House Intelligence Jammed
on Volume II Close-Out
Maxine Speaks Out
Michael C. Ruppert
[The following article appeared in the
January, 2000 issue of From The Wilderness -
Copyright and Reprint Policy]
On February 14, after receiving a tip from a network news
source who is an FTW subscriber, we confirmed that the House
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) was having
a secret meeting the next day to vote on a draft of their
long awaited, long overdue, final report on Volume II of
the CIA's IG investigation of Contra Drug Trafficking. Using
our newly established FTW subscriber information news service
we issued a bulletin that night warning that the Committee,
for the second time, might be trying to pull a fast one.
FTW readers rallied to the call and soon
obtained confidential e-mail addresses of both the majority
Staff Director John Millis and Deputy Staff Director Tim
Sample. A flood of e-mails hit the Committee before the
secret meeting convened.
Other FTW subscribers, including California
Congresswoman Maxine Waters, confirmed that a closed door
meeting was being held. She asked to be admitted and was
denied admittance the same way she was denied admittance
last summer when HPSCI held a full hearing on Volume II.
She did confirm later that HPSCI approved a draft of its
final report in the Feb. 15 meeting.
Signaling that Volume II is not dead and
may become an issue in the 2000 Presidential race, Waters
issued an angry March 1 Press Release. In it she said, "The
Select Committee on Intelligence did not do a thorough job
of investigating CIA involvement in Nicaraguan Contra drug
trafficking. The committee should hold
public hearings and question individuals aware of the Contras
"I have been working on this issue
for over three years, but I was neither invited to this
meeting nor informed of it."
Waters closed her press release by stating,
"The people who live in communities that were devastated
by the Contra drug operations deserve a thorough investigation.
The Select committee on Intelligence has failed to fulfill
its responsibilities to the American people."
Bluster? Keeping the paper record complete?
Or serious as an earthquake? FTW has had a love-hate
relationship with Maxine on this issue. On the one hand
we criticize her for going silent after the release of Volume
II as Bill Clinton fought off the Impeachment. On the other
hand we admit that she has said more, on the record, than
any other Member of Congress on this subject - ever. But
to what end? That is the $64,000 question.
If FTW is right, there's a very good chance
that Volume II will become an issue in the 2000 Presidential
campaign just as the Gary Webb stories, which gave it birth,
were a significant factor in the 1996 election. [SEE RELATED
STORY THIS ISSUE]
One thing's for sure, FTW and all of its
great subscriber base can be proud that we actually made
HPSCI blink. We let them know that we are watching. And
we let them know that if Chairman Porter Goss tries to close
out the investigation without further hearings we have the
ability to flood the Committee's computers with e-mails
in a heartbeat.