Chapter One


Venice, Florida, where three of the four terrorist pilots learned to fly, is the biggest September 11 crime scene that wasn’t reduced to rubble. Yet it has until now received no serious scrutiny for what it might reveal about the nature of the 9/11 attack. Investigative journalist Daniel Hopsicker went searching for evidence that Mohamed Atta and his Hamburg cadre received outside help while they were in the U.S., as authorities initially stated, from a shadowy ‘global network,’ or even from foreign governments.

What he found was a massive cover-up-in-progress in Florida designed to conceal the true story of what was going while Mohamed Atta and his Hamburg cadre conspirators made Venice, Florida their 'home away from home' base for a year and a half. The book is packed with revelations, many of them stunning:

  • On the morning of the 9/11 attack there was an attempt on the life of President George W. Bush at the hotel where he was staying in Sarasota, Florida by four Arab men...

  • Mohamed Atta had an American girlfriend, with whom he lived for two months in Venice, FL., who was intimidated into silence by the FBI...

  • Terrorists, strippers and mysterious German associates mingling together in wild booze and drug fueled party weekends in Key West...

  • The mysterious ‘money man’ behind the purchase of Huffman Aviation in Venice had his Lear jet seized at gunpoint by DEA agents, with 43 lbs. of heroin onboard... the same month Mohamed Atta arrived at his school.

Far from merely being negligent or asleep at the switch, the available evidence indicates the CIA was not just aware that hundreds of Arab ‘flight students’ began pouring into Southwest Florida in 1999, but was running the operation.


The Scandal the White House Feared Most WASN'T Whitewater...It was Mena.

The Wall Street Journal called Barry Seal "the ghost haunting the Whitewater probe." Based on a 3-year long investigation, Daniel Hopsicker discovered the 'secret history' the American Press was afraid to tell: Seal, the most successful drug smuggler in American history, was also-and not coincidentally-a lifelong CIA agent, one of the most famous who ever lived, active in everything from the Bay of Pigs... to the Kennedy Assassination.

The story of Barry Seal is America's secret history... of what happens when guys we pay to protect us--CIA guys--go into business with guys we're paying them to protect us against.."Made" guys. Mobsters...Organized Crime.

Ripping the 'official story' on the so-called "Clinton Scandals" to shreds, "Barry and 'the boys'" breaks the biggest scoop of all about the Arkansas Drug Connection: where the money went. And goes...

Did the big-time "players" in small 'backwards' Arkansas--Bill Clinton, Vince Foster, Jackson Stephens, Jim Blair, Don Tyson--stand idly by while Barry Seal made billions of dollars importing cocaine through their state? Or were the "goings-on in Mena" of Barry and 'the boys' just the continuation of... 'business as usual?'

America's Secret History-Revealed:

  • The incredible involvement with Seal's narcotics smuggling organization of top officials in both major American political parties... Republican Attorney General Ed Meese...Democratic National Chairman Charles Manatt... Al Gore's Campaign Chairman, Tony Coelho...

  • While Attorney General of Arkansas, Bill Clinton signed a "get-out-of-jail-free" personal recognizance bond for Barry Seal, after Seal had been jailed for drug smuggling in the '70's.

  • The suspicious and long-lasting link between 'smuggler' Barry Seal and the Bush Family, Senior and Junior.

  • Why a photograph taken in a Mexico City night club ten months before the JFK assassination,(see cover) showing Seal, future Watergate burglar Frank Sturgis, and CIA agent & professional assassin Felix Rodriguez, exposes the secret CIA involvement that explains why Bill Clinton's Arkansas became an openly-corrupt international guns-and-drug bazaar 20 years later.
Commenting on the CIA's affair with the Mafia, L.B.J.'s press secretary, Bill Moyers said, "Once we decide that anything goes, anything can come home to haunt us." After you've read "Barry and 'the boys'" you'll understand what he meant. The author was the Executive Producer of a business news show airing on NBC when, while shooting a feature story in Arkansas during production of the pilot for a new show he became aware that, in the words of one top federal law enforcement official, "Things ain't always been jes' right 'round here."