May 9, 2001:


Click. KERREY by John Judge

Click. Take your genes in pill form.


Shocked Over Kerrey? It's How We Fought the War.

Click. Woman Indicted in Biofem Shooting


ACCORDING TO POLICE SOURCES in Arkansas, Bush's reported nominee to head the DEA, Asa Hutchinson, knew about the extensive drug importation at Mena during the 1980s but looked the other way. Hutchinson was replaced by Mike Fitzhugh who was reluctant to let investigators Russell Welch of the state police and William Duncan of the IRS present evidence of money-laundry to a grand jury. According to a memo obtained later by Arkansas Times report Mara Leveritt, an FBI agent in Hot Springs notifies the agent in charge of the Little Rock office that Fitzhugh would be "withholding presentation" about the investigation at Mena from the grand jury. The memo is dated days before notorious durg trafficker Barry Seal's murder, and a month before he was to come to Arkansas to appear before that same grand jury. The agent in Hot Springs further reports that Fitzhugh "advised that he will not utilize Seal as a government prosecution witness in view of his lack of credibility in other mitigating circumstances." Wrote Leverrit, "For almost three years, a federal grand jury in the Western District of Arkansas considered questions about drug-running, money-laundering, and illegal airplane modification - all of which investigators believed were being conducted at the Mena airport. But Fitzhugh reportedly focused only on the drug-running allegations, the aspect of the case the jurors felt would be the most difficult one to prove about anyone except Seal, and he, by then, was dead. According to statements from one of the jurors, Fitzhugh refused to consider the money laundering or conspiracy charges, for both of which the jurors believed evidence was substantial. 'We asked him about it,' the juror said, "and it was like just blown off. We were never given a straight answer.' Fitzhugh has denied having stymied the grand jury, but he has never explained why, in the three years it met, Welch and Duncan, the central investigators in the case, were never called to testify."

IN 1995, THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR magazine published an article by L.D. Brown, a former member of Clinton's Arkansas State Police security detail, in which he described participating in two secret flights from Mena in 1984, during which M-16 rifles were traded to Nicaraguan Contra rebels in exchange for cocaine. Brown also claims that Clinton knew of the activity. Writes Mara Leveritt in the Arkansas Times: "That announcement spurred Fort Smith lawyer Asa Hutchinson, chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party, to request yet another congressional inquiry into long-standing allegations of money-laundering at Mena. Hutchinson was the the U.S. attorney for the western district of Arkansas when investigators first presented evidence supporting those allegations. In an argument disputed by police investigators, Hutchinson claims he left office before the evidence was well established. Since he harbors political ambitions, he has an interest in clearing his name."

FROM A CONGRESSIONAL DEPOSITION from IRS investigator William Duncan:

Q. Would you describe the nature of your instructions and the manner in which you carried out those instructions as they relate to activities surrounding the Mena Airport matter?
A. I was assigned to investigate allegations of money laundering in connection with the Barry Seal organization, which was based at the Mena, Arkansas airport.
Q. And can you -- how long a duration were you involved in this investigation?
A. I received the first information about Mena and illegal activities at the Mena Airport in April of 1983, in a meeting in the U.S. Attorney's Office, Fort Smith, Arkansas. Asa Hutchinson was the U.S. Attorney then. Also present at that meeting was Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Jim Stepp, S-T-E-P-P.
Q. Did you discover what you believed to be money laundering?
A. Yes, I did.
Q. Who was the object of your investigation, and what institution?
A. Rich Mountain Aviation, Incorporated based at the Mena Airport. Barry Seal was not actually a target. We had targeted the employees and cohorts of his which operated out of the Mena Airport.

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Q. What did you do with the evidence of money laundering that you gathered from your investigation?
A. Presented it to the United States Attorney's Office, Western Judicial District, Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Q. And what were your recommendations to the U.S. Attorney?
A. That those individuals and corporation -- the corporation be prosecuted for violations of the money laundering statutes, also there were some perjury recommendations and some conspiracy recommendations.
Q. Did you present to the U. S. Attorney a list of prospective witnesses to be called?
A. Yes, I did.
Q. For a grand jury?
A. Yes.
Q. And do you have the names of those witnesses?
A. There were a variety of witnesses. There were some 20 witnesses. He called three witnesses. The witnesses including -- included the law enforcement personnel who had participated in the investigations, Barry Seal, members of his organization, people who were involved in the money laundering, and various financial institution officers who had knowledge.
Q. Mr. Duncan, the money laundering to which you refer, did that arise out of an alleged drug trafficking operation managed from the Mena, Arkansas airport?
A. It did.
Q. And it has been alleged that the Central Intelligence Agency had some role in that operation. Is that the same operation that you investigated?
A. Yes.
Q. And when you submitted the witnesses, the names of the prospective witnesses to the U. S. Attorney in Arkansas, are you referring to Mr. -- what was the name of the U. S. Attorney?
A. Asa Hutchinson.
Q. Asa Hutchinson. And what was his reaction to your recommendations?
A. It had been my experience, from my history of working with Mr. Hutchinson, that all I had to do is ask for subpoenas for any witness and he would provide the subpoenas and subpoena them to a grand jury. His reaction in this case was to subpoena only three of the 20 to the grand jury.
Q. Now, of the three witnesses, who were -- what was the nature of the evidence that would have been elicited from those witnesses?
A. Direct evidence in the money laundering.
Q. And did those witnesses testify for the grand jury?
A. yes, they did.
Q. Were you present at the time of the grand jury?
A. No, I was not.
Q. You were not?
A. I was in the witness room, but I was not in the grand jury.
Q. I see. What was the result of the testimony given by the three witnesses to the grand jury?
A. As two of the witnesses exited, one was a secretary who had received instructions ~~~ and I think on some occasions had discussed with Barry Seal, the methodology. She was furious when she exited the grand jury, was very upset, indicated to me that she had not been allowed to furnish her evidence to the grand jury. ~~~ She was the secretary for Rich Mountain Aviation, who participated in the money laundering operation upon the instructions of Hampton, Evans.

Novel gene therapy receives U.S. patent By Suzanne Bohan © 5/7/2001 Oakland Tribune.

In what its inventors describe as a "holy grail" of gene therapy, the University of California, San Francisco, received a U.S. patent on May 1 for a novel method of delivering healthy genes into human hosts.

This "gene pill" could ultimately contain genes that code for proteins that are sometimes missing in humans, or produced in inadequate amounts, such as growth hormones, blood factors for easing hemophilia, and even cancer-fighting proteins, according to Stephen S. Rothman, a professor of physiology at UCSF and one of the inventors of the new technique.

The patent covers a gene pill coding for insulin, which Rothman said they hope will eventually provide Type II diabetics an alternative to daily insulin injections.

Rothman emphasized that actual use of the drug by patients is at least five years away, but he said the primary significance of the patent is its proof that the technique works.

"What this shows is that it is possible," he said. "The value is showing that gene medicine can be like ordinary medicine for certain diseases. People haven't imagined that gene therapy could be like that."

In the classic model of gene therapy -- which has thus far met with minimal success -- new, healthy genes are inserted into a person's chromosomes, in theory becoming a permanent part of his or her genetic makeup. With the gene pill, on the other hand, the introduced genes simply line the intestine wall for a few days, until they are naturally sloughed off. But during that time the genes would produce proteins that work their way into the blood stream.

Ultimately, Rothman and his two co-inventors envision that gene pills might be used to deliver up to 50 types of medicinally beneficial proteins.

Genteric, a biotechnology firm in Alameda, has an exclusive worldwide license agreement with UCSF to use the technique for drug development.

KERREY by John Judge © 2001

JOHN JUDGE, DC: The breaking of the story by Kerry is causing a massive spin rush by the mainline media. They are acting outraged that anyone asked him hardball questions about keeping his medal, or investigating war crimes in Vietnam. They have stepped up with the usual cant about "old men hiding guns in their clothes" to completely justify anything Kerry and his unit did, when even he realizes and admits it was wrong. "Don't worry about it buddy, they were just Gooks anyhow, and you were doing your sacred duty!" I wonder if anyone has compared all this to the recent flaps in German towns when anti-fascists have uncovered old war crimes, or even in France when the collaborationist issues were raised? Kerry is obviously putting his own spin on a story of slaughter that was about to break anyway and forced his hand. But, the good thing is that if it had only come from his men it would have been ignored, when he fessed up, it opened the floodgates, at least potentially, for others to come forward. The deathly silence around these crimes, imposed in large part by non-veterans and the Pentagon dominated media, has taken an awful toll on veterans and citizens alike over these decades. These were not isolated incidents, this was a policy and a genocidal war. I recall a book that drew entirely on published press reports of the war, that compiled war crimes committed by the US, section by section from the international code. It should be Kissinger and the war planners answering these questions, not a second lieutenant. But the press wants to forgive Kerry, even to the point of exonerating him for any excess, and the rest of us in the process, of course. They also want to put a lid on it. We should be working to keep the discourse alive, to invite veterans to speak finally about the horror they were part of, and to make America face its unassessed crimes of genocide, ecocide and ethnocide in Vietnam and since. This is the only way that veterans and Vietnamese can possibly heal, that the country can get past the walls of denial after all these years, and that there can be any hope to stop the continuation of such crimes in the future. Timothy McVeigh knew the irony of his use of "collateral damage" in relation to the deaths of children in the McMurtaugh building in the Oklahoma City bombing, it is the sanitized term that the Army that trained him uses to denote civilian deaths that result from ostensibly military operations. We are no less callous. I still recall the Chaplain during the Gulf War who counseled an objector "Don't worry, son, the people you will be killing are not Christians". The Pentagon and the reactionaries still want the only moral issue around war to be whether a person submits and takes part in their "duty", certainly not the nature of the war or the killing that goes on. Our current military weapons and anti-personnel killing capacities make the Nazi Hohenzollern machine look like a rubber band affair, we have escalated genocide to a techno-art now. And yet the ghosts of Vietnam still linger, haunting us because we will not face them, and even Kerry admits he still sees their faces, because veterans take the dead with them, a dirty little secret the Pentagon would rather not let out. The fellow veterans closed ranks around Kerry, protecting themselves from the condemnation that rests on all their shoulders, but that really belongs elsewhere. John Kerry was an early leader in Vietnam Veterans against the War, though he was kicked out soon for his liberal politics by the other veterans. Coming Home to War by Nicosa is a recently released study about the GI and veteran resistance, and VVAW specifically. David Harris, the famous draft resister who was once married to Joan Baez, did a book a few years back called Our War, and was arguing that the discussion remained unfinished between veterans, non-veterans and resisters, and he called for forums then. And another book, Desertion in the Time of Vietnam, tells the personal tale of a GI who went to Canada and his friends who were killed and shattered by the war. If we are ever to have any hope of healing the moral cancer Vietnam created, it has to be faced now, and Kerry has given us a crack in the door if we take it. We live in a country where some still hate a "draft dodger" more than a war criminal. I keep thinking of Nazi Germany, I wonder why.

Destruction of the Small Farmer

The million fold mass murder of healthy animals serves several purposes. (Out of 1.9 million animals identified for slaughter in Britain, 541,000 are on the waiting list, and 408,000 carcasses are lying in the fields
decomposing and spreading the disease). The major aim is to destroy the European farming class in order that Europe becomes dependent on farm supplies from the USA. (A novel way to support the dollar and further
objectives for world depopulation). The European farming society has gradually and increasingly been forced by a fiendish EU-Bolshevik-Commissar-System to work under bureaucratic decrees from Brussels as a measure to wipe out the centuries-old knowledge and skills of planting, growing and breeding. To successfully manage a one-world society it needs a one-world-economy. The industrial section of our world has already been successfully concentrated to a small number of mega-companies, controlled by a handful of powerful players. (105,000 industrial jobs were cancelled in Britain in December, January and February). Foot and Mouth will now help to get the last independent sector of our life also under global control of the few. To read the full story.  Click. [ ]

In the wake of the19th century "Corn Laws" a new parliamentary legislation passed the House of Commons. It's aim was to force hundreds of thousands of small farmers to build walls around each strip of land they owned.

For the small farmers it was a total disaster as it consumed all their time and energy, normally needed to plant and grow rural produce for their own sustenance and to support their meager livelihoods. Along with the time
factor was the lack of money, required to build these stone walls on their narrow strips of land. The result of this very cunning policy, instigated by large bodies with vested interests in land, was to force hundreds of thousands farmers to sell out their holdings to the large landowners for prices that were next to nothing.

This meant that the powerful landowners and business people increased their control of the rural areas and how it was managed. At the same time the more or less free class of farmers became rural "refugees" and were forced by circumstances to go to work in the new textile factories of Lancashire and other places. For the conspirators behind the scene "there was no other way as to submit the farm population to the industrialists." (Illustrated History, Volume II, Lingen Publishers, Cologne 1976, page 1017) As previous landowners they were free, albeit poor. As textile workers they became modern day industrial slaves -similar to the workers of the Indian sub-continent.

The present day clumsy handling of the so-called BSE and Foot and Mouth disease reminds us of the days when the farmers were destroyed in the 19th century. From British farming sources we have been informed that the government made inquiries and approached several companies, specializing in Waste Woods (demolition lumber, pallets etc.), already in 2000 in order to assess the capability for burning masses of cadavers on pyres. Please note: Waste woods is used by government directives to burn cadavers in times of

The question must be: WHY did they check on this particular waste wood suppliers when NO Foot and Mouth existed and BSE infected cattle were not burned on pyres then? The government asserts that the millions of murdered healthy animals have to be burned in order to stop the spread of the disease. What stupid reasoning, when the birds pick on the cadavers, the wind blows the vast clouds of sky covering smoke all over the land and the animals' blood saturates the ground. Thus, these measures do not contain the disease but makes certain that it spreads everywhere. The globalistic credo reads: "Money flows where blood is spilled."

Similar to the situation in the 19th century the farmers of the year 2001 are facing a financial disaster. It is publicized by the British media that one farmer per week is committing suicide in the British isles and thousands are forced by increasing debt to sell their farms and assets at knocked down prices.

Who is the beneficiary of this ("legal") mass confiscation of private land, which in most cases was handed down from generation to generation? 

The answer is quite simple, as it was in the 19th century - "market forces" (a well known phrase used by the world financiers to cover a multitude endeavors for their benefit only). Most of our readers are aware that large super-market chains were developing their own farms for direct supply. Therefore it is not hard to conclude that Supermarket giants and other large farm owners with direct contracts to super markets and to the export industry will be the new owners of the land, they have "legally" acquired (even though they might have pushed it a little by the use of Foot and Mouth). But the major aim is to destroy the European farming class in order that Europe becomes dependent on farm supplies and GM crops from Israel.

To manage a one-world society it needs a one-world-economy. The industrial section of the world has already been successfully transformed into a globalistic form of enterprises, concentrated in a few mega-sized companies, controlled by a handful powerful players, as it was with the banking system.

What was not yet fully under international control (a few tycoons operating behind the smoke screen of anonymous shares of international corporations) was the oldest traditional sector of life - the farming population. They would have always been a source of resistance, as their individualistic nature, developed through centuries of struggle and survival, and their ability to feed local communities, made them self sufficient and therefore they are perceived as a threat to the one-worlders and global players.

Soon we will not hear of the traditional individual farmer, but only the promotion of a "global mass farming" concept, similar to a type of Soviet "collective farming".

Shocked Over Kerrey? It's How We Fought the War 
By ALEXANDER COCKBURN Los Angeles Times ©  5/3/01

     Here's one of the many things that settles the Bob Kerrey thing for me, and it doesn't even address the issue of what exactly he did in the Vietnamese village of Thanh Phong. Supposedly riddled with indecision whether to accept the Medal of Honor for a military action subsequent to the one now under dispute, he finally did so on May 14, 1970, just 10 days after after the Ohio National Guard killed four anti-war student protesters at Kent State.
     In other words, at a moment of maximal national revulsion against the Vietnam War, former Sen. Kerrey went along with the Pentagon's urgent desire for heroes and presented his chest to President Richard M. Nixon, who pinned the medal to it. So much for "ambiguity," one of the words used now to salvage his reputation. And now, and only now, is he considering whether to give back the Bronze Star awarded him for the 1969 mission in which (if you believe, as I do, his fellow SEAL Gerhard Klanncq) he assisted in the throat-slitting of an elderly Vietnamese peasant and ordered the killing of 13 women and babies, or (if you believe him) less wittingly supervised the slaughter of an old man and 13 or more women and children.
     It's pretty clear that Kerrey's raid was part of the CIA's Phoenix program (as was My Lai, where "Task Force Barker" killed 504 men, women and children the preceding year). The intent of Phoenix was terror, precisely the killing of not only suspected Viet Cong, but also their families. The late William Colby, the CIA man who ran the program, told Congress that between 1967-1971, 20,587 Vietnamese "activists" were killed under the Phoenix program. The South Vietnamese declared that 41,000 had been killed. Other estimates go as high as 70,000.
     Barton Osborn, an intelligence officer in the Phoenix program, spelled out in a congressional hearing the prevailing bureaucratic attitude of the agents toward their campaign of terror: "Quite often it was a matter of expediency just to eliminate a person in the field rather than deal with the paperwork."
     And who was classified as a "VC sympathizer" and, therefore, fair game to be slaughtered by units like Kerrey's? The CIA's Robert Ramsdell, one of the two men who developed the My Lai operation, said, "Anyone in that area was considered a VC sympathizer because they couldn't survive in that area unless they were sympathizers." Thanh Phong was in "that area," which lends credence to Klann's account of what Kerrey's raiders did.
     The death squads run by the CIA men supervising Phoenix were a particular favorite of the man who pinned the medal on Kerrey: Nixon. After My Lai there was a move to reduce funding for these killing programs. According to journalist Seymour Hersh, Nixon passionately objected: "No. We've got to have more of this. Assassinations. Killings." The funding was swiftly restored.
     When he was at Newsweek in 1998, reporter Gregory Vistica had Kerrey cold, but the newsmagazine's editors decided that since Kerrey was no longer a presidential candidate it wasn't worth exposing him. It was apparently OK for a U.S. senator to be an alleged war criminal. Then the New York Times finally decided to run Vistica's story because Kerrey had left the Senate. Given the lack of disquiet among faculty and students, it's also apparently OK for an alleged war criminal like Kerrey to be head of the New School University in New York, which in earlier days hosted refugees from Nazi Germany.
     So will the Kerrey brouhaha nudge the nation or Congress into confronting the past and what the Vietnam War really involved? Of course not. Right before the last election, CounterPunch, the newsletter I co-edit, ran a story by Doug Valentine, who wrote "The Phoenix Program," one of the best histories of what really happened in Vietnam. Valentine's CounterPunch story concerned Robert Simmons, in the midst of an ultimately successful campaign to represent Connecticut in Congress. The specific charge against Simmons, originally leveled in the Connecticut paper New London Day in 1994 was that he routinely violated the Geneva Convention while interrogating civilian prisoners during his 20 months of service with the CIA in Vietnam. Simmons claimed he'd always steered clear of the dirty stuff. Same way Kerrey claims that when his unit cut the throats of the old folk in a Thanh Phong peasant hut, he was outside.
     When Simmons was battling to become a congressman (after a long career in state government in Connecticut), no national paper cared a whit about the fact that a possible torturer and war criminal was on the hustings. Small wonder Congress is being protective of Kerrey, admonishing the Pentagon not to probe what happened at Thanh Phong. How many executive agents of the Phoenix program are strolling up and down the aisles of government?

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Alexander Cockburn Writes for the Nation and Other Publications

Woman Indicted in Biofem Shooting
Ex-aide to suspected mastermind is accused of gun violations. Her attorney says grand jury was used to press for elusive gunman's identity.

By JACK LEONARD, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer © 5/3/01

    A yearlong probe into the attempted slaying of an Irvine drug company executive took a new turn Wednesday when Orange County grand jurors indicted on weapons charges the lab assistant of a doctor police believe masterminded the elaborate murder plot.
     The unexpected move comes as investigators struggle to find the masked gunman who last year wounded Biofem Inc. CEO James Patrick Riley as he arrived for work.
     Valerie Kesler, 37, was indicted for transporting and possessing two illegal assault weapons--charges that carry a maximum sentence of nearly nine years in prison. Kesler is not believed to be the shooter, but prosecutors said she has not been eliminated as a suspect in the murder plot.
     Authorities said they discovered an Uzi handgun and a Belgian rifle during a search of Kesler's Newport Beach home and car days after Riley was shot.
     Prosecutors allege that Kesler was given at least one of the weapons by Biofem's director of science, Dr. Larry C. Ford, just as police were beginning to suspect him as the brains behind the plot.
     "We believe that the Uzi was given to her by Larry Ford so that she would dispose of it," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Ebrahim Baytieh. "Larry Ford knew that police were zeroing in on him . . . and that his house was going to be searched."
     But Kesler's attorney accused authorities of turning to the grand jury in an attempt to squeeze his client for more information as they continue a desperate hunt for the gunman.
     Attorney John Kremer said Kesler has fully cooperated with investigators for more than a year, telling them everything she knows in the belief they would not charge her with the weapons violations.
     "This is a blatant attempt to coerce her to produce the identity of the shooter, despite the fact that she has told them repeatedly that she has no idea who the shooter is," Kremer said. "She was used, manipulated and abused, and now she's being discarded."
     The indictment is the latest chapter in a long-running saga set amid a backdrop of the South African military, germ warfare projects and high-stakes pharmaceutical research.
     As Riley arrived for work on Feb. 28, 2000, a gunman clad in black fired a pistol at close range. The bullet ricocheted off Riley's cheekbone and smashed through an office window.
     Days after the shooting, investigators turned to Kesler--who had spent years working alongside Ford and was having an affair with him. Kesler told police she knew Ford was well-connected with South African government officials and that the Irvine doctor was involved in developing biochemical toxins for them, according to search warrants filed in the case. Ford committed suicide within days of the shooting.
     After her interview with police, detectives began a search of Ford's Woodbridge home, discovering a cache of illegal weapons and explosives buried in his backyard. They also found cholera- and typhoid fever-causing bacteria in the home, which forced the evacuation of 200 Irvine residents.
     The discoveries prompted the FBI to launch a "weapons of mass destruction" investigation focusing on Ford, who was involved in South Africa's secret biochemical warfare program during the apartheid era.
     Meanwhile, police continue struggling to identify the person who pulled the trigger. One man who might hold the secret, Dino D'Saachs, was convicted three weeks ago of driving the shooter away from the scene. But D'Saachs, a Los Angeles businessman and close friend of Ford's, has remained silent about who pulled the trigger.
     Prosecutors declined to explain why it took so long to indict Kesler. But a source familiar with the investigation said authorities believe she has withheld important information about the shooting and where Ford may have stashed other weapons--both biological and conventional.
     Kremer, however, said Kesler has been an invaluable resource for investigators ever since the beginning of their probe. Without her, the attorney said, police might never have discovered Ford's hidden weapons. But now, he said, Kesler feels betrayed.
     In recent weeks, prosecutors subpoenaed Kesler to testify before the grand jury. She arrived at the panel's Santa Ana office Wednesday morning but declined to testify, invoking her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, authorities said.
     Soon afterward, Irvine detectives arrested her outside the grand jury's room. She was booked into the Orange County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail, and is scheduled to be arraigned today.