By Walid Shoebat
If ever there existed a scandal that dirtied up both Republicans and Democrats, it was Iran-Contra. In fact, it dirtied up both the Clintons and the Bushes. Both families – along with their respective parties – are so dirtied up that they dare not expose the President’s brother. If you believe the extremely compelling tale of Terry Reed, an intelligence asset in the operation intended to circumvent Congress to provide weapons to the contras in Central America who were trying to defeat Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, they’re very dirty indeed.
Reed says the weapons for hostages angle was played up to put a humanitarian face on an operation that blew up in the face of the Reagan administration in 1986-87.
Read on if you’ve ever beat your head against the wall while trying to figure out why Republicans don’t fight; when both sides are dirty no one is willing to come clean. It’s the domestic, political equivalent of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD).
*Intended for those who haven’t read COMPROMISED: Clinton, Bush and the CIA by Terry Reed and John Cummings but plan to. Whether you read on or not, you are encouraged to read that incredibly detailed and documented work.*
When ONE MAN Defeated the Justice Department
Those who are inclined to dismiss Reed’s claims should know that he beat the Department of Justice in federal court, despite the judge’s attempt to help the Feds win.
Reed alleges that in 1983, then Vice President George H.W. Bush authorized an operation – through Oliver North – to manufacture untraceable weapons in Mena, Arkansas and have them covertly shipped to the Contras in Nicaragua. For his troubles, then Governor Bill Clinton looked the other way and in return, had his palms greased. However, in true Clintonian fashion, Bill got greedy. Local law enforcement, media, and others began snooping around a bit too much as well.
As a result, in 1986, the operation was moved to Mexico, where Reed would operate from after setting up a manufacturing plant. Little did he know that he was also being set up as a patsy in a CIA-run drug trafficking operation. Sure enough, when Reed discovered a shipment of cocaine bound for the U.S. in his warehouse, he sought a divorce from the CIA.
After a chain of events, Reed was indeed setup and indicted on mail fraud charges and accused of drug trafficking. If there is one thing that comes through in COMPROMISED, it’s that Reed was an extremely intelligent man. Despite multiple attempts by federal judge Frank Theis to help the prosecuting attorney Robin Fowler, Reed was acquitted after being told by Theis in the judge’s chambers that he would be found innocent if he
1.) refused a jury trial and…
2.) agreed not to talk to the media for 30 days.
Reed expressed more anger than relief. He knew he had the feds on the ropes and wanted to prove his case but his attorney Marilyn Trubey threatened to walk if he went that way, so he begrudgingly took the acquittal.
How did he put Fowler to shame? After Trubey subpoenaed practically every federal agency with a three-letter acronym, the first of two very serious blows to the George H.W. Bush administration took place:
Trubey relayed to Terry, “(Fowler) just got a call from FBI Agent Wayne Barlow in Oklahoma City. This is great news, Terry. Not only does Barlow say he knows you, but his contact with you involved classified information what he won’t discuss over Robin’s unsecure phone. He made Robin go over to the FBI office in Wichita in order to discuss it on a secure line. Terry, I think we got ’em on the run.” COMPROMISED, p. 454
This was massive. In order for the Bush administration to get Reed, it had to be able to maintain deniability relative to Reed being an intelligence asset; it was check. The next wound was self-inflicted by the feds, though practically unavoidable, and would lead to check mate. The government invoked the Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA), which prohibits indicted government agents from blackmailing the government with classified information; it was an admission that Reed had such information.
The mail fraud charges stemmed from what Reed called “Project Donation” that was introduced to him by Oliver North in 1983. Reed was to declare a plane stolen and collect insurance money as part of the operation in Mena. When the plane was later “found” by the feds, it was the basis for their case against Reed. The problem was two tail numbers associated with the plane (there should only be one):
…Trubey had added to the subpoena a request to “state whether either plane appears on the list of aircraft used covertly in the Contra operation in Nicaragua.”
It was check mate.
The problem with calling this a conspiracy “theory” is that the Feds did what they never do – surrender.
Want more? Here is an excerpt from a 60 Minutes report circa 1993 in which Mike Wallace interviewed Robert Bonner, former head of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Bonner alleged that the CIA was trafficking in cocaine without the DEA’s knowledge, which is itself a crime:
Even the mainstream media’s gospel – the New York Times – reported on such operations.
When the Dirty get Desperate
In this season’s ’24: Live Another Day’, CIA station chief in London Steve Navarro (played by Benjamin Bratt) is composed and unsuspected of being ‘dirty’ but he is. When one of the analysts gets too close, Navarro sends him on bogus mission to pick up a package. In reality, the analyst was being set up and the package was an assassin’s bullet.
Navarro had two options:
- Murder to protect his own hide or…
- Come clean at great expense to that hide.
He chose option number one but it went wrong. The bodies of both the analyst and the assassin were found at the scene. Navarro was suddenly very desperate because the assassin, once identified, would be tied to him. There was no option number two. At this point, self-preservation meant a willingness to put the lives of hundreds of millions of people at risk. It is the quintessential metaphor for any dirty politician who knows the ugly truth but refuses to reveal it.
In exchange for his escape, Navarro had to place an ‘override device’ – that could unleash hell on earth – into the wrong hands.
That went wrong too, though Navarro was apprehended by Jack Bauer only after the ‘override device’ had been handed off.
Note: Last year, John Guandolo reported that in the mid-1990′s – while a CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia – current CIA Director John Brennan converted to Islam. It is not known if Bratt’s character was a subtle jab at Brennan.
Here is Guandolo making the shocking claim about Brennan:
Sudan and Iran-Contra
Barack Obama knows what happened in Mena, AR and he knows just how dirty the Bushes and the Clintons are. If he doesn’t know, he can certainly have access to it.
If there is a figure who represents the early days of the operations run by Reagan’s CIA and Clinton’s Arkansas, Robert “Bud” McFarlane certainly qualifies. He was Reagan’s National Security Advisor from 1983-1985. As Shoebat.com reported, he was so distraught after the Iran-Contra scandal made it to the front pages that he attempted suicide in 1987.
At about the time Obama was being elected in 2008, McFarlane was being solicited by Sudan, according to the Washington Post (it is illegal for Americans to deal with Sudan because of its inclusion on the State Sponsors of Terrorism list):
In November 2008, McFarlane recounted in an e-mail, he was approached by a former business partner, Albino Aboug, on behalf of Sudan’s government.
“Albino asked whether I was willing to discuss with senior representatives from the Khartoum government how to foster negotiations between Khartoum and the Darfur rebel groups and also how to move toward renewed diplomatic negotiations between our countries,” McFarlane wrote. “I agreed to do so.”
In early 2009, there was extensive correspondence via email between McFarlane and a man Sudanese official named Mohammed H. Babiker:
In early January, Aboug and McFarlane met in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with Babiker, who is currently stationed as a Sudanese diplomat in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; it is unclear whether a Qatari representative was present, and McFarlane declined to provide details. The Qatari Embassy in Washington did not respond to telephone messages.
What followed was a month-long exchange of e-mails and documents between McFarlane and Babiker, culminating with McFarlane’s contract with Qatar. Sudanese officials asked McFarlane to approach four former U.S. diplomats to ask whether they were interested in assisting in the effort… all four men turned McFarlane down.
It would later be learned that Babiker was an intelligence operative for Sudan, according to CNN.
It’s quite clear that one of the main objectives of Sudan in its negotiations with McFarlane was getting off the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. The Obama administration has been working very hard at this for years, as Shoebat.com has reported. It would certainly free up the President’s brother to deal with Sudan more openly.
As Shoebat.com has reported, in the months prior to Barack Obama’s election in 2008 and McFarlane’s dealings with Sudan, Barack’s brother Malik Obama founded the Barack H. Obama Foundation (BHOF) in the home of Ray Baysden, a registered Republican who worked in the Intelligence Community and in Diplomatic Security for the U.S. State Department. As the operations that would lead to the exposure of the Iran-Contra scandal were being carried out in the U.S., Baysden was stationed in Karachi, Pakistan within the same time frame that Obama would have visited Karachi while attending Columbia University, according to the Associated Press.
Malik Obama and the BHOF ran into trouble when in 2011, it was learned that BHOF had not filed the proper paperwork for its 501(c)(3) status. Within 30 days, the paperwork was filed; Baysden was listed as the Executive Director. Beleaguered and disgraced IRS official Lois Lerner saw to it that the BHOF had been illegally granted that status. This issue was certainly compounded by the fact that Malik not only has dealings with Sudan but is a key figure in an organization run by its President, a wanted international war criminal.
Last year, Shoebat.com made a shocking discovery when leaked photos of Malik from 2010 revealed that he was not only doing business with Sudan but was a key figure in an organization run by its President Omar al-Bashir, a wanted international war criminal. As the Executive Secretary of the Islamic Da’wa Organization (IDO), Malik attended the 2010 IDO Conference presided over by none other than al-Bashir.
Who better to provide cover for the President’s brother and his involvement with a State Sponsor of Terrorism than a man in McFarlane who is the face of a very dirty Washington establishment. He holds secrets that would be devastating to the legacies of Presidents 40 – 43 (Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush). As Reagan’s National Security Advisor from 1983-85, McFarlane has information that connects all four administrations; Barack Obama knows this.
Just this past May 30th, McFarlane attended an event put on by the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD). The purpose of the event was to honor none other than stealth jihadist and Ground Zero mosque imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. The Vice President of the ICRD is Abubaker Y. Ahmed Al Shingieti, who served as a high ranking official for al-Bashir from 1990-98 (both before and after Sudan placed on the Terrorism list). Shingieti also has a history that includes time as Executive Director with the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), as reported by Shoebat.com.
We here at Shoebat.com have been beside ourselves, trying to figure out why no member of Congress has expressed even the remotest interest in getting to the bottom of the IRS scandal by following the paper trail of Malik Obama’s foundation. One reason – and we concede there may be several – may have to do with McFarlane’s role in dealing with Sudan. The answer may be the unwritten warning inherent in Robert McFarlane being the man to help get Sudan off the naughty list.
McFarlane’s mere existence in that capacity sends a subtle yet not-so-subtle message to anyone thinking about introducing the Malik Obama dynamic into the IRS scandal that Iran-Contra mud will be slung if they do. Both scandals are as equally explosive – Mutually Assured Destruction.
A lot of people – and five Presidential legacies (to include Obama’s) – would suffer significant damage if not total destruction.
As we have repeatedly pointed out, House Ways and Means Committee member Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a committee investigating the IRS scandal – has referred to the claims against Malik as “spot on”. Yet, Kelly continues to refuse to introduce this development into the discourse. In fact, last month, when questioningIRS Commissioner John Koskinen at a committee hearing, Kelly made no mention of it but did manage to give Koskinen a hug.
Listen to Kelly on August 29, 2013 as he confidently asserts that the claims against Malik Obama are “spot on” during a radio town hall in his district:
Another very curious development relative to the refusal to expose this scandal came courtesy of the attorney for Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote who has been persecuted and harassed by the IRS. As Engelbrecht’s attorney, Cleta Mitchell should seek the best defense for her client.
Back on February 11th, we contacted Mitchell’s office by phone to pass along our explosive discovery about the Barack H. Obama Foundation’s tax exempt status and how it was obtained. We explained to Mitchell’s assistant why the case was so important. We even walked her through the case and showed her the photos. By contrasting the treatment Engelbrecht had received from the IRS with the treatment Malik Obama – who was implicated in working with Sudan’s government – had received, Engelbrecht had a winning strategy.
Yet, like so many politicians that seem more concerned about self-preservation than they do about the welfare of more than 300 million Americans, Mitchell has not implemented it.
*Ben Barrack contributed to this article.