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Exposed by Celerino Castillo, Daniel Sheehan
Interest of Leslie Cockburn
Description A drug trafficking/weapons smuggling operation carried out with the approval of the top of the US government.

The Iran-Contra affair was an illegal, international arms deal involving drug trafficking and defying US congress to supply weapons to the "Contras".

Official narrative

“One of the most complicated and intrigue-filled scandals in recent decades, the Iran-contra affair dominated the news for many months. It consisted of three interconnected parts: The Reagan administration sold arms to Iran, a country desperate for materiel during its lengthy war with Iraq; in exchange for the arms, Iran was to use its influence to help gain the release of Americans held hostage in Lebanon; and the arms were purchased at high prices, with the excess profits diverted to fund the Reagan-favored "contras" fighting the Sandinista government in Nicaragua.”
Larry J. Sabato (1998)  - [1]

The Iran-Contra affair was investigated by the House Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran and the Senate Select Committee On Secret Military Assistance to Iran And the Nicaraguan Opposition, which heard the allegations of CIA drug trafficking but did not accept them as proven.


Even the name, "Iran-Contra", is disingenuous, ignoring as it does the drug dealing, which was never fully exposed. The abundance of evidence of this has been obscured if not from the public record, then largely from public consciousness.[2] Drawing a parallel with the Watergate Coup, Mark Gorton suggests that Iran-Contra was a limited hangout orchestrated by George H. W. Bush to try to get Ronald Reagan to resign, but that Reagan loyalists Edwin Meese and George Schulz were able to fight off the coup attempt.[3]

Drug trafficking

Full article: CIA/Drug trafficking

The most significant drug trafficker may have been the notorious Barry Seal who supposedly cut a deal and became an informant. His co-pilot, Emile Camp, and a partner in many of Seal's exploits died in an Air America crash in 1985 on Fourche Mountain north of Mena. Tosh Plumlee, Bo Abbott and Edward Cutolo[4] have all testified under oath to involvement in US government/CIA sanctioned drug trafficking.

As Mike Ruppert wrote to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence:

Most Americans have been lead to believe that the purpose of these hearings is to ascertain whether or not there is any evidence that the Central Intelligence Agency dealt drugs during the Iran-Contra era. If these hearings were about evidence, then the most patriotic duty I could perform would be to quote Jack Blum who served as chief investigator for the Kerry Subcommittee on narcotics and "terrorism" ten years ago. He testified before this committee last year and said, "We don't have to investigate. We already know." We could save a lot of taxpayer money by just rereading the records of the Kerry hearings. There is more evidence in there than any court in the world would ever need to hand down indictments.

At best, I could just quote you one entry from Oliver North's diary dated July 5, 1985, which said that $14 million to buy weapons for the Contras, "came from drugs." I wouldn't need to mention the two hundred and fifty other such entries in his diary, which refer to narcotics. Or I could quote Dennis Dayle a senior DEA supervisory agent who said, "In my thirty year history in DEA, the major targets of my investigations almost invariably turned out to be working for the C.I.A."

But these hearings are not about evidence. They are about corruption and cover-up. The CIA did not just deal drugs during the Iran-Contra era; it has done so for the full fifty years of its history. Today I will give you evidence which will show that the CIA, and many figures who became known during Iran-Contra such as Richard Secord, Ted Shackley, Tom Clines, Felix Rodriguez and George Herbert Walker Bush, who was DCI when I first became exposed to Agency drug dealing, have been selling drugs to Americans since the Vietnam era. I have been very careful to make sure that what I tell you today is admissible evidence in criminal proceedings...[5]


Peter Dale Scott writes in The Doomsday Project and Deep Events that "We should expand our consciousness of Iran-Contra to think of it as Iran-Afghan-Contra. And if we do, we must acknowledge that in this complex and misunderstood deep event the CIA in Afghanistan exercised again the paramilitary capacity that Stansfield Turner had tried to terminate when he was CIA Director under Jimmy Carter. This was a victory in short for the faction of men like Richard Blee, the protector of al-Mihdhar as well as the advocate in 2000 for enhanced CIA paramilitary activity in Afghanistan.[6]"


Lance deHaven-Smith wrote in 2010 that "given what is now known about Iran-Contra, it appears likely that the Iran-Contra operation grew out of the October Surprise agreement".[7] The core personnel appear to have been drawn from the cabal centered around George H. W. Bush, including Donald Gregg and Felix Rodriguez.


"Despite three separate instructions not to, the CIA still destroyed Iran-Contra evidence".[8]

Oliver North is sworn in before the United States House Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran, on July 7, 1986

The United States House Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran was chaired by Lee Hamilton, who was later to chair the House October Surprise Task Force, and was as to vice-chair of the 9/11 Commission and be a ranking member of the Select Subcommittee to Investigate the United States Role in Iranian Arms Transfers to Croatia and Bosnia.


Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Affidavit of William CaseyWikiSpooks PageWilliam CaseyAn admission by William Casey, DCI, that he approved smuggling of cocaine into USA, having chosen Mena, Arkansas as a shipment point, with the support of Bill Clinton and Bill Weld. Casey names a range of names, including John Poindexter, Robert McFarlane, Oliver North and William Colby, the CIA, NSA and ASA.
The Doomsday Project and Deep Eventsarticle21 November 2011Peter Dale Scott

Related Quotations

Oliver North“Wanted aircraft to go to Bolivia to pick up paste. Want aircraft to pick up 1,500 kilos.”Oliver North9 July 1984
Oliver North“Honduran DC-6 which is being used for runs out of New Orleans is probably being used for drug runs into U.S.”Oliver North9 August 1984
Oliver North“$14M [million] to finance came from drugs.”Oliver North12 July 1985