INSIDE THE OCTOPUS
THE BARRY SEAL STORY
Who is really responsible for the JFK assassination Air America, Watergate, Iran-Contra and just about every other major scandal in recent history? Could the Barry Seal story provide the answer? Does Seal's sad saga provide a window on the Octopus that really rules America?
adier Berriman "Barry" Seal was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on July 16, 1939 to a typical American family. Barry, his two brothers, Benjy and Wendell, his mom, a homemaker, and his dad, a candy wholesaler, liued in a house on Louers Lane. During his teens, Barry would bicycle to Ryan's Field to watch airplanes in action. Seal's first flight instructor, Eddie Duffard, told Dan Hopsicker, author of the new book flarry and the Boys, that Barry was a skinny kid with a paper route, but he was always trying to proue something. "That boy was first cousin to a bird," recalled Duffard. On July 16, 1955, his 16th birthday, Seal got his pilot's license. Two weeks later, he boarded a US Air Force plane for a two-week summer camp with the Giuil Air Patrol at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreueport, Louisiana. There he came under the command of Dauid Ferne, and met fellow cadet Lee Haruey Oswald, two principal figures in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. John Ddom was a childhood friend. "One Friday, I got a call from Barry asking if I'd like to fly to Lacombe. We left about 5:30 AM," says Ddom. At the Lacombe airport, Dauid Ferne pointed out 5D boxes on the runway. Flying back to Baton Rouge, Seal told Ddom the boxes contained weapons, and Ferne was paying him SHOO a week—$2,50D a week in today's dollars—to deliuer them. "Haw'd you like to make that kind of money?" asked Seal, who was still a high-school senior. Two years later, he was making $2,000 per flight, carrying weapons into Cuba for Fidel Castro's reuolution. Joe Nettles, his second flight instructor, belieues Seal was the best pilot in the US at the time. One thing we know for sure: After falling into Dauid Feme's orbit, Seal suddenly became uery secretiue.
SECRET AGENT MAN
Feme had been an undercouer operatiue for the Dffice of Strategic Seruices, the precursor to the CIA, during World War II. He was also a failed priest, a self-trained cancer researcher, an auid hypnotist and an enthusiastic supporter of right-wing agendas. As commander of a Ciuil Air Patrol unit, he probably screened cadets for future roles in intelligence operations. Eddie Shearer, one of Feme's cadets, recalls this reuealmg incident: "This kid was twirling a 'guidon,' a metal pole with a fleur de Iis, and it got away from him and cut his hand. Daue walks ouer to him and puts his hand out in front of the kid's face, like he's giuing him a stiff-arm, and says, 'You will feel sensation, but no pain.' " It became clear to Shearer that Feme had been hypnotizing some of the cadets for a long time. In 1960, Seal asked his roommate, Jerry Chidgey, to help him empty out the Louisiana National Guard armory, using keys Seal had mysteriously obtained. They loaded weapons into an unmarked police uan and droue to Hammond, Louisiana, "where the guns were loaded onto a DC-3 and flown to Guatemala."
Seal became a pilot for the CIA airline, Air America, which flew heroin shipments around the world.
As we know today, Guatemala was a staging area for the ClA-sponsored Bay of Pigs muasion of Cuba in April 1361. Seal sent his mother a postcard from the Mayas Excelsior Hotel in Guatemala City, just three weeks before he flew a P-51 in the ill-fated muasion. He then returned to the US and joined the US Army Special Forces Reserues. He was assigned to the Eist Special Forces Group and went to jump school in Ft. Benning, Georgia. On May 1, 1363 Seal was assigned to Company D, Special Ops Detachment of the EOth Special Forces Group-Spec Forces Group Airborne.
During this time, just before President Kennedy was killed, an illuminating photograph was taken. A smiling EH-year-old Seal is seated at a nightclub table in Mexico City with Frank Sturgis, Felix Rodriguez and William Seymour, all members of the CIA's assassination squad, Operation HD. Louis Gaudin, an air-traffic controller at Redbird Airport, located south of Dallas, told the FBI he recalled obserumg three men in business suits board a Comanche-type aircraft hours after the assassination. Seal owned such a plane, and many belieue he flew the plane that spirited the assassins to Canada.
In 1365, Seal went to work flying for the CIA-friendly, Howard Hughesowned company, Trans World Airlines, becoming, at age E6, the youngest pilot certified to fly Boeing 707s. While "working" for TWA, Seal uolunteered for hazardous duty to fly into battle zones in Uietnam with explosiues and war materiel. Theodore "The Blond Ghost" Shackley had been in charge of the couert anti-Castro operations in Miami, but after the Bay of Pigs he was moued to Southeast Asia, along with Felix Rodriguez, Ed Wilson, Oliuer North, John Singlaub and Richard Secord. Secord coordinated clandestine flights of supplies, personnel— and, some say, heroin and opium—to uanous points in Asia and Europe. Barry Seal was a pilot for some of those flights. Secord also helped plan bombing runs against Laotian opium warlord Uang Pao's nuals, in exchange for Pao's help in keeping the Communist North Uietnamese out of Laos. Uanous pilots for Air America haue alleged that they were flying opium deliuenes that Shackley had personally authorized.
Seal suruiued Uietnam and returned to the US. Gn July 1, 137E, while Dn "sick leaue" from his job with TUJA, he was arrested by US Customs agents and charged, along with Murray Kessler, a nephew of mob boss Carlo Gambino, in an attempt to smuggle 1H,0DD pounds of C-H plastic explosiue to anti-Castro forces in Mexico. His arrest was preceded and followed by some uery unusual and interesting actions on the part of the Nixon administration and the CIA, not to mention the prosecutors. According to Henrik Kruger in The Creat Heroin Coup, on May E7, 1371 President Richard Nixon authorized the spending of SIDO million on a "couert kidnapping and assassination program." Just a few days later, Nixon created the Special Inuestigatmns Unit, the notorious "plumbers," telling Charles Colson to hire CIR agent Howard Hunt to work with G. Gordon Liddy. He created the Drug Enforcement Administration on July 1, 1373. Author Dan Hopsicker belieues Nixon was attempting to wrest control of global narcotics operations away from the CIA. Two weeks before Seal's bust, Frank Sturgis was arrested breaking into the Democratic Party's national headquarters in the Watergate Hotel, along with Nixon's head of campaign security and three other men with ties to the Bay of Pigs muasion. Liddy and Hunt, who ran the operation from a hotel room across the street, were also arrested. In a desperate attempt to insure their silence, Nixon scrambled to find $E0D,000 in "hush money." Pete Brewton, in his book The Mafia, CIR, and Ceorge Bush, quotes a letter written by Seal during this period, stating that the Customs agent who busted him, Cesano Diosdado, "has prouen to haue been an ex-CIR agent who worked in the Bay of Pigs inuasion and has been working both sides of the fence in the Miami area." According to Brewton, the deal had been for 10,000 automatic weapons and the C-H explosiues, in exchange for E5 kilos of heroin. Was this heroin going to be conuerted into the muchneeded hush money? After delaying the proceedings for two years, the gouernment presented tainted euidence, effectiuely sabotaging the case, which resulted in a mistrial for Seal. Six weeks later, Nixon resigned.
Seal lost his "couer job" with TUUR, but continued working for the CIR, flying round-trips to Latin Rmenca using the code name Ellis McKenzie. During one of these runs, a friend told Seal he was glad the C-H neuer made it to Mexico—after all, think of the death and destruction it would haue caused. Seal, now in his thirties, began weeping uncontrollably. His friend had to take ouer the controls. It was the first sign Seal was haumg trouble reconciling what the CIR was paying him to do. Offering up a rationale for CIR inuoluement in drug dealing, couert operatiue Gerry Patrick Hemming told Hopsicker, "First of all, we figure, who's using this dope? Leftists! Vou can't allow that kind of capability to remain freelance. There's too much money." So the US gouernment keeps its hands on the drug wheel, to keep control of the money. Seal was arrested again in Honduras on Dec. ID, 1979, with a plane filled with Colombian cocaine. Recording to Seal's wife, Debbie, the bust went down because he'd paid off the wrong people. It took nine months to "figure out who to bribe.” Recording to Mara Leuentt in The Boys an the Tracks, Louisiana State Police Sergeant Jack Crittendon talked to Seal in 1982, telling him he was about to be indicted on a Ouaalude charge, so why didn't he work for them as an informant and auoid criminal prosecution? Seal said he would "haue to talk to his people." Rs Crittendon later related to Leuentt: "Rt that point, Seal had more resources than the Louisiana State Police. We knew he wasn't going to the leaders of the cartel in Colombia to ask them if they minded if he went ahead and informed on them. Rnd we knew he wasn't going to talk it ouer with the people who worked for him. So who were these people he was going to haue to talk to?” Could it be his handlers at the CIR? In Rpnl 1982, within weeks of this conuersation, Seal moued his smuggling operation from Baton Rouge to Mena, Arkansas, a small mountain community with a population of 5,800. He opened Rich Mountain Ruiation at the Mena airport. The life he was liuing was showing up in his appearance; he weighed close to 300 pounds, and his new nickname was "Thunder Thighs." He was also dabbling in cocaine use. Seal would fly weapons to Nicaraguan Contra bases in Costa Rica
and Honduras for Oliuer North and return with loads of cocaine, making airdrops into the surrounding areas around Mena. He was also training pilots and smugglers, euen making his own training films, one of which shows a gleeful Seal picking up "the first daylight drug drop in US history."
The operation Seal brought to Mena was not a small one. Rs Leuentt reports, Seal himself testified his enterprise consisted of "a Lear Jet, as well as helicopters, surplus military cargo planes, and seueral singleand twin-engine planes. He also had at his disposal two ships with sophisticated nauigational and communications equipmentone of which boasted a helipad—and numerous cars and uans. Seal claimed he employed more than BD people, coordinating their actiuities through state-of-the-art electronics. His communications equipment featured ultrahigh-frequency radios with scramblers, pocket-sized encoders for telephones and high-frequency satellite communications deuices like those used Dn Rir Force B-52s. For nauigation, his pilots had night-uision goggles and other deuices, which Seal once described as being Df the same range and quality as those used on nuclear submarines." He was also laundering money through the tiny banks of Mena, haumg accomplices who worked at the banks pass out money to tellers in slightly less than SID,ODD amounts, to dodge 1RS attention.
In March 19B3, Seal was indicted by a Florida grand jury for smuggling 200,Q00 bogus Quaaludes, the same charge the Louisiana police warned him about a year earlier. Was this a real bust? Dr perhaps an attempt to "sheep-dip" Seal into the role of a mob-connected drug trafficker? Dr maybe just an attempt to maintain leuerage on someone threatening to pull out of couert operations? The phony Quaaludes were so worthless Seal had dumped thousands into a riuer. Why would a big-time cocaine smuggler take a risk for phony pills that couldn't euen be sold?
In October 1983, the FBI opened an inuestigation into Rich Mountain Ruiation. The Colombian cocaine pipeline fueling the Contras' war against Nicaragua's leftist gouernment was hemorrhaging money, as euery link along the chain skimmed whateuer they could steal. Much of the intense surueillance on Seal was probably designed to keep his
Seal's operation used jets, helicopters and cargo planes, as well as satellite communication devices like those found on Air Force B-52s.
pilfering dawn rather than stop his operation. Seal was conuicted on the Quaalude charge in February 1909, and faced up to ID years in prison. Desperately looking for a deal to stay out of jail, he flew to Washington for a meeting with George Bush's Uice-Presidential Drug Task Force, where he was recruited into a new operation. With CIR-mounted cameras hidden in the nose and cargo bay of Seal's C-123K plane, Seal flew to Los Brasiles ciuilian airfield in Nicaragua on June 25, 1989. The hidden cameras took a series of grainy photos in which Seal, top Medellin cartel leader Pablo Escobar, a mystery man known as Fredenco Uaughn, and Seal’s copilot, Emile Camp, along with Nicaraguan soldiers, were caught loading 1,200 kilos of cocaine. Seal flew the plane back to Homestead flir Force Base in Florida, where the DER took the cocaine and the CIR took the film. This operation was intended to "sheep-dip" the Sandinista gouernment as cocaine smugglers. Due to Seal's cooperation in setting up this sting, a federal judge reduced his sentence to six months probation, praising Seal for his work against the Sandimstas and pointing out that when an informant puts his life on the line to help the forces of law and order, they deserue just compensation. Rs early as June 27, 19B9, reports were leaking out that the Reagan administration had "proof" of Sandimsta drug-running. That September, Sen. Paula Hawkins [R-FL] accused the Sandimstas of "being a brutal regime funded by the drug trade." Though the photos weren't released to the press, the story made front pages around the US. Seal continued flying weapons and supplies for the Contra support efforts, flying tons of drugs back into the US on the return. His operation suffered a major blow when Emile Camp flew into the side of a mountain just short of Mena. Flying helicopters, Seal and his brother Ben found the wreckage after a two-day search. Leuentt reports that Seal's secretary at Rich Mountain Ruiatmn, Deandra Seale, later testified that Seal and Camp had been planning on taking a trip to Baton Rouge, then on to Miami in Seal's Lear Jet, but after finding the Lear stolen upon their arnual in Baton Rouge, Seal had Camp fly another of his planes back to Mena, while Seal took a commercial flight. Camp neuer made it. Many people in the area assumed foul play was inuolued and that Seal was the real target.
In December 1989, Seal was arrested in Louisiana flying in a load of marijuana. Rfter paying a 3250,ODD bond, Seal went back to work as an informant for the DER, working to get a light sentence for both the pot and other charges inuoluing masterminding the smuggling of massiue amounts of drugs into Louisiana. Seal assisted in an assortment of cases, helping the US gouernment obtain 17 criminal conuictions, including those of Norman Saunders, prime minister of the Turks and Caicos Islands, in March 1985, and three upper-leuel members of the Medellin cartel. Seal told inuestigators that between March 1989 and Rugust 1985, he made a quarter-million dollars smuggling up to 15,000 kilos of cocaine while working for the DER, and another $575,ODD when the DER let him keep the money from one shipment. Rll this assistance didn't help Seal in the Louisiana federal court, where he was sentenced on Dec. 20, 1985 to six months superuised probation at a Saluation Rrmy halfway house. Judge Frank Polozola barred him from carrying a gun or hiring armed guards. "They made me a clay pigeon," said Seal. On a cool twilight euening in Baton Rouge, February 19, 1986, Seal pulled into a Saluation Rrmy parking lot in his white Cadillac. He sat for a moment, then saw seueral Colombian gunmen approaching his car. He couered his ears as bursts from MflC-10 machine guns shattered the euening calm.
Richard Sharpstein, defense attorney for one of Seal's assassins, Miguel Uelez, says: "Rll three Colombians who went on trial always said they were being directed, after they got into this country, on what to do and where to go by an ‘anonymous gringo,' a US military officer, who they uery quickly figured out was Oliuer North.”
But none of this euer came out in court. Rll three killers uolunteered the same information to their attorneys. Rll three were conuicted of murder and are now seruing life in Rngola state prison. "Barry had gotten screwed on his deal down there in Baton Rouge,” says Sharpstein today.
"Seal's lawyer, Lewis Unglesby, testified that when they told Barry he had to report to the halfway house, Barry told them it was a death warrant. Seal went back to Unglesby’s office, where they called George Bush directly, who was then both Uice President and coordinator of the Drug Task Force. Barry threatened to blow the whistle on the Contra guns-for-drugs deals. Barry had openly said to many people that he had hired and trained a lot of the pilots on that operation, and he had the goods on Bush and others. 1RS agents showed up at his house, and claimed there was a 33D million lien on him because he'd made 36D million in the drug business. Barry told them to go to hell. He called Bush again and told him to get the 1RS off his ass. He wouldn't let the 1RS agents in the house, so they came back with a warrant. He was burning things in the toilet. This testimony came from 1RS agents in the sentencing phase when we were trying to proue the gouernment was inuolued. Shortly before he was killed, they were threatening to take away his house.”
The 1RS was able to seize most of Seal's aircraft, while his million-dollar offshore bank accounts were also mysteriously emptied out. "Rn interesting thing came up from the local cops," Sharpstein continues. "When it went out on the honk as to who it was that was
killed at the halfway house, the FBI showed up and cleaned out Seal's car. There was almost nothing left. LUe finally made them giue us a couple of boxes. They claimed they gaue us what they had, like a phony passport from Honduras, but nothing heauy." When HT pointed out that that didn't sound legal—seizing euidence from a murder scene under inuestigation—Sharpstem replied ruefully: "Right. But there were a lot of funny things that went on. The Colombians got a life sentence instead of the death penalty, because we showed gouernment
complicity." The most important item retneued from Seal's car was George Bush's pnuate phone number. Hopsicker is the first researcher to note there were other murders that same day, including top people in the Medellin cartel. Pablo Carrera, the number-two man, was gunned down in Colombia, as was Pablo Bchilla, the brother-in-law of Jorge Ochoa. The murders took place simultaneously in Colombia, Miami and Baton Rouge. "Barry Seal wasn't assassinated by the Medellin cartel," says Hopsicker, who alleges that up to 3D cartel soldiers were also murdered
that same euening. "Seal's murder may haue been the opening saluo in the cleanup of Operation Black Eagle, a network of 5,000 people who made possible the export of arms in the direction of Central America, and the import of drugs back."
SCUTTLING THE INVESTIGATIONS
"I was working with an 1RS criminal muestigator and we were doing a straight-ahead law-enforcement inuestigation of a cocaine-smuggling operation," former Arkansas State Police Lieutenant Russell Welch tells HT, describing his and 1RS agent Bill Duncan's inuestigation into Mena Airport. "As time went on it became more conuoluted, issues came up, things from the Justice Department weren't being handled the same as other inuestigations were being handled. This was creating problems for us, and ultimately led to a breakdown in the entire criminal-justice system as far as we were concerned, in that things were being handled differently from the prosecutorial and Justice Department ends." Asked if he felt Seal was being protected, Welch answers, "Without a doubt."
In Welch's uiew of the US gouernment's efforts to inuestigate, or not inuestigate, Seal's operation at Mena, "Seal was running a uery obuious cocaine-smuggling operation. We ran a successful inuestigation. Euen the US Attorney at the time for Mena, J. Michael Fitzhugh, three or four times said we're going to prosecute these guys. He called meetings of all the agencies muolued, and although the DEA and the FBI hung around and acted like they had an inuestigation going, it was clear to us they didn't. We had subpoenaed Seal 3D days before he was killed. We had been trying for a year to get him to come to Arkansas to answer questions for us, then three days before Christmas we got a call to mteruiew him in Louisiana, so we did. Then he was killed a month later."
Bill Duncan, Welch's partner in the inuestigation, was told by one secretary at Rich Mountain Auiation, who also happened to be the daughter of a high-ranking Colombian official, that Seal had paid a SH50,000 bribe directly to Attorney General Edwin Meese, which might explain why federal inuestigations into Seal neuer materialized.
When Duncan was about to testify for the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime in December 1987, which was trying to figure out why there had neuer been an indictment at Mena, two 1RS attorneys assigned to "assist" him in preparing for his appearance told him not to say anything about either the bribe allegation or his belief that the inuestigation had been stymied due to interference from the US Department of Justice. He later reuealed that they were asking him to "perjure himself.'' Duncan resigned in 1989 after 17 years with the 1RS, disgusted with the way his muestigation into Seal had been scuttled. Welch also resigned after suruiumg being infected with anthrax.
Dan Hopsicker had a promising career as a producer in broadcast journalism when he began working on a series pilot for NBC called "The Secret Heartbeat of America." While researching the program, he stumbled across the story of Barry Seal and Mena, Arkansas. After network teleuision refused to air his explosiue findings, Hopsicker quit his job, produced three independent documentaries and then wrote the landmark book, Barry and the Boys, which was published this fall. Uisit his Website, madcowprod.com, and then order the uideos through our ad on page HI. Mara Leueritt was a reporter for the Rrkansas Gazette in 19B7 when she began inuestigatmg the suspicious death of two boys near Mena. In 1995, she began filing Freedom of Information Act requests concerning Seal and
his operations, which resulted in FBI documents prouing Seal was a CIA operatiue. Her book, Boys on the Tracks, was published last year. To uiew the reuealing documents, go to her Website, maraleuentt.com Gary UJebb was a reporter at the San Jose Mercury News when he published a series of stories that detailed euidence of CIA/Contra inuoluement in the crack cocaine trade. After being trashed by the mainstream press, Webb's research still holds up today. His book, Dark Rlliance, is essential reading for anyone interested in Seal's story.
Dauid Feme was the key witness in Jim Garrison's case against the CIA for inuoluement in the murder of John F. Kennedy. The federal gouernment forced Garrison to release him from protectiue
custody, and within a few days he was mysteriously dead. With connections to Lee Haruey Oswald, Barry Seal, mob boss Carlos Marcello and the CIA, Feme remains one of the most fascinating undercouer operatiues of our time. Chip Tatum came in from the cold in 1996 and attempted to release information connecting Oliuer North and George Bush to drug running and assassinations. Although Tatum and his personal Website disappeared quickly, many Websites continue to post his articles concerning Barry Seal's "Boss Hog list" and CIA inuoluement in drug running. William "Bear" Bottoms is a former Nauy pilot and former brother-inlaw of Barry Seal. He engaged in a notorious Internet debate with Tatum, who accused Bottoms of being a DEA snitch. According to Tatum, Bottoms is lying about Seal's CIA connections to protect the agency. Bottoms maintains
a Webpage that asserts Seal was just a drug smuggler, not a gouernment agent: sit-rep.com/bearbottoms.htm
THE WHITE KNIGHTS
Mike Ruppert is a former LAPD narcotics officer and publisher of a monthly newsletter, From the Wilderness. He is responsible for tracking one of Seal's fauonte planes to George W. Bush in Texas. Ruppert runs a research Website, copucia.com Celerino "Cele" Castillo is a former field agent for the DER in El Saluador who witnessed CIA planes being filled with cocaine. After hauing most of his inuestigations stopped because they led to protected gouernment assets, Castillo resigned from the DEA and wrote the book, Powderburns: Cocaine, Contras and the Drug War. He personally confronted George Bush about CIR drug-running before resigning.
Within two weeks of Seal's assassination, Louisiana Attorney General William J. Guste Jr. wrote an angry letter to Meese demanding to know why Seal had not been protected, when he obumusly knew such a huge amount about international illegal drug trafficking, haumg, by Guste's figures, brought between $3 and S5 billion worth of drugs into the US. There was no response to his query.
Leuentt quotes Joe Hardegree, the prosecuting attorney for Polk County, Arkansas, in a written statement explaining why there was no action taken in the Mena muestigatmns: "I haue good reason to belieue that all federal law-enforcement agencies from the Justice Department down through the FBI to the DEA all receiued encouragement to downplay and de-emphasize any muestigation or prosecution that might expose Seal's actiuities and the national-security inuoluement in them. It was in this framework that the federal grand juries and law-enforcement authorities in Arkansas apparently stopped in their serious deliberations or muestigatmns concerning Barry Seal's actiuities and all of the surrounding circumstances. The really unfortunate aspect of this whole matter is the apparent fact that the federal muestigation of drug trafficking in connection with the Mena airport came to be intricately inuolued with the internal politics and more particularly with the pnuate wars conducted by the Reagan White House and so sensitiue that no information concerning Seal's actiuities could be released to the public. The ultimate result is that not only Seal but all his confederates and all those who worked with or assisted him in illicit drug trafficking were protected by the gouernment."
According to Leuentt, in 19BB, two years after Seal was murdered, the Reagan White House "ordered the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency to refuse to turn ouer information sought by the General Accounting Office for its inuestigatmn into Mena."
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IN FROM THE COLD
Despite gouernment roadblocks, muestigatmns into Mena continue, led by "deep throat" informers from the world of black operations. The most fascinating of these spooks to come forward was Major Gene Duncan, also known as Doris Gene "Chip” Tatum. Many years ago, Tatum posted a story on the Internet titled: "Who the Hell Is Ellis McKenzie?" It detailed a special assignment he conducted m Honduras after Seal's death, muoluing a cocaine smuggler using Seal's old alias. Tatum was arrested for treason and placed in jail. While incarcerated, he continued to orchestrate the posting of sensitiue material about Seal on the Internet. Suddenly, he was unexpectedly released and immediately disappeared. He is assumed dead. Before he disappeared, Tatum posted a list of "Boss Hogs" reportedly giuen to him by Seal: BRRRV SERL '5 BOSS HOCS William Casey, Director Central Intelligence Clair Elroy George, Head of CIR's Central Rmerican Task Force Dice President George Bush Dr. Henry Kissinger, Chairman, Kissinger Rssociates, former US Secretary of State; former National Security Rduiser General Rlexander Haig, former Secretary of State Donald Gregg, former National Security Rduiser to UP Bush, Rmbassador to Korea and alleged joint “controller" of Panama's Manuel Noriega, along with William Casey Duane "Dewey" Claridge, CIR Joseph Fernandez, CIR Costa ñica Station Chief Lt. Col. Dhuer North, National Security Council aide John Smglaub, CIR couert operator William Colby, Director Central Intelligence, 137376 Richard U. Secord William Weld, head of Criminal Diuision, US Department of Justice Felix Rodriguez General Peroot, Defense Intelligence Rgency
Only one person would emerge to refute Tatum's claims: William "Bear" Bottoms, a former Nauy pilot, the brother of Seal's first wife, and one of the pilots in Seal's smuggling operations. After filling his Internet site with endless babble leading nowhere, Bottoms earned the reputation as the number-one disinformation specialist muoluing Mena.
Meanwhile, Seal's fauonte plane has turned up as part of a fleet of planes used by George W. Bush as the Gouernor of Texas. As Hopsicker reported in former LAPD narcotics officer Mike Ruppert's newsletter, From the Wilderness, on Oct. 31, 1999, the 19BE Beechcraft King Air EOD [FAA registration number NB30BF, serial number BB-101H], went through a conuoluted path from Seal to Bush that brings one immediately back to the halcyon days of Iran-Contra. "I followed the plane through the people who owned it between Seal and Bush, and guess what? They are some of the same people connected to some of the major financial fraud that went under the rubric of the Iran-Contra and sauings and loan scandals, and they all had ties to the Bush family," says Hopsicker. "I heard tons of people tell me what a generous, warm spirit Seal was," concludes Hopsicker. But by the end of his life, Seal showed signs of cocaine abuse, no longer charming and friendly, but just another desperate cocaine addict. One of Seal’s boyhood friends, John Preuost, told Seal's wife shortly before the end, "Vou tell Barry, if he's dealing drugs, he needs to die in a flaming car wreck." Preuost told Hopsicker that Seal had really changed. He kept a gun under the seat of his car and was loud, boastful, arrogant. "It wasn't the Barry I knew." #