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SEPT 7 2008
by Daniel Hopsicker

If it ends here, at least it ends on a grace note... Last week, two wire services, Agence France Presse and the Associated Press, reported news that readers of the investigative reporting at this website have known about for almost a year.  

From the AFP report: “A private jet that crash-landed almost one year ago in eastern Mexico carrying 3.3 tons of cocaine had previously been used for CIA "rendition" flights, a newspaper report said here Thursday, citing documents from the United States and the European Parliament.”

While happy to see the mainstream media waking up, a little "credit where credit is due" would be nice, too.  We broke this news on this website eleven months ago (Oct 8, 2007).  In a story headlined “SLOPPY TRADECRAFT EXPOSES CIA DRUG PLANE”, we reported:

 “Seventeen months after an American-registered DC9 airliner was busted with 5.5 tons of cocaine, a major international scandal is brewing over a second drug trafficking incident in Mexico's Yucatan involving an American-registered jet owned by a dummy front company of the kind usually associated with the CIA.” 

(SEE today’s companion news story for new developments in the 100-Drug Plane Scandal, which kicked off over two years ago when two CIA and Republican Party-connected airplanes were busted carrying a cumulative 10 tons of cocaine in Mexico.)

It's a small small world... with small small wire services

This story was just the first of more than a dozen stories on the crash of the Gulfstream II business jet, and the earlier bust of the DC9 airliner caught with 5.5 tons of cocaine that have appeared under my byline in this space.

Our reporting of this scandal has been followed avidly in Mexico; so much so that one of the principals in the case cited it when challenging the DEA’s official account in the same newspaper responsible for the new wire service “revelation,” Mexico City's, El Universal, which has generously credited and referenced my reporting in their coverage of the CIA drug planes busted in Mexico.

All of this makes the studied lack of credit almost funny. Almost.

When not unsuccessfully attempting to debunk it, America’s corporate media has assiduously ignored my reporting on a whole host of scoops we’ve broken.

The practice  goes all the way back to an AP story about a piece of suspicious news I first broke in "Barry & the boys" (as well as in a story so old I can no longer find it on this website) that George W Bush's favorite airplane, while he was Texas Governor, had been a Beech King Air which previously belonged to Barry Seal, the biggest drug smuggler in American history and  a life-long CIA pilot.

Probably just a coincidence.

"Alien locusts explained... from a Biblical perspective."

Ultimately, the effort is designed to make me go away, for the same reason that stories about 9/11 "conspiracies" never mention real investigative reporting on 9/11, which, alas,  appears in very few places. 

And, in combination with a series of nuisance libel lawsuits, it has almost succeeded.

When you cannot afford the ruinous legal costs associated with defending yourself against them, nuisance lawsuits are more than a nuisance.

Despite the admirable assistance of volunteer attorneys like Barry Bachrach in Boston and Christopher Hopkins in West Palm Beach, the threat this past Spring of two new lawsuits left me feeling like one of those people referred to in unemployment statistics—which don’t count them—as “discouraged workers.”

Adding insult to injury, I was recently informed  that a million-selling Oprah book club author has appropriated my research and used it in a cheesy best-seller.  I admit to not being able to force myself to read the whole note, which began:  “Hey this book is about Venice Florida  and is stolen from all the work of investigative reporter Daniel Hopsicker!”

Some things, like having someone else profit from investigative reporting which—back when it might have done some good—was kept from breaking through using a variety of occasionally-vicious tactics--has been hard. It has hurt, I have to admit, my sense of professional pride.

Frustration like this sometimes made the idea of moving to a sheep ranch in Western Australia seem an attractive career option. But the reality is that I’m probably too old to get a job as a cowboy.  

And, anyway, I don’t know how to ride a horse.  

I keep telling myself: "It's not about me"

In two books ("Welcome to Terrorland: Mohamed Atta & the 9-11 Cover-up in Florida"; & "Barry & 'the Boys': The CIA, the Mob and America's Secret History," as well as in a half-dozen documentaries and six years of investigative reporting, it has never been my intention to make myself the issue.  

I am not leading (or pretending to lead, like others who shall remain thankfully nameless) any social crusades.  I am merely delving into those subjects—the 9/11 attack, the felons running America’s election service companies involved in worldwide electronic vote fraud, and elite involvement in drug trafficking— about which I have a burning desire to know more.

Some people think that reporting under the “MadCowNews” banner is inappropriate for a real investigative reporter.

But what a mad cow actually does, as I understand it, is charge the farmer... which is pretty funny, if you think about it... Because even if a mad cow catches the farmer, without horns it can’t actually do anything to him, which  seems emblematic of what happens to anyone trying to make a difference by bringing light to bear on America's big taboos.

All you can do is point out The Emperor's New Clothes.

Somebody else owns my name. Hmm.

Even if I wanted to change the name of this website to something serious, like www.danielhopsicker.com “the boys” have got there first.

This domain name--MY NAME-- belongs to a certain German pilot, a close associate of Wolfgang Bohringer, another German pilot who was a close associate of Mohamed Atta's, and who was the subject of an FBI-issued terror alert in the South Pacific two years ago.

All of these impediments, I guess, are sort of left-handed compliments. So maybe I’m not totally ineffectual.

At any rate. I plan to soldier on, and keep trying. Maybe the Jesuits were right in the old maxim, "Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man."  Because somewhere in the back of my mind, where everything I “learned” before I was twelve still resides, I still believe America is, and can be, the greatest country in the whole world. 

Against strong evidence to the contrary, I still believe all of the old platitudes, that our nation can be a light on the hill. A beacon for humanity. A force for good. The Last Best Hope. 

"To wreak whatever havoc I have left in me to wreak"

I will be re-entering the fray with a new blog, also on this site, and with whatever vigor I have left pursue the high-minded goal of muckrakers everywhere.

To do this, I need your help. Although this recession has hit everyone hard, the financial distress is now keeping me from doing my job, which requires travel and poking around.

 Travel is costly. Travel to Mexico is costly... and dangerous.

I need to raise almost five thousand dollars to finish and distribute “The New American Drug Lords”  and to complete research on my new book "BushFellas" which will be released this winter, I need professional legal and publicity assistance, donations, and investors.

You can make the difference in keeping the news real by putting your money where your mouth is. Please send advice, and donations, and pre-order both the book and DVD.

want to close with a sincere and heartfelt thank you to all the Mad Cow readers who have been supportive over these past years...

Without your donations, and your support of and for my books and videos I would have either had to make this site subscription only by now...

Either that, or retire my keyboard for a shepherd's crook,  and cowboy hat. But I don't think I'd be very good at counting sheep, let alone herding them.

Happy Trails!

Daniel Hopsicker

PO 314
Venice, fl 34284