Subject: Mena/Barry Seal
        Date: Mon, 27 Jan 1997 17:06:25 -0600
        From: Mark Keesee 
Organization: ID Media
  Newsgroups: alt.current-events.clinton.whitewater

Posted for Jean Duffey:

John Q. Public, responded to some of the exchanges Billy Bottoms and I have been posting to each other on this newsgroup. JQP says, "Yes, I side with the dope smuggler (Bottoms) when he states that Barry Seal and whatever operations he ran did not have anything to do with the deaths of Ives and Henry. Seal was dead when they were murdered. Seal had been working with the DEA for 3 years when they were murdered. The rest of this battle between Duffey and Bottoms has been escalated out of control."

JQP may be expressing the opinions of many, and I can understand why. Posting on a newsgroup reminds me of a game called "gossip" I played at pajama parties in elementary school. A story was whispered around our circle of little girls and when it reached full circle, the story's originator barely recognized it.

Well, it's time to bring the story Linda Ives and I tell back to its origin. There are many, many people who have expressed concern and support for Linda and me, and it is only fair to clear up any confusion that has been created through the game of "internet gossip."

The very first paragraph of our website (www.idfiles.com) reads: "August 23, 1987, in a rural community just south of Little Rock, police officers murdered two teenage boys because they witnessed a police-protected drug drop. The drop was part of a drug smuggling operation based at a small airport in Mena, Arkansas. The Mena operation was set up in the early 1980's by the notorious drug smuggler, Barry Seal, and was later used by CIA operatives to help finance the Nicaraguan Contras. The CIA connection to the Mena operation was undeniable when a cargo plane given to Seal by the CIA was shot down over Nicaragua with a load of weapons."

The statement, "(t)he drop was part of a drug smuggling operation . . . in Mena," is based on significant information that those particular drugs were a small portion of a shipment flown across the border and dropped somewhere in Texas. The plane that dropped the shipment then flew to the Mena airport, its base for maintenance and storage, until its next run. The shipment dropped by the plane was picked up and taken to another location where it was divided into smaller portions for distribution from an airstrip in Waco. The smaller portions were flown to various regular drop sights, one being the railroad tracks in Saline County were Kevin and Don were run over by the train. A pilot who claims to have been a CIA operative and who flew the Saline County drop from Waco, says emphatically that the operation was originally Seal's.

We are well aware of when Barry Seal was murdered, but it would be unreasonable for anyone to claim that a business as lucrative as Seal's would be shut down because the CEO died. The business was obviously not operated by Seal from his grave. Seal was replaced and the business he established continued to operate. Linda Ives and I absolutely refuse to allow Barry Seal to escape culpability for the murders of Kevin and Don. The boys were murdered after stumbling upon a leg of the drug operation that was set up by Barry Seal and that continued after his death. Purely and simply, Seal established the drug operation that later resulted in the brutal murders of two teenage boys.

The next two sentences on our website are explicit of our belief. "The Mena operation was set up in the early 1980's by the notorious drug smuggler, Barry Seal, and was later used by CIA operatives to help finance the Nicaraguan Contras. The CIA connection to the Mena operation was undeniable when a cargo plane given to Seal by the CIA was shot down over Nicaragua with a load of weapons."

We do not argue one way or the other about Seal's involvement with the DEA. Billy Bottoms says Seal was a DEA informant. Bottoms also says Seal claimed to work for the CIA when it was beneficial for him to make that claim, yet at other times, Seal tried to distance himself from any connection with the CIA. So, who knows? The point to realize here is; drug smugglers are criminals, and criminals are not known for truth-telling. We, therefore, have to draw from many sources to piece together the truth.

Another point we do not argue is the amount of drugs that actually landed at Mena. What difference does it make? The operation smuggled massive amounts of drugs into the U.S., and the operation parked and serviced its planes at Mena. Where else would you call the base? The base of a trucking company is where the trucks are parked and serviced, not at any of the pick-up or delivery points.

The information that is posted on our website reflects carefully drawn conclusions based on information obtained in spite of resistance from government officials who did not want us to have it. We have also had to sort out deliberate diversions and disinformation, so we are very familiar with the likes of Billy Bottoms. I have tried to chronologically present on our website, the Mena connection to Kevin and Don's murders and invite anyone who is interested to visit us.