First I should clarify: this isn’t a defense of the Clintons. In fact, 95% of the accusations regarding his connection to Iran-contra and drug running are true. But I believe that there was a sort of “controlled opposition” within the conspiracy theory community, to steer people away from the facts which would prove his involvement (like the Savings & Loan links).
To get to the truth, I would suggest avoiding the most popular books and videos written on the subject, and simply follow the S&L money. It’ll lead you right back to Clinton, and you’ll be able to prove it. I would start with Pete Brewton’s book, The Mafia, CIA, & George Bush.
The heart of the S&L / Whitewater conspiracy seems to be that Bush deregulated Savings & Loans, then the usual suspects (including Bill & Hillary while they were in Arkansas) used them to funnel money to CIA black ops, drug running, etc etc. That seems obvious enough, but it looks to me like the CT community has been thrown some red herrings. There is a trail of death following the Clintons, but when you start to follow it, you find yourself on some wild goose chases…
I want to focus on one of those CIA sponsored wild goose chases: a popular film called The Clinton Chronicles.
There were four key figures involved in making this film who had some shady ties: Larry Nichols, Pat Matrisciana, Richard Mellon Scaife, and Rev. Jerry Falwell. Let’s start with Nichols.
Larry Nichols was performing for me now, as he has performed for any number of journalists since Bill Clinton first announced he was running for President more than five years ago. ”They” in Nichols’s universe are shadowy Arkansas characters who have one way or another been connected politically to Clinton. Nichols himself was once a Clinton man. As Governor, Clinton hired him to be the marketing director for the Arkansas Development Finance Authority. Clinton later fired Nichols, charging that he had made unauthorized phone calls to Central America. Nichols, for his part, became convinced that Bill Clinton himself had some vague but sinister Central American connection during the time he was Governor.
The Arkansas Development Finance Authority was the body that was set up to finance these shady S&Ls. They were at the center of the conspiracy. Clinton and his financier Jackson Stephens (whose name pops up in relation to more major scandals than I can count) set up the ADFA. Apparently, those phone calls to Central America were alleged to be connected to the Iran-contra operation, which was one of the CIA operations getting money from this S&L scam.
From the small Arkansas town of Conway, Larry Nichols has made it his life’s goal to bring down Clinton. He claims he was wrongfully terminated from his state job in 1988 for making personal calls to Nicaraguan contra leaders — a charge he denies.
Pat Matrisciana made two Clinton red herring videos through his company Jeremiah Films.
Hopsicker claimed that Matrisciana all but admitted he was working for the CIA in an interview he had with him…
I shot it at him: “Are you Agency?”
I meant, of course, was he from the Company. The good ‘ol bad ‘ol CIA. But this is, apparently, not considered a polite question, though Your Mom knows why not… because before he answered he coughed, and looked surprised.
Maybe he’s just not all that used to direct address. But at the end of the meal he said to me that for some reason he’d told me a lot more than he was planning to, so I guess it was a successful tactic.
“I’ve been to Berkeley, too,” his reply began
“I was ‘detailed’ to Berkeley in 1965, to establish a countervailing force to Mario Savio’s Free Speech Movement. While there I founded the Campus Crusade for Christ.
And then it was his turn to grin:
“I invented,” he told me proudly, “Jesus freaks.”
At any rate, we know he faked the silhouetted interview, because he later owned up to it.
To promote the film, Falwell aired an interview with Matrisciana, who was silhouetted to conceal his identity as he pretended to be a journalist who was afraid for his life. Matrisciana later acknowledged that he was not in any danger, but that the interview was staged for dramatic effect at Falwell’s suggestion
Then there’s Richard Mellon Scaife, the conservative billionaire who pumps money to all kinds of think tanks and conservative causes, including the Clinton videos.
A former Army intelligence officer shot himself to death last month in a restroom outside conservative philanthropist and publisher Richard Mellon Scaife’s Downtown offices, and Scaife has assigned a private investigator to determine whether the incident was a bungled assassination attempt.
Kangas had recently sold his share of a gambling business in Las Vegas, and he ran the “Liberalism Resurgent” page on the World Wide Web. The page published extensive criticism of conservatives, and some of its writings asserted that Scaife was the financier of a right-wing conspiracy to topple President Clinton.
Kangas’ parents say they have attempted to figure out why their son, whose military career included stints in Central America and Berlin during the latter days of the Cold War, would have gone to Pittsburgh, apparently with no credit cards and only $14.63 in his pocket, to kill himself.
Here’s an old post from Kangas before he was found dead in Scaife’s bathroom:
In the mid-1970s, at this historic low point in American conservatism, the CIA began a major campaign to turn corporate fortunes around.
They did this in several ways. First, they helped create numerous foundations to finance their domestic operations. Even before 1973, the CIA had co-opted the most famous ones, like the Ford, Rockefeller and Carnegie Foundations. But after 1973, they created more. One of their most notorious recruits was billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife. During World War II, Scaife’s father served in the OSS, the forerunner of the CIA. By his mid-twenties, both of Scaife’s parents had died, and he inherited a fortune under four foundations: the Carthage Foundation, the Sarah Scaife Foundation, the Scaife Family Foundations and the Allegheny Foundation. In the early 1970s, Scaife was encouraged by CIA agent Frank Barnett to begin investing his fortune to fight the “Soviet menace.” (18) From 1973 to 1975, Scaife ran Forum World Features, a foreign news service used as a front to disseminate CIA propaganda around the world. Shortly afterwards he began donating millions to fund the New Right.
Scaife’s CIA roots are typical of those who head the new conservative foundations.
And Jerry Falwell, who used his money and TV program to promote the videos…
At the same time the Rev. Jerry Falwell was accusing pagans, abortionists, feminists, gays, lesbians, the ACLU and People For the American Way of sharing responsibility for the 9/11 attack the televangelist owed over one million dollars in unpaid loans to the owner of the terror flight school in Florida which trained Mohamed Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi, the MadCowMorningNews has learned.
In the days after terrorist hijackers murdered almost 3000 people, almost the entire American nation was numb and speechless with shock and horror.
Not Jerry Falwell.
The Baptist minister from Lynchburg, VA wasted no time in pointing a finger of blame for the attack. He said, “I point the finger in their face and say, ‘You helped this happen.’
Falwell made no mention, then or ever, of his curious debt to secretive Green Bay financier Wallace J. Hilliard, whose flight school abetted, if unwittingly, the terrorist presence in the United States.
Strangely, this is not Jerry Falwell’s only link to covert activity at the tiny Venice, FL airport.
One might be tempted to assume that all of the accusations against Clinton were a “vast right-wing conspiracy” after all. But that’s not the case. As far as I can tell, the Clintons were connected to the Mena airport ring, the S&L scam, and a host of other crimes. But you won’t get the whole truth by watching the popular videos and reading the popular books on the subject…