Thursday, March 05, 2009

The precursor, the roots and the ongoing saga of the White House Murder INC,...

The precursor, the roots... and the ongoing saga of the White House Murder INC,...

Three CIA witnesses to Wilson-Clines-Shackley weapons smuggling plot disposed of in years following the SS Poet voyage to Iran

The CIA had Wilson on its mind in 1983....

The linkage between the 1980 Reagan-Bush-Casey October Surprise incident involving the ill-fated SS Poet and the CIA arms smuggling operation involving CIA officers Edwin Wilson, Thomas Clines, Ted Shackley, and others obviously weighed heavily on CIA director William Casey and his CIA staffers. According to a CIA memo obtained by WMR, Casey and others, names of which are redacted, met on April 29, 1983 (97th Congress- Second Session), with members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI). Casey met with Senators Richard Lugar (R-IN), Walter Huddleston (D-KY), and in what appears to be a case of a major Freudian slip, "Sen. Edwin Wilson." The reference is obviously a mistake and should have read "Sen. Pete Wilson," Republican of California.

Wilson had been arrested at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York the previous year after being apprehended by U.S. law enforcement agents in the Dominican Republic and put on a plane for New York. At the time of his arrest, Wilson was traveling on an Irish passport issued to a "Philip McCormick." Wilson had been living in Libya since 1980 and was thought to be acting as an "unofficial" CIA liaison between Langley and Muammar Qaddafi's government. After there were reports that Wilson was going to expose a number of CIA covert operations, which may have included the SS Poet caper by Casey and company, Casey and his top CIA officials went into panic mode. The CIS convinced a judge to keep Wilson imprisoned on a whopping $60 million bail.

Three potential government witnesses on the Wilson arms smuggling and murder-for-hire affair died mysteriously. On October 26, 1982, former CIA communications and computer expert Kevin Mulcahy was found dead at the Mountain View Motel Court in Edinburg, Virginia some 50 miles from Washington, DC. The cause of death was determined to be "natural causes," in particular "bilateral confluent bronchopneumonia." Mulcahy's body was found in the doorway of the motel.

Mulcahy's father was also a CIA employee. Mulcahy's doctor said that because Mulcahy had certain "documents" in his possession, he believed "someone did away with him." Mulcahy had worked for Wilson in his arms smuggling operations in Libya, Switzerland, and Britain.

Former U.S. Army Green Beret Luke Thompson told CBS News in October 1982 that he believed that Mulcahy was murdered. Thompson also believed his own life was in danger. A Colorado police officer, Ray Martinez, told CBS that Mulcahy has phoned him ten days before his death and said he was being stalked from motel to motel and figured that he was being set up for a bomb or poisoning.

Casey's appearance before the SSCI came a day after the shotgun "suicide" death of former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) MIddle East expert Waldo H. Dubberstein. Dubberstein prepared Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) DIA intelligence reports on Egypt and Libya. DIA director Air Force Lt. Gen. Eugene F. Tighe called Dubberstein an "absolutely outstanding specialist on the Mideast."

Dubberstein was to have appeared on April 28 at the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia to enter a plea on charges that he sold classified information to Wilson and Libyan agents. After U.S. Judge Albert Bryan, Jr. issued a bench warrant for Dubberstein's arrest on the morning of April 29, Arlington police found Dubberstein sitting upright in a chair in a basement storage room of an apartment building where Dubberstein lived with his East German girlfriend, Renata Strelau. Strelau had previously worked for the Iranian embassy in Washington. Dubberstein was dead from a shotgun wound to the head. A shotgun and shotgun shells were found next to Dubberstein's body. Alleged "suicide notes" were also found addressed to Strelau and Dubberstein's wife in Alexandria.

At the same time Arlington police were discovering Dubberstein's body, Casey was in a classified meeting with the SSCI in Washington.

The Fairfax-based deputy state medical examiner for northern Virginia, Dr. James Beyer, who had been in his post since 1971 and was accused of botching a number of autopsies, ruled Mulcahy's death as being from "natural causes" and Dubberstein's as a "perforating shotgun wound to the head consistent with being self-inflicted." On July 29, 1994, Beyer testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on the suicide of President Bill Clinton's deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster. Beyer was involved in the initial investigation, which concluded no foul play was involved.

Beyer also conducted the autopsy of former CIA China analyst Larry Wu-Tai Chin and ruled that the convicted spy for China had died of "asphyxiation" from suicide. Chin was found on February 21, 1986, his Prince William County, Virginia jail cell. Chin was found with a plastic bag over his head. Chin had planned to appeal his conviction and was reportedly writing his memoirs.

Beyer was involved in conducting an autopsy on a 44-year old man whose partially burned body was found near President John F. Kennedy's Arlington Cemetery grave site on November 28, 1982, a month after Mulcahy's suicide and six days after the 19th anniversary of the assassination of Kennedy, believed to have been carried out, in part, by elements of the CIA. The man, Ramon Mejia, said to be an El Salvadorian immigrant dishwasher at the Shoreham Hotel in Washington and who was wearing a University of Notre Dame sweatshirt when found, was thought to have entered the cemetery after closing and burned himself to death from being ignited by the "Eternal Flame" on Kennedy's grave. Another report stated that Mejia had suffered a heart attack and then was burned to death by the flames. A spokesman for the Military District of Washington, which has responsibility for the cemetery, told UPI that it was a "mystery" how Mejia entered the cemetery after closing.

Rafael Villaverde, an associate of Wilson and a veteran of the CIA's Bay of Pigs invasion, who helped arrange the transfer of explosives to Libya, died in March 1982 in a reported boat explosion in the Bahamas. The U.S. Coast Guard never found Villaverde's body and Bahamian authorities ruled his death an "accident."

Vllaverde was director of the Little Havana Activity Center in Miami and was under investigation by Miami police for involvement with "terrorists" and cocaine smuggling." Villaverde worked with Thomas Clines' API Distributors employee Rafael Quintero on the shipment of weapons to Libya. API was located at the same 1911 North Fort Myer Drive address that housed the Poet's charter agent, Universal Shipping Company, and other Clines, Wilson, and Shackley CIA front companies.

From the three suspicious deaths of Wilson compatriots in the immediate years after the Poet was disposed of by the CIA along with its 34 U.S. Merchant Marine crewmen, it appears that Casey and his friends wanted no additional witnesses talking about the CIA's covert weapons smuggling program.

The CIA should make available the names of the other CIA officials who testified before Senator Lugar and his colleagues the morning one of the witnesses' body was found in Arlington, Virginia. They could have important information regarding the Poet and potential murder or accomplice to murder charges being brought against former President George H. W. Bush.