TREACHERY’s Illegal Covert Operations included Gun Running, Cocaine Trafficking, Murder
Under the Reagan/Bush Administrations, gun running, cocaine trafficking, and murder conducted through the use of illegal covert operations was the way the business of government was conducted. There’s no question that George H. W. Bush was the ‘kingpin of cocaine trafficking’ and those who were a threat to blow-the-whistle were silenced.
The list of unauthorized and illegal covert operations includes:
- Weapons sold to the Iranians in the 1980s at a mark-up over costs to support the overthrow of the Nicaraguan government;
- Cocaine trafficking into the US, fueling the crack cocaine epidemic and generating billions for covert operations;
- Military aircraft illegally obtained from the Air Force’s boneyard in Arizona for gun running and drug smuggling;
- Arrow Air 1285, a chartered military aircraft blown-up in Gander, Newfoundland, killing 256 Americans to prevent the leaking to the media of an aborted covert mission to destroy an Iraqi nuclear weapons research facility with a nuclear backpack. Arrow Air was used in gun running to the Contras (Gene Wheaton);
- The murder of Colonel James E. Sabow at MCAS El Toro (officially a suicide) and violent deaths of other El Toro Marines to prevent them from blowing-the-whistle on the illegal guns-for-drugs trafficking at El Toro.
- An intelligence related assassination cell concealed within the Pentagon/DOD which murders NOT enemy agents but rather loyal US Government officers who threaten to expose illegal covert operations (Gene Wheaton).
- An LAPD Bomb Squad officer who connected the dots to an incendiary device sold exclusively to the CIA was killed with his partner when attempting to defuse a sophisticated booby-trapped pipe bombs. A Black Hollywood make-up artist was convicted of the murders. CIA operatives retrieved a classified report from the home of one of the officers following his death (Charles Byers and Don Devereux).
- A retired military criminal investigator reported the military aircraft swap scam to Janet Napolitano, then the U.S. Attorney for Arizona, involving the transfer of 62 military aircraft previously stored at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to 33 individuals and companies involved in smuggling weapons and narcotics and was told that the government had no plans to meet with him (Gene Wheaton).
- Enrique Kiki Camarena, a DEA agent and former Marine, was kidnapped, tortured and murdered in Mexico in February 1985. Kiki was following the money trail of cocaine trafficking. Rafael Caro Quintero was charged and convicted of the murder but DEA officials point to CIA involvement.
- Phil Jordan, former director of the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC); Hector Berrellez, former DEA agent and Kiki’s supervisor, and Tosh Plumlee, former CIA pilot, claimed evidence that the U.S. government ordered the murder of Kiki Camarena in 1985. In addition, they point to a Cuban character, Felix Ismael Rodriquez as involved in the murder. Rodriquez denied any connection to the murder.
- Rodriquez maintained close connections with Donald Gregg, his CIA supervisor in Vietnam, who served as national security adviser to Vice President George Bush from 1982 to 1989. In 1985 and 1986, Rodriquez was working for the NSC, running the Contra re-supply operation out of Ilopango Air Base in El Salvador.
- Celerino Castillo, Vietnam Army veteran and DEA agent, named George H. W. Bush as the “kingpin” for the narcotrafficking of cocaine into the US. Castillo wrote that the Boland Amendments curtailed funding to the Contras and Vice President Bush entered into an agreement with the Columbian drugs cartels, exchanging guns for drugs.
- LTC Oliver North or his attorney censored 1,269 pages of the notebooks before turning them over to Congress (John Kerry’s staff ) for review in December 1987. Congress granted North immunity but he still objected to handing over the full notebooks. Kerry’s Subcommittee concluded that the deletions in the notebooks made it difficult to determine the full extent of “narcotics trafficking.”
- Despite the deletions and refusals to hand over all the notebooks in the possession of LTC Olliver North (then a former NSC employee whose classification clearance had been terminated), the White House’s position was that the notebooks were “federal property and subject to classification at the highest level.” Some of the entries in North’s notebooks found by Senator John Kerry’s Subcommittee related to narcotic trafficking.
Christmas Eve Gifts
There’s no question that President George H. W. Bush had the right to grant pardons as described in the Constitution. However, the timing of President Bush’s pardon of former Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger before his trial precluded any possible trial of Bush who was a subject of investigation by Lawrence Walsh, the Iran/Contra Special Prosecutor, and in that sense it was an early Christmas gift to himself and six Iran/Contra top level officials. On December 24, 1992, President Bush issued pardons to Weinberger, Robert C. McFarlane, former Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams, former CIA Central American Task Force Chief Alan D. Fiers, Jr., former CIA Deputy Director for Operations Clair E. George, and former CIA Counter-Terrorism Chief Duane R. Clarridge.