From the opium wars to today’s Afghanistan serving as the world’s number one heroin hub providing well over 90% of the World’s heroin under the boots of tens of thousands of US-led NATO forces. In the background of this the United Nations has advised that opium cultivation in Afghanistan has increased for the third year in a row.
Poppy cultivation was highest in regions where US-led troops had been stationed over the past years, which is mostly in the southern parts. Last year Afghanistan supplied about 75 percent of the global supply of heroin, a derivative of opium, which is expected to jump to 90 percent this year due to the increased cultivation.
Wikipedia; CIA And Drug trafficking
Two offices of CIA Directorate of Intelligence
have analytical responsibilities in this area. The Office of Transnational Issues
applies unique functional expertise to assess existing and emerging threats to U.S. national security and provides the most senior U.S. policymakers, military planners, and law enforcement with analysis, warning, and crisis support.
Another part of CIA, the National Clandestine Service, collects human intelligence (HUMINT) in these areas.
CIA INVOLVEMENT IN DRUG TRAFFICKING AROUND THE WORLD
Research by Dr. Alfred W. McCoy
, Gary Webb
, and others has pointed to CIA involvement in narcotics trafficking across the globe, although the CIA officially denies such allegations.
During the Cold War, when numerous soldiers participated in transport of Southeast Asian heroin to the United States by the airline Air America
, the CIA’s role in such traffic was reportedly rationalized as “recapture” of related profits to prevent possible enemy control of such assets.
In most cases, the CIA’s role involved various forms of complicity, tolerance or studied ignorance about the trade, not any direct culpability in the actual trafficking … [t]he CIA did not handle heroin, but it did provide its drug lord
allies with transport, arms, and political protection. In sum, the CIA’s role in the Southeast Asian heroin trade involved indirect complicity rather than direct culpability.
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CIA and Kuomintang opium smuggling operations
KMT general Sun Li Ren took charge of these forces, which controlled a region in between Burma and Thailand, but were eventually forced out of the area. The CIA later pressured Sun Li Ren to undertake a coup d’état in Taiwan against Chiang Kai-shek, but was discovered and placed under house arrest by Chiang’s son, Chiang Ching-kuo
CIA And Iran-Contra Affair COCAINE TRAFFICKING
Released on April 13, 1989 the Kerry Committee report
concluded that members of the U.S. State Department “who provided support for the Contras were involved in drug trafficking… and elements of the Contras themselves knowingly received financial and material assistance from drug traffickers.”
In 1996 Gary Webb
wrote a series of articles published in the San Jose Mercury News
, which investigated Nicaraguans linked to the CIA-backed Contras who had smuggled cocaine into the U.S. which was then distributed as crack cocaine into Los Angeles and funneled profits to the Contras. The CIA was aware of the cocaine transactions and the large shipments of drugs into the U.S. by the Contra personnel and directly aided drug dealers to raise money for the Contras.[citation needed
]Although he strongly implied CIA involvement, Webb never claimed to have made a direct link between the CIA and the Contras.[citation needed
] Moreover, Webb’s articles were heavily attacked by many media outlets who questioned the validity of his claims, although the unusual response led some to question if the CIA was involved.[citation needed
] Webb turned the articles into a book called, Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion.” On December 10, 2004, Webb reportedly committed suicide, albeit under strange circumstances (two gunshot wounds to the head).
The CIA has been accused of moneylaundering the Iran-Contra
drug funds via the BCCI
, the former U.S. Commissioner of Customs William von Raab said that when customs agents raided the bank in 1988, they found numerous CIA accounts.
The CIA also worked with BCCI in arming and financing the Afghan mujahideen
during the Afghan war against the Soviet Union
, using BCCI to launder proceeds from trafficking heroin grown in the Pakistan–Afghanistan borderlands, boosting the flow of narcotics to European and U.S. markets.
Mena, Arkansas Muicipal Airport Drop Point For Large Scale CIA Drug Trafficking
A number of allegations have been written about and several local, state, and federal investigations have taken place related to the notion of the Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport
as a CIA drop point in large scale cocaine trafficking beginning in the latter part of the 1980s. The topic has received some press coverage that has included allegations of awareness, participation and/or coverup involvement of figures such as future presidents Bill Clinton
, George H. W. Bush
, andGeorge W. Bush
, as well as future Florida Governor Jeb Bush
and Saline County
prosecutor Dan Harmon (who was convicted of numerous felonies including drug and racketeering charges in 1997
). The Mena airport was also associated with Adler Berriman (Barry) Seal
, an American drug smuggler and aircraft pilot who flew covert flights for the CIA and the Medellín Cartel
A criminal investigator from the Arkansas State Police
, Russell Welch, who was assigned to investigate Mena airport
claimed that he opened a letter which released electrostatically charged Anthrax
spores in his face, and that he had his life saved after a prompt diagnosis by a doctor. He also claimed that later, his doctor’s office was vandalized, robbed, and test results and correspondence with the CDC
in Atlanta were stolen.
An investigation by the CIA’s inspector general concluded that the CIA had no involvement in or knowledge of any illegal activities that may have occurred in Mena. The report said that the agency had conducted a training exercise at the airport in partnership with another Federal agency and that companies located at the airport had performed “routine aviation-related services on equipment owned by the CIA”.
CIA Confronted About Drug Dealing At Speech, in Los Angeles, California
On November 15, 1996, then Director of Central Intelligence John Deutch visited Los Angeles’ Locke High School for a town hall meeting. At the meeting, Michael (Mike) Ruppert publicly confronted Deutch, saying that in his experience as an LAPD narcotics officer he had seen evidence of CIA complicity in drug dealing.
Ruppert went on to become an investigator and journalist and established the publication “From The Wilderness”, a watchdog publication that exposed governmental corruption, including his experience with CIA drug dealing activities.
CIA and Drug Dealers In Mexico
The oldest Mexican Cartel, the Guadalajara cartel, was benefited by the CIA for having connections with the Honduran drug lord Juan Matta-Ballesteros
, a CIA asset, who was the head of SETCO, an airline used for smuggling drugs into the US
and also used to transport military supplies and personnel for the Nicaraguan Contras
, using funds from the accounts established by Oliver North
It is also alleged that the DFS
, the main Mexican intelligence agency, which is in part a CIA creation and later became the Mexican Center for Research and National Security
(CISEN), had among its members the CIA’s closest government allies in Mexico. DFS badges, “handed out to top-level Mexican drug-traffickers, have been labelled by DEA agents a virtual ‘license to traffic.'”.
It is also known that the Guadalajara Cartel
, Mexico’s most powerful drug-trafficking network in the early 1980s, prospered largely, among other reasons, because it enjoyed the protection of the DFS, under its chief Miguel Nazar Haro
, a CIA asset.
Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo
, known as the Godfather of the Mexican drug business and the first Mexican drug lord, provided a significant amount of funding, weapons, and other aid to the Contras
. His pilot, Werner Lotz stated that Gallardo once had him deliver $150,000 in cash to a Contra group, and Gallardo often boasted about smuggling arms to them. His activities were known to several U.S. federal agencies, including the CIA and DEA, but he was granted immunity due to his “charitable contributions to the Contras”.
Vicente Zambada Niebla
, the son of Ismael Zambada García
one of the top drug lords in Mexico, claimed after his arrest to his attorneys that he and other top Sinaloa Cartel
members had received immunity by U.S. agents and a virtual licence to smuggle cocaine over the United States border, in exchange for intelligence about rival cartels engaged in the Mexican Drug War
It is important to note that this Cartel has been classified as the most powerful drug trafficking
, money laundering, and organized crime syndicate in the world.
In October 2013, two former federal agents and an ex-CIA contractor told an American television network that CIA operatives were involved in the kidnapping and murder ofDEA
covert agent Enrique Camarena
, because he was a threat to the agency’s drug operations in Mexico.
According to the three men, the CIA was collaborating with drug traffickers moving cocaine and marijuana to the United States, and using its share of the profits to finance Nicaraguan Contra
rebels attempting to overthrow Nicaragua’s Sandinista
government. A CIA spokesman responded calling “ridiculous” to suggest that the Agency had anything to do with the murder of a US federal agent or the escape of his alleged killer.
CIA and Drug Dealers In Panama
The U.S. military invasion of Panama after which dictator Manuel Noriega
In 1989, the United States invaded Panama
as part of Operation Just Cause
, which involved 25,000 American troops. Gen.Manuel Noriega
, head of government of Panama, had been giving military assistance to Contra groups
at the request of the U.S.—which, in exchange, allowed him to continue his drug-trafficking activities—which they had known about since the 1960s.
When the DEA tried to indict Noriega in 1971, the CIA prevented them from doing so.
The CIA, which was then directed by future president George H. W. Bush
, provided Noriega with hundreds of thousands of dollars per year as payment for his work in Latin America.
However, when CIA pilot Eugene Hasenfus
was shot down over Nicaragua by the Sandinistas
, documents aboard the plane revealed many of the CIA’s activities in Latin America, and the CIA’s connections with Noriega became apublic relations
“liability” for the U.S. government.
They finally allowed the DEA to indict him for drug trafficking, after decades of allowing his drug operations to proceed unchecked.
Operation Just Cause, whose ostensible purpose was to capture Noriega, pushed the former Panamanian leader into the Papal Nuncio
where he surrendered to U.S. authorities. His trial took place inMiami
, where he was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
Noriega’s prison sentence was reduced from 30 years to 17 years for good behavior.
After serving 17 years in detention and imprisonment, his prison sentence ended on September 9, 2007.
He was held under U.S. custody before being extradited to French custody where he was sentenced to 7 years for laundering money from Colombian drug cartels.
CIA And Venezuelan National Guard Affair
The CIA, in spite of objections from the Drug Enforcement Administration, allowed at least one ton of nearly pure cocaine to be shipped into Miami International Airport
. The CIA claimed to have done this as a way of gathering information about Colombian drug cartels, but the cocaine ended up being sold on the street.
In November 1993, the former head of the DEA, Robert C. Bonner
appeared on60 Minutes
and criticized the CIA for allowing several tons of pure cocaine to be smuggled into the U.S. via Venezuela without first notifying and securing the approval of the DEA.
In November 1996, a Miami grand jury indicted former Venezuelan anti-narcotics chief and longtime CIA asset, General Ramon Guillen Davila, who was smuggling many tons of cocaine into the United States from a Venezuelan warehouse owned by the CIA. In his trial defense, Guillen claimed that all of his drug smuggling operations were approved by the CIA.
CIA OWNED AIR AMERICA INVOLVED IN MOVING DRUGS
Air America flew civilians, diplomats, spies, refugees, commandos, sabotage teams, doctors, war casualties, drug enforcement officers, and even visiting VIPs like Richard Nixon
all over Southeast Asia. Its non-human passengers were even more bizarre on occasion; part of the CIA’s support operations in Laos, for instance, involved logistical support for local tribes fighting the North Vietnamese forces and the Pathet Lao
, their local opponents.
Forced draft urbanization
policies, such as the widespread application of Agent Orange
to Vietnamese farmland created a disruption in local food production, so thousands of tons of food had to be flown in, including live chickens, pigs, water buffalo and cattle. On top of the food drops (known as ‘rice drops’) came the logistical demands for the war itself, and Air America pilots flew thousands of flights transporting and air-dropping ammunition and weapons (referred to as “hard rice”) to friendly forces.
CIA, AIR AMERICA AND DRUG SMUGGLING
Air America were alleged to have profited from transporting opium
on behalf of Hmong
leader Vang Pao
or of “turning a blind eye” to the Laotian military doing it.
This allegation has been supported by former Laos CIA paramilitary Anthony Poshepny
(aka Tony Poe), former Air America pilots, and other people involved in the war.
It is portrayed in the movie Air America
. However, University of Georgia
historian William M. Leary, writing on behalf of Air America, claims that this was done without the airline employees’ direct knowledge and that the airline did not trade in drugs.
Air America Bell 205s being evacuated aboard USS Hancock
, in 1975.
Air Asia was a wholly owned subsidiary of Air America which provided technical, management and equipment services for Civil Air Transport
of Formosa. Air Asia was headquartered in Taipei and its main facilities were in Tainan, Taiwan
After pulling out of South Vietnam in 1975, there was an attempt to keep a company presence in Thailand; after this fell through, Air America was dissolved on June 30, 1976. Air Asia, the company that held all of the Air America assets, was later purchased by Evergreen International Airlines
All proceeds, a sum between twenty and twenty five million dollars, was returned to the U.S. Treasury. The employes were released unceremoniously with no accolades and no benefits except for those who suffered long term disabilities and death benefits for families of employees killed in action. The benefits came from workmen’s compensation insurance required by contracts with USAF that few knew about.
CIA AIR FLEET, MANY COMPANIES INVOLVED
CIA EMBEDDED IN US MILITARY
It was not uncommon for USAF and United States Army Aviation
units to lend aircraft to Air America for specific missions. Air America tended to register its aircraft in Taiwan, operating in Laos without the B- nationality prefix. US military aircraft were often used with the “last three” digits of the military serial as a civil marking. The first two transports of Air America arrived in Vientiane, Laos on August 23, 1959. The Air America operations at Udorn
, Thailand were closed down on June 30, 1974. Air America’s operating authority was cancelled by the CAB
(forerunner of the FAA
) on January 31, 1974.”
BRITISH GOVERNMENT TRADING IN OPIUM AND SUPPORTING DRUG TRAFFICKERS
Wikipedia; “By 1817, the British realized they could reduce the trade deficit as well as turn the Indian colony profitable by counter-trading in narcotic Indian opium.
The Qing administration initially tolerated opium importation because it created an indirect tax on Chinese subjects, while allowing the British to double tea exports from China to England, thereby profiting the monopoly on tea exports held by the Qing imperial treasury and its agents.
Opium was produced in traditionally cotton-growing regions of India under EIC monopoly (Bengal
) and in the Princely states (Malwa
) outside the company’s control. Both areas had been hard hit by the introduction of factory-produced cotton cloth, which used cotton grown in Egypt. The opium was auctioned in Calcutta (nowKolkata
) on the condition that it be shipped by British traders to China. Opium as a medicinal ingredient was documented in texts as early as the Tang dynasty
but itsrecreational use
was limited and there were laws against its abuse.
British sales of opium began in 1781, and sales increased fivefold between 1821 and 1837[verification needed
]. East India Company ships brought their cargoes to islands off the coast, especially Lintin Island
, where Chinese traders with fast and well-armed small boats took the goods for inland distribution, paying for them with silver and causing a shift in its flow. By 1820, just when the Qing treasury needed to finance the suppression of rebellions, the flow of silver had reversed: Chinese merchants were now exporting it to pay for opium. The imperial court debated whether or how to end the opium trade, but its efforts were complicated by local officials (including the Governor-general of Canton) who profited greatly from the bribes and taxes involved.
A turning point came in 1834: free trade reformers in England succeeded in ending the monopoly of the EIC under the Charter Act
of the previous year, finally opening British trade to private entrepreneurs, many of whom joined in the lucrative trade of opium to China. American merchants then got involved and began to introduce opium from Turkey into the Chinese market— this was of lesser quality but cheaper to produce, and competition between and among British and American merchants drove down the price of opium, increasing sales.
This opium trade that was supported and generated revenue for the British government served as a model for how the US government did it, through the CIA. The profits from CIA or British secret service drug dealers all over the world were laundered through banks such as BCCI. BCCI is a bank set up without regulations and no oversight. BCCI serves as a ‘model’ for other banks. Is it any wonder no one is punished or put in jail? If any of this ever went to trial, the whole corrupt mess would be at risk of being exposed, and no government can afford to have that happen.
After all, we have to maintain appearances and make it look like the war on drugs is a success, and all of those evil drug dealers are being put in jail, correct?
Government/CIA sponsored drug dealing and trafficking has been going on for a long, long time. The British empire was built in some part on opium trading into China, which is the reason for the two different ‘opium wars’ there. The US military and CIA are involved in drug dealing throughout the world in many countries, including Afghanistan.
Could it be that the drug laws making hard drugs like opium and cocaine illegal, are designed to protect the profits of Big Pharma, government and CIA monopolies from any competitors entering into this very protected market, a government black ops undercover enterprise, supported and protected by both sides of the Dualopoly? Drug dealing and money laundering illegal profits may be illegal and you risk going to jail if you are caught, but only if you are not involved with or protected by the CIA, a drug dealing friendly government and the US military, as Oliver North was. Anyone outside of this ‘special’ good old boys network goes to jail or disappears.
The CIA does not stop at running guns or being involved with drugs/drug dealers. It is also involved in killing those that the US government does not like, and then installing people who will ‘do what they are told’.
CIA Conducted And Led War In Afghanistan, Asked To Do So By President Bush, Which Led To Gross Acts Of Torture, Mass Murder, Rendition And Kidnappings