Update: July 2, 1997

We're Having An Effect

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."                                                                                              Margaret Mead

Until now, government officials have never had to deal with an informed public - the internet generation. Arkansas FBI Head Agent, I.C. Smith, is being put on the hot seat by readers of my latest update, "Public Enemy No. 1." Smith doesn't understand that, unlike talking to mainstream media, the internet medium will challenge his lies and half truths. If you missed it, you may read that update at http://www.idfiles.com/enemy-no-1.htm. The statements Smith made to internet comrade Chris Blau in a thirty-five minute telephone conversation yesterday are in response to that update. My comments follow Smith's statements.

* Smith says, there are only one or two witnesses placing Harmon on the tracks with the boys the night they were murdered, and one of them failed four or five polygraphs.

ONLY one or two witnesses! What does he mean, ONLY? Well, anyway, which is it - one or two? Neither, there are five witnesses that I know Smith knows about. Two of them are in prison. And guess who prosecuted them. Dan Harmon. Can you beat that? After U.S. Attorney Chucks Banks shut down the 1990 federal grand jury that was unanimously ready to indict Harmon, Harmon went after those two witnesses.

A third eye witness came forward to Linda Ives in 1993, was taken to the FBI, and passed a polygraph test. The FBI said the witness corroborated what they already knew, and a case file was opened. During that investigation, the agent in charge told Linda of a fourth witness; an ex-cop who participated in placing the bodies on the tracks. The fifth witness is one the FBI said they could not locate. I recently found out where he is, though, so how hard could it be?

Now, about the witness Smith says failed a polygraph four or five times. Well, which is it - four or five? Neither, it's two. Smith is talking about Sharline Wilson, one of the two witnesses Harmon prosecuted after he was cleared by Banks.

Sharline, a confessed cocaine dealer, dated Harmon several years in the 1980's. When Sharline lost custody of her son (by a previous marriage), she began to clean up her life. She gave testimony to the 1990 federal grand jury against Harmon, and later, she tells about driving Harmon to the tracks the night the boys were murdered. According to Sharline, Harmon left her with an eight-ball of cocaine which kept her high for several hours while she sat waiting in the car. Sharline says she knew the area was a drop zone for drugs but says she didn't know what had happened that night until she heard about the boys the next morning.

After Banks cleared Harmon in June, 1991 of "all wrong-doing," Harmon was not the only one still interested in Sharline. She was interrogated by several agencies, including the FBI, and says she often felt like she was being badgered and harassed. She volunteered to be polygraphed but became so upset during the pretest interview, the polygrapher said he couldn't even get a positive reading when she stated her name. Failed polygraph number one.

The next time she was polygraphed was after she had been arrested by Harmon's drug task force for what she says was "a set up." She had been terrorized by Harmon and had been sitting in jail for months. The night before the test, she was transported to another facility where she spent the night in isolation. By then she was an emotional wreck, and claims she told them what they wanted to hear. She "confessed" to killing the boys herself. Failed polygraph number two.

It's amazing that Smith would use those bogus test results to discredit a witness against Dan Harmon.

* Smith says he is responsible for Dan Harmon's conviction and is not being given credit.

Fine, if he wants credit for Harmon's conviction, he's got some explaining to do. Two of his own agents, one in a taped telephone conversation, said the FBI has known about Harmon's illegal activities for years. Why did they wait to do anything about it until a small-town newspaper ran a story about Harmon's ex-wife being caught with cocaine packages from his district's evidence locker? The answer is in the question - it was reported in the newspaper. The feds (Smith, since he wants the credit) were forced to do something. They conducted an eighteen-month-long showy investigation which resulted in an eleven count indictment, but a conviction on only five counts. The government (Smith, since he wants the credit) should have asked for indictments for Harmon's criminal activity ten years back which is allowed under federal RICO law. This would have given the case the strength of a mountain of evidence my task force had against Harmon. No excuse or explanation has been given for cutting Harmon's indictment off at August of 1991, just a month after Banks held a press conference announcing there were no dirty public officials in Saline County.

* Smith says he doesn't doubt there was or is drug activity around Mena.

So, what is he doing about it?

* Smith says he is not sure the FBI has the jurisdiction to investigate the murders.

This is one of the most incredible statements Smith makes repeatedly. The FBI has jurisdiction over any drug-related/public official-related crime. If the FBI's jurisdiction was questionable, why was an agent assigned to work the case full-time for more than eighteen months? It wasn't lack of jurisdiction that stopped the investigation. It was the link to the Mena drug-smuggling operation that caused that shut-down as well as six previous investigations of the murders, and is likely the real reason Harmon's indictment didn't include his involvement in the murders. (Smith can have credit for that, too.)

The tragedy of Kevin and Don's murders is compounded by the government's cover-up to hide it's involvement in the drug trade. The tragedy is further compounded because it is far from being an isolated incident. Another of many is the murder of Tommy Burkett . If you aren't familiar with Tommy's story, please visit his parents' website at http://www.clark.net/pub/tburkett/pacc/PACC.html. Their own struggle with the FBI to expose the truth has given them insight into an agency that most Americans still trust and value. Tom Burkett says: "The FBI is not in the business of truth; it is in the business of control."

I believe, however, that we can force change. We must arm citizens with truth and confront officials with knowledge. Our public officials can no longer be sheltered by corporate media. They are having to face us, the internet generation. We're on a roll, so we can't stop now. Go to "Congress E-Mail" at http://www.idfiles.com/congr-list.htm and send the Senators and Representatives of your choice (all of them would be better) a copy of "Public Enemy No. 1" and my responses to I.C. Smith in this update. John F. Williams, an internet comrade, provided us with Congress's E-mail list. He has already sent out "Public Enemy No. 1" with this message to our illustrious leaders: "For those of you who think that a conspiracy theory is a conspiracy theory, wake up, before it is too late."

"Corruption flourishes in an atmosphere of tolerance that allows it to prevail."          - Capt. Frank Furillo

The best to you,
Jean Duffey