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Excerpts from Alfonso Chardy's July 5th _Miami Herald_ article on the secret
government. Also inserted below are a few relevant excerpts from an
affidavit filed last December by Daniel Sheehan, an attorney and general
counsel of the Christic Institute.
... the affidavit in its entirety [is] fascinating, scary, and extremely
detailed -- but it's huge, 146K bytes.
Lines beginning with <> are from the Miami Herald article; all other
lines are excerpts from the Christic Institute affidavit.
<>From the MIAMI HEARALD, P.1, July 5, 1987 (edited for brevity)
<>REAGAN AIDES AND THE `SECRET' GOVERNMENT
<>by Alfonso Chardy
<>Herald Washington Bureau
<> WASHINGTON - Some of president Reagan's top advisers have
<>operated a virtual parallel government outside the traditional Cabinet
<>departments and agencies almost from the day Reagan took office,
<>congressional investigators and administration officials have concluded.
<> Investigators believe that the advisters' activities extended well
<>beyond the secret arms sales to Iran and aid to the contras now under
In the process, the Institute's investigators uncovered, long before the
public exposure of the Iran arms deal, a "Secret Team" of former high
ranking Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. military officials. Lt. Col.
Oliver North turned to this Secret Team on behalf of the White House to
re-establish the private Contra aid network after the passage of the
Congressional ban on government aid. North later used the same group of men
to carry out the Iranian arms deal.
This affidavit outlines the Secret Team's history of political assassination
and terrorism funded through drug smuggling and arms trafficking beginning
in the early 1960's. The sources have been kept, for the most part,
anonymous. Some seek immunity from criminal prosecution; others will
testify only when if subpoenaed and forced to answer under oath. Many need
to be assured of their personal safety. They include journalists, law
enforcement officers, current and former high ranking Central Intelligence
Agency officials, American mercenaries, individual contras, drug smugglers,
and the pilots who have flown guns from the U.S. and returned with cocaine.
This information is accurate to the best of our information on December 12,
1986, the day it was filed with the court and become [sic] a public record.
Created without the federal subpoena power given to plaintiffs in later
stages of a civil lawsuit, it demonstrates the abundant evidence available
to those willing to look for it.
<> Lt. Col. Oliver North, for example, helped draw up a controversial
<>plan to suspend the Constitution in the event of a national crisis, such
<>as nuclear war, violent and widespread internal dissent or national
<>opposition to a U.S. military invasion abroad.
<> The plan did not define national crisis, but it was understood to
<>be nuclear war, violent and wide-spread internal dissent, or national
<>opposition against a military invasion abroad. [NOTE THAT LAST]
<> The official said the contingency plan was written as part of an
<>executive order or legislative package that Reagan would sign and hold
<>within the NSC until a severe crisis arose.
<> It is unclear whether the executive order was signed or whether it
<>contained the martial law plans. Congressional sources familiar with
<>national disaster procedures said they believe Reagan did sign an
<>executive order in 1984 that revised national military mobilization
<>measures to deal with civilians in case of nuclear war or other crisis.
17. During the second week of April of 1984, I was informed by Source #4
that President Ronald Reagan had, on April 6, 1984, issued National Security
Decision Directive #52 authorizing Federal Emergency Management Agency
Director Louis O. Giuffrida and his Deputy Frank Salcedo to undertake a
secret, nation-wide, "readiness exercise" code-named "REX 84". This
exercise was to test the "readiness" of the Federal Emergency Management
Agency to exercise civilian supervisory authority over defense Department
personnel, the personnel of all 50 State National Guard units and numerous,
state-based "State Defense Force" units (which were to be established, at
the behest of FEMA, by state legislative enactments) -- in the event that
President Reagan chose to declare a "State of Domestic National Emergency"
concurrent with the launching of a direct United States military operation
into Central America. This military operation was to be code-named
20. During the third week of April of 1984, Source #7 obtained for me an
introduction to Source #8 -- a member of the Legal Division of the Federal
Emergency Management Agency, the office headed up by FEMA General Counsel
George Delt [sic].
21. Source #8, who was known by Source #7 to be an honest and trustworthy
source of information based upon Source #7's direct experience with him, was
shocked that I had such accurate information concerning the content of
Presidential National Security Decision Directive #52, but he expressly
confirmed the accuracy of the intelligence report given to me by Source #4
concerning the two-fold mission of REX 84.
Source #8 expressed directly to me a high degree of fear and anxiety
about the legality of what was being planned by FEMA General Counsel George
Jett, FEMA Director Louis O. Giuffrida and FEMA Deputy Director Frank
Salcedo. Source #8 reported to me that he had never before seen inside FEMA
such an intense level of security concerning any program. Source #8
reported to me that FEMA General Counsel George Jett had ordered the
installation of a special metal security door into the hallway on the fifth
floor of the FEMA building in Washington, D.C. -- behind which door all of
the planning for REX 84 was being conducted. Indeed, Source #8 reported to
me that even long-standing employees of the civil defense division of the
Federal Executive Department possessing the highest possible security
clearances were not being allowed through the newly-installed metal security
door on the fifth floor of the FEMA building to have access to the planning
of REX 84. Source #8 reported that only FEMA Director Louis O. Giuffrida,
his Deputy Director Frank Salcedo, FEMA General Counsel George Jett -- and
a few other men whom Source #8 noticed all wore a small red Christian cross,
or crucifix pin, on the lapel of their suits -- were even allowed through
the metal security doors on the fifth floor of the FEMA building to have
access to REX 84 information.
Through a Source #9, I was able to obtain a series of Federal documents from
inside FEMA which tend to confirm the above-reported description of the FEMA
activities reported to me during April of 1984.
23. In mid-May of 1984, I was informed by Source #10, who was a
professional journalist in New Orleans, Louisiana, that he had learned that
the State Legislatures of Louisiana, Alabama and Texas had sometime around
April 1984 or May 1984 each passed legislation establishing units known as
"State Defense Forces". Source #10 informed me that he was extremely
concerned about this because the only people in Louisiana, Alabama or Texas
who seemed to have heard of the passage of these statutes -- and who were,
therefore, signing up to join these State Defense Forces -- were ultra
right-wing para-military "survivalist-types", or
"soldiers-of-fortune-types", who were being advised to sign up for these
State Defense Force units at weekend Survivalist Training Centers or
ultra-right "war-game" schools.
Source #10 informed me that this concern on his part had caused him to
undertake an investigation to ascertain what was going on regarding the
State Defense Force units in Alabama, Louisiana and Texas. Source #10
informed me that he had discovered that a group of men in Texas who had all
signed up for the Texas units had been expelled by the Texas National Guard
for being too radically right wing. This investigation led him to a
Louisiana State National Guard Colonel, Source #11. Source #10 informed me
that this Louisiana State National Guard Colonel had informed Source #10
that the State Defense Force unit in Louisiana was -- in the near future --
(this being in May of 1984) going to be receiving a large quantity of small
arms and ammunition "in some kind of war game activity" supervised by the
federal government -- but that the State Defense Force in Louisiana "was
only going to have to give back of the arms and ammunition received
in the war-games. The half which were left with them were going to be
smuggled out of the country in Central America." This was
to be achieved, according to the Colonel, by re-valuing the weapons, while
in the field, from "manufacturer's" value to "replacement value", and then
collecting the same dollar value, as was at the
outset of the war-game.
[There's a whole lot more, complete with names, dates, and references.
It's pretty clear that the whole Iran-contra scam is just the tip of
If information contained in this Affidavit is reprinted, broadcast, or used
in any way please credit the Christic Institute, a religious, public
interest law firm and public policy center. The Institute is dependant
[sic] on tax-deductible donations from individuals and from Christian,
Jewish, and private foundations.
The Christic Institute
1324 North Capitol Street
Washington, DC 20002
Contributions to the are tax-deductible.
the Strike Force Government -- summary of a talk show
Major X described himself as a member of an organization formed
by the NSC called the SFG (Strike Force Government). The SFG was
apparently formed during the end of Carter's presidency. It
seems that the NSC was so fed up with the politics of Carter and
his handling of the Iran Hostage situation that they decided to
do something about it. The SFG was formed for the purpose of a
military takeover of the US Government! A select group of top
ranking military officers were chosen to step in and assume
control of the federal government in the event that the president
or Congress acted in a manner that they determined to be
endangering to the country.
Key members of the administration
and Congress were targeted for military arrest and detainment
while a "panel" of military leaders would step in. This is
purported to be an existing oraganization that still maintains
and updates this plan of action - the list of "targets" is kept
up to date and their actions are continuously monitored.
Supposedly, each of these targets has a military aide.
The implication was that these aides would be called on to assist
(or carry out) the arrest and detention.
It gets even crazier. Once the transition of power has taken
place (Major X claimed that it would happen so quickly, quietly,
and smoothly that the American public would barely be aware of
it), the first thing they would do is institute marshall law and
impose a military curfew until order is assured. NEXT - get this
(this guy was dead serious) - they would replace the Constitution
with their own rewritten, "simplified" version! He said that it
is the opinion of the people behind this group that the
Constitution is out of date, too verbose, and grants too much
freedom. Their new sanitized version would do away with (this
talk show was not intended as a joke or fiction) freedom of
speech and freedom of assembly. Major X stated that the freedoms
granted for speech and assembly were way out of line and very
destructive to the fabric of American society and the integrity
of the nation's security.