A small dirt airstrip at Mena, Arkansas, was a major North American focus for the Contra drug and gun-running network, apparently handling a night-flight every five minutes, without lights, at the height of the activities.
Democrat Congressman for Arkansas, Bill Alexander, has stated that activities at Mena have been responsible for large volumes of drugs coming into his state. In spite of mounting evidence, however, Clinton, as Governor of the state, appears to have made no attempt to help with investigations by local prosecutors into the illegal activities there; he
may even have sat on important evidence which could have helped to bring into the open these activities, as we shall see.
In his defense Clinton has claimed that he did in fact authorise $2 5,000 for an investigation, but no trace of such a payment has yet been found. Clinton's behaviour hasled to suspicion in some quarters that he may even have been linked to the C.I.A. in the past, perhaps receiving their help in obtaining his Rhodes scholarship as has happened with others. One fellow scholar at the time, Lt.Col. Robert Earl, curiously enough went on to become an assistant to Oliver North.
Clinton is well-known too for sending his state's National Guard to Honduras for training in what amounted in effect to
Contra-supporting activities. He has honoured prominent contras, like Adolfo Calero and his brother as well as a notorious American supporter Major-General John Singlaub, with "Arkansas Traveller" awards.
Clinton had also employed, in the Arkansas Development and Finance Administration, a contra-supporter named Larry Nichols, who almost torpedoed his candidacy later by exposing his affair with Gennifer Flowers during a court case
following Nichols' dismissal from his job. Clinton's brother - who has been convicted of cocaine possession - is also involved, as a 'hanger-on' of Barry Seal who was a major organiser of the contra resupply network and
one-time pilot for the Medellin cocaine cartel.
An investigation in the newsletter "Washington Report" concluded that "There is ample evidence that Bush, Clinton, Pryor (Senator David Pryor, Democrat-Arkansas), Bumpers (Senator Dale Bumpers D-AR), Hammerschmidt, various U.S. attorneys, Arkansas state officials and Arkansas financial institutions knew plenty about the illegal activities at Mena but permitted these to proceed.
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