As we look into the possibility of 28 years of uninterrupted Bush- Clinton dynasties, you'll notice these aren't an accidental twist of fate, they are rooted not just in a shared ideology but also in self-preservation from accountability for high crimes, particularly those related to the sham "drug war" dating back to the 80s. As we'll soon see, the Clinton and Bush case was quid pro quo defined, and continues to be. The recent news of a CIA torture jet crashing with four tons of cocaine in Mexico was a sobering reminder that the drug war as we know it benefited both the Clinton and Bush dynasties, all the while bringing the United States incarceration rate to the point we have 25% of the world's prisoners while being only 5% of the global population; this according to Kara Gotsch of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Dixie Mafia 101: Buy the Coroner
Video: Obstruction of Justice - The Mena Connection (1996)
On August 23, 1987, two teenage boys, Kevin Ives, 17, and Don Henry, 16, stumbled upon a CIA drug smuggling operation in Mena, Arkansas and were brutally murdered at the scene. Their bodies were laid across nearby railroad tracks and mutilated by a passing train. Obstruction of Justice: The Mena Connection gives us a vivid insight into the cover-up of these and many other Arkansas murders, and offers a chilling look into the "Dixie Mafia" of corrupt prosecutors, spooks and drug dealers who would claim among its ranks an Arkansas governor and future president Bill Clinton; as well as federal officials in the George H.W. Bush administration.
If Clinton didn't win the 1992 primaries and, say, Paul Tsongas became the Democratic candidate and possible president, ongoing investigations into the CIA drug trafficking would continue.
But if Clinton was elected in the primaries, the GOP couldn't lose. Clinton, having been mired in the drug smuggling scandal in Mena, would immediately drop the investigations into the Iran-Contra scandal and coke smuggling operations; thus protecting himself and the GOP cohorts. And if Bush was re-elected, the investigations would also continue to be stymied. Either way, Democratic and GOP cabals involved in the drug trafficking would be spared.
The GOP Connection
Mary Matlin, a far-right GOP political strategist, and her husband, James Carville, Clinton's "Democratic" campaign manager. Under Carville's watch, the GOP took both Houses and kept them for 12 years, which insured all legislation introduced and signed by Clinton was written by, or approved by a Republican Congress.
A critical player in any corrupt administration is the coroner, whom can make the difference as to whether or not a homicide will be prosecuted or even known. Fahmy Malak's ruling that the boys deaths were accidental was contradicted by stab wounds on Don Henry's back and the fact that Kevin Ives face had been crushed with a rifle butt before being laid on the tracks. Not only did Clinton back Malak, who suggested the boys got stoned and fell asleep on the tracks, he approved a raise at the height of the uproar over the corruption. The deaths were eventually ruled homicides. This was one of many instances where the coroner fabricated the cause of death to protect federal officials, Clinton cronies and Clinton himself.
Some of the rulings he came up with were an outright mockery of justice. For example, James "Dewey" Milam, a man who had been murdered and decapitated, was ruled a death by natural cause: an ulcer. Milam's head was missing, and according to Malak he tested the family dog and found that he had eaten it. Weeks later, however, Milam's missing head turned up and it was revealed the head had been severed by a sharp blade. Apparently, the dog had taught himself to use a Ginsu and was so hungry at the time he ate the skull as well.
In another case, Raymond Albright, who was shot five times, was declared a suicide by Malak, and similarly, was eventually reversed and declared a homicide.
At the time, Malak's superior was the Director of the Arkansas Department of Health, Jocelyn Elders. She not only backed Malak but gave him a 41% raise. President Clinton would later reward Elders with a job as Surgeon General of the United States. To quote Mara Leveritt's Feb. 12, 1999 column in the Arkansas Times "A Selective Passion for Truth":
"Last week I suggested that, rather than probing ad nauseum the president's lies about his extra-marital alliance(s), Washington could do us a favor by turning its investigative lights onto a question with some genuine national significance, to wit:
"Precisely what was the relationship between various branches of the government, particularly the CIA, and this country's super-cocaine kingpins, such as Arkansas's own Barry Seal, during the 1980s? The column did not exactly provoke a stampede to pick up the gauntlet. As I had outlined, there are powerful, bipartisan reasons why the questions about Seal have languished. Republicans don't want to touch them for fear of where the answers might lead. The trail already points to the offices of former presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush. Likewise, Democrats are not keen on kicking up a lot of dirt about Barry Seal, a major cocaine smuggler who, for reasons that remain a mystery, was allowed to base his multi-million-dollar operation in Arkansas, under the very eye of the Arkansas State Police, for four years while Bill Clinton was governor."
In regards to the unwinnable "War on Drugs" and the incarceration of millions for the brain's vulnerability to addiction, there will be no justice under any Clinton administration, because unearthing what happened in Mena, Arkansas will be, for Hillary, a huge conflict of interest just as much as when her husband was president, and as it is now for the present Bush administration.
Why the GOP wanted Clinton to Win the 1992 Democratic Primaries, and why they May Want Hillary to Win in 2008 if the GOP Candidate Can't
Did then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton have ties to the CIA-Contra coke trafficking that ensnared Oliver North and the Bush administration?
Did his participation help him gain the presidency, with tactical GOP support during the Democratic primaries? If it sounds absurd, consider this: if Clinton didn't win the primaries and, say, Paul Tsongas became the Democratic candidate and possible president, ongoing investigations into the CIA drug trafficking would continue. But if Clinton was elected in the primaries, the GOP couldn't lose. Clinton, having been mired in the drug smuggling scandal in Mena, would immediately drop the investigations into the Iran-Contra scandal and coke smuggling operations; thus protecting himself and the GOP cohorts. And if Bush was re-elected, the investigations would also continue to be stymied. Either way, Democratic and GOP cabals involved in the drug trafficking would be spared.
James Carville, Clinton's campaign manager, was and is married to Mary Matlin , who worked for George H. W. Bush's 1992 campaign for re-election. So Clinton's "Democratic" campaign manager was sleeping with a Republican "enemy" that had enough influence to use GOP resources to help Clinton defeat his opponents in the Democratic primaries, and tacitly position him as Democratic candidate. Moreover, if she so chose, those same resources could be used to undermine and defeat Bush if he ran against Clinton. Leaks, sabotage, covert funding could all come into play.
Assuming Carville asked his wife to help him get Clinton into office, and she agreed, it's obvious that Matlin's influence was invaluable but came at a price, a sobering one. As time passed, the world came to realize that Carville was clearly the number one reason the Republicans took both houses in 1994, just two years into Clinton's presidency, and why the GOP controlled both houses for 12 years, which insured all legislation introduced and signed by Clinton was written by, or approved by a Republican Congress.
A telling instance of Carville's true colors was after the Democrats' victory in the 2006 midterm election, when the Democrats finally took both Houses back. Carville criticized Howard Deann, the DNC Chair and actually called for his ouster after doing the job Carville was entrusted with since 1992.
More GOP Chums
In another instance of GOP strategists and power players going to bat for the Clintons, consider Rupert Murdoch's fund raisers for Hillary Clinton this year. The motives here may be entirely different though. It's likely he's convinced she's the easiest candidate to beat, and is trying to use his media assets to quietly position her as the Democratic candidate for president.
Suggested reading and sources:
* Bush fundraiser linked to crashed drug plane
* Bush's mystery money man becomes Hillary's
* Crashed drug plane owned by US Government?
* Would President Hillary Investigate Bush's Eight Years of Scandal?