MENA and the CIA

The Focus of This Website Is The Murders of Kevin Ives and Don Henry. However, The Backstory of The CIA"s Involvement Is Essential to Understand That There Are No Boundaries, No Party Lines, and No More Denying.

George H.W. Bush

CIA Director (Jan. 1976 to Jan. 1977) Vice President (1981-1989) President (1989-1993)

Ronald Wilson Reagan

President (1981-1989)

William Jefferson Clinton

Arkansas Governor (1979-1981) and (1983-1992) President (1993-2001)

The remarkable White House correspondent, Sarah McClendon, who covered presidential politics for 50 years, baited Bill Clinton at a news conference on October 4, 1994, into admitting that he knew about Mena, which, as governor of Arkansas, he denied its very existence.  We now know that then-Governor Clinton provided protection and was duplicit in covering up the cocaine smuggling and money laundering operations used to raise funds for the Nicaraguan Contras.


In October, 1987, a plane belonging to the CIA was shot down in Nicaragua by a communist Sandinista missile.  The plane was loaded with weapons to be delivered to the Nicaraguan freedom-fighters, who were being supported through CIA covert operations at the behest of President Ronald Reagan.  This incident broke one of the ugliest foreign policy secrets in American history, the Iran-Contra scandal.  The illegal operation, which included drug-smuggling, gun-running, and money-laundering was set up by Vice President George H. W. Bush. The inner city of Los Angeles, California was targeted for raising funds by selling crack cocaine. While at a small airport in rural  Mena, Arkansas, the notorious smuggler Barry Seal was given protection by Governor Bill Clinton to continue his drug-smuggling, gun-running, money laundering operation but now as a DEA informant and a CIA contract pilot, also set up by Bush.

The crimes of Reagan, Bush, and Clinton, including reckless disregard for human life, are well documented, indisputable, and certainly not justifiable as evidenced by the extreme efforts of these presidents to keep their involvement secret.  Even though the liberal and conservative mainstream medias have managed to quieten an otherwise outraged public with lies, the legacies of these presidents will not exclude their crimes, as they had hoped.

The End Did Not Justify The Means.

“The end justifies the means” is quoted to justify an immoral or even criminal method used to achieve a desired result.  The “means” used by the CIA was the saturation of cocaine in our country.  President Reagan’s desired “end” was to finance the Nicaraguan Contras in their fight for democracy. This was accomplished, but the disregard for the inevitable result, our country’s crack cocaine epidemic, was not justifiable.  Tens of thousands of families were destroyed, in spite of Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign.  It seems the Reagan’s were in conflict.  While she was saying, “Just say no.”  He was thinking “Just fly low.”  If the citizens of our country had been informed by a responsible mainstream media, we would never have allowed the means  nor the end, yet mainstream media has managed to contain the outrage, with a bipartisan consensus to quash the story.


1977 – Federal authorities, DEA, FBI, and CIA were watching Barry Seal as he set up his drug smuggling operation in Mena, Arkansas.  Some believe he was already a DEA informant.

1979 – The “Sandinistas” were declared the ruling party in Nicaragua, while small rebel groups started forming.

1981 – The CIA begin coordinating rebel groups to form the “Contras.”

Late 1982 – Barry Seal makes deal with DEA and CIA and increases his smuggling operations at Mena.

1983 – The CIA begin to smuggling drugs into Los Angeles.

1983 – 1995 – Federal investigations are covered up and shut down.

Feb 3, 1986 – The Arkansas IRS assess Barry Seal’s income taxes at $29,487,718.00 for smuggling 30,000 kilos of cocaine into Mena from 1981 to 1983, saying nothing of 1984 to 1986 after which he acquired his two C-123 Air America cargo planes.

Feb 19, 1986 – Barry Seal was assassinated just before he was supposed to testify at the trial of Colombian drug lords Pablo Escobar and Jorge Ochoa of the Medellin Cartel. 

After Seal’s murder, the CIA continued operations at the Mena airfield.

Oct, 1986 – Eugene Hasenfus was shot down by a Nicaraguan Sandinista missile while flying one of Seal’s C-123k military cargo planes carrying weapons to the Contras. This broke the Iran-Contra scandal, yet the operations at Mena continued

Aug 23, 1987 – Kevin Ives and Don Henry stumbled on a drug drop while walking down the railroad tracks in rural Saline County, Arkansas.  They were murdered, placed on the tracks, and run over by a train.

Jul, 1995 – “The Crimes of Mena” by Sally Denton and Roger Morris was published

Aug, 1996, Oct, 1996, and Jan, 1997 – The 3-part-series, “The Dark Alliance” by Gary Webb was published.