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Posted on 01/09/2003 9:47:07 PM PST by ex-Texan
Terror Flight School Owner in Business with White Water Scandal 'Key Figure'
"Six Degrees of Richard Ben-Veniste"
by Daniel Hopsicker
At the same time Wally Hilliard's Venice flight school was training dozens of terrorists to flyincluding both pilots crashing into the World Trade Centerthe owner of Huffman Aviation in Venice Florida was also involved in a murky aviation transaction with a multi-millionaire Texas oil-man who played a prominent role in the Whitewater Scandal.
Truman Arnold, chief fund-raiser for the Democratic Party in 1995 when the scandal broke, was investigated for a variety of dubious money-raising schemes ranging from renting out the White House's Lincoln Bedroom to selling tickets on Air Force One. He was also fingered for procuring cash (read hush money) for convicted Clinton friend Web Hubbell.
Arnold, who played golf with Clinton regularly, coordinated payments to Webster Hubbell from businesses controlled by old friends of President Clinton and campaign donors that included the Lippo Group, organizers of a multibillion-dollar development in China that received the endorsement of the Clinton administration.
Now Truman Arnold's name has surfaced in connection with the investigation into the Venice FL flight schools made infamous by the September 11 terrorist attack.
In a curious aircraft transaction discovered while probing the tangled business affairs of Wallace J. Hilliard, 70, of Naples, FL, Truman Arnold appears to have 'loaned' Hilliardfor only a dollara Beechcraft King Air 200 worth over $2 million.
Moreover, it wasn't until almost a year later that Hilliard finally got around to arranging financing to pay for the plane, according to documents obtained from the FAA by the MadCowMorningNews.
"Being connected means never having to say you're sorry."
On December 10, 2000, Truman Arnold engaged in his act of munificence with Wally Hilliard, owner of two flight schools which beginning in 1999 induced hundreds of Arab men to leave their desert kingdoms and come to American shores to learn to fly...
Wally Hilliard's newly-discovered association with a benefactor at the heart of the American political process raises anew questions about whether the appearance of Mohamed Atta and his terrorist buddies in Venice, FL. wasas the official story has itjust a matter of mere happenstance.
Wallace Hilliard, it is clear, has ties extending well into the upper reaches of American political circles, ties which may hold the answers to questions about how sophisticated operators like Hilliard and Dekkers were taken in by foreign student pilots demonstrating none of 'the right stuff.'
In another bizarre twist, Truman Arnolds lawyer during the Whitewater Investigation turns out to have been Democratic power-broker *Richard Ben-Veniste*, just nominated to serve on the 9/11 probe.
If Ben-Veniste client Truman Arnold's business dealings with terror flight school owner Wally Hilliard come under scrutiny in the 9/11 probe, the slick Washington lawyer may find himself involved in a major national scandal from two different sides.
If he does, for Ben-Veniste, it won't even be for the first time. He served as Majority Counsel to the Congressional Whitewater probe investigating the actions of Truman Arnold, and then went on to defend Arnold before Ken Starrs Whitewater grand jury, an action for which he was roundly criticized.
"Six Degrees of Richard Ben-Veniste"
Published reports at the time tarred the Democratic superlawyer for alleged misbehavior during the Whitewater investigation, claiming Ben-Veniste, while he was the Democratic counsel to the Whitewater Committee, had blocked inquiries about Webster Hubbell's hiring by the Lippo Group, and then turned around and defended a man he had just been (supposedly) investigating.
Addressing his critics Ben-Veniste wrote, "Truman Arnold's name never came up during the Whitewater investigation... because of the entirely collateral nature of the inquiry about Hubbell and Lippo... and given Arnold's total lack of involvement in any aspect of the matters before the Whitewater Committee, no honest argument can be made that my representation of Arnold transgresses professional guidelines."
Richard Ben-Veniste has been a 'utility player' in major American scandals in roles that are often not clearly-defined. Now Ben-Veniste, about to serve on his third major national investigative panel (Watergate, Whitewater, and 9/11), may be about to face the same criticism all over again.
But Ben-Veniste once again turning up at the 'scene of the crime,' is by no means the oddest thing about Truman Arnold and Wallace Hilliards aviation transaction...
That distinction would have to go to the aircraft bill of sale which conveyed the plane from Arnold to Hilliard.
Although it is dated December 10,2000, the MadCowMorningNews has learned exclusively that it was not submitted to the FAA until almost a year later, on January 31,2002.
Bread crumbs along the paper trail
While the purpose of this arrangement is unclear, one possible reason, aviation sources indicate, is that had the plane come under law enforcement scrutiny during this time, the person coming under suspicion would have beennot Wally Hilliard, the man using the planebut Truman Arnold, who was still the owner of record.
This is no small benefit, considering that the December 10, 2000 transfer date for the twin-engine King Air came right after Hilliard had lost his bid to retain possession of a Lear jet he owned which the DEA confiscated on the runway at Orlando Executive Airport in July of 2000 with 45 pounds of Columbian heroin aboard.
When that happened, Mr. Hilliard's name was 'mud,' at least with certain federal authorities.
Nonetheless, Hilliard continued putting together a company, Florida Air Holdings, which planned to offer commuter air service, after briefly flying in the Spring of 2000, when it was touted by Florida political luminary Katherine Harris.
When it offered commuter service again, under the name Discover Air, it went out of business again after not one ticket was sold on its inaugural route. Notwithstanding this dismal record, another Florida political luminary, Gov. Jeb Bush, stepped forward to tour its facilities and praise its seemingly un-praiseworthy management.
Against this backdrop of inexplicable aviation activity by Hilliard in Florida the State Dept announced a change of policy in January, after President Bush's swearing-in, instructing the U.S. Ambassador to Columbia, Anne Hamilton (from DEA chief Asa Hutchinson's home of Fort Smith, Arkansas, just minutes by air from infamous Mena, home of the biggest narcotics trafficking operation in history during the 1980's) to urge Columbia to "stop its opium eradication activities in favor of eliminating coca."
When he found out, Republican Dan Burton was livid, and brought the matter before his House Govt. Reform Committee.
"In 2000 we saw initial success with the heroin strategy," Burton stated in the hearing. "Our allies and the Colombian National Police eradicated 9,200 hectares of opium poppy plants in Colombia's high Andes Mountains. This put a serious dent into the supply of heroin coming into the United States."
"It was then that the State Department chose to stop opium eradication," Burton fumed, "to, as Ambassador Patterson put it, 'take advantage of a historic opportunity to eradicate coca.'"
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One little boy stands up and offers, "If my best friend, who lives next door, is playing in the street and a car runs him over, that would be a tragedy.
"No" says Clinton, "that would be an ACCIDENT."
A little girl raises her hand: "If a school bus carrying 50 children drove off a cliff, killing everyone involved, that would be a tragedy".
"I'm afraid not" explains the Clinton. "That's what we would call a GREAT LOSS."
The room goes silent. No other children volunteer. Clinton searches the room. "Isn't there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?"
Finally, little Johnny raises his hand. In a quiet voice he says, "If Air Force One, carrying you and Mrs. Clinton, was struck by a missile and blown up to smithereens - that would be a tragedy."
"Correct" exclaims Clinton, "that's right. And can you tell me WHY that would be a tragedy?"
"Well," Lil' Johnny said, "cos, like you told us, it wouldn't be no accident, and it sure as f#@k wouldn't be a great loss."
Also, I seem to remember that Ben-Veniste is mob-connected, isn't he?
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