by John W. DeCamp
Selected excerpts from
The Franklin Cover-Up, Child Abuse, Satanism,
and Murder in Nebraska
by Senator John W. DeCamp
[editorial notes from Ken Adachi in brackets. See the Products
page for a video on the Franklin Cover-Up titled "Conspiracy
of Silence" ]
and The Monarch Project
On August 18-20, 1996, a California newspaper, the San Jose Mercury,
published a series of articles implicating elements of the U.S. government
in running tons of cocaine into U.S. cities during the 1980s. Based upon
recently declassified government documents, eyewitness reports, and court
records, Mercury reporter Gary Webb provided a detailed
account of how the Contras financed their war against the Sandinista regime
of Nicaragua by flying tons of cocaine into the West Coast, where it would
be turned into the deadly, instantly addictive "crack," and sold
to such street gangs as the Cryps and the Bloods.
All of this began after the U.S. Congress in the early 1980s
passed the Boland Amendment, which stopped all official financing for U.S.
intelligence's "covert war" in Nicaragua. The whole project was
taken "off-line," and financed by drug sales-the subject of Webb's
Indignation exploded when Mercury series hit the streets.
Maxine Waters, Congresswoman for South-Central Los Angeles,
one of the areas hardest hit by crack and drug-related violence, sent a
letter to Central Intelligence Agency chief John Deutsch
demanding an investigation of the Agency, in which she said, "As someone
who has seen how the crack cocaine trade has devastated the South-Central
Los Angeles community, I cannot exaggerate my feelings of dismay that my
own government may have played a part in the origins and history of this
problem. . . . The impact and the implications of the Meneses/Blandon/Roiss
Contra CIA crack cocaine connection cannot be understated. We all
have an obligation to get to the very bottom of the origin, development,
and implementation of this seedy enterprise."
While many were shocked at the news of apparent U.S. government
drug-pushing, to me it was one more confirmation of a key aspect of the
Franklin case. As I had discovered early on (as had Gary Caradori),
the sexual abuse of children was only one part of the Franklin story. During
the 1980s, many of the children, such as Alisha Owen and
Paul Bonacci, said that they had been used as drug couriers
to bring cocaine in from the West Coast for Alan Baer,
Larry King [not Larry King of CNN talk radio fame; this
Larry King is a black man who ran the Franklin Credit Union], and others.
Then, on September 11, 1996, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
Representative Harold James, chairman of Pennsylvania's
Legislative Black Caucus, and a former undercover narcotics cop himself,
also put out a call for an investigation. In the course of that press conference
another name popped up, that I knew well from the Franklin investigation:
Flanked by political leaders of both the city and the state,
James declared: "As a retired undercover Philadelphia police officer
who worked on narcotics cases, I know we can better impact the flow of drugs
if we stop drugs from coming into this country, arrest those at the top
levels of control, and punish the white-collar dealers who try to keep their
hands clean while they run the entire operation. On this occasion, we must
not allow anyone to use the 'pretext of national security to accomplish
another cover-up. We need an investigation that goes right to the top."
As to where the "top" might be, James charged,
in his release to the press, "previous investigations of the Iran-Contra
scandal, particularly the U.S. House and Senate joint hearings in 1987,
revealed the central role played by then Vice-President George Bush
in covert intelligence operations. . . . One of Bush's key lieutenants
was Lt. Col. Oliver North. Bush was also appointed by Reagan
to run the National Narcotics Border Interdiction Sys- tem, which supposedly
coordinated efforts of all federal, state and local anti-drug agencies,
especially along the south Florida coast. Bush was responsible for the White
House anti-drug effort while, at the same time, according to the recent
newspaper reports, tons of cocaine were allegedly supplied to street
gangs by CIA-related networks."
Concluded James, "There's something wrong with this
picture." In response to a question from one of the ten reporters in
attendance about the role of Bush, Philadelphia City Council President John
Street replied, "If George Bush is involved in it, someone should find
it out. This kind of activity has been going on for well over a decade."
Lt. Col. Oliver North - whom at least one witness reported
seeing at a party thrown by Larry King-had overseen the Contra resupply
effort, and had been fully aware of the plane-loads of drugs coming into
the United States. A U.S. Senate subcommittee report under Massachusetts
Senator John Kerry cited extensive evidence that the Contras were involved
in drugs, and North had noted the fact in his publicly exposed note-books.
From what I know from my own corner of the world, there is
excellent reason to investigate Bush for possible involvement in the dope
business. Think back to what I reported in Chapter 13, "The Washington
Connection," about how George Bush and Larry King were linked
in multiple ways, including eyewitness reports placing Bush at King's sex
parties. Think about the constant rumors that King was financing
the Contras, who have now been proved to have been running dope by the ton.
The first investigative reporter to ever look at Franklin,
the World Herald's James Flanery, told associates that
King was "running guns and money into Nicaragua," and that the
CIA was heavily involved. (Flanery was soon taken off the story and shipped
out of state for a year.)
Records exist to show that Larry King was a top contributor
to a Contra "support committee," the Citizens for America (CFA).
King's own public relations firm was also used by the Contras.
I became convinced early on that King was deeply involved
with the Contras. I am reminded of the phone call State Senator
Loran Schmit received on the Senate floor as the Franklin case
was just beginning to break. The caller warned him off the case, because
"it would lead to the highest levels of the Republican party."
I am reminded of when Larry King was finally arrested-just as he was about
to go to a breakfast party in Omaha for his buddy, George Bush! I am reminded
of the reports I used to hear that certain people in Omaha were charging
that Omaha Police Chief Bob Wadman was protecting
the expansion of the Cryps and Bloods into Omaha-far from their
home turf of Los Angeles.
So, was Larry King's buddy George Bush the country's "drug
kingpin" in the 1980s? I don't know. But what I do know, is that if
Bush were running the Contra affair, and drugs were a big part of it, that
would certainly jibe 100% with everything known or rumored about Bush, Larry
King, and the Franklin Credit Union. Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Representative
Harold James are right - let's investigate!. . .
As follow-up investigation from the Franklin case shows,
drugs are not the deepest level of government -sponsored evil. I think the
lowest level of Hell is reserved for those who conjured up and carried out
the "Monarch Project."
"Monarch" refers to young people in America who
were victims of mind control experiments run either by U.S. government agencies
such 'as the Central Intelligence Agency, or military intelligence agencies.
The story told by Monarch victims - one of whom is Paul
Bonacci - is that they were tortured for the purpose of creating
"multiple personalities" within them. These multiple personalities
could then be programmed as desired - as spies, "drug mules,"
prostitutes, or assassins.
Because of legal cases still pending, I am severely limited
in what I can say about the Monarch Project. Suffice it to say at this point:
Major intelligence programs in this country did and do exist
for the purpose of protection of this country and to learn what other countries,
particularly our Cold War enemies, were doing in this area of mind control.
I asked Bill Colby [former CIA director
murdered in a staged 'canoing accident'] to tell me what he could or would,
about this. He said:
"Of course the CIA in particular was involved in investigating,
learning and, on occasion, using, everything we could learn about mind
control-and with extremely good reason. Following the Korean War, this
country's military and intelligence communities went through a period
of absolute paranoia about just how far our enemies were ahead of us in
mind control and related activities.
"There was no particular program called' Monarch,'
contrary to what you want to think. 'Monarch' was merely a name that some
participants in the program-who knew very little about it, other than
from their own limited participation-were given to identify themselves.
But, as far as the CIA was concerned, there was no such program named
"But, with respect to mind control, I will tell you
that this country spent millions upon millions supposedly catching up
to our Cold War adversaries, because we believed they had developed mind
control technology which exceeded anything we had. In fact, we at the
Company [CIA] truly believed for a substantial period of time, that technology
and techniques and drugs had been developed by Russia which would enable
them to have agents who in fact really were able to have and use ESP-extra
"Can you imagine," Bill continued, "how
dangerous for this country it would be if you could have had someone meeting
the President of the United States, who was actually able to read what
was in the President's mind?
"I know," Bill continued, "it may sound
silly today to get all carried away with this fear; but I can tell you
that we took it all very seriously and believed this ESP thing for some
significant time period.
"I will tell you one other thing," Bill said,
somewhat ominously, "we are not behind in knowledge of mind control.
In fact, we never were, but we only found that out much later, after we
had poured incredible resources into this area. And yes, I am sure, there
were some problems and abuses that occurred and we will talk about them
at another time."
We did have that other talk. And, I intend, when I am freed
from court restrictions, to tell that entire story in an upcoming book.
I have deposited extensive documentation on the Monarch Project with people
who have the means, the motivation, and, most importantly, the guts, to
print the entire story, should I suffer an "accident" before I
get around to it. Here, I will merely quote from the work of one of America's
finest investigative reporters, Anton Chaitkin.
I had known of Chaitkin, who writes for Executive Intelligence
Review magazine, from the book he co-authored with Webster Tarpley, George
Bush: The Unauthorized Biography. This 659-page-book is a devastating
expose of Bush, and it played a notable role in helping to shape the 1992
presidential campaign, which Bush happily lost.
Perhaps it was because the name "Bush" was all
over the Franklin scandal, that Chaitkin showed up one day in my Lincoln
law office. I told him, "Look, I know you have been in some tough spots
before, but are you really sure you want to poke around in this? This question
of 'mind control' - the Monarch Project - is the most scary and, dangerous
thing I have ever encountered." As I came to know Anton, probably all
that little lecture did was to spur him on. Chaitkin got his story on the
Monarch Project, and printed it in the December 13, 1993,
New Federalist newspaper under the headline, "Franklin Case Witnesses
Implicate FBI and U.S. Elites in Child-Torture and Murder." Here
follows an abbreviated version of that article:
. . .
"Franklin Case Witnesses Implicate
FBI and U.S. Elites in Child-Torture and Murder."
What is the FBI Protecting?
Since the 1992 publication of John DeCamp's book, The Franklin
Cover-Up, Paul Bonacci has filed new affidavits and has given extensive
interviews to investigators including reporters for Executive Intelligence
Review and New Federalist. Bonacci's disclosures have been cross-gridded
with evidence supplied by authorities in law enforcement, psychiatry,
and the intelligence community. The result goes a long way to explain
the high stakes involved, and the frantic nature of the Franklin cover-up.
. . .
Paul Bonacci has described in detail being dragged to Washington
for use as a sex toy for Larry King's clients. Bonacci told investigators
he was in one of the private White House tours for young male prostitutes
conducted by lobbyist Craig Spence, a close political associate of Larry
King in the cloak-and-dagger Contras enterprise. Spence turned up dead
in a Boston hotel room in 1989, soon after his and King's "compromising"
business was exposed in a Washington Times June 29, 1989 story, headlined:
Prostitution Inquiry Ensnares VIPs with Reagan, Bush."
'Monarch' or Auschwitz - Take 2
From very early childhood, Paul Bonacci was subjected to tortures
as profound as any the Nazis inflicted on their captives. This is not
merely a comparison; rather it is an actual continuation, as we shall
see. From sexual degradation, from witnessing and forced participation
in Satanic cult murders, Bonacci suffered the cracking of his mind into
what is called "multiple personality disorder" (MPD). Tens of
thousands of American children have been diagnosed MPDs; virtually all
of them are thought to have resulted from sexual abuse, of which perhaps
85 percent were cases of Satanic ritual abuse.
Psychiatric professionals specified in Paul Bonacci's legal
proceedings that through it all, Paul's different "personalities"
have emerged incapable of lying, with an ultra-sharp memory. In one instance
detailed in The Franklin Cover- Up, Paul was taken by Larry King and others
to a wooded area in California - identified after publication as the Bohemian
Grove. There Paul and another boy were forced to do sex acts with and
to consume parts of a child whom they had watched being murdered by the
cultists. The body was to be disposed of by "the men with the hoods."
A "snuff" pornography film was made of these events; it was
directed by a man the party had picked up in Las Vegas whom Paul identified
as "Hunter Thompson" -the same name as a well
known sleaze-culture figure.
Paul has told investigators that the ring which plunged
him into Satanism was centered at Offutt U.S. Air Force Base near Omaha;
that he was taken to Offutt to be sexually victimized by a babysitter's
boyfriend when he was about three years old, around 1970. Offutt is the
headquarters for the Strategic Air Command, and has had a cadre of thousands
of intelligence personnel.
At Offutt, and later at other military installations, Paul
says this ring "trained" him by tortures, heavy drugging, and
sexual degradation, while instructing him in military arts including assassination.
In fact, his personal knowledge in these realms can scarcely be accounted
for other than by crediting the indictments he has made.
Larry King, FBI agent Gerry Wahl/ Alan Baer, Harold Andersen,
and former Omaha Police Chief Robert Wadman have all been reported as
collaborators with this Satanic military-based ring. King reportedly told
Paul's captors at Offutt, "He's young-but you trained him good."
A member of Nebraska's Concerned Parents group reported hearing from two
North Omaha witnesses that "King used to send limousines down to
Offutt Air Base to pick up CIA agents for parties." Larry King reported
his own adoring relationship to the late CIA Director William Casey in
a Sept. 7, 1988, interview in the Omaha publication Metropolitan.
Psychiatrists who have treated a growing number of MPD
cases, victims of Satanic ritual abuse, report an alarming pattern of
findings in many of their child patients. There is a structure to the
personalities, conforming to what is evidently a deliberate breaking and
reshaping of the mind. This phenomenon was identified to Paul Bonacci
by his tormenters, and to other victims and witnesses, as the "Monarch"
project. At Offutt Airbase, Paul was told that what
he and other children were being subjected to was in aid of national security.
The use of mind-altering drugs, sensory deprivation, and
other brainwashing techniques on U.S. citizens as subjects was the admitted
practice of the CIA, certain military arms and private institutions joined
in the MK-ULTRA, Artichoke, and Bluebird projects beginning in the early
1950s. A national security pretext often cited was the need to keep up
with the Soviets in the race to develop a workable Manchurian Candidate
human robot. With the "Monarch" (or whatever official title
may be attached to it) project, the idea is extended to the production
of a horde of children in whom the soul is crushed, who would spy, whore,
kill, and commit suicide.
The material presented here, on this subject, must be under-
stood to be only a bare introduction to a complex story with immense political
and strategic ramifications. It is a beginning. Professionals probing
the child victims of "Monarch" say there are clearly two responsible
elements at work: the government/military, and cooperating Satanic (or
more exactly pagan) cults. These are multi-generation groups, where parents
donate their own children-who are proudly called "bloodline"
or simply "blood" cultists - to be smashed with drugs and electric
shock, and shaped. Other children are kidnapped and sold into this hell,
or are brought in gradually through day-care situations.
Paul Bonacci and other child victims have given evidence
in great depth on the central role of Lt. Col. Michael Aquino
in this depravity. Aquino, alleged to have recently retired from an active
military role, was long the leader of an Army psycho- logical warfare
section which drew on his "expertise" and personal practices
in brainwashing, Satanism, Nazism, homo- sexual pedophilia and murder.
A former director of the CIA was asked directly, "what
about 'Monarch' "? He replied angrily, and ambiguously, "We
stopped that between the late 1960s and the early 1970s." If a statement
of fact, this would presumably relate to official participation of the
Some Codes and Assignments
The disclosures of Paul Bonacci, which cohere with reports of MPD
professionals in other cases, point to a particular artificially induced
mental structure as common to many victimized children. Space permits
only the briefest treatment of this here; this is intended mainly to begin
to "blow the circuits," so to speak, when followed up by professional
therapists and investigators.
These are some of the widely occurring separate "persons"
which have been formed under torture, and the corresponding "triggers":
. General personality-accessible under the code name ALPHA,
with possible Alpha-001, Alpha-009, etc. "persons" with distinct
. Sex programs, accessible through code name BETA; particular
programs (and thus commands) are for pornography, acting, oral sex, etc.
. Assassination programs, utilizing very specific modes,
and espionage, accessible through code DELTA.
. OMEGA, self-destruction programs, ranging from self mutilation
to suicide by many different specific possible acts.
. GAMMA, system deception, amnesia and disinformation programs.
Under this or 'other codes are track-covering false origins for the structure,
giving the child memories of tormenters dressed as space aliens or Mickey
Mouse or in Wizard of Oz costumes.
There are said to be such other personality levels as Master
Programmer, Black Master, and different mental levels of backup programs.
There are reported to be personnel who have large numbers of child-victims'
assignments and triggers neatly filed in their little computers.
Paul Bonacci reports the following "Monarch"-related
activities, often involving his "Commander" at Offutt AFB, Bill
Plemmons, and Lt. Co!. Michael Aquino:
. Picking up cash in exchange for drugs at various Tennessee
locations. Bonacci identifies several country music personalities as contacts.
. Trips on behalf of the North American Man-Boy
Love Association (NAMBLA), the pedophile group now given semi-
official status by the United Nations. Paul cites travel to the Netherlands
and Germany carrying child pornography for sub- sequent "import"
to the U.S.A. to avoid prosecution. In Amsterdam, he names "Charles
Hester," and the British "Tommie Carter,"
who had on computer a global list of child pornography users. NAMBLA
is also cited for organizing auctions of children.
. Travel to Hawaii, New York, Washington (in connection
with Craig Spence) to compromise public figures by performing homosexual
pedophile sex with them.
. The trip to California where the boy was ritually murdered,
accompanied by "Monarch" contact, Mark Johnson of Denver,
. Travel to .Mexico for the transportation of drugs, guns,
and children. Paul was accompanied by the gangster-figure "Emilio,"
who otherwise directed the kidnapping of Johnny Gosch
of Des Moines, Iowa. Johnny Gosch's parents commend Paul Bonacci as an
accurate witness relative to that crime.
. Training under "Captain Foster"
(survival skills) at Fort Riley, Kansas, under "Lt. Dave
Bannister" (intelligence) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina,
under "Col. Harris Livik" at Fort Defiance,
Virginia, who is said to run a military school and to have housed "Monarch"
boys. "Col. Bill Risher" of Bamberg, South
Carolina, is said to have supplied children for Michael Aquino.
. Travel to Dresden in communist East Germany, where weapons
were inspected. There and in the Federal Republic of Germany, the "Monarch"
personnel were frequently neo-Nazis. This milieu is a
special project of Lt. Col. Aquino, who was a West European adviser to
the U.S. Chiefs of Staff. Paul Bonacci has extensive experience in the
Aryan Nation and other White Supremacist cults.
An account of the origin of the "Monarch" project
has been compiled by those who have been debriefing MPD child-victims.
Nazi experimentation in World War II concentration camps were said to
have gone beyond simply insane physical tortures. They brainwashed people,
for military and strategic purposes. After the war, Allen Dulles and other
Western intelligence people brought Nazi doctors out for use in the United
States. A teenaged concentration camp inmate named Greenbaum, who had
participated to save himself, also came to the United States. Known later
as "Dr. Green," he became a high- level brainwasher, and is
widely represented in brainwashing programs with a distinctive Cabalistic
[at the time this aritcle was written, Anton Chaitlin
did not know that Dr. "Greenbaum" was yet another pseudonymn
used by Dr. Josep Mengele of Auschwitz notoriety. Arizona
Wilder identified Mengele as using both the names of "Dr.
Greenbaum" and " Dr. Green" in her 1999 video interview
with David Icke titled, Revelations of a Mother Goddess. ]
The precise details of these horrors lie deeply buried
in national security archives. But this history, as told to psychiatrists,
dovetails with what is definitively known about Anglo- American intelligence
operations and the German Nazis. And once again, the story goes right
back to Nebraska.
The killers in the Nazi camps were themselves trained and
organized by psychiatrists and eugenicists, operating from the "T4"
bureau. These psychiatrists had long been the pets of white supremacist
British and American financier networks.
At least some of these Nazi doctors were spirited out of
Germany under the supervision of for Bank of England Governor Montagu
Norman and Tavistock Institute Director John R. Rees on behalf of the
British government. Norman, personally an insane Theosophist who had been
chief of the prewar pro-Nazi faction within England, and Rees organized
postwar propaganda and continuing psychological warfare activities, and
created "Orwellian" groupings within U.S. psychiatry and mental
I finally understood the true meaning of the Franklin case
one night in early 1996. Watching television and skipping through the channels,
I came upon the movie Billy Budd. Instantly I zeroed in on this movie, and
my heart, rather than the channels, started skipping.
By the time the movie ended, the Franklin cover-up made sense.
Alisha Owen's imprisonment for telling the truth made sense. The protection
of the perpetrators by our highest public officials, finally made sense.
I understood, also, why it was necessary to discredit me, John DeCamp, and
to kill Gary Caradori, with his eight-year-old son. Any nagging doubts I
may have had about any aspects of Paul Bonacci's charges were laid to rest.
And it was clear to me, at last, that public officials at all levels knew
Paul was telling the truth, as they set out to destroy him.
Where did the blinding revelation come from? Let me go back
a few months, to my last attempt to get a new trial for Alisha Owen. At
that hearing, Troy Boner, who had originally told Gary Caradori the truth,
and who had been forced to recant, was preparing to testify - to tell the
truth as you read it in his affidavit in Chapter 21. Troy Boner was going
to provide the information in open court, under oath, that would blow the
lid off the Franklin case and force a new trial for Alisha Owen.
As Troy came into the courthouse, he was immediately ushered
into a private room by county judicial authorities. He was advised that
a "Special Attorney" had been appointed to protect him. For approximately
one hour, while the hearing was delayed, Troy was cornered in a room with
this "Special Attorney" and with other officials from the prosecutor's
office, the very same prosecutorial team Troy was about to testify against.
When Troy came out of the meeting, I knew he was broken,
his morale smashed. His head hung down. He could not, or would not look
As I approached Troy, his new court-appointed attorney tried
to step between us. With probably the last ounce of courage he could muster,
Troy leaned over and whispered to me, "Oh God, forgive me. They guaranteed
if I talk here today, they will put me away for twenty years. Guaranteed
I would never see the light of day again. Told me that I would be charged
with perjury for my original testimony, if I opened my mouth today in court.
Don't ~all me up there. I can't survive in prison. I know they can put me
there. Look what they did to Alisha. Look what they did to my brother. I've
got no choice. They told me I had to take the Fifth Amendment and refuse
to testify. Otherwise, they promised I would be taken directly from court
We all proceeded into the court room, where I called Troy
to the stand. I showed Troy his affidavit. He hung his head, and when I
asked my first question, "Would you please state your name?" Troy
responded, "I take the Fifth Amendment," an answer he repeated,
in a barely audible voice, to all my other questions.
It was hopeless. I ceased my questioning, and shortly thereafter the hearing
I walked back to the judge's chambers to clear up any final
details. Judge Enbody had been specially appointed by the Nebraska State
Supreme Court to this hearing, which I had won from the Supreme Court based
on Troy's new information. (The next day I learned that he had been appointed
to the Court of Appeals-a very substantial advancement in his career.)
Sitting in Judge Enbody's chambers, with my head hung so
low it was hitting my shoestrings, I was given the key to unlock the meaning
of Franklin. "I do not understand it, Your Honor," I kept repeating.
"As God is my witness, I do not think that there is a judge or other
person involved in this case who does not know that horrible injustice has
been done. Everybody knows that Alisha Owen is telling the truth and that
she is being punished for it. And, Your Honor, a person has to be deaf,
dumb, blind, and totally dishonest, not to know that some of this state's
and nation's top businessmen and public officials have engaged in the worst
crimes possible, which are now being covered up. And these kids, instead
of being honored and protected for exposing these things, are being sent
to prison. Why? Why? Why?"
Judge Enbody looked at me. Slowly, his voice shaking, he
began to talk.
"I am just a man. I am not a god. I wish I were. I have
no choice in what I have done. I am just a man, just a man, not a god. I
am doing what I must do with the evidence before me," Judge Enbody
concluded. He appeared even more shaken and upset than I was.
I shook my head. "I don't understand. I just don't understand,"
I kept repeating. "Everybody knows what is happening, but nobody is
willing to do anything about it. Why? Why?!!" Judge Enbody looked at
me and said, very slowly, "If you want to understand the entire Franklin
case, I can help you. Go read 'Billy Budd.' Read 'Billy Budd.' If you will
do that, John, and if you understand the book, then you will understand
the what and why of Franklin, and why it can be no other way. I do not say
you will like it. I do not say you will agree with it. But at least you
will understand it. That, I promise you. Go read 'Billy Budd'."
Those were the last words I spoke with the Judge on the case.
I left his chambers, burnt out, but angry. And I forgot all about Billy
Budd, until the night I happened upon the movie. The story of Billy Budd
is set in the British Navy near the end of the eighteenth century. Billy
was a young sailor, who, although impressed into the British Navy, bore
no ill will to the authorities for having dragooned him; indeed, he was
the very picture of innocence and good-will, and was almost universally
loved aboard his war-ship. One officer, however, developed an insane jealousy
of Billy, and set out to frame him up for allegedly inciting mutiny. Since
there had been several notorious mutinies in the British fleet at the time,
the mere whisper of "mutiny" was enough to spread panic among
the ship's officers.
To make a long story short, because of certain incriminating
appearances in the case, the captain and his senior officers, although they
knew Billy was innocent of all charges, nonetheless sentenced him to hang,
a necessity - as they viewed it - to "save the system," not just
on their own ship, but in the British fleet as a whole.
Now I think I do understand the Franklin case. I know, now,
that all the public officials involved in Franklin-whether they ever heard
of Billy Budd or not-fully understood what they were doing.
And what they all have done, and will continue to do in this
case, Franklin, and no doubt many others like it, is this: Protect the "system"
at all costs. The "system" is the only ultimate sacred cow-not
any particular law or constitution, but only "the system." Because,
ultimately, it is the system which makes certain that the individuals functioning
within it - from judges to lawyers, to prosecutors, to politicians, to businessmen
- have their places and positions, and opportunities and pecking order,
And, though it is unfortunate, that on occasion the protection
of the "system" requires the deliberate sacrifice of perfectly
innocent people, that is hoped overall to be the exception rather than the
rule. But without the "system" . .
So, Judge Enbody, now I understand. And, as you said, I may
not agree, but I do understand.
But then I have one final, nagging question. How do I know
when, or if, the "system" itself has become so corrupted, that
evil is the rule, rather than the exception? And when that occurs, what
do I do about it? But I think I know the answer to that one - my oId commanding
officer in Vietnam told me what I had to do. I made some promises to Bill,
and I intend to keep them.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Senator John DeCamp has the honor of being the Nebraska state senator most
praised and most attacked by the Omaha World Herald. He was hailed by that
paper as the most powerful and effective senator, between 1976 and 1986.
During the past two years, the World Herald has attacked him, sometimes
daily, for daring to fight against the drug runners and pedophiles they
Today, Senator DeCamp is the lawyer for two victim-witnesses
in the Franklin case, Paul Bonacci and Alisha Owen.
DeCamp is known for his tendency to "overturn the apple
cart," and powerful people shake in their boots when DeCamp files an
aggressive civil rights suit. There is a method behind this approach, in
a state where cowardly cover-up and pitiful inaction have become all too
DeCamp served as an officer in Vietnam, and has often said
that because of what he has seen, he is determined that the United States
must never become a "closed society," where freedom would disappear
as the citizens lost the opportunity to know or affect what was happening
DeCamp was born in Nebraska, but his unusual experiences
early in life helped make him a man of uncommon independence and determination.
On his own from the age of thirteen, he traveled, lived, and worked in Europe
John DeCamp was a captain in the infantry in the Vietnam
War and also served with the CORDS program there. He was decorated, and
honored at the White House, as one of the outstanding veterans of the Vietnam
War. He is proud that he was also the initiator and organizer of the internationally
famous Operation Baby Lift, which evacuated 2,800 Vietnamese children who
were orphaned in the war in 1975. All the children were subsequently reunited
with people from their families, or adopted. On one flight alone, nearly
800 children were evacuated, probably the most people ever flown on one
plane. DeCamp and his wife were foster parents for some of these children,
until they could be placed for adoption. They have four children of their
While still in Vietnam, DeCamp became the first person ever
to win election to the Nebraska Legislature, while serving in combat abroad.
Although known as a key figure in Nebraska politics, he was not known to
agree to any political deal that would compromise his principles. Senator
DeCamp was regarded as powerful, but not politically "owned."
He once bucked political powerbroker Eugene Mahoney, by running against
Mahoney's choice for U.S. Senator.
As a Vietnam veteran with thirty percent disability, DeCamp
has been the attorney and state lobbyist for both the Disabled American
Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a national committeeman of
the VFW and member of the American Legion.
John DeCamp has emphasized that in his mind, his experience
in saving the defenseless children who were victims of war, and his commitment
to save children victimized by the pedophile ring, are equivalent. At the
beginning of 1991, DeCamp filed a twelve-count suit in federal court, charging
sixteen prominent individuals and institutions, including Larry King, Harold
Andersen and the Omaha Police Department, with conspiracy to deprive Paul
Bonacci of his civil rights. DeCamp's suit detailed slander, false imprisonment,
child abuse, assault, battery and infliction of emotional distress suffered
DeCamp has been the target of energetic and systematic efforts
to bankrupt him, by behind-the-scenes pressures to deprive him of law and
lobbying clients, as a result of his Franklin-related work.
Since taking Bonacci's case in 1990, DeCamp has also been
on the receiving end of personal threats. He told a journalist that during
the previous year, "enough events, and mysterious deaths, and personal
communications to me from extremely credible and responsible people, have
made me believe that there is a very grave potential for getting killed.
. . . " Bonacci's life, he added, "I think. . . is on a lot, lot,
lot thinner string than even mine."
On June 21, 1991, the day Alisha Owen was convicted, DeCamp
received another message, suggesting that he leave Nebraska for his and
his family's safety. DeCamp treats these signs of danger seriously, but
says he can't turn back. John DeCamp's actions speak loudly and clearly
about his intentions. He is staying, and he is fighting.
Dedicated to the children who have been, or will be, abused
because of the Franklin cover-up.
The Franklin Cover-Up, Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder
by Senator John W. DeCamp
Second edition 1996 @ 1992 AWT, Inc. ISBN: 0-9632158-0-9 Library
of Congress Catalog Number: 92-070074
First edition: First printing, May 1992 Second printing,
August 1992 Third printing, February 1994
Second Edition: First printing, December 1996 Second printing,
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