Clinton administration: 1993 to 2001
helped Bush with Iran-Contra via Mena, Arkansas
- Hillary Clinton
- Gore's Inconvenient Truths
- Waste Technologies Industries (WTI), East Liverpool, Ohio: the Clinton / Gore toxic waste incineration scandal
I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Meet the new boss
-- Pete Townsend, The Who
Excellent references on the Clintons all citizens should be aware of
It is a nice illusion to fantasize that the Democratic Primary in 2008 will be determined by a fair vote of the people ... and not by elites who work behind the scenes. (It seemed obvious two years before the primary that Kerry had been annointed.)
It is likely that Hillary will be the chosen one of the empire given her loyal service over many years. Everyone interested in the revival of American democracy and the Democratic Party should take some time to familiarize themselves with the connections between Hillary, Arkansas financier Jackson Stephens, the WTI toxic waste incinerator, drugs through Mena, Arkansas and other facets of how the empire really works. Then, pressure the Democratic Party -- from your local chapter to the national headquarters in Washington -- not to pick the tainted Hillary Rodham Clinton as their next candidate for Emperor. (update: fortunately, this happened and Hillary didn't become President. However, Obama has almost as many problems as the Clintons, and Hillary Clinton is Secretary of State and may run for President against Obama.
from the Progressive Review, November 16, 2005
RICHARD L FRANKLIN - At the time that the members of the House were considering whether to impeach Clinton, all the evidence concerning Clinton's misdeeds was kept in a locked evidence room. Only House members were allowed to come and go from this room. Those who chose to visit the room came out shaking their heads in disgust. Some were profoundly sickened by what they had seen.
Contained in that room were sundry allegations of rape and sexual assaults going back to Clinton's undergraduate days at Yale. Those House members who were leaning against an impeachment for perjury were often so aghast at what they saw in the evidence room, they changed their minds and urged their colleagues to visit the evidence room to examine what was there.
Although Clinton was never charged with rape or sexual assault, strong evidence of such crimes convinced many doubters in the House to impeach Clinton with a feeble hope that the evidence of Clinton's far more serious crimes would somehow emerge during a Senate trial.
Clinton's lingering rage over the impeachment probably comes mostly from his having suffered the biggest scare in his long criminal career. Clinton was never tried by the Senate for a simple reason: the Clintons possessed FBI dossiers on every Republican senator, and they knew it.
"Jackson Stephens for President: dispense with the
-- button printed by citizens in East Liverpool, Ohio area angry about WTI toxic waste incinerator financed by Mr. Stephens and supported by the administrations of George HW Bush and William J Clinton
The Hypocrisy of Bill Clinton's New Book 'Giving'
By Chris Hedges, Truthdig
Posted on September 18, 2007
We face the prospect of having two families govern the country for 16 years. The system is rigged. Our democracy is a consumer fraud. The government has given up any pretence of serving the interests of citizens. The corporations rule. And for all Clinton’s charm and talent for self-promotion, he is largely to blame.
Half a century ago, corporations paid 45 percent to 50 percent of the income tax. Today they pay 6 or 7 percent. This is why our infrastructure is crumbling, there is no universal health care, our public education is in crisis, regulatory agencies are impotent and our poor and working class are desperate.
It is no longer possible to argue between the lesser of two evils. The corporate state, which is carrying out a coup d’etat in slow motion and has already shredded most of our constitutional rights, is an unmitigated evil. We do not need charity. We need justice. And all of Bill Clinton’s heart-warming stories about giving are not going to save us from the corporations who sucked out his soul and seek to imprison the rest of us.
Is there a new member of the Bush family?
Sun Jan 29, 2006
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush says Bill Clinton
has become so close to his father that the Democratic former president
is like a member of the family.
Former President George Bush has worked with Clinton to raise money for victims of the Asian tsunami and the hurricane disaster along the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Asked about his father and Clinton, Bush quipped, "Yes, he and my new brother."
"That's a good relationship. It's a fun relationship to watch," Bush said in an interview with CBS News broadcast on Sunday.
While attending Pope John Paul's funeral, Bush said, "It was fun to see the interplay between dad and Clinton. One of these days, I'll be a member of the ex-president's club. ... I'll be looking for something to do."
He said ex-presidents share rare experiences that others cannot understand. "And so I can understand why ex-presidents are able to put aside old differences," he said.
Bush said he checked in with Clinton occasionally.
"And you know, he says things that makes it obvious -- that makes it obvious to me that we're kind of, you know, on the same wavelength about the job of the presidency. Makes sense, after all, there's this kind of commonality," he said.
Bush jokingly referred to speculation that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former president's wife, will seek the Democratic nomination for the presidency. He had earlier referred to the former first lady as "formidable."
"Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton," he said, referring to how Bill Clinton had followed his father, and Hillary Clinton could follow him.
© Reuters 2006. All Rights Reserved.
LAPD veteran Mike Ruppert talks about the Los Angeles police involvement in the killing of Senator Robert F. Kennedy
"ask yourself what you believe about the existence of democracy in this country and what you believe about the fate of ANY Presidential candidate not sanctioned by the powers that be before the "race" is run."
|Clinton Cocaine Scandal: Mena, Arkansas|
Barry and the Boys: the CIA, the Mob and America's Secret History by
It ties together the CIA war on Cuba in the early 1960s, the assassination of President Kennedy, Watergate, and the smuggling of cocaine to fund the Iran-Contra scandal.
This is the story of Barry Seal, the biggest drug smuggler in American history, who died in a hail of bullets with George Bush's private phone number in his wallet...
DANIEL HOPSICKER was the Executive Producer of a business news show airing internationally on NBC when, while shooting a feature story in Arkansas during production of the pilot for a new show he became aware that, in the words of one top federal law enforcement official, " Things ain't always been jes' right 'round here."
America’s Secret History—Revealed:
You’ll learn about the incredible involvement with Seal’s narcotics smuggling organization of top officials in both major American political parties… Republican Attorney General Ed Meese… Democratic National Chairman Charles Manatt… Al Gore’s Campaign Chairman, Tony Coelho…
You’ll discover why a young Arkansas Attorney named Bill Clinton signed a “get-out-of-jail-free” personal recognizance bond for Barry Seal, after Seal had been jailed for drug smuggling in Mena…in the ‘70’s.
Most importantly, you’ll discover why a photograph taken by a night club photographer in a Mexico City nightspot ten months before the Kennedy assassination holds the key to the shadowy organization responsible for the massive corruption in Bill Clinton's Arkansas twenty years later…
The Democratic Party's Presidential
Drug Money Pipeline
Charles Manatt, Clinton's New Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Demonstrates the Importance of Drug Money to Election 2000 and to Al Gore
Originally Published as the Cover Story in the April 30, 2000 issue of From The Wilderness (Vol. III, No. 2) Posted on the Worldwide Web July 10, 2000
Written by Michael C. Ruppert
|What Clinton should have been impeached for|
Barry and the Boys by Daniel Hopsicker is an authoritative account of this chapter in American history. Highest recommendations. It chronicles Barry Seal's career in the CIA from the 1960s (recruited by David Ferrie, a participant in the assassination of JFK), to his smuggling of large amounts of cocaine (through the Mena, Arkansas airport) that helped fund the "Contra" war of the 1980s.
Barry Seal's attorney - Richard Ben-Veniste - is now a Democratic commissioner on the official 9/11 investigation. Ben-Veniste was a Democratic congressional staffer during the Clinton impeachment scandal, where he helped keep that investigation focused on Monica and not on Mena.
This article was originally written for publication in the Washington Post. After clearing the legal department for inaccurate statements and scheduled for press, Washington Post Managing Editor Bob Kaiser killed the article without explanation. This story is an investigative report into events that haunt the activities of three presidents: Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. ...
The Crimes of Mena
by Sally Denton and Roger Morris
Barry Seal -- gunrunner, drug trafficker, and covert C.I.A. operative extraordinaire -- is hardly a familiar name in American politics. But nine years after he was murdered in a hail of bullets by Medellin cartel hit men outside a Salvation Army shelter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he has come back to haunt the reputations of three American presidents.
Seal's legacy includes more than 2,000 newly discovered documents that now verify and quantify much of what previously had been only suspicion, conjecture, and legend. The documents confirm that from 1981 to his brutal death in 1986, Barry Seal carried on one of the most lucrative, extensive, and brazen operations in the history of the international drug trade, and that he did it with the evident complicity, if not collusion, of elements of the United States government, apparently with the acquiescence of Ronald Reagan's administration, impunity from any subsequent exposure by George Bush's administration, and under the usually acute political nose of then Arkansas governor Bill Clinton.
Don't stop at Waco, Asa By Mara Leveritt September 03, 1999
(about former Republican congressman Asa Hutchinson's involvement in Mena - he is now a top official in the Homeland Security)
A selective passion for truth
By Mara Leveritt Feb. 12, 1999
Last week I suggested that, rather than probing ad nauseum the president's lies about his extra-marital alliance(s), Washington could do us a favor by turning its investigative lights onto a question with some genuine national significance, to wit:
Precisely what was the relationship between various branches of the government, particularly the CIA, and this country's super-cocaine kingpins, such as Arkansas's own Barry Seal, during the 1980s?
The column did not exactly provoke a stampede to pick up the gauntlet. As I had outlined, there are powerful, bipartisan reasons why the questions about Seal have languished.
Republicans don't want to touch them for fear of where the answers might lead. The trail already points to the offices of former presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush.
Likewise, Democrats are not keen on kicking up a lot of dirt about Barry Seal, a major cocaine smuggler who, for reasons that remain a mystery, was allowed to base his multi-million-dollar operation in Arkansas, under the very eye of the Arkansas State Police, for four years while Bill Clinton was governor.
What did happen after that column appeared was that a reader called to remind me of the role played in the Seal saga by our own Republican Congressman Asa Hutchinson, the House manager who has been lately so aggressive in his prosecution of Clinton in the Senate.
Having listened to Hutchinson expound repeatedly on his desire only to get at "the truth" of the Clinton-Lewinsky affair, I am struck (as was my caller) by how remarkably unaggressive he was -- in fact, how surprisingly hands-off he was -- back in the 1980s when, as the U.S. attorney for western Arkansas, Hutchinson had the chance to prosecute Seal, the smuggler.
We now know that during the time that Seal headquartered his operation at Mena he was being watched by U.S. Customs officials, as well as by agents for the DEA, the FBI, and the IRS. Former IRS agent William Duncan has testified that Hutchinson, who was among the first to know of Seal's arrival in Arkansas, called a meeting in early 1983, at which Duncan was assigned to investigate Seal's suspected money laundering. Duncan did, and he tried to have members of Seal's gang indicted.
But when the IRS investigator asked Hutchinson to subpoena 20 witnesses who were prepared to testify about the alleged drug-trafficking at Mena, Hutchinson balked. Only three of the 20 were called, and of those, two later complained that they had not been allowed to present their evidence to the federal grand jury. The grand jury never indicted Seal or anyone else involved with him at Mena.
In 1991, five years after Seal was murdered, Duncan testified about his experience. "Are you stating now under oath that you believe that the investigation in and around the Mena airport of money laundering was covered up by the U.S. Attorney in Arkansas," he was asked. "It was covered up," he said.
Since then, I have spoken with Paul Whitmore, a former Chief of Criminal Investigation for the IRS, who was Duncan's superior. He oversaw the Seal investigation and concurs with Duncan's assessment that presentation of Duncan's evidence was blocked by Hutchinson's office.
At the time, and to this day, however, Hutchinson has cast himself as an anti-drug crusader. In light of that, I wrote to him after his election to Congress. I explained that I have had a Freedom of Information request pertaining to Barry Seal before the FBI for several years -- a request that the FBI has acknowledged should have been filled a long time ago. In light of that, I asked Hutchinson if he would intercede on my behalf to get the records released.
I was curious as to how hard Hutchinson would work to bring to light public records about a politically sensitive investigation in which he had played a significant part. As it turned out, he was not helpful at all. He replied that he had contacted the FBI concerning my request and that when he heard back from the agency he would "be back in touch" with me. That was more than a year ago. He has not been "back in touch."
By contrast, Rep. Vic Snyder, to whom I placed the same request, has been diligent in his support of my appeal. It seems to matter to Snyder that the Justice Department can flaunt a federal law, delaying by years, if it wants, the release of public information. The agency still hasn't budged on the Seal records, but Snyder's push for their release distinguishes him in this otherwise dark affair.
As for Hutchinson… I hope that some day he is held to account, as he would hold Clinton to account, for certain events of the past -- events that even this self-proclaimed seeker of truth might prefer would never come to light.
Copyright ©1998 Arkansas Writers' Project, Inc.
THE CLINTON SCANDAL THE MEDIA HID FROM YOU
CLINTON BLOOD SCANDAL ERUPTS IN SCOTLAND
DAILY RECORD, SCOTLAND -
Former US President Bill Clinton may be forced to appear in court over a medical scandal which claimed the lives of innocent Scots. Many hemophiliacs were infected with hepatitis C after tainted blood from American prisoners was imported into the UK. Glasgow firm Thomsons are representing the families of Scots sufferers who died after contracting the disease. They allege inmates in an Arkansas jail were paid to donate blood despite the authorities knowing they had AIDS and hepatitis.
They are threatening to call the ex-president, who was state governor at the time, to the witness stand. The infected blood was used to make clotting agents for hemophiliacs who require regular blood transfusions Frank Maguire, of Thomsons, said "These allegations are extremely serious and I am now more sure than ever that there should be a full public inquiry into why so many Scots contracted hepatitis C from infected blood products.
"The relatives of my clients who have died want an inquiry to know how their loved ones came to be infected with such a deadly disease, to expose the full facts surrounding their death and bring to light any negligent or discreditable conduct. . .
"If former President Clinton has some information about how this happened in a jail in Arkansas while he was state governor then I'd hope he'd want to give evidence to an inquiry."
BLOOD SCANDAL TO BE FEATURED IN DOCUMENTARY
LIAM MCDOUGALL, SUNDAY HERALD UK -
A major new documentary that uncovers fresh evidence about how thousands of Scots contracted Aids and hepatitis through infected blood is to be given its world premiere at a prestigious US film festival.
The film, Factor 8: The Arkansas Prison Blood Scandal, made by the US film-maker Kelly Duda, will reveal new details about how inmates at a US jail were paid to donate blood despite the authorities knowing they had Aids and hepatitis.
It shows how the US state of Arkansas, under former president and then-governor Bill Clinton, allowed contaminated blood from Aids and hepatitis-infected prisoners to be exported around the world during the 1980s and 1990s to be used in the manufacture of clotting agents for hemophiliacs.
The documentary also reveals for the first time how senior figures in the prison system doctored prisoners' medical records to make it look like they were not carrying the deadly diseases. Even after it was known there was a problem, the film reveals, blood products were allowed to be supplied to Europe, including to the UK, where thousands of patients were infected with HIV and the potentially fatal liver virus, hepatitis. . .
Last night, the revelations caused outrage among hemophiliacs who contracted Aids and other diseases through the blood products. They branded the findings "unbelievable" and "shocking", and demanded that the government launch a judicial inquiry into the so-called "tainted blood scandal". . .
Duda's film, which is to be shown at the American Film Institute Festival in Los Angeles on November 8, is the result of almost a decade of research into prison blood policy.
In the film, Bill Douglas, a former prisoner and hepatitis sufferer, described the regime in Cummins Penitentiary in Arkansas, where he regularly donated plasma. He said: "They didn't care if you had to crawl to get there so long as you were able to give blood. You were never checked. It was like a cattle chute. That's the way it was done." Dr Edwin Barron, a medical administrator at the facility, who was so disgusted at the facilities that he resigned after around a year, said: "They did little or no screening of anybody. It was obvious to me . . . that this was a time bomb that had been planted here.". . .
There are also allegations that Clinton, while governor of Arkansas, may have been aware of the concerns about the blood products. Randal Morgan, who was deputy director of the department of corrections from 1981 to 1996, said: " It would be ludicrous that Bill Clinton did not know that the plasma program was experiencing problems.". . .