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September 2000

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CIA-Drugs and the Corruption of American Society

Los Angeles, CA

Sept. 23, 2000



Saturday, September 23, 2000

10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Los Angeles, CA.

Drug Symposium featuring nationally known researchers, scholars who will explore U.S. government involvement in the drug trade. The first West Coast presentations by Linda Ives, Jean Duffey and Mara Leveritt will give first-hand testimony about how the CIA-Drugs issue touches everyday lives. Also on the program will be Peter Dale Scott, Michael Ruppert, Daniel Hopsicker and Cele Castillio and Kris Millegan. Plus the dramatic stories of everyday citizens, especially local mothers whose lives have been shattered by the ensuing corruption directly tied to the involvement of "shadowy" operatives of netherworld of intelligence agencies and their cohorts.

Los Angeles, CA:

A free event on Saturday, September 23, to explore why narcotics are so easily available on the streets of America. Concerned parents, political leaders, law enforcement personnel and the general public are invited. Donations will be asked, to help cover costs.

The CIA-Drugs symposiums are an outgrowth of an Internet email community that gave journalists, researchers and other concerned individuals a place to exchange ideas and build an understanding from their differing viewpoints and fields of research.

One of the most remarkable aspect of this public meeting of minds was the very glaring fact that all of our various voices were pointing towards many of the same individuals and groups of individuals being involved in this Drug-War "deception." A duplicity that is showing itself to be treacherous actions- reaching deep within our republic.

The theme of the CIA-Drugs Symposium to be held in Los Angles, CA on September 23, 2000 is CIA-Drugs and the Corruption of American Society.

"Players" with direct ties to narcotics trafficking by US government intelligence operatives have amplified social miseries in our country. Whether a life changed forever by using "it's for the contra" crack sold by Freeway Ricky Ross in LA or two boys killed in the dark of night, in Arkansas the stories are related by the taint and odors of corruption and malfeasance.

The scars weigh heavy on the hearts of mothers all across this land. Some of their children are dead, some of their children are in jail, some are walking dead . . . all have been changed by an easy availability of narcotics. Wherever the CIA goes . . . drugs soon follow.

People are waking-up. The courts are waking-up. On July 26, 2000 the Ninth Circuit stated in a deportation appeal of Contra-connected convicted narcotics trafficker Renato Pena, "Pena and his allies supporting the contras became involved in selling cocaine in order to circumvent the congressional ban on non-humanitarian aid to the contras. Pena states that he was told that leading contra military commanders, with ties to the CIA, knew about the drug dealing. Pena believed that the sole purpose of these drug transactions was to help the contras, and he believed the United States government would not seek to prosecute.

"The circumstances surrounding Pena's case, including his belief that his activity was supported by the U.S. government and his alleged reliance on the assurances of the assistant U.S. attorney regarding his immigration status, raise important questions about public confidence in the administration of justice."

There has been very little in the mainstream press concerning the Ninth Circuit's decision. Nor has this very interesting ruling been commented on by our elected representatives. Imagine that. As written in a letter from Representative Peter Defazio of Oregon about the Eugene symposium, "Given the low likelihood that enough elected officials will rise to challenge the intelligence bureaucracy it is up to concerned citizens such as yourselves to reveal possible misconduct."

So it is up to us, concerned citizens to speak out and help our fellow citizens understand our republic's predicament.

Coming to Los Angeles are three courageous ladies to tell their tale of how this corruption has affected their lives.




Linda Ives

Before the death of her son, Kevin, Linda Ives was a quiet suburban wife and mother, contently living the American dream. Unconvinced and confused by the state medical examiner's accidental ruling in Kevin and Don's deaths, Linda was flung into the role of an activist against government corruption. Linda was enthusiastically supported by the media in her effort to expose the incompetence of the state medical examiner and to oust her local sheriff from office, but she was accomplishing too much. Linda had to be controlled, so Dan Harmon, a local attorney, approached and befriended her and claimed he wanted to help her solve her son's murder. Harmon offered to serve without pay as a special prosecutor and was put in charge of the case. Alarmingly, several potential witnesses soon began to turn up dead. Although Linda eventually came to realize Harmon was controlling a cover-up, she was devastated when eye-witnesses came forward and passed a polygraph test placing Harmon on the tracks with Kevin and Don the night they were murdered. Then in 1994, evidence was developed linking Kevin and Don's murders to the Mena, Arkansas drug smuggling operation. Mainstream media has labeled all Mena crimes as conspiracy nonsense and are ignoring credible evidence that explains why seven investigations into the "train deaths" have been shut-down. Undetered, Linda keeps fighting.


Jean Duffey

Jean Duffey was a deputy prosecuting attorney and head of a drug task force in the Arkansas district where Kevin Ives and Don Henry had been murdered two and a half years earlier. Jean's task force provided a federal grand jury with information linking high-ranking public officials to drug trafficking, and in December of 1990, she approached U.S. Attorney Chuck Banks with evidence that linked drugs and public officials to Kevin and Don's murders. After receiving that information, Banks shut down the grand jury and cleared all public officials Jean had investigated. Jean was discredited, her task force was dismantled, and two illegal felony warrants were issued for her arrest. Learning that she would not leave the jail alive if arrested, Jean fled to Texas in February, 1991, where her husband and children eventually joined her. Jean was contacted in 1994 by the FBI and was asked to assist them in another investigation of the "train deaths." When that investigation was shut down, Jean went public for the first time with her story.


Linda Ives and Jean Duffey had not met in 1990 when Jean's drug task force was investigating Dan Harmon and other public officials involved in drug trafficking. Harmon had also become a primary target of a federal investigation of public official corruption in Saline County. Harmon convinced Linda the investigations were in retaliation for the work he had done on the "train deaths" case back in 1988. During that year, Harmon headed a county grand jury inquiry of the murders and manipulated the media into making him a folk hero.

When Jean Duffey was put in charge of the district's newly created drug task force, the corrupt political system set Harmon up to run unopposed for district prosecutor. As soon as Harmon became the prosecutor-elect, he called on two of his reporter buddies to launch a smear campaign against Jean and her task force. Jean was brutalized by these reporters' lies for months, and Linda accepted what she read as truth in reporting. It wasn't until after Jean left Arkansas that Linda saw through Harmon. She finally realized Harmon used his position, then and now, to orchestrate and perpetuate a cover-up of Kevin and Don's murders in which he, himself, was involved.

Linda and Jean met, for the first time, in 1994 when they were each contacted by the FBI. After putting their information together and working with the FBI for over a year, the big picture came into focus. Kevin and Don were murdered after witnessing a CIA covert drug operation that was protected by state and federal officials. When the FBI suddenly shut its investigation down in November 1995, they gave up on the government ever doing its job. They negotiated control of the contents of Obstruction of Justice, which tells their part of the story, and they have vowed to raise enough money through video sales to file a civil law suit. This is clearly the only justice the families of Kevin and Don will ever see. Obstruction is a carefully documented story of the "train deaths," which has a powerful impact on everyone who sees it. It is an eye-opener of how every level of government participated in a cover-up of national significance.



Mara Leveritt

MARA LEVERITT began her career as a feature writer, first at the Arkansas Democrat and later at the Arkansas Gazette. She then worked as an investigative reporter and senior editor at the weekly Arkansas Times, where she remains a contributing editor. Leveritt has focused her reporting career on the criminal justice system. Her book, THE BOYS ON THE TRACKS, details political corruption as it coincides with the war on drugs. Kirkus calls the book "a wrecking-ball tale of tragedy, malfeasance, and machine politics," a "page-turner" and "authentically shocking." The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette called it "exhilarating, eye-opening, and thought-provoking," and said it "reads like a psychological thriller." THE BOYS ON THE TRACKS - was recently named winner of the Booker Worthen Award, presented by the Central Arkansas Library System.

Leveritt has won numerous awards for her work. An article she wrote for the Arkansas Times recently won first-place in the category of news reporting in a review by the national Association of Alternative Newspapers. In 1992, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock named her Arkansas journalist of the Year. She also received a prestigious White Award for Investigative Writing from the national City and Regional Magazine Association.

Leveritt was born in Chicago and raised in Denver. Since moving to Arkansas in 1970, she has served as a state leader of Amnesty International and on the board of the Arkansas Women's History Institute. She is presently working on a new book about an infamous triple murder in West Memphis, Arkansas.


Together with these ladies will be representatives of South Central LA, A community that was devastated for years by a crack-cocaine epidemic fueled partially by narcotics brought to the US through intelligence channels and sold in this country to fund the Contras. A drugs and arm smuggling pattern that shows itself in the past and future actions of our nations intelligence agencies.

Also on the program will be Peter Dale Scott, Cele Castillio, Mike Ruppert, Daniel Hopsicker, Dedon Kamathi and Kris Millegan.

The first symposium was held this June and helped to forge stronger friendships and understandings. It also served as a forum for a response to the recent congressional cover-up Vol. II of the Hicks report. Peter Dale Scott and Mike Ruppert produced and released at the Eugene symposium, Drugs, Contras and the CIA: Government Policies and the Cocaine Economy -- An Analysis of Media and Government Response to the Gary Webb Stories in the San Jose Mercury News. An excellent book that uses the government's own words to impeach the House intelligence committees sign-off on the CIA's Inspector General's report.

The symposiums have taken on a life of their own fueled by continued revelations, politics and the Internet's ubiquitous ability for networking. The Internet's continual sifting of information and perspectives allows for a real understanding of the actions and the identification of "players" involved.

The upcoming symposium in LA is the first in a series of one-day conferences to be held across the country (also to be streamed live and on the Internet) to help citizens understand the true dynamics of the Drug War. The War on Drugs is not to protect our children, as many truly believe, but operates for profit and social control by very powerful forces that operate in the shadows of our republic.

Evening keynote speaker, Dr. Peter Dale Scott, is a prolific author and public speaker from the University of California at Berkeley, who has been delving into the politics of the international narcotics trade for forty years. He is author of Cocaine Politics and co-author of The Iran Contra Connection.

Michael Ruppert, a former Los Angeles Police Department officer who discovered the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) bringing drugs into the United States. Ruppert is publisher of From the Wilderness magazine, which deals with the effects of illegal, covert operations on American society.

Celerino "Cele" Castillo is a 12-year veteran of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), who served in El Salvador and Central America from 1985 to 1990. His book Powderburns exposes CIA and DEA collaboration with drug traffickers in Central America.

Daniel Hopsicker, author and filmmaker, has been following the trail of the infamous Barry Seal for several years, unearthing astonishing information that has been routinely suppressed. Daniel is the video-producer of CIA-Drugs: The Secret Heartbeat of America and In Search of the American Drug Lords, and will be releasing his amazing expose of America's Biggest Drug Smuggler, Barry Seal, Barry and the Boys soon.

Dedon Kamathi, an UCLA-educated black activist and recording producer utilizes Rap conferences as a method of delivering social change messages. He is co-chair of the Crack the CIA Coalition, as well as U.S. representative to the All African Peopleís Revolutionary Party. He co-chairs the African United Front and has lectured extensively on CIA covert drug activities, including at the Green Party National Convention.

For more information, see the CIA-drug Internet site:

For conference information, contact Kris Millegan at

Sponsoring Organizations are and Crack the CIA Coalition.




Linda Ives and Jean Duffey


Mara Leveritt


Peter Dale Scott, University of California at Berkeley, author


Mike Ruppert, former law enforcement officer and publisher of From the Wilderness


Cele Castillo, 12-year veteran of the Drug Enforcement Administration


Daniel Hopsicker, business television filmmaker


Kris Millegan, conference organizer

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