Bringing in-depth reporting of crime and corruption in high places
THE PEGASUS FILE
his twenty two years as a deep cover CIA and DIA operative, Gene “Chip”
Tatum saw or participated in a remarkable series of covert operations.
Foremost in his mind are the years 1986-92, when he operated
for a group he called Pegasus. This group operated on behalf of the US and other governments
undertaking tasks that ranged from narcotic smuggling to assassinations.
name Pegasus was, in fact, a “cover” designation used by Tatum to protect
himself against possible prosecution.
Earlier this year Tatum revealed the true structure of the group
and explained why he felt the need to conceal it.
Timing was all important.
In a message to this writer, Tatum stated “It has now been well
past the five year statute of limitations which could have come back
and haunted me. That date
was January 22, 1997. On
January 21, 1992 I walked out of the Jupiter island meeting to which
I referred earlier.”
individuals, even now, are aware of the significance of Jupiter island. Located on the Atlantic coast of Florida, just a few miles
north of Palm Beach, the island measures a mere half a mile wide and
nine miles long. According
to authors Webster Griffin Tarpley and Anton Chaitkin island residents
read like a Who’s Who of the Anglo American establishment.
Many have close connections to the intelligence apparatus and
not a few are - or have been - members of the notorious Skull and Bones
Society, a secretive and influential Masonic lodge formed at Yale law
Interestingly, many of the early residents, including Averall
Harriman and Prescot Bush - George Bush’s father - were strong supporters
of Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist Party prior to WW11.
Even in recent years, George Bush continued to have unfinished
work with Nazi’s domiciled in South America, Tatum says.
Especially while the world’s eye’s were turned towards Saddam
Hussein and Iraq during Desert Storm.
That, however, is another story.
island boasts hyper-security.
All vehicles are tracked by sensors placed in the roads and every
house-keeper, gardener or other non-resident is required by ordinance
to be finger-printed and registered.
Residents themselves, are carefully screened prior to being permitted
to purchase real estate (many purchase by invitation it is thought)
and one of their primary duties as good residents is to perform active
“surveillance” to ensure the island remains secure[ii]
It was here that Tatum met with and discussed sensitive projects
with then Vice President and later President Bush, at the residence
of his mother, Rose Bush.
organisational structure of the so-called “Pegasus” group provided by
Tatum demands recounting in detail.
The significance of the various Presidential orders which led
to the formation and operation of the covert activities in which Tatum
and others participated, constitute a secret government within a government.
This is the power that hides behind the open face of democratic
government that some have called the “Octopus.”
Activities include high level narcotics trafficking, illegal
transfers of ultra high-tech weaponry, money laundering on a massive
scale and an odd “hit” or “alignment” to keep wobbly-kneed individuals
on the straight and narrow.
was in 1981, Tatum states that “President Reagan signed National Security
Decision Directive Number 3 (NSDD-3), which authorised the vice president
to chair the Special Situation Group (SSG).
The Special Situation Group was a division under the national
Security Council (NSC). One
entity formed to support the SSG was the Terrorist Incident Working
Group (TIWG). TIWG was
formed in April 1982, by authority of President Reagan in NSDD-30.
This group consisted of representatives of the following: Director
of Central Intelligence, Department of Defence, FBI, NSC staff and others
continues, “The purpose of TIWG is to provide SSG with direct operational
support. TIWG then recommended
to the President that a Terrorism Task Froce be formed and chaired by
the head of SSG (the vice president).
Reagan approved NSDD-138 in April 1984, which extended TIWG’s
arm and ability to form sub-groups.
As a result of NSDD-138 was the formation of the Operation Sub-Group.
The subgroup was a select NSC-DOD-CIA-FBI-Foreign Intelligence
Agency which operated so as to by-pass the regular operations of intelligence/military/law
enforcement agencies. OSG
was formed in February 1986.”
revealed the framework of the authorising Presidential Directives necessary
for the conduct of these covert operations, Tatum then details the nitty-gritty
of the OSG. “I was an operative
for OSG from April, 1986 through January, 1992.
When I was operating under the authority of the OSG I would report
directly to the OSG, not to the CIA or DIA.
This ‘secret government’ apparatus, built by Bush from 1981 to
1986, was able to draw upon assets from the CIA, the DOD Special Operations
Units, and the private sector.
Using the private sector clause, Don Gregg, VP Bush’s National
Security Advisor, included a representative from British Intelligence
and Israeli Intelligence. To
date I have called this group Pegasus in an attempt not to divulge it’s
true identity until I was on safe ground.
Although most of the missions performed by OSG-2 are classified,
the existence of the organisation is now declassified.”
Tatum forwarded these details, the existence of more than one Operations
Sub-Group (OSG) were unknown.
In fact, Tatum has now revealed the existence of three OSGs.
OSG-1 was headed by Ted Shackley and was “our anti-narcotics
OSG-2 was the anti-terrorism group and OSG-3 was “our ‘alignment’
group.” Tatum was originally
posted to OSG-2 which was commanded by Col. Oliver North.
The third group, OSG-3 was commanded by Richard Secord.
Following the exposure of Oliver North’s role in Contragate in
1987 he resigned as head of OSG-2,
and his spot was taken over by Secord.
Tatum moved up to command OSG-3 at the same time.
three OSG’s answered to those individuals who sat on the TIWG. General Colin Powell, represented the Department of Defence,
William Casey the CIA, Donald Gregg for the National Security Council.
“FBI guys rotated in and out…” Tatum says.
“It was like they couldn’t get anyone,” he concludes.
Representing British Intelligence was Sir Colin Figure.
Formerly head of MI6, Sir Colin transferred in 1986 to become
“Security Co-ordinator” one of the top slots at the Cabinet office,
under the Premiership of Margaret Thatcher.
He retired in 1989. Amiram
Nir represented Israeli interests until his assassination by an “Archer”
team led by Tatum - at the request of high level Israeli individuals
- in 1988. Any of these
six could “call a mission.” In addition, George Bush could do likewise.
Of significance too, was the occasional representation on the
TIWG of Lord Chalfont. The
British lord was an adviser on “Mid-East affairs” between 1986 and 1990.
the moment Tatum was recruited to the OSG, he was posted to up state
New York where he established a number of cover businesses.
One of these was Cedar Shores Estates, Inc.[v]
This was his base of operations throughout the next six years.[vi]
It may be no more than sheer co-incidence that the name of the
company is similar to Cedar Holdings, a British company that had a relationship
to former British Conservative Party Treasurer, Lord Alister McAlpine.
In an unpublished book by Peter Jones, the author looked in some
detail at the business activities of this Conservative party “Grey Eminence”
and leading Freemason.[vii]
Of no little interest was the author’s detailed connections of
numerous companies that he believed were involved in all manner of dark
these include a company called Leisure Circle that has a sinuous connection
to Sir John Cuckney, one of the central figures of the Scott Inquiry
investigation into arms sales to Iraq.
Whilst these connections are admittedly tenuous, to say the least,
it should be noted that Tatum’s up-state New York operation was also
involved in shipping the most sophisticated weapons across the border
to Canada. Not least are
the known connections between Oliver North’s related gun-running operations
that saw dirty money being laundered through the British Channel Islands
and the London based BCCI bank.
Money laundering was one of the principal activities of Col.
operation in which Tatum has knowledge, regards the so called “Superbills,”
or “Supernotes” sting. Years
earlier, in the late sixties or early seventies, the CIA had secretly
provided to the Shah of Iran a perfect set of printing plates that could
reproduce US$100 bills without blemish.
Also provided was an intaglio printing press.
This special printing press ensures that the etched plate meets
paper with tremendous force, creating the distinctive embossed feel
of a genuine banknote. In addition, the Shah was also given the ink and banknote quality
paper enabling him to produce perfect counterfeit US Dollar banknotes.
The Shah later fled Iran and left the plates and press behind
in his confusion. The whole
caboodle sat in the mint at Tehran, according to some experts.[viii]
to Tatum, a deal was arranged in the early mid-eighties between VP George
Bush, Panama’s Manuel Noriega and the Iranian leadership.
A sum of US$8 billion deposited in the Banco Nacional de Panama
on behalf of Colombian Cocaine king, Pablo Escobar was “lent” to George
Bush. Of this, US$4 billion
was shipped by plane to Iran where it was exchanged at a ratio of one
good bill for two counterfeit bills.
On the return trip, the aircraft, an 707 cargo container carried
two shrink-wrapped pallets containing US$4 billion each.
The 707 arrived at Howard/Albrook Air Force base in Panama where
the pallets were off-loaded under armed guard of the Panamanian military.
The counterfeit notes were re-deposited back into Escobar’s account
at the Panama central bank. Under
no circumstances could the counterfeit bills be permitted to leave the
bank vault - for fear of devaluing the US currency with forged notes
- and active steps would later be taken to ensure this.
other half of Escobar’s “good” money was placed into the hands of Nana
DeBusia, the grandson of Guyana’s first democratic leader.
DeBusia was chosen by the CIA’s William Casey to launder the
massive sum into numerous bank accounts under the joint signature of
VP George Bush and Director Casey.
The next leg of the operation was to retrieve the $4 billion
exchanged with the Iranians for the Superbills.
This was facilitated by the supply of military equipment - arms,
ammunition and replacement parts for weapon systems.
This part of the deal was arranged by Col Oliver North on behalf
of the CIA’s William Casey.
result of these complex manoeuvres were twofold.
On the one hand the CIA acquired $4 billion - via the arms sales
- for use in future black operations without the need to rely on Congressional
oversight or authority. If
later caught, Tatum says “… the CIA can report the source of funds as
being from an arms transaction with Iran.”
Part of these funds were then used to support the Contra’s, whilst
the rest disappeared down the ultra-black hole of the Company’s covert
finances. Meanwhile, Nana DeBusia had begun laundering the remaining
$4 billion through various banks, including the Vatican bank.[ix]
For his trouble, DeBusia was entitled to take a commission amounting
to $200 million. The remaining
$3.8 billion was then secreted in private numbered accounts around the
globe controlled by George Bush and William Casey.
operation was complete apart from some necessary mopping-up which was
to occur over the following years.
1) In 1989, Pablo Escobar was targeted by an intensive US-Colombian
“War on Drugs” campaign. He
flees into hiding, in fear of his life.
Eventually, in 1993, he is tracked down and killed in a police
shoot-out. A British TV
documentary reveals that the Cocaine King was gunned down while attempting
to escape and was probably unarmed.
The campaign waged against Escobar ensures he cannot withdraw
the $8 billion in superbills.
Following his death, the quantity and quality of Cocaine shipments
from Colombia immediately increases many fold - giving the lie to the
“war on drugs.” 2) Also during 1989, Panama’s General Noriega was captured
in a US invasion of Panama. Noriega
was later convicted and placed in federal prison under constant US guard
to ensure his silence.[x]
3) penultimately, Nana DeBusia was indicted on 32 counts including
bank fraud and thereby effectively silenced.[xi]
4) Earlier, in 1987, DCI William Casey died of a brain tumour
- just days before he would have been required to attend the Senate
hearings into the Contragate affair.
According to Tatum only one figure emerges unscathed - George
Bush, who alone retained control of $3.8 billion in laundered funds.
Obviously, the CIA still retained control over the balance of
their $4 billion share of the “sting” operation.
is of considerable significance that this operation has been corroborated
by another source who’s credibility is not in question.[xii]
This individual was present in Tehran during many of these events,
and was later posted to another sensitive location in this connection.
Moreover, it has additionally been revealed that Banca Nazionale
del Lavoro (BNL) were heavily involved in the Superbill sting.
That BNL were an intrinsic part of Oliver North’s so called “Enterprise”
- in reality the OSG’s of the Terrorist Incident Working Group - is
question remains, however, is what did George Bush intend to do with
his “black” $3.8 billion? What
was the ultimate purpose of the operation?
Perhaps some of the money is to be used to grease palms and otherwise
finance Bush’s bid for the presidency following the completion of President
Reagan’s second term? Maybe
it was used to finance other lucrative projects.
Perhaps it was to be used to inject financial muscle into another,
grander scheme that Tatum has recently spoken of.
This involves George Bush’s “scope and mission” paper for a New
copy of the Scoping paper supplied to Tatum by George Bush outlines
the formation of a Corporation whose purpose is to “… provide a central
network of information, analysts and strategists on an international
basis in pursuit or world order and economic stability.”
The “scope” of the corporation involves four features: 1) Centralization
of informational services; 2) Analysis of data by region specific analysts;
3) Provide recommendations based upon analysts reports by international
experts, and 4) Provide international master plan for world growth and
economic stability. The Corporation will be privately owned with a Board of Directors
“consisting of twelve members, elected annually by the shareholders.”
In addition there will be five departments: “Data Resources;
Political Management; Economic Management; Military Management; Environmental
it is the realm of narcotics trafficking, that Tatum is most vociferous. Part one of this article recounted the names of high level
US individuals given to Tatum by Barry Adler Seal. This Seal called the “Boss Hogs List” which extended to senior
individuals in 11 different countries who Seal claimed controlled the
global narcotics network. The
complete list is recounted verbatim below (including spelling mistakes)
and in the manner in which it was written by Tatum on the reverse of
a flight log:[xv]
Nora (a woman)
& his brother
Ben or Guatamalian arms dealer for Israel)
B [Tatum believes this
to be Prince Bandar]
Edwards (Barry’s buddy)
Gov in pocket
a very real sense, Chip Tatum’s story has now gone full circle.
In March 1996, Tatum wrote to former Director of Central Intelligence,
William Colby. Readers
will recall that it was Colby who originally recruited Tatum into the
CIA in 1971, and set him on his career as a covert intelligence operator. Since that time, Tatum had developed a fondness for the super-spook
and Colby, in turn, played the role of mentor.
his letter, Tatum asked Colby to write a forward for his book “Operation
Red Rock” which he had completed just two months earlier.
But there was another purpose in writing to the former DCI.
Four years earlier, when Tatum resigned his OSG command, he had
volunteered to plead guilty on a felony charge in order to discredit
himself. This was part
of Tatum’s strategy of survival, as he was aware that one didn’t resign
this particular team and remain alive long.
The fact that he had collected a body of evidence - including
video and audio tapes and other related documentation - as life insurance,
gave muscle to his negotiation.
At that time he had not planned to reveal any of the details
that he has now provided. In
the event his offer was taken up and he served a prison sentence of
just over one year. That is where matters should have ended.
having served his sentence - thus complying with his part of the agreement
- both Tatum and his wife, Nancy were subsequently arrested and charged
with another misdemeanour. Tatum
got angry. His letter states
“I have always kept my word with you.
I told you that I would discredit myself.
I don’t need your help to accomplish this.
But to charge Nancy with a crime, and expect me to allow this,
is beyond my comprehension.” He
angrily continues “I know that North and Rodriguez are the fuel for
this, but haven’t you warned them that I wouldn’t sit still for this?”
He then adds “I do not blame you for this, I am disappointed
that you have allowed the ‘Pond Scum’ to control you!”
then follows a warning. “The
second book that I have already started, will contain my movements from
1980 through today. I will
not only write about the missions but about the N.W.O. [New World Order]
timetable and planned events including a chronology.”
Ominously he adds
“And I will name names. You
must detach yourself from these people!”
Tatum then continues by outlining how he will enter evidence
for his forthcoming trial and if disallowed for reasons of classification,
then “a Special Prosecutor will be required to investigate the information,
and the video tape tells no lies.”
The letter adds “I also had stills and an audio clip of a meeting
added to the video. Out
of respect for you I have kept your name out to this point, but if you
don’t separate yourself from these terrorists, I will have no choice
but to reveal your involvement also.
Either way - the group will be exposed - by the media or by the
investigating committee. Either
way they’re out of gas!” Tatum
closes the letter by saying “Mr. Colby - you’ve done too much for your
country to be disgraced in the manner that these men will be.”
than two months later, the former DCI was reported missing.
By Monday, 6 May 1996, Colby’s body was found and later he reported
to have died following a “canoeing” accident on the Wicomico river,
Maryland. Tatum and many
others - including this writer - doubt this.
Throughout his life, Colby had an all-abiding fear of water.
It would have been entirely out of character for him to voluntarily
step into a boat, let alone a canoe.
this, Colby’s death officially remains an accident.
This can have come as no special surprise to Tatum who, recently
stated to this writer “I knew the OSG were bullet-proof when one of
our targets, a 25 year old, was reported to have died of a heart attack.
His name was Al-Jarrah.”
That, however, is another story.
At 3 p m on Friday 4 April 1997 - shortly after publication of part one of this article - Chip was roused from a mid-afternoon snooze and told to report to the Warden of his prison. He was informed that he was being released - less than mid-way through his 27 month sentence - with immediate effect, following an appellate court decision that found his conviction by Judge Adams to be illegal. The Tatum’s are now freely enjoying the sunshine and Cajun cooking of Florida together, as Chip turns his attention to beginning a new career - his first real job hunting in 26 years. “Spy stuff” will not form part of his job search efforts. Meanwhile, he has written and published a Chronicle that details many of his allegations.[xvi]
[i] George Bush - The Unauthorised Biography - by Webster Griffin Tarpley and Anton Chaitkin
[iii] additional standing members were the Department of State, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). NSDD-30 was classified “Secret.” Now partly de-classified the redacted sections nominated NSC staffer Col. Oliver North responsibility for “antiterrorist operations.” This included so called “active measures” to “deter or pre-empt terrorist attack” and established the administrative framework for “CIA projects aimed at killing leaders of radical Islamic organizations.” As such it was an illegal Presidential directive. My thanks to Steve Aftergood at the Federation of American Scientists, Washington for providing research extracts of these and other NSDDs drawn from ChristopherSimpson’s book “National Security Directives of the Reagan and Bush Administrations” (Westview Press, San Francisco).
[iv] Shackley’s involvement in the narcotics industry is legion. Not least, Col Bo Gritz - the most highly decorated Special Forces officer in history - has spoken of his encounter with the Burmese warlord Khun Sa. Housed in the centre of the “Golden Triangle,” Khun Sa is one of the leading exporters of raw Opium in the world. In an interview captured on camera, the warlord states that his primary contact in the Heroin business was the CIA’s very own Ted Shackley. Shackley worked closely with Mafia chief Santos Trafficante, according to Khun Sa.
[v] Tatum has stated that it was routine for all the OSG operatives to establish their own businesses as “covers.” Funding was provided as a line of credit with the Key Bank of Central New York, Watertown, New York state by Republican Harry Hyde. The company was formed by attorney, Ben Whitaker. Legal representation was through O’Hara and Crough in Syracuse, NY. Tatum also operated through a number of other similar “fronts.” These included Progressive Structures Inc., Irving Place Capital & Development, American National Home Builders.
[vi] Tatum has provided me with a number of documents of this proprietary company including details of incorporation, board minutes, bank statements, legal billings and copies of cashed cheques. In addition he has also provided documents relating to other front companies he was involved with.
[vii] The Obedience of Australia. Privately published by Peter Jones. The book covers in considerable detail Masonic business connections that are shadowy to say the least.
[viii] See The New Yorker article by Fredric Dannen and Ira Silverman - October 23, 1995 for additional details.
[ix] Tatum says DeBusia laundered this sum through banks in London. Coincidences abound in this story and they may be no more than coincidences. However, I think it is worth citing Gerald James, former Chairman of Astra Plc and one of the principal figures in the Scott affair and arms sales to Iraq. In his book “In the Public Interest” (Warner Books 1996) Gerald reproduces an internal company memorandum referring to the massive British-Saudi Al Yamamah arms deal in which a sum of $4 billion is mentioned in connection with a bribe to Saudi Prince Bandar - a nephew of King Fahd. The memorandum states “This 4 bil US was mentioned in connection with M. Thatcher’s son.” Interestingly, the sum of $3.8 billion is mentioned in the “Kerry Report” that looked into the IranContra affair.
[x] One of the principal prosecution witnesses again Gen. Noriega was Gabriel Taboada. Arguably, without Taboada’s testimony (he was regarded as the “star witness”) the prosecution case against Noriega may well have failed. Tatum has provided this writer with a number of private letters and other documents written by Toboada. These clearly show that Toboada was “coached” by the prosecution in what to say, and, more significantly, what not to say. Toboada’s correspondence makes it clear he was aware that the prosecution case against Noriega was severely flawed by perjury - a fact known to the prosecution team. Today, Toboada lives in fear of his life - a state of affairs that the US Justice Dept dismiss out of hand.
[xi] Following the intervention of the CIA, DeBusia is acquitted on all counts. Effectively discredited he will continue to maintain silent.
[xii] Private communication with this writer
[xiii] See Alan Friedman’s “The Spider’s Web” (Faber & Faber 1993) for a more detailed role of BNL in the Contragate affair. I have been reliably informed that that significant portions of Friedman’s original manuscript were excised by a wary publisher?
[xiv] It is impossible to judge the veracity of this document for a number of reasons. Principally, the name of the Corporation is not stated and the document itself is typed on blank A4 paper running to three pages. Readers must make of it what they will.
[xv] A copy of the original flight log is in this writer’s possession
[xvi] “The Tatum Chronicles” - An A4 softbound manuscript available via credit card (non USA calls (352) 330-1652, domestic US call (352) 330-1650) priced at $19.95 plus posting and handling. The Chronicles contain reproductions of Chip’s “Flight Logs” with notes (front and back) along with an eye-opening commentary.
The entire content of this site is subject to international copyright .
Unauthorised reproduction will be vigourously pursued to the full extent of the law.
Website design by DBL Productions