Source – covertactionmagazine.com
- “…Barnes says that he loves his country and has served it for many years, but is concerned about the staggering levels of dishonesty and corruption at the highest levels of power. He does not trust the FBI which has engaged in all kinds of criminality—including black-bag jobs and illegal surveillance without approval from Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) courts”
BOMBSHELL CONFESSION: FBI Tampered With 1992 Presidential Election To Help Bill Clinton Win, Asserts Ex-Intelligence Agent
How often do intelligence agencies interfere in elections to aid favored candidates? Has any President since the end of World War II ever really won on his own?
Scott Barnes is a 68-year-old former drug enforcement agent and military police officer from Redondo Beach, California, who says that he was part of a secret mission into Laos in the fall of 1981 to try to retrieve American POWs.
Barnes had worked as a civilian in Laos with the CIA in the early 1970s supporting General Vang Pao and the Hmong’s clandestine army against the Communist Pathet Lao which took over Laos in 1975.
When Barnes’s team of clandestine agents located two Caucasian Americans captured in Laos and said that rescue looked difficult, they were given orders to kill the two captives, which the team refused. [See 1982 CovertAction Information Bulletin article on Barnes here]
The only explanation for the incredible orders, Barnes thought, was that the Americans were involved in planting false evidence of the use of yellow rain, a form of chemical weapon attack the Soviet Union had been falsely accused of carrying out in Laos.
For many years, Barnes was part of the Intelligence Support Activity (ISA), a secret quasi-paramilitary organization run originally by CIA Director William J. Casey.
Barnes told CAM in a recent interview that he and other members of his unit were contracted by the FBI for a special mission that was designed to help rig the 1992 presidential election in favor of Bill Clinton—whose intricate ties to intelligence agencies CAM has previously exposed.Clinton’s opponents in the election were then-President George H.W. Bush, former CIA Director, and Ross Perot. The latter was a wealthy Texan and naval veteran who opposed the 1991 Persian Gulf War (supported by Bush and Clinton) and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and funded efforts to uncover the truth about U.S. POWs allegedly left behind from the Indochina Wars.
As a spoiler candidate during the 1992 campaign, Perot was subjected to media smear attacks, and FBI surveillance and harassment, forcing him to drop out.Stocks that he traded in were manipulated and a doctored photo was produced of his daughter Caroline kissing another woman just before her wedding, making her appear to be lesbian (which was taboo at the time).
Barnes’ mission was to help spread the public belief that the GOP was behind the dirty tricks campaign against Perot, making the GOP look bad and manufacturing a feud between the GOP and Perot—to Clinton’s benefit.
Barnes visited Jim Oberwetter, a prominent oil industry executive and Texas chairman of the Bush-Quayle campaign, in his H.L. Hunt Company office in Dallas wearing a wire. He asked him leading questions in an attempt to get him to say that he had damaging information about Perot, and tried to get him to accept information derived from a wiretap of Perot’s phone.
After the meeting, Barnes says that he was invited to go on 60 Minutes, where he was instructed to talk about alleged dirty tricks carried out by the GOP against Perot in the election campaign.
Oberwetter, who served as U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 2003-2007, confirmed in a Newsweek interview that Barnes—using an alias—approached him saying he had wiretapped material about Perot’s plans, which Oberwetter claims he refused.
But if the sting was set up by the FBI, it was not the Republicans but FBI that was engaging in dirty tricks while trying to set up Oberwetter.
After his mission was completed, Barnes says he was flown out of the United States.
When he came back, he was smeared as a liar, drug addict, and con man, and forced to undertake truth serum, polygraph and psychological tests with leading CIA psychologists, all of which he says he passed.
Subsequently, he was asked to testify before Congress, broadcast on C-SPAN, but his testimony was cut short by a space shuttle blowing up, and the scandal blew over.
Covert operations are by their nature secretive and do not leave a paper trail, and Barnes comes across as being knowledgeable about FBI practices and without any particular ulterior agenda.
Significantly, Chris Gugas, a polygraph expert formerly with the CIA, said that Barnes’s performance on a lie-detector test supported his account of his secret mission to Laos—which would indicate a pattern of truth-telling.
During his interview with CAM, Barnes said that, when he was contracted to visit Oberwetter’s office, he immediately knew something was fishy.
He also said that William Sessions and Oliver “Buck” Revell, a senior FBI executive, were involved in the clandestine election tampering operation.
The FBI deliberately contracted people from outside the Bureau and set up a clandestine subversive unit, so they could not be held liable.
Barnes says that he loves his country and has served it for many years, but is concerned about the staggering levels of dishonesty and corruption at the highest levels of power.
During the last two election cycles, the U.S. media repeatedly warned of Russian election interference but, historically, it is the FBI that is clearly the threat to democracy in the U.S.
If the FBI interfered in elections in 1992, there is no reason they won’t interfere again.
- Perot himself believed that the GOP was behind the dirty tricks campaign and even asked the Dallas police to run an undercover sting operation to expose it. ↑
- Perot had tried to lure Oberwetter into buying secret materia