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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 01:49 PM
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The Tailor of Panama -- Custom Fit for Today's USA.
Edited on Wed Feb-10-10 02:22 PM by Octafish


Based on the book by John Le Carre, The Tailor of Panama stars Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Rush, Jamie Lee Curtis and many other talents. The picture tells a great story about the spy game and how truth affects people and the course of nations.

The work also reminded me of another film, The Panama Deception,an Oscar winner directed by Barbara Trent and written and edited by David Kasper. It told the true story of Operation Just Cause, George Herbert Walker Bush's invasion of Panama in December 1989 to drive Manuel Noriega from power. The late Elizabeth Montgomery narrated the film.

The Panama Deception also chronicled what Corporate McPravda missed: how Noriega and Bush once were buddies, doing CIA-protected BCCI business like gun-running and money laundering together and in the process of "getting Noriega," thousands of innocents died. Some believe the invasion marked the beginning of the "Bush Doctrine" of invading whoever the U.S. chief executive wants to invade. You can view the film online.

The reason I bring all this up is these films highlight major problems our nation faces. In Panama, about 30 families control the nation's wealth. Similar situations exist in Haiti, Colombia, Guatemala, El Salvador and throughout the Americas.

We are seeing something similar happening in the United States today. More than at any time in the nation's history, wealth and power have been concentrated in fewer and fewer hands and pockets. Government no longer functions to benefit the nation as a whole. Government no longer "works" we are told. Well it does function for some: Our government today is tailored to benefit the privileged.

Edit: Added to title in vain hope of wider readership.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 03:13 PM
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1. Kick for the DUers who sent me a Valentine.
I



You.

PS: I love those who recced the OP, too.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 08:57 PM
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14. If I could give you all that people have been so nice to give me, I would.
:hug: love Octafish! Need more Octafish!
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Hell Hath No Fury Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 03:32 PM
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2. Ain't that the truth.
Asd plain as the nose of your face. :(
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 03:47 PM
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4. Speaking of noses -- How much USA-bound cocaine flowed through Panama?
Tons? Hundreds of tons? A whole lot more?



Out of the Loop:The VP's Office: Cover for Iran/Contra

By Jane Hunter
Covert Action Quarterly

Throughout George Bush's presidential campaign and well into the first year of his presidency, polls consistently showed that a majority of the U.S. public did not believe Bush was telling the truth about his role in the Iran/contra affair. Of course, they were right ‑ he wasn't.

SNIP...

Bush's plea of ignorance of the arms sales to Iran, that "I was out of the loop," was widely repeated, and always certain to get a laugh. However, we should not forget that in reality, George Bush attended all but one of the important White House meetings on the subject. (The one he missed conflicted with the December 7,1985 Army‑Navy football game.)

Secretary of State Shultz testified before the Iran/contra committee that, at a key January 6, 1986 meeting about the "finding" authorizing arms sales to Iran, Bush had not supported Shultz's own vehement opposition to the plan. This undercut Bush's assertion that he had had "reservations" about trading arms for hostages but just didn't think it was proper to reveal the counsel he had given President Reagan on the subject.

During the course of investigating Bush's role in the Iran/contra affair both the U.S. Congress and several news agencies revealed that, contrary to his assertions of innocence, the president‑to‑be was up to his knees in "deep doo‑doo."


The Harari Network

One of the most compelling revelations came in 1988 and related to the connection between Donald Gregg and the so-called "Harari network." The Harari network consisted of Israelis, Panamanians and U.S. citizens set up by the Reagan administration and the government of Israel in 1982 to run a secret aid program for the contras. Its namesake was Mike Harari, a longtime Mossad official, who since around 1979 has served as Israel's agent in Panama. Still reliably reported to be a senior intelligence operative, Harari supervises Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega's security arrangements and is credited with helping the general withstand a coup sponsored by the Reagan administration in 1988. Harari also acts as a financial adviser and business partner to Noriega. Following the October 1989 coup attempt, Harari reportedly took over the day‑to‑day supervision of Panama's military intelligence. The existence of the Harari network became publicly known in April 1988, during testimony before the Subcommittee on Narcotics, Terrorism and International Operations of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which was looking into the connections between the war against Nicaragua and drug trafficking. It is, however, possible that the Congressional Iran/contra investigators knew all about this organization but, because the committee made a decision not to examine anything prior to 1984, it easily avoided exposing it.

In April 1988 Jose Blandon, a former intelligence aide to Gen. Noriega told the narcotics subcommittee, headed by Sen. John Kerry (Dem.‑Mass.), that the Harari network had brought East bloc arms to Central America for the Nicaraguan con&= and had smuggled cocaine from Colombia to the United States via Panama. Blandon testified that on occasion, the aircraft and Costa Rican airstrips the Harari network used for arms deliveries to the contras also carried narcotics shipments north to the U.S.

CONTINUED...

http://covertaction.org//content/view/159/75 /



Don't know how much, but it was a hell of a lot.

Thank you for understanding what it's all about, Hell Hath No Fury.

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Hell Hath No Fury Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 04:52 PM
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6. You damned conspiracy theorist!
That never happened, so stop saying that! :D

The Noriega/Panama thing happened before my political awakening, but, even back then, I knew it stank to high heaven. The games we played and the havoc we created back then in Latin America -- good god, we deserve every bit of blowback we get for it. I have many friends who were living there during that time and who fled to the Bay Area. One male friend was sent away from El Salvador when he was a young teen because his family feared him being snatched by both sides in the fight.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 06:14 PM
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8. The resume of Manuel Noriega, the most famous graduate of the School of the Americas...
Ouch. The truth hurts, my Friend! Here's some info from a truly brave soul:



PANAMA:

THE RESUM OF MANUEL NORIEGA,

THE MOST FAMOUS GRADUATE OF THE SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS


(1) Noriega, considered "outstanding" at the SOA, is on the CIA payroll (to the tune of up to $100,000 a year) from the mid-'60s to the mid-'80s.

SNIP...

1983-86 The US loves him for: spying on Fidel Castro and Daniel Ortega; allowing the United States to set up listening posts in Panama, with which they monitor sensitive communications in all of Central America and beyond; aiding the American warfare against the rebels in El Salvador and the government of Nicaragua (facilitating the flow of money and arms to the contras, allowing the US to base spy planes in Panama in clear violation of the canal treaties, giving the US permission to train contras in Panama, and spying in support of American sabotage inside of Nicaragua). -- Newsweek, 1/15/90

The American love/hate relationship

1983-86 The US hates him for: suspected spying for Fidel Castro and Daniel Ortega; helping Cuba circumvent the US economic embargo; helping to get weapons for the Sandinistas and for the guerrillas m El Salvador and Colombia; transferring high technology to Eastern Europe.

1984 The CIA and the Medellin cartel help finance the campaign of Noriega's candidate for President, Nicolas Barletta. Barletta is declared the winner ten days after the election, while the US ambassador hides from the media information that Barletta had been defeated by at least four thousand votes. Political opposition parties demonstrate for weeks against the egregious fraud, to no avail. Reagan welcomes Barletta to the Oval Office, and Secretary of State George Schultz attends the inauguration.

1985 A few enthusiastic Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents and US Attorneys, keeping a low profile, begin investigations into his drug activities.

6/86 The New York Times carries a front-page story recounting many of his questionable activities, including his drug trafficking and money laundering operations, and the murder of a political opponent. It is the most detailed and damning report on him to appear in the US media. The Reagan administration reassures him that he need not be overly concerned about the story.

CONTINUED...

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~lormand/poli/soa/panama....



Wish more people thought in ways that connect dots. Thank you, Hell Hath No Fury.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 03:38 PM
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3. Poppy and Noriega, possibly discussing per-kilo pricing...
A photo I feared I'd never see on the Internets, courtesy of "Murderer's Row" by Al Rodgers at Kos...



The back story:



The CIA: Banking on Intelligence

Anthony L. Kimery
Covert Action Quarterly

EXCERPT...

The CIA, NSC, and other intelligence agencies, when presented with requests from committee chair Sen. John Kerry (D‑Mass.) for records on Noriega, refused to comply. The agencies feared that, if the records were divulged, too many questions would be raised about the CIA's ties to First American.

Evidence Shredded by the Fed

The seriousness of government complicity with shady banks increases when agencies move, as they frequently do, to cover up such corruption. According to insider sources, Federal Reserve Board (Fed) files revealing BCCI's relationship to the CIA and NSC were shredded in 1988 and 1990.

While the Fed has consistently claimed that it received little intelligence about BCCI, the Senate's BCCI report reveals that intelligence reports ‑ some originating with the CIA ‑ were indeed shared with Fed officers. Investigators for the House Banking Committee posit that the Fed took no action against BCCI because the CIA and NSC were worried that covert operations would be exposed.

The Fed's records manager acknowledges that CIA files on BCCI "mysteriously" disappeared in September 1988 after Sen. Kerry's subcommittee heard Amjad Awan, ex‑manager of BCCI's branch in Panama, testify that bank officials laundered drug profits for Manuel Noriega. The same official also alleges that in 1990, someone at the Fed again destroyed and concealed documents on BCCI as the first stories about the bank's impending collapse hit the newsstands.

Gustave Newman, Robert Altman's attorney, offers additional allegations of a Fed coverup. He claims that on March 30, 1993, a week before the Justice Department dropped key charges against Altman and Clark Clifford, Fed officials shredded evidence concerning First American's sale to BCCI. Additional documents in the possession of a senior Fed official were either withheld, or "vanished into thin air."

CONTINUED...

http://covertaction.org/content/view/142/75



"Evidence shredded by the Fed." So, BCCI was a protected operation. Thanks for giving a damn, readers!
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 04:34 PM
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5. Panama has changed drastically with US intervention.
On the good side, the American presence allowed a middle class to rise.

On the bad side, the old norms that forced the upper class to adhere to elements of noblesse oblige, for survival if no other reason, are gone. It has become a Libertarian country and anyone can buy anything by greasing someone's palm. It was bad before, now it's just corrupt.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 06:05 PM
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7. The story I heard about Panama's government had to do with tailors, in a way...
My grandfather was stationed in Panama during part of World War II. One of his local friends explained that governments came and governments went. People knew there was a new regime when the guards would free the prisoners and exchange uniforms; the new guards would close the bars and lock the cells. While it was a joke, the meaning of the story was accurate.

I know this is old news to you, The Backlash Cometh, but for those new to the subject:



UNTANGLING THE OCTOPUS

by Steve Mizrach

October Surprise, Iran-Contra, Noriega, Iraqgate, and BCCI

Before he died in an ineptly performed 'suicide,' the young journalist Danny Casolaro was working on a book that he claimed tied together many of the 'gates' and 'miniscandals' surrounding the Bush presidency. The book identified the web which tied all the scandals together as the "Octopus," a mythical creature with tentacles stretching everywhere. Perhaps the birth of the Octopus lies in the 1980 Presidential election; and its growth occurred under the eight years of the Reagan presidency. Casolaro soon found that the Octopus may have consisted of a 'shadow government' apparatus that went back even further than Bush and Reagan. But what's left of his notes seem primarily to focus on events in the 80s and 90s.

It is very possible that in 1980, Bill Casey and other members of the Reagan team may have conspired with the Iranians to delay the release of the American hostages: they were afraid of an "October Surprise" which might damage Reagan's chances of defeating Carter. Sure enough, the hostages were released right as Reagan was being inaugurated, and in 1981, the first shipment of arms to Iran began. Gunther Rossbacher, an ex-Navy pilot, and two other foreign sources, insist that on October 21st and 22nd, Bush met with Iranian delegates in Paris. The "October Surprise" may have been how Bush and other Reagan team members located the Iranian 'moderates' that played a role in the Iran-Contra scandal. In 1984, the Boland amendment forbade any more military assistance to the Contras. So, in 1985, the underground "Enterprise" - Operation Yellowfruit - began selling arms to Iran and using the proceeds to furnish weapons to the Contras. George Bush claims Iran-Contra has nothing to do with him, but other administration figures' records show he was at the secret meetings - Poindexter, in particular. Amiram Nir, an Israeli terrorism expert, insists he discussed Iranian arms deals with Bush, but that can't be confirmed... he died in a mysterious plane crash in Mexico in 1988.

It turns out the Iran-Contra scandal may have been part of a larger arms-for-hostages deal. The Iranians needed weapons in their war against Iraq, and the Reagan administration felt that the Iranians might have been able to convince the Shiite terrorists in Lebanon to release the American hostages held there. Reagan claimed no "quid pro quo," but then he also claimed he really didn't remember much, either. In any case, additional hostages were seized after the 'non-deal', and many may remain in captivity today, including the Lebanon CIA station head. One man who may have known a great deal about the Iran-Contra business was Manuel Noriega, whose name came up in the 1988 Dukakis-Bush debates. Noriega knew about the Contra drug pipeline, because he was a pusher, himself, while on the CIA payroll throughout the 1980s, and during his trial in Miami in 1989, some testimony emerged which suggested he knew something about the Central American end of the Iran-Contra affair and where some on the missing money may have 'disappeared' into.

On the Middle Eastern end, another man who was a delighted beneficiary of American generosity throughout the 1980s was Saddam Hussein of Iraq. The Agriculture Department and other agencies gave Saddam agricultural credits worth millions of dollars which he used to purchase American attack helicopters, chemical weapons for using on the Kurds, and the components of a nuclear weapons program. It is suspected that the CIA and Justice Department overlooked, or aided, the Banco Nazionale Lavoro (BNL) of Italy while it funneled billions in military aid to Iraq. This recently burgeoning scandal, "Iraqgate," suggests we were playing both sides against the middle during the Iran-Iraq war. We were selling arms to both the Iranians and the Iraqis, and the CIA at various points double-crossed both sides. It is no wonder that America is so distrusted in that part of the world. In any case, there were two men that knew too much, and when Bush became president, he had to clean them up, and he would wage two "cleanup wars" to do it.

One link between Bush, Saddam, and Iran-Contra was the corrupt Middle Eastern bank, the Bank of Commerce and Credit International (BCCI). BCCI, it turns out, laundered drug money, financed CIA and Mossad covert operations, and helped Bush, Saddam, and others split over $250 billion in extortion from the sale of Persian Gulf oil. (BCCI also might have had links to the corrupt drug-money-laundering-and-CIA scandals involving Australia's Nugan Hand Bank.) Attorney General Richard Thornburgh squashed an investigation into First American Bankshares, secretly controlled by BCCI, in October 1990; and William von Raab, former U.S. customs official, was fired by Treasury Secretary James Brady for delving too deeply into BCCI. This may have a lot to do with the links between Prescott Bush, First American director Stephens, Bahrain, and Iraq. Bush's family were oilmen, and if there is anything he stood for, it was Big Oil and its interests in the Middle East. (It might be pointed out, incidentally, that it was Norman Schwarzkopf's father who helped boot out Mossadegh in Iran when he threatened to nationalize holdings of British Petroleum.) The mess was in place, and President Bush had a lot of cleaning up to do.

CONTINUED...

http://www.fiu.edu/~mizrachs/octopus.html



It is indeed sad to see that no matter what party holds power, nothing really changes anymore. In Panama, too.
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 06:24 PM
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9. K&R
great post
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 08:09 PM
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11. Remember how Monkey recycled all those Iran-Contra mass murderers?
One would think the nation's news media would bring that up, at least mentioned it for the benefit of the majority that voted for Gore. Here's a blast from the past, how just days before September 11 some were wondering about the, eh, the extreme rightward lean of the Bush the Dimmer's "administration"...



Scandal? What Scandal?

Bush's Iran-Contra appointees are barely a story


By Terry J. Allen
FAIR Extra! September/October 2001

Throughout the summer of 2001, the media were profligate with resources for the Chandra Levy story, excavating every corner of her and Rep. Gary Condit's past to unearth a prurient bounty of personal detail. That level of investigative vigor might have exposed far more vital information had it been applied to Bush's appointment of numerous Iran-Contra veterans to key posts.

But with a few admirable exceptions, news stories about Elliot Abrams, John Negroponte and Otto Reich have largely relied on past reporting and he-said, she-said soundbites by the usual supporters and critics, rather than in-depth investigations into their complicity in one of the bloodiest scandals of the past 20 years. And their guilt is based not on speculation or gossip, but on hard evidence that they aided torturers and death squads,circumvented Congress and the Constitution, and deceived the American people.

"President Bush," the Washington Post reported on March 25, "is quietly building the most conservative administration in modern times, surpassing even Ronald Reagan in the ideological commitment of his appointments, White House officials and prominent conservatives say."

It's not that Bush is whispering the names of nominees too softly for the press to hear. Rather, the reporting itself is, for the most part, quiet.

SNIP...

Writing for history

With the 1990s, aside from the occasional hurricane or bus plunge, the media spotlight shifted away from Central America. Still, a few investigative reports took advantage of new evidence and time-loosened tongues. Mark Danner revisited the El Mozote massacre for the New Yorker (12/6/93), documenting as well Washington's success in trashing the original reporting on the slaughter by Raymond Bonner and Alma Guillermopietro.

In 1995, the Baltimore Sun undertook a months-long investigation into the U.S. role in Honduras, implicating Negroponte. Under editor John Carroll, Gary Cohn and Ginger Thompson reported (6/27/95) that members of the U.S.-trained Battalion 316 used "shock and suffocation devices in interrogations. Prisoners often were kept naked and, when no longer useful, killed and buried in unmarked graves." Cohn and Thompson showed that despite insistent denials, Negroponte had to have known.

In his independent magazines the Consortium and iF, Bob Parry relentlessly investigated the period, while many reporters and scholars drew on the documentation accumulated by Tom Blanton and Peter Kornbluh at the National Security Archive. The importance of all this work is evidenced by how often it is cited--not always with credit--in reporting on the nominations of Abrams, Negroponte and Reich.

CONTINUED...

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=1076



Thank you, G_j! Really appreciate that and what you do.
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 08:43 PM
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12. there was a radio show played on WBAI NY in the eighties, "Contragate"
hosted by Robert Knight and Robert Bernstien, there was so much information revealed on that show, I wish I could find an archives.


yes, W brought a lot of them back, and some are STILL there!
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 09:01 PM
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15. The CIA, the Contras and Crack Cocaine
Those guys are some kind of reporters:



The CIA, the Contras and Crack Cocaine

The CIA planes brought guns, washing machines, gourmet food, and fancy furniture into Colombia and took drugs back to the U.S.


by Dennis Bernstein and Robert Knight

One day in the early 1980s, Wanda Palacio watched a Hercules cargo plane roll to a stop on the tarmac of Barranquilla International Airport, located in the Andean foothills just off the azure waters of Colombia's northern coast. According to Palacio, the aircraft bore the markings of Southern Air Transport, a private airline formerly run by the United States' Central Intelligence Agency.

Palacio was in Barranquilla that day with her host, Jorge Luis Ochoa, to arrange a cocaine deal. At the time, Ochoa was known as Colombia's most ambitious drug lord.

As Palacio watched men in green uniforms remove two green military trunks out of the plane and onto a truck -- she would describe this scene later in an 11-page sworn statement to Congress -- her host explained his operation: The plane was a CIA plane, Ochoa told her, and he was "exchanging guns for drugs." The crew, he said, were CIA agents, and "these shipments came each Thursday from the CIA, landing at dusk. Sometimes they brought guns, sometimes they brought U.S. products such as washing machines, gourmet food, fancy furniture or other items for the traffickers which they could not get in Colombia." And each time, Ochoa told Palacio, "they took back drugs."

Beginning in late 1984, the Contras, a group of Nicaraguan anti-government fighters trained by the CIA and supervised by Oliver North, were desperate for cash. Congress had cut funding to the ragtag group of former Somoza national guardsmen and desperate peasants because of numerous reported human rights violations. So, to keep the Contras alive, the CIA and North were forced to seek out alternative funding. Those money-raising schemes included cutting an arms deal with the Iranians, soliciting money from friendly third party countries and arranging a marriage of convenience with Colombian drug traffickers.

Reports of those kinds of illegal activities began to surface in the press over a period of two years, culminating in October 1986 with the shooting down of Eugene Hafenfus' plane. Hafenfus was a long-time CIA asset working with North's resupply network in Nicaragua. Discovered in his plane were documents directly linking him to the U.S. government. In addition, one of the dead crewmembers was Wallace "Buzz" Sawyer -- the same man identified by Wanda Palacio as the CIA pilot bringing cocaine from Colombia to the United States.

The Hafenfus incident threw a spotlight on the whole illegal contra network, and in the following month then Attorney General Ed Meese was forced to go public with some of the details of the operation. Meese's press conference triggered a number of investigations in Congress and from the executive branch and led ultimately to the creation of the Iran-contra committees and the appointment of an independent counsel to investigate.

In her 1986 sworn testimony before Sen. John Kerry's Senate Subcommittee on Narcotics and International Terrorism, Palacio, a former airline employee whose cocaine trafficking career spanned two years, acknowledged that she could not prove the drug exchange operation was being conducted by the CIA. But, she added, "What I saw raised many questions about the source of the U.S. weapons which I know Ochoa has obtained."

CONTINUED...

http://www.albionmonitor.com/9612a/ciacontra.html



I'm keeping an eye out for transcripts on the Contragate/Undercurrents program, G_j.

In the meantime, here's a handy resource on CIA Contra Drug Running.
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 11:07 PM
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17. Dennis Bernstein, that's right!
great article. thank you.


& after all those investigations and hearings, the CIA cocaine connection is still scoffed at as a conspiracy theory.
Of course, nobody was prosecuted.
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MinM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 07:38 PM
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10. IIRC at the height of Iran-Contra Poppy personally delivered hush money...
to one of the Latin American Leaders. Does anybody else remember that story or news report? It was millions of dollars and of course the news report referred to it as "Aid".

K&R
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 08:49 PM
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13. Might've been $110 million for Honduras' help in warring on the poor, teachers, aid workers...
...doctors, nurses, farmers, men, women, children and other innocents in neighboring Nicarag-yoo-a.

Poppy, according to Ollie North, personally handled the matter. Some have speculated he delivered the cash, in-person, but I don't think Poppy liked having his picture taken much after what happened in October 1980.

Here's a link to a Milwaukee Sentinel article from 1987.

Here's more on the names and specifics from...



George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography

EXCERPT...

The Crisis Pre-Planning Group (CPPG), subordinate to Chairman Bush of the
Special Situation Group (SSG), met to discuss means to circumvent the
Boland amendment's ban on aid to the Contras. They agreed on a
"presidential letter" to be sent to President Suazo of Honduras, "to
provide several enticements to Honduras in exchange for its continued
support of the Nicaraguan Resistance. These enticements included expedited
delivery of military supplies ordered by Honduras, a phased release of
withheld economic assistance (ESF) funds, and other support."

The preceding was the admission of the United States government in the 1989
Oliver North trial -- number 51 in a series of "stipulations" that was
given to the court to avoid having to release classified documents.

"February 12, 1985:"

The government admissions in the North trial continued:

"52: ... North proposed that McFarlane send a memo
the recommendation of the CPPG Bush adviser Don Gregg].... The memo stated that this part of the message
should not be contained in a written document
but should be delivered verbally by a discreet emissary." This was to be
George Bush himself.

Honduras would be given increased aid, to be diverted to the Contras, so as
to deceive Congress and the American population. / Note #2 / Note #4

"February 15, 1985:"

After Rodriguez had arrived in El Salvador and had begun setting up the
central resupply depot for the Contras, Ambassador Thomas Pickering sent an
"Eyes Only" cable to the State Department on his conversation with
Rodriguez. Pickering's cable bore the postscript, "Please brief Don Gregg
in the V.P.'s office for me." / Note #2 / Note #5

"February 19, 1985:"

Felix Rodriguez met with Bush's staff in the vice-presidential offices in
the Executive Office Building, briefing them on the progress of his
mission.

Over the next two years, Rodriguez met frequently with Bush staff members
in Washington and in Central America, often jointly with CIA and other
officials, and conferred with Bush's staff by telephone countless times. /
Note #2 / Note #6

"March 15-16, 1985:"

George Bush and Felix Rodriguez were in Central America on their common project.

On Friday, Rodriguez supervised delivery in Honduras of military supplies
for the FDN Contras whose main base was there in Honduras.

On Saturday, George Bush met with Honduran President Roberto Suazo Cordova.
Bush told Suazo that the Reagan-Bush administration was expediting delivery
of more than $110 million in economic and military aid to Suazo's
government. This was the "quid pro quo": a bribe for Suazo's support for
the U.S. mercenary force, and a transfer through Honduras of the Contra
military supplies, which had been directly prohibited by the Congress.

SOURCE:

http://www.padrak.com/alt/BUSHBOOK_7.html





Some fellahs always are on the side of the Reich.


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MinM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 10:47 PM
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16. Thanks...
that's probably it. Although it seems there was film of Poppy stepping off a Plane, but that may have just been some file-footage.
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troubledamerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-11-10 12:48 AM
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18. Only 18 U.S. Billionaire families
lobbied Congress to eliminate the Estate Tax.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_family
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pberq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-11-10 01:49 PM
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19. Good work, Octafish! nt
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