGHT, May 29, 1995
Report that Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr was investigating the shredding by Arkansas law
enforcement of documents related to Iran-contra drug smuggling.
"Ghosts of carelessness past," ECONOMIST, May 7, 1994, pg. 30
Summary of allegations regarding cocaine smuggling at Mena.
Robinson, Deborah, "Unsolved mysteries in Clinton country," IN THESE TIMES, February 12-18,
As Bill Clinton moved to gain the Democratic nomination for President, allegations surfaced that he
ignored local law enforcement officials' pleas for assistance to investigate Mena.
Robinson, Linda and Duffy, Brian, "At play in the field of the spies; A primer: How not to fight the
war on drugs," U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, November 29, 1993
CIA operatives in Venezuela were involved in or had known about drug shipments in the United
States, but did nothing to stop them.
Tyrrell, R. Emmett Jr., "The Arkansas Drug Shuttle," THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR, August,
Story of former Clinton bodyguard, L.D. Brown, and his experiences in the Contra resupply
Wheeler, Scott L., "Dateline Mena: New Evidence, Rumored Congressional Inquiry Redirect
Attention Toward Lingering Scandal," MEDIA BYPASS, January, 1996, pg. 60
More allegations rise to surface regarding cocaine trafficking at Mena, including evidence that the
drug smuggling continues unabated.
"Whitewater Ad Nauseam?" BUSINESSWEEK, February 26, 1996, pg.45
House Banking Chairman James Leach is investigating Mena.
CONTINUED INVESTIGATION OF SENIOR-LEVEL EMPLOYEE MISCONDUCT
AND MISMANAGEMENT AT THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, Hearing before the
Commerce, Consumer, and Monetary Affairs Subcommittee of the Committee on Government
Operations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Second Congress, First Session, July 24, 1991,
GOV DOC # Y 4.G 74/7:Em 7/16
House probe into why IRS investigator William Duncan faced a career crisis for documenting the
money-laundering through Arkansas in the 1980s.
DRUGS, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FOREIGN POLICY, Subcommittee on Terrorism,
Narcotics and International Operations, Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, 1989,
S. Prt. 100-165
Chaired by Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the subcommittee heard abundant testimony by drug
dealers and pilots about CIA connections to the smuggling.
ENFORCEMENT OF NARCOTICS, FIREARMS, AND MONEY LAUNDERING LAWS,
Oversight Hearings before the Subcommittee on Crime of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of
Representatives, One Hundredth Congress, Second Session, July 28, September 23, 29, and October
5, 1988, GOV DOC # Y 4.J 89/1:100/138
Investigation of connections between cocaine smuggler Barry Seal and the Contra resupply
IRS SENIOR EMPLOYEE MISCONDUCT PROBLEMS, Hearings before the Commerce
Consumer and Monetary Affairs Subcommittee of the Committee on Government Operations,
House of Representatives, July 25, 26 and 27, 1989, GOV DOC # Y 4.G 74/7:Em 7/11
Congressional hearings discover that IRS employee problems are due to employees investigating
money-laundering of cocaine through Arkansas.
SYRIA, PRESIDENT BUSH AND DRUGS, Subcommittee Staff Report, House Judiciary
Committee's Subcommittee on Crime and Criminal Justice, October 28, 1992
Reports that Bekaa Valley heroin traffickers have close ties to the Syrian government and Army,
and that President Bush ignores this problem in his policy towards Syria.
LAWSUIT IN THE TRAIN DEATHS CASE
Dear Fellow American,
On August 23, 1987, two teenage boys stumbled upon a
drug smuggling operation that was sanctioned by federal
officials and protected by local law enforcement. The
boys, Kevin Ives, 17, and Don Henry, 16, were murdered.
Their bodies were laid across nearby railroad tracks and
mutilated by a passing train.
Most of you are familiar with this nationally-
publicized story which has become know as the "train
deaths." Most of you also know that the murders are
officially unsolved, because every investigation (seven
in all) has been either controlled or shut down to
prevent exposing the CIA-operative drug-smuggling based
in rural Mena, Arkansas.
The "train deaths" is a disturbing and shocking story
but, unfortunately, is not unique. It has, however,
become a symbol - an icon of injustice. It is the
heart-wrenching story of a mother who has plodded a
tenacious journey for tens years with still no end in
sight; it is the inspiring story of a prosecutor who was
professionally destroyed for standing alone against a
corrupt system; it is the disconcerting story of a
deputy sheriff who was stonewalled by his superiors; and
it is the exasperating story of a film maker who risked
everything to expose the truth.
The mother is Linda Ives. She promised her son, Kevin,
that his killers would be brought to justice, but she
cannot keep her promise. It has been ten years and every
level of law enforcement has participated in covering up
the murders. It is clear that the government is not
going to do its job by prosecuting anyone in criminal
court, so Linda is forced to seek accountability in
civil court. It is the best she can do for Kevin.
The prosecutor is Jean Duffey. In 1990, her career and
reputation were destroyed in a brutal smear campaign led
by dirty public officials she was trying to expose. She
slipped quietly into Texas where she became a high
school algebra teacher until . In 1994, the FBI
persuaded her to help them investigate the train deaths
by promising to expose the truth, but when the truth led
to Mena drug-smuggling, the FBI backed off cold. Jean
refused to go away quietly this time.
The deputy sheriff is John Brown. In 1993, despite being
warned to back off by a superior and the Clinton-
appointed state drug czar, John poured his heart and
soul into his investigation. After John had worked the
case for nearly a year, an eye witness came forward,
the FBI demanded control, and John was ostracized.
John resigned in disgust and is now the Chief of Police
for the City of Alexander, near where the boys were
The film-maker is Pat Matrisciana. After learning of the
"train deaths" story in 1993, Pat was led to tell it. In
1996, Pat released Obstruction of Justice: The Mena
Connection, which tells the story and names the
individuals who have been implicated in government
documents as the murderers. Two of those individuals are
suing Pat, his film company, and Pat's organization,
Citizens For Honest Government, for $16,000,000.00.
Ordinarily, truth is a defense in a libel suit, but this
suit is in Arkansas and this is a suit that involves
corrupt officials who are being protected by the highest
levels of our government. Pat has found himself on the
front line in a war with murderers, drug smugglers, and
dirty public officials and has realized that the system
- the government - is his enemy.
If Pat loses this lawsuit, he and Citizens For Honest
Government will be destroyed. That would be a terrible
injustice, but even worse, losing the suit would close
the doors to any kind of justice for Kevin and Don. It
is absolutely imperative to defend Pat successfully, and
it can be done. It can be done because evidence will be
made available during the discovery and deposition phase
of the suit that has not been available before. The good
news is, this new evidence will expose what the
government has been hiding for ten years. The bad news
is, discovery and depositions are wildly expensive.
Most of us who are familiar with the train deaths story
are convinced it is the eye of the storm. Swirling
around the eye is CIA drug-smuggling, Clinton
money-laundering, government- sanctioned murders,
bipartisan cover-ups, and corporate media-control. The
law suit against Pat could be the thread that unravels
it all, and Pat has a grip on that thread. The only
thing preventing him from yanking it is money.
It is going to cost at least $100,000 to successfully
defend Pat. That may sound like a lot of money, until
one considers the powers he is up against and the
offense they will launch against him. He has two great
advantages, though - a brilliant lawyer and the truth.
We simply cannot allow justice to be impeded for lack of
Here's some things you can do: Go to the "train deaths"
website at www.idmedia.com, and order the video
Obstruction of Justice or do so by calling
1-800-558-4308 (all profits from the video go to the
Kevin Ives Civil Justice Fund). Call 1-800-965-2344 to
contribute to Pat's defense fund and to join Citizens
For Honest Government (you will get their bimonthly
newsletter). Make copies of this article and distribute
it to everyone you know. Include Linda, Jean, John, and
Pat in your prayers.
God Bless You,
These sites are filled with facts about CIA covert operations and how
they work against the best interests of the citizens of the United States.
Chip Tatum's last known website has vanished. As soon as
a new site is available, I will hotlink to it.