Govt Investigator Exposes CIA Drug Trafficking
by URI DOWBENKO
Former government investigator Rodney Stich is one of the unsung
heroes of America.
His singleminded dedication in exposing government crimes and coverups
has resulted in his own harassment, imprisonment and bankruptcy.
His monumental 753-page book, "Defrauding America," in
its third expanded and revised edition is clearly a labor of love.
It also happens to be the definitive history of crime, corruption
and coverups by the U.S. Federal Government in the twentieth century.
"Defrauding America" contains prima facie evidence of
nationwide legal and judicial corruption, so horrendous and so monstrous
as to defyunderstanding.
Rodney Stich used to be an FAA investigator. After many years and
continuous reports of airline maintenance abuse and negligence,
Rodney Stich became a whistleblower.
Because of the powerful forces of entrenched corruption (crooked
judges, crooked lawyers, and crooked government officials, he was
set up, falsely charged and imprisoned.
his "diesel therapy" (being constantly
moved from one federal prison to another so
there would be no time for him to file court
appeals), he met and interviewed other
whistleblowers from other agencies. Rather
quickly he accumulated enough information
to write his magnum opus "Defrauding America".
"This book reveals criminal and
subversive activities implicating high
level personnel in the three branches of the
federal government. It reveals why most of
the public is dangerously uninformed about
the criminal acts perpetrated against the
United States and its people by the very
people entrusted to prevent such
happenings," writes Stich.
"Many criminal activities such as CIA
drugging of America will be difficult to
believe by most Americans who have been
shielded from the truth by a duplicitous
Congress and much of the media," he
continues. "For those of us who have seen
these events as insiders, including those
who actually participated in them,
questioning whether the CIA would engage
in drug trafficking is like asking pilots,
'Will planes really fly?' Yes, planes
actually fly, and yes, the CIA has been
smuggling drugs into the United States for
the past 50 years."
One of the most explosive chapters in
the book is in fact titled, "CIA and DEA
Drug Trafficking." This includes first-hand
accounts of CIA and DEA agents who
were part of these operations.
Stich writes of hundreds of hours
of three-way conference calls between
CIA and DEA personnel, their wives, a
Mossad agent and even Ross Perot. Often
the conversations were of the nature of one
pilot describing to another events that they
experienced each one knowing that any
fabrication would be recognized by the
other. My position was like a secret mole
inside covert CIA activities, adding to the
discoveries I made while a federal
investigator and while being victimized in
one of the many criminal enterprises."
Cross corroboration between
testimony by CIA operatives Gunther
Russbacher and Trenton Parker, for
instance, indicates that the Colombia drug
cartels were actually organized by the
"Parker told how the CIA set up the
meetings in which various Colombian drug
dealers organized into a drug trafficking
cartel," writes Stich. "... He stated that the
first meeting occurred with twenty of the
biggest cocaine dealers in Colombia
present, that the second and final meeting
was held at the Hotel International in
Medellin attended by about two hundred
drug dealers. The Medellin Cartel was
established in December 1981, and each of
their members paid an initial $35,000 fee
to fund a security force for the cartel
members to protect their drug operations."
In another part of the book, Stich
writes that "CIA operative Gunther
Russbacher, confirmed the meetings that
Parker mentioned and that there had been a
preliminary meeting in September 1981 in
Buenaventura, Colombia which
established the format for subsequent
meetings. Russbacher attended the
September 1981 meeting which was
initiated by the CIA to facilitate drug
trafficking into the United States,
permitting the CIA to deal with a group
rather than many independent drug
What does that mean?
The phony war on drugs was and is an
operation to eliminate any competition.
"The average American is unaware of the gravity of the
CIA's criminal activities thanks to the
orchestrated coverup and disinformation
by the establishment media," writes Stich.
"The corrupt mindset has existed for years.
Initiating wars as in Vietnam and
assassination activities as in Vietnam and
Central America are routine... Although the
CIA is not permitted by law to operate
within the United States, it has done so. It
has engaged and is engaging in many forms
of criminal activities against the American
people. Through fronts, cutouts and
proprietaries, the CIA has defrauded all
types of US financial institutions including
savings and loans, banks and insurance
companies. The CIA is a major player in
the looting of Chapter 11 assets, making
the exercise of Chapter 11 statutory
protections a trap for unwary Americans."
One of the most revealing incidents in
the book is a conversation recorded by one
of Stich's informants, Gene "Chip" Tatum,
a helicopter pilot for the US Army and the
CIA. Here's how Stich describes it:
"During one flight to Tegucigalpa on
March 15, 1985, Tatum met with William
Barr, Michael Harari and Buddy Young,
head of Governor Bill Clinton's security
detail." (Incidentally Buddy Young is
currently the Southwest Director of
FEMA, appointed by his boss Bill
Tatum recorded this conversation
spoken over the aircraft intercom system.
Harrari was a Mossad, Israeli intelligence
"Young: Arkansas has the capability to
manufacture anything in the area of
weapons and if we don't have it, we'll get
Harari: How about the government
Young: The governor's on top of it.
And if the feds get nosey, we hear about it
and make a call. Then they're called off.
(looking at the ground) Why the hell would
anyone want to fight for a shithole like
Harari: What we do has nothing to do
with preserving a country's integrity. It's
just business and third world countries see
their destiny as defeating borders and
expanding. The more of this mentality we
can produce, the greater our wealth. We
train and we arm: that's our job. And in
return we get a product far more valuable
than the money for a gun. We're paid with
product and we credit top dollar for
product [i.e., drugs]. Look, one gun and
3,000 rounds of ammo is $1,200. A kilo of
product [cocaine] is about $1,000. We
credit the Contras $1,500 for every kilo.
That's top dollar for a kilo of cocaine. It's
equivalent to the American K-Mart
special: buy four, get one free. On our side
we spend $1,200 for a kilo and sell it for
$12,000 to $15,000. Now that's a profit
center. And the market is much greater for
the product than for weapons. It's just good
business sense. Understand?
Young: Damn. So you guys promote
wars and revolutions to provide weapons
for drugs. We provide the non-numbered
parts to change out and we all win. Damn,
Harari: It's good when it works. But
someone, how do you say, has his hand in
the coffer. Young: Well we get our ten
percent right off the top and that's plenty.
Gofus can make it go a long way.
Young: Governor Clinton. That's our
pet word for him. You know they call the
president 'Potus' for president of the
United States. Well, we call Clinton
'Gofus' for governor of the United States.
He thinks he is anyhow.
Harari: That's your problem in
America. You have no respect for your
elected officials. They are more powerful
than you think and they have ears
Young: Aw, hell, Mike. Everybody
knows the Clintons want the White House
and will do anything to get it. We know
about the cocaine. Hell, we've picked it up
before with Lasater when he was worried
about going on to Little Rock Air Base to
Harari: So who are the players?
Young: Clinton thinks he's in charge,
but he'll only go as far as Casey [CIA
Director] allows. Me and my staff, we
keep the lid on things, you know,
complaints about night flying. Arkansas
people are private folks. They don't like a
lot of commotion and Mena just isn't the
right place for the operation. It keeps us
busy at the shredder, if you know what I
mean. Dan's the man [Lasater]. He does
magic with the money. Between him and
Jack Stephens, we don't have to worry a
Pretty wild, huh? Stich writes that
"William Barr, whom Bush appointed to
be the top law enforcement officer in the
United States, U.S. Attorney General,
played a key role in the smuggling of drugs
into the United States. The drugging of
America involved the CIA, the military,
the White House through Oliver North,
George Bush and Governor Bill Clinton
among many others. Mena, Arkansas was a
key CIA trans-shipment point for cocaine
coming into the United States on return
flights from Central America delivering
guns to kill people in Nicaragua."
So guess what? If there's money to be
made, the Bush Mafia and the Clinton
Mafia work together. "After Clinton was
elected President of the United States, his
administration and its Justice Department
halted all investigations and prosecution of
the crimes related to Inslaw, October
Surprise, CIA drug trafficking and money
laundering, BNL, BCCI and Iraqgate,"
writes former FAA investigator Rodney
Stich in his book Defrauding America.
"Clinton had much to hide when he left
Arkansas to assume the presidency of the
United States," Stich continues. "His
misuse of government facilities and power
to feed his sex drive, his use of drugs, his
coverup of the CIA's unlawful arms
shipments from Arkansas and related drug
trafficking, were crimes. The mysterious
deaths, killings and beatings of people
possessing information that would expose
these corrupt activities added further to
Clinton's problems. He certainly needed a
thick armor of protective officials in
government. Fortunately for him, the U.S.
media kept the lid on these major crimes."
Is that what they mean by "don't ask,
don't tell"? Defrauding America contains
hard evidence of state-sponsored terrorism
by the U.S. government. In fact, the
cross-corroborated testimony of over three
dozen federal agency whistleblowers
contributed to the information in this
In a chapter called "Evidence on Top
of Evidence," veteran FBI Special Agent
Richard M. Taus recalls uncovering and
reporting evidence of CIA drug trafficking
by a group called the "K-Team."
According to Stich, "the K-Team had a
front operation with the patriotic sounding
name National Freedom Institute and
called its operation the 'Enterprise,' the
same that repeatedly surfaced in the Iran
Contra congressional hearings... Taus'
team discovered that that K-Team was a
CIA operation and that it was engaged in
drug trafficking, looting of savings and
loans and activities related to what later
became known as Irangate and Iraqgate."
Another of Stich's informants, Gene
"Chip" Tatum confirmed these allegations.
He was the helicopter pilot who actually
ferried Oliver North, Felix Rodriguez (aka
Max Gomes) and William Barr (attorney
of the CIA's Southern Air Transport and
later Bush's US Attorney General) in
Central America. Tatum describes one
meeting to "determine where over $100
million in drug money disappeared on the
three routes from Panama to Colorado,
Ohio and Arkansas. This theft was
financially draining the operation known
as the 'Enterprise'... The first call was
made by Fernandez to Oliver North,
informing North that 'the money loss was
occurring on the Panama to Arkansas
route, and that means either Seal, Clinton
No honor among thieves evidently,
since CIA pilot Barry Seal, Arkansas
Governor Clinton, and Panama's General
Noriega were all suspected of skimming
George Bush's cocaine profits. And here's
how the Dixie Mafia and the Yankee Mob
"Fifteen minutes later the portable
phone rang and Vice President George
Bush was on the line talking to William
Barr," continues Stich. "Barr said at one
point, referring to the missing funds, 'I
would propose that no one source would
be bold enough to siphon out that much
money, but it is more plausible that each
are siphoning a portion causing a drastic
loss'... Tatum said that Barr then dialed
another number immediately reaching then
governor Bill Clinton. Barr explained the
missing money problem to Clinton
explaining that over $100 million of the
Enterprise monies had
disappeared...warning that the matter must
be resolved or 'it could lead to big
In another instance, Tatum described
"flying the group to Santa Ana, Honduras
meeting with Enrique Bermudez and other
Contra leaders and visiting a cocaine
processing facility. Tatum described the
strong smell of jet fuel and acetone and the
large fuel pods that had the tops stripped
off them and in which were fuel and
leaves," writes Stich. "Tatum repeated
what Oliver North said, 'One more year of
this and we'll all retire.'"
(Or, if not retirement, how about an
"Ollie" North radio talk show? Or what
about a run for senator -- on the anti-drug,
law and order platform? The hubris of
these criminals is unbelievable.) "North
added, 'If we can keep those Arkansas
hicks in line that is,' referring to Barry
Seal and Governor Clinton... As Tatum
listened to these conversations he
remembered the army officer's' remarks,
'Tell no one. There's no one big enough in
your chain of command.'"
Hearing Oliver North discuss the
involvement of George Bush and Bill
Clinton in drug smuggling, Tatum
recognized the wisdom of this advice.
Besides evidence of CIA drug
trafficking, the book Defrauding America
has documentation of the CIA's Secret
Death Squad (SDS) or Experimental
Assassination Team, officially called
MACSOGSDODV, or Military Assistance
Command Strategic Operational Group
Special Detachment, Department of
According to Stich's informant Robert
L. Freeman, an all black assassination
team was trained by the U.S. military for
an ultra secret operation intended to
destabilize Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
-- prior to the Vietnam War.
"Freeman was one of 45 blacks trained
by the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and CIA for
the sole purpose of killing anyone,
including U.S. service men and advisors,"
writes Stich. "He described in great detail
how his group was mentally brainwashed,
trained and armed, engaged in random and
indiscriminate killings to destabilize the
region and justify U.S. intervention...
Freeman was the head of a five man
assassination team ordered by the team's
CIA handlers to kill anyone they
encountered and leave evidence that
another faction had done the killings.
Freeman said that for several years his
team went on a killing spree, sometimes
wiping out an entire small village."
In the book, Stich includes Top Secret
U.S. documents from 1963 and 1964
confirming the assassination of South
Vietnam's President Ngo Dinh Diem by
And that's history.
The CIA sets up puppet rulers, then murders
them when it becomes expedient.
Ironically both JFK and Diem found out.
Freeman also has documentary
evidence proving that his team was
ordered by his CIA handlers to assassinate
American POWs and how his team carried
out the orders. Stich writes that "those
documents provided sufficient
corroboration to make Freeman's
descriptions believable. Not that the
assassination of American GIs ordered by
Washington were the biggest crimes ever
inflicted upon Americans, but these were
crimes that the average person could
"Defrauding America" by Rodney Stich
is the Rosetta Stone for decoding
a planet-wide criminal conspiracy. It's also
an astonishing contribution to world
history. Without a doubt, it will be the
most mind-blowing book you've ever read.