DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON
SECTION: THE STORY OF A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE
Roger Clinton, Clinton's half-brother, a convicted cocaine dealer, is caught on tape saying, "Gotta get some for my brother. He has a nose like a vacuum cleaner."
Retired FBI agent Gary Aldrich writes of drugs and the White House and appointees.
Sharlene Wilson talks at length about Clinton's cocaine use, suffers extreme sentence
Clinton's insistence that drug use was not bar for security clearance to work in White House
. Clinton refuses to release any medical records, despite every other presidential candidate in history having done so.
Clinton's admission of drug use though "didn't inhale."
Clinton's utensils picked-up when at a restaurant in England
White House appointee, Patsy Thomasson power of attorney to run Dan Lassater's operation while he was in prison for cocaine distribution
Murder of Jerry Parks and theft of his records about cocaine and sex.
Arkansas Development Finance Authority
SHARLINE WILSON:" I lived in Little Rock, Arkansas, O.K.? And I worked at a club called Le Bistro's, and I met Roger Clinton there, Governor Bill Clinton, a couple of his state troopers that went with him wherever he went. Roger Clinton had come up to me and he had asked me could I give him some coke, you know, and asked for my one-hitter, which a one-hitter is a very small silver device, O.K., that you stick up into your nose and you just squeeze it and a snort of cocaine will go up in there. And I watched Roger hand what I had given him to Governor Clinton, and he just kinf of turned around and walked off."
Fiske (former attorney for BCCI and Clifford former head of BCCI and former Defense Secretary) appointed as first Whitewater IC. Bill Clinton "The investigation of Whitewater is being handled by an in dependent special counsel, whose appointment I supported. Our cooperation with that counsel has been total."
10/30/96 Investors Business Daily editorial "..A lot of testimony has bubbled up. But is it credible? Sally Perdue, a former Miss Arkansas and Little Rock talk show host who said she had an affair with then-Gov. Clinton in 1983, told the London Sunday Telegraph that he once came over to her house with a bag full of cocaine. ''He had all the equipment laid out, like a real pro.'' Gennifer Flowers says she saw Clinton smoke marijuana and carry joints with him when he first began visiting her in 1977. Clinton was Arkansas' attorney general from 1977 through 1979. His first term as governor ran from 1979 through 1981. He was governor again from 1983 through 1992. Two Arkansas state troopers have sworn under oath that they have seen Clinton ''under the influence'' of drugs when he was governor. Sharlene Wilson is a bartender who is serving time on drug crimes and has cooperated with drug investigators. She told a federal grand jury she saw Clinton and his younger brother ''snort'' cocaine together in 1979. Jack McCoy, a Democratic state representative and Clinton supporter, told the Sunday Telegraph that he could ''remember going into the governor's conference room once and it reeked of marijuana.'' Historian Roger Morris, in his book ''Partners in Power,'' quotes several law enforcement officials who say they had seen and knew of Clinton's drug use. On a videotape made in 1983-84 by local narcotics officers, Roger Clinton said during a cocaine buy: ''Got to get some for my brother. He's got a nose like a vacuum cleaner.'' One-time apartment manager Jane Parks claims that in 1984 she could listen through the wall as Bill and Roger Clinton, in a room adjoining hers, discussed the quality of the drugs they were taking. R. Emmett Tyrrell, editor of American Spectator magazine, has tried to track down rumors that Clinton suffered an overdose at one point. The incident supposedly occurred after the young politician lost the governorship in 1980 and fell into an emotional tailspin. Tyrrell asked emergency room workers at the University of Arkansas Medical Center if they could confirm the incident. He didn't get a flat ''no'' from the hospital staff. One nurse said, ''I can't talk about that.'' Another said she feared for her life if she spoke of the matter. The president himself has helped fuel suspicions of an overdose or some other drug problem by refusing to make his full medical records public..These mealy-mouthed explanations and non-denial denials are mirrored in White House policies that were negligent or worse. The Secret Service reports that more than 40 staffers brought in by Clinton had such serious (and recent) drug problems that they had to enter a special testing program for security reasons.."
7/18/96 AP "Some of the Clinton White House employees who were placed in a special drug testing program had used cocaine and hallucinogens and were originally denied White House security passes, Secret Service agents testified Wednesday. The testing program was created as a compromise so the new administration's workers could keep their jobs, according to Arnold Cole, who supervised the Secret Service's White House operations. "Initially, our response was that we denied them passes," Cole background said in a deposition released by the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee..But he was briefly questioned about the drug issue, which came to light earlier this week, saying that despite his agency's original concerns about the workers, "at one point they did receive a pass." Asked who ultimately determined whether workers who had recently used drugs would be suitable, he answered: The issue "would be resolved at the highest levels" of the White House. Another agent's deposition revealed the background checks turned up use of hard drugs. "I have seen cocaine usage. I have seen hallucinogenic usages, crack usages," said Jeffrey Undercoffer, when asked to describe the types of drugs used by employees who were placed in the special programs. The Associated Press reported Monday that 21 Clinton White House workers had been placed in the special testing after their background checks indicated recent drug abuse."
Freeper Wright is right! 7/23/98 ".I DID receive an indication this morning from another source which quotes an MD as saying that the *problem* Clinton has is continuing.It'll come out in the end. DC sources late last night who have seen hard evidence call the situation *explosive*. "
Conspiracy Nation Vol 9 Num 06 ".To those who have read about Clinton's early days, it is clear that he grew up in a dysfunctional environment and that later he connected, at least tangentially, with the cocaine sub-culture. According to Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, writing in the London Sunday Telegraph ("Clinton 'took cocaine while in office,'" July 17, 1994), Bill Clinton may have "engaged in regular use of cocaine and marijuana during his rise to political prominence in Arkansas." Evans-Pritchard bases his story, in part, on the testimony of Sally Perdue, who claims to have had an affair with the then-Governor. Clinton, on one occasion, is said to have had a bag of cocaine from which he prepared a "line" on Perdue's living room table. Says Perdue: "He had all the equipment laid out, like a real pro." .This editor has had the pleasure of innumerable conversations with Sherman Skolnick. While some may question how discerning Mr. Skolnick is regarding what his various informants tell him, I myself know that he has highly-placed sources with whom he is in regular contact. Some of these sources are in the White House. The allegations of a specific "five lines a day" Clinton cocaine habit were first conveyed to me by Sherman Skolnick earlier this summer.."
7/23/98 Freeper Doug from Upland George Putnam Show "Remember the guy who didn't inhale? Remember the guy who says he never violated American drug laws? Remember the guy who tried it once but didn't like it? Remember the guy who told that an MTV audience that if he had it to do over again he would inhale? Remember the guy who told a NEW YORK TIMES reporter a week before the 1996 election that he has never used mind-altering drugs? Yes, we remember him. That is the same man who has had to GO TO REHAB THREE TIMES FOR HIS COCAINE PROBLEM! . On the George Putnam show today, Larry Nichols chronicled a meeting he was at with Bill Clinton and Witt Stephens, brother of Jack Stephens. Larry says that Witt told Clinton that they would give him 100K in support for another run for the governorship (after he was defeated)but he had to "dry out on the white stuff." Betsey Wright has admitted to Nichols that on two other occasions Bill had to go to rehab for cocaine. In discussing this with Nichols in the past, he has told me that he has been unsuccessful in locating the place where Clinton was treated. He believed it was somewhere in Minnesota. .."
7/23/98 Jon Dougherty USA Journal Onling "Information passed to a talk radio program by a reporter for the USA Radio Network late Wednesday night indicated that Secret Service agents testifying in a Grand Jury hearing separate from the Lewinsky hearings have alleged drug use within the White House. According to USA Radio correspondent Jack Christy, the "bombshell" report was based on other information Christy and others had been gathering on the issue to the agents' testimony yesterday. "We are hearing allegations that what the Secret Service is testifying about is drug use within the White House," Christy said during a phone call to the George Putnam Show on KIEV-AM in Seattle.Christy also said that the Secret Service agents which have been compelled to testify before Ken Starr's grand jury "are decent, honorable people, but they witnessed the president in a compromised position." That, he said, put them in a very delicate situation. Christy suggested that Starr's final report to Congress regarding his four-year investigation will be "all inclusive," and that there may be nothing left for legislators to do "except impeach the guy, unless he resigns for medical reasons beforehand.""
10/31/96 Orange County Register. Letters To The Editor. "After reading the letter to the president written by Eldon Griffiths in the Register on Oct.17, I felt compelled to write a letter expressing my views on Bill Clinton. I retired from the United States Secret Service as the agent in charge of protection for the Los Angeles area immediately after Clinton was elected president in 1992. The primary reason I retired was because I had become disenchanted with the egotistical arrogance of the Clinton staff and because I saw character flaws in Clinton that I had not seen in the five past presidents I had protected since 1970. His attention to image and style but lack of substance and character was evident in private. He was the ultimate con man.The accumulation of files on the American people and allowing "dopers" to work as White House staff so offend me that I can no longer remain silent. I just wish the American people felt values, substance, and character were important. Ron Williams Huntington Beach "
Now, with the rumor that the Lewinsky matter will only be about 4% of Starr's report and the knowledge that 300 pages of the report have already been written, what kind of information regarding obstruction, witness tampering, abuse of power will be put forward? And will this story, seemingly ignored by the mass media and not followed up by the Post, and up being the nail in the coffin? The New York Post 6/9/98 John Crudele "A KEY figure in the Arkansas financial community could turn out to be Kenneth Starr's secret weapon in the investigation of President Clinton. Sources say William McCord, who took over as head of Lasater & Co. after Clinton friend Dan Lasater went to jail for drug distribution, signed a plea agreement in May 1995 after being accused of financing a massive gambling operation.McCord's closeness to Lasater could fill in a lot of blanks for Starr. And McCord apparently has been very willing to talk. In fact, he was so helpful to Starr and other probers that the government asked an Arkansas court to reduce his sentence.There is no indication in the plea-bargain - a copy of which was recently found unsealed in an Arkansas courthouse - as to what specific information McCord has provided. From his background, he could be very helpful to Starr in the racketeering case he is fashioning against the president. Starr's team of FBI investigators and prosecutors has been putting together a case alleging Clinton used financial institutions in Arkansas for his own benefit in a pattern of organized corruption.Lasater's firm sold bonds for the state when it needed to raise money for such projects. McCord purchased Lasater's company soon after Lasater pleaded guilty in 1986 to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. He served six months of a 30-month prison sentence before being pardoned by then-Gov. Clinton. When McCord got into trouble with regulators in 1988, Lasater financed the sale of the company, which McCord had renamed United Capital Corp., to a concern that later became a partner of Lasater's. .If all McCord did was give Starr information about how money was being diverted in Arkansas, that would be a lot of trouble for the president. But if McCord is able to connect Clinton in any way with Lasater's drug dealings, the testimony would be devastating."
Washington Weekly 4/1/96 "On the weekend of September 21, 1991, Arkansas State Police Investigator Russell Welch met with IRS Investigator Bill Duncan to write a report on their investigation of Mena drug smuggling and money laundering and send it to Iran-Contra prosecutor Lawrence Walsh.. Returning to Mena on Sunday, Welch told his wife that he didn't feel too well. He thought he had gotten the flu..In Fort Smith a team of doctors were waiting. Dr. Calleton had called them twice while Welch was in transport and they had been in contact with the CDC. Later the doctor would tell Welch's wife that he was on the edge of death. He would not have made it through the night had he not been in the hospital. He was having fever seizures by now. A couple of days after Welch had been admitted to St. Edwards Mercy Hospital, his doctor was wheeling him to one of the labs for testing when she asked him if he was doing anything at work that was particularly dangerous. He told her that he had been a cop for about 15 years and that danger was probably inherent with the job description. She told Welch that they believed he had anthrax. She said the anthrax was the military kind that is used as an agent of biological warfare and that it was induced. Somebody had deliberately infected him. She added that they had many more tests to run but they had already started treating him for anthrax..Even though Welch and Duncan sent boxes of evidence to Lawrence Walsh in Washington, Walsh never showed any interest in Mena at all."
Wall Street Journal Micah Morrison 4/18/96 ".Linda Ives appears to be a simple housewife-- born in 1949, graduated from Little Rock's McClellan High School, and married to Larry Ives, an engineer on the Union Pacific railroad. But her tale is one of the most Byzantine in all Arkansas, involving the murder of her son and his friend, allegations of air-dropped drugs connected to the Mena, Ark. airport, a series of aborted investigations and, she believes, cover-ups by local, state, and federal investigators. The case started nine years ago, when Bill Clinton was governor of Arkansas. Today, with Mr. Clinton in the White House, it is still rattling through the state, with one of the principal figures making bizarre headlines in the local press as recently as the last few weeks. Above all, the "train deaths" case opens a window into the seamy world of Arkansas drugs. The bare facts of the case are these: At 4:25 a.m. on Aug.23, 1987, a northbound Union Pacific train ran over two teenagers, Kevin Ives and Don Henry, as they lay side by side, motionless on the tracks. Arkansas State Medical Examiner Fahmy Malak quickly ruled the deaths "accidental," saying the boys were "unconscious and in deep sleep" due to smoking marijuana. "We didn't know anything about marijuana at the time," Mrs. Ives says. But when medical experts found the explanation implausible, "we really began asking questions." The families held a press conference challenging the ruling, which received wide publicity in Arkansas. This in turn provoked an investigation by a local grand jury in Saline County, a largely rural area between Little Rock and Hot Springs. Ultimately the bodies were exhumed and another autopsy was performed by outside pathologists. They found that Don Henry had been stabbed in the back, and that Kevin Ives had been beaten with a rifle butt. In grand jury testimony, lead pathologist Joseph Burton of Atlanta said the boys "were either incapacitated, knocked unconscious, possibly even killed, their bodies placed on the tracks and the train overran their bodies." In September 1988, the grand jury issued a report stating, "Our conclusions are that the case is definitely a homicide.". The results of any continuing federal investigation touching on the Ives and Henry deaths will be presented to Mr. Bank's successor as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District. So Linda Ives' crusade will end up in the hands of Ms. Casey, the longtime Clinton ally and campaign worker who recused herself from Whitewater cases only after making several crucial decisions. President Clinton appointed her U.S. attorney in Little Rock in August 1993, shortly after his unprecedented demand for the immediate resignation of all sitting U.S. attorneys. Mrs. Ives says she is not optimistic about Ms. Casey. "But then," she adds, "it's not like I'm going to go away, either."
Wall Street Journal 4/18/96 ".Bill Clinton's gubernatorial administration assumed a role in the Ives and Henry case shortly after Dr. Malak's marijuana-induced accidental death ruling. Dr. Malak, an Egyptian-born physician appointed medical examiner during Mr. Clinton's first term, already had been buffeted by a number of controversial cases..But when the Saline County grand jury probing the case attempted to subpoena the outside pathologists, Gov. Clinton balked. Betsy Wright, his chief of staff, submitted an affidavit saying she did not "know when the two pathologists will return to Little Rock" ..Two months later, Gov. Clinton revived a long dormant state Medical Examiner Commission to handle the Malak controversy. The panel was headed up by the director of the Arkansas Department of Health, Joycelyn Elders. In January 1989, the Medical Examiner Commission ruled on the Malak case. There was "insufficient evidence at this time for dismissal" of Dr. Malak, Dr. Elders announced. Nine months later, Gov. Clinton introduced a bill to make the state more competitive in hiring forensic pathologists--by giving Dr. Malak a $32,000 pay raise; the state Legislature later cut the raise by half. Ms. Wright says the salary was raised in anticipation of removing Dr. Malak and attracting a new medical examiner. Dr. Malak was eased out of his job and given a position as a Health Department consultant to Dr. Elders a month before Gov. Clinton announced his presidential run.."
World Net Daily 9/22/98 David Bresnahan "As heads are still spinning over sex, perjury, abuse of power and security scandals in the White House, trained dogs brought in by the Secret Service detected drug use in and around the Oval Office, sources tell WorldNetDaily. While Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr is said to be aware of the drug problems in the White House, no mention of such problems were in his report to Congress. But reports indicate as many as 25 percent of the White House staff have a history of illegal drug use, say the sources.. Several sources have reported independently of each other that Monica Lewinsky's dress not only had evidence of a sexual encounter with Bill Clinton, but also traces of cocaine. "There was a significant amount of cocaine residue," said one source close to the FBI. Another source with ties to the White House Secret Service confirmed the allegations and was astonished the Starr report does not mention more about the dress. "The dress is not the only evidence Starr has regarding drugs in the Oval Office," said the source.
London Telegraph Ambrose Evans-Pritchard 9/24/98 "IN THE interests of a drug-free world it is perhaps time for Britain and other Western democracies to consider banning President Clinton from visiting their countries. After all, President Ernesto Samper of Colombia is now a pariah because of allegations that he once accepted campaign funding from the drug cartels - and it is hard to make the case that the hapless Samper did anything the current incumbent of the White House has not done himself. The allegations that Clinton dipped into the drug trough while Governor of his own narco-banana-state in Arkansas are equally persuasive.."
White House Press Briefing 10/6/98 Joe Lockhart ".MR. LOCKHART: I don't. I can look into that. I really have no knowledge of how the background investigations on Cabinet members -- I'm very familiar with White House staff, who are all subject to an incoming drug test and then random tests. Q Is the President tested for drugs? MR. LOCKHART: No. Q He's not? MR. LOCKHART: No, not that I'm aware of. Q Why not? (Laughter.) I mean, he's the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, shouldn't he be tested for drugs if the Armed Forces are tested? PJ, what about that? (Laughter.) MR. LOCKHART: Next? (Laughter.).Q Joe, getting back to this drug situation, why doesn't the President want to be tested as a good example? I mean, Ronald Reagan certainly volunteered. MR. LOCKHART: I'm just not aware of that or -- Q The whole White House staff, you say, is tested for drugs -- MR. LOCKHART: Right. Q -- but not the President. I'm astounded. Doesn't he want to be? MR. LOCKHART: Well, I have had no discussion with him, nor do I think it's a problem."
White House Briefing 10/9/98 Freeper report ".Q: Joe, does the White House believe that it would be a seperation of powers were Congress--which the Constitution, as you know,, says shall set the rules for land and sea forces--if they were to pass a bill requiring that the Commander-in-Chief of these forces be drug tested like all of these forces and what you revealed as required of everybody at the White House except the President? Mr. Lockhart: Thats an interesting constitutional issue, and let me consult with constitutional experts, and I'll come back to you. Q: What you did on the platform there. There have been two columns written--one of them in the New York Post--that deal with the President's firing of the White House doctor and a number of other drugs and the President questions. And my question- Mr. Lockhart: Excuse me, what White House doctor? Q: The first one, when he came here--I believe it's Bell or-- he was fired because he wouldn't inject something that they didn't tell him what it was. (laughter) Why wouldn't the President, given all of this problem, wouldn't he be willing to get this behind us by voluntarily being tested for drugs, as President Reagan did? Mr. Lockhart: Again, let me look at the first question and I'll come back to you. Q: When will you come back? Mr. Lockhart: Maybe next week, maybe never. (laughter) next please...(laughter)."
The New York Times 10/11/98 James Bennet " The investigations into officials of the Clinton Administration continued to yield startling tidbits. Two black members of President Clinton's cabinet said they had to submit urine samples, apparently for drug testing, while two white cabinet secretaries said they did not, according to testimony by Carol E. Browner, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Ms. Browner described the conversation while testifying in the trial of Mike Espy, the former Agriculture Secretary, who had to submit a sample. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown also gave one. Joe Lockhart, the new White House press secretary, said drug-testing policy varied by agency. White House staff members are tested, he said, but the President is not.."
10/20/98 from Freeper quidam ".Dr. James Y. Suen, (Ethnic Chinese believed first generation) Chairman of the department of Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat disorders) atGeorge Washington University. His office number in Little Rock (501) 686-xxxx.(I have the real number)He also is a practicing at the University Of Arkansas "University Hospital"where WJC was reportedly treated for cocaine abuse (accounts vary one to twooccasions) while he was Governor. Dr. Suen is suspected of being the attendingphysician.He is recognized as an authority of on Cancer of the Ear Nose and Throat and haspublished.He has performed several operations on the President, on his throat, ears andnose. This is relatively typical for someone that has had extensive nasal traumadue to cocaine abuse. He has reportedly lost hearing due to an opportunisticinfection in both ears after having had a "throat" operation in Dec of 96. The infection lingered and (repeatedly returned) and damaged the hearing in bothears. This led to WJC having to have hearing aides installed in both ears in Octof 97. Wife is named Karen, (also Chinese) they have both been able to stay in theLincoln bedroom--- quidam."
12/15/98 John Crudele and Tom Golden ".Linda Tripp had another story for Ken Starr that'll probably came out in her still-secret grand jury testimony. She told the Independent Counsel about drug use in the White House. Here's what we know that hasn't come out publicly yet. When Tripp first surfaced with her gossip from inside the White House, she was telling a story about drugs around the Oval Office. Nothing specific. Nothing about Clinton himself. Just stories that drugs were available in close proximity to where the President worked. Remember, as a White House worker, Tripp was in a position to see and hear things. She was, for instance, questioned extensively before Congress about the circumstances surrounding Vince Foster's death and about a note that was found in his briefcase. Tripp's story about drugs had nothing to do with Monica Lewinsky.. At one point an Arkansas investigator with a connection to Starr sent a handwritten note to someone in the Little Rock office of the Independent Counsel that read: ``The name is Linda Tripp, not ....! Remember, drug use in the White House. Please make sure this gets to the right person!`` The note was signed with the first name of the investigator and was addressed to a secretary in that office..The note was not dated and the investigator is still unsure of when it was sent, although it probably was in mid-1996. I have a copy of it. ..Starr's office was even given a second heads-up on the drug accussations. After Tripp's name popped up in the Lewinsky matter earlier this year, the investigator says he reminded Starr's office about his earlier note. ``The first time, I called them to make sure they had the name right,`` says the investigator. ``Then I sent a note just to make sure they had the spelling and everything correct.'' he recalls. ``You assume the information is in good hands. But I called them again just to make sure it didn't slip through the cracks.'' Starr's office won't comment. But in the past, both this investigator and I have discussed aspects of the investigation as it relates to drugs with sources close to the Independent Counsel..The last time was when a source of mine said ``I wouldn't say we were investigating drugs.`` He put a strange emphasis on the word ``investigating,'' which could have meant that there never was an investigation, that he didn't like use of that word, or that it already had been concluded. He didn't elaborate..."
WorldNet Daily 2/25/99 Joseph Farah "…One of the secrets of the Clinton administration's success at staying in power has been to plot such dastardly deeds that few Americans could even grasp their evil intent. Right at the top of the list of such conspiracies -- now well documented, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of WorldNetDaily columnist Charles Smith -- is the Clipper Chip project. It involves all of the following: a treasonous relationship with China, a plan to tap every phone in America, drug money and, of course, the usual intrigue of administration figures such as Webster Hubbell, Al Gore, Ron Brown, Janet Reno and Clinton himself…The story starts in 1992 when AT&T developed secure telephones untappable by the federal government. The company planned to make them available to the American public. Instead, the Clinton administration interceded and bought up all the phones with a secret slush fund…. By 1994, White House aide John Podesta had been called into the inner circle of the Clipper project. Meanwhile, Podesta's brother, Tony, a lobbyist and fund-raiser was representing AT&T. His donors and clients, including AT&T, were invited to participate in trade trips to China and obtain valuable export deals with Beijing…By 1996, Reno was urging the all-out federal takeover of the computer industry and the banning of any encryption technology that doesn't let the government in the back door. Interestingly, the first target of the government's wiretap plan was its own Drug Enforcement Administration. Hmmm. The Chinese sought information obtained from such taps -- which may explain why Chinese drug lord Ng Lapseng gave as much money to the Democratic National Committee as he did. It's no wonder Reno didn't want to investigate the penetration of the DEA by the Chinese. After all, Ng was photographed with her bosses, Bill and Hillary Clinton at a DNC fund-raiser…."
Wall Street Journal 3/3/99 Micah Morrison "…Since drug smuggling at Mena is established beyond doubt, a brief review of some facts seems in order: Mena was a staging ground for Barry Seal, one of the most notorious drug smugglers in history. He established a base at Mena in 1981, and according to Arkansas law-enforcement officials, imported as much as 1,000 pounds of cocaine a month from Colombia. In 1984 he became an informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration, flying to Colombia and gathering information about leaders of the Medellín cartel. He testified in several high-profile cases, and was assassinated in Baton Rouge, La., in 1986. Two investigators probing events at Mena say they were closed down--William Duncan, a former Internal Revenue Service investigator, and Russell Welch, a former Arkansas State Police detective. They fought a decade-long battle to bring events at Mena to light, pinning their hopes on nine separate state and federal probes. All failed. And Messrs. Welch and Duncan were stripped of their careers. In 1986, Dan Lasater, Little Rock bond daddy and an important Clinton campaign contributor, pleaded guilty to cocaine distribution. The scheme also involved Mr. Clinton's brother, Roger. Both Mr. Lasater and Roger Clinton served brief prison terms. Gov. Clinton later issued a pardon to Mr. Lasater. On Aug. 23, 1987, teenagers Kevin Ives and Don Henry were run over by a northbound Union Pacific train near Little Rock in an area reputed to be a haven for drug smugglers…. In 1990 Jean Duffey, the head of a newly created drug task force, began investigating a possible link between the train deaths and drugs. Her boss, the departing prosecuting attorney for Arkansas's Seventh Judicial District, gave her a direct order: "You are not to use the drug task force to investigate public officials." In a 1996 interview with the Journal, Ms. Duffey said: "We had witnesses telling us about low-flying aircraft and informants testifying about drug pick-ups." Dan Harmon, who had earlier been appointed special prosecutor for the train deaths, took office in 1991 as seventh district prosecutor. Ms. Duffey was discredited, threatened, and ultimately forced to flee Arkansas. In 1997, a federal jury in Little Rock found Mr. Harmon guilty of five counts of drug dealing and extortion, and sentenced him to eight years in prison for using his office to extort narcotics and cash…"
News Dispatches 3/3/99 Rodger Schultz "…But there Palladino was, scoping out Leach's Northwest Washington premises one evening as the congressman arrived home in 1994. Palladino, a San Francisco private detective who had been paid more than $100,000 by the Clinton campaign in 1992 to deal with what Clinton intimate Betsey Wright called "bimbo eruptions," quickly scurried away, and Leach never went public with what he saw. But the House Banking Committee chairman privately told colleagues the intended message was clear: You mess with us, we'll mess with you…."
Wall Street Journal 4/15/97 Micah Morrison "…Mr. Harmon served as prosecuting attorney for Arkansas's Seventh Judicial District from 1990 until his abrupt resignation in July 1996. Earlier, he had insinuated himself as a volunteer investigator and later special prosecutor in the controversial "train deaths" murder case of teenagers Kevin Ives and Don Henry, unsolved since 1987. A federal grand jury charges that Mr. Harmon (and two associates, Roger Walls and William Murphy) "operated the Seventh Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney's Office as a conduit to obtain monetary benefits to themselves and others, and to participate and conceal criminal activities." The defendants are not directly connected with President Clinton. However, the Harmon indictment is the clearest charge yet that during Gov. Clinton's tenure certain Arkansas law enforcement officials were dealing in drugs…. In June 1991, then-U.S. Attorney Chuck Banks cleared Mr. Harmon, saying there was "no evidence of drug-related misconduct by any public official." Mrs. Ives is not impressed with the current indictment. She's conducted a decade-long campaign over the airwaves, and lately theInternet; her account was elaborated in a story on this page on April 18, 1996. She charges that Mr. Harmon was at the murder scene and that "high state and federal officials" had participated in a coverup. "I firmly believe my son and Don Henry were killed because they witnessed a drug drop by an airplane connected to the Mena drug smuggling routes." She scornfully notes that the current indictment only goes back to August 1991, two months after U.S. Attorney Banks cleared Mr. Harmon in the earlier probe. "Are we to believe Dan Harmon was clean in June, but dirty in August?"…Someone else who believes Linda Ives is former Saline County Detective John Brown, who reopened the case in 1993 and found a new witness he says saw Mr. Harmon on the tracks the night the boys died. Detective Brown's work caught the attention of the FBI's new top man in Little Rock, Special Agent I.C. Smith. A storied figure in the bureau, Mr. Smith was sent to Little Rock in August 1995 by Director Louis Freeh. The Harmon indictment is part of a new interest in public corruption by investigators under Mr. Smith and Ms. Casey…Earlier last week, Ms. Casey also indicted Arkansas lawyer Mark Cambiano on 31 money laundering and conspiracy counts. The indictment said the $380,000 Mr. Cambiano allegedly laundered had come from a methaphetamine ring, and that $20,000 of it went to the Democratic National Committee and $9,770 to President Clinton's inaugural fund….
Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders suggested studying the legalization of drugs - her son has been charged with felony drug violation
Eight days after Dr. Elders called for the legalization of drugs, the Little Rock police issued a warrant for her son's arrest on drug charges.
7/98 Online Progressive Review (4/96) ".The London Telegraph has obtained some of the first depositions in ex-CIA contract flyer Terry Reed's suit against Clinton's ex-security chief -- and now a high- paid FEMA director -- Buddy Young. According to the Telegraph's Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, "Larry Patterson, an Arkansas state trooper, testified under oath this month that there were 'large quantities of drugs being flown into the Mena airport, large quantities of money, large quantities of guns.' The subject was discussed repeatedly in Clinton's presence by state troopers working on his security detail, he alleged. Patterson said the governor "had very little comment to make; he was just listening to what was being said." Evans-Pritchard also reports that Bill Duncan, an ex-IRS investigator, who has a 7,000-page computer file on Mena, had his computer broken into in January 1995. His files were tampered with but he doesn't know how badly. Terry Reed case hamstrung by judge: Ex-CIA pilot Terry Reed's civil case that threatened to expose details of the Mena arms and drug running operation has been placed under extreme strictures by an Arkansas judge. Judge George Howard says that no evidence can be submitted concerning Mena, the CIA, Dan Lasater, the Arkansas Development Finance Agency, and the Clintons. The ruling will likely be appealed.."
7/98 Online Progressive Review ".In another article Evans-Pritchard tells the story of the seventh judicial district task force appointed to investigate corruption among public officials in 1990: "It was closed down when an informant, Sharlene Wilson, testified before a federal grand jury that she had witnessed Governor Bill Clinton and other key figures taking cocaine. Soon afterwards Wilson was charged with minor drug dealing and sent to prison, although the US Supreme Court has now ruled that her conviction was a clear case of entrapment. The prosecutor in charge of the task force, Jeanne Duffey, was forced into hiding, and eventually moved to Texas.."
House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, Secret Service agent Jeff Undercoffer testimony: "I have seen cocaine usage...I have seen crack usages" reported in the FBI files of more than 40 White House aides. They were given temporary security clearance despite objections from the Secret Service.
There has been a 38% increase in the use of cocaine among the young in just the last four years according to statements made before Hatch's committee.
According to Arkansas Supreme Court 5/17/93, Sam L. Anderson Jr. was the attorney for - and cocaine distribution co-conspirator with Roger Clinton (Clinton's half brother) - Count I of Anderson's conviction involved Roger Clinton and said: "On or about November, 1983 [***5] and continuing through the end of February, 1984, SAM ANDERSON, JR., the defendant herein, did knowingly and wilfully combine, conspire, confederate and agree with Roger Clinton to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance, in violation of Title 21 United States Code, Section 841(a)(1)."
Clinton: "My brother nearly died from a cocaine habit and I've asked myself a thousand times: what kind of fool was I that I did not know that this was going on?" he said. "How did this happen that I didn't see this coming and didn't stop it?"
In 1984 Gov. Clinton's brother, Roger, was arrested for cocaine possession while working at menial jobs for Little Rock "bond daddy" Dan Lasater, a major Clinton supporter. The next year, Lasater's company was awarded a $30 million state bond-underwriting contract. Then in 1986, Lasater was convicted on conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine. Roger Clinton, in a plea deal with prosecutors, testified against him. Both men serve relatively brief jail sentences. While Dan Lasater is in jail, his business was run by Patsy Thomasson, who later became a Clinton White House aide. After serving part of a 30-month sentence on federal charges, Lasater was given a state pardon by Gov. Clinton.
Clinton halted drug testing for White House staff in 2/93
7/98 Online Progressive Review ".When Clinton was inaugurated, Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker came to Washington to see his old boss sworn in. That left the state under the control of the president pro tem of the senate, Little Rock dentist Jerry Jewell. Jewell used his power as acting governor to issue a number of pardons, one of them for a convicted drug dealer, Tommy McIntosh. The pardons were a big subject of controversy in Arkansas and not the least of the questions was: how did McIntosh get included? Enter Robert "Say" McIntosh, father of Tommy, and a colorful political activist. According to the Washington Times, many in the state "say it was a political payoff, offered in exchange for dirty tricks Mr. McIntosh played on Clinton political opponents during the presidential campaign, or as a payoff for stopping his attacks on Mr. Clinton." It seems that the elder McIntosh had worked for Clinton in his last state campaign and, according to McIntosh in a 1991 lawsuit, the governor had agreed not only to pay him $25,000 but to help him market his recipe for sweet potato pie and to pardon his son. He also alleged that Clinton expected McIntosh's help in covering up a trail of sexual indiscretions. McIntosh dropped his lawsuit a month after Clinton was elected president and, he claims, after the president-elect agreed to get his son out of jail. . The younger McIntosh was released 18 years before he was eligible for parole. ."
Randall Terry Radio Broadcast Interview 5/1/96 Interview with Jean Duffey "…Jean Duffey headed a drug task force for the law enforcement community in Arkansas. Duffey and three other law enforcement agents have come forward in a new video called "Obstruction of Justice: The Mena Connection." The video deals with the murders of two boys and their connection with drug money. All four law enforcement agents came from different agencies. All of them met with stonewalling and opposition from highly placed officials….Randall Terry: …The clear implication of the video is that Dan Harmon and other law enforcement agents murdered these boys. Jean Duffey: Well, that's absolutely correct. Randall Terry: You're not a crackpot - you're involved in law enforcement. There are other law enforcement [officers] in the film, all risking life and limb and future careers to say things against some very powerful people. You really believe that these boys were murdered by law enforcement agents? Jean Duffey: I don't think there's any doubt about it. And I believe the law enforcement agents were connected to some very high political people because they have never been brought to justice and I don't think they ever will be. I think they are protected to avoid exposing the connection…Randall Terry: Explain to the listeners who Dan Harmon was at the time and who he is now. Jean Duffey: At the time he was a person who was in and out of politics in Saline County. He had been a judge. He had been a prosecutor and, at the time the boys were murdered, he was in private practice. After they were murdered, he approached the parents of the two boys and [offered] his services to find out who had murdered the two boys. And he was subsequently appointed to be special prosecutor to head a county grand jury. Now for years the parents thought that Dan Harmon was trying to solve their murders, but later found out that he had very wisely put himself into a position of not only orchestrating the coverup, but being in the position of controlling the information that came in and the information that went out. Randall Terry: Well, it's worse than that. People who came forward and said that they had information on these murders ended up getting murdered, themselves. Jean Duffey: There have been several murders of potential witnesses. Anyone who could have solved this murder many years ago has been systematically eliminated. Randall Terry: What did these boys see that was so critical that they were murdered that night - that the third boy who was with them, and then escaped - who ran away, was tracked down and murdered a year later - what was so critical to this whole process that all these people had to be killed? It's just - it sounds crazy! Jean Duffey: It really does. I've been called crazy before - that's for sure…."
AP 3/16/99 "… An undercover probe into Mexican drug trafficking was shut down by the Clinton Administration even as U.S. Customs agents were looking at Mexico's defense minister as a suspect, The New York Times reported today. The agents were mystified by the decision to end the investigation on schedule rather than extend it to explore information involving the top-level official, particularly in view of intelligence reports "pointing to corruption at the highest levels of the Mexican military,'' the Times said. According to The Times, the agents had learned from drug-trade bankers in early 1998 that certain "clients'' wanted to launder $1.15 billion in illegal funds, and "the most important'' of them was Mexico's defense minister, Gen. Enrique Cervantes. Although the information was passed to Washington, "no further effort was ever made'' to investigate Cervantes' alleged role, and prosecutors did not even raise the subject with traffickers who had pleaded guilty and were cooperating with the government in the case, the Times said. The decision was sharply questioned by William F. Gately, identified by The Times as a former senior Customs agent, now retired, who ran the undercover operation. "Why are we sitting on this type of information? It's either because we're lazy, we're stupid or the political will doesn't exist to engage in the kind of investigation where our law enforcement efforts might damage our foreign policy,'' Gately said… Senior administration officials maintained the decision to end the inquiry was based on security, not concern about foreign policy, the Times said…."
NY Post online 6/3/99 Richard Johnson Page Six "...BILL Clinton's penchant for triangulation dates back to his Oxford days - when he allegedly bedded two women at the same time. Clinton nemesis Christopher Hitchens - who was dating one of the women at the time - revealed the romp during a panel discussion at a recent Los Angeles book fair..... Earlier in the day, Hitchens offered his own take on why our artful dodger can honestly claim he "never inhaled" marijuana while at Oxford. In those days, said Hitchens, everyone was baking pot into brownies and cookies. Clinton, he tells his audience, was known as "a cookie-guzzling goof-off." Hitchens, who was a student at Oxford when Clinton was a Rhodes scholar there, denounced liberals who have romanticized the President as a product of '60s idealism. "If he had been an extremist," says Hitchens, "I would have known him." But the two men never crossed paths."..."
http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover.shtml 7/27/99 Carl Limbacher "...An Arkansas parole board has recommended early prison release for Sharlene Wilson, the onetime Little Rock drug dealer who told a federal grand jury in 1990 that she witnessed then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton use cocaine on multiple occasions. ....Wilson has been incarcerated for most of the Clinton presidency as part of what many believe is a political vendetta by Clinton allies in his home state, who fear she knows too much about the Mena drug-running scandal. Wilson now resides at the Grimes-McPherson correctional facility in Newport, Arkansas. The federal drug probe witness testified that she began selling cocaine to Clinton's brother Roger as early as 1979. Wilson has told reporters that she sold two grams of cocaine to Clinton's brother at the Little Rock nightclub Le Bistro, then witnessed Bill Clinton consume the drug. "I watched Bill Clinton lean up against a brick wall," Wilson revealed to the London Telegraph's Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in 1995. "He must have had an adenoid problem because he casually stuck my tooter up his nose. He was so messed up that night, he slid down the wall into a garbage can and just sat there like a complete idiot." Wilson also described gatherings at Little Rock's Coachman's Inn between 1979 and 1981, where she saw Clinton using cocaine "quite avidly" with friends. An Arkansas Police video shows Roger Clinton telling one cocaine dealer, "Got to get some for my brother. He's got a nose like a vacuum cleaner."...."
AP 7/30/99 George Gedda "...A retired Army general joined Thursday with House Republicans in warning that the phase-out of the U.S. military presence in Panama could be a boon to South American narcotraffickers. ``Panama is critical to counterdrug efforts,'' said retired Gen. George A. Joulwan, who once led all U.S. military operations in Latin America. Testifying before the House International Relations Committee, Joulwan said losing the U.S. military infrastructure in Panama will affect the U.S. ability to prosecute the war on drugs. Under the Panama Canal treaties, the United States has until the end of the year to terminate all military operations in Panama -- a process that is well under way. Committee chairman Benjamin Gilman, R-N.Y., said the authors of the 1979 pact ``could not have foreseen neighboring Colombia's drug-fueled agony, nor the sophistication of the drug cartels' corrupting criminal reach.'' Gilman said it was a mistake for the United States to have put itself in the position of closing Howard Air Force Base, from which 15,000 military flights had taken off annually. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., said Panama has no army, navy or air force with which to combat ``the well-armed narcoterrorist forces'' in Colombia In addition, he said the Panama Canal, instead of reverting to Panamanian control as prescribed under the treaties, ``is now in the hands of communist China,'' saying numerous entities with close ties to China's People's Liberation Army are very active in Panama...."
Associated Press 8/6/99 George Gedda "...House International Relations Committee chairman Benjamin Gilman said today the Clinton administration's failure to get high-performance helicopters to Colombia is ``directly responsible for the massive heroin crisis'' on the U.S. East Coast. Gilman, R-N.Y., commented in testimony prepared for a hearing of a House Government Reform subcommittee.....He said Congress appropriated funds in 1996 to purchase over 30 new long-range, high-altitude helicopters for the Colombian National Police for eradication of opium poppy fields. But, he said, only two have been delivered. Gilman added that heroin-related deaths and overdoses in the United States ``could have and should have been eradicated at the source'' years ago...."
http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover.shtml 8/6/99 "...Flowers gave her shocking account to Inside Cover during an exclusive appearance Friday afternoon on Sean Hannity's WABC talk radio show in New York, where the onetime Clinton confidante answered an array of probing questions on topics considered taboo in other news venues. INSIDE COVER: Ms. Flowers, (former Clinton girlfriend) Sally Perdue says that Bill Clinton used drugs in her presence, specifically cocaine. Did you ever see Bill Clinton use drugs in your presence? FLOWERS: Yes. He smoked marijuana in my presence and offered me the opportunity to snort cocaine if I wanted to. I wasn't into that. Bill clearly let me know that he did cocaine. And I know people that knew he did cocaine. He did tell me that when he would use a substantial amount of cocaine that his head would itch so badly that he would become self conscious at parties where he was doing this. Because all he wanted to do while people were talking to him is stand around and scratch his head. ...."
The New Australian No 129 8/9-15/99 James Henry "...Sometime in the mid-fifties Kruschev presided over a secret meeting of Warsaw Pact officials. It was there that he revealed the intention of the Soviet Union to encourage the drug trade as part of its war of subversion against the US.... However, the Sino-Soviet split saw Beijing pursue an independent drugs campaign against the US.... There is no doubt that the main motive for Clinton's bombing of Serbia was to drive his scandals out of the media. However, the end of the campaign witnessed a curious turn of events which would have probably escaped a great deal of attention if they had remained in isolation. Let's take a look at a few facts that the Clinton networks have chosen to ignore. Germany's Federal Criminal Agency reports that Albania is the center of Europe's heroin trade and also acts as a conduit to the US. Of particular interest is that the trade is under the virtual control of the KLA leadership, formerly considered by the State Department to be a terrorist organisation, until Clinton decided otherwise. Not only does the leadership have strong links to Islamic terrorists it is also noted for (surprise, surprise) its anti-Western pro-Beijing views....Not only is Clinton's decision in danger of turning Kosovo into a drug lord's mandate it might also create a beachhead in Europe for Middle East terrorists. ....We now come to Colombia which produces 66 percent of the heroine and about 80 percent of the cocaine that enters the US. For 30 years Marxist-Leninist guerillas have been waging a vicious war to turn the country into a Marxist totalitarian state. These Guerrilla's have now formed an alliance with the drug lords, enabling them to use drug money while waging their own drug war against the capitalist US. Clinton's response to these drug-running terrorists was to unofficially send Peter Romero to meet with them and formulate a peace plan. The so-called peace plan involved handing half the country over to the communist guerrillas and allowing them to keep both their arms and the drugs trade. What kind of treaty would hand over half a country to a pack of Marxist totalitarians...What gives here? Is Clinton planning on doing to Colombia what a Democrat-controlled Congress did to South Vietnam? A few CIA and the State Department officials have already arrived at that conclusion. As for Romero, Clinton's nominee for Assistant Secretary of State, believe it or not, the best that can be said of him is that he has criminal-like lack of judgement....".
Capitol Hill Blue 8/10/99 Bruce Sullivan "...The chairman of the House International Relations Committee says that President Clinton is guilty of "benign neglect at best and gross dereliction at worst" in his handling of an escalating guerilla war in Colombia, which is financed almost entirely by the Latin American country's coca crop. "Illicit drugs are directly linked to the growing strength and aggressiveness of the narco-guerillas, who today threaten Colombia's very survival as a viable democracy," Rep. Ben Gilman, (R-NY), told CNSNews.com.Last week, Clinton's director of drug control policy, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, appeared before Gilman's committee and testified that another $1 billion in emergency funds may be needed for Colombian counter-narcotics efforts, in addition to $289 million already allocated this year. "The United States has paid inadequate attention to a serious and growing emergency in the region," said McCaffrey. Two Marxist guerilla groups - the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) - have gained control of 40 percent of Colombia, and virtually all of the land used for the cultivation of coca and poppy, the raw ingredients for cocaine and heroin. Meanwhile, the U.S. is abandoning Howard Air Force Base in Panama, a move that Gilman called "hasty" and "not appropriate."..."
FoxNews AP 8/10/99 "...A Colombian arrested for drug trafficking last year may be the first alleged cocaine boss extradited to the United States in a decade, prosecutors said Tuesday. Extradition proceedings are under way for Alberto Orlandez Gamboa, a former Caribbean coast cartel chief who allegedly has smuggled tons of cocaine to Europe and the United States since 1991, deputy chief prosecutor Jaime Cordoba said. Gamboa, alias "The Snail,'' was arrested in June and jailed in Bogota. Police were not fooled by hair implants on his formerly balding head....The new law overturned a previous ban on extradition, written into Colombia's 1991 constitution. But the lack of retroactivity in the new law protects the drug lords most desired by U.S. prosecutors, the jailed former heads of the now-defunct Cali cocaine cartel...."
Los Angeles Times 8/10/99 "...Colombia is in trouble. Every day, on average, 10 Colombians are killed in political violence--mostly, according to the U.S. State Department, by right-wing paramilitary groups. Drug production is growing at an alarming pace, with coca cultivation having doubled from 1995 to 1998. Meanwhile, the economy has gone into a deep recession. The mounting political and military instability poses problems for Colombia's neighbors. Peru's President Alberto Fujimori has blistered his Colombian counterpart, Andres Pastrana, for trying to negotiate peace with the left-wing guerrillas who control half of the country, while Venezuela's Hugo Chavez has declared his neutrality on Colombia's conflict with the guerrillas, all but legitimizing the rebels. The violence has spilled into Ecuador, with Colombian guerrillas kidnapping Ecuadorean businessmen and Colombian paramilitary members killing politicians....."
Dallas Morning News 8/10/99 Tod Robberson "...Panama is willing to reopen talks with the United States regarding the use of its territory for American military and counternarcotics operations, the incoming foreign minister said Monday. Foreign minister-designate Jose Miguel Aleman said the government of President-elect Mireya Moscoso, who will take office Sept. 1, wants to take a fresh look at the issue of U.S. military access once the 1979 Panama Canal treaties are fully implemented at the end of this year. The incumbent government of President Ernesto Perez Balladares has categorically rejected the idea of any extended U.S. military presence and has demanded the full withdrawal of all U.S. military personnel from Panama by Dec. 31, as required under the canal treaties. U.S. officials acknowledge that the loss of access to Panama, home to Howard Air Force Base, the region's top counternarcotics surveillance outpost, has put a crimp in American anti-drug efforts. Although Howard is still operating, its counternarcotics flights have been transferred to other sites in Ecuador, Aruba and Curacao. Panama, which has no military, is described by U.S. officials as increasingly vulnerable to drug traffickers and guerrilla incursions from its southern neighbor, Colombia, the largest single source of cocaine and heroin sold in the United States...."
The Center For Security Policy 8/13/99 "...: Over the past two nights, Dan Rather, reporting from Colombia, has capped off the CBS Evening News with a stark wake-up call: The United States is becoming increasingly embroiled in the narcotics-underwritten mayhem that is engulfing that Central American nation, putting vast quantities of drugs on this country's streets and threatening to destabilize Colombia's region from Brazil to Mexico. The Shape of Things to Come As the CBS broadcast of 11 August put it: "Very rapidly in recent weeks, the following things have happened -- it appears suddenly -- to put Colombia very much on Washington's radar screen: First, the crash of a US military reconnaissance plane that killed five Americans on an anti-drug mission last month. Two of the bodies were returned today. Then, the sudden arrival of the Clinton administration's drug czar, Barry McCaffrey, who, in a reversal of policy, called for up to $1 billion to be spent fighting what he now calls narco-guerrillas....The highest level talks in Bogota in a decade were held this week between U.S. and Colombian officials. That reflects general confidence in the new Colombian government, but also alarm over the fact that an estimated 40 percent of the country is already in rebel hands. "There is also a growing fear, even among government officials, that the crisis in Colombia could spread to the surrounding countries. These nations, many of which are newly established democracies, including Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and possibly even Venezuela and Panama, can not afford to have their fragile democracies wrecked by insurgents as is happening in Colombia."....To what extent is the Clinton Administration putting at risk sensitive "sources and methods" of intelligence as part of its reported program of providing Colombia with real-time intelligence? The Administration has repeatedly seen intelligence-sharing as a technique for endearing itself to those like Russia, the UN, Cuba and the PLO that are more likely to use such information against the United States and its vital interests than be constructively influenced by this practice.(3) Under its current president, Andres Pastrana, the Colombian government may be less prone to such behavior than other beneficiaries of what the Clinton team seems to regard as noblesse oblige. Given that government's history of corruption, the suborning influence of drug operatives and the incompetence of the Colombian military, however, it is not unreasonable to question whether American intelligence will be compromised by the narco-guerrillas, or even foreign governments with whom they have ties that are hostile the United States. ..."
Washington Post 8/14/99 "...U.S. officials are investigating between six and eight embassy employees and dependents in Colombia to determine whether they used the mission's postal system to smuggle illegal drugs or other contraband to the United States, according to knowledgeable sources in Washington and Bogota.... The new inquiries were triggered during a follow-up review of embassy mailing records and have not led to criminal charges. But U.S. officials described the inquiries as particularly embarrassing, because Colombia produces 80 percent of the world's cocaine and most of the $289 million in annual U.S. aid to the South American country goes to combat drug trafficking. ...."
http://www.nypostonline.com/news/1442.htm 8/15/99 Brian Blomquist "...Immigration inspectors at JFK and Newark airports fear that hundreds of criminals have entered the country through New York since March, when the FBI cut off access to its database. "It's open season. The doors are open," one port inspector at JFK told The Post. "We no longer check for criminal aliens. We don't have the tools to do it. We can't stop them if they want to come in." Officials with the Immigration and Naturalization Service said that, until March, they routinely used the FBI criminal database to screen all foreign passengers on incoming overseas flights. But then, on orders from FBI Director Louis Freeh, the inspectors were told that their access was cut off. They could use the FBI database for specific criminal cases, but not for widespread screening. The border inspectors were getting about 150 "hits" per month with the FBI system, INS officials said. A "hit" is when the database matches a passenger's name with the name of a known criminal. Inspectors say they're "crippled" without the FBI system. They say they've caught "thousands of criminals [mostly drug dealers] and inadmissible aliens" and "hundreds of aggravated felons" in the two years they were getting into FBI computers. Now, one inspector said, "Unless a non-citizen has cocaine falling out of his bag, we have no way of knowing if he's a criminal." The INS inspectors do have access to the State Department's computer to check for terrorists. FBI officials say their dispute with the INS boils down to protecting civil liberties. They note that inspectors never were supposed to be using the FBI criminal database in the first place...."
NewsMax.com 8/12/99 Carl Limbacher "...The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz has been fully briefed on what Gennifer Flowers had to say Friday about President Clinton and cocaine. Inside Cover contacted Kurtz Wednesday morning to share Flowers' recorded account of Clinton's cocaine use, after the Post writer ignored the issue in a lengthy screed about completely unsubstantiated rumors that George W. Bush had used the drug. On Wednesday the Post writer seemed to be trying to legitimize the unsourced Bush rumors with a report headlined, "Drug Use: A Campaign Issue in the Making." Despite Kurtz's inability to produce a single account from anyone saying that they'd either seen or heard of Bush using cocaine, Post editors felt Kurtz' story was newsworthy enough to warrant primetime exposure on page A02. ....Though the topic has been in play for lttle more than a month, the press has now queried Bush directly on the as yet unfounded charge more frequently than President Clinton has been challenged on the "R" question..... The Washington Post, along with the rest of the mainstream media, has assiduously avoided asking Clinton the "C" question, despite published accounts from four people who claim to have either seen him use cocaine or report circumstances where Clinton's use of the drug was plainly obvious. A fifth, former Little Rock drug dealer Sharline Wilson, gave her sworn eyewitness account of Clinton's cocaine use to a federal grand jury in 1990. Kurtz wrote, "An admission of having tried cocaine, the focus of major federal anti-drug initiatives and much inner-city violence, could be more problematic" than a confession about using marijuana. The President has admitted to illegal marijuana use in England after first telling reporters who asked about drugs, "I've never broken the laws of my country." After Clinton's classic marijuana obfuscation, mainstream reporters dropped further inquiries about Clinton's drug use. In a bit of unintended irony, the Post writer noted, "Questions about the personal lives of candidates.....are often triggered by specific allegations, such as when Gennifer Flowers charged in 1992 that she had a long-running affair with candidate Bill Clinton." What about Flowers' specific allegation, just delivered on Friday, regarding Clinton's cocaine use? Hasn't that news reached the Washington Post yet? Inside Cover played the following tape recorded exchange into Mr. Kurtz answering machine Wednesday morning: INSIDE COVER: Ms. Flowers, Sally Perdue says that Bill Clinton used drugs in her presence, specifically cocaine. Did you ever see Bill Clinton use drugs in your presence? FLOWERS: Yes. He smoked marijuana in my presence and offered me the opportunity to snort cocaine if I wanted to. I wasn't into that. Bill clearly let me know that he did cocaine. And I know people that knew he did cocaine. He did tell me that when he would use a substantial amount of cocaine that his head would itch so badly that he would become self conscious at parties where he was doing this. Because all he wanted to do while people were talking to him is stand around and scratch his head...."
WorldNetDaily 8/19/99 J R Nyquist "… Mexico's top drug trafficking cartel, run by the Arellano Felix brothers in Tijuana, is working closely with the Chinese. According to Jamie Dettmer, writing in the August 23 issue of Insight magazine, ships arriving in Mexico from China may contain "more than illegal immigrants." The Chinese are pumping people and supplies into Mexico, and the cargo is considered so sensitive that it is "often under the apparent protection of Chinese and Mexican naval vessels." American authorities are helpless, as usual, to block this strategic smuggling operation on our southwest border. America is helpless because President Clinton will not support improved border controls, and he won't get tough with the Mexican government. Clinton's immigration policy can be characterized as appeasement of the Mexicans, appeasement of the Chinese and a "who cares?" attitude….."
The Washington Weekly 4/6/98 Michael Levine Laura Kavanau-Levine "…As an ex-DEA agent I found the complete lack of coverage by mainstream media of what I saw during last month's congressional hearings into CIA Drug Trafficking both depressing and frightening. I sat gape-mouthed as I heard the CIA Inspector General testify that there has existed a secret agreement between CIA and the Justice Department, wherein "during the years 1982 to 1995, CIA did not have to report the drug trafficking by its assets to the Justice Department." To a trained DEA agent this literally means that the CIA had been granted a license to obstruct justice in our so-called war on drugs; a license that lasted, so the CIA claims, from 1982 to 1995, a time during which Americans paid almost $150 billion in taxes to "fight" drugs….. This might also explain Janet Reno's recent and unprecedented move in blocking the release of a Justice Department investigation into CIA drug trafficking…..One of the most distressing things for me as a 25-year-veteran of this business to listen to was when Congresswoman Waters said that the hearings were not about CIA officers being indicted and going to jail. "That is not going to happen," she said. Almost in the same breath she spoke of a recent case in Miami wherein a Venezuelan National Guard general was caught by Customs agents smuggling more than a ton of cocaine into the US. Despite named CIA officers being involved in the plot, as Congresswoman Waters stated, the Justice Department will not tell her anything about the case because of "secrecy laws." No wonder chairman Goss was snickering. She could not have played more neatly into CIA hands than to surrender before the battle was engaged…"http://www.newsunlimited.co.uk/observer/international/story/0,3879,75873,00.html 8/22/99 "…The United States is facing a new tidal wave of Colombian cocaine and heroin, say drug enforcement officials, who claim the US is in danger of losing the war against drugs in Central America. They are urging President Clinton to step up his controversial intervention, demanding an extra $1billion to fund what is being called his 'Narco-Nam': the war against Colombia's cocaine barons. The calls came as investigators in New York were this weekend following another lead back to Colombia after one of the biggest hauls of the drug in the city's history was seized in Brooklyn…."
AFP 8/22/99 "…Colombia's spiral of violence continued over the weekend with 65 people killed by right-wing paramilitary groups and leftist guerrillas, human rights and military officials said Sunday. Fifty people were killed in North Santander province, near the border with Venezuela, provincial ombudsman Ivan Villamizar said. "The office of the ombudsman knows of at least three massacres that left 50 dead, and we know the identities of many of the victims," Villamizar said in a radio broadcast. Colonel Victor Matamoros, military chief for the province, said his information indicated 32 farmworkers were shot dead Sunday night by the rightist Self-Defense Units of Colombia (AUC). "Of these 32 people, we have identified 19," Matamoros said….. Paramilitaries also killed five members of the same family in the village of Rio de Oro, 850 kilometers (530 miles) north of here, while police reported another five deaths in separate violent incidents throughout the country….. On August 15, as he celebrated his 50th birthday, Roman Catholic Bishop Jose de Jesus Quintero of Tibu was kidnapped by gunmen believed to belong to the EPL. So far his abductors have made no demands for his freedom….."
AP 8/24/99 "…The Clinton administration is looking for ways to help Colombia, which is struggling through a civil war while plagued with narcotics trafficking, human rights abuses and a declining economy. The hint Monday of increase economic and military aid followed separate visits to the South American country by White House drug policy director Barry R. McCaffrey and Undersecretary of State Thomas Pickering. ``Colombia's needs are critical, and we are certainly exploring every avenue to provide assistance,'' deputy State Department spokesman James Foley said. …"
GENNIFER FLOWERS: PASSION and BETRAYAL published by Emery Dalton Books G Flowers 8/23/99 "…Just about anything Bill did was okay with me. I wasn't about to criticize him for fear of creating distance between us. so when he casually put his hand in his pants pocket and puled out a joint one night, I was startled but kept silent. I thought how foolish it was of him to carry marijuana around, but it was typical of his bulletproof attitude. He felt comfortable enough to continue smoking marijuana occasionally when he was with me. I didn't object. By the way, he most certainly did inhale. I never saw him use cocaine, but he talked about it. He complained about how cocaine really had a bad effect on him. It didn't stop him from using it, though. He told me about a party he had been to, and said, "I got so f----- up on cocaine at that party." He said it made his scalp itch, and he felt conspicuous because he was talking with people who were not aware drugs were at the party, and all he wanted to do was scratch his head. He was afraid if he continued to walk around scratching his head, people would think something more serious than dandruff was going on with him….."
Washington Times 8/24/99 Andrew Cain "….President Clinton entered the cocaine fray yesterday -- albeit by proxy -- saying he has never used the drug. Gennifer Flowers, who had an affair with the president, told Fox News Channel on Aug. 18 that Mr. Clinton once told her he had used cocaine. "The president has never done cocaine," said Jim Kennedy, a spokesman for the White House counsel's office. "That applies to his entire life." As Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush tries to fend off questions about past drug use, Mr. Clinton addressed a rumor that has swirled about him for years. In Roger Morris' 1996 book "Partners in Power," a dual biography of the president and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mr. Morris quotes the president's younger half-brother on a 1983-84 surveillance film stating, "Got to get some [cocaine] for my brother. He's got a nose like a vacuum cleaner." ….As for Mr. Clinton, Miss Flowers said in an interview on the Fox program "Hannity & Colmes" that Mr. Clinton had smoked marijuana in her presence as attorney general and as governor. "He made it very clear that if I ever wanted to do cocaine, that he could provide that," she said. Miss Flowers said Mr. Clinton "also told me that there were times he did so much cocaine at parties that his head would itch." But in March 1992, Betsey Wright, a Clinton campaign aide, told the Los Angeles Times that Mr. Clinton, then the governor of Arkansas, had never used cocaine or knowingly been in its presence. "I asked him the following questions" she told the newspaper. " 'Bill, have you ever used cocaine?' He replied, 'No.' "I said, 'Bill, have you ever been in a room where you were aware there was cocaine?' " "He replied, 'No.' " During his 1992 presidential campaign Mr. Clinton denied that he had a 12-year affair with Miss Flowers. But he later testified under oath in the Monica Lewinsky affair that he had a sexual encounter with the former television reporter and cabaret singer. In November 1990, Mr. Clinton, then governor of Arkansas, pardoned Dan Lasater, a Little Rock bond trader and convicted cocaine distributor who had contributed to his campaign. Mr. Lasater once loaned $8,000 to Roger Clinton to pay a drug debt. Mr. Clinton said in 1994 that he barely knew Mr. Lasater, and that the bond trader had contributed to the campaigns of other Arkansas Democrats as well, including Sens. Dale Bumpers and David Pryor…."
NewsMax.com 8/27/99 "…Hillary Clinton knew that her husband used cocaine and pressured him to quit, Gennifer Flowers told Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity on Thursday. Appearing on Hannity's WABC New York radio show, Flowers also said she has specific knowledge of other women who claim they were sexually assaulted by the President and who may be ready to come forward. Mrs. Clinton, an all but announced candidate for one of New York's U.S. Senate seats, has yet to be hit with the cocaine question by reporters. But after a month-long media feeding frenzy over unsourced rumors that George W. Bush may have used the drug, the question may be unavoidable…..HANNITY: Do you have any knowledge that he's involved with any other women? FLOWERS: I do. Not that he is involved with someone at this point but that there are a couple of women who have had a problem with him that may come forward. HANNITY: In the Juanita Broaddrick sense? FLOWERS: Yes. HANNITY: There are other women out there alleging that he assaulted them? FLOWERS: Yes. HANNITY: And you think that we may be hearing from them in the near future? FLOWERS: I think it's possible. It's been my understanding that they are very scared. HANNITY: Have you ever spoken with any of these people? FLOWERS: I have not. HANNITY: Have you ever spoken to anybody who has spoken to them? FLOWERS: I have. HANNITY: And they've told you their stories? FLOWERS: Yes, they have…."
NewsMax.com 8/26/99 Carl Limbacher "…it just Inside Cover, or has anybody else noticed that reporters have suddenly cooled on their favorite pursuit: hounding George W. on the cocaine question? Maybe it's the recent surveys showing Americans don't care if Bush Jr. used the drug a generation ago? But more probably it's the fact that the press' own double standard has become so blatantly apparent that even they now worry about seeming unfair. Reporters have been slammed lately for not going after President Clinton on the same question -- and the entire U.S. media knows it risks a credibility crisis should the Bush bashing continue….. Thanks to Gennifer Flowers' Aug. 6 allegation -- first reported here -- where she claimed Clinton used a "substantial amount" of cocaine, news editors have been faced with a stark choice: Find an allegation against George W. as credible and damaging as Flowers' account -- or let the coke rumors about Bush die a natural death. ….Besides Flowers, those witnesses could include: SHARLINE WILSON, the former Little Rock drug dealer who told a federal grand jury in 1990 that she watched as Bill Clinton used cocaine in her presence….. SALLY PERDUE, the former Arkansas beauty queen who claims she had a four month affair with the President in 1983, has told reporters that Clinton used cocaine in her presence and that he seemed quite familiar with how the drug is used: "He had all the equipment laid out, like a real pro," said Perdue. ….L.D. BROWN, the former Clinton bodyguard and onetime head of the Arkansas Police Association, recounts his own suspicions about the President's cocaine use in his book: "Crossfire: Witness in the Clinton Investigation." ….JANE PARKS, Roger Clinton's onetime landlady, has said that during the mid-1980's Bill Clinton was a "frequent visitor" to his little brother's expensive Vantage Point apartment, which shared a wall with Parks' office. According to the account Parks has given reporters, the Clinton brothers enjoyed partying with girls who appeared to be high school age. "There was drug use at these gatherings....and (Parks) could clearly distinguish Bill's voice as he chatted with his brother about the quality of the marijuana they were smoking. She said she could also hear them talking about the cocaine as they passed it back and forth." ("Partners in Power" by Roger Morris) …ROGER CLINTON, the President's own half-brother, is said to have offered one of the most damning accounts of his sibling's cocaine use. A 1984 police surveillance videotape reportedly shows Roger telling one of his coke connections, "Got to get some for my brother. He's got a nose like a vacuum cleaner." ….TERRY DON CAMP, an Arkansas prisoner who testified on behalf of fellow inmate Perry Steve Risinger in Risinger's 1996 jail break trial, put Clinton in the company of Mena cocaine smuggler Barry Seal on at least one occasion. …DR. SUSAN SANTA CRUZ claims no direct knowledge of Clinton's involvement with cocaine. But in 1992, instead of releasing the then-candidate's medical records, Santa Cruz and other doctors who had treated Clinton were called upon to verbally detail Clinton's medical history for the press. "Her listing of Mr. Clinton's history included allergies, a strained ligament in his left knee from unspecified causes and rectal bleeding from hemorrhoids in 1984. His surgical history includes a procedure to open up his sinuses in 1979 and a tonsillectomy in 1952." (Washington Times -- March 12, 1996) Medical experts say that heavy cocaine usage often leads to sinus damage…..MONICA LEWINSKY, the sex crazed White House intern who nearly destroyed a presidency, told Linda Tripp that Clinton "sometimes seemed to 'zone out' on her." When Tripp asked for an explanation, Monica replied, "I think he's on drugs". (New York Post -- Oct. 3, 1998) …"
CNSNews.com 8/25/99 "…Gennifer Flowers, the woman with whom President Bill Clinton admitted having an affair in Arkansas, is disputing White House claims that Clinton has never used cocaine. "I know that Bill was using cocaine," said Flowers Wednesday in an interview on the Rush Limbaugh radio program. "He talked to me about that. I do know that Hillary Clinton knew, at a point, that Bill was doing cocaine. She demanded that he stop. I asked him what he was going to do and he said 'I'm gonna stop," said Flowers, who dated that particular incident to "around 1984, 1985." …."I am not surprised at any lie that Bill Clinton tells at this point," said Flowers of the White House denial of cocaine use by the president. She suggested that people "question his definition of 'using' cocaine, as he has an odd definition of 'having sex,'" said Flowers, who first met Clinton in the late 1970s when he was Arkansas attorney general…."
NewsMax 8/25/99 Carl Limbacher "…Dr. Sam Houston, a respected Little Rock physician and once a doctor for Hillary's cantankerous father, Hugh Rodham, says it is well known in Little Rock medical circles that Clinton was brought to a Little Rock hospital for emergency treatment for an apparent cocaine overdose. According to Houston, who told us he spoke to someone intimately familiar with the details of what happened that night, Clinton arrived at the hospital with the aid of a state trooper. Hillary Clinton had been notified by phone and had instructed the hospital staff that Clinton's personal physician would be arriving soon. When Mrs. Clinton arrived, she told both of the resident physicians on duty that night that they would never practice medicine in the United States if word leaked out about Clinton's drug problem. Reportedly, she pinned one of the doctors up against the wall, both hands pressed against his shoulders, as she gave her dire warning.,,,,:
9/22/96 The Electronic Telegraph Ambrose Evans-Pritchard "…THE longer Bill Clinton resists pressure to release his medical records, the stronger the suspicions that he is hiding something important, perhaps even something that could affect the outcome of the presidential election….. In a biting editorial last week the Wall Street Journal asked whether Clinton was covering up a history of drug use. Drugs are a much more serious matter. If the American people were ever led to believe that Clinton was a heavy user of cocaine while Governor of Arkansas, the scandal would be thermonuclear. …..Stories about past drug use by Bill Clinton are a staple of Right-wing radio talk programmes. But no major newspaper in the US has ever published an investigative exposé. This is not because drug use is too much of a tabloid issue. Far from it. The mainstream media were quick to print the uncorroborated allegations of a convicted felon who claimed to have sold marijuana to a young Dan Quayle. In the case of Bill Clinton, a number of people have come forward with direct knowledge of drug use, but the press always finds a reason to impugn the source's credibility. Nothing short of documentary proof will induce them to examine the claims. Hence the intense speculation in Washington about the medical records. 'Bill was so messed up that night, he slid down the wall into a garbage can'….Then there is the case of Sharlene Wilson, currently serving a prison term in Arkansas for drug offences. She told The Sunday Telegraph two years ago that she had supplied Bill Clinton with cocaine during his first term as Governor. "Bill was so messed up that night, he slid down the wall into a garbage can," she said. The story has credibility because she told it under oath to a federal grand jury in Little Rock in December 1990. At the time she was an informant for the Seventh Judicial District drug task force in Arkansas. Jean Duffey, the prosecutor in charge of the task force, talked to Wilson days after her grand jury appearance. "She was terrified. She said her house was being watched and she'd made a big mistake," said Duffey. "That was when she told me she'd testified about seeing Bill Clinton get so high on cocaine he fell into a garbage can . . . I have no doubt that she was telling the truth." Shortly after Wilson's testimony the drug task force was closed down. Duffey was hounded out of her job and now lives at a secret address in Texas. Wilson was charged with drug violations. In 1992 she was sentenced to 31 years for selling half an ounce of marijuana and $100- worth of methamphetamine to an informant. She protested that she was "set up" to eliminate her as a political liability and she appealed on the grounds of entrapment…."
NewsMax.com 9/1/99 Carl Limbacher "…Now a new witness has apparently emerged charging that the President of the United States has coked-up right there in the White House. The explosive charge is reported in Wednesday's Investor's Business Daily: "There is also a new allegation that Clinton, who insists on keeping his medical records secret, snorted cocaine while in the White House -- specifically in the East Wing theater, where he, staffers and friends are known to regularly watch movies. "'We have it on extremely reliable authority that according to the Secret Service, the president has used cocaine in the White House theater,' said Judicial Watch Chairman Larry Klayman. 'The impression is that it [Clinton's alleged coke use] continues to this day.'" "He would not elaborate other than to say Clinton was observed allegedly snorting coke with others. Klayman's source is a new, walk-in client of Judicial Watch, a public-interest law firm suing the White House over several scandals." (See Investor's Business Daily Main News Page, click on Press' 2 Standards on Coke Issue.) …"
NewsMax.com 9/1/99 Carl Limbacher "…According to presidential biographer Richard Reeves, Clinton "tries to avoid heavy lifting or meetings after he has taken his allergy shots because he is so punchy; he has trouble thinking coherently." (New York Times, Nov. 3, 1996) What's in that allergy medicine, anyway? That's what onetime White House physician Dr. Burton Lee wanted to know before he was instructed to inject Clinton with a vial of the stuff in 1993. Here's how NewsMax.com covered the incident last October: "There have been substantial questions raised about the true nature of those injections. The New York Post's Andrea Peyser reported in September 1996 that during the first week of Clinton's presidency an unusual package with an Arkansas postmark turned up in the regular White House mail. It contained a vial of 'mystery serum,' as Peyser described it, labeled as allergy medicine. White House physician Burton Lee was instructed by Clinton's appointments secretary, Nancy Hernreich, to inject the president with its contents. But the world-renowned Lee refused to do so. He told Peyser that the vial was inadequately labeled and that, in any event, he would not inject the president with anything without first checking Clinton's medical records. "Lee was told that Clinton's Arkansas doctor, Susan Santa Cruz, had his medical file. But when he called Santa Cruz she told him she would have to check with Hillary Clinton first before she could release the records to Lee. Lee expected that Santa Cruz would do just that, and that Hillary would quickly order her husband's file released to him. "He was wrong. Just one hour after his phone call to Santa Cruz, Burton Lee was fired from the Clinton White House. An unnamed Army doctor relieved Lee and apparently injected Clinton with the 'mystery serum' without checking his medical file. Lee told Andrea Peyser, 'There isn't any doubt in my mind that the person who fired me was Hillary.'"http://www.investors.com/web_edition/today/welcome.html 9/1/99 Paul Sperry "…Even before GOP front-runner George W. Bush announced his bid for the White House, the nation's biggest newspaper ran a Page 1 story amplifying rumors few Americans had heard at the time. Throughout the lead story, readers were reminded that the charges were just rumors. In fact, the words ''rumor,'' ''gossip,'' ''innuendo'' and ''dirt'' appeared at least 30 times to describe what the reporter, Ellen Joan Pollock, didn't even pretend to confirm - that Bush had somewhere, at some point in his life snorted cocaine. The 2,500-word Wall Street Journal story offered no proof. Not long after it ran on May 14, venerable news outlets like ABC News and The Washington Post advanced the story, spreading the rumors further. Asking Bush about the coke rumors quickly became a ''fair question'' for the old media….."''What's unfair is the media have been publishing stories that imply Bush did drugs in his youth (with) no evidence,'' Noyes said. ''No enemy has come forward and charged him. No former friend has come forward.'' That's a big switch from the 1992 campaign. The national media had plenty of evidence - including court testimony and police recordings - that Bill Clinton did coke. Yet they withheld it from the public. And they never pressed Clinton on the coke issue. ''Several Arkansans, credible or not, have accused Clinton of cocaine use,'' said Media Research Center analyst Tim Graham, citing what he calls a glaring double standard in coverage….."
Investors Business Daily 9/1/99 Paul Sperry "…Even before GOP front-runner George W. Bush announced his bid for the White House, the nation's biggest newspaper ran a Page 1 story amplifying rumors few Americans had heard at the time. Throughout the lead story, readers were reminded that the charges were just rumors. In fact, the words ''rumor,'' ''gossip,'' ''innuendo'' and ''dirt'' appeared at least 30 times to describe what the reporter, Ellen Joan Pollock, didn't even pretend to confirm - that Bush had somewhere, at some point in his life snorted cocaine. The 2,500-word Wall Street Journal story offered no proof. Not long after it ran on May 14, venerable news outlets like ABC News and The Washington Post advanced the story, spreading the rumors further. Asking Bush about the coke rumors quickly became a ''fair question'' for the old media. ''It is a fair question,'' said Richard Noyes, analyst for the Center for Media and Public Affairs in Washington. ''It's completely fair to ask it, and it's completely fair to investigate (the rumors).''…..That's a big switch from the 1992 campaign. The national media had plenty of evidence - including court testimony and police recordings - that Bill Clinton did coke. Yet they withheld it from the public. And they never pressed Clinton on the coke issue.. ."
Investors Business Daily 9/1/99 Paul Sperry "…In just the last couple of weeks, the networks have aired nearly a dozen stories on Bush and the coke rumors, Noyes says. Allegations of Clinton using coke have never made it on the evening news. TV news even dismissed former White House FBI agent Gary Aldrich's charges that many Clinton staffers used hard drugs like coke, LSD, speed, even crack. Some admitted to recent drug use, he said, yet were still allowed access to the White House. There is also a new allegation that Clinton, who insists on keeping his medical records secret, snorted cocaine while in the White House - specifically in the East Wing theater, where he, staffers and friends are known to regularly watch movies. ''We have it on extremely reliable authority that according to the Secret Service, the president has used cocaine in the White House theater,'' said Judicial Watch Chairman Larry Klayman. ''The impression is that it (Clinton's alleged coke use) continues to this day.'' He would not elaborate other than to say Clinton was observed allegedly snorting coke with others. Klayman's source is a new, walk- in client of Judicial Watch, a public-interest law firm suing the White House over several scandals. The White House counsel's office spokesman, Jim Kennedy, has denied that Clinton has ever used cocaine. …."
Minneapolis Tribune 9/5/99 "…A senior Energy Dept Policy Advisor, Robert Alvarez and his wife Kathleen Tucker, a well-know antinuclear activist and lawyer, were arrested for growing and possessing marijuana at there home after their daughter turned them into the police…."
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 9/9/99 "....Trying to paint a more realistic picture of drug users, the Government said on Wednesday that out of every 10 people who used illegal drugs in 1997, 7 had full-time jobs. Officials said they hoped the data would dispel the notion that most drug users are burned out and disconnected from the mainstream. "The typical drug user is not poor and unemployed," said Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. "He or she can be a co-worker, a husband or wife, a parent."...."
BBC 9/10/99 "....Afghanistan is now firmly established as the world's leading opium producer. The UN Drug Control Programme (UNDP) says that this year's opium poppy crop is the largest ever recorded in any country. The UNDCP says this year's harvest in Afghanistan is thought to be more than double the country's harvest last year. A UNDCP spokesman, Bernard Frahi, said the area under poppy cultivation increased by 43%. It is estimated that 1999's production amounted to 4,600 tonnes, compared to 2,100 tonnes last year. Afghanistan's production levels dwarf those compared to other countries. ...."
Agence France-Presse, via News Plus 9/10/99 ".....Opium production in war-ravaged Afghanistan has increased to a record 4,600 tonnes this year, a senior United Nations official said Friday. The production of raw opium, cultivated mostly in Taliban-held areas, has more than doubled this year compared to last year's yield of 2,100 tonnes, Bernard Frahi, representative of the UN Drug Control Programme, told reporters. "This is a dramatic increase and a cause of concern," he said. The figure was "huge" compared to any other country in the world. Releasing details of a recent survey Frahi said the area under cultivation also surged by 43 percent from 64,000 hectares (158,080 acres) in 1998 to around 91,000 hectares in 1999. Some 97 percent of cultivation in 1999 was reported in areas controlled by the Taliban, he added. ..."
FOXNEWS 9/13/99 David Briscoe "....Coast Guard sharpshooters for the first time are firing from helicopters to disable fast drug-carrying boats on the high seas, officials said today. The previously classified operation has already netted more than 6 tons of cocaine and led to arrests of 13 accused smugglers. Adm. James M. Loy said the operation is part of increased efforts to stop drugs from coming into the United States. The operation netted a record 53 tons of cocaine in the last year. Loy said the sharpshooters pose no risk to fisherman or pleasure boaters in the Caribbean, where helicopters have stopped three boats in the last month. ...."
Arkansas Writers' Project, Inc. 9/3/99 Mara Leveritt "...The FBI stalled, but Snyder's staff persisted. Finally, their efforts paid off -- at least partly. Two weeks ago, I received 488 pages of FBI records pertaining to Barry Seal, the cocaine smuggler who, as you know, moved his billion-dollar drug business from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to the airport at Mena, Arkansas in 1982. .....But, though he was constantly watched, Seal was never stopped. He operated from Mena, apparently unimpeded, until 1986, when he was murdered by Colombian operatives.... according to one document, the Justice Department kept tight control of the investigation into Seal's murder, "since," as an assistant attorney general explained, "this is a case with apparent national and organized crime dimensions..." But many of the pages sent were heavily blacked out. And almost 300 were missing entirely. A cover letter explained that some of these deletions had been made to protect privacy or confidentiality, or for law enforcement reasons. But this is what I found most interesting. Notes explaining several of the deletions said that they had been made under provisions of the National Security Act of 1947 and the CIA Act of 1949. So it's quite a mess, you see, these jumbled references to organized crime and national security, to Colombian drug cartels and the CIA -- all within the heavily censored file of a smuggler who found safe haven in Arkansas during the last four years of his life..."
The New Australian No 134 9/20-26/99 James Henry "….Mena is the name of a tiny Arkansas town that conjures up in the minds of many (right and left) CIA conspiracies involving drug smuggling and gun running. That the CIA ran guns out of Mena to arm guerrillas fighting Central American Marxist-Leninist regimes is true. That it authorised drug-trafficking is not. (This is something I will return to in a later article). One Barry Seal was being used by the CIA to parachute arms to the Contras. It later came to light that Seal decided to do a little subcontracting of his own, using the CIA operation to smuggle drugs into the US. An easy task as the CIA made sure his plane received automatic customs clearance. This was to prevent unauthorized personnel gaining access to the plane's highly advanced electronic equipment. Obtaining the drugs was an easy matter for Seal who had already been involved in drug trafficking. Seal was shot down by three Colombians in February 1986. Fortunately, witnesses to his activities are still able to testify. L. D. Brown, Arkansas state trooper, Clinton bodyguard and close friend, was instructed by Clinton to accompany Seal on several of his flights. It was on one of these that Seal revealed his drug-trafficking activities. Horrified, Brown complained to Clinton. His response? "That's Lasater's deal. That's Lasater's deal." Clearly, Lasater, a close associate of Clinton, was the vital link between Mena and the US cocaine distribution network. Needless to say, Lasater had been extremely generous to Clinton's never-ending election campaigns and their relationship had blossomed into one of financial intimacy. No wonder there was an explosion of mob activity after Clinton became governor. The rise of the 'Arkansas Mafia' under Clinton's governorship saw drug trafficking operations and prostitution rackets rocket. What is particularly disturbing is that the left-wing mainstream media knew of these fact and yet decided to ignore them. It considered shipping guns to anti-Marxist guerrillas was the real crime, not importing cocaine with the cooperation of a Democratic governor who now occupied the Oval Office….."
Investor's Business Daily 9/21/99 "....In the name of establishing a drug-free society, overzealous police have too often failed to notice the difference between the innocent and the guilty. As a result, the war on drugs has gone beyond keeping the peace. It's become a threat to liberty. From asset forfeitures to home invasions to military involvement, the war on drugs has taken disturbing turns. Among the more recent incidents, a SWAT team broke into a Compton, Calif., home at about 11 p.m. on Aug. 9. They killed a retired grandfather by shooting him twice in the back. His widow - handcuffed and wearing only a towel and panties, according to the Los Angeles Times - and six others were taken into custody. All were questioned. None was charged...... In the summer of 1998, Houston police shot to death Pedro Oregon Navarro during a drug raid. The problem: Navarro was not a drug dealer. But police wanted to believe he was. A man arrested for public drunkenness told officers he would give them the name and address of a drug dealer if they let him go. They agreed. Without corroboration - and without a warrant - six officers stormed the home of a sleeping Navarro and shot him 12 times. Self-defense, they said; Navarro was going for a gun. Well, who wouldn't grab a gun if they were awakened at 1:40 in the morning by what amounts to a military raid? ....."
Capitol Hill Blue 9/22/99 Doug Thompson "....Funny, ain't it. A media that is so obsessed with the possible drug use of Republican Presidential frontrunner George W. Bush suddenly loses interest when not only a Democratic contender admits illegal drug use, but one of their own thinks he might have used the stuff too.
Consider this extraordinary exchange on ABC's This Week this past Sunday:
SEN BILL BRADLEY I have used marijuana several times in my life, but never cocaine.
COKIE ROBERTS Senator, on guns and violence.
SAM DONALDSON Excuse me, Cokie. Recently in your life?
SEN BILL BRADLEY No.
SAM DONALDSON When you were a kid?
SEN BILL BRADLEY Well, yes. Right. Have you?
SAM DONALDSON I think a couple of times I've tried it. And I inhaled.....
Let's see. Bill Bradley admitted he smoked grass. Not once, mind you. Not even a couple of times. Several times. Last time we checked, blowing pot was illegal. That means a man who wants to be President admits to being a repeat felon.
Sam Donaldson "thinks" he smoked weed. And he's sure he inhaled that stuff he "thinks" he smoked. Odd, most people remember things like that. But maybe he was stoned at the time. Donaldson thinks he was a felon. Interesting.....But what's more amazing about this is that only a couple of tabloids in London picked up on Bradley's admission or the fact that he turned the tables on reporters and asked them about their drug use. Suddenly, the American reporters who want to know everything about a politician's life lost interest. No follow up on the fact that the former Senator from New Jersey was a pothead in his youth. They may want to know intimate details of everything Bush did, but Bradley is suddenly off limits? Where we come from, that's called a double standard...."
NewsMax.com 9/22/99 Carl Limbacher ".... First brother Roger Clinton, who was convicted on drug charges in 1986, criticized former President George Bush Tuesday night for what he says was Bush's inappropriate response to questions about his son's rumored cocaine use...... ZAHN: So, how do you deal with the continuing rumors about your own brother? You see these stories that broke this week... CLINTON (interrupting): Well, first off you try not to spread them on camera. You try not to talk about rumors. I don't talk about rumors about my brother on camera. Or about any newspapers that have a hundred and fifty phone calls to find out about my brother's past. That's not my job. That's not my position. So the best way to let something die is to let something die. You don't continue to talk about letting something die, because that perpetuates it. Roger's sensitivity about discussing his older brother's alleged drug use on camera may emanate from an incident in 1984, when a police surveillance camera reportedly captured him telling a cocaine dealer, "Got to get some for my brother; he's got a nose like a vacuum cleaner." Zahn did not question Clinton about the widely circulated quote. At least four other witnesses have given either sworn testimony or published accounts charging the President with cocaine use. Roger Clinton was sent to jail for eight months in 1986 for distributing cocaine...."
The New Australian 10/25/99 James Henry "….Isn't America's mainstream media a marvel to behold. It enthusiastically leaps on a rumor that presidential candidate George W. Bush is a cocaine user while at the same time suppressing information regarding Bill Clinton's drug-taking habit and cocaine connections. Unfortunately the right has also muddied the waters with its obsession about alleged CIA drug smuggling through Mena, even though the evidence points elsewhere. That elsewhere being Clinton and his crooked drug-taking friends. So what really happened at Mena? I've consulted several well-informed people on this matter, people who have always proved reliable and honest…."
The New Australian 10/25/99 James Henry "….Mena is a small out-of-the-way quiet Arkansas town. The CIA considered its location and size would allow it to operate its huge C-123 military transport without any embarrassing questions being asked. That Bill Clinton, the state's governor, was willing to cooperate by turning a blind eye to the gun-running operation was an added advantage. It seems to have never occurred to CIA planners to ask why someone who had demonstrated in support of communist North Vietnam was now only too willing to cooperate with the CIA in arming Nicaragua's anticommunist guerrillas. Lasater turned out to be the answer. Barry Seal was picked to make the runs. It is now no secret that Seal had been a former drug-smuggler who had become a Drug Enforcement Administration operative and a CIA contract employee…… Seal was to make arms drops to the Contra's and then return to Mena. That's when the almost came into it. Far from being reformed character, Seal was once again on the make. Whether out of greed, a sense of adventure or both, he decided to return to his old profession of drug smuggling….."
The New Australian 10/25/99 James Henry "….It is thought that Seal had drug dealings with Lasater way back in the 1970s. With Lasater being a heavy contributor to Clinton's campaign funds and with the latter being a frequent and enthusiastic visitor to Lasater's cocaine parties, the scene was set for another episode in the saga of Clinton's rise to the presidency. Though the circumstances of how the trio of Seal, Lasater and Clinton actually came together on the drug deal are still uncertain, there is no doubt that a deal was struck. Whatever the sequence of events, Seal quickly turned his Contra drops into a money-laundering and drug running operation with Lasater acting as the point of distribution and Clinton providing protection and legitimacy…….Things were to turn horribly wrong for Seal. In February 1984 he was shot down in the street. The police later arrested three Colombians. Once again the situation becomes murky. Was Seal skimming or just getting greedy. Either way, his drug-dealing partners terminated his contract in their usual gangster fashion. Alas, Lasater escaped the ultimate penalty, serving a mere six months for distributing drugs. Clinton, with the full support of the the liberal media, went on to create the most corrupt administration in American history……My contacts, honorable and patriotic men, were outraged at rumors that they had smuggled drugs into the US. They were particularly sickened by the San Jose Mercury News story accusing the CIA of running drugs into LA. As they stressed, "it made no sense at all for the agency to sell drugs". Compared with the CIA's budget of billions, the Contra operation was a penny ante affair, a small-change operation thanks to left-wing Democrats whose political sympathies would have borne some media scrutiny - if the media had been honest, that is. It had not escaped their attention that the mainstream media lost all interest in Mena once it became apparent that the real story was not about guns to Contras but drugs and that the drug trail, like the "blood trail", led not to Langley but to the Governor's mansion……"
WND 10/28/99 JR Nyquist "….These books present key facts which are almost entirely ignored by the establishment media. In recent columns I have written about the Russian mafia and its relationship to the supposed collapse of Communism. In the last 18 months I have interviewed four East Europeans who tell the same essential story: the Russian mafia is directed by Russian intelligence agents. The first book I am going to review supports the testimony of these East Europeans. In 1990 Clarion House published a book entitled, "Red Cocaine: The Drugging of America." This book was written by Joseph D. Douglass Jr., a national security consultant and former deputy director of the Tactical Technology Office, Advance Research Projects Agency. Douglass has 35 years of experience in national security research and study. He is a serious scholar long recognized for his contributions…… Douglass shows that the U.S. has been penetrated at its most fundamental level. The drug epidemic in this country has been an important mechanism in this process of penetration. As I said before, it took courage for Douglass to document this process. It took courage because there is a natural resistance in the American psyche to the idea of well-organized and systematic subversion by foreign agents. We refuse to believe that public officials and business leaders can be lured by greed and compelled by blackmail. My own mind was unable to grasp the significance of Douglass' book in 1990 when I first read it. Finally, when Clinton was elected in 1992, I went back and studied "Red Cocaine" a second time. But it wasn't until I finished Terry Reed's book on the intelligence-related intrigues of Clinton's Arkansas that I fully appreciated the importance of "Red Cocaine." (Reed's book, co-authored with John Cummings, is entitled, "Compromised: Clinton, Bush and the CIA.") …"
Chicago Sun-Times 10/26/99 Frank Main Michael Sneed "....One of two men charged with killing the son of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush told police in a confession the attack was over a drug debt, sources said Monday. Leo Foster, 32, was charged Monday with murder in the street shooting of 29-year-old Huey Rich a week ago. Foster was taken into custody for questioning on Friday. Police and the FBI also obtained warrants for the arrest of Darcell Prince, 23, on a state charge of murder and a federal charge of interstate flight to avoid prosecution. Foster told police that Prince may have fled to St. Paul, Minn., the FBI said..... But three law-enforcement sources confirmed independently Monday that Foster told detectives the robbery was related to cocaine. "[Rich] was supposed to deliver narcotics and never did," one source said. Rich may have owed as much as $100,000, according to another source...... "
CommentMax 10/22/99 Oliver North "….If you believe Attorney General Janet Reno, Oct. 13, 1999 will go down in history. That was the day she announced that "Operation Millennium," an international, multi-agency, counter-narcotics operation, netted 13 tons of cocaine and two of the world's biggest drug kingpins, Alejandro Bernal Madrigal and Fabio Ochoa. But Reno's press conference generated little more than a one-day story in the media. Why? Press cynicism? Or is it because her claims of success in the long-running drug war ring hollow when they bounce off the walls of the White House? In truth, the "Millennium" story is a good chapter in a generally sad saga. The DEA, FBI, Coast Guard and various U.S. military units worked well together, demonstrating to skeptics that cooperation among U.S. agencies is improving…… For more than six years, General Serrano and his Colombian National Police have waged a lonely war against the narco-terrorists who control nearly 50 percent of Colombian territory. This decade, his poorly armed, inadequately-equipped 100,000-man force suffered nearly 5,000 killed and more than 20,000 wounded. And for more than six years, the Clinton administration has talked about giving him support. Unfortunately, most of the support he's received has been just that -- talk. Desperately needed helicopters, funded by Congress in 1996, have still not arrived. Essential communications equipment and training, authorized three years ago by Congress has still not been provided….."
Orlando Sentinel 10/31/99 Pedro Ruz Gutierrez "….Army Capt. Jose Anthony Santiago Jr. often argued that the U.S. government could have resolved the drug war long ago if it had committed more resources. "He used to tell me, 'Dad, we ended communism, the Mafia. We can finish off drug trafficking.' " said his father, Jose Santiago Sr. of Ocoee. "I would say he died doing what he wanted to do -- fight against drugs." Santiago Sr. never knew much about his son's secret missions until July -- when an Army spy plane crashed in rebel-held territory and his son became one of the first U.S. military casualties in Colombia. As the United States debates giving $1.5 billion to Colombia in the next three years, questions linger about the crew's missions, the plane's last flight and the larger role of U.S. troop deployment in Colombia. Some victims' families and lawmakers question the circumstances behind the July 23 crash. And they continue to speculate about whether the plane was shot down….."
The Associated Press, via News Plus 10/31/99 Marcy Gordon ".....Big U.S. corporations are becoming entangled in complex schemes in which Colombian drug cartels use legitimate international trade to launder an estimated $5 billion a year in illicit profits. Law enforcement authorities are warning company officials to watch for signs they may be receiving drug money in payment for legal goods they make and export......Colombian peso brokers, who act as middlemen in the scheme, give Colombian importers IOUs in exchange for pesos. The pesos are used to buy U.S. dollars from drug cartels, providing the cartels with clean, usable currency. Then, the brokers use the dollars to buy U.S. goods and smuggle them into Colombia on behalf of the importers, who thereby avoid high government tariffs and taxes on foreign currency exchanges....."
The Washington Times 11/11/99 "....The White House has decided to keep Cuba off the list of major drug transit countries. In a letter to Rep. Benjamin Gilman dated Nov. 10, and obtained by The Washington Times editorial page, President Clinton outlines a summary of why he kept Cuba off the list. However, the president raises more questions than he does answers and contradicts a statement that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) made this year regarding Cuba. ...... In his letter, Mr. Clinton said although the White House has detected "what appears to be" drug trafficking via Cuba's air and sea space, this activity has dropped off significantly since last year. The president's letter reflects comments made by the White House's own drug czar, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who said in May that drug flights over Cuba increased by almost 50 percent last year. Given this flurry of activity in 1998, why did the White House fail to put Cuba on the "majors" list that year? There are more questions here than answers...."
Las Vegas Review-Journal 11/7/99 Vin Suprynowicz "….When Time magazine visited Webster Groves High School, outside St. Louis, to prepare its recent profile of a typical suburban high school of the '90s, it found 20 percent of the kids stewed on Ritalin, Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil. Between 29,000 and 48,000 children in Massachusetts public schools -- most of them boys -- are now doped up on Ritalin, according to Dr. Peter Breggin, director of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology in Bethesda, Md., who wrote a piece for The Boston Globe last month headlined: "Kids Are Suffering Legal Drug Abuse." "In a society that's supposed to accept and even value differences, drugging shy children reflects an extreme of enforced conformity," Dr. Breggin warned. "We are the first adults to handle the generation gap through the wholesale drugging of our children. We may be guaranteeing that future generations will be relatively devoid of people who think critically. ... ….."
ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE 11/6/99 ".... Gov. Mike Huckabee on Friday commuted the sentence of Sharlene Wilson, 45, former girlfriend of ex-prosecutor Dan Harmon. Wilson's 31-year sentence for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance was shortened to the time she already has served. Wilson was arrested in Hot Spring County in 1992 while Harmon was prosecutor for the 7th Judicial District, which included Saline, Grant and Hot Spring counties. Wilson was convicted in 1993....... "
Freeper HAL9000 11/6/99 adds "...In a related matter, Dan Harmon was disbarred from practicing law by the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday. In a one-page order, Harmon was barred from practicing law on the recommendation of the Committee on Professional Conduct, which regulates the practices of lawyers in the state....."
Christian Science Monitor 11/3/99 Mike Tidwell "…United States drug policies in South America and US cities like Washington, D.C. - where I work as a drug counselor - are contributing directly to the violent narco-guerrilla conflict now escalating in Colombia. In a very real way, the US is arming both sides in the Colombian civil war while encouraging a rate of addiction to crack and heroin in the US that makes the Colombian war inevitable. That's my observation after 10 years of working with homeless crack and heroin addicts and following US efforts to eliminate the source of drugs my clients consume. So I take special interest in the first-ever Washington summit of Western Hemisphere drug czars Nov. 2-4. It's doubtful, though, that the visitors from 34 nations, large and small, each dependent on US antinarcotics aid, will admit the full hemispheric failings of US drug policies……Our policy, then, is to further militarize the Colombian government in order to combat rebel operations, which are expanding because of our antinarcotics policies. We're arming both sides….."
nandotimes.com 11/2/99 Jim Abrams "….A House bill approved Tuesday would require the president to prepare a "most wanted list" of foreign drug traffickers, subjecting them to seizure of their assets and denial of visas for them and their families. The chief sponsor of the bill, Rep. Bill McCollum, R-Fla., said it "deals with foreign drug kingpins who are killing and poisoning our kids. The bottom line is it deals with the worst of the worst." The Clinton administration supports the bill….."
New Australian 11/15-21/99 "…. Despite Fidel Castro's well-documented drug-running activities Clinton personally intervened to keep Cuba off the list of major drug transit countries, even though the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) protested his move. This intervention by Clinton will have the convenient effect of significantly reducing scrutiny of Havana's 'counter-narcotics' activities, which the DEA has privately stated to be a sham. Clinton claimed his intervention was justified because drug trafficking in Cuban air and sea space had fallen significantly against last year's level. Missing from this explanation is the fact that drug flights over Cuba leapt by 50 per cent in 1998. This alone justified putting Cuba on the list of major drug transit countries. But the White House refused. Why? …."
Freeper CitizenX 10/27/99 "….U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL) is no stranger to controversy. In the 1960's he was one of the co-founders of the Black Panthers. An essay titled A Brief History of the Black Panther Party states [underline added]"The BPP was a nationalist organization. Its main goal was the national liberation of Afrikan people in the U.S., and it restricted its membership to Blacks only. It was also revolutionary. The BPP theories and practices were based on socialist principles. It was anti-capitalist and struggled for a socialist revolution of U.S. society." On December 4, 1969 two of his Black Panther associates, Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, were killed in a gun battle with Chicago Police.
Freeper CitizenX 10/27/99 "….On October 19, 1999 Bobby Rush's son Huey Rich was shot twice in the leg outside his apartment in Chicago. A police source said it is unlikely the attack was random because the gunmen passed by other potential victims. Unreported by the press was that his apartment was ransacked that same night. On October 22, 1999 Huey Rich died from those wounds.
Freeper CitizenX 10/27/99 "….On October 23, 1999 Bobby Rush called for banning guns during a press conference at Operation PUSH Headquarters. "My son's death was a senseless death," he said. "We've got to rid our communities of guns. Violence, guns don't belong in a civilized society.." It is interesting to note that handguns are already banned in Chicago.
Freeper CitizenX 10/27/99 "….On October 26, 1999 it started to leak out that the Huey Rich shooting was drug related. Also it was reported that the FBI was involved in this investigation. "The FBI originally got involved "to determine whether Rich's slaying was related to his father's status as a U.S. Congressman."." By the 27th that connection to drugs was clear. "According to sources close to the probe, Foster (one of the shooters) said in his alleged confession that Rich didn't deliver five kilograms of cocaine that he was supposed to, and that he kept $100,000 he received for the drugs." Five Kilos is a lot of cocaine. And, $100,000 is a lot of cash. This is not an amount that a street corner dealer would have. How much did Bobby Rush know of his son's involvement in drugs? When did Bobby Rush find out? Why is Bobby Rush downplaying the cocaine allegations and instead calling for banning guns in an area that already bans guns? Will the DEA now be involved in this investigation along with the FBI? Or, will the FBI withdraw to protect Congressman Rush? Can our Nation afford to have a Congressman with immediate family involved in drug trafficking? These questions and more need to be answered as soon as possible….."
10/23/99 Frank Main Crime Reporter "…Rep. Bobby Rush's 29-year-old son died of a bullet wound Friday, the same day police brought in a suspect for questioning in the South Side slaying……. Rich and his fiancee were unloading groceries, and he was talking with a friend at about 8:30 p.m. Monday in the 2300 block of East 80th when two men approached and said they were officers, police said. One flashed a badge, but Rich thought it was fake and argued with the men before running, police said. Both men pulled handguns and one fired, hitting Rich twice……"
10/24/99 John Carpenter Robert Herguth Staff Reporters "….The man in custody was arrested Friday night as he was packing clothes into his vehicle, apparently in an attempt to leave town, a police source said. He still was being questioned Saturday evening about the shooting of Huey Rich. No charges had been filed, sources said. Police also have issued an all-points bulletin for a second suspect, nicknamed "Kojak." The alert said he should be considered armed and dangerous……"
10/26/99 Frank Main Michael Sneed "…..One of two men charged with killing the son of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush told police in a confession the attack was over a drug debt, sources said Monday. Leo Foster, 32, was charged Monday with murder in the street shooting of 29-year-old Huey Rich a week ago. Foster was taken into custody for questioning on Friday. Police and the FBI also obtained warrants for the arrest of Darcell Prince, 23, on a state charge of murder and a federal charge of interstate flight to avoid prosecution. Foster told police that Prince may have fled to St. Paul, Minn., the FBI said……"
10/27/99 Frank Main "….According to sources close to the probe, Foster said in his alleged confession that Rich didn't deliver five kilograms of cocaine that he was supposed to, and that he kept $100,000 he received for the drugs. Police believe someone had Foster and Prince find Rich to collect the debt, a source said….."
10/21/99 Frank Main Ana Mendieta "….Detectives were canvassing the South Chicago neighborhood Wednesday, looking for clues in the shooting of Huey Rich, Rep. Bobby Rush's son. Rich, 29, remained in critical but stable condition at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn after undergoing 10 hours of surgery Tuesday for two gunshots to the leg. He remains under sedation and was unable to speak to his father or anyone else, a family spokeswoman said….."
10/17/99 "…. Churchgoers were urged to sign petitions supporting anti-handgun legislation after the shooting death of Rep. Bobby Rush's (D-Ill.) son, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Oct. 25. Bishop Larry D. Trotter urged members of the Sweet Holy Spirit Full Gospel Baptist Church in South Chicago, Ill., to support legislation introduced by state Rep. Thomas Dart (D-Chicago), which would limit individual handgun purchases to one per month. ….."
10/.27/99 James Hill Tribune Staff Writer "…..A judge withheld bail Tuesday for the man charged with the fatal shooting of Huey Rich, the son of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, noting that Leo Foster could face the death penalty if convicted, in part because of allegations that he and an accomplice were impersonating police officers at the time of the attack….."
10/26/99 Terry Wilson James Hill Tribune Staff "….Since his arrest Friday night, Foster reportedly has given a statement about the robbery and fatal shooting but declined to give a videotaped statement in the matter, police said. "He fully and clearly articulated his participation in this event leading up to the death of Mr. Rich," said Calumet Area Detective Division Cmdr. Daniel Briggs. "He indicated to us that they intended to rob Huey Rich, and Rich was shot in the course of trying to get away."….."
Inside the Air Force 11/5/99 Amy Butler "….. The move of U.S. forces from Howard AB, Panama to other locations in and near South America could have detrimental effects on American operations in the region, sources told Inside the Air Force this week. The base was the primary operating location for the country's counterdrug forces and was under U.S. control for more than 80 years. All U.S. flights at the base ceased May 1, ending about 15,000 flights a year from Howard to South and Central America. Many of the flights focused on Colombia, where the source said, 75 percent to 85 percent of the cocaine and heroin entering the United States originates. The staffer said the military presence at Howard was also responsible for counterterrorist activities. One congressional staffer told ITAF that losing the base's radar facilities will hinder operations for a long time. "We cannot observe what is going on [any more]," the source said. "If we cannot observe it, we cannot interdict it." …."
Harrison Daily Times 12/12/99 AP "….. The former director of a drug task force is to begin serving a 28 month prison sentence next month. Roger Walls, who headed the task force for Grant, Hot Springs, and Saline counties under then Prosecutor Dan Harmon, was ordered by U.S. District Judge Stephen Reasoner to report to prison Jan.3. …."
Inside the Pentagon 1/6/00 Keith Costa "…..The Defense Department's efforts to support the national drug control strategy have declined "significantly" since 1992 because of a higher priority placed by the Clinton administration on peacekeeping missions and overall reductions to the defense budget, the General Accounting Office concludes in a recently released report…… But from 1992 to 1999, "the number of flight hours dedicated to detecting and monitoring illicit drug shipments declined from approximately 46,000 to 15,000, or 68 percent," the Dec. 21 report states. "Likewise, the number of ship days declined from about 4,800 to 1,800, or 62 percent, over the same period. ….."
New York Daily News 1/21/2000 Charles Krauthammer "…. No one invokes the sanctity of the First Amendment more often than the media. When music companies are criticized for purveying the most repulsive misogynistic rap lyrics, they hoist the First Amendment flag. When newspaper reporters who've given confidentiality pledges refuse to testify about their sources, the flag is run up again. As it should be. For all its abuses, the First Amendment is perhaps the greatest of all bulwarks against the power of government. It turns out, however, that the TV networks are not quite the First Amendment purists they pretend to be. Dangle some cash in front of them, and they will let the White House drug czar vet their scripts. In return for being released from the obligation to show free anti-drug ads (and thus enabled to sell that ad time), the networks let the White House review prime-time programs to make sure they send the right anti-drug message. These networks are parts of some of the same media giants that make passionate protestations of their sovereign right to purvey syncopated CD incitement to rape and murder. They are quite willing, however, to accept government meddling in their prime-time shows if that makes them money…."
World Net Daily 1/21/2000 Julie Foster "…Just three weeks after the official transfer of the Panama Canal, Colombian drug traffickers are setting up shop again in Panama after a decade-long expulsion that began with the U.S. ousting of Gen. Manuel Noriega for his drug cartel involvement there. The absence of U.S. military forces has left the door wide open for the return of drug traffickers who were expelled a decade ago, and at least one Panamanian intelligence officer has admitted publicly that Americans have good reasons to fear what may be in Panama's future….. The discovery of mid-level traffickers' move back to Panama began early last year when the Panamanian coast guard stopped a speedboat, launching an investigation that uncovered a drug operation stretching from Colombia to the United States……"
News Scientist 1/2000 Michael Day "…. THE fashion for cocaine may be causing a wave of heart disease among young people. Besides its known effect of sending coronary arteries into spasm, the drug also encourages the immune system to turn on healthy cardiac tissue, researchers in Michigan have discovered. The work comes as some doctors are complaining that the abuse of the drug is causing a hidden drain on already stretched hospital resources. They believe that cocaine is making large numbers of otherwise fit young people--most of them men--report to emergency departments with chest pains….."
San Fransisco Chronicle 1/20/2000 Dan Fost "…. Salon.com scored a big scoop last week, landing the San Francisco Internet site on front pages everywhere, but it almost didn't happen. Salon broke the story that the major television networks were letting censors from the White House drug czar's office fiddle with their prime-time scripts. If a show helped promote an anti-drug message, the network would be relieved of having to air some public service announcements -- freeing up that airtime for advertising. The revelations have caused a national furor……. "
CNSNews.com 1/17/2000 Lionel Waxman "….The White House has adopted a program to buy off the support of television producers and networks with your money and subvert them to produce programs that meet White House criteria. They have used 22-million of your dollars so far to propagandize you. Here's how it works. The officials at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy create story lines and plots for television programs. The TV guys build programs around the government "suggestions," and, if the White House likes the final product, they get paid. That's slightly simplified, but that's the effect of it. Cleverly, they are asking only that they present drug users as losers. It is a worthwhile message. But the broader implications are ominous. The government has no business shaping media content. They can buy commercial time or ask for public service announcements. But buying the right to influence media content that the viewers know nothing about opens a dangerous door….."
NewsMax.com 1/20/2000 Carl Limbacher "….Last week the Clinton administration announced a 1.3-billion emergency aid package to fight the narcotics trade in Colombia…….. According to the New York Times, "President Clinton said the aid was 'urgently needed' to help Colombia and to keep 'illegal drugs off our shores.'" Tell that to John Carman, once one of the most effective shock troops on the front lines of America's war on drugs. Carman's career went into the dumpster when he blew the whistle on U.S. Customs Service corruption and the Clinton administration's attempts to torpedo U.S. drug-interdiction efforts. These days Carman, a former Customs senior inspector, has to cope with death threats and harassment from local police, which he believes is connected to his efforts to expose official wrongdoing. But five years ago, Carman was one of the Customs Service's golden boys, with a personnel file full of commendations and job-performance evaluations that rated him as one of his department's most successful agents……. When the Clinton administration began to shift the focus of its drug war away from border interdiction to new strategies, such as the billion-dollar government bribe the president just announced, successful agents like Carman, who know what works and what doesn't, suddenly became very inconvenient….."
AP 1/28/2000 George Gedda "….A key House panel chairman accused the Clinton administration Thursday of gutting the war on drugs by cutting Pentagon assets needed to interdict U.S.-bound shipments. Rep. John Mica, R-Fl., based his allegation on a report by congressional investigators that said the number of flight hours devoted to counterdrug missions declined 68 percent from 1992 though 1999. The report by the General Accounting Office last month also said the number of ship days involved for the same purpose fell 62 percent during that period...."
Nashvile Tennessean Newspaper 1/26/2000 Jay Hamburg "…New reports have surfaced that, if believed, would raise questions about the truth of Vice President Al Gore's statements on his use of marijuana 25 years ago. The charges, which could reflect on the character of the candidate, also create a complex issue for The Tennessean. On one level they involve current and former newspaper employees and a web of friendships and relationships, going back 30 years. For that reason, the newspaper is airing the issue publicly, even though its own investigation -- which included contacting three dozen current and former journalists who worked with Gore -- could not confirm the new allegations or definitively disprove them. Since 1987, Gore has maintained his marijuana usage was "infrequent and rare" and ended in 1972. However a former Tennessean reporter, who worked with Gore in 1971 and remained a good friend through 1976, now claims they smoked marijuana hundreds of times during those six years. "More than 100. More than 200. More than I can remember. It seemed like all the time we were together we were smoking," said John C. Warnecke Jr., who worked at The Tennessean as a reporter from 1968-1971. Gore worked at the newspaper from 1971-1974 and from 1975-1976 until he announced his candidacy for Congress -- his first political race…."
The Washington Weekly 2/20/95 Marvin Lee "….. Feb. 20, 1995 Marvin Lee - Interview of Judge Jim Johnson ……..MR. LEE: In his press conference in October of last year President Clinton denied having any knowledge of or involvement in the Iran-Contra operation and drug smuggling at Mena, Arkansas. Was the President telling the truth, or is there any evidence to the contrary?
JUDGE JOHNSON: The President was not telling the truth, and there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Former Congressman Bill Alexander (D-Ark. - 1), is one of my best friends on earth. He did a personal favor for me one time, and if I lived forever I would never have time to repay him. Bill served the First Congressional District of Arkansas for 24 years, and during that time he took a special interest in the activities in Mena. He made me privy to the depositions he took from three of the most credible witnessess in that project, which left absolutely no doubt in my mind that the government of the United States was an active participant in one of the largest dope operations in the world, and that the Governor of Arkansas enjoyed a benefit from its success.
Alexander told me that he had ten boxes full of additional evidence just as credible as that he had showed me, and that he had attempted to make all of it available to every person in government in a position of authority from the Attorney General of the United States, on down, and that he had been stonewalled at every juncture. He said that every one of them spurned his offer, and continues to do so. I told him I knew two reporters in this state in which I had some confidence, and asked for permission to furnish them copies of the three depositions he gave me. Alexander gave me permission, and I mailed the depositions to the reporters. That has been over a year ago and I am yet to hear from them! The last time Bill Alexander was in this state, he called and told me that it looked like at long last the public was going to get a break in the Mena case; that the discovery process in the Terry Reed civil lawsuit was going to afford the opportunity to question the main principals in the Mena activity, and that under the pains of perjury the truth was ultimately going to be told.
Reuters 2/10/00 Michael Chrisite "……Latin America's drug cartels are switching their smuggling routes back through the Caribbean as Mexico tightens the screws in the Pacific, the U.S. anti-drug czar said. The White House's chief anti-drug policymaker, Barry McCaffrey, who ends a two-day tour of Mexico on Thursday, told reporters that Panama in particular faced a full-scale assault from narcotics traffickers since last December's handover of the Panama Canal. ``They're switching back. There's a lot more now showing up in the Haiti, Dom Rep (Dominican Republic), Jamaica axis. Haiti is the problem,'' McCaffrey said in a briefing in the U.S. ambassador's residence in Mexico City on Wednesday night. …..``And then I think a huge problem that's going to change rapidly is Panama. I think it's a target. These criminal organizations are pretty quick to respond.'' ……"
CIA Website 2/2/200 George Tenet "…. Mr. Chairman, let me now turn to another threat that reaches across borders for its victims: narcotics. The problem we face has become considerably more global in scope and can be summed up like this: narcotics production is likely to rise dramatically in the next few years and worldwide trafficking involves more diverse and sophisticated groups. On the first point, coca cultivation in Peru and Bolivia has continued to decline-due largely to successful eradication efforts-but that will probably be offset to some extent by increases in Colombian cultivation. More productive coca varieties and more efficient processing results in production of cocaine more than two and a half times that previously estimated. …..* Explosive growth in Afghan opium production is being driven by the shared interests of traditional traffickers and the Taliban. And as with so many of these cross-national issues, Mr. Chairman, what concerns me most is the way the threats become intertwined. In this case, there is ample evidence that Islamic extremists such as Usama Bin Ladin use profits from the drug trade to support their terror campaign. ….Mr. Chairman, let me turn now to the related issue of organized crime. Organized crime has become a serious international security issue. It not only can victimize individuals, but it also has the potential to retard or undermine the political and economic development of entire countries, especially newly independent ones or those moving from command systems to open societies. The threat is quite apparent in Russia, where it has become a powerful and pervasive force. Crime groups there have been aggressive in gaining access to critical sectors of Russia's economy-including strategic resources like the oil, coal, and aluminum industries……
Washington post 2/6/00 Michael Massing "…..Retired Lt. Cmdr. Sylvester L. Salcedo, who spent the best part of three years working closely with law enforcement agencies doing anti-drug work, believes it is time to share his disillusionment with the policy he helped enforce. From October 1996 to April 1999, Salcedo served as an intelligence officer with Joint Task Force Six (JTF-6), a Department of Defense unit that provides military specialists to law enforcement agencies. …….. While sympathetic to the need to confront leftist guerrillas in Colombia, Salcedo said that the stated goal of the aid package--to disrupt the production and export of drugs to the United States--is unrealizable. Salcedo was so disturbed by this new development, he said, that he wanted to return a Navy medal he had received for his work with JTF-6……"
Denver Post 2/19/00 David Migoya "….Emma Price said the Denver police officer was insistent: Become a drug informant for him, or "I'll take your momma off to jail." After she refused several times, Price said, police stormed the home of her 79-year-old mother - and found nothing illegal, even though police had obtained their search warrant by telling a judge it was a known crack-dealing location. The officer who recruited her as a snitch and ordered the no-knock raid, Price told The Denver Post: Joseph Bini. …..Just hours later, a SWAT team shot and killed Ismael Mena during another no-knock raid requested by Bini, which prosecutors say started when Bini lied to a judge. After Bini was charged with felony perjury in connection with the Mena raid, The Post reviewed noknock search warrants that Bini requested or participated in last year. Denver police officials are conducting a similar review……."
New Australian, The No. 145, 21-27 2/00 James Henry "……This is the man [Clinton] who made Patsy Thomasson - chief lietenant of convicted cocaine dealer Dan Lasater - White House chief of personnel. This appointment did not surprise those who knew of the Clinton/Lasater drug connection that many believe existed before Clinton became governor. The connection might also explain the extraordinary expansion of mob activity that occurred after Clinton became governor. That the FBI was concerned about the rise of the 'Arkansas mafia' under Clinton and its drug running operations and prostitution rackets is no big secret. That Clinton 'was' a frequent cocaine user is a well known fact that the media chooses to ignore, even though his brother, Roger, a convicted dealer,was taped during an anti-drug operation saying: "Got to get some for my brother. He's got a nose like a vacuum cleaner". That Clinton was linked to cocaine smuggling in the 1980s is already part of sworn testimony. That his association with the drug-trafficking Lasater is connected with the gunning down in 1993 of Clinton's chief of security (the man who knew too much?) in Little Rock is assumed as given by many of that city's good citizens.
The Washington Post 3/10/00 Marjorie Williams "….."I think baby boomers ought to say [to their kids], 'I've learned from mistakes I may or may not have made and I'd like to share some wisdom,' " George W. Bush said last summer. Now if he can actually sell this line to his teenage daughters, he's a better politician than I've given him credit for. But he has successfully sold it to the rest of us, avoiding further prying into whether, when and how often his own youthful mistakes might have included the use of illegal drugs. Since then it has been fashionable, especially among reporters, to shrug and dismiss the entire issue of candidates' drug use as a distant artifact of the settled past. When Vice President Gore was recently accused, in a new biography by Newsweek correspondent Bill Turque, of using marijuana as a young man far more habitually than he had admitted, the allegation commanded little coverage. The public no longer has an appetite for "character cop" journalism, we tell each other. And besides, aren't we talking about minor peccadilloes? And don't a lot of us live in glass houses ourselves, where college-era drug use is concerned? There's just one problem with this dismissive instinct: It concerns a class of possible crime for which the U.S. government and many states now routinely jail their citizens, with the hearty approval of both candidates. …… Boomers want to think of drugs as something that belongs to the past, something that was okay for us, at our unique cultural moment, but that is now assigned by stern social consensus to a place beyond the pale, where our kids can't get at it. And so we allow our leaders their hypocrisies, and they in turn let us nurture our own. Next time you feel the impulse to wave this issue away, try an exercise: Imagine, if you will, a female candidate for national office. She is antiabortion. Reporters learn that when she was 27, she had an abortion herself. What would they do? They would crucify her, for starters……They sure wouldn't let her describe it as a mistake she may or may not have made. …."
Hindustan Times 3/8/00 "…..It is now becoming increasingly clear that nearly every problem that India faces from its north-western neighbours has a global precedent. The so-called jihad in Kashmir, for instance, is patterned on the war against the Russians in Afghanistan. So, the only surprise is that it took so long for the Foreign Minister to admit to Parliament - as he did last week - that the Taliban were on the side of the hijackers of IC 814. Even the Pakistani attempt to flood India with fake Rs 500 notes has a precedent in a similar attempt by Iran to forge US $ 100 bills. Clearly, Pakistan's ISI has many historical inspirations. The connection between the Taliban and Pakistan's ISI is not politics - it is drugs. The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) reckons that throughout the 1990s, the old South American cocaine cartels were replaced on the international scene by the so-called Quetta Alliance, run by three families who used ISI resources to transport opium grown by the Taliban overland through Iran and Turkey to Europe. The connections which had worked so well during the Mujahideen's battles against the Russians in the 1980s, worked even better when it came to drugs. Interpol estimates that Afghanistan is today the largest opium producer in the world. This year its crop will hit 5,000 tonnes, more than the total world production in 1994. The DEA also estimates that there are over 500 people who are dollar multi-millionaires in Quetta, most of them with ISI connections, who have been enriched by the drug trade. The Mujahideen and the ISI share the drug money; the ISI then recruits Mujahideen fighters to foment trouble in Kashmir. In the light of all this, could anyone have seriously expected the Taliban not to back the hijackers? ….."
Reuters 3/2/00 "…..Smoking marijuana significantly increases the risk of a heart attack for middle-aged and elderly users during the first hour after using the drug, researchers reported Thursday.The heart attack risk was 4.8 times higher during the first hour following marijuana use than it was during times of non-use, according to a study by researchers in Boston. In the second hour, the risk dropped to 1.7 times higher than normal.Dr. Murray Mittleman, director of cardiovascular epidemiology at Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center, said ..."
www.sunspot.net 4/10/00 Sylvester L. Salcedo "…….. I HAVE SERVED on the front lines of the war on drugs. I am reporting back that it is a failure. Last year I received a Navy achievement medal for my military service in the drug war. Last month I returned this medal to President Clinton to protest his proposed $1.7 billion special appropriation for Colombia. Under the guise of fighting drugs, this aid package will dramatically escalate U.S. military involvement in Colombia's civil war. Colombians are exhausted and dispirited after 40 years of civil strife. In recent months Colombians by the millions have taken to the streets in huge national marches calling for peace. …………. Representatives of the insurgents and government negotiators have just returned from a watershed 25-day tour of Western Europe, where they explored peace. Increased U.S. military aid to Colombia will derail this peace process. More than 80 percent of the funds destined for Colombia will be spent on helicopters and other military aid. These are the wrong tools to fight a problem that is fundamentally political and economic.......... Moreover, the Colombian military is profoundly ineffective and tied to right-wing paramilitary forces that are human-rights abusers and drug traffickers. The U.S. aid package is a recipe for more lawlessness and military failure on the battlefield……. Our drug-war leaders say their goal is a "drug-free America." But three decades of the drug war have shown that goal to be unrealistic, so our strategy must be replaced. Pursuing an unrealistic goal has resulted in insufficient funding for effective programs, such as making treatment available on request and providing after-school programs for our children. …….."
CBS 5/2/00 Vicki Mabrey "…… A new drug is sweeping the country: a compound called MDMA, also known as Ecstasy. Law enforcement officials say the drug worries them more than any other. It may also be spreading more quickly than any other illegal drug in America. Vicki Mabrey reports for 60 Minutes II. Despite a reputation among many users for being "safe," it is also dangerous: in Florida alone, one of the few states tracking the phenomenon, there have been at least 40 deaths involving Ecstasy in the last three years. MDMA was outlawed 15 years ago, but since then its use has been skyrocketing. ……"
Seattle Post-Intelligencer 4/25/00 Sam Skolnik "…..The Seattle city law that shuts down businesses in which drugs are dealt on the premises suffered a serious blow yesterday from the Washington Court of Appeals. The case stemmed from the city's use of the law to try to close Oscar's II, a popular Central Area nightclub. The action drew protests from African Americans in the community, who claimed they were unfairly targeted by the drug nuisance abatement statute. The law, passed in 1988, was initially aimed at rooting crack houses and other drug dens out of neighborhoods. It allows the state to confiscate land for a year where drug dealing occurs. City Attorney Mark Sidran has used the law as part of his ongoing campaign to curb drug use and violence in nightclubs. ……The three-judge appeals court panel used strong words in a unanimous ruling that held that the law as it applied to Oscar's was unconstitutional. "It certainly cannot be presumed that the owners of (nightclub and other businesses) . . . can guarantee that they will detect every incident of illegal drug activity, let alone prevent it," the judges wrote. "To believe otherwise would require a presumption that an owner could see through clothes, tables, walls and doors, as well as to read minds." ......"
Associated Press Online -MarketWatch/NewsAlert 5/26/00 Janelle Carter "…..With drug traffickers becoming more savvy in the use of the post office to smuggle drugs, the U.S. Customs Service is asking Congress for permission to search mail leaving the United States. The proposal, included in a crime bill in the House, has hit opposition from the U.S. Postal Service which believes such mail is protected by the Fourth Amendment's provisions against unlawful searches and seizures. Lawmakers heard from both sides Friday at a hearing of a House government reform subcommittee. "For over two centuries, the American public has had an expectation of privacy in their mail," Kenneth Newman, the Postal Service's deputy chief inspector for criminal investigations, said in explaining the agency's views. ……."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch 5/17/00 AP "……Children are selling Ritalin to their friends in the school yard. Principals and teachers are stealing it from the school nurses' office. Educators tell parents to give the mild stimulant to their children so they behave in class. Members of Congress examining the use of Ritalin heard these and other stories Tuesday and also were asked to provide more money for research into the drug's use -- and its abuse. ……. Sometimes, the pill is a lifesaver that enables a child to overcome a serious behavior disorder. But concern also is being raised over whether the medicine is overprescribed. ……"
Scripps Howard News Service 5/16/00 Michael Hedges "…… WASHINGTON - On the Southwestern border of the United States, federal agents are stalked by killers looking to earn six-figure bounties from drug cartels in an increasingly violent drug war, officials said Tuesday. "Drug related violence, which has become commonplace in Mexico, has spilled over in the United States. Many of these acts of violence have been aimed at U.S. law enforcement personnel along...the Southwestern border," said William Ledwith of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Federal law enforcement officers said there is a growing culture of violence toward them in all aspects of their jobs. Officials from the DEA, the FBI, Customs and the Secret Service described for a Senate subcommittee on criminal justice oversight what one called, " a general arrogance if not lack of respect toward federal law enforcement officers." ……"
Associated Press 5/11/00 Tom Raum "……..The CIA did not play a role in bringing crack cocaine into the Los Angeles area in the 1980s, the House Intelligence Committee concluded in a report Thursday. The report, the latest in a series by investigatory bodies to exonerate the CIA, said no evidence was found of any conspiracy by CIA agents to bring drugs into the United States. ``Bottom line: the allegations were false,'' said the committee chairman, Rep. Porter Goss, R-Fla. ......"
THE WASHINGTON TIMES 6/9/00 Bill Gertz "……Panama is a haven for illegal drug trafficking and money laundering that has grown worse since the pullout of U.S. military forces last year, according to a law enforcement intelligence report. "Panama's corrupt and ill-trained law enforcement units continue to be overwhelmed by trafficking efforts and are basically ineffective in their struggle," says the internal report obtained by The Washington Times……… The failure is blamed on the country's new president, Mireya Moscoso, and "the U.S. withdrawal and turnover of its military bases and the Canal in January 2000." Panama's Tocumen International Airport has "a serious security problem . . . with internal conspiracies involving ramp and cargo personnel who facilitate narcotics loads," the report says……… Chinese and Russian organized crime groups also are using Panama for smuggling illegal drugs, weapons and aliens. "Intelligence sources indicate that Chinese and Russian organized crime factions are active in narcotics, arms and illegal alien smuggling utilizing Panama as a base of operations," the 11-page report says, noting that the number of Chinese nationals in Panama increased dramatically in the past five years……… The report also says a Chinese company that leased port facilities at either end of the Panama Canal obtained the concessions through "an unfair and corrupt contractual bidding process." The company, Hong Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa Co. Ltd., runs the facilities at the strategic ports of Balboa and Cristobol, on the Pacific and Atlantic respectively. "Its major shareholder, Li Ka-Shing, reportedly has ties with the Red Chinese government," the report says. "Shen Jueren, the communist official who heads China Resources, and Li Ka-Shing, owner of Hutchison Whampoa, are both reportedly partners in a Hong Kong bank." China Resources owns 10 percent of Hongkong International Terminals, Hutchison Whampoa's flagship company, whose majority owner is Li Ka-Shing, according to a 1997 memorandum from the U.S. consulate in Hong Kong……… Senate investigators identified China Resources in 1997 as "an agent of espionage - economic, military and political." The firm also is linked to the Lippo Group, which was implicated in illegal campaign donations to the 1996 Clinton-Gore re-election campaign…….."
Reason magazine 6/00 Jacob Sullum "…… "Doing heroin isn't as scandalous as writing about it," observes Ann Marlowe in her memoir Stopping Time: Heroin From A to Z. Marlowe is recalling the angry letters she received from readers who worried that an article she had written might encourage people to use heroin. However scandalous it may be, writing about heroin, unlike using it, is not illegal. But a bill known as the Methamphetamine Anti-Proliferation Act could change that……..MAPA, which was unanimously approved by the Senate in November, is being considered by the House Judiciary Committee. Among other things, the House version would make it a federal offense, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, "to distribute by any means information pertaining to, in whole or in part, the manufacture or use of a controlled substance" if one intends or knows that the information will "be used for, or in furtherance of, an activity that constitutes a Federal crime." The intent or knowledge requirement might let someone like Marlowe off the hook. Likewise, a big bookseller such as Amazon could argue that it offers guides for growing pot and synthesizing psychedelics not to encourage those activities but simply to satisfy its customers' curiosity……"
Fox News 5/8/00 Bill O’Reilly "….. O'Reilly: In the Impact Segment tonight we continue our investigation into the problems between Mexico and the United States. In 1998 U.S. Customs Agent Bill Gately was in charge of Operation Casablanca, an investigation that proved some of the biggest banks in Mexico were laundering drug profits. This of course was embarrassing to the Mexican government, and to the Clinton administration, which has continued to insist that Mexico is a staunch ally in fighting drug trafficking across the U.S. border. Mr. Gately, who recently retired, wanted to continue his investigation, because he had developed information that the Mexican Defense Minister, Gen. Enrique Cervantes, was allegedly involved with drug money. But U.S. Customs Chief Ray Kelly ordered Gately to stop his investigation cold. William Gately joins us now. [View pans to Gately.] So you were on Sixty Minutes about a month ago, I guess, with the story. We've investigated, so I don't have a lot of questions, you know, that this isn't happening, because we know it is, that the Mexican government is very embedded in corruption, and taking money from the drug cartels.But the Defense Minister? Do you believe he is involved with the drugtrafficking?
Gately: I don't see where it is such a big surprise. First, this wasn't the first time that the Defense Minister's name came up in this investigation, as potentially corrupt. In fact, his drug czar, Gen. Gutierrez Rebollo, was arrested by the Mexican government. ...
O'Reilly: Right, and he was Barry McCaffrey's, our drug czar's, big pal, and [it was] very embarrassing to drug czar McCaffrey, when he was arrested. Now the bottom line on this, and you correct me if I'm wrong, Mr. Gately, is that the Clinton administration wants to engage Mexico economically, with NAFTA, with all kinds of mutual trade benefits, and they don't want to tee off the Mexican authorities, so they're willing to look the other way on the drug problem. Am I wrong?
Gately: They are looking the other way. With the fallout from [Operation] Casablanca, the President of the United States, through his Attorney-General, signed an agreement with the Mexican government, that there would be no more deep cover penetrations into criminal activity in Mexico .……."
Vernon Loeb , Washington Post Staff Writer 6/3/00 "…….The Treasury Department yesterday named Burmese warlord Khun Sa, six notorious Mexican drug traffickers and five other foreign nationals as drug "kingpins" and imposed strict economic sanctions against their cartels. "I think the names show a seriousness of purpose--we're going after the true kingpins," a senior Treasury Department official said in a conference call with reporters. ……… The Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, signed by President Clinton in December, empowers the Treasury Department to seize the U.S. assets of designated kingpins and their Tier 2 associates……Benjamin Alberto Arellano-Felix and Ramon Eduardo Arellano-Felix, leaders of Mexico's violent Tijuana Cartel, head the contingent of Mexican traffickers. Other Mexicans named are Rafael Caro-Quintero, imprisoned for the murder of Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena in 1985; brothers Luis Ignacio Amezcua-Contreras and Jose de Jesus Amezcua-Contreras, amphetamine traffickers who also are imprisoned; and Vicente Carrillo-Fuentes, head of the Juarez Cartel. The list also includes two Asian traffickers, Khun Sa, listed under the name Chang Chi-Fu, and Chinese national Wei Hsueh-Kang; a husband and wife from Nigeria, Oluwole A. Ogungbuyi and Abeni O. Ogungbuyi; and two men from the Caribbean nation of St. Kitts-Nevis, Noel Timothy Heath and Glenroy Vingrove Matthews. ......"
5/12/00 Washington Post "……The CIA did not play a role in bringing crack cocaine into the Los Angeles area in the 1980s, the House intelligence committee concluded in a report yesterday. The committee noted that similar conclusions had been reached in previous inquiries by the CIA's inspector general, the Justice Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "All the issues raised by the Mercury News articles were addressed in the investigation," said Rep. Julian C. Dixon (Calif.), the committee's senior Democratic member. "I believe that the committee's effort, together with the work of the Justice Department and CIA [inspector general], thoroughly examined those issues," he said. ……."
The Associated Press 6/7/00 "…… OSLO, Norway (AP) - For their final exam, students at a Norwegian secondary school got a chemistry assignment their teachers hoped would interest them. It was a basic recipe for the illegal party drug GHB, the Rogalands Avis newspaper reported Wednesday. GHB, or gamma hydroxy-butyrate, is a depressant that affects the central nervous system, producing euphoria and hallucinations. It has been blamed in scores of overdose deaths. "It's true that assignments for exams should be linked to something real and relevant, but this goes a little bit over the line," deputy principal Bjoern Olav Lea was quoted as saying. ……"
AP via Newark (NJ) Star Ledger 6/2/00 "…….The White House last night put 12 suspected international drug kingpins on a new U.S. government blacklist aimed at financially isolating traffickers and their associates. The list contained no surprises. Most, if not all, of the suspects named were already under indictment. The list consisted of six Mexicans, a Burmese warlord, a Chinese national operating in Southeast Asia, two from St. Kitts-Nevis and two from Nigeria. ……. "
ABCNEWS 7/9/00Josh Gerstein "…..On Friday, President Clinton did something he hardly ever does: order the release of federal prisoners serving time for drug crimes. ……. In this case, he released four women - Louise House, Shawndra Mills, Serena Nunn and Amy Pofahl - and one man, Alain Orozco. He also granted 16 pardons……. Nunn was stunned to be let out of prison after serving ten years of a 14-year drug sentence……."I thought they were joking with me at first," she said. "After I realized it was actually happening, I began to tremble, and one of the staff members asked me if I wanted to take a seat. Right after that, the tears just started flowing."……"
charlotte.com 7/2/00 Tim Hohnson "…… BOGOTA, Colombia -- On a tropical Hawaiian island, a killer fungus once ravaged a field of coca bushes that Coca-Cola hoped would provide flavoring for its soft drinks. The plague in the 1970s ruined Coca-Cola's plan to buy coca outside the Andean region. But it excited counter-drug experts in Washington, who later spent millions of dollars, some of secretly, on a multi-year quest for a biological weapon to destroy the Andean bushes fueling the cocaine trade. Now, under prodding from Washington, a United Nations agency wants to test the laboratory-grown fungus on a small plot in Colombia, where much of the world's coca is grown. The proposal has whipped up a minor tempest…….. Opponents say the fungus might be toxic to farmers and wreak havoc on jungles that are treasures of biodiversity. Advocates say the fungus may become a "silver bullet" to kill coca plants and leave other plants unaffected. ……"
INSIGHT 7/3/00 Jamie Dettmer "… U.S. drug warriors say Justice has undermined a key drug probe and fear that the department will prove weak in enforcing a new law aimed at squeezing narcotraffickers. The wording could not have been more direct and yet within weeks of the highly classified National Drug Intelligence Center, or NDIC, report being leaked to the media - first to Insight in March 1999 and then later to the Washington Post - the allegations it contained against Mexico's powerful Hank family were being "discredited" by Attorney General Janet Reno. …….. Despite detailed allegations contained in the report, Reno dismissed it, writing in a March letter: "The analysis and any conclusions and inferences contained in the report have not been adopted as official views and positions of the NDIC, the Department of Justice, or the various federal, state and local law-enforcement and regulatory authorities that may have provided information to the drafters of the report." ……..The Hank family greeted Reno's statement as amounting to having been given a clean bill of health. For a year the family has been fighting the NDIC claim that they pose a "significant criminal threat to the United States." ……"
INSIGHT 7/3/00 Jamie Dettmer "… The attorney general's retraction of an intelligence analysis based on dozens of past investigations on the Hank family and on new lines of inquiry came as a bitter disappointment to members of the San Diego-based Operation White Tiger Task Force. The Hanks and their supporters insist that Reno's intervention was just and that they have been victims of innuendo spread by their political and business rivals. …….. From the get-go agents involved in the probe feared that Washington would conclude that Operation White Tiger was too controversial and potentially too disruptive to Mexican-American relations for it to continue. They suspected it would go the way of previous investigations of top Mexican politicians. In their minds was a series of probes launched by individual DEA special agents in charge before the signing of the controversial North American Free Trade Agreement. Those investigations encountered strong Washington disapproval, say former agents Phil Jordan and Hector Berrellez…….Far from lacking substance, agents involved in the inquiry say that financial investigations and information supplied by confidential sources established that Hank family "businesses, corporations and entities, are linked to the major drug-trafficking organizations." ……"
AP 6/21/00 Kathy Gannon "…….The devastating drought gripping Afghanistan is doing more than drying up food crops. Fewer fields are growing the beautiful, but deadly poppy flower that provides the opium for heroin. United Nations officials and farmers in Nangarhar, Kandahar and Helmand provinces, usually lush with crimson poppies, say the severe water shortage has left many poppy plants shriveled and valueless in the world's leading opium-producing country……"
Philadelphia Inquirer 6/19/00 Mark Fazlollah and Barbara Boyer, Staff Writers "…..Crammed into a tiny courthouse on the island's tallest mountain, 12 men stood before a judge, accused of murdering two associates who had betrayed their drug gang. The defendants had little to fear. Witnesses who had incriminated the 12 recanted after Puerto Rican authorities declined to put them in a witness-protection program. …… So the murder charges were dismissed, and the 12 - identified as members of an organization that has shipped tons of cocaine to Camden, Philadelphia and other cities - left the courtroom smiling. ……"
WorldnetDaily 5/27/99 Craige McMillan "……. Occasionally, a book transcends the reviewing process. Such books demand of the reader that they be judged not on literary style, editorial convention, or dramatic content. Of these rare books we may legitimately ask only one question: are the events they describe true? Reed and Cummings' detailed and documented effort is such a book (Compromised: Clinton, Bush, and the CIA; 546 pages, index, documentation; published by SPI books, N.Y., 212-780-9805). ….. Reed's introduction into the intelligence community came through the U.S. Air Force, as have so many. The Vietnam War was winding down. Following his discharge, Reed used the GI Bill to obtain flight training. His multi-engine pilot's license opened the door to civilian employment as a machine tool salesman. And in 1979 a man calling himself John Cathey opened another door, a back door to the world of "black" intelligence operations, "civilian assets," and industrial espionage. Reed stepped through that door. ……. Years later, Reed would learn that the man holding open the door was not John Cathey, but Oliver North. The names, however, do not stop with Mr. North. They read like a "Who's Who" of today's headlines. Buddy Young, Skeeter and Seth Ward, Larry Nichols, Bob Nash, Dan Lasater, Webb Hubbell, Steve Clark, Barry Seal, Bill Clinton. And yes, George Bush. …….. What Reed alleges, in a nutshell, is that the CIA, at its highest levels -- including Director William Casey and with the full knowledge and cooperation of Vice President and, later, President George Bush -- used its massive covert resources to traffic in cocaine with the drug cartels and transport the "product" into this country. The resulting profits were "laundered" through Arkansas State agencies, with the full knowledge and participation of state elected officials. Furthermore, Governor Bill Clinton and friends received a 10 percent "commission" in exchange for their cooperation. The balance of the funds were used to manufacture illegal weapons to arm and fund the Nicaraguan Contras. ……. And yet, some of us know enough of the pristine secret world that Reed came from, to recognize that he knows things. Yes, Reed knows things. He knows how an aircraft, making use of a half- million dollar black box and with the right callsign and transmitting on the right radio frequency can "disappear" from the civilian air traffic control system, and temporarily become invisible to Defense Department satellites protecting the North American continent, while it slips undetected across U.S. borders. He knows serial numbers of aircraft that were stolen, yet found to be flying Contra training missions in Mena, Ark. He knows about risky flying maneuvers that merge two aircraft into a single blip on a domestic air traffic controller's screen. And he knows about bales of money and cocaine being dropped out of low-flying aircraft, and falling into the fields of Arkansas' political elite. …….. Reed knows enough that when the government finally brought charges against him in U.S. District Court, his detailed subpoena request listed enough secret documents and intelligence "assets" that the government preferred to let him go free, rather than produce the evidence they had said would convict him. The accompanying documents are reproduced in the book. The trial judge was so outraged at the government's conduct that he ordered a "not guilty" verdict, not a dismissal, be entered into the record. Reed knows things. ......... Is it possible that Reed is lying? Of course it is! But if so, then why has this book not spawned the most massive libel suit in living memory? What is far more important is that it is also possible that Reed is telling us the truth. If that is so, then what? ……."
NewsMax.com 9/8/00 Carl Limbacher "…… Vice President Al Gore flunked out of a leading Tennessee graduate school at a time when he was a heavy marijuana user, according to academic records and the account of a former friend whom the Gore campaign tried to surpress. "In 1971, Gore enrolled in Vanderbilt Divinity School where, according to Bill Turque, author of 'Inventing Al Gore,' he received F's in five of the eight classes he took over the course of three semesters. Not surprisingly, Gore did not receive a degree from the divinity school," reported the Boston Globe Thursday. The vice president next enrolled in Vanderbilt Law School, where his mother was the first woman to earn a law degree. But after a brief and lackluster law school career, young Gore dropped out. Though the vice president has publicly admitted to only rare and intermittent drug use during the time he flunked out of one school and dropped out of another, at least one former friend challenges that version of events……… In January, family friend John C. Warnecke went public with his account of what he says was the vice president's far more substantial drug habit during the five years between Gore's 1971 return from Vietnam and his decision to enter politics in 1976: ….."Al Gore and I smoked regularly, as buddies," Warnecke told DRCnet's The Week Online. "Marijuana, hash. I was his regular supplier. I didn't deal dope, I just gave it to him." ……"
ABC News/AP 10/8/00 Vicki Brown "……A 61-year-old man was shot to death by police while his wife was handcuffed in another room during a drug raid on the wrong house. Police admitted their mistake, saying faulty information from a drug informant contributed to the death of John Adams Wednesday night. They intended to raid the home next door. The two officers, 25-year-old Kyle Shedran and 24-year-old Greg Day, were placed on administrative leave with pay...."
Los Angeles Times 10/5/00 Eric Licthblau "……The nation's top drug official came under fire Wednesday for allegedly ignoring possible fraud and overbilling in a $1-billion anti-drug media campaign and for accepting an unreported "personal favor" from a public-relations contractor. ……. At a morning-long hearing that often grew contentious, members of a subcommittee of the House Government Reform panel heard evidence suggesting that advertising giant Ogilvy & Mather--which has billed McCaffrey's office $187 million in the last two years for work on the nationwide anti-drug media campaign--has charged rates dramatically above industry norms and submitted "irregular" or falsified billing records for its work. ……"
New York Times 10/7/00 Alison Mitchell "….. Gov. George W. Bush today accused the Clinton administration of fighting illicit drugs "without urgency, without energy and without success" and proposed $2.7 billion in new grants in the next five years to combat narcotics and provide drug treatment. For the third consecutive day, Mr. Bush tailored his campaign to focus on ways to help parents protect their children from influences outside the home. This time his focus was not Hollywood entertainment or sexually graphic and violent Internet sites, but illicit drugs…….. "The job of protecting our children falls to us - as parents," Mr. Bush said this morning in an address to several hundred supporters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. "Yet we want to know that our government is on our side. We want to live in a society that supports our values and upholds our authority. We need allies, not adversaries. Schools that form character. A decent public culture. And leaders who set a good example."……."
N.Y. Times 10/1/00 Evelyn Nieves "……No one can say for sure when the first seeds were planted, or how things reached the point where marijuana became Mendocino County's No. 1 cash crop and claim to fame. What is a given is that pot (the word of choice) is part of life here. It is so pervasive that when asked just how pervasive, residents chuckle and say you must be from somewhere else. Nearly everyone has an anecdote about stumbling onto the plant in a field or knowing a friend who grows it in the backyard. A local law firm makes a practice of marijuana legal defense and a public radio station warns residents when government helicopters are spanning the countryside looking for marijuana gardens. ......"
NewsMax.com 10/3/00 Carl Limbacher "...... When PBS's Jim Lehrer moderates Tuesday night's debate between presidential candidates Al Gore and George Bush, he'll be armed with devastating information developed by his own newtwork that could throw the Gore campaign into chaos. The question is; will the left-leaning Lehrer ask Gore about what he knows, or protect the Tennessee Democrat from the single-most damaging revelation yet to emerge from his presidential bid. On Monday night, Lehrer's PBS's Frontline aired "The Choice 2000", a multi-part in-depth look at the background of both candidates. The pre-debate broadcast focused on Gore, and included a dramatic interview from his once "best friend," John Warnecke. For the first time on national TV, Warnecke went public with charges that Gore was a heavy drug user during the years they worked together at Nashville's Tennessean newspaper in the 1970's. More problematic still, Warnecke told Frontline how Gore personally pressured him to go along with a cover-up of their marijuana-filled years, which included lying to reporters. Gore leaned on his old buddy during a series of phone calls in 1987, as the up-and-coming politician was mounting his first bid for the White House. ....."
NewsMax.com 9/20/00 Carl Limbacher "….. A once close friend of Vice President Al Gore has added to charges that he and Gore regularly smoked marijuana until 1976, and now suggests that Gore used the illegal drug right up until he ran for Vice President in 1992. …… John C. Warnecke, Jr. told Newsweek and DRCnet's This Week Online earlier this year that he supplied Gore with marijuana until the vice president began his 1976 campaign for Congress and that they smoked together three or four times a week. …… But, said Warnecke, he stopped supplying the drug to Gore after 1976. ……… During this period Gore worked with Warnecke at Nashville's Tennessean newspaper and attended Tennessee's Vanderbilt Divinty School, where he flunked out. Gore then enrolled in Vanderbilt Law School and dropped out after a middling academic career to seek public office. ……. In 1987 Gore told reporters that his use of the drug had been rare and had ended after he came home from Vietnam in 1971. …….. But in an interview Monday with WLAC-Nashville talk radio host Phil Valentine, Warnecke said that two old friends have called him since his accounts to Newsweek and DRCnet became public and said that they continued to supply Gore with marijuana during his 16 year congressional career:……"
WorldNetDaily.com 9/18/00 Charles Thompson Tony Hays "….Vice President Al Gore's uncle and confidant, retired judge Whit LaFon, has been targeted as an alleged drug trafficker by federal and state law enforcement officials in Tennessee. …… The allegations arose out of a year-long investigation that included elements of the FBI, the Inspector General's office at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the 24th Judicial District Drug Task Force and the Tennessee Highway Patrol. According to federal agents, LaFon's alleged connection may stretch from providing protection to narcotics traffickers to the use of his Tennessee River cabin in southern Decatur County, a place often visited by the vice president and his family. Since those allegations were first detailed last Tuesday in an Accuracy in Media report titled "Al Gore's embarrassing uncle," LaFon, 82, has gone into seclusion. That report, which focuses on a reported connection to a narcotics trafficking scheme, also included allegations of desecration of protected Native American burial mounds, a record of overt racism and a cover-up following the death of 91-year-old Beulah Mae Holmes in 1989. ………A spry, mentally acute octogenarian, LaFon has been one of Gore's key counselors for decades. Although in an April interview LaFon attempted to downplay his relationship with Gore, he recently bragged to the Sun newspaper of Jackson, Tennessee, that Gore was a frequent visitor to both his Jackson home and the Decatur County cabin where the alleged drug trafficking is headquartered. The LaFon family joined the Gore family in a special skybox during the recent Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. ……"
AP via Sun-Sentinel.com 11/24/00 "…..The 19-year-old son of a top Colombian anti-narcotics official was arrested along with a companion in Miami this week for smuggling heroin into the United States concealed in their pants, officials confirmed Friday. U.S. Customs agents arrested Andres Lafourie Restrepo, 19, and Juan Pablo Mejia, 18, at Miami's international airport Wednesday...."
NewsMax.com 11/3/00 Carl Limbacher "…… New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he believes that an allegation Vice President Al Gore once tried to pressure a friend to lie about his past drug use should "cancel out" any negative impact of Thursday night's revelation that Texas Governor George Bush may have been less than candid about being stopped in 1976 for drunk driving. Guiliani made the comment on Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes Friday night:
HANNITY: Is it legitimate, when we have Al Gore's best friend on tape saying that he was a regular pot smoker, that he asked him to lie about it if the press came to him -- which he did; if they're going to draw this blood is it then fair game for everybody?
GIULIANI: Maybe the thing to do is that it cancels -- let's cancel this all out and go back to who do you think is going to make a better president. ………
Minutes before Giuliani's remark, Hannity played an audiotape from an interview of former Gore friend John C. Warnecke, Jr. conducted in September by WLAC Nashville, Tennessee talk radio host Phil Valentine. …..
VALENTINE: Was (Gore) doing more than marijuana when you were with him or was it just pot?
WARNECKE: Well, we smoked hashish together and we smoked a type of marijuana called "Thai sticks." That's a special high-grade marijuana that comes wrapped in a special stick from Thailand. And what they do is, after they wrap it around a stick they dip it in opium. So it's an opium-laced marijuana.
VALENTINE: Now you're asserting that Al Gore continued the drug use after you stopped 20 years ago.
WARNECKE: I'll tell you the story. I know I smoked with him one time while he was actually campaigning.
VALENTINE: For Congress?
WARNECKE: For Congress, the first time around.
VALENTINE: That would be in '76?
WARNECKE: '76, correct. ……
Gore has claimed publicy that he stopped using drugs in 1972. ……."
PRNewswire 11/3/00 "…….Today NLPC President Peter Flaherty called on the media to pursue credible allegations that Vice-President Al Gore helped stop a narcotics investigation into James Prince, the controversial owner of Rap-A-Lot records in Houston. ……..A joint investigation of Rap-A-Lot by federal and local narcotics agents came to a halt two days after Gore made a March campaign appearance at a Houston church, at which Prince was present. Prince had previously made a $1 million gift to the church and had bought the pastor a new Mercedes. Prince has a history of weapons and drug violations and is no stranger to controversy. In 1996, Rap-A-Lot released a video glorifying the killing of police officers. …….On Wednesday, Attorney General Janet Reno ordered an investigation into accusations by narcotics officers that "political interference" resulted in the end of their year-long undercover probe. Rap-A-Lot has just released a CD by Brad "Scarface" Johnson, its best selling artist, on which he curses out two federal agents taken off the case. The song ends with the simulated sounds of an informants execution. Reno has ordered a new team of DEA agents, assisted by FBI agents, to reopen the case within a week……."
Associated Press 11/1/00 Anne Gearan "......Charles McArthur admits that given the chance, he would have flushed the drugs down the toilet before police could find the stash under his couch. What brought his arrest on minor drug charges to the Supreme Court on Wednesday was the way police made sure McArthur never got that opportunity: They kept him outside his own house while they got a search warrant. ..... The justices will decide if that was an unreasonable search and seizure under the Constitution, or whether, as the police claim, it was an efficient and humane way to preserve evidence of a crime. A decision is expected by summer. ......Several justices pressed McArthur's attorney to say what police did wrong, with Justice Stephen Breyer even suggesting the arresting officer might deserve a medal for patience. ...."
Human Events, Vol. 56 No. 39, front page 10/27/00 Joseph A. D'Agostino "…… INS Document Confirms Juarez Cartel Offers Prize for Murder of U.S. Officers No Evidence of Administration Response By Joseph A. D'Agostino "One of the world's most powerful drug cartels, operating just across the Southern border of the United States, has issued a terroristic threat against U.S. law enforcement officers, but the Clinton Administration's only apparent step to counter the threat has been to notify officers in the field they have been targeted for murder. ..."
El Nuevo Herald 10/23/00 Gerardo Reyes "..... In a desperate effort to trap Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, the governments of the United States and Colombia allied themselves to a fearful criminal organization that was responsible for the deaths of dozens of Escobar's associates and friends in 1993, according to testimony and documents obtained by El Nuevo Herald. A former member of the organization -- known as Los Pepes, or People Persecuted by Pablo Escobar -- said the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration turned a blind eye to the group's activities. He also asserted that some of the group's members kept in direct contact with DEA agent Javier Peña, who worked in Medellín. ....."
Reuters 10/16/00 "…..Defense ministers from across the Americas arrived in Brazil's Amazon jungle capital on Monday at a time of deep divisions over a U.S.-backed war on drug traffickers in Colombia. Bogota's $7.5 billion Plan Colombia to fight the drug trade and throttle financing for the region's oldest guerrilla war has sparked fears that refugees, drugrunners and violence will spill into its neighbors' territories. Defense Secretary William Cohen and his counterparts from every country in the Americas except Cuba arrived on Monday afternoon in the steamy city of Manaus for meetings stretching until Friday...."