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					The MENA Affair

Mena Murders in Arkansas in 1987
July 29, 1998

1998 Gary Lane, reporter & 1995 Mark E. Howerter article is also included. (a video documentary of
these events with interviews with witnesses is on this CD under the CIA directory; unfortunately, the
cameraman who produced it was murdered).

In the late 1980s, two boys died on lonely train tracks in Arkansas. The case could be destined to be
another one of Arkansas' unsolved murders. Or is the truth really known, but being concealed by powerful
people in high places? Here's part one of senior reporter Gary Lane's special investigation.

Ranking right up there with the outrageous way that the government handled the Randy Weaver family
and Barry Seal is another murder mystery. This one took place in 1987. Two seventeen-year-old boys
were out hunting close to their home near Alexander, Arkansas. They never returned home alive. A lot
has been written about the two boys, Don Henry and Kevin Ives. The deaths were big ne ws in Arkansas
and still are the subject of an ongoing FBI investigation after all these years .

It's late August 1987, in Arkansas' Saline County ... a time when simmering summer nights slowly
surrender to the approach of autumn. A freight train passing through the tiny town of Alexander makes an
emergency stop just beyond the bodies of two teenage boys found lying across the tracks. A northbound
train was blazing along through the night full bore when the engineer spotted the bodies of two boys
laying across the tracks. The train was not able to stop.

Arkansas medical examiner Dr. Fahmy Malak concluded that Don Henry and Kevin Ives had smoked
twenty marijuana cigarettes and then passed out on the tracks. "Their bodies had been lying in identical
positions according to the train crew, and my thought was, 'If they were so stoned, why weren't they
sprawled out all over the place? Why were they lying in identical positions?' So, immediately, we had a lot
of questions that they had no answers for," says Linda Ives, the mother of one of the murder victims. The
two deaths were reported as a double suicide even though the boys were happy, healthy and had never
mentioned suicide before to anyone who knew them. Suicide was then changed to accidental death by
infamous Arkansas State Medical Examiner, Dr. Fahmy Malak .

The Ives family wasn't satisfied with Dr. Malak's conclusions. In April 1988, Kevin's body was exhumed,
and another autopsy was performed, this one by Atlanta medical examiner Dr. Joseph Burton.

"Out of that investigation, Dr. Burton found that Don had been stabbed, and Kevin had received a
crushing blow to the face and actually had a pattern injury which fit the plate of a gun butt that Don had
been carrying," says Ives. Dr. Burton's autopsy confirmed what Linda and her husband had suspected all
along:   someone       had     murdered     their  son     Kevin     and     his    friend   Don     Henry.

But what caused Dr. Malak to arrive at such an outrageous determination of death? Then-Governor Bill
Clinton said his state medical examiner was overworked and "stressed out." Former Clinton employee
and well-known Clinton critic Larry Nichols says Mr. Clinton was an accomplice in concealing the truth.
"You've got a case there that they don't want solved, and I'm talking about the officials at every level want
that case to stay unsolved," says Nichols. "At some point, Bill Clinton has got to be held responsible for
not helping to get the truth out, instead of using his guy to help cover it up."

But why would Mr. Clinton defend Malak, altho ugh his rulings had been questioned in more than 20
cases? Dateline NBC and The Los Angeles Times have suggested a motive. They've documented
Fahmy Malak's role in clearing Bill Clinton's mother, the late Virginia Kelly, of wrongdoing in the negligent
death of a teenage girl at Ouachita Memorial Hospital in 1981. The Los Angeles Times reported that Dr.
Malak's ruling helped Clinton's mother avoid scrutiny in the death of patient Susie Deer. The Times
quoted the Polaski County coroner as saying there was a lot of speculation that "Malak's ruling in favor of
Clinton's mother was a factor" in the governor's decision to retain him as state medical examiner.

One of the boys' mothers, Linda Ives, has dedicated her life to finding out what really happened to her
son, Kevin, ever since that hot August night in 1987. Mrs. Ives was able to get a grand jury to look at the
case. They had the bodies exhumed and reviewed by Dr. Joseph Burton, chief medical examiner for
Atlanta, Ga.

The second autopsy showed that Kevin's skull had been crushed and that his friend Don had been
stabbed in the back hours before the train ran over their bodies. A second grand jury concluded that both
boys were obviously murdered and that their deaths were tied to the drug traffic in Saline C ounty,

Days after the area had supposedly been scoured for evidence relatives found one of the boys' feet and
some gold chains that the police didn't find. Dr. Malak's autopsy report didn't even mention that one of the
boys had a foot missing. Much of the evidence surrounding the case wound up missing also, including
crime scene photos.

Dr. Malak's rulings on mysterious deaths in Arkansas have come under close scrutiny many times. In
May of 1992 the LA Times did a cover story on him and his incompetence as a medical examiner. The
Times cited over 20 other cases that were grossly bungled. A 20/20 television special also covered the

Some of Malak's well known rulings are: The 1985 murder of Raymond Albright who was shot 5 times
with a Colt .45 which Malak ruled a suicide. The case of James Milam who was decapitated. Malak had
ruled that Milam died of natural causes!

Didn't Malak answer to anybody? Yes. His boss was the head of the State Medical Commission, Dr.
Joycelyn Elders. Dr. Elders answered directly to then Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton.

How could Bill Clinton have allowed such a bungler to continue in his position when there was a public
outcry for his ouster? Good question. Bill Clinton's mother, Virginia Kelley, while working as a nurse
anesthesiologist at a hospital in Hot Springs, made a mistake which resulted in a young woman's death.
She had been undergoing minor surgery to repair an injury she sustained when a young man threw a
rock                                                at                                            her.

Dr. Malak ignored the fact that it wasn't the rock, which killed her, but the bungled anesthesia and
arrested the man who threw the rock! He actually did 2 1/2 months in prison before it was straightened
out. At the time of that young woman's death Mrs. Kelley was already being sued for t he death of another
young woman who died because of her botched anesthesia.

In Arkansas when Bill Clinton was Governor it was a good ole boys' network such as we have been
fortunate not to see anything quite like here. Fahmy Malak and Dr. Jocelyn Elders kept Gov. Clinton's
mom out of trouble and he took good care of them as long as he could in return.

Then-Governor Clinton said he resented any implications of a connection, and the governor's office
proceeded to shut down further investigation of the train deaths. Dr. Malak was eventually removed as
state medical examiner, but was given a job as a $70,000 per year consultant to the Arkansas
Department of Health (that turned out to be a raise of $14,000 per year for Dr. Malak).

Regardless, a grand jury determined that Kevin Ives and Don Henry had been murdered. But why? Who
would want to kill two teens that were just out "deer spotting" on that fateful August night? "Kevin and
Don were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time," says Linda Ives. "I think that they stumbled upon
a drop site. I believe it was a regular drop site for drugs and cash and was linked to a very large drug -
smuggling operation based in Mena."

In 1994, CBN News was among the first to nationally broadcast details of the Mena drug operation. The
rural west Arkansas town was used as a service and drop point for a drug -smuggling ring involving the
Dixie Mafia. Some of the Mena drug operatives were connected to the Arkansas and U.S. governments.
Jean Duffey headed up Arkansas' 7th District drug task force in 1990. She was never allowed to conduct
a thorough investigation of drug running in Mena or any possible connection to the train deaths. Her task
force and a federal grand jury were shut down after they started examining corruption involving public

"The corruption is on a lot of different levels," says Duffey. "And it's extensive. It's from local all the way
up to federal. When my task force officers were linking public officials to drug trafficking, Dan Harmon
was a name that came up consistently. No matter who else or what direction we went, Dan Harmon
always seemed to be in the middle of it." Dan Harmon was a local government official, the prosecuting
attorney for Saline, Grant, and Hot Springs counties in 1979 and 1980 and then again from 1991 through
1996. He was convicted in June of 1997 on drug, racketeering, and extortion charges and has started
serving eight years in prison.

In January 1991, long before his drug offenses became public knowledge, Harmon convinced a judge to
subpoena evidence obtained by Jean Duffey's task force -- evidence gathered against him and other
public officials. Ms. Duffey refused to honor the subpoena and fled the state when a warrant was issued
for her arrest. "I had developed the trust o f many informants, and I was not about to give their names up
to someone who I thought would put their lives in jeopardy," says Duffey. "Witnesses tend to turn up
dead. Many witnesses have turned up dead in the case primarily talking about the murders of K evin and

Among them:
   Jeff Rhodes - His body was found in a trash dump in April 1989.
   Keith McKaskel - The former bar bouncer was found stabbed to death in November 1988. He had
     warned his friends that he would be killed for what he knew.
   Keith Koney - He died in a motorcycle accident after an unconfirmed high-speed chase.
   Gregory Collins - He was shot in the face in January 1989.
   Jordan Kettleson - He may have had information on the Ives and Henry deaths. Kettleson was
     shot dead in the front seat of his pickup truck.
   James Milam - A possible source of more information, his body was found decapitated and ruled
     died of natural causes by Dr. Fahmy Malak.

So why were the two 17 year old boys killed? Good question. There was an airstrip used by drug
smugglers flying in from South America en route to Mena, Arkansas (Remember Barry Seal?) to drop
cocaine near where the boys were killed. Saline County, Arkansas Police Detective John Brown was in
charge of the official investigation for two years. Brown believes that the boys were at the wrong place at
the wrong time and saw one of the drops.

There was one witness to the murders, a Sharlene Wilson who had been an informant for the DEA. She
had been a witness for the Saline County Drug Task Force, which was mysteriously shut down when it
got a little too close to the truth. Much like Barry Seal, Sharlene Wilson was sold out and sent to prison
and lives in fear for her life for what she knows about the Arkansas drug tra ffic.

State Police Investigator, Russell Welch from Mena, Arkansas also verifies that the deaths of Don Henry
and Kevin Ives were linked to the Mena drug traffic. One of his informants in prison had come forward
with such information.

An 18-year-old also came forward in late 1993 claiming that he had also been in the woods and
witnessed the murders when he was 12. Sharlene Wilson verified that other kids were in the woods the
night of the murders, but that they got away. This got the FBI office in Little Rock interested in the case
and they are currently still investigating it.

Detective John Brown has met with a pilot who used to make drops at the site where the boys were
killed. It was known as "A-12" to the smugglers.

As his investigation got him closer to the truth, Detective Brown tur ned in his badge on August 16, 1994
out of fear. Brown claims that Saline County Sheriff, Judy Pridgen, was also scared to death by what he
had uncovered and told him so. At their last meeting on August 15th, 1994, Sheriff Pridgen said, "We
both know where this leads. Do you really want to take down the President of the United States?

John Brown's life has been threatened and his home ransacked and burglarized three times since his
resignation, but his files were all handed over to the FBI before he resigned. Maybe this tragedy will end
better than those of Barry Seal and Randy Weaver. We can always hope.

                                   Topic: Clinton Scandals
                      Mysterious Mena: CIA Discloses, Leach Disposes
                                   The Wall Street Journal

The word on Capitol Hill is that Rep. Jim Leach will soon wrap up his inquiry into the spooky goings-on at
remote Mena in western Arkansas. For more than a decade, state and federal probes of supposedly
government-related drug smuggling, gun running and money laundering at Mena Intermountain Regional
Airport have hit a stone wall. But Mr. Leach already can claim some success: He kept the pressure on the
Central Intelligence Agency until it completed a still-classified internal probe of the allegations; in a
declassified summary released in November, the CIA for the first time admitted that it had a presence in

The agency was not "associated with money laundering, narcotics trafficking, arms smuggling, or other
illegal activities" at Mena, the report concludes. But the CIA did engage in "authorized and lawful
activities" at the airfield: a classified "joint-training operation with another federal agency" and contracting
for "routine aviation-related services."

At the center of the web of speculation spun around Mena are a few undisputed facts: One of the most
successful drug informants in U.S. history, smuggler Barry Seal, based his air operation at Mena. At the
height of his career he was importing as much as 1,000 pounds of cocaine per month, and had a
personal fortune estimated at more than $50 million. After becoming an informant for the Drug
Enforcement Administration, he worked at least once with the CIA, in a Sandinista drug sting. He was
gunned down by Colombian hit men in Baton Rogue, La., in 1986; eight months later, one of his planes--
with an Arkansas pilot at the wheel and Eugene Hasenfus in the cargo bay--was shot down over
Nicaragua with a load of Contra supplies.
What had then-Gov. Bill Clinton known about CIA activities at Mena? Asked at an October 1994 press
conference, President Clinton said, "They didn't tell me anything about it." Events at Mena, Mr. Clinton
continued, "were primarily a matter for federal jurisdiction. The state really had next to nothing to do with
it. The local prosecutor did conduct an investigation based on what was in the jurisdiction of state law.
The rest of it was under the jurisdiction of the United States Attorneys who were appointed successively
by previous administrations. We had nothing--zero--to do with it."

Mr. Clinton was right about federal jurisdiction, but wrong about Arkansas involvement. As reported on
this page, local attempts to investigate Mena were tanked twice by the Mr. Clinton's administration in
Little Rock, which refused to allocate funds. And in July 1995, a former member of Gov. Clinton's security
staff, Arkansas State Trooper L.D. Brown, suddenly stepped forward claiming he had worked with the
CIA and Seal running guns to the Contras--and cocaine back to the U.S. Mr. Brown says that when he
informed the governor about the drug flights, Mr. Clinton replied, "that's Lasater's deal"--a reference to
Little Rock bond daddy Dan Lasater, a Clinton crony later convicted on an apparently unrelated cocaine
distribution                                                                                       charge.

The CIA report does not directly address the Lasater allegation. It says trooper Brown applied to the
agency but was not offered employment and was not "otherwise associated with CIA." Barry Seal was
associated with CIA, but only for "a two-day period" while his plane was being outfitted for the DEA's
Sandinista sting. The CIA also says it found no evidence of tampering in earlier money-laundering
prosecutions, as several Arkansas investigators have charged.

And what does the CIA say about Mr. Clinton's knowledge of CIA activities at Mena? It gives its boss
wiggle room that parses nicely with his statement that "they didn't tell me anything." In response to Mr.
Leach's question about whether information was conveyed to Arkansas officials in the 1980s, the report
states that "interface with local officials was handled by the other federal agency" involved in the joint
Mena exercise, side-stepping the issue of what Mr. Clinton knew.

The Clinton White House has gone to great lengths to discredit the Mena story. It figures in the notorious
White House conspiracy report and was denounced by former Whitewater damage-control counsel Mark
Fabiani as "the darkest backwater of right-wing conspiracy theories." Beltway pundits tend to dismiss
Mena as an excess of the Clinton critics. But in Arkansas the campaign is more vicious. With a passive
press having long ago abandoned the field, Mena investigators such as former Arkansas State Police
investigator Russell Welch and former IRS agent Bill Duncan were stripped of their careers after refusing
to back away from the case. Mr. Leach's CIA report provides some vindication for the two Arkansans.

Mr. Leach's full report is not likely to resolve all the questions surrounding Mena, but it might provide
important details about that "other agency" and related mysteries. In Arkansas, meanwhile, the Little
Rock FBI office is following leads in a sensitive drug-corruption probe involving the Linda Ives "train
deaths" case and allegations of Mena-related drug drops. The big drug-corruption question is what
network encompassed the Barry Seal operation. The answer could come by following the money on
some of the smaller questions, such as whether those CIA contracts for "aviation-related services" went
to one of Seal's front companies at Mena. But in forcing an admission from the U.S. intelligence
community, Mr. Leach already has performed an important service: He's demolished the notion that
nothing                             happened                            at                         Mena.

How the Drug Money Works!
The                         Editor                       of                                    discusses                       Drugs,
te rrorists, illegal mone y and official complicity in all with re searche r Daniel Hopsicke r at the Venice Beach by the Venice Airport in Florida, which
Hopsicke r suspe cts is the Mena, Arkansas airport of today.

January 8, 2003- Why does the War on Some Drugs and Users continue despite the obvious failure of every
tactic tried by prohibitionists? Could it be that the illegal drug trade engenders such massive untraceable
black market profits that the Warriors really do not want the War to end?


Check out the New Section Here

Drug War: Covert Money, Power & Policy:

Interdiction (chapte r ex ce rpt)
by Dan Russell

The E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning & Control System

If you ask the DEA what percentage of smuggled drugs they intercept, they'll give you exactly the same
answer they gave in 1928 or 1948, "about 10%", which is both a wild exaggeration and a cover story. A
busy port receives over 100,000 containers a week. They ca n't even search 1%, let alone nail 10%. A DEA
official in "candid" mode will admit they really intercept only 5%, still an absurd exaggeration, although
the confiscation laws do enable the narks to make make money coming and going. They're just part of the


Read Chapter Excerpt Here
See also ex-LAPD Police Officer Michael Ruppert’s confrontation with
John Deutch in 1996 video on this CD. After the allegations of CIA
sponsored drug trafficking into the United States, Mr. Deutch had to
resign. However, he has now been rewarded by his friends with a nice
high paying job somewhere else.

     Bill checking out a chick and Brother Roger, going off to jail

A friend visits the White House... Columbian Drug Lord, Jorge Cabrera
Monica in action;             Slick: How would you like a job as an intern?

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