THE WATCHMAN - A Publication of Mem Research
Vol. I No. 6
January 6, 2002

"Except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain." - Psalm 127:1

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January 5
U.S. helicopters gunned down fleeing Afghan women and children
EXCERPT: "Britain’s The Times reported that the United Nations is concerned by recent reports stating that ‘non-combatant women and children were chased and killed by U.S. helicopters during an attack on an Afghan village that left 52 dead.’
"The newspaper said that the U.S. airstrike first took place in the village of Niazi Qala in the Paktia province. This initial strike was said to have killed ten civilian women and 25 children.
"UN spokeswoman Stephanie Bunker said that after the women and children were killed in the village, a second group of civilians fled the attack and were gunned down by U.S. helicopters. All fifteen of the fleeing villagers were killed.
"A third group of civilians, who were trying to rescue survivors, were also killed by the U.S. military, according to Ms. Bunker."

January 4,,2001570024-2002003499,00.html
US raid killed 25 children, says UN (The Times of London)
EXCERPT: "UNARMED women and children were chased and killed by American helicopters during an attack on an Afghan village that left 52 dead, the United Nations suggested yesterday, citing an unconfirmed report. . . Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defence Secretary, defended the strike on December 29, saying that his forces had acted after receiving ‘multiple Intelligence sources’ which defined the village as a target."

January 4
Drug traffic off Florida spikes as US turns its focus to terrorism
(Christian Science Monitor)
EXCERPT: ". . .Sept. 11 has opened the floodgates in these pristine waters. With terrorism a top priority, no longer are US boats so vigilantly patrolling the coastal waters in search of drugs. Large amounts of antidrug resources and manpower have been diverted to that effort. The result: a boomtime for drug peddlers off America's coastlines."

January 3
FBI Implicated in Anthrax Mailings Cover-Up
EXCERPT: "FBI officials may be implicated in a conspiracy to impede justice in the anthrax mailings case, if not treasonous dereliction of duty, according to a growing number of scientists and consumer advocates. After officials cited the likeliest origin of the powdered anthrax was the U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah, or its Ohio-based supplier and CIA-contractor, Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI), FBI Director Robert Mueller announced the bureau has no intention of investigating anyone with, or formerly with, their chief suspect-BMI.
"Just weeks ago, major progress in the FBI's investigation seemed forthcoming. The New York Times and Washington Post revealed that BMI, Dugway's anthrax facility supplier and chief administrator had contracted with the CIA (in project "Clear Vision") to produce, albeit illegally, the 1 trillion spore-per- gram strain of anthrax under investigation. BMI, while heading the U.S. military's "Joint Vaccine Acquisitions Program" worth more than $1 billion in vaccine contracts, commissioned America's top anthrax expert, William C. Patrick, III, to deliver a report on the powdered anthrax's prospects for being spread through the mail."

January 3
FBI Continues To Cover Up Pilot Communications Related To September 11 (Joel Skousen’s World Affairs Brief)

January 2
Over 3,767 civilians killed by U.S. in Afghanistan (YellowTimes.Org)
EXCERPT: "A new report released by Professor Marc W. Herold of University of New Hampshire found that the Bush administration has overseen the killing of at least 3,767 civilians in Afghanistan between the dates of October 7, 2001 and December 6, 2001; an average of 62 civilians killed per day. On a population scale this number is equivalent to 38,000 dead U.S. civilians, or roughly eleven World Trade Center attacks."


"Spooks and Saudis in Florida" by Daniel Hopsisker
Florida flight school which trained Sept. 11 terrorists was run by owner of another company which violated flight restrictions to spirit Saudi royalty out of Florida on Sept. 13.

"Many Signs Warlordism Returning to Afghanistan" by Peter Dale Scott, PhD.
Afghanistan is becoming the same hub of opium production and banditry that it was the last time a Bush was in the White House.



It is time that America became familiar with the term "state terrorism." Why? Because we are all living with it.

Yes, you say; you already knew that. You looked up the definition of terrorism in your dictionary and found that it means "use of terror as a means of coercion." And you have seen former CIA director James Woolsey and other notable persons on the cable news at least half a dozen times saying that the terrorism America is now experiencing is state-sponsored.

Actually, he is right. And guess which state is sponsoring it? Afghanistan? Not even close. Iraq? No. Saudi Arabia or Pakistan? You’re getting warmer. Israel? Close. Almost ready to give up, you ask: The United States? Bingo.

When vague warnings are issued from the FBI from time to time directing the American people to remain alert, that might be construed as terrorism, but you had something weightier in mind.

When Attorney General John Ashcroft steamrolls our civil liberties and insists that anyone who opposes his agenda is merely helping America’s enemies . . . "That," you say, "is an act of terrorism. Is that what you mean?"

That, dear reader, is the merest beginning of what I mean. Those of you who have paid even passing attention to past issues of this newsletter know that there are abundant holes in the government version of September 11th and that there is reason to suspect that government officials had foreknowledge of the attacks and did nothing to prevent them – perhaps even preventing the military from responding to the attacks as they took place. We have seen the government ignore and cover up evidence linking so-called "allies" to the attacks. We are aware that events now unfolding in Afghanistan are designed to channel billions of dollars in drug money to the Bush administration and its allies.

And now this.

The FBI is refusing to investigate the facility which is the likely source of the anthrax spores mailed to members of the US Senate. These mailings have not only put America in a state of panic and distracted the people from the alarming policies being pursued by the Bush administration; they have not only provided the perfect climate for the granting of unconstitutional powers to law enforcement; but they have also effectively neutralized an entire branch of government and disrupted communications between the people and their elected representatives. These mailings were, after the September 11th attacks, the second step along the path to a new and dictatorial form of government.

That is only the beginning of the story. The facility in question is Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI). BMI was one of only five laboratories whose anthrax stocks genetically matched the spores found in the Senate letters. All five of those labs got their stock from an Army facility at Fort Detrick, Maryland. BMI, which came under particular suspicion, illegally developed biological weapons under contract with (who else?) the CIA. BMI, says a recent article, produced "the 1 trillion spore-per- gram strain of anthrax under investigation."
Most alarming of all, BMI "commissioned America's top anthrax expert, William C. Patrick, III, to deliver a report on the powdered anthrax's prospects for being spread through the mail."

According to the Washington Post, a CIA spokesperson asserted that the purpose of its anthrax research was to find ways to defend against bioterrorism. Yet the Post article does not include any explanation regarding why the CIA would be involved in an undertaking so far beyond the scope of its charter, nor why the Agency failed to register its work with the Centers for Disease Control.

The FBI has a responsibility to address these questions.




David S. Lifton writes:

"This is real junk. What is the source of your "data"??"

I cannot help but respect Mr. Lifton, because his meticulous investigative work gave us the book "Best Evidence," which documents beyond doubt that President Kennedy’s body was surgically altered by persons unknown prior to his official autopsy. America is in Mr. Lifton’s debt and has yet to recognize either the value of his work or the gravity of its implications.

I was glad to take this opportunity to document what I have written, and I would rather that someone ask pointed questions such as this than to reject out of hand or to swallow whole everything that I write. Here is an edited version of what I wrote in reply:

My "data" fall into four categories. The first is academic background information: whatever I find relevant in the fields of criminology, history, political science, economics, etc. The second is first-hand or eyewitness accounts of criminal or unethical activity, or events related to such activities. I include "Best Evidence" in this category, but I also mean autobiographical material. The third category is journalism and the fourth is commentaries by people such as myself who analyze material in the first three categories.

Despite the impression given by my sometimes flippant language, I take what I write very seriously. I am not some kind of internet "cowboy" trying to show off in front of an imagined audience. My primary interest is in the truth and in motivating the public to do something about it. I do not recall at any time having written anything that to me did not seem to be the inescapable conclusion resulting from reasonable credible facts.

I realize that the majority of what I say is far from the common consensus. That is why I feel it is necessary to write it. If someone needs to have his or her own viewpoint validated or to hear the conventional wisdom, there are plenty of institutions that will serve those purposes. I also realize that, due to the controversial nature of my remarks, I had better be prepared to back them up. A list of useful sources follows.

Although it is not my habit to footnote my newsletters, I have written papers which are thoroughly documented. On my web site is an article entitled "Rogue Elephant," in which I explain at length my conclusion that both the Kennedy assassination and the war in Vietnam were in large part the result of criminal conspiracies to control the trade in illegal drugs. See . I also highly recommend "Man, the State, and Dope," an article I wrote to give the reader a background on the broader issues of government-protected drug trafficking. See .

I have spent a great deal of time this year focusing on the first category of sources, that is, research by scholars. I have been gathering readings for an anthology which can be found at The purpose of this anthology is to provide both the conceptual background and historical data for understanding this fact: that the outcome of the American political process is extremely dependent on the influence of the illegal drug trade. More to the point, it is my strong belief that no president in the last twenty years has come to the White House without the active support of this industry. This thesis is supported with articles by Professors Peter Dale Scott, William Chambliss, and Michel Chossudovsky, among others. Their credentials are included on the aforementioned web page. It is my intention to promote this anthology for use in higher education.

There are other scholars whose work I admire greatly but with whom I have not been able to cooperate. Professor Alfred McCoy has published a great deal of material regarding CIA complicity in the international heroin traffic. Professor Gary Sick wrote a book called "October Surprise" documenting the manipulation of the Iranian hostage crisis by the Reagan-Bush campaign team in order to swing the election in Reagan's favor. This campaign was managed by Reagan's future CIA director, Bill Casey. Both Casey and Bush used America's national security apparatus to import narcotics, as shown in other accounts.

As well as academic studies, there are abundant first-hand accounts and anecdotal information regarding drug trafficking by national governments and their intelligence agencies, including the CIA and Mossad. Since this seems to be the area which your inquiry concerns, this is where I will focus my comments.

Regarding the brutality and corruption of the Mossad, the first account I read was by former Mossad officer Victor Ostrovsky. He has published two books, "By Way of Deception", and "The Other Side of Deception." I haven't read the first book in almost ten years, so I can't recall many details. I do recall that the book mentioned a very significant character - Mike Harari, former Mossad officer, adviser to Manuel Noriega and major player in the Iran-Contra drug smuggling operations. Harari was the third highest officer in the Mossad in the early 1970s and helped lead Israel's effort to hunt down and assassinate Palestinian terrorists. By the 1980s, he was wanted by US authorities as "one of the world's biggest drug lords" - as reported by an Israeli news service (See Scott, Peter Dale et al: "Cocaine Politics," pp. 73-78).

One D.G. "Chip" Tatum claims to have been an agent for the CIA, and I find the that details of his story fit with other accounts. Tatum claims to have been operationally close to many of the most notorious figures in the Iran-contra affair and to have flown cocaine (labeled as medical supplies) for Oliver North's "Enterprise." Among the CIA agents he worked with were former Mossad officers Mike Harari and Amiram Nir. Tatum claims to have taken Harari and Arkansas State Trooper Buddy Young as passengers on a flight during which the two men described the guns-for-drugs operation in which both their governments were involved. Search for "Chip Tatum" and you will find his story. Nir, Tatum says, was an adviser to Vice-President Bush. Tatum's account of government-protected drug trafficking also implicates Bill Clinton, former CIA directors Casey and Colby, Attorney General William P. Barr, prominent Arkansans Dan Lasater and Jackson Stephens, CIA operations director Clair George, and Donald Gregg, Vice President Bush’s national security adviser .

Corroborating many aspects of Tatum's story is that of Terry Reed, a CIA contractor who worked with many of the same operatives (nearly all of those mentioned above) and who also was a first-hand witness to CIA-organized cocaine trafficking in Bill Clinton's Arkansas and other places. His account was published in 1993 as "Compromised: Clinton, Bush, and the CIA." Reed claims to have met personally with Amiram Nir.

Further corroborating these accounts is Larry Nichols, former Director of Marketing for the Arkansas Development Finance Authority. Nichols said "There was a hundred million a month in cocaine coming in and out of Mena, Arkansas" and that ADFA laundered the money (see the infamous documentary "The Clinton Chronicles." Regarding Mena, the documentary is politically one-sided but essentially correct). Finally, Arkansas State Trooper L. D. Brown claims that when he asked Governor Clinton about the CIA drug flights into Mena, Clinton replied "That’s [Dan] Lasater’s deal."

The Internal Revenue Service couldn’t help but notice the outrageous amounts of capital flowing into western Arkansas. Russell Welch, the investigator whom the IRS sent to determine the source of the money, eventually resigned after being directed by his superiors to perjure himself. Welch had found that the source of the money was cocaine and that one of destinations of that money was the bank account of Attorney General Ed Meese.

Long-time CIA operative Gerry Hemming had this to say: "We were always looking for signs of foreign intelligence and military penetration of the South American drug trade, signs of Soviet or Cuban presence. The presence we ended up finding, and which made us have to jump in and get involved in a big way . . . was Israeli." (Daniel Hopsicker, "Barry and 'the Boys'", p. 238)

Leaving the Mossad angle for now, there are other first-hand witnesses of U.S. government complicity in the narcotics business.

Navy Lt. Commander Alexander Martin was a witness to the Iran-Contra drug smuggling perpetrated by (as he tells it) Major General Richard Secord, Oliver North, Richard Secord, Felix Rodriguez, then-Vice President George Bush and his son Jeb. His account is related in an article by J. Orlin Grabbe, a former economics professor. See Grabbe has also written extensively about Vince Foster's likely involvement with the Mossad. The previously-mentioned article is a part of a series on the subject.

Mike Ruppert is a former LAPD officer who saw the CIA, military, and mafia smuggling drugs into New Orleans. He maintains a web site at I would call his newsletter the most valuable periodical publication in the world, bar none. I suggest reading all the material you find on his web site, particularly that which relates what he has seen for himself.

Colonel James "Bo" Gritz, on a search for American prisoners of war in the 1980s, interviewed Burmese drug warlord General Khun Sa. The General told Gritz that in the past he had sold his opium with the help of Miami mafia boss Santos Trafficante, CIA associate deputy director Ted Shackley and Richard Armitage (now Deputy Secretary of State!) This interview was videotaped and is written in Gritz' 1992 autobiography, "Called to Serve."

I hope this will adequately justify my viewpoint to anyone who may think that my assertions are baseless.


THE WATCHMAN is a publication of Mem Publishing/Mem Research.
(c) 2001 Kent G. Heiner. This document may be distributed freely in its complete form.
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Mr. Heiner holds a degree in international relations from Brigham Young University and specializes in international crime.

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