I haven't much time to write at the moment, but since the fall of (spell it how you will) Qaddafi seems imminent -- and may actually have occurred at this writing -- one thought occurs to me: Maybe now we can get a proper explanation for the mysterious Wilson/Terpil affair.
As some of you may know, Ed Wilson and Frank Terpil
were the "rogue" CIA agents who aided Qaddafi at a time when Libya was being painted as Enemy #2 (behind the USSR). Many have questioned just how "rogue" those guys really were. The following is a description of an old radio show
about the duo:
Mohammar Khadafy’s terrorist cadre, the Red Brigades and Carlos the Jackal were allegedly among the recipients of Wilson and Terpil’s expertise.
Although they supposedly performed as renegades, they claimed that their activities supportive of “left” terror were performed at the bequest of U.S. intelligence.
Program Highlights Include: the group’s use of active-duty Green Berets to train Khadafy’s terrorists; Ed Wilson’s operation of Task Force 157, an intelligence operation that spawned the Nugan Hand Bank (a CIA-connected bank that laundered drug and arms deal profits); Wilson’s role in brokering shipments of U.S. arms to Egypt; Eyewitness substantiation of the duo’s connection to Carlos the Jackal; the role of former CIA officials Theodore Shackley and Thomas Clines in Terpil and Wilson’s activities; the untimely deaths of numerous witnesses to, or participants in, the pair’s operations; Wilson’s past operations for CIA, including the Bay of Pigs project and the U-2 spy plane; Wilson’s alleged role in procuring explosives for the assassination of Orlando Letelier; Wilson’s connections to Republican kingmaker Robert Keith Gray; allegations of connections between Terpil and a drug-smuggling gang known as “The Company;” Terpil’s claims that drug profits from the above-mentioned Nugan Hand Bank sustained U.S. electronic surveillance facilities in Australia; statements from former U.S. intelligence officers that the Terpil-Wilson operations in Libya were, indeed, officially sanctioned; allegations that a “tame CIA insider” deflected Congressional inquiries into Terpil and Wilson’s activities; Libyan strongman Khadafy’s bankrolling of the Paladin Group, a fascist mercenary organization; a Latin-American assassination consortium known as “Operation Condor.”
I never could understand how Green Berets
could train Libyan forces "accidentally," without the knowledge of higher-ups within the Pentagon and the CIA.
The Nugan Hand connection is of great current interest, since Rupert Murdoch (allegedly) had links to that scandal.
Yes, I know that 1981 seems like prehistory to many of you. But some of us have been waiting a long time to know this stuff.