One Example of the Criminal-Level Corruption That Exists in Washington, D. C.
By A. J. MacDonald, Jr.
“If I didn’t have personal, first-hand experience with this, I’d probably think it was just another one of those hare-brained conspiracy theories.” ~ A. J. MacDonald, Jr.
Former presidents George W. Bush—the son of former president (and vice president) George H. W. Bush—and Bill Clinton have been chosen by current president Barack Obama to head up fundraising efforts to help relieve the sufferings of Haitians caused by the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
The White House hopes that this teaming-up of the two former presidents will be as effective as was Bill Clinton’s teaming-up with former president George H. W. Bush (George W.’s father) in raising funds for the relief of the Indonesians who were devastated by the tsunami, which occurred there on December 26, 2004.
I lived in Arkansas from 1988-2005, and I am all too aware of what actually went on there during the 1980’s and 1990’s: political corruption, cocaine trafficking, and murder.
VIDEO – Gary Webb, Dark Alliance: http://www.c-spanarchives.org/program/DarkA
VIDEO – The Mena Connection: Bush, Clinton, and CIA drug smuggling part 1/6: http://youtu.be/nxaFGsdGxnc
If you doubt what I am about to tell you, I would suggest that you read the definitive book on this subject: The Boys on the Tracks, by Mara Leveritt; a highly respected investigative journalist who has been with the Arkansas Times for many years. Another excellent book on this subject is: The Secret Life of Bill Clinton: The Unreported Stories, by Andrew Evans-Pritchard, who actually devotes an entire chapter of his book to the murder of Jerry Parks, once the head of Bill Clinton’s security in Little Rock, which I will relate to you now.
To give you just one simple example of my personal experiences in Arkansas during this time, I was home on the evening of September 26, 1993 watching the KATV (Little Rock Channel 7, 10 o’clock) News, and the lead story that night was that someone had, that evening, been murdered in a drive-by shooting on Highway 10 in west Little Rock. Having lived, by this time, in Little Rock for five years, I was quite well aware of the fact that drive-by shootings occurred rather frequently. Someone actually shot-up my house (on 16th Street) one night—barely missing my (now ex) wife, who was in the bathroom, while I was in the living room on the computer, or should I say: on the floor, the instant the shooting began.
The thought that immediately popped into my head— upon hearing that someone had been murdered in a drive-by shooting on Highway 10 in west Little Rock—was: “No one ever gets shot in a drive-by shooting on Highway 10 in west Little Rock, because that’s the wealthy side of town. A drive-by shooting on Wright Avenue or on 17th Street can (and did) occur at any time, but out on Highway 10, in west Little Rock? No way. This was no drive-by shooting: this was a hit.”
Well, I didn’t know Jerry Parks—the man who was murdered that night—but it turns out that a man I had recently met (in church, a year or so earlier)—and who, since that time, has become my best friend— knew him very well: they once worked together, as police officers, in Arkansas. As my friend puts it to me, in what, I suppose, is police lingo: “He [Jerry Parks] was ventilated” out on Highway 10 that night.
Parks, then a former police officer, had been working as Bill Clinton’s head of security in Little Rock and had decided to quit working for Clinton, choosing instead to go into the private security business, and he was beginning to write down all he knew about Bill Clinton. As Evans-Pritchard points out in his book, when Parks heard the news of White House counsel Vince Foster’s death, he said: “I’m a dead man.”
Vince Foster (January 15, 1945 – July 20, 1993) was a Deputy White House Counsel during the first term of President Bill Clinton and had been a member of the (prestigious) Rose Law Firm, in Little Rock—along with (now Secretary of State) Hillary Clinton and Webster Hubbell (former associate attorney general in the Clinton Justice Department). Foster’s death was shrouded in mystery—a supposed suicide, which was surrounded by odd, non-suicide-like evidence and circumstances.
I remember when, shortly after Foster’s death, the national news media was all over this story; informing us that the FBI would soon be investigating Foster’s files at the Rose Law Firm. At the time I was working for a local printing paper distributor in Little Rock, and one of the customers I delivered copy paper to (on a regular basis) was Rose Law Firm (I would always deliver a pallet of copy paper (i.e., forty cartons) to the firm about once a week or so).
I made a delivery to Rose Law Firm during this time and I was not surprised to discover boxes with Vince Foster’s name on them (stacked) in the back stairwell, which was the stairwell I used in order to deliver copy paper down to their (basement) copier room. What did surprise me, however, was that there was a brand new paper shredder, which I had never seen before, in the first office, which I had to go through in order to get to the copier room, and I saw two people very busily shredding lots and lots of documents.
I met a couple of FBI agents there—in that same stairwell—about a week later.
I’d like to explain, now, the corruption, cocaine, and murder connection which exists between (then vice president) George H. W. Bush and (then governor) Bill Clinton, which began shortly before I arrived in Arkansas in 1988.
From the time that I first arrived in Arkansas the information I was gathering from the local newspaper made it apparent to me that, throughout the early-to-mid 1980’s, a man named Barry Seal had been running a weapons/cocaine smuggling operation out of a small, rural airport in western Arkansas, which was located near the town of Mena, Arkansas. Seal—a government informant—would fly weapons from the U. S. (i.e., Mena, Arkansas) down to Nicaragua, in order to supply the (anti-communist) Contra rebels there who were, at the time, fighting against the (communist) Sandinistas; Seal would then fly on to Colombia in order to pick up a load of cocaine for his return flight back to the U. S.
The CIA was involved in using Seal to run weapons to the Contras and cocaine back to the U. S. and, in time, they set Seal up to be discovered—as a DEA informant—by Pablo Escobar and his men. On February 19, 1986 Barry Seal was gunned down in Baton Rouge, Louisiana—by Escobar’s men—and the CIA took over his weapons/cocaine running operation.
As PBS Frontline explains it:
“The Washington Times [ran] a story which details DEA informant Barry Seal’s successful infiltration into the Medellin cartel’s operations in Panama. The story was leaked by Oliver North showing the Nicaraguan Sandanistas’ involvement in the drug trade. Ten days later, Carlos Lehder, Pablo Escobar, Jorge Ochoa and Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha are indicted by a Miami federal grand jury based on evidence obtained by Seal. In February 1986, Seal is assassinated in Baton Rouge by gunmen hired by the cartel” (see timeline, under the heading of: “1984 The Drug War and the Cold War Collide” on the PBS Frontline “Thirty Years of America’s Drug War: A Chronology” timeline).
As the headline of this article states, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton were involved in corruption, cocaine, and murder because they directly facilitated the CIA’s Mena, Arkansas weapons/cocaine smuggling operation. This truth about Bush and Clinton—along with additional information implicating (many) other guilty persons as well—is precisely what Arkansas Times investigative reporter Mara Leveritt exposes in her book: The Boys on the Tracks. As you can well imagine, the reason for why George H. W. Bush—former director of the CIA—and Bill Clinton—former governor of Arkansas— are such good buddies is that Bush needed both the cooperation and the cover that Clinton could provide for the CIA’s weapons/cocaine operation, which was run out of Arkansas during the 1980’s.
This truth—as well as the fact that crack cocaine was introduced by the CIA into Los Angeles, during this same period of time—has since come out in numerous sources and also ties-in to what later became known as the Iran-Contra affair (i.e., the sale of weapons by the U. S. government (under Regan) to Iran in order to secure the release of U. S. hostages then being held by Iran; the proceeds of this weapons sale were then funneled, illegally, to the Contras—Regan’s anti-communist Freedom Fighters in Nicaragua).
As Mara Leveritt (in her book) points out, the citizens of Mena, Arkansas, during the time period when this gun/drug running operation was being carried out, grew suspicious of the unusual amount of activity at the small, regional Mena airport; suspicions they brought to the attention of local and, eventually, federal authorities. In Arkansas, there are two Federal Court Districts: the Western and Eastern Districts, and Mena, Arkansas lies in the Western District. The U. S. Attorney for the Western District, at the time, whose responsibility it became to investigate the suspicious airport activity was one Asa Hutchinson. Hutchinson opened—and quickly closed—the case; told, apparently, (by higher-ups) that the suspicious airport activities were “off-limits”.
As Leveritt explains it:
“But some strange things happened in Hutchinson’s district while he was federal prosecutor . . . Specifically, a man identified by federal agents as “a documented, major narcotics trafficker” was using facilities at an airport in Hutchinson’s district for “storage, maintenance, and modification” of his drug-running aircraft, throughout most of Hutchinson’s tenure. The man was Adler Berriman “Barry” Seal. For the last four years of his life—and throughout Hutchinson’s term as U.S. attorney—his base of operations was Mena, Arkansas. In 1982, the year that Hutchinson took office as U.S. attorney and Seal moved to Mena, federal officials were already aware that he controlled ‘an international smuggling organization’ that was ‘extremely well organized and extensive.’ Agents for the DEA, FBI, U.S. Customs, and IRS were watching him. They brought Hutchinson evidence that Seal was ‘involved in narcotics trafficking and the laundering of funds derived from such trafficking’” (The Blacklisted Journalist Column Seventy, April 2002).
In 2001, then president George W. Bush—the son of former president George H. W. Bush—appointed Asa Hutchinson to head the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and, after September 11, 2001, Bush “tapped Hutchinson to lead the Border and Transportation Security Directorate, the largest division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with more than 110,000 employees. Hutchinson was confirmed by unanimous consent by the U.S. Senate on January 23, 2003” (Wikipedia entry for Asa Hutchinson).
All of this is VERY shady, is it not? The Wikipedia entry for Asa Hutchinson even goes so far as to tell us that: “During his tenure as U.S. Attorney for the Western District, Hutchinson was described as aggressive in his efforts to prosecute criminals. However, there are continuing suspicions regarding his actions surrounding the investigation of infamous pilot and drug smuggler Barry Seal, a key operator in the Iran-Contra scandal. Hutchinson opened the investigation into Seal but did not see the case through to completion when he resigned to run for the Senate” (see entry).
I’ve never met Asa Hutchinson, but I have met his brother Tim Hutchinson who, at the time, was a (Republican) U. S. senator, representing the state of Arkansas in Washington, D. C.
I met Tim Hutchinson at the anti-abortion March for Life in Little Rock, which is held every January 22—the anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade U. S. Supreme Court decision that mandated access to abortion on demand throughout all fifty states, regardless of state laws (abortion is still illegal according to Arkansas state law).
By this time (2002) I had decided to get into politics and run for U. S. representative (Arkansas’ Second Congressional District, which is the greater Little Rock area) and I had gone to the March for Life with the intention of doing a little campaigning and hoping, possibly, to speak at the rally, which followed the march. I hadn’t yet filed to run for office and my campaign was still unofficial at this point, but I was doing my best to get word of my campaign out to the people. When I was up on the podium, on the steps of the state capitol, I was speaking with Mike Huckabee and his wife Janet—then Governor and First Lady of the State of Arkansas—and Janet had taken quite an interest in me and in my campaign brochure.
Tim Hutchinson was off to one side of me and, although he didn’t approach me at that time, his secret service bodyguard did; asking me if he could have one of my campaign brochures. At the time, I thought nothing of it; but later on I realized that this was probably the cause behind what was to occur shortly thereafter.
About a week after the March for Life, I noticed that my land-line phone was making a brief, odd clicking sound, and all of my friends (who were calling me) began mentioning the fact that my phone was making a strange, brief, clicking sound. I suspected, as did my friends, that my phone had been tapped; illegally, since I was doing nothing wrong.
One day, not long afterward, I arrived home to find that I had a message on my answering machine, which was no surprise and, when I played the message, I heard a man’s voice, scrambled by an electronic voice scrambling device, threatening to kill me, which did surprise me. Not that the death threat in itself surprised me, because it didn’t; I was surprised by the fact that the voice I heard was being scrambled by an electronic voice scrambler. I was impressed, but I certainly wasn’t surprised; or afraid.
Paranoid? Yes. Afraid? No.
I never could raise enough money for the filing fee ($5,000), because I was virtually broke—as were many of my friends and supporters—so my first attempt at a making a bid for federal office was stillborn. There’s much more to this aspect of my personal story, but there’s really not much else that I can tell you that is relevant to the purposes of this article which, by this point, has gone on quite long enough already. I lived in Arkansas for only a few more years after these events had occurred.
If you’ve read this far, I hope the next time you see George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton—out-and-about on their Haiti relief tour—you will remember the peoples and events that I’ve related to you in this article.
This story of corruption, cocaine, and murder has been told many, many times, although—even to this day—it is usually relegated to the realm of unproven and unprovable conspiracy theories. Unfortunately, the story is true, and many of its all-to-real characters—like Jerry Parks—have ended up dead — murdered.
This is all on record at GWU in Washington, DC. It’s not a hare-brained “conspiracy theory”. It’s TREASON – Democrat and Republican TREASON.
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY NATIONAL SECURITY ARCHIVES, WASHINGTON, DC: THE CONTRAS, COCAINE, AND COVERT OPERATIONS
and Covert Operations