Steve Weinberg, Jeff Leen and Swinging Open the Unicorn Corral
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Leen, like Steve Coll and Vernon Loeb, showed that his position was singular and clear in the Webb debate of 1997. Webb had not done his homework, or so Leen said. Leen had been in Miami, Florida before arriving at the Washington Post and he was sure that the flow of cocaine into the country did not begin in LA. Webb, on the other hand, was also clear, decidely clearer, about cocaine's distribution to the inner cities of the U.S. via the gangs of LA that had branched out with the influx of the drug to other cities and Webb traced his story’s development with well articulated clarity, conviction and supporting evidence all backed up on what was then the first web-based, evidence-supported layout accessible online to the general public.
|Diana Southwood Kennedy book |
signed with note to Patrick Carr
in Mexico in January 1998.
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|Patrick Carr's card from Rebecca Rather's "Rather Sweet" in|
Austin where Patrick worked at both Ranch 616 and Ella's.
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and W.J. Hilliard in Wisconsin.
Du Bain and Hilliard history with American Express-Fireman's Fund,
Wisconsin Employers Ins. (WEG), W.J. Hilliard, President and co-founder (Click to enlarge).
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Chennault's relationships during
WWII, his decoration was opposed
by a number of key U.S. military
leaders including General
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Presbyterian minister from
San Antonio, Texas, Rev.
Pierre B. Hill. "Tex" had
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As head of the Securities and Exchange Commission William Casey had asked New York Judge Stanley Spoorkin to halt a probe into Multiponics and the Vesco connections to this and other business dealings. Spoorkin was the CIA's General Counsel during the Iran-Contra case.
Frontline carried an interview with Carlos Lehder's PR man, Carlos Toro, who said that U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the DEA, knew about the operations in the Bahamas but did nothing about it. Meanwhile, there appeared to be a concerted effort to cover-up the fact that murders along the I-45 Houston smuggling route were random events and that what had become known as "the most dangerous road in American" was simply a fluke. The attempt to deflect attention from this road included books by Kathryn Casey who had, according to Houston Chronicle reporter Lise Olsen, taken over the Houston Chronicle's investigation into the killings of "program killer" Edward Harold Bell after the arrival of the Washington Post's Vernon Loeb. Another denial of the I-45 smuggling connection came from DEA's Don Ferrarone and his consulting work for the film Texas Killing Fields.
Carlos Ledher would become the key witness in the U.S. case against Panama's Manuel Noriega for which some unsubstantiated reports have circulated as to Ledher's receiving an early prison release, while former CIA agent from Angleton, Texas, John Robert Stockwell, reminded the nation that Noriega had said "I have George Bush (GHWB) by the balls."
The organized crime connection is one that Webb obviously suspected, Robert Vesco showing up in the post-mortem book by Webb's son Eric, The Killing Game: Selected Writings By the Author of Dark Alliance, but Gary had not yet tied the LA gang distribution problem to the traditional Italian, Irish and Jewish crime elements. Brewton had done that, but not with emphasis on drugs, but on the S&L scandal. For Brewton the drugs were tangential. For Webb they were central. Both men were correct and the media power brokers decidedly wished to keep them apart. Putting together the Colombo's ownership of Darby Cay or Whitey Bolger's part in an FBI corruption conspiracy in the hometown of John Perkins Cushing and Caleb Cushing that ran concurrent with the Lehder and Vesco enterprises would have been explosive apart from Leen's attempt in the IRE debate to show time-line disconnects in Webb's story. There is no major disconnect. America's drug history from its usurpation of the British opium connection is seamless.
Leen criticized Webb for not providing a seamless timeline in the unfolding Iran-Contra and Ricky Ross cocaine connection and no clear confession from CIA higher-ups. Webb flattened Leen's argument as if with the flick of a wrist, to which Weinberg came to the rescue with some subtlety, but easily discernible as one and then another reporter from the major news outlets in the audience tried to pile on with Leen and Weinberg.
What is not disconnected is Leen's loathing of Webb with his tasteless post-Kill The Messenger release of an article in the Washington Post, "Gary Webb Is No Journalistic Hero."
"Well, Mr. Leen, he's as close as America has ever had considering the subject he tackled. Did Edward R. Morrow ever take on the OSS's or CIA's drug connections? Disconnects? Really?" asked Colbachi. "This is about as disconnected as two rabbits copulating," he reasoned.
Operation Lone Star’s key witness who would have gone to Houston to give testimony, Sibley Riggs, a Miami, Florida boat broker, had been murdered by strangulation and drowning and stuffed into her car trunk that was later found at the Miami International Airport.
“She never made it to Houston to give testimony that involved a corrupt DA’s office in Harris County and the indictment of an assistant DA, Frank Robin, (reported by UPI), who had sold testimony in the Operation Lone Star case to the indicted parties' attorneys,” said Colbachi noting that Riggs' case was not unlike that of Barry Seal or Robert Corson, the son-in-law of Houston financier, Walter Mischer, who according to Peter Brewton had helped to establish a CIA airport like that in Mena, Arkansas in Lajitas, Texas. That would have been the same one connected to Modesett and his business partner, Ed Baker. Frank Robin, the Houston D.A., was disbarred.
Houston D.A., Frank Robin, reaped the ire of Ronald Reagan's Attorney General and personal lawyer William French Smith who took the lead in moving the FBI into drug enforcement under the man who became the head of the FBI from Texas District Judge, John Howland Wood's ("Maximum John's") vacated bench, William Sessions. With CIA operatives moving freely throughout the Gulf Coast drug smuggling network that was supporting Iran-Contra, it is not entirely clear who are the "good guys" and "bad guys" in this convoluted scenario. However misguided was Reagan/Bush White House with its backing of the Iran-Contra scheme, William French Smith's alma mater, Pepperdine University Law School, has continued to promote the importance of the Magna Carta and the roots U.S. law in English Common Law, especially at its annual William French Smith Lecture series. Its message: no one is above the law of the land. Of course, given that the power of the English empire was built upon the imports and exports that moved along the world's sea lanes with the David Sassoon's Middle Eastern opioids, the subject of drug policies and drugs wars has also been well-convoluted in both national histories.
Pepperdine's President, Kenneth Starr, the nemesis of William Jefferson Clinton, who as Governor of Arkansas would have had intimate knowledge of the CIA's Mena, Arkansas operation, like Brewton had discovered about the CIA sister airport in Lejitas, Texas would move from Pepperdine to Baylor University to become its President in the Texas County where Iran-Contra's leading supplier, Farhad Azima, had owned Buffalo Airways; where J-Hawk had morphed into First City Bank; and where the Branch Davidians posed some yet to be fully understood threat. McClennan County was also home to the Crawford White House. No major newspapers carried the family connections between Kenneth Starr and founder of AIG whose China connections to insurance, shipping and opium made his company a major recipient in the 2008 bailout, Cornelius Vander Starr.
Brewton would write of the University of Texas' John Connally-appointed chairman of the board of the University of Texas Board of Regents, Frank Erwin, a position now occupied by Admiral William McRaven the commander of SEAL Team 6 and JSOC, the subject of the documentary Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill...."Erwin was close to Ben Barnes too, close enough to be called Barne's 'chief political strategist.' Barnes said it was Erwin who introduced him to Eagle Pass rancher Richmond Harper, the same man caught in the 1972 explosives scheme with Barry Seal and a Gambino associate." (Brewton, The Mafia, CIA and George Bush, p. 141).
It was Barnes who took special interest in the Dan Rather and Mary Mapes story of GWB's Texas Air National Guard escapades that Mapes says she discovered in early to mid-1999, but couldn't report until 2004 because her mother had died, thus leaving CBS' 60 Minutes with an image of its leadership asleep at the switch or, more accurately, like Nero fiddling when what would be at stake in 2001 was would be Rome burning. Inside our outside job it is clear that there was big bamboozle going on!
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“Pat Carr had just moved to Houston, didn’t know Marian Carr Knox, but worked with the company in Austin owned by Dan Rather’s niece, Rebecca Rather,” said Colbachi who also noted that the young man’s father was the former pastor of the former General Deputy of the FBI whose grandson died mysteriously the night after Patrick Carr in Dallas. Peter Brewton’s father, another Texas Presbyterian minister, graduated from Austin College in Sherman, Texas and Princeton Seminary.
Buckley Wright Bragg is a freelance, independent investigative author and founding member of Freedom of the Press Corp, or FPC. He is a first-time contributor to CPW News Service.