1997-05-31, Dave Wiesner: Mena Airport


From: d.wiesner@genie.com
Date: Sat, 31 May 97 22:58:00 GMT
To: ciadrugs@mars.galstar.com
Subject: ciadrugs] Mena Airport

Bear, thank you for the information you gave me on the agreement between Barry Seal. To recap, you said:

>Seal had a deal with the Feds which [blocked the grand jury from hearing testimony about crimes at Mena.]

> Can you tell me the exact or approximate date of the agreement?
> Thanks.
> Dave

Bear replied:

>Sure... There was no black and white date for the final development
>of the agreement, but in its finality, the agreement was that he nor
>any of his subordinates would be procecuted for admitted crimes due
>to the level of significance of what he was contributing. The
>primary dates of these developments were between March of 1984 and
>developed through late 1984.

I found this:

> TESTIMONY OF
> WILLIAM C. DUNCAN
> BEFORE THE
> SUBCOMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, CONSUMER, AND MONETARY AFFAIRS
> HOUSE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
> JULY 24, 1991

[...]

>By the end of 1987, it was apparent that thousands of law enforcement
>manhours and an enormous amount of evidence of drug smuggling, aiding
>and abetting drug smugglers, conspiracy, perjury, money laundering and
>illegal modifications to smuggling aircraft had gone to waste. Not only
>were no indictments ever returned on any of the individuals under
>investigation for their role in the Mena Operation, there was a
>complete breakdown in the judicial system. The United States Attorney,
>Western Judicial District of Arkansas, assured us that there were no
>national security or other issues involved which would impede
>investigation and prosecution of criminal violations in Arkansas,
>however, he refused to issue subpoenas for critical witnesses,
>interfered in the investigations, apparently mislead grand juries about
>evidence and availability of witnesses, refused to allow investigators
>to present evidence to the grand jury, and in general made a mockery of
>the entire investigative and judicial process.

Bear, how much of the problem that Mr. Duncan described above was related to the agreement between Barry Seal and the government?

Dave


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