Did Tom Cruise helicopter clip doomed ‘Mena’ plane?

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Both men who died in the crash of a twin-engine plane in Colombia last week on the shoot for Tom Cruise’s new “Mena” movie have backgrounds more like those of spies, spooks, drug movers or clandestine agents than pilots on a film shoot.

One owned offshore entities in the Netherland Antilles that controlled even more offshore entities, very useful for money laundering; owned a $2 million home on the Intracoastal Waterway with a dock handy for unloading knick-knacks and bric-a-brac from cruises in the Caribbean; and once lived in a small town in Texas next to a secret CIA base.

The other was even more mysterious.

He owned a company selling black helicopters and aerial surveillance packages to urban police departments and military clients around the world.

Still, it’s important to speak only good about the dead—especially the recently dead. Had news reports from Colombia about the plane crash contained more than tiny grains of truth, or had not an associate of one of the men eulogized him as a great “philanthropist,” the news would not have been released so soon after their tragic deaths.

But, hey, this is hardball. So—whomp—there it is.

“One non-Colombian dead”

Media coverage over the weekend of the plane crash last Friday in Colombia that killed members of the crew shooting “Mena,” an upcoming movie starring Tom Cruise, concealed more than it revealed.

Even so, what it concealed was revealing, like the fact that anyone hoping for a public airing of the CIA’s involvement in the drug trade will be bitterly disappointed.

News of the aviation tragedy could be boiled down to a one-line ‘official story.’

“One American and a Colombian were dead after a small plane crashed due to bad weather.”



Even told this simply, the story was mostly false, except for the one American casualty. That the second fatality hadn’t been Colombian was a baffling reporting error that seemed odd in a story which occurred in Colombia.

The second dead man was Venezuelan, a fact which evaded everyone in the media except, God save us, Perez Hilton. Everyone also had his name wrong. As late as Sunday night on CNN his name was still being consistently—and suspiciously—mis-spelled as “Brel,” Carlos Brel, the Mysterious Man Whose Name Defies Spelling.


Then, too, as other puzzling details piled up, the fact the crash wasn’t due to bad weather, as had been publicized, seemed to become less earthshattering.

“Mena” the movie had originally been announced as a biopic. “Ron Howard to Direct MENA, Based on the True Story of Gun-Runner and Drug Trafficker Barry Seal.”

Directed by All American boy Ron Howard, it was to be the story of lifelong CIA pilot Barry Seal, who became America’s most infamous drug smuggler during the cocaine-fueled Iran Contra era, the go-go ’80’s.

When the movie was first announced, back in the Spring of 2012, things seemed simpler.

“Edge Guys”

edgeLater that changed. The film would now become a collaboration between so-called “Edge’ Guys” Tom Cruise & Doug Liman, based on a million dollar spec script by a virtual Hollywood unknown.

When the plane crashed, production was just wrapping in… Medellin Colombia? Who shoots major motion pictures in Colombia? Nobody, till now.  “Mena” was the first international production to tap film incentives offered by the city of Medellin, which offered cash rebates of up to 15%.

Even this became controversial. “The savings were to avoid (God forbid) using California union workers, and paying for California salaries, taxes and permits,” wrote an industry worker in Los Angeles. “The only people to benefit will be hotels in the wealthy Poblado neighborhood.”


For whatever reason, instead of filming in Baton Rouge, and Mena, Arkansas, where much of Seal’s story took place, the Limon-led project shot in Medellin, as well as tiny Ball Ground, Georgia, where Cruise charmed local residents.
“He was extremely nice,” said local Valerie Hester, in what was described as “an exclusive interview with the Cherokee Progress.”
She said Cruise “readily agreed to sign a birthday card.” That must have been neat. Hester’s husband, the paper reported, was in the Air Force, which appeared to have a sizeable presence in the small town.

Hold that thought.


In Baton Rouge, it was another story

lf-baton-rougeResidents in Seal’s hometown of Baton Rouge Louisiana might be expected to have standards slightly more exacting. Plus, they knew a lot about Barry.

In the comments section of a story in Seal’s howtown Baton Rouge Advocate about the film, one wrote:

“I knew and dated Barry when I was a student at BRHS – about 1954/1955. He was already flying small airplanes!”

Other comments that would have been helpful to Limon’s production:

“Our business was at 23rd and North St. Directly across from a stash house he owned. I can tell u chit U wouldn’t believe!”

“Wonder if all players and possible connections will be included in the movie like the CIA, DEA and the Iran-Contra connections?

But the real reason the production couldn’t bring themsleves to shoot on locations where Seal’s story was known first-hand can be gleaned from this sad comment:

“Just hope the truth comes out once and for all. He was my brother-in-law.”


What really happened  

Screenshot (1)Much about the plane crash remains unexplained. Such as: What really happened?

A twin engine Piper Aerostar (N164HH) flew what was expected to be a brief 10-minute flight to Medellin over a spine of the Andes after finishing a dubbing session in Santa Fe de Antioquia.

Then…something that-wasn’t-the-weather happened. To date, that’s all we know.

In the aftermath, the one consistent assertion was that, “Tom Cruise Avoids Death by Minutes” Cruise was unhurt. He hadn’t been onboard the doomed plane.

“An official with (Colombia’s) aviation agency, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss the matter, said Cruise was not on the aircraft.”

This information was deemed absolutely necessary to disseminate quickly, because publicity stills released when Cruise arrived in Medellin showed him exiting the same plane that had just crashed.

There was much talk of “bad weather” being the cause of the crash. 

“Attempting to explain what happened, aviation officials said the plane ran into bad weather,” the Associated Presss reported.

“The twin engine Aerostar encountered bad weather on Friday afternoon after taking off,” reported London’s Guardian. 

Later, as we’ll see, there would be a half-hearted attempt to walk the bad weather story back a bit.


Not bad weather, precisely. But conditions were rough

young-seal“Although there were no reports of bad weather in Santa Fe de Antioquia when the plane took off, the official described the normally 10-minute flight as a ‘bungee jump’ or ‘roller coaster,”admitted the Associated Press.

“It required a skilled pilot to quickly take the plane from near sea level to a height of 9,800 feet to clear the Andes before descending sharply for the approach into the steep valley surrounding Medellin.”

Unless you were willing to sift through Spanish language newspapers and follow the story into its second or third day, that excuse—bad weather—was the full story of what happened. 

Most of what follows has not appeared in any English-language reports. In fact, the media coverage was as vague and inaccurate as the upcoming Doug Limon-directed drama promised to be.

It was as if an invisible hand steered them both.  


The plane was smoking, before it went down

MENA-MOVIE-CRASH (2)It wasn’t bad weather that caused the aircraft to crash. According to eyewitnesses, the plane was already on fire, or at least smoking, when it went down.

It came out of the clouds into the clear,” said dairy farmer Jairo Munoz, who witnessed the accident in a mountainous rural village outside Medellin. “My wife saw the plane flying low. It was smoking.”

”Then we heard the crash.”

The eyewitness testimony—that the plane was smoking before it went down—was immediately spotted by savvy Spanish language newspapers like Mexico City’s El Universal, which despite immediate danger remains one of the best news sources about the ongoing drug war in Mexico.

Farmer Munoz and his wife were among the first to reach the scene of the downed plane, which crashed through trees then plunged down a ravine. By the time the first rescuers arrived at about 5:30 Friday evening, it was just a jangle of twisted metal.


Disinfo City, next exit

chopAnother widely-reported “fact” that must now be looked at more closely is where Cruise’s helicopter was when the twin-engine Aerostar went down.

The Associated Press reported, “Actor Tom Cruise flew in a helicopter across the Colombian Andes just 10 minutes before a small plane on the same flight path crashed into a jungled mountain…civil aviation authorities said.”

Only, according to the first responders who witnessed the crash, that’s not what happened.

Said farmer Munoz, “The plane circled over a mountain, just as a helicopter flew by.”

graphThat would have been Tom Cruise in the helicopter. Munoz’s wife agreed.

“I thought they were looking for something because they were flying very low.”

There is nothing to indicate Cruise’s helicopter had anything to do with the plane crash. So, why were news reports insisting on specifying, while remaining vague on everything else, that Cruise took off ten or 15 minutes before the doomed plane?

The answer may be that the “first responders”— not emergency personnel responding to the crash site, but the public relations crisis responders—were unaware there were eyewitnesses that saw the helicopter and the plane flying together.

Or were worried there might be.


“Somebody doth protest too much”

night“Cruise left in one of two helicopters transporting crew from the colonial town of Santa Fe de Antioquia at around 5 p.m. local time,” reported the AP.

“When they arrived at Medellin’s Olaya Herrera airport with nightfall approaching, and the plane didn’t show up, they alerted air traffic controllers, the official said.’”

The AP reported, “A plane overhead located the downed aircraft just below a high ridge thanks to a distress signal, allowing rescuers to arrive to the crash site quickly and rush Garland to a hospital in Medellin, where he was in critical but stable condition.

“We were very lucky to get there so quickly,” said the official.

Or maybe Tom Cruise’s helicopter saw the accident, and phoned it in.


“Cue up the eyewitnesses at the site”

crashedWhen Jaime Munoz stumbled down the ravine to the crash site, two men were dying. Another farmer, José Ramiro Girando, joined him, and the men prayed over the men, he said, to help them die well.

Then he heard what was later described as “a cry of hope.”

An overlooked third passenger was still alive. “He didn’t understand anything (speak Spanish)” said Munoz. Girando understood the man, with almost non-existent Spanish, was pleading to be taken out of the plane.

So, despite their fear that they may have been doing more harm than good by trying to move him, the two men crawled into the wreckage to attempt a rescue. The man couldn’t move. His legs were wedged underneath the controls.

“I ripped the wires and straightened his foot,” said Girando. “The others took his waist, we placed him on a blanket, and carried him from the plane.”

There was a badge hanging around his neck. “Are you Jimmy Lee?” one of them asked, He said, “I am.”


“Black Helicopters To Go”

The second area where the truth appeared to be suffering a bit in the aftermath of the crash was in the matter of —not just the men’s namesbut their identities.Two men—Alan Purwin and Carlos Berl-not-Brel—were dead. The third, the plane’s pilot, a Georgian named Jimmy Lee Garland, received multiple serious injuries in the crash, but survived. He was rushed to a hospital in Medellin, where he is in intensive care. 



One owned an aviation company that sold black helicopters crammed with state of the art aerial surveillance gear to the military. Since he was in Colombia, a U.S. (or CIA) clent state with lots of drug-related intrigue, he “might could” be there on more than movie business. This was potentially a bit of a sticky wicket.

Time to go on the attack.

“Alan Purwin peas2was described by friends as “one of the top film pilots of his generation” with a list of credits from television and major Hollywood movies such as “Transformers,” ”Pearl Harbor” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” reported the Associated Press.

Less visibly— and no doubt more lucratively—Purwin founded Los Angeles-based Helinet Technologies. The company features black helicopters on its website.

They’ve helped entities like the Swedish National Police to, in their words, “Implement Airborne Law Enforcement and Counterterrorism Solutions.”

Purvin’s company is involved in aerial surveillance “for law enforcement, government and military markets.”

Well, that’s that then, mate, ‘inn’t?


No black helos, but a huge new facility

garlandJimmy Lee Garland, the American who had been the the pilot on the downed plane, is a partner in S & S Aviation,which runs the FBO at the tiny Cherokee County Airport in Georgia,

S & S was founded and owned by Coleman Sutton, a retired–what’s this? A retired United States Air Force pilot. He flew fighters, bombers, and transport aircraft. 

cherokeeS & S has just completed a spacious and modern new headquarters that would not be out of place in far busier locales, like, for instance, Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.

This seems odd. The airport where they’re located is in the middle of, well, nothing really.
It’s a vast area whose largest population center is 6000 citizens. Yet the company boasts gleaming new facilities.

Well, that’s that then, mate, ‘inn’t?


The Third Man 

BerlThe third man, the mysterious chap identifed (eventually) as Carlos Berl, is still identified only as “a Colombian,” as if that information speaks—at least resume-wisefor itself.

Poor Carlos Berl has not just robbed by his unfortunate pre-mature death. He’s also lost his (posthumous) 15 minutes of fame, his brief moment in the international spotlight ruined by people who couldn’t spell his name. There were no prayer vigils announced.  No encomiums from former employers or employees.

Even four days later, there have been no tentative attempts to explain who he was, and what he was doing in Colombia.

The reason cannot be because Berl is uninteresting.

Eyewear is Fun!

avavt-gardeDuring Iran Contra, in the mid-Eighties, he owned retail optical care stores in Washington D.C. The Washington Post did a lifestyle piece on him. Carlos liked “eyewear that’s fun.”

Carlos was also a man of at least several names. “Carlos Berl” was the simplest. He was also “Carlos Eduardo Berl,” and, in Venezuela, “Carlos Eduardo Berl Kohn.”

There, Berl and his extended family owned optical plant facilities, and sued each other regularly, perhaps just for sport.

“I was born in Venezuela but have lived most of my adult life in U.S.A,” he wrote. “I am a semi retired businessman. and read and fly for pleasure.”


Berl owned offshore entities in the Netherland Antilles, including Aruba Management Co. N.V., and Berinvest N.V. which were themselves owned by other offshore entities, Paramo Enterprises and Vagon Enterprises, also in the Netherland Antilles.

He and wife Alice used to live in a six-bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom home at 1585 Windjammer Way on the Intracoastal Canal in Hollywood, Florida worth $2.3 million. More recently home was a pleasant $1.3 million split-level in Dobb’s Ferry New York.

So, eyewear must really be fun.


What else we know about Carlos

camp-stanleyBefore that, in what surely must just be a coincidence, he kept a residence in Boerne Texas, the town of 15,000 adjacent to what was only recently been revealed to be the CIA’s largest base domestically, Camp Stanley.

For those with a conspiratorial bent, Doug McLain Sr. lived there too.

At one time he lived in Camp Wood, a quick 40 mile hop from Piedras Negras, at one time the home of Mexico’s Lord of the Skies, Amando Fuentes.

Finally, when it seemed there was no longer anyone looking, it came out that Carlos “We Hardly Knew Ye” Berl wasn’t Colombian. He hailed from Venezuela. 


Pass me the yellow cake

Barry Seal in New OrleansBut the truly most unpleasant news account surprise after the plane crash were the absolutely uniform news media explanations of the movie Cruise was shooting in Medellin.

The film, accounts agreed, was about famous drug smuggler and CIA pilot Barry Seal, who was assassinated for helping the DEA try to capture cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar.

“Called ‘Mena,’ the film stars Cruise as American pilot Barry Seal,” the AP reported, “a drug runner recruited by the CIA to try and capture the late cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar. Seal was shot and killed in 1986 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, allegedly by assassins sent by Escobar’s Medellin cartel.”

“Actor Tom Cruise is filming in several regions of Colombia his film “Mena”, which focuses on the character of Barry Seal, DEA informant killed by Pablo Escobar.”

Nobody even blinked, even though that’s been conclusively proven to be a lie ( by me! shameless plug: See Barry & the boys.)


Tell a Big Lie often enough and no one will notice. Or care. 

According to London’s Guardian newspaper, which should know better, “Seal was shot and killed in 1986 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, allegedly by assassins sent by Escobar’s Medellin cartel.”

Right. At least they used “allegedly.”

Springtime for Hitler… but not Barry Seal

seal-5I already knew of the production’s deep flaws. I took an hour-and-a-half meeting with director Doug Limon and screenwriter Nicholas Spinelli, where I gladly let them pick my brain for information about Barry Seal. 

At the end, Limon, to his credit, paid me the courtesy of being honest about where the movie was going. They would not, he told me, be assigning any blame for the climactic moment in their film, the assassination of Barry Seal.

He said, “We’re leaving it deliberately ambiguous.”

Oliver North need not worry. Nor George Herbert Walker Bush.

I was talking to two guys who can’t wait to make a buck off the lurid and bloody assassination of Barry Seal, while at the same time deliberately keeping their audience—the American people—in the dark about who murdered Barry Seal and why.

It doesn’t get any sleazier than that.

Their movie will leave undisturbed America’s notion about who the real drug lords are, which is the Big Lie of all time. Because characters like Limon and Spanelli (or what ever his name is) care nothing for the human misery caused by an obscene 40-year long war on (other people’s) drugs.

Theirs is a plan so vastly self-serving as to defy comprehension. It could never happen… anywhere but here.

They are shooting a Holocaust movie that forgets to mention the Nazis.

Hooray for Hollywood.

Back in Judy’s Jungle


Those responsible for Seal’s assassination were long ago fingered, with irrefutable evidence, in Barry & the boys.”  So “deliberately ambiguous” doesn’t cut it.

“Deliberately ambiguous” is a lie. And a lot of people know it. The January 2017 release of Doug Limon’s paean to disinformation will prove that, and turn into  a “teachable moment.”

We are back in the world of professional disinformation. Where Bill Cosby is America’s Dad. Where Oswald acted alone. Where Iraq is a threat to acquire nuclear weapons. And where Barry Seal was murdered by assassins from the Medellin Cartel as revenge for his setting up Pablo Escobar.

There’s only one word for it. It’s icky. 

And, for some reason, an old sing-song-y song of Brian Eno’s comes to mind.

These are your orders,
Seems like it’s do it or die,
So please read them closely,
When you’ve learnt them be sure that you eat them up
Drifting about through the cauliflower trees
With a cauliflower ear for the birds
The Squadron assembled what senses they had
And this is the sound that they heard…

Somebody should cue the kazoos.

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Daniel Hopsicker

Daniel Hopsicker is an investigative journalist and the author of two books on transnational crime, Welcome to Terrorland and Barry & the Boys.

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20 Responses

  1. Bill says:

    Did you know that the only firngerprints found on the MAC-10 that killed Seals belonged to an ATF agent?

  2. Remo says:

    (U)SAMO. Professional disinformation : where complex 81 columned steel framed high rises can suddenly drop at free fall due to 'normal office furnishings fires' (free-fall says it all)

    Do I think TomCruise could do a movie fingering GHW BUSH? What a joke. Not in a million years. Or Ron Howard. Truth ain't going to happen thru HollyWood's Scientology dept. Of coercion.

  3. Gayle says:

    Great story!

  4. jo henrion says:


    How do they get funding and picked up for movies when they clearly know the truth but aren't going to tell it?  Bad enough we don't get the real facts from our own press but I thought film makers generally tried to make a movie as realistic as possible.  How naive can I be?  Apparently, very! 

    Again Daniel, another great story. 







    from our own press, but i thought filmmakers usually try to portray a more realistic view.  

  5. Mike says:

    When real life stories are covered by filmmakers, it’s usually to cover up the truth, not expose it. That’s what they get paid for, these days anyway. Keep up the great work Daniel, some of us actually would like to know the truth.

  6. Stephen V. says:

    Appreciate this story. Stranger than fiction !
    I believe you mean *Iran* in the final paragraph…

  7. daniel hopsicker says:

    gotcha. back then it was iraq. (why the “yellow cake” reference.) now its iran. fear of other guys getting the bomb can be a wonderful thing… in the right hands.

  8. Weilunion says:

    Yes, the Hollywood infiltrated CIA is going to make a movie exposing the CIA?

    Tom Cruise is a talentless ‘actor’ has been who will do anything to keep his aging boyish image alive even if it means covering up truth.

    Daniel says:

    “I was talking to two guys who can’t wait to make a buck off the lurid and bloody assassination of Barry Seal, while at the same time deliberately keeping their audience—the American people—in the dark about who murdered Barry Seal and why.”

    The point: concealing more than revealing. Thanks Daniel and folks, do read “Barry and the Boys” for it is amazing and exposes Mena, the home of Clinton and friends in allowing the Iran Contra Cocaine to flow while at the same time laundering the money for Ollie and the CIA. How do you think Clinton ever became president? Favors.

  9. Larry Shea says:

    Dear Mr. Hopsicker,
    Thank you for writing this important story about the movie “Mena.” The sleazy anything-for-a-buck whores of Hollywood have always been sleeping with the U.S. Empire, so, there is nothing new at which to be shocked or surprised about concerning this latest betrayal of theirs. Hollywood has always been great at producing propaganda and outright lies in support of the advancement of the America’s imperial ambitions. I wonder how Hollywood would spin “the Secret History of the American Empire”, by john Perkins, the former “economic hit man”, who subsequently turned whistleblower

    It is ironic, however, that Gene “Chip” Tatum wrote a brief comment, which links the Mena story of yours to the one that you recently published on Jeb Bush. Tatum’s story, which is called, “Managing A Nightmare: The CIA Reveals How It “Watched Over” the Destruction of Gary Webb”, was published today (09/17/15) on the veteranstruthnetwork.com, along with a reprint of the article, “Managing the Nightmare: How the CIA Watched Over the Destruction of Gary Webb”, which was written by Ryan Devereaux and which first appeared on theintercept.com. [Yes, folks Gene “Chip” Tatum is still alive and you can even listen to recent interviews with him on you tube.].

    In the above-mentioned story, by Tatum, he wrote that, “Oliver North oversaw the production and shipment of cocaine into the United States. Utilizing the assets of the United States Government at his disposal…infamous drug pilot Barry Seal among others including myself, shipped tons of high grade cocaine and other drugs into the U. S… However, this use of South and Central American assets was in place thanks to the deployment of a young man into Venezuela in 1977. While assigned in Venezuela, he was key in building an organization which continues today. The assets name, John Ellis Bush”.

    In October 2014, Chip Tatum published an article, entitled, “George and the Boys – My Three Sons + 1” on his Pegasus files. It is worth scrolling down and reading the section devoted to an excellent overview of Jeb Bush’s very shady background. After having digested Mr. Tatum’s tidy little historical tidbit, you just might want to read Wayne Madsen’s article, which is entitled, “Jeb Bush’s CIA “NOC” Work in Venezuela” (The acronym, NOC, stands for Non-Official-Cover). Following this very informative piece, I recommend that you dive headlong into Wayne Madsen’s update on the above-mentioned ‘NOC-Work’ article. His update is entitled, “June 12-14, 2015 — SPECIAL REPORT UPDATE. Jeb Bush Received Comprehensive CIA Briefing When he worked for Bank in Caracas.”

    It has been documented that the Bush family’s connections to the CIA go back to Jeb’s Nazi-sympathizing and supporting grandfather, Prescott Bush. I saw G.W.H. Bush once give a below-the-waste Nazi salute while clearly stating, in a smarmy self-satisfied manner, “Sig Heil.” He performed this little skit at a speech that he gave at a Raytheon facility, in greater Boston, soon after the Gulf War had ended. The entire speech was broadcast live on C-Span.

    No one who has researched this sordid crime family would be surprised that Jeb Bush was delegated to honcho those precious ‘Venice’ Files’ to Langley for safekeeping or for systematic destruction. It would have been absolutely necessary for the CIA to cover up that barbaric mass murder for which they were, at least, partially responsible on 09/11/01. Jeb was and, most likely, still is their NOC-kinda guy!

    Long before I had read “Barry and the Boys” I had read the very important work, “Compromised: Clinton, Bush and the CIA: From Mena, Arkansas to the White house; How the Presidency Was co-opted by the CIA”, which was written by Terry Reed and John Cummings. By the way, the paperback version of this book has almost 80 more pages than has the hardcover version, and there is critical information contained within those pages. Yet, all that I can find is the hardcover for sale on amazon, even though this book was a bestseller in the mid-90s.

    If the reader of this commentary wants to get a good overview of books pertaining to the malfeasant machinations of the Bush family, I suggest that they search for the Reed and Cummings book, “Compromised” on amazon. There in the section, entitled “Customers who bought this item also bought”, the reader will find a number of good books about the Bush’s wheeling-and-dealing and their alleged crimes. Therein can be found such works as, “The Mafia, CIA & George Bush”, “Family of Secrets”, “George Bush: the Unauthorized Biography”, “Barry and the Boys”, “House of Bush, House of Saud”, and “Immaculate Deception.” I also recommend many of the other books in this section, such as “David Ferrie”, and please, do not forget “The Tatum Chronicles.”

    To pretend that the U.S. Government and some of its agencies are not involved in the illicit international drug trade, along with several huge and easily recognizable U.S. and foreign banks, is an unhealthy, dangerous and delusional self- indulgence – people are dying from heroin overdoses in the U.S. and around the world, by the thousands every year.

    Check out the blog spot, Anthrax Vaccine — posts by Meryl Nass, M.D. Her latest article kind of sums up the source of the heroin flooding America and the world. The article is entitled, “The Real Afghanistan Surge is in Heroin Production…” Only fools, self-delusionals, cowards, and liars deny facts!

    I shall leave you to ponder the following quote by Dennis Dayle: “In my 30 years in the Drug Enforcement Administration [DEA] and related agencies, the major targets of my investigations almost invariably turned out to be working for the CIA.”

    Dennis Dayle was the former chief of an elite DEA enforcement unit, which was known as Unit One. James Mills wrote about this elite unit and about Dennis Dayle extensively in his massive volume, “Underground Empire.” So, I wonder if Tommy Top-Gun and any of the various production companies got a piece of the white powder action from the CIA for making such a fairy- tale of a movie about Barry Cial [Oops, I mean Seal, as in CIA- trained seal via his mentor, who was the screwball Mafia and CIA-pilot David Ferrie.].

  10. jesus says:

    who plays bill clinton, dan lassiter, roger clinton, hillary clinton, don tyson, ollie seacourt north, and jackson stevens? nobody, ah i see.

  11. KC says:

    Another important question in regard to the plane crash is, where is Tom Cruise and Doug Liman? Ever since this crash took place on September 11th, there has been no word of these two – like they literally fell off the face of the earth.

    Fans love to take pictures of celebrities and considering how recognizable Tom Cruise is around the world, there have been absolutely no pictures of him since this tragic incident. Coincidence? We have pics of him in Jamaica before he flew to Columbia. We have pics and video of Tom in Columbia. But we have absolutely nothing since September 11th. There has been no press conference about the accident, even more, there here has been no words spoken by Tom or Doug to the families that we know of.

    Hopefully something will surface in the next few days. But for now this comes across as suspicious.

  12. Harry says:

    Garland’s license was not current, along with his b/p medication should not have been cleared to fly. You can look it up yourself. Look into his background. The government down there also gives a 15% credit back to anyone that films there. Fast, loose and cheap at the expense of lives
    I agree with the previous post…..why no comment from anyone? We lost a great man in Alan Purwin. This was avoidable.

  13. Roger Reaves says:

    I am very happy the film is coming out. I think people miss the point – this film will generate interest and "ordinary people" will have "key words" to look up – MENA, BARRY SEAL etc.

    This is only a good thing.

    People expect miracles. How many of the poeple here would go out on such a limb? Expose themselves like Cruise and Liman? How many?

    Armchair Generalship is a beautiful thing.

    Watch NSA/CIA insider and chronicler Richard Thieme talk about getting the "Truth" through "fiction" in a National Security state – Richard Thieme – "The Only Way to Tell the Truth is in Fiction"


  14. PG says:

    Harry's comment is not accurate Gatland's license was not expired and he was not on BP medication. He was not  flying the plane. Sorry your facts are wrong!!!!!

  15. JO says:

    I flew with Alan once.  He was a good man.  Also one of the very best to fly a chopper.  He will be very missed in the international film industry.

  16. Tom Cruise is an undercover fag. Just like the other cultist John Travolta.

  17. smoke says:

    The families of Purwin and Berl have sued the film in California court for fatal negligence. Something to do with a pilot insufficiently trained for the flying conditions and the film being behind schedule. Insurance probably covers that; doubt anyone wants it to go to court.
    Film release is now delayed to Sept 2017, and it has a new name: “American Made”. Someone objected to “Mena”?
    In a close election season, even the pre-release buzz might have stirred up some popular interest, as R Reaves suggests. Democrats might not want to remind anyone of that almost forgotten Arkansas transshipment point and the wild times in Clinton Arkansas.
    Director Doug Liman’s father was, of course, Arthur Liman, lead counsel for the Senate investigation of Iran/contra. One might hope that Doug heard more at his father’s home than made it into the record, and that some of this might slip into a film.

    Imdb’s full cast list indicates that W Bush, HW Bush’s secretary, Oliver North, and Fawn Hall all make appearances. As well as an assortment of ATF, CIA, and mostly DEA agent-characters. No Clintons listed, although there is a “Bubba” character. One character is named “David Johnson,” a name that once identified one of the weapons-delivery pilots in Salvador in 1986. “David Johnson of McAllen, TX”, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer article from March of ’87. Including these characters suggests that the contra supply mission makes its way into the script in some form, if it isn’t left on a cutting room floor.

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