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Following extensive, years' long ...
Following extensive, years' long reporting in the trenches by MadCow Morning News investigative journalist Daniel Hopsicker and Narco News' Bill Conroy into the origins of two aircraft seized in Mexico with some ten tons of cocaine on board, we learned that as many as 100 planes had been purchased with hot money laundered through Wachovia Bank.
And when "mainstream" journalists Michael Smith and Ed Vulliamy picked up the trail of breadcrumbs assiduously laid out by Hopsicker and Conroy (always without attribution, mind you), they did however, advance some previously unknown facts surrounding this sordid case.
But in breaking that story six years ago, (long before Bloomberg and The Observer joined the hunt), Hopsicker revealed that "One of the two owners of the DC-9 (tail number N900SA) busted at an airport in Ciudad del Carmen in the state of Campeche, Mexico last week freighted 5.5 tons of cocaine had been appointed in 2003 to the Business Advisory Council of the National Republican Congressional Committee by then-Congressional Majority Leader Tom Delay, The MadCow Morning News can exclusively report."
That plane, Hopsicker disclosed, was tricked-out by owner Brent Kovar to impersonate a jet flown by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration.
"The companies involved," Hopsicker
averred, "include Royal Sons, Express One International, Genesis Aviation and United Flite Inc
"All four companies appear to be engaged in an interlocking and time-honored Agency scheme going back 50 years: using frequent cosmetic transfers of aircraft title to make positively identifying the ownership of any one plane at any given time as difficult as finding the pea under the shell in a game of three-card Monte."
Subsequent reporting by Hopsicker
revealed that the second plane, a Gulfstream II business jet (N987SA) which crash landed on the Yucatán peninsula in 2007 with four tons of coke on board, was registered to a "Donna Blue Aircraft, Inc.
Investigative journalist Daniel ...
Investigative journalist Daniel Hopsicker wrote stories about the Wachovia drug cartel scandal on his website.
Journalist Daniel Hopsicker is the host and writer of the prominent website Madcowmorningnews.
He's also the exclusive producer of the highly-rated documentary DVD movie "American Drug Lords".
Hopsicker is the investigative journalist who reported on his website the embarrasing, but true details of the two airplanes caught red-handed on separate occasions with tons of cocaine on board including Wachovia's connections with these aircrafts.
In an interview for this article, Hopsicker
explained, "When Wachovia paid a $160 million fine for a decade-long history of laundering billions of drug money for Mexican drug cartels, it spotlighted the preferential treatmant given some participants in the international drug trade."
deadpanned, "An incredible $378 billion dollars had been laundered through Wachovia Bank
whose money origins, according to U.S. prosecutors, were murky."
posed the billion dollar question: "How much did Wachovia
make for washing all that filthy lucre?"
"The figure was never revealed although Wachovia
had been operating as what federal prosecutors called, 'continuing criminal enterprise.' Yet Wachovia
was allowed to plead guility to laundering a fraction of that amount and was only fined $160 million dollars, then sold off to Wachovia."
Regarding Wachovia's dark secrets involving the purchase of U.S. registered narco airplanes that were caught transporting cocaine, Hopsicker
unraveled the dirty trail.
"Both of the drug-running American airplanes cited - a DC-9 airliner (tail# N900SA) [was] also caught in the Yucatan in 2008 carrying 4 tons of cocaine which had connecttions with the CIA
and the Department of Homeland Security."
gave the low down on the second airplane.
concluded, "with the exception of several stories written by Tampa Tribune reporter Howard Altman, those embarrasing details received zero exposure in America's mainstream media.
Hopsicker also pointed out that Bloomberg Magazine reporter Michael Smith who wrote an extensive article about Wachovia's sordid history of laundering drug money for Mexican drug cartels did little to inspire interest.
"The funds were used to buy airplanes from a Oklahoma aircraft broker called Aircraft Titles," said journalist Daniel Hopsicker.
According to Daniel ...
According to Daniel Hopsicker, a former PBS producer and NBC investigative reporter, US military sources confirm that the alleged hijackers had trained in US military installations in the 1990s, and even had connections to the CIA and DEA.
Daniel Hopsicker of ...
Daniel Hopsicker of MadCowMorningNews investigated the sorry background of the major vote machine companies and found evidence in the public record that Sequoia Pacific, a company counting one in three American votes, "has been run, perhaps for decades, as a Continuing Criminal Enterprise specializing in blatant and widespread bribery of public officials, with numerous felony convictions, Mob ties, and a history replete with stories of threats, coercion, and even murder."
also discovered that Sequoia Pacific operates through a number of dummy front companies.
At the forefront of this line ...
At the forefront of this line of inquiry is former PBS and NBC journalist Daniel Hopsicker.