View Full Version : The Murder of Manuel Buedia and DEA Agent Ki Ki Camarena

Tosh Plumlee
04-18-2009, 06:30 AM
The Mexican Drug war is the same today as it was over twenty years ago. ...Nothing has changed except the players and the names of the politicians... and too, it has become more deadly and a direct threat to our safety and National Security:

DEAfiles.pdf (http://toshplumlee.info/pdf/DEAfiles.pdf)

posted on toshplumlee.info 2000

content: "... DEA Mexico OPS: These documents make reference to "Guatemalan Guerrillas" training at a ranch owned by Drug Lord CARO- Quintero in Vera Crus, Mexico. It was reported at the time this was a CIA training site where weapons were exchanged for drugs in support of the Contra effort in Nicaragua and Costa Rico. DEA Agent Enrique Camarena (KIKI) and his pilot found out about this operation known as "The CIA Thing" and were killed because of this knowledge. Plumlee and other American undercover pilots had flown into this ranch many times as reported in various sections within these documents and other news media leaks in Mexico and America. The operation was known as "AMSOG" and, as reported to Senator Gary Hart and his Senate investigators in early 1983, was an "illegal" smuggling operation through Mexico into the United States, supported by the US Military, Panama Southern Command.

Note the DEA TOPSecret classified documents reporting the death of Manuel Buedia can also be found at the following link:

DEAfiles.pdf (http://toshplumlee.info/pdf/DEAfiles.pdf)

Note: CBS, ABC, CNN and NBC did not cover the reported murder of Manuel Buedia at the request of the CIA and other United States Government officials. Buedia had information concerning, "THE CIA THING" which DEA agent Ki KI Camarena had reported to his DEA supervisors in Washington DC.

It has now been over 24 years since the murder of Buedia and Ki KI.

The article below was written 16 years after the deaths, AND once again the mainstream media in the United States was asked not to cover these events:

Sixteen Years after the Assassination of a Journalist...

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Are U.S. officials and political consultants participating in the cover-up?
Carlos Ramrez in El Universal, May 30, 2000:

Re-open the Buenda Case

The Narco News Bulletin, on the 16th memorial of the assassination of Mexican journalist Manuel Buenda, publishes an English translation of today's column by Carlos Ramrez, Mexico's most widely-read newspaper columnist, that calls to re-open the investigation of the 1984 narco-assassination.

Ramrez explores the allegations that a key member of Mexico's ruling party, Manuel Bartlett, was responsible for the crime and its cover-up.

from Political Indicator: May 30, 2000
by Carlos Ramrez

Connected by political facts from the start of the process of narcotization of the Mexican State, Manuel Bartlett, now one of the principal campaign operators of PRI presidential candidate Francisco Labastida, today will pass his time at peace. Today marks 16 years since the assassination of columnist Manuel Buenda, who was shot in 1984 for revealing the penetration of the narco in the office of the Secretary of Government that was headed by Manuel Bartlett.

When the special prosecutor in the Buenda case, Miguel Angel Garca Domnguez, ended his investigation under pressure of the entering president Carlos Salinas de Gortari, he delivered his conclusions that exclusively blamed Jos Antonio Zorrilla Prez, then director of the Federal Security Agency, the political police corps that answered directly to Manuel Bartlett as Secretary of Government.

But the conclusions of Garca Domnguez inexplicably left untouched by any judicial subpoena not only Bartlett, but also then-Defense Secretary Juan Arvalo Gardoqui and President Miguel de la Madrid, the three men signaled as responsible for the error -- to say the least -- that permitted the growth of drug trafficking in Mxico. Since 1984, drug trafficking has not only grown here, but has penetrated the structures of State power and the Mexican government.

Buenda was assassinated on May 30, 1984, on a street near the Zona Rosa of Mxico City. The investigation was covered-up by the Federal Security Agency. The last investigations undertaken by Buenda into drug trafficking led him into the rural indigenous areas of the country. Buenda had responded to a newspaper ad by the Catholic bishops in the south of the country where they denounced the penetration of the narco in rural Mexico but also the complicity of the Army and police corps.

Buenda did not finish his investigation. His assassination came almost a year before, in February of 1985, the assassination of US anti-drug agent Enrique Camarena Salazar in Guadalajara had exposed the penetration of drug traffickers in the Mexican police. The two police chiefs that reported directly to the Secretary of Government in 1985 -- in effect, to Manuel Bartlett -- turned out to be directly connected to the principal drug trafficking gangs of Rafael Caro Quintero, Ernesto Fonseca and Miguel Flix Gallardo.

Agents of the the Political and Social Investigations Agency and of the Federal Security Agency were discovered as protectors of drug trafficking in Mxico. The Attorney General of the Republic, in the investigation of the assassination of Camarena, found credentials of the Federal Security police in the name of drug traffickers. Caro Quintero escaped to Costa Rica using a credential of the Federal Security Agency with his photo but with another name. The credentials in the Attorney General's file were requested by Bartlett from Attorney General Sergio Garca Ramrez for "an exhaustive investigation" but were then disappeared by Bartlett. Garca Ramrez complained to President De la Madrid but didn't succeed at getting any response.

That which Buenda was investigating months before was confirmed by the assassination of Camerena, a DEA agent assigned to the US Consulate in Guadalajara. Did Bartlett know or not that his Political and Social Investigations Agency and Federal Security Agency were protecting drug traffickers? There are testimony transcripts from a collaborator of the accused police chief Zorrilla in the Federal Security Agency, Jos Luis Esqueda, that directly informed Bartlett that the agency protected drug traffickers. In place of launching a house-cleaning, Bartlett reassigned Esqueda to a municipal support office, until one night when the agent was shot down while using a public telephone.

Thus, Bartlett did know about the activities of his two police forces in favor of drug traffickers but did nothing to correct them. One of the excuses offered by Bartlett was to say that the police chief Zorrilla was recommended by Fernando Gutirrez Barrios, one of the most important bosses of political-police security in the Mexican government. Zorrilla had come to the Federal Security Agency through Gutirrez Barrios, but testimonies collected by Jorge G. Castaeda in his book, "The Inheritance" about Mexican presidential succession in 2000 indicate that Zorrilla, in 1985, had already broken with Gutirrez Barrios and reported directly to Bartlett.

Various of the commanders of the Federal Security Agency and the Political Investigations Agency were the principal protectors of drug traffickers. There have been cases in which the Federal Security commanders guarded trucks of drugs from Chiapas to the US border. In spite of these facts, Bartlett did absolutely nothing to correct these irregularities. But when the Camarena scandal exploded and the facts of police protection of the narco began to become known, Bartlett separated himself from Zorrillo by sending him to Hidalgo as a candidate for Congress and he disappeared the two police agencies to create the National Security and Intelligence Agency.

The investigation of the assassination of Buenda always seemed to bring the presumed guilt of Zorrilla in strange directions. Including that the prosecutor wanted to blame the murder on a crime of pasin. But over time it was proven that the Buenda assassination was a political crime, that initiated the long cycle of instability and destabilization and the first that drew the line of narco-violence. Zorrilla disappeared from the political arena in 1985 and reappeared in 1986. He was questioned various times over the Buenda case but always was left free for a lack of evidence.

In 1989, the special prosecutor Garca Domnguez presented his conclusions and incriminated Zorrilla as guilty of the assassination. The Garca Domnguez investigation was deficient, although the prosecutor received a promotion as a prize. The principal fault of Garca Domnguez was that his investigation went only as far as Zorrilla, the police chief, and did not subpoeana Bartlett, General Arvalo or President de la Madrid, the three men connected in the suspicions of the crime by drug traffickers. But Garca Domnguez protected Bartlett.

The apprehension of Zorrilla as the guilty assassin of Buenda was a gift made by Carlos Salinas to Mexican journalists because it was announced on June 7, 1989, the National Freedom of the Press Day. Zorrilla was a friend of Buenda until his death. The strange relationship of friendship endured anger and delicate information. In this sense, it is not proven that Zorrilla was the man who killed Buenda. Still, there was testimony that should have focused the investigations toward the Military turf of General Arvalo Gardoqui, because of the facts that Buenda had incriminated officials of the army in the protection of drug traffickers.

Zorrilla was guilty in order to detour the investigation of the assassination to put a distance between the crime and other government officials. Today in prison, Zorrilla has taken care to not speak about the theme but reiterates his innocence. In this sense, and for the irregularities in the investigation in the crime against the columnist, it is important the the investigation be reopened to arrive at the root of the first Mexican assassination linked to drug trafficking.

The urgency of reopening the file on the Buenda assassination is of grave concern to Manuel Bartlett's web of power: first he was on the final list of candidates for the presidency in 1987, next he was Secretary of Education in the Salinas government, he was made governor of Puebla by Joseph-Marie Crdoba Montoya. Today, Francisco Labastida, knowing of the suspicions over the role of Bartlett in the surge of drug trafficking in Mxico and of the judicial subpoena over Bartlett in the United Swww.indicador-politico.com.mx (http://www.indicador-politico.com.mx/)
cramirez@infolatina.com.mx (cramirez@infolatina.com.mx)

Narco News Commentary:

On November 30, 1998, the above-mentioned Manuel Bartlett was an aspiring candidate for the ruling PRI party's nomination for president of Mexico. As such, he was in the way of the ambitions of Francisco Labastida. On that day, in an interview with Zeta magazine of Tijuana, US Ambassador to Mexico Jeffrey Davidow signaled -- for the first time -- Washington's bias toward Labastida.

Always looking forward, the US State Department instructed its Mexican spokesman to make a verbal hit upon Bartlett, thus "decertifying" him and, in effect, destroying his presidential chances. Davidow boomed: "Bartlett must declare!" He said that Bartlett faces a subpoena in US federal court in California over the 1985 assassination of US DEA agent Kiki Camarena. The Bartlett campaign never recovered from that blow, and Labastida, a year later, was crowned as the PRI-Washington candidate for the presidency of Mexico.

The man who one Mexican commentator has called "Ambassador Big Mouth" (http://www.narconews.com/mileniodow.html) has suddenly fallen silent (as he tends to do whenever the tough questions (http://www.narconews.com/questions.html) are pitched to him). Because now that Davidow's rooster in the Mexican presidential cockfight has tapped Bartlett to run his own campaign, anything more that Davidow says about Bartlett will shine poorly upon Labastida.

Last Saturday, May 24, 2000, Ambassador Davidow held a closed-door meeting with Labastida in Mexico City. It was a day after the nationally televised debate between Labastida and his two leading rivals, Vicente Fox and Cuauhtmoc Crdenas.

But what of the late DEA agent Kiki Camarena? How do current DEA agents feel about the most recent betrayal by the US ambassador to the memory of their fallen brother?

Drop-a-dime: narconews@hotmail.com

And what about US and Mexican journalists, who, like the DEA agents, have lost at least one colleague under the watch of the man who now runs the Labastida campaign?

Where is the historic memory among journalists and law enforcers of both countries?

Carlos Ramrez points out that Labastida has offered Bartlett more than total immunity and the continued cover-up of the Buenda and Camarena assassinations: he has offered Bartlett a continued important role in the governing of Mexico.

That Jeffrey Davidow is complicit in the cover-up of the assassination of a Mexican journalist is nothing new for the narco-ambassador. Davidow was the US official in charge of covering up the assassination of US journalist Charles Horman in Chile in 1973 (http://www.bostonphoenix.com/archive/features/99/12/16/MEXICO.html). Davidow also protects and defends another key Labastida operative, the ambassador's traveling buddy Carlos Hank Gonzlez, father of Jorge Hank Rohn, presumed responsible in the 1988 narco-assassination of Tijuana journalist Flix Miranda. (Another silence that we hope will be broken soon is that of Miranda colleague Jess Blancornelas, editor of Zeta magazine, regarding the Davidow-Hank axis. Blancornelas probably did not know, when he interviewed Davidow in 1998 about Bartlett, of Davidow's enjoyment of Hank hospitality (http://www.bostonphoenix.com/archive/features/99/12/16/MEXICO.html) from the family mansion in Mexico to the Central American republic of Costa Rica.)

Davidow is the protector of what Mexicans call the "dinosaur" faction of the ruling PRI party in Mexico. Like the mad scientist in the film Jurassic Park he is not only unleashing a terror upon his own colony that is Mexico, but one that cannot be controlled by the 3,000 mile US-Mexican border.

Nothing from Davidow, the corrupt narco-ambassador of the United States in Mexico, surprises us anymore. But we at Narco News are just a little bit taken aback by the reported participation, and seek a clarification from, two US political consultants in the Bartlett-managed Labastida campaign.

The publisher of The Narco News Bulletin makes a personal request:

I like Jim Carville. Always have. Straight-talking, ethical, loyal, a great writer and orator, sharp mind at not only politics but also economics, and with a healthy distrust of the Washington establishment in which he moves. I liked Carville before I knew him. And I have always liked him since.

We have dined together on his turf: The Palms restaurant in Washington DC; and closer to mine, the hot-dog cart on the MIT campus in Massachusetts. I think I understand Carville pretty well; from his formation under LSU professor and author T. Harry Williams to his marriage with GOP consultant and TV host Mary Matalin, who also has earned my bipartisan friendship and maximum respect.

I don't know Stanley Greenberg, the White House pollster, at all. He's married to US Rep. Laura de Rosa (D-Connecticut). From a distance, he always struck me as a bit technocratic for my tastes. Nothing wrong with that: the world needs bean counters.

I do have a pretty good idea how Carville and Greenberg got messed up in the Labastida campaign. The President of the United States, Bill Clinton, acting on terrible advice from the narco-ambassador Jeffrey Davidow, once again preyed upon Carville's sense of loyalty and asked him to take on Labastida as a client.

Carville did a pretty good job for Labastida in the primary: Working closely with then-Labastida campaign manager Esteban Moctezuma, they beat back the primary challenge of Tabasco governor Roberto Madrazo Pintado last November 7th.

But Mexican politics isn't rocket science: it is more complex and difficult than mere astro-physics. And in recent weeks, the Labastida campaign has, to say the least, struggled.

After Labastida's poor performance in the first presidential debate, Moctezuma -- the key operative of the liberal wing of the PRI -- was purged. And Labastida brought back "the dinosaurs" like Bartlett, Carlos Hank and the narco-fixer Emilio Gamboa Patrn.

Thus, here they go again: The July 2nd election in Mexico promises to be fraught with Electoral Fraud. That is: vote-buying, intimidation, false voter credentials, stuffing of ballot boxes and -- Bartlett's specialty since he engineered the fall of the election computer system in 1988 to ensure Carlos Salinas would be declared victor over the people's choice Crdenas -- computer tampering.

Now there are published rumors in Mexico that Greenberg, the pollster, and Carville, the consultant, are out of the campaign along with Moctezuma. Labastida, interestingly, has brought in the favored consultant of Davidow's Pinochet forces in Chile to finish the job.

Not knowing what goes on behind closed doors at the Oval Office, but knowing very well the personalities and the dynamics between them, my theory is that Clinton convinced Carville to take on Labastida as client with the usual ruse: That his participation would help usher in the "democratization" of Mexico.

The bloom is now off that rose. And Carville must know it. The question is (and knowing the players suggests a clear answer): Has James Carville left the Labastida campaign out of an attack of conscience after realizing just how dirty, undemocratic and stained with narco-money the 2000 Mexican presidential election has become?

The first US political reporter to get a response out of Carville will have an international story on his or her hands.

The questions:

Is Carville still a consultant to Labastida?

And if not, why did he leave?

And on a personal note to James: That which doesn't kill us makes us stronger. We can all learn lessons from these experiences, no? If you want to take the iniciative to explain what happened between the Labastida campaign and you in your own words, I offer you every opportunity to speak, unedited and uncensored, here on The Narco News Bulletin.

from somewhere in a country called Amrica,

on this 16th memorial of the assassination of Manuel Buenda,



Here it is... for your information and hopefully your own investigations:


Magda Hassan
04-18-2009, 10:41 AM
Why were you warned Tosh? And who warned you?

David Guyatt
04-22-2009, 10:30 AM
Why were you warned Tosh? And who warned you?

Tosh has chosen not to repond and I suspect he has his reasons for this. My guess is that it's very close to the statement that:

Are U.S. officials and political consultants participating in the cover-up?.

My my, surely not. Perfidy in the Clinton Administration.

Linda Minor
04-22-2009, 02:28 PM
Tosh posted a timeline of his activities at Education Forum in Jan. 2006:


I enlisted and was assigned to military specialized operations at Fort Bliss, Texas in April of 1954.(RA18389060; Recon Training Command, RTC-D8)

I was associated with various Military Intelligence units of the Fourth Army based at Fort Bliss, Texas, and also the Fourth Army Reserve, located at Dallas Love Field, Dallas Texas. This service period was in the early to mid fifties and into the early sixties.

Approximately 1962 through 1963, I was assigned to Task Force W Section- C-7 tab B and D know as the Cuban Project which operated at the time from the JM/WAVE station attached to Miami, Florida's 'Cuba Desk' of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

I operated as a contract "Undercover pilot" and also, at times, I was assigned to specialized Cuban operations of the CIA's "Covert Action Group" (CAG) I was engaged in many secret operations through out the early sixties.
Some years later, after brief retirement, known by some as the forum as 'The Farm'. I reactivated myself and became attached as an undercover operative and contract pilot for the federal government during President Reagan's "Drug War". (1979-86)

I was attached to a secret team known as 'America-Mexico Special Operations Group' ("AMSOG"), HQ'ed Panama Southern Command. I was also a pilot and associated with the Contra Resupply Network.

I have testified four times in close door session, to various Senate and congressional investigative committees (Director FBI 1964; J Hoover; Senator Church, 1976-75; closed-door testimony, classified TS; to Congressmen Tom Downing's investigators, before the HSCA was formed; (1975) to Senator John Kerry's Committee of 1988-91 Senate Foreign Relations Committee twice, August 2, 1991 & May 7-15, 1992 also classified " "TS Committee Sensitive" and the "Tri-State Drug Task Force", (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico) chaired by Arizona Governor, Bruce Babbitt.

The cover operation contact cut out was the Phoenix Organized Crime Div. Phoenix AZ,1975-86. I worked with Senator Gary Hart and his security adviser Bill Holden, on previous intelligence matters with the NSC and the drug war with Colombia and Costa Rica. I worked UC operations with KiKi Camarena and his pilot, before they were murdered and I was a Military/DEA contract pilot, attached to Panama and Colombia, Costa Rica Investigative Task Force on Narcotics.

I have a secret classified file as defined within the National Security statutes under the name of William Robert (Tosh) Plumlee aka William H "Buck" Pearson code named "Zapata", Miami Cuba Desk, 1960-63 MI/CIA OMC-TFW7; Section C (locate Tab B & D) classified information; portions declassified Aug 1998. Associated with Operation 40 connected to the NSC and the "White House Situations Rooms briefings. I was a contract operative for the CIA, associated with Tracy Barnes, Wild Bill Harvey, Frank Bender, John Martino and many others. All my previous testimony concerning government investigations has been under oath.
William R. Plumlee

Tosh Plumlee
04-22-2009, 03:10 PM
I wanted to post some thing in answer to David question of why I did not respond to Magda question "Who warned you tosh" I had answered it on another thread:

".... You have forwarded some of the material which I have posted on this forum and in your words you were told, all kinds of shit hit the fan, or to something to that effect. Have you wondered why that was said instead of thats all bullshit They know and the good journalist who really want to do their job in a professional manner are blocked by the powers that be, which are imbedded within their organizations and the most senior levels. If these dedicated people push too hard then they are pushed out the door or character assassinated and their careers destroyed

posted in another location don't remember where

You asked me, after reading one of my post: who warned you Tosh?

I too was warned the other day by mail after I sent some of my findings on the border war down here in New Mexico to a Washington DC paper and a NY paper; Although the reply was not from either of these papers someone evidently read some of the material and took it upon their self to sent the letter from San Diego.

Mr. Plumlee, I think it would be best if you did not make references to classified information in your material. This could cause you to have some concerns for legal matters and perhaps your safety or perhaps even the well being to your family

Now I know how this game is played. If there was bodily harm meant for me by those powers that be, then I would never know it. It would just happen. It was the hope that I would run with it in a paranoid state and make myself look like a fool. I have made that mistake in the past.

That was the reason I put that little disclaimer on the bottom of the post to this forum. I too, can send messages and I know what is being monitored on these forums in that respect I am perhaps using this forum for my own ends.

None the less, it is the information that I am trying to get into the mainstream. Like;

You cant get Anti- Aircraft weapons, or Stinger missiles, or grenade launchers across the Mexican border going south in the back of a pickup truck or the backseat of a Honda, without raising a few eyebrows at the border crossing.

Sounded like I sliped the question because of some kind of fear... I wanted to post this before I left for Mexico... but can't... take care friend Tosh

Linda Minor
04-22-2009, 04:05 PM
After the release by Oliver Stone of his movie "JFK," Tosh Plumlee began to reevaluate the role he had in Dallas in 1963. He was interviewed in 1992, and a transcript is posted at Wim Dankabaar's website http://www.jfkmurdersolved.com/toshfiles.htm

...For a collection of documents on Tosh Plumlee click here (http://toshplumlee.info/)

I have corrected some of the spelling and grammar errors appearing in the Transcript posted here:
Q: Tosh, how do you make your living, what kind of occupation are you in?
A: I'm a pilot, commercial pilot.
Q: When did you first become a pilot?
A: I started in 1956. I was an aircraft mechanic prior to going in and getting my license.
Q: And, you've been flying for a living ever since?
A: Off and on and also doing other jobs in those lean, lean years so to speak.
Q: In your times as a pilot, have you ever been associated with or worked with the CIA?
A: Yes I have.
Q: What was the first time?
A: The first time was 1956 and the first time I became involved, connected with the CIA, through, out of, military intelligence, was the M-267 and that was a gun running supply operation to supply guns and ammunition to the students at the University of Havana inside Cuba. This was pro-Castro days. This was before Castro came into power. And, that was the beginning.
Q: Have you worked with the CIA since that time?
A: Yes, I've worked with the CIA.
Q: On just another occasion or many occasions?
A: On many occasions.
Q: Over a period of how many years?
A: Off and on, over a period of 30 years.
Q: Have you ever met, in your lifetime, a person named John Roselli?
A: Yes, I knew John Roselli rather well.
Q: When did you first meet him?
A: I met Roselli in about 1960, last part of '60, first part of '61. And, this was at Biscayne Park, we'd just came from a meeting place called Sloppy Joe's on Flagler Street in Miami. And, Johnny, John Farentello was there, the person that introduced me to John Roselli.
Q: Have you ever had an occasion to fly in an airplane or to fly John Roselli?
A: I've flown John Roselli, I would say, perhaps more than 6 or 7 different occasions. These were to islands, well not islands, but to the Marathon Key in Florida, Bimini, once to Havana, one other time from Houston to Galveston to see about getting a raider ship which was going to O'Rourke's operation, and another time from Salt Lake City to Thunderbird Inn in Las Vegas, and then from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara, California. And, that particular transition of flights was 1963.
Q: On those occasions, did you get to know John Roselli personally?
A: Yes, I knew John Roselli personally.
Q: Where were you on November 22, 1963?
A: I was observing the attempt on Kennedy's life. I was at Dealey Plaza on the South Knoll.
Q: Did you have occasion on that day [Friday November 22] to see John Roselli?
A: Yes, I did. I saw John Roselli. John Roselli was on board the flight coming out of Houston. We had taken a flight out of Tampa, Florida and went through New Orleans, New Orleans to Houston and Roselli had boarded the flight at Tampa, Florida, and he was staying at the Congress Inn the night before he boarded the flight. Our team flew out of West Palm Beach, a place called Lantana, and to Tampa and then Roselli and a couple of other people got on board in Tampa. We flew to New Orleans where two people got off, three other people got on, Roselli stayed on board. We flew to Houston and then the next morning [the 22nd?], we had some weather, and we left for Dallas, and we had to...we were heading for Thunderbird, I mean for Redbird Airport, and we had to make a stop a Dallas/Garland because of weather. We did not have an IFR flight plan filed at that point. We did not want to file a flight plan. The impression I was under at that time is we were flying a team into Dallas to abort the assassination and John Roselli was on board that flight as well as a couple of other Cubans and people that were connected with organized crime in New Orleans.
Q: Did this flight have any association with the CIA or do you know?
A: No, well, the CIA acted as support. Our flight was a military intelligence flight. How this flight originated was a few months prior to the Kennedy matter, there was a couple of Cubans that was CIA operations (Jim Wade) was to fire a bazooka on Castro in the Palace. That was aborted and then these same Cubans came back into Southern Florida, this was around the 15th/16th of November, and they were going to attempt to fire the bazooka on Air Force One which was parked at West Palm Beach at that particular time, November 17th, and as a result of that information coming out, that team, those Cubans, were picked up and from the interrogation of those Cubans that was the beginning of finding out about an attempt on Kennedy's life.
Q: On the morning of November 22, 1963, did the flight that arrived in Garland, Texas, just outside of Dallas, have anything to do with the CIA?
A: The CIA was....yes it did, the CIA was our support people. We were military intelligence. The CIA was running support and coordinating certain flights, making different arrangements, or necessary arrangements, for us.
Q: What happened when the flight arrived in Garland, did anyone get off or did anyone get on?
A: There was 3 people got off in Garland and they were picked up about 30 minutes after we arrived there, by car. Then we took the aircraft and jumped over to Redbird Airport after the weather had cleared for us to be able to get in there VFR.
Q: Then what happened at Redbird Airport in Dallas, Texas?
A: We went to the "safe" house over by Oak Cliff Country Club on Bar Harbor Drive, and that was just prior to going down to the Plaza.
Q: Who got off of the airplane at Redbird?
A: Everybody else got off at Redbird. John Roselli got off a t Redbird and everybody went their own way. Where they went, I have no idea, at that point and time I have no idea where they went.
Q: Do you know a person named Charles Nicoletti?
A: I've heard of Charles Nicoletti and I've seen Charles Nicoletti. Yes, I know of him. But, I don't know him personally.
Q: Was Charles Nicoletti on the flight?
A: Charles Nicoletti was not on that flight but Charles Nicoletti was in Dallas.
Q: Did you see Charles Nicoletti in Dallas or how do you know that he was in Dallas?
A: From back from the Church committee years ago. The picture of Nicoletti was shown to me by a member, by investigators of Senator Church, and prior to that I had already pulled Nicoletti's picture out of a lineup of 10 pictures. I did not know his name at that point. On another occasion I saw him at Sloppy Joe's with John Roselli, in Biscayne Park, when they were going over some maps.
Q: How do you know that Charles Nicoletti was in Dallas?
A: Well it's been....well, O.K.. It's been told to me, by Federal Investigators and private investigators, pictures and everything else, that he was there. In fact, it's been alleged that I actually flew him in with John Roselli. Roselli was on board the aircraft Nicoletti was not on board that aircraft. I'd already known pictures of Nicoletti, but I did not know him personally.
Q: After Nicoletti got off the aircraft do you know where he went?
A: I have no....he was not on the aircraft. After John Roselli got off the aircraft, I have no idea where John Roselli went.
Q: Where did you go after you got off the aircraft at Redbird?
A: I went...I was taken over to the "safe house" that was located in Oak Cliff right next to the Country Club on Bar Harbor Drive and that's where we congregated and then from there we went directly, in a car, down to the Plaza and was dropped off. Our objective there on the Plaza was to go in and be spotters, to try to stop cross-triangulation gunfire on an ambush. We had people that filtrated out into the Plaza and the object there was to get next to anyone that possibly could have been a shooter and take 'em out. Now that doesn't mean go shoot 'em and take 'em out that means get next to 'em, stop the timing, do anything you can to eliminate the actual assassination or impending assassination by creating a diversion, bumping shoulders, anything that you could do, if you thought that that was a shooter team. We were under the impression that on a shooter team there would be 3, there would be a spotter, a shooter, and a breakdown man.....So we were looking for 9 people on cross triangulation. We were looking for 3 on the South Knoll, 3 on the upper knoll, and some in the buildings.
The objective was to stop the ambush. We had prior knowledge that the attempt was going to be made. The information that came down earlier that the attempt was going to be made outside the Adolphus Hotel. And for whatever reasons, it was changed at the last minute to the Dealey Plaza. The Dealey Plaza would have been the most logical place to make an ambush style hit on cross-triangulation.
Q: Were you there just as a pilot or were you there as a participant in this operation?
A: I've said I was there as a pilot. I was there as a participant. I was a spotter. We were trying to find out if this was a legit operation, if it was going to be a "hit" and then we would take 'em out.
Q: Where were you standing in Dealey Plaza when the shots were fired?
A: I was over on the South side, directly in line with the light posts. Sergio and I were attempting to evaluate where the most logical place to be to make the "hit". We had just got there to the Plaza and everything was all messed up, timing was off, people were not in....where they were supposed to be, the limited radio contacts that we had were not working. Whether the team that I flew in was a combination of the abort team or the shooter team, I have no way of knowing. It could have been a combination of both or it could have been a complete 100% abort team, I don't know.
Q: Tell me exactly where you were standing in Dealey Plaza.
A: I was standing on the South Knoll up from about 150 feet from, well, wait a minute, about a hundred yards from the triple underpass, somewhere along in there, up on the shoulder of the hill that goes up to the other side.
Q: Tell me exactly where you were standing in Dealey Plaza.
A: I was standing about 150 yards, which would have been east, I guess, of the triple underpass up on the south grassy knoll about 5 feet up on the side of the hill, in line with the light posts that were at the Plaza.
BQ: Excuse me Joe. Could you just have Tosh say that same thing again just including the question you answered? I was standing...
A: I was standing about 150 yards, I think its east of the triple underpass, on the south knoll, about 5 feet up the hill, in line with the light posts.
Q: Can you tell me exactly where you were standing in Dealey Plaza?
A: Yes, I can. We were standing approximately 150 feet east of the triple underpass on the south knoll up on the hill about 5 feet in line with the light posts.
Q: Could you tell how many shots were fired that day?
A: I recall myself, I'd say 4 or 5. That's what I recall. I've heard that there were more, I've heard that there were less.
Q: Could you tell the direction of those shots?
A: I couldn't tell the direction of the shots, but however, but my memory is that I feel a shot went over or head to the left of us. I'm familiar with gunfire. Also, when we left the area, we got a taste of gunpowder when we went over the railroad tracks which would have been south of the north grassy knoll.
Q: After the shots were fired, where did you go?
A: We went over the railroad tracks, slid down the hill, went down the hill, now I'm talking about the south knoll. We had transportation waiting for us which was a, I think it was, a '51 Ford, black '51 Ford. We got in that and we went back to...toward Oak Cliff to the "safe" house but we stopped off at Ed McLemore's Sportatorium and Sergio changed clothes because he'd gotten muddy when he slid down the railroad tracks.
Q: When was the next time...?
A: Let me interject something here. The reason that we left...if we were spotted in the Plaza that particular day, or our whole team was....it would have been a real problem for us because we had prior knowledge that an attempt was going to be made. It was imperative that we get out of the area.
Q: Did you then go back to Redbird Airport?
A: Went back to the "safe" house and then eventually to Redbird and we waited for two other people for about an hour maybe an hour and a half and then we left. And I was under the impression that another aircraft was to take two people to Sheppard Air Force Base just north of Dallas.
Q: Did John Roselli return to Redbird?
A: John Roselli did not return. In fact, he was one of the people that I thought we were waiting for.
Q: What kind of plane were you flying that day?
A: We were flying a DC-3.
Q: Do you remember what runway you landed on at the airport?
A: Well, no. The main runway which was the longest one. I think that is a north/south runway.
Q: Did you land that day to the North or to the South?
A: That day we landed to the North. We'd just...a front had just came through the night before and we had to come in on the backside of that front and wait for weather to clear otherwise if we tried to come in...we'd had to come into Dallas/Love Field if we were doing an IFR approach so we waited at Garland until the weather had broke out and hopped over to Redbird and landed Redbird BFR. I'm pretty sure we landed to the North because of the front that just came through.
Q: What part of the airport at Redbird did you park on?
A: I think there was two hangers there and we parked between those two hangers not far from the fuel dump that was located. There was two other aircraft there and we had to move one aircraft in order to get our DC-3 into this particular parking area. And, one of the ramp people helped us move that aircraft.
Q: Did you take on fuel at Redbird?
A: No, we did not take on fuel.
Q: What time of the day on November 22, 1963 did you land at Redbird?
A: About 9:30, 10:00, maybe right around 11:00 it could have been.
Q: What time did you leave Redbird that day?
A: We left there about...pretty close to 2 o'clock.
Q: And how many passengers were on the plane when you left Redbird?
A: There was Rojas, myself, Sergio, a person by the name of Gator, and two other individuals that I didn't know. I don't know who they were.
Q: Did you ever see John Roselli after that?
A: Ah, sometime..no, as a matter of fact I didn't see Roselli after that. Right after that flight I got back to West Palm Beach and then shortly after that I ended up in Denver, Colorado.
Q: Did you ever have an occasion after that to provide any information to the FBI about John Roselli?
A: Yes, through the Farentello Brothers and through a person by the name of Nick Nicholas. I was told that a hit was going, this was in 1976 a few months, that a friend of mine was gonna be...that a hit was made out on him because of his testimony. I immediately, because the FBI had asked me to do this, I immediately informed the FBI of the information that I had about a pending "hit" being made on John Roselli. Two weeks later John Roselli was found in Biscayne Bay and I immediately contacted the FBI and said "hey this is the individual that we were talking about" and "why wasn't something done"?
Q: Are you aware of any FBI records that give this account of you informing them of the death of John Roselli?
A: Yes, I am. There are numerous...there's over 342 files...ah, pages, pertaining to John Roselli. The FBI 105 file from Phoenix Organized Crime Detail, which I think you have copies of, is one of the files...one of the pages, that I am making reference to.
Q: Who was the one to make the "hit" on John Roselli?
A: I have no idea who "hit" Roselli?
Q: Do you have any idea about any organization that might have been behind it?
A: Well, there's no doubt in my mind that the organized crime...let me put it this way...elements within the organized crimes, I think was responsible for the "hit" on Roselli. The organized crime, quote, quote, per se, I don't think had anything to do at all with killing Roselli.
Q: What kind of elements?
A: Well, as we say in CIA. "There's many, many rogues out there". You have just as many rogues in Mafia. In fact, Roselli himself was very, very keen on Kennedy, he loved that man. That's why I find it difficult to say Roselli was an actual hitter or a shooter. Roselli's liaison...contacts was with CIA, but mostly with military people, some here in the Dallas area...4th Army Reserve out of Love Field, 49th Armored Division, Capt. Edward G. Siwells outfit at 4th Army Reserve. He had known these people. As far as Roselli being connected with the CIA, he had a lot of friends in CIA, military intelligence, and also within the government. Mainly, when they had the party at the Fountainbleu Hotel, the opening of the Fountainbleu Hotel, Sam Giancana, John Roselli, and many, many military intelligence personnel was at that opening so that's the reason that I say these things. Roselli was connected with military intelligence.
Q: Do you remember what airport you landed in in Houston before you went to Dallas on that day?
A: Houston International which was the main airport there. And, I think it was a Hilton Hotel was were the people had stayed. We'd used that airport and the Hilton had just been built and the parking area where we used was on the Trans-Texas side and it was a National Guard. The National Guard was located right next to the Trans-Texas Airlines and they had just received a couple of AT6-Texans which we were training Cubans to fly in the back seat to make transitions to P-51's. That was the earlier stages, around the '60-'61 area.
BQ: This first question is a little strange. You're a very young looking man but you say you've been working since 1956. Do you mind saying how old you are to the camera?
A: I'm 55 years old. I joined the Army underage at 16 years old, or 15 actually. The Army found out about my age and then I was honorably discharged providing I would assign myself to the Texas 49th Armored Division until I turned 17 at which time I would go back into the active service, that did happen, and then I was immediately attached to the 4th Army Reserve Military Intelligence out of Dallas, Texas.
BQ: On these various flights that you mention taking, are there flight logs that exist?
A: There has been a report of a flight plan that was uncovered in 1976 by Thomas Downing and Rick Feeney, I believe, where they allege that they had found the actual flight plan of the Dallas flight. I take exception to this because there was no flight plan filled out or filed on the Dallas flight, from Houston to Dallas. There was no flight plan filed from Tampa to New Orleans. We went open water across ADIZ zone. Then from New Orleans to Houston there was no flight plan. The flight plan that they're making reference to was the flight plan for 6393 Echo out of Thompson Flying Service, Salt Lake City, which was a 172 Cessna which had Roselli's name on it, and also had some other player's names on it, some of them military intelligence, some coded operations that were written. But, this was random writing on the back of a flight plan at that particular time. It was just making notes. I saw that. One investigator tried to tell me that that was the actual flight plan and I said absolutely not.
BQ: You said that you were familiar with gunfire.
A: Yes.
BQ: Why would that be?
A: Well, I've been in a lot of operations. I was in Cuba. I worked with Column 9, Frank Perez's outfit. I worked as a "military advisor" in the early stages of anti-Castro movements with operations like, well, independent operations like Alpha 66 and Omega 7 and others and then I was in Southeast Asia. I'm extremely familiar with gunfire. Lot's of it.
BQ: The people who were on the flight grouping and the people you were on the flight that you left Dallas with, what was the difference in the grouping there?
A: The time that we left Dallas, I felt something was drastically wrong. My pilot, I felt, and still feel all these years, had known more about that operation than what I had known. The flight out of Dallas was one of the strangest flights I've ever been on in my life. It was not a.....it was a team that was in total dejection. I mean we were...we'd...we'd actually, by our own disorganization, we had fouled...we had fouled up. Whether the information and intelligence that we'd got had been tampered with prior to that flight, or on that day, I have no way of knowing. The people that were on flight was very quiet. It was, for everybody that was on board, it seemed to be an extremely sad day. That's why I take issue, if these had been shooters or assassins themselves, I think they would have been very excited because they had carried it off. That's why I take issue with the fact that I....CIA had anything to do with flying an attack team in.
BQ: So, why do you think Roselli didn't go back on the plane with you?
A: I have no idea why he didn't come back. It may have been already planned, everybody had their own agenda. I wouldn't be at that level to know what the actual planning was if it was a military style abort team.
BQ: So, Tosh, you were not the pilot of this plane?
A: I was the co-pilot. Rojas was my pilot and Rojas, Emmanuel Rojas had been active in the Cuban, he'd worked for Cubana Airlines and also Rejana Airlines earlier back in the late 50's and early 60's. He was the son of the Rojas that was with Battista's Secret Police that was executed two days after Castro came into power.
BQ: Who was Sergio?
A: Sergio was a friend of mind. We had been on many missions together. We were on the William Pawley raid to remove Eddie Bayou out of Cuba and also Huesto Carillio and Barkeen, ransom release prisoners that were a friend of Sylvia Odio's grandfather or father. We were sent into Cuba on two separate occasions, one, to remove missile technicians, the defectors out of Cuba, the other one to remove a Cuban prisoner that had been released from the Isles of Pine; on the second occasion an aircraft was supposed to be inside Cuba to fly these people out and it wasn't available or it was pretty well shot up so we were taken out by rubber raft to a boat then eventually back to Marathon Key.
BQ: You mentioned the spotter, the shooter, and a breakdown man. Could you explain to us what those functions are?
A: O.K. In Locksahatchie, where we were being briefed and after we had received the information on what we were going to do, we discussed where to go, how to abort, and what to look for. In doing that, that's where we came up with we would probably be looking for a minimum of 19 or 20 people that would be in that Plaza. This was military operation and if we had reacted to abort this with violence, there would have the damnedest massacre you ever saw in Dealey Plaza. Some it was our instructions to take them out quietly.
BQ: The shooter is obvious, what is the spotter and the breakdown man?
A: The spotter is to make sure the perimeter is secure so the shooter can do his job. The breakdown man is, the shooter will leave immediately, the spotter will make sure the perimeter is secure so that he can get out without being seen, and the breakdown man will immediately break the rifle down and stash it and take it to wherever he was going to take it. This was supposition on our part at that particular time. Crossfire Triangulation is the mark of an ambush. The light poles that I make reference to would be the most logical place to do your sighting and lineup. If anybody knows any Vietnam people here or Vet guys know that a sniper does not move his scope with a moving target.He waits until something comes into the field of view. That was the reason for the lineup of the light posts. If you look at all the shots, exactly where Kennedy was "hit" is directly in triangulation with those light posts. So my feelings at that point, and Sergio's also, was that they needed a reference point to make the "hit". And, the most logical place would be in line with those light posts that go down the Plaza both ways.
BQ: You were standing in line with those light posts?
A: Yeah, just maybe a little bit to the left.
BQ: Tosh, if you could, I'd like for you to take us back to the sequence of events that occurred from the time you arrived in Dealey Plaza until the time you got into the car, everything you can remember, seeing anyone in particular that you know was there, if you could just tell us that story.
A: After we left the "safe" house on Bar Harbor Drive near the Oak Cliff Country Club, we proceeded down to the Plaza area and, I think it's Industrial and where the triple underpass, anyway that's where we were let out and we walked from there underneath the triple underpass to the South grassy knoll. We had other people in the area that were supposed to be securing the south knoll and the other buildings up behind, what's that, the Dal-Tex building or something like that. Sergio and I went to the south knoll and Sergio was looking for the most logical place for a shooter to be which would have been behind the south grassy knoll fence. There was absolutely nothing in that parking lot other than a couple of cars parked. We came on and angled across and down to the area where I make reference to the light posts and that's where we stood, and that's where I personally saw Kennedy's head shatter. I mean, just went. At that point, Sergio turns to me and he says "We f---ed up, let's get the hell out of here", and then so we turned and started up, a little bit on an angle, up that hill toward the fence on the south grassy, yeah, south grassy knoll, stayed along the fence perimeter and went across the railroad tracks, slipped down in the backside of the hill there near the railroad tracks, and our man was out in that, at that point I think there was a vacant field like a parking lot out there which was right next to Industrial Blvd., is that the name, I can't remember the name of the street, and that's where we were picked up and then we made a, I think we made a U-turn 'cause there was traffic backed up there, and we went back out Katy's or toward Ed McLemore's Sportatorium where we stopped in the parking lot at Ed McLemore's and the driver had an extra change of clothes for both of us. I did not change clothes but Sergio did change clothes 'cause he was pretty muddy; in other words he hit the railroad tracks, tripped over the railroad tracks, fell down the backside of the hill and rolled a little bit and he was pretty much of a muddy mess. So then we got out that way. Went back to the Bar Harbor "safe" house and then was transported over to Redbird for the flight out.
BQ: Thank you. Did you see Roselli in Dealey Plaza that day?
A: No, I did not.
BQ: Did you see anything from the 6th floor window?
A: Nothing that would look suspicious to me, however, the most significant thing that I remember, we were looking for a diversion. It would be logical for a team to set up a diversion to focus in that direction while something was going on in this direction. I remember an incident where people congregated right out in front of the Texas School Book Depository and I'd heard the sound of ambulances and this so we thought that that could be the first sign of a diversion so instead of going toward the sound and going toward the people, Sergio and I went back up to the knoll there to check the parking lot. We thought at that point if a shooter was getting in place, he would be getting in place now because we were probably, at that point, 5-10 minutes before the motorcade would be coming down.
BQ: Did you see any smoke or anything coming from the grassy knoll?
A: No, I didn't see any smoke or anything like that. I smelt smoke as we went over the railroads, just prior to the railroad tracks.
BQ: How many people were in that car that picked you up?
A: There were just one driver.
BQ: Just you and Sergio got in?
A: Sergio, myself, and the driver.
BQ: Why do you think they picked a '51 Ford?
A: I don't know if they picked a '51 Ford or if it was a car that was available. There was an older car but we've used a lot of older cars, you know. My feeling is that it was someone local around there and that it was their automobile.
BQ: Do you have any feeling that Roselli was involved in the shooting?
A: Well, I've got mixed feelings on that. Personally, from my background, going back to the '60's with Roselli, the things we were involved with in Cuba and gun running operations out of LaBarr Ranch in Louisiana and Bayou Boeuf and Morgan City, the times we went into Havana and the people he knew in Havana, my feelings is that Roselli was gathering intelligence for military operations. I do not feel that Roselli was the assassin.
BQ: Why do think he was killed?
A: Mainly, because he was getting ready to testify and we have to understand that the Kennedy assassination was one of many, many black-op operations that was going on at that particular time and Roselli was up to his neck in making liaison with the members of organized crime for, not necessarily, well for elements within CIA and military Intelligence. The whole Castro assassination plot, from the JM Wave, and mongoose, and all that, Roselli was aware of what was going on on those particular things because in some cases the shooters and people that were involved in those things, particularly Trujillo, came out of organized crime. I don't say that families of organized crime conspired and sent these people in. These people had tremendous contacts with military intelligence even to the point to where, in some cases, that operatives would be referring to some people as "Colonels" and things like that, that were actually organized crime. Charlie, "the blade", had good liaison, in the early days of Cuba, of setting up a gun operation, the LaBarr training camp, the Morgan City operation, the West Coast Thunderbird Inn operation, the Farentello Brothers. All these people were not military intelligence but they had tremendous contact with CIA personnel and military intelligence people. It would be, at that point and time, to our benefit to have these people feeding us information about what organized crime members were doing. In the early stages of the Kennedy assassination, there were many, many, many reports that Kennedy was going to be "hit" and many, many reports that Kennedy was going to be "hit" by organized crime so this was all investigated. That's why I don't feel that any direct involvement on a high level from our government was involved in the Kennedy assassination but I certainly believe that there were certainly rogues within CIA, rogues within military intelligence, rogues within Mafia, and rogues within high-ups in the National Security Council that was certainly aware that an attempt was gonna be made. The mechanics of the attempt, I don't think that they were aware and I think that they launched an extensive intelligence gathering investigation to find out if the rumors that were circulating around Southern Florida were true, that Kennedy was going to be "hit", first in Austin, Texas, later in some other area, no, West Palm Beach and then Austin, Texas then it turned out to be Dallas.
BQ: Just gonna ask you two or three more questions. Could you explain to the layman, like myself, how the CIA would go about hiring a team like yours in this kind of situation?
A: Well, they would never do it direct for one thing. It would be done through intermediaries. And then it would be like what I call the "good ol' boy" network. One guy knows this guy, this guy knows this guy, eventually this guy's tied in with this guy and then he comes up and gets busted and then immediately hollers "I work for the CIA". Does that answer your question?
BQ: Ah, yeah, I guess what I'm saying is that I think it would be surprising to a layman that the CIA would, how can I put this, that the CIA would hire a group like yours knowing that there was an assassination attempt coming and that they would use a team like yours to thwart the assassination, can you explain the thinking behind that?
A: Well, number one, the CIA would have absolutely nothing to do with the actual planning because their position at that point was to gather intelligence and assimilate that to the proper people. In our particular case, that intelligence would be passed back to military intelligence operatives so CIA would be acting as a support level for our particular operations. As far as the CIA being involved in the planning stages as a upper level agency, I find that very difficult to believe because the method of operation on recruiting agents and operatives or recruiting operatives doesn't work that way. The CIA would gather this information, assimilate it, decipher it, and then pass it back to appropriate authorities, in this case, I would say it would be military intelligence even though some of the information had come from operatives in military ranks which were involved in Mafia.
BQ: Has it ever crossed your mind that there could have been, I don't know how to put this, let me rephrase it, has it crossed your mind that they could have told you you were there for one purpose but actually you might have been there for the opposite purpose?
A: Yes, that's crossed my mind many times, that when we say the anonymous "they", they could have told us anything, but the people that would be "they" would be special interest groups within the agency, in my opinion.
BQ: So, could you just take that scenario of what that might have been, you know, what you might have been thinking over the years as you look back on this for a possibility?
A: The possibility would be, I'd go back all the way back to William Bill Harvey, old Wild Bill, and his operations and coming out of the OSS and the beginning of the "good ol' boy" network and the formation of the CIA. The CIA at that point was pretty well closely related. Everybody sort of knew everybody. Everybody knew what teams that other members had been on, even back in Germany's days when Colby was with the OSS, so we had a family. And then when the Cuban matter came, because of intelligence gathering in the vast network of the Cuban community, it was imperative that the CIA recruit those people that knew something and knew how to make the contacts and the roadways into the Cuban community in order to, which these people could be used to implement a form of foreign policy. Am I answering your question or am I rambling?
BQ: No, but that's all right. This is difficult, but what I"m saying is that somewhere in this last 29 years, if it's crossed your mind maybe if they told you you were going in to thwart the assassination, but actually you were there to be part of the assassination, if you could articulate that....
A: Yes, this question has come up a lot. Maybe a part of the team could have been an actual "hit" team. But, if we go back to "they", when we say "they", CIA implemented that "hit" team, I say CIA as an agency did not implement that "hit" team" but perhaps as we call them now, rogues, or special interest groups within the agency because of the "good ol' boy" network could have certainly been involved in an operation to assassinate the President. Maybe I'm not making myself clear on this. For instance, like we all work for a particular company. Some of us are loyal and some of us aren't. It takes time to spot those people. If a guy's got a particular tremendous asset, then he'll be utilized.
As soon as he breaches that asset he'll be eliminated. I mean as soon as he no longer becomes an asset, he'll be eliminated. I guess what I'm saying in answer to your question that I believe that within the agency itself and the vast Cuban network that was recruited for covert operations at that time, that became the nuclei that led up to the Kennedy assassination and not from the White House, even though they may have had prior knowledge and may have had motives, and not from the CIA, and definitely not from the military intelligence community as a whole. But, people within that operation and those operations could certainly have conspired, aligned themselves, because of all the gun running that was going on, because of all the "dirty tricks" that were being pulled in many, many hot spots of the World, including the Dominican Republic at that time, I definitely believe that rogue operatives within the agency orchestrated the whole events that we are now getting into, in my opinion.
BQ: Is there anybody on your team that you think may have been shooters?
A: Perhaps the 3 people that I couldn't ever get a handle on exactly where they come from. When you're in an operation like that and you have a little bit of discussion, usually you can get a pretty good feeling from where individuals on a team come from. I mean you've either run across 'em some place or you know of their particular operation even though you won't know the specifics of that operation. In this particular case there were three people on board that I could not get a handle on.
BQ: You said that you once saw Nicoletti and Roselli together looking over maps. Can you tell us what those maps where?
A: Those maps were pertaining to a gun running operation that was gonna be set up in the Bahamas on a place called Cat Cay, I believe it was, it was known as a staging area. The gentleman that Roselli was talking with had connections with the maritime arm of operations in Cuba which the old raider ship Rex, [Alex] O'Rourke, some of these operations, Sullivan, I think it was Danny Sullivan, Jim Buchanan and all these. These were the ships, the raider ship known as the Rex, the Violent 3, the Windjammer and the Thor were all raider ships that were sent to carry out sabotage missions through the Florida Straits into Cuba and into other areas including the Dominican Republic.
BQ: The general "they" that we've been talking about, can you be specific as to who gave you your instructions for November 22, 1963?
A: Yes, my handler at that point was a person by the name of Bob Bennett. The people that would be CIA direct liaison aliases names, Bill Rogers, Rex Beardsley, Bob Bennett, and Larry Allen. And a guy by the name of Johnny Smith, which was actually John Roselli, those are found in the 105 files.
BQ: You said Roselli was one of the people you got your instructions from, correct?
A: Not on that particular day, not Roselli. That particular day my instructions came through Locksahatchie through Robert Bennett and also Rex Beardsley, I believe it was.
BQ: But Roselli was a key figure and someone you did get instructions from?
A: Well, Roselli's name was mentioned that day that he would be picked up at Tampa airport and he was staying at the Congress Inn so I guess as far as that particular mission the first time I heard Roselli's name was through Bob Bennett who instructed me and Sergio and Rojas. Rojas came from Miami to Lantana and we came from Locksahatchie to Lantana but I was already instructed through Bennett that we were to pick up John Roselli, and he was referred to as the Colonel, and I knew who that was because I had already had previous contact on many, many occasions with Johnny Roselli.
BQ: Did you find it odd at all that you had many, many contacts with him prior to November 22 and none after?
A: Well, after then we get into my personal story of what happened to me on the aftermath. As the record shows, I was in lockup shortly after that, two weeks before the Warren Commission convened, and I was released from lockup one month after the Warren Commission was over.
BQ: Can you say why you were in lockup?
A: Yes, I was extradited from Florida on a $50 no-account check in Denver, Colorado which had been dismissed. But that was agreed to. In other words, I was instructed to ride it out. A lot of people say I was taken away for my own protection, some people say I was double crossed. I have no firm opinion on that.
VQ: Tosh, did any of your team which you flew in fire any questions at JFK?
A: Not to my knowledge. I doubt that very seriously. My team that I flew in, and I'm gonna stand behind the abort theory. Right now, I'm fully aware that it is a story but I do know that in time, a very short time, it will be confirmed.
VQ: Did they fire any shots at anybody?
A: They fired absolutely...well, I can't speak for the whole team. I can only speak for Sergio and myself and a couple of others that were there that I know did not fire any shots. Now, the people that left New Orleans and came up, the people that left Garland and went out, I'm not sure, they could have been getting set up, They could have fired. There was no doubt in my mind that it was an abort mission but the people that got off at Garland, the 3 people, could have been, I have to be fair with myself, they could have been shooters because I did not have a handle on those people.
BQ: Do you know the names of those people?
A: No...well, I know some operative names but that wouldn't, you know, these names have been batted around so much over the years since the Church Committee and the JM Wave AmLash operations that I'm extremely confused on who's on first, and who's on second and who's on third. Names mean absolutely nothing and when you get into the research community, we can't seem to get this through to the research community, that if you're gonna go on a military operation the first objective is to protect that operation so you're not going in with I.D. Even the tatoos that I have on that operation, I got myself in tremendous amount of trouble because I tattooed my arm so we go to great pains to make sure that we protect those operations.
Q: Tosh, did you know Lee Harvey Oswald?
A: Yes, I knew Lee Harvey Oswald.
Q: Where did you first meet him?
A: I first met Lee Harvey Oswald at a secret base called Illusionary Warfare Training at Nagshead, North Carolina in 1959 prior to him going to language school and going to Russia.
Q; Did you just meet him or did you get to know him?
A: I got to...well, I just met him and remembered him....At the time that I met him in '59 he was a Marine, we were all in Illusionary Warfare Training, or something...propaganda stuff, and he was there and he was doing language study at that particular point. I didn't recognize him as anybody them other than just another black operative.
Q: Did you ever see him after that?
A: Yes, one time in Honolulu with another guy at a radar installation and that was about....oh I guess shortly after that...shortly after Nagshead... my dates may be wrong. It could have been '58 or '59 right around that area.
Q: Were there other occasions when you saw him?
A: Well, the one at the radar complex there on either Ohau or...I can't remember exactly where it was. But he was there at that time and I saw him briefly at Wheeler Air Force Base there at there at Oahu outside Honolulu and he was getting ready to leave an go to Dal...the whole group was getting ready to leave and we had been just completing jungle warfare training.
Q: Did you ever see him again after that?
A: Yes, in '62 when I came back into Dallas area, that, through the Dallas Cubans over on, not Harlandale Street, but there was a "safe" house here in Dallas, Oak Cliff, two of 'em. There was a small two bedroom frame type house that was located in Oak Cliff not far from the zoo where the old inner urban track used to go through, I mean there's a highline down through there now, at that place and then I think it was Zang's Blvd. there used to be "safe" house there that was run by Hernandez out of Miami that had connections with Alpha 66 at one point that he up a "safe" house for Dallas Cubans that were filtrating out of the Miami area. Oswald, from those two "safe" houses, I went to another "safe" house and that "safe" house was directly behind where Oswald had rented a room, in the alley, and I carved my initials on the draining board up there at that time and that was a gun running operation and Oswald was renting the front house. I saw him there briefly but did not talk to him.
Q: Is that the house he lived in when the assassination occurred?
A: I'm not sure of the dates. Researchers would have to get the dates but this was just prior.. I had just come in from flying Roselli and John Martino from Houston to Galveston and my next trip was from Houston back to Dallas so that would have been around June of '63, or no...before June...it would have been around April or May of '63.
Q: Did you know Roscoe White?
A: Roscoe White was at the radar complex and jungle warfare training in Honolulu and that's where I first met him. When I say met him...I would have never, never have picked Roscoe White and my feelings, it's a tragedy of what happened to Roscoe White's life. He was an operative. He was military intelligence. Basically, I think he was a good man. This other investigation a few years ago that came out...that however that went...the sensationalism of that was done very poorly because what it has done nowadays has totally discredited Roscoe White as being a military operative. The fact that Oswald and Roscoe White, the radar complex, and jungle warfare training, and Nagshead, North Carolina and all these things......
Q: When was the last time you saw Roscoe White?
A: The last time I saw Roscoe White was over in Honolulu and that was about '59. I had no liaison with White, you know, after that. I wasn't even aware that he was possibly in the Plaza until some researchers indicated that to me by pictures and I identified him as working at the radar complex from pictures that researchers had shown me stating he was in Dallas.
Q: Are you saying that you saw Roscoe White and Lee Harvey Oswald together?
A: Not together, at the same place and the same time. There was a ship that went over with White and a bunch of Marines and I can't remember the name of that particular ship, and I think that Oswald was on board that ship.
Q: Do you think or do you know?
A: Well, I've been told that he was and it confirmed a rumor that I had heard from Bernard Fensterwald some years later.
Q: Have you ever in your lifetime found out that a person was a desperate criminal when you thought maybe they would have been a deacon maybe in a Baptist Church? You were not correct in what you believed about them?
A: Yes, including myself. I'm a Mormon Elder in the Mormon Church, extremely active in the '70's. So the illusions that we set up on ourselves, especially in view of the Kennedy assassination, I wouldn't be surprised... you could have been there, Joe, for all I know.
Q: Even though you believe that Roselli might not have been involved, is it possible that he could have been involved in the assassination?
A: Oh, it's possible. My feelings are I just don't believe that he was. But, the documents that are being accumulated in the last few years are starting to point in that direction, that he was more involved in the actual attempt then what's been reported. But documents are only as good as what someone...what you want someone to believe and there have been a tremendous amount of planted documents over the years.
BQ: Did you ever see Roselli and Oswald together?
A: No I never saw Roselli and Oswald together.
BQ: Did you ever see Roselli and White together?
A: Not, not, no...not together.
BQ: Sam Giancana?
A: Sam Giancana, Roselli, yes, I saw them together many times in fact one of them was when they opened the Fountainbleu Hotel in Miami. They had a big bash there and I think Frank Sinatra and portions of what they refer to in the circle as the "rat pack" was there. And then a tremendous amount of military were there, retired people, and a lot of CIA people were there for the opening.
VQ: Tosh, In your own words, without me asking you any questions, where were you standing, what did you see, and what happened on November 22, 1963?
A: When we first got here, we were dropped off on the other side of the triple underpass here. We walked through this portal right here and we cut up this area here. The objective here was to check this parking lot, make sure it was secure, make sure that no team could be lingering back there around the cars and stuff and come up to the fence later. Sergio and I felt that this area was secure. We knew that we had other team members over here in this other area and we assumed that that area was also secure. We also had a team or team members that was supposed to be securing the Records Building rooftops and the County Jail rooftops. At that point and time, it didn't dawn on me or it didn't dawn on Sergio to even consider the Texas School Book Depository. Our objective was to try to find a military style type ambush which would have been cross triangulation for a shot. We, at this point, came down and at that time the motorcade was about turning or maybe halfway between the City Jail...or the County Jail...and the turnoff, right through there. Sergio and I came over here, looked at these light posts here and decided, o.k. if we had a shooter, more than likely he would be right along in here using the left or the right side of these posts as a reference point for timing or whatever. We felt this area was really secure. We walked down about right along in here and then we observed the rest of the motorcade as it came around. At this point, we noticed, I think I was standing about like this or maybe back a little bit, and we noticed a lot of commotion as it started coming into view and then the shots came out and that's when all hell broke loose. At this point right here, I remember seeing Kennedy's head going way back like that. Sergio turned to me and he said "Oh my gosh, we f---ed up, Let's get the hell out of here". So, at this point, I turned like this and then made a step to come up and around. Sergio was about right along here. We went up here. There was a gentleman down here in a parked car...a truck...as we got to about this area, he hollered something to Sergio...Sergio was maybe a little bit down..he says "It looks real bad". Then we continued to proceed up through this way just casually walking like we were going to go back over where the crowd... The crowd was congregating going to that section right there. There was a few congregated up there at the deal. I looked back once or twice in time to see the limousine go under the triple underpass which we were about, at that point, probably right along here. We continued on over here. This picket fence was up. There was a little opening right through here. We went through this area, across the railroad tracks, slid down the hill to our waiting automobile, which was in this lower parking lot at that particular time. We got in the car. This new freeway wasn't there at that point like that. And then went a u-turn, went up to that red light, went left down here to Ed McLemore's Sportatorium where Sergio changed clothes. I didn't change clothes and then from the Sportatorium we went to the "safe house" over by Redbird Airport in Oak Cliff, next to the Country Club and that's how we got out of the Plaza that day. We did not continue to even look back over this way. At that point and time we both felt that it was imperative that we get out of the area due to the fact that if we were picked up there we had absolutely no cover story of why we were in the area, and the fact that we had military and CIA contacts and liaison, coordination with them. It would have been a very hard one to explain why two operatives were caught on the south knoll if there was more than one shot fired. At that point, we thought there was a battery of shots coming from up here and on out. Now later, when we got back to Redbird, Sergio and I sort of debriefed ourselves and we both felt....that back here in this area right through here, approximately right along in here...that a shooter probably shot through here because we were about 25-30 feet to the right and we both felt that a shot went to our left and up above our head. When we got to this point right here we did smell gunsmoke. We felt that maybe that gunsmoke had drifted, because of the North wind, across here from the time span it took us to get from the light post to this intersection right here, we definitely picked up a good solid smell of gunpowder. Now it could either have been a shooter standing here that we had missed that may have been in the parking lot concealed in a car, I don't rule out John Roselli could have been involved as a spotter...the theory of the "abort" end of it could have been a mixed jumble of communication or information to us so that we would happily go on this particular mission thinking we were aborting an attempt on the assassination. At that point, we decided that the best thing to do was to just stay quiet about it and let the investigators do their work. Also in any operation, military or otherwise...CIA, the first thing to do is to protect the operation at all cost. At that point and time that was exactly what we felt that we were doing. We felt that we went in, Sergio and I at least felt, that we went in to abort or with a team to abort. However, with a view of the fact of the people that was on that aircraft, and the contact that I'd had with organized crime in Miami and Nevada, and the people that were on board that aircraft at that time, I don't rule out the possibility that we could have possibly flown the attack team in. Over the years, I've tried to sidestep that issue or haven't come forward and come out too public about that, and I thought I'd let the investigators which, obviously, nowadays they have done some fantastic work.
BQ: Again, I'd like to ask you, who was on the plane that you were a co-pilot on, that landed in Dallas?
A: O.K., the personnel on the plane was Sergio, who I'd been in other operations with back in the early 60's and late 50's; Rojas, Emmanuel Rojas, who was my pilot, I was acting as co-pilot; John Roselli, and we all had code names that we had assigned to ourselves like eagle, raven, hawk, and this type thing. These were the people who were on the aircraft.
BQ: You're aware that there is one school of thought that placed Charles Nicoletti on that airplane?
A: Yes, I am aware that it's said that Charles Nicoletti was on board the aircraft. In the early stages of the investigation that I came in with, I had picked out a picture of Nicoletti when I was shown 10 pictures by a Senate investigator. Then later, the story came back to me that Nicoletti was in town because he picked up John Roselli at Redbird Airport and then at that point I lost contact with all of them.
BQ: Did you see Nicoletti pick up Roselli?
A: No, I didn't see Nicoletti pick up Roselli, but because of the liaison that we had had and the discussion that was on board the aircraft, there was no doubt in my mind that Nicoletti was the person that John Roselli was referring to to meet in Dallas on that particular morning.
BQ: Could you give us a little glimpse of that conversation, the propensity of that?
A: Well, it goes back to about April of '63, when Nicoletti, and the Thunderbird Inn in Vegas, and a money transaction to purchase aircraft.....
BQ: Let me ask you that question again. What did you hear on the airplane that convinced you that Nicoletti would be meeting Roselli in Dallas?
A: It was the things that John Roselli had said about people that he was going to be meeting in this town which immediately made me think of the individual that I had in mind which later turned out to be identified as Nicoletti. The pickup, the transportation mode, the fact that I knew of the liaison contact between John Roselli and Nicoletti because of the previous flights that we had made back in April with John Martino and it was my opinion that the party that John Roselli would be meeting in Dallas that day was Charles Nicoletti.
BQ: Was there a code that you had heard in the past that you heard that day?
A: There was a code name by the name of "Raven" which other investigators later tried to tell me was Lee Harvey Oswald, but I don't buy that. I'd buy that the code name given out as "Raven" was Nicoletti.
BQ: You knew in the past that Roselli had referred to Nicoletti as "Raven"?
A: Yes, in the past John Roselli had referred to Nicoletti as "Raven". One specific incident was a gun running operation out of Cat Cay, at Biscayne Bay, at Sloppy Joe's when maps were exchanged and Nicoletti was responsible for getting.....I'm sorry.....John Roselli was responsible for getting the maps to the place in Bimini which was a "safe haven" to Nicoletti. At that point in time, I was under the impression that there was a hit coming up someplace but I did not know, I was not at the level, to know that intimate planning. The meetings and the fact that Johnny Roselli had tremendous liaison with Charles Nicoletti dating all the way back to Arizona at the Caravan Inn, the Thunderbird Inn in Nevada, Burbank, California and Santa Barbara. These were people I had flown earlier. Roselli was one of them. Like I said, Nicoletti's picture was shown to me but I did not identify him as Nicoletti. I identified him under an operative name with the code name "Raven" at that point. It was only some years later that one of the investigators on the Senate staff come back and said "Nicoletti was on board your aircraft" and I made the statement to him at that point and time that "No, Nicoletti was in Dallas and picked Roselli up. I think you have your names transposed of Roselli and Nicoletti on who was on that flight."
BQ: So the modus operandi on the flight into Dallas matched the same m.o. every time that Roselli was to meet Nicoletti?
A: The M.O., the method of operation, was the same each time that John Roselli and Nicoletti met whether it be at Biscayne Bay, or whether Marathon Key, or whether it be at LeBarr Ranch in New Orleans or whether it be with the old gun running operation out of Midland...Midlothian, Texas, I think it was. So these were the areas where John Roselli and Charles Nicoletti had previous contact. At that time, my point of view, there was no doubt in my mind that Nicoletti was here to pick up Roselli and the others with the cartons that came on board the aircraft to go out to wherever they were going to go and then we came over to Redbird.
BQ: You were present all those other times that you just named?
A: Yes, the times that I just referred to, I was present because I was the pilot that had flown these people in to these particular meetings at Caravan Inn which the 105 documents make reference to.
BQ: So you would have no reason in the world to suspect that there would be a new "Raven" or that Roselli was not meeting Nicoletti based on the five or six separate times.
A: No, I would have no reason. In fact, with Charles...Roselli, the liaison that Roselli had with Nicoletti and other...like Charlie "The Blade" or Farentino, which was maybe Frank Sturgis or whoever, I would have no reason to doubt that Nicoletti was the pickup man. Now maybe, I'm getting into opinions now, I think that Roselii was carrying the instructions for Nicoletti. Now, whether Nicoletti was the shooter or a member of the abort team, I don't know. Over the years, it's hard for me to accept the fact that I was told "abort" and might have played a major, major role in actually bringing the team into Dallas on that day.
BQ: How would you feel about that personally if that turns out to be the case?
A: I would feel I've been double-crossed. If that was the case. All the evidence is pointing to the fact that, or pointing, not necessarily a fact, or pointing to that we flew the attack team in. The documents that are being uncovered nowadays is indicating more in that direction than the documents that we had 10 years ago that would indicate more into a military abort team.
BQ: How did you feel about JFK personally?
A: I loved the man. I never had any qualms with the administration. Back in those particular days when we were doing those "ops" it was a very honorable thing to be part of a "black" crew and a military intelligence because I guess we were young and impressionable, if you want to call it that.
BQ: So can you give me your thoughts when you do reflect on this and you figure the possibility that it was a double cross that you might have been, unwittingly, responsible for the assassination of JFK.
A: Unwittingly, yes, I would say that. It's beginning to appear to me that in the very early stages of the coming together of this team that we had infiltration into our intelligence network and I think that that's where the pickup and the transition and it would appear that higher-ups in the CIA and military intelligence out of the Pentagon planned the operation. I don't believe that's the case. I believe that our information had been intercepted and as a result of that it was definitely used a cover because of the contacts that these Mafioso's had with military intelligence and the CIA.
BQ: Do you think Sam Giancana enters into this?
A: I think Sam Giancana is a major, major player in this and in fact a bigger player than John Roselli. I think, In fact, I know Sam Giancana knew Charlie Nicoletti extremely well and I think Nicoletti was a hitman for Sam Giancana and others in the Mafia and others in the Mafia at that time, mainly located out of New Orleans, Louisiana, and the old gun running operations that dated back to the '50's.
BQ: What was the "Cuban Peso" operation you mentioned earlier?
A: That was another operation just prior to...we were transporting money for the purchase of...buying military hardware and aircraft and I was given $8,000 to transfer to John Martino in West Palm Beach, which was put into a Greyhound Bus locker. The Cuban Peso deal was s deal where we flew in a PBY, which belonged to Texaco, or registered to Texaco at that time, and we flew boxes of pesos into Cuba to be distributed inside Cuba to undermine the economy. This was not one of my operations, I was only a recruited pilot to fly that operations because the C-46 that they had could not get down into the mountains so we went to a Catalina PBY that was available through Texaco and we dropped the money off in rubber rafts and it was floated to shore.
BQ: Can you just tell me from your own personal experience why you've come to this conclusion why Nicoletti may have been the hitman for Giancana?
A: Well, I have to go back into some real touchy, touchy stuff. Let me see if I can explain it to you in this way. The operations that we were involved with were many, many operations. Assassination attempts, going all the way back to Orbenz in '54, Pinechot in Argentine, the Che Gueverra situation, the prior Cubans. All these things were operating without knowledge of any Federal entity. For instance, we can go into the Kennedy thing and the files are opened, that's not going to prove anything about Kennedy at all. What it will prove is that there were maybe 50-75 "black-ops" going on that involved assassinations all the way from Trujillo down to Arbenz, dissension in the Caribbean, propaganda, dropping leaflets, everything we could do, dirty tricks, as a unit, for the sake of fighting Communism in the Cold War was what we did. So, when we get into the Kennedy documents everybody is looking for a document that is going to be a "smoking gun". The "smoking guns" are going to be the various operations that I played in, Charles Nicoletti played in, John Roselli played in, Sam Giancana played in, and some of the other people that was involved in the Cuban cause in the early days going back to Carlos Prio Socarras, and Myron Coley, I think it is. So, its a continuation of the early-late 50's with Wild Bill Harvey's group that continued to function all the way up to the '60's with many, many operations. The reason that I could circulate within those compartmentalized operations was, in some cases, that other pilots that could not fly those missions, or the plan would be down, or the plane was destroyed by snipers or whatever happened, well, they would go out on the block, recruit another aircraft which would be a completely independent crew of that operation, so therefore I could bounce around and see these people operating in their own environment for a particular mission. Then as a result of that, I began to have a good rapport with members of organized crime, that in return led to me knowing Nicoletti, John Roselli and Sam Giancana, the Fountainbleu Hotel and the military intelligence that operated out of the Fountainbleu and Sloppy Joe's and this type stuff with Roselli. Roselli was refereed to as the "Colonel" by more than one CIA, not operative, but agent. He did have carte blanche to Jim Wave headquarters out of Miami. It was not surprising to me know that we either sanctioned or otherwise was using Mafioso hitmen to carry out foreign policy. But in those days, it did not surprise me because that was the way you fought the cold war and communism. Nowadays it's a little bit different. You can't take today's standards and apply them back then and say why didn't you stop this because it was impossible. The other side of the coin is that I was in my mid-20's in those days and it was a great honor to be selected to go into a military operation to uphold the integrity and this constitution of the United States. Most of the gentlemen that I was connected with were about my age, in the operative level, and we were extremely patriotic. If that's a good word to use nowadays, I'm not sure if that's a good word to use. We felt that is was a tremendous honor to be selected.

Just like Ollie North felt like it was tremendous to come out of the Pentagon and connected with the National Security Council. You have to remember that an operative's first responsibility, at all costs, is to protect that operation. Now if that is an illegal operation, that doesn't matter, it's not our job to question. Even to the point of an assassination. Even to the point of an assassination of a sitting President. It's not our policy to question those things. Now that might seem hard and callous and unreal, but if a particular operation was launched and then you balked that operation, blew that operation, because of your personal preference politically or morally then you're not going to be around very much longer to carry off another operation. And besides that, people and investigators have to remember that tremendous effort went into code names, aliases and covering up any type of paperwork that would elude to those operations. Now when I'm talking about "those operations", I'm talking about Kennedy, I'm talking about all those "black" operations that were implemented during that time span. It's not for us to question at that point. It's only come in the last five to ten years when I really began, with inside myself, to doubt what I really did. It's a very hard adjustment for me to come through to find out, when I mention double-cross earlier, to find out that maybe, inadvertently, people within my own military intelligence were perhaps on the take with Mafia, and used the intelligence that was gathered by good solid agents and manipulated that intelligence to plan a hit right here in this Plaza.
BQ: So you think it's quite possible that Roselli and Nicoletti could have been shooters?
A: Not Roselli. Roselli would not have been a shooter. Roselli would not even have been a spotter. But, Roselli, I believe, was the coordinator and I think his liaison was directly with Nicoletti and I think Nicoletti was probably your "finger man". Now whether Nicoletti was the shooter or was associating with the three shooters that was in this Plaza, one here, one over there, and one up there, which turned out to be the School Book Depository, which we did not even take into consideration because the most logical place to shot would be up on the City Record's Building, or up on this building, and right over there or right here.
BQ: Did Giancana always give the orders to Roselli and Nicoletti? Was that the M.O.?
A: That was the M.O. and that came from New Orleans, not from Chicago. I've heard a lot of researchers say that his liaison contact was Chicago, that's crap. That is New Orleans and Jacksonville, Florida. I also flew Sam Giancana's girlfriends from New Jersey to Miami two or three different times so I mean my liaison with Roselli and Sam Giancana, and I understand exactly what this could cause, going on open camera, but it's time to clear the air and it's time to get the truth out.

BQ: What do you think about at night?
A: Well, that's a tough question. Over the years it's like one of those things that, you see a good buddy get massacred or killed, you don't want to think about it. You don't pick up a book and study. You don't go read these books that come out over the last 10-15 years cause it tears your guts out. It's like living with a monkey on your back. You want to talk. You want to tell your story. There was a time when it was extremely derogatory to be even connected with the Kennedy assassination and immediately if you said anything "Oh, I know something about the Kennedy assassination", they say "Yeah, it's time for you to go to Bellevue and we're gonna lock you up." Just now, it's coming around that the new generation is demanding some answers and I think the new generation deserves those answers and I think the truth should come out and I think it's my responsibility, whether anybody believes this story or not, or wherever the confirmation has come and does come, it's immaterial to me what people think. If they're really sincere, let them do their own investigation and there's enough documentation out there to support this story as well as other stories about black-op operations. Our military was extremely active, pro and con.
BQ: Why did they go to the Mafioso in the first place to carry out this operation?
A: Because they're available and because they have the know how and they have the technique and there's not an operative or an agent that can actually work in the bureaucracy of government and keep those type of secrets so if a hitman was selected from the CIA or military and something went sour, that's a direct connection to the United States Government as a whole. It would only be feasible that the planners, which were not high level CIA planners, but it was mid-level and rouges. During that time, you got to remember, we come out of the Eisenhower administration with military operatives that was very loyal to the OSS back in the 40's and then we come into a new Kennedy breed that is gonna change all that up. As a result of that, information was gathered and we were actually fighting each other. We became similar to what DEA and people are doing now in the drug war, where agencies begin to fight with themselves. That's what we were facing in those days. And not to mention the propaganda that was being perpetrated and played by special interests within agencies that would throw our intelligence gathering off. We could go around the Caribbean for weeks. In fact, in one case with the Raider ship and O'Rourke, it was reported that we were landing commandos in Cuba, and were down in Port Everglades and we were cleaning the boat and painting it and going fishing for two weeks. But then we would read in the paper about the raids we were carrying out inside Cuba. So, there's a lot of propaganda out there about what we did and in some cases we used to laugh about it and think it was very cute.
BQ: What motivated you to come forward at this time?
A: My motivation to come forward at this time, I guess you would say because of the work that Oliver Stone did do. I think that's it's important that the younger generation know the truth behind the Kennedy assassination. I'm under the impression for myself, after all these years, it's time, if for no other reason, than to cleans my soul and to tell the public the truth about what role I played that day in the Kennedy assassination and put all this behind me and live a life and go into my autumn years and be done with it.
BQ: Do you have any personal regrets about that day?
A: The only personal regrets I have about that day that Sergio and I did not take the initiative to do more observation from other areas in this. We should have been a little more diligent in our approach to this particular operations than what we were.

Linda Minor
04-22-2009, 06:18 PM
Tosh's career began at age 15 or 16 in the Fourth Army.

This question was asked over a year ago. Perhaps someone has uncovered new information on a few of these operatives recently:

Does anyone know anything about this "Special" unit that came from Fort Bliss, Texas, Logan Heights, in 1954 known as a RTC D8 "REDBIRD ONE" ? This unit was later, attached to the Texas National Guard 49th Armord Division based at Dallas Love Field.

This unit was later assigned to the Fourth Army Reserve into an INTEL unit at Dallas's Love Field. The Commanding officer for this small group was Captain Edward G Seiwell, previous OSS WWII who worked with Wm. Harvey and 'Wild Bill' Donovan before the CIA was formed. This unit was sometimes called, "The Praetorian Guard" a specialized operational force attached to the Pentagon, which later received training at 'The School of The Americas in Georgia.

Any background information would be appreciated.

Aviation Brigade - 49th Armored Division "Alamo Brigade"

FBI file generated by SAC in Cincinnati indicates Tosh was arrested in Columbus, Ohio on Jan. 29, 1959 for passing a forged check at Morehouse Fashions. The FBI prepared a dossier on him indicating he was born in Panama City, FL on 11-25-37; father was William W. Plumlee of Dallas, TX and mother Margaret J. Morgan of 3509 Lexington in Dallas. He had two half brothers (Morgan) and left high school in 10th grade and completed school in Army. He was married, had two sons and a daughter and divorced in 1958.

Dial Duwayne Ryder was in 49th Armored Division of Texas National Guard. He worked in Irving Sports Shop and called FBI about doing work for Oswald to change the rifle. He testified at Warren Commission, as did the Dallas reporter who wrote the story that was picked up by AP wire a week after the assassination.

Post #4

I think the car was register to a "Captain Edward G Seiwell" ; Dallas (Highland Park) Texas. My parents, Clarence M Morgam, my step father, lived at 3509 Lexington around the block from George Cassels. I was married earlier (1954 to "Joan Cassels" the daughter of George. George sold a Tombstone to Siewell for one of Seiwell's relatives. I cannot go (at this time) into how I know this because it involves other people and I have not asked for their permission to do so. However, the FBI did know this in 1964. Ref; Captain Edward G Siewell, fourth Army Reserve, INTEL, Dallas Love Field. Dallas #105 Naturality Matters. Seiwell was my CO at Love Field around 1954-55. Seiwell was a regular at "Ed Maclamora's (?) "Sportatorium" on Industrial Blvd, Dallas Texas ( not far from Oak Cliff and one of the three Dallas Cubans "safe house" ( Harlendale, Zangs Blvd, and Beckley street. Beckley Street was behind where Lee rented a room for a while. Ref; investigators Jim Marrs, Nigel Turner, and Oliver Stone's investigative crew.) Hope this helps to some degree.

Post #9 in same thread:

Geroge Casels was a "Tombstone salesman" for a firm out of GA. At one time he did work as a new car salesman not far from Love Field, on Lemmon Ave. I do not know the years he worked there but it was part time. The picture was taken at the back of the house, next to an alley. I can't remember where Walker lived but for some reason I think it was Cedar Springs not far from Turtle Creek, and not far from the MKT rail road tracts. (Cedar Springs and at the corner of perhaps Cole Ave or Travis Street) Any information on this would be apreciated.
Post #13

Larry, the source for Klihr as owner of the plate is CE1351, an FBI report in the 26 volumes. Klihr was an acquaintance of Walker's and lived in Irving. As you say, I believe that the Dallas police records also disclose Klihr as the plate owner. I believe the plate was taken from Klihr's car and put on someone else's.
Roy Bierma

Post #19:

I believe Tosh...the eradicated license plate would show that Walker was with CAPTAIN SIEWELL from MILITARY INTELLIGENCE stationed at
Dallas Love Field..........

Post #47:

Note to All:

All speculation. Nothing factual even going back to opinions expressed by others who have been interviewed over the years in reference to this lic. and have pushed the Cubans angle with their wild speculations and here say rumours...their driving to Dallas and all that crap and other stories that was no way connected with any CIA OPS of the time.. All independents..., All speculations.

I too can speculate; go into the Fourth Army Reserve when they were HDQ'ed at Dallas Love Field. (The 4th became the 5th Army, merged I think, some years later.) The personal records were destoryed in the big St Louis fire of 72 or so... However there are alt records that can be found in Austin Texas. Now in those records are the autos reg to get into areas restricted to MI... Find the time frame Capt Ed Seiwell 4th Army was there...(its been said he doesn't exist.. but that too is not fact another false rumor.. find him.... Dallas telephone director or utility bills and at Austin, etc...) He is a hard man to find...there is a picture of an auto parked in front of where all the inductees (draftees) took their physicals (Dallas Love Field 4th Army) before being sworn in to the regular army.. ..Look at the lic number of the car parked out front of this building. I have seen the picture.., but that is hearsay and I can't be trusted. I think the place in Austin is with the Texas National Guard at Camp Maybry (??)(that's what I call the Army Camp)

And another place to find FACTUAL information is the 5th Army records on the Fourth Army Reserve. (the old hidden records that are real dusty... they were missed in the big purged and fire...

I know this will offend some experts BUT...Do some leg work... go out there and find it... Be researchers instead of taking third party hearsay as fact which have been thrown to you to take you away from the truth....Do the work you should be doing and don't listen to anyone...including me...Just go document the facts, then pass them around to each other ... now that you know where to go... Or do you want me to get it and give it to you while you sit back and sip your beer... Thanks for the information.

I'm sorry. I did not mean to speculate or be an expert.... Tosh
P.S An expert is: ( X ) is an unknown quantity. (Spurt) is a drip under pressure.....thus (XSPURT)

Post #49:

Tosh, the Texas State Adjutant-General's Office in Austin did find the records of Captain Edward G. Seiwell. He enlisted in the Texas Forty-ninth Cavalry Recon Squadron in 1947 was upgraded to second Lt and finally transferred as a Captain to the National Guard's 49th Armored Division in February of 1950. His records show he resigned from the National Guard a month later in 1950. That might be a start for anybody who wants to pursue it with the Adjutant Generals office.
-- Larry Hancock

Post #50:

Larry: Note In 1952 Captain Seiwell went back into service with the Forth Army Reserve and was based at Dallas Love Field.. The same place as the Texas 49th Armord Div.

I too was in the Texas National Guard 49th Armored Div before I went into the regular Army in 1953 at Ft Bliss Texas... I also went back into the National Guard and then transferred into the 4th Army Reserve in 1954. Capt Siewell was my CO officer at Love Field in 1954 until 1956... Do you have my military files? If so who signed off on my becoming a CPL in 1954? So am I lying? You say he resigned the Guard, true... but he actually transferred to the regular Army Reserve, the same as I did... Can't find the records? Can you find mine? Why not?... perhaps it is the unit we were in... If I prove this to you will I get an apology? It seems to say I am fabricating the Seiwell information... so therefore then everything I say is now under question... because Seiwell resigned the Guard in 1950.... Is this how it works? That might be a start for any serious researcher... As I said in my other Post... Go into the records of the Forth Army Reserve, Dallas Love Field for the year 1954 Capt Edward G Seiwell and CPL.William R Plumlee. I think you will find that was a Tank Bat at the fourth... then into a INTEL unit at Love Field with the fourth .... Then have a beer on me...Tosh Plumlee

Post #54:

In order to help research; the following should be of interest: Please Read and confirm.

Enlistment Record of William Robert Plumlee United States Army Forth Army Reserve Dallas Love Field Texas: Recap:

S/N 18389060; 9th of Feb 1955; grade CPL; Auth for grade 25-1; enlisted under authority of (NGR25-1) For service in NGS Texas; Company C 156Tank Battalion. Forth Army Reserve; DoB 11 25 37; civil trade or occupatiom Aircraft Mech. Southwest Airmotive Dallas Love Field; Enlistment record: 22Oct52 thu 8th Feb53 NG Enl s/n25926077 Pvt disc. HonMin; Disc. 8Feb53; re enl. 28th Sept53 thu 2Mar54USAR
4th Army; 18389060 Grade at disc. CPL; 3Mar54 thu 2Jul 18389060 rank CPL. USA Ft Bliss Texas assn. temp dty 6Jul54-No Rec of Disc. tnsf. Texas 4th Army Res, Dallas Love Field, Dallas Texas. Co C156Tk Bn.CO Capt. Edward G Seiwell; Capt. Gilbert B Cook; 2nd Lt. Charles R Brannon, Arty Ft Bliss Texas; MOS: WR Plumlee 1795, 3795 Tank Crew man Tk Comander, Sherman Tank. Cpl. Plumlee Mos 'Unknown; Unknown" Ft Bliss Texas; Texas National Guard; Unknown. OO Records at Office of Adjutant General State of Texas Camp Mabry, Texas. Texas National Guard; Texas Forth Army Reserv; Certified Copy of Available Document By; XXX referenced doc. (run a check on Edward G Seiwell Forth Army Reserve and the 49th Armored Div will also come up... why only half of his record is presented to researchers?

I would be happy to post the original copies of these 'Lost, Burned, and misplaced records, that could never be found in all these years.., that I found at Camp Mabry two years ago on my research while in Texas seeing my daughter Leslie and grandson. However, I am sure I would be accused of tampering with them... I cannot research myself... hence I can sure as hell point the way for others and someone else can go get the documentation and tamper with it... I get the drift of what's going on out there...Burn me once..shame on me..., burn me twice???......... I can read between the lines... I am close to something people are getting jumpy... got to be stopped. Right? Tosh

P.S. Larry. Perhaps you might have taken me wrong on how I said what I just posted. It was not directed toward you in any negative way. I respect your research and consider you one of the dedicated, as to the search for truth. My intent is to only fill in some of the blanks... and I only wanted the world to know there are many blanks... what I posted is just one link..there are others. If I can I will continue to point out documentation and facts to confirm(?) various matters I was connected with and know about. I see that as "working together" for a common cause... Sorry if I offended you.. it was not intentional I assure you.... Tosh

Tosh Plumlee
04-22-2009, 10:26 PM
Linda.... I want to thank you for the work you have put into pulling all this together... I know it was no easy task:

I would like to point out something which is in my FBI files in reference to "hot checks". I hope the documents come out on the attachments below.

"... http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/ar...50&relPageId=2 (http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/ar...50&relPageId=2)

FBI file generated by SAC in Cincinnati indicates

Tosh was arrested in Columbus, Ohio on Jan. 29, 1959 for passing a forged check at Morehouse Fashions. (Wrong)

The FBI prepared a dossier on him indicating he was born in Panama City, FL on 11-25-37; father was William W. Plumlee of Dallas, TX and mother Margaret J. Morgan of 3509 Lexington in Dallas. He had two half brothers (Morgan) and left high school in 10th grade and completed school in Army. He was married, had two sons and a daughter and divorced in 1958...".

It seems years ago when some got hold of these documents, they failed to include all of them which made reference:

#1 ".... he (Plumlee ) was arrested in Columbus Ohio by local authorities attempting to pass a forged check at Morehouse Fashions..."..
(ref; attatchments) (wrong)

#2 ".. when Mr. Plumlee was arrested by Customs he had a plane load of guns bound for Cuba and was turned over to local authorities...".
(ref; attatchmenmts) (right)

#3 " ... the FBI Lab could not find any checks written which could be attributed to Plumlee...". (ref; attatchments) (right)

Point #4 There has never been an arrest record found in Columbus Ohio at the Columbus County Workhouse, Why did the FBI report I was being held there? (right)

Another interesting point I feel should be brought forward is: When the files went to MF, why was only the one document included in the record... and that one being that I wrote (forged) hot checks in Columbus Ohio. And the other FBI documents were omitted. Those documents, clearly stated: no checks could be found written by Plumlee, They were not included with the material?.

Also, after all these years... why has the record not been reported right or corrected? Why has the other supporting documentation not been brought forward and included within the complete document file which is found, today on the 'Mary Ferrel" website? Why is it still being reported today, to the research comunity, that I passed "hot" forged checks in Ohio in 1959?...

Now from my point of view. Why was the arrest in Columbus not reported right? The record established by the FBI during that time was, I had written bad checks and that is why I was arrested in Columbus and too, they went into a very long report of why I was in Columbus Jail when in fact I had been flying guns into Cuba and later (Feb 59) training with the army at the "Jungle Warfare Training Center (JWTC) in Hawaii.

I have pointed this out to many researchers over the years, but they have had their our theories and it would fit better for them for me to be just a little peney check writter, while in fact, I had been (in reality) flying guns to Fidel Castro's Revolution in 1958 and 1959 before he arrived in Havana.

I hope some here will take the time to read this stuff instead of taking the governments false report and somebodys "gossip" as facts without investigating the material. This is one reason I do not trust very many researchers and government offcials. The record is not accurate and factual as the federal documentation indicates

[Would anybody care to coment on this information after they have read the attatchments?]

Again Linda, thanks for your time and dedication toward the truth. It is much appreciated by me..... Tosh

Linda Minor
04-22-2009, 11:17 PM
Does anyone know anything about this "Special" unit that came from Fort Bliss, Texas, Logan Heights, in 1954 known as a RTC D8 "REDBIRD ONE" ? This unit was later, attached to the Texas National Guard 49th Armored Division based at Dallas Love Field. This unit was later assigned to the Fourth Army Reserve into an INTEL unit at Dallas's Love Field. The Commanding officer for this small group was Captain Edward G Seiwell, previous OSS WWII who worked with Wm. Harvey and 'Wild Bill' Donovan before the CIA was formed. This unit was sometimes called, "The Praetorian Guard" a specialized operational force attached to the Pentagon, which later received training at 'The School of The Americas in Georgia.
Any background information would be appreciated.

The unit Tosh was in under Capt. Siewell moved from El Paso to Dallas in 1954, where it was assigned to an intelligence unit at Love Field. What can be learned about its origins?

During February and March of 1944, seven new base camps opened on existing military bases in Texas. Camp Bliss, located at Fort Bliss in El Paso, was one of the new base camps. It was originally constructed to hold suspected enemy aliens and continued in this capacity until early 1944, at which time the detention camp was phased out, and a prisoner of war camp took its place. ...Prison camps at Fort Bliss were located at Logan Heights off Dyer Street and on the main post in back of the current military police, adjutant general's office and other offices that are in the red brick buildings. An old night brown water tower now stands in the corner of what use to be stockade which housed the Italians. Some of the hangar buildings on Biggs Army Airfield also housed German prisoners, but the majority of the Germans were interned at Logan Heights. ...In May 1945, World War II in Europe ended. As the war came to a close, the POWs were repatriated and the many Texas communities which had hosted a POW camp resumed their peacetime existence. The barracks that once housed the prisoners have long since been torn down, and new barracks now occupy the area on Logan Heights. A field is all that remains, along with the water tower of the old Italian Camp on the main post, and the buildings at Biggs Field have all been replaced.

Tosh Plumlee
04-22-2009, 11:58 PM
" sometime around 1950 during the Korean war Ft Bliss became a training base for new enlistees. Logan Heights became the center for this operation. Specialized operations trained at the RTC center at Bliss starting in 1953. Dog-8 Recon Training Command (RTC) of the forth army trained at that location at Logan Heights as was set apart from other personal at the base. It was known as a 'Hush Hush operation (like a dirty dozen crew)

Other troops trained off the hill and was assigned to the Recruit Trainning Center for basic training also used as a "cut-out" RTC. (not ROTC as some have stated)

The red brick building became Wm. Baumont Army Hospital and served the returning wounded from Korea. (rough background after WWII and before the Korean war.

... Tosh

P.S. additional background:

The Cold War

Fort Bliss trained thousands of U.S. Soldiers during the Cold War (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_War). As the United States gradually came to master the art of building and operating missiles, Fort Bliss and White Sands Missile Range (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Sands_Missile_Range) became more and more important to the country, and were expanded accordingly. On 1 July 1957 the U.S. Army Air Defense Center was established at Fort Bliss. Located at this Center, in addition to Center Headquarters, are the U.S. Army Air Defense School (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Army_Air_Defense_Artillery_School); Air Defense; the 6th Artillery Group (Air Defense); the 61st Ordnance Group; and other supporting elements.[16] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Bliss#cite_note-15)[17] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Bliss#cite_note-16) In 1957 Fort Bliss and its anti-aircraft personnel began using Nike Ajax (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nike_Ajax), Nike Hercules (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nike_Hercules), Hawk (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIM-23_Hawk), Sprint (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprint_(missile)), Chaparrel, and Redeye (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIM-43_Redeye) missiles.[4] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Bliss#cite_note-Metz-3)[18] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Bliss#cite_note-17) Fort Bliss took on the important role of providing a large area for troops to conduct live fire exercises (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_fire_exercise) with the missiles.
Because of the large number of Army personnel enrolled in the air defense school, Fort Bliss saw two large rounds of construction in 1954 and 1958. The former was aimed at creating more barracks facilities, while the latter was aimed at building new classrooms, materials labs, a radar park, and a missile laboratory.[4] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Bliss#cite_note-Metz-3) Between 1953 and 1957 the Army also expanded McGregor Range in an effort to accommodate live fire exercises of the new missile systems.[4] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Bliss#cite_note-Metz-3) Throughout the Cold War (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_War) Fort Bliss remained a premier site for testing anti-aircraft equipment.
While the United States Army Air Defense Artillery School (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Army_Air_Defense_Artillery_School) develops doctrine and tactics, training current and future soldiers has always been its core mission. Until 1990 the post was used for Basic Training (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Army_Basic_Training) and Advanced Individual Training (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Individual_Training) (AIT), under the 1/56 ADA Regiment (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regiment), part of 6th ADA. Before 1989, 1/56 had three basic training companies and two AIT batteries (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artillery_battery). After 1990, 1/56 dropped basic training, that mission assumed by Fort Sill (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Sill). The unit now had four enlisted batteries for enlisted AIT, one battery for the Officer's Basic Course and Captain's Career Course (added in 2004) and one company that trained army truck drivers (MOS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Occupational_Specialty) 88M). As of 2005, the AIT portion of the school has undergone significant changes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Army_Air_Defense_Artillery_School#Cu rrent_Status).
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f8/Patriot_missile_launch_b.jpg/200px-Patriot_missile_launch_b.jpg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Patriot_missile_launch_b.jpg)

Linda Minor
04-23-2009, 02:55 AM
Did you ever hear the name of Col. Karl E. Henion?

Henion Boss of
Military District
AUSTIN, Aug. 5.(UP)Col. Karl E. Henion has been assigned as chief of the Texas military district here. He succeeds Col. Marcus E. Jones, who retired July 31.
As district chief, he will direct the training and administration of more than 40,000 army reservists in Texas, and will exercise general supervision of 59 flight school and college ROTC units. Mrs. Henion is the former
Elsie Schmitt, San Antonio.
San Antonio Light--8/5/1953
Army's New Plan
For Reservists
Is Being Checked
AUSTIN The Texas Military District has been selected as the district in the five-state Fourth Army area to test the Department of the Army's new mobilization assignee
plan for obligated reservists, Colonel Karl E. Henion, District Chief, announced today.
In all, there are six districts in the United States, one in each continental Army area, which will test the plan during the period Jan. 1 to June 30, 1954.
The Department of the Army has directed that certain returning enlisted men with a Reserve obligation be given mobilization assignments to an active Army, National Guard, or Army Reserve unit.
Assignment to an active Army unit will be for a period of one year after which the obligated reservist may be transferred to a Reserve or National Guard unit for an additional three years. If the reservist is given a mobilization assignment to a National Guard or Reserve unit, the duration of the assignment is four years.
A mobilization assignment to any unit does not require training during peacetime with the unit to which assigned, Col. Henion said but it does require the reservist's nail to active duty with the unit on, or shortly after, mobilization
day. If the unit is not called within four months after mobilization day, mobilization assignees are to be made available for call to active military duty as filler replacements.

The 37th Infantry Division, Camp Polk, La., has been designated as the organization to which active Army mobilization assignments will be made by the Texas Military District. Mobilization assignments are being made on the basis of primary or secondary MOS's (military occupational specialties) to vacancies in the National Guard or Army Reserve units. Assignments to the 37th Infantry Division will be made by primary MOS.
Mobilization assignees to the 37th Infantry Division will be selected from those transferred to the Army Reserve who have at least six years obligated Reserve service remaining as of the date of such transfer, except those who have had prior National Guard or Army Reserve service, those who have undergone hardships and suffering in or as a result of combat in accordance
with criteria established by Army commanders, and those
who are subject to delay because of national health, safety and Interest, and hardship and compassionate
These active Army mobilization assignees will be credited with not to exceed one year towards qualifying for transfer to the Standby Reserve. They will remain to assigned
to the active Army unit for one year unless they sooner volunteer and are accepted for enlistment in a National Guard unit or for assignment to an Army Reserve
unit with the objective of full participation and attainment of retirement credits.

Tosh Plumlee
04-23-2009, 04:15 AM
I did not know him, but I knew of him. He and Capt Seiwell were at Fort Hood Texas for a short spell. (1954-55) (I was in ShermanTank Drivers school at the time with the Texas National Guard. Col Henion served in WWII and was( I think with the Joint Chief with Ike in 1944 and worked with the OSS teams that went into France right after D Day)

He was one of the persons who help set up the Ft Bliss RTC (Recon Training Command) units which some later went to army Intel units at Ft Sam Houston, I went to army flight school at Ft Sam in 1956 and I think he was associated with that aviation section and school in some way, but not sure.

Sometime after 1956-57 some of that group went to Ft Benning parachute jump school. I went there for six weeks. When we got back to Ft Sam Houston the Col was in charge of all training and Intell activites, as well as all army reserve activites including the Forth Army at Dallas Love Field. I was re assigned from the 49th Armord Div, Texas National Guard to the Fourth Army Reserve at love Field. Capt. Seiwell was my CO, I went to work for Southwest Airmotive company at Love Field while in the fourth army. During this time frame Col Henion was, I thought at San Houston or Austin Texas with the Texas National Guard. I never knew him and I could be wrong on some of this, but this is all from memory and its been a long time.

However, I did get an Invitation from the Forth Army to attend a furneral for the Col about 1983 or 84, in Texas. I think he is buried in the Austin area of Texas.... if this is the same person.

note: not sure of the date but the Fourth Army was mustered into the 5th army and became part of the Fifth Army. Some of the records of the fourth were lost in the St Louis records center fire of 1972-73 ??

Linda Minor
04-23-2009, 05:12 AM
Capt. and Mrs. Karl Eugene Henion, who arrived recently from the Philippine Islands, are now located at the West Texas Military Academy, where Captain Henion will be the
military commandant. Mrs. Henion was, before her marriage, Miss Elsie Schmitt, daughter of Mrs, Annette D. Schmitt.
San Antonio Express--9/9/1926
NEW CHIEF of the Texas Military District is Col. Albert
A. Homer of Austin. He succeeds Col. Karl E. Henion who retired from active military service in August. Col. Horner is former chief of staff of the V Corps in Germany and
previously served as deputy chief of TMD from 1947 to 1950.
San Antonio Express--9/7/1954
National Resources
Conference Slated
AUSTIN Col. Guy H. Kissinger, member of the faculty of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces In Washington and advance officer for the National Resources Conference, has conferred in Austin with Col. Albert A. Horner of the Texas Military District concerning a conference to be held here.
Col. Horner stated that the National Resources Conference is to concern interrelated military and economic problems involved in mobilizing resources for national security. The problems which will confront the country in a mobilization for war and the methods and procedures for making the best use of national resources will be discussed.
The conference is to be conducted by a team of Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force officers from the faculty of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces located at Ft. Leslie J. McNair, Washington, D. C.
Big Spring Daily Herald--1/27/1955
An obit for Col. Horner, known as "Jack Horner," appears here at the end:

Notice he was born in Russia but grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was in intelligence in WWII in IX Corps in Pacific.


In the interests of efficiency, and to prevent overlapping with other agencies, activities of CIC were limited to: surveillance of subversive activities, individuals, or ideological movements, national or foreign, that had an adverse effect on the purposes and objectives of the occupa*tion; and to intensify security surveillance under the general intent of counter espionage. This clarification of the mission eliminated an unaccountable number of crim*inal investigations and other irregularities, not of a counterintelligence nature, with which CIC had found itself involved. While the basic plan of having a CIC unit in each prefecture had remained constant, administrative control of such units was maintained at Corps level. When I and IX Corps were located in Kyoto and Sendai, CIC had its regional headquarters in the same cities.
WASHINGTON (UPI) Maj. Gen. John Singlaub, ousted
from his South Korean post in a personal showdown with
President Carter last week, got a plum reassignment in
Atlanta yesterday as chief of staff of the biggest American army command in the world.
Singlaub, 55, was named chief of staff of the U.S. Army
Forces Command, which stretches over 10,000 miles and
includes 296,000 active personnel.
As chief of the staff headquarters, not a command post,
Singlaub will be outranked by the commanding general and some half-dozen other senior officers. A Pentagon spokesman described the transfer as "lateral."
Gen. Bernard W. Rogers, Army chief of staff, announced
that Singlaub will assume the command at Ft. McPherson in Atlanta effective June 27.
Singlaub, who served in three wars and holds numerous
military decorations, was removed from his job as third ranking Army officer in South Korea for saying publicly that
withdrawal of U.S. ground troops there would lead to another Korean war.
Carter who plans to withdraw the troops and had made
his policy clear to the military reacted swiftly and with
anger when he saw Singlaub's comments headlined in a
Washington Post story. He summoned the general to
Washington May 21 for a personal meeting, and Singlaub
emerged without his Korean command.
It was the first time Pentagon officials could recall a
President personally recalling and removing a field commander since Harry Truman removed Gen. Douglas
MacArthur as supreme commander of Korean war battle
troops in 1951.
And because of the dramatic style Carter used, there was
expectation the two-star general would be relegated to an
Army boondocks post on reassignment. But that was not the case. His new command stretches 10,000 miles from Guam through the U.S. trust territories of the Pacific across the continental United States to Puerto Rico and down to Panama....Singlaub replaces Maj. Gen. John Henion, whose appointment as commanding general of the IX Corps in Japan was announced in April.

Carter said in his Thursday news conference he had not
"fired" or "punished" Singlaub but felt the general could not function effectively in Seoul with the Koreans knowing his views on the planned American troop withdrawal.
Carter said he still plans lo withdraw the 33,000 U.S.
combat troops from South Korea over the next five years,
believing the Seoul government will be able lo defend ilself
by then with support from American air and sea forces if
Fremont-Newark, Calif.
Saturday, May 28, 1977
Oakland Tribune--April 15, 1977
Commander in Japan
WASHINGTON (AP) -Maj. Gen. John Q. Henion was named yesterday to become commanding general of U.S. Army military personnel in Japan.
As it so happens, John Q. Henion was the brother of Karl. Both were sons of Irving W. Henion, who had been appointed to a special assignment as postmaster for the Army in the Pacific years earlier.

Magda Hassan
08-11-2013, 09:40 AM
Release of DEA Agent Kiki Camarena’s "Murderer" Is Game Changer for CIA Posted by Bill Conroy (http://narcosphere.narconews.com/users/bill-conroy) - August 10, 2013 at 10:17 pm
Narco-Trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero Knows Where All the Skeletons Are Buried in the US’ Dirty Drug War
The recent release from a Mexican prison of Rafael Caro Quintero — a godfather in Mexico’s narco-trafficking world — rips a scab off a long metastasizing tumor in the US drug war.http://narcosphere.narconews.com/userfiles/70/rafael.caro.quintero.jpg
A Mexican federal court (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/10/rafael-caro-quintero-mexico-drugs-baron) on Friday, Aug. 9, overturned Caro Quintero’s 40-year sentence after 28 years served because, the court contends, he was tried wrongly in a federal court for a state offense. Caro Quintero was convicted of orchestrating the brutal torture and murder of US DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena — who was abducted on Feb. 7, 1985, after leaving the US Consulate in Guadalajara, Mexico, to meet his wife for lunch. His body was found several weeks later buried in a shallow grave some 70 miles north of Guadalajara.
Caro Quintero’s release from prison brings to the surface once again some longstanding, unsettled questions about the US government’s role in the war on drugs. The recent mainstream media coverage of Caro Quintero’s release has focused, in the main, on the shock and anger of US officials (http://news.yahoo.com/us-angry-over-release-mexican-drug-lord-143413156.html) — who are now waving the Camarena case in the public arena like a bloody flag, arguing his honor, and that of the nation’s, must be avenged in the wake of Mexico’s affront in allowing Caro Quintero to walk free.
What is not being discussed is the US government’s complicity in Caro Quintero’s narco-trafficking business, and, yes, even in the Camarena’s gruesome murder.

Breaking It Down In his definitive book about the US drug war, titled “Down by the River,” journalist Charles Bowden reveals that DEA special agent Camarena spent some time in Mexico with another DEA agent, Phil Jordan, in May 1984, prior to Camarena’s abduction. Jordan, at the time, pointed out to Camarena that they were being followed.
Camarena replied calmly that the individuals who were tailing them worked for Mexico’s intelligence service, the Federal Security Directorate, or DFS in its Spanish initials.
From Bowden’s book (http://books.google.com/books?id=v5iDzohETGcC&pg=PA148&dq=cia+and+dfs+and+kiki+camarena&hl=en&sa=X&ei=lsQGUsuKIc202AX82YCoBA&ved=0CDUQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=cia%20and%20dfs%20and%20kiki%20camarena&f=false):

Camarena brushes off Jordan’s alarm by noting that DFS is trained by the CIA and is functionally a unit in their mysterious work. And he says they are also functionally “the eyes and ears of the cartels.”
That is a stunning revelation, that the CIA and DFS were “functionally” working in unison and simultaneously the DFS also was in league with Mexico’s narco-traffickers — which at the time included Caro Quintero along with his partners Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo and Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo, considered the top dogs in Mexico’s then-dominate drug organization, The Guadalajara Cartel.http://narcosphere.narconews.com/userfiles/70/TimeMag.Kiki.Camarena.jpg
In fact, the DFS also was accused of being complicit in the kidnapping and murder of Camarena and the subsequent attempt to provide protection to Caro Quintero — who was eventually apprehended in Costa Rica after allegedly getting to that country with the help of the DFS (http://diario.mx/Nacional/2013-08-09_76f240a4/de-madrugada-caro-quintero-dejo-la-prision/).
Caro Quintero and Fonseca Carrillo were eventually convicted and jailed for their roles in Camarena’s murder and the killing of his pilot, Alfrado Zavala Avelar. Each was sentenced to serve 40 years i (http://articles.latimes.com/1989-12-13/news/mn-117_1_mexican-drug-lord)n a Mexican prison. Caro Quintero was 37 at the time.
But Camarena was not the only victim of DFS corruption during that era. A famous Mexican journalist, Manuel Buendia, who in the mid-1980s was investigating the connections between corrupt Mexican officials and narco-traffickers, including Caro Quintero, was murdered in 1984 allegedly with the assistance of DFS’ leadership (http://www.nytimes.com/1989/06/15/world/mexico-arrests-investigator-in-political-journalist-s-murder.html).
A story by noted Mexican newspaper columnist Carlos Ramirez, translated and published by Narco News (http://narconews.com/buendia1.html)in 2000, describes the circumstances surrounding Buendia’s murder as follows:

Buendía was assassinated on May 30, 1984, on a street near the Zona Rosa of México City. The investigation was covered-up by the Federal Security Agency [DFS]. The last investigations undertaken by Buendía into drug trafficking led him into the rural indigenous areas of the country. Buendía had responded to a newspaper ad by the Catholic bishops in the south of the country where they denounced the penetration of the narco in rural Mexico but also the complicity of the Army and police corps.
Buendía did not finish his investigation. His assassination came almost a year before... the assassination of US anti-drug agent Enrique Camarena Salazar in Guadalajara had exposed the penetration of drug traffickers in the Mexican police.
… Agents of the the Political and Social Investigations Agency and of the Federal Security Agency were discovered as protectors of drug trafficking in México. The Attorney General of the Republic, in the investigation of the assassination of Camarena, found credentials of the Federal Security police in the name of drug traffickers. Caro Quintero escaped to Costa Rica using a credential of the Federal Security Agency [DFS] with his photo but with another name. ….
That which Buendía was investigating months before was confirmed by the assassination of Camerena, a DEA agent assigned to the US Consulate in Guadalajara. …

Documents The DFS was disbanded in 1985, after Camarena’s murder, and integrated into Mexico’s version of the CIA, called CISEN in its Spanish initials. CISEN still works closely with US agencies and officials (http://www.narconews.com/Issue67/article4620.html), including the CIA, but it is the legacy of DFS and its partnership with the CIA that is being brought to the surface once again with the recent release of Caro Quintero.
In particular, a DEA Report of Investigation, prepared in February 1990 and obtained by Narco News, provides some detailed insight into the DFS/CIA connection. The DEA report was referenced in media coverage of the US trial of four individuals accused of playing a role in Camarena’s murder.
From a July 5, 1990, report in the Los Angeles Times (http://articles.latimes.com/1990-07-05/news/mn-131_1_cia-operations):

The [DEA] report is based on an interview two Los-Angeles based DEA agents conducted with Laurence Victor Harrison, a shadowy figure who, according to court testimony, ran a sophisticated communications network for major Mexican drug traffickers and their allies in Mexican law enforcement in the early and mid 1980s.
On Feb. 9, according to the report, Harrison told DEA agents Hector Berrellez and Wayne Schmidt that the CIA used Mexico's Federal Security Directorate (DFS) "as a cover, in the event any questions were raised as to who was running the training operation."
That training operation, according to the DEA Report of Investigation, involved “Guatemalan Guerrillas” who “were training at a ranch owned by Rafael Caro-Quintero” in Veracruz on Mexico’s East Coast.
More from the DEA report: (http://narcosphere.narconews.com/userfiles/70/DEA.Mexico.Report.2.1990.pdf)

The operations/training at the camp were conducted by the American CIA, using the DFS as cover, in the event any questions were raised as to who was running the [camp].
…. Representatives of the DFS, which was the front for the training camp were in fact acting in consort with major drug overlords to insure a flow of narcotics through Mexico and into the United States.
… Using the DFS as cover, the CIA established and maintained clandestine airfields to refuel aircraft loaded with weapons, which were destined for Honduras and Nicaragua.
Pilots of these aircrafts would allegedly load up with cocaine in Barranquilla, Colombia, and in route to Miami, Florida, refuel in Mexico at narcotic trafficker operated and CIA maintained airstrips.
Tosh Plumlee was one of the CIA contract pilots flying drug loads into the US at the time. Plumlee told Narco News that among the places where his aircraft landed while working these missions was the Caro Quintero-owned ranch in Veracruz, Mexico.http://narcosphere.narconews.com/userfiles/70/ToshPlumlee.jpg
“I was flying sanctioned operations transporting cocaine out of Colombia and into the United States,” Plumlee says. “[DEA agent Kiki] Camarena knew all about those operations.”
Plumlee attempted to blow the whistle on the arms-and-drugs transshipment operations in the early 1980s, prior to Camarena’s death.
The following excerpts are from a February 1991 letter written by former US Sen. Gary Hart (http://toshplumlee.info/pdf/sengaryhart.PDF)and sent to US Sen. John Kerry, then chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics and International Communications.

In March of 1983, Plumlee contacted my Denver Senate Office and met with Mr. Bill Holen of my Senate Staff. During the initial meeting, Mr. Plumlee raised certain allegations concerning U.S. foreign and military policy toward Nicaragua and the use of covert activities by U.S. Intelligence agencies.
… Mr. Plumlee also stated that Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala and El Salvador were providing U.S. military personnel access to secret landing field and various staging areas scattered throughout Central America.
He specifically cited the Mexican government’s direct knowledge of illegal arms shipments and narcotic smuggling activities that were taking place out of a civilian ranch in the Veracruz area which were under the control and sponsorship of Rafael Caro-Quintero and the Luis Jorge Ochoa branch of the Medellin Escobar Cartel.
… Mr. Plumlee raised several issues including that covert U.S. intelligence agencies were directly involved in the smuggling and distribution of drugs to raise funds for covert military operations against the government of Nicaragua. …

Heads in the Sand Even prior to Caro Quintero’s surprise prison release on Aug. 9, it appears he was being allowed to carry out his narco-business from a comfortable jailhouse condo with little interference from authorities in Mexico. As evidence of that fact, in June of this year DEA announced that the US Department of the Treasury had “designated 18 individuals and 15 [business] entities” as being linked to Rafael Caro Quintero.
“Today’s action,” the DEA press release states (http://www.justice.gov/dea/divisions/hq/2013/hq061213.shtml), “pursuant to the Kingpin Act, generally prohibits US persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with these designees, and also freezes any assets they may have under US jurisdiction.”
In other words, the US government is alleging that even while he was incarcerated, Caro Quintero continued to run his drug empire through third parties who were laundering millions of dollars in ill-gotten gains on his behalf.
How is that possible, unless Caro Quintero continues to have extremely good connections within the Mexican government that have an interest in assuring his drug money is laundered?
If that’s the case, why would those same government officials have any interest in extraditing him to the US to stand trial?
Similarly, why would those with any real juice in the US government want to put Caro Quintero on trial, at least in an open court, if he has the knowledge to expose corrupt covert US operations that played a role in the murder of a US DEA agent?
The only way to hide that complicity would be to shield Caro Quintero’s trial from public view under a national-security cloak — even though the charges against him are criminal in nature (drug-trafficking and murder) and should not implicate national security. As further evidence of that fact, the CIA has already told the media that the allegations about the Agency's involvement in Caro Quintero’s Veracruz ranch are bogus.
''The whole story is nonsense,'' CIA spokesman Mark Mansfield told the Associated Press in 1990 (http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1990/CIA-Denies-Claim-it-Trained-Guerrillas-at-Mexican-Drug-Trafficker-s-Ranch/id-1cb8172fd44ee1162c9ff535fa8e074d). ''We have not trained Guatemalan guerrillas on that ranch or anywhere else.''
But its worth noting that since the CIA issued that statement, a UN-sponsored truth commission found that the US, through agencies like the CIA, did play a role in training the death squads responsible for murdering or disappearing some 200,000 Guatemalans – most of them civilians – during the course of that nation’s bloody 34-year civil war. Some 626 massacres played out in the 1980s alone, when the CIA-sponsored Veracruz, Mexico, "Guatemalan Guerrilas" training operation was allegedly underway.
From a 1999 Washington Post story (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/inatl/daily/feb99/guatemala26.htm)on the truth commission’s findings:

… The commission found that the "government of the United States, through various agencies including the CIA, provided direct and indirect support for some state operations."
... Documenting the atrocities, the report found the army "completely exterminated Mayan communities, destroyed their dwellings, livestock and crops" and said that in the northern part of the country, where the Mayan population is largest, the army carried out a systematic campaign of "genocide."
Given that backdrop, it appears Caro Quintero, now 61, is clearly a man who may well know too much about US national security operations.
The DEA issued a statement (http://www.justice.gov/dea/divisions/hq/2013/hq080913.shtml) after Caro Quintero was ordered released from prison, making it clear, at least from a public-relations perspective, that the agency still very much wants to track him down and put him behind bars in the US.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is deeply troubled to learn of the decision by a Mexican court to release infamous drug trafficker Rafael Caro-Quintero from a Mexican prison. Caro-Quintero had been serving a 40 year prison sentence in connection with the kidnapping, torture and murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in February 1985.
Caro-Quintero was the mastermind and organizer of this atrocious act. We are reminded every day of the ultimate sacrifice paid by Special Agent Camarena and DEA will vigorously continue its efforts to ensure Caro-Quintero faces charges in the United States for the crimes he committed.
But why stop with Caro Quintero? Why not go after everyone who had a hand in the drug-war corruption that led to Camarena’s death? Why isn’t DEA clamoring for that outcome?
I think we all know the answer to that question. And you can bet Caro Quintero does as well, and will do everything in is power to assure he isn’t held up as the lone scapegoat in some drug-war fairy tale.
So what are our drug-war warriors to do when faced with such a house of mirrors? Well, that’s what rival narco-traffickers and shadowy intelligence-agency assets are used for in the Big Game, no?
Caro Quinero likely has far more to fear from a well-placed sniper’s rifle than he ever will from anything resembling a true justice system in Mexico, or the US.
Stay tuned….

Peter Lemkin
08-11-2013, 10:19 AM
The 'War on Drugs' is SUCH a sick JOKE - and always has been. No joke, however, how many lives end or are destroyed by it and the cartels [who work together much of the time - a few feuds over turf and funds, at times]. This latest twist is a strange one...but not the first, nor likely the last. :spy:

Jan Klimkowski
08-11-2013, 11:14 AM

Tosh Plumlee started this thread in 2009.

And these dark deeds continue to resonate and develop.

If DPF has a raison d'etre, you are seeing the ripples here.

Magda Hassan
10-13-2013, 11:59 PM
From Dr Sabow this morning.

Sunday, October 13th, 2013 | Posted by Robert O'Dowd
Kiki Camerena Killed on CIA Orders?
Borderland Beat Reporter un vato
El Diario de Coahuila (10-13-13) Proceso (10-12-13) By Luis Chaparro and
J. Jesus Esquivel
Translated by un vato for Borderland Beat
(This story will likely elicit much discussion, especially given the outrage that Caro Quintero’s
release triggered in the U.S. Quien sabe?– un vato)
A story that sounds like it was taken from a complex espionage novel has just exploded on U.S.
television. Enrique Kiki Camarena, the DEA law enforcement officer murdered in Mexico in
February, 1985, was apparently not the victim of the Mexican capo Rafael Caro Quintero, but
rather,, of a dark member of the CIA. This individual was the one charged with silencing the antinarcotics
agent for one serious reason: he had discovered that Washington was associated with the
drug trafficker and was using the profits from the drug trafficking to finance the activities of the
WASHINGTON (Proceso)(apro).– Three former U.S. federal agents decided to end a 28-year
silence and simultaneously entrusted this journal and the U.S. Fox news services with an information
“bomb”: Enrique Kiki Camarena was not murdered by Rafael Caro Quintero — the capo that served
a sentence for that crime — but by an agent of the CIA. The reason: the DEA agent discovered that
his own government was collaborating with the Mexican narco in his illegal business.
In interviews with Proceso, Phil Jordan, former director of the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC);
Hector Berrellez, former DEA agent, and Tosh Plumlee, a former CIA pilot, claim that they have
evidence that the U.S. government itself ordered the murder of Kiki Camarena in 1985. In addition,
they point to a sinister Cuban character, Felix Ismael Rodriguez, as the murderer. KIKI
“It was I who directed the investigation into the death of Camarena”, says Berrellez, and he adds:
“During this investigation, we discovered that some members of a U.S. intelligence agency, who had
infiltrated the DFS (the Mexican Federal Security Directorate), also participated in the kidnapping of
Camarena. Two witnesses identified Felix Ismael Rodriguez. They (witnesses) were with the DFS
and they told us that, in addition, he (Rodriguez) had identified himself s “U.S. intelligence.”
The official story and the version that the DEA continues to assert is that Caro Quintero kidnapped,
tortured and murdered Kiki Camarena in February of 1985, in retaliation for the U.S. agent having
discovered his enormous marijuana farms and his processing center in the El Bufalo ranch.
Felix Ismael Rodriguez, “El Gato”, has one of the murkiest histories in the U.S. intervention in
Central America, mainly in Nicaragua. To this Cuban — who participated in the failed Bay of Pigs
invasion and after that, in the Vietnam War — is attributed the capture, and therefore the
assassination, of Che Guevara in Bolivia on October 9, 1967.
Helping the capo
Interviewed separately, Jordan, Berrellez and Plumlee coincide on many details in the reconstruction
of the events that led the CIA to decide to eliminate Camarena.
The story that the three former agents describe begins with pointing out that El Gato Rodriguez, in
addition to having infiltrated the DFS, took a Honduran named Juan Mata Ballesteros, a person
known to Colombian traffickers, with him to Mexico.
In Mexico, according to the interviewees, Matta’s mission was to obtain drugs in Colombia for the
Guadalajara Cartel, led by Caro Quintero in the 1980!s. The U.S. government allowed the Mexican
drug trafficker to sell cocaine, marijuana and other drugs wherever he wanted. Washington
benefited, since it shared the profits.
The portion of the money received by the CIA — represented in Mexico by Rodriguez through Mata
— was delivered to counterrevolutionaries in Nicaragua, La Contra, in the form of weapons and
other military equipment. This is how the U.S. financed the guerrilla war against the Sandinista
regimen, then led by the current president of the Central American country, Daniel Ortega.
Death sentence
In his investigations into the drug trafficking activities that Caro Quintero led, Camarena discovered
the role that his government played in the illegal business to finance the Contras. And this, in the
opinion of the interviewees, was his death sentence.
“The CIA ordered the kidnapping and torture of ‘Kiki’ Camarena, and when they killed him, they
made us believe it was Caro Quintero in order to cover up all the illegal things they were doing (with
drug trafficking) in Mexico” emphasizes Jordan. He adds: “The DEA is the only (federal agency)
with the authority to authorize drug trafficking into the United States as part of an undercover
The former chief of EPIC, the largest espionage center in the United States dedicated to observing
what happens in Mexico and the common border, and who was also a DEA agent and Camarena’s
boss when he was murdered, sums up in a quote what the discovery of its involvement in Mexican
drug trafficking represented to the CIA:
“The business with El Bufalo was nothing compared with the money from the cocaine that was
being sold to buy weapons for the CIA”.
However, “Kiki” Camarena was not the only one nor was he the first to discover the perverse CIACaro
Quintero-Contra triangle.
The Mexican judicial police officer
Berrellez and Jordan maintain that the first person to inform of this incredible U.S. undercover
espionage operation in the early 1980!s was Guillermo Gonzalez Calderoni, who was then the chief
of the Mexican Federal Judicial Police.
Gonzalez Calderoni fled from Mexico in 1993; he was accused of collaborating with the Juarez
Cartel and he sought refuge in the United States, where the DEA turned him into a protected witness.
In 2003, the former Mexican commander was murdered in McAllen, Texas.
– I helped him, I sent a jet and brought him to California. Over here, now under DEA protection, he
became an informant and helped us a lot. The Mexican government wanted to extradite him, but I
did all I could to prevent that because I knew they would kill him over there. After that, he was
accused of corruption and illegal influences and things like that, but I’m telling you: it’s not true —
Berrellez states.
– And that’s how he told you about the CIA? — he’s asked.
– Yes. He told me: ‘Hector, get out of this business because they’re going to fuck you over. The CIA
is involved in that business about ‘Kiki’. It’s very dangerous for you to be in this.’ He gave me
names, among them that of Felix, and details and everything, but when my bosses found out, they
took me out of the investigation and sent me to Washington.
The twist to the story about the kidnapping, torture and murder of “Kiki” Camarena “is a
bombshell”. What is not clear is why these three former U.S. agents waited 28 years to make it
known. They refuse to explain it.
He doesn’t talk much
Plumlee, although he doesn’t talk much, recalls that in the early 1980!s he flew a C-130 airplane to
take people from the Contras to receive training at a ranch that Caro Quintero owned in Veracruz.

– I flew drugs on CIA airplanes and I knew the pilot that took Caro Quintero out of the country when
he was being persecuted by the government.
– Did you know “Kiki” Camarena? — Plumlee is asked.
– He flew, before he was kidnapped, from Guadalajara to California to inform about the CIA
operations with narcos and the Nicaraguan Contras in Mexico, and I remember I said to him “We’re
on the same team. Stay out of what I’m doing”.
– What else were you doing for the CIA at that time?
– The United States government was into everything. We smuggled drugs, weapons, and we used the
money to finance the operation in Nicaragua.
– How was your contract in all of this?
– We were always subcontractors; that’s why the CIA now said we didn’t have those operations. But
everything is there…

David Guyatt
10-14-2013, 08:01 AM
Interesting from Tosh.

It has been said by a great many many that the US are deeply mired in the global drugs trade because of the black funds this provides them - not to mention personal wealth some benefit from. The "fat man" seems to have quite a long list of bodies strewn behind him, doesn't he?

Magda Hassan
12-08-2013, 05:53 AM
Reagan administration, CIA complicit in DEA agent’s murder, say former insiders
Posted: Friday, December 06, 2013 - By John McPhaul
Former DEA El Paso boss: Agent Camarena had discovered the arms-for-drugs operation run on behalf of the Contras, aided by U.S. officials in the National Security Council and the CIA, and threatened to blow the whistle on the covert operation.
http://static0.cdn.ticotimes.net/var/tico/storage/images/media/images/news-photos/ronald-reagan-iran-contra/2161282-1-eng-US/Ronald-Reagan-Iran-Contra_newsfull_h.jpg Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan meets with Caspar Weinberger, George Shultz, Ed Meese and Don Regan to discuss the president's remarks on the Iran-Contra affair, in the Oval Office on Nov. 25, 1986. Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library, official government record/Wikimedia Commons

First in an exclusive Tico Times series in two parts
Two former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and a former U.S. Central Intelligence Agency contract pilot are claiming that the Reagan Administration was complicit in the 1985 murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena at the hands of Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero.
The administration’s alleged effort to cover up a U.S. government relationship with the Mexican drug lord to provide for the arming and the training of Nicaraguan Contra rebels, at a time when official assistance to the Contras was banned by the congressional Boland Amendment, led to Camarena’s kidnap, torture and murder, according to Phil Jordon, former head of the DEA’s El Paso office, Hector Berrellez, the DEA’s lead investigator into Camarena’s kidnapping, torture and murder, and CIA contract pilot Robert “Tosh” Plumlee.
“We’re not saying the CIA murdered Kiki Camarena,” Jordan said. But the “consensual relationship between the Godfathers of Mexico and the CIA that included drug trafficking” contributed to Camarena’s death, he added.
“I don’t have a problem with the CIA conducting covert operations to protect the national security of our country or our allies, but not to engage in criminal activity that leads to the murder of one our agents,” Jordan said.
Camarena had discovered the arms-for-drugs operation run on behalf of the Contras, aided by U.S. officials in the National Security Council and the CIA, and threatened to blow the whistle on the covert operation, Jordan alleged.
Berrellez said two witnesses identified, from a photo lineup, two or three Cuban CIA operatives who participated in Camarena’s interrogation.
Plumlee said he and three other pilots ran tons of cocaine into U.S. military bases on return trips from delivering weapons to Contra rebels in Central America, and was warned by Camarena that he would be busted. Plumlee has a long and colorful history of working for the CIA, beginning with flying arms to Cuba before Fidel Castro’s takeover in the 1950s.
Jordan said the cover story Plumlee had been told by his CIA “handler” William Bennetee – that his cocaine flights into U.S. military bases were part of a drug interdiction program to penetrate and dismantle the cocaine routes of Colombian drug lords Pablo Escobar and Jorge Ochoa – was unimaginable, since the DEA, which would have had to approve the program, had no knowledge of it.
“I don’t know of any DEA administrator that I worked for who would have sanctioned cocaine smuggling into the United States in the name of national security, when we are out there risking our lives,” Jordan told The Tico Times.
The CIA reacted indignantly to the allegation of complicity in Camarena’s murder. “It’s ridiculous to suggest that the CIA had anything to do with the murder of a U.S. federal agent or the escape of his killer,” an agency spokesman told Fox News.
The DEA said only that U.S. justice has gotten to the bottom of the Camarena case.
“DEA believes that the individuals responsible for the torture and murder of Special Agent Kiki Camarena have been identified and indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. They include Rafael Caro-Quintero and 15 others,” said the agency in a statement.
An agency spokeswoman declined to elaborate.
Mexican former drug cartel boss, Rafael Caro Quintero, was serving his conviction at Puente Grande prison in Guadalajara when he was released last July. The U.S. government is offering a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture and prosecution in the United States.

Plumlee said he worked undercover as a CIA contractor for the civilian aviation company SETCO, flying between points in Mexico, South and Central America and the United States, delivering arms for the Contras.
Various investigations, including one by the CIA’s Inspector General, established that SETCO was an airline controlled by Honduran drug trafficker Juan Matta Ballesteros, and also was the principal company used to traffic arms to the Contra rebels.
Matta Ballesteros is currently serving time in a U.S. federal prison.
Plumlee said he flew a C-130 transport plane in and out of Caro Quintero’s ranch in Veracruz, Mexico, to Bogotá and Medellín, Colombia, to Ilopango Air Base in El Salvador, and to a secret airstrip on the Santa Elena Peninsula in Costa Rica, among other locations, carrying arms south from the U.S. to the Contras and cocaine north to U.S. military installations, including El Toro Marine Air Base in southern California and Homestead Air Force Base in Florida.
Plumlee estimated that among them, the four pilots smuggled about 40 tons of cocaine in the operation.
The pilot said he had no worry about being caught by civilian aviation or military authorities because he carried “coded transponders” that identified his plane as a “spooky” flight warning off any official scrutiny. The transponders permitting such flights could only have come from the White House, Plumlee said.
The programs were code-named “Grasshopper,” for the El Toro route and “Roosterhop,” for the Homestead route, Plumlee added.
Berrellez said he’s convinced the drugs were taken from the airbases by traffickers with connections to the Contras and sold on the streets.
In fall 1984, Plumlee met at the Oaxaca Café in Phoenix, Arizona, with agents from the Phoenix Organized Crime Detail and the Arizona Tri-State Task Force, including Camarena, to discuss his SETCO flights.
When Plumlee told the agents the flights were sanctioned by the U.S. government, “Kiki said, ‘That’s horseshit. You’re lining your pockets,’” Jordan recalled. “He could not believe that the U.S. government could be running drugs into the United States.”
Alarmed by Camarena’s threats to bust the operation, Plumlee went to Bennettee and told him about Camarena’s warning, saying that he had no intention of going to jail and would blow the whistle if indicted.
Bennettee told Plumlee not to worry. “Camarena isn’t going to do anything,” he reassured the pilot.
DEA agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, who was tortured and murdered in 1985. Courtesy of U.S. Justice Department.

About five months later, on Feb. 7, 1985, Camarena was kidnapped in Mexico by agents of the Federal Security Directorate (DFS by its Spanish acronym), which the former DEA agents say were both the eyes and ears of the CIA in Mexico and at the same time at the beck and call of Mexico’s powerful drug cartels.
According to Plumlee, the DEA agent had written a series of memos complaining about official lethargy in bringing the gunrunning operation under control.
“Kiki said, ‘What do we have to do, does someone have to get killed to do something about this?’” Plumlee said.
Jordan added that the use of a drug dealer’s property by the CIA for the purpose of helping the Contras didn’t sit well with the DEA agents.
“That’s the way we’re brought up, so to speak,” he said. “When we see someone running drugs, we want to bust them, not work with them.”
Three weeks after he disappeared, Camarena’s decomposing body was found on a ranch. He had been tortured, it was later learned, in a brutal three-day ordeal that ended in his death. Officials blamed Caro Quintero, who, they said, had exacted revenge on Camarena for busting Caro Quintero’s multimillion-dollar marijuana plantation in Chihuahua, Mexico.
But Berrellez charges the CIA with complicity in the murder, based on the cozy relationship between the CIA and DFS, and between the DFS and the Guadalajara drug cartel, the timing of Camarena’s threat to Plumlee, and the fact that the CIA was able to produce two or three of the tapes of Camarena’s interrogation, but failed to provide three or four other similar tapes.
“Kiki was sacrificed because it was thought that he was on to them,” Berrellez said.
Plumlee said the White House was concerned about a leak that might have incriminated officials in the illegal arming of the Contras. He said he knows this because he was given access to intelligence reports and briefing materials during his testimony in 1990 to the Senate committee chaired by then-Senator and now-Secretary of State John Kerry. Much of Plumlee’s testimony was given in closed session and remains sealed as a national security secret, the pilot said.
“They wanted to talk to Kiki about the arms, not drugs,” Plumlee said.
The alleged support for the Contras by Mexican drug kingpins, including Caro Quintero and Miguel Félix Gallardo, is not new. The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post reported on the relationship between the Reagan government and the drug lords in 1990, according to the book “Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies and the CIA in Central America,” by Peter Dale Scott and Jonathan Marshall.
But the alleged connection between the Reagan Administration’s Contra policies and Camarena’s murder has only surfaced after the release in July of Caro Quintero from prison – where he served 28 years of a 40-year jail term – and has been widely reported in the Mexican and Central American press.
Some in the Mexican press went so far as to say that the CIA, not Caro Quintero, killed Camarena.
The Contra's Southern Front, April 22, 1983. Mario Castillo/La República/Tico Times

The fact that witnesses have placed CIA operatives at the scene of Camarena’s kidnapping and interrogation tells Jordan that the CIA operatives should have told their handlers ahead of time and stopped it.
“If it were the other way around and it were DEA operatives with knowledge of a possible kidnapping of a CIA agent, the DEA would never allow it to happen,” Jordan said.
Plumlee said he is talking now because he wants to cover himself now that the issue has come into public view, and also to set the record straight, as some news sources, especially in Mexico, have blamed the CIA directly for murdering Camarena.
Plumlee produced a letter dated Feb. 11, 1991, written by former Sen. Gary Hart to then-Sen. Kerry saying that Plumlee had been in contact with his office about the arms and drug trafficking between 1983 and 1985, and that Hart’s staff had informed the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence Committees but “no action was initiated by either committee.”
Bill Holden, Hart’s national security adviser and now a county commissioner in Arapaho County, Colorado, said he met with Plumlee several times.
“I have no reason not to believe Plumlee,” Holden said. National Security Council adviser Lt. Col. Oliver North “was involved in a lot of nefarious activities that led the Reagan Administration into Iran-Contra.”
Iran-Contra was the scandal that rocked the Reagan Administration when it was revealed that the government had sold arms to Iran and used the proceeds to finance the Contras.
Berrellez said the 76-year-old pilot is risking a lot to speak out, as he could still be prosecuted for the drug trafficking and even as an accessory to murder for flying Caro Quintero from Veracruz across the border to Guatemala when the drug lord made his escape from Mexico en route to a short-lived stay in Costa Rica in March 1985.
Even before the Iran-Contra scandal broke, two reporters from the Associated Press, Brian Barger and Robert Parry, had published a series of articles reporting on alleged drug trafficking by Contra rebels.
The articles focused on companies that served as fronts for both aiding the Contras and running drugs, but did not hint at drug running on the scale alleged by Plumlee.
In 1996, Gary Webb, reporting for the San Jose, California-based Mercury News, broke a story linking Contra drug running to the proliferation of crack cocaine in Los Angeles that had bred addiction and gang-related violence.
Though the “Dark Alliance” series was based on a case that had already been aired, the series hit a nerve by implying that the a U.S. government-backed rebel group (the “CIA’s army” as the series repeatedly stated) was responsible for a crack epidemic that began in L.A. and spread to other communities, especially black communities, across the country.
Soon thereafter, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times all published articles shooting down Webb’s reporting, saying that the amount of drugs run by the ring in Webb’s article could not by itself have sparked an epidemic on a scale experienced by U.S. cities.
Reporter Gary Webb wrote the "Dark Alliance" series linking Contra drug running to the proliferation of crack cocaine in Los Angeles. He committed suicide in 2004, although the cause of death has been highly disputed. Screenshot from interview by School of Authentic Journalism 2002 seminar in Merida, Mexico

The particular ring written about by Webb, headed by Nicaraguan drug traffickers Norwin Meneses and Danilo Blandon, was not big enough to have fueled the crack epidemic and provided relatively little money to the Contra cause, the news reports said.
Berrellez admitted that he can’t make a firm connection between the Contra drug flights into southern California, but said he is convinced the Meneses-Blandon drug ring had access to cocaine flown into El Toro Marine Air Base, adding that the ultimate buyer of the drug for street sales in Los Angeles, “Freeway” Ricky Ross, dealt in tons of cocaine and had Meneses and Blandon as his suppliers.
“I was working in Los Angeles at the time, and I can tell you we knew of no interdiction program at El Toro,” Berrellez said. “The Contras were running drugs from Central America and the Contras were providing drugs to street gangs in Los Angeles. That’s your connection.”
Initially supportive, Webb’s editors, in the face of the criticism, backed off the story, saying the articles had overreached. Webb was demoted to a backwater suburban beat and eventually quit the newspaper. Unable to find work at another major daily, he committed suicide in December 2004.
But outrage over Webb’s allegations prompted the CIA to assign the agency’s inspector general, Fredrick Hitz, to investigate the extent of the CIA’s knowledge of cocaine trafficking by the Contras.
The Hitz report found no evidence the CIA was involved in the trafficking, but did ascertain that individuals and companies related to Contra operations were involved in the trafficking, and that the CIA did not act in an expeditious manner to stop it.
As for Caro Quintero, since his release, the U.S. government has offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture and prosecution in the United States.
Said Jordan: “From my own opinion, he has to worry more about CIA operatives than he does the Mexican government or the CIA.”
Coming up in part 2 of the series, the role of Costa Rica’s secret northwestern airstrip.


David Guyatt
12-08-2013, 09:19 AM
The CIA reacted indignantly to the allegation of complicity in Camarena’s murder. “It’s ridiculous to suggest that the CIA had anything to do with the murder of a U.S. federal agent or the escape of his killer,” an agency spokesman told Fox News.

As if...

Peter Lemkin
12-30-2013, 03:35 AM
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'Caro Quintero is Protected by the White House': Former CIA pilot Luis Chaparro If it were not for these few documents that I managed to get, some still classified until 2020, the statements of three former agents might seem to be more of a conspiracy theory.


Former CIA pilot Robert "Tosh" Plumlee is a Salem-News.com writer making major headlines for his role in the Iran-Contra affair.

(SAN JUAN, Coast Rica Vice) - This article was sent to Salem-News.com from a source in El Salvador. We understand it is part of a four part series to be released during the 2nd week in Jan., 2014 by Proceso Magazine, MX, Tico Times in Costa Rico, and El Salvador media. This is a semi-rough English translation, the Spanish version link is included below so the reader can go to the source and research the original piece. The Vice logo below will also take you it.

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Hours after Rafael Caro Quintero, alleged murderer of DEA agent Enrique Camarena Kiki, was released on 9 August, the governments of Mexico and the United States announced a manhunt. But in reality it is a fake show. Caro Quintero did not murder Kiki Camarena, and it is possible that the Mexican drug don is now living under a new identity as a protected secret agenda of the White House.

http://www.salem-news.com/nphotos/1388353760.jpgTosh Plumlee today, Salem-News.com
photo by Tim King

In interviews, three former U.S. intelligence agents: Hector Berrellez, DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency), Robert Tosh Plumlee, CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) and Phil Jordan, EPIC (Intelligence Center El Paso) - I was putting together a version of the complete opposite to the line that now dominates the agenda for both governments' drug case. A reality that we fail to see and where it is envisioned that the enemies of the U.S. are rather its proteges.
I had access to documents that prove what happened during the famous 1980's Drug War murder and the role of the CIA and current Secretary of State, John Kerry, who was aware of this since 1991.
If it were not for these few documents that I managed to get, some still classified until 2020, the statements of three former agents might seem to be more of a conspiracy theory.
But the documents are here. The first is signed by Gary Hart, former Democratic senator, dated February 14, 1991 and sent to Senator John Kerry, then chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics and International Communications of the upper house of U.S. Congress letter. This letter is one of the few documents that were not burned by Oliver North [former lieutenant colonel in the Marines, serving Ronald Regan] in the basement of the Pentagon.



The paper's concern is noted Kerry after learning about the Iran- Contra affair that smuggled cocaine into the U.S. from South America through Mexico and the sale sponsored weapons to the Nicaraguan Contras.
The letter refers to a meeting of former CIA pilot outsourced, Plumlee, with Bill Holen, Senate office in Denver, Colorado then headed Gary Hart. And that drops a bombshell: "In addition [Robert Plumlee] noted that these operations were not CIA but were under the direction of the White House, the Pentagon and staff National Security Council [NSC]."


In this operation Rafael Caro Quintero was the key person. The Reagan plan saw planes flying from the U.S. to Nicaragua and several South American countries. Plumlee and a dozen colleagues landed at Mexican ranches owned by Caro Quintero, specifically in Veracruz.
Berrellez said the first snitch was Guillermo Gonzalez Calderoni, one of the main commanders of the Federal Judicial Police (PJF) in the eighties. After collaborating with the Juarez Cartel, he fled to the United States in 1993, became DEA informant and was then shot dead in McCallen, Texas in 2003.
Berrellez was asked to get Calderoni of Mexico in 1993. I said Calderoni called from a consulate in Mexico asking to help him because otherwise "they would raise and murder."
"I helped him, sent a Jet and brought to California. Here, as protected by the DEA became an informant and was very helpful to us. The Mexican government wanted to extradite him, but I did what I could to make it not because I knew they would kill him there. Then he was accused of corruption and influence peddling and stuff, but I say it's not true, " he explained to Berrellez on his last trip to Texas to meet in person.
"What he told me about what Camarena was 'Hector, skip that item because they will fuck. It is involved in the CIA Kiki is very dangerous to walk in it.' He gave me names and details and everything, but when my boss retired I got wind of the investigation and sent me to Washington DC."
A Calderoni was murdered with a shot to the head in 2003, ten years after arriving in the United States. He had left the office of his lawyer in an avenue of McCallen, Texas when a man shot him from a car.
When I interviewed Plumlee, the fifth visit I made to his home in New Mexico, after ten hours in total talking on the phone, I asked for documents that would support his version, and see how they fit with that of Berrellez and Jordan.
That gave me the letter. He also had photographs, his pilot license and more.
After drinking a Corona drink to release the tensions of the first interview, (He met me with a .9 mm tucked into his pants) Tosh showed me pictures of him allegedly at the ranch Caro Quintero and another where it appears in one of the planes that flew to EU. But he also gave me a series of research papers on which he put the FBI still marked secret, to confirm their participation in covert CIA operations. The researchers concluded that "alias X is another likely alias Plumlee." Asking this perhaps was rude of me, but Plumlee could be any well aware of the business of the CIA and the Contras and Caro Quintero. To believe these accusations he had to prove his identity, and of course, then check that version out.
Later I found more interesting evidence. Copies of a series of maps delivered to the U.S. government and classified until 2020, which delineated by Plumlee routes where weapons and cocaine were transported. The training of members of the Nicaraguan Contras at Caro Quintero ranches are also detailed. These maps eventually convinced me that Plumlee was indeed the pilot; the man who entered the United States carrying more than 40 tons of cocaine to the CIA, in a period of one year and, in 1985, brought the country Caro Quintero.






Contact on the Pacific coast, just outside of Cabo San Lucas . This is one of the points of contact between the path and desert of Central Arizona and California during 1983-1986.
April. Rafael Caro Quintero, San Felipe, Mex. [phone number] Gacha, M. Colombo, Penonome, Panama, 1986. The note on the map contains a phone number in San Felipe that Plumlee says Quintero is the number of Delgado's ranch. This note refers to a drug deal between Gacha and Caro Quintero in 1986 "probably related to the Contras, because I was involved."
May. L 12 degrees, 84 degrees... Long, NGA Bluefield, Escualito River. Bluefields is a port on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, one of the three landing areas mined by the CIA in 1984.
6. Luis Ochoa, Penonome, Panama, in the village by the river. Previously owned by Vesco and Rojas 09/06/83. Plumlee says Jorge Luis Ochoa, a member of the Medellin cartel, sometimes stayed at the villa from Rio Hato and Penonome when sending cargo to Panama.



http://www.salem-news.com/nphotos/1388354441.jpgTosh on the Mexican border, 2011

This same man explains to me how the CIA indirectly had Enrique Kiki Camarena killed, the DEA agent investigating Caro Quintero. "Kiki was no fool. He knew that the drug was not everything he wanted, then began to follow the money and found loaded with drugs openly flying to America," said Plumlee from his chair at his home in New Mexico.
"I found out about this because the CIA asked to investigate who had opened his mouth. That was Kiki and then specifically asked Oliver North was kidnapped and interrogated."
For this they hired Nicaraguan drug trafficker Juan Matta Ballesteros, who also owned SETCO, the aircraft company Plumlee worked for, under the CIA. They explained the situation and Matta Ballesteros. Caro Quintero did tell an undercover agent had found his buffalo ranch in Chihuahua, I visited a few months ago, the largest marijuana ranch in Mexico's history. "And Caro ran his hand, but in presence of two CIA agents who were also infiltrated and did nothing," Plumlee says.
"I report that Caro Quintero is alive and safe. Now living under a new identity under a special program, a step before the witness protection program," he explained. "These so far are rumors of my sources, there is nothing that can be proven as a fact, but time will tell if it was true or just rumors."

http://www.salem-news.com/nphotos/1388354400.jpgTosh during his CIA days

Plumlee offered me his confidence, so did Hector Berrellez and Phil Jordan. Both told the same version from their research. These two, as I understand, seek one thing: justice for the legacy of Kiki Camarena. I am told that is the only personal agenda that has led them to talk now that they are finally retired agents, and not force them to keep secrets. They were good friends.
The agents also confessed that I have evidence of what they have heard of "military and intelligence sources" in the United States and Mexico, which suggests that Caro Quintero entered a special protection program from Washington monitored by the CIA and U.S. State Department.
Phil Jordan says this idea does not seem far-fetched, in fact you think there is a very strong probability. In a strange seedy motel in El Paso, Texas, he explained that the U.S. government is very concerned of what Rafael Caro Quintero can say about the operation of Iran-Contra: he bought drugs in South America to sell in the United States and money to buy weapons to give to the Nicaraguan Contras. All operations by Caro Quintero in Mexico.
For Jordan, Quintero should be protected the same as at any time can become their main enemy. Jordan goes further: the CIA may be giving protection to the boss of bosses, for now, but anytime you can get rid of it.

"Nobody in Mexico is interested in Caro Quintero because neither the PRI nor anyone going to do anything, he has always been protected. But there is a U.S. intelligence agency from which to look, did you know what ? ... the CIA. "
I sent a series of questions to the headquarters of the CIA. I responded to a template of the information they have on their website and sent to all journalists who ask about it.
In the more than 12 pages I got a reply, the CIA is specifically about the aviation company SETCO , Matta Ballesteros, and through which drugs from south to north and weapons flew north to south .
"According to the official records of the United States, referred to in the report of Senator Kerry , SETCO was established by Matta Ballesteros, Class 1 criminal. Besides the Kerry Report states that these records indicate that Matta was a leading figure in the Colombian cartel and was involved in the murder of Enrique Camarena , "says the CIA.
However, participation of the intelligence agency in SETCO flights and knowledge regarding drug trafficking is denied.
"Not found information indicating that said the CIA received allegations that some aircraft SETCO they were involved in drug trafficking during the Contra. [ ... ] Not found files or shared information with other government agencies . No information was found indicating that the CIA played a role in selecting SETCO to deliver humanitarian aid and assistance to the Contras."
Newest published by the CIA regarding the Southern Front and Iran -Contra , was this:

"The intelligence community has no independent DEA information on this case. The DEA will provide additional information as it becomes available. "
Since then the DEA offered nothing . But last October the headquarters of the Drug Enforcement Administration met to refute Jordan , Plumlee and Berrellez .
From Washington, in a press conference said the following : " Many of you are aware that there are two former DEA special agents who have recently been interviewed by various media about this research , for reasons that are unclear, the two former agents have chosen to invent stories about his involvement in the case and causes the murder of Kiki Camarena . His version of events could not be further from the truth. The stories of them are hurting the DEA effort to ensure that we bring to justice the real culprits . "
In an interview , another former DEA agent told me wary of what the three agents have been saying. Gilbert Gonzalez, who was infiltrated into the Guadalajara Cartel in the nineties and who now trains agents active in infiltration techniques , said " all you are doing [ these three agents ] is to make people remove your finger from the line " .
" Jordan is a great friend , he did have first-hand information , but do not know why you are saying these things. Plumlee do not know who is, but Berrellez was in charge of investigating the murder of Kiki from here, he never traveled to Mexico , do not know how things are " , I said smiling .
" I do not say they are doing it consciously, but we are distracted from the main goal: to bring justice to American Rafael Caro Quintero Camarena's murder ."
By Robert Plumlee has now confessed to me that he is afraid. More than a dozen of his friends, the other pilots who flew cocaine for Uncle Sam , have been killed or are behind bars . He is an old man and do not want to end his life under these circumstances. So you've decided to protect a very paradoxical way , making public everything he knows about the operation for which he was hired .
One of his friends was Celestino Castillo III , a former DEA agent who served his sentence in prison for trafficking weapons during this operation .
Castillo himself has written in his book Powderburns how the U.S. government imprisoned for leaking information of Iran -Contra .
"I'm still trying to clear my name. And I know what these men are saying [ Tosh, Jordan and Berrellez ] is true. I served at the forefront of Latin America for six years when all this was happening, "he told me in a brief phone interview .
The other friend , the one who has more crying , was Barry Seal, a U.S. pilot involved in various covert operations outsourced by the CIA who was killed when he was very close to talk.
According to an internal FBI investigation , was killed when Seal , agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided their personal items Police forensic lab in Louisiana , where he was fatally shot . Among the documents seized by the FBI was your staff George Bush.
Furthermore, once the murderers were found told lawyers that were ordered by an official identified as Oliver North .
" I do not care about politics or money or who is president and who is not, I want to save my ass ," he replied when he finally confessed that he suspected she could have to reveal this hidden agendas.
To be fair to anyone but politicians care policy . But to say that the CIA was behind an illegal operation that also took the life of a DEA agent goes beyond being Democrat or Republican , PRI or PAN or PRD.
So we know how things move : on the streets of Guadalajara, Mexico City , Ciudad Juarez , El Paso, New Mexico , California , there are drug dealers , drug dealers and where there is the most likely DEA and CIA protecting .
Ronald Reagan was a president who trafficked drugs to his own people and weapons to annihilate your enemies. But what the hell , raise your hand the president has not done so.
http://www.vice.com/es_mx/read/caro-quintero-es-protegido-por-la-casa-blanca-ex-piloto-de-la-cia (http://www.vice.com/es_mx/read/caro-quintero-es-protegido-por-la-casa-blanca-ex-piloto-de-la-cia)

http://www.salem-news.com/nphotos/1388353292.jpgKing and Plumlee in Colorado, 2013

David Guyatt
01-09-2014, 10:48 AM
DEA Case Threatens to Expose US Government Sanctioned Drug Running

Nothing new there, then.

From NarcoNews (http://narcosphere.narconews.com/notebook/bill-conroy/2014/01/dea-case-threatens-expose-us-government-sanctioned-drug-running)

Posted by Bill Conroy (http://narcosphere.narconews.com/users/bill-conroy) - January 4, 2014 at 6:37 pmPleadings in Federal Court Reveal ICE Undercover Operation Marked With CIA Fingerprints
Federal agents this past November raided the offices of an aircraft brokerage and leasing company called World Jet Inc., based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The raid, spearheaded by the US Drug Enforcement Administration, was launched on the heels of a DEA affidavit for a search warrant (http://narcosphere.narconews.com/userfiles/70/DEA.SearchWarrantAffidavit.pdf), which was filed in late October last year in federal court in Colorado as part of a case that is now sealed. The search-warrant affidavit was made available on the Internet after being obtained by a reporter for the Durango Herald (http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20131118/NEWS01/131119574/1001/Feds-probe-Pagosa-resort-)newspaper.
The affidavit outlines allegations against several individuals accused by the DEA of participating in a narco-trafficking conspiracy. But that is not the big story here.
Instead, the real news is buried deep in the DEA court pleadings and confirms the existence of a US undercover operation that Narco News reported previously had allowed tons of cocaine to be flown from Latin America into the states absent proper controls or the knowledge of the affected Latin American nations.http://narcosphere.narconews.com/userfiles/70/CrashedGulfstreamII.jpg
The DEA affidavit focuses on the owner of World Jet, Don Whittington, and his brother, Bill — both of whom earned modest infamy as race-car drivers who were convicted and served time in prison for participating in a marijuana-smuggling conspiracy in the 1980s.
The DEA now alleges the pair, through World Jet, have leased or brokered the sale of multiple aircraft to agents of known narco-trafficking organizations in Latin America. Those aircraft, the DEA claims, were leased or sold at inflated prices and the proceeds laundered through various businesses owned or operate by the brothers — including a resort and spa in Colorado.
Because the titles and tail numbers for the leased aircraft are kept in World Jet or related-parties’ names, the planes can be “repossessed” by World Jet after they have served their purpose for the narco-traffickers, or if a plane is later seized as part of a drug bust, “both parties can deny responsibility and World Jet Inc. can reclaim the aircraft as they hold the financial lien,” the DEA affidavit alleges.
Narco News contacted World Jet’s office in Florida seeking comment from the Whittington brothers and also contacted their attorney. None of them returned calls prior to deadline.
However, Jason Bowles, an attorney representing Bill Whittington’s daughter, Nerissa, claims DEA’s allegations with respect to his client are without merit. (Nerissa Whittington is the registered agent for the company that controls the Colorado resort and spa that the DEA affidavit alleges is part of the World Jet money-laundering scheme.)
"Nerissa and her companies have done nothing wrong," Bowles says. "She is a good business woman. She is innocent."
Bowles adds that to date no arrests have been made or indictments issued as a result of the DEA search-warrant affidavit.
Although the investigation into the Whittingtons and World Jet may seem like a typical drug-war saga, there is a twist in this case, related to the sale of a Gulfstream II corporate jet, that appears to put the DEA in the position of investigating one or more of its sister federal agencies.

Mayan ExpressDon Whittington’s World Jet brokered the Gulfstream II’s sale to a company called Donna Blue Aircraft Inc., according to the DEA affidavit.
The DEA affidavit indicates that Donna Blue was, in fact, a front company for an ICE undercover operation dubbed “Mayan Jaguar.” Donna Blue subsequently sold the Gulfstream II jet to a Florida duo — Clyde O'Connor and Gregory Smith, who has a history of involvement in US government operations.
About a week later, on Sept. 24, 2007, the Gulfstream jet crashed in Mexico’s Yucatan with a payload of some 4 tons of cocaine onboard. Media reports at the time and European investigators, it turns out, have linked the Gulfstream II’s tail number, N987SA, to past CIA flights (http://narcosphere.narconews.com/notebook/bill-conroy/2009/01/cocaine-plane-trail-open-challenge-obama-administration)to Guantanamo Bay.http://narcosphere.narconews.com/userfiles/70/gulfstreamII.jpg
Narco News reported on the Gulfstream II jet crash and its aftermath extensively and has uncovered documents and sources indicating that Gregory Smith was, in fact, a contract pilot who did work for the US government, including US Customs (later rolled into ICE, which is part of Homeland Security), DEA, FBI and likely CIA.
A Narco News story published in December 2007 also revealed that the Gulfstream II jet was part of an ICE undercover operation called Mayan Express.
From that story (http://www.narconews.com/Issue48/article2941.html):

The Gulfstream II jet that crash landed in the Mexican Yucatan in late September [2007] carrying close to four tons of cocaine was part of an operation being carried out by a Department of Homeland Security agency, DEA sources have revealed to Narco News.
The operation, codenamed “Mayan Express,” is an ongoing effort spearheaded by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the sources claim. The information surfaced during a high-level meeting at DEA headquarters in mid-December [2007], DEA sources familiar with the meeting assert.
Those same sources now tell Narco News that Mayan Express and ICE’s Mayan Jaguar operation revealed in the recently filed DEA affidavit are one and the same. The Narco News story about Mayan Express also revealed that, according to several US law enforcers, the operation likely was run with CIA assistance and may well have been a CIA covert operation using ICE as a cover for its activities.
More from the 2007 Narco News story: (http://www.narconews.com/Issue48/article2941.html)

The operation [Mayan Express/Jaguar] also appears to be badly flawed, the sources say, because it is being carried out unilaterally, (Rambo-style), by ICE and without the knowledge of the Mexican government ….
“This is a case of ICE running amok,” one DEA source told Narco News. “If this [operation] was being run by the book, they would not be doing it unilaterally” – without the participation of DEA – “and without the knowledge of the Mexican government.”
… The bottom line, though, according to the DEA sources who leaked the information to Narco News, is that the real purpose of the Mayan Express [Mayan Jaguar] operation remains unclear, as does the volume of drugs involved in the operation to date .
One proposition that all of the law enforcers who spoke with Narco News agreed on with respect to the Mayan Express [Mayan Jaguar] is that even if DEA was precluded from participating in the effort, the CIA almost certainly was involved on some level. They say no law enforcement operation is carried out overseas without the CIA lurking in the background.
… Attorney Mark Conrad, a former high-level supervisory US Customs special agent who has an extensive background in the intelligence world, has no problem entertaining a CIA scenario in the Gulfstream II narco-world saga.
“… It [Mayan Express/Jaguar] makes no sense and it makes perfect sense. There probably aren’t six people left at ICE who could put an operation like this together. It could well be a CIA operation working under ICE cover.”

[B]Government PilotNarco News’ past coverage of the Gulfstream II jet also established that Gregory Smith, one of the jet’s owners at the time of its crash landing in Mexico, worked as a contract pilot for a US government operation targeting Colombian narco-traffickers in the late 1990s/early 2000s.
In fact, Smith’s company at the time, Aero Group Jets (http://www.narconews.com/Issue48/article2919.html), leased the Hawker jet used for that operation to the individual at the center of it — a CIA [link here (http://narcosphere.narconews.com/userfiles/70/Judge_s.ruling.pdf), see page 16], DEA and FBI asset named Baruch Vega (http://narcosphere.narconews.com/notebook/bill-conroy/2007/09/bogot%C3%A1-connection-%E2%80%99informant%E2%80%99-baruch-vega-sues-us-government). That same Hawker jet, FAA records show, was later purchased by Clyde O’Connor (http:// http://narcosphere.narconews.com/node/2142)— Smith’s partner in the 2007 Gulfstream II purchase.
From a December 2007 Narco News story (http://www.narconews.com/Issue48/article2919.html):

[CIA asset] Vega, in a recent lawsuit filed in federal court, (http://narcosphere.narconews.com/story/2007/9/24/0627/84519) claims the FBI and DEA both used him between 1997 and 2000 to help broker plea deals with Colombian narco-traffickers and that, in the end, the U.S. government stiffed him out of $28.5 million in promised payments for his work.http://narcosphere.narconews.com/userfiles/70/Vega.Baruch.JPG
It was during that work for the FBI and DEA that Vega ran across Greg [Gregory] Smith, whom Vega claims was brought in by the FBI to pilot some 25 to 30 flights that involved couriering federal agents, Colombian narco-traffickers and lawyers back and forth between the United States and Latin America as part of the naroc-trafficker [cooperating-source] “recruiting” efforts.
Vega also says that the CIA was very involved in this effort, assisting with assuring the safe transport of the narco-traffickers to the airports in Latin America.
“We did have the full cooperation of the CIA…,” he told Narco News.
On at least one occasion, Vega adds, a CIA agent actually flew in the jet during one of the Latin American missions — though he stresses the agent simply needed to hitch a ride and was not directly involved with the operation.
In another story published by Narco News in February 2008, Vega reveals additional details about the Gulfstream II jet and its role in Mayan Express/Jaguar that he learned due to his connections with US government agencies.
From that story (http://www.narconews.com/Issue50/article3011.html):

… The Gulfstream II, according to DEA sources, was being used as part of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) undercover operation, called the Mayan Express [Mayan Jaguar], when it crashed in Mexico. Those sources contend the operation is being run “unilaterally” without the knowledge or cooperation of Latin American governments.http://narcosphere.narconews.com/userfiles/70/Jose%20Nelson%20Urrego.jpg
CIA asset Vega further claims that a notorious Colombian narco-trafficker named Nelson Urrego works as an informant for the U.S. government, both ICE and the CIA, and that he helped to arrange the Gulfstream II’s cocaine payload through Colombian paramilitary groups. Panamanian authorities arrested Urrego on money-laundering charges about a week before the Gulfstream II crashed. Urrego (http://www.narconews.com/Issue49/article2965.html) has since told the Panamanian press that he is, in fact, a CIA asset.
Given this backdrop, several Narco News sources, including Mark Conrad, a former supervisor special agent with ICE’s predecessor agency, U.S. Customs, have suggested that the CIA, not ICE, is actually the U.S. agency controlling the Mayan Express operation.
If Conrad is right, then DEA may now, in effect, be declaring war on the CIA because its World Jet investigation, if pursued to its end, could potentially expose CIA-sponsored drug running.
The DEA search-warrant affidavit now filed in federal court also alleges that Gregory Smith — identified as a contract pilot for World Jet — is also a DEA target suspected of being a drug smuggler.
From the DEA affidavit (http://narcosphere.narconews.com/userfiles/70/DEA.SearchWarrantAffidavit.pdf):

On September 24, 2007, a 1975 Grumman Gulfstream II Turbo Jet bearing tail number N987SA, crashed in the Yucatan Peninsula while transporting 3.723 kilograms of cocaine, which was recovered by the Mexican government, as documented by DEA Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. N987SA was owned by Donna Blue Aircraft Inc., which was subsequently identified as a front company for a Tampa Bay, Florida-based ICE undercover operation named Operation Mayan Jaguar [alias Mayan Express].
Earlier in 2007, the aircraft was sold from a Delaware-based company, SA Holdings LLC, to Donna Blue Aircraft Inc., which in turn produced a bill of sale (http://www.narconews.com/docs/donnablue-sale.pdf)for the aircraft to Clyde O’Connor and Gregory Smith. Clyde O’Connor and Gregory Smith have long been targets of DEA investigations for the trafficking of cocaine from South America to Central America and Mexico. As well, Gregory Smith currently works as a contract pilot for Don Whittington and World Jet Inc. Don Whittington and World Jet Inc. were implicated in the brokering of the sale of N987SA from SA Holdings LLC to the undercover company, Donna Blue Aircraft Inc.
… Gregory Smith has been identified in other DEA investigations as a pilot of interest due to intelligence that indicated he was a contract pilot who has flown loads of cocaine and marijuana from South and Central America to other points in the United States and Mexico.
Narco News recently contacted World Jet and asked to speak with Gregory Smith. The individual who answered the phone responded that Smith was unavailable, adding that she had "not seen him in a while.”

More ConnectionsCould pilot Gregory Smith’s alleged drug-smuggling runs, as outlined in the DEA affidavit, actually have been part of Mayan Jaguar/Express, or various CIA operations, that were unknown to DEA?
Tosh Plumlee (http:// http://narcosphere.narconews.com/notebook/bill-conroy/2013/08/release-dea-agent-kiki-camarena-s-murderer-game-changer-cia), a former CIA contract pilot who has blown the whistle on past CIA-sponsored drug-running operations, concludes that the answer to that question is “simple.”
“The CIA’s fingerprints are everywhere [on this operation],” Plumlee adds.
Still, it’s difficult to know with absolute certainty, based on the available evidence, the full extent of any CIA involvement. But there are other facts related to this case that should raise eyebrows for anyone in the US government empowered to investigate such matters.
For example, Joao Malago (http://www.narconews.com/Issue48/article2919.html), one of the owners of the alleged ICE front company Donna Blue, confirmed to Narco News previously that he served as a business partner in a biofuels company called Atlantic Alcohol (http://www.narconews.com/Issue50/article3011.html)that listed among its officers an individual named Larry Peters, owner of Skyway Aircraft Inc. in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Skyway also happens to have brokered the sale of nine planes (http://www.narconews.com/Issue51/article3031.html) to Venezuelan buyers between 2003 and 2008, based on a past Narco News investigation. At least two of them were later identified as aircraft that were used in drug-trafficking operations.
Peters and Malago have previously denied having any connections to drug traffickers. In fact, based on the revelations in the recent DEA affidavit, it would appear that Malago and Peters are far more likely to have US government connections.http://narcosphere.narconews.com/userfiles/70/Beechcraft.plane.jpg
Both the Gulfstream II jet sold by Malago’s Donna Blue to O’Connor and Smith as well as one of the Peters’ Skyway Aircraft planes (a Beechcraft King Air 200 (http:// http://www.narconews.com/Issue49/article2989.html)) sold to a Venezuelan buyer were later found crashed or abandoned and linked to cocaine payloads — the Gulfstream II in Mexico after crashing in the Yucatan and the Beechcraft King Air 200 in Nicaragua. Both of those aircraft sported tail numbers at the time that linked them to apparent prior use by the CIA.
From a Narco News story (http://www.narconews.com/Issue51/article3031.html) published in March 2008:

Skyway Aircraft Inc. in St. Petersburg, Florida, sold the aircraft [Beechcraft King Air 200] to a Venezuelan purchaser in October 2004, about a month before it was apprehended in a Nicaraguan cotton field linked to a payload of some 1,100 kilos of cocaine. The Beech 200 was found in Nicaragua bearing a false tail number (N168D), which FAA records show is registered to a North Carolina company called Devon Holding and Leasing Inc.
According to press reports and an investigation conducted by the European Parliament (http://narcosphere.narconews.com/userfiles/70/WorkingPaper.pdf) into the CIA’s terrorist rendition program, Devon Holding is a CIA shell company and N168D is a tail number to a CIA aircraft. (http://cryptome.org/cia-plane-nc.htm)
ICE spokesperson Carissa Cutrell confirmed that Mayan Jaguar was an ICE operation “initiated to target drug trafficking.” She said it ran from around 2003 to 2007 and was then shut down.
“I don’t’ think anything [arrests or indictments] came out of it,” she says.
A DEA source told Narco News that it is surprising that ICE would allow an operation like Mayan Jaguar/Express to continue for so many years without producing any law enforcement results, adding that such an expensive and expansive international operation would not be launched and continued for years at DEA unless strict controls were in place and it also produced results — such as arrests and indictments.
Yet another connection to all of this is the fact that the Mexican government claims (http://narcosphere.narconews.com/userfiles/70/Procuraduria.pdf)a money-exchange company called Casa De Cambio Puebla, operated by an individual named Pedro Alfonso Alatorrre Damy, fronted the money for the purchase of the cocaine Gulfstream II jet -- which was reportedly sold by Donna Blue Aircraft to Smith and O'Connor for $2 million (http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2007/09/28/20104/drugs-on-crashed-plane-belonged.html) only 8 days prior to it crashing in Mexico. http://narcosphere.narconews.com/userfiles/70/Damy.DeCambio.jpg
Damy was an alleged money launder for Mexico's Sinaloa narco-trafficking organization. This is important because Jesus Zambada Niebla, now awaiting trial in Chicago, is a top-level Sinaloa player who claims in his court pleadings that the drug-trafficking organization had a quid pro quo agreement with the US government that allowed its senior members to operate with impunity in exchange for providing US law enforcement and intel agencies with information about rival cartels.
From Zambada Niebla's court pleadings (http://narcosphere.narconews.com/notebook/bill-conroy/2011/07/us-court-documents-claim-sinaloa-cartel-protected-us-government):

The United States government considered the arrangements with the Sinaloa Cartel an acceptable price to pay, because the principal objective was the destruction and dismantling of rival cartels by using the assistance of the Sinaloa Cartel — without regard for the fact that tons of illicit drugs continued to be smuggled into Chicago and other parts of the United States and consumption continued virtually unabated.
Damy was arrested in Mexico in 2007 and extradited (http://images.reforma.com/nacional/articulo/685/1369636/)to the US in early 2013. As part of a plea deal he was convicted on one count of money laundering and this past April quietly sentenced to time served (http://narcosphere.narconews.com/userfiles/70/Damy.Judgment.pdf) — pretty lenient considering the amount of cocaine involved and an alleged money-laundering tally exceeding $170 million, according to the indictment (http://narcosphere.narconews.com/userfiles/70/Damy.Indictment.pdf). A law enforcer who spoke with Narco News on background says the light sentence is a good sign that Damy had agreed at some point to cooperate with the US government.
Coincidently, Damy’s case also is tied intricately to another U.S. government legal action against former banking giant Wachovia (since sold to Wells Fargo), which was implicated in the Damy money-laundering operation. Sinaloa organization operative Damy allegedly used the bank as part of his money-laundering enterprise.
Wachovia inked a deferred prosecution agreement (http://narcosphere.narconews.com/notebook/bill-conroy/2012/12/banks-are-where-money-drug-war)with the U.S. Department of Justice in March 2010 in exchange for paying a monetary penalty of some $160 million (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=avbx.9LIE6.A)and providing a promise of cooperation with the U.S. government.
Jim Schrant, DEA resident agent in charge in Grand Junction, Colo., when contacted by Narco News confirmed that there is "an ongoing investigation" related to the World Jet search warrant that "involves very serious crimes." He declined to comment, however, on specific "individuals or events mentioned in the affidavit." Schrant also confirmed that his office is involved in the investigation.
Another DEA source, who asked not to be named, told Narco News that the World Jet investigation, if it indeed gets too close to exposing a CIA-enabled covert operation, will in all likelihood be jammed up by the brass at the headquarters level.
"Any agency that is above the law [such as CIA] can get away with anything. It's sad, and most people don't know it, or care, but it's true,” the source says. “When they invoke national security, everyone just craps their pants, even judges."
Stay tuned….

David Guyatt
01-22-2014, 08:51 AM
From Mad Cow Morning News (http://www.madcowprod.com/2013/12/12/fort-lauderdale-florida-is-a-protestant-palermo/#more-5356):

Feds raid CIA-connected air charter in Fort Lauderdale
Posted on December 12, 2013 (http://www.madcowprod.com/2013/12/12/fort-lauderdale-florida-is-a-protestant-palermo/) by Daniel Hopsicker (http://www.madcowprod.com/author/dhopsicker/)

An affidavit filed by a DEA Agent in Colorado (http://www.madcowprod.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/whittington.pdf) sheds new light on the mystery surrounding two American-registered drug planes from St. Petersburg busted with a total of ten tons of cocaine.
▪ The Gulfstream II jet which crashed in Mexico belonged to something called Operation Mayan Jaguar, an unexplained Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation in Tampa Florida which one DEA official characterized as a "rogue operation."
▪ The deal was brokered by the infamous and notorious World Jet Inc, the Fort Lauderdale company invaded by a Federal multi-agency operation two weeks ago.
▪ The startling revelations in the DEA affidavit will be detailed in a series of stories in this space.
They combed through the trash. They searched dozens of planes. And while TV cameras from all the Miami TV network affiliates looked on, they loaded box after box filled with aviation records into government SUV’s parked in plain sight on the tarmac in front of the office.

But today— more than two weeks after more than 100 Federal agents from the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security descended on the headquarters of the infamous and notorious World Jet Inc. at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport—if you want to know why they were there or what they were looking for, you’re two weeks too late.
That’s because the detailed 35-page affidavit (http://www.madcowprod.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/whittington.pdf)supporting the request for a search warrant of Don and Bill Whittington’s air charter company filed at the United States District Court in Grand Junction Colorado has been sealed.
But not, thankfully, before it was discovered and leaked onto the Internet in an exclusive story (http://durangoherald.com/article/20131118/NEWS01/131119574/Feds-probe-Pagosa-resort-)by reporter Joe Hamel from The Durango Herald in Durango Colorado.
“I found a search warrant and one affidavit during a regular trip down to the Federal Courthouse to check on what’s new,” reporter Hamel said in an interview. “But when I went back a week later to check for new filings, it was gone. The whole case has been sealed.”
"The whole case has been sealed."
Alone among major crimes, drug trafficking is often treated as a matter of “grave” national security. No one will say why. But there's a lot of money involved…
This penchant for secrecy is especially clear in the case of the two American-registered drug planes from St Petersburg Florida busted in the Yucatan, whose seizure revealed that Wachovia, then America's 4th-largest bank, had laundered $378 billion for Mexican drug cartels.
For example, “Raul Jimenez Alfaro,” (http://www.madcowprod.com/2013/07/04/dc-9-cocaine-one-kingpins-secret-conviction/)who investigators identified the man in charge of bringing the DC-9 busted in the Yucatan carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine north to the U.S., pled guilty under an alias to drug charges in a Federal Court in Miami, keeping his role in the massive 5.5 ton drug move secret.
Another recent example is Juan Carlos Abadia (http://www.madcowprod.com/2013/08/30/colombian-drug-lord-vanishes-after-conviction-in-the-u-s/). The DEA called him the biggest drug cartel boss since Pablo Escobar, the leader of the world’s biggest drug cartel, and the man responsible for exporting more than 500 tons of cocaine— (http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/08/07/us-km-brazil-drugs-idUSN0721900820070807)worth in excess of $10 billion to the United States.
Yet when Abadia pled guilty to drug trafficking and racketeering in a US Federal Court in 2011, not one newspaper in America covered his conviction. It went completely unreported. The DEA didn't didn’t even issue a press release.
Compounding this "anomaly"is another strange fact: Although Abadia was sentenced to 25 years in Federal prison, a search of the prisoner locater (http://www.bop.gov/iloc2/LocateInmate.jsp) at the Federal Bureau of Prisons website does not list his name as among those currently incarcerated. Phone calls asking about his whereabouts to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons were met with a terse "no comment."
"Gaming the system" is "Call of Duty" for elite deviants
The DEA affidavit details a year-long investigation of aircraft dealer Reginald “Don” Whittington, 67.
The Whittington’s, the affidavit states, are suspected of illegally leasing aircraft from Florida to cocaine cartels and laundering drug-related profits through a hot springs resort hotel and a ranch in Colorado.
It contains startling information about the ease with which Mexican and Colombian drug cartels are able to purchase US aircraft—as well as a certain amount of protection— from brokers like Whittington, or the unmentioned Larry Peters of Skyway Aircraft in St Petersburg, who has also sold numerous drug planes to Mexican cartels with apparent impunity.
The scheme works like this: the Whittington’s company would sell airplanes at inflated prices to drug traffickers, but maintain the title and American registration number in the name of World Jet or a designated nominee. Then, after the smugglers were done with the planes, World Jet would “repossess” them, at a tidy profit.
The clear virtue of this strategy is it provides “plausible deniability.” And even if the airplane is caught, by claiming to be an "innocent owner," there's a good chance the participants will get back the plane.
"In the event that the aircraft is seized pursuant to a narcotics interdiction, both parties can deny responsibility and World Jet Inc. can reclaim the aircraft." In the affidavit, a DEA informant states Don Whittington then launders the drug proceeds through his spa and resort in New Mexico.

Donna Blue, Donna Blue, wherefore art you?
The affidavit confirms reporting published here which called into question the very existence of Donna Blue Aircraft, the Florida company which the FAA listed as the owner of a Gulfstream II which went down in the Yucatan on September 24 2007 carrying four tons of cocaine.
Suspicions about the two plane's "unusual" chain of ownership turned out to be right on the money.
The affidavit states, “On September 24, 2007, a 1975 Gulfstream II turbo jet bearing tail number N987SA crashed in the Yucatan Peninsula while carrying 3723 kilograms of cocaine, which was recovered by the Mexican Government, as documented by DEA Mexico City.”
“N987SA was owned by Donna Blue Aircraft Inc, which was subsequently identified as a front company for a Tampa Florida-based ICE undercover operation named Operation Mayan Jaguar.” (emphasis mine.)
The “Tampa-based ICE undercover operation” likely provided “cover” for a CIA operation, which “sheep-dipped” an already-owned CIA plane, the Gulfstream II, to a dummy front company, Donna Blue Aircraft.
As I reported five years ago (http://www.madcowprod.com/10292007.html), the registration history of the Gulfstream II (N987SA) indicated the plane had been “parked” or “sheep-dipped” in and out of the hands of a motley crew of politically well-connected ‘straw’ owners, whose ranks included a secretive Midwestern media magnate who bought more than a million dollars of billboard advertising for Presidential candidate George W Bush in 2000; a lieutenant to Saudi “fixer’ and long-time CIA asset Adnan Khashoggi; and most recently individuals in New York with strong connections to the Russian Mafiya.
"Hail hail, the gang's all here!"
Several days after the crash of the Gulfstream II in the Yucatan, I paid a visit to the address— (http://www.madcowprod.com/10092007.html)4811 Lyons Technology Parkway #8 in Coconut Beach FL—that “Donna Blue Aircraft Inc” listed as its home address on FAA documents.
What I found was an empty office suite, with a blank sign out front. There was no visible sign of any entity called Donna Blue Aircraft, Inc.
What there was, however, were a half-dozen unmarked police cars parked directly in front of the empty suite.
Donna Blue Aircraft (d-b-a- doing business as, get it?) was a dummy front company cut from the same cloth as decades-worth of CIA dummy front companies.
Moreover the brief description of Donna Blue on its Internet page (http://donnablueaircraft.com/) was such a clumsy half-hearted effort that it defeated its purpose of constructing a plausible “legend,” or cover.
The website featured a quote from a satisfied Donna Blue Aircraft customer whose name, unfortunately is “John Doe.” (http://donnablueaircraft.com/testimonials.html) The company’s listed phone number was right out of a movie: 415.555-5555. (http://donnablueaircraft.com/contact.html)
A "pilot of interest" flying loads all over
Here is where the affidavit reveals perhaps more than was intended.
“Earlier in 2007 this aircraft was sold from a Delaware-based company SA Holdings LLC of Donna Blue Aircraft, which in turn produced bill of sale for the aircraft to Clyde O’Conner and Greg Smith.”
A little later, the affidavit states that Federal agents had Don Whittington under surveillance on a flight from Fort Lauderdale to their resort in Pagosa Springs New Mexico in mid-April of last year.
The flight was piloted by “Gregory Dean Smith.”
“Gregory Smith has been identified in other DEA investigations as a pilot of interest due to intelligence that indicated he was a contract pilot who had flown loads of cocaine from South and Central America to points in the US and Mexico.”
Brazilian Joao Malaga of Donna Blue Aircraft—now known to have been fronting for an ICE operation— explained to authorities that pilots Greg Smith and Clyde O’Conner paid him $2 million in cash to purchase the Gulfstream.
Malago’s statement was greeted with derision by insiders at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport who know both men, I reported. Neither man is anywhere near wealthy. One, Smith, is anything but.
“Greg Smith’s a good pilot, and dependable, and I never thought twice about hiring him to fly a charter for me,” a charter aviation manager told me. “Except I always had to be sure to always front him money for expenses, or I’d get phone calls from the backside of nowhere telling me they didn’t have enough money to gas up the plane to fly home.”
"Operation Mayan Jaguar"
Bill Conroy of NarcoNews (http://narcosphere.narconews.com/notebook/bill-conroy) had reported that the now-mangled drug plane had been used for at least a decade by the CIA to fly "extraordinary renditions “to the US base in Guantanamo and to ferry extradited drug traffickers from Colombia to the USA.
The DEA affidavit, which states that the two pilots had been under investigation for drug trafficking, would seem to indicate otherwise.
“Clyde O’Conner and Greg Smith had long been targets of DEA investigations for the trafficking of cocaine from South America to Central America and Mexico," states the affidavit.
"As well, Gregory Smith currently works as a contract pilot for World Jet. Don Whittington and World Jet were implicated in brokering the sale of N987SA from SA Holdings LLC to the undercover company Donna Blue Aircraft.”
On the other hand, is it possible the DEA was looking at pilots O’Conner and Smith as “persons of interest” in drug trafficking investigations at the same time the CIA was employing them as pilots?
Anyone who remembers Barry Seal would seem to have no trouble answering, at least tentatively, “yes.”
The DEA affidavit called the Tampa-based ICE operation “Operation Mayan Jaguar.” Bill Conroy called it “Operation Mayan Express.”
Especially when dealing with a government which jealously guards information on drug trafficking that they themselves aren’t sponsoring as a matter of (usually ‘grave’)national security, that’s close enough for television. Or government work.
So far, so good. Kudos to Bill Conroy of NarcoNews, the only other reporter following the story, and to (immodestly) me as well.
ICE running amok?
This is a case of ICE running amok,” a DEA source told Conroy. “If this [operation] was being run by the book, they would not be doing it unilaterally” – without the participation of DEA – “and without the knowledge of the Mexican government.”
For my part, I’d interviewed the No 2 DEA official in Miami, who insisted on anonymity for reasons which will soon become obvious.
In my whiniest citizen-journalist voice, I asked him plaintively, “How come you guys aren’t investigating the planes out of St Petersburg busted with 10 tons of cocaine?”
He calmly replied that one Federal Agency does not, as a matter of course, investigate the operations of another Federal Agency.
What had been exposed by the Dc-9 and Gulfstream II seizures, he said, was a rogue U.S. Customs operation (ICE is part of Customs, which in turn is part of Homeland Security).
For further answers, he pointed my to the Homeland Security’s Office of Professional Responsibility, charged with investigating internal misconduct.
Five years later, I’m still waiting to hear back from them.
Disneyland for Spooks
The Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport looms so large in recent American history that it may one day get national landmark status. It’s the hub of one of Florida’s biggest and most lucrative industries. A playground for elite deviants from both North and South America.
It’s Disneyland for Spooks. An otherwise unprepossessing local airfield that’s just a hop skip and a jump from almost anywhere—the Bahamas, the Caymans, Turks & Caicos, Puerto Rico—that anyone in the drug trafficking/money laundering industry needs to go.
The Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport is the Little Airfield That Could.
Yet local state and federal authorities have been unable to summon the will to plug what is by now a glaringly visible national security loophole, perhaps because the enormously lucrative traffic in money, weapons, drugs, diamonds, and even terrorists that takes place using business jets cruising at up to 40,000 feet and available only to a select few among the international elite.
In the coming days, I will begin to detail some of the truly shocking revelations contained in the DEA affidavit that somehow has wiggled its way into the public domain.
But it strains credulity to think there is much there that the DEA didn’t know five or ten or even twenty years ago.
Now that the notorious Whittington brothers are— once again—the target of a major DEA investigation, the real question is: Why now?