Bo Gritz

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BornJanuary 18, 1939
Enid, Oklahoma, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign
ExposedOperation Watchtower
InterestsCIA/Drug trafficking
PartyPopulist, (1984–1996)

James Gordon "Bo" Gritz is a former United States Army Special Forces officer.


After serving in the Vietnam War and retiring from the military, Gritz has worked on attempted POW rescues in conjunction with the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue.[1] He later became part of the militia movement and in 1992 negotiated the end of the Ruby Ridge siege the FBI put on a family in a secluded rural part of the US [2] and was a presidential candidate in the same year.

Dr. Russell Arben Fox describes him:[3]

"Bo Gritz is a US Army Special Forces officer who, sometime in the 1980s, discovered countless drug-money-fueled, internationally-coordinated conspiracies working to undermine America's strength and security, its Christian heritage, its moral values, etc., etc."

CIA drug trafficking

In 1986, after a trip to Burma to interview drug kingpin Khun Sa regarding possible locations of U.S. POWs, Gritz returned from Burma with a videotaped interview in which Khun Sa names several officials in the Reagan administration involved in drug trafficking in Southeast Asia. Among those named was Richard Armitage, who most recently was Deputy Secretary of State during George W. Bush's first term as president. Gritz believed that those same officials were involved in a coverup of missing American POWs. Gritz was threatened, told to "erase and forget" all that he had discovered, as it would, "hurt the government". Further, was promised a prison sentence of "15 years" if he did not.[4]

Christic Institute lawsuit

During this period Gritz established contacts with the Christic Institute,[5] a progressive group which was then pursuing a lawsuit against the U.S. government over charges of drug trafficking in both Southeast Asia and Central America. [Citation Needed]


A Document by Bo Gritz

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Bo Gritz Letter to George Bushletter1 February 1988Illegal drug tradeA letter from Bo Gritz to George H. W. Bush