Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 10 Num. 18

("Quid coniuratio est?")

            Did an ex-CIA agent  attempt to contract for
            the death of his son over an inheritance, or
            are powerful forces retaliating against  the
            raiding of secret, overseas bank accounts?

(The Spotlight, 2/10/97)
Article by The Spotlight Staff

A Nancy, Kentucky man accused of being the buyer in a murder-for-hire scheme remains in federal custody after his latest request for bond was denied by U.S. District Judge Jennifer Coffman.

Lexington, Kentucky attorney Gatewood Galbraith had filed a motion for a bond hearing for his client, Charles "Chuck" Hayes, who has remained in the Laurel County Detention Center in London, Kentucky since his October 22 arrest for allegedly conspiring to have his son killed.

So far, nothing sounds particularly out of the ordinary. Persons charged with felonies are often denied bail for a variety of reasons. But a peek behind the mainstream media's minimalist reports reveals disturbing details.

Remember the story of U.S. government functionaries, many of them members of Congress, having secret bank accounts in foreign countries, mostly Switzerland? [CN: See Orlin Grabbe articles at for background] Supposedly, the CIA found out about it through computer "hacking," then drained the accounts, using the money for its own purposes. {2} The people whose secret accounts were drained couldn't, of course, complain because they couldn't admit to having a secret, overseas account.

The accused, Chuck Hayes, is alleged to be the CIA "hacker" who got into the overseas accounts and helped his employer drain them [sic, see note #2 below]. He was part of an alleged CIA operation [sic] code-named the Fifth Column.

After Hayes went public he was arrested, accused of trying to hire a "hit man" to kill his son. There's a sequence of events that is more than coincidence, according to his friends.

In his motion for a bond hearing, Galbraith cited misfeasance on the part of FBI Agent David Keller. He says Keller's October 25, 1996 testimony was tainted. According to Galbraith, as reported on the Internet: "In essence, the vast majority of alleged proof presented by the government at the detention hearing of [Hayes] was unsubstantiated, even though it could have easily been checked out for its truthfulness if the government had so desired, and it is this disdain and disregard for possible exculpatory evidence that so taints the testimony of the lead prosecution witness at the detention hearing, Special Agent David Keller."

Hayes was arraigned on November 27, 1996 on the "conspiracy to murder" charge, based primarily on testimony from the FBI.

Galbraith reportedly told reporter Sherry Price of the Pulaski (County) Weekly News, "If I were a good citizen of the state of Kentucky, I would strap on my weapons and go looking for federal agents... because they do happen to be murderous bastards, and I might need to protect myself in legal and justifiable self-defense by blowing someone's head off." {3}.

All motions before the court on behalf of Hayes have been denied. The latest, filed on December 19, 1996, was denied on December 30 by Magistrate J.B. Johnson, which included a motion requesting that the "Findings of Facts" on November 26 by Johnson be corrected.

According to published reports, Galbraith stated in a motion that "the original court was grievously misled by the alleged proof presented at the detention hearing on behalf of the government, much of which is impeachable by the most cursory independent investigation."

Who's Grabbe?

One of the reasons given by the government to deny bond to Hayes were Internet postings by one "J. Orlin Grabbe," which the FBI alleges is really a pen name for Hayes.

However, Grabbe is an internationally known financial specialist who lives in Nevada and is the author of college textbooks on finance and economics, who had become friendly with Hayes, according to Galbraith.

One Grabbe posting on the Internet said that everything about the Fifth Column was a lie to make "Jim Norman struggle to create stories from the concept." {4}. That concept included President Bill Clinton's CIA connection and the "suicide" of White House insider Vince Foster. Apparently the FBI failed to find any humor in the piece.

The article downloaded from the Internet and forwarded to The Spotlight said Grabbe, Hayes and White House spokesman Mike McCurry discussed strategies to keep the ruse alive.

The allegations of murder-for-hire stem from a dispute Hayes has with his son over the estate of Haye's mother, Madge Beckett. She left the majority of her $920,000 estate to her grandson, John, leaving defendant Hayes $1,000. John's brother was willed $500. The estate has been contested since Mrs. Beckett's death on December 26, 1994.

Says Galbraith, the nickname "Angel of Death" given to Hayes was from his activities in exposing illegal monetary activities by government officials, causing many to retire; i.e., causing their political death.

The trial is expected to be underway by the time this issue of The Spotlight reaches its subscribers. [CN: Hayes was found guilty and is awaiting sentencing.]

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(From a related story, "RFA Examines Links In Scandals," Spotlight, 2/10/97.)

[Excerpts] Chicago's Sherman Skolnick returned to Radio Free America (RFA) January 26... Skolnick also commented upon the ongoing trial of CIA operative Charles Hayes... Hayes is believed to be the man behind the stories about Vince Foster and the computer hackers told by former Forbes magazine editor Jim Norman... The government's primary witness against Hayes, who is charged with plotting to kill his son, turned out to be Lawrence W. Myers, formerly the top reporter for Media Bypass magazine... Skolnick said that he suspected Myers was undercover from the beginning, and now he suspects that both Myers and Hayes are somehow involved in a disinformation campaign centered around statements that will come from this trial...

---------------------------<< Notes >>--------------------------- {1} "Arrest of Hacker Casts Dispersion..." Casts Dispersion? Am I missing some nuance, or should it have read something like "Casts Doubt"?

{2} "Supposedly, the CIA found out about it through computer 'hacking,' then drained the accounts, using the money for its own purposes." Not quite right. Allegedly, a rogue group of ex-CIA hackers drained the accounts. Allegedly, they were not operating on behalf of CIA. The Spotlight article is also misleading when it states the money was "used for its own purposes." Allegedly, the money was held in some sort of U.S. Treasury account, pending cleanup of government corruption. At that point, presumably, the money was to have been released, by the rogue hackers, to CIA.

{3} Regarding Gatewood Galbraith's supposed advice to "strap on weapons" and "go looking for federal agents," if Galbraith made such a statement, that is appalling. Just because FBI is going around murdering people doesn't make it okay for others to do likewise.

{4} "One Grabbe posting on the Internet said that everything about the Fifth Column was a lie..." Apparently refers to Dr. Grabbe's satirical essay, "An Apology and Good-Bye." This editor was amazed when several readers could not seem to understand the satirical nature of the essay and took it literally. Apparently the Spotlight staff is similarly unable to detect satire.

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