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panky” for more than three decades has been the fine biographer of Intrepid.
forgotten what its foreign affairs columnist learned.
The Times reported only recently that the CIA had been As Cold War adventurism was given primacy in
hand of George Bush: in the early ™60s as a CIA
operative; in the late ™70s as its Director; and as American foreign policy over the goals of the war on
dragooned into George Bush™s drug wars after years on
Reagan™s drug czar in the ™80s; and in the 90s as . drugs, covert action and the secrets of the CIA™s
the sidelines. The agency™s Chief Spokesperson, James
Greenleaf, said that for the CIA, “Narcotics is a new Commander in Chief. continuing wars in Southeast Asia were considered
priority.” Through the years, inestimable billions of dollars more important than efforts to release POWs. The
That™s not quite accurate. The CIA has long been confiscated from drug trading has flowed the world over POW issue has never been popular with American
involved™in the drug wars. It™s just been mostly on the to pay for secretive and illegal operations unauthorized liberals, who otherwise rush to question the CIA,
Middle East and Central America, to because it was an issue which became a cause of the
other side. by Congress-the
name two. From Nixon to Bush, the GOP, through American right.
Drugs a& an old priority of the Agency, dating
One of the loudest critics of government cover-ups
back to when the wartime Office of Strategic Services corrupt activities, built the largest campaign warchests
of POW information is Senator Jessie Helms. Ronald
in the political history of the United States.
(OSS), the CIA™s father figure, and its sister agency,
The Agency was so effective at protecting its Reagan embraced the cause by appointing Texas
the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), entered into
Contra-resupply narco-traffickers during the ™80s that billionaire Ross Perot to investigate the fate of Vietnam
dangerous alliances with me Mafia and held hands with
two Assistant U.S. Attorneys in Miami in charge of MIAs. But Perot took the assignment more seriously
Chiang Kai-Shek™s opium-smuggling secret police. In
the post-war years, the young CIA enlisted-as Cold drug prosecutions, R. Jerome Stanford and Richard than the Reagan-Bush Administration apparently
War “assets™˜-the heroin-smuggling Corsican network Gregorie, resigned in frustration because of Agency intended.
stonewalling and deep-sixing of evidence. Gregorie told
and the Sicilian Mafia. When he got hard evidence of at least some POWs
that the CIA™s lack of still alive in Southeast Asia and found his search for
Soon, the CIA was knee-deep, at the operations a Senate subcommittee
amounted to a them blocked by American intelligence officials involved
level, in heroin, opium, marijuana and LSD; cocaine cooperation in drug prosecutions
in drug trafficking, Perot complained to Vice President
would come later. In the ˜5Os, fearful that the Soviets “constitutional crisis”.
Far from dragging its heels in the past about drug Bush. As soon as Bush realized where Perot was
were getting a leg-up on mind-control drugs, the CIA,
wars, as the Times reported, the CIA has plunged into coming from, Perot was dropped like a hot stone by the
through its notorious MK-ULTRA and MK-DELTA
the fray but with disastrous results. When Nixon first Administration.
Projects, unloaded hundreds of millions of tabs of LSD
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With Perot™s unannounced entry into the 1992 Stansfield Turner, purges the cowboys in the worst of marijuana. During Bush™s terms as CIA Director
presidential race, his relationship with Bush in the ™80s bloodletting in Agency history: More than 800 covert and Drug Task Force Chief, the volume of drugs
has exploded into major political fireworks, as this book operators are fired. Even Gen. Noriega is taken off the smuggled into this country rose by 1000%.
went to press. Bob Martinez, after he was defeated for re-election
payroll.
Phase Two: 1980-1988. The angry cowboys sign
The Reagan-Bush ticket was elected in 1980 with as Florida™s Governor in 1990, was picked as Bush™s
no small assistance from former CIA agents, who used up in droves for the Bush-for-President-then the drug czar. From sources in Tampa, the author learned
the tricks of their trade to destabilize President Jimmy Reagan-Bush-campaign in 1980 and help defeat that Martinez was under investigation for his alleged
Carter™s re-election campaign. They stole his debate Carter by doing to his campaign what the CIA did to role in smuggling operations, but Thornburgh, Bush™s
briefing book, painted his brother Billy as a cheerleader Allende™s Chile. handpicked Attorney General, removed the Assistant
for Libya and planted moles in the National Security U.S. Attorney in Tampa before indictments came down.
Reagan begins his holy war against the Sandinistas,
and Bush is put in charge of the War Against Drugs The Orlando Florida Sentinel published a series of
Council-as well as the White House Situation
and the War Against Terrorism. The cowboys enjoy a
Room-to spy on Carter. articles listing the vast number of political appointees
by Bush and Martinez to the czar™s staff. The
One of Bush™s helpers in the 1980 campaign was magnificent restoration.
Stefan Halper, who was not a CIA agent but had linked The CIA™s airlines begin to fly again; the Miami newspaper reported that 40% of Martinez™ staff was
with the intelligence community when he married the station, which had fallen into decline after being the political appointees. The average percentage of political
daughter of Ray Cline, of the CIA. biggest spy post in the world during the anti-Castro appointees in the federal government is lo%, the
Sentinel said.
A former Deputy Director of the spy agency and plots of the ˜60s is retrofitted-even Noriega is put
the CIA™s man in Taiwan for many years, Cline back on the payroll; and, in the name of helping the After leaving the CIA in 1977, George Bush was
organized “Agents for Bush” to boost the former CIA Contras, the inevitable exceptions to the crackdown on made Director of the Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical Company
Director™s 1980 presidential run and placed his son-in- drug traffickers are made. The war on drugs again by none other than Dan Quayle™s father and family,
law as Bush™s Research Chief. Halper rolled over into becomes a cover for the unseemly details of pursuing who owned controlling interest in the Lilly company and
the Indianapolis Star. The entire Bush family were
the Reagan-Bush campaign when the Great foreign-policy goals.
Phase Three: 1989-present.
Communicator chose Bush as his running mate at the George Bush™s [sic] large stockholders in Lilly, Abbott, Bristol and
urging of his campaign manager, William Casey, a militarization of the War on Drugs. It may be too easy Pfizer, etc.
After Bush™s disclosure of assets in 1979, it became
close friend of Bush™s father. to tell where this is going, but all indications to date are
public knowledge that Bush™s family still had a large
Casey became Reagan™s CIA Director and architect for business as usual.
The coefficient of the War Against Drugs is the interest in Pfizer and substantial stock in the drug
of the Iran-Contra affair. Casey pushed for Bush
because he knew he came from good spook stock: War Against Terrorism. The two were intertwined in companies. In fact, Bush actively lobbied illegally-
both within and without the Administration, as Vice
George™s father, former Connecticut Senator and Skull the 1980s when George Bush headed both efforts. On
President, in 1981-to permit drug companies to dump
and Bones man Prescott Bush, was in Army Intelligence Bush™s watch, the FBI conducted its largest political
more unwanted, obsolete or especially domestically-
during World War I and co-founded with Casey a right- surveillance operation since the tumultuous ™60s
opening files on more than 19,500 opponents of U.S. banned substances on Third World countries.
wing think tank in 1962, the National Strategy
While Vice President, Bush continued to illegally
Information Center, which used clandestine CIA funds policies in El Salvador and Nicaragua. The FBI bowed
act on behalf of pharmaceutical companies by going to
to publish anti-left tracts. When Bush was elected to Oliver North™s wishes and let the Bureau be misused,
the IRS for special tax breaks for certain drug
President in 1988, the center had a major policy input in a sleazy attempt to smear Jack Terre11 as a
companies manufacturing in Puerto Rico.
“terrorist”. Terre11 was the first major witness to drug
into the new Administration.
George Bush™s War Against Drugs has been trafficking by the Contras and their sugar daddies. In 1981, Bush was ordered to stop lobbying the
IRS-on behalf of the drug companies-by the U.S.
Then-Vice President Bush, as head of the Task
characterized by the realization that there are
Supreme Court. He did, but the pharmaceutical
S&fan Halper is an instructive figure, Force on Combating™ Terrorism and the Reagan
exceptions.
companies still received a 23% additional tax break for
because he represents a bridge between the first two Administration™s executive in charge of the war on
their companies in Puerto Rico, which make these
in that oft- drugs, allowed the tactics of counter terrorism, the
phases of George Bush™s leadership
American-outlawed drugs for sale to Third World
politics of the drug wars and the activities of the Contra
proclaimed battle against drugs.
Phase One: 1971;77. Bush is brought into the war support network to become indistinguishable. countries!
The War Against Terrorism and the War Against The presidential campaign of George Bush was
on drugs by Richard Nixon and appointed to the White J
House Cabinet Committee on International Narcotic Drugs have similar modi operandi in their disdain for being seriously damaged before it had begun. On top
Control. Nixon uses the war on drugs as cover to set the Constitution. Only one career government man has of persistent accusations that he was party to the whole
Iran-Contra arms-and-hostages scandal, there were new
up the White House plumbers and other hijinks that end the distinction of simultaneously overseeing both these
allegations that he may have known of, and acquiesced
in Watergate, while the CIA uses the opportunity to put “wars™˜-George -Bush.
in, drug deals with Latin American gangsters as part of
From 1982 on, George Bush worked closely with
its agentg into deep cover in the DEA to taste the
the Contras package.
There are Oliver North developing anti-terrorism and drug-wars
forbidden fruit of domestic operations.
The story, which first emerged during hearings by
tactics that utilized many of the same individuals in the
assassination plots and wide-scale electronic
the Senate subcommittee directed by John Kerry of
eavesdropping, and CIA-favored drug traffickers are Contra-support network who provided the FBI with the
Massachusetts, is that planes taking arms to Central
given a certain immunity to operate, as long as they do names of “terrorists” to investigate.
America, in the early days of the illicit provision of
North came up with a plan to suspend the
the Agency™s bidding. There are also indications of a
wink-and-a-nod for traffickers bringing drugs into the Constitution. Bush helped the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of arms to the Contras, returned to the U.S. loaded with
cocaine.
1988, which brushed aside constitutional niceties to
United States who financially support Latin American
The trade, so the allegations go, was organized by
increase the government™s surveillance powers over
death squads that murder leftists by the thousands.
the notorious Medellfn cartel in Colombia .and took in
anyone suspected of drugging. Next time around, the
In the mid-˜70s, Congress and the Justice
America™s current public-enemy-number-one, General
Department attempted to crack down on the CIA covert FBI won™t need to use terrorism as an excuse.™
Manuel Antonio Noriega.
During Bush™s press conference in Europe, with
operatives known endearingly as “cowboys”, but Bush,
One of Bush™s assistants, Donald Gregg, was
as CIA Director from 1976 through 1977, blocked and other heads of state, he singled out the cooperation of
allegedly the Washington contact for the operation
stonewalled every investigation, leaving the cowboys the Eli Lilly Company in opening pharmaceutical drug
known as the Arms Supermarket. Gregg has denied the
commerce with the Soviet Union. It should be pointed
unscathed.
Bush has come in, both through his
accusation.
1977-80, Jimmy Carter™s CIA Director, Adm. out that George Bush has been an outspoken opponent
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relationship with Gregg and through his former role as was typed wrong. The secretary who typed it says she Bush met with North in Washington on August 6, the
Director of the CIA-whose members were tied up in day he returned from Israel, and gave him Fuller™s
wrote just what Col. Watson dictated.
the Contra operation. In the summer of 1986, Bush visited Israel. The notes. Yet, Bush has repeatedly said he knew nothing
A much more direct involvement was also alleged Israeli official most closely involved in the hostage of the arms schemes until December 1986.
Observers of the Iran-Contra affair, who have
during the subcommittee hearings. The most significant negotiations with the Iranians discussed it with him.
compared the uncensored North Diaries with the edited
witness was Ramon Milian Rodriguez, now serving a His Chief of Staff, Craig Fuller, wrote a memo of the
long jail sentence for laundering hundreds-of-millions of discussion. Bush now says that he did not then have and blacked-out partial version used by the joint
dollars for the Medellin cartel. Milian claims that the enough information to understand what he was being committee, note that many of the deletions were
cartel allocated a little under $10 million to the Contras, told, so he did not realize that arms were being traded references to Bush. This is consistent with press
reports that the committee, once it hastened to determine
and that the man who distributed it was Felix for hostages.
In his autobiography, Looking Forward, Bush gives
“I was led to believe he was reporting
Rodriguez. that there were no grounds to recommend the
impeachment of Reagan, wanted to wind up its inquiry
directly to Vice-President Bush.” the impression that he hardly knew Marine Lt. Col.
The further allegation is that a member of the staff Ollie North. Publicly, on Iran-Contra, Bush has quickly and did not want to track the activities of the
of General Noriega, the Panamanian leader indicted for insisted that he was “out of the loop” on North™s ill- Vice President.
North™s diaries reveal that the committee was not
massive drug dealings in the U.S., arranged the fated arms-for-hostages dealing with Iran and the
independent. The Tampa Tribune reported July 1, 1990
baksheesh of guns for the Contras.
purchase of arms for the Contras through an Israeli
network. The staff member was Michael Harari, a Bush™s bad relative treatment of North was that a North notebook entry showed that on March 4,
“former” member of the Israeli Mossad. somewhat ungenerous, since North, in his testimony 1985, North and then National Security Adviser
He organized the transport of weapons from before the Iran-Contra Committee, hailed Bush™s McFarlane met with four Republican representatives to
Yugoslavia and Eastern Europe to Panama. In bravery in reading the riot act to the death squads when discuss the congressional ban on aiding the Contras by
exchange for this service, cocaine brought to Panama North and Bush visited El Salvador together in 1983. seeking contributions from third countries such as Saudi
from Colombia was forwarded to air strips in Costa The Marine came close to tears in reciting how the Arabia.
Two of the congressmen present, Reps. Henry Hyde
Rica or Honduras that were being used for the arms “veep” was one of the few people in the Reagan
deliveries. The planes took the coke on to the United Administration to console him when his father died. of Illinois and Bill McCollum of Florida, went on to
States. Despite these public suggestions of intimacy, the become North™s staunchest defenders on the Iran-Contra
These, and other incriminating matters, have been Committee remained uncurious about the Bush-North Committee. Other entries showed that McCollum™s
aide, Vaughn Forrest, worked directly with North on
They were highlighted in a
emerging piecemeal. relationship. It passed up fertile ground.
television report by Leslie Cockbum, author of Out of Now the Bush and North connection is revealed, resupplying the Contras.
Control, a study linking the Contras to the drug trade. with the 2,600 uncensored pages of North™s White In one entry, North tells Forrest, “Secord running
guns to Iran.” The Tribune reported that McCollum™s
House Diaries released in May and June under a
The book also implicates the gang of four (Admiral
Freedom of Znfomzation lawsuit, filed by the National
Poindexter, Lt. Col. Oliver North, Gen. Richard Secord aide toured Contra camps in Costa Rica with North™s
and Albert Hakim) who set up the Iran-Contra deal. Security Archives in Washington, D.C., and Ralph aide Rob Owen during the time when the Contra
Nader™s Public Citizen. The unmistakable conclusion
Gen. Secord has sued Cockbum for libel. resupply effort was being partially coordinated out of
Iran-Contra and its ramifications should have been to be drawn from the copious entries™ in North™s the Vice President™s office. At this writing, Forrest is
featured prominently in the presidential election notebooks is that Ollie North and Bush were as close running for Congress in a newly created district in
campaign. The question put to every witness during the Florida.
as the stamp to the envelope.
According to the Kerry report of the Senate Foreign
Watergate crisis 15 years ago applies to Bush: What North was keenly interested in the Vice President™s
did he know about the Iran-Contra affair, and when did travel schedule. Whenever Bush went abroad, North Relations Subcommittee on Terrorism and Narcotics,
he know it? Bush™s opponents say that, if he did not would make a note of it and hit-up the head of the there was “obvious and widespread” drug tracking by
Contra suppliers going on in the war zones of northern
know, he was incompetent, and if he did, he is now country Bush was visiting for aid to the Contras.
The Kerry committee found that these
lying. Bush refused to say what advice he offered Whether Bush actually made such solicitations himself Costa Rica.
Reagan, claimed he did not realize it was a swap of is not indicated in North™s hen-scratchy shorthand. But drugs-for-guns activities were covered up by CIA
arms for hostages and that he never knew that arms specific diary entries-which were either partially operatives and other players in the resupply network.
In 1986, when many of the Bush diary entries were
were being shipped to the Contras. blacked out or deleted entirely from the redacted version
Secretary of State George Shultz said Bush of the diaries released by the Iran-Contra Committee- being logged, Ollie North was working out of a secret
office provided by the Vice President, when Bush
attended a meeting at which Schultz and then-Secretary show Bush performing a variety of tasks for North.
of Defense, Caspar Weinberger, argued with the In September 1985, shortly after the first Israeli- headed the task Force on Combating Terrorism. (North
President over the propriety of selling arms to the arranged shipment of U.S. TOW missiles to Iran, Bush had previously worked with his secretary Fawn Hall in
Ayatollah. Bush denies it. met with Israeli spy Amiram Nir in Israel. Nir, who 1983-84 for the “Crisis Management Center”, chaired
It has been established that two of Bush™s Senior died in a mysterious plane crash in Mexico in 1988, by Bush.) It was here that the inventive North
developed his plan to suspend the Constitution, about
Advisers, Donald Gregg and Col. Samuel Watson, were was a key player in the arms shipment to h-an and the
in contact with one of the men organizing the illegal “diversion” of funds from the overpriced Iranian arms which Iran-Contra Committee Member Jack Brooks of
Texas was attempting to question him when he was cut
dispatch of arms to the Contras, Felix Rodriguez. to the Contras.
Gregg and Watson say Rodriguez never told them about This meeting may have been the embryo of the off by the Committee Chairman, Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-
the deliveries, and certainly never discussed it with diversion scheme. (An aborted Senate Intelligence Hawaii).
Bush™s terrorism task force created a new “Office
Bush. Committee report on the Iran-Contra affair, in January
Gregg is a former CIA officer who met Bush when 1987, deleted a reference to the Bush-Nir meeting at the to Combat Terrorism”, which North headed. The office
he was the Agency™s Director. Rodriguez is also a request of the Reagan White House; the entire report was kept secret from some members of the National
former CIA man, an intimate friend of Gregg, and met was then withheld on a 7-6 committee vote and remains Security Council. Two Bush aides who worked on the
task force, Robert Earl and Craig Coy, moved in to
Bush on a number of occasions while he .[Rodriguez] classified.)
was sending arms over the border into Nicaragua. Bush met with Nir a second time on July 29, 1986, give North a hand. Earl™s deposition to the Iran-Contra
A memo setting the agenda for one of those in Jerusalem. His aide, Craig Fuller, took detailed notes Committee indicates that much of the work they did
meetings states that its purpose was to discuss of the briefing Nir gave Bush on the arms-for-hostages was on Iranian arms sales and Contra resupply.
The North-Bush story has yet to be fully probed in
˜%esupply of the Contras”. Col. Watson says the memo progress, or lack thereof. A diary entry shows that
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the Iran-Contra Committee, or at North™s trial. North Nixon in the early 1970s. years since, Bush never turned his sights on the
got a new trial after a Federal Appeals Court Since the Nixon years, both the rubric and the commingling of rightist death squads and drug profits,
machinery of the War Against Drugs have been used
determined that evidence used against him had been particularly in Latin America, and developed a

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