John B. Wells was joined by former CIA contract pilot Robert "Tosh" Plumlee, who talked about his involvement in clandestine Agency flights and activities. Plumlee detailed how he got his start in specialized operations as a new Army recruit at Fort Bliss, Texas in 1954, noting that he received additional training in Nags Head, North Carolina. Plumlee said he worked as an aircraft mechanic after his stint in the military, later learned to fly on the GI Bill, and began transporting weapons into Pre-Castro Cuba on planes that belonged to CIA cutout companies. The undercover gun-running operations, which were run out of the Pentagon with CIA logistical support, not only supplied both sides of the Cuban Revolution (Castro and Batista) but also escalated the conflict there, he explained.
Plumlee claimed to have been engaged in other secret operations throughout the sixties. After a brief retirement to 'The Farm' he was reactivated as an undercover operative for the federal government during the Drug War. According to Plumlee, guns were transported into South America to support insurgents there and drugs brought back to finance the operation. "From '78 to '83 I flew tons of cocaine into this country and hundreds of guns into Central America through Mexico," he revealed. Plumlee spoke about murder of Enrique 'Kiki' Camarena by Caro Quintero and how it was related to the illegal gun-running operations sanctioned by the U.S. government. "The whole thing was arms not dope. Dope was a diversion," he said.
A recently released image from NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) appears to be a witch screaming out into space. The Witch Head Nebula, named after its resemblance to the Wicked Witch from The Wizard of Oz, is located hundreds of light-years away in the Orion constellation. According to astronomers, the billowy clouds of the nebula, being lit up by massive stars, are home to baby stars. More at NASA.gov.
Bumper music from Saturday November 2, 2013
Midnight Express (The Chase)
Love, Tears, Heartaches And Devotion
Spirit in the Night
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
The Flower Of Carnage
Shapes of Things
In the Waiting Line
Everybody Loves a Loser
Sounds from the Ground
Lawyers, Guns and Money
Theme from A Clockwork Orange
Pinned And Mounted
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack