By Alan Watt (Copyrighted exempting literary quotes)
SIMPLE SIMONS, SECRET SERVICES AND SOCIETAL ATROPHY
The drugs tied in with the breaking down of society. Back in 1996, an article was put out in Everybody’s News which was a Cincinnati alternative paper and it was called “The Jeff Lynch Story”. It’s an interesting story to see an average person with an American culture joining the military and his experiences, when at every stage of the game he thought he was doing the right thing.
This was on page 8 of “Everybody’s News”, November 29th to December 5th, 1996.
The story was put out by Randy Katz.
“These days, 34-year-old Cincinnati native Jeffrey Lynch deals in antiques, applies his skill as an artist and photographer, paints houses and does other odd jobs to support himself while he pursues his dream of producing documentary films.
“In the early 1980’s, however, Jeff Lynch had very different aspirations. He was committed to a career in the U.S. military and in 1982 became one of only a handful of a group of 300 recruits to complete the U.S. Army’s intensive and harrowing two-year courses in ‘Special Forces Airborne Tactics and Medical Training’ at Fort Benning in Georgia and Fort Sam Houston in Texas.
“Lynch subsequently opted for the service in the Coast Guard and saw duty as a Quarter Master aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter, Steadfast. In that capacity and the words of an official unit commendation, he gave meritorious service in helping to carry out the Coast Guard’s primary mission in the Caribbean to disrupt maritime and air smuggling of marijuana and cocaine into the United States.
“But while Lynch and his shipmates made some sizeable high-seas busts of marijuana shipments, he said he never saw or interdicted an ounce of cocaine. Though Lynch didn’t see any U.S. bound shipments of cocaine, he did hear about some. Lynch’s information came from an unexpected but authoritative source.
“While on shore leave in Honduras, Lynch ran into an old Special Forces buddy, one of the men who had finished a medical course along with him at Fort Sam Houston. The man, however, was not in uniform. In the course of their conversation in an out of the way bar in the Honduran coastal city of Puerto Cortés, Lynch said his buddy told him he was an active undercover duty carrying out covert operations for the CIA’s program in support of the contras.”
Remember the Iran-Contra scandal for drugs. It’s amazing how much has happened, huge things really, and we skip over them and that’s a whole field in itself for those who want to look into it. With Ollie North who wanted to have – he wanted a team to bring in martial law over the whole country.
“Lynch said his friend also told him that he had seen a plane load of cocaine cleared for takeoff from a CIA maintained airstrip in Honduran jungle and that the plane was bound for a U.S. Military Base in this country. The plane’s pilot, Lynch friend told him, was supplied by the CIA with codes that would allow him to clear U.S. Customs Air Surveillance. The contents of the plane his friend made clear were destined for sale on the streets of America to help fund the CIA’s covert support of the contra war against Nicaragua. In that moment Jeff Lynch’s ideas about his relationship to this country’s military agenda changed forever. This is his story.
“‘I enlisted in the Special Forces, the Green Berets when I was 18 in September of ’81’ Lynch recalls. ‘I had the idea that this would be my rite of passage to manhood. I’ve seen John Wayne in the ‘Green Beret’ [that’s the movie] and the hormones were raging.’
“Lynch never knew his natural father. His mother’s marriage to his stepfather broke up when Lynch was 12 and thereafter he was raised in St. Petersburg, Florida by his grandparents. His grandfather had also been in the military, but he was less than thrilled about his grandson’s decision.
“‘I was crazy for enlisting in Special Forces’, Lynch recalls. Shortly after beginning training, Lynch began to think his grandfather was right. ‘Looking back, I don’t know how I made it. I was in the Army Reserve on active duty for two years training.’ Of the roughly 300 recruits, people from all over the Army who started out with us at Fort Bragg, only 14 completed the stress training at Fort Benning and were sent to the medical training course at Fort Sam Houston.
“The pace and intensity of the Special Forces training, says Lynch, were designed to weed out most people. ‘It wasn’t only physical hardship; it was also psychological stress. We -those who survived the entire training course were very tight because we went through a lot together.'”
That’s the bonding that’s forced in. There’s a lot of psychological bonding goes on, which is intensified through scientific methods of training.
“One of the most harrowing and effective training procedures at Fort Sam Houston was the poetically designated ‘goat lab’ Lynch says. It was an experience he’ll never forget.
They would take a full M-16 clip and empty it into a herd of goats. Then, as surreal as it sounds, an instructor in a white smock would stand over us while we went to work. ‘We tried to simulate a battlefield and our job was to do everything we could to try and save these goats. It sounds cruel, but it was an effective training. You can read in a book over and over how they stopped arterial hemorrhaging, but when that artery is spurting blood in your face and you take that clamp with your hand on it and the bleeding stops, it gives you a high level of confidence.'”
It also would help to further dehumanize you with natural feelings. That’s also part of the procedure, to abuse then help, you see.
“Lynch also received intensive training in the most sophisticated surgical techniques, some of which are not taught to civilian physicians until their surgical residencies after medical school and in addition to saving lives Lynch was taught how to take them.
“‘They taught us how to kill people and to make it look like someone else did it’, says Lynch. ‘They taught us how to kill a person and make it look like it was suicide.’
“He understood the rational for that paradoxical element in his training course, but he was never comfortable with it. He was also concerned about the impact active duty and the Special Forces would have on his young marriage. By the end of his training, Lynch’s concept of Special Forces active duty no longer was based on fantasies about John Wayne. The reality spending two or six to nine months of the year in third-world countries training indigenous rebel forces to overthrow governments the U.S. considered undesirable didn’t seem to him worth wrecking his marriage for.
“He opted instead for active duty in the Coast Guard. He went to the Navy’s Quarter Master School and received a posting out of his adopted hometown of St. Petersburg on the medium endurance Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast.
“Lynch served aboard the Steadfast from 1984 through ’87 as the ship’s crew focused on nabbing elicit vessels in and around the Caribbean, choke points such as Yucatan passage and the windward passage of Cuba. In those three years he estimates he was involved in seizing several tons of marijuana on the high seas, though not one drop of cocaine.
“The drug shipment that made the most lasting impact on Lynch, however, was the one his captain let go free. It was off the Yucatan Peninsula early one morning, Lynch says. ‘I was on a watch with a young inexperienced ensign. It was my job as Quarter Master to keep track of where the ship was and to keep the official log, which was used in court whenever we brought people to justice.'”
That’s why you log on to the computer. It’s a legality; it’s being used as a record
‘”It was really important to be very neat and precise so I would keep a rough log then go back and enter the information in the official log’. What happened that morning, however, would never become an official entry in the Steadfast’s log.
“‘We had picked up a radar contact’, Lynch recalls.’ It was a good sized craft running darkened ship, that is with no lights, as if attempting to avoid detection. We came up on it and hit it with a spotlight. It was a Columbian fishing trawler converted; it was loaded with dope. There was even marijuana stacked on the decks. You could smell it.’
“Lynch says he advised an ensign to alert the ship’s operations officer, as called for by Coast Guard procedures, shortly after making radar contact with the suspected vessel. The officers were asleep in their cabins, however, and the ensign hesitated to wake them up before making sight contact with the Columbian vessel.
“Shortly after the sighting had been made, though, everyone on board the Steadfast was wide awake. ‘We’d sometimes go weeks without seeing anything illegal’, says Lynch. ‘This was a big bust. The captain comes up and he’s elated, as we all are, then the operations officer turns to me and says, ‘Quarter Master Lynch, where’s the EPIC check?” E-P-I-C, EPIC is the acronym for the Coast Guard’s El Paso Information Center, which is electronically linked to Washington based military and government authorities.”
“All Coast Guard ships are required to obtain EPIC clearance before taking action against any foreign vessel in international waters. In this case, however, the ensign had failed to inform EPIC of their action, even though a boarding party from the Steadfast was already steering towards the Columbian trawler. ‘The captain gets on the radio and orders the boarding party to return to the ship’, Lynch says. They send the name and location of the trawler to EPIC and the word comes back that is a Category One vessel.
“Category One, Lynch explains, is a code that automatically instructs all Coast Guard personnel that they are not to interfere with or even contact any vessels so designated. ‘These dirt bags had been claiming ‘no speak English’ when we tried to make radio contact’, Lynch says. ‘Now the captain gets on the radio and tells them, ‘sorry to have interrupted your voyage. We’ve been diverted to an emergency search and rescue mission 100 miles east of here. You have a pleasant voyage north. Then we turned and steamed away full throttle.’ The bridge of the Steadfast fell silent, Lynch says, while he struggled to control his own rage.
“‘By this time my marriage was on the rocks, due to the long separations caused by his sea duty. I’m writing everything down in my rough log and saying under my breath, ‘this is bullshit, this is bullshit.’ And the captain sees me writing this and comes over to me and says, Petty Officer Lynch, you don’t need to put all that stuff in your official log.’
“Lynch says the captain instructed him to enter only the time and place of the interception and to note that that the encounter was determined not to be of law enforcement value. ‘I was angry’, says Lynch. I said, ‘sir, no disrespect, but this is bullshit. Meanwhile my duty officer was looking at me as if to say you are nuts because you just don’t say that to the captain.’ In fact, Lynch’s actions could have lead to a serious charge against him had his captain been so inclined.
“Fortunately for Lynch, he wasn’t. Instead Captain F.J. Schmidt summoned Lynch to his cabin and after issuing a stern warning about the consequences of any further behavior such as Lynch had exhibited on the bridge that morning, he explained to him the real nature of a Category One vessel designation. ‘He told me that designation is set up to protect undercover informants. We would have had an undercover DEA agent aboard that boat and if we had boarded them we could have gotten our people killed; and I felt terrible.’
“That experience off the Yucatan Peninsula wasn’t the only time that Lynch found himself felling terrible as a result of conflict between the demands of his duty and the dictates of his own conscience. While helping carrying out another aspect of the Coast Guard’s mission in the Caribbean, he took the photo of Haitian refugees sprawling on the deck of the Steadfast that appears on the cover of this week’s EN.
“‘We had intercepted them in the windward passage of Cuba’, Lynch says. In the middle of the photo you can see two of the male Haitians looking sadly at something. They were watching their boat sink after our gunners had fired on it. Part of the refugees’ inconsolable sadness undoubtedly stemmed from what they knew lay ahead for them. ‘Our orders were to return these people to Haiti. It was still during the Devali regime.
“‘When we docked there the Haitian police drove paddy wagons right out onto the loading docks. They would beat the refugees savagely right in front of our eyes as they came off the ship. Then they loaded them up and took them away.’ Lynch’s most distressing and disillusioning encounter, however, came not at sea but on land while helping to train Honduran navy personnel in the techniques of drug interdiction.
“The Steadfast dropped anchor off Puerto Cortés and Lynch and some of his shipmates were granted 12-hour shore leave. Lynch rambled off on his own and eventually happened on a little bar where he stopped in for a drink and a sandwich before returning to his ship. There he says he ran across a former acquaintance whom he had never expected to see again, let alone in a seedy Honduran bar. The man was a fellow American, one of that handful who had completed Special Forces training with Lynch at Fort Sam Houston.
“‘I didn’t recognize him at first’, said Lynch. ‘First of all, you don’t expect to see other Americans in a place like that and here he is with long hair and an earring sitting in civilian clothes.’ Lynch will not divulge the name of the former Special Forces comrade out of concern and in doing so he placed a man’s life in danger. However, Lynch says he had no trouble recognizing his fellow goat lab veteran once he spotted him.
“He says, ‘Lynch what the hell are you doing here?’ Then he says the former comrades swapped stories for about an hour but he asked his buddy, ‘what’s with the hair?’ Lynch said his friend informed him he was ‘working covert down here, we’re not supposed to be here.’ Lynch said his friend told him the cover was necessary because Congress had cut off funds for the contras. ‘He was on active duty A-team out of Fort Bragg’, said Lynch, ‘working covertly undercover for the CIA in support of the contras.’
“He was a Green Beret, a non-commissioned officer, still an enlisted man receiving active duty pay and working covertly for the agency, but if he was caught he had to lie and say he was a mercenary acting on his own. He told me he was in Puerto Cortés to meet a shipment of arms and to be escorted along with several other CIA subcontractors, none of whom was present among the five or six other people in the bar where Lynch said he met his friend, to a contra camp in the mountains near the Nicaraguan border several hours away.
“Lynch says that when his friend heard what he was doing in Honduras training the Hondurans to board ships and seize drug shipments in accordance with international law, it struck the undercover Special Forces solider as funny. He said, ‘you guys are down here trying to stop the cocaine? We’re sending it back to the states.’ I said, ‘you’re kidding. What do you mean?’ He said, ‘I’ve seen them loading it on the planes, tons of the stuff, pure cocaine.’ ‘They’, Lynch says, ‘were the contras – people working with the Nicaraguan resistance forces and he’s telling me he’s seen tons of the stuff being loaded on planes and it’s being flown back to the states and sold in America to finance the freedom fighters.’
“At one point Lynch says, his friend responded to his expressions of disgust and disbelief by saying the drug shipments were a small price to pay for freedom.
That’s how it’s rationalized.
“‘It blew my mind’, said Lynch. ‘Here vice president George Bush had come on board the Steadfast on the previous New Year’s Day in the Bahamas, shook the hand of every member of the crew and gave us a rah-rah speech about what a great job we were doing as soldiers on the front lines of the war on drugs. Reagan, Bush, North, I know they knew what was going on.’
“Lynch said his friend told him about one plane in particular that he’d seen with his own eyes loaded with cocaine to be flown from Honduras to an Air Force base in Texas. There, Lynch says, his friend told him the cocaine was offloaded and allowed to be sold in the streets of America. I said, ‘whoa, what happens when these guys hit U.S. airspace and get confronted by customs? He told me that the pilot has a special designation code that they give customs and customs lets them right in.’
The same thing as they were doing with the ships.
“Lynch said most of what his friend told him, ‘he presented to me in the form of a joke. He thought it was funny that I was trying like hell to stop drugs getting back to America and he was helping to get them in.’ It may have been like a joke but Lynch said he is certain his friend was not kidding and Lynch certainly wasn’t laughing.
“Lynch had given his Special Forces comrade his word that he would not let the information imparted that afternoon in a little bar in Puerto Cortés go any further. For years he kept the secret even when high school friends taunted him when he came home during leave. ‘They’d say, what the hell are you doing out there? You have so much coke around here you must not be doing your job. It really bothered me.’
“Even after his military discharge in 1987, Lynch mentioned the conversation to no one except his wife and close family. His marriage, however, did not long survive the strain that his military service placed on it. A second marriage ended up when the failure of the war on drugs came home to Lynch in a very direct way. His wife succumbed to heroin addiction. Meanwhile, Lynch used his veterans’ benefits to attend film schools at the Ohio State University where he once managed using a handheld camera to interview Ollie North and asked him pointed questions about Contra drug operations. Eager to corroborate his own information and to satisfy his own conscience, Lynch sought out any and all public disclosures regarding the CIA contra drug connection.
“He closely followed, as most of the media did not, the Congressional hearings chaired 10 years ago by Senator Bob Kerry which looked into a broad range of CIA complicity in worldwide drug operations and other illicit activities in support of friendly governments. He clipped and saved the 1993 New York Times that seemed to bear his own experience aboard the Steadfast when the crew was ordered to let the trawler full of marijuana go free. The Times and 60 Minutes both did stories about a covert CIA drug sting operation that went awry and resulted in a ton of nearly pure cocaine reaching the United States courtesy of the agency’s anti-drug program in Venezuela.
“Then last August, the San Jose Mercury News published an in-depth series of articles by a reporter Gary Webb which purported to prove the direct legacy of the American government’s covert support for the Nicaraguan guerrillas was the crack cocaine epidemic afflicting America’s inner cities, particularly Los Angeles-
Well, you always dope the angels first, eh?
“Hearing about the series now with its own website on Internet, Lynch wrote to the paper and obtained a copy. When he read it he felt as if he had been awakened from a long nightmare. I said, thank God, after more than 10 years the truth has finally come out about what was going on down there. Others, however, weren’t so sure. Many in the mainstream press pooh-poohed the Mercury News series and criticized Webb for making overly broad inferences about the CIA levels of involvement in the drug shipments.
“On November 15th, Jeff Lynch managed to get through as a caller to C-Span’s The Washington Journal whose guest that day were Los Angeles Times op-ed page contributing editor, Susan Garment, and Boston Globe columnist, Thomas Oliphant. Lynch asked why the mainstream press seemed to have blown off the Mercury News series, attempted to discredit Webb and had largely ignored the Kerry Commission’s report. He- also tried to provide a basis for his questions by referring to his own Coast Guard experience in the Caribbean. The C-Span host cut him off.
You’ll find all through the news media a lot of the top people are actually working for the CIA. That’s not a secret.
“With news organizations and individual journalists throughout the country lining up on one side or the other of the San Jose Mercury News debate, many have accused that paper of irresponsibility suggesting that the CIA had a direct involvement in illegal shipments of cocaine to Los Angeles and other American cities. Jeff Lynch’s story bears directly on that controversy.
“Everybody’s News has independently verified Lynch’s service record with the Coast Guard and has copies of Lynch’s training diplomas, commendation letters, certificates of honorable discharge and other records.
“In our estimation, Jeffrey Lynch’s accounts of his Coast Guard experience appears both accurate and credible and if his former Special Forces training buddy was telling Lynch the truth about seeing a plane loaded with cocaine take off for the U.S. from the CIA maintained airfield in Honduras, it may be history’s eventual judgment that the only thing irresponsible about the assertions made in the San Jose Mercury News series was that they didn’t go far enough.”
And this is old stuff you see because we’re being bypassed or it’s been bypassed with all the other crisis have come down the pike since then, and it’s well called the pike.
This is the world we live in, where that which you think exists for a certain purpose does the opposite. Not only that, they’ve trained populations. Every country’s done this to their own people. They’ve trained their populations to perceive things the way they’re taught to perceive things and never to question what’s really going on.
We see it even within the churches down through the centuries, where when a priest is caught interfering with little boys who also believed in – I think it was Al Gore’s assertions that no child left behind – well, with the church it was no child’s behind left. And yet the followers didn’t want to believe it because they’ve been trained to see these upright people as the most honest beings on the planet, regardless of the evidence; and even today when people are caught in the act, so many of them can’t believe it’s true. They will not believe it’s true – the alteration of perception through conditioning.
The fallout on society, all societies, of the drug scene has been tremendous. It’s also created large amounts of money for covert “black operations” as they call them and it’s also created a huge military force of police within countries who are supposed to combat it; and I have no doubt, too, they’re told who to attack and who to let go, who to ignore. The same as every other institution is with their codes and so on.
The public are the ones who suffer for this agenda and that’s okay for the big boys to decide because it’s their world as far as they’re concerned. THIS WAR IS ON THE PUBLIC.
It was declared a long time ago. A long time ago and through agencies like Special Forces or the SAS in Britain, they have compartmentalized agencies within them that don’t even know what the other hand’s doing. They can all go into training together and never know there’s a section over there doing the opposite of what you’re trained to do or supposed to do with your job. The same in the CIA. The same in the Mossad. The same in MI6 et cetera right through across the whole planet.
And you wonder why the drugs proliferate always into the poorest areas. The crimes develop because people must get their fix. Police forces constantly recruit and up their quotas for more and more manpower to deal with this problem and yet it’s a rigged problem. Both sides are run by the same capstone as I say.