President Bush tried to take them to Texas...
President Clinton tried to put them beyond the reach of the Freedom of Information Act... >>
THE CAT IS NOW OUT OF THE BAG!
"Never intended for public viewing, these explosive missives reveal the raw back-room energy that fueled the carefully polished public personas of the Great Communicator's inner circle...unsettling wheelings, dealings, and power plays ..."
--Mary Elizabeth Williams, Wired, 11-95.
<<Here are the highest-level White House communications on the most secret national security affairs of the United States during the 1980s--shockingly candid electronic exchanges you were never meant to see, virtually none of which has ever before been available to the American public. >>
IT WAS A LONG AND ARDUOUS BATTLE BY MANY ORGANIZATIONS TO GET THESE EMAILS DECLASSIFIED AND MADE PUBLIC, AND MANY WERE SEVERELY REDACTED, BUT WHAT WE CAN SEE FROM THESE SHOULD, AS RON PAUL HAS BEEN SAYING ALL ALONG, SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE VOTERS, THE CONCERNED CITIZENS, THE LENGTHS THAT OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT TO THE CIA AND MILITARY HIERARCHY WILL GO TO IN ORDER TO CONDUCT COVERT OPERATIONS AGAINST OTHER NATIONS.
WE WOULD SCREAM OUR HEADS OFF IF WE FOUND ANY NATION DOING TO AMERICA WHAT AMERICA'S "LEADERS" HAVE DONE ABROAD!
CASE IN POINT, CHINA'S RECENT HACKING OF TRADE SECRETS.
WHAT PRICE WILL AMERICA'S RULING ELITE PAY TO RULE THE WORLD?
WHAT HAPPENED TO HONOR, TO THE RULE OF RIGHT OVER MIGHT?
WHY HAVE WE SUNK TO LEVELS WE CONDEMN IN OTHERS WHO DO SUCH THINGS?
WHAT "GLORY" IS THERE IN IMPOSING AMERICA'S WILL ON THOSE WHO HAVE, BY THEIR OWN FREE WILL, DECIDED TO FOLLOW SOMETHING OTHER THAN "DEMOCRACY"?
AND WHY HAVE WE FORGOTTEN THAT AMERICA WAS FOUNDED, NOT AS A DEMOCRACY, BUT A REPUBLIC?
WE HAVE BEEN LIED TO, TRICKED, SCAMMED INTO ACCEPTING THAT THESE THINGS ARE ALLOWABLE, EVEN NECESSARY.
NO, NO THEY ARE NOT NECESSARY!
EXCERPTS FROM THE EMAILS, THEN THE CHRONOLOGY OF THIS FIASCO THAT HAS COST MORE LIVES THAN WE MAY EVER BE ABLE TO NUMBER...
[NOTE: All the below are from the NATIONAL SECURITY ARCHIVES]
1~ MSG FROM: NSRCM --CPUA TO: NSJMP --CPUA 11/07/86 20:30:32 To: NSJMP --CPUA JOHN M. POINDEXTER [typos uncorrected]
-- SECRET --
NOTE FROM: ROBERT MCFARLANE SUBJECT: Current Events Having been out of town for two days and maintaining the no comment line, I returned today to find that Don Regan has backgrounded the weeklies and laid the entire problem at my feet; my idea, my management, a strict arms for hostages deal, no larger agenda in mind, etc. I was told this not by a journalist but by my closest friend who had been getting calls all day to the effect that "Bud is being hung out to dry by Don Regan." I stillhave not commented to anyone.
But I must tell you that if this is true, I will be quite mad. This will be the second lie Don Regan has sowed against my character and I won't stand for it.
It might be useful to review just what the truth is.
You will recall that when the Israelis first approached us in June '85, I presented the idea of engaging in a dialogue with the Iranians--no mention at all of any arms exchanges at all--and he approved it.
We then heard nothing until August when the Israelis introduced the requirement for TOWs. I told Kimche no.
They went ahead on their own but then asked that we replace the TOWS and after checking with the President, we agreed. Weir was released as a consequence of their action.
My next involvement was to go to London where I presented our willingness to open a political dialogue but that we could not participate in an arms transfer for hostages. Gorbanifar ranted and raved but we did not change our position.
I returned to the States and debriefed the President (with Cap present, and Regan) that we had taken the position of being open to a political dialogue once our hostages were released but not before and ruled out an arms transfer. I also said that Gorbanifar was not to be trusted and recomended that we no longer carry on business with him. You were present John. I then left the government.
Some dialogue must have continued with Gorbanifar between New Year's and April, notwithstanding my recommendation. In April you contacted me to go to Iran to open the political dialogue. I did so. Once there, faced with bad faith on their part (not having released our people and without meetings with the decision makers) I aborted the mission. Ollie can verify all this.
Upon my return, I debriefed the trip and once more recommended against carrying on the arms connection but waiting them out on the political dialogue.
Now this is a far cry from the way Regan is supposed to be reporting it John. I have supported the idea of the political dialogue but time and again, have registered my opposition to the arms deal. You know that.
If any of these reports of what Regan is saying are true--they are supposed to be in Time and Newsweek on Monday--it will be cause for a libel suit by me.
I am perfectly willing to carry on the no comment approach; that seems to me to best serve the hope of preserving the position of Rafsanjani et al. But I won't tolerate lies from Don Regan. John,itmight be useful for you to try to find out from Don or by asking the mags directly, just what are they running with. I have made no comment (other than the "fanciful and fictitious" line in my Cleveland Q&A) and will not.
2~ MSG FROM: NSOLN --CPUA TO: NSJMP --CPUA 06/03/86 11:42:43 To: NSJMP --CPUA
*** Reply to note of 05/31/86 10:21
-- TOP SECRET --
NOTE FROM: TRIP XXXX Subject: HOSTAGES
Fully agree that if the current effort fails to achieve release then such a mission should be considered. You will recall that we have not had much sucess with this kind of endeavor in the past, however. After CIA took so long to organize and then botched the Kilburn effort. Copp undertook to see what could be done thru one of the earlier DEA developed Druze contacts. Dick has been working with Nir on this and now has three people in Beirut and a 40 man Druze force working "for" us. Dick rates the possibility of success on this operation as 30%, but that's better than nothing.
In regard to U.S. military rescue ops, JCS has steadfastly refused to go beyond the initial thinking stage unless we can develop some hard intelligence on their whereabouts. We already have [Deleted, (b)(1)(s) exemption] one ISA officer in Beirut but no effort has been made to insert personnel since we withdrew the military mission to the LAF?. If we are really serious, we should start by getting CIA to put a full time analyst on the HLTF [ NOTE:Hostage Locating Task Force] and then organizing a planning cell- preferably not in the pentagon, but at CIA, to put the operation together. Dick, who has been in Beirut, and who organized the second Hcan? mission, is convinced that such an operation could indeed be conducted. My concern in this regard is that JCS wd insist on using most of the tier 2 and 3 forces in such an undertaking. If you want me to task this thru the OSG we will do so, but urge that we start by you having Casey staff the HLTF as directed.
3~ To: NSPSS --CPUA 12/21/87 18:52:48
*** Reply to note of 12/21/87 14:48
NOTE FROM: Colin L. Powell
Subject: General Powell's Schedule CONFIDENTIAL
Thanks for your concerns. I feel quite safe on post and in quarters. I will vary the route; that's easy to do because there are multiple routes off Ft yer. My days in Frankfurt made me quite security conscious. I feel safe on post because I doubt terrorists would risk targetting the house. They don't have a good opportunity to recon it and the constant MP patrolling makes it silly for them to do so. My vulnerability is just after leaving post in the morning.) It's too hard to vary the time much in the morning but varying the route covers that threat. I had an alarmed house when I lived at Ft McNair earlier this year. Pain in the neck. Scared hell out of the family initially and then became amusing when the MPs assaulted the house every time the alarm misfired.
IF YOU THINK REAGAN DIDN'T KNOW, IF YOU STILL BELIEVE THAT...READ ON!
Regan, Reagan, Bush, McFarlane (daily national security briefing) 6-20-85
The Iran-Contra Scandal: The Declassified History provides the 101 most important documents on the policy decisions, covert operations, and subsequent cover-up that created the most serious constitutional crisis of modern times.
On October 31, 1996, the Washington Post ran a follow up story to the San Jose Mercury News series titled "CIA, Contras and Drugs: Questions on Links Linger." The story drew on court testimony in 1990 of Fabio Ernesto Carrasco, a pilot for a major Columbian drug smuggler named George Morales. As a witness in a drug trial, Carrasco testified that in 1984 and 1985, he piloted planes loaded with weapons for contras operating in Costa Rica. The weapons were offloaded, and then drugs stored in military bags were put on the planes which flew to the United States. "I participated in two [flights] which involved weapons and cocaine at the same time," he told the court.
Carrasco also testified that Morales provided "several million dollars" to Octaviano Cesar and Adolfo "Popo" Chamorro, two rebel leaders working with the head of the contras' southern front, Eden Pastora. The Washington Post reported that Chamorro said he had called his CIA control officer to ask if the contras could accept money and arms from Morales, who was at the time under indictment for cocaine smuggling. "They said [Morales] was fine," Chamorro told the Post.
- Letter from Oliver North to Adolfo Calero. Initial release by White House is heavily excised.
- Later release by White House of same document. Both versions are included in the collection.
North was repeatedly informed of contra ties to drug trafficking.
In his entry for August 9, 1985, North summarizes a meeting with Robert Owen ("Rob"), his liaison with the contras. They discuss a plane used by Mario Calero, brother of Adolfo Calero, head of the FDN, to transport supplies from New Orleans to contras in Honduras. North writes: "Honduran DC-6 which is being used for runs out of New Orleans is probably being used for drug runs into U.S." As Lorraine Adams reported in the October 22, 1994 Washington Post, there are no records that corroborate North's later assertion that he passed this intelligence on drug trafficking to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
In a July 12, 1985 entry, North noted a call from retired Air Force general Richard Secord in which the two discussed a Honduran arms warehouse from which the contras planned to purchase weapons. (The contras did eventually buy the arms, using money the Reagan administration secretly raised from Saudi Arabia.) According to the notebook, Secord told North that "14 M to finance [the arms in the warehouse] came from drugs."
On February 10, 1986, Owen ("TC") wrote North (this time as "BG," for "Blood and Guts") regarding a plane being used to carry "humanitarian aid" to the contras that was previously used to transport drugs. The plane belongs to the Miami-based company Vortex, which is run by Michael Palmer, one of the largest marijuana traffickers in the United States. Despite Palmer's long history of drug smuggling, which would soon lead to a Michigan indictment on drug charges, Palmer receives over $300,000.00 from the Nicaraguan Humanitarian Aid Office (NHAO) -- an office overseen by Oliver North, Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs Elliott Abrams, and CIA officer Alan Fiers -- to ferry supplies to the contras.
State Department contracts from February 1986 detail Palmer's work to transport material to the contras on behalf of the NHAO.
In 1987, the Senate Subcommittee on Narcotics, Terrorism and International Operations, led by Senator John Kerry, launched an investigation of allegations arising from reports, more than a decade ago, of contra-drug links. One of the incidents examined by the "Kerry Committee" was an effort to divert drug money from a counter-narcotics operation to the contra war.
On July 28, 1988, two DEA agents testified before the House Subcommittee on Crime regarding a sting operation conducted against the Medellin Cartel. The two agents said that in 1985 Oliver North had wanted to take $1.5 million in Cartel bribe money that was carried by a DEA informant and give it to the contras. DEA officials rejected the idea.
The Kerry Committee report concluded that "senior U.S. policy makers were not immune to the idea that drug money was a perfect solution to the Contras' funding problems."
Oliver North, who met with Noriega's representative, described the meeting in an August 23, 1986 e-mail message to Reagan national security advisor John Poindexter. "You will recall that over the years Manuel Noriega in Panama and I have developed a fairly good relationship," North writes before explaining Noriega's proposal. If U.S. officials can "help clean up his image" and lift the ban on arms sales to the Panamanian Defense Force, Noriega will "'take care of' the Sandinista leadership for us."
North tells Poindexter that Noriega can assist with sabotage against the Sandinistas, and suggests paying Noriega a million dollars -- from "Project Democracy" funds raised from the sale of U.S. arms to Iran -- for the Panamanian leader's help in destroying Nicaraguan economic installations.
On the following day, August 24, North's notebook records a meeting with CIA official Duane "Dewey" Clarridge on Noriega's overture. They decided, according to this entry, to "send word back to Noriega to meet in Europe or Israel."
The CIA's Alan Fiers later recalls North's involvement with the Noriega sabotage proposal.
In testimony at the 1992 trial of former CIA official Clair George, Fiers describes North's plan as it was discussed at a meeting of the Reagan administration's Restricted Interagency Group: "[North] made a very strong suggestion that . . . there needed to be a resistance presence in the western part of Nicaragua, where the resistance did not operate. And he said, 'I can arrange to have General Noriega execute some insurgent -- some operations there -- sabotage operations in that area. It will cost us about $1 million. Do we want to do it?'
And there was significant silence at the table.
And then I recall I said, 'No. We don't want to do that.'"
STILL THINK REAGAN WAS KEPT IN THE DARK AND KNEW NOTHING?
WHILE IT IS TRUE THAT, BY THIS TIME, REAGAN'S MIND WAS AFFECTED BY WHAT WAS CALLED "ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE", HE SURELY WAS COGNIZANT ENOUGH TO OKAY SEVERAL THINGS THAT EITHER HE , BY EXECUTIVE ORDER OR WHATEVER, OR CONGRESS WOULD HAVE HAD TO AUTHORIZE FOR SUCH "OPERATIONS".
Reagan said "I don't remember" 124 times at Iran Contra hearings. Was it lies or Alzheimer's?
Declassified e-mail messages indicate that Oliver North led the behind-the-scenes effort to seek leniency for Bueso . The messages record the efforts of U.S. officials to "cabal quietly" to get Bueso off the hook, be it by "pardon, clemency, deportation, [or] reduced sentence." Eventually they succeeded in getting Bueso a short sentence in "Club Fed," a white collar prison in Florida.
The Kerry Committee report reviewed the case, and noted that the man Reagan officials aided was involved in a conspiracy that the Justice Department deemed the "most significant case of narco-terrorism yet discovered."
NOW REAGAN DID CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY AFTER ALL THE DIRTY LAUNDRY HAD BEEN HUNG OUT FOR US TO SEE, BUT THE WAY IN WHICH HE DID SO JUST SCREAMED "I HAD NO REAL PART IN THIS!"
THE HELL HE DIDN'T!
WE MUST ASK WHAT ALL REAGAN KNEW ABOUT THE DRUG-RUNNING WHILE HE WAS GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA.
Ronald Reagan was the governor of California for two terms, once in 1967 and again in 1971. He left office in 1975.
A LOT OF DRUGS AND ARMS RUN THROUGH THAT STATE EVERY DAY...TO THIS DAY!
A DEA report of February 6, 1984 indicates that a central figure in the San Jose Mercury News series was being tracked by U.S. law enforcement officials as early as 1976, when a DEA agent "identified Norwin MENESES-Canterero as a cocaine source of supply in Managua, Nicaragua." Meneses, an associate of dictator Anastasio Somoza who moved to California after the Nicaraguan revolution in 1979, was an FDN backer and large-scale cocaine trafficker.
EVEN THE FALL-GUY, OLLIE NORTH, HAS SAID REAGAN KNEW!
Oct 20, 1991 - In his forthcoming book about his role in the Iran-contra affair, Oliver L. North insists pointedly that "President Reagan knew everything" !
WHO ELSE KNEW? GEORGE BUSH SENIOR!
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 365
Posted - November 25, 2011
Washington D.C., November 25, 2011 – President Ronald
Reagan was briefed in advance about every weapons shipment in the Iran
arms-for-hostages deals in 1985-86, and Vice President George H. W. Bush
chaired a committee that recommended the mining of the harbors of
Nicaragua in 1983, according to previously secret Independent Counsel
assessments of "criminal liability" on the part of the two former
leaders posted today by the National Security Archive.
REMEMBER, BUSH, SR., WAS A HIGH-UP PLAYER IN THE CIA!
HE WAS ALSO CALLED UPON ABOUT HIS PRESENCE IN DALLAS THE DAY JFK WAS ASSASSINATED.
The criminal liability studies were drafted in March 1991 by a lawyer on Walsh's staff, Christian J. Mixter (now a partner in the Washington law firm of Morgan Lewis), and represented preliminary conclusions on whether to prosecute both Reagan and Bush for various crimes ranging from conspiracy to perjury.
On Reagan, Mixter reported that the President was "briefed in advance" on each of the illicit sales of missiles to Iran. The criminality of the arms sales to Iran "involves a number of close legal calls," Mixter wrote. He found that it would be difficult to prosecute Reagan for violating the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) which mandates advising Congress about arms transfers through a third country-the U.S. missiles were transferred to Iran from Israel during the first phase of the operation in 1985-because Attorney General Meese had told the president the 1947 National Security Act could be invoked to supersede the AECA.
As the Iran operations went forward, some of Reagan's own top officials certainly believed that the violation of the AECA as well as the failure to notify Congress of these covert operations were illegal-and prosecutable.
In a dramatic meeting on December 7, 1985, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger told the President that "washing [the] transaction thru Israel wouldn't make it legal." When Reagan responded that "he could answer charges of illegality but he couldn't answer charge that 'big strong President Reagan passed up a chance to free hostages," Weinberger suggested they might all end up in jail. "Visiting hours are on Thursdays," Weinberger stated. As the scandal unfolded a year later, Reagan and his top aides gathered in the White House Situation Room the day before the November 25 press conference to work out a way to protect the president from impeachment proceedings.
SO, AT LAST WE CAN SEE WHAT REALLY HAPPENED, WELL, PARTIALLY SEE, BECAUSE THE TRUTH IS STILL HIDDEN IN "CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS" AND VERBAL EXCHANGES OF FACTS MAY NEVER ALL COME TO LIGHT.
THE REAGAN WHITE HOUSE IS NOT THE ONLY ONE TO TAKE PART IN SUCH SCANDALS, BUT REAGAN IS ONE OF THE FEW PRESIDENTS THAT SO MANY HAVE SEEN AS A "SAINT", A "REAL AMERICAN HERO".
HE WAS MANY THINGS, BUT "HERO" WAS NOT ONE OF THEM, AND HIS 2nd IN COMMAND, GEORGE H.W. BUSH WAS WORSE, WORSE BY FAR, THAN POOR OLD REAGAN EVER IMAGINED HE COULD BE WHEN HE FOUGHT SO HARD TO KEEP BUSH OFF THE TICKET WITH HIM.
AND THAT'S ANOTHER STORY...
SEE http://www.oocities.org/prohibition_us/dui.html FOR THE START OF THAT TALE...