JOHN MILLIS -
STAFF DIRECTOR OF HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE COMMITS SUICIDE
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ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. FROM THE WILDERNESS PUBLICATIONS.
According to a report
in today's "New York Times," John Millis, Republican
Staff Director of the House Permanent Select Committee
Intelligence Committee (HPSCI) committed suicide in a FairfaxCountyVirginia motel
last Sunday. According to the Times, "A spokesman
for the FairfaxCity police said
officers were called to a motel about on Sunday because a man was threatening
suicide. Officer Jeff Morrison said that when the police
arrived they found Mr. Millis dead of an apparently self-inflicted
The Times reported that
Millis, appointed to his post as staff director by Republican
Chairman Porter Goss of Florida three years ago, was himself,
like Goss, a former CIA case officer. In his 13 year career
with CIA, Millis served in Pakistan with
Afghani "Freedom Fighters" in the 1980s.
Those Freedom Fighters, known as Mujahedeen, and led by
radical Islamic leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar, have been documented
as supplying or producing as much as 50% of the heroin
the United States
Just recently HPSCI
closed out its four year investigation into allegations
of CIA involvement in the cocaine trade during the 1980s.
Its final report, dated in February but not publicly released
until May 11th, stated that there was "no evidence"
that the CIA had any involvement or connection with cocaine
trafficking as alleged by a series of 1996 stories in "The
San Jose Mercury News." [SEE MAY ISSUE OF FROM THE
WILDERNESS]. FTW Publisher and Editor Mike Ruppert, himself
an eyewitness to CIA involvement in drug dealing, had dealt
extensively with HPSCI during the four year investigation
and had provided the committee with 6,000 pages of documents
indicating CIA involvement in both cocaine and heroin trafficking
over a period of three decades.
ACTIVITIES COVERED BY FTW IN MARCH, 2000 ISSUE Millis, in
unprecedented style for a Congressional staffer, made volatile
and highly critical comments about the performance of former
CIA Director John Deutch and President Bill Clinton in a
February 18,2000 interview with "Washington Post"
reporter Vernon Loeb. Loeb is one of the Post's primary
intelligence beat reporters and regarded by FTW as being
a conduit for CIA "inspired" stories. In a lengthy
article covering the back story behind allegations that
former CIA Director (DCI) John Deutch, a Clinton Democratic
appointee, had misused CIA computers at his home, Loeb
a series of quotes from Millis that FTW noted were unusually
candid. The remarks merit inclusion in their entirety.
Loeb wrote, " Over
on the other side of the Capitol this week, the chief staffer
of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence,
former CIA operations officer John Millis, proclaimed Deutch
the worst CIA director ever. "Asked at a public lecture
at the Smithsonian Tuesday night to rate the various directors
of Central Intelligence, Millis said Deutch now takes 'first,
second and third prize,' adding that he did 'major damage'
to the CIA's Directorate of Operations."
Loeb included additional
quotes from Millis praising current DCI George Tenet but
closed his story with the following passage: "Where
Tenet hasn't done as well, Millis said, is coordinating
the overall affairs of the 13-agency intelligence community.
But Millis blamed that shortcoming on a lack of support
by President Clinton, whom Millis ranked as one of the
presidents when it comes to support of, and regard for,
the intelligence community."
FTW noted in the March
issue that such on-the-record quotes by a senior Congressional
staffer, in an apparently pre-arranged news story, were
highly unusual. Statements of strong opinion are usually
reserved for elected Members of Congress. In an election
year marked by unusually strenuous behind the scenes conflicts,
Millis' statements struck us as especially unusual for their
apparent candor and premeditation.
have been made linking the circumstances of Millis' death
to those of White House lawyer Vincent Foster and investigative
reporter Danny Casolero. Anti-Clinton groups will certainly
add Millis' name to the so-called "Clinton Body Count" while
others will likely wonder if Millis had pangs of conscience
or inside knowledge that might have jeopardized other interests
in the intelligence community during a highly volatile
of American history.
FTW finds the timing
of Millis' death, especially in proximity to the close-out
of HPSCI's investigation of CIA's drug connections, both
suspicious and worthy of additional investigation before
the trail grows cold and leads become hard to find or deliberately