Iran/Contra Criminals Appointed To Office By Bush
In the Iran/Contra Arms/Drugs scandal, U.S. officials sold arms to enemies of the U.S. and sold cocaine inside the U.S. Profits from these illegal activities went to the dealers and to fund international wars that the government was specifically bared from funding. The CIA coordinated the crimes.
For details regarding the scandal visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran-Contra
Facing exposure of serious criminal charges, President Reagan who denied any involvement appointed the "Tower Commission" to investigate himself and his government officials. The Commission criticized the actions of Oliver North, John Poindexter, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and others but did not determine Regan or Vice President Bush's involvement. John Tower, the head of the commission, was nominated to the position of Secretary of Defense by Bush when he became President. Tower was accused of many other immoral acts by senior members of the government.
Oliver North and John Poindexter were indicted on multiple charges on March 16, 1988. North, indicted on 16 counts, was found guilty by a jury of three minor counts. The convictions were vacated on appeal on the grounds that North's Fifth Amendment rights may have been violated by the indirect use of his testimony to Congress which had been given under a grant of immunity. In 1990, Poindexter was convicted on several felony counts of lying to Congress, obstruction of justice, conspiracy, and altering and destroying documents pertinent to the investigation. His convictions were also overturned on appeal on similar grounds.
In the Poindexter's hometown of Odon, Indiana, a street was renamed to John Poindexter Street. Bill Breedan, a former minister, stole the street's sign in protest of the Iran-Contra Affair. He claimed that he was holding it for a ransom of $30 million, in reference to the amount of money given to Iran to transfer to the contras. He was later arrested and was sent to jail, making him, as stated by Howard Zinn, "the only person to be imprisoned as a result of the Iran-contra Affair."
In 1996 when journalist Gary Webb published reports in the San Jose Mercury News, and later in his book Dark Alliance, detailing how Contras had distributed crack cocaine into Los Angeles to fund weapons purchases. In 2004 Gary Webb was murdered, the Sacramento Sheriff however concluded the TWO gunshots fired into Gary's head were an apparent suicide, so there was no follow-up investigation.
Also in 1986 two journalists represented by the Christic Institute filed suit against the CIA and other parties for their criminal acts, including financing the purchase of arms with the proceeds of cocaine sales. The suit was dismissed; several of the named participants subsequently sued the Christic Institute for libel and won.
On January 29, 1997 The Wall Street Journal reported: "At the center of the web of speculation spun around Mena are a few undisputed facts: One of the most successful drug informants in U.S. history, smuggler Barry Seal, based his air operation at Mena. At the height of his career he was importing as much as 1,000 pounds of cocaine per month, and had a personal fortune estimated at more than $50 million." Then-governor Bill Clinton was alleged to be involved in the drug smuggling into the Mena airport in Arkansas.
Faced with undeniable evidence of his involvement in the scandal, Reagan expressed regret regarding the situation at a nationally televised White House press conference on Ash Wednesday, March 4, 1987. Responding to questions, Reagan stated that his previous assertions that the U.S. did not trade arms for hostages were incorrect. He also stated that the Vice President knew of the plan.
Senator John Kerry's April 13, 1988 U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations report on Contra drug links, stated that members of the U.S. State Department "who provided support for the Contras were involved in drug trafficking" and "the Contras themselves knowingly received financial and material assistance from drug traffickers." and that "the Contra drug links included...payments to drug traffickers by the U.S. State Department of funds authorized by the Congress for humanitarian assistance to the Contras, in some cases after the traffickers had been indicted by federal law enforcement agencies on drug charges, in others while traffickers were under active investigation by these same agencies."
In 1998, CIA Inspector General Frederick Hitz published a two-volume report substantiating many of Gary Webb's claims of serious criminal activity by the Regan-Bush / Clinton administration. The report also documented the cover-up of evidence and showed that Oliver North and the National Security Council were aware of these activities. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Bromwich later in 1998 also released a report drawing similar conclusions. The CIA report originally at https://www.cia.gov/library/reports/general-reports-1/cocaine/contra-story/findings.html has been removed and replaced with the following https://www.cia.gov/library/reports/general-reports-1/index.html
Gary Webb who provided the service of what the CIA and FBI were meant to provide is murdered and his murder ignored, the government officials caught red handed in crimes that other citizens receive life sentences for are completely pardoned and rewarded. In 1992 U.S. President George H.W. Bush pardoned six more people involved crimes, namely Elliott Abrams, Duane R. Clarridge, Alan Fiers, Clair George, Robert C. McFarlane, and Caspar W. Weinberger.
Admiral John Poindexter who was found guilty of multiple felony counts for conspiracy, obstruction of justice, lying to Congress, defrauding the government, and the alteration and destruction of evidence had his convictions reversed and was appointed by Bush to the Director of the Information Awareness Office.
Elliott Abrams who pleaded guilty on two counts of unlawfully withholding information, was also pardoned. Bush then appointed him to the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director on the National Security Council for Near East and North African Affairs
Robert Gates who was the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence from 1991–1993 during the Iran Contra scandal and who undoubtedly would have been involved in the crimes was promoted by Bush on December 6, 2006 to replace the disgraced resigning Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense.
Charles E. Allen a 47 year CIA veteran who according to co-workers brought his suspicions of Iran/Contra related funds diversion to Robert Gates and was involved in the cover-up. CIA's Director of Central Intelligence William Webster, formally reprimanded Allen for failing to fully comply with the DCI's request for full cooperation in the agency's internal Iran-Contra scandal investigation. In August of 2005 Bush promoted Allen to Chief Intelligence Officer at the Department of Homeland Security.
Clearly crimes committed by our government officials are rewarded while those exposing the crimes are murdered and sued.
Next in line the HR 1995 the Thought Crime Bill which passed 404 votes to 6 through the House of mis-Representatives, it allows the government to throw anyone in jail who's thoughts they don't like...