But that's now, and then he was a whistle blower. In fact, he blew quite a big whistle. He blew it on Oliver North -- yes, that Oliver North -- and his apparent Iran Contra drug smuggling operations.
You may have heard of the "Iran Contra Affair" which involved the Reagan Administration, in cahoots with the CIA, raising money to support the so-called "Contra" rebels in Nicaragua -- and delivering banned arms to Iran in return for the release of six American hostages. According to rock hard U.S. policy, this was a big no-no. The idea was that rewarding hostage takers would encourage more hostage taking.
It also involved drug smuggling by the CIA to raise some of the money needed for the operation. And if you can believe Mr. Castillo -- and another whistle blower, Michael C. Ruppert, also with credentials out the wazoo and on the run from the CIA, it involved smuggling them into the U.S.A. Particularly it involved smuggling them into Los Angeles. And selling them to American youth. Especially dark skinned American youth.
As you can imagine, that created a bit of a stir in California. The story made the front pages for quite awhile.
seems, The Establishment doesn't like Mr. Castillo very much because,
as a government whistle blower, he's regarded as a snitch
On the other hand, to those few people who still believe the U.S. Government should follow its own laws, Mr. Castillo is a hero of sorts. As should be all whistleblowers.
But it's an up hill battle -- the government only finds one in forty-four cases in favor of the whistle blower in it's courts. And on appeal, only two of 193 cases. That's since 1994 when Congress passed a "strong" whistle blower protection bill.
So let's see, if you blow the whistle, one in 44 times you win. If you appeal, you win once every 91 times. And then, like Mr. Ruppert, you sometimes get to run for your life. Or like Mr. Castillo, you get to spend your life savings on a lawyer for a preliminary hearing. And probably lose your livelihood.
They are prosecuting Mr. Castillo for buying and selling weapons on occasion from gun shows. Which isn't against the law the way he was doing it, even if you completely disregard the Second Amendment -- as the U.S. Government regularly does.
Is there anything you can do to help? Maybe. If you're a lawyer, you might volunteer your services. If not, perhaps you could donate to his defense fund. You can get in touch with Mr. Castillo at 956-345-5770 or email him at email@example.com
As for Mr. Ruppert, well - - - he's somewhere.
L. Reichard White lives several houses up from the site of the old Black Horse Tavern, a birth place of the Whiskey Rebellion -- which explains a lot. He supported his writing habit for over 30 years by beating casinos at their own games. Visit his website at NEXIALIST NEWS See a key chapter from his latest project, "The Hi-jacking of Civilization" -- which has almost nothing at all to do with 9-11.