The Crimes of Patriots
In THE CRIMES OF PATRIOTS, well-respected WALL STREET JOURNAL reporter Jonathan Kwitny attempts to piece together the rise and fall of the Australian-based international Nugan Hand Bank. In the course of investigating the collapse of a multibillion dollar operation (precipitated by the suicide of half-owner Frank Nugan in 1980), Kwitny and Australian authorities discovered disturbing links between Nugan Hand, drug smugglers, arms dealers, and the CIA.
Kwitny meticulously separates documented fact from speculation, resisting the temptation to oversensationalize an already lurid tale. Nevertheless, the evidence is damning. It is difficult to believe that Nugan Hand’s connections with the CIA were coincidental: Half-owner Michael Hand was (and is?) employed by the CIA; retired CIA director William Colby worked as a lawyer for Nugan Hand; and Theodore Shackley, best known for his work with the CIA during the Vietnam War, had several dealings with top Nugan Hand officials, including Hand himself.
Kwitny does not prove that Nugan Hand was directly run by the CIA (his research in the United States has been hindered by lack of federal government cooperation), but, as he points out, the connection may never have been official. In order to maintain secrecy (and possibly to evade congressional restrictions), the CIA often attempts to carry out its aims by indirectly supporting independent operators with similar interests. For example, the CIA would use...
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