First Published in the From
The Wilderness Newsletter, December 1998. Copyright
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ONLY THE GODFATHER
CIA and Subsidiaries Exposed in Court Documents As Active
Drug Smugglers Using Military Aircraft Washed Through Forest
December, 1998 Investigations Latest in Legacy of CIA's
Drug Operations and Corruption of Government
Two Reagan Era Operators, Convicted in 1997, May Be Only
The First To Hit The Graybar Hotel
The Dark History - In 1976
Senator Frank Church submitted CIA General Counsel Lawrence
Houston to intense grilling over the Agency's questionable
and illegal operation of proprietary air transport services.
At that time, Houston admitted that the CIA had routinely
used the United States Postal Service and the U.S. Forrest
Service as covers for covert activities. Houston admitted
that The Forest Service had been infiltrated by CIA and
that CIA shared an address with the Forrest Service's Air
Research and Development unit on Kent Street in Alexandria,
Houston also admitted that the primary company, responsible
for all of CIA covert air operations, was a holding company
named Pacific Corp. There is an Oregon based corporation
known as Pacificorp which has a multitude of sub entities
with varying versions of the name including Pacific Power
& Light, Pacificorp and Pacific Harbor Capital. In 1993
a Seattle paper ran a story connecting Pacificorp to CIA's
Pacific Corp. Under oath, before the Senate in 1976, Houston
admitted that Pacific Corp, owned and controlled such CIA
notables as Air America, Southern Air Transport and Intermountain
Air. In 1976 the CIA was ordered to sell Air America and
divest itself of all its holdings.
Since 1973 the CIA had been anticipating this and had moved
quickly to give all of its clandestinely owned aircraft
to its alleged proprietary, Evergreen International based
out of Marana Air Park near Tucson Arizona and McMinville
Oregon, near Portland. Coincidentally, Medford Oregon is
the home base of aircraft broker Roy Reagan. Reagan was
convicted in 1997, along with another man on criminal charges
stemming from a scheme to fraudulently take $80 million
worth of airplanes from the U.S. government and place them
in private hands. Reagan was also the broker for Evergreen
according to a lawsuit filed by former CIA pilot Gary Eitel.
In the late 1970s and early 80s former military and CIA
pilot Eitel, also an attorney, became aware that the CIA
was planning to move a number of Australian C-130s under
CIA control into the private sector and transfer them to
Bogota Colombia. "They were to be used for drug smuggling,"
said Eitel. The attorney for the transfer was a man named
John Ford who in later years represented Pacificorp, Pacific
Harbor Capitol and who is currently said to be senior in-house
attorney for Pacific Gas and Electric in San Francisco (no
connection). Several of the Australian C-130's turned up
in the drug trade and were moved through facilities in Arizona
and Mena, Arkansas, among others, on their way into the
Eitel has testified in Federal Court and confirmed to From
The Wilderness that CIA was flying drugs into Mena Arkansas
as far back as 1971-5. Eitel began his relations with CIA
in 1968 as a helicopter pilot who was willing to fly risky
combat missions in Vietnam. He has since broken with the
Agency and has proven that by giving sworn testimony both
in court and in Congress exposing illegal CIA operations.
Eitel, who has testified as an expert witness in several
civil and criminal cases, is now representing the U.S. Government
as a private citizen in a civil action charging the Forest
Service and CIA with defrauding the American people of close
to $80 million dollars in the illegal transfer of 35 C-130
aircraft to a number of private firms. These firms serve
as contractors to the Forest Service. The aircraft transfer
program, begun in 1987, was intended to give private contractors
serviceable aircraft in exchange for worn out ones to help
the Forest Service fight fires as converted air tankers.
Instead they have turned up all over the world on covert
operations. A few have been caught full of drugs as recently
The Lockheed C-130 Hercules first entered the inventory
of the U.S. Air Force in 1955. To this day it remains one
of the most versatile cargo aircraft ever built. The Air
Force includes various versions of the C-130 in its operational
plans through the year 2015. It can fly at cruise speeds
of up to 350 mph, is capable of taking off from short, unimproved
runways and can haul loads of up to 50,000 pounds. It is
capable of dropping those loads from a rear ramp while literally
"on the fly". While new C-130s cost the government
around $20-25 million, used aircraft are generally valued
by the GAO at up to 3.5 million each. A GAO report lists
the value of one propeller at $100,000 and one engine at
$250,000. It is the perfect drug smuggling aircraft for
Under United States law the C-130 is a military munitions
aircraft which is tightly controlled. It is forbidden to
export one to a foreign country without the prior approval
of the State Department, the Department of Defense, the
FAA and the CIA. The CIA is the only governmental agency
with enough clout to secure permissions from all of the
When used in a fire fighting application as an aerial tanker
it costs $3,300 per flight hour to operate a C-130 delivering
2,000 gallons of retardant as opposed to $1,600 per hour
for the same amount of retardant delivered from a readily
available DC 7.
Roy Reagan, no relation to Ronald, has a long and detailed
history of connections to CIA and covert activities. In
the 1980s he was linked both to Evergreen Air and a number
of operations securing surplus helicopters and weapons for
Contra support operations. Evergreen Air itself, during
the contra era, has been documented as handling Contra military
supplies, including weapons, which were loaded onto C-130s
in Corpus Christi, Texas. One of Reagan's business partners,
James Patrick Ross, who worked with Reagan in Reagan Enterprises
out of their offices in Chico, California, was the same
mechanic who signed off on a mechanical inspection of a
C-123 named The Fat Lady which was later shot down over
Nicaragua in 1986 while on a CIA mission. Only an ill-starred
cargo handler named Eugene Hasenfus survived the shoot down.
The Fat Lady's death and Hasenfus' survival triggered the
Iran-Contra scandal. The Fat Lady had previously been the
favorite personal airplane of Barry Seal.
Fred A. Fuchs (pronounced Fox) is a former career Forest
Service employee who rose to the rank of Assistant Director.
The Forest Service fired him in 1993 for his role in this
scheme. He was subsequently re-hired and then allowed to
retire in 1996. Fuchs lists his home as Las Lunas, NM which
is, coincidentally, the site of the Mid Valley airport used
by Albert Vincent Carone and his partner James Robert Strauss
for CIA drug missions throughout the eighties and early
nineties. Carone and Strauss have been previously documented
in From The Wilderness as being the primary bag men for
Oliver North and George Bush as well as providing liaison
between the CIA and the Mafia for transfers of drugs and
In 1987 Reagan and Fuchs came up with a plan to literally
steal airplanes from the federal government which had a
noble sounding stated purpose. According to documents filed
in an Arizona federal criminal prosecution, which led to
the conviction of the two for fraud and theft in Oct. 1997,
they said they were going to save the nation's forests.
The scheme was simple. All around the country the U.S. Forest
Service had relied for years on the services of private
contractors who owned, operated and maintained air tankers
used to drop water and retardant on forest fires. The problem
was that by 1987 most of the Korean War and WW II vintage
aircraft then in use were wearing out. They were not capable
of carrying the loads necessary and spare parts were hard
to find. If Reagan and Fuchs got their way, which they did,
the Forest Service would obtain surplus C-130s, Navy P-3
Orion anti-sub planes and even jet powered A-10 Warthogs,
used as tank killers during desert Storm, and "trade"
them to private contractors on a one-for-one basis and place
the aging aircraft in museums. The government would then
hire the planes as needed to fight fires and the title to
the aircraft would pass into private hands.
In reality, according to a lawsuit filed by whistleblower
Gary Eitel under the False Claims Act, (a little known civil
war era statute that allows citizens to file suit on behalf
of the government), Evergreen Air, as a behind the scenes
player, was using Reagan in a scheme to move as many as
50 C-130s into "private" hands for use in a variety
of covert operations. These included drug smuggling and
the direct enrichment of a number of private contractors
including Reagan and at least five private companies in
California, Arizona and Wyoming. Eitel has been quoted in
news sources as saying that one purpose of the conspiracy
was to defraud even the CIA, which would help obtain the
aircraft. However, in an interview with From The Wilderness
he acknowledged that Evergreen Air had card carrying CIA
officers on the property and had admitted being a CIA contractor.
"What happened also was that Reagan was going to put
about one out of every three C-130s back in his own pocket
for his own use."
From The Wilderness has obtained
a copy of a Dec. 1989 memorandum to Forest Service Associate
Chief George Leonard from Assistant General Counsel Kenneth
Cohen, which seems to show that the Forest Service knew
it was having problems with the scheme all along. Listing
requirements from the Federal Property Management Regulations
Cohen laid out three specific requirements which had to
be met before the transfer could be deemed legal. First
the transfer had to result in a greater return for the government.
That could hardly be the case if a C-130 valued at $3.5
million were traded for a junk aircraft valued as low as
$19,000 which was inoperable. Second, aircraft and airframe
structural components were specifically prohibited from
transfer. Third, the items to be exchanged could not have
been acquired for the purpose of transfer and they had to
have been used by the Forest Service for a period of one
year before being transferred out of Forest Service inventory.
In spite of the fact that none of the above conditions were
met the transfers continued under the control of Fuchs and
Reagan through approximately 1989 when the last of the C-130's
were placed in the hands of five private air contractors.
Out of 35 aircraft transferred into private hands twenty-eight
were actually re-titled. Some changed hands several times
before turning up in the control of drug dealers in Panama
and Mexico. Reagan and Fuchs tried to justify their actions
by stating that the C-130s, obtained from Air Force storage
facilities and active Air Reserve and National Guard units
were historic planes themselves and obsolete. That is hard
to justify since the Air Force currently has the C-130 slated
for active duty until the year 2015.
Last year, in the Tucson criminal trial of Reagan and Fuchs,
which was prompted by Eitel's 1994 lawsuit, three Air Force
generals testified that when they approved of the transfer
to the Forest Service they believed the titles would remain
with the Forest Service as they approved the transfer out
of military inventory."
Did the Forest Service know or suspect that the planes,
under CIA control, might be used for drug dealing? In the
same memorandum Kenneth Cohen states, "Apparently,
DoD [Department of Defense] thinks that by having the Forest
Service as the intermediary, if any future aircraft are
used in drug smuggling, the Forest Service and not DoD will
suffer the adverse publicity."
He was right.
The Good, The Bad and The Private Contractors
All of the C-130s were moved out into private hands passing
through Evergreen facilities at Marana Airpark and through
Davis-Montham Air Force base in Tucson right next door.
The first of the C-130s reached private hands and titles
were transferred in 1987. The five selected companies were
Hemet Valley Flying Service in Riverside County, California
(which received the first seven and showed Reagan as a signatory
on one of its contracts); Hawkins and Powers of Greybull,
Wyoming; TBM of Tulare, California; Aero-Union of Chico,
California (which shared office space with one of Reagan's
shell companies where Contra mechanic Ross worked) and T&G
aviation of Chandler, Arizona. T&G got in on the act
after hearing of the bonanza and complaining to Arizona
Senators De Concini and McCain. T&G is owned by admitted
former Air America and CIA pilot Woody Grantham.
According to Eitel, Aero-Union has been documented as a
CIA contractor as far back as the Bay of Pigs invasion in
1961 when it served as a cover for B-26 pilots who were
prevented from flying air support missions for the invasion.
Also according to Eitel, the very first C-130 delivered
into private hands was flown into Hemet Valley by James
Patrick Ross, the CIA pilot-mechanic who had originally
come to the U.S. as a part of the Australian C-130 transfer
in the mid 1980s and who had serviced Barry Seal's C-123.
According to documents filed in the civil lawsuit by Eitel,
Roy Reagan wasn't particularly happy with Grantham's T&G
muscling in on the deal but he later approached Grantham
with a sweetened offer that if he obtained extra C-130s
for T&G, he would receive a cash kickback and arrange
the financing through a client's company, Pacific Harbor
Capital. Grantham agreed. "Reagan also told Grantham
he would arrange several covert missions to be flown by
T&G for Iran, Iraq and Kuwait as a part of the deal,"
The paper trail is black hole dense but it is certain that
T&G received at least three C-130s from Hemet Valley.
Others it obtained directly from Reagan and other sources.
After a series of court battles in California between Hemet
Valley and financier Larry Wurth, three C-130s were transferred
to Wurth and then to T&G. Remember that Roy Reagan showed
up as a signing officer on one of Hemet Valley's contracts
acknowledging receipt of the planes. Approximately one fourth
of the 35 planes given over into private hands were eventually
stripped for (free) parts.
The record of the next ten years is as littered with lawsuits
and airplane transfers, sometimes between the various contractors,
as the killing fields of Cambodia were littered with Pol
Pot's murder victims. An entire book would be needed to
document the suits between firms like James Venable of Hemet
Valley and Wurth which saw planes held hostage and traded
like helpless children in a brutal custody battle which
further clouded the issue of ownership. The suits and custody
battles may have been the actual intention of CIA when it
suspected that the illegal transfers might be discovered,
challenged and ordered corrected. It made it all the harder
for the Forest Service to recover the planes when it got
caught with it pants down. But in almost every case when
planes changed hands they went back through Evergreen first.
Of a certainty, the 35 C-130s, which actually changed hands
in the program, wound up doing many other things than fighting
fires on behalf of the Forest Service. They have been documented
on covert missions in France, Spain, Angola, South Africa,
Central America, and even Kuwait during Desert Storm. In
June 1991 one of Roy Reagan's C-130s crashed on a CIA mission
in Angola killing the nephew of Rep Curt Weldon, R-Pa who
later participated in hearings looking into the program.
"All of the contractors had unregulated air fields
in remote places that were not usually subject to any kind
of Customs inspections. All of the contractors were able
to come and go virtually undetected so they could have been
doing anything. It was an ideal cover both for drug smuggling
and a variety of covert operations," Eitel observed.
In 1994, as he was investigating his lawsuit, Eitel was
researching various aspects of the Forest Service transfer
at the Department of Justice. He was allowed to view classified
materials relevant to the investigation. "I saw a three
ring folder full of State Department Export certificates
for C-130 and P 3 aircraft allowing them to leave the U.S.
for foreign destinations. I logged 36 of the certificates
and noted that at least one was going to Panama for a company
called Trans Latin Air and at least one was going to a company
named Aero Postale de Mexico. Both aircraft were being sent
"They were Forest Service aircraft", he added.
"And what caught my attention was the fact that the
certificates were signed by an attorney named John Ford.
Ford was known to me as a CIA Australian attorney involved
in the C-130s transferred to Bogota in the 70s and 80s and
he was also connected to C-130s moved through Central America
which came to the attention of U.S. Ambassador to Costa
Rica, Louis Tambs during the Contra war. At the time State
had protested the transfer because of possible drug connections."
[NOTE: Louis Tambs was the same U.S. Ambassador connected
to the revelations arising from the La Penca bombing in
Nicaragua and an alleged plot by the CIA to murder Tambs
using the services of CIA/Oliver North asset John Hull and
blame it on the Sandinistas.]
"I questioned DoJ about the drug links and was assured
that the transfers were above board and not drug related,"
Eitel continued. "I accepted their explanation for
a while but in 1996 I did a data base search on a major
drug trafficker named Luis Carlos Herrera-Lizcano who was
John Ford's partner way back to the original C-130 transfers
out of Australia in 83-84. Herrera was the owner and CEO
of Trans Latin Air and in 1994 he was indicted by the U.S.
Attorney in Chicago for using C-130s to move billions of
dollars of cocaine into the U.S."
Herrera entered into a plea agreement in 1996 and admitted
to having trafficked in drugs since the early and mid eighties.
According to both American and Mexican newspaper accounts,
as well as records in federal court, Herrera's aircraft
came from T&G and Woody Grantham.
The Trans Latin Air investigation led to an investigation
of Aero Postale de Mexico. In April 1998 stories the Mexican
paper La Reforma reported that the Mexican Attorney General
had indicted three officials of the private freight hauling
company Aero Postale de Mexico which routinely delivered
mail and other goods throughout Latin and Central America
on charges that they had provided aircraft to the drug cartel
headed by the Arellano Felix brothers. That investigation
had commenced in 1997 and Aero Postale planes were reportedly
hauling multi-thousand kilo loads of cocaine during the
period. One of the C-130s was impounded at the Mexico City
airport. Purchase of the aircraft was financed by Mexican
banker Carlos Cabal, who was assured repayment of the loans
by the U.S. Import-Export Bank. It is impossible to believe
CIA would not have noticed such a transaction. Woody Grantham
and T&G sold the planes to Aero Postale in 1993 at the
same time he sold planes to Trans Latin Air.
Riverside Press-Enterprise veteran reporter Dave Hendrix,
who has written many stories on the Forest Service and the
C-130s (and who contributed greatly to the research for
this article) questioned Grantham about the relationship.
Grantham denied any knowledge of wrongdoing and any knowledge
of drugs. However, Gary Eitel in his role as a federal independent
counsel for the civil suit against the contractors notes
a discrepancy in Grantham's statements. "Grantham tried
to hide the C-130s in 1993 when he learned that the Forest
Service was going to be forced to take them back,"
Eitel said. "He filed bankruptcy, hid the planes and
then tried to sell them to Herrera at Trans Latin Air. The
planes had already been leased to Trans Latin since 1990.
He states that he had no further contact or control over
the planes after that. Yet Herrera admitted at his sentencing
that he had been dealing drugs uninterrupted at Trans Latin
from 1982 to 1994. Grantham's claims that he had checked
this out with DEA don't bear close scrutiny at all.
"And Grantham used the same law firm, Lewis and Roca
of Tucson and Phoenix, to file bankruptcy and transfer the
planes to Herrera which had handled the entire transfer
of Air America assets to Evergreen back in 1976." Asked
how credible Grantham's denial of drug involvement was,
Eitel replied, "It stinks."
Grantham's history is littered with CIA wreckage. According
to Eitel, "When Grantham wanted to leave Arizona undetected
he leased hangar space at an Indian reservation where Customs
didn't operate. He frequently flew into Area 51 and on his
trips back from Latin America he would land at El Toro Marine
Air Station in California.
Death of a Hero - The Murder of Jim Sabow
Marine Col. Jim Sabow was murdered at his home on the El
Toro Marine Air Station in January 1991. His death, ruled
a suicide by the Navy and the Marine Corps, has left a brave
family virtually destroyed. As opposed to the official military
account that Sabow, despondent over pending disciplinary
actions for minor offenses committed suicide, a lingering
and persistent body of evidence persists which indicates
that Jim Sabow was murdered because he caught the CIA flying
drugs onto a base where he was Chief of Air Operations.
Much of the
evidence indicates that the cocaine arrived on the same
C-130s which had been given to the Forest Service.
In a 1993 segment of her news program Eye to Eye, Connie
Chung covered the Sabow death in detail and showed evidence
of the murder by introducing statements from Sabow's brother,
a medical doctor, that Sabow had been unconscious and aspirating
blood for minutes before a shotgun was rammed so far down
his throat that it sheared off the uvula. In that same segment,
veteran Air America and CIA pilot Tosh Plumley stated that
he flew loads of cocaine as large as 2,000 kilos onto El
Toro in the years and months prior to Sabow's death - for
the CIA. Plumley stated clearly that he was flying C-130s
operated by the Forest Service and their contractors. In
later conversations with this writer Plumley admitted that
he routinely flew loads as large as 2,500 kilos onto military
installations in California and Arizona for the CIA.
Both Eitel and veteran investigator Gene Wheaton, who still
works for the Sabow family which has a pending and oft delayed
lawsuit pending in San Diego for next year, believe that
the C-130s described in this story are the same ones which
led to Jim Sabow's murder. Wheaton, a retired Warrant Officer
from Army CID, has participated in and led investigations
ranging from the Cristic Institute lawsuit of 1987 to the
very suspicious crash in Gander, Newfoundland of an Arrow
Air flight in 1985 which took the lives of more than 250
members of the 101st Airborne Division. Arrow Air was, according
to Wheaton, "One of Ollie North's favorite airlines."
He was also one of the first investigators to uncover CIA
drug smuggling in Mena, AK and is today working with Sabow
attorney Daniel Sheehan, formerly of the Cristic Institute,
on the Sabow case. He has also conducted extensive investigations
of the Forest Service C-130s and worked with Eitel on the
"The Marines were supposed to keep flight refueling
records of all non-military flights in transit on through
the base at El Toro," said Wheaton. "Those are
government records and would have shown that the same Forest
Service aircraft passed through the base at the same time
that Jim started complaining to his superiors about the
drugs. The base is closed now but the records should have
been kept. They are government documents."
Wheaton added, "They have all been destroyed."
Frogmen, Russoniello and Gary Webb?!
In his series of articles for The San Jose Mercury News
entitled The Dark Alliance and in his brilliant book of
the same name, author Gary Webb described the interference
of the CIA in the infamous "Frogman" cocaine case
of 1983. The U.S. attorney, a Reagan appointee, who handled
the case and ultimately returned more than $36,000 in seized
drug money to the CIA connected traffickers arrested in
San Francisco, was Joseph Russoniello. As disclosed in Webb's
book and documented in Volume I of the CIA Inspector General's
report, the CIA had contacted Russoniello in an effort to
contain any adverse publicity linking the arrested traffickers
to the Agency. In the Agency's own cable traffic CIA stated
that Russoniello was, "most deferential to our interests."
Russoniello left the Department of Justice in the late 1980s
and entered private practice. In 1994 he became the attorney
of record for several of the fourteen defendants in the
civil suit filed by Gary Eitel - including Aero-Union of
Chico California, Reagan's home base and T&G. For the
record Stuart Gerson, former Acting Attorney General of
Waco fame, represented Roy Reagan in the civil fraud case.
According to Eitel, "After a series of articles in
Oregon newspapers in 1997, Russoniello withdrew from the
case because of the adverse publicity linking him to Webb's
Joseph Russoniello is now a senior corporate attorney for
Pacific Gas and Electric in San Francisco. He is at the
same address and shares the same complex of offices as attorney
Clanging Jail Bars
and Dangling Press Releases
The Forest Service had been backed into a position by the
Eitel lawsuit and the Arizona fraud trial of Reagan and
Fuchs where it had to take action. In April 1998 U.S. District
Court Judge William Browning sentenced Roy Reagan to 30
months and Fred Fuchs to 24 months in a federal penitentiary
for their roles in defrauding the government. Eitel's civil
suit, which has been joined by the Department of Justice,
is still alive but in early 1997 Judge Browning issued a
court order postponing the suit stating that the interests
of National Security outweighed the defendants' right to
a speedy trial.
As a result of public pressure the Forest Service had begun
to retrieve some of the aircraft in 1995-6. Four of those
had been totally stripped, their remaining airframes and
components being auctioned out at a total of $725,000 by
the Forest Service under the direction of Assistant Director
Ron Hooper who had been involved with the program since
its inception. Hooper has made no official objection of
the fact that airplanes, worth $12 to 15 million, illegally
taken from the government, had been stripped of $11 million
in parts. The low bidder was co-conspirator Hawkins and
Powers and the high bidders, which received the aircraft
hulks, were the alleged co-conspirators TBM and Aero-Union.
On December 2, 1998 Hooper gave an interview to the Associated
Press. Whereas Hooper had, in previous audits, declared
the C-130s to be worth as little as $10,000 to $20,000 dollars
apiece, he now acknowledged their value at $2-3 million
each. The AP story indicated that Hooper and the Forest
Service were moving swiftly to secure the immediate return
of all 11 outstanding operable aircraft and that this "confiscation"
would not impair the nation's fire fighting capabilities.
This was true even though the Forest Service, according
to Hooper, didn't need and couldn't operate the planes.
Apparently, Hooper hoped that no one would notice the fact
that just a day earlier, on December 1, 1998, he had posted
a press release on the Forest Service web site which stated,
"To ensure that we have the air support necessary to
aggressively manage wildfires, we have successfully completed
negotiations on a new three-year National Airtanker Contract
covering 1999 through 2001.
"The contract provides for continued operations as
ownership is being resolved and we are confident that the
issues surrounding the assertion of aircraft [ownership]
can be worked out with the contractors successfully."
"What Hooper was saying", says Eitel, "is
that he had just awarded paying contracts to the same contractors
who had defrauded the government in the first place. His
statements to AP make it look as though he was getting tough
while he admits, the day before, that he is still intending
to leave the planes in private hands and reward the wrongdoers."
Eitel filed complaints with the Justice Department on December
4 and he has told From The Wilderness that, as of December
14, both the Department of Justice and the Department of
Defense now have active investigations of Ron Hooper.
A spokesman for the Department of Defense would neither
confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation of Hooper.
As of press time the Department Justice, Office of Professional
Responsibility has not returned a call asking for verification.
Forest Service spokesman Alan Polk told From The Wilderness,
"AP screwed their story up. The contractors were always
going to keep the planes while title remained in Forest
Service hands. We are now making sure that we know where
the planes are, what they are being used for and that they
are not leaving the country while ownership questions are
resolved." Polk added that he was unaware of any criminal
investigations of Hooper.
A Tragic Footnote
In August 1994 14 firefighters burned to death in an out
of control forest fire in Colorado. The Federal Occupational
Safety and Health Administration subsequently cited the
Forest Service for "inadequate use of aviation resources."
Where were all the tankers? According to Eitel they were
all out of the country doing anything but fighting fires.
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SOURCES: The Riverside Press-Enterprise, AP, The Arizona
Republic, La Reforma, The Dark Alliance by Gary Webb and
the U.S. Forest Service
SPECIAL THANKS: To Dave Hendrix of the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
You are a true bulldog and a reporter of courage and tenacity.
SUGGESTED READING: To understand how the CIA has for decades
infiltrated various agencies of the United States Government,
stolen property and subverted the will of Congress there
is one book which is on my "must read" list. That
book is The Secret Team - The CIA and its Allies in Control
of the United States and the World by L. Fletcher Prouty
(1973, 1992 & 1997). The book is extremely hard to find
but worth every ounce of effort. You can download a copy