NOTE: At the time this story was written it
looked like the House Intelligence Committee was going to
get away with closing out the CIA drug investigations. But
thanks to the efforts of From The
Wilderness that resulted in class action suits being filed
against the CIA in Los Angeles
and other publicity we have generated Volume II has not
been closed out. They can't because too many people are
watching. On October 12, 1999, investigators from House Intelligence
came to Los Angeles
and copied 6,000 pages of our records for review. Going
into 2000, Volume II is still very much an open investigation
and FTW is proof that something can be done. - MCR
In the 1950s classic western about honor
and conformity, fear and courage, Marshal Gary Cooper faces
a murderous gang of killers all by himself while a town,
paralyzed by fear, does nothing to help. Cooper risks not
only his life but the love of Grace Kelly and does what
honor, and a higher moral compass require of him. The spineless
town, which had hired him to do for them what they would
not do for themselves, vacillates, cringes and waffles.
Cooper, terrified and abandoned, faces the gunmen alone.
At the end of the movie the killers are dead but there is
no resolution. The only thing that remains is an empty street
awaiting the next group of bandits. There is no Marshal,
no hero, no martyr. He has left in disgust, happily for
him, with Grace by his side, his badge lying in the dust.
There is nothing there worthy of sacrifice.
The San Jose Mercury News reported, on November 22, that
hearings in the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
(HPSCI) will take place sometime in mid to late January
on Volume II of the CIA Inspector General's report on Contra
drug trafficking. The Mercury calls the pending hearings,
Congress' "final look" at the issue. With those
hearings every issue raised by Gary Webb's stories and all
the efforts of many men and women, for decades, will be
laid to rest. There will be no more chances in our lifetimes.
The matter will be officially closed.
I offer you two scenarios. Scenario One: Moved by a massive
outcry from the public and enormous pressure on the news
media, HPSCI holds well publicized hearings, with advance
publicity, and calls Gary Webb, Cele Castillo, Mike Levine,
Mike Ruppert, Dee Ferdinand,
Danillo Blandon, Oliver North, John Poindexter, Robert Gates,
Alan Fiers and a dozen others as witnesses. The hearings
result in a massive public outcry and Congress, faced with
overwhelming evidence of CIA wrongdoing, condemns the Agency
and opens the door for reparations, abolition of CIA, and
long overdue reforms in our criminal justice system.
Scenario Two: Due to the fact that no public interest was
expressed, HPSCI holds sudden hearings, which are covered
only by C-SPAN with no notice. The witness list is short
and limited only to Fred Hitz, George Tenet and Maxine Waters.
The major media does not cover the hearings live and brief
spots on the evening news report only that CIA was sloppy
and received a minor wrist-slapping for its association
with drug dealers during the Contra war years. Vague recommendations
are made that the CIA undertake a review of its procedures
with no time-specific period for completion. The matter
is closed. As CIA apologist David Korn of The Nation has
predicted - "CIA gets away with it." The bandits
all head for the saloon to get more whiskey, women and song.
The town is doomed. Each citizen returns to hoping that
someone else will be the next victim.
There's a time for reading, for learning, and for waiting.
There's also a time for doing. The scenario, which plays
out in January, is entirely up to you. Make no mistake about
the stakes. As reported by Alex Cockburn in his book Whiteout,
New York Times reporter Keith Schneider wrote in 1987 that,
"such a story could shatter the Republic." If
you believe that life cannot exist without the Republic
then do nothing. If you believe that life rests on something
more fundamental and pure then get off your behind and do
something - now. CIA is still dealing drugs and if they
are not challenged then the saloon door, the entire town
and you are standing wide open. With what has been revealed
in Volume II we will never have a chance like this again.
Throw Your Weight Around!
FROM THE GOVERNMENT WE WANT:
1. Disqualification of retired CIA covert operative J. Porter
Goss as Chairman of the
House Permanent Select committee on Intelligence before
any hearings on grounds of
conflict of interest.
2. Adequate public notice in advance of the hearings so
that the press may cover them.
3. Testimony from all relevant witnesses including Celerino
Castillo, Mike Levine, Rick
Horn, Mike Ruppert, Bob
Parry and Gary Webb.