The Death Of Vincent Foster

Iran Contra in Bill's home state


                       THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, 4 JAN. 1995

                PRESS LINKS CLINTON TO IRAN-CONTRA DRUGS DEAL

                        BY HUGH DAVIES IN WASHINGTON


        Allegations of cloak-and-dagger events in Arkansas while
        President Bill Clinton was governor began surfacing in the
        mainstream US media yesterday with the *Washington Times*
        speculating that the `scandal' could `dwarf Whitewater'.
        [It's *part* of Whitewater, silly - DSO.]

        Rumours of an `Arkansas connection' in smuggling Colombian
        cocaine into America have been swirling in the capital for
        weeks. Famous political names are supposed to be involved in
        a `cover-up'.

        So persistent are the charges that the Washington paper decided
        to go public with its bare-bones version, confessing that
        accurate particulars remained elusive.

        Prominent were the names of the retired Marine colonel, Oliver
        North, and the former Attorney General, Edwin Meese, key figures
        in the Iran-Contra controversy.

        The tale centres on a remote airfield at Mena in the Ouachita
        mountains of Arkansas, allegedly used for Iran-Contra flights that
        shipped guns into Nicaragua and returned with drugs.

        A former US air force [CIA - DSO] intelligence officer, Mr
        Terry Reed, insists that Mr Clinton was aware of the illegal
        operation and received a 10 per cent cut of the profits. No
        documentary proof seems to be available and the President has
        ridiculed the notion.

        But, the *Washington Times* reported, it is a tale `that won't
        go away'.

        *** A report on the Whitewater affair by Republican members of
        the Senate Banking Committee yesterday accused White House
        and Treasury Department officials of `serious misconduct and
        malfeasance' by discussing the case. [Stephanopoulos must go.
        Anyway, for all the media hype about his being an honest,
        hardworking genius from a devout Greek Orthodox family, he's
        quite happy to be dogboy for a lying, cheating, womanising,
        drug-taking, draft-dodging, power-hungry megalomaniac - DSO.]

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                FROM THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, 1 JAN. 1995

                     BY AMBROSE EVANS-PRITCHARD

        More and more Washington insiders are coming to the conclusion
        that it is hopeless for Mr Clinton now. The first Whitewater
        indictments have changed the political landscape. Newspapers
        and television networks that dismissed the scandal as much
        ado about nothing are scrambling to catch up.

        The `Mena Airport' story about gun-running and drug smuggling
        in Arkansas in the 1980s is finally about to break in the
        grand press, revealing information that is likely to astound
        the American public.

        A federal court case that touches on Mr Clinton's involvement
        in these bizarre underworld activities is coming to a head
        during the next three months. Some of the best lawyers in the
        country have joined the case. The witness list has 105 names.

        Among those to be subpoenaed and made to testify are Oliver
        North, the former Attorney General Bill Barr and nine Arkansas
        state troopers. Under current plans the key depositions will
        be taken in February and March. They will be distributed to
        the press.

        And then there is Paula Jones. After a ruling this week her
        lawyers now have broad `discovery' power to take sworn depositions
        from witnesses, even though the actual trial is to be delayed
        until after Clinton leaves office. This is very bad news for
        the President.

        The purpose of Jones's suit all along was to gain `discovery' power
        in order to investigate the role of state troopers in facilitating
        sexual trysts for Mr Clinton. Do not be surprised if the White
        House offers a settlement soon and an abject apology.

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                  THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, 1 JAN. 1995

                WHITE HOUSE `FORCED CIA CHIEF TO QUIT'

               BY AMBROSE EVANS-PRITCHARD IN WASHINGTON


        The turnover at the top of the Clinton Administration is brisk
        this holiday season. Wily old Texan Lloyd Bentsen has left his
        post as Treasury Secretary, pleading fatigue. Mike Espy, the
        Agriculture Secretary, has moved on after being caught taking
        gifts from Arkansas chicken king Don Tyson. But the change that
        has tongues wagging in Washington is the announcement by the
        CIA's director, James Woolsey, that he, too, intends to go
        his own way. Before Christmas he was telling friends that he
        was in for the long haul.

        The official word is that the soft-spoken Rhodes Scholar came
        to grief because of his handling of the Aldrich Ames affair.
        Mr Woolsey has been castigated repeatedly by the chairman of the
        Senate Intelligence Committee and others for failing to clean
        up his house after it came to light that Ames had sold the
        `Crown Jewels' to the Soviet Union, exposing at least 10
        Soviet intelligence officials working secretly for the US.

        But the damage was done years ago, long before Mr Woolsey's
        appointment in 1993. It was Mr Woolsey, in fact, who found the
        traitor and exposed him.

        The unofficial word is that Mr Woolsey was squeezed out by the
        liberal-Left elements in the White House for being too Right-wing,
        too close to the foreign policy gurus of the Reagan era, even too
        pro-British.

        Mr Woolsey set up his own long-range planning group at the CIA.
        It was treated as a threat by Tony Lake, the head of President
        Clinton's personal foreign policy team at the White House. The
        rivalry turned nasty over Haiti.

        Last year, while the Clinton Administration was trying to drum
        up support for ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the CIA
        was leaking a profile describing Mr Aristide as mentally unstable.
        The leaks were seen as part of a broader CIA campaign to undercut
        Mr Clinton's Haiti crusade, a policy that was considered madness
        at CIA headquarters in Langley.

        Aristide enthusiasts in the White House were incensed. Since then,
        Mr Lake has fought tenaciously to prevent the CIA Director from
        gaining access to the President. By letting this happen Mr Clinton
        has cut himself off from the best foreign policy adviser in his
        Administration.

        Mr Clinton's own relationship with the CIA has been the stuff of
        rumours since he first emerged as a presidential candidate. A
        number of journalists and intelligence experts are convinced
        that he began stringing for the CIA in an informal way during
        his Oxford days, slipping information to the US Embassy in
        London on the anti-war movement.

        The idea is not as absurd as it sounds. Bill Clinton was always
        searching for ways to promote his career. It would also explain
        the mystery of how he paid for his trip to Scandinavia and the
        Soviet Union in 1969, a time when he was perpetually broke.

        During the 1980s, as Governor of Arkansas, Clinton appears to
        have had a `you-scratch-my-back-I'll-scratch-yours' relationship
        with Ronald Reagan's CIA. There are strong grounds for suspecting
        that the CIA used the corrupt rural state as a base for a covert
        supply operation, manufacturing untraceable weapons parts for
        shipment south to the Nicaraguan Contras, and possibly to the
        Guatemalan and Peruvian governments.

        A number of sources involved with the operation have told *The
        Sunday Telegraph* that Mr Clinton was directly involved, though
        none have been able to produce documentary evidence.

        There is also speculation that Arkansas was used by the US
        intelligence community for other Cold War purposes requiring
        an arms length `deniability', chiefly in computer software and
        irregular banking activities, to frustrate Congressional
        restrictions on CIA work inside the US.

        The details have been emerging in dribs and drabs. Now the pace
        is quickening. One of the country's most prestigious newspapers
        is set to run a long piece giving credence to the allegations
        on January 8. If the story breaks into the mainstream, it could
        eventually turn into a first-rate CIA scandal, a sort of Iran-
        Contra Part II. It is not what the CIA needs at a time when the
        colossal $28 billion US intelligence budget is already under
        attack and Senator Patrick Moynihan is questioning whether the
        US needs an intelligence agency any longer.

        [Surely it does. Who else is there capable of assassinating
        US Presidents? Sorry, couldn't resist... :-) - DSO]

        By getting out now, Mr Woolsey may have spared himself a very
        unpleasant 1995.


 

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