Tag Archives: NICARAGUA

Lil’ Ol’ Airstrip In Arkansas

1993-5-garfield-ar-view-of-the-back-9-blue-mountains(Excerpted from Chapter: Nicaraguan Contraband: Big Oil & Their Bankers…)

In 1982 citizens of Mena, Arkansas began wondering why the town’s airport was experiencing an unusually high rate of nighttime landings.  Police there began to suspect drug trafficking, but were kept away from the planes by federal agents.  When cops started asking questions, they were stonewalled by federal agencies including DEA, FBI, Justice and even the IRS.  Scores of witnesses to the strange events began to show up dead. Continue reading

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CIA Escapes Costa Rican Justice

2006-20-panama-boquete-rio-cauldera-runs-through-town(Excerpted from Chapter 4: Nicaraguan Contraband: Big Oil & Their Bankers…)

While the CIA stonewalled US investigations into agent John Hull’s activities, the Company also had fires to put out in Costa Rica, where multiple investigations of Hull were under way. Continue reading

Indiana Hull & Contra Cocaine

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Richard Brenneke’s Congressional testimony got more interesting.  He said the Honduran arms bazaar was bankrolled by Columbia’s Medellin Cartel.  When Brenneke discovered this he went to Donald Gregg, who told him, “You do what you were assigned to do.  Don’t question the decisions of your betters”. [143] Continue reading

The Enterprise

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Official channels were proving cumbersome for North & Company  The passage by Congress of the Boland Amendment in 1984 added more ammunition to the cause of those already citing the Neutrality Act as proof that Reagan’s contras were illegal.  So North and CIA Director William Casey decided to take the operation “off-the-shelf”. Continue reading

Reagan’s Terrorists

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Within weeks of the Sandinista victory in Nicaragua, former CIA Deputy Director Vernon Walters, who 26 years earlier hatched the Mossadegh coup in Iran, arrived in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa to meet with members of Somoza’s deposed National Guard (Somocistas) to plan the demise of Sandinista President Daniel Ortega.  A counter-revolutionary force would be trained in southern Honduras to attack the Nicaraguan government.  The group would be known as the contras and would be trained largely by Cuban exile Bay of Pigs veterans and Argentinean advisers who answered to Langley. Continue reading

Sandinismo

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The Iranian Revolution of 1979 was a major blow to US foreign policy in the Middle East.  Iranian revolutionaries had thrown a giant monkey wrench into Nixon’s Twin Pillars doctrine and emboldened revolutionary movements around the world. Continue reading

Overland Through Central America

1997 - 3-9 - Guatemala - Antigua market - Katchiquel fam (1)(Excerpted from Chapter 18: Overland To Costa Rica: The Grateful Unrich…)

Tegucigalpa

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The old bus chugs toward Juticalpa carrying the usual assortment of biscuit vendors, acrobats and relatives of those needing heart operations – all shaking their coffee cans full of lempira. Continue reading