Can You Handle the Truth About Government Corruption in Mena?

February 5, 2019

A Real Movie About Drug Smuggling, Money Laundering & Gun Running in Arkansas will Never make it to the Big Screen!

As government corruption plays out on TV day in and day out and we see the duplicity of the American Justice System,  maybe it’s time for a deep dive into probably the biggest and most far reaching episode of government turning a blind eye to high crimes in the history of America and certainly in the history of Arkansas.

Exactly three months after Arkansas State Police Investigator Russell Welch gave his Mena Drug Smuggling and Money Laundering Deposition in the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office, he met with IRS Investigator Bill Duncan to write a report on their investigation and send it to Iran-Contra prosecutor Lawrence Walsh. Investigator Welch had been ordered by Major Doug Stephens to meet with Duncan over the weekend in Arkansas Attorney General Winston Bryant’s office. Welch had just opened a case concerning the theft of sexually explicit photographs which could have been used to blackmail state officials. On Friday, September 20, Welch went to one of the prisons near Pine Bluff and interviewed the person who had actually taken the photographs, a person whose best friend was very close to Barry Seal. The next morning, Saturday, he and his wife, Debbie Welch, made the three-hour drive to Little Rock.

Returning to Mena on Sunday, Welch told his wife that he didn’t feel too well. He thought he had gotten the flu. Monday the symptoms were worse. By Tuesday Welch was certain that he had a serious case of pneumonia. He had had pneumonia before and recognized the symptoms. Tuesday night he could hardly walk and his wife took him to the local hospital. The doctor gave him some over-the-counter cold tablets and sent him home.

But, Welch’s condition deteriorated further to the point where his wife took him to another doctor in Mena the next day. Dr. Calleton, a Vietnam vet, immediately called the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and told Welch’s wife to get him to Fort Smith immediately. The doctor told her that he should go by ambulance but she might be able to get there faster if she left right then. He called the CDC one more time before they left.

In Fort Smith a team of doctors were waiting. Dr. Calleton had called them twice while Welch was in transport and they had been in contact with the CDC. Later the doctor would tell Welch’s wife that he was on the edge of death. He would not have made it through the night had he not been in the hospital. He was having fever seizures by now.

A couple of days after Welch had been admitted to St. Edwards Mercy Hospital, his doctor was wheeling him to one of the labs for testing when she asked him if he was doing anything at work that was particularly dangerous. He told her that he had been a cop for about 15 years and that danger was probably inherent with the job description. She told Welch that they believed he had anthrax. She said the anthrax was the military kind that is used as an agent of biological warfare and that it was induced. Somebody had deliberately infected him. She added that they had many more test to run but they had already started treating him for anthrax.

It took Welch a while to digest what the doctor had told him. Welch knew that in his business if you couldn’t document something and/or corroborate it somehow, then it never happened. The next day, in the hospital room, the doctor told Debbie Welch, that they believed her husband had military anthrax and they were going to treat him for it. The doctor also told Debbie that Russell was very sick now and it was going to get worse before it was over, because the disease was going to have to run its course. She was right. The following day Arkansas State Police Investigator Andy Wiley was in Welch’s room and heard the doctor repeat the diagnosis. This time Welch told the doctor that he read about an outbreak of anthrax in some cattle in southeastern Arkansas a couple of weeks earlier. The doctor told Welch and his visitors that the warfare biological agent is not the same as the cow disease. She shook her finger in Welch’s face and said emphatically, “No, somebody did this to you. Somebody sprayed you in the face.” She described how the infectious agent is carried in canisters. She said, “This is the same stuff that Saddam Hussein was going to use on our troops.” Investigator Wiley wrote down the names of Welch’s medication and later confirmed that he was, in fact, being treated for anthrax. Other state police officers went to the hospital room, periodically, to help Debbie Welch, who stayed in the private room with her husband day and night for the entire 14 days that Welch was hospitalized. Investigator Charles Lambert and Investigator Bobby Walker were among those that heard the doctor discuss Welch’s circumstances and the anthrax.

The treatment was very effective against the anthrax but had severe side effects. Welch suffered a partial kidney failure. The doctor said it was a calculated risk that she had to take when she decided to treat him for anthrax. Welch was a weight lifter and stayed in good shape. The doctor told him that if it hadn’t been for that the chances are that he still might not have survived the disease. The doctor also credited his physical conditioning when he gained back most of the 40 percent of his renal functions which had been lost due to the anthrax treatment.

After this incident, Welch spent time trying to figure out how he could have gotten the anthrax. One possibility, he finally concluded, was through envelopes carrying padding material in which the infectious agent, Bacillus anthracis, can be transmitted. The Arkansas State Police used these for a while to mail microcassette tapes containing investigator’s dictation. Welch’s padded envelopes were returned to him with the tops torn off. When he complained to the secretary, Kim McBride, in Hope, Arkansas, she told him that the padded envelopes were not torn when she mailed them. Welch told his supervisor, Lt. Finis Duvall. Rather than do an investigation to find out who was tampering with official state police mail, some of which was sensitive, Lt. Duvall just said, “Well, I’ll be damn… wonder who’s doing that.”

Welch was discharged from the hospital on October 8, 1991. From there on, Welch’s career in the State Police never was the same. He suffered harassment, transfers, unwarranted criticism, and public hearings of his performance. His superiors in the state police were concerned that he was answering questions from the press now that Bill Clinton was seeking the presidency. At one point he was interrogated about whether or not he was writing a book. After nineteen years of honorable service, solving difficult cases, being requested by victims and their families in other parts of the state to be assigned to their investigations, Welch was being humiliated like an enlistee in military bootcamp. All of this was being done at the hands of men appointed by Bill Clinton and Jim Guy Tucker. An honest cop just trying to do his job, Welch finally left the State Police on January 16, 1996. After 20 years on the force, he left a poor and disillusioned man.

Even though Welch and Duncan sent boxes of evidence to Lawrence Walsh in Washington, Walsh never showed any interest in Mena at all.

Ask yourself, “Who has access to Military Grade Anthrax and can get away with the use of Biological Warfare in Arkansas?”  The international community banned the use of chemical and Biological Weapons after World War 1 and reinforced the ban in 1972 and 1993 by prohibiting their development, stockpiling and transfer.   Where was the International Community when biological weapons were used in Arkansas?

On Christmas Eve of 1992 — seven weeks after losing his bid for a second presidential term to Bill Clinton — George H.W. Bush pardoned six members of the Reagan administration who had been charged with crimes including perjury, lying to Congress or obstruction of justice.

All those charges stemmed from attempts by senior Reagan administration officials to cover up a covert White House operation whose disdain for established law and outright deception marred Reagan’s tenure.

The scheme, which unfolded over a two-year period beginning in late 1985, started with illegal arms sales to Iran.

Selling weapons to Tehran, which was at war with Iraq at the time, had two objectives. One was to enlist Iran’s assistance in freeing American hostages being held in Lebanon.

In turn, profits from Iran’s purchase at highly inflated prices for the weapons — which were routed through Israel — were used for the scheme’s other objective: buying arms for anti-communist rebels known as Contras who were fighting to topple the elected Marxist government of Nicaragua.

Those weapons purchases were done in defiance of a Congressional Ban on aid to the Contras.

Bush’s grant of pardons came 12 days before Caspar Weinberger, President Ronald Reagan’s defense secretary, was to go on trial. Weinberger had been charged with obstruction of justice and lying to Congress about the arms shipments to the Contras.

The focus of that trial was to have been a private notebook of Weinberger’s that contained references to Bush’s knowledge of the illegal arms sales to Iran.

Bringing those charges against Weinberger and the five others Bush pardoned was Lawrence Walsh, the independent prosecutor who investigated the Iran-Contra affair for seven years.

“The Weinberger pardon marked the first time a President ever pardoned someone in whose trial he might have been called as a witness,” Walsh wrote in a scathing 1993 final report on his investigation, “because the President was knowledgeable of factual events underlying the case.”

Bush issued the pardons contending that Walsh’s investigation amounted to the “criminalization of policy differences.”

The independent prosecutor’s quarrel with Bush was not limited to the pardons, which effectively scuttled Walsh’s investigation just as Bush was leaving office.

As Walsh wrote in response to the pardons, Weinberger’s notes revealed “evidence of a conspiracy among the highest-ranking Reagan administration officials to lie to Congress and the American public.”

Bush had publicly insisted he knew little about the Iran-Contra operation, but his diary revealed otherwise. “I’m one of the few people that know fully the details, and there is a lot of flak and misinformation out there,” he noted in a Nov. 5, 1986, entry. “It is not a subject we can talk about.”

Bush’s role in Iran-Contra was perhaps most memorably dissected during a remarkable live interview he did with CBS Evening Newsanchorman Dan Rather in January 1988.

Rather pointedly cited a poll indicating that one-third of Republicans believed Bush was hiding something about his role in the Iran-Contra affair.

“I am hiding something,” Bush angrily responded. “You know what I’m hiding? What I told the president, and that’s the only thing, and I’ve answered every question put before me.”

Bush was equally defiant about having gone along with Iran-Contra once he became aware of the operation.

“I went along with it, because you know why, Dan? Because I worried when I saw (captured Beirut CIA station chief) Mr. Buckley, heard about Mr. Buckley being tortured to death,” Bush told Rather. “So if I erred, I erred on the side of trying to get those hostages out of there.”

Bush ignored a question from Rather about whether he was concerned about sending missiles to Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini.

“This is not a great night, because I want to talk about why I want to be president, why those 41 percent of the people (in a poll of Iowans) are supporting me,” Bush told Rather well into the nine-minute heated exchange.

“And I don’t think it’s fair to judge a whole career, it’s not fair to judge my whole career, by a rehash on Iran.”

Rather reminded Bush that as vice president, he had claimed to have been “out of the loop” about Iran-Contra.

“May I explain out of the loop?” Bush replied. “No operational role.”

Bush would go on to win a single term in the White House, years that were dogged by Walsh, the independent prosecutor, trying to get to the bottom of how much the 41st president had known about the arms-for-hostages scandal and how much he had held back evidence of what he had known and when he knew it.

The inescapable conclusion to all this is that the Bush Sr. White House, which had in reality been in force since the first Reagan term, colluded with a little-known-at-the-time Arkansas governor to create and run the largest drug smuggling/arms smuggling/money laundering operation in history, which in turn helped prop up the bogus economy of the good old USA, the world’s do-gooder Policeman which really turned out to be, surprise, the world’s number one Narco-terrorist.

U.S. Attorney Asa Hutchinson did such a great job cleaning up the Mena mess that little George Bush made him the Drug Czar and Under Secretary of Homeland Security.

SWITCHING BACK TO MENA

If you are interested in the depths of corruption in every level of government, this oral deposition of Russell Welch might open your eyes to the size of the Moon? It was produced at the request of the Attorney General’s Office, taken on the 21st day of June, 1991, before Jeff Bennett, C. C. R., Certificate #19, of BUSHMAN COURT REPORTING, INC., Notary Public in and for White County, Arkansas at the Office of the Attorney General, 323 Center Street, Little Rock, Arkansas at 2:30 p. m:

Q. You started investigating the situation in. Do you recall an instance in when the then U. S. Attorney Asa Hutchinson convened a grand jury for money laundering at Mena, do you recall that?

A. Concerning Rich Mountain Aviation?

Q. Well, concerning — yes, money laundering in Mena —

A. Is this the Investigation that Bill Duncan was —

Q. Yes.

A. Yes

Q. Did you assist in any way with that investigation, Russell?

A. Shortly prior to that I had spoken to Steve Snyder with FBI Agent Tom Ross over a sandwich in Fort Smith while we were preparing for court on a totally unrelated local drug offense, at which time Agent Tom Ross and myself were amusing ourselves with camouflaged C-‘s sitting at the Mena Airport. Steve Snyder, an excellent prosecutor, overheard the conversation, he was sitting right there with us, asked that we bring the case file in, he wanted to see this. He said he didn’t know what was going on, but he said, “We’re not going to have it going on in western Arkansas.”

Sometime, it wasn’t long after that, probably within the next month or so, that I had met Bill Duncan, and Bill Duncan notified me that we were to meet with Asa Hutchinson in Fort Smith to begin a grand jury investigation concerning a smuggling activity and money laundering activity. And when I got to Fort
Smith at the arranged time, I actually went up the elevator with Steve Snyder and was-carrying on like it was his meeting, because I assumed that it was because he had said something to me already. And we got to the top of the elevator, and he walked off in the other direction, and I asked him where he was going, were we having the meeting down there, and he said, “What meetings?” I said, “Well, we’re having a meeting on the and the activity around it that we talked about before,” and he said, “I don’t know anything about it,” and was, appeared to me, slightly upset that it was going on without — that he wasn’t involved. I never did get a chance to talk with him about that.

But we went into the meeting with Asa Hutchinson, and Asa was very up-tempo, asked what we knew about the events at that time, which was precious little, embarrassingly little, and asked for a witness list, and we were going to convene a grand jury. And my part in it was — I knew less than Bill Duncan did about his. Bill Duncan was going to pursue the money laundering
investigation, and I was going to pursue the other activities.

So that, with the explanation, I was — taken a very much lesser role in Bill’s investigation.

Q. Were you subpoenaed for the grand jury in the fall of

A. No. I’ve never been subpoenaed for grand jury in this
case.

Q. You were not asked to testify regarding the money laundering in any shape, form or fashion before a grand jury; is that correct?

A. No.

Q. Did you have — what was your experience, Russell, with the federal authorities relating to the — to their cooperation with you in your investigation of the Mena situation?

A. It was a — it took me a long the to completely digest what was happening to me. But it was a very disappointing, humiliating experience.

Q. How do you mean — what do you mean?

A. When I went into this, I had never been involved in a federal grand jury investigation, didn’t know what it meant. I had some of my cases handled in Federal Court, but they were cases that had already been investigated. Most of them, we’d let a federal agent come in and help us with them, then we’d go to Federal Court. And they’d get them a case, and we’d — you know, it was just an easy way to handle it.

This time, as I got involved in this investigation with Bill Duncan, I was kind of following his lead a little bit. It started out very well. Asa Hutchinson was very up-tempo and things were good. And I knew Asa Hutchinson’s reputation was top-notch before that.

I remember when he came in as U. S. Attorney, everybody was really relieved in western Arkansas because we had had some uneventful prosecutions prior to that apparently. And he did a good job. He had a lot of prosecutions. Well liked.

My first uncomfortable experience was at the first grand jury session concerning money laundering where two witnesses, Jim Nugent and Kathy Corrigan, testified, and I was up there just for moral support more than anything else, and to see what was going on . And after they came out of the — out of their session with the grand jury, each individually expressed concern to Bill Duncan that they were disappointed, that they hadn’t been asked the proper questions. They didn’t like what happened to them in the grand jury room. And that concerned me a little at the time. But Bill Duncan, I remember him telling them not to worry, that Asa Hutchinson knows what he’s doing, and that there’s a reason for what — the way he’s handling this. And they tentatively accepted that. That was my first concern. But based on what Bill told them, I felt a little better about the situation. And I don’t know what happened at the grand jury, when they said they didn’t feel like they were asked the questions that they had been led to believe were the pertinent
ones for their testimony.

Shortly after that — I believe that’s the last session I can remember that Asa Hutchinson held with the grand jury concerning this investigation. Shortly after that, I learned that he was quitting his position and was going to run for some political office, and that Mike Fitzhugh would be taking over United States Attorney. My contact with the United States Attorney’s Office for the most part ended at that time.

There were a lot of frustration in that — in the lack of communication. We were so busy, it wasn’t really noticeable at first. By “we,” I mean myself and Bill Duncan, and myself and the people in my department going — traveling to New Orleans, or to Baton Rouge, to Texas, gathering information. We were busy trying to find out what had happened and gather a case file and see if there was something to investigate. And as the more we went, the more we found out, just a little here and a little there, and we slowly started building a case and saw at some point that, yes, there is something here that needs to be investigated. We have got cocaine smuggling that is not a covert operation by somebody who feels that we don’t need to know. Which we wouldn’t have trouble with that, with somebody who carried on a covert operation and not telling us, because you just can’t be too safe.

By the time we decided that we did have an investigation, that we did have a case, that we could focus on it, we could show where a crime had been committed, we didn’t seem to be able to get our evidence into grand jury. And I can’t really pinpoint a place where it started, except that there were — I remember a meeting of Mike Fitzhugh and a woman from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami concerning money laundering. She was to be out here to instruct Mike Fitzhugh how to handle the money laundering case. And Bill Duncan had asked me to be up there, and my supervisor, Lieutenant Finus Duvall, came up, and it seems like there was somebody else, but I can’t remember. And we sat in a little office down the hall from Mike Fitzhugh’s office all day thinking that we were going to be needed in his office. And finally — and Bill Duncan would come in every once in a while frustrated saying that — telling us that he didn’t know what was going on, didn’t know what was wrong, but Mike Fitzhugh didn’t want us in there. And at one point late in the day somehow, however it happened, I don’t know whether it was Bill Duncan or Mike Fitzhugh or whatever happened, but we were allowed to come in and give the status for our investigation at that time, present it to this lady. And she seemed obviously interested. She was — she thought that that was — that needed to be pursued. She said, “This case needs to be pursued.” And that — and I don’t remember if she made the statement at that time or later, we were told that — out of her office, that they had two other Assistant U.S. Attorneys that would like to come out and help him prosecute the case. We did have a case developing at that time for cocaine smuggling. There was some concern over the way we were treated prior to the presentation we gave her. Never heard from her again.

I don’t think it was too long after that, that I was attending a grand jury session in Fayetteville where I knew that the Rich Mountain Aviation case would be coming up. I had not received a subpoena, but I had permission to go up and spend the night in Fort smith on behalf of the Arkansas State Police, Colonel Goodwin was very supportive in the investigation, and if it hadn’t been for him I’d probably quit a long time before things did finally come to an end.

Q. And what do you mean by that, just because of your frustrations?

A. Just from the frustrations, I — it wasn’t going anywhere. I wasn’t getting support. I wasn’t getting subpoenas.

Q. Yeah, that was my question. What do you mean you weren’t getting support; you weren’t allowed to issue subpoenas or what?

A. Right. Asa Hutchinson had originally asked for subpoenas, and I didn’t know who to subpoena at the time, or I would have given him a list. When I finally did get — find out who needed subpoenas. I requested the subpoenas by either calling Mike Fitzhugh directly or sending word through Bill Duncan, and was denied the subpoenas. At that time the denial was based on, I believe it was the Graham Rudman Act was in the air at that time, and he said he just didn’t have the money to subpoena people for this case.

Q. Did you ever get those subpoenas issued?

A. Towards the end, you know, there eventually was something take place in grand jury. Subpoenas were issued. When I — when some of the key people were in grand jury, I never got a subpoena. I wasn’t asked to show up. And I felt like I was probably the most knowledgeable person or able to give the most help as to what those individuals should be saying, what they said in interviews, what their history is concerning Barry Seal.

I didn’t feel like anybody else that was there at the time would have known the questions to ask them. When I finally did get a chance to testify in front of a grand jury myself, it was because one lady on the grand jury was from Mena, worked at Mena Airport, and she saw me hanging out in the hall outside the grand jury room in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and told the others that if they wanted to know something about the Mena Airport they ought to ask that guy out there in the hall. At which time Mike Fitzhugh, somewhat angrily, told me that the grand jury wanted to talk to me. At that time, I didn’t know, I thought it was Mike Fitzhugh that was wanting me to come in, and later found out that it wasn’t. I was still optimistic that we had an investigation going on. And I told him that I could at the time, the best I could. And after that grand jury hearing that I testified in, Mike Fitzhugh asked me into the judge’s chambers next to the grand jury room in Fayetteville, and asked me if I could accept a — two misdemeanor counts on the — concerning the allegations being made against Rich Mountain Aviation. He didn’t mention any names. He just said would I accept two misdemeanor counts on individuals and maybe something on the corporate. But I told him that I couldn’t, but I didn’t care what he did, and I wouldn’t hold him accountable or criticize or talk behind his back or anything concerning what he did, because he was the U.S. Attorney and I was just an investigator, and that’s the way I felt about it. I said, “personally, I can’t accept two misdemeanor counts because the way I interpret the case it demands more than that.” And then he said, “Well, will you accept one misdemeanor count and one felony?” And I asked if were talking about conspiracy to smuggle drugs, and he said yes. And I said, “No, I can’t do that.” Just knowing the characters that we’re talking about, Joe Evans and Freddie Hampton, I was up front with him, I said, “Give Joe Evans the felony count because he’s always been an outlaw anyway and he doesn’t care one way or the other, and give the Freddie the misdemeanor.” But I said, “The case just merits more than that. There’s more than that to it.” And I reiterated that I can’t accept it, but if you want to do it, go ahead. You don’t need my blessing. And he — we spent a long time in that room, and a good part of it was spent with him walking back and forth looking out the window not saying anything. It was a — it was a very strained period of time that we were in that office together. And that was all there was to that.

Q. So actually no one was ever indicted, were they?

A. No.

Q. And how would you describe the cooperation of other federal agencies?

A. Mixed. The Drug Enforcement Administration in Florida, absolutely zero. They’re just as useless to us as tits on a boar hog. We had no use for them at all. I mean, they had just from what they gave us, there were almost to the point of rudeness. We did not get anything out of them. I went to an agent conference in Savannah, Georgia during that time period, which this group, Group or Group , whatever it is, did not show up. But there were other Customs agents there and other DEA groups represented, and they were all pretty open that they were surprised that this group from Miami DEA didn’t show up.

They stated that they were unable to get any use out of them as far as sharing information or working cases. It was just a problem for everybody. And we all rationalized that they had a major problem there, and probably don’t have time to mess with us. The amount of drugs that we would get excited about, they wouldn’t even go into court with. Rationalized to keep things going smooth.

The two DEA officers in Baton Rouge were very helpful, Mike Long and another one, I can’t remember his name, They had been investigating Barry Seal for some time, and they were extremely helpful and gave us information for a while that we would never have got from any other source. And they gave us a witness who was in — at that time was in a safehouse or was being kept in an isolated area because he was about to or had testified against Barry Seal, and they gave us this witness. Which just amazed us. And they gave us a couple of others, a guy named LeBlanc and some others that we had no idea how to get ahold of.  The DEA in Arkansas, they were pleasant, easy to get along, but they had no interest in the Barry Seal case at all.

As we observed Barry Seal fly into Mena one cold December night, a young pilot by the name of Earl, Billy Earl, I believe. WE had the airport under surveillance. We had received word that either a smuggling operation was going to be consummated there, or was — something was about to happen concerning Barry Seal. And this was from the operation Coin Roll investigation out of the task force in New Orleans. We set up, we had the FBI, DEA, State Police, and probably about any other investigative agency you can think of, we were all out there in force. I think Arkansas Game and Fish was represented.

And the plane did come in. And we observed what later was described as changing of a bladder tank. It was snowing that night. and the DEA wasn’t on the airport. They never pulled a surveillance mission. One of the FBI agents commented to me that his partner had stated to him later on, he said, “This is the last time I go on surveillance for an air smuggling mission that the DEA stays in the motel while the rest of us are out in the snow,” and he said, “that’s got to be a clue.” so we didn’t get a lot of support from the Arkansas Drug Enforcement Administration.

And from other areas it was mixed. We dealt with a lot of agents and agencies who were burned out on investigating Barry Seal, because it had ended in — all of their efforts had just ended in futility and frustration, sometimes lawsuits. And when they felt like they had cases, things just fell out from under them, and they just wouldn’t investigate him and didn’t want to hear about it, and certainly didn’t want to hear about him from us.

One Customs agent told me that, after I was trying to get some help from him, he said “look, we’ve been told not to touch anything that has Barry Seal’s name on it, just to let it go.”  And he said, “That’s fine. We’ve got plenty of other work to do.” I could go on and on.

Q. So basically would it be a fair summary to say that in your professional opinion Barry Seal moved his entire drug smuggling operation to Mena, Arkansas in the early ‘s and operated there for how long, until his death?

A. Oh, yeah.

Q. Until?

A. Yeah, past there was obvious government involvement with him.

Q. And although you never physically seized any cocaine, in your professional opinion there were shipments of cocaine that came into Mena Airport and/or Mr. Seal had brought those shipments — or had brought cocaine in from Columbia and let them out in isolated areas to be picked up with his helicopters which were based at Mena at various times?

A. We’ve got reason to believe that that’s exactly what happened.

Q. And based on reports to you, there was at least some evidence of paramilitary operations or trainings in the Mena vicinity, at least during some of the time?

A. Yes, there definitely was.

Q. This, in my opinion, Mr. Welch, is essentially the same testimony that Bill Duncan has given, and it is essentially the testimony that Richard Brenneke has given, except that he’s gone further in some areas. And I don’t think you’ll be able to testify to this from your own knowledge, but I want to ask you if it might be consistent with what you’ve seen at the Mena Airport. Mr. Brenneke, if I can paraphrase his testimony, has testified that he, himself, flew shipments of cocaine into the Mena Airport and that, according to his personal knowledge, some of those cocaine shipments were delivered to representatives of organized crime in this country. In your opinion as a
professional law enforcement officer, could this have happened at the Mena Airport?

A. Absolutely. I would want to add that since I have ended my investigation of cocaine smuggling and have been listening to the allegations of training, military training having taken place at the Nella Airport, whether that took place or not I don’t know. I can say that that does have explanative value to otherwise unexplained events that took place during the time period.

Lester Campbell, who was a friend of mine and was a supervisor of the Game and Fish Officers in that area, enforcement officers, was chased off from the Nella Airport area by, I believe he described them as camouflaged subjects who rudely told him to leave. There were reports of the Game and Fish officers who were told the same thing. And during that time period we were getting reports of air traffic at the Nella Airport. And it was during that same time that I was testifying at a murder trial in Waldron, Arkansas, which is the county seat for Scott County where Nella Airport is located. An FBI agent from Fort smith — the Fort Smith Office asked me to visit with him in the Sheriff’s Office at the Waldron, Scott County Courthouse, and asked me to tell him everything I knew about the Nella Airport. I proceeded to do that. One of our investigators, Don Taylor, who is now Chief of Police at Fort Smith, was in there and I thought that they were investigating the allegations that I had been hearing concerning Game and Fish officers being rudely evicted from the area and the air traffic in the area. And the Sheriff at that time had also got these same reports. Several months later, I asked Don Taylor — or weeks, I asked Don Taylor how that investigation was going, and he told me that he wasn’t involved in any investigation. He was just there on something else, and just happened to be in the room with this FBI agent when I came in. That he had no idea what I was talking about. Nothing ever developed from that.

MR. BRYANT: Okay. Let’s go off the record.

(Off-the-record.)

Q. BY MR. BRYANT) So following up on your answer that drugs could have been delivered to representatives of organized crime at the Mena Airport. Is there any other reasonable explanation as to what would have happened to drugs that were brought into Mena?

A. We were never able to come up with any explanation whatsoever as to what happened to the drugs. We just knew that definitely a lot of cocaine was coming into the country. And where it went, we had no idea.

Q. And it’s almost inconceivable to think that that amount of cocaine was used locally or in the general area of Mena, Arkansas?

A. Oh, definitely. We’re talking one to two trips a week, or two weeks, however it varied, with to pounds of cocaine each trip. I’ve got no idea how that much cocaine would be disseminated.

Q. And, in fact, Mr. Welch, you interviewed Barry Seal himself, did you not?

A. Yes.

Q. And did he not admit that he brought in billions of dollars of cocaine and drugs into this country over about an eight to ten year period of time?

A. Yes, he did.

Q. And –

A. And stated that during the year , the center of his operation was the Mena Airport.

Q. So it’s even likely that organized crime or some type of entity would have been the recipient of such large amounts of cocaine, would it not?

A. I’ve never even known of a dealer who could handle that quantity.

Q. Then, in your opinion as a professional law enforcement officer, you would not think it unreasonable for Barry Seal to bring drugs into Mena and sell those drugs to organized crime?

A. No. Whether it’s true or not, it has a lot of explanative value to me. And I don’t know who else would take the drugs.

Q. Okay.

A. It would take tremendous organization to disseminate that amount.

Q. Now, let’s go back to the case that you were working up that never resulted in any indictments whatsoever. Did the U.S. Attorney, Mr. Fitzhugh, ever tell you that a federal judge wouldn’t allow these cases to be presented?

A. The meeting that I had with him at the first grand jury session that I had testified before in Fayetteville, during that meeting, when we were discussing possible misdemeanor charges, he told me that we might get an indictment, and we probably could get an indictment, but a federal judge would never let it get to court, and we would be wasting our time.

Q. Who is Matt Fleming?

A. Matt Fleming was an Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Q. In the Fort smith Office?

A. In the Fort Smith Office.

Q. Did he ever tell you that you had enough evidence for a conspiracy case against the individuals at Mena?

A. During one of our meetings that I and others were present at, Matt Fleming and Mike Fitzhugh discussed in our presence the charges that they might want to pursue to the grand jury. Mike Fitzhugh said that he thought we had a good conspiracy case, that he was going to try to get an indictment on during the next session. But he reviewed and discussed with us the merits of aiding and abetting a case as opposed to conspiracy, and thought that — and asked us if we would approve that. He said it’s — the penalty is just the same, very similar, and that it would be easier to handle in court. And in that session, I believe one other, Matt Fleming told him that he thought the conspiracy case would be — you could go with. And that, I believe, Larry Carver with the DEA was at — in one of those sessions with us, also.

Q. Did the deputy foreman of the grand jury ever express concerns to you about a coverup or not being able to get the evidence they needed?

A. Yes.

Q. And who was that?

A. That was P.J. Pitts, Patty Pitts.

Q. And basically what did she tell you?

A. She was — had expressed concern that they weren’t being allowed to investigate the Mena Airport. That Mike Fitzhugh wasn’t giving them the evidence that they needed to have, and wasn’t giving them the witnesses they needed to have. She felt like that they were being hindered. That they wanted to indict, but were being kept back from it. And that what she finally realized was that he was asking for — the indictments that he was asking them to give, he had not given the evidence on. She stated that they wanted to indict for conspiracy. But he — when it come up for vote, what he presented to them was a case for cocaine actually being there at the Mena Airport, which we never proved. And he never gave them the opportunity to indict for conspiracy. I believe that’s the gist of what — and money laundering. Money laundering was a big thing. They never got the evidence on money laundering.

Q. Did the FBI come to Mena and warn you not to screw up the CIA operation?

A. I’m not sure what the purpose was for their appearance.  Floyd Hayes and Tom Ross were the FBI agents assigned to the Hot Springs Office. This was a period in which I wasn’t investigating. I had it behind me, and didn’t want to mess with it anymore, and I had other cases to go on to, and heard all of Barry Seal I wanted to hear. And there was some new activity at the airport with the appearance of what appeared to be an Australian business by the name of Southern Cross, and C-‘s had appeared at the Mena Airport. And this was right on the heels of Barry Seal’s assassination and the being there. So there was almost an unconscious association. And I still didn’t want to mess with it. I didn’t see a crime. If you’re not going to show me a crime, don’t expect me to investigate, was my attitude at the time. And the two agents showed up one Friday afternoon and asked me to — or to have coffee with me. And we met at a local coffee shop, and they explained that a friend of theirs at the Hot Springs Airport, who is — was in the CIA, and they had checked on it and confirmed that he was with the CIA, and that he was a source of theirs, had come to them stating that he received a telephone call from a current CIA member in Miami who was involved with the Southern Air Transport operation. And the Miami agent told the Hot Springs Airport contact that they had something going on at the Mena Airport involving Southern Air Transport, and what had been going on at Southern Air Transport. And they didn’t want us to screw it up like we had the last one.

At that time Oliver North was being intensely investigated.  And I was under the impression that he was being investigated for illegal activity that did take place, whether he was involved or not. And I felt like the FBI was telling me that there may be illegal activity going on here. When I asked them why they were telling me, they said they just wanted me to know.  And I asked specifically, “Do we need to investigate it?” They said they didn’t know. I felt like I was being — kind of requested to keep an eye on it, which I did, and kept notes, and pretty much unwillingly followed it for a while. And then, later on, when they were asked about that conversation, they both denied it.

Q. As a law enforcement officer, how did you feel after investigating the situation at Mena for a number of years and nothing ever happened?

A. I’ve got a lot of different feelings. Bitterness is certainly one of them, because if there was something there that they didn’t want investigated, all they ever had to do was tell me to take a hike, and I would never have asked any questions.

We have operations all the time — our own agents in the State Police come into Mena and do undercover operations and don’t tell me. I don’t need to know, and I don’t want to know. I don’t get put on an investigation investigating my own people and wasting my time. I could have quit anytime.

A local law enforcement officer came to me at one point a couple of years ago and asked if they could put some kind of group together of law enforcement agencies to try to contact somebody, to lobby, or whatever, because they just didn’t feel like busting somebody for an ounce of marijuana, when they felt like there were -they knew that so much cocaine transportation had gone unpunished with — when there was evidence to pursue it. I don’t know how to explain it. It’s not a good feeling to be used that way.

Q. In other words, you feel that you were used in this entire operation, and that the responsible officials never intended to pursue any criminal charges against responsible people?

A. That’s absolutely the way I feel. At one time we were trying to get Colonel Goodwin’s name on the -E list so I could brief him as to what I was doing with what I thought was a grand jury investigation. In a conference room at State Police Headquarters in Little Rock, I called Mike Fitzhugh and — to ask him if I could tell the Colonel the status of the investigation, and he said no. And I asked him if there was a grand jury investigation, and he paused for a minute and said no, said there wasn’t a grand jury investigation. And this was after I thought I had been involved in one for probably a year and a half at that time and had been keeping secrets. You know, at least he could tell me that I’m not involved in a grand jury investigation.

MR. BRYANT: Let’s go off the record.

(Off-the record.)

MR. BRYANT: That’s all. Thank you.

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Is America Living on Borrowed Time?

January 31, 2019

Here was the headline six months ago: Why is Donald Trump attacking the US intelligence community?

Here is Gene McVay’s answer: Because the community is as worthless as a VA hospital and has failed to stop a single terrorist attack!

The incompetence of these intelligence bureaucracies is mind boggling! They are not even fiddling while Iran is busy fulfilling their role as the Chief State Sponsor of Terrorism!

Years under leaders like lying Clapper and Brennan have rendered the agencies impotent!

It has been reported that nuclear scientists from North Korea and Russia have been working in Iran for years. I have read nothing about Chinese nuclear scientists in Iran but China is Iran’s number one trading partner.

It’s only 4,000 miles between North Korea and Iran. Several business jets have a range of 7,000 miles. Who knows what kind of weapons are being flown into Iran?

Iran must have nukes by now even if they have to use the $140 billion Obama cash to buy them!

Terrorist organizations have been trying to buy nuclear weapons for 20 years!

More than 100 suitcase nukes went missing when the Soviet Union fell.

When John McCain was chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee he said that his greatest fear was Iran getting nuclear weapons and giving them to terrorists and that was a very real possibility.

Nuclear, biological and chemical weapons can be brought through the same hole in the border fence that drugs and other contraband are smuggled through!

I wrote a blog in 2014 reporting that Iranian books were found discarded along the pathway leading from the Mexican Border,

Terrorists have had decades to move weapons of mass destruction across our borders and coastlines. It WMDs are not already here it’s because terrorists don’t want them!

Can you look up from your butterscotch latte for a second and listen to Gene McVay? A tiny bomb, with a chunk of highly enriched uranium smaller than a bowling ball, could be placed in the middle of any city in the USA and detonated with a blast equivalent to a mile long freight train loaded with dynamite.

Just this week in Nogales, a load of Fentanyl was intercepted that was enough to kill 57 million people. Earlier a stash of Fentanyl was discovered in Nebraska large enough to kill more than 26 million people.

I’m not going to list every threat to National Security we face but maybe you remember that our diplomats in Cuba and China were recalled after being attacked with some kind of sonic weapon that caused brain concussions?

I have not been an Intelligence Analyst since 1965 and have not had a Top Secret clearance for 23 years but my guess is that those sonic weapons possibly used microwaves and were probably tests at the lowest power settings?

President Donald Trump is trying to save America in spite of the deep state intelligence community, 100% of the Democrats and Establishment Republicans, the Fake News media, Hollywood, many of our so called allies and billions of people who want Big and Little Satan to cease to exist.

Can you understand the threats? Which side are you on?

Maybe Syria can become the 51st State?

January 31, 2019

President Barack Obama formally called for President Assad to step down “for the sake of the Syrian people” and issued new sanctions on his regime in August 2011.

President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom joined Obama calling on Assad to resign.

Most of those so-called leaders are gone and cowering under the bed in fear of global warming but Assad is still standing and about 560,000 people have died in that civil war.

About as many people have been killed in Syria as were killed during the American Civil War.

Syrian, Germany, France and the United Kingdom didn’t get involved in our Civil War but somehow the United States gets involved in just about every war except the Peloponnesian War!

We saved Europe and now Europeans hate America and our President!

According to Isaiah 17, Damascus will cease to exist as a city and become a ruinous heap. I have warned Christians to get out of Damascus and I am thrilled that President Trump will get our military out of Syria.

Isn’t it time to worry about America and Americans? Probably more than 20 million uninvited foreigners have invaded America! Many hate America and some are terrorists.

Our deep state government has no idea who is in OUR country, where they are or what diabolical plans they have in store for us

Remember the Alamo?

January 6, 2019

Last month, when Julián Castro filed the paperwork to run for President, he had to add an accent over the a in Julián by hand. The Federal Election Commission hadn’t planned for a candidate with a Mexican name.

The former Mayor of the Alamo City is the only Latino in the Democratic 2020 Presidential field.

San Antonio is the second largest city in Texas and a predominantly Hispanic American microcosm.

One of the most gallant stands of courage and undying self-sacrifice in the pages of history is the defense of the Alamo and the old Mission remains one of the priceless heritages of Texans.

It was the battle-cry of “Remember the Alamo” that later spurred on the forces of Sam Houston at San Jacinto. Anyone who has ever heard of the brave fight of Colonel Travis and his men is sure to “Remember the Alamo.”

Besieged by Mexican General Antonio de Padua María Severino López de Santa Anna, who had reached Bexar on February 23, 1836, Colonel William Barret Travis, with his force of 182, refused to surrender but elected to fight and die, which was almost certain, for what they thought was right.

As the Battle of the Alamo was in progress, a part of the Texas Army had assembled in Gonzales under the command of Mosely Baker in the latter part of February. From this army, a gallant band of 32 courageous men under the command of George C. Kimble left to join the garrison at the Alamo. Making their way through the enemy lines, these 32 men joined the doomed defenders and perished with them.

Kimble’s pregnant wife was washing clothes in a creek with 2-year old Charles nearby when George announced the plans of the Gonzales Ranging Company to answer Travis’ appeal for aid to the surrounded Alamo garrison in San Antonio. His parting words indicated that he felt he probably would not return.

On February 23, 1836, Kimble was mustered into the Gonzales Ranging Company as a Lieutenant and Commander of the unit. After learning that James Fannin was not going to the Alamo as reinforcements, and that there would likely be no other reinforcements, George Kimble and Albert Martin lead a group of 25 men from Gonzales at 2 pm on Saturday, February 27. The party would number 32 upon its arrival at the Alamo. As they approached the Alamo in the early morning hours of March 1, a rider appeared in front of them and asked, in English, if they wished to go into the fort. When they said yes, he turned and told them to follow him. When one of the men became suspicious, the rider bolted away. The volunteers were afraid they had been discovered and galloped towards the Alamo. In the darkness, the Texians thought this was a party of Mexican soldiers and fired. One man was wounded, and his English curses convinced the defenders to open the gates. These Texian reinforcements were later dubbed the Immortal 32. Kimble died at the Alamo on 6 March 1836. His body was burned with those of the other Texas soldiers. Kimble County Texas is named in his honor.

On March 2, 1836, during the siege of the Alamo, Texas independence was declared. Four days later, the document was signed with the blood shed at the Alamo. It was under such conditions that Travis and his men fought off the much larger force under Santa Anna. It was with the love of liberty in his voice and the courage of the faithful and brave that Travis gave his men the none too cheerful choice of the manner in which they wished to die.

Realizing that no help could be expected from the outside and that Santa Anna would soon take the Alamo, Travis addressed his men, told them that they were fated to die for the cause of liberty and the freedom of Texas. Their only choice was in which way they would make the sacrifice. He outlined three procedures to them: first, rush the enemy, killing a few but being slaughtered themselves in the hand-to-hand fight by the overpowering Mexican force; second, to surrender, which would eventually result in their massacre by the Mexicans, or, third, to remain in the Alamo and defend it until the last man, thus giving the Texas army more time to form and likewise taking a greater toll among the Mexicans.

The third choice was the one taken by the men. Their fate was death and they faced it bravely, asking no quarter and giving none. The siege of the Alamo ended on the dawn of March 6, when its gallant defenders were put to the sword. But it was not an idle sacrifice that men like Travis and Davy Crockett and James Bowie made at the Alamo. It was a sacrifice on the altar of liberty.

Brave men and women still exist in America but their numbers are dwindling as are their followers. Too many leaders today would faint if they nicked themselves shaving their legs.

I will leave you with these quotes by Davy Crockett:
“You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas.”
“I would rather be beaten, and be a man, than to be elected and be a little puppy dog.”
“Whenever I had anything and saw a fellow being suffering, I was more anxious to relieve him than to benefit myself.”

Is Gene McVay the only being who remembers?

■■■■ Every Nation ■■■■

December 25, 2018

After Jesus was risen, He met with His Disciples in Galilee and told them: All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

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There are 195 nations and people in 176 nations have read Gene McVay on Guard blogs on WordPress.

Those 19 nations I have failed to penetrate are hard nuts to crack, so to speak.

The Gideons are banned in Afghanistan, Algeria, China, Comoros, Djibouti, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Maldives, Mauritania, Morocco, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Yemen.

Going into these nations and some others and teaching and baptizing them would be impossible but, with God, all things are possible.

2,000 years ought to be long enough to fulfill the Great Commission since men walked on the Moon 40 years ago.

Jesus didn’t command us to walk on the Moon or freak out about global warming!

Jesus made no mention of building giant church buildings or cathedrals!

John the Baptist didn’t have a grand office in a palacial church.

Can we all get together and get serious about doing what Jesus told us to do?

Expedition to The Garden of Eden

December 22, 2018

If Gene McVay could put together an expedition to one place on Earth, it would be to the remnants of The Garden of Eden. I was pretty sure I knew the location of the garden long before I studied the geography.

I realized that places are very important to God. The great King David was chosen by God to rule Israel when he was a young boy and did establish Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and rule for about 40 years. David was born in Bethlehem and Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

Abraham was commanded to sacrifice his son Isaac and was prepared to sacrifice Isaac when he was stopped. I am sure the location where the sacrifice was to take placed is the exact same place where Jesus was crucified almost 2,000 years later. Some think the Temple was built there but the Temple was built on a thrashing floor and could be rebuilt today without disturbing any nearby structures. No part of the old fortress named after Cleopatra’s boyfriend is the Holy Temple.

So it is my opinion that human life began in The Garden of Eden when God created Adam and Eve during 4004 BC or 6,022 years ago. If some scholar tells you man did something before 6,022 years ago they would be mistaken. I believe God created a lot of things before 4004 BC including the Angels, the universe, prehistoric animals and things we will learn about during eternity but not one single human.

Some 4,366 years ago in 2348 BC, a young 600 year old man built an Ark and saved eight humans and all the verities of animals from the Great Flood. If some scholar tells you something happened before 2348 BC, you should know that was before the flood.

The flood can be confusing to some people unless you read and comprehend what the Bible says. The flood lasted about a year. Some say 371 days but I won’t quibble.

The Bible story goes like this, “The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible.

After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.

By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.”

If you just skim over the story it might not make sense to you. You see, when the Ark rested it was long before the tops of the mountains could be seen. The King James Version makes it clearer, “the ark rested … upon the mountains of Ararat.” That means the Ark was not moving or tossing upon the water that covered the whole earth. As the water receded Noah could clearly see where he was located amid the mountains of Ararat. Did you catch that? Not Mount Ararat but the mountains of Ararat. The top of a 16,854 foot mountain is not a good place to disembark from the Ark.

When the Ark finally ended up on dry land, I am absolutely convinced that is was in the exact same location as The Garden of Eden but 1,656 years after the garden had been created and long after it had been off limits to humans. During 2347 BC when the whole earth was populated with only 8 people, The Garden of Eden had spent a year submerged and probably had been ravaged by mudslides but The Garden of Eden is The Garden of Eden.

If you want to do some population studies, calculate how many people can be produced in 4,367 years starting with four couples.  This alone should convince you that the story that modern man evolved 50,000 years ago would make the population of the Earth in the trillions.

So how do we know where The Garden of Eden was located? That should even be very simple for even the dumbest scholars if they would bother to read the Holy Bible.

We know that a river flowed out of the garden and then that river was divided and became four rivers. Two of those rivers are recognizable today, the Tigress and the Euphrates. There is only one way a river can flow out of a garden and that would be from a spring in the garden. If you can find the source of the Euphrates and the source of the source, that would be The Garden of Eden.

Turns out the source of the Euphrates and likely the source of the Tigress before the flood is the Murat River also known as the Eastern Euphrates. The source of the Murat River is northeast of lake Van not far from Mount Ararat and very close to Noah’s Ark National Park in Eastern Turkey. That is where the remains of Noah’s Ark reside, probably after sliding some distance from the original location. There’s not much left of the ark after 4,365 years.

Lake Van is the largest lake in Turkey and is also the world’s largest endorheic lake. That means having no outlet. Since Lake Van is 5,380 feet high, Noah’s Ark and The Garden of Eden would likely be around 7,000 feet elevation. There are harsh winters in the area but Lake Van almost never freezes because of the salt content.

The photo of Lake Van is Akdamar Island and the Holy Cross Cathedral, a 10th-century Armenian church and monastic complex.

If I am correct and almost all the scholars are wrong, The Garden of Eden is close to Noah’s Ark National Park and so are two trees, The Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

In case you think The Tree of Life may be dead, it is mentioned three times in the Book of Revelation.

In Revelation 2:7
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

And twice In Revelation 22
And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
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Will you listen to the Apostle John? Jesus looked down from the cross and made John responsible for His mother. Jesus trusted John and that’s good enough for me.

How Long will President Obama’s Deep State Military Hang Around?

December 16, 2018

The headlines read: Former decorated Green Beret, after years of investigations, charged in death of Taliban bomb maker!

A former Green Beret who told Fox News in 2016 that he killed a Taliban bomb maker nearly a decade ago during combat operations in Afghanistan is now being charged in the man’s death — a move his lawyer says is an act of betrayal by the Army. “I think he’s been betrayed,” his attorney, Phillip Stackhouse, told Fox News when asked how the Army has treated Golsteyn.

The once-decorated soldier, who had been on voluntary excess leave amid the latest investigation, has been living in a newly bought home with his wife and a 2-month-old baby in Virginia, working for the International Association of Firefighters, Stackhouse said.

Golsteyn was informed of the murder charge earlier this week after being ordered back into active duty.

“They have insinuated to me that they have new evidence,” Stackhouse told Fox News. “I don’t believe there is any new evidence at all.”

The murder charge facing Maj. Matthew Golsteyn comes after years of on-and-off investigations by the Army following an incident said to have taken place during his 2010 deployment. A military tribunal that probed the killing years ago cleared Golsteyn — but the investigation into him was re-opened after he spoke to Fox News’ Bret Baier.

This persecution of an American hero described in the Fox News story is right out of the Obama-era play book!

Golsteyn, in 2010, had been deployed to Afghanistan with the 3rd Special Forces Group. Two Marines in his unit during that time in the Battle of Marja ended up getting killed by booby-trapped explosives hidden in the area.

Golsteyn and his men later found the suspected Taliban bomb maker nearby and after he was detained, Golsteyn said the man refused to talk to investigators.

Golsteyn was concerned that if he released the bomb maker, he would target Afghans who were helping U.S. soldiers.

“There’s limits on how long you can hold guys,” he told Fox News’ Bret Baier in 2016. “You realize quickly that you make things worse. It is an inevitable outcome that people who are cooperating with coalition forces, when identified, will suffer some terrible torture or be killed.”

“Major Matthew Golsteyn’s immediate commander has suddenly determined that sufficient evidence exists to warrant the preferral of charges against him,” U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman Lt. Col. Loren Bymer told Fox News in a statement Friday. “Major Golsteyn has been charged with the murder of an Afghan male during his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan.”

The first Army investigation was undertaken after Golsteyn disclosed details of the incident during a polygraph test when he was interviewing for a job with the CIA in 2011.

Golsteyn, according to Army documents obtained by the Washington Post, reportedly told the CIA something that Stackhouse disputes – that he took the suspected bomb maker off base, shot him and buried his remains in a shallow grave before returning to the site to dig up the remains and burn them in a pit used to dispose of trash.

Stackhouse told Fox News the suspected bomb maker was released and later killed during combat operations in Marja.

Golsteyn, who had been awarded the Silver Star, the military’s third-highest award for combat valor, was initially accused of murder and conspiracy. But following the lengthy initial investigation by a military tribunal, no formal charges were filed.

Instead, Golsteyn was removed from the Special Forces and had his Silver Star taken away.

As for the latest case, Stackhouse says: “we will be relentless in defending him.”
Golsteyn told Fox News he killed him. Two years later, he is facing the murder charge.

The previous Lieutenant Lorance gross miscarriage of Justice also occurred under the likes of Commander in Chief Barack Obama!

Clint Lorance was a model soldier for ten years in the U.S. Army. Now he spends his days confined in the United States slammer. His promising career ended on July 2, 2012 when Clint, as a First Lieutenant and newly-appointed Platoon Leader in the U.S. Army, ordered his men to fire on three Afghan men approaching the Platoon’s patrol position. Clint acted solely out of a concern for the safety of his men, but was vilified as a blood-thirsty, trigger-happy soldier.

Based on this inaccurate characterization, Clint was convicted of two counts of unpremeditated murder, one count of attempted murder, and other charges. He is currently serving a 19-year sentence.

Clint’s so called crimes were the result of a fear for the safety of his men in a fast-moving, chaotic wartime situation. Despite his inexperience in leading troops in combat, Army leaders placed Clint in command of a platoon that saw frequent combat in one of the most dangerous regions of Afghanistan. In fact, at the time of his offense, Clint had been in charge for less than 48 hours. Clint’s appointment was not undertaken under positive circumstances. In the months leading up to Clint’s appointment, First Platoon sustained four casualties, including the severe injury of its lieutenant. Despite his inexperience in combat, Army leaders promoted Clint in order to shore up a broken and battered unit.

The first time Clint met his men, the war-weary soldiers of First Platoon had been removed from combat to receive combat stress medical treatment as they mourned the loss of their injured brethren. Seeing first-hand how that loss weighed on each man now under his command, Clint vowed to himself that he would do anything possible to prevent further injury or loss of life.

Clint’s determination was tested on July 2, 2012, just two days into his command of First Platoon. On that day, while leading only his second combat patrol ever, Clint was informed that three men were advancing towards the Platoon’s position on a motorcycle.

Unfortunately for Clint, he stood at the bottom of a 6-foot tall grape berm which blocked all visibility to the access road or motorcycle. A combat-experienced soldier, positioned on top of the berm could see the motorcycle and interpreted it as a hostile threat. With mere seconds to react, Clint gave that soldier permission to fire, but the nervous soldier’s shots missed the target.

Clint’s actions were the result of a young, inexperienced officer enduring the chaos of combat for the first time, but his sentence impermissibly suggests malicious intent. This result is unjust. Excessive punishment undermines the legitimacy of the criminal justice process.

How many brave WWII, Korean, Vietnam, and more recent war Veterans can now be charged with murder? My guess is that a million or more since there is no statute of limitations on murder!

Obama’s rules of engagement gave the enemy a vast advantage during his two terms when Fighter Pilots complained that they could not control their own cockpits and most returned after combat missions with 100% of their bombs and ammunition. Obama placed the lives of the enemy above the lives of our Armed Forces!

We may never know the depths the Obama Administration sunk but this should have All Americans up in arms! An Army officer who received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama was spied upon by military investigators after he was mentioned online in an Amazon book review by another soldier who was the subject of an investigation. That’s right, our legion of Intelligence Agencies can’t seem to spy on our enemies and stop even ONE TERRORIST ATTACK but they can spy on President Trump and an American hero!!!!

Will Swenson, who has since returned to active duty after receiving his medal for courageous service in Afghanistan, had his home put under surveillance, and had neighbors and his girlfriend questioned by military investigators, who even went through his trash — all over a response he posted on a review of a book review.

Swenson had been openly critical over the Army’s handling of a battle in which he participated. The Army later conveniently lost his paperwork for his Medal of Honor recommendation. It was resubmitted a second time.

“There’s good reason to suspect that the investigation into Swenson was really about his award, his criticism of the Army, and the hope that agents would find something to shut him up,” a source familiar with the Army investigation said. “All of the details the Army was looking to confirm were all within their reach from the beginning, without speaking to Swenson.”

The Army responded to an inquiry about the Swenson probe on Jan. 15, 2014. John McHugh, secretary of the Army, noted that the book review was what sparked investigators to target the decorated hero, who was honored at the White House in 2009 for his role in a deadly firefight in Afghanistan. How dare an American Citizen use his Freedom of Speech when it exposes the failed leadership of Barack Hussein Obama!

“Mr. Swenson had also been deployed to Afghanistan around the same time period as MAJ Golsteyn, and was potentially in the same area of operations when the alleged offenses under investigation took place,” McHugh wrote.

The Army’s Criminal Investigative Division, or CID, sent agents to question Swenson because he was thanked — along with several other people — in a paragraph-long book review.

The book was “The Wrong War” and it had been reviewed by another soldier previously under investigation, Army Major Mathew Golsteyn, the Green Beret who ultimately was stripped of his Silver Star and tossed from his Special Forces post over unproven allegations of violating rules of engagement I wrote about above.

How many brave WWII, Korean, Vietnam, and more recent war Veterans can now be charged with murder? My guess is that a million or more since there is no statute of limitations on murder!

Obama’s rules of engagement gave the enemy a vast advantage.

If Commander in Chief Trump does not purge the Army of evil forces and America hating Commanders and prosecutors, our military is doomed and American Soldiers will die!

First they came for the Afghanistan Platoon Leaders, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Platoon Leader.

Then they came for the heroic Green Berets, and I did not speak out— because I was not a heroic Green Beret.

Then they came for the Medal of Honor Recipient, and I did not speak out—because I was never awarded the Medal of Honor.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Is Your United States Attorney a Crook?

November 29, 2018

 

There is an actual newspaper in Florida that uncovered government corruption in the form of a crooked US Attorney!

I never thought I would see the day when crimes of a US Attorney would be exposed. Is this why Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned?

Alexander Acosta, now President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Labor, was the U.S. Attorney for Southern Florida when he negotiated an end to the federal investigation of Jeffrey Epstein.

Facing a 53-page federal indictment, Epstein could have ended up in federal prison for the rest of his life.

Epstein had powerful friends including President Trump and former President Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton was a frequent flyer on a registered sex offender’s infamous jet than previously reported, with flight logs showing the former president taking at least 26 trips aboard the “Lolita Express” — even apparently ditching his Secret Service detail for at least five of the flights. Jeffrey Epstein’s Boeing 727 flight logs show trips included extended junkets around the world with Epstein and fellow passengers identified on manifests by their initials or first names, including “Tatiana.” The tricked-out jet earned its Nabakov-inspired nickname because it was reportedly outfitted with a bed where passengers had group sex with young girls.

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin, was a Russian-born American novelist, poet, translator and entomologist who wrote the 1955 novel “Lolita” that was ranked fourth in the list of the Modern Library 100 Best Novels.

Visitors to billionaire Epstein’s private Caribbean island, known as “Orgy Island” and “Pedophile Island” have included Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew and Stephen Hawking. “Jane Doe No. 3” also alleged that she had been forced to have sex with “numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, a well-known prime minister, and other world leaders.” There are even stories that Hillary Clinton visited the island. Oh the lives of the rich and famous!

But a deal was struck — an extraordinary plea agreement that would conceal the full extent of Epstein’s crimes and the number of people involved. How fortuitous!

Not only would Epstein serve just 13 months in the county jail, but also the deal — called a non-prosecution agreement — essentially shut down an ongoing FBI probe into whether there were more victims and other powerful people who took part in Epstein’s sex crimes, according to a Miami Herald examination of thousands of emails, court documents and FBI records.

The pact required Epstein to plead guilty to two prostitution charges in state court. Epstein and four of his accomplices named in the agreement received immunity from all federal criminal charges. But even more unusual, the deal included wording that granted immunity to “any potential co-conspirators’’ who were also involved in Epstein’s crimes. These accomplices or participants were not identified in the agreement, leaving it open to interpretation whether it possibly referred to other influential people who were having sex with underage girls at Epstein’s various homes or on his plane.

As part of the arrangement, Acosta agreed, despite a federal law to the contrary, that the deal would be kept from the victims. As a result, the non-prosecution agreement was sealed until after it was approved by the judge, thereby averting any chance that the girls — or anyone else — might show up in court and try to derail it.

This is the story of how Epstein, bolstered by unlimited funds and represented by a powerhouse legal team, was able to manipulate the criminal justice system, and how his accusers, still traumatized by their pasts, believe they were betrayed by the very prosecutors who pledged to protect them.

“I don’t think anyone has been told the truth about what Jeffrey Epstein did,’’ said one of Epstein’s victims, Michelle Licata, now 30. “He ruined my life and a lot of girls’ lives. People need to know what he did and why he wasn’t prosecuted so it never happens again.”

Now President Trump’s Secretary of Labor, Acosta, 49, oversees a massive federal agency that provides oversight of the country’s labor laws, including human trafficking. He also has been on a list of possible replacements for former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who resigned earlier this month.

“This was not a ‘he said, she said’ situation. This was 50-something ‘shes’ and one ‘he’ — and the ‘shes’ all basically told the same story,’’ said retired Palm Beach Police Chief Michael Reiter, who supervised the police probe.

“The damage that happened in this case is unconscionable,” said Bradley Edwards, a former state prosecutor who represents some of Epstein’s victims. “How in the world, do you, the U.S. Attorney, engage in a negotiation with a criminal defendant, basically allowing that criminal defendant to write up the agreement?”

As a result, neither the victims — nor even the Judge — would know how many girls Epstein allegedly sexually abused between 2001 and 2005, when his underage sex activities were first uncovered by police. Police referred the case to the FBI a year later, when they began to suspect that their investigation was being undermined by the Palm Beach State Attorney’s Office. Yes, the State Attorney was in on it!

Arkansas Govovernor Asa Hutchinson’s nephew was indicted and finally resigned from the Arkansas Senate awaiting trial but the new US Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas is Governor Asa Hutchinson’s former law partner and serves in the Arkansas National Guard under command of the Governor. The Trial of Senator Jeremy Hutchinson was set to begin during the reelection campaign of uncle Governor Asa Hutchinson so the trial date was moved months after the Arkansas General Election. I will eat my hat if Senator Jeremy Hutchinson or any of those close to Governor Hutchinson ever see the inside of a jail cell. My guess is that they will all plead guilty to removing a tag from a mattress or jaywalking and get off like most powerful politicians.

Governor Asa Hutchinson himself served as US Attorney during the period when Western Arkansas was the drug smuggling, money laundering and gun running capital of America.

The young boys killed and placed on the railroad tracks during the height of the drug smuggling were collateral damage and the crime remains unsolved until this very day!

I have very low expectations that the corruption in Arkansas then or now will see the light of day under US Attorney Kees and Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and certainly not under Governor Asa Hutchinson although there is no statute of limitations on the crimes.

Asa Hutchinson was given plum jobs in the Swamp by President George Bush including Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration and Under Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security but Bush would not go so far as to give Asa a Cabinet gig.

On the other hand, Rene Alexander Acosta was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Labor Relations Board and later served as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights and federal prosecutor or U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. On February 16, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Acosta to be United States Secretary of Labor. Acosta is the first and only Hispanic person to serve in Trump’s cabinet to date.

Gene McVay believes this will bring down Secretary Acosta because the Miami Herald did its job but don’t expect anything like this from the John Brummett Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, they’re too busy French kissing Arkansas politicians!

I Do Not Recognize the Country I Fought and Bled for!

November 28, 2018

George Papadopoulos was arrested and carted off to prison by the leader of the United States Gastapo Robert Mueller and his band of Clinton Donors!

Mueller essentially ripped the Constitution from the vault in the National Archives Building and burned it in the middle of the Swamp while the Supreme Court and Congress roasted marshmallows in the fire!

The 31 year old son of Greek immigrants from Thessaloniki was low hanging fruit for the Mueller gang as they burned tens of millions of taxpayer’s dollars to try to destroy our elected President.

The FBI and DOJ can lie to Congress and the American People every day and twice on Sunday but if George Papadopoulous says it’s a nice day and there’s a cloud in the sky, he just committed a felony!

This is as unconstitutional as the 7 to 2 Supreme Court Decision that ruled that Dred Scott was not entitled to his freedom; that African Americans were not and could never be citizens of the United States; and that the Missouri Compromise was unconstitutional.

On that day America began to decay from within but Robert Mueller brought plague to America in the form of his Witch Hunt lynchings.

Young Papadopoulous was not alone in his torment, the Mueller Gastapo raked his family and new wife through the coals as well. Why is Mueller not behind bars?

Simona Mangiante, an Italian lawyer who used to work for the European Parliament, married George who speaks Arabic, English, French and Greek and previously worked on the Ben Carson Campaign.

The depraved lunatics on Mueller’s gang falsely assumed Simona was a Russian Spy even though she is not responsible for giving our uranium to Russia or giving $140 billion hard earned tax dollars to the chief sponsor of Terrorism–Iran. Who is running the Mueller Insane Asylum anyway?

Since Mueller had to have something to show for his endless escapade and since he didn’t think even the corrupt fake news media would be satisfied if he indicted a ham sandwich, Mueller managed to lock Papadopoulos up for 14 days with 12 months of supervised release, 200 hours of community service and a fine of $9,500.

We have not heard the last from George Papadopoulos, “The truth will all be out,” he tweeted, “Not even a prison sentence can stop that momentum. Looking forward to testifying publicly shortly after. The wool isn’t going to be pulled over America’s eyes forever.” And in another: “The support from America has been overwhelming. You have all given me the strength to carry this boulder. Every day the haters get shouted out by the patriots and the people who believe in justice and who love America. FISA declassification will exonerate us all. Keep up the fight!”

Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team, in their attempts to “flip” witnesses and get testimony that could damage President Trump, seem to be finding themselves stymied in that effort. Three of their subjects just aren’t saying what they want to hear.

First, there’s conservative author Jerome Corsi, who said that he’s turning down a deal to plead guilty to perjury. “The American people have got to understand, we have a criminal Department of Justice,” he said on One America News. “And they are taking citizens — I’ve never committed a crime in my life. I’m 72 years old…[I could] die in prison but I will not lie to say that I didn’t tell the truth to the special counsel.” He appeared genuinely shaken.

“They can put me in prison for the rest of my life,” he told CNN. “I am not going to sign a lie.” He said on NBC that he “forgot” to tell Mueller certain things. “They want me to say I willfully lied. I did not willfully lie to the special counsel. I will not lie to save my life. I’d rather sit in prison and rot for as long as these thugs want me to.”

Corsi has maintained that he had no advance information about the leaking –- that he had simply “connected the dots.” But in trying to show “collusion” with Russia, Mueller obviously wants to hear from him that he had advance knowledge of some plot to do this.

The same intimidation tactics are being used on his associate Roger Stone, who denies receiving advance notice of the leaking of Democrats’ emails and hasn’t been charged with anything at this point. He said in a statement to FOX News, “I continue to see that my friend Dr. Jerry Corsi is being harassed by the special counsel, not for lying, but for refusing to lie.” The statement continues: “It is inconceivable to me that in America someone would be prosecuted for refusing to swear to a false narrative pushed on him by the Mueller investigators. If Jerry ever deduced that Mr. Podesta’s emails had been purloined and would be published by WikiLeaks, he did not share that conclusion with me.”

“This has been one of the most frightening experiences of my life,” said Corsi, saying he’s done everything he could to cooperate with Mueller and thought he was “doing a pretty good job” of it, turning over two computers and giving the FBI access to all his email accounts and tweets, but that in the past two months the negotiations had “just blown up.”

Corsi was a commentator for Infowars as was Stone and wrote the anti-Obama book, “The Obama Nation.” If that’s really all he’s guilty of, the special counsel’s treatment of him truly is an abomination.

Then there’s Paul Manfort, who served for several months in 2016 as Trump’s campaign chairman. He was found guilty of eight counts of bank fraud and tax crimes dating from before the Trump campaign and that were totally unrelated to the Trump–Russia investigation. I believe Mueller’s attack dog Andrew Weissmann was one of the prosecutors. Like Corsi, Manafort is an older man for whom a 10-year sentence likely means spending the rest of his life in prison, plus he was anticipating yet another trial in Washington DC on similar charges, so he chose to accept a plea deal that required him to answer wide-ranging questions. Apparently, though, Mueller wasn’t satisfied with his answers; in a court filing he said that Manafort has lied to the FBI and the special counsel’s office on “a variety of matters” since the plea deal earlier this year.

Mueller calls this a breach of the plea deal. But according to the report, Manafort claims he has been truthful and does not agree with the government’s assessment that he has breached the deal.

In a particular chilling line, the report says Mueller’s office would “file a detailed sentencing submission to the Probation Department and the Court in advance of sentencing that sets forth the nature of the defendant’s crimes and lies, including those after signing the plea agreement herein.”

Imagine if that line were written about you –- setting forth the nature of your crimes and lies –- after you had tried to be cooperative. Perhaps Manafort deliberately misled the special counsel, but perhaps he just had poor memory of times and places, contradicted the testimony of someone else, turned out not to offer useful information, chose not to support a false narrative, would’ve had to invent answers, accidentally left something out, had no direct knowledge of things they asked, didn’t want to speculate about others’ motives, misunderstood or got confused or simply insisted that President Trump did nothing wrong!

At any rate, Manafort remains in prison while he awaits sentencing, which is scheduled for February.

It would be impossible for an old retired fighter pilot, Wing Commander and former NSA intelligence analyst like me to uncover all the conflicts the Mueller Gang has but three members of the legal team were known to have been hired early on by Mueller who had overwhelmingly given political donations almost exclusively to Democrats. More than half of the more than $56,000 came from just one lawyer and more than half of that was donated before the 2016 election and two of the lawyers gave the maximum $2,700 donation to Hillary Clinton last year.

The Mueller group includes attorneys who worked on cases ranging from Watergate to the Enron fraud scandal and have represented major American companies in court. One member has given nearly $33,000 to political campaigns over the years including money to Democratic presidential candidates Michael Dukakis, Al Gore, John Kerry, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. In addition, he gave more than $10,000 to help Democrats get elected to the House and another $10,000 on the Senate side, including money to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

The second-largest donor among Mueller’s known team has donated more than $16,000 since 2008, all to Democrats. She maxed out to the Clinton campaign in 2016 and 2015, totaling $5,400. She also gave a total of $7,300 to Obama’s two presidential campaigns. She has already received attention for representing the Clinton Foundation in a racketeering lawsuit brought by a conservative advocacy group, and also represented Clinton herself in a lawsuit seeking access to her private emails.

Mueller also hired Andrew Weissmann to join his team. Weissmann, who led the Enron investigation, previously gave $2,300 to Obama’s first presidential campaign in 2008 and $2,000 to the Democratic National Committee in 2006, the same year Democrats won control of Congress.

There also are no FEC records for Aaron Zebley, who left Mueller’s old law firm, WilmerHale to work on the Russia investigation. Zebley once represented former Hillary Clinton aide Justin Cooper, who helped manage her private email server.

Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben has also joined Mueller’s team. While there is a Michael Dreeben in the FEC database, who is identified as a deputy solicitor with the Justice Department and who gave $1000 to Hillary Clinton’s senate campaign in 2006, a spokesman for Mueller’s team claims that’s not the same person.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and legions of others have suggested that Mueller’s team can’t be impartial because of their past donations. “Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair,” Gingrich tweeted.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller as special counsel, told senators that he doesn’t see any problems with the political donations from some members of Mueller’s legal team.

The period when the Mueller Gang could pluck anybody off the street and kick down their door and search and threaten their families until they found a mattress with the tag removed, will go down in history as a period of infamy and insanity.

No patriotic American should rest until every last Mueller conspirator is behind bars!

Big Satan and Little Satan

November 20, 2018

■■■ The simple truth is that there are two countries against the whole world. We are called Big and Little Satan. Two countries and God are sufficient.

If you think any of the countries America saved during the last 100 years will come to our rescue you are dreaming.

For the first time the United States opposed the UN General Assembly’s annual call on Israel to return the Golan Heights to Syria even though it has not accepted Israel’s annexation of the strategic area.

“The US position on the status of the Golan has not changed,” a US representative told the UN General Assembly’s Fourth Committee in New York, dousing any thoughts that the US stance reflected a policy change by the Trump administration.

In past years, the US has abstained on this resolution, which has largely been opposed only by Israel.

Prior to the preliminary vote, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said, “Given the resolution’s anti-Israel bias, as well as the militarization of the Syrian Golan border and a worsening humanitarian crisis, this year the United States has decided to vote no on the resolution.”

Isaiah 17:1 ►

“The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.”

Damascus is only about 30 miles from the Golan Heights! For years I have been reminding Christians in Damascus about Isaiah 17 in English, Arabic and Hebrew.

Damascus is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.

Be careful not to get lulled into a false sense of security because we are sitting on a powder keg with millions of enemies within and billions of foreign enemies.

Have a nice day.