The spooky-minded professor: CIA cover-up Meister gets Princeton job
Former CIA Inspector General Frederick P. Hitz, responsible for covering up the CIA’s involvement in delivering crack cocaine to American inner cities, has been rewarded with a prestigious teaching position, the Goldman Sachs Chair, at Princeton University.
Officially his title is John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs and Company Visiting Professor and Director of the Project on International Intelligence (CIS) at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University.
On March 16, 1998, Hitz appeared before the House Intelligence Committee to report on his investigation of the CIA, the Contras and crack cocaine. He testified that in 1982 a secret agreement had been made between the CIA and the Department of Justice. This “Memorandum of Understanding” allowed the CIA to use “agents, assets, and non-staff employees” involved in drug trafficking and to refrain from reporting these illegal activities.
In essence, then CIA Director William Casey and Attorney General William French Smith had made their own twisted version of a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. This effectively gave the CIA cover to maintain their “plausible deniability” during the Iran-Contra narcotics trafficking which brought covert revenue streams for the Agency. In other words, CIA officials could lie straight-faced to Congress and the American people about governmment sanctioned narcotics trafficking.
When asked by Congressman Norman Dicks of Washington, “Did any of these allegations involve trafficking in the United States?” Hitz answered, “Yes.” Hitz also acknowledged that the CIA knew that “dozens of individuals and a number of compnaies connected in some fashion to the Contra program” were involved in drug trafficking.
Later on October 8, 1998, CIA Inspector General Hitz issued The Report of Investigation: Allegations of Connections Between CIA and the Contras in Cocaine Tafficking to the United States (96-0143-IG).
Now that Hitz has a position at Princeton University, it’s only fair to ask — was the Goldman Sachs Chair his reward for the CIA version of “omerta” or silence?
After all the timing of the release of the Report and the Goldman Sachs Connection is curious to say the least.
Clinton’s Secretary of Treasury Robert Rubin was the former Co-Chairman of Goldman Sachs, one of the most powerful investment banking firms in the world. Goldman Sachs was also reportedly one of the biggest contributors to Clinton’s political campaign.
The question arises — did Hitz bury the Report which helped save Clinton from impeachment? After all Henry Hyde’s committee was ready to move forward with impeachment proceedings when Hitz’s Report was posted on the CIA website. Republicans would then have been held responsible for US Government sanctioned narcotics trafficking during the Iran Contra era.
Was Hitz’s maneuver an impeachment negotiating tactic? And was the Goldman Sachs professorship a not-so-subtle payoff for services rendered?
Republicans continued with the process, of course, but there would be no impeachment.
Now the CIA’s former cover-up meister Frederick Hitz even has his own website (http://www.wws.princeton.edu/faculty/hitz.html)
From the “official” biography, you would learn that “Hitz, a member of Princeton’s Class of 1961, is the former inspector general of the CIA, appointed by the President in 1990. His experience includes serving as a congressional relations officer, deputy assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs, a senior staff member of the Energy Policy and Planning Staff in the Executive Office of the President, and director of congressional affairs at the Department of Energy. He is the recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service and the Department of Defense’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal. He served as Legislative Counsel to the Director of Central Intelligence from 1978 to 1981, and was managing partner of the law firm of Schwabe, Williamson, and Wyatt in Washington, D.C. from 1982 through 1990. JD Harvard Law School.
What the biography leaves out is that it was Hitz’s CIA Inspector General’s Report which “exonerated” the CIA from responsibility in delivering cocaine to black urban neighborhoods as part of illegal Iran-Contra operations.
According to a recent article on the Princeton University website (http://www.princeton.edu:80/pr/pwb/00/0110/p/espionage.shtml), the spooky Hitz will now be “teaching” Princeton undergrads a freshman seminar called “The Myth and Reality of Espionage: The Spy Novel.”
“It helps that their teacher, in addition to being a lifelong fan of spy novels had a career with the CIA as a case officer running agents in West Africa, as deputy chief of the European Division and most recently as Inspector General,” the article gushes.
“In his course Hitz strives not only to show how fiction and reality can mirror each other but also to raise moral questions about espionage. In addition to ‘comparing the fantasy worlds of spy novels with the way it really happens, we’re looking at the morality of espionage and how we justify this activity in the US democracy,’ he says. ‘The class finds out that fiction approaches reality in many ways.'”
Especially if you’re going to write a CIA Inspector General’s report.
In a section called “Fact vs. Fantasy”, you’ll learn that “Hitz has put together a varied reading list which includes fiction (Tom Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October, Ian Fleming’s Dr. No, Graham Greene’s The Human Factor and Rudyard Kipling’s Kim, among others) and nonfictional accounts of espionage, such as books about the case of double agent Aldrich Ames and a CIA report on the Bay of Pigs crisis.”
Maybe “Professor” Hitz needs some help with his syllabus. He certainly should have included these classics of history:
* “Defrauding America” by Rodney Stich, which documents ongoing CIA and DEA narcotics trafficking
* “White Lies: The CIA, Drugs and the Press” by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair on the long twisted history of CIA narcotics trafficking and media coverups.
* “The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade” by Alfred W. McCoy, which documents CIA sanctioned drug dealing since the Vietnam War.
* “Dark Alliance: The CIA, The Contras and the Crack Cocaine Explosion” by Gary Webb, on the facts of CIA drug traffickers, which Hitz’s Inspector General report suppressed
* “The Big White Lie: The CIA and the Cocaine/Crack Epidemic” by Michael Levine, a veteran DEA undercover agent for 25 years who stumbled into CIA protected narcotics trafficking in South America.
* “Drugging America” by Rodney Stich, a former federal investigator who documents decades of CIA drug trafficking and the phoney War on Drugs
* “Powderburns: Cocaine, Contras and the Drug War” by DEA agent Celerino Castillo III and Dave Harmon who write about US Government collaboration with drug smugglers.
The Princeton article goes on to say that “in helping his students to examine the legality and the ethics of espionage, Hitz draws on his training as an attorney.” Specious reasoning to rationalize criminal government conspiracy would certainly come in handy, since Hitz himself is a Harvard Law School graduate.
In the class, “A good number of students hone in on the moral issues,” he observes. “They recognize a need to protect the national security of the US, but they also perceive that effort may break laws in the countries where the information is gathered” — not to mention bringing in CIA cocaine from sea to shining sea on US soil itself.
“Would Hitz recommend the CIA as an employer to current students, as it was recommended to him when he studied early European history at Princeton in the late 1950s and early ’60s?”
“If students are interested in foreign languages,foreign cultures or geopolitical issues,’ he says, “they might well explore the CIA as a career.”
It remains doubtful that Hitz would inform his students how CIA recruits are required to lie, cheat and steal — and even deal drugs — for “patriotic” purposes under the guise of so-called “national security.”
After all, it’s a tough job — but somebody’s got to recruit the next generation of professional government-sanctioned narcotics traffickers.
Maybe CIA really does stand for “Cocaine in America”…