HOUSE BILL PROPOSES
LIFTING BAN ON ASSASSINATIONS
WASTING NO TIME IN MOVING TOWARD WAR FOOTING
Armitage The Executioner
FTW 1/24/01 - HR 19, Introduced by Republican
Georgia Congressman Bob Barr on January 3, 2001, the first
day of the new 107th Congress, would legislatively repeal
sections of three Executive Orders specifically prohibiting
assassinations by the United States Government.
Entitled the "Terrorist Elimination Act
of 2001", the bill, submitted to the House International
Relations Committee, would specifically nullify sections
of three previous Executive Orders including one initiated
by Ronald Reagan in 1981. It is interesting to note that
acts of Congress are not required to nullify previous Executive
Orders (EOs) which are, by definition, orders issued by
the President and Commander in Chief to all federal employees
(including military) under his authority. All that is necessary
to reverse one EO is another EO. This is exactly what President
George W. Bush did with respect to EOs issued by President
Clinton on the environment in the last days of his administration.
Section 3 of HR 19 specifically states:
provisions of Executive
orders shall have no further force or effect:
(1) Section 5(g) of
Executive Order 11905.
(2) Section 2-305 of Executive Order 12306.
(3) Section 2.11 of Executive Order 12333." [By
Section 5 (g) of Executive
Order 11905, signed
by Gerald Ford on 2/18/76 specifically prohibited "political" assassination.
Section 2-305 of Executive Order 12036, signed
1/24/78 by Jimmy Carter renewed the ban. Section 2.11 of
Executive Order 12333, signed by Ronald Reagan on 12/4/81
renewed the ban on assassinations, or conspiracy to commit
assassinations, as part of a broader package which gave
virtually complete control of the American National Security
apparatus to then Vice President George H.W. Bush.
The full text of HR 19 may be viewed at http://thomas.loc.gov.
Enter a search in the 107th Congress for 19 and it will
take you straight to the bill
The bold move, unreported and ignored by any
major media, offers a chance for an early referendum on
the new administration's full-speed run at a more violent
and brutish foreign policy.
The current bill, introduced by staunch Bush
supporter and Clinton impeachment leader Barr, indicates
that the Bush administration is seeking to add legitimacy
to the move by implying that Congress and the American people
support the action. This can only mean that there is quite
likely a list of people the Bush Administration wants to
start killing fairly quickly. The appointment of career
covert operative and Annapolis graduate Richard Armitage
as Deputy Secretary of State under Colin Powell only underscores
the clear message that the Bush Administration is sending
to the world.
Armitage, who was denied a 1989 appointment
as Assistant Secretary of State because of links to Iran-Contra
and other scandals, served as Assistant Secretary of Defense
for International Security Affairs in the Reagan years.
U.S. Government stipulations in the Oliver North trial specifically
named Armitage as one of the DoD officials responsible for
illegal transfers of weapons to Iran and the Contras. But
Armitage's dirty past goes much deeper.
A Vietnam veteran and graduate of Annapolis,
Armitage's roots have been thoroughly intertwined with the
likes of CIA veteran Ted Shackley, Richard Secord, Heine
Aderholt, Elliot Abrams, Dewey Clarridge, Edwin Wilson and
Tom Clines. All of these men have been directly linked to
CIA covert operations, the drug trade, the abandonment of
U.S. prisoners of War after Vietnam and/or Iran-Contra.
Armitage has also been routinely discussed in FTW as a Bush-era
covert functionary who has been linked to covert operations,
drug smuggling and the expansion of organized crime operations
in Russia, Central Asia and the Far East.
In 1986 a private dispute
between POW activist
Ross Perot and Armitage went public as photos of Armitage
with a topless Vietnamese nightclub owner Nguyet O'Rourke
brought allegations of gambling and prostitution very close
to Armitage's doorstep. The stories went public when TIME
and "The Boston Globe" wrote lengthy stories
the feud in 1986 and 1987. That scandal arose as a result
of 1984 investigations by President Reagan's Commission
on Organized Crime in which the photo and documentation
of gambling charges and prostitution led directly to Armitage's
close association with O'Rourke. Then LAPD Assistant Chief
Jesse Brewer, a former Commanding Officer of this writer,
served on the Reagan Commission.
The 1992 best-seller "Kiss The Boys Goodbye"
by former "60 MINUTES" producer Monika Jensen-Stevenson
details Armitage's role as Reagan point man on Vietnam POW-MIA
issues and describes why Armitage has earned the enmity
of many POW activists. However, in a 1995 interview with
"The Washington Post", Colin Powell referred to
Armitage as his "white son." This, notwithstanding
the fact that the 6 foot, balding, power-lifter, now 56,
can still bench press 300 or more pounds and reportedly
William Tyree, Special
Forces Veteran who
has provided much reliable information and documentation
to FTW in the past said, "Armitage used to 'sit ambush'
on the trails in Laos and Cambodia. He liked it. Now when
Powell, 'the dove,' sits down at a table with Armitage 'the
killer' beside him the message will be that Armitage can
reach across the table and deal with the other party on
the spot." That message will not go unheard.
[For more on Armitage we recommend using the
search engine at www.copvcia.com and also at The Progressive
There is reason to believe that a repeal of
the assassination ban would lead to an immediate series
of deaths. Remember, the Iran-Contra team is coming back
to power with a vengeance.
The completion of a February 11, 1982 memorandum
between Reagan Attorney General William French Smith and
CIA Director Bill Casey removed any requirement for CIA
to report drug trafficking by its agents, contractors and
proprietary employees. Immediately thereafter cocaine consumption
into the United States multiplied as imports rose from approximately
80 tons in 1982 to 600 tons by 1989.
[A copy of that memorandum,
published by the
CIA in 1998, is available in FTW's Extracts and Commentary
on Volume II of the CIA Inspector General's Report" originally
published on 10/8/98.]
There are no choices and this is no longer
a convenient exercise of protected liberty. This is now
a true struggle against tyranny. Call your Congressman.
Call your local media. Call your neighbor. A loud enough
uproar can stop this criminal move in its tracks. Silence
can only invite bloodshed.
Special thanks to Mike Whybark and Jim Galasyn
of Independent Media Centers for bringing this travesty
to my attention. Please visit their site at http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=19541.
Michael C. Ruppert
The Wilderness" www.copvcia.com
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