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Disclosures that Wilson's operations had been officially sanctioned [by George H.W. Bush] could be very damaging to his son, George W. Bush.
FTR-192 Mike Ruppert on Ed Wilson 1/23/00
A former LAPD narcotics investigator who has crusaded against the intelligence community's involvement in the narcotics traffic, Mike Ruppert discusses Wilson's case in this interview. The program begins with discussion of Wilson's numerous operations, focusing at considerable length on Wilson's arming and training of Libyan Dictator Khadafy's terrorist cadre in the 1970's. Shipping more than 20 tons of C-4 plastic explosive and hundreds of thousands of timing devices with which to detonate it, Wilson gave Khadafy a huge terrorist arsenal.
In addition, Wilson requisitioned active-duty Special Forces personnel to train Khadafy's terrorists. The program touches on Wilson and Terpil's work in training other notorious terrorists, including Italy's Red Brigades and Carlos the Jackal. Much of the discussion consists of analysis of many of Wilson's key partners in his various operations, including former CIA officer Theodore Shackley, one of the most important figures in the history of CIA clandestine operations. The program reviews material from RFA-4 about the deaths of key witnesses in the Wilson case and discusses the fact that Wilson and Terpil's operations would have been impossible had they not had the tacit approval of U.S. intelligence!
In the second half of the program, Mike discusses new information in the case, especially indications that a number of important Justice Department officials and intelligence officers perjured themselves in order to convict Wilson. Specifically, these officials were party to perjured testimony to the effect that Wilson had not had any contact with the CIA since his official retirement. Disclosure of this may very well result in a new trial for Wilson and possible freedom, a development that could have profound implications for the 2000 presidential race.
Former President George Bush was director of the CIA when Wilson's activities were undertaken. Disclosures that Wilson's operations had been officially sanctioned could be very damaging to his son, George W. Bush. Program Highlights Include: analysis of the death of State department aide Elaine Boatner, who had possible information to provide about the Wilson case; discussion of the proximity in time of Boatner's mysterious death, the airplane crash that almost took the life of former CIA director Stansfield Turner and the resignation of Judge Stanley Sporkin (former general counsel to the CIA); Stansfield Turner's relationship to the Wilson case; Wilson's work for Task Force 157 (a combined Navy and CIA operation); the relationship between Task Force 157 and the Nugan Hand Bank (one of the seminal U.S. guns-for-drugs operations); analysis of the death of former Wilson associate and CIA officer Kevin Mulcahy.
The real “Good Time Charlie” Wilson sat two chairs up from me on the House Defense Appropriations Committee for more than a decade. From that perch, I saw and (to an extent) helped him engineer what became the largest covert program in U.S. history—$1 billion—despite the initial timidity of the CIA and odd diffidence of the Reagan White House. And it was done entirely within the clandestine budget, with no publicly recorded vote ever taken.
Charlie Wilson’s War, is based on the wildest sumbitch ever to serve in the modern Congress and how the oddly lovable, coc aine-snorting, womanizing, Scotch-swilling swashbuckler from Lufkin, Texas, just about single-handedly got Congress to give the Mujahdeen modern weapons that drove the Russians out of Afghanistan in 1989, thus helping bring down the Soviet empire.
I recall him in committee, losing a debate on a dubious weapons system that even Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger didn’t want (and that’s saying something). Wilson held up the vote long enough to duck into the telephone booth and emerge with fresh talking points from the arms maker. I don’t remember if he won or lost; the point is that Wilson was butt-naked complicit with the defense lobby and didn’t give a damn.