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    Drug Money to Contras:

    In 1987, the Senate Subcommittee on Narcotics, Terrorism and International Operations, led by Senator John Kerry, launched an investigation of allegations arising from reports, more than a decade ago, of contra-drug links. One of the incidents examined by the "Kerry Committee" was an effort to divert drug money from a counternarcotics operation to the contra war.

    On July 28, 1988, two DEA agents testified before the House Subcommittee on Crime regarding a sting operation conducted against the Medellin Cartel. The two agents said that in 1985 Oliver North had wanted to take $1.5 million in Cartel bribe money that was carried by a DEA informant and give it to the contras. DEA officials rejected the idea.

    The Kerry Committee report concluded that "senior U.S. policy makers were not immune to the idea that drug money was a perfect solution to the Contras' funding problems."

    Boston Globe 5/15/86
    Kerry agrees to give Contra Data to US
    By Globe Staff Writer Stephen Kurkjian

    "In response to a request from the Justice Department, Sen. John F. Kerry has agreed to provide the government with information compiled by his staff that some leaders of the Nicaraguan contras and their American supporters have engaged in criminal wrongdoing.

    In a letter to Kerry, Assistant Attorney General John R. Bolton said any evidence developed by Kerry's staff, 'will be vigorously and expeditiously investigated.' Bolton assured Kerry that the information would be treated as 'highly sensitive' and all measure taken to protect the sources' confidentiality.

    Kerry promised his staff's cooperation in a return letter to Bolton yesterday. Three members of Kerry's staff initially outlined their charges in a meeting May 6 with officials from the Justice Department, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the State Department.


    In an April 17 letter to Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry said his staff has accumulated 'first-person evidence and documentation' on allegations regarding drug trafficking, gunrunning, conspiracy to murder, violations of the US Neutrality Act and fraud in the spending of $27 million in nonlethal aid to the contra guerrillas, who are fighting the Nicaraguan government."

    Of course, Bolton deep-sixed the information and did nothing on it, other than perhaps try to obliterate the evidence trail.

    Derailing the Florida Vote Count in 2000:

    Bolton was in South Korea on an AEI assignment when he received a call from long-time mentor James Baker, who was leading the charge on the Florida recount in 2000. Baker told him to get on the next plane, which he did. After working as a lawyer with the Republican team in Florida, he grabbed reporters’ attention when he burst into a Tallahassee library announcing ”I’m with the Bush-Cheney team, and I’m here to stop the count.”
    Contra Investigations:

    Iran-Contra, 20 years later, looking back

    Just plain mean and evil:

    A major component of Bolton’s foreign policy agenda has focused on a strict advocacy of structural market reforms meant to further enrich multinational corporations at the expense of efforts aimed at significantly improving basic living standards in developing countries. His position on the subject is starkly evident in a June 25, 1995 Op-Ed published in the Washington Times in which he criticized the Clinton administration for continued funding of “programs on international population control and environmental matters rather than fundamental economic policy reforms in developing countries” and further assailed then Vice-President Al Gore for his “preference for condoms and trees instead of markets.”
     Bolton’s past actions and public record have demonstrated that he is either oblivious to or unconcerned with the root causes for Latin America’s many ills, such as its pressing need for socioeconomic and governmental reforms and its possessing the most skewed wealth distribution in the world.

    Bolton has otherwise focused on counterproductive quick-fix solutions that usually end up only responding to Washington’s narrow self interests, such as blind adherence to neoliberal reforms, while leaving a majority of Latin Americans worse off than before.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 03:17:59 PM PDT

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