NARCO-POLITIK: ‘Bushwacked’, The Murder Of The Legendary & Problematic CIA Operative Barry Seal (Archive)

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  • “…Texas Gov. George W. Bush was literally being flown around in what had been the favorite plane of the murdered CIA asset and drug runner Barry Seal…on the exact same day (2/19/86) Barry Seal was murdered in Baton Rouge, his mistress “Barbara” was also murdered in Miami; two other men also affiliated with the Medellin drug cartel, Pablo Carrera and Pablo Ochill, were also assassinated in Colombia. Some people think the CIA American drug cartel were switching horses from the Medellin drug cartel to a partnership with the Cali drug cartel….The CIA American drug cartel was using the Cali cartel in a killing spree to wipe out the competition and anyone who might pose a threat to spill the beans on CIA drug smuggling and the participation of very high U.S. officials”

SM:….Bushwacked/Archansided – take your pick. Clinton/Bush two sides of the same murderous den of thieves….

Did Jeb Bush, VP George Herbert Walker Bush and Oliver North Murder Barry Seal in February, 1986?

There is a question that needs to be asked of Jeb Bush, George Herbert Walker Bush, and Oliver North.

It is “Did you murder Barry Seal in February, 1986?”

Barry Seal was a legendary CIA drug smuggler and ace pilot who had literally worked for the Agency since he was a teenage pilot prodigy in the late 1950’s. By 1986 Barry Seal was having legal problems (criminal and a huge IRS tax liability) that not even his CIA connections could protect him from and according to Seal’s lawyer Lewis Unglesby, Barry Seal was a threat to testify against Vice President George Herbert Walker Bush. In fact, in early 1986 Barry Seal was threatening GHW Bush to get the IRS off his back or he (Seal) was going to blow the whistle on the Contra scheme and CIA drug smuggling.

Two weeks after his argument with Vice President GHW Bush, Barry Seal was pumped full of bullets and murdered outside his Baton Rouge halfway house on Feb. 19, 1986. The three Columbians who were convicted of the crime thought they were working for Lt. Col. Oliver North of the National Security Council. North’s alias in the 1980’s was “John Cathey.” The personal phone number of George Herbert Walker Bush was found in Seal’s possessions, even after the “men in black” had swept in to pick his car clean of evidence. Years later, Texas Gov. George W. Bush was literally being flown around in what had been the favorite plane of the murdered CIA asset and drug runner Barry Seal

Many folks don’t know that on the exact same day (2/19/86) Barry Seal was murdered in Baton Rouge, his mistress “Barbara” was also murdered in Miami; two other men also affiliated with the Medellin drug cartel, Pablo Carrera and Pablo Ochill, were also assassinated in Colombia.

Some people think the CIA American drug cartel were switching horses from the Medellin drug cartel to a partnership with the Cali drug cartel. The three men convicted of murdering Barry Seal were from Cali, Colombia. The CIA American drug cartel was using the Cali cartel in a killing spree to wipe out the competition and anyone who might pose a threat to spill the beans on CIA drug smuggling and the participation of very high U.S. officials.

Jeb Bush in 1986 was the 33-year-old chairman of the Dade County Republican party and he was up to his eyeballs in the Iran-contra scandal. To get a taste of that read Al Martin’s book The Conspirators: Secrets of an Iran-Contra Insider (2002) and read about Jeb Bush’s dealings with operatives such as Al Martin, Oliver North, Richard Secord, Dewey Clarridge, Sam Watson, Fred Ikley and, of course, his father George Herbert Walker Bush. Basically Jeb Bush was in the center of a wasp’s nest of dirty dealing CIA/military operatives engaged in rampant criminality – all in the name of “national security.”

The well respected reporter Daniel Hopsicker, who focuses on the government drug trade, is a must read on the murder of Barry Seal. Read “CIA Linked to Seal’s Assassination: George Bush’s Personal Phone Number Found in Seals’ Trunk” (Daniel Hopsicker, 8/18/97):


Also read the “Real American Desperados” by Daniel Hopsicker (6/4/12): http://www.madcowpro…can-desperados/

Hopsicker’s book “Barry and ‘the Boys:’ The CIA, the Mob and America’s Secret History (2006) is one of the classics of modern politics:…ry and the boys It has critical information on the murder of Barry Seal and the possible Bush family/Oliver North involvement.

Another fine article is “Why Does George W. Bush Fly in Drug Smuggler Barry Seal’s Airplane?” (Oct., 1999) by Daniel Hopsicker and Michael Ruppert: http://www.fromthewi…gs/W_plane.html

That article is about how after the murder of Barry Seal, his favorite airplane somehow ended up being the exact same plane use to transport Texas Gov. George W. Bush, the brother of Jeb Bush and son of George Herbert Walker Bush.

Read Hopsicker’s Barry and the Boys (2006) and also Terry Reed’s Compromised: Clinton, Bush and the CIA (1994) and you will never look at modern American politics in the same way again:…eed compromised

In the 1980’s the dirty little secret of the Iran-Contra scandal was not that the government was illegally dealing with the Iranians to free American hostages and not that the U.S. government was illegally supporting the Nicaraguan contras, but rather that the U.S. government and its high level politicians of both political parties (the Bushes and the Clintons) were up to their eyeballs in drug trafficking to support the Nicaraguan contras. I think they were also skimming plenty of money for themselves, too, especially on the Clinton end.

In fact one of the big reasons that Ross Perot ran for president in 1992 was out of anger at George Herbert Walker Bush’s participation in the drug trade. The US Government and the CIA were running billions of dollars’ worth of drugs into the USA and they were doing in hand in hand with Columbian drug cartels and people like Panamanian dictator and CIA asset Manuel Noreiga.

Funny how Noriega goes to jail but the American politicians involved in the drug trade never do.

Ross Perot once said in private “When you look into the prisoner cover-up, you find government officials in the drug trade who can’t break themselves of the habit.” (See “Ross Perot Will Not Like This Book,” Richard Bernstein, NYT 8/7/96) Google “Chip Tatum Pegasus” and you will learn about GHW Bush’s attempts to intimidate or possibly murder Ross Perot who simply knew too much about the governmental drug trade. Chip Tatum’s story: http://whatreallyhap…ATUM/tatum.html

There have been a lot of good books written on the bipartisan CIA drug trade of the 1980’s. When one reads the cumulative work of Daniel Hopsicker, Gary Webb, Robert Parry, Pete Brewton, Leslie Cockburn, Ambrose Evans Pritchard, Al Martin, L.D. Brown, Chip Tatum one cannot help but think that the Bushes and Lt. Col. Oliver North were behind the 1986 murder of Barry Seal with intent to cover up the Iran-contra drug smuggling activities.

Remember the C-123 cargo plane that Eugene Hasenfus was on did not get shot down over Nicaragua until October 5, 1986, which had the effect of busting Iran-contra wide open. The real story of Iran-contra was the one that got suppressed by the government and media: that the US government was engaged in gargantuan drug running and that VP George Herbert Walker Bush and Lt. Col. Oliver North as well as the Democratic governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton, were involved in the drug trade up to their eyeballs.

Below are some web links to articles and some passages from books that cover this topic. Read them and decide for yourself if you think Jeb Bush, VP George Herbert Walker Bush and Oliver North were involved in the murder of Barry Seal. Here are some interesting excerpts from some books.

The George Herbert Walker Bush- Barry Seal Relationship

[Daniel Hopsicker, “Barry & the Boys: The CIA, The Mob and America’s Secret History,” pp. 375-376]

“Lewis Unglesby is today a prominent and very well connected Louisiana lawyer. At the time his name was daily on the front page of the state’s newspapers., defending his long-time client and associate, Governor Edwin Edwards.

Unglesby had told us about a confrontation he had with Barry over the fact that Seal was keeping him in the dark about matters Unglesbly considered crucial to defending him…

“Barry pushed the phone across the desk to me and said, ‘You wanna know what’s going on? Here. Dial this number. Tell ’em you’re me,’ Unglesby related.

“When I did what he requested,” he continued, “A female voice answered the phone, sayin’ ‘Vice President Bush’s office, may I help you?'”

“I said, ‘This is Barry Seal.’ She asked me to wait while she transferred the call, which was immediately picked up by a man who identified himself as Admiral somebody or other, who said to me ‘Barry, Where you been?'”

“That’s when I told him that I wasn’t Barry Seal, I was his lawyer,” said Unglesby. “Immediately he slammed down the phone.”

So why was Barry Seal murdered?” we asked Sharpstein.

“Unglesby said he had been with Seal when the IRS came and seized all his property,” Sharpstein related. “The IRS man said, ‘You owe us $30 million for the money you made in drug dealing.’

“Hey, I work for you,” was Seal’s reply. “We work for the same people.”

“You don’t work for us,” the IRS agent stated. “We’re the IRS.”

“Unglesby was with Seal when he retired to a back roonm.” Sharpstein stated. “He watched as Seal placed a call to George Bush. He heard Barry Seal tell Bush, ‘If you don’t get these IRS assholes off my back I’m going to blow the whistle on the Contra scheme.”

Sharpstein spoke solemnly, aware of the gravity of his words…, “‘That’s why he’s dead,’ is what Unglesby said.”

One week after the phone conversation between Barry Seal and George Bush, Seal was sentenced to a halfway house. Two weeks later he was dead.

“Barry Seal, you mean that agent that went bad?” Gordon Novel had casually inquired, when we’d posed the question of his associations with Seal.

An agent that ‘goes bad,’ as we understand intelligence industry trade jargon, is one who contemplates talking.

“Seal was gunned down, supposedly by those Colombians,” says Sharpstein. “But they were fed information by the assholes in our government who wanted him dead.”

The assassination of Barry Seal was very likely even not the first attempt on Seal’s life by North, we were told by CIA electronics expert Red Hall, on the ground in Nicaragua with Seal on the Sandinista drug sting….

“The only thing I knew was the CIA had a lot to do with it (Barry’s murder.) The killers were being directed by Oliver North at the time. It was the same thing Oliver North pulled on us down in Nicaragua.”

“Then, I didn’t know yet that Oliver North had it for Barry Seal, because he was working with Oliver at that particular point. We was undercover, and we were still down there (Nicaragua), when Oliver blew the whistle on us.”

Chip Tatum, another covert operative who had known Seal and shared confidences with him, listened with amusement the first time we breathlessly relayed what we’d discovered: that Oliver North is guilty in the assassination of Barry Seal…

“No xxxx, Sherlock,” he replied, laughing. “It ain’t exactly the secret of the century, I can tell you.”

[Daniel Hopsicker, “Barry & the Boys: The CIA, The Mob and America’s Secret History,” pp. 375-376]

Al Martin conversation with Jeb Bush just days after the Feb, 1986 Murder of Barry Seal in Baton Rouge. Jeb Bush had been at a meeting in Sept, 1985, where the assassination of Barry Seal had been discussed

Al Martin: “In this discussion, I had mentioned the recent assassination, only a few days before, of Barry Seal [Feb, 1986, outside his halfway house in New Orleans].

I said to Jeb, “Isn’t is convenient that Barry Seal was assassinated when he was? And now suddenly all the information and documents he had are gone missing?”

Jeb had a rather broad smile on his face, and he concurred that it was convenient. He added a little snicker – as he often had a tendency of doing. Also little beads of sweat formed on his forehead, as when he gets nervous. It’s something you can notice when he’s on television. He still has a tendency to have little beads of sweat around his forehead, when he is either lying about something, or he’s nervous about what someone is saying.”

My conversations with Jeb at this meeting were overheard by the two Secret Service agents who were always assigned to Jeb when he was in his office at 1390 Brickell Avenue in Miami.

I had intimated that if certain parties in Washington were not prepared to come to my aid pursuant to my grand jury testimony, that it would be entirely possible that certain details of a certain meeting occurring in September of the year [sept., 1985] before might be leaked out to the press.

Jeb asked me what I was talking about.

I specifically mentioned a September meeting of the Dade County Latin America Chamber of Commerce, which Jeb chaired, and which, of course, was not used as a Chamber of Commerce meeting at all. It was essentially used as a political meeting for covert operational planning pursuant to Iran-Contra.

As I’ve said before, Oliver North, Richard Secord or Dewey Clarridge or, in a few cases, even Sam Watson and Fred Ikley himself, would show up at these meetings.

Anyway, I had recounted to Jeb, as if he didn’t know what the text of that meeting was that he chaired – the conversations he had with Oliver North and Richard Secord and Dewey Clarridge, all of whom attended that meeting.

Dewey seldom attended the meetings, but this time the four of them were discussing the assassination of Barry Seal and how it was to be carried out, since Barry was becoming an increasing liability.

I had told Jeb that I had substantial corroboration of that meeting. And I think Jeb understood what I meant.

It would certainly place him into a conspiracy to assassinate a CIA drug runner for the sake of political expediency.

When I was through speaking, Jeb became quiet and his demeanor became serious and changed. He became flushed, as he often does when he’s frightened.

Jeb responded by telling me that it would be most unfortunate if I were to do that, since I might wind up like George Morales or Johnny Molina.

[ Al Martin, “The Conspirators: Secrets of an Iran-Contra Insider,” p. 194-195]

Oliver North speaking to Jeb Bush and Dewey Clarridge in the 1980’s: “Well, we haven’t decided how we will rule his demise yet – whether it will be accident, natural causes, or suicide.”

[Al Martin, “The Conspirators: Confessions of an Iran-Contra Insider,” p.201]

“As I am a middle-aged man, I have worked or been involved in illegal covert operation of government all my adult life.

How many others in my age group can say they have personally known in their adult lifetimes almost 400 people who have died under clouded circumstances?

The common thread among the deaths of these 400 people was not anything they did – but what they knew.

I wonder how many others can make the same comment about their lives.

It’s an indication of the type of life I’ve led.

Even what I have revealed thus far – it isn’t a tenth of what I know. And it is such a task. That’s the type of life I’ve led and what I know. I hope that the flavor of this comes out of what has happened to my friends, those I’ve known, who became inconvenient to their superiors and who died to maintain the deniability of others.

The egregious nature of the conspiracy surrounding their death goes to a level that is virtually humorous.

When Jeb Bush, Oliver North and Dewey Clarridge once spoke about an individual, North laughed and said, “Well, we haven’t decided how we will rule his demise yet – whether it will be accident, natural causes, or suicide.””

[Al Martin, “The Conspirators: Confessions of an Iran-Contra Insider,” p.201]

Chip Tatum – CIA operative who worked closely with Oliver North in the 1980’s: Says Oliver North said GHW Bush was going to have Jeb Bush “arrange something out of Colombia.”

Google “Chip Tatum Pegasus”


Mr. North stated the following to the other passengers, “One more year of this and we’ll all retire.” He then made a remark concerning Barry Seal and Governor Clinton. “If we can keep those Arkansas hicks in line, that is,” referring to the loss of monies as determined the week prior during their meeting in Costa Rica. I stood silently by the vat of leaves, listening to the conversation. General Alverez had gone with the Contra leader to discuss logistics. The other three – North, Rodriguez, and Ami Nir – continued through the wooden building, inspecting the cocaine. North continued, “…but he (Vice President Bush) is very concerned about those missing monies. I think he’s going to have Jeb (Bush) arrange something out of Columbia,” he told his comrades, not thinking twice of my presence. What Mr. North was referring to ended up being the assassination of Barry Seal by members of the Medellin Cartel in early 1986.

“Compromised: Clinton, Bush & the CIA; how the Presidency was Co-opted by the CIA” by Terry Reed & John Cummings, pp. 211-213]

CIA drug smuggler Barry Seal thought he had blackmail info on the Bushes, until he ended up riddle with bullets

on Feb. 19, 1986 in Baton Rouge, LA

“As the two walked away, Terry could hear Seal say, “Well, I’m sorry Leroy, if they feel like I’m blackmailin’ ’em. But this is business and I just gotta do what I gotta do …”

At 10 AM, after saying goodbye to Tracta, the two prepared to depart. Terry felt that he would be home for dinner with any luck. He was wondering what new excitement would be awaiting him on the trip back.

It didn’t take long for him to find out. As soon as the two were airborne, Seal laid it on him. He was full of pent-up emotion and startled his flying companion as they exited Howard airspace.

Seal began yelling at the top of his voice, something out of character for him. Terry had never seen him this euphoric.

“YEE-HAWWWWWW,” he screamed. “I’m gonna xxxxin’ make it. We’re gonna do this, Terry. We’ve got these assholes eatin’ outa our hands. YEE-HAWWWWWWWWW. Give me the xxxxin’ airplane.

He grabbed the control yoke and executed a series of aileron rolls. Terry had never been sick in an airplane, but he was sure about to lose his SOS.

“OK, enough of that xxxx,” Seal said after seeming to tire of the aerobatic antics. “You got the airplane, I’ll hook up the radios.”

“Terry sat silently at the controls, trying to figure out what was driving Seal. As Barry emerged from under the electrical panel, after making the radio connections, he abruptly began pounding with his right hand on the dash of the Lear until Terry thought the avionics in the control panel would be dislodged.

“There ain’t nuthin’ in this world more powerful than good ol’ xxxxing blackmail, Terry. And don’t let anybody ever tell ya different. Jeeeeeesus Christ, I got some good xxxx on some big people.”

“Will you let me in on your party? Calm down, Barry! Tell me what’s goin’ on.”

“Terry, what’s most important right now is for ya ta play ball with these guys and get your ass down to Mexico ASAP. You impressed the xxxx out of Leroy… Robert Johnson [William Barr, later Attorney General for GHW Bush], too. I won’t be able ta come to Mexico right now, I’ve got a little matter to take care of. But ya get on down there and get in a position to receive me, and I’ll be joining ya soon. Goddam, this’ll be great. Won’t it be fun workin’ together and spendin’ all their xxxxin’ money?”

“What this blackmail, you’re talking about?”

“Ever hear the old expression, it’s not what ya know, it’s who ya know? Well, whoever said that just hadn’t caught the Vice President’s kids in the dope business, ’cause I can tell ya for sure what ya know can definitely be more important than who you know.

“You gotta calm down and tell me what you’re talking about, if you want me to know. What’s this about the Vice President’s kids and dope.”

“I don’t wannna tell ya too much, ’cause truthfully ya don’t have a need to know. But Terry I been workin’ with several federal agencies for the past couple of years as ya probably suspicioned. In the course of that business, a person can’t help but run across some real sensitive information. It seems some major players in the Medellin Cartel, whom I personally know, ran across some knowledge that’s very valuable to both the Republican and Democratic party. Real national security stuff. It seems some of George Bush’s kids just can’t say no ta drugs, ha ha ha ha … Well, ya can imagine how valuable information like that would be, can’t ya? That could get ya out of almost any kind of jam.” Seal paused for a moment than asked, “Ya ever play Monopoly? The information I got is so good it’s just like a get-out-of-jail-free card … ha, ha, ha, ha YEE-HAWWWW…”

“Barry, are you telling me George Bush’s kids are in the drug business?”

“Yup, that’s what I am tellin’ ya. A guy in Florida who flipped for the DEA has the goods on the Bush boys. Now I heard this earlier from a reliable source in Colombia, but I just sat on it then, waitin’ to use it as a trump card, if I ever needed it. Well, I need ta use it now. I got names, dates, places…. even got some tape recordins’. xxxx, I even got surveillance videos catchin’ the Bush boys red-handed. I consider this stuff my insurance policy. It makes me and my mole on the inside that’s feedin’ the stuff to me invincible. Now this is real sensitive xxxx inside of U.S. Customs and DEA and those guys are pretty much under control. It’s damage control as usual.

[Terry Reed, “Compromised,” pp. 211-213]

L.D. Brown: “Crossfire: Witness in the Clinton Investigation” L.D. Brown for a time in the 1980’s was Bill Clinton’s favorite Arkansas state trooper and Bill Clinton helped him get into the C.I.A.

Barry Seal was L.D. Brown’s CIA handler

Bill was loving every minute of living this association with the C.I.A. through me. Just as he enjoyed the womanizing, going to the bars and doing his best to dribble a basketball like one of the guys, he was getting his vicarious jollies through yet another source. But by using the C.I.A. and me, he would push my ability to follow orders to the breaking point – and destroy our friendship. […]

Barry Seal was a crazy man. He was also everything Dan Magruder [Donald Gregg, an aide to GHW Bush] was not. Happy-go-lucky, irreverent and loud, Seal telephoned me and told me he was the man I was told would call me. It was the mid-1980’s and with the decadence of that time and the free-flowing cocaine, Cajun’s Wharf was a hangout for the bond daddies such as Lasater and company. […]

[L.D. Brown, “Crossfire,” pp.102-103]

The first words out of Seal’s mouth, “How’s the Guv?” reminded me of Magruder’s apparent familiarity with Bill. An overweight, jovial, almost slap-happy man as my contact with C.I.A. was not exactly what I expected. Seal, too, knew everything about me. He focused on my D.E.A. training as Magruder had done in Dallas.

[L.D. Brown, “Crossfire,” pp.104]

“Seal reached back to open the duffel bag in the back. He removed a manila envelope identical to the one he had given me after the first trip. I knew what was in the envelope but there was something else. He reached deeper in the bag and gave me the shock of my life.

Seal’s face had a sly, smirkly, almost proud look as he removed a waxed paper-wrapped taped brick-shaped package from the bag. I immediately recognized it as identical to bricks of cocaine from my days in narcotics. I didn’t know what to think and began demanding to know what was going on. I cursed, ranted and raved and I believe I actually caused Seal to wonder if I might pull a gun and arrest him. Seal threw up his hands and tried to calm me down saying everything was all right and quickly exited my car. He removed the bag from the bag and hustled back toward the plane.

I at once felt a sense of panic and relief that Seal was gone. Had he left something in the car? Was I about to be surrounded by the police? Wait a minute I was the police and furthermore this was an operation sanctioned by the C.I.A and I was recruited by them – and by Bill Clinton. […] I would become furious with Bill for shepherding me through this mess, indeed for getting me involved. I would then as quickly think of explaining it all away as a ‘sting’ operation designed to trap the people on the other end of our flight who maybe had sold drugs to Seal. […]

[L.D. Brown, “Crossfire,” pp.113-114]

The tension was building up inside me as I saw Bill coming out the back door. I was getting mad all over again as I got out of my car and he strode over to me. It was the first time we talked since the trip, the trip he knew I was going to take. His mouth opened and the words “You having fun yet?” were already forming on his lips when I burst out, “Do you know what they are bringing back on those airplanes?” He immediately threw up his hands in a halting fashion and took a couple of steps back. I know he thought he was in danger of receiving a class A state police ass-whipping. My hopes of an innocent explanation to the whole sordid affair were dashed with the now-famous line, “That’s Lasater’s deal! That’s Lasater’s deal!” he whined as if he had just taken a tongue lashing by Hillary. “And your buddy [Vice President George Herbert Walker] Bush knows about it!”

Bill had done to me what I had seen him to do so many other people. I, too, had now been used and severely betrayed. I immediately ran to Becky, who lived in a small house on the mansion grounds. I told her of the incident and cried with the pain it caused me.

[L.D. Brown, “Crossfire: Witness in the Clinton Investigation, p. 116]

But I was not done with the C.I.A. In early 1985, I received a telephone call from a man at the Mansion who identified himself as Felix Rodriguez. A man who claimed he was Barry Seal’s boss. He asked if he could come to Arkansas and meet me and I agreed. Could it have been that Seal was doing drug transports on his own? I was more curious than anything else and had to find out. Rodriguez was the man to tell me.

Felix Rodriguez is a Cuban-American with a long history of intelligence work. He had telephoned me at the Mansion and wanted to meet me there in the parking lot. When he arrived, he drove in the back gate as if he had been there before. We sat in his rental car and shook hands. Felix was a polished, articulate man and it was obvious he did not like Seal. He had already been told by someone about my experiences with Seal and was obviously upset with what Seal had done. I am still puzzled over how Rodriguez found out about the incident. When I telephoned C.I.A. personnel in Dallas I never mentioned what had happened with Seal. It must have come from Bill through whomever his contact at the Agency was. Rodriguez made me feel comfortable. He had C.I.A. credentials which he showed me. “Don’t worry about him. We’ll take care of him,” is how he assured me of the ‘problem’ with Seal. Indeed Seal would die a violent death a year later- at the hands of whom is still a point of controversy in some circles.

[L.D. Brown, “Crossfire: Witness in the Clinton Investigation, p. 118]

Bo Gritz Letter to VP GHW Bush in 1988 and regarding US government Heroin Smuggling

Web link: http://www.serendipi…/cia/gritz1.htm

Bo Gritz Letter to George Bush

1 February 1988, Sandy Valley, NV

Honorable George Bush, Vice President, United States of America, Washington, D.C.


Why does it seem that you are saying “YES” to illegal narcotics in America?

I turned over video tapes to your NSC staff assistant, Tom Harvey, January 1987, wherein General KHUN SA, overlord of Asia’s “Golden Triangle”, offered to stop 900 tons of heroin/opium from entering the free world in 1987. Harvey told me, “…there is no interest here in doing that.” General Khun Sa also offered to identify U.S. Government officials who, he says, have been trafficking in heroin for more than 20 years.

November 1986, Scott Weekly and I went into Burma in coordination and cooperation with The White House. Tom Harvey told me you received a letter from Arthur Suchesk, Orange County, CA, dated 29 August 1986. Dr. Suchesk said that Gen Khun Sa had access to U.S. POWs. Harvey said the letter had received “highest attention”. He gave me a copy along with other case documents. I was asked if it was possible to verify the information. According to Harvey, the CIA said Khun Sa had been assassinated some months before. Harvey supplied Scott and myself with language under White House and NSC letterhead that would help us gain access to Khun Sa. It worked. Unfortunately, Khun Sa knew nothing about US POWs. He did, however, offer to trade his nation’s poppy dependence for a legitimate economy.

Instead of receiving an “Atta Boy” for bringing back video tape showing Khun Sa`s offer to stop 900 tons of illegal narcotics and expose dirty USG officials, Scott was jailed and I was threatened. I was told that if I didn’t “erase and forget” all that we had discovered, I would, “hurt the government”. Further, I was promised a prison sentence of “15 years”.

I returned to Burma with two other American witnesses, Lance Trimmer, a private detective from San Francisco, and Barry Flynn from Boston. Gen Khun Sa identified some of those in government service he says were dealing in heroin and arms sales. We video taped this second interview and I turned copies over in June 1987, to the Chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence; Chairman of the House on Foreign Affairs Task Force on Narcotics Control; Co-Chairman, Senate Narcotics Committee; Senator Harry Reid, NV; Representative James Bilbray, NV; and other Congressional members. Mister Richard Armitage, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, is one of those USG officials implicated by Khun Sa. Nothing was done with this evidence that indicated that anyone of authority, including yourself, had intended to do anything more than protect Mr. Armitage. I was charged with “Misuse of Passport”. Seems that it is alright for Oliver North and Robert MacFarlane to go into Iran on Irish Passports to negotiate an illegal arms deal that neither you nor anyone else admits condoning, but I can’t use a passport that brings back drug information against your friends.

Lance Trimmer and I submitted a “Citizen Complaint of Wrongdoing by Federal Officers” to Attorney General Edwin Meese, III on 17 September 1987. Continuous private and Legislative inquiries to date indicate that the Attorney General’s Office has “lost” the document. Congressional requests to the Government Accounting Office have resulted in additional government snares and stalls.

January 20, 1988, I talked before your Breakfast Club in Houston, Texas. A distinguished group of approximately 125 associates of yours, including the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, expressed assurance that you are a righteous man. Almost all of them raised their hand when I asked how many of them know you personally. If you are a man with good intent, I pray you will do more than respond to this letter. I ask that you seriously look into the possibility that political appointees close to you are guilty of by passing our Constitutional process, and for purposes of promoting illegal covert operations, conspired in the trafficking of narcotics and arms.

Please answer why a respected American Citizen like Mister H. Ross Perot can bring you a pile of evidence of wrongdoing by Armitage and others, and you, according to TIME magazine (May 4, page 18), not only offer him no support, but have your Secretary of Defense, Frank Carlucci tell Mr. Perot to “stop pursuing Mr. Armitage”. Why Sir, will you not look into affidavits gathered by The Christic Institute (Washington, D.C.), which testify that Armitage not only trafficked in heroin, but did so under the guise of an officer charged with bringing home our POWs. If the charges are true, Armitage, who is still responsible for POW recovery as your Assistant Secretary of Defense ISA, has every reason not to want these heros returned to us alive. Clearly, follow on investigations would illuminate the collective crimes of Armitage and others.

Several years ago a secretary working for Armitage asked me “Why would he have us expunge his official record of all reference to past POW/MIA assignments and activities?” Not knowing, I ventured a guess that maybe he was considering running for public office and didn’t feel the POW -Vietnam association would be a plus in his resume. It was about the same time a CIA agent named by Khun Sa turned up dead in Bangkok under “mysterious circumstances”. Also about this time, as an agent of NSC’s Intelligence Support Activity, I was told by ISA Chief Jerry King, “…there are still too many bureaucrats in Washington who don’t want to see POWs returned alive”. I failed to realize the fullness of his meaning, or these other events, until in May 1987, Gen Khun Sa, in his jungle headquarters, named Richard Armitage as a key connection in a ring of heroin trafficking mobsters and USG officials. A U.S. agent I have known for many years stopped by my home last month enroute to his next overseas assignment. He remarked that he had worked for those CIA chiefs named by Khun Sa, and that by his own personal knowledge, he knew what Khun Sa said was true. He was surprised it had taken so long to surface.

I am a registered Republican. I voted for you twice. I will not do so again. If you have any love or loyalty in your heart for this nation; if you have not completely sold out, then do something positive to determine the truth of these most serious allegations. You were Director of the CIA in 1975, during a time Khun Sa says Armitage and CIA officials were trafficking in heroin. As Director of Intelligence you were responsible to the American people for the activities of your assistant – even as you should know what some of these same people are doing who are close to you now as our Vice President because I feel these “parallel government” types will only be promoted by you, giving them more reason to bury our POWs.

I am enclosing some documentation that supports the charges made. Chief is a letter from Khun Sa to the U.S. Justice Department dated 28 June 1987, wherein Richard Armitage is named along with Theodore Shackley (your former Deputy Director CIA from Covert Operations) and others. Please also note William Stevenson’s article, “Bank of Intrigue-Circles of Power”. You, Armitage, and General Richard Secord are prominently mentioned. Stevenson, you might remember, authored A MAN CALLED INTREPID. Also Tom Fitzpatrick’s article, “From Burma to Bush, a Heroin Highway”, should interest you. Both of these men are prize winning journalists. The book, CRIMES of PATRIOTS, “A True Tale of Dope, Dirty Money, and the CIA”, by Jonathan Kwitny, reporter for the Wall Street Journal, details for you the bank connections that Khun Sa mentions. Finally, the basic primer that spells out exactly how this dope for covert operations gambit began, is Alfred McCoy’s THE POLITICS OF HEROIN IN SOUTHEAST ASIA. All of these should be required reading for the man appointed chief cop by our President to safeguard America from illegal narcotics. These are just a sampling of many works now available that chronical disgraceful conduct by those sworn to protect and defend our Constitution.

Parting shot Mr. Vice President: On 28 January 1988, General Khun Sa tendered an offer to turn over to me one metric ton (2,200 pounds) of heroin. He says this is a good faith gesture to the American people that he is serious about stopping all drugs coming from the infamous Golden Triangle. I, you and Nancy Reagan are really serious about saying “NO” to drugs, why not test Gen Khun Sa? I challenge you to allow me in the company of agents of your choice to arrange to receive this token offer worth over $4 billion on the streets of New York City. It will represent the largest “legal” seizure of heroin on record. You can personally torch it, dump it in the ocean, or turn it into legal medication; as I understand there is a great shortage of legal opiates available to our doctors. I think Gen Khun Sa’s offer is most interesting. If you say “YES” then the ever increasing flow of heroin from Southeast Asia (600– tons– ’86, 900 tons– ’87, 1200– tons’88) may dry up–not good for business in the parallel government and super CIA circles Oliver North mentioned. If you say “NO” to Khun Sa, you are showing colors not fit for a man who would be President.

What is your decision? I challenge you to demonstrate exactly where you stand with respect to big-business-drugs, parallel government, misuse of U.S. tax-payer dollars in foreign drug supression programs that don’t work, no interest in dialogue that will stem the flow of illegal narcotics, return of POWs while they are still alive? I for one am not for a “USA, Inc.” with you or anyone else as Chairman of the Board.

Respecting Your Office,

James “Bo” Gritz, Concerned American, Box 472 HCR-31Sandy Valley, NV 89019, Tel: (702) 723-5266

George Herbert Walker Bush to Texas journalist Sarah McLendon:

“If the people knew what we had done, they would chase us down the street and lynch us.”

Watch the YouTube interview of Chip Tatum about his orders from GHW Bush to neutralize (murder) Ross Perot in 1991-1992 period

“CIA +George HW Bush,Gary Hart,H Ross Perot,Blackmail” is name of YouTube Video

Also, this video: Entitled “Presidential Secrets – Former CIA Black Op Speaks Out with ex-FBI Ted Gunderson

“The Crimes of Mena” by Sally Denton and Roger Morris

Another good article to read is: “The Crimes of Mena” by Sally Denton and Roger Morris from the July 1995 issue of Penthouse Magazine (this story was set to run in the Washington Post and it got spiked by an editor for political reasons.)

http://www.serendipi…a/c_o_mena.html “The Crimes of Mena”

http://www.nytimes.c…-this-book.html A hit job NYT piece on Ross Perot who was incensed over CIA drug smuggling.

Here is a good biography on Barry Seal at Spartacus Educational: http://www.spartacus….uk/JFKseal.htm

Barry Seal: Set up for Murder: http://whatreallyhap…iii_3-3-86.html This is a must read letter from the Louisiana Attorney General William J. Guste, Jr. to the US Attorney General Edwin Meese on March 3, 1986, complaining about why Barry Seal was not given governmental protection.

Link to buy the fabulous book “Barry and the Boys” by Daniel Hopsicker: http://www.cia-drugs…0001.about.html

Another good link on the 1986 murder of CIA drug smuggler Barry Seal: http://spitfirelist….-of-barry-seal/

A collection of articles on the murder of Barry Seal: http://whatreallyhap…/SEAL/seal.html

Here is good reading list on governmental and CIA drug smuggling and related criminal activities:

1) Powerburns: Cocaine, Contras & the Drug War by former DEA agent Celerino Castillo, III

2) Dark Alliance by Gary Webb

3) Barry and the Boys: the CIA, the Mob and America’s Secret History by Daniel Hopsicker

4) Whiteout by Alexander Cockburn

5) Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies and the CIA in Central America by Peter Dale Scott and

Jonathon Marshall

6) Lost History by Robert Parry

7) The Conspirators: Secrets of an Iran-Contra Insider by Al Martin

8) The Big White Lie: The Deep Cover Operation That Exposed the CIA Sabotage of the Drug War: An Undercover Odyssey by Michael Levine and Laura Kavanau-Levine

9) The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia by Alfred W. McCoy (from the 1970’s era)

10) Out of Control: The Story of the Reagan Administration’s Secret War in Nicaragua, the Illegal Arms Pipeline, and the Contra Drug Connection by Leslie Cockburn

11) Blue Thunder: How the Mafia Owned and Finally Murdered Cigarette Boat King Donald Aronov by Thomas Burdick and Charlene Mitchell

12) The Mafia, CIA, & George Bush by Pete Brewton

13) Called to Serve by James “Bo” Gritz

14) Crossfire: Witness in the Clinton Investigation by L.D. Brown

15) The Secret Life of Bill Clinton by Ambrose Evans Pritchard

16) American Desperado: My Life – From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset by Jon Roberts & Evan Wright

17) Cocaine, Death Squads, and the War on Terror: U.S. Imperialism and Class Struggle in Colombia by Oliver Villar and Drew Cottle

Edited by Robert Morrow

One thought on “NARCO-POLITIK: ‘Bushwacked’, The Murder Of The Legendary & Problematic CIA Operative Barry Seal (Archive)

  1. Excellent ‘report’. Is there anyone – still alive – who would know about B. Gritz and his association with Arthur Suchesk…and Khun Sa / Golden Triangle?

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