On a less exalted plane, few things inspired more wild jealousy among lobbyists than Michael Deaver's privelege, after leaving the Reagan White House in 1985, of keeping his White House security pass and getting a daily copy of President Reagan's schedule. Those two perks - symbols of his continued links to the president - were probably worth millions of dollars to Deaver from clients who wanted to buy his access to Reagan.
The Power Game - Hedrick Smith p.73
Back in 1985, Matsui had inserted an obscure provision into the tax-reform bill that was worth billions of dollars to telephone, electric, and gas utilities. In return, the utilities rewarded him with more than $60,000 in donations for his 1988 reelection campaign. And he was not alone. The utilities discreetly pumped some $8 million into the campaign treasuries of the lawmakers who decided their issues.
The Lobbyists - Jeffrey H. Birnbaum p.104
Contras trained by CIA in Arkansas with Clinton's knowledge
Compromised - Terry Reed
New Covenant an excerpt from Compromised
A federal investigation aided by the Arkansas State Police established that Barry Seal, a drug dealer working for the Medellin cartel as well as with the C.I.A. and the D.E.A., had his planes retrofitted at Mena for drug drops, trained pilots there and laundered his profits partly through financial institutions in Arkansas. Seal, at this time was in close contact with North, who acknowledged the relationship in his memoir.
Chapters in the Recent History of Arkansas Alexander Cockburn in The Nation at DiNardo Conspiracy
By March 1985, North had developed a plan to finance and supply the contras and was soon raising funds, obtaining arms and giving tactical instructions to the contras. But when Congress inquired, North and his NSC superiors falsely denied his activities - once in a letter to a House Foreign Affairs Subcommitte on September 12, 1985 - just eight days before North gave a CIA agent in El Salvador orders for air drops into Nicaragua for the contras.
The Power Game - Hedrick Smith p.609
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[Bandar]...he had worked with CIA director William J. Casey to set up the assasination of a suspected Middle East terrorist leader in Beirut with a car bomb which instead killed at least 80 bystanders.
The Commanders - Bob Woodward p.213
The U.S. government knew that Noriega was involved in drug trafficking since at least 1972, when the Nixon administration considered assassinating him. But he stayed on the CIA payroll. In 1983, a U.S. Senate committee concluded that Panama was a major center for the laundering of drug funds and drug trafficking.
The U.S. government continued to value Noriega's services. In May 1986, the Director of the Drug Enforcement Agency praised Noriega for his "vigorous anti-drug trafficking policy." A year later, the Director "welcomed our close association" with Noriega, while Attorney General Edwin Meese stopped a U.S. Justice Department investigation of Noriega's criminal activities. In August 1987, a Senate resolution condemning Noriega was opposed by Elliot Abrams, the State Department official in charge of U.S. policy in Central America and Panama.
And yet, when Noriega was finally indicted in Miami in 1985, all the charges except one were related to activities that took place before 1984 - back when he was our boy, helping with the U.S. war against Nicaragua...
p.51 What Uncle Sam Really Wants - Noam Chomsky
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He also knew there had been something of a quiet scandal within U.S. law enforcement circles over BCCI documents related to Noriega that had apparently disappeared.
The Outlaw Bank : BCCI - Jonathan Beaty & S.C. Gwynne p.80
Black Eagle was run out of Bush's office by CIA agent Donald Gregg, a long-time Bush friend from his own days as head of the CIA. Gregg and other operatives negotiated an arrangement with Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, whereby Panamanian airfields and front companies would be made available to Black Eagle operatives in exchange for Panamanian use of Black Eagle cargo planes. In fact, the planes were used to smuggle cocaine and marijuana into the United States at the behest of Columbia's Medellin cartel.
Elite Deviance - David R. Simon & D. Stanley Eitzen p.317
[Louis] Farrakan claims that on the night of September 17, 1985 he was on a hilltop near some ancient ruins in the Mexican town of Tepotzlan. A UFO appeared at the nearby mountain; three landing legs appeared from the bottom of the UFO, but the object did not land. Instead the "wheel" beckoned to him with a burst of intense light. He was voluntarily carried into the wheel by the light. The "wheel" then carried him to a "mother wheel" high above the earth. The Mother Wheel's dimensions are given as a half-mile by a half-mile. Farrakan says that the Mother Wheel was built by humans and it was frequently talked about by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad for over 60 years.
p.38 People of the Web - Gregory F. Little
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