From Uri Dowbenko <www.conspiracyplanet.com>
Posted June 29, 2004
Dead Spooks Don't Lie (And Don't Deal Drugs
by CONSPIRACY PLANET
criminal and notorious CIA klller/ drug trafficker Ted Shackley, known as
'The Blond Ghost, died on December 9, 2002.
The Ultimate Cold War Apparatchik, Ted Shackley was the notorious
Director of 'Operation Phoenix' in Laos and Viet Nam, and thus responsible
for a slaughter which claimed the lives of over 40,000 Vietnamese civilians
under the guise of neutralizing communist sympathizers.
According to many credible reports, Shackley was involved
in covert and illicit drug trafficking and weapons sales as late as the
notorious Iran-Contra scandal, in which a huge quantity of weapons fell
into terrorist hands.
He took part in a scandalous affair in which Libyan terrorists
under Muammar Quadaffi received weaponry and military training from the
Behind the scenes, he was one of the most influential members
of the CIA from the 1960s through the 1980s, being the Deputy Director to
CIA DIrector George Herbert Walker Bush.
Shackley was also the author of "The Third Option"
(Dell Publishing), a guide for training indigenous homegrown terrorist groups
in foreign lands, a failed and flawed policy which can be held responsible
for the state of the world today.
An excellent analysis of Shackley's role in geo-politics and
the rise of American Empire is included in the following excerpt from David
Hoffman's "The Oklahoma City Bombing" --
Or consider the words of Lt. Col. Bo Gritz, former commander
of the Special Forces in Latin America and the most decorated soldier in
Vietnam. Gritz made a trip to the Golden Triangle in 1983 to search for
American POWs, a mission that was ultimately stonewalled. Gritz believes
the POWs are being used as drug mules, and the government doesn't want them
returned alive, for fear they would expose the Octopus.
As Gritz said: "[They] would not want the American POWs
to come home. Because when they do, there will be an investigation as to
why they were abandoned. At that time we will uncover this secret organization
and its illicit drug money and financing. The Secret Team would then be
As Gritz later wrote in Called to Serve:
If Richard Armitage was, as Khun Sa avowed, a major participant
in parallel government drug trafficking, then it explained why our efforts
to rescue POWs had been inexplicably foiled, time after time... If it was
true, Richard Armitage would be the last man in the world who would desire
to see prisoners of war come home alive.
As "Special Consultant to the Pentagon on the MIAs,"
in Bangkok in 1975, Armitage reportedly spent more time repatriating opium
profits then recovering POWs. In 1976, when Khun Sa was still selling heroin
to CIA officials, the head of the CIA was none other than George Bush.
Former presidential candidate H. Ross Perot, who was appointed
presidential investigator for POW/MIA affairs, came upon the same information,
and was warned by former Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci to stop pursuing
the connections to Armitage. As he sadly explained to a group of POW/MIA
families in 1987: "I have been instructed to cease and desist."
Ironically, between 1987 and 1991, Vice-President Bush served
as head of the South Florida Drug Task Force, and later as chair of the
National Narcotics Interdiction System, both set up to "stem"
the flow of drugs into the U.S. While Bush was drug czar, the volume of
cocaine smuggled into the U.S. tripled.
Celerino "Cele" Castillo, the DEA's head agent in
El Salvador and Guatemala from 1985 to 1991, told reporters and Senate investigators
of numerous known drug traffickers who used hangers controlled by Oliver
North and the CIA in El Salvador's Ilopango military airbase. When Castillo
naively tried to warn Bush at a U.S. embassy party in Guatemala, Bush "just
shook my hand, smiled and walked away…"
"By the end of 1988," added Castillo, "I realized
how hopelessly tangled the DEA, the CIA, and every other U.S. entity in
Central America had become with the criminals. The connections boggled my
"The CIA — they're making deals with the Devil,"
adds Mike Levine. "Unfortunately, the Devil is smarter than they are."
Some of those devils, like Monzer al-Kassar — "business
partner" of Richard Secord and Oliver North — would be utilized
to do the Octopus's dirty work.
Another name Khun Sa mentioned repeatedly was Ted Shackley.
A long-time CIA player, Theodore G. Shackley (known as "The Blond Ghost")
began his Agency career as CIA Station Chief in Miami, where he directed
the CIA's JM/WAVE Operation, a post-Bay of Pigs attempt to assassinate Fidel
Castro and wreck havoc within that sovereign nation. Utilizing Cuban expatriates,
the CIA conducted hundreds of sabotage raids against Cuba in direct violation
of the U.S. Neutrality Act. Shackley also worked in close partnership with
Mob figures John Roselli, Sam Giancana, and Santos Trafficante.
While the operation was shut down in 1965, due mainly to revelations
of organized crime connections and drug smuggling, many of the participants
remained in Miami, continuing their illegal activities.
Later, as Station Chief of Laos, Shackley directed Major General
Richard Secord's air wing in tactical raids against the Communist Pathet
Lao, who happened to be General Vang Pao's main competition in the opium
trade. By keeping the Pathet Lao busy with the help of the CIA and the American
military, Pao's Hmong tribesmen were able to become the region's largest
Of course, Shackley, his deputy Tom Clines (who supervised
the air base in Long Tieng), and their colleagues in CIA front companies
like Air America were only too happy to help, smuggling heroin to the U.S.
in the gutted bodies of dead GIs (with the assistance of their old Mob buddy
Santos Trafficante, who had helped form their ZR/RIFLE assassination team,
and Vietnamese Air Force General Nguyen Cao Ky), and laundering the profits
in the Nugan-Hand bank. As a 1983 Wall Street Journal article stated:
Investigations following Mr. Nugan's death and the failure
of the bank revealed widespread dealings by Nugan-Hand with international
heroin syndicates, and evidence of massive fraud against U.S. and foreign
citizens. Many retired high-ranking Pentagon and CIA officials were executives
of or consultants to Nugan-Hand.*
Shackley, along with Nugan-Hand's attorney — former
CIA Director William Colby — directed the infamous "Phoenix Program,"
a largely successful attempt to "neutralize" by torture and murder
approximately 40,000 Vietnamese civilians suspected of being Viet Cong sympathizers.
One Phoenix operative, testifying before Congress, stated that Phoenix was
"a sterile, depersonalized murder program… it was completely
indiscriminate." The assassinations would continue in Nicaragua under
the code-name "Operation Pegasus."
After becoming the head of the CIA's Western Hemisphere operations
(Latin American Division) in 1972, Shackley supervised the overthrow of
the Chilean government ("Operation Track II") by murdering democratically
elected President Salvador Allende. With the backing of the CIA under Shackley,
the military led a violent coup by Right-wing General Augusto Pinochet,
which resulted in the abolishment of the Constitution, the closing of all
newspapers save for two Right-wing dailies, the outlawing of trade unions,
the suppression of all political parties, and the arrest, torture, and execution
After a brief stint as Director of the Far East Division,
Shackley directed CIA agent Edwin Wilson in training the Shah of Iran's
notorious secret police, the Savak, who routinely tortured and murdered
the Shah's opponents. Later Shackley would assist more directly in these
In 1975, Shackley became Associate Director in the Directorate
of Operations, which put him in charge of Covert-Operations, Counter-Intelligence,
and ironically, Counter-Narcotics, all under the command of George Herbert
These associations naturally led to Shackley playing a role
in the formation of the "Secret Team," (to coin a phrase invented
by Col. L. Fletcher Prouty) the covert and illegal enterprise that was the
driving force behind the Iran-Contra operation. Donald Gregg, one of Shackley's
subordinates during his Saigon tenure, would later become Assistant National
Security Advisor during Iran-Contra, reporting directly to Vice-President
It was against this backdrop that Shackley served as a "consultant"
to players such as Bush, Secord, North, and Casey in their illegal and bloody
guns-for-drugs network that resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and
the flooding of our streets with tons of drugs.
As Wall Street Journal reporter Jonathan Kwitny writes about
Ted Shackley in his book, The Crimes of Patriots:
Looking at the list of disasters Shackley has presided over
during his career, one might even conclude that on the day the CIA hired
Shackley it might have done better hiring a KGB agent; a Soviet mole probably
could not have done as much damage to the national security of the United
States with all his wile as Shackley did with the most patriotic of intentions.
Between Shackley's Cuban and Indochinese campaigns, more dope
dealers were probably put onto the payroll of the United States Government,
and protected and encouraged in their activities, than if the government
had simply gone out and hired the Mafia — which, in the case of the
Cuban campaign, it did.
CIA Director Admiral Stansfield Turner forced Shackley to
resign from the Agency in 1979, due to his "unauthorized" dealings
with rogue agent Edwin Wilson, who was selling plastic explosives to Libya
(with Shackley's approval). Had he not left, Shackley would likely have
become head of the Agency.
George Bush, who headed the Agency in 1976, strongly desired
to continue in that post. He was not reappointed when Jimmy Carter took
Moreover, Turner, who had little faith in HUMNIT (Human Intelligence)
sources, decided to reshape the CIA along more advanced technological lines.
As a result of Turner's infamous "Halloween Massacre," the CIA
cut its field agents from several thousand to just over 300. As President
Jimmy Carter would later state, "We were aware that some of the unqualified
and incompetent personnel whom he discharged were deeply resentful."
The old hands of the Agency, who formerly had at their disposal
almost unlimited "Black Budget" funds for covert operations, were
suddenly forced into retirement, or forced into lockstep with Turner's new
Although CIA Director William Casey hired 2,000 new covert
operators in 1980, many CIA critics felt Turner's actions had already caused
the secret cells of the good-old-boy networks to bury themselves —
and their illegal activities — even deeper.
It is this element, birthed in the hysteria of the Cold War,
legitimized by the paranoia of the National Security state, and nurtured
by the politics of greed, that has buried itself in the core of American
As long-time Army Criminal Investigator Gene Wheaton defines
it: "An elite, very clandestine, very covert group within the intelligence
community…. The CIA and DIA is just the lightening rod for the people
who really control things."
Those who could accept the idea of government foreknowledge
of the Oklahoma City bombing would be hard-pressed to accept the notion
that certain factions within the government might have orchestrated the
bombing itself. Those who have a difficult time accepting this are stymied
by what they perceive as "government."
As Wheaton explains, "The government is just a bunch
of monuments, office buildings, computers, and desks. They don't see the
crazies in the government — the little conspiratorial cliques within
These little conspiratorial cliques — the same players
that Shackley intersects with, going back to Cuba, Laos, Afghanistan and
Nicaragua — have been involved for decades in everything from drug
and gun-running, to assassinations, covert warfare, and outright terrorism.
It is a terrorism that increasingly has no particular face, no ideological
credo, no political goal. It is a terrorism motivated by power and greed.
By no means the lone man behind the curtain, Ted Shackley
represents one of the more visible of this lexicon of covert operators upon
whom the powers that be depend on for their endless supply of "black
ops" and dirty tricks. Perhaps this is how Shackley knows, or seems
to know, the complex truth behind Oklahoma City. It is a truth that remains
hidden behind a sophisticated labyrinth of covert operatives, all of whom
converge at similar times and places. They are, as David Corn writes, "the
little faceless gray men we never see and seldom hear about." Those
we call the "Shadow Government," the "Parallel Government,"
the "Enterprise," the "Octopus," or a half-a-dozen other
names, are carefully hidden behind an endless roster of official titles
and duties, and a plethora of familiar-sounding organizations and institutions.
These same faceless little gray men would pop up in the Oklahoma
City bombing conspiracy like interminable weeds between the cracks of the
pavement. From the Bay of Pigs to Iran-Contra to Oklahoma City, the names,
faces, and players would coalesce for a brief moment in time into an indistinguishable
menagerie of politicos and spooks, terrorists and assassins — to commit
their terrible deed, then fade into the seamless world were little distinction
is made between assets and criminals.
Ted Shackley was officially forced to resign from the CIA
due to his dealings with friend and renegade agent Edwin Wilson. Wilson
and former CIA employee Frank Terpil had smuggled two tons of C-4 to Libya,
and at the behest of Shackley, had set up terrorist training camps there
utilizing Green Berets led to believe they were working for the Agency.
The ostensible purpose of this maneuver was to permit the CIA to gather
information on Soviet and Libyan weapons and defense capabilities, and to
learn the identities of foreign nationals being trained for guerrilla warfare.
Upon obtaining their passports and travel plans, Shackley would alert their
home country's secret police, who would then assassinate them upon their
While Wilson was sentenced to a long prison term, Terpil fled
to Cuba, and has since been involved in numerous dealings with the PLO and
other terrorists, supplying them with sophisticated assassination weapons,
detonators, and communication systems.
Terpil also supplied torture devices to Ugandan Dictator Idi
Amin, who used a bomb supplied by Terpil to assassinate Kenyan cabinet member
One month later, Terpil was implicated in the murder of three
executives of the IBEX corporation — a high-technology company that
was doing business with the Savak. John Harper, IBEX's former director of
security, said that while in Tripoli, he saw a mock-up of the ambush site
at the training facility that Terpil and Wilson had set up.†
Readers will recall this is the same Frank Terpil that was
seen by Cary Gagan in Mexico City with Omar (Sam Khalid?), six months before
the Oklahoma City bombing. "I saw him down in Mexico," recalled
Gagan, "in November of '94, in Mexico City… with Omar."
Gagan said he and Omar met Terpil at the Hotel Maria Isabelle
in the Zona Rosa district. Gagan didn't know who Terpil was at the time,
but described him as a fat, balding, 60ish fellow, who was "terribly
dressed." In other words — Frank Terpil.
"I heard the name because I knew Wilson's name from the
Florence Federal Penitentiary in Colorado." Gagan said that one of
his intelligence contacts, a man named Daniel, told him about Terpil. "The
conversation came up in reference to the Gander, Newfoundland crash,"
Was Terpil in Mexico to supply explosives to Omar? While Gagan
wasn't privy to the conversation, he believes that was the purpose of the
When Wilson and Terpil were selling arms and explosives to
Libya, they were reporting to none other than Ted Shackley. Kwitny notes
that Wilson and Terpil were hiring anti-Castro Cubans from Shackley's old
JM/WAVE program [and Green Berets] to assassinate President Qaddafi's political
Some U.S. Army men were literally lured away from the doorway
of Fort Bragg, their North Carolina training post. The GIs were given every
reason to believe that the operation summoning them was being carried out
with the full backing of the CIA.…
Readers will also recall that while Timothy McVeigh was still
in the Army, he wrote his sister a letter telling her that he had been picked
for a Special Forces (Green Beret) Covert Tactical Unit (CTU) that was involved
in illegal activities. These illegal activities included "protecting
drug shipments, eliminating the [Octopus's drug] competition, and population
This is exactly what Shackley, Clines, and Secord did in Laos
— assassinating and bombing Vang Pao's opium competition out of existence.
Could this CTU McVeigh claims he was recruited for be a latter-day
version of Shackley's assassins? Former federal grand juror Hoppy Heidelberg
said McVeigh's letter indicates that he turned them down, while former FBI
SAC Ted Gundersen claims McVeigh actually worked for the group for a while,
then became disenchanted.
If McVeigh had actually been recruited for such a group, the
question arises of what cover-story he was given. As discussed, it is highly
likely he was told that he was on an important mission — to infiltrate
a terrorist organization and prevent a bombing. Considering McVeigh's background
and character, it is unlikely he is a terrorist who set out to murder 169
Also recall that McVeigh was seen with Hussain al-Hussaini.
The Iraqis would provide a convincing and plausible excuse if McVeigh was
led to believe he was part of a sting operation: "Son, you were a hero
in the Gulf War. Your country needs you now in the fight against terrorism."
It is a story a young, impressionable man like McVeigh would fall for.
It is also possible that McVeigh was sheep-dipped as disgruntled
ex-GI for infiltration into the neo-Nazi community, which would provide
a doorway into the bombing conspiracy through places like Elohim City.
Or perhaps, as a result of his becoming "disenchanted"
and "leaving" the CTU, he became targeted for "termination,"
and was set up as a fall-guy. Such is standard operating procedure for those
who attempt to leave the world of covert operations.
Either way, the fact that there appeared to be two "Timothy
McVeighs," just as there were two Oswalds, would suggest a sophisticated
intelligence operation, one that was designed to put McVeigh in the wrong
place at the wrong time.
Like Oswald, McVeigh probably believed himself to be a government
agent, part of a secret project. Like Oswald, McVeigh was not told what
the plan really involved, and was trapped, framed, and made a patsy.
This goes a long way towards explaining why an armed McVeigh
didn't shoot and kill Officer Charles Hanger when he was stopped on the
Interstate after the bombing. Why would a man who had just killed 169 men,
women, and children balk at killing a cop (a member of the system that McVeigh
allegedly hated) on a lonely stretch of highway? The only possible answer
is that McVeigh believed he was part of a sting operation — a government
asset — and would be protected.
Whatever McVeigh's actual purpose and intent, it is curious,
to say the least, that Ted Shackley would tell D'Ferdinand Carone that the
perpetrator of the bombing was somebody from here.
How did he know?
Roger Moore, the mysterious gun dealer whom the government
claimed McVeigh and Nichols robbed to "finance" the bombing, ran
a company next to Bahia Mar Marina in South Florida (a popular hang-out
for the Iran-Contra crowd), which manufactured high-speed boats. The boats
— sold through Intercontinental Industries of Costa Rica (an Ollie
North "cut-out") — were used to mine Nicaragua's harbors
in "Operation Cordova Harbor."
One source I spoke to said Moore had direct contact with Oliver
North. "I don't know who his [Moore's] contact was on Iran-Contra beyond
Don Aranow. I know he had access and would talk directly to Oliver North.
He knew Felix Rodriquez pretty well, he knew Nester Sanchez, Manny Diaz,
all those guys around Jeb [Bush] pretty well."
This source also claimed that Moore was a "paymaster"
for Tom Posey's Civilian Military Assistance (CMA) — the covert paramilitary
operation that served as the primary nexus for arming the Contras.
A retired CIA/DIA agent I spoke to in Arkansas, said "[Moore]
was an Agency contractor."
Other sources say Moore was an informant for the FBI. He allegedly
tried to sell heavy weapons to the Militia of Montana (MOM) as part of an
FBI sting operation. A call to MOM indicated that Moore had indeed stopped
by for a friendly chat. He told Randy Trochmann, one of MOM's leaders, that
he was traveling the country meeting with militia groups in an attempt to
verify black helicopter sightings and rumors of UN troop movements. This
seems a peculiar pastime for a man who worked for a network of spooks devoted
to bypassing and subverting the Constitution.*
What is also peculiar is a letter written by Moore to McVeigh
in early 1995. Introduced at the trial of Terry Nichols, the letter, speaks
of "a plan… to bring the country down and have a few more things
Robert "Bud" McFarlane went on to form his own consulting
firm, and joined the board of American Equity Investors (AEI), founded by
Prescott Bush. AEI's board of directors reads like a Who's Who of the spook
world, including former CIA officials George Clairmont and Howard Hebert,
and CIA lawyer Mitch Rogovin, who was George Bush's legal counsel when he
was Director of the Agency.
AEI invested in a Tulsa, Oklahoma company: Hawkins Oil and
Gas, from 1988 to 1991. McFarlane was a "consultant" for Hawkins
and several other companies on the Ech power project in Pakistan, which
required frequent trips to that country. This was during the tail
end of the largest covert operation the U.S. ever conducted — the
arming of the Mujahadeen, who trained in Pakistan. McFarlane sat on the
"208 Committee," who's job it was to procure weapons for the Mujahadeen,
and arms contracts for the Pakistani government.
Recall that Richard Armitage, who was the contact for Fazoe
Haq, governor of the Northwest Frontier Province, also sat on the "208
Committee." As Alfred A. McCoy writes in The Politics of Heroin in
It's known that the CIA paid the Afghan guerrillas, who were
based in Pakistan, through BCCI.… That the Pakistan military were
in fact banking their drug profits, moving their drug profits from the consuming
country back to Pakistan though BCCI. In fact the boom in the Pakistan drug
trade was financed by BCCI.…
BCCI also served as a conduit for the Iran-Contra operation,
largely through Gaith Pharon, former head of Saudi Intelligence, who operated
out of Islamabad, Pakistan. The Saudis played a major role in funding the
Mujahadeen and [via the request of Secord and McFarlane] the Contras.
McFarlane — who former Mossad official Ari Ben Menashe
claims is a Mossad asset — worked with the president of Hawkins' International
Division, Mujeeb Rehman Cheema, on the Ech project. Was Hani Kamal's supposed
statement that Khalid was connected to the Mossad accurate? A prominent
Muslim community leader, Cheema claims he does not know Sam Khalid.
Interestingly, Gagan said that at one point, Terry Nichols
rendezvoused with his Middle Eastern friends at the Islamic society of Nevada.
Cheema is chairman of the Islamic Society of Tulsa. Is there a connection?
And what of Cheema's links to McFarlane? Was McFarlane using Hawkins as
a front for CIA activities in Pakistan?
It is perhaps prophetic that many of the terrorists implicated
in the major bombings of the last decade attended the terrorist conference
held in the Northwest Frontier Province town of Konli, Pakistan in July
of 1996. As noted, Osama bin Ladin, a Saudi who funded the Mujahadeen and
was implicated in the Riyadh and Dhahran bombings, (a close associate of
Sheik Abdel Omar Rahman, implicated in the World Trade Center bombing),
Ahmed Jibril (who bombed Pan Am 103), and senior representatives of Iranian
and Pakistani intelligence, and Hamas, HizbAllah, and other groups attended
Stephen Jones claimed he had learned through the Saudi Arabian
Intelligence Service that Iraq had hired seven Pakistani mercenaries —
Mujahadeen veterans — to bomb targets in the U.S., one of which was
the Alfred P. Murrah Building.
Just who were these "Pakistani mercenaries," and
were they really working for Iraq?
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