little-noticed recent developments point towards major
fireworks still to come in the current series of
Fired San Diego U.S. Attorney Carol Lam has disclosed
the existence of a still-secret and presumably-sealed
indictment of an as-yet unknown individual in the Randy
‘Duke’ Cunningham “Hookergate” Scandal, issued by her
office at the same time as indictments were made public
last month of defense contractor Brent Wilkes and former
CIA No 3. man Kyle “Dusty” Foggo, the
The sealed indictment may name another California
Republican, Representative Jerry Lewis, the powerful
head of the House Appropriations Committee.
The bombshell revelation, which came during Lam’s
testimony on March
29 before the Senate Judiciary
been completely overlooked.
It is just one of several recent examples of media
squeamishness about the scandal.
"A trillion here, a trillion
But the disclosure of a sealed Hookergate indictment may
quickly be dwarfed in significance as more is learned
about the concerted effort involving Republican
Congressmen, the Justice Department, and the White House
to thwart Carol Lam’s successful exposure of the biggest
scandal—in dollar terms—in
history: the wholesale looting of Pentagon and
intelligence agency “black budget” appropriations.
With a trillion dollar war going badly, some of America’s
top lawmakers, including Duncan Hunter, now running for
President, and Randy Cunningham, now bunking in a
federal prison, awarded tens of millions of dollars
worth of defense contracts that did nothing to make this
nation safer, including millions to
their "crony" Brent Wilkes to photocopy 100-year old maps of
At the same time Congress and the Pentagon somehow couldn't find the money in
a timely fashion to pay for effective body armor for
The massive corruption exposed by the latest “Hookergate
Scandal” indictments of former CIA apparatchik “Dusty
Foggo” and defense-contractor-cum-bagman Brent Wilkes
has cost hundreds of young Americans their lives.
In another example of media squeamishness, this
indisputable fact has not been conveyed to the American
people with anything like the forcefulness it deserves.
Investigating CIA corruption
bad for career
even the massive corruption exposed—just so far—in the
Randy ‘Duke’ Cunningham “Hookergate” Scandal may
eventually pale in comparison to the cover-up of
the scandal which has now been named, perhaps
The coordinated Republican campaign to eliminate the
“Lam problem,” for example, began with a
scurrilous broadside from one of only a handful of
Florida Republican Congressmen to receive major
donations from convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and was
delivered less than a week before Vice President Dick
Cheney flew to Florida to appear at a fundraiser which
netted the Congressman more than a quarter million
dollars for his upcoming Congressional race.
a widely-publicized trial currently underway in an
Arkansas courtroom illustrates that “The Silencing
of Carol Lam” is not the first time a courageous
prosecuting attorney has been dismissed for beginning to
get too close to corruption in the CIA.
Carol Lam may even be lucky: testimony in the Arkansas
trial shows that the prosecuting attorney was being
stalked by a hit man who once served eight months in
prison for digging up Elvis Presley's grave in the late
"Foggo, Wilkes, as well as,
The overlooked bombshell Lam dropped during her Senate
testimony came in response to a question from Sen. Diane
that the FBI’s chief investigator in San Diego stated
that he viewed Carol Lam's continued employment as
critical to the success of a number of ongoing
Then she asked, “Is it fair to say that even though
there was a conviction in the Randy Cunningham case, ere
may also be ongoing investigations that stem from that
“Before I left office on Feb. 15,” Lam replied, choosing
her words carefully, “the office brought indictments
against Dusty Foggo and Brent Wilkes, as well as,
um, (long pause). The indictments were brought in those
two cases, and at that time the office announced that
the investigation was ongoing."
Although not explicit, and couched in language constrained
by legal considerations, there is no mistaking Lam’s
states, "The office brought indictments against Dusty
Foggo, Brent Wilkes, as well as, ah..."
Then she stops herself.
Whose name comes after "as well as?"
"Careful with that ax,
Was Lam’s firing to prevent the name of someone even higher up on the food chain than
Congressman Cunningham—from coming out?
Why has the major media not picked up on this important
In a rapidly spreading scandal that may prove hard to
contain, the most plausible explanation for why San
Diego US Atty. Carol Lam was fired is that she knew too
she informed superiors she was
taking her corruption probe to the doorstep of the
Central Intelligence Agency, notifying them on May 10,
of the imminent arrival of FBI agents at Dusty Foggo’s
Washington D.C. home to execute a search warrant, alarm
bells went off all over Washington D.C.
Never in the CIA’s history has such a search warrant
been issued against a high-level CIA official for
non-espionage criminal conduct. And even the prospect of
it raised what one news report lamely characterized as
“alarming institutional concerns.”
But if this is why
Lam got the ax, its news to Americans. Its another area
of media squishiness. Apparently we're meant to believe
that it was for investigating Republicans.
A Churchill for our times
Top Justice Dept. official Kyle Sampson’s email calling
Lam “the real problem” came just one day later.
This may turn out to be the worst case of bad timing
since the sacking of top Justice Dept officials in
President Richard Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre,
an action which resulted in his impeachment during the
The Republican effort to discredit Carol Lam might also
have appeared a little less ham-handed had the
apparatchik chosen to lead the sliming been a little
less of a buffoon.
In a flurry of press releases, speeches on the House
floor, and congressional hearings in April and May of
2006, Rep. Ric Keller R-Fla. urged our government to
start enforcing immigration laws dealing with alien
Apparently the major stumbling block to achieving this
goal has been... Carol Lam.
"The pathetic failure of the U.S. Attorney in San Diego
to prosecute alien smugglers who've been arrested 20
times is a demoralizing slap in the face to Border
Patrol agents who risk their lives everyday," Keller
Keller took a trip to the Mexican border. On his return
he unveiled a tale of a rancher who told him that
“illegal aliens" had skinned and ate his daughter's pet
Keller wants to combat such horrors.
Ric Keller Gets His Reward
speaking is apparently not one of Republican Congressman
Ric Keller’s strengths,
as pointed out by Wonkette
in a piece
headlined “Great Moments in House Rhetoric” If
Iraq Keeps Shooting Us, We'll Stop Mowing Their Lawn.”
That hasn't prevented him from cashing in, however.
Orlando’s Ric Keller got $21,000 from Jack Abramoff’s
partner in crime Tom DeLay and his PAC in his first two
elections, money from Jack Abramoff’s Coushatta tribe,
and even took $1000 from Abramoff flunky, “businessman” Adam
Kidan, who paid “consultant fees” to two of the three
men on trial for the murder of Gus Boulis, the founder
of SunCruz casinos.
At a fundraiser at which Vice President Dick Cheney
helped raise $250,000 for Keller, an Orlando Sentinel
reporter questioned Keller supporters about his
legislative achievements, and learned Keller had
sponsored a bill that makes overeaters responsible for
their weight gain.
“It made it difficult to sue us," said Republican
restaurateur Eric Holm, who owns 36 McDonalds. "Ric
Keller eats with us," he added. "I think he's a great
Iran Contra chickens coming
A trial underway right now in an Arkansas courtroom has
some eerie parallels to Carol Lam’s ouster, and
illustrates how easy it is to conceal government
shows who suffers the deadly consequences when
investigations into CIA corruption get shut down.
Jay Campbell is an Arkansas Police Chief at the center
of a sweeping corruption trial. He is charged with
running his Sheriff's office as a continuing criminal
How does the trial of an alleged corrupt southern
sheriff throw light on the firing of a U.S. Atty. in San
years ago Jay Campbell was a narcotics investigator for
the Arkansas State Police under suspicion in the
murder of two high school boys who had stumbled onto a
“drug drop” he was allegedly helping to protect for the
operation being run in Arkansas by the CIA in support
the Nicaraguan Contras.
Remember Ollie North? Fawn Hall? Superfly?
The Secret Heartbeat of
The murders of high school seniors Kevin Ives and
Henry came to be known as “The Train Deaths,” and became
one of America’s biggest “unsolved mysteries.” Today
they remain officially unsolved, very likely because
they touched the heart of what came to be known as the
Iran Contra Scandal.
We did a 2-hr documentary about the case called "The
Secret Heartbeat of America." (preview)
Jean Duffy was the head of a federally-funded drug task
force looking into the boys murders. When she got too
close to solving the case, she lost her job, received
numerous death threats, and had to leave the state in
fear for her life.
Compared with Jean Duffy, Carol Lam got off easy.
Despite wide-spread suspicion in Benton, the suburb
outside Little Rock where the murders occurred,
Campbell, a longtime close friend of politically
well-connected convicted cocaine distributor Dan
Lasater, was never investigated for the murders.
Sheriff's Wife's 'fondness
for the cuffs'
But nobody in the Arkansas media is talking about the
sinister implications of the Campbell scandal. Instead,
perhaps understandably, they're focused on one of his
co-defendants, his wife Kathy.
The sheriff's wife, it seems, liked to have sex with the
Sheriff Campbell's wife's fondness for inmates reveals
nothing about the firing of Carol Lam, but it does
illustrate the amazingly above-the-law attitude of the
sheriff and those around him.
He's even accused of soliciting criminals to sell crack.
Today Sheriff Campbell again finds himself in hot water,
charged with running his law enforcement office as a
continuing criminal enterprise, and facing more than 70
drug-or-theft-related charges, including conspiracy to
the county sheriff controls the drug trade, it gives him
all kinds of leverage against the competition.
But this time there is no CIA-backed covert operation to
provide “cover” for the former narcotics investigator
for the Arkansas State Police. This time he's all
Alone in a Lonesome Universe
current trial in Arkansas is resurrecting allegations
that he was the beneficiary of a CIA-engineered cover-up
20-years ago which included, much like Carol Lam, the
firing of a courageous prosecuting attorney, and which
prevented any serious investigation into the murder of
two young men.
The story emerging about a “lawless lawman”
many in Arkansas to re-examine whether justice may have
been deliberately thwarted 20 years ago.
And the case includes this amazing detail: the second
man suspected of being involved with the boys murders 20
years ago was Dan Harmon, the local
prosecuting attorney at the
Although never charged with the murders, Harmon was
convicted of running his public prosecutors’ office as a
continuing criminal conspiracy, and using it for
Today his fellow suspect in the murder 20 years ago,
Sheriff Jay Campbell, is on trial for using his office
to traffic narcotics too.
There are no 'independent
the more conspiracy-minded, this might suggest that both
men worked for a shadowy organization lurking in the
background which has been trafficking narcotics
successfully through Arkansas for at leas the past 20
The firing of U.S. Atty. Carol Lam is part of the
biggest cover-up of official corruption since the Iran
The unsolved murder of the “boys on the tracks” was
part of the Iran Contra Scandal.
And so we come to the big question about the Hookergate
Scandal, a question we haven’t seen asked anywhere else.
Randy Cunningham, Brent Wilkes, Dusty Foggo, Mitchell
Wade, have all been accused or convicted of conspiring
to defraud the U.S. government of tens of millions of
Apparently, without discussion, it has been assumed that
all of these men were operating merely as independent
contractors, out to satisfy their own selfish greed.
But, does the world really work like that? Are there any
independent drug traffickers left in America today?
Might Cunningham et al just as easily have been working
for a shadowy unnamed organization, which operates with
impunity in San Diego, and in Little Rock,
and in many other places in America as well?