1997-05-16, Larry: Re Duffey's letter


Date: Fri, 16 May 1997 07:31:03 -0500
To: ciadrugs@mars.galstar.com (The ciadrugs mailing list)
From: lar-jen@interaccess.com (Larry-Jennie)
Subject: ciadrugs] Re: re: duffey's letter

>> 8. Barry Seal court/trial documents that said "Iran Contra"

Bear Bottoms wrote:
>The story was getting legs then. Seal never testified
>that he was CIA in any trial. No one else offered any
>testimony to indicate CIA was involved. The popular
>story started circulating when Hasenfus was shot down.
>It was too much a coincidence though coincidence it
>was.

Here is sworn testimony by Barry Seal saying he was involved with CIA operation. I included a longer excerpt because I find the "journalistic" efforts by John Camp to whitewash Barry Seal's drug smuggling rather interesting.

Larry

QUESTION. Thank You. You remember, do you not, a film, television special, that was played at least in your home area called Uncle Sam Wants You?

SEAL. Yes, sir.

QUESTION. And you recall, do you not, that you played a starring role in that; correct?

SEAL. You could say that, yes, sir.

QUESTION. And you recall, do you not, taking a television reporter named John Camp through your large C-123 airplane, do you not?

SEAL. I remember taking Mr. Camp through an airplane, yes, sir.

QUESTION. And you remember talking with him?

SEAL. Yes, sir.

QUESTION. And you remember, do you not, seeing the film when it was played on television?

SEAL. Yes, sir.

QUESTION. And you recall, do you not, announcing to the world at large, whoever wanted to watch the film, that you were not a drug smuggler; correct?

SEAL. At that time, yes, sir, I was not a drug smuggler.

QUESTION. And that you had not been a drug smuggler; correct.

SEAL. That's not the terminology I used.

QUESTION. But that was the sense of what you were trying to transmit to the public at large; correct?

SEAL. Basically, yes, sir.

QUESTION. And that you showed him through the airplane and pointed to cameras which had been installed to take pictures of certain activities that occurred on the plane; correct?

SEAL. That's correct.

QUESTION. And you hinted at, did you not, CIA involvement in a trip that you had made with that airplane; correct?

SEAL. I don't believe I hinted, no, sir.

QUESTION. Said it out flat? You were telling the truth then weren't you?

SEAL. I thought it to be the truth, yes, sir.

QUESTION. Now, sir, what I am trying to get at, at that time the purpose of that film, of that - it was a one-hour show; right?

SEAL. Somewhere in that neighborhood, yes, sir.

QUESTION. was to show to the world what you considered to be over-reaching of the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana; correct?

SEAL. That was Mr. Camp's idea.

QUESTION. Well, you felt that you were being persecuted by the Government in Louisiana; right?

SEAL. No, sir. I felt like they sere using unfair tactics to investigate me.

QUESTION. In the investigation, somewhere at least at the point where there was an investigation being conducted of you; right?

SEAL. That's correct.

QUESTION. And the investigation being conducted of you, be the tactics fair and unfair, involved your drug smuggling activities?

SEAL. I really am not sure what they were investigating because it was held behind closed secret doors behind the grand jury, so that -

QUESTION. That is normal, is it not?

SEAL. I don't know. I don't know what they were investigating me for.

From: UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA MIAMI DIVISION

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF

vs.

NORMAN SAUNDERS STAFFORD MISSICK AULDEN SMITH DEFENDANTS

No. 85-165-Cr-SPELLMAN

Miami, Florida July 11, 1985 8:30 a.m.

VOLUME III Transcript of Trial

BEFORE THE HONORABLE JOHN J. MOORE, II and a jury

Court Reporter: MARIO J. CONTILLO


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