1. Part I of this series reported that a copy of Jim Norman's letter to the White House--a prelude to his Fostergate article--was leaked by White House counsel to Mark H. Tuohey III, head of the Washington office of the Starr investigation into events related to Whitewater, prior to the time that White House Press Secretary Michael McCurry responded to the letter.
The individual responsible for the leak was Abner Mikva.
2. "[W]as the letter leaked to Mark Tuohey by the White House because Tuohey is the White House point man for spin control with respect to any evidence 'uncovered' by the [Whitewater] investigation?" Part I asked.
Since then Mark Tuohey has resigned to join a law firm representing the Rose law firm, whose chief litigators once included Vince Foster, Hillary Clinton, and Webster Hubbell. According to the Washington Post, Tuohey was leaving to join the law firm of Vinson & Elkins. Kenneth Starr's ethics officer, Sam Dash, ruled there was no conflict of interest. Thus one can assume, then, that Tuohey was representing the Rose law firm all along.
3. Now White House counsel Abner Mikva is also said to be resigning. According to an AP report, Mikva said: "I'm running out of gas. I feel good, but this is a grueling job."
Mikva's departure (he will be with us until Halloween) has the appearance of a rat abandoning a sinking ship.
4. Mikva will be replaced by Jack Quinn, currently chief of staff for Vice-President Al Gore. Part 24 reported on Al Gore's curious dinner party over Labor Day weekend. Some time after the dinner party there was a confrontation between Clinton and Gore, in which Gore apparently laid down some conditions for his again serving as Clinton's running mate. According to one source, the argument was over Clinton's knowledge of drug running at Mena. According to another source, the argument concerned the continuing influence of Bush appointees in the Clinton administration.
Both sources agreed the discussion was intense.
5. "Bill Clinton had to know what was happening at Mena," I said to one source. "He had his own intelligence service, the State Police. Nothing could happen he wouldn't know about."
"Some of the troopers who were supposed to be reporting to Bill were really reporting to Hillary," the source retorted. "They had a big fight about it."
I suppose it's possible. Which may help explain why in some ways the White House later appeared to operate in the disjointed fashion of right-brain, left-brain with a severed corpus callosum.
6. As the cover-up of the circumstances of Vince Foster's demise unravels, the enthusiasm of many of the original sharks has waned. The Mellon-inspired media wanted to get Clinton, while ensuring the story didn't bleed back to the nuclear network based in Pittsburgh, and the associated story of the arming of Iraq.
Perhaps they are also worried about the missing quantities of plutonium from facilities allegedly guarded by the Wackenhut Corporation?
7. Whitewater investigators, including perhaps the Starr investigation at first, also appeared determined to see that the financial shenanigans of Whitewater didn't reveal any financial information related to the Mena arms-for-drugs deal.
This will turn out to be increasingly difficult since a common money-laundering operation ties all these together.
Meanwhile, no one has explained what Hillary Clinton was doing on the board of directors of a cement company.
7. According to William O. Douglas, a person is defined by the checks he writes. Foster's handling the financial affairs of important individuals perhaps burdened him with the knowledge of too many felonies. Some of these may have related to payments out of Bahrain.
Clinton-backer Jackson Stephens reportedly capitalized on the $100,000 donation he made to the 1988 campaign of George Bush, as well as his friendship with George Bush, Jr., to get BCCI funding of a Harken Energy offshore project in Bahrain. (See Common Cause Magazine, April-June, 1992.)
Was Hillary Clinton later a recipient of funds from this project?
8. If Hillary Clinton goes back into private law practice, will she again represent Systematics (Alltel Information Services), the Little Rock software firm?
According to The American Lawyer, July 1992: "[Hillary] Clinton also was attracted to intellectual property litigation. 'We did not have any intellectual property expertise when she joined us,' says [Vince] Foster, who adds that Clinton got involved in this area through her work for the firm client, Systematics Inc., a company based in Little Rock that provided computer systems for financial institutions. 'She became sort of self-taught in all of this,' explains Foster. 'And you don't find a lot of intellectual property subspecialists in Arkansas. Quite frankly, the rest of us here thought of it as a foreign language.'"
9. A rumor says the White House is considering releasing the story that Foster killed himself in a private "safe house" set up so White House staffers could "let their hair down". Foster's body was then removed to Ft. Marcy Park to spare the feelings of his family, but the President wasn't aware of any of this.
This story would perhaps help explain the discrepancies at Ft. Marcy Park, as well as the blonde or brownish hairs, the carpet fibers, and the semen stains on Foster's clothes. I have not been able to confirm that the White House is actually considering releasing this story, but at any rate it won't wash (or even dry clean). At best it redefines coitus interruptus.
10. Any way you slice it, some people are in trouble. Isn't knowledge of an alleged felony on the part of a law enforcement official or body, which knowledge is not investigated, a felony in itself?
Consider the House Banking Committee. Assistant Staff Director Gregory Wierzynski is, like Steve Forbes (who killed Jim Norman's story on Fostergate--in apparent training to make firm, Presidential decisions), a former head of Radio Free Europe. He is also the chief investigator for Jim Leach's probe into money laundering--a probe that apparently has only one purpose: get Bill Clinton and cover up the involvement of everyone else. But the facts don't stop with Bill Clinton.
Wierzynski has been presented with knowledge of money laundering felonies by Mellon Bank. What are he, and Jim Leach, going to do about it?
11. Personally I don't approve of the money-laundering legislation which represents an invasion of personal privacy. But the reason for the increasing stringent legislation (money laundering was made illegal in the U.S. in 1986, and the definition of "laundering" was been expanded every two years since, in 1988, 1990, 1992, and 1994) is the people who promote it and enforce it don't expect to abide by it. This includes the U.S. Treasury (FinCEN) and the Federal Reserve. A cynic might conclude the legislation is just a way of eliminating the competition.
12. The same goes for the War on (Some) Drugs, which drove up the price of illegal drugs, drove up the profit margins available to those who deal in prohibited drugs, and created a criminal subclass who profit from the prohibition. Billions of dollar in cocaine and heroin profits has created widespread political corruption. The architects of this legislation have been left with plenty of cash to diversify into other things--such as the construction of prison facilities to hold a legion of minor drug offenders, like marijuana smokers.
Perhaps if the movers and shakers in this story--which include the chief money launderers and the chief drug dealers--are treated to a long sojourn in the crowbar motel, it will help focus their attention on the insanities of the system they have helped create.
[to be continued]