It's critical to your question that you remember that in Texas there was Paul P. Kennedy the New York Times and The Nation reporter who blew the CIA’s cover on the secret training base for the Bay of Pigs at Retalhuleu, Guatemala. His wife, Diana Southwood Kennedy, for whatever reason, befriended my son, Patrick. He made a trip to her hometown in Mexico in January 1998 with friends from Austin and Corpus and she signed for him a copy of her book, My Mexico.
When I was in Seminary in Austin I was the student assistant of Dr. Robert S. Paul who was on a pulpit swap with a Church of Christ pastor from New Haven, Connecticut when William Barnett Benton, a civil rights advocated, was fighting Prescott Bush for the Connecticut Senate seat. Senator Joseph McCarthy launched a brutal character assault against Benton. Dr. Paul took up for Benton and Benton credited Paul with providing the key element to his victory. I didn't know that when I was in seminary working with Dr. Paul, but neither did I know that Peter Brewton's father was a Presbyterian minister until I was investigating Patrick death in Houston on December 10, 2000 which would be the same day as the resignation of Gary Webb from the San Jose Mercury News as well as his death in California in 2004 just after the Rather and Mapes story broke at CBS with the Texas Air National Guard memos. Marian Carr Knox who typed those memos was defended by her son, Patrick Carr, who came to her aide against the assault of the former U.S. Attorney General, Dick Thornburgh, and Louis Boccardi of the Associate Press.
So, anyway, you had Vidal calling William F. Buckley a Neo-Nazi.
WC: A "Crypto-Nazi."
WC: Yes, a Crypto-Nazi. Not surprisingly this region also produced C. Wright Mills whose book The Power Elite some say got him an injection of cyanide. He died young of a heart attack.
Before they died I called Dr. Jack Stotts in Austin and Dr. Jack Lancaster in Montreat, North Carolina. Lancaster was the retired pastor of Modesett's church in Houston. This was after Patrick's death. I wanted to know if Stotts knew the danger that he put my family in by his request to fund Cuban clergyman, Rev. Carlos Ham, at Austin Seminary given the fact that Albert Lasater Maher had paid the bail on William Leo "Bill" Epton, better known as "Harlem Red" who had accompanied Maher on his trip to Cuba for which Maher was called before Congress. Stotts said he didn't know, but how would I know? I wanted to know from Lancaster if he knew about Modesett's history. He only claimed that Modesett had been problematic for some of his church members. I went into greater detail with Rev. Asa Hunt, Lancaster's associate pastor. Hunt knew some of the story, but said "Hey, I'm holding on until I retire soon."
In 1988 I was in a car in Houston with Rev. Gary Demarest from La Canada Presbyterian Church in California, a friend of Don Moomaw, the pastor of Bellaire Presbyterian and Ronald Reagan’s pastor who had asked Demarest to go to Nicaragua on a fact finding trip with a group to meet with the Sandanistas. Demarest, an ex-Marine, told me that the Sandinistas were not a threat to the West or the U.S., but that when he and the others told Reagan this “Reagan's eyes glazed over.” That proved to be correct as the fall of the Berlin Wall proved. Communism without free market incentives is dead, but the post-Glass-Steagall era of capitalism gone wild doesn’t work either except for the criminals. Alan Greenspan’s ‘Put” went “Kaput” and with it the deification of Milton Friedman.
Patrick’s uncle is the fishing buddy of William E. King, the business partner of GWB’s Texas Air National Guard roommate, James R. Bath. He had spent the week prior to his death in Houston with a young man whose family’s business was adjacent to the Cibolo, Texas airport where Salem Bin Laden had inexplicably died in 1988. That young man’s father was married to an heir of the Benjamin Holt, Caterpillar and tank track inventor, and he called Patrick less than an hour before his death. After his death the young man suddenly moved to San Diego, California. His mother was the secretary of the Methodist Superintendent, overseer of the local church where John H. “Jack” Modesett’s name was on the scout building. The Superintendent, a local pastor then, had preached Patrick's funeral service at Parkway Presbyterian since I had left First Presbyterian by then. Patrick had been with his uncle on a 60 Hatteras named The Sea Note, bought by his uncle and a business partner, from Thomas Hajecate, the son-in-law of a Halliburton executive. The boat had been sold after Hajecate was convicted in Operation Lone Star a money laundering scheme during the early Iran-Contra era. I knew none of this at the time, nor do I believe did Patrick who had just moved to Houston. The key witness in the Operation Lone Star case like Barry Seal, Robert Corson and Michael Lloyd Self, a woman named Sibley Riggs, never saw the resolution of her case either. I had tracked parties from the boat that Patrick had been on with his uncle the night he had died to a house on the tarmac of the Houston Gulf Manor Airport before I knew what the Houston Gulf Manor Airport was.
Note: Following the publication of this interview the interviewee called to say that he had wanted to add a comment. It had to do with the place that Hosni Mubarak played in providing the appearance of stability and Western-style democracy in Egypt without the substance:
"For that he was thrown out not by the fundamentalists whose torturous religious practices against women Mubarak had defended as did the pastor at FPC San Antonio, but by the true reformers in Egypt. It seems that they don't like Ramses any more than Moses did. The son-in-law of CIA Middle-East bureau chief Thomas Tweeton, Matt Gannon, also CIA, was returning to the U.S. because he realized that rank and file CIA agents in the Middle East knew nothing about Al Qaeda which had been spawned inside of Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood for the express purpose of fighting the Russians in Afghanistan. This is where Osama Bin Laden connects with Al Qaeda which tried to migrate to Syria, was expelled by Assad, then went to Saudi Arabia which produced the bulk of the 911 hijackers beneath the protective umbrella of the Saudi royals. None being from Iraq. The overthrow of Mubarak and the outlawing of the Muslim Brotherhood should tell Dr. Ben Carson and any informed American that there is a progressive element of the Muslim world that does not want to be hog tied to the 12th Century any more than Christians want to live in a world before Copernicus and Galileo, the Magna Carta or the U.S. Constitution that is now being seriously threatened. Like Dan Rather and Mary Mapes receiving a Peabody Award for their breaking of the Abu Ghraib story in 2004 which Amnesty International broke in 2003 or the awarding of Steve Coll and Lawrence Wright Pulitizers for their coverage of 911, in books that left out so much that is questionable about the sequence of events and major players, we should be screaming for a stronger Fourth Estate. Returning with Matt Gannon to press his case at the CIA was FBI agent and son of FBI Associate Deputy Director under William Sessions (Sessions, the successor of Judge John Howland Wood in San Antonio, Bexar County where Salem Bin Laden died in 1988 and moving to San Antonio from El Paso, home of the Chagra brothers), Oliver "Buck" Revell, the Bureau's highest unappointed agent and head of the anti-terrorism program. Revell's son changed his flight plans. Tweeton's son-in-law wasn't so fortunate. He didn't make it home. He was on Pan Am 103 that blew up over Lockerbie Scotland. Patrick Carr, our son, knew Mr. Revell, a strong supporter of JINSA the Jewish Institute on National Security Affairs, from our church in Plano, Texas, as did I. When I called to ask for help with Patrick's investigation Buck said 'I can't believe you are telling me this. Our grandson died the next night on December 11, 2000.' Ruled a suicide no one saw it coming. His car was parked down the street. The car door was open and he was found in his father's closet."