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AFA 4: Terpil, Wilson & Company

Part 1 47:33 | Part 2 47:36 | Part 3 47:30 | Part 4 47:30 | Part 5 41:20
(Record­ed August 21, 1984)

Cov­er­ing the numer­ous and var­ied activ­i­ties of the noto­ri­ous “ex” CIA oper­a­tives Frank Ter­pil and Edwin Wil­son, this pro­gram cen­ters large­ly on the pair’s activ­i­ties train­ing and equip­ping some of the world’s most noto­ri­ous “left-wing” ter­ror­ists. Moham­mar Khadafy’s ter­ror­ist cadre, the Red Brigades and Car­los the Jack­al were alleged­ly among the recip­i­ents of Wil­son and Ter­pil’s exper­tise.

Although they sup­pos­ed­ly per­formed as rene­gades, they claimed that their activ­i­ties sup­port­ive of “left” ter­ror were per­formed at the bequest of U.S. intel­li­gence. This pro­gram presents infor­ma­tion which bol­sters this con­tention. Many of the peo­ple and ele­ments dis­cussed in this broad­cast lat­er fig­ured promi­nent­ly in the Iran-Con­tra scan­dal.

Pro­gram High­lights Include: the group’s use of active-duty Green Berets to train Khadafy’s ter­ror­ists; Ed Wilson’s oper­a­tion of Task Force 157, an intel­li­gence oper­a­tion that spawned the Nugan Hand Bank (a CIA-con­nect­ed bank that laun­dered drug and arms deal prof­its); Wilson’s role in bro­ker­ing ship­ments of U.S. arms to Egypt; Eye­wit­ness sub­stan­ti­a­tion of the duo’s con­nec­tion to Car­los the Jack­al; the role of for­mer CIA offi­cials Theodore Shack­ley and Thomas Clines in Ter­pil and Wilson’s activ­i­ties; the untime­ly deaths of numer­ous wit­ness­es to, or par­tic­i­pants in, the pair’s oper­a­tions; Wilson’s past oper­a­tions for CIA, includ­ing the Bay of Pigs project and the U‑2 spy plane; Wilson’s alleged role in procur­ing explo­sives for the assas­si­na­tion of Orlan­do Lete­lier; Wilson’s con­nec­tions to Repub­li­can king­mak­er Robert Kei­th Gray; alle­ga­tions of con­nec­tions between Ter­pil and a drug-smug­gling gang known as “The Com­pa­ny;” Ter­pil’s claims that drug prof­its from the above-men­tioned Nugan Hand Bank sus­tained U.S. elec­tron­ic sur­veil­lance facil­i­ties in Aus­tralia; state­ments from for­mer U.S. intel­li­gence offi­cers that the Ter­pil-Wil­son oper­a­tions in Libya were, indeed, offi­cial­ly sanc­tioned; alle­ga­tions that a “tame CIA insid­er” deflect­ed Con­gres­sion­al inquiries into Ter­pil and Wilson’s activ­i­ties; Libyan strong­man Khadafy’s bankrolling of the Pal­adin Group, a fas­cist mer­ce­nary orga­ni­za­tion; a Latin-Amer­i­can assas­si­na­tion con­sor­tium known as “Oper­a­tion Con­dor.”


3 comments for “AFA 4: Terpil, Wilson & Company”

  1. Edwin Wil­son dies.


    Appar­ent­ly this sav­age spent his last years liv­ing in the same city I live in, Seat­tle.

    Had I known, I would have done every­thing in my pow­er to find him, detain him, and obtain infor­ma­tion, using the CIA’s meth­ods.

    Posted by R. Wilson | September 23, 2012, 1:08 am
  2. Dave,

    In the news it is being report­ed that Ed Wil­son passed away at the age of 84.

    Thanks for hero­icly sound­ing the alarm on the ele­ments behind Ter­pil, Wil­son and Com­pa­ny for so long and so well.

    You have been so spot on in your analy­sis in this area for thir­ty plus years. Thank you.

    Posted by George Karnazes | September 23, 2012, 6:13 am
  3. The lat­est machi­na­tions of Robert Kei­th Gray.

    Arti­cle will not post when I include link, which is at hawai­ire­porter (dot) com slash obama-lifestyle-criticized-as-royal-author-documents-presidential-vacations-staffing-as-costing‑1–4‑billion-annually/123

    Oba­ma Lifestyle Crit­i­cized as ‘Roy­al’: Author Doc­u­ments Pres­i­den­tial Vaca­tions, Staffing as Cost­ing $1.4 Bil­lion Annu­al­ly

    BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN — Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma and his fam­i­ly have tak­en a $4 mil­lion vaca­tion in Kailua, Hawaii, each Christ­mas, since 2008, cour­tesy of the nation’s tax­pay­ers.

    Accord­ing to a new book — “Pres­i­den­tial Perks Gone Roy­al” –by Author Robert Kei­th Gray, Hawaii Reporter’s inves­ti­ga­tion into the vaca­tion expens­es on the island of Oahu mere­ly scratch­es the sur­face of the $1.4 bil­lion the tax­pay­ers spend in just one year for trans­porta­tion, hous­ing, staffing, secu­ri­ty and enter­tain­ment for Pres­i­dent Oba­ma and first fam­i­ly.

    Gray, who worked with­in the White House under three pres­i­dents and had close ties with two more, notes that while oth­er pres­i­dents have tak­en advan­tage of perks, the amount of mon­ey spent on the first fam­i­ly has risen sub­stan­tial­ly under the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion, and must be brought under con­trol.

    Gray also notes the inequity of tax­pay­er dol­lars being spent by Oba­ma for his re-elec­tion effort by using Air Force One to trav­el between cam­paign stops.

    Some of the exam­ples of pres­i­den­tial perks that are high­light­ed in Gray’s book:

    There are 26 cab­in crewmem­bers and five chefs on Air Force One.

    The president’s dog gets its own high-paid staffer, who is always on duty, paid an annu­al salary of $102,000 last year.

    On at least one air­line flight, Bo the dog and his han­dler were only pas­sen­gers aboard.

    The pres­i­dent has a full-time movie pro­jec­tion­ist in the White House the­ater who sleeps at the White House and is on duty 24 hours a day in case any­one needs to see a movie.

    First Lady Michelle Oba­ma spent more than 42 days on vaca­tion in one year with secu­ri­ty, trav­el and accom­mo­da­tions paid for by tax­pay­ers.

    And because the pres­i­dent can appoint high-paid staffers with­out Sen­ate con­fir­ma­tion, Oba­ma has 469 senior staffers and 43 “czars.”

    226 are paid more than $100,000 a year, and 77 are paid as much as $172,000 per year.

    In 2009, Gray said the mil­i­tary pay­roll at Camp David was $8 mil­lion and were put there serve the First Fam­i­ly and its guests.

    “The British spent $57.8 Mil­lion on its roy­al fam­i­ly last year. We Amer­i­cans spent near­ly $2 Bil­lion hous­ing, trans­port­ing, enter­tain­ing, staffing, our First Fam­i­ly and pay­ing a hefty por­tion of the president’s cam­paign expens­es,” Gray said.

    Gray notes that respon­si­ble cit­i­zens want the Pres­i­dent to be “safe, com­fort­able and hap­py” but he main­tains the “unchecked growth of out-of con­trol perks, bestowed on this duly elect­ed offi­cial with­out over­sight by any indi­vid­ual or gov­ern­ing body, are a dan­ger­ous sur­ren­der of the demo­c­ra­t­ic process because the seat­ed pres­i­dent has a vir­tu­al­ly insur­mount­able re-elec­tion advan­tage over his oppo­nent.”

    Gray said what he dis­cov­ered dur­ing his research for this book led him to view the Oba­ma lifestyle and admin­is­tra­tion as “our pres­i­den­cy going roy­al.”

    Gray asks: “With our cur­rent president’s bil­lion- dol­lar lifestyle, can we rea­son­ably expect a pres­i­dent to iden­ti­fy with the real-world prob­lems of his cit­i­zens, when tens of mil­lions of them are cur­rent­ly unem­ployed?”

    Posted by R. Wilson | November 3, 2012, 6:29 pm

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