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Up Against the Beast
An imprisoned former US Green Beret
is suing the CIA, George Bush and others, to draw attention to their complicity
in government-sanctioned drug-trafficking operations and
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I. BILL TYREE'S LAWSUIT: DRUG PROFITS ALLEGEDLY FUNDED
Speculation about the mysterious origin and funding of the so-called US
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has continued for decades. Most
recently, the history of FEMA as an illegal, unconstitutional entity has been
exposed in an unprecedented lawsuit against the Central Intelligence Agency
(CIA) and its alleged drug-trafficking and money-laundering operations.
In September 1998, a US million lawsuit (Case No. 98-CV-11829-JLT) was
filed by Massachusetts attorney Ray Kohlman on behalf of former Green Beret
William M. (Bill) Tyree. Kohlman, a former legal investigator for attorney
William Pepper in the Martin Luther King, Jr, murder trial of James Earl Ray,
filed a 101-page complaint on behalf of his client. The suit, replete with five
inches of affidavits and appendices, names the Central Intelligence Agency,
former Massachusetts Governor A. Paul Cellucci, former Massachusetts
Attorney-General L. Scott Harshbarger, former CIA Director and US President
George Bush, and self-admitted government assassin D. Gene Tatum as Defendants
in a far-reaching case involving US Government - sanctioned drug smuggling,
murder and cover-up.
Bill Tyree is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife -
a case eerily similar to that of Dr Jeffrey MacDonald, a Fort Bragg doctor who
was framed for the murder of his wife and children in the early 1980s.
"In the mid-1970s, while serving in Panama, Tyree and other Green Berets were
led into Colombia under the command of Green Beret Colonels Cutolo and Baker to
plant radio beacons, so that planeloads of cocaine could fly below Colombian and
US radar and land undetected in Panama," writes former LAPD officer Mike Ruppert
in his newsletter, From the Wilderness (PO Box 6061-350, Sherman Oaks, CA
91413, USA, website
"Orders for these missions came from the CIA's Ed Wilson and Tom Clines,"
continues Ruppert. "Tyree had been a part of many secret missions and was losing
his taste for it. His wife was keeping a diary [for which she was presumably
murdered, after which the diary was confiscated and later disappeared].
"Five Special Forces Colonels - Cutolo, Baker, Malvesti, Rowe and Bayard -
have died under mysterious circumstances since. The heart of the Tyree
documentation consists of an affidavit allegedly written by Colonel Cutolo, who
was also Tyree's commanding officer at Fort Devens, Mass., at the time of
Tyree's arrest. Both were then with the 10th Special Forces.
"That fifteen-page document gives precise details of CIA drug operations
using Special Forces personnel. It also describes how Tyree was framed for the
murder of his wife and how Special Forces personnel were used to intimidate and
conduct illegal electronic and physical surveillance of anyone who might expose
CIA drug dealing," Ruppert concludes.
No Legal Funding For FEMA
According to the actual complaint in the lawsuit: "...the Plaintiff [Tyree]
alleges that the Defendants CIA and George Bush were negligent and failed at the
conclusion of Operation Watchtower to monitor the post-Watchtower
events and seek legal congressional funding for the origination of FEMA (Federal
Emergency Management Agency), and this failure led to the concealment and
cover-up of Operation Watchtower, written about in the diaries of Elaine
Tyree, seized illegally and turned over to Colonel Carone and then to the CIA
which ensured that the Operation Watchtower drug trafficking operation
would remain covert, allowing the drug profits from this Operation to be used to
circumvent Congress and fund FEMA and continue the pattern of criminal
Colonel Carone, who died in 1990, was a CIA paymaster and Mafia-connected
money launderer, who incidentally held the rank of full colonel in Army
Intelligence. As Oliver North's bagman, Carone also couriered large amounts of
cash in and out of the country. According to former Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) investigator Rodney Stich, "Carone had complex
relationships". In his underground bestselling book, Defrauding America
Stich writes that Carone was a member of the Gambino family, had connections to
other crime groups in the eastern part of the United States, was a detective on
the New York City vice squad, a member of the military and a CIA operative.
Stich writes: "Dee [Ferdinand, Carone's daughter] said her father was a
detective and 'bag man' in the New York City police department, collecting money
that was distributed to captains and inspectors as payoffs for 'looking the
other way' where drugs were involved...
"Referring to CIA - Mafia drug trafficking, she said she knew from what her
father said that the drugs coming from South America went to the Colombo,
Genovese and Gambino families, and that it was a joint CIA - Mafia drug
operation under the code name Operation Amadeus," continues Stich. "She
said that during World War II, Operation Amadeus was involved in
transporting Nazi officers from Germany into South American countries. According
to her father's notes, Operation Amadeus split into several other
operations, including Operation Sunrise and Operation Watchtower."
In the lawsuit, Tyree alleges that CIA and George Bush were negligent by
allowing the stolen diaries of Elaine Tyree to be used to further cover up
"Operation Watchtower, which was one of several illegal drug operations
that produced a profit which was used in turn to help originate and implement
FEMA" (p. 23).
It is further contended in the lawsuit that CIA and George Bush violated the
"separation of powers, [i.e.,] the Executive Branch brought about an agency
(FEMA) which has the authority to suspend the US Constitution (e.g., further
suspending legislative and judicial branches), but is vague in its verbiage as
to what does constitute an emergency, and fails to list what, if any, duties the
legislature and judiciary will have to perform if the US Constitution is
suspended" (p. 23).
No Legal Standing For FEMA
Even though the origin of FEMA has remained historically unclear, Tyree
alleges in the lawsuit that FEMA, created by Executive Order, is illegitimate
"since Congress had to approve FEMA for two specific reasons: (1) FEMA is a
vaguely written Executive Branch - created agency that has the power to suspend
the US Constitution and put the legislative and judicial branches of government
out of work; (2) FEMA is an Executive Branch creation that clearly affects all
three branches of Government capable of silencing the voice of the people (i.e.,
legislative) and the legal redress of the people (i.e., judiciary)".
FEMA was allegedly created by Executive Order 12148, which became law simply
by its publication in the Federal Registry. In other words, Congress was
bypassed for FEMA's authorisation as well as its funding. But if Congress never
authorised the agency, where do operational expenses come from? Tyree's lawsuit
alleges that laundered drug profits were the initial source of FEMA's funding.
According to the lawsuit: "...the Plaintiff [Tyree] alleges the Defendants
CIA and George Bush did intentionally engage in the complained-of conduct herein
to conceal: (1) the origins of FEMA, and that profits from drug trafficking by
the CIA were used in some part to originally fund FEMA and the drafting of the
An even more astounding allegation in the lawsuit is that Colonel Carone told
Tyree himself that "Colonel Ollie North worked on developing a plan, known as
FEMA, which would in an ill-defined national emergency allow the US Military to
take control of the United States to ensure National Security". Colonel Carone
said that "FEMA" originally stood for "Federal Emergency Military Action" (i.e.,
martial law), but was retitled "Federal Emergency Management Agency" because it
would be better received by the people of the United States.
The late Colonel Carone also claimed that he "took drug profits that were
clean and laundered in 1982 - 1984 to the following: NSC - Colonel Oliver North,
who used the funds to create and develop FEMA" (p. 88 of the lawsuit).
Colonel Oliver North and FEMA
Oliver North's role in the creation of FEMA should be better known. In a book
called Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North, author Ben
Bradlee, Jr, writes:
"North's work for FEMA - from 1982 to the spring of 1984 - was highly
classified, and some would say bizarre. During that period, the Miami
Herald reported, he was involved in helping to draft a sweeping contingency
plan to impose martial law in the event of a nuclear war, or less serious
national crises such as widespread internal dissent, or opposition to an
American military invasion abroad.
"The plan - which also gave FEMA itself broad authority to report directly to
the President, appoint military commanders and run state and local governments
[Executive Order 11490] - ruffled many administration feathers," continues
"North would also play a role in helping FEMA stage a national emergency
simulation exercise [on] April 5 - 18, 1984... Rex-84 Bravo, authorised by
President Reagan's signature of National Security Decision Directive 52, was
predicated in his declaration of a state of national emergency concurrent with a
mythical invasion (code-named Operation Night Train) of an
unspecified Central American country, presumably Nicaragua.
"...Rex-84 Bravo was designed to test FEMA's readiness to assume authority
over Department of Defense personnel, all fifty state National Guard forces and
a number of 'State Defense Force' units which were to be created by state
legislative enactments. FEMA would 'deputize' all DoD and state National Guard
personnel, so as to avoid violating the federal Posse Comitatus Act which
forbids using any military forces for domestic law enforcement," writes
In the lawsuit, Tyree quotes Colonel Carone's testimony that "FEMA was one of
those off-the-shelf creations that was funded through the giant black-operations
fund which came about from drug-trafficking operations instituted by the CIA,
which Congress has no idea of and no control over" and that "the FEMA Chain of
Command, rules and regulations that he had seen, violated the US Constitution
and actually established a succession to the Office of the President in the
event of an emergency that circumvented the Vice President and the Speaker of
the House of Representatives".
According to the lawsuit: "Carone said, 'NSC [National Security Council] used
drug trafficking profits to start FEMA without congressional approval...a 1981
NSC Directive written by Frank Carlucci [states]: "Normally a state of martial
law will be proclaimed by the President. However, in the absence of such action
by the President, a senior military commander may impose martial law in an area
of his command where there had been a complete breakdown in the exercise of
government functions by local authorities."'
"Colonel Carone said a literal interpretation of the 1981 NSC Directive was
that a local yokel National Guard commander could institute martial law, and the
actions of FEMA, without local citizens ever knowing how FEMA came to be or what
FEMA was originally intended to be about, would automatically be triggered
without any type of presidential order," it is alleged in the lawsuit.
"Congress doesn't even have the purse strings on this one," Carone said.
"It's all from the Black Operations fund which Congress will never force the US
Intelligence Community to admit even exists."
Incidentally, according to criminal conspiracy investigator Sherman Skolnick,
Representative Henry Hyde of Illinois has been handling this fund for the CIA
and has done an "admirable" job in keeping it under wraps, completely removed
from public scrutiny.
According to Tyree, Carone also said that unindicted drug conspirator Oliver
North's role was admitted in his own diary (p. 91 of the lawsuit):
"You want the diary of Oliver North [said Carone]. Inside that diary is your
whole case. It will tell you that he knew of drug trafficking even if he wasn't
involved directly, which is what he will claim. I remember one entry from May
12, 1984, to the effect that he knew one of his contacts was trafficking drugs.
Another entry from July 20, 1984 basically stated that there was cargo offloaded
at the ranch of John Hull. The cargo that was offloaded was cocaine. I recall
seeing an entry from August 9, 1985, that a specific aircraft was being used for
drug trafficking. Then there was an entry from either September 9 or 10, 1985,
in which Ollie North, through Colonel James Steele, used a Special Operations
Unit brought in by Wally Gresheim and Litton. Get his diary."
None dares call it fascism, of course, but due to this explosive lawsuit by a
framed American serviceman, Bill Tyree, the origin of FEMA and its illegal
funding may finally be known.
II. THE GREAT AMERICAN FRAME
Spooky Parallels: The Tyree & MacDonald Cover-ups
When criminals in government are about to be exposed, a story is concocted
which uses some of the facts, mixes it with lies, and obscures the rest. This
disinformation is then spread throughout the media and - voilà! - a cover-up is
born. With Hollywood connections, a TV movie is produced. This new dose of
fiction then becomes irrefutable "fact" in public memory.
Just so, there are significant parallels between the murder case of former
Green Beret Bill Tyree and Dr Jeffrey MacDonald. Both involve CIA/military drug
smuggling crimes and cover-ups. Both men were set up and convicted. Both men
have been languishing in prison for 20 years.
The story of emergency physician Dr Jeffrey MacDonald, framed for the murder
of his wife Collette and children Kimberly and Kristen in 1970, remains a
tragedy. Author Joe McGinnis wrote a best-selling book, Fatal Vision,
which was made into a TV movie of the same name in 1984.
The real story is the frame-up of an innocent man who had powerful enemies.
It's described in great detail by Jerry Allen Potter and Fred Bost in Fatal
Justice: Reinvestigating the MacDonald Murders (W.W. Norton & Co.,
However, as Errol Morris, director of The Thin Blue Line, writes: "If
you think you know the Jeffrey MacDonald case from Fatal Vision, think
again. Fatal Justice is the first account of the whole story."
The Boston Phoenix called Fatal Justice "a devastating rebuttal
to Fatal Vision".
An investigator in the MacDonald case, former LA FBI Special Agent in Charge
Ted Gunderson, obtained a signed confession from Helena Stoeckley, "the girl in
the floppy hat", who told him that the group she was involved with "was active
in an international drug operation that involved US Army personnel, including
Army officers, police officers and at least two local attorneys" in the Fort
Bragg area. According to Time magazine (January 1, 1973), heroin was
being flown into the United States from the Far East in plastic bags hidden in
the body cavities of dead GIs.
According to Gunderson, members of this group "...tried to shake down Dr
MacDonald because he was abusive to those who overdosed on drugs in the civilian
hospital where he was moonlighting... The assailants [of MacDonald's family]
were high on drugs and the situation escalated to the murders. Their intentions
to shake down Dr MacDonald were not known or approved by the leaders of the drug
operation. When it was realized by the leaders that members of their network
committed these murders, they were concerned that an investigation of the cult
would expose the drug operations - thus the cover-up and 'framing' of Dr
Gunderson has written his own summary of the facts in The Doctor Jeffrey
R. MacDonald Investigation (contact Gunderson International, PO Box
18000-259, Las Vegas, NV 89114, USA). Evidence, such as fingerprints, was
intentionally destroyed by Army CID (Criminal Investigation Division). Other
evidence, like a bloody syringe, bloody clothing and boots, was lost. More
crucial evidence was never collected. Then allegations of FBI Crime Lab
corruption surfaced through FBI whistleblower Frederick Whitehurst.
Michael P. Malone, an FBI forensic specialist who testified in the MacDonald
case, was exposed by the Inspector-General's report. "Mr Malone has indeed
testified falsely and outside his expertise," reported the Wall Street
Journal of April 16, 1997. "In 1987 and 1988, Florida appellate courts
overturned guilty verdicts - citing insufficient evidence - in cases in which Mr
Malone had testified for the prosecution," the article continues.
In addition, an internal FBI memo written in 1989 alleged that Mr Malone had
given 27 instances of false or misleading testimony in the 1985 proceedings that
led to the impeachment and ouster of former US District Judge Alcee L.
Was it just sloppy work or outright fraud? The evidence shows that FBI Crime
Lab work cannot be trusted. In MacDonald's case, Malone's testimony alone should
have been grounds for a mistrial.
In Psychic Dictatorship in the USA (Feral House, 1995), author Alex
Constantine also weighs in on the MacDonald case. "Fatal Vision is a
political hit piece," he writes. "The paperback indictment of MacDonald has
reinforced the public perception of MacDonald's guilt, and kept dormant one of
the most unconscionable scandals in American military history.
"Three suspects in the murders have confessed. MacDonald's version of events
has been confirmed by some 40 witnesses... Fatal Vision is myopic in its
exclusion of any evidence that might clear MacDonald. McGinniss's claim to
impartiality eroded completely in his flat refusal in 1980 to even look at the
1200-page report compiled by MacDonald's defense attorneys. The report, taken
together with the sworn depositions of witnesses, press accounts and interviews
with investigators, combines in a case sharply at odds with the
"MacDonald passed a polygraph," writes Constantine. "He submitted to five
independent forensic examinations. The government's own lab specimens link Fort
Bragg's body-bag [drug-smuggling] ring to the crime scene, including a long,
synthetic blonde strand corroborating MacDonald's contention that Stoeckley wore
a blonde wig the night of the murders. A bloody syringe found in his home was
'lost' by the prosecution."
The case of William Tyree is just as complex, convoluted and byzantine. Tyree
was in the Army Special Forces and also convicted of his wife's murder. An Arts
& Entertainment channel documentary, Murder at Fort Devens, revealed
evidence that he was also framed to conceal CIA/military drug trafficking. Tyree
says that, as early as 1975, drugs were flown into Panama and were subsequently
shipped to Mena, Arkansas - a state described as the CIA's own "banana republic"
inside the United States.
According to Rodney Stich, author of Defrauding America, the CIA
utilised the Army Intelligence Agency in Operation Watchtower which began
in the mid-1970s. US Colonel A. J. Baker was ordered to oversee part of
Watchtower, and turned the operation over to Colonel Edward P. Cutolo who
also commanded the 10th Special Forces based at Fort Devens, Massachusetts.
"...Cutolo, who had been ordered by the CIA to supervise Operation
Watchtower, grew increasingly concerned about its flagrant illegality,
and conducted an investigation in an attempt to bring it to a halt," writes
Stich. "Fearing he might be killed because of the investigation, he prepared a
fifteen-page, single-spaced affidavit dated March 11, 1980, describing the CIA
drug trafficking and other activities... Cutolo was killed, as were several
other people working with him to expose the drug trafficking operations...
"The affidavit described the installation and operation of the radio beacon
towers [to guide airplanes bringing in drugs] and several of the drug flights in
which he participated."
Relevant to the Tyree case itself: "The Cutolo affidavit described the
killing of an Army servicewoman, Elaine Tyree, who had knowledge of Operation
Watchtower which she described in her diary. To shift attention from the
actual killer and his connection to the ongoing drug operation, the military
charged Tyree's husband with the killing," Stich writes.
This affidavit stated: "It was too risky to allow a military court to review
the charges against Pvt Tyree..."
"At the first military hearing, the presiding judge found no reason to bind
Pvt Tyree's husband over for trial for the murder of his wife," continues Stich.
"This decision risked further investigation and possible exposure of the corrupt
operation. Army pressure caused the county prosecutor to indict the husband for
murdering his wife, even though the Army knew the actual killer was someone
else. The Cutolo affidavit stated:
'On 29 February 1980, Pvt Tyree was convicted of murder and will spend the
duration of his life incarcerated. I could not disseminate intelligence gathered
under Operation Orwell [a surveillance operation directed against US
politicians] to notify civilian authorities [of] who actually killed Elaine
Murder at Fort Devens featured Judge James Killam, who initially
dismissed the case against Tyree, saying: "I didn't believe a word the
prosecution's chief witness said. He had the skills to do a decapitation." The
judge was referring to Green Beret Earl Michael Peters, who was present when the
murder was committed. Forensic evidence and witness testimony show that Tyree
was not present, and that Peters was probably the real killer.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Bill Tyree by his attorney, Ray Kohlman,
states that the Plaintiff is seeking US million - million for each year
of incarceration and million in exemplary damages - and is also seeking an
injunction against the CIA from engaging in further illegal activities, as well
as a new trial.
Bill Tyree, Dr MacDonald and many others, like former FBI Special Agent
Richard Taus, have been falsely arrested, convicted and imprisoned. What's new?
Unlike the wrongfully imprisoned and recently released former Black Panther,
Geronimo Pratt - who did 27 years for a murder he didn't commit - they are still
political prisoners in the American Gulag.
It's called "Doing time for the CIA's crimes". After all, even the spooks
make jokes that "CIA" stands for "Criminals in Action".
III. SECRET HISTORY: Dead Men Do Tell Tales
The lawsuit by former Green Beret William Tyree against the CIA et al.
is a work of art, a masterpiece of legal reasoning and an important historical
source document. Why? Because, for the record, it contains first-hand knowledge
and revelations by the late US Army Colonel Al Carone of a far-reaching criminal
conspiracy, namely, US Government drug smuggling, money laundering, murder and
cover-up. Carone's information, corroborated with evidence from other sources,
reveals a dark history of the United States that has been neglected by
mainstream historians and censored by the Mega-Media Cartel.
First, the lawsuit questions the constitutionality and legality of so-called
"Executive Orders". According to the lawsuit, Executive Order #12333, for
example, authorised the "privatization of intelligence and covert operations and
permitted agencies other than the CIA to conduct 'Special Activities', thus
effectively opening the door, previously closed [by the National Security Act of
1947], to the White House National Security Council Staff or even private
entities/assets, i.e., third-party cut-outs, to carry out covert
In plain language, this means that the CIA could subcontract or "farm out"
its drug smuggling and assassinations to third-party personnel and continue to
enjoy its "plausible deniability" status, i.e., denying any knowledge of or
involvement with criminal activities.
According to the lawsuit, Tyree claims his false imprisonment was due to the
theft of his murdered wife Elaine's diaries - which contain evidence that would
have exonerated him in his trial.
"Colonel Carone, either as a CIA asset/entity or as a CIA employee, did
receive the diaries of Elaine Tyree in 1979," reads the lawsuit. "Colonel Carone
became aware of the information that was listed in the diaries that related to
Operation Watchtower and the illegal surveillance operation in New
England/ Massachusetts. Colonel Carone turned the diaries of Elaine Tyree over
to the CIA for security reasons, in an effort to conceal the drug operation
Watchtower and the subsequent surveillance operation that took place in
"Through Dee and Tom Ferdinand [Carone's daughter and son-in-law], the
Plaintiff [Tyree] learned for the first time in August 1995 that Colonel Carone
had in fact been in possession of the diaries of Elaine Tyree and had
subsequently travelled to Langley, VA, to drop the diaries off at the CIA."
The diaries of Mary Pinchot-Meyer (JFK's mistress and the ex-wife of CIA
operative Cord Meyer) also mysteriously disappeared following her (unsolved)
murder in 1964. Nina Burleigh's book, A Very Private Woman (1998),
appears to be a cover-up, or at least a "limited hangout", concerning the life
and death of Pinchot-Meyer. Did Mary Pinchot-Meyer, like Elaine Tyree, know too
much? More importantly, did they document the Agency's illegal "fun and games"?
All Along The Watchtower: Bill Tyree's Story
According to the lawsuit: "[Tyree] took part in a US Army - CIA Operation
Watchtower which brought cocaine out of Colombia into the US air base,
Albrook Air Station, Panama, where the planes (not US Air Force planes, but
planes of other Latin American countries and some unmarked airplanes) landed and
offloaded the cocaine while the mission commander Colonel A. J. Baker and
Colonel Noriega, among others, looked on."
"...in February and March 1976, a second and third Watchtower
operation took place under the command of Colonel Edward Cutolo, and more
cocaine was brought into Albrook Air Station, Panama. [Tyree], who was also
involved in a non-volunteer capacity as Crew Chief on a US Army helicopter, saw
CIA Officer Edwin Wilson, CIA Officer Frank Terpil, CIA Asset/Officer Colonel
Albert V. Carone, and Israeli Colonel Michael Harari.
"In late 1976, Colonel George Bayard, US Army, CIA Middle East Expert,
contacted US Army Special Forces Colonel Edward Cutolo and James N. Rowe and
told them that Operation Watchtower was not a sanctioned US congressional
operation, and he had found out this information through a Middle East
Intelligence contact associated with a bank known as BCCI.
"In 1977, Colonel Bayard went to Atlanta, Georgia, to follow up on a lead,
and contacted Colonel Rowe from Atlanta. Colonel Bayard was murdered in Atlanta
after he spoke to Colonel Rowe, and that murder remains unsolved...
"In October 1977, Tyree arrived at the 10th Special Forces Group Airborne, Ft
Devens, Massachusetts, and the Group Commander was Colonel John
On December 31, 1977, Bill Tyree married Elaine. She was an avid diarist who
had been keeping detailed notes on all the illegal activities she was observing.
On January 30, 1979, Elaine Tyree was murdered. Judge James Killam III entered a
written decision that SP4 Earl Michael Peters killed Elaine Tyree and that "Pvt
Aarhus assisted SP4 Peters in killing Elaine Tyree".
In a bizarre string of events: "...on June 6, 1979, in an unprecedented
decision from the Single Justice of the SJC [Supreme Judicial Court], not only
did the SJC strike down all criminal charges against Peters, but issued the
order which forbids any court in Massachusetts from issuing criminal process
against anyone in the Elaine Tyree homicide unless authorised to do so by the
SJC," according to the lawsuit.
"After Erik Aarhus stood trial for the murder and was convicted and sentenced
to life in prison, Tyree himself went on trial and was convicted without
testimony of Erik Aarhus on February 29, 1980."
A pretty good frame, if you can get away with it.
Elaine Tyree's Diaries: To Die For?
In August - September 1996, former Army CID investigator Bill McCoy
introduced Bill Tyree to Dee Carone-Ferdinand, the daughter of Colonel
According to the lawsuit, after a two-year-long correspondence by phone, a
stunning breakthrough occurred in the case when "...Dee Ferdinand at a point
notified the Plaintiff [Tyree] that she was the daughter of Colonel Carone, and
said: 'My father had the diaries that belonged to your wife Elaine. He went to
Langley, Virginia, to drop them off with "the boys". That's what he said. I read
some of the diaries, or at least the parts that my father showed me. I saw the
photograph in the front of the diaries that was of you and your wife.'"
Unfortunately, in 1997, CW4 William H. McCoy was found dead in his home in
Fairfax, Virginia, and was immediately cremated before the medical examiner
could determine the cause of death.
According to the lawsuit, McCoy told Tyree: "No matter what happens, if I die
and you're not sure what I died from, have my family get an independent medical
examiner to check me out. Be sure. Give me your word."
McCoy, after all, was concerned that people just seemed to drop dead after
they delved into the CIA cocaine operation at Mena, Arkansas. Among the dead
were Stanley Huggins, Kevin Ives, Donald Henry, Keith McCaskell, Greg Collins,
Jeff Rhodes and Richard Winters. Or they got "suicided" - like writer Danny
Casolaro, attorney Paul Wilcher and NSA Colonel Vince Foster. Etcetera.
Fighting Commies With Drug Profits: Al Carone's Story
"The CIA had predicted a large communist build-up in Latin America in the
early 1970s," Carone told Tyree.
"Operation Watchtower was initiated to pre-position drugs in
Panama/Central America from South America to fund covert actions against the
predicted communist threat. The prediction became reality and the flow of
cocaine into the United States increased as a result of the prediction. The
American people wouldn't sufficiently fund a covert action anywhere, following
Vietnam, for the amount of money which was needed. The cocaine couldn't be moved
into the United States until an avenue was established that took the CIA out of
the picture, because the CIA was already busy fending off allegations of
trafficking drugs out of Southeast Asia and Europe, and the CIA couldn't be tied
in to the Latin American cocaine at all.
"Once Ronald Reagan became President," Carone continued, "his oldtime friend
William Casey, the head of the CIA, was able to convince him to sign Executive
Order #12333 into effect, which...took the CIA out of covert operations
business..., authorized the use of private assets/entities to be used by the
National Security Council to conduct covert operations including the drug
[smuggling]... Allowing private assets and entities to do the dirty work meant
the CIA could do whatever it wanted to do, in or out of the United
In other words, EO #12333 privatised CIA's drug smuggling, making the Agency
even more insulated from discovery of its criminal activities.
"You had NSC staffers that were tied right into the drug trafficking
themselves, like Ollie North," Carone said, continuing his history lesson.
"Hell, his diary had everything in it. Between his diary and your wife's [Elaine
Tyree's] diaries, the whole thing is blown. Totally compromised.
"I remember seeing him [North] write over 200 entries in his diary that
related to major drug profits being used to buy weapons for the Contras,"
continued Carone. "The diary of Ollie North alone would prove what I've told you
and show the violation of 50 USC §403 and everything."
North's diary, for example, contained the following entry: "July 5, 1985 -
million to buy arms came from drugs."
Unindicted drug kingpin Oliver North is still free, while William Tyree has
served 20 years in prison. Why? Because corrupt officials in the CIA, Department
of Defense and Department of Justice continue the cover-up.
Colonel Carone told Tyree that "Operation Watchtower provided cocaine
that was sold to finance anti-communist operations in Latin America because the
US Congress has shut down general funding of anti-communist activities in that
area", while heroin trafficking by the CIA in Southeast Asia was used to fight
Selling drugs to fight communism has to be one of the biggest ironies of the
"At the CIA there were a few people in the right positions who blamed the
decline of American culture on people of color living in the United States,"
said Carone. "The blame of the fall of American culture began with the creation
of the National Security Memorandum 200, which stated among other things the
concern of overpopulation in the United States. Many at the CIA attributed it to
the birthrate among people of color, and there were some at the CIA that felt
that physical slavery could be replaced by pharmaceutical slavery, and that's
why African-American gangs, i.e., 'Bloods' and 'Crips', were singled out for
distributing the drugs brought into the United States by the CIA."
Carone also told Tyree that he had "...delivered money to the Los Angeles -
based gangs, i.e., the Bloods and the Crips, which are among the most violent
African-American gangs in the United States. He had delivered money to the gangs
because they were on the CIA payroll under Executive Order 12333 which allowed
for the CIA to hire outside sources to help the CIA perform their jobs. He had
delivered money to the gangs because they transported drugs across the United
States, i.e., Atlanta, Norfolk, Philadelphia, New York and Boston."
Carone's information dovetails exactly with the in-depth investigations of
Gary Webb in his book, Dark Alliance (Seven Stories Press, 1998).
Continued in the next
issue of NEXUS...
About the Author:
Uri Dowbenko is CEO of New Improved Entertainment
Corp. Most recently he has completed a joint venture with
publisher-editor-author Kenn Thomas, launching a new online version of the
respected US-based alternative publication Steamshovel Press (
Uri can be reached by e-mail at
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