HIGH CRIMES: ‘True Gritz’, A Primer of God, Guns & Gritz (Flashback)

Source – ncoic.com

“…In 1987, Gritz made his second trip to a remote region in Burma that forms part of the Golden Triangle, one of the world’s major sources of heroin, to interview the drug lord and warlord General Khun Sa about American POWs in Laos. But the interview, which Gritz videotaped, evidently consisted mainly of detailed allegations by Khun Sa about his dealings with U.S. government agents, including officials high in the Reagan and Bush administrations, who were using the Joint Casualty Resolution Center in Bangkok not to resolve the POW/MIA question but mainly as a cover for their own illicit activities”

SM:…For those perplexed by the ‘Siege in Waco’. Simply, the weight of an entire imperial army comes crashing down on what is essentially a ‘Bible Thumper’ & his prayer circle. How far America has strayed from it’s humble Calvanist roots is mind boggling….

‘True Gritz’ – A Primer of God, Guns and Gritz

H. Bruce Franklin (M.I.A. or Mythmaking in America, 1992, 1993) wrote …“Colonel Gritz presents an argument with more plausibility, at least to those aware of some of the Byzantine relations among the CIA, various White House officials, covert military operations, and the international drug trade.

In 1987, Gritz made his second trip to a remote region in Burma that forms part of the Golden Triangle, one of the world’s major sources of heroin, to interview the drug lord and warlord General Khun Sa about American POWs in Laos. But the interview, which Gritz videotaped, evidently consisted mainly of detailed allegations by Khun Sa about his dealings with U.S. government agents, including officials high in the Reagan and Bush administrations, who were using the Joint Casualty Resolution Center in Bangkok not to resolve the POW/MIA question but mainly as a cover for their own illicit activities.

The following year, Gritz published A Nation Betrayed, an astonishing document whose thesis is: ‘a parallel government has existed for decades, which led us into a war that cost more than 58,000 lives and infused our nation with drugs’; this ‘shadow government has used drug and arms trafficking to fund illegal covert operations’; and the agents of this ‘cancerous bureaucracy,’ realizing that the discovery of American POWs would lead to the unmasking of their own sinister activities in Indochina, have systematically sabotaged every effort to find and rescue the prisoners.”

(Also Read: STATEMENT – By Lt.Col James Bo Gritz, USA (Ret), For U.S. Congress, House Foreign Affairs Committee, International Narcotics Control Task Force (Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, 30 June 1987  @ http://www.ncoic.com/heroin-4.htm)


Bo Gritz – A Primer

After serving in the Vietnam War and retiring from the military, Gritz has worked on attempted POW rescues in conjunction with the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue.

Gritz ran for United States president under the Populist Party in 1992. Gritz ran in 1992 under the slogan: “God, Guns and Gritz,” and published an isolationist political manifesto titled “The Bill of Gritz”.

Gritz was born on January 18, 1939, in Enid, Oklahoma. His father served in the Army Air Force in World War II and was killed in action. He was raised by his maternal grandparents on patriotic stories of his father’s heroics in the war. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on August 20, 1957, and shortly thereafter attended Officer Candidate School (OCS). He was promoted to the rank of captain on April 15, 1963, and to major on June 13, 1967.

As a lieutenant colonel in Vietnam, he commanded detachment “B-36”, U.S. Army Special Forces 5th SFG for a time.[4][5] B-36 was a mixed American and South Vietnamese unit which operated in the III Corps area of Southern South Vietnam.[3] He served in a variety of assignments until his retirement in 1979 at the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Attempts to locate prisoners of war

During the 1980s Gritz undertook a series of private trips into Southeast Asia, purportedly to locate United States prisoners of war which as part of the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue some believed were still being held by Laos and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam – e.g., at Nhommarath. Those missions were heavily publicized, controversial and widely decried as haphazard – for instance, as some commentators stated, few successful secret missions involve bringing to the border towns women openly marketing commemorative POW-rescue T-shirts.[7][8]

In the book Inside Delta Force, CSM Eric L. Haney, a former Delta Force operator, claims that the unit was twice told to prepare for a mission involving the rescue of American POWs from Vietnam. However, both times the missions were scrubbed, according to Haney, when Gritz suddenly appeared in the spotlight, drawing too much attention to the issue and making the missions too difficult to accomplish.[9]

U.S. Government involvement in drug trafficking

In 1986, after a trip to Burma to interview drug kingpin Khun Sa regarding possible locations of U.S. POWs, Gritz returned from Burma with a videotaped interview of Khun Sa purporting to name several officials in the Reagan administration involved in narcotics trafficking in Southeast Asia. Among those named was Richard Armitage, who most recently served as Deputy Secretary of State during George W. Bush’s first term as president. Gritz believed that those same officials were involved in a coverup of missing American POWs.[citation needed]

During this period Gritz established contacts with the Christic Institute,[10] a progressive group which was then pursuing a lawsuit against the U.S. government over charges of drug trafficking in both Southeast Asia and Central America.[citation needed]
Conspiracy theorist

In 1989, Gritz established the Center For Action, which was active on a number of issues, mostly pertaining to conspiracy theories. Attempting to build bridges among conspiracy theorists and other activists of both the left and right, in 1990 he held a conference in Las Vegas, Nevada called “Freedom Call ’90”. Speakers at that conference included October surprise conspiracy researcher Barbara Honegger, Bill Davis of the Christic Institute, conspiracy theorist Eustace Mullins, and several others. This newfound interest in conspiracy theories proved to be as controversial as Gritz’s earlier missions searching for POWs.

Anti-war activities

During the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Gritz was an outspoken opponent of that war, and linked it to a conspiracy theory alleging plans to implement a one-world government, known as the “new world order.” He appeared on Pacifica Radio stations in California as a guest several times, and for a short time was in demand as a speaker to left-wing and anti-war audiences. However, during this period he also became closely associated with the Christian Patriot movement on the right, and spoke at conferences sponsored by Christian Identity pastor Pete Peters. When these associations became known to those on the left, especially after the publication of a report by the Los Angeles-based group People Against Racist Terror calling Gritz a “front man for fascism”,[11] left-wing audiences lost interest in Gritz, and the Christic Institute and Pacifica Radio cut off any further association.[citation needed]

Gritz is the author of three books. The first, A Nation Betrayed, was published in 1989 and contained Gritz’s allegations of drug trafficking and a POW coverup, based on the Khun Sa interview. The second, Called To Serve, was published in 1992 and expanded on the previous book to cover a wide range of conspiracies, including the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and allegations of a conspiracy to establish a new world order. His third book is titled My Brother’s Keeper and was published in 2003.[12]

Populist Party presidential tickets

In 1988, Gritz was the candidate for Vice President of the United States on the Populist Party ticket, as the running mate of former Ku Klux Klansman David Duke. Gritz pulled out early in the race and ran instead for a Nevada Congressional seat.[13] Gritz was then replaced by Floyd Parker on some ballots. Gritz has claimed that he accepted the party’s nomination in the belief that he would be the running mate of James Traficant. After learning it would be not be Traficant but Duke, he decided to drop out. Shortly after meeting Duke, Gritz wrote that Duke was “a brash, untraveled, overly opinionated, bigoted young man” and that “I will not support anyone that I know to hate any class of Americans.”[14]

In 1992, after failing to secure the U.S. Taxpayers’ Party’s nomination, Gritz ran for President of the United States, again with the Populist Party. Under the campaign slogan “God, Guns and Gritz” and publishing his political manifesto “The Bill of Gritz” (playing on his last name rhyming with “rights”), he called for staunch opposition to what he called “global government” and “The New World Order”, ending all foreign aid, and abolishing the federal income tax and the Federal Reserve System.[2] During the campaign, Gritz openly proclaimed the United States to be a “Christian Nation”, stating that the country’s legal statutes “should reflect unashamed acceptance of Almighty God and His Laws.”[citation needed] He received 106,152 votes nationwide, or only 0.14% of the popular vote.[2] In two states he had a respectable showing for a third party candidate: Utah, where he received 3.84% of the vote and Idaho, where he received 2.13% of the vote.[2] In some counties, his support topped 10%,[2] and in Franklin County, Idaho, was only a few votes away from pushing Bill Clinton into fourth place in the county. His run on the America First/Populist Party ticket was prompted by his association with another far-right political Christian talk radio host, Tom Valentine.[citation needed] During his Presidential run, part of Gritz’s standard stump speech was an idea to pay off the National debt by minting a coin at the Treasury and sending it to the Federal Reserve. This predates the 2012 Trillion dollar coin concept.[15]

Also during 1992, Gritz attracted national attention as mediator during the government standoff with Randy Weaver at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.[16]

Controversial activities

In 1993, Gritz changed his emphasis again and began offering a course called SPIKE (Specially Prepared Individuals for Key Events), where those events oppose the New World Order, which taught paramilitary and survivalist skills because he predicted that there would be a total sociopolitical and economic collapse in the U.S. He also established a community in Kamiah, Idaho (contiguous to the Nez Perce Reservation) called Almost Heaven.

Several times he used his influence and reputation in the Christian Patriot community in attempts to negotiate conclusions between legal authorities and far-Right activists. In August 1992, he intervened on behalf of Randy Weaver who, with his family, was holed up on his rural home in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, after U.S. Marshals attempted to arrest him for failure to appear in court. The 11-day standoff, which resulted in the deaths of a U.S. Marshal and Weaver’s son and wife, ended after Gritz convinced Weaver to leave his cabin and place his faith and trust in the court system. In 1996, he unsuccessfully attempted to negotiate a conclusion to the stand-off by the Montana Freemen, a group of Christian Patriot activists who were wanted on a collection of charges. After speaking with the “Freemen,” he left in frustration, stating that they presented him with what he called “legal mumbo-jumbo”[17] to support their claims, and cautioned others in the Patriot movement not to support them (the stand-off ended when the “Freemen” surrendered after 81 days).[citation needed]

He has been accused of white supremacy by some, although he denounced the belief in an interview with The Militia Watchdog, saying “I’ve served with black, white, yellow, brown, red; all religions; nobody ever asked you about your religion, your blood bleeds red the same as everyone else.”[18] As well, Gritz openly renounced racism during his “Spike” training courses, and welcomed all who wanted to join in the training regardless of race.

Subsequent activities

In 1998, Gritz organized a fruitless search for the Centennial Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph in order to save Rudolph’s life.[19]
In 2005, Gritz became an active protester for intervention in the Terri Schiavo case. On 19 March 2005, when her tube was removed, he was arrested for trespassing after trying to enter the hospice where she lived.[20]

As of 2010 Gritz remains active with a website[21] and a radio broadcast called “Freedom Call” on The American Voice Radio Network [22] via Internet Audio Streaming, Phone Bridge, Independent Am/FM and via the Free-to-air Ku band home satellite system on Galaxy 19.[23] He is also active as the Commander of the American Legion Post 27 in Sandy Valley, Nevada.[24]
Beginning in 2014, Lt. Col Gritz has hosted a radio show on Americanvoiceradio.com known as Freedom Call. It is broadcast weekdays at 5pm EST.[25]

Involvement with Mormonism

In 1984, Gritz and his wife Claudia were baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[2] However, amid infidelity scandals, Gritz’s stake president refused to renew Gritz’s temple recommend until Gritz could prove that he had paid his federal income tax.[26] In response, Gritz resigned his membership in the LDS Church.[2][26]

In 1999, Gritz and his second wife Judy became involved in the Church of Israel, a group that originated within the Latter Day Saint movement and has since become involved with the Christian Identity movement.[2]


The character of John “Hannibal” Smith on the 1980s television series The A-Team was loosely based on Gritz.[27] In the early 1980s, actor William Shatner paid almost $15,000 for the entertainment rights to Gritz’s life story.[28]

Decorations and medals
(Note – the following is based largely on photographs of Lieutenant Colonel Gritz in which he is wearing military awards)

Badges and Tabs

Combat Infantryman Badge
Master Parachutist Badge
Pathfinder Badge
SCUBA Diver Badge
Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge
Special Forces Tab
Ranger Tab
United States Decorations
Silver Star with two oak leaf clusters (Some sources state that LTC Gritz received five awards of the Silver Star.)
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster
Soldiers Medal
Bronze Star Medal with “V” device and six oak leaf clusters
Purple Heart
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with “V” device and 25 oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal with “V” device and three oak leaf clusters

Unit Awards

Presidential Unit Citation
Meritorious Unit Commendation
United States Service Medals
Army Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Vietnam Service Medal with five campaign stars
International Orders, Decorations and Medals
Republic of Vietnam Parachutist Badge
Knight, National Order of Vietnam
Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm
Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal, 1st Class
Vietnam Civil Actions Medal, 1st Class
Vietnam Wound Medal
Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Unit Award with palm
Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Award with palm
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Gold Medal of Cambodia


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