Once Owned by drug Smuggler Barry Seal, It’s Now the Favorite Plane of Texas Governor George W. Bush
This interview sets forth a Byzantine series of machinations, through which an airplane purchased for drug and arms operations by drug smuggler, DEA informant and Iran-Contra Lynchpin Barry Seal wound up being Texas Governor George Bush’s favorite aircraft. Mike Ruppert (former LAPD narcotics investigator and long-time crusader against the intelligence community’s involvement in the narcotics traffic) has co-authored a blockbuster story about the clandestine operations against the Sandinistas in Nicaragua and the Bush family’s involvement in, and proximity to, many of these operations.
In this broadcast, Mike sets forth the main points of his article. Barry Seal’s expertise as a drug pilot par excellence and his aircraft and bases of operations were tailor-made for the Reagan administration’s clandestine wars in Central America, particularly the Contra support effort. Moreover, the winding path followed by “Zero-Eight Foxtrot” from Seal to the Governor’s mansion is an excellent vantage point for examining myriad and overlapping criminal conspiracies that helped to support the Contra war. (The plane’s nickname is derived from its registration number.) Following the aircraft’s trail, one will come across drug-smuggling, the savings and loan scandal, insurance scams and other “bust-out” operations, the proceeds of which went to finance the Contras.
This particular Beechcraft King Air 200 was one of several purchased by Seal, as part of a wider effort that placed small aircraft at the disposal of CIA director William Casey’s clandestine war against the Sandinistas. When Congress cut off military assistance to the Contras, the intelligence community began utilizing elements of the underworld (as well as its own air proprietaries) to continue the war illegally. Seal’s aircraft delivered military supplies to the Contras and brought drugs into the United States on the return trip. He was murdered in 1986 and his killers had connections to Oliver North. As noted in numerous broadcasts, then Vice-President George Bush was principally involved in the illegal Contra support activities. Zero-Eight Foxtrot’s ownership has changed many times, sometimes more than once in a single day. As a result, the real owner of the aircraft became difficult to determine. In addition, the trail has been obscured by deceptive behavior, and statements, by some of the principals involved in the operation. The plane’s official paper trail is mysterious as well. FAA records of the aircraft raise more questions than they answer. It should be noted that this plane may have been the aircraft involved in an alleged drug sting, in which both George W. and his brother Jeb picked up a kilogram of cocaine each, on camera! The broadcast concludes with updates of a number of stories that Mike has been covering in his newsletter From The Wilderness.
Program Highlights Include: The mysterious Finova and Finalco companies (apparent intelligence front companies); Finova’s connections to Southern Air Transport (one of the most famous CIA air proprietaries, centrally involved in the Iran Contra affair); Finova’s looting of Greyhound Leasing, or “Greycas,” in order to help finance the Contras; Seal’s ownership of a C-123 aircraft that was involved in an alleged “Sandinista drug-sting” (whose downing in October of 1986 precipitated the Iran-Contra scandal); a review of the Tyree suit; the dismissal of the Tyree suit “without prejudice” (which will allow the suit to be re-filed); retaliation against Tyree as a result of his suit; possible preparations for deeper U.S. involvement in Colombia under the pretext of “the Drug War”; the U.S. sale of helicopters to Mexico (ostensibly to be used to combat drug-dealing, many suspect that they were earmarked for use against the Zapastitas in Chiapas); Congressional investigators traveling to Mike’s apartment to copy files; Iran-Contra player Felix Rodriguez’s involvement with the Mexican helicopter sale; a synopsis of the early part of the Contra War and America’s covert strategy in Central America in the 1980’s. (Recorded on 11/7/99.)