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The Playing Field Is Clear (Part 1)

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Gene “Chip” Tatum will be a Columnist soon here on Veterans Today his work is very important and needs immediate release once written he asked me to do this until VT gets him set up.

Stew Webb

By Chip Tatum

A number of years have passed since you have heard from me. I have been living a quiet life in South America, while there I noticed a number of articles written about statements I had made. I hope to clear the air on some of these.  First and foremost President Bush did not order the assassination of Ross Perot. That is pure conjecture on the part of internet conspiracy theorists. He wanted Mr. Perot out of the race. That is true. But the order was to pressure him out, that would have been by intimidation. Believe me, there were archives of information that could have intimidated Mr. Perot sufficiently to leave the presidential race. The team that accepted the mission instead used the family tact. Which is intimidating the target by using family members? And so it was. That License to kill was not a Ross Perot Order.

Then there is the nonsense of the killing of Senator Tower. Pure B*** S***. Whoever dreamed up that line needs some serious help.

I believe those are the two items that need immediate corrections. There are others of course, but I will address those in the course of this series.

I believe to start I should introduce the players on the field. Once a mission was successfully completed, a call was made to our Mission Specialists (lets use a NASA term, sounds cooler than controller or handler. J.B. would have liked that).  The message was simple. “The playing field is clear”

So let’s set up the Playing Field in Series 1.

There is a broadcast that can set up the background very efficiently. Here is the abridged text of the broadcast.
If you wish to hear the actual broadcast you can click on the link below.

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The death of drug smug­gler and CIA oper­a­tive Barry Seal encap­su­lates much of the secret his­tory of Amer­i­can covert oper­a­tions in the sec­ond half of the 20th cen­tury. A pri­mary oper­a­tor in the Contra-related cocaine smug­gling of the 1980’s, Seal was gunned down in Feb­ru­ary of 1986 because he was threat­en­ing to “roll-over”—to squeal on his han­dlers. Had Seal done this, it might have led to the down­fall of the Reagan/Bush admin­is­tra­tion and the cur­tail­ment of the Contra-support oper­a­tion. Begin­ning with the account of Seal’s mur­der being broad­cast over the police radio in the Baton Rouge area, the pro­gram relates the extra­or­di­nary cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the arrest and “pros­e­cu­tion” of the Colom­bian assas­sins who killed Seal. Even more extra­or­di­nary was the behav­ior of the FBI, which (con­trary to legal pro­ce­dure) con­fis­cated evi­dence that had been kept by Seal in the trunk of his Cadil­lac. That evi­dence con­sisted of tapes of Seal talk­ing with his han­dlers, who appar­ently included ele­ments of the CIA and then Vice-President George Bush. When one of Seal’s attor­neys prod­ded Seal for more infor­ma­tion about whom he was work­ing for, Seal handed him the phone and told him to call a num­ber that he gave to his coun­sel. When Unglesby (the lawyer) called the num­ber, he got Vice-President Bush’s office. When Seal attempted to pre­vail on Bush to inter­vene on his behalf with the IRS, Seal was mur­dered. Much of the pro­gram deals with Seal’s his­tory in the world of covert operations

1. The show begins with an account of a Louisiana State Police lieutenant’s hear­ing of Barry Seal’s death. This lieutenant—Robert Thomasson—had long tracked Seal, in a vain attempt to bring the CIA agent extra­or­di­naire to jus­tice. “The white unmarked police car car­ry­ing Louisiana State Police Lt. Robert Thom­mas­son, head of a spe­cial 21-man nar­cotics unit tasked solely with stop­ping Barry Seal, rolled slowly out of New Orleans in the hazy twi­light. . . After another long day Thom­mas­son was going home; his car inched through long day Thom­mas­son was going home; his car inched through traf­fic onto the 24-mile long Cause­way across Lake Pontchar­train which con­nects New Orleans with its leafy north­ern sub­urbs.” (Barry and the Boys; by Daniel Hop­sicker; Mad Cow Press [HC]; Copy­right 2001 by Daniel Hop­sicker; ISBN 0–9706-5911–0-5; p. 425.)

2. “Though Thom­mas­son was tired, fatigue has not dulled his vivid rec­ol­lec­tions of what hap­pened next. . . . A call crack­led over his police radio. ‘1018. Repeat: 1018. Imme­di­ately call head­quar­ters,’ ordered a grim dispatcher’s voice. A cop who had learned a grudg­ing respect for his elu­sive quarry, Thom­mas­son heard the news in dis­be­lief. . . ‘What’s white-and-brown-and-red and rolling around in Baton Rouge?’ asked the dis­patcher in the mirth­less tone cops use to dis­tance them­selves from bloody events. ‘Barry Seal. They just gut­ted him.’”

3. “As he heard the news, in the dis­tance he was still lis­ten­ing to his cruiser’s tires rolling over the causeway’s grat­ing. Thump . . .Thump. . . Thump. . . A $500,000 Medellin car­tel mur­der con­tract had hung over Seal’s head, upped to a cool $1 mil­lion if he was brought alive to Colom­bia. Still, the chill­ing bru­tal and clin­i­cal effi­ciency with which the ‘rene­gade’ agent had been dis­patched was breath-taking. . . espe­cially given that Seal him­self, a man with the most impec­ca­ble intel­li­gence sources, had not felt threat­ened. He cer­tainly hadn’t availed him­self of the Fed­eral Wit­ness Pro­tec­tion pro­gram when it was offered to him.”

4. There was appar­ently con­cern on the part of law offi­cers who had pur­sued Seal that they might be blamed for his death. “The dis­patcher asked, ‘Hey, bud, where you at?’ Thump. . . ‘Mid­dle of the cause­way,’ Thom­mas­son replied numbly. ‘Good,’ came the curt rejoin­der. ‘Get a bridge ticket on your way back into town, stamped with date and time.’ ‘See, how volatile the whole Seal thing was,’ says Thom­mas­son today, ‘is that they wanted me to have proof of exactly where I had been when Seal was killed, to remove any sus­pi­cion that we had played any role in it. It felt very much like ‘where were you when Kennedy was shot?’ It was that big—at least in Louisiana it was—especially since ten­sions had been run­ning so high since Barry was con­victed.’”

5. “In ret­ro­spect, Thom­mas­son says, the mur­der was a shock, but no sur­prise; Seal had seem­ingly fallen from favor with who­ever had been pro­tect­ing him. He’d been on a well-documented down­ward spi­ral for over a year, los­ing sta­tus, pos­ses­sions, and immu­nity from pros­e­cu­tion he had once taken for granted as a mem­ber of a ‘pro­tected’ class.”

6. “Most who knew Barry Seal were sad­dened at his exe­cu­tion, but not sur­prised. His sec­re­tary Dan­dra Seale (no rela­tion) was typ­i­cal. . . ‘The day Barry was killed, when he came back from lunch. . .’ she began, then stopped, her throat catch­ing. ‘See, he knew that day that they were killing him. Yes he did. Good lord. And he took it calmly, and con­tin­ued with what he’d been doing, which was try­ing to get the Play­boy Chan­nel into the Sal­va­tion Army, so that he and the rest of the men could watch it while he was locked up there at night.’”

7. Although the offi­cial story of Seal’s mur­der holds that he was exe­cuted by the Medellin car­tel, few who knew him believed it. His per­sonal sec­re­tary was among the skep­tics. “Not sur­pris­ingly, Dan­dra blames the ‘gov­ern­ment’ for Seal’s mur­der, and not the Medellin Car­tel ‘tar baby’ of the offi­cial ver­sion of events. . . ‘The CIA peo­ple here allowed it to hap­pen. He had a chart; he had dirt on any­body and every­body.’”

8. “Bob Thomas­son, now a fed­eral drug enforce­ment offi­cial teach­ing inter­dic­tion tech­niques to state and local police offi­cers, recalled what hap­pened when the state Police learned that Barry Seal had been mur­dered. . . ‘I imme­di­ately put out troops in Baton Rouge. Now, keep in mind, we are the State Police. The mur­der juris­dic­tion was in the city/parish. State police go in only when they’re called in, all right? Then I put the crime lab on standby. The city cops took one look at Seal’s bloody body, real­ized what they had, and requested the state police at the scene. So I imme­di­ately put the New Orleans office on standby,’ he con­tin­ued.”

9.” ‘At that time we had no idea yet that these guys—the shooters—were like rab­bits spread­ing out in a wild­fire. None what­so­ever. Thirty-five min­utes after the shoot­ing, I had dis­patch call the Baton Rouge office of the FBI, and the New Orleans office of the FBI, to give a noti­fi­ca­tion, just because it’s the right thing to do. . . You know, we’ve got a major smug­gler mur­dered, da-da-da-da-da.”

10. Here it is related that when one of Seal’s exe­cu­tion­ers were arrested at the air­port, the arrest­ing FBI agent acci­den­tally exposed the film the killer had taken of Seal’s mur­der. “We dis­cov­ered that one of the killers actu­ally took pic­tures of the murder-in-progress, but that the FBI agent who nabbed this guy at New Orleans Inter­na­tional Air­port as he was try­ing to flee the coun­try that night exposed the film, ren­der­ing it use­less as evi­dence.’ Thom­mas­son chooses his words care­fully. ‘What you get, when you call the FBI at night,’ he explains, ‘is a duty agent, okay?’ He’s just a kid, usu­ally, just out of the FBI Acad­emy, his stand­ing orders are, ‘Make No Deci­sions under Any Cir­cum­stances.””

11.” ‘What you don’t get at that time of night is a sea­soned agent or a SAC (Spe­cial Agent in Charge). You don’t get any­body impor­tant. So the appre­hen­sion at the air­port was made by a kid. It went like this: my head­quar­ters called the New Orleans FBI office. As soon as that phone call was received, the two ‘baby’ agents that had watch that night—they’re called ‘watch sups’—went out to cover the air­port.’”

12. ” ‘Now, never in a thou­sand years would this ever hap­pen again, but these two lucky guys park their car at the air­port, and head into the ter­mi­nal at the exact same time as this shooter, and they’ve got a phys­i­cal descrip­tion over their radio that exactly matches the guy they’re see­ing. That’s the only way that guy got caught. So . . . if you’re ask­ing me, did they delib­er­ately expose that film at the air­port? I got to say: look at who these two FBI guys were. Rook­ies. These are not the Men in Black.’”

13. After Hop­sicker braced Thom­mas­son about the involve­ment of the CIA in Seal’s mur­der, Thommasson’s demeanor dark­ened. ” ‘Why was there so much sus­pi­cion of the CIA?’ we asked. From his gri­mace we sur­mise he feels we’re push­ing. He pauses, straight­ens in his chair, and then fixes us with a state felt before, no doubt, by innu­mer­able South­ern mis­cre­ants. ‘Tell me why you’re doing this,’ Thom­mas­son demands. From the way he says ‘this,’ we know exactly what he means. . . And after we tell him he sits, think­ing hard. And then with­out another word of com­ment, while star­ing fixedly out a 12th story win­dow of a hotel room in Day­tona Beach, Florida at the blue-green Atlantic, turn­ing now a deeper blue as the sun slowly sets some­where a mil­lion miles away, he starts to talk. . . And the words at first come slowly, but soon enough are pour­ing out in tor­rents.”

14.” ‘This gets really black, okay, and it gets black for a lot of peo­ple. . . But I’ll give you a sequence of events: The FBI appears shows up, on site, at the shoot­ing, okay? And I go, hmmm. . . . It hap­pens. . . .It’s not too fuck­ing extra­or­di­nary, but still. . . And then the con­tents of the car, the trunk, were seized.’”

15. Appar­ently, the FBI vio­lated stan­dard oper­at­ing pro­ce­dure by con­fis­cat­ing evi­dence from the trunk of Seal’s car. ” ‘But they can’t just seize mate­r­ial evi­dence in a cap­i­tal crime!’ we protested. ‘Isn’t it ille­gal for any­one but the inves­ti­gat­ing offi­cers to remove evi­dence from a crime scene?’ ‘I told you,’ he con­tin­ued, ‘this gets really black. But some of the con­tents of the trunk, any­way, made it to my lab . . . our Louisiana State Police lab, which is def­i­nitely not a mom and pop shop—they’ve got 60–80 highly-trained employ­ees. . . Here’s the police pro­ce­dural: if it’s my case and I call the lab, I own the lab, okay? They take orders only from me. It would be the same pro­ce­dure if a sher­iff from Podunk called—they would then own the lab, the lab would work only for them. Under­stand?’”

16.” ‘Now, it would be beyond a breach of ethics, it would be crim­i­nal. . . . If, say, I called the lab and said, hey, I hear the city police sub­mit­ted a report on Joe Schmo, I’m com­ing by to pick it up. It’s called ‘tam­per­ing with evi­dence.’ We’re into crim­i­nal acts here. The evi­dence that went into that lab on Barry Seal went to a guy that won’t talk to you, so don’t ask me for his name or phone num­ber. This has caused a lot of stress in his life. He’s a long-time friend, and a top gun in foren­sics. And he gets the con­tents of Barry Seal’s brief­case, and some other con­tents of the car as lab exhibits. And he brings it into the lab. Our lab had worked the scene, and so had then brought the trunk’s con­tents back to the lab,’ he con­tin­ued.”

17. When Daniel inquired about the nature of the con­tents of the trunk of Seal’s Cadil­lac (con­fis­cated by the FBI), it became appar­ent that he was tread­ing on very sen­si­tive turf. Appar­ently, Seal had taped all his phone calls—including those made to his intel­li­gence handlers—and kept them with him at all times. Lieu­tenant Thom­mas­son received a pointed warn­ing about the sen­si­tiv­ity of the Seal case—his family’s dog was decap­i­tated and found float­ing in their back­yard pool. “We can’t help our­selves, and blurt out the ‘Big Ques­tion.’ ‘What was in the trunk of the Cadil­lac?’ ‘I’m not try­ing to be eva­sive. . . ’ Thom­mas­son answers somberly. ‘But, I want to make it very clear . . . I only have third-hand reports. Okay?’ ‘Seal’s trunk con­tained com­pelling and–again, from 3rd hand data—very very com­pelling doc­u­ments and tapes. Sev­eral brief­cases, boxes—wherever Seal’s Cadil­lac was, that was where Barry’s instant records were.’ From the way he stressed ‘3rd hand’ we knew he was speak­ing for the record. Later, we dis­cov­ered that this man’s fam­ily dog was decap­i­tated and left float­ing in their back­yard pool as a warn­ing. . . .Fully three months after Seal’s assas­si­na­tion. . .”

18.” ‘See, Barry taped his calls. Barry taped all of his calls, includ­ing all his calls to his con­trollers. I sus­pect that were you to have seen the con­tents of the trunk, it would cer­tainly val­i­date for whom he was employed, and what his mis­sion was.’ ‘Okay, who has heard those tapes that I could talk to?’ The ten­sion in the room rises. When he speaks his voice is soft, barely above a whis­per. ‘That’s liv­ing?’ he asks. ‘No one. I told you: this gets really black.’”

19. Hopsicker’s fas­ci­nat­ing nar­ra­tive gets into the sub­ject of whom had Barry Seal killed, and why:” . . . If Seal was right in being unafraid of Medellin car­tel retal­i­a­tion, and then who then was respon­si­ble for his mur­der? There is no bet­ter source for this crit­i­cal infor­ma­tion than the three Colom­bians con­victed of the killing, sen­tenced to life in prison with­out parole. We inter­viewed Richard Sharp­stein, a promi­nent Miami crim­i­nal defense attor­ney, and the lawyer for one of the three con­victed assas­sins, who casu­ally revealed the explo­sive truth about who ordered Barry Seal killed—and why.”

20. Seal’s killers were under the dis­tinct impres­sion that the US mil­i­tary offi­cer who directed their actions was Oliver North. ” ‘I rep­re­sented Miguel Velez for the Barry Seal homi­cide, which was one of the most incred­i­ble expe­ri­ences I have ever been through,’ Sharp­stein began. ‘It was an amaz­ing expe­ri­ence. Nobody wanted to think about what any of this meant back in 1986. The impli­ca­tions were just too big. And I’m only speak­ing with you now because some of this has leaked out. All three of the Colom­bians who went on trial always told us—their lawyers—that they were being directed, after they got into this coun­try, on what to do and where to go by an ‘anony­mous gringo,’ a United States Mil­i­tary offi­cer, who they quickly fig­ured out was Oliver North,’ Sharp­stein says.”

21.” ‘Say that again?’ we asked. We were sure we’d heard it right the first time; we just needed con­fir­ma­tion. . . ‘Once they ren­dezvoused together in the States,’ explained Sharp­stein, ‘they, the Colom­bians, were being directed, by phone, by a man who insisted on remain­ing anony­mous, but who did iden­tify him­self as being an offi­cer in the Amer­i­can mil­i­tary. . . They were put in touch with this offi­cer through Rafa (a Colom­bian smug­gler) who was the guy my client worked for. And they all believed that it was Oliver North.’”

22. The pro­gram broaches the sub­ject of the mar­tial law con­tin­gency plans drawn up by Oliver North when he worked for the White House. (For more about this sub­ject, see RFA#32—available from Spit­fire.) “What cor­rob­o­ra­tive indi­ca­tions are there to jus­tify the charge of mur­der against Lt. Col. Oliver North? North, numer­ous sources stated with­out prompt­ing, had been run­ning an assas­si­na­tion squad right out of his White House office. So the extra-judicial exe­cu­tion of Barry Seal wouldn’t have made him blink an eye. There are even alle­ga­tions that he had been tasked with draw­ing up plans to sus­pend the US Con­sti­tu­tion and declare mar­tial law, in the event the mas­sive drug smug­gling tak­ing place ever came to pub­lic light.” (Ibid.; pp. 438–439.)

23. “In Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North, author Ben Bradlee, Jr., writes. . . ‘North’s work for FEMA from 1982 to the spring of 1984 was highly clas­si­fied, and some would say bizarre. He was involved in help­ing to draft a sweep­ing con­tin­gency plan to impose mar­tial law in the event of a nuclear war or less seri­ous national crises such as wide­spread inter­nal dis­sent or oppo­si­tion to an Amer­i­can mil­i­tary inva­sion abroad.’”

24. Mov­ing beyond the Medellin car­tel dis­in­for­ma­tion, the pro­gram delves into what actu­ally hap­pened. “But the pop­u­lar mythol­ogy of Seal’s assas­si­na­tion is—not just wrong—but active dis­in­for­ma­tion. When we began to exam­ine Seal’s assas­si­na­tion more closely, we saw then even basic facts, like how many killers there were, was stated wrong to slant the story. In the offi­cial ver­sion of events recounted in news­pa­pers, the killers were always described as a ‘three-man hit team of Colom­bian nation­als.’ Even a cur­sory read­ing of the head­lines revealed, to our amaze­ment, there weren’t, hadn’t been, three men involved . . . there had been eight. Three men may be a hit ‘team. Eight is a hit ‘squad.’ So this is clearly active dis­in­for­ma­tion; even news­pa­per reporters can count to ten . . . unaided.”

25. In addi­tion to the Colom­bian exe­cu­tion team, Jose Coutin was impli­cated in the mur­der. “Six men had been arrested at var­i­ous stages of attempt­ing to flee the scene. A sev­enth, Rafa Car­dona, who had dis­patched the team, was safely ensconced in Colom­bia . . . at least for a while. He was charged in absen­tia for plan­ning the hit, but was him­self mowed down, in a spray of auto­matic gun­fire inside his antique car deal­er­ship, in Colom­bia later that year. Then there was the ‘eighth man,’ Miami CIA ‘asset’ Jose Coutin, who had sup­plied the machine gun. More on him in a moment. . .”

26. “Richard Sharpstein’s client, Miguel Velez, aka ‘Cum­babamba,’ has been described as a ‘CIA hit man’ in the New York press, where he was wanted for mur­der. It was a total fluke that he was caught. He was done in by a deer. Ear­lier, Velez had been spot­ted, ques­tioned, and then released at the air­port, by those sharp dressers at the FBI. After escap­ing the fee­ble clutches of the FBI at the air­port, Velez had hired a cab to drive him from New Orleans to Miami.”

27. “In the mid­dle of the night, in Merid­ian Mis­sis­sippi, the cab hit a deer at a lonely gas sta­tion on the inter­state. While wait­ing for repairs, a high­way patrol­man hap­pened by, and noticed that the sur­gi­cal out­fit worn by the cab’s pas­sen­ger fit the descrip­tion released by Baton Rouge police of one of the trig­ger­men. Offi­cers imme­di­ately put Velez in hand­cuffs. The cab­bie, irate at los­ing such a big fare, pro­fessed to the cops that he couldn’t under­stand why the police were mak­ing such a fuss over a dead deer. . . .”

28. “Police then raided two ‘safe’ houses in Algiers, a seamy sub­urb of New Orleans, and nabbed Bernardo Vasquez and Louis Quintero-Cruz, the other two men later con­victed, as well as John Car­dona, brother of the man fin­gered at the trial, Rafa Car­dona Salazar. Elib­erto Sanchez was caught try­ing to flee at the New Orleans Inter­na­tional Air­port. Jose Rente­ria was nabbed the next day while wait­ing to board a plane in Miami. The ‘eighth man’ in the assas­si­na­tion is Jose Coutin, who had sup­plied the weapons for the hit. He is thus, by law, guilty of mur­der; or, at the very least, of con­spir­acy to mur­der. But being con­nected means never hav­ing to say you’re sorry. . .”

29. “Coutin was never even charged with a crime. He went on to tes­tify before the Kerry Com­mit­tee, say­ing, no doubt, any­thing his ‘bene­fac­tors’ wanted him to say. Coutin was the pro­pri­etor of the Broad­way Bou­tique, a Miami fash­ion shop with a unique inven­tory: ladies cloth­ing in the front, and mil­i­tary gear in the back. Accord­ing to Les­ley Cock­burn in ‘Out of Con­trol,’ he was a well-known CIA asset, FBI infor­mant, and Con­tra weapons sup­plier. Why Sanchez and Car­dona were sim­ply deported and never charged with mur­der has never, unsur­pris­ingly, been sat­is­fac­to­rily explained. . .”

30. “But what hap­pened to Jose Rente­ria is reveal­ing. Tes­ti­mony at the trial of the three accused of killing Seal revealed that Rente­ria had been the cut-out between Coutin, known to be linked to Oliver North, and the shoot­ers, to whom he deliv­ered the weapons from Coutin. . . So Jose Renteria’s case was sev­ered from the trial of the other three.”

31. “It was the strangest thing,’ says attor­ney Sharp­stein. ‘He was sev­ered on some odd the­ory that he wasn’t at the mur­der scene. What really hap­pened is he had indi­cated that he might, in exchange for a deal, be will­ing to talk. . . . Some­one on the gov­ern­ment side was clearly not very eager for that to hap­pen. Accord­ing to trial tes­ti­mony, it was Rente­ria who took pic­tures of the mur­der. When his cam­era was con­fis­cated by an FBI agent at the New Orleans air­port, it was opened and the film inside exposed. Rente­ria was sent to Miami to face (minor) pend­ing charges. His bosses must have felt that his was a job well-done.”

32. ” ‘They cut him a deal, they made a fast plea and he was in and out, serv­ing a bit of time and then being deported,’ states Sharp­stein. ‘The result was we never got to hear the story he was ready to sing at the trial.’ And Coutin? ‘Same thing,’ Sharp­stein said. ‘They made a deal with him; he tes­ti­fied at the trial, and then later before the Kerry hear­ings in Wash­ing­ton. I was the lawyer who brought up his CIA and Con­tra con­nec­tions in the trial, because I felt that there were lots of rea­sons why the CIA might want to mur­der Barry. . . .’”

33.” ‘And Coutin went crazy on the stand when I did. You’d have thought he’d been zapped with a ray gun.’ Had the Colom­bians dis­cussed motive with their lawyers? ‘They were just sol­diers,’ Sharp­stein stated. ‘They did what they were told. But in tes­ti­mony at the trial given by one of Seal’s attor­neys, Lewis Unglesby, we did finally hear about motive. . .’”

34. “Lewis Unglesby is today a promi­nent and very well-connected Louisiana lawyer. At the time his name was daily on the front page of the state’s news­pa­pers, defend­ing his long-time client and asso­ciate, Gov­er­nor Edwin Edwards. Unglesby had told us about a con­fronta­tion he had with Barry over the fact that Seal was keep­ing him in the dark about mat­ters Unglesby con­sid­ered cru­cial to defend­ing him. . . .”

35. One of the most dra­matic of the dis­clo­sures in Barry and the Boys con­cerns what Seal’s lawyer Lewis Unglesby revealed about who was con­trol­ling Barry Seal’s operations—then Vice-President George Bush! ” ‘Barry pushed the phone across the desk to me and said, ‘You want to know what’s going on? Here dial this num­ber. Tell ‘em you’re me,’ Unglesby related. ‘When I did what he requested,’ he con­tin­ued, ‘A female voice answered the phone, say­ing, ‘Vice Pres­i­dent Bush’s office, may I help you?’ ‘I said, ‘This is Barry Seal.’ She asked me to wait while she trans­ferred the call, which was imme­di­ately picked up by a man who iden­ti­fied him­self as Admi­ral some­body or other, who said to me, ‘Barry! Where you been?’”

36. Seal was try­ing to get George H.W. Bush to get the IRS off his back. He allegedly threat­ened to blow the whis­tle on the whole Con­tra scheme, includ­ing the com­plic­ity of the US gov­ern­ment and the Rea­gan admin­is­tra­tion in the mas­sive cocaine influx that bedev­iled the US in the 1980’s. ” ‘That’s when I told him that I wasn’t Barry Seal, I was his lawyer,’ said Unglesby. ‘Imme­di­ately he slammed down the phone.’ ‘So why was Barry Seal mur­dered?’ we asked Sharp­stein. ‘Unglesby said he had been with Seal when the IRS came and seized all his prop­erty,’ Sharp­stein related. ‘The IRS man said, ‘You owe us $30 mil­lion for the money you made in drug deal­ing.’ ‘Hey, I work for you,’ was Seal’s reply. ‘We work for the same peo­ple.’ ‘You don’t work for us,’ the IRS agent stated. ‘We’re the IRS.’”

37.” ‘Unglesby was with Seal when he retired to a back room,’ Sharp­stein. ‘He watched as Seal placed a call to George Bush. He heard Barry Seal tell Bush: ‘If you don’t get these IRS ass­holes off my back I’m going to blow the whis­tle on the Con­tra scheme.’ Sharp­stein spoke solemnly, aware of the grav­ity of his words. . . ‘That’s why he’s dead,’ is what Unglesby said.’”

38. “One week after the phone con­ver­sa­tion between Barry Seal and George Bush, Seal was sen­tenced to a half-way house. Two weeks later he was dead. ‘Barry Seal, you mean that agent that went ‘bad?’ Gor­don Novel had casu­ally inquired when we’d posed the ques­tion of his asso­ci­a­tions with Seal. An agent that ‘goes bad,’ as we under­stand intel­li­gence indus­try trade jar­gon, is one who con­tem­plates talk­ing. ‘Seal was gunned down, sup­pos­edly by those Colom­bians,’ says Sharp­stein. ‘But they were fed infor­ma­tion by the ass­holes in our gov­ern­ment who wanted him dead.’” (Ibid.; pp. 442–443.)

39. More about the alleged role of the CIA in Seal’s death: “The assas­si­na­tion of Barry Seal was very likely not even the first attempt on Seal’s life by North, we were told by CIA elec­tron­ics expert Red Hall, on the ground in Nicaragua with Seal on the San­din­ista drug sting. . . ‘The only thing I knew was the CIA had to do a lot with it (Barry’s mur­der.) The killers were being directed by Oliver North at the time. It was the same thing Oliver North pulled on us down in Nicaragua. Then, I didn’t know yet that Oliver North had it for Barry Seal, because he was work­ing with Oliver at that par­tic­u­lar point. We were under­cover, and we were still down there (Nicaragua), when Oliver North blew the whis­tle on us.’”

40. “Chip Tatum, another covert oper­a­tive who had known Seal and shared con­fi­dences with him, lis­tened with amuse­ment the first time we breath­lessly relayed what we’d dis­cov­ered: that Oliver North is guilty in the assas­si­na­tion of Barry Seal. . . ‘No shit, Sher­lock,’ he replied, laugh­ing. ‘It isn’t exactly the secret of the cen­tury, I can tell you.’”

41. The IRS wound up on Barry Seal’s case for rea­sons sim­i­lar to the ulti­mate appre­hen­sion of Al Capone: “Barry Seal had threat­ened George Bush over the IRS trou­ble he was hav­ing. Why couldn’t Bush have ‘taken care’ of the IRS? Per­haps he could have. But there were other Seal ‘prob­lems’ as well, like state police so dis­gusted they were threat­en­ing to go to the media with damn­ing evi­dence of offi­cial cor­rup­tion in Seal’s case, should the biggest drug smug­gler any of them had ever seen receive no ‘time’ at all. ‘Al Capone killed over five hun­dred peo­ple. What did he go to prison for?’ asked one for­mer state police offi­cial. We remem­bered. ‘Tax eva­sion?’”

42. “Exactly. Tax eva­sion. Get the pic­ture? I beat on desk­tops in IRS offices all across the United States to find some­body that would take the case, till I found a crim­i­nal inves­ti­ga­tor for the IRS named Earl Buck Holmes, will­ing to come down and set up a wardroom in my office.’ Some ‘wised-up’ local and state cops had fig­ured out that Barry Seal had been too valu­able to cer­tain peo­ple in the fed­eral gov­ern­ment of the United States of Amer­ica to ever go to prison for his crimes. . . .”

43. “Know­ing this, local law enforce­ment had done an end-around on them, and taken their case to the IRS, where they hatched a plan to at least strip Seal of some of his ill-gotten goods. Remark­ably, in the court pro­ceed­ings in nei­ther Miami nor Baton Rouge had Seal’s orga­ni­za­tional assets—like his fleet of planes—been con­fis­cated, although this is stan­dard oper­at­ing pro­ce­dure in drug cases. Why not? Because they were still being used . . .”

44. “Local and state cops, we found, to our amaze­ment, had tracked a ship­ment of cocaine to one of Seal’s ocean-going ves­sels, the Cap­tain Won­der­ful, just weeks before Seals’ mur­der. There they were met—and dis­suaded from boarding—by DEA and CIA agents. State and local cops in the South often appear to know the score. . . When we told one Louisiana law enforce­ment source what we had learned from Miami attor­ney Richard Sharp­stein, about how the hit team had been get­ting orders from Oliver North, he said sim­ply, ‘That doesn’t sur­prise me at all.’”

45. Seal was mur­dered because he was indeed get­ting ready to spill the beans about some of the unsa­vory events with which he had been involved and who was direct­ing these events: “Then we dis­cov­ered why Seal had been so uncon­cerned about being killed by the Medellin car­tel. . . ‘I asked Barry why he wasn’t wor­ried about the Colom­bians killing him,’ stated close asso­ciate, Mob pilot Rene Mar­tin. ‘He said he had told the Colom­bians he was going to pull a fast one, and tes­tify for Ochoa against the US gov­ern­ment.’ Two weeks before he died, Barry Seal had hired a pri­vate inves­ti­ga­tor in Miami, Steve Din­er­stein, to run FAA title searches on 15 dif­fer­ent air­planes he had used in his smug­gling Enter­prise. . .Seal was get­ting ready to talk about who had owned his smug­gling fleet fif­teen years ago.”

46. “Barry Seal was assas­si­nated because he was get­ting ready to talk. . . He had even con­tacted a Para­mount Stu­dios pro­duc­tion vice-president about mak­ing a movie. While the killers approached Barry Seal’s Cadil­lac in the Baton Rouge twi­light, Seal had been on his car phone with a CIA air­craft pro­cure­ment exec­u­tive in Ari­zona, Bill Lam­beth, who will him­self be mur­dered in Phoenix seven years later. Sud­denly cut off, and fear­ing the worst, Lam­beth fran­ti­cally dialed Barry’s home phone, where his wife Deb­bie answered. ‘I think something’s wrong with Barry,’ Lam­beth said omi­nously.”

47. “Deb­bie, unable to reach her hus­band, bun­dled her three small chil­dren into the car and fran­ti­cally headed for the Sal­va­tion Army half-way house where he had been sen­tenced to sleep for six months. On the way she stopped at a pay phone to make another attempt to reach her hus­band, and learned he was now ‘unreach­able.’ ‘He’s not going to the hos­pi­tal she remem­bers being told. ‘He’s dead. Don’t come here Deb­bie. Don’t.’”

48. “As she returned to her car, she could see through her tears, her three small children’s heads barely peek­ing over the car seats. And though Barry Seal is any­thing but blame­less, his three small chil­dren were. . . .They sym­bol­ize the mil­lions of lives ruined by a small but powerful group of public officials whose only pur­pose is to line their pockets with even more illicit monies at the cost of many lives.  ‘All I could think of was my poor lit­tle babies. . . .My poor babies,’ Deb­bie Seal told us, chok­ing back tears. ‘I didn’t know how I was going to tell them that their Daddy was dead.’

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Imagine a new “E Class” Mercedes exploding in flames, burning to a cinder. 220 km/hr crashes on the Autobahn are often survived, certainly without a fire.

There is a reason to own a Mercedes, in normal circumstances the chances of dying in one are quite remote unless you are Lady Di or heir to the presidency of Syria or, just perhaps, wrote a scathing expose that dismembered part of one of the greatest drug empires of all time.

“Yes, you got Michael Hastings. We are warned. Lots of journalists are killed each year. Veterans Today loses its share, perhaps a bit more. ”

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Below is an email from J.T. Ready, the man the “mainstream media” claims died at his own hand while a secret FBI investigation is beginning to look at cartel activity in the region and their hold on local law enforcement.

NEW!! The FBI has announced through spokesman James Turtal that J. T. Ready was under investigation as a “domestic terrorist.” This move on the part of the FBI is a response to allegations that Ready had been one of their informants for years, in fact, that the FBI was, not only his primary source of income, but managing his “organization,” the US Border Guards, one of many militia type groups that send volunteers to observe and intercept the continual flow of illegals, not “workers” but drug mules, killers and cartel organizers, who flow into the US past what had once been an understaffed border guard service.

The current FBI claim is that Ready, though quite dead, is still under “active” investiation for his work with the NSM, National Socialist Movement. A cursory examination of the group finds several key members to be active FBI agents under childishly poor cover, their political manifesto to be almost entirely “Ron Paul” except for key and quite bizarre additions that seem to have been carelessly added to make them look like “racist fruitcakes.”

There is no almost no one on the border at all other than volunteers, especially since operation “Fast and Furious.”

Sources within the FBI confirm that the cover story itself may actually have been concocted by those who planned the murders.

Working closely with local news, selling “domestic violence” at a crime where an FBI national level task force had taken over within an hour, is the lowest form of journalism. They keep telling us,

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