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The Activities at Mena
MENA is no myth!

"If the people were to ever find out what we have done, we would be chased
down the streets and lynched."

-- George Bush, cited in the June, 1992 Sarah McClendon Newsletter

George Bush with legendary CIA agent Felix Rodriguez a.k.a. "Mr. Gomez" who
ran the Mexican portion of the Iran-Contra guns and drug running operation.

  "I have put thousands of Americans away for tens of thousands of years for
less evidence for conspiracy with less evidence than is available against
Ollie North and CIA people. . . . I personally was involved in a deep-cover
case that went to the top of the drug world in three countries. The CIA
killed it."
  Former DEA Agent Michael Levine
  CNBC-TV, October 8, 1996


  "The connections piled up quickly. Contra planes flew north to the U.S.,
loaded with cocaine, then returned laden with cash. All under the protective
umbrella of the United States Government. My informants were perfectly
placed: one worked with the Contra pilots at their base, while another moved
easily among the Salvadoran military officials who protected the resupply
operation. They fed me the names of Contra pilots. Again and again, those
names showed up in the DEA database as documented drug traffickers.

  "When I pursued the case, my superiors quietly and firmly advised me to
move on to other investigations."

  Former DEA Agent Celerino Castillo
  Powder Burns, 1992


  "The Subcommittee found that the Contra drug links included:

    a.. Involvement in narcotics trafficking by individuals associated with
the Contra movement.

    b.. Participation of narcotics traffickers in Contra supply operations
through business relationships with Contra organizations.

    c.. Provision of assistance to the Contras by narcotics traffickers,
including cash, weapons, planes, pilots, air supply services and other
materials, on a voluntary basis by the traffickers.

    d.. Payments to drug traffickers by the US State Department of funds
authorized by the Congress for humanitarian assistance to the Contras, in
some cases after the traffickers had been indicted by federal law
enforcement agencies on drug charges, in others while traffickers were under
active investigation by these same agencies."
  Senate Committee Report on Drugs,
  Law Enforcement and Foreign Policy
  chaired by Senator John F. Kerry


  "I really take great exception to the fact that 1,000 kilos came in,
funded by US taxpayer money."

  DEA official Anabelle Grimm, during a 1993 interview on a CBS-TV "60
Minutes" segment entitled "The CIA's Cocaine." The 1991 CIA drug-smuggling
event Ms. Grimm described was later found to be much larger. A Florida grand
jury and the Wall Street Journal reported it to involve as much as 22 tons.

NEW! The CIA Report that admits cocaine trafficking.


Click for Bill Clinton Sound Byte. RealAudio format(30.6K)
This is Bill Clinton's assurance that there was noshing going on at Mena.
Note how he "over sells" the denial.


Click for Dan Lasater Sound Byte. RealAudio format(30.6K)
This is Dan Lasater in front of the Whitewater committee.


Third paragraph reads.....

   "Honduran DC-6 which
   is being used for
   runs out of New Orleans
   is probably being used
   for drug runs into US"
   -LtCol Oliver North 09Aug85

This area of the website has been assembled in response to the persistent
claims of a few individuals (well, just one, really) that Mena is a myth,
that the CIA never ran cocaine through the Mena airport, or laundered the
proceeds through various Arkansas financial institutions including Morgan
Guarantee, Madison S&L, Worthen Bank, and most importantly, the Arkansas
Development Finance Authority. That such activities took place at Mena
(among other locations) should hardly be surprising, as a read through most
newspapers shows that government connections to drug running are not only
commonplace, they have become the inevitable symptom of these totally
corrupted times.

The hyper-links in this page connect, in most cases, to either published
articles or congressional records related to the link subject. They are well
worth following and although laborious to read (especially the congressional
records), are well worth the effort. It is the hard evidence behind the

The Intermountain Regional Airport at Mena first came to national attention
following the crash of a cargo plane in the jungles of Nicaragua. The sole
survivor of the crash, Eugene Hassenfuss, confessed to being part of an
illegal operation to arm and resupply the Contra forces staged out of the
Mena airport, and the scandal known as Iran-Contra erupted across the
headlines of the world.

The specific aircraft which crashed in Nicaragua had, during the Vietnam
war, belonged to Air America, the CIA proprietary airline that had flown
guns to the Laotian Meo in Long Tien, while bringing heroin back. Following
the end of the Vietnam war, the aircraft was purchased by legendary drug
smuggler Barry Seal, who renamed it the "Fat Lady" and based it at the Mena
airport. Following Seal's murder (an obvious setup by the court system), the
plane was used in the gun running operation to Nicaragua, ending with the

The fact that guns were being sent to the Contras was itself illegal, under
the Boland Amendment. While diverted arms sales were held aloft as the
funding mechanism for the gun running to the Contras, the sheer scale of the
Contra effort suggested that another, even more clandestine, funding
mechanism had to existed. Drug running. To allay this suspicion, Oliver
North claimed that he reported any drug activity to the D.E.A. The D.E.A.
says he did no such thing. Evidence of drug running connected to the Contra
Resupply was made available to the Iran-Contra Special Prosecutor, but it
was not followed up.

After the Iran-Contra scandal erupted, individuals began to come forward
with stories that the same planes that ferried guns down to Nicaragua were
ferrying back cocaine for sale in the United States. Cocaine whose profits
were the real source of funding for the Contra's custom made (and
numberless) M-16s. These individuals included military personnel such as
Eugene Wheaton, and pilots such as Richard Brenneke, and Terry Reed, who
claimed they were part of the guns and drugs operation itself. Some, like
Chip Tatum, had documents proving their claims. Others were highly respected
law enforcement officers and members of government, such as William Duncan,
L.D. Brown, and others, who had stumbled on the drug running operation and
tried to expose it. Some of those who had knowledge of Mena started to die.

Almost immediately, it became apparent that Mena enjoyed a special status.
Every attempt to investigate met with interference. Investigator Russel
Welch of the Arkansas Police was ordered to stay away from drug activity at
the Mena Airport. Despite a public statement by then-Governor Bill Clinton
that he was doing all he could to investigate allegations of CIA drug
running at Mena, citizen's groups charged that funding was cut for any
investigations that pointed at Mena, and petitioned the Iran-Contra Special
Prosecutor to investigate drug running at Mena. He never did.

Politicians elected on a promise to investigate Mena quickly broke those

Appearing before Congress, Former IRS Criminal Investigator William Duncan
testified that he was ordered to suppress information about Mena by his
superiors, and that investigations into Mena were shut down on orders from
the US Attorney!

Even a Congressman, US Representative Bill Alexander, whoseappeal to Bill
Clinton for investigative funding was ignored, charged that he had found
interference in the Mena affair from the IRS!

Angered by what appeared to be a cover up, Alexander threatened budget cuts
on non-cooperative agencies, then directly challenged Richard Thornburgh,the
Attorney General Of The United States, to look into Mena. Thornburgh
promised he would investigate. He never did.

The IRS works for the Department of the Treasury. Hence, it was worth noting
that following US Representative Bill Alexander's complaints of IRS
interference, another division of the Treasury Department, the Customs
Bureau, issued the following memo, requesting that all records, especially
paper records relating to activities at Mena be sent to Washington D.C..
Included in the memo was the request that Customs be notified if no records
were found in the individual offices.

Click for full size picture.(352K)

For those who do not wish to download the 300 kilobyte scan, here is a
transcript of the first paragraph.(A capital X signifies an unreadable

The House Committee on Banking and Financial Services is
requesting Customs to make available to the Committee all
documents and communications in Customs possession related to
alleged money laundering and drug activities occurring at Mena
Airport, Arkansas. Attached for your review and action is the
Committee's letter and several attachments listing individuals,
firms, case numbers etc. The Committee requests Customs search
its records for information and documents related to the
information contained in the Attachments to the Committee's
Even the press seemed to have a blind spot where Mena was concerned. Writer
Roger Morris (author of "Partners In Power") and Sally Denton wrote a
well-researched article entitled The Crimes Of Mena. This story, based on
Barry Seal's surviving records, had been fact checked and cleared for
publication by the legal staff of the Washington Post, when it was suddenly
spiked without explanation by Managing Editor Bob Kaiser, a fellow Skull &
Bones alumni with ex CIA chief George Bush.

With only a few notable exceptions like Jack Anderson, and Sarah McClendon,
along with a few small town newspapers like the Ozark Gazette, The Guardian,
the mainstream press's silence has been deafening.

This self-imposed blindness towards Mena by the America media did not go
unnoticed by the foreign press, most notably among them London Telegraph
journalist Ambrose Evans-Pritchard.

Mena is a current issue.
Mena is a current issue. The recent revelations of highly questionable
fundraising practices in the 1996 election, coupled with the suspicious
deaths of four 1992 Clinton fundraisers, raises the ugly possibility that
the American Presidency, like those of Columbia and Mexico (and so many
others), has been bought and paid for with drug money.

It's nonsense to claim that Mena is a myth. The sheer weight of concerns
voiced by law abiding citizens regarding the flood of drugs that poured into
Arkansas cannot be ignored.

The CIA, after years of denials, finally admitted that it had indeed had
operations at Mena, although it continues to deny involvement in drug

There is something at Mena. Something that a great number of people are
working very hard to conceal.

Military "Suicides" - Keeping The Lid On The Use Of The Military?
Part 1 of the Philadelphia Inquirer Story.,

Part 2 of the Philadelphia Inquirer Story.,

Part 3 of the Philadelphia Inquirer Story.,

Part 4 of the Philadelphia Inquirer Story.,



a.. Castillo, Celerino III and Harmon, Dave, POWDERBURNS, Oakville, Ont.,
Mosaic Press, 1994 Head of DEA in El Salvador discovered that the Contras
were smuggling cocaine into the United States. Castillo's superiors reacted
to his reports by burying them. This book is too controversial for an
American publisher to print.

a.. Cockburn, Leslie, OUT OF CONTROL, New York, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1987
Early account of the of the Reagan Administration's secret war in Nicaragua,
the illegal arms pipeline and the Contra drug connection.

a.. Johnson, Haynes, SLEEPWALKING THROUGH HISTORY, New York, W.W. Norton &
Company, 1991. Pg. 261-274, 292-293 History of the Reagan years traces the
relationships of William Casey, Manuel Noriega and the Medellin cocaine

a.. Levine, Michael, THE BIG WHITE LIE, New York, Thunder's Mouth Press,
1993 DEA undercover investigator learns that the biggest deterrent to
stopping the drug epidemic is the Central Intelligence Agency.

a.. Levine, Michael, DEEP COVER, New York, Dell Publishing, 1990 DEA
undercover operative penetrates the leadership of the Bolivian cocaine
cartel, Panamanian money-launderers and Mexican military middle-men. But it
is all for nought, as interference from the CIA and Attorney General Meese,
along with DEA infighting, sabotage the investigation.

a.. McCoy, Alfred, THE POLITICS OF HEROIN, Brooklyn, NY, Lawrence Hill
Books, 1991 Excellent history about CIA complicity in the global drug trade,
from the French Connection, to Southeast Asia and onward into the
Afghanistan and Latin America. A must read.

a.. Parry, Robert, FOOLING AMERICA, New York, William Morrow and Company,
1992 Several sections discuss Contra cocaine smuggling in this book which
describes how Washington insiders twist the truth and manufacture the
Conventional Wisdom.

a.. Persico, Joseph E., CASEY, New York, Viking Penguin, 1990, pg..478-481
Biography on former CIA director William Casey briefly explores the
relationships between the CIA and drug traffickers, as well as the
protection of narco-CIA assets.

a.. Reed, Terry and Cummings, John, COMPROMISED, New York, S.P.I. Books,
1994 The definitive book on Mena, Reed's first person account of his CIA
service on behalf of the Contras opens eyes as to the relationships between
the CIA, drug trafficking and recent occupants of the White House. A second
edition is in bookstores, however not from bankrupt S.P.I. Books. [I highly
recommend this book]

a.. Terrell, Jack with Martz, Ron, DISPOSABLE PATRIOT: REVELATIONS OF A
SOLDIER IN AMERICA'S SECRET WARS, Washington, DC, National Press Books, 1992
ISBN 0-915765-38-1 An American soldier goes to fight the Sandinistas in
Nicaragua. But he discovers that the most dangerous war is the political
infighting of Washington as politicians and covert operatives fight to save
their political skins ans stay out of jail.


a.. Adams, Lorraine, "North Didn't Relay Drug Tips; DEA Says It Finds No
Evidence Reagan Aide Talked to Agency," WASHINGTON POST, October 22, 1994,
pg A1 Oliver North knew his Contra network was smuggling cocaine, but he did
not inform the DEA as required by law.

a.. Anderson, Jack and Van Atta, Dale, "Drug Runner's Legacy," February 28,
1989 Federal authorities stonewall investigations into Barry Seal's

a.. Anderson, Jack and Van Atta, Dale, "Small Town for Smuggling," March 1,
1989 Suspects say they worked for the CIA to turn back investigations into
the cocaine of Mena.

a.. Arbanas, Michael, "Hutchinson knew in 83 of Seal probe, ex-IRS agent
says," ARKANSAS GAZETTE, September 19, 1990 IRS agent William Duncan claimed
Asa Hutchinson knew about allegations of drug trafficking at Mena when he
was US Attorney.

a.. Arbanas, Michael, "Truth on Mena, Seal shrouded in shady allegations;
Drug smuggling rumors just won't die," ARKANSAS GAZETTE, December 22, 1990
Long overview of Mena evidence.

a.. Arbanas, Michael, "FBI apparently investigating Mena, Seal," ARKANSAS
GAZETTE, May 24, 1991

a.. Bowers, Rodney, "Slain smuggler used airport," ARKANSAS GAZETTE,
December 14, 1987 Evidence showing drug smuggler Barry Seal used Mena
airport, and that federal Justice officials interfered in local law
enforcement investigating the narcotics.

a.. Bowers, Rodney, "House investigators opens Mena probe," ARKANSAS
GAZETTE, December 17, 1987 Aide to Congressman William Hughes (D-NJ) visited
Mena to gather evidence and testimony.

a.. Brown, Chip, "Former DEA agent: North knew of cocaine shipments to US,"
ASSOCIATED PRESS, June 17, 1994 DEA agent Celerino Castillo tells of his
knowledge regarding drug smuggling through the Contra resupply network.

a.. "Co-pilot held answers sought in investigation; But he died in plane
crash in 1985," ARKANSAS GAZETTE, June 27, 1988, pg 6A

a.. Cockburn, Alexander, "Chapters in the Recent History of Arkansas," THE
NATION, February 24, 1992 Describes what was revealed in court papers filed
by Terry Reed in his case against Clinton aide Buddy Young regarding CIA
Contra cocaine smuggling out of Mena.

a.. Crudele, John, "Drugs and the CIA -- A Scandal Unravels in Arkansas,"
NEW YORK POST, April 21, 1995 Report that special prosecutor Kenneth Starr
is investigating the CIA guns-for-drugs operations at Mena.

a.. Crudele, John, "Bombshell in Arkansas Investigations Brings Both Parties
the Jitters," NEW YORK POST, August 14, 1995 Congressman Jim Leach's Banking
Committee and the House Judiciciary Committee investigate allegations of
cocaine trafficking at Mena that point responsibility at the Clinton, Bush
and Reagan administrations.

a.. "Demo Says IRS Blocked Probe Of Drugs, Arms," SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
(ASSOCIATED PRESS), July 28, 1989 Rep. Alexander (D-Ark.) Charges the IRS
with blocking investigations into cocaine of Mena.

a.. "Deposition summarizes rumors about Seal," ARKANSAS GAZETTE, June 26,
1988, pg. 18A Former military investigator Gary Wheaton gave a sworn
deposition claiming that Barry Seal engaged in gun-running and drug
smuggling with the consent of the Drug Enforcement Administration and
Central Intelligence Agency.

a.. editorial, "Investigate Mena," WALL STREET JOURNAL, July 10, 1995, pg

a.. Epstein, Edward Jay, "On the Mena Trail," WALL STREET JOURNAL, April 20,
1994 The Journal warns that beneath Clinton's crimes, lie the crimes of
Reagan and Bush.

a.. Evans-Pritchard, Ambrose, "Cocaine and Toga Parties," SUNDAY TELEGRAPH,
July 17, 1994 Describes evidence that Bill Clinton enjoyed drugs and young

a.. Evans-Pritchard, Ambrose, "International Smugglers linked to Contra arms
deals," SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, October 9, 1994 Links Contra cocaine smuggling
with Bill Clinton associate, Dan Lasater.

a.. Evans-Pritchard, Ambrose, "Airport scandal set to crash into White
House," DAILY TELEGRAPH, March 27, 1995 Recounts evidence provided by Terry
Reed and William Duncan regarding cocaine trafficking through Arkansas.

a.. Evans-Pritchard, Ambrose, "Clinton Involved in CIA Arms and Drugs
Racket," SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, July 9, 1995 Reveals that AMERICAN SPECTATOR was
about to publish and interview with former Clinton bodyguard, L.D. Brown.
Conservative editor R. Emmett Tyrrell remarked how shocked he was to uncover
CIA skullduggery involving the secret was against the Sandinistas.

a.. Evans-Pritchard, Ambrose, "Embattled Clinton falls back on Nixon's
Watergate defence," ELECTRONIC TELEGRAPH, December 18, 1995

a.. Haddigan, Michael, " Fat Man' key to mystery," ARKANSAS GAZETTE, June
26, 1988, pg. A1 Overview of the investigations and obstructions to
uncovering the truth behind the cocaine of Mena.

a.. Haddigan, Michael, "The Kingpin and his many connections," ARKANSAS
GAZETTE, June 27, 1988, pg. 1A Explores the career of Barry Seal.

a.. Haddigan, Michael, "Mena tires of rumors," ARKANSAS GAZETTE, June 28,
1988, pg. 1A Remote Mena airport does special refittings for planes from
around the world.

a.. Hanchette, John, "House Banking Committee Probing Tangles Tale of Mena,
Ark.," GANNETT NEWS SERVICE, January 25, 1996 House Banking Chairman Jim
Leach is investigating Mena.

a.. Harmon, Dave, "Ex-agent: Drug sales aided contras; Retired DEA man says
smuggling, North venture linked," CHICAGO TRIBUNE, January 26, 1993 Celerino
Castillo describes the frustration in prosecuting cocaine smugglers involved
with the Contra resupply network.

a.. Henson, Maria, "Testimony reveals leak in drug probe: Cost Seal his
life, witness says," ARKANSAS GAZETTE, July 29, 1988 House Judiciary
subcommittee on crime hears DEA officials tell how a White House leak
revealing Barry Seal's undercover work ruined a major drug investigation.

a.. Henson, Maria, "Alexander threatens budget ax to get agency's
cooperation; He pledges to continue investigation into drug trafficking,"
ARKANSAS GAZETTE, October 5, 1988 Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.) tries to
force the Reagan administration to allow a General Accounting Office
investigation into drug-trafficking around Mena.

a.. "IRS says smuggler owes $29 million, seizes his property," BATON ROUGE
STATE TIMES, February 5, 1986, pg. 1-A Some of Barry Seal's assets are

a.. "Judge set to rule in dispute over Seal's tax assessment," BATON ROUGE
STATE TIMES, March 28, 1986

a.. Kwitny, Jonathan, "Dope Story: Doubts Rise on Report Reagan Cited in
Tying Sandinistas to Cocaine," WALL STREET JOURNAL, April 22, 1987 Account
of Barry Seal's activities in Mena and his attempt as a DEA informant to
connect the Sandinistas with cocaine trafficking.

a.. Lemons, Terry and Fullerton, Jane, "Perot Called Clinton About Mena
Inquiry," ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE, April 19, 1992 In 1988, Ross Perot
called Gov. Bill Clinton to discuss the allegations of cocaine trafficking
on behalf of the Contras in Mena.

a.. Lemons, Terry and Fullerton, Jane, "Perot Vows Mena Airport Won't Be
Issue If He Runs," ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE, April 26, 1992. Perot confirms
that he discussed Mena with Gov. Bill Clinton in 1988.

a.. Morris, Scott, "Clinton: State did all it could in Mena case," ARKANSAS
GAZETTE, September 11, 1991 Gov. Bill Clinton claims the Arkansas State
Police conducted a "very vigorous" investigation into allegations of drugs
and money-laundering around Mena.

a.. Morrison, Micah, "Mena Coverup? Razorback Columbo to Retire," WALL
STREET JOURNAL May 10, 1995, pg. A18 Recounts the efforts of Arkansas State
Policeman Russell Welch to investigate Mena, and the career troubles which

a.. Morrison, Micah, "Mysterious Mena," WALL STREET JOURNAL, June 29, 1994
Recounts the stories about allegations of U.S. government-protected
drug-running in Arkansas.

a.. Morrison, Micah, "The Mena Coverup" WALL STREET JOURNAL, October 18,
1994 IRS investigator William Duncan developed documentation proving the
money-laundering of cocaine profits through Arkansas.

a.. Nabbefeld, Joe, "Evidence on Mena-CIA ties to go to Walsh; Airport's
inclusion in Contra probe urged," ARKANSAS GAZETTE, September 10, 1991
Iran-contra Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh is given evidence on drug
money-laundering involving CIA-Contra activities at Mena.

a.. Norman, Jane, "Arkansas Airstrip Under Investigation," DES MOINES
REGISTER, January 26, 1996, pg. 3 House Banking Chairman Jim Leach is
investigating Mena.

a.. "Panel investigating slain informant's activities," ARKANSAS GAZETTE,
April 11, 1988 House investigators continue probing allegations of Contra
cocaine smuggling.

a.. Rafinski, Karen, "North gets boosters, protesters; Controversial
Iran-Contra figure campaigns for Hayes," ARKANSAS GAZETTE, September 23,
1990 Oliver North visits Arkansas to support Republican Terry Hayes running
against Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.).

a.. Scarborough, Rowan, "House Panel Takes a Long Look at Mena," WASHINGTON
TIMES, January 18, 1996 House Banking Committee is investigating the cocaine
trafficking at Mena.

a.. Semien, John, "Agent says Seal trafficked drugs while an informant,"
BATON ROUGE MORNING ADVOCATE, March 28, 1986 Louisiana state police describe
their evidence that Barry Seal was a drug trafficker.

a.. Semien, John, "Plane downed in Nicaragua once owned by Adler Barry
Seal," BATON ROUGE MORNING ADVOCATE, March 10, 1986 The plane shot down over
Nicaragua, revealing the Iran-contra affair, was owned by drug smuggler
Barry Seal.

a.. Semien, John, "Congress investigating Barry Seal's activities," BATON
ROUGE SUNDAY ADVOCATE, April 10, 1988 Investigators for the House
Subcommittee on Crime visited Louisiana to develop evidence regarding
cocaine smuggling and the Contra resupply network.

a.. Stewart, Julie, "Contras, Drug Smuggling Questions Remain Abut Arkansas
Airport, ASSOCIATED PRESS, September 24, 1991

a.. Stinson, Jeffrey, "Alexander vows to find answers to Seal story,"
ARKANSAS GAZETTE, December 22, 1990 Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.) Renews his
efforts for a federal investigation of Mena.

a.. Stinson, Jeffrey, "House panel hears tales of illegal activities at Mena
airport," ARKANSAS GAZETTE, July 25, 1991 IRS investigator William Duncan
describes the evidence he collected on drug trafficking at Mena and how the
Justice Department asked him to perjure himself before a grand jury.

a.. Tyrrell, R. Emmett Jr., "Furtive Drug Flights," August 25, 1995 Former
Clinton bodyguard L.D. Brown reveals that apparently both Bill Clinton and
George Bush knew about the Contra cocaine flights into Mena.

a.. Walker, Martin, "Conspiracy theorists let imagination run riot over
Whitewater scandal; Murder, arson, burglary, drug trafficking . . . they're
all part of he plot, if the Clintons' accusers in the press are to be
believed," THE GUARDIAN, March 24, 1994 Recounts the darkest allegations
against Bill Clinton.

a.. Weiner, Tim, "Suit by Drug Agent Says U.S. Subverted His Burmese
Efforts," NEW YORK TIMES, October 27, 1994 Top DEA official in Burma
describes how the State Department and CIA jeopardized his heroin
investigations and put his life in danger.


a.. Chua-Eoan, Howard G. and Shannon, Elaine, "Confidence Games," TIME,
November 29, 1993, pg.35 CIA facilities in Venezuela are used to store 1,000
kilos of cocaine that is shipped to Miami.

a.. Corn, David, "The C.I.A. and the Cocaine Coup," THE NATION, October 7,
1991, pg.404 Tells of CIA assistance in 1980 Bolivian coup that put cocaine
cartel leaders into power.

a.. COVERT ACTION INFORMATION BULLETIN, "The CIA and Drugs" edition, Number
28 (Summer 1987) 8 articles on the history of CIA drug trafficking and money
laundering. Ordering information at

a.. Dettmer, Jamie and Rodriguez, Paul M., "Starr Investigation Targets
Law-Enforcement Complicity," INSIGHT, May 29, 1995 Report that Independent
Counsel Kenneth Starr was investigating the shredding by Arkansas law
enforcement of documents related to Iran-contra drug smuggling.

a.. "Ghosts of carelessness past," ECONOMIST, May 7, 1994, pg. 30 Summary of
allegations regarding cocaine smuggling at Mena.

a.. Robinson, Deborah, "Unsolved mysteries in Clinton country," IN THESE
TIMES, February 12-18, 1992 As Bill Clinton moved to gain the Democratic
nomination for President, allegations surfaced that he ignored local law
enforcement officials' pleas for assistance to investigate Mena.

a.. Robinson, Linda and Duffy, Brian, "At play in the field of the spies; A
primer: How not to fight the war on drugs," U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT,
November 29, 1993 CIA operatives in Venezuela were involved in or had known
about drug shipments in the United States, but did nothing to stop them.

a.. Tyrrell, R. Emmett Jr., "The Arkansas Drug Shuttle," THE AMERICAN
SPECTATOR, August, 1995, pg.16 Story of former Clinton bodyguard, L.D.
Brown, and his experiences in the Contra resupply operation

a.. Wheeler, Scott L., "Dateline Mena: New Evidence, Rumored Congressional
Inquiry Redirect Attention Toward Lingering Scandal," MEDIA BYPASS, January,
1996, pg. 60 More allegations rise to surface regarding cocaine trafficking
at Mena, including evidence that the drug smuggling continues unabated.

a.. "Whitewater Ad Nauseam?" BUSINESSWEEK, February 26, 1996, pg.45 House
Banking Chairman James Leach is investigating Mena.


Consumer, and Monetary Affairs Subcommittee of the Committee on Government
Operations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Second Congress, First
Session, July 24, 1991, GOV DOC # Y 4.G 74/7:Em 7/16 House probe into why
IRS investigator William Duncan faced a career crisis for documenting the
money-laundering through Arkansas in the 1980s.

Narcotics and International Operations, Committee on Foreign Relations,
United States Senate, 1989, S. Prt. 100-165 Chaired by Sen. John Kerry of
Massachusetts, the subcommittee heard abundant testimony by drug dealers and
pilots about CIA connections to the smuggling.

Hearings before the Subcommittee on Crime of the Committee on the Judiciary,
House of Representatives, One Hundredth Congress, Second Session, July 28,
September 23, 29, and October 5, 1988, GOV DOC # Y 4.J 89/1:100/138
Investigation of connections between cocaine smuggler Barry Seal and the
Contra resupply network.

Consumer and Monetary Affairs Subcommittee of the Committee on Government
Operations, House of Representatives, July 25, 26 and 27, 1989, GOV DOC # Y
4.G 74/7:Em 7/11 Congressional hearings discover that IRS employee problems
are due to employees investigating money-laundering of cocaine through

a.. SYRIA, PRESIDENT BUSH AND DRUGS, Subcommittee Staff Report, House
Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime and Criminal Justice, October
28, 1992 Reports that Bekaa Valley heroin traffickers have close ties to the
Syrian government and Army, and that President Bush ignores this problem in
his policy towards Syria.

         Dear Fellow American,

         On August 23, 1987, two teenage boys stumbled upon a
         drug smuggling operation that was sanctioned by federal
         officials and protected by local law enforcement. The
         boys, Kevin Ives, 17, and Don Henry, 16, were murdered.
         Their bodies were laid across nearby railroad tracks and
         mutilated by a passing train.

         Most of you are familiar with this nationally-
         publicized story which has become know as the "train
         deaths." Most of you also know that the murders are
         officially unsolved, because every investigation (seven
         in all) has been either controlled or shut down to
         prevent exposing the CIA-operative drug-smuggling based
         in rural Mena, Arkansas.

         The "train deaths" is a disturbing and shocking story
         but, unfortunately, is not unique. It has, however,
         become a symbol - an icon of injustice. It is the
         heart-wrenching story of a mother who has plodded a
         tenacious journey for tens years with still no end in
         sight; it is the inspiring story of a prosecutor who was
         professionally destroyed for standing alone against a
         corrupt system; it is the disconcerting story of a
         deputy sheriff who was stonewalled by his superiors; and
         it is the exasperating story of a film maker who risked
         everything to expose the truth.

         The mother is Linda Ives. She promised her son, Kevin,
         that his killers would be brought to justice, but she
         cannot keep her promise. It has been ten years and every
         level of law enforcement has participated in covering up
         the murders. It is clear that the government is not
         going to do its job by prosecuting anyone in criminal
         court, so Linda is forced to seek accountability in
         civil court. It is the best she can do for Kevin.

         The prosecutor is Jean Duffey. In 1990, her career and
         reputation were destroyed in a brutal smear campaign led
         by dirty public officials she was trying to expose. She
         slipped quietly into Texas where she became a high
         school algebra teacher until . In 1994, the FBI
         persuaded her to help them investigate the train deaths
         by promising to expose the truth, but when the truth led
         to Mena drug-smuggling, the FBI backed off cold. Jean
         refused to go away quietly this time.

         The deputy sheriff is John Brown. In 1993, despite being
         warned to back off by a superior and the Clinton-
         appointed state drug czar, John poured his heart and
         soul into his investigation. After John had worked the
         case for nearly a year, an eye witness came forward,
         the FBI demanded control, and John was ostracized.
         John resigned in disgust and is now the Chief of Police
         for the City of Alexander, near where the boys were

         The film-maker is Pat Matrisciana. After learning of the
         "train deaths" story in 1993, Pat was led to tell it. In
         1996, Pat released Obstruction of Justice: The Mena
         Connection, which tells the story and names the
         individuals who have been implicated in government
         documents as the murderers. Two of those individuals are
         suing Pat, his film company, and Pat's organization,
         Citizens For Honest Government, for $16,000,000.00.

         Ordinarily, truth is a defense in a libel suit, but this
         suit is in Arkansas and this is a suit that involves
         corrupt officials who are being protected by the highest
         levels of our government. Pat has found himself on the
         front line in a war with murderers, drug smugglers, and
         dirty public officials and has realized that the system
         - the government - is his enemy.

         If Pat loses this lawsuit, he and Citizens For Honest
         Government will be destroyed. That would be a terrible
         injustice, but even worse, losing the suit would close
         the doors to any kind of justice for Kevin and Don. It
         is absolutely imperative to defend Pat successfully, and
         it can be done. It can be done because evidence will be
         made available during the discovery and deposition phase
         of the suit that has not been available before. The good
         news is, this new evidence will expose what the
         government has been hiding for ten years. The bad news
         is, discovery and depositions are wildly expensive.

         Most of us who are familiar with the train deaths story
         are convinced it is the eye of the storm. Swirling
         around the eye is CIA drug-smuggling, Clinton
         money-laundering, government- sanctioned murders,
         bipartisan cover-ups, and corporate media-control. The
         law suit against Pat could be the thread that unravels
         it all, and Pat has a grip on that thread. The only
         thing preventing him from yanking it is money.

         It is going to cost at least $100,000 to successfully
         defend Pat. That may sound like a lot of money, until
         one considers the powers he is up against and the
         offense they will launch against him. He has two great
         advantages, though - a brilliant lawyer and the truth.
         We simply cannot allow justice to be impeded for lack of

         Here's some things you can do: Go to the "train deaths"
         website at, and order the video
         Obstruction of Justice or do so by calling
         1-800-558-4308 (all profits from the video go to the
         Kevin Ives Civil Justice Fund). Call 1-800-965-2344 to
         contribute to Pat's defense fund and to join Citizens
         For Honest Government (you will get their bimonthly
         newsletter). Make copies of this article and distribute
         it to everyone you know. Include Linda, Jean, John, and
         Pat in your prayers.

         God Bless You,

         A Friend

These sites are filled with facts about CIA covert operations and how they
work against the best interests of the citizens of the United States.

NOTE Chip Tatum's last known website has vanished. As soon as a new site is
available, I will hotlink to it.


Duane Roberts' Mena documents are archived at.

The Alliance to Expose Government Corruption and Corporate Crime Archive on
Mena, the Octopus, Inslaw, Wackenhut, BCCI and much more.

David Feustel's great archive on CIA cocaine smuggling:

Serendipity's Mena page:

Duane Roberts' Mena documents are archived at:

Lisa Pease's Real History Archives:

Bob Parry's The Consortium is filled with important investigative reporting
that the mainstream media won't touch:

Covert Action Quarterly home page:

Federation of American Scientists' library of U.S. intelligence documents


  Mad Cow Productions.

someplace you must visit!
Mara Levritt's new website on Mena.

More Mena links (Courtesy of "Uncle Bill" at Free Republic)

The Washington Weekly Mena Archive

Mena - Obstruction of Justice Files

The Crimes of Mena - By Sally Denton & Roger Morris

J. Orlin Grabbe

Bill Clinton's Skeleton Closet - Mena Links

The Secret Heartbeat of America


The Pegasus File 1

The Pegasus File 2

The Mena Coverup

The CIA, Cocaine & Mena Arkansas

New York Mob At Mena

Chapters In The Recent History of Arkansas

Charles Hayes: A Prison Interview

The Contras, Cocaine, and Covert Operations


William C. Duncan - Oral Deposition Mena Investigation

Bill Duncan Deposition

MENA - Marvin Lee Interviews Russell Welch

Huge File -Mena-CIA-Iran Contra, etc.

Congressional Reports On Drug Corruption of Fed. Gov.

Clinton and Bush - Co-accomplices in CIA Drug Industry

Investigative Report - Politics & Covert Operation in Drug War

Drug Agent - I saw the CIA Load The Cocaine

The Octopus

The Mena Corruption - R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

Bill Clinton and The Missing $100 Million

De-Central Intelligence Journal

Mena - Missy Kelly

Who Is Richard Ben-Veniste?

L.D. Brown Ordered To Assassinate Terry Reed

Post Mortem

Mena - Conspiracy Nation

Jean Duffey Interview By Randall Terry

The Bottom Of The Barrel

Compromised - Brian Redman Speaks With John Cummings

Books-Newspaper Articles-Magazines on Mena/CIA

Leach Inquiry Into Mena

Jean Duffey - Mena - Billy Bottoms

Who's Who In The C-130 Scandal

CIA and Drugs Fact Sheet

Vince Foster, NSA Banking and Mena

John Kerry Committee Report

From The CIA To Mena

U.S. Senators Block Mena Investigation

The Greatest Story Never Told

Quinn Interviews Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

Dennis Patrick - ADFA and Mena

Statement of Plaintiff Terry Reed

Sarah McClendon Question To Clinton

The Republican Whitewater Report

Clinton's Relationship With Dan Lasater

Dan Lasater And Bond Underwriting Contracts

The Lonely Crusade of Linda Ives

The Other Side - Train Deaths

Mena - Trooper Puts Clinton In Loop

White House Drug Use

Whitewater Most Wanted Poster

Starr Investigation Targets Arkansas Police

What Is Whitewater Really All About?

Dan Lasater's Whitewater Testimony

Clinton Chronicle Producer Sued

Stories The Media Won't Cover

Chip Tatum Chronicles

Statement of Terry Reed

Contra/Drug Documents Online

Mena File


The Dixie Mafia

Who Murdered Jerry Parks - His Wife Knows!

America Should Have Listened To Justice Jim Johnson

The Train Deaths, The Cover-up, and Clinton

The Mena Anthrax Poisoning Case

DEATH SQUAD - (Part One)

DEATH SQUAD - (Final - Part Two)

The Dan Lasater Drug Trafficking Organization - (Part One)

The Dan Lasater Drug Trafficking Organization - (Final-Part Two)

The Clinton Clan Nearly Beat Gary Johnson To Death

A Travesty Of Justice - Wayne Dumond
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