THE FOLLOWING INVESTIGATIVE REPORT IS A PRESENTATION OF CITIZENS VIDEO PRESS, A DIVISION OF CITIZENS FOR HONEST GOVERNMENT, A NON-PARTISAN ORGANIZATION DESIGNED TO ALERT THE PUBLIC ABOUT DISHONESTY AND CORRUPTION IN GOVERNMENT.
JOHN BROWN (Former Saline Country Criminal Investigator):
I'm John Brown, a sixteen year law enforcement veteran from the state of Arkansas. The Clinton Chronicles was originally released in June of 1994. The videotape had a very big impact, according to some, on the 1994 elections. The Chronicles was put together because there were several people, not only in Arkansas, but across the nation, that had documented evidence of criminal activity that involved Bill and Hillary Clinton. That evidence was never allowed to be in court. The media refused to expose this evidence. The people who prepared this film took the time and the effort to allow the people and the investigators involved to bring the evidence to you, the people, to view. What you're about to see you're not going to believe. Some of you will say, "How could this happen?" All I ask you to do is sit back, view what we have and listen to what we have to say. You make your own judgment.
THE FOLLOWING PROGRAM IS RECOMMENDED FOR MATURE AUDIENCES
NARRATOR: ON JANUARY 20TH, 1993, WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON BECAME THE 42ND PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. AT THE TIME, MOST AMERICANS WERE NOT AWARE OF THE EXTENT OF CLINTON'S CRIMINAL BACKGROUND, NOR WERE THEY AWARE OF THE MEDIA BLACKOUT WHICH KEPT THIS INFORMATION FROM THE PUBLIC. AS STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND LATER, GOVERNOR, BILL CLINTON IN TWELVE YEARS ACHIEVED ABSOLUTE CONTROL OVER THE POLITICAL, LEGAL AND FINANCIAL SYSTEMS OF ARKANSAS. AS PRESIDENT, HE WOULD ATTEMPT TO DO THE SAME WITH THE NATION BY BRINGING MEMBERS OF HIS INNER CIRCLE WITH HIM TO WASHINGTON. THE HIJACKING OF AMERICA WAS UNDER WAY, AND ITS IMPACT ON FUTURE GENERATIONS WOULD BE INCALCULABLE.
CITIZENS FOR HONEST GOVERNMENT PRESENTS THE CLINTON CHRONICLES. ALL INFORMATION PRESENTED IN THIS PROGRAM IS DOCUMENTED AND TRUE.
JUDGE JIM JOHNSON (Former Arkansas State Senator and State Supreme Court Justice): Bill Clinton was born in Hope, and of course raised in Hot Springs. They had open bawdy houses over there at the time, and they had open gambling at the time. But Clinton grew up in that, in that atmosphere, that different atmosphere of Hot Springs. If it felt good, you did it. He was selected to go to the National from Arkansas Boys State to be a delegate to the National Boys State. And while he was there he was able to meet John Kennedy, and I'm sure that sparked an ambition in this young man. And he apparently has always had an exceptional keen mind, keen intellect. And he has, he early, evidently, had tremendous ambition. He was gifted in so many ways. The truth is, he is one of the most charming men that I've ever met in my life. He has more energy than, than any ten people I've ever known. He was able to network himself into running for Attorney General virtually unopposed. And then he was able to take that position and catapult himself into the Governor's office two years later, and started building his foundation.
NORA WAYE (Former business partner of Bill Clinton's stepfather): When you think about Bill Clinton's aversion to the truth, you wonder if this is because of the lackadaisical moral background that he's had in this area. He lied about Rhodes, being a Rhodes scholar. He never completed that, and still said he was a Rhodes scholar. He went to Moscow, and did business with them against the United States government, and he wasnt challenged by the press about that. In Arkansas, while he was Governor, he said he balanced the budget eleven times. He never did it once. Also he said he didn't raise taxes, and he raised taxes 126 times.
JUDGE JIM JOHNSON: He can accommodate any situation that comes up, because he's not hemmed in by the truth. I've never felt that Clinton consciously, or unconsciously was hemmed in with morality.
LARRY NICHOLS (Former Director of Marketing for the Arkansas Development Finance Authority): I first met Bill Clinton in the mid to late 70's. He was an "up and coming" politician. There were a group of us, Jim Guy Tucker, Bill Clinton, Sheffield Nelson and myself. And we kind of ran around and palled around with each other. It was from that point that I did a lot of projects for Bill from a marketing perspective. In 1988 I went to Bill and I said, "I need a job to kind of relax, mellow out." Bill Clinton and Betsy Wright, they suggested that I go to work for a place called the Arkansas Development Finance Authority, and they said my talents could really be used there. It was the best kept secret in Arkansas. After about two weeks I went to Wooten Epps and I said, "Wooten, I think I've got enough background on this that we can start marketing it. Now, what is the criteria for loans?" He said, "Whoever Bill wants to get a loan." To go back, though, to that moment in time, I'd been there about a month, and I realized that I was in the epicenter of what I'd always heard about all my life, what most people have heard about is the "machine." I was literally working, sitting in the middle of Bill Clinton's political machine. It was where he made payoffs, where he repaid favors to people for campaign support. I was in an interesting seat, and I knew it. We had a board meeting. In that particular board meeting I was sitting at the end of the table. James Branyan, who was chairman of the board at that time, was sitting at the head of the table. James Branyan stood up in a public restaurant, and he hollered at the Beverly Enterprises guy, Bobby Stephens, and said, "Did you get the $50,000 campaign contribution from the client that you're introducing the loan for?" He said, "Not yet." And he said, "Then, hold up the loan until you get it." I stood up, went up to James and I said, "James, don't yell stuff like that. You don't need to be yelling it in a restaurant. That sounds real bad." He was just burly and arrogant and he said, "Who cares?"
NARRATOR: BILL CLINTON SOLD THE CONCEPT OF ADFA TO THE PEOPLE OF ARKANSAS AS A VEHICLE FOR CREATING JOBS AND ASSISTING CHURCHES AND SCHOOLS. IN REALITY, MILLIONS OF TAXPAYER-GUARANTEED DOLLARS WERE BEING CHANNELED TO CLINTON'S ELECTION CAMPAIGNS, TO HIS INNER CIRCLE OF FRIENDS, AND TO HIS WIFE, HILLARY'S, LAW FIRM. THIS MAY EXPLAIN WHY ADFA HAD BEEN DRAFTED IN SUCH A MANNER AS TO KEEP ITS DECISION- MAKING PROCEDURES SECRET.
LARRY NICHOLS: If you needed a million dollars, you had to get your application handled by the Rose Law Firm, pay them $50,000. There were five other companies in the state of Arkansas that were actually more qualified in bond structuring and applications, but Rose Law Firm got "em all. I started checking around, and I kept asking, well you know, one thing's bothering me -- to the comptroller, Bill Wilson. "You know, how did people make payments on these loans?" He looked at me, he said, "They don't." He thought I knew. Well, that blew my mind. And this is about two months in, it was getting tough then. So I started gathering the documents. After everybody left I would stick around as if I were working on the annual report. And I made copies of them all. For about two months I watched accounts accumulate money. And at the end of the month they zero-balanced. They're laundering drug money. There was a hundred million a month in cocaine coming in and out of Mena, Arkansas. They had a problem. They were doing so much money in cocaine, a hundred million. You, you create a problem in a little state like Arkansas. How do you clean one hundred million dollars a month? ADFA until 1989 never banked in Arkansas. What they would do is they would ship the money down to Florida, a bank in Florida which later would be connected to BCCI. They would ship money to a bank in Atlanta, Georgia, which by the way was later connected to BCCI. They'd ship to Citicorp in New York, which would send the money overseas. And there was an interesting one, a bank in Chicago. And that bank, by the way, is partially owned by Dan Rostenkowski. Dan Lasater would get the bonds. He would become the broker for the bonds. He would transfer money back to ADFA. He never sold a bond. The money then would leave ADFA, go into one of the various banks for the specific bond loan, and they would zero it out. When they zeroed it out they were giving it back to Lasater less their handling fees.
DOC DELAUGHTER (Former Arkansas Police Investigator in charge of Dan Lasater case): During the Lasater investigation, we had numerous witnesses for the Federal Grand Jury, had extensive Police testimony of people that were connected with Dan Lasater and drug use and everything else. Uh, his cocaine use become used as a tool for sexual favors and also for business deals and to influence people. And that's when Mr. Lasater became quite flamboyant with his cocaine use and that ultimately led to his arrest and conviction.
LARRY NICHOLS: Dan Lasater, who was best friend of Bill Clinton, who went to jail with Roger Clinton for cocaine, and by the way, let me explain something, he didn't sell cocaine. No, they were giving it away; huge piles of cocaine in his office. Ash tray upon ash tray full at the parties, and they would give it to young girls. That's sick. I mean, they were giving a highly addictive drug to young girls.
DOC DELAUGHTER: One particular one that comes to mind is a fourteen-year old cheerleader out of North Little Rock. She was a virgin, and ultimately he ended up sending her to a physician of his. The physician put her on birth control pills. He used cocaine in order to - ultimately she lost her virginity and she got addicted to cocaine and the last I heard of her when we had her subpoenaed backed to the Federal Grand Jury, she was a hooker in Lake Tahoe.
LARRY NICHOLS: Dan Lasater contracted to launder the money and in addition to his contract to launder the money and the system that he and Bill Clinton set up to do it, probably what he did is he took advantage of some of the cocaine. That's why he could give it away. Shoot, you have a hundred million a month in cocaine, they wouldn't care if you took a bucket full a day.
DOC DELAUGHTER: After Lasater was indicted, I started to receive quite a bit of harassment from my own department, the Arkansas State Police, and I knew the reason behind it, because the affiliation with the State Police and the Governor's office, with Dan Lasater and his business associates.
SHARLINE WILSON (Grand Jury Witness): Mr. Lasater's cocaine involvement at times was very heavy, and at other times he was very cool, calm, mediocre. He didn't, he was, he was very careful, as all of them have been for quite some time.
LARRY NICHOLS: Once he was convicted, he went to a minimum security prison, a holiday hotel we call them. He spent, I think it was six to eight months and he got out. Unbeknownst to anybody, Bill Clinton the day after he got out granted him a full and complete pardon. So if you think hes tough on crime, think about a man that pardons a man that gives cocaine to kids.
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LARRY NICHOLS: Your President, the President of the United States, not only was a part of the system that was laundering millions of cocaine dollars, your President signed off on it. He can't deny that he did. You see, because at ADFA there was one little catch. Every loan that ADFA made, Bill Clinton himself had to sign off on it. More than Bill Clinton, you better identify the people in the loop of the drug running. You better identify the people in the loop for money-laundering. And what you'll find there is those people go straight to Washington. Act 1062, if you look at it, it says that ADFA was developed and created to provide low-interest bond loans for churches, schools, colleges. Now look what happened to our legislature. They voted on the bill creating ADFA, thinking that they were getting money to colleges and schools to buy books and so forth. What better way to run thousands and tens of millions of dollars, launder it, clean it up and use the cover of a state agency to do it. The first loan made at ADFA was made to Park-O-Meter, a company called Park-O-Meter. Seth Ward was the owner. As I started looking, I found out that the secretary/treasurer was Web Hubbell. Then I find out Web Hubbell was Seth Ward's son-in-law. Guess who drafted the legislation creating Act 1062, which created the Arkansas Development Finance Authority? Web Hubbell. Guess who introduced the legislation to our legislators and got it passed through our house? Web Hubbell. Guess who got the first loan? Web Hubbell. Imagine this: Guess who did the audit and the evaluation of the application. Rose Law Firm, you guessed it. Who signed it? Web Hubbell, Hillary Clinton. You see, that's against the law in Arkansas. You can't investigate yourself when the good faith and credit of the state of Arkansas is involved in a bond issue. He broke the law. Good Lord willing, creek don't rise, Mr. Hubbell will be serving some time in the pen for that one.
NARRATOR: IRONICALLY, WEB HUBBELL, A SENIOR PARTNER AT THE ROSE LAW FIRM, WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST COMMITTEE AT ROSE. IN 1988, HE SUCCESSFULLY ADVANCED THE ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT ACT, WHICH REQUIRED ARKANSAS LEGISLATORS TO REPORT GOVERNMENTAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST. INCREDIBLY, THIS LAW SPECIFICALLY EXEMPTED GOVERNOR BILL CLINTON, HIS APPOINTEES, AND HIS RELATIVES. CLINTON'S APPOINTMENT OF HUBBELL TO THE U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT EXEMPLIFIED THE ADMINISTRATION'S TOTAL DISREGARD FOR LEGAL ETHICS. HUBBELL'S HASTY RESIGNATION IN MARCH, 1994 FOR SUPPOSED OVERBILLING OF ROSE CLIENTS WAS MERELY A PLOY TO REMOVE HUBBELL FROM THE LIMELIGHT BEFORE EXTENSIVE CRIMINAL CHARGES COULD BE BROUGHT AGAINST HIM.
LARRY NICHOLS: Let me tell you about Park-O-Meter. The first loan was 2.85 million dollars. Never was a penny of that paid back. As the newspaper people started inquiring about the Park-O-Meter loans, what they found was that Park-O-Meter was actually building retrofit nose cone compartments that were being shipped to Mena. We find out that the nose cones were actually being used to smuggle dope back into the country. And what is scary, what's so scary, it's the same cast of characters. Web Hubbell, the Rose Law Firm, are guilty, I say to you, of conspiring to defraud the state of Arkansas, the federal government and conspired to solicit the sales and the laundering of money for illegal drugs. This is your President. This is his circle of power. These are the people when he got elected President, he did not pass "go", he took them straight to Washington with him. And by all things holy, I think he was planning to set up and do the same thing in Washington.
NARRATOR: IN 1982, COCAINE TRAFFICKER BARRY SEALE SET UP ONE OF THE LARGEST DRUG SMUGGLING OPERATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES IN MENA, ARKANSAS, UNDER THE APPROVING EYE OF GOVERNOR BILL CLINTON.
LARRY NICHOLS: Barry Seale had a bunch of planes and supposedly had pilots. Barry Seale was a drug smuggler. Now he tried to set it up in his home state of Louisiana but they wouldn't let him. He had to come to a state that had a sleazy Governor, hooked on cocaine, and everybody knew it. Yea, Bill Clinton was hooked on cocaine.
SHARLINE WILSON: I lived in Little Rock, Arkansas, O.K.? And I worked at a club called Le Bistro's, and I met Roger Clinton there, Governor Bill Clinton, a couple of his state troopers that went with him wherever he went. Roger Clinton had come up to me and he had asked me could I give him some coke, you know, and asked for my one-hitter, which a one-hitter is a very small silver device, O.K., that you stick up into your nose and you just squeeze it and a snort of cocaine will go up in there. And I watched Roger hand what I had given him to Governor Clinton, and he just kind of turned around and walked off. And that's one specific.
DR. SAMUEL HOUSTON (Former Physician to Hugh Rodham, Hillary's father): Dr. Suen, S-U-E-N, a doctor at the medical center here in Little Rock that's taken care of Bill Clinton for his sinus problems, which may indeed be drug related to cocaine use, as they destroy the sinus passages. Governor Bill Clinton was taken into the hospital, I believe it was the medical center, on at least one or two occasions, for cocaine abuse and overdosage, in which he actually had to be cared for at the hospital.
SHARLINE WILSON: It led to toga parties, and if you're not sure on what a toga party is - I've had to clarify this in the past - a toga party is where you wrap yourself in a sheet -- most of the time (laugh). The people at the toga parties were Governor Clinton, now President Clinton, Attorney General Steve Clark - O.K., he was there a few times - members of the Arkansas State Police, you know, along with Roger and, you know, other people. They began to dance around, do the cocaine in one room, have sex in another room, "cause in the Coachman's Inn the rooms were adjoining, you know. And to be quite truthful, you end up with somebody in particular and you, nine times out of ten, end up having sex. And there was cocaine there. I know; I'm the one that made sure it was there.
JOHN BROWN: I talked to the manager, the assistant manager for the apartment complex where Roger Clinton used to live. They've all said Bill Clinton did drugs; they saw him. I've talked to a lot of other people who have all, just like the people at the apartment complex, said, "Hey, John, get us to a Congressional hearing. Yes, we'll sign sworn affidavits." These people want to be sure when they come forward that something's done about it because they fear for their lives. But they really want the truth to get out.
SHARLINE WILSON: I was there, coming there with Roger one night, and back in the back part of the mansion there, there's kind of like a living quarters type thing. And we would all get together out there and do cocaine, you know. And, no, Mrs. Clinton wasn't there at the time.
RUSSELL WELCH (Arkansas State Police Investigator in charge of Mena investigation): In 1983, I was made aware that Sheriff Hadaway and one of his auxiliary deputies, Terry Capehart, were investigating a smuggling operation going on at the Mena Airport. They had an inside source of information.
BILL DUNCAN (Internal Revenue Service Treasury Agent in charge of Mena investigation): Mr. Seale, it was our understanding, was the one who had brought the operation into the Mena Airport and that had initiated the beginning of the money laundering and the illegal activity.
RUSSELL WELCH: He said 1983 was his most profitable cocaine smuggling period ever. He said that the airplanes that he had placed at the Mena Airport, there were four of them, a couple of Senecas, a couple of Panthers, and one or two stragglers here and there, different airplanes, he said they were purchased solely for the purpose of cocaine smuggling.
WINSTON BRYANT (Arkansas State Attorney General): There was, in my opinion, more than enough evidence to prosecute a number of people for crimes regarding the Barry Seale case at Mena.
LARRY NICHOLS: I snuck around, crawled through the bushes, thinking that I'd really have to hide to see 'em unloading the dope. I didn't have to. You could walk right up to the airport and they'd unload it right in front of you. They would unload it, theyd off-load it. They didn't care.
RUSSELL WELCH: A certain degree of money laundering had taken place among these people that were associated with Barry Seale.
LARRY NICHOLS: What had not been done was to connect the dotted lines to ADFA, "cause once you connected the dotted lines to ADFA you had actually connected the dotted line to Clinton.
NARRATOR: IN ADDITION TO THE OPERATIONS AT MENA, SMALL CLEARINGS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE STATE WERE USED AS DROP POINTS FOR MONEY AND COCAINE.
RUSSELL WELCH: They had special cargo doors installed on the side without FAA permission so that these doors could be opened in flight. They would pull in, slide back and cocaine could be dropped out of the side in flight.
BILL DUNCAN: When you have a public which is aware of an ongoing criminal enterprise, when you have an international cocaine smuggler who is high profile and a lot of people know that they are operating in a small area, a lot of people knew about the money laundering, it was common gossip on the street, because it was so blatant. And they see investigations ongoing for several years, and they keep watching for indictments. They know Grand Juries are convening. They know that witnesses are supposed to be providing evidence to a Grand Jury, yet year after year after year no indictments are returned. People lose confidence in the system.
NARRATOR: CLINTON HAD INTEGRATED A NUMBER OF CORRUPT COPS, JUDGES AND POLITICIANS INTO HIGH LEVEL POSITIONS TO ENSURE THE CONTINUED SUCCESS OF THE DRUG SMUGGLING/ MONEY LAUNDERING OPERATIONS. ALL WAS GOING WELL UNTIL A FATEFUL NIGHT IN THE FALL OF 1987.
LINDA IVES (Mother of Kevin Ives): On August 22nd, 1987, Kevin had spent the night with his friend Don Henry. They left Don's home around 12:30 or quarter till 1, on the 23rd of August in the early morning hours, and the next thing we knew they had been run over by a train. There seems to be a small airstrip in the area. There had been sightings and reports of small airplanes flying very low with lights off in the area. I believe they saw something they shouldn't have seen. Three weeks later their deaths were ruled accidental by the State Medical examiner, Fahmy Malak, and we disagreed with that ruling because we thought the evidence pointed to homicide. At that point, we had a lot of questions and no answers and the facts didn"t add up to what he was telling us, so we decided to get a second opinion and met with resistance from all fronts, both with our law enforcement, with the state crime lab, with everybody that we turned to. We obtained court orders, requesting samples of everything that the crime lab had for a second opinion, and Fahmy Malak resisted court orders. He refused to obey them.
NARRATOR: ULTIMATELY, IT WAS PROVEN THAT DON HENRY HAD BEEN STABBED IN THE BACK AND KEVIN IVES" SKULL HAD BEEN CRUSHED PRIOR TO THE PLACEMENT OF THEIR BODIES ON THE RAILROAD TRACKS. HOWEVER, MALAK STOOD BY HIS RULING THAT THE BOYS HAD SIMPLY FALLEN ASLEEP ON THE TRACKS. MALAK HAD BEEN KEPT IN OFFICE AT THE INSISTENCE OF GOVERNOR CLINTON FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS DESPITE VIGOROUS PUBLIC OUTCRY TO HAVE HIM REMOVED. AS LONG AS MALAK'S RULINGS PLEASED THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE OR STATE POLICE, THEY WERE LEFT TO STAND NO MATTER HOW IMPLAUSIBLE. MALAK'S OBVIOUS LACK OF MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE REACHED A PINNACLE WHEN HE RULED THAT JAMES MILAM, WHO HAD BEEN DECAPITATED, HAD DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES. YET CLINTON, WHO HAD THE POWER TO REMOVE MALAK FROM OFFICE, INSISTED HE STAY.
LINDA IVES: There were allegations of tampering with evidence in murder cases. There were allegations of perjury in different cases. It didn't seem to matter what Malak did, Clinton protected him. He made excuses, such as, he's overworked, he's just stressed out, he's underpaid. They gave him a $14,000 raise, which was an insult to my family, as well as a lot of others in the state who to this day are struggling with asinine rulings in the deaths of children and other loved ones. I was outraged that protecting a political crony of Clinton's was more important than the fact that two young boys had been murdered.
JOHN BROWN: Dan Harmon was just a local attorney in the town of Benton, Arkansas, and after Don Henry and Kevin Ives were killed and their bodies placed on the tracks and run over by a train, he approached Linda Ives and the Henry family about trying to help them. He's a manipulator; he gives a great closing argument in court. He's been trained for years to play the game. He knows how to do it; he's very good at it. Mr. Harmon can win your confidence and make you think he's the greatest guy in the world. He did that to Linda Ives. He helped lead them down a path that absolutely led to nowhere on this case. I got involved in the case and immediately Harmon tried to discredit me without even knowing me. I couldnt figure it out. I ran across a young lady named Sharline Wilson, who told a horror story that I didn't really believe at the time. So I started searching for evidence to substantiate just part of what she had said. Harmon went ballistic; he called, he threatened me, he threatened Sheriff Pridgeon, he threatened Captain Gene Donald, the chief deputy, all because I talked to this one woman.
SHARLINE WILSON: The people at the track that night, to my knowledge, were Dan Harmon, Keith McKaskle, Larry Rochelle. I do know that the boys were watching the drop site, O.K.? And they got curious as to what was being dropped there.
JOHN BROWN: The fact is, we know who killed these kids. The whole reason this case has been slowed down, stopped wherever we're at - they can't do anything with it as long as Clinton is in office, because the tracks go right back to Bill Clinton being involved in the cover-up. He took care of everybody that ever covered anything up in this case; everybody got promoted.
NARRATOR: A NUMBER OF PEOPLE APPROACHED THE POLICE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT DON AND KEVIN'S MURDERS AND CONSEQUENTLY WERE MURDERED THEMSELVES.
LINDA IVES: Shortly before Keith McKaskle was murdered, he knew that he was fixing to be murdered. He told his family good-bye, told his friends good-bye. The night of the elections in 1988, he took two pennies out of his pocket and threw them on the bar there at the Wagon Wheel and said "If Jim Steed loses this election, my life isn't worth two cents," and he was murdered that night. Jeff Rhodes was a young man from Benton, who was murdered in 1989. Shortly before his death he made a phone call to his dad in Texas, and told him he needed to get out of Benton, Arkansas, that he felt he knew too much about the boys on the railroad tracks, and the death of Keith McKaskle. A couple of weeks later Jeff was found dead. He'd been shot in the head. They'd attempted to cut off his head, and hands and feet, and set him on fire in a dump.
NARRATOR: A TOTAL OF SIX PEOPLE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOYS' MURDERS WERE EVENTUALLY MURDERED AS WELL.
JOHN BROWN: Jean Duffey was the head of the 7th Judicial District Drug Task Force. She was leading a team of narcotics investigators into a drug trail in Saline County that led her right straight to Dan Harmon. This information she shared with the 1990 federal OCDE-TF team that was investigating and targeting corruption and drugs in Saline County and central Arkansas. From her involvement in that, she was literally threatened and forced to leave the state of Arkansas and go into hiding.
JEAN DUFFEY (Former Head of Arkansas Drug Task Force): I had no idea just how dangerous certain elected officials thought me to be until a brutal media campaign was launched against me. For months there were daily allegations of everything from misspending funds to ordering illegal arrests. Every attempt was made to keep me from running the drug task force. We were even shut down completely for several weeks during a bogus state police investigation. In spite of crippling disruptions, the task force was making significant discoveries about drug trafficking in central Arkansas, some of which led to the very people who were conducting the massive media crusade against me. We discovered that drug trafficking in Arkansas was linked to government officials in frightening proportions. A great number of people came to me with testimony about astonishing criminal activity of very high-level public officials. Many were willing to testify before the federal Grand Jury.
SHARLINE WILSON: Robert Govar and Chuck Banks were the U.S. attorneys for the district of Arkansas at that time. I was subpoenaed to testify on behalf of the drug trafficking and the cartel - more or less is what is was - that had to do with Dan Harmon and, what I call, company, because there are a whole, there's a whole bunch of them that are involved. I was asked quite in depth about the drug trafficking that went on with Dan Harmon, Mr. Clinton, Roger Clinton.
JEAN DUFFEY: Although there was an abundance of evidence and word kept reaching me from members of the Grand Jury that they were ready to indict, no indictments came. Mr. Govar also insisted that he was ready to prosecute at least two key figures, but the holdup was his boss, U.S. Attorney Chuck Banks, who repeatedly delayed requests for indictments.
JOHN BROWN: Harmon had paid a visit to Chuck Banks, the U.S. District Attorney who was in charge of that district. It's recorded; he signed in. He was there approximately thirty minutes and up until that time, everything appeared to be running fine with the Grand Jury.
JEAN DUFFEY: Then in November, Banks removed Govar from the case and I was fired from the task force. From this point, the ordeal turned really ugly. In January 1991, one of the key targets of Govar's investigation, Dan Harmon, took office of the 7th Judicial District Prosecutor. Harmon immediately called a state Grand Jury to investigate the allegations against me. To avoid being jailed in Hot Spring County, which would have put me in serious danger, I left the state. In the meantime, Banks, who had taken over the federal investigation, attempted to give the appearance of carrying the investigation forward while systematically destroying it. He harassed witnesses, suppressed evidence and finally announced in February of 1991 that the investigation had disclosed no credible witnesses or evidence against any public official.
SHARLINE WILSON: I received a phone call, and they told me that I had made a very big mistake, and I was assured by the U.S. Attorney's Office that my name, that my testimony, that my statements, that the people who were on that witness list, would never, ever be revealed. Well, ha ha, you know. Someone in the U.S. Attorney's office had given Mr. Harmon a list of the effective witnesses, you know. Some of them witnesses, over a period of time, have came up dead and/or missing or have never been heard of again. That don't give you a very good feeling. I'm scared of these people. I'm very scared of them.
JOHN BROWN: Guess who arrested her? Dan Harmon, the very guy that she says turned her on to drugs now has her arrested.
SHARLINE WILSON: Dan Harmon, he walked up to me, handed me what was supposed to be a search warrant and he said, "Bitch," (excuse me for saying that), "I told you if you ever, ever brought my name up or brought anything up about the past dealings that we've had that I'd take you down." He said, "You're going to prison. I'm going to put you in prison." He did; I'm here.
JOHN BROWN: I mean, I've watched second, third offense people walk around with probation on top of probation on top of probation. Not this lady: first time she's been arrested for drugs they allege that they found in her home, she gets thirty years. Sure, everybody ought to be able to see through this. This is the man that told Linda Ives for years, "We're going to get to the bottom of your son's death." But yet, when I start making progress, it looks like the people I talk to starts getting time in the penitentiary. Linda says it's business as usual in Saline Country; justice as usual in Arkansas.
LINDA IVES: There aren't any words in the English language that can describe how it makes you feel as a parent, or as a citizen of Arkansas, to see what our officials are capable of doing. You know, I think we were just kind of naive, common ordinary people, got up and went to work everyday, and came home and went to bed, and assumed that everybody else did the same thing, and tried to do what was right. And I think Kevin's death has been the rudest awakening that anybody could ever have, to see what really goes on.
JEAN DUFFEY: I can provide information that has tentacles to Governor Clinton's administration. It is apparent to me that a Congressional investigation is the last hope, not only for the people of Arkansas, but for the people of our nation, who are now vulnerable to the powers of a President who has left in his wake implications of illegal activities and serious improprieties.
NARRATOR: MEANWHILE, WELCH AND DUNCAN'S INVESTIGATION INTO THE OPERATION AT MENA WAS ABOUT TO DERAIL.
RUSSELL WELCH: We'd been so busy investigating, just concentrating, focusing, that it took a while to register that nothing was going to happen.
BILL DUNCAN: We could not understand what was happening. Neither Mr. Welch nor I were ever subpoenaed to testify before the Grand Jury and present massive amounts of evidence of wrongdoing by associates of Barry Seale. No indictments were ever returned against any of the individuals and I can tell you there was extensive evidence.
CHARLES BLACK (Polk County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney): There definitely was some suppression of evidence and definitely a cover up of an investigation and somebody should be held accountable as to why that happened.
LARRY NICHOLS: Not one major cocaine bust was ever made in Arkansas out of Mena, Arkansas. Now imagine that, ten years nearly in its running, never one truckload ever got caught.
CHARLES BLACK: During the 1992 attorney general's race in Arkansas, a member of Clinton's staff had approached Mr. Bryant and had asked him to stay away from the Mena affair or the Mena matter.
WINSTON BRYANT: I've done quite a bit of investigation into Mena, Barry Seale case myself, and quite frankly it is a federal problem.
RUSSELL WELCH: After Winston took office, Bill told me that he was no longer allowed to discuss the Mena airport investigation from the attorney general's office.
WINSTON BRYANT: The attorney general's office is not like most attorney generals' offices across the country. We do not have the authority to convene a Grand Jury and initiate criminal prosecution.
JOHN BROWN: Well, a lot of people have said that the Mena operation stopped in 1986 when Barry Seale was gunned down; it's not true. Covert operations are still going on in Mena, Arkansas, today. And if you stop and think, back when Bill Clinton was Governor, he was asked about Mena. He said, "Well, that's a federal problem; I'm not going to get involved in it." Well, he's not the Governor of Arkansas anymore; he's the President of the United States. If we still have operations at Mena, Arkansas, this is his golden opportunity to take care of it. My question is, why doesn't he?
BILL DUNCAN: I've always thought it was a wonderful thing to be able to serve your country as a federal law enforcement agent, and for 15 years I did not encounter anything like the corruption which I encountered after the Mena investigations began.
NARRATOR: PRESIDENT CLINTON'S VERBAL COMMITMENT TO A WAR ON DRUGS HAS BEEN NEGATED BY HIS ACTIONS. DURING HIS FIRST WEEKS IN OFFICE CLINTON REVOKED RANDOM DRUG TESTING FOR WHITE HOUSE STAFF MEMBERS; HE ELIMINATED 121 POSITIONS AT THE OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL; AND HE APPOINTED JOCELYN ELDERS AS U.S. SURGEON GENERAL, DESPITE HER WELL-KNOWN DESIRE TO LEGALIZE DRUGS. ONE OF HILLARY'S INVESTMENTS, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF TYSON FOODS COUNSELOR JAMES BLAIR, NETTED ALMOST A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ON AN INITIAL ONE THOUSAND DOLLAR INVESTMENT, A NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE FEAT USING LEGAL METHODS.
HILLARY CLINTON: I can't read their minds or speculate, but I had absolutely no reason to believe that I got any favorable treatment.