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The following  is a transcript of the video, "A NATION BETRAYED".
It documents  alleged CIA  involvement  in  covert  drug  running
activities and  how they  supposedly interfered with the nation's
attempts to  recover POW/MIA's.   It  is very  long  (around  75K
bytes) so  you may  wish to  save it  and download  it from  your
network site  for offline  reading.   It is a document I promised
I'd upload  to the  net.   You may find it unbelievable.  You may
not be  surprised at what it says.  I have several comments which
I will  append to  end of  the document.   Sufficed  to say  that
information of this type is its own shocking kind of pornography.
As far  as I  can see  Gritz's arguments  are more or less sound.
The evidence from three separate sources is even more compelling.
As I  watched this  video I  felt thoroughly violated.  It is not
enjoyable reading, but it may well be true.

"Be careful  when you seek the truth.  Upon finding it you may be
forced to change your view of the world."

(apologies to the original quote)

(Transcriber's note:   The following is a transcription of spoken
English  and  as  such  can  be  difficult  to  read,  much  less
transcribe.   I have  tried to  preserve exactly  as  was  spoken
except for  a few places where I have organized the language used
to clarify  meaning.   I am not an English major so don't slam me
for not using perfect English punctuation in the sometimes rather
strange usages.)

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Colonel Bo Gritz Addressing the American Liberty Lunch Club:

What I  want to tell you very quickly is something that I feel is
more heinous  than the  Bataan death  march.   Certainly it is of
more concern  to you  as Americans  than the Watergate.  What I'm
talking about  is something we found out in Burma - May 1987.  We
found it  out from  a man  named Khun  Sa.   He is the recognized
overlord of  heroin in  the world.  Last year he sent 900 tons of
opiates and  heroin into  the free  world.   This year it will be
1200 tons.

(video showing  discussion at  Khun  Sa's  headquarters  --  some
translation of  Burmese to  English going  on ...  Bo Gritz still
talking to Lunch club in the foreground)

On video  tape he  said to us something that was most astounding:
that U.S.  government officials have been and are now his biggest
customers, and  have been  for the last twenty years.  I wouldn't
believe him.   We  fought a  war in  Laos and Cambodia even as we
fought whatever  it was  in Vietnam.  The point is that there are
as many  bomb holes  in those two other countries as there are in
Vietnam.   Five hundred  and fifty  plus Americans  were lost  in
Laos.  Not one of them ever came home.  We heard a president say,
"The war  is over,  we are  out with honor - all of the prisoners
are home."  and a  few other  lies.   Now  we  got  rid  of  that
president, but  we didn't get rid of the problem.  We ran the war
in Laos  and Cambodia through drugs.  The money that would not be
appropriated by  a liberal  congress, was  appropriated.  And you
know who  we used  for distribution?    Santos  Trafficante,  old
friend of  the CIA  and mobster out of Cuba and Florida.  We lost
the war!

Fifty-eight-thousand Americans  were  killed.    Seventy-thousand
became drug  casualties.  In the sixties and seventies you saw an
infusion of  drugs into  America like never was before.  Where do
you think  the Mafia  takes the  heroin and  opiates that it gets
through its  arrangement with  the U.S.  government?   It doesn't
distribute them  in Africa  or Europe.  This is the big money bag
here.   We're Daddy  Warbucks for  them.  So I submit to you that
the CIA has been pressed for solutions.  Each time they have gone
to the  sewer to  find it.   And you can't smell like a rose when
you've been  playing in  the  cesspool.    We've  been  embracing
organized crime.   Now  you've all  looked and  heard about Ollie
North, about the Contras, about nobody knowing anything.

(cut to  part of Iran Contra hearings with Ollie North explaining
the flow of funds from Iran to the Contras)


And Mr.  Gorbanifar suggested  several incentives  to  make  that
February transaction  work.   And the attractive incentive for me
was the  one he  made that  residuals could  flow to  support the
Nicaraguan resistance.


Even Gorbanifar knew that you were supporting the Contras.


Yes he  did.   Isvestia knew it.  The name had been in the papers
in Moscow.  It had been all over Danny Ortega's newscasts.  Radio
Havana was  broadcasting it.   It  had been in every newspaper in
the land.


All our enemies knew it and you wanted to keep it from the United
States Congress.


We wanted to be able to deny a covert operation.

(back to Bo at the Luncheon Club)

We have  a constitution  that says  that the laws will be made by
the Congress,  enforced by  the executive  branch, interpreted by
the judicial  branch.  But in reality we have an executive branch
that has  for more  than a  twenty years  operated in  what Ollie
North called  a parallel  government.  When the Congress says no,
it makes  no difference.   They're gonna do it anyway.  And it is
special intelligence  - top  secret.    Why?    Not  because  the
Communists don't  know what  were doing, it's to keep it a secret
from you.  You're not capable of making those kinds of  decisions
according to those in parallel government.  The reason I know ...
I was there.  I've been a product of parallel government myself.


Lieutenant Colonel  James 'Bo'  Gritz is the most decorated Green
Beret  commander   of  the   Vietnam  Era.      General   William
Westmoreland, in writing his memoirs, singled out Bo Gritz as the
"American Soldier"  for  his  exemplary  courage  in  combat  and
outstanding ingenuity in recovering a highly secret black-box the
Viet Cong  had taken  from a  crashed U-2 spy plane.  The feature
films "Rambo",  "Uncommon Valor"  and "Missing  in  Action"  were
based in part upon his real-life military experiences.

(Back to Bo)

Dick Secord, General, United States Air Force, a man I know well,
said it  best.   Before the  senate investigating  committee Dick
Secord was asked - if we were supporting the Contras, why were we
selling them  arms  bought  from  a  Communist  block  nation  at
exorbitant profit rates.

(skip to scene from hearings)


If the purpose of the enterprise was to help the Contras, why did
you charge Colero a mark-up?


We were  in business to make a living, Senator.  We had to make a
living.  I didn't see anything wrong with it at the time.  It was
a commercial enterprise.


Oh ...  I thought  the purpose  of  the  enterprise  was  to  aid
Colero's cause.


Can't I have two purposes?  I did.


Oh ... all right.

(back to Bo)

And then  Dick Secord  said in his playboy interview:  "I think I
deserve the  eight million  that we  made from the Iran arms sale
for all  the hard  work I  did."  If you've got to pay a patriot,
you've got the wrong guy.

(applause from audience)

These are  patriots for  profit.   There  has  been  a  guise  of
patriotism that  a lot of people have been hiding behind.  War is
their business.  Business has been good.

(fade to  shots of  the Vietnam  'conflict' - Narrator takes over

Bo Gritz  risked his  life a  thousand times in combat in Vietnam
before he  was sent  by a  national security  council staffer Tom
Harvey in  the White House to Burma in November of 1986 in search
of American  prisoners of  war.   He discovered  instead a heroin
highway and  a nation  betrayed by  high level American officials
involved in  narcotics trafficking.  Tom Harvey and his superiors
in the White House were not pleased with Bo's report.

(fade to  scene of  Bo -  now with  beard in  a  field  obviously
somewhere in  Southeast Asia  - palm trees and oxen indigenous to
the area abound - I assume its in either Burma or Thailand)

The thing that I was most concerned about was - and I thought was
fantastic - was the general's offer to stop the flow of opium and
heroin into  the free  world.   When I  asked  him  (assume  he's
talking about a conversation with Tom Harvey now) he said "that's
fantastic".  There was a pause, then he said, "Bo, there's no one
here that  supports that."  And I  said, "What?!   Vice-President
Bush has  been appointed  by president  Reagan as  the Number One
policeman to  control drug entry into the United States.  How can
you say  there's no  interest and no support when we bring back a
video tape  with a  direct interview with a man who puts 900 tons
of opium  and heroin across into the free world every year and is
willing to stop it?"  And he said, "Bo, what can I tell you?  All
I can tell you is there is no interest in doing that here."

Well that  made me  wonder.   That's  because  it  doesn't  sound
American and  it doesn't sound right.  That's when we began to do
our own  investigation because  for about  three years people had
told me,  both in  Washington D.C.  and, interestingly enough, in
Oklahoma city  that the  whole POW situation was being undermined
by U.S.  government officials  involved in  drug trafficking.   I
wouldn't believe  it.   I said,  "You guys  aren't playing with a
full deck  ...   you've got yourselves strung out too thin."  And
they said,  "Bo, you better listen, because for three years we've
had prisoners  literally  within  our  grasp  and  something  has
happened at  the last  minute."   (I said),  "Each time I've made
every effort  to cooperate  with government  officials.   I can't
believe that people in the U.S. government would actually, either
overtly  or   covertly,  do   anything  to   undermine  a  rescue
operation."  Well, we're still without Prisoners of War and there
is no  interest, we're  told at  the White House, in stopping the
flow of  drugs coming  in from  the Golden Triangle into the free

(fade to  front-page articles  about Bo  Gritz in Parade magazine
and Soldier of Fortune ... narrator picks up here)

Lieutenant Colonel  Bo Gritz  is no  stranger to controversy.  In
thirty years  of devoted  service to  the U.S.  Army and  to  the
recovery of American prisoners of war, he has encountered plenty.
The making  of this  American warrior  began early.   He was five
years old  when his  father, a  B-17 pilot,  was shot  down  over
Europe during World War II.  His mother, a pilot with the women's
Air Force,  would later  marry a  master sergeant and remain with
the occupation  forces in  Germany after  the war.  Raised by his
maternal grandparents  in Oklahoma, young Bo Gritz began training
at Fort  Union Military  Academy in Virginia.  He was named Corps
Commander in  his senior  year when  he chanced upon a recruiting
poster that  changed his  life.   In short  order, Gritz  won his
green beret  in the Army Special forces by passing all courses in
the unconventional  warfare  training.    After  graduating  from
officer's  candidate   school,  the   newly-commissioned   second
lieutenant then  insisted on  Ranger training.   Assigned  to the
command of the first mobile South Vietnamese gorilla forces to be
organized, Gritz also operated secretly in Cambodia and Laos with
his force  of Cambodian mercenaries, or "Bos", as he called them.
By official body-count, over 450 of the enemy died as a result of
Gritz's actions.   His  wartime records are replete with examples
of Bo's concern for keeping Americans alive in a war gone mad.

As recon  chief of  the supersecret delta-force, Bo was cited for
Valor in saving the lives of 30 U.S. Infantrymen from the BigRed-
One division.   More  often than  not, his  valor was  in placing
himself between  the enemy and his men.  According to an official
military report dated 31 July 1967 submitted on then Major Gritz,
"His personal  bravery is  legendary exemplified by the fact that
he  has  been  awarded  five  silver  stars  and  numerous  other
decorations for valor."  In all Bo Gritz was awarded 62 citations
for valor,  five silver  stars, eight  bronze stars,  two  purple
hearts and a presidential citation.

Bo was  ready to  sign up  for a fifth tour of duty when he had a
talk with  General  Fred  Weiyan  (sp?),  the  "daddy-rabbit"  in
Vietnam.   As Gritz  described it,   "I  was a  major and special
operations chief.  I'll never forget that day.  I stood there and
heard that  man say,   'Bo,  you're not  going to win the war and
neither am  I'."   That was  the most disillusioning moment of my
life.   It meant  that every  man who had ever lost his finger or
his life  had lost  it for  nothing.   I decided, on the spot, to
leave Vietnam.   I  would not  kill another enemy or risk another
comrade's life."

(back to Bo at the luncheon)

I've had  the opportunity  to do  a  lot  of  things  that  other
officers have  not.  I was the first recon chief and intelligence
officer for delta-force.  Commanded the first gorilla forces that
went behind  enemy lines.   When  I commanded  special forces  in
Latin America,  we did it exactly right.  And we did exactly what
men in  camouflage are  supposed to do.  It was very natural that
Harold R.   Aaron  (sp?) would  single me  out  because,  besides
having a sixth-degree black belt in karate, I have established an
ability to  operate on my own.  And I think when Aaron said, "Bo,
we want you to do this",  he understood that I'm also hard headed
enough that I wouldn't cave in.  He said, "I want you to consider
retiring.   It would  only be  temporary.   We have  overwhelming
evidence now that people are still there, being held in Communist
prisons."   Mr. H.  Ross Perot  had been  asked by  Eugene Tighe,
director of  the Defense  Intelligence Agency,  to back a private
mission that would look into the POW situation.  Perot said, "Bo,
I want  you to go there.  I want you to do everything you have to
do.   You come and tell me there aren't any prisoners of war left


Bo returned  from Indochina  with extensive  evidence that  there
were indeed  American prisoners  of war in captivity, including a
solid report  of 47  at one  particular camp.   Perot  turned the
project back  over to  General Tighe  who wrote  to Secretary  of
Defense, Harold  Brown asking  that the source, a Nguyen Dok Jong
(sp?) be  brought to  the United  States for  a  polygraph  test.
Brown repeated  the request  to Secretary  of State  Cyrus Vance.
One month later, Vance finally responded that the commissioner of
immigration would  not permit  Jong into  the United  States  for
further questioning.   As  Bo puts it, "Think about it.  One man,
not a  thousand and  the defense  intelligence agency  chief  and
secretary of  state can't  get him  into the country.  That was a
pretty clear  signal that the military was politically handcuffed
on the prisoner of war issue."

For eight years Gritz sought to find and free American POW's.  He
crossed five  times behind  enemy lines  into Communist  Laos and
Vietnam.   Three times  he was  within moments of embracing those
American heroes  our government  had declared  dead.   Each  time
something unexplained caused Gritz and his Operation Lazarus team
to fall short with freedom and victory in sight for the POW's.

There has  never been  a shortage of criticism from any number of
armchair generals  such as  Robert  K.    Brown  of  "Soldier  of
Fortune" magazine  who devoted  an  entire  issue  to  condemning
Gritz's efforts.   Even  to the  extent of  publishing  documents
stolen from  Bo while  he was  on the mission in Laos.  They have
even belittled his prayer before crossing enemy lines.  (Gritz is
a devout  Mormon.   Ed.)   His critics said he should have looked
more like the Rambo in the movies, who actually avoided the draft
in an all-girls school in Switzerland.

More debilitating than the hundreds of miles on foot within enemy
territory has  been the disinformation propagated by those within
our government who have covered up the plight of our prisoners of
war.   Gritz has been accused of being a media hound.  He insists
he has never sought the spotlight, but when confronted has always
been a  positive voice for our prisoners of war and will continue
to be until they are home to speak for themselves.

Working as  an agent  for the Intelligence Support Activity (ISA)
in the  CIA, it was fine for Gritz to travel at great peril using
false documents,  as Ollie  North and Bud McFarland did when they
traveled to  Iran on  phony Irish  passports.  On one occasion he
was stopped  by U.S.  customs at Seattle-Tacoma airport with four
separate  passports.     He   was  quickly   released  when   his
intelligence contact in Washington confirmed his mission.  It was
quite acceptable  with the U.S. government for Bo Gritz to travel
at such  great peril  until he  returned  from  Burma's  infamous
Golden Triangle  on December  of 1986 with information concerning
with involvement  of high-level U.S. officials involved in large-
scale drug trafficking in Southeast Asia.  His tremendous courage
in refusing to back down to their threats has lead to his current
indictment for  misuse of  a passport  in order  to keep him from
getting this information to the American public.

(back to Bo at the luncheon)

There a  book out now called Secret Warriors, I think.  Its about
an organization  called the  ISA.   Congress never knew about and
everybody gives  me credit  for exposing it, but that's not true.
When I  was called  before congress  in 1983, they said, "Bo, are
you working as an official agent for the U.S. government?"  And I
said, "Yes".   And  they said,  "For what  organization?"   And I
said, "I  will not identify that organization, other than to call
it the  activity."   This is because even the initials I-S-A were
top secret.   Because  it wasn't an oversight.  It was created by
Carter.  Can you imagine that?  He did one good thing that I know
of.   (laughter)   But it  was parallel government.  He created a
secret organization to do things that the CIA could not do and he
didn't dare let congress know about it.

Now ISA  got Dosier  back,  the  general  that  was  captured  by
terrorists in Italy.  And ISA did a lot of other things.  You can
read about  them now  because its  in this  book by  some guy who
writes for the Wall Street Journal.  The point is that Jerry King
was the  head of  ISA.  Jerry King called me on the telephone and
said, "Bo, we have been ordered to put operation Grand Eagle...",
which was  the governments  name for  the prisoner  of war rescue
mission.   It certainly  wasn't grand and it sure wasn't an eagle
'cause it  never got  off the  ground.   But he said, "We've been
ordered to  put operation Grand Eagle on the shelf as if it never
existed."   Hand before  God he  said, "there  are still too many
bureaucrats that don't want to see American prisoners of war come
back alive."   Now  I didn't  know what Jerry King meant then.  I
thought he  was angry because there was a bureaucratic tug-of-war
going on  between ISA, the CIA and defense intelligence and maybe
he was  losing.   But remember Jerry King's words, 'cause they'll
tie in  here.   I'm wondering  why that  the Vietnamese intercept
Colonel Richard  Walsh (a  POW.  Ed.) moments before the turnover
and capture  not only  him, but the General also (unclear who the
General is  here ...   Ed.)   And  I knew  that we still had him,
because in  the newspapers  it appeared that, "The Vietnamese and
Laos delegations  of the  United Nations  confirm that  they  are
holding an  American citizen in custody."  And I said, "By golly,
we in  our State  Department are going to press for an identity."
Because  doesn't  it  say  that  the  president  is  required  to
safeguard American citizens in hostile hands.  And I knew when we
pressed what  would happen?   Richard  Walsh would be identified.
Who is  he?   A prisoner  of war.   Hooray!   Now  the log jam is
broken.   And who  can Walsh  testify to?   The  other men he was
with.  And they can testify.  Were going to get them all out now,
even though  its going  to cost  us something.   Did you ever see
Richard Walsh's name identified?  I didn't.

Mrs.   Walsh showed  me a newspaper article that said where a Air
Force casualty officer came to her at this ....

    /* ---------- "A NATION BETRAYED - PART 2" ---------- */

... time  and said,  "Your husband  is alive.  He's a prisoner of
war.  We have high hopes he'll be coming home soon."  They put it
in the  newspaper there  in Minneapolis.   She  was told that Air
Force Two  was spooling  up ...  who's that belong to? ... George
Bush ...  to go get her husband.  That's what she told me, but it
never happened  and I thought again, "What rotten luck and what a
bunch of  wimps  in  the  State  Department  for  not  going  and
demanding that  they identify  that citizen."  They probably did.
They found  out who  he was  and they  said,  "lets  forget  it."
Because  when   I  walked   into  the  State  Department  shortly
thereafter, a  friend of  mine said,  "Bo, we  thought that you'd
been captured.   Your  passport turned  up  in  a  very  unlikely
place."  And I said, "Yeah, I know all about it."  (not sure what
he's referring to here ...  Ed.)

Do you  think that  all of this has just been rotten luck.  Well,
when you  wear the  uniform of  the United  States you  have this
faith ...   hope  that the  system will do it.  Just like General
Aaron said, "Let the system do the rest."  Now comes truth ....

We were  training Afghan freedom fighters in the deserts of South
Nevada near  where I  live  and  I  was  proud  to  do  so.    In
cooperation with  the U.S.  State Department  Office For Security
Assistance.   We finished that mission.  A man by the name of Tom
Harvey who  is National  Security Council Ollie North look-alike.
Ollie comes  from Annapolis,  Harvey comes  from West Point.  Tom
Harvey called me and said, "We have information ...", and here is
a copy of the letter that's why I brought all these documents.  I
hope some  of you  challenge them.   I  hope the White House, the
Pentagon would  challenge them.   Because  if they would publicly
they would  have to  admit to the truth.  This letter was sent to
Vice-President Bush  by an American citizen by the name of Arthur
Soucheck, it  is dated 29 August 1986.  It says that General Khun
Sa has  American prisoners of war.  It says that Khun Sa tried to
rescue four of them.  It says his forces escorted the four to the
Mekong river.   While attempting to cross the rain-swollen river,
the four  U.S. personnel,  three of  Khun Sa's  soldiers and  two
horses were  swept away  by the raging water and all drowned.  It
goes on  to say that Khun Sa has repeated intelligence reports of
location of  U.S. prisoners  being kept  in Laos ... that he says
that has  seventy prisoners  of war.   Tom  Harvey said, "This is
getting TOP priority."

Now in G.  Gordon Liddy's book, "Will", he says, "no American has
ever come  out of the Golden Triangle alive."  But that's what we
were being  asked to  do.  Tom Harvey said, "Bo, do you think you
would be  able to  infiltrate into  Khun Sa's  inner sanctum  and
determine if  this report  is true  or not?"   Do you think maybe
somebody is  trying to  get me  bumped off? (laughter)  It didn't
make any  difference.   Brothers and sisters, you and I are small
compared to this nation and the risk that we take if there is one
American there  is worth  it.   God's will  they'll be home while
they're still  alive.   I told  Harvey, "We didn't fight a war in
Burma, why should there be prisoners of war there?"  But you know
a guy  like Khun  Sa has  got connections  all over.  And I said,
"We'll try."

I speak  Chinese.   Khun Sa speaks Chinese.  He's right along the
southern China  border.   Surrounded by Communists, he's fighting
the Communists.   He has a forty-thousand man army.  About eight-
million Shan  people that make up the minority Shan state.  Burma
is Communist.   Every  one of  his weapons  are  M-16s  and  M-60
machine guns.   All  the latest  stuff that we have.  I found out
why later.  Too make a long story short, we got in to see Khun Sa
and he didn't have any prisoners of war.  And let me caveat it by
saying this.   We traveled three days going and three days coming
by horse over mountains that were literally vertical up and down.
I made  the comment  at that  time to Scott Weekly (sp?)  who was
Ollie North's  classmate at  Annapolis and went with me.  I said,
"I would  hate to  be an  engineer that  had to  build a  highway
through these  mountains because  they're virgin teak forests ...
rain forests ...  tremendously beautiful."

Six days  coming and going.  Khun Sa didn't have any prisoners of
war.  We gave Khun Sa the letter from the White House that I had.
That's the  only thing  that let me get in there.  You don't walk
in because the CIA has a seven digit figure on Khun Sa's head and
they haven't  been able  to collect.  You think they're gonna let
somebody like  me in there.  Say, "Hi! I wanna go visit Khun Sa!"
Doesn't work!   But I guess they thought this guy is crazy enough
because I gave this letter ....  I told Harvey, "We got to have a
credential, guy."   He  said, "We can't do that, Bo.  We never do
that."   I said,  "Harvey, has  anyone ever  gone to  the  Golden
Triangle and come out alive?  I need something that will convince
Khun Sa  were not there to kill him, we're there for humanitarian
purposes." So  Harvey said,  "Well, this  will be  the  language.
'You are  operating in cooperation with the White House ...  etc.
etc.'"   It worked!   Khun  Sa didn't have one single prisoner of
war, didn't know anything about prisoners of war.

(switch to  a scene with Bo and Khun Sa talking at Khun Sa's camp
with Khun  Sa's troops  doing practice  drills in the background.
Bo is  discussing the  letter from  Soucheck with Khun Sa.  It is
nearly  impossible   to  decipher   what  is  specifically  being
discussed because  Khun Sa's troops are incredibly loud and drown
out the conversation, so I will proceed to the next scene.  Don't
worry ...  there are more Khun Sa meetings to come.  The long and
short of  it is  Khun Sa  says he  will decrease or stop the drug
shipments and  Gritz gets it on videotape.  Now back to Bo at the

Now with  Nancy Reagan  saying no to drugs and Judge Ginsberg not
allowed to  sit on  the Supreme Court because he smoked marijuana
...  and  you're  an  accessory  to  murder  if  you  ever  smoke
marijuana, according  to Nancy  Reagan.   I figured  we'd get  an
'attaboy'.   We didn't  have prisoners,  but we  had three  video
tapes showing  Khun Sa  himself.   And I thought, "Boy, is George
Bush gonna  be  thrilled  about  this!"    (much  laughter)    We
delivered those  tapes to  Tom Harvey just before Christmas.  You
try to  call Tom Harvey now, because some news people did, and he
doesn't return  your calls.  We delivered those tapes just before
Christmas, Tom  Harvey called  me back  and said, "Bo, Fantastic!
You guys  actually got  in to  see Khun  Sa.  The CIA said he had
been assassinated."   Somebody  needed some  pocket change.  "And
there he  is talking."   And I said, "That's right, Tom.  Harvey,
what about  the 900  tons?"   I figured  they were  just bubbling
over.  They were all right, they were dripping in their knickers.
But it  wasn't from joy.  Harvey said, "Bo ...", these are quotes
...   hand on  the square  ...  he said, "Bo, there's no interest
here in  that."   You be  on the  other end of the phone.  You've
just come out of Burma.  You've brought what you consider to be a
way to  stop 900 tons of heroin, not marijuana and get rid of the
cancer  that   has  infected  the  bureaucracy  and  there's  "no
interest."   I challenged  Harvey because I'm pretty hard-headed.
I said,  "Tom, didn't  President Reagan  appoint George  Bush the
number one  cop to  stop drugs  before they  come into the United
States?"   I wanted to remind him of these little things.  And he
said, "Bo,  what can  I tell  you? There  is NO  INTEREST here in
doing that."   Now  that is  White-House-ese for saying, "Get off
this subject, leave us alone."  I knew that we had trod upon some
very sensitive  toes.   I still  didn't have  a clue  to what was
going on,  but I  knew that  we were getting close to finding out
and I took off and went to Burma again.

Now I want to show you some things when I got back to Burma.  (he
shows some  newspaper headlines)  The  United  States  government
wanted Khun Sa killed quick and here's how they did it:


These are over-there newspapers ...


Finally it  says, and  there is  a picture  of Burmese  and  Thai
troops standing on top of a high mountain top:


Now many of you are soldiers, airmen, marines, sailors.  You know
that airstrikes,  troops mean  war.  There's hair, eyes and teeth
everywhere.   When I went back into Burma in May I took two other
Americans with  me.   It was  the most  peaceful area.    It  was
exactly like  we left  it except  for one big change.  Remember I
told you  it took  us three days to ride by horse to get there in
November and come out in December.  Well, when we went in May, we
went by  pickup truck.  Straight from the Thai border all the way
right to  the General's  front door.  And on the other way coming
back there  were Thai  military 10 ton trucks covered and loaded.
There's only  one thing that comes out of the Golden Triangle and
that's heroin.

When we  got there General Khun Sa said, "What took you so long?"
I said,  "General, I  was waiting  for the  war to  die down.   I
didn't want  to get  caught in  all of  this  26,000  troops  and
airstrikes", and he just laughed.  He said, "That was a newspaper
war!"   I said,  "What do you mean newspaper war?"  He said, "The
Thai and  Burmese came  to me and said that if they don't make it
look like  there doing  something, they  stand to  lose  tens  of
millions of  dollars this  year in  drug suppression  funds  from
American taxpayers."   So  Khun  Sa  said,  "Make  it  look  like
anything you  want to,  but I want a road built here."  They used
the newspapers  and I  want to show you something.  This one here
worked!   And this  guy is  really  smiling.    This  is  a  Thai
receiving a check from the U.S. Ambassador.

Khun Sa  got what  he wanted.   Now  he  began  to  assemble  his
officers.  It took him a week to get them all together because he
brought them  from all over the place.  And now I understand why.
I thought I was just going to talk to him, but he said no and put
me off  for a  week.   He assembled officers from the entire Shan
territory from  all over  the Golden Triangle.  They came in.  He
sat everybody  down.   He brought  his secretary out.  He had his
secretary read from their log.

(Scene switches  to Khun  Sa's headquarters.   All  of  Khun  Sa'
officers are  here along  with Khun Sa.  I'd say around twenty in
all.  Bo and his companions are sitting with them.  This is where
it gets  VERY interesting.   The  following conversation  was  in
broken English  from Khun Sa's end so some of the syntax may be a
bit weird.)


I cannot  ask the  General to  cut your  throat by  revealing any
contact that  would hurt your economy at this moment.  But I pray
that he  will reveal  any connections from the older time or that
will not hurt you now.  That if they are still in power, we might
be free of them.

Khun Sa:

Some of the connections I can expose to you.  Some were in Burma,
some were  in Thailand,  some were  in  America.    But  I  don't
remember all of their names and my secretary remembers them so he
will give you the information.


In 1965  to 1975  there is one CIA in Laos, his name was Shakley.
He was involved the narcotics business.  And we know that Shakley
used one civilian to organize trafficking.  His civilian name was
Santos Trafficante.   He  was the  organizer of  trafficking  for
Shakley.   This was  financed by  Richard Armitage  who stayed in
Vietnam.   After the Vietnam war Richard Armitage was a prominent
trafficker in  Bangkok.   This was  between 1975 to 1979 he was a
very active  trafficker in  Bangkok.   He was  one of the embassy
employees.  Then after that in 1979 he quit from embassy and then
he established a company name the Far East Trading company.  Then
he used  the name  of  his  company  under  the  table  for  drug
trafficking.   He then  used the  drug money  to support the Laos
anti-Communist troops.


So he used it in arms and munitions.


Yes.   This Richard  Armitage has  a lot  of friends  in Laos and
Thailand.   There is  a lot of CIA personnel in Laos.  One of the
CIA agents  is named  Daniel Arnold.  This Arnold was a munitions
trafficker.   There is  another one  Jerry Daniels  who organized
trafficking for Richard Armitage.

(Now back at the luncheon with Bo)

One of the men named by Khun Sa, this is not me naming him.  This
is Khun  Sa, the  drug overlord  reading from  his records, named
Richard Armitage  as being  a chief  drug  trafficker  from  1965
through 1979.   You know where Richard Armitage went in 1979?  He
went to  Dole's staff, then to Reagan's campaign staff and now he
is the  Assistant  Secretary  of  Defense  right  underneath  Mr.
Carlucci.   Richard Armitage has been responsible for recovery of
U.S. prisoners  of war  way back  before we actually got involved
with H.  Ross Perot.  He is still responsible for them.  What I'm
trying to  do is find you Khun Sa's letter because it will say it
best.   Here it  is.   Letter from  Khun Sa  written to  the U.S.
Justice department  dated 28 Jun 1987.  I just want to read you a
couple sentences.   "During the period 1965 to 1975, CIA chief in
Laos Theodore  Shakley, was  in the Drug Business."  Now Theodore
Shakley would  have been  director of  intelligence of the CIA if
George Bush  had not  been appointed  to  that  post.    Theodore
Shakley was  then  posted  as  the  deputy  director  for  covert
operations.  It said, "Santos Trafficante acted as his buying and
transporting agent  while Richard  Armitage handled the financial
section with banks in Australia."

 All  of a  sudden the words from Jerry King came back, "Too many
bureaucrats don't want to see American prisoners returned alive."
Why?   Couldn't figure it out.  Gunboat at midnight in the middle
of the  Mekong with  Voice of America saying we're there to abort
our attack.   Walsh  and the  General recaptured before turnover.
Why?   Now I'll  tell you  why.  If this is true it means Richard
Armitage and  a lot  of other  people that are named here are the
least men  in the  world that  want to  see Americans  come home.
Because when  American prisoners  of war do come home, whether we
bring them  home or they drag themselves across that Mekong river
somehow, and  report to  the U.S.  Embassy and  aren't  destroyed
there.   When they do come home, because they will, there will be
one hell  of an investigation as to what took the greatest nation
in the  world so long to bring home heroes that have been waiting
for  more  than  fifteen  years.    When  that  investigation  is
conducted it  will show  as Khun  Sa says  that these  men, these
bureaucrats, appointed  not elected,  appointed, have  broken the
faith with  you and  this country  and its  law.  Have used their
office as  a cover  to run  drugs  and  arms  to  promote  covert
operations that  the United  States Congress  did not approve of.
Its the  parallel government.   Now that may be alright, but I'll
tell you  something.   It's not  alright  to  leave  hundreds  of
Americans to  die alone  in the  hands of the enemy to a bunch of
whimps that were never there.

When I  came back  here, I  thought I was a lone ranger.  I said,
"Boy, I've  got this information.  Somehow we've got to get it to
the proper  authorities and  I'm all alone.  Well, not so.  Guess
who shows  up in  Time Magazine?   H. Ross Perot ...  and he's on
page 18,  May 4th and it says, "Perot's Private Probes."  H. Ross
Perot was  not in  Burma with me, but I know now where he got his
info.   Four billion  dollars opens  a lot  of doors for you.  It
didn't open  a couple  of doors,  however, as  I'll let you in on
this story.   H.  Ross Perot  had gained U.S. agent investigation
reports of  Richard Armitage.   Perot  didn't know  I was over in
Burma.   He was  doing this  on his  own.   This article  said he
pinned Richard  Armitage.   Armitage is  a fat broad.  Literally.
This is  a giant  of a  man.   And demanded  that Armitage resign
because it says that H. Ross Perot accused him of being an a drug
smuggler and  an arms  dealer.   That takes  pretty big  cajones.
(laughter)   It says  that Perot  then went to his friend, George
Bush.   It says that he gave evidence of wrong doing by Armitage.
I'm quoting.   Bush  told Perot  to go to the proper authorities.
(sounds of  shock and  dismay by audience) I'm still reading now.
So the  billionaire called  on William Webster.  He's now head of
the CIA.  It says that Perot made at least one visit to the White
House carrying  a pile  of documents,  yet  he  has  received  no
support from  the Reagan  administration.  In fact Frank Carlucci
....   Who's he?   He's the secretary of defense.  And who was he
before?    Deputy  directory  of  Central  Intelligence.    Frank
Carlucci called  him in  to ask  him to  stop pursuing  Armitage.
Talk about  insulation!  And when four billion dollars can't even
get your  foot in  the door  even though  the man is a good Texan
from Houston.  Tell me there's no cover-up here.

Now H.  Ross was working on his own.  He didn't know what Khun Sa
had told  us.   Khun Sa doesn't have a television or a telephone.
He doesn't know who Richard Armitage is.  He doesn't give a damn.
All he knows is the people who are on his records that he's dealt
with.   This affidavit  though by  a man  by the  name of  Daniel
Sheehan ...   and  you'll recognize  Sheehan's name  if you don't
know him  already by  the Silkwood case.  He jumped on Kerr-Magee
(sp?).  Kerr-Magee is pretty powerful.  But they won the Silkwood
case there in Oklahoma and have done a few other things.

(switch to a talk-show interview with Daniel Sheehan)


There's little doubt at all that President Reagan was involved in
a conspiracy  to violate  the Neutrality Act.  He's been directly
ordered by  the United States Congress not to mount this military
operation against  Nicaragua.   They've cut off all funds for him
to do  so, but  he went  to  Saudi  Arabia  and  various  private
citizens to  raise the  money in  total violation  of the Federal
Neutrality Act.  They're engaged in violations of the arms-export
control act.   They're  engaged  in  violations  of  the  Federal
Racketeering  Act.     There  is  a  whole  federal  racketeering
syndicate that  they like to refer to as The Enterprise.  Richard
Secord referred  to it  as.   But what it is in fact, Jim, is the
off-the-shelf,  stand-alone,  self-financing,  covert  operations
capacity that Oliver North talked about Bill Casey wanting to set
up.   Fact is,  that it  has been set up.  Its been operating for
many years  now.   Out from  under the  control of any president.
Out  from   under  the   control  of   the  director  of  central
intelligence.  Out from under the supervision of any intelligence
committee.   Its run  by Theodore Shakley, the former director of
covert operations  worldwide by  the CIA  under George  Bush when
George Bush  was the  director of the Central Intelligence Agency
in 1976.   And  this crowd has set up the off-the-shelf operation
and is  carrying out not only a partnership with the drug dealers
from Central  America and  from Southeast Asia, but also carrying
out  a   major  political   assassination   program   which   was
participated in  by William  Buckley who  was the  Beirut section
chief for  the CIA who was kidnapped in March of 1984 and who was
the subject  of all the real negotiations for the sale of the TOW
missiles to  Iran.  It was not a sale to open any openings to the
moderates in  Iran, nor was it in fact a negotiation to negotiate
for the general release of hostages.  It was initiated solely and
exclusively to  obtain the  release of William Buckley because he
knew about  the whereabouts  of the  off-the-shelf operation.  It
was a  criminal enterprise  and they  feared that if the American
people found  out about that there would be a huge constitutional
scandal  and   the  President  of  the  United  States  would  be

You have ....

    /* ---------- "A NATION BETRAYED - PART 3" ---------- */

... to  remember that  the head  of the Justice Department, Edwin
Meese, used  to be the chief of staff at the White House that ran
all these  meetings where they were setting up these plans.  This
was no  great surprise  to Edwin  Meese who  came  before  us  on
November 25th,  1986 and  said, "Oh my gosh, look at this.  There
seems to be some sale of TOW missiles to Iran going on here."  He
knew perfectly  well what was going on here.  And there is a very
technical phrase  in the  law that  refers to what they're doing.
It's called a Big Fat Lie.

(poor edit here going back to Bo at luncheon)


(referring to The Christic Institute, I presume.  Ed.)

If they're telling the truth in this case, then we should look at
the evidence  they have.   I've  been told  by my  friends in the
Central Intelligence  that they  are, "funded by the KGB."  Well,
when they  tell me  that and it's because Christic is talking bad
about the  government, it  makes me  think  that  maybe  somebody
higher up has told them, "Hey ...  go tell 'em that they're being
funded by  the KGB."  I don't know too much more than that, but I
do know ironically enough, can H. Ross Perot, General Khun Sa and
the Christic,  three different  totally separate entities come up
with the same information if its not true?

This  affidavit  though  by  Daniel  Sheehan  ...    there's  his
signatures swearing  that it  is the  truth.   He  has  uncovered
information ....   I just want to read you a couple of sentences.
Its says  here that,  "One of the officers in the U.S. embassy in
Thailand, one  Mort Abromowitz (he was the Ambassador as a matter
of fact),  came to  know of  Armitage's involvement in the secret
handling of  opium funds  and called  there  to  be  initiated  a
internal State Department heroin smuggling investigation directed
against Richard  Armitage."   It says,  "Armitage was a target of
embassy personnel  complaints to  the effect  that he was utterly
failing to  perform his duties on behalf of American MIA's."  And
Armitage reluctantly  resigned as DOD special consultant on MIA's
at the  end of  1977.   It says,  "From  1977  to  1979  Armitage
remained in  Bangkok opening  and operating  a business named the
Far East  Trading Company."   It says that, "This company was in-
fact merely  a front for secret operations conducting opium money
out of  Southeast Asia  to Tehran, Iran and the Nugan Hand Bank."
It goes on ....

There's three  fingers now.  One, twelve-thousand miles from here
from an  infamous warlord  who doesn't  even know Armitage, other
than for  the fact  that he is the bagman.  H. Ross Perot gaining
it from  government testimony  of agents investigating.  But have
you ever  seen Armitage  indicted?   But if  you  look  at  these
reports the  agents have  been farmed  out.   Anyone who comes up
with a  report of  investigation against Armitage gets reassigned
or retired.  You'll recognize some of this.  This is back to Khun
Sa's letter:

   "After 1979  Richard Armitage resigned from the U.S. embassy's
posting and  set up  the Far  East Trading Company as a front for
his continuation in the drug trade.  Soon after Daniel Arnold was
made to handle the drug business as well as the transportation of
arms sales.   (Daniel  Arnold was  a CIA  station chief).   Jerry
Daniels then took over the drug trade from Richard Armitage."

Jerry Daniels  was a CIA member.  Jerry Daniels died mysteriously
in Bangkok, Thailand.  I wonder why.

(cut to segment from Iran-Contra hearings)


The Christic  Institute's charges  against  The  Enterprise  were
featured briefly  in the Iran-Contra hearings during Jack Brooks'
questioning of Richard Secord.


...    vast  array  of  alleged  illegal  and  corrupt  practices
beginning as far back as the 1960's.  Did you know about that?

Secord:  (somewhat nervously)

Of course I know about it.


Well, the  allegations include  the organization of assassination
programs funded  by the  drug king-pin  in Laos and laundering of
millions of  dollars skimmed from the sale of military weapons to
the Shah  of Iran,  and the  provision of  military  services  to
Somosa, and laundering Colombian drug money, but anyhow ....


Secord's response  was prophetic.   Nearly a year later the cased
would be  dismissed  in  a  blatantly  political  move  by  Judge
Lawrence King.


Describe your involvement and transactions with them ...

Secord:  (nervously and contemptuously)

Can I  comment on  the suit?  The suit, which was filed in May of
last year,  is the  most outrageous  fairy tale  anybody has ever
read.   Nobody, including  the Justice  Department, credits it at
all.   It's being dealt with.  I can only fight on so many fronts
at once.  I regard that one as a rather minor threat that will be
tossed out of ....


The congressional committees carefully side-stepped these charges
as well as the issue of massive cocaine smuggling by the Contras.
But the  media was quick to notice the striking parallels between
the liberal  Christic Institute's allegations and conservative Bo
Gritz's discoveries in Burma.  Sharing a commitment to the truth,
both Sheehan  and Gritz have been outspoken in their charges that
The Enterprise  has engaged  in assassinations,  drug dealing and
illegal weapons shipments.

Their activities  have well  been documented  in  the  mainstream
press.   The case  of Edwin  Wilson is  a powerful example of The
Enterprise's  blatant   disregard  for   law  and   congressional
restraints.   Sentenced to  52  years  in  prison  for  providing
weapons and explosives to Libya, the former CIA agent has pointed
out that his more-than-willing partners in those transactions and
others were  none other than Richard Secord and Theodore Shakley.
According to Wilson, "If I'm guilty, they're guilty.  If I got 52
years for what I shipped, Ollie North ought to get 300 years."

(cut to  video clip  from BBS  NEWSNIGHT.   Interview with  Edwin
Wilson in prison.)


I would  like to  have the  story get  out, which  is the  truth.
There has been such as massive cover-up on this whole group.  The
group that  now is  running the  war for  the Contras that I felt
that the  only way I could somewhat justify my own actions was to
have the truth come out.


Are you saying that Iran-Contra is just the tip of the iceberg?


...  just the tip of the iceberg.

(cut back to Gritz at luncheon)

I swore  to defend  this  constitution.    As  a  soldier  I  was
brainwashed.   And I  wasn't a  dumb soldier  either.   I've  got
advanced degrees  in college,  honors graduating from the Command
and General  Staff College  of the  United States Army, given the
high command,  served in the highest level staff positions in the
Pentagon.   And yet  I thought  that as  a soldier  I was  to  be
apolitical.   I was  to never  question what our executive branch
civilians told  us to  do.   Just do or die.  What an education I

Back in  1975-76 I  commanded special  forces in  Latin  America.
Same time  George Bush was head of the CIA.  We knew that Noriega
was not  only a  drug smuggler  then but  we knew  that he  was a
Communist besides.   He  was the  intelligence officer under Omar
Torrijos (sp?).   We, the United States, paid Noriega three times
what we  pay our  President to be our friend.  I recommended more
than ten  years ago  that we  dump him.   We  didn't and now were
seeing the  result of  it.  My point is George Bush knew what was
going on  then.  He was head of Central Intelligence.  It was his
OK that  said pay  Noriega hundreds of thousands of dollars every
year.   He knew what the intelligence reports were.  That Noriega
is a  brother to  Fidel Castro.   Don't  ever let him tell you he
didn't know.   I  think a  lot of  the truth would come out if we
tried General Noriega because he knows what happened and would be
willing to  tell what  happened,  but  there  is  nobody  in  the
administration that  wants to  hear what  happened.  We know were
not going  to try  him.  That's just a ruse.  Read the newspapers
about three  months before we indicted him.  I saw where Armitage
went down  to Panama to warn Noriega, that if he didn't get under
control that  we were  going to eliminate him.  Well, Noriega has
bigger cajones than any bureaucrat that you'll ever meet.  He's a
little guy  like H.  Ross Perot,  but he  is tougher  than  Texas
cowhide and  he will  pull the plug on the Panama Canal if we try
to force  him out.   I  think Noriega  is going  to come  out the
winner (I guess not.  Ed.)

And by  the way,  can you  imagine what  Armitage did?   See, Tom
Harvey and Armitage are best friends.  They lift weights everyday
in the  Pentagon athletic  club.   I know  when we  got back from
Burma that  Harvey rubbed his hands together and said, "Hey Dick,
come on  over to  the White  House.   Bo Gritz just got back from
Golden Triangle with information on POW's from Khun Sa."  Can you
imagine what  happened when  Khun Sa  said,    "...  and  I  will
disclose every  government official  I've dealt with for 20 years
...."?   I bet  you Dick  Armitage involuntarily  urinated  right
there!   (much laughter)   And  all of  a sudden U.S. declares no
mercy.   Its a war of words.  No president that's ever declared a
war on  drugs has  ever fought  one and  I see  'em being  fought
today.    But  there's  a  way  to  do  it  and  end-running  the
Constitution is  not the  way.   But here's what we've done.  You
saw Ollie North stand up and become an acclaimed hero.  Now Ollie
North is  a Marine  that I believe has done everything he thought
was right  to stem  the rising  tide of communism.  But I want to
give you  some facts  and you decide for yourself.  I think Ollie
North had good intentions but he was manipulated and used.

Have we  won the  war in  Nicaragua?   Has the  end justified the
means because  the planes  carrying arms to the Contras came back
loaded with  drugs.   I submit  to you that we have lost.  Did we
ever intend to win?

(cut to  a scene  with female reporter interviewing Mike Tulliver
(sp?), a former pilot who flew drug runs.)


The government  decided to get into the drug business in order to
pay for the Contras?  The American government?

Mike Tulliver:

As incredulous  as it  may sound,  I believe  that they  not only
decided to  get into  it I think that they orchestrated the whole

Reporter (narrating):

Mike Tulliver  is a  pilot who's  principle occupation  has  been
smuggling drugs.   He's  currently serving  a three  and one half
year sentence  in a  federal prison  in Miami  for  a  conviction
unrelated to the secret flights he made for the Contras.  He says
he was approached in 1985 by long-time CIA operatives to run what
they called "supplies."


You could  bring back  their cargo  without ever  having to worry
about interception,  arrest, anything  like this.  Everything was
taken care of.


What kind of cargo are you talking about?




And the same people who you believe set you up with the arms also
set you up with 25,000 pounds of pot?


Sure ...  oh yes ...  sure ...  in change.


So what do you do with that 25,000 pounds of pot?


We take off out of Honduras and we leave.




South Florida.


Where in South Florida?


We landed at Homestead.




Air Force Base.


With whose clearance?


I was given a discreet transponder code to squawk about two hours
south of  Miami.   I received my instructions from the ground for
traffic separation and told them what my destination was.


What did you say?


I  told  them  we  were  a  non-scheduled  military  flight  into
Homestead Air Force Base.


What happened when you landed?


We landed  about 1:30  - 2:00  in the  morning I guess.  A little
blue truck  came out  and met  us and  it had a little white sign
that said, "FOLLOW ME."


And you did ...


And we followed it.


To where?


Some area  of the  field.   I have  no idea  ...  I've never been
there before or since.


Where you  surprised that  you were going to land all of this pot
at an Air Force base?


Yeah ...   I  was a  little taken aback to be honest with you.  I
was somewhat  concerned about it.  I figured it was a setup or it
was a DEA bust or a sting or something like that.


And instead nothing happened to you?


No.  A little guy in the pickup truck takes us out and I get in a
taxi cab.


Did you get paid for the flight?


75,000 dollars.

Reporter narrating with video clip of cargo plane at Homestead:

Tulliver identifies  this as the plane he flew.  The plane traces
to a company that was hired by the government to fly humanitarian
supplies to  the Contras  at the  same  time  Tulliver  made  his

(cut to clip with George Morales)


Why would  the CIA  allow drug  planes to  come into  the  United
States loaded with coke from (undecipherable).



Reporter Narrating:

George Morales  is a  world champion  boat racer.   He  is also a
world renowned  cocaine trafficker  whose  empire  extended  from
Colombia to  Miami.   Morales was indicted for running cocaine in
1984.   He says  the CIA used his indictment to pressure him into
providing planes, pilots and three million dollars in cash to the
Contras.   He too is in federal prison awaiting sentencing on the
'84 charge.


So you're saying that drug planes were allowed into the states as
long as somebody was kicking money into the Contra coffer.




Is this like just a one-time occurrence?  Somebody snuck in?











(back to Tulliver)

Believe it or not, the entire business is compartmentalized.  I'm
like a  Teamster.   I'm in transportation.  You've got people who
are in loading.  You've got people who are in offloading.  You've
got people who are in distribution.  You've got people who are in
sales.  It's like an IBM situation.

Reporter narrating again:

Gary Betzner was one of George Morale's top pilots.  He too is in
federal prison  in Miami  on an  unrelated drug  conviction.  His
sentence is 15 years.  Like Morales and Tulliver he has little to
gain from talking about these drug flights.


I took  two loads, small aircraft loads of weapons to John Hull's
ranch  in   Costa  Rica   and  returned   back  to  Florida  with
approximately 1000 kilos of cocaine.


What exactly was in the plane that you flew from Fort Lauderdale?


Oh there  was some  C-4 explosives,  M-60 machine  guns.   It was
stacked all the way to the ceiling.


How many pounds of weaponry?


I would  estimated around  2,500 pounds.  I understood right away
that it  wasn't the  private guns  that went  down that were that
important.   It was  what was  coming back  that could  buy  much
larger and  better  and  more  sophisticated  weapons.    It  was
unaccounted for cash.

Reporter narrating:

...   near heavy security Ramone Rodriguez was brought to capitol
hill.   Ocean Hunter,  it appears,  is just  the  beginning  (?).
Under oath,  he told  Senators that  the drug  connection is much
larger.   That he'd  handled a  direct 10 million dollars in cash
contributions from the Colombian cocaine cartels to the Contras.


Outside the  United States drug dealers are very powerful people.
They have  cash.   The CIA  deals primarily with items outside of
the U.S..  If they're going to deal in foreign country's policies
and politics they're going to run up against or run with the drug
dealers.  It cannot be done any other way.


Do you  have any  evidence, any  proof, any  ideas of whether the
large sums  of cash  you had delivered to the Contras, whether it
actually made it to the Contras?


There is  no way  to trace  cash.  My guess it that not all of it
got there, but I'm a cynic.


Where would it have ended up?


I would  say that  you're gonna  find a  lot of  it in nest eggs,
foreign accounts, waiting for the day when the Contra issue is no
longer popular,  when Congress votes it out of existence and they
have to do something else for a living.

(back to Bo at the luncheon)

Point is  there are  three sources  now  all  saying  one  little
bureaucrat.   Look how  bureaucrats fall!   You break wind wrong,
you're out  of here in an election year.  Why hasn't Mr. Armitage
been investigated?   When we came back I was told by telephone in
Bangkok, "Bo,  if you  don't erase and forget everything that you
have done,  you're going  to get  hurt."   I was told, "Everybody
loves you.   Nobody wants to hurt you.  No one wants to put a war
hero in jail, but if you don't cooperate you're going to hurt the
government."   And I  said, "Joe,  whose government  am  I  gonna
hurt?"  (lots of applause)

I am  sick and  tired of  watching the  result of  poor  politics
sending our  soldiers overseas to do something that they were not
meant to  do.  I'm a fighter, but when we fight we ought to fight
to win.   And when we send people we ought to be willing to bring
them back again.  (much applause)

We did go before congress.  You know who runs the drug task force
in the  house of  representatives?   Lawrence Smith.    He  is  a
democrat from "Miami Vice" Florida and his staff told me before I
came up,  "Bo, you  better be  well-heeled-for-bear  because  the
people who  keep the chairman in office are more prone to promote
drugs than they are to fight them."  When I got up there Lawrence
Smith would  not allow  any members of the task force to view the
video tapes  that we brought from Khun Sa in Burma.  He asked me,
"Colonel, how  could a  man of your intelligence put any stock at
all in  what a  drug warlord  would say?"  I said, "Mr. Chairman,
aren't we  dealing with  Mikhail Gorbachev  and he's a Communist.
But we  talk to  him because  he has  the missiles and we want to
reduce them.   Khun  Sa has all the heroin and if we want to stop
it he's  the guy  we ought  to see."   And  he says, "What's this
business about  a heroin  highway?   How do  we know  the  Thai's
didn't build  that road  to attack  Khun Sa?"   And I said, "Well
Chairman, if  they did,  they did a heck of a good job because it
goes right  straight to  his headquarters and nobody is attacking
and he his own little customs houses all along the road where the
little bar comes down."  He ended the hearing by saying, "I don't
think there  is any substantive evidence here that would indicate
any further investigation need be made."  He never called H. Ross
Perot.  He never called the Christic Institute.  He never allowed
the tapes  or the  letter that  Khun Sa wrote because I found out
that video  tapes aren't  enough.   They said,  "Well, he  didn't
write anything."   Then  we had a letter with his signature on it
under the Shan seal.

Point is  Ladies and  Gentlemen, there  is a  parallel government
this day that lives within the United States government.  It is a
parasite!   Personally, I  think we  may have  lost the Executive

(cut  to   clip  from   Iran-Contra  hearings  with  Jack  Brooks
questioning Ollie  North about  executive  order  rescinding  the

I was  particularly concerned  Mr. Chairman,  because I  read  in
Miami papers  and several  others that  there  had  been  a  plan
developed by that same agency, a contingency plan in the event of
an emergency  that would  suspend the American constitution and I
was deeply  concerned about  it.   I'm wondering  if that was the
area in which he had worked.

I believe  that he  was, but  I wanted  to get  his confirmation.
(Brooks tries  to continue  here and  is  interrupted  by  Daniel
Inouye, chairman of the proceedings and senator from Hawaii)


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May I  most respectfully ask that this matter not be touched upon
at this  stage.   If  we  wish  to  get  into  this  I'm  certain
arrangements can be made during executive session.

(cut to Jack Brook's summary)

...  involving the U.S. government in military activity in direct
contradiction of  the law,  diverting public  funds into  private
pockets in  secret unofficial  activities, selling  access to the
President for  thousands of  dollars, dispensing cash and foreign
money orders  out of  a White  House safe,  accepting  gifts  and
falsifying papers to cover it up, altering and shredding national
security documents,  lying to  Congress.   Now I believe that the
American people  understand that  democracy cannot  survive  that
kind of abuse.

(back to Bo at luncheon)

I don't  think it  makes a  hoot who you vote for President.  The
same people  are gonna  run this  country.   I stand  before  you
today.   You gotta  know who I am.  I'm an indicted felon because
part of that phone call in Thailand said, "Bo, if you don't erase
and forget,  if you  don't come  to the  apartment  (that  was  a
safehouse in  Washington, D.C.),  you're gonna be charged with 15
years and your going to serve as a felon and we're going to bring
up aggravated charges and hostile witnesses."  That's not my kind
of language.   I  said, "Friend,  that's an insult to you, me and
two hundred  years of  constitutional government."  He said, "Bo,
don't  give  me  that.    Bring  everything  you've  got  to  the
apartment." I said, "Who's going to be there, Joe?"  And he said,
"You know  me better  than that,  Bo.  It will just be me and Tom
Harvey."   I said, "OK, I'll bring this stuff dear citizen.  I'll
show it to you then you tell me to erase and forget."  When I got
to LA with the tapes he said, "Bo, don't come."  He was that much
of  a  friend.    He  said,  "Don't  come.    Hide  those  tapes.
Everybody's laying  for you."   He  said, "But please destroy and
forget.   That's all the State Department wants you to do because
otherwise you're  going to  jail as a felon."  You know what they
charged me with?  They did charge me.  Misuse of a passport.  Now
that is  a weeny  charge for  somebody that's been in clandestine
warfare for  more than  30 years.   That throws me in league with
Jane Fonda.   She  was cavorting  with the enemy and misusing her
passport.   Ollie North and Robert McValium went to Iran on Irish
passports so  they could  do an illegal arms deal, but nobody has
charged them.  That's because they're cooperating.

Well, I'm not worried about that.  The U.S. attorney doesn't know
how hard  to take  it because  I said,  "I don't deny I misused a
passport.   I misused  it many  times.   Every time in pursuit of
U.S. prisoners  of war."   You,  dear citizen,  see if  you would
erase and  go back  to sleep  and forget.  I don't think that you
will.   In my  defense I  got a  lawyer,  he's  the  former  U.S.
attorney for Nevada.  He took my case for free other than all the
expenses it  cost to  bring in witnesses.  Were going to use this
court as  a forum for prisoners of war and for government in drug
dealing because  you know  you can't sue the government, but when
the government  jumps on  you now you can turn it around on them.
That's exactly  what were  doing.   I got  a plea  the other  day
saying,  "Bo,   just  go   ahead  and  cop  a  plea  it'll  be  a
misdemeanor."  No way Jose, were going all the way with this one.


The American Warrior has traveled a long road from the jungles of
Vietnam to  the Pentagon  to a  hostile federal  courtroom in Las
Vegas, but the commitment to God, country, honor and decency have
never wavered.   It  would be  far easier  to walk away from this
battle, but to do so would be impossible for this soldier.

Interestingly enough,  the U.S.  attorney prosecuting  this  case
against a  respected dissenting  war hero  is himself  the former
road manager  for a  well-known 1960's  antiwar rock  group.  The
irony is  not lost on Las Vegans, but the issues behind the trial
demand nationwide attention.

One can  only wonder  what the  charges will  be  against  Oliver

The Christic  Institute, on  the other  hand, is facing an uphill
battle in their current appeal of Judge King's dismissal of their
racketeering lawsuit  against The  Enterprise last June in Miami.
As Father Bill Davis, their chief investigator explains:

(cut to Father Bill Davis from The Christic Institute)

This is  by far the most important case we've ever done.  I think
for the  kinds of forces that were up against, as well as for the
broader public  policy implications.   If this crowd can get away
with what  they have  been getting  away with:  the arms dealing,
the drug  dealing, the  assassination programs  and sell it under
the guise  of some  kind of  blind anti-communism, having had the
revelations that  we've had:  the Hasenfuss flight, the Iran arms
deal.   If they still get away with it then I think democracy, at
least in  this country,  is in  very very  serious condition.   I
don't think  it will  survive.   Were either going to win against
these forces, this time or I am not optimistic about the survival
of democracy in this country.  I think it's that serious.


The seriousness  of Gritz's  discoveries during his first mission
to the  Golden Triangle,  however was  brought  home  immediately
after his  return.   Scott Weekly,  his  Operation  Lazarus  team
member and veteran of several POW recovery missions, was arrested
and charged  with a  federal violation  resulting from the Afghan
training program he helped Gritz conduct.  Weekly was a classmate
of Oliver North's at Annapolis and has a Ph.D. in physics.  After
numerous forays into hostile enemy territory neither he nor Gritz
were prepared for the treachery that awaited them at home.

(Bo filmed in Thailand or thereabouts)

The ambassador  level person for the U.S. government in charge of
narcotics control  made a  statement  immediately  following  the
release of  this tape  to the  White House that the United States
would never  a agree  to talk  with General  Khun Sa  about  drug
control because  he was such a black-hearted criminal.  I believe
that we can show through facts that have already been established
by the  U.S. Justice  Department and on-going investigations that
there are  people  currently  who  saw  that  tape  in  the  U.S.
government that  all that they could to stop this interview right
here for  fear they  would be  exposed.   Even to the point where
they  arrested   Scott  Weekly   for  a   minor  technicality  of
transporting explosives illegally on a commercial airliner.

Very briefly we were training a couple of Afghan freedom fighters
through the  knowledge and  request of  the U.S. State Department
and other official agencies.  The explosives were procured for us
from Fort  Sill, Oklahoma and were naturally transported, because
we were  using them  at a remote desert base, by aircraft.  There
was no danger to the civilian aircraft.  The explosives were C-4,
plastic, frontline safe.  You could shoot them with a machine gun
and they  wouldn't go off.  There were no detonating devices with
us.   Federal agents  told Scott  when he  was taken into custody
that it  wasn't a  technicality and  that the real target was me.
They were  under pressure  by the  U.S. attorney's office to find
out whether  or not  I was  in cahoots  with North and Poindexter
since I  had traveled  to Latin America and to the Middle East in
pursuit of  various government  associated projects.  The fact is
and the  truth is  that I've  had nothing  to do  with North  and
Poindexter or  any illegal  activities either in South America or
the Middle  East.   Now the truth is that I believe that elements
in the  U.S. government  are afraid that they will be exposed for
their illegal  activities and  drug trafficking.    Through  that
exposure that this will cease and they will lose their power.  If
they had tried to put pressure by causing Scott Weekly even to be
adjudged guilty ...  because he was told if he would plead guilty
that there  would be  no problem  ...   that he  would  be  given
probation ...   that  there would be no more pursuit ...  that it
would be unsupervised probation which would allow him to continue
to travel  overseas.   In truth,  he was  sentenced.  The fact is
that Scott  was told  that if  he would  plead guilty  that there
would be  no further investigation and that all would go well for
him and  that if  he did not plead guilty there would be a tether
put on  all of  us so  that we would not be able to travel and at
that time  we were  very very close to negotiating the release of
American prisoners  of war.   The  only reason  that Scott  plead
guilty was  so that  other members of the Operation Lazarus team,
myself included,  would  be  free  to  continue  the  mission  of
liberating U.S. prisoners of war, which is ongoing now.

(Narrator Discussing Weekly's case)

Scott Weekly  was made  to serve  fourteen months  of a five year
sentence before  it was  demonstrated that the agents had removed
sensitive documents from his pre-sentencing file which would have
exonerated him.  The sentence was simply dismissed.

Lance Trimmer,  a former  Green Beret  communications  specialist
with the  Lazarus team,  accompanied Gritz  to Burma  in Weekly's
place in  May, 1987  where he  witnessed Khun  Sa naming the U.S.
officials involved  in  drug  trafficking.    As  a  professional
private investigator,  since returning  he  has  spearheaded  the
effort to  document and  publicize the  team's findings  and  was
instrumental in  obtaining Scott  Weekly's  release  from  Lompoc
Federal Prison.    In  the  process  he  has  been  unjustifiably
arrested and  detained three  times by  the  police  and  federal

(Narrator introducing Barry Flinn)

Barry Flinn  is the  Bangkok station chief for Operation Lazarus.
In May  of 1987  he served as the cameraman with Colonel Gritz on
his second  trip to  visit Khun Sa.  Also during this time he has
made other trips into ShanLand.  On one occasion he accompanied a
journalist from  Australia who  filmed the  proceedings and  made
this the  subject of  a news program in Australia.  Barry himself
was arrested immediately upon his return to Bangkok from ShanLand
on the  first trip  and has  been several times since then as has
been Khun Sa.

(Khun Sa  in interview  with Australian journalist ...  either he
himself or  a translator  is speaking ...  it sounds like Khun Sa

...   even if  they kill  me the opium will still be there.  They
only use  me as  a money  tree.  Every time they want money, they
come and shake the tree just like a Christmas tree.


... spraying  the opium  crop with the poison 24-D (or some such.

(Narrator Again)

One of  the problems that Khun Sa pointed out in the news program
in Australia  is the  extensive use  of toxic  herbicide spraying
over his  territory not to kill the opium plants, but to kill the
food crops  which is very very destructive of the culture and the
people and creating a very serious refugee problem.

(Khun Sa again ...)

We have  300 families  in the  hills now  who have  no food.  The
world body  is doing something against humanity in the Shan state
and nobody knows about it.

(Bo talks about Khun Sa's offer)

General Khun  Sa has extended an offer in writing to turn over to
the United States Government on March 15, 1988 one ton of refined
Asian heroin,  that sells for $250,000 per pound to distributors,
as a  show of  good faith that he would stop 1,200 tons of heroin
from entering  the free world in 1988.  The response of the State
Department was, "no interest."

(Bo talking in Southeast Asian Field)

There are  personalities within  the United States Government who
have, as  early as  the early  1960's, trafficked  in  opium  and
heroin to  finance assassination  programs initially  approved by
the Central  Intelligence Agency,  which  didn't  work  then  and
aren't working now.  If these assassinations programs spread from
Vietnam, Cambodia,  Laos and  Thailand to  Iran, to Nicaragua, to
Libya and  have the potential of continuing to spread unless some
exposure is finally done to eliminate these high officials.

H. Ross  Perot has  said as  a result of his investigation he has
found a,  "snake pit  without a bottom."  He says that the people
involved will  do anything  to keep their wrongdoings covered up.
He even  says that  a man  that was  responsible for  the Phoenix
assassination program  is now  on the  personal staff  of  George

(Cut to Barry Flinn in Bangkok discussing his trip with Bo.)

My name  is Barry  Flinn and I live in Bangkok, Thailand.  I have
been in  Bangkok now  for two  years.  I am a member of Operation
Lazarus and  I am the station chief here in Bangkok.  My function
for Operation Lazarus is to collect information from my agents in
Laos and  in Vietnam  on locating  live Americans held captive in
these two  countries.   This last trip Colonel Gritz had asked me
to go  into ShanLand, a territory of Burma, to be a witness and a
cameraman to  record the  conversation with  him and General Khun
Sa.   I agreed  to go and I did witness, I did record the meeting
with Lt.  Colonel James  'Bo' Gritz and General Khun Sa.  Another
member of  Operation Lazarus  by the  name of  Lance Trimmer also
accompanied us.   In  Shanland I  did record  the meeting and the
facts are  as follows:  General Khun Sa's people, the secretaries
read from  a document written in the Shan language about American
officials dealing  in heroin  from 1965  to the present.  Some of
the names  he had  given us  were a man by the name of Shakley, a
man by the name of Armitage and other American officials involved
in drugs.   Now  my job  is strictly  locating POW's.   I  am not
involved with  the DEA or any other U.S. Government agency.  I am
a private  citizen.  It makes you angry when you hear of the drug
problems in  America.   Children taking heroin at twelve and high
officials supplying  them the  heroin and  all the cover-ups they
did in  the past, the present and probably in the future.  Now as
a witness  I definitely  believe these  men were  involved in the
drug trade.   General  Khun Sa  did say that, after giving us the
names, he  wouldn't be  surprised if  B-52 bombers started flying
over Shanland  to destroy him and to kill him so that he wouldn't
testify to the other Americans involved in the drug trade.

I am  staying in  Bangkok, Thailand to locate POW's and if people
are interested  in more information about the interview with Khun
Sa and  Lt. Colonel James 'Bo' Gritz they know where  to find me.
The American  embassy knows  where   to locate  me.   Lt. Colonel
James 'Bo'  Gritz knows  where   to locate  me and  I'm sure  the
people involved in the drug trade know where to locate me.

Alright.   One more  thing.   I  did  hear  about  the  Americans
Shakley, Armitage  and other  Americans being  named. it  sent  a
chill up  my spine  and down my back.  It made me angry.  It made
me shocked.   I  couldn't believe  it, but  it was there:  names,
files of old papers that the Laos agents and the Shan people have
on our  Americans.   Somebody has  to  do  something.    It  will
probably all be covered up.  I don't know.  It's not my business.
I was  only a witness and it will stay with me for the rest of my
life about the people in our government dealing drugs.  It's nice
to know, isn't it?  It's really nice to know ....

(Bo gives summary)

In summary,  the reason that American prisoners of war are not at
home as we speak, if what Khun Sa, the Christic Institute, and H.
Ross Perot  are saying  is true, is because Richard Armitage, the
one man  responsible for  their recovery is a heroin smuggler and
an arms  dealer.   He has  misused his office in order to promote
covert operations  through the sale of heroin and trading in arms
that bypasses  the U.S.  Congress.   When prisoners  come home he
will be  investigated.  His wrongdoings and misuse of office will
be uncovered  and exposed  and he and the others will fall like a
house of cards.

As an American citizen it is our responsibility to wake up to the
internal threat,  the treachery that threatens literally the life
of this nation.

(Bo back at luncheon asks people to swear to do something)

It's time  that we  just became  Americans.  Here is what I would
ask you  to do,  because you  can't just go back to sleep on this
thing like  we did  on 007,  the Korean airline.  One is, I would
ask that  in your  mind, if not physically here today, be willing
to raise  your hand  to the square (?) and swear again before God
and witnesses  your allegiance to this heavenly banner (points to
flag) and  to the  constitution of  the United  States because it
will die hermetically sealed in the National Archives if we don't
breath some  life back  into it.  It is hanging by a thread.  The
righteous  people   of  this   country,  doesn't  mean  Democrat,
Republican, right,  left, conservative,  liberal,  the  righteous
people of this country need now to stand up and put a shoulder to
it to  keep it  stable.   I want  you to  commit to yourself that
you're  going   to  do  something  about  it.    Demand  that  an
investigation be made.

(Bo narrating here ...)

Demand a  thorough and  true investigation  of Richard  Armitage.
Insist that  The Christic  Institute's charges go to trial and be
heard by  a jury of Americans.  That those in our government that
represent sewage,  that  clog  the  bureaucracy  today  might  be
cleaned out.   That  the American  way might  continue.  That our
children  might   grow  up  in  liberty  and  freedom  with  same
opportunities that we have had.

(Gritz  apparently   is  willing  to  run  for  Congress  on  the
Republican ticket.  Back to the luncheon)

In the  legislature you  need to  seek out,  identify  and  draft
people that  have the  guts to  stand up,  because if you get the
legislature up  there it  can be  through the  people.  It can be
pulled back  from the brink.  I think that's our saving grace.  I
think that  through the  legislature we  can do  what no one else
would have  done to  Nixon.   We can  wash him  away, we can wash
away, hopefully,  it's going  to be a hard fight, this cancer.  I
stand before  you and  give you  an order.   You  have got  to do
something about  this thing.  We fought the enemy foreign.  Can't
we fight the enemy domestic?

(much applause)

(Ed:  If you wish to order the video tape, you can write Bo Gritz
at the  address below.  I'm not sure how current it is.  I highly
recommend that  you do order it somehow.  Reading about it is one
thing, but it's another thing entirely to see Khun Sa and his men
dictating the  names of  top U.S.  officials to video tape.  Many
documents that are on the video are not in my transcription here.
They would be too numerous to transcribe)

Lt. Colonel James 'Bo' Gritz
Box 472-HCR31
Sandy Valley, Nevada
Postal Zone 89019

(Transcribers disclaimer:   The  views expressed in this document
do  not   necessarily  reflect  the  views  or  opinions  of  the
transcriber.  I am only the messenger.  Don't shoot me.  Ed.)

Jim Burnes - System Engineer                ! When the world is
SouthWestern Bell Advanced Technology Labs  ! running down...
Internet: jburnes@swbatl.swbell.com         ! Make the best of what's
Ma Bell:  (314) 235-7444 (W)                ! still around.
          (314) 832-0464 (H)                !         -Sting

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There you  have it.   A  Nation Betrayed.  Something you probably
won't see on CBS or NBC (or PBS for that matter) any time soon.

Let me  know how  you liked  it and  tell  me  if  you  have  any

I'll be  glad to  rationally  discuss  this  matter  with  anyone
assuming the "the men in the dark suits" don't take me out first.

Jim Burnes - System Engineer                ! When the world is
SouthWestern Bell Advanced Technology Labs  ! running down...
Internet: jburnes@swbatl.swbell.com         ! Make the best of what's
Ma Bell:  (314) 235-7444 (W)                ! still around.
          (314) 832-0464 (H)                !         -Sting

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/* Written  7:20 pm  May 28, 1991 by benno in cdp:alt.conspiracy

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Please, check also "Behold a Pale Horse", by
William Cooper
PO Box 3299
Camp Verde, AZ 86322

Voice:  recorded message Hotline:(213)281-8222, BBS:(602)567-6725

This is  a most  impressive book  that collects  very significant
reproductions of  key government  documents and citations of  not
so publicly  disclosed facts about the real movers and shakers of
world events, their reasoning, and many citations of very hard to
find sources.

This book  is an  'All under one cover' power house collection of
facts that  the media  won't touch,  and the  government does not
want the public to know.

It exposes  all the significant manipulations behind world events
and names the individuals and agencies in the greatest of detail.
It includes  documentation of  their most closely guarded secrets
to a  degree unknown  in previous  publications to  date when one
considers this  book is only 500 pgs.  It's an excellent starting
point for  any person  sincerely interested  in the insider truth
with documented proof.

This book is a good first book/ref or addition to others.

One  other   book  worth   mentioning   is:   "America's   Secret
Establishment," by  Antony Sutton, ISBN 0-937765-02-3,  is also a
very good book with references that should be mentioned.

He will  likely be  selling his  new book  for $22.  Otherwise it
should be available from:

William Cooper
19744 Beach Blvd., Suite 301
Huntington Beach, California
Postal Zone 92648

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peacenet     Drugs and U.S. Foreign Policy   12:48 pm  Jun  2,

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Topic 20        NATION BETRAYED - feedback      Response  3 of  4
pinknoise _    Drugs and U.S. Foreign Policy   11:06 pm  Jun  4,

My reply  got bounced  back with  Host Unknown,  so here it is in
public view ...

Thanks very  much for  posting this transcript.  I will review it
and probably  post some  name corrections.  I've used portions of
the tape  in a  performance I'm  staging regarding  conspiracies.
One anecdote:  I went up to this guy wearing a POW/MIA jacket and
asked if  he had  read "Kiss  the Boys  Goodbye" (which  I highly
recommend).   He said  it was the most amazing thing he had read,
and this  guy wasn't  no progressive, either.  The Senate Foreign
Relations Committee  has released  a  170+  page  report  on  the
POW/MIA issue and the man in charge of the program has just quit,
he's so  disgusted by  the lack  of progress.   And  we know  why
there's no progress, right?

Conf? 20.4

Topic 20        NATION BETRAYED - feedback      Response  4 of  4
pinknoise    Drugs and U.S. Foreign Policy   10:30 pm  Jun 11,

[ The  following is  an appendix  to  the  Minority  Staff/Senate
Foreign Relations Committee.  report on POW's]


DATE:  12 FEB 1991


SUBJECT:  Request for Relief


1.   PURPOSE:   I, hereby, request to resign my position as Chief
of the  Special Office for Prisoners of War and Missing in Action


a.   Motivation.  My initial acceptance of this posting was based
upon two  primary motives:   first,  I had heard that the job was
highly contentious  and extremely  frustrating, that no one would
volunteer for  it because of its complex political nature.  This,
of course,  made it  appear challenging.  Secondly, since the end
of the Vietnam War, I had heard the persistent rumors of American
Serviceman [sic] having been abandoned in Indochina, and that the
Government  was   conducting  a   "cover-up"  so  as  not  to  be
embarrassed.   I was  curious about this and thought that serving
as the Chief of POW-MIA would be an opportunity to satisfy my own
interest and help clear the Government's name.

b.  The Office's Reputation.  It was interesting that my previous
exposure to the POW Office, while assigned to DIA, both as a Duty
Director for  Intelligence (DDI)  and as  the Chief  of the  Asia
Division for  Current Intelligence  (JSI-3), was  negative.   DIA
personnel who  worked for me, when dealing with or mentioning the
Office, always  spoke about  it in deprecating tones, alluding to
the fact  that any report which found its way there would quickly
disappear into a "black hole."

c.   General Attitudes.   Additionally,  surveys of  active  duty
military personnel indicate a high percentage (83%) believed that
there were  still live  American prisoners in Vietnam.  This idea
was further  promulgated in  a  number  of  legitimate  veterans'
periodicals and  professional journals,  as well  as the media in
general, which  held that  where there  was so  much smoke, there
must be fire.

d .   Cover-up.   The  dark side  of the  issue was  particularly
unsettling because  of the  persistent rumors  and innuendos of a
Government conspiracy,  alleging that U.S. military personnel had
been left  behind to  the  victorious  Communist  governments  in
Vietnam, Laos  and Cambodia,  and that for "political reasons" or
running the  risk of  a second  Vietnam War,  their existence was
officially denied.   Worse  yet was  the implication  that  DIA's
Special Office  for POW's  and MIA's was an integral part of this
effort to  cover the  entire affair up so as not to embarrass the
Government nor the Defense Establishment.

e.   The Crusade.   As a Vietnam veteran with a certain amount of
experience in  Indochina, I  was interested in the entire POW-MIA
question, and  willingly volunteered  for the  job, viewing it as
sort of a holy crusade.

f.   The Harsh  Reality.   Heading up  the Office  has  not  been
pleasant.   My plan  was to  be totally honest and forthcoming on
the entire  issue and  aggressively pursue innovative actions and
concepts  to   clear  up  the  live  sighting  business,  thereby
refurbishing the  image and  honor of  DIA.   I became  painfully
aware, however, that I was not really in charge of my own office,
but was  merely a  figurehead or  whipping boy  for a  larger and
totally Machiavellian  group of  players outside  of DIA.  What I
witnessed during  my tenure  as the  cardboard cut-out "Chief" of
POW-MIA could be euphemistically labelled as disillusioning.


a.  Highest National Priority.  That National leaders continue to
address the  prisoner of  war and  missing in action issue as the
"highest national  priority" is  a travesty.    From  my  vantage
point, I  observed that  the principal  government  players  were
interested  primarily   in  conducting   a   "damage   limitation
exercise", and appeared to knowingly and deliberately generate an
endless  succession  of  manufactured  crises  and  "busy  work".
Progress consisted  in frenetic  activity, with  little substance
and no real results.

b.   The Mindset to Debunk.  The mindset to "debunk" is alive and
well.   It is  held at  all levels,  and continues to pervade the
POW-MIA Office,  which is  not  necessarily  the  fault  of  DIA.
Practically all  analysis is  directed to  finding fault with the
source.   Rarely has  there been  any  effective,  active  follow
through on  any of  the sightings,  nor  is  there  a  responsive
"action arm"  to routinely  and aggressively  pursue leads.   The
latter  was   a  moot   point,  anyway,   since  the  Office  was
continuously buried  in an  avalanche of  "ad hoc"  taskings from
every quarter,  all of  which required an immediate response.  It
was impossible  to plan  ahead or  prioritize courses  of action.
Any real  effort to  pursue live  sighting  reports  or  exercise
initiatives  was  diminished  by  the  plethora  of  "busy  work"
projects directed  by higher  authority outside of DIA.  A number
of these  grandiose endeavors  bordered on  the ridiculous, and -
quite significantly  - there  was never  an audit trail.  None of
these taskings was ever requested formally.  There was, and still
is, a refusal by any of the players to follow normal intelligence
channels in dealing with the POW-MIA Office.

c.   Duty, Honor and Integrity.  It appears that the entire issue
is being manipulated by unscrupulous people in the Government, or
associated with  the Government.   Some  are using  the issue for
personal or  political advantage  and others use it as a forum to
perform and  feel important, or worse.  The sad fact, however, is
that this  issue is  being controlled  and a  cover-up may  be in
progress.   The entire  charade does  not appear  to be an honest
effort, and may never have been.

d.   POW-MIA Officers  Abandoned.   When I assumed the Office for
the first  time, I  was somewhat  amazed and greatly disturbed by
the fact  that I was the only military officer in an organization
of more  than 40  people.   Since combatants of all Services were
lost in  Vietnam, I  would have thought there would at least be a
token  Service  representation  for  a  matter  of  the  "highest
national priority."  Since the  normal mix  of officers  from all
Services is not found in my organization it would appear that the
issue, at  least  at  the  working  level,  has,  in  fact,  been
abandoned.   Also,  the  horror  stories  of  the  succession  of
military officers  at the  C-5 and  C-6 level  who have  in  some
manner "rocked  the boat"  and quickly come to grief at the hands
of the Government policy makers who direct the issue, lead one to
the  conclusion   that  we   are  all  quite  expendable,  so  by
extrapolation one  simply concludes  that these  same bureaucrats
would "sacrifice"  anyone who  was troublesome  or contentious as
including prisoners  of  war  and  missing  in  action.    Not  a
comforting thought.   Any military officer expected to survive in
this  environment  would  have  to  be  myopic,  an  accomplished
sycophant, or totally insouciant.

e.   The DIA  Involvement.   DIA's role  in the  affair is  truly
unfortunate.   The  overall  Agency  has  generally  practiced  a
"damage limitation  drill" on  the issue,  as well.   The POW-MIA
Office has been cloistered for all practical purposes and left to
its own  fortunes.   The POW  Office is  the lowest  level in the
Government "efforts"  to resolve  the issue,  and  oddly  for  an
intelligence organization,  has become the "lightening rod" [sic]
for the  entire establishment  to the  matter.  The policy people
manipulating  the  affair  have  maintained  their  distance  and
remained hidden  in the  shadows, while  using the  Office  as  a
"toxic waste dump" to bury the whole "mess" out of sight and mind
to a  facility  with  the  limited  access  to  public  scrutiny.
Whatever happens  in the  issue, DIA  takes the  blame, while the
real players  remain invisible.  The fact that the POW-MIA Office
is always  the center  of an  investigation is no surprise.  Many
people suspect  that something  is rotten  about the whole thing,
but they  cannot find  an audit  trail to  ascribe blame, so they
attack the  DIA/POW-MIA "dump", simply because it has been placed
in the line of fire as a cheap, expendable decoy.

f.   "Suppressio Veri,  Suggestio Falsi".   Many  of  the  puppet
masters play a confusing, murky role.  For instance, the Director
of the  National League  of Families  occupies an interesting and
questionable position in the whole process.  Although assiduously
"churning" the account to give a tawdry illusion of progress, she
is adamantly  opposed to  any initiative  to actually  get to the
heart of  the problem,  and, more  importantly, interferes  in or
actively sabotages  POW-MIA  analyses  or  investigations.    She
insists  on   rewriting  or  editing  all  significant  documents
produced by  the Office,  then touted  as the  DIA position.  She
apparently has  access to  top secret,  codeword message traffic,
for which she is supposedly not cleared, and she receives it well
ahead of  the  DIA  intelligence  analysts.    Her  influence  in
"jerking around"  everyone and  everything involved  in the issue
goes far  beyond  the  "war  and  MIA  protestor  gone  straight"
scenario.  She was brought from the "outside", into the center of
the imbroglio,  and then,  cloaked in  a  mantle  of  sanctimony,
routinely impedes  real progress and insidiously "muddles up" the
issue.  One wonders who she really is and where she came from.


a.   The Stalled  Crusade.   Unfortunately, what  began on such a
high note  never succeeded  in  embarking.    In  some  respects,
however, I have managed to satisfy some of my curiosity.

b.   Everyone is Expendable.  I have seen firsthand how ready and
willing the  policy people  are to  sacrifice or "abandon" anyone
who might be perceived as a political liability.  It is quick and
facile, and can be easily covered.

c.  High-Level Knavery.  I feel strongly that this issue is being
manipulated and  controlled at  a higher level, not with the goal
of resolving  it, but  more to  obfuscate the  question  of  live
prisoners,  and   give   the   illusion   of   progress   through

d.   "Smoke and Mirrors".  From what I have witnessed, it appears
that any  soldier left  in Vietnam,  even inadvertently,  was, in
fact, abandoned  years ago,  and that  the farce  that  is  being
played is no more than political legerdemain done with "smoke and
mirrors", to stall the issue until it dies a natural death.

e.   National League  of Families.    I  am  convinced  that  the
Director of  this organization  is much  more than meets the eye.
As the  principal actor  in the grand show, she is in the perfect
position to  clamor for  "progress", while  really  intentionally
impeding the  effort.   And there  are numerous examples of this.
Otherwise it  is inconceivable  that so  many bureaucrats  in the
"system" would instantaneously do her bidding and humor her every

f.   DIA's Dilemma.    Although  greatly  saddened  by  the  role
ascribed to  the Defense  Intelligence Agency,  I feel, at least,
that I  am dealing  with honest  men and  women who are generally
powerless to  make the  system work.   My  appeal and  attempt to
amend this  role perhaps never had a chance.  We all were subject
to control.   I  particularly salute the personnel in the POW-MIA
Office for  their long  suffering, which I regrettably was unable
to change.   I feel that the Agency and the Office are being used
as the "fall guys" or "patsies" to cover the tracks of others.


a.   One Final  Vietnam Casualty.   So  ends the  war and my last
grand crusade,  like it  actually did  end, I guess.  However, as
they say in the Legion, "je ne regrette rien ..."  For all of the
above, I  respectfully request  to be  relieved of  my duties  as
Chief of  the Special  Office for Prisoners of War and Missing in

b.   A Farewell  to Arms.   So as to avoid the annoyance of being
shipped off  to some  remote corner,  out of sight and out of the
way, in  my own  "bamboo cage"  of silence  somewhere, I  further
request that  the  Defense  Intelligence  Agency,  which  I  have
attempted to  serve loyally  and with  honor, assist  me in being
retired immediately from active military service.

Colonel, Infantry

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