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"Can somEone tell me what is the the connection between illuminati, freemasonry, and the jesuits , because im little confused who controls who."..Reader
"That's a big question, Mr. X. In my opinion, the connection is CONTROL. Not the organization Maxwell Smart works for, but the need to control other people's thoughts and actions.
In this world, it is most easily accomplished with lies, which all of the organizations you mention use with great effect. Most of the big lies that the modern world suffers under, were spread thick by members of the Illuminati, which is not as organized as some believe, but a loose coalition of like minded people. Universities, Newspapers and mass media have shaped our view of the world, and in most cases, can be traced to the influence of people who want to control the thoughts of others. this is the battleground of the Illuminati.
Freemasonry,as it is understood by the masses, is a recruiting tool of the Illuminati. Masons who display the right thinking are advanced to a high enough rank in the organization to where they are informed of the true goals, and the "god" they worship, Lucifer. Until the 31st degree, they are lied to about these, and many other things. "Morals and Dogma", by Albert Pike, is a must read for anyone serious about learning of the true motives and methods of freemasonry.
The Jesuits, Society Of Jesus, is the military arm of the Roman Catholic Church. They were formed to force "heretics", which are any who don't believe the Catholic doctrine and worship the pope as God's representative on Earth, to enter the fold, or die. They are a perfect example of a "terrorist organization". They use lies, stealth, secrecy, assassination and bribery to achieve their goals.
One thing these organizations have in common, is a false front that looks like a humanitarian, caring group with only the "good" of mankind as their goal. Beware of any person or group that wants to force "good" on anyone else!!

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      How much of these incidents are they going to create until they fool the public into thinking that they need more security in order to create laws that will make Americans prisoners to the Illuminati and Zionists.

      fifileigh is based in Irvine, California, United States of America, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.

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      Ron Paul Had Accurate Conspiracy Theory: CIA Was Tied To Drug Traffickers

      WASHINGTON -- According to a former aide, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has long been drawn toward conspiracy theories. Eric Dondero, who served Paul off and on from 1987 to 2003, wrote recently that the Texas Republican suspected that George W. Bush may have had advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks and that Franklin Roosevelt knew in advance about Pearl Harbor. Paul's writings and speeches spotlight a host of other plots, including the "war on Christmas."

      But just because not all of Paul's theories are backed by good evidence doesn't mean none of them are.

      In 1988, while running for president on the Libertarian Party ticket, he highlighted yet another conspiracy theory, and this one doesn't collapse under investigation: The CIA, Paul told a gathering of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, was involved in trafficking drugs as part of the Iran-Contra debacle.

      Drug trafficking is "a gold mine for people who want to raise money in the underground government in order to finance projects that they can't get legitimately. It is very clear that the CIA has been very much involved with drug dealings," Paul said. "The CIA was very much involved in the Iran-Contra scandals. I'm not making up the stories; we saw it on television. They were hauling down weapons and drugs back. And the CIA and government officials were closing their eyes, fighting a war that was technically illegal."

      Earlier this week, I looked into Paul's claim in the same speech that the war on drugs had racist origins and that the medical community played a role in lobbying for drug prohibitions. That charge was more or less accurate.

      So is Paul's claim about the CIA and drug trafficking, a connection I explore in the book "This Is Your Country On Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America." (An excerpt of the chapter on the CIA appeared in The Root.) The following is drawn from my book.

      Since at least the 1940s, the American government has organized and supported insurgent armies for the purpose of overthrowing some presumably hostile foreign regime. In Italy, the United States helped pit the Corsican and Sicilian mobs against the Fascists and then the Communists. In China, it aided Chiang Kai-shek's Kuomintang in its struggle against Mao Zedong's communist forces. In Afghanistan, it once backed the mujahedeen in their fight against the Soviet Union and today backs warlords in opposition to the mujahedeen.

      All of these and other U.S.-supported groups profited, or still profit, heavily from the drug trade. One of the principal arguments made by the Drug Enforcement Administration in support of the global drug war is that the illegal drug trade funds violent, stateless organizations. The DEA refers specifically to al Qaeda and the Taliban, but the same method of fundraising has long been used by other violent, stateless actors whom the United States befriended.


      Douglas Farah was in El Salvador when theSan Jose Mercury News broke a major story in the summer of 1996: The Nicaraguan Contras, a confederation of paramilitary rebels sponsored by the CIA, had been funding some of their operations by exporting cocaine to the United States. One of their best customers was a man nicknamed "Freeway Rick" -- Ricky Donnell Ross, then a Southern California dealer who was running an operation the Los Angeles Times dubbed "the Wal-Mart of crack dealing."

      "My first thought was, 'Holy shit!' because there'd been so many rumors in the region of this going on," said Farah 12 years later. He'd grown up in Latin America and covered it for 20 years for theWashington Post. "There had always been these stories floating around about [the Contras] and cocaine. I knew [Contra leader] Adolfo Calero and some of the other folks there, and they were all sleazebags. You wouldn't read the story and say, 'Oh my god, these guys would never do that.' It was more like, 'Oh, one more dirty thing they were doing.' So I took it seriously."

      The same would not hold true of most of Farah's colleagues, either in the newspaper business in general or at the Post in particular. "If you're talking about our intelligence community tolerating -- if not promoting -- drugs to pay for black ops, it's rather an uncomfortable thing to do when you're an establishment paper like the Post," Farah told me. "If you were going to be directly rubbing up against the government, they wanted it more solid than it could probably ever be done."

      In the mid to late 1980s, a number of reports had surfaced that connected the Contras to the cocaine trade. The first was by Associated Press scribes Brian Barger and Robert Parry, who published a story in December 1985 that began, "Nicaraguan rebels operating in northern Costa Rica have engaged in cocaine trafficking, in part to help finance their war against Nicaragua's leftist government, according to U.S. investigators and American volunteers who work with the rebels."

      Only a few outlets followed Barger and Parry's lead, including the San Francisco Examiner and the lefty magazine In These Times, which both published similar stories in 1986, and CBS's "West 57th" TV series, which did a segment in 1987. A Nexis search of the year following Barger and Parry's revelation turned up a total of only four stories containing the terms "Contras" and "cocaine," one of them a denial of the accusation from a Contra spokesperson. Stories popped up here and there over the next decade, but many of them made only oblique reference to a couldn't-possibly-be-true conspiracy theory.

      Then came the San Jose Mercury News article, a 20,000-word three-parter by Pulitzer Prize-winning staffer Gary Webb, published under the headline "Dark Alliance." "For the better part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of Los Angeles and funneled millions in drug profits to a Latin American guerrilla army run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, a Mercury News investigation has found," the story began.

      The series initially received little attention from major media outlets, but it was eventually spread across the nation by the Internet and black talk radio. The latter put its own spin on the tale: that the U.S. government had deliberately spread crack to African-American neighborhoods to quell unruly residents. The Post newsroom was bombarded with phone calls asking why it was ignoring the story, the paper's ombudsman later reported.

      In response, the Washington PostNew York Times and Los Angeles Times would all weigh in with multiple articles claiming that Webb's assertions were bunk. His career was effectively ruined, and even his own paper eventually disavowed "Dark Alliance," despite having given it a cutting-edge online presentation complete with document transcriptions and audio recordings.

      The big papers had been pushing their same line for years. In 1987, New York Times reporter Keith Schneider had dismissed out of hand a lawsuit filed by a liberal group charging that the Contras were funding their operations with drug money. "Other investigators, including reporters from major news organizations, have tried without success to find proof of aspects of the case," he wrote, "particularly the allegations that military supplies for the contras may have been paid for with profits from drug trafficking."

      In These Times later asked Schneider why he'd rejected the Contra-coke connection. He was trying to avoid "shatter[ing] the Republic," he said. "I think it is so damaging, the implications are so extraordinary, that for us to run the story, it had better be based on the most solid evidence we could amass."

      The American republic, of course, is an idea as much as it is a reality. That idea is of a nation founded on freedom and dedicated to the progress of human rights around the globe. It's most certainly not of a country that aids the underground drug trade -- even if it does.


      If Webb didn't have ironclad proof that the CIA had knowingly done just that, he did, as one Senate investigator later noted, have "a strong circumstantial case that Contra officials who were paid by the CIA knew about [drug smuggling] and looked the other way." He based his series on court records and interviews with key drug-runners. One of them, Danilo Blandón, was once described by Assistant U.S. Attorney L.J. O'Neale as "the biggest Nicaraguan cocaine dealer in the United States."

      Webb had been unable to persuade Blandón to talk, but the cocaine dealer testified at a trial shortly before "Dark Alliance" came out. Blandón wasn't on trial himself, wasn't facing any jail time, and was in fact being paid by the U.S. government to act as an informant. In other words, he had no obvious incentive to lie to make the United States look bad. Nevertheless, in sworn testimony, he said that in 1981 alone, his drug operation sold almost a ton of cocaine in the United States and that "whatever we were running in L.A., the profit was going to the Contra revolution."

      Blandón's boss in the operation was Norwin Meneses, the head of political operations and U.S. fundraising for the Contras. Meneses was known as "Rey de la Droga" -- King of Drugs -- and had been under active investigation by the U.S. government since the early '70s as the Cali cocaine cartel's top representative in Nicaragua. The DEA considered him a major trafficker, and he had been implicated in 45 separate federal investigations, Webb discovered through government documents. Regardless, Meneses had never served any time in federal prison and lived openly in his San Francisco home.

      In 1981, Blandón testified, he and Meneses had traveled to Honduras to meet Col. Enrique Bermúdez, the military leader of the Contra army and a full-time CIA employee. "While Blandon says Bermudez didn't know cocaine would be the fund-raising device they used," Webb wrote, "the presence of the mysterious Mr. Meneses strongly suggests otherwise." The reporter drew on court documents and government records to show that anyone involved in or familiar with the drug world at the time knew exactly how Meneses went about raising revenue.

      Blandón sold the Contras' product to Ross for prices well below what other dealers could command, allowing him to expand his business throughout Los Angeles, then to Texas, Ohio and beyond. Ross told Webb that he owed his rise to Blandón and his cheap coke. ''I'm not saying I wouldn't have been a dope dealer without Danilo,'' Ross said. ''But I wouldn't have been Freeway Rick.''

      Farah, the Washington Post reporter, said that his reporting on Webb's trail led to one of the biggest battles of his career. "There were maybe, in my 20 years at the Post, two or three stories out of however many hundreds or thousands I wrote where I had this kind of problem, and this was one of them. I wasn't in general in confrontation with my editors but ... this thing was weird and I knew it was weird," he said. "I did have a long and dispiriting fight with the editors at the Post because they wanted to say ultimately -- their basic take was that I was dealing with a bunch of liars, so it was one person's word against another person's word, and therefore you couldn't tell the truth. But it was pretty clear to me."

      The official government response was provided to Post national security reporter Walter Pincus, who had at one time served in the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corps. "One of my big fights on this was with Pincus," Farah remembered, "and my disadvantage was that I was in Managua and he was sitting in on the story meetings and talking directly to the editors. And we had a disagreement over the validity of what I was finding. At the time, I didn't realize he had been an agency employee for awhile. That might have helped me understand what was going on there a bit."

      Pincus, who said that his involvement with the CIA several decades before is overblown, recalled the developing story differently. "To be honest, I can't remember talking to Doug at the time," he said. "To me, it was no great shock that some of the people the agency was dealing with were also drug dealers. But the idea that the agency was then running the drug program was totally different."

      Pincus said that Webb's core story about the Contras and cocaine didn't resonate not because it didn't have any truth to it, but because it was obviously true. "This is a problem that came up -- it's probably a question of how long you cover these things," he said. "It came up during the Vietnam War, where the U.S. was dealing with the Hmong tribes in Laos and some of the people that were flying airplanes that the agency was using were also [running] drugs."

      Through his reporting, Farah concluded, he'd confirmed the greater part of Webb's story. "The Contra-drug stuff, I think, was there," Farah said. "Largely, I think it [Webb's story] was right."


      The editorial cuts and pushback, however, discouraged Farah from pursuing a further investigation into the Contras' drug-running history. "I was really sort of disappointed at how things had run there at the Post on that story, and there wasn't much incentive to go forward after that," said Farah. (ThePost's top editor at the time, Leonard Downie, told me that he didn't remember the incident well enough to comment on it.)

      Although Pincus said that he didn't have any role in neutering and burying Farah's story, he did say that he sympathized with his fellow reporter. "I was writing about there being no weapons in Iraq, and it was put in the back of the paper," Pincus said. "I've been through the same thing."

      The Washington Post, like the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, published a massive package dedicated to debunking Webb's story. When a congressional investigation later confirmed the major elements of Webb's reporting, the papers barely covered it. (I go into the media attack in more detail in the book.)

      In the face of the media onslaught, Webb's editor retracted the story. Webb was demoted and sent to a dustbin bureau 150 miles from San Jose. He resigned after settling an arbitration claim and went to work for a small alt-weekly. Over the next several years, his marriage fell apart and his wages were garnished for child support. On Dec. 10, 2004, Webb was discovered dead, shot twice in the head with his father's .38. The local coroner declared the death a suicide.

      Obituaries in the major papers referenced his "discredited" series. The Los Angeles Times obit recalled his "widely criticized series linking the CIA to the explosion of crack cocaine in Los Angeles," noting that "[m]ajor newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Washington Post, wrote reports discrediting elements of Webb's reporting." The New York Timesran a five-paragraph Reuters obit that began, "Gary Webb, a reporter who won national attention with a series of articles, later discredited." The obit continued, "The articles led to calls in Congress for an investigation, but major newspapers discredited parts of Mr. Webb's work." It made no mention of the fact that those calls for an investigation were heeded and that the investigation confirmed a great deal of Webb's reporting.

      The headline "Web of Deception" ran atop Howard Kurtz's story in the Washington Post. "There was a time when Gary Webb was at the center of a huge, racially charged national controversy. That was eight years ago, and it turned out badly for him," Kurtz wrote. "The lesson," he concluded, "is that just because a news outlet makes sensational charges doesn't make them true, and just because the rest of the media challenge the charges doesn't make them part of some cover-up."

      Reading the obituaries at the time, Farah recalled, was dispiriting. "Everybody, especially in the news business when you're working fast, makes mistakes," he said. "But I don't think that should stand as the final word on what he did."

      Kurtz, however, stands by what he wrote then. "Of course it's very sad what happened to [Gary Webb] in the end, but I just did some basic reporting on him," Kurtz said. "I wasn't going out on a limb."

      Central Intelligence Agency

      Allegations of CIA drug trafficking

      Some sources say that the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been involved in several drug traffickingoperations. Some of these reports claim that congressional evidence indicates that the CIA worked with groups which it knew were involved in drug trafficking, so that these groups would provide them with useful intelligence and material support, in exchange for allowing their criminal activities to continue,[1] and impeding or preventing their arrest, indictment, and imprisonment by U.S. law enforcement agencies.[2]

      Afghanistan (Soviet Union)

      The CIA supported various Afghan rebel commanders, such as Mujahideen leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who were fighting against the government ofAfghanistan and the forces of the Soviet Union which were its supporters.[3] Historian Alfred W. McCoy stated that:[4]

      "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."

      Golden Triangle

      CIA and Kuomintang opium smuggling operations

      In order to provide covert funds for the Kuomintang (KMT) forces loyal to General Chiang Kai-shek, who were fighting the Chinese communists under Mao Zedong, the CIA helped the KMT smuggle opium from China and Burma to BangkokThailand, by providing airplanes owned by one of their front businesses,Air America.[5][6]

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      Iran-Contra affair

      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 heavily 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 questions 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.[citation needed]

      In 1996, CIA Director John M. Deutch went to Los Angeles to attempt to refute the allegations raised by the Webb articles, and was famously confronted by former Los Angeles Police Department officer Michael Ruppert, who testified that he had witnessed it occurring.[citation needed]

      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.[7][8] 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.[9]

      [edit]Mena, Arkansas

      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,[10][11][12][13] George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush, as well future Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Saline County prosecutor Dan Harmon (who was convicted of numerous felonies including drug and racketeering charges in 1997[14]). 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.[15]

      A criminal investigator from the Arkansas State PoliceRussell Welch, who was assigned to investigate Mena airport[16][17] 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.[who?] He also claimed that later, his doctor's office was vandalized, robbed, and test results and correspondence with the CDC in Atlanta were stolen.[15][18]

      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".[19]


      According to Peter Dale Scott, the Dirección Federal de Seguridad was in part a CIA creation, and "the CIA's closest government allies were for years in the DFS". DFS badges, "handed out to top-level Mexican drug-traffickers, have been labelled by DEA agents a virtual 'license to traffic.'"[20] Scott says that "TheGuadalajara Cartel, Mexico's most powerful drug-trafficking network in the early 1980s, prospered largely because it enjoyed the protection of the DFS, under its chief Miguel Nazar Haro, a CIA asset."[20]

      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.[21][22]


      The U.S. military invasion of Panama after which dictator Manuel Noriega was captured.

      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 in Nicaragua 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.[23][24] When the DEA tried to indict Noriega in 1971, the CIA prevented them from doing so.[23] 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.[23] 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 a public relations "liability" for the U.S. government, which finally allowed the DEA to indict him for drug trafficking, after decades of allowing his drug operations to proceed unchecked.[23] 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.[23]

      Noriega's prison sentence was reduced from 30 years to 17 years for good behavior.[25] After serving 17 years in detention and imprisonment, his prison sentence ended on September 9, 2007.[26] 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.[27]

      Venezuelan National Guard Affair

      See also: Illegal drug trade in Venezuela

      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.[28]

      In November 1993, the former head of the DEA, Robert C. Bonner appeared on 60 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.[29]

      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.[30][31]

      See also


      1. ^ Coletta Youngers, Eileen Rosin, ed. (2005). Drugs and democracy in Latin America: the impact of U.S. policy. Lynne Rienner Publishers. p. 206. ISBN 978-1-58826-254-7.
      2. ^ Rodney Stich (30 January 2007). Drugging America: A Trojan Horse. Silverpeak Enterprises. pp. 433–434. ISBN 978-0-932438-11-9. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
      3. ^ 9 November 1991 interview with Alfred McCoy, by Paul DeRienzo
      4. ^ p. 385 of The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade, by McCoy, with Cathleen B. Read and Leonard P. Adams II, 2003, ISBN 1-55652-483-8
      5. ^ Cockburn, AlexanderJeffrey St. Clair (1998). "9". Whiteout, the CIA, drugs and the pressNew YorkVersoISBN 1-85984-258-5.
      6. ^ Blum, William. "The CIA and Drugs: Just say "Why not?"". Third World Traveller.
      7. ^ RICHARD LACAYO (2001-06-24). "Iran-Contra: The Cover-Up Begins to Crack". TIME. Retrieved 2012-07-20.
      8. ^ Fritz, Sara (1991-08-01). "CIA Issued Early Warning on BCCI, Document Shows : Banking: Memo from '86 appears to counter claims that agency or Gates participated in a cover-up."Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-07-20.
      9. ^ "The Spoils of War: Afghanistan's Multibillion Dollar Heroin Trade". Retrieved 2012-07-20.
      10. ^ Hughes, Bill. "CIA Probed in Alleged Arms Shipments; Reports Claim Agency Was Involved in Arkansas-Nicaragua Drug Swaps". Retrieved 2012-07-20.
      11. ^ Hughes, Bill. "Clandestination: Arkansas; Mena Is a Quiet Little Place. So How Did It Become the Cloak-and-Dagger Capital of America?". Retrieved 2012-07-20.
      12. ^ Weil, Martin. "Truth & consequences.(Chairman Jim Leach of the House Banking and Financial Services Committee plans Mena Airport investigation)". Retrieved 2012-07-20.
      13. ^ "What Was Clinton's Role In 'Mena Mystery!?'". 1995-07-19. Retrieved 2012-07-20.
      14. ^ "Ex-Saline County Prosecutor Dan Harmon arrested on felony drug charges". 2010-02-19. Retrieved 2012-07-20.
      15. a b "Compromised: Clinton, Bush and the CIA (pages 

      Further reading

      • Dale-Scott, Peter; Marshall, Jonathan (1998). Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America. University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-21449-8.
      • Dale-Scott, Peter (2003). "11, "Opium, the China Lobby, and the CIA""Drugs, oil, and war: the United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-0-7425-2522-1.
      • McCoy, Alfred W. (2003). The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade, Afghanistan, Southeast Asia, Central America, Columbia. Lawrence Hill & Co.. ISBN 1-55652-483-8.
      • Webb, Gary (1999). Dark Alliance: CIA, the Contras and the Crack Cocaine Explosion. Seven Stories Press,U.S.. ISBN 1-888363-93-2.
      • Ruppert, Michael (2004). Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil. New Society Publishers. ISBN 0-86571-540-8.
      • Kruger, Henrik. (1980). The Great Heroin Coup: Drugs, Intelligence, and International Fascism.. South End Press. ISBN 0-89608-031-5.
      • Levine, Michael (1993). The Big White Lie: The Deep Cover Operation That Exposed the CIA Sabotage of the Drug War.. Thunder's Mouth Pr. ISBN 978-1-56025-084-5.
      • Gritz, James (1991). A nation betrayed. Center for action. ISBN 0-9622238-0-8.
      • Kwitny, Jonathan (1988). The Crimes of Patriots: A True Tale of Dope, Dirty Money, and the CIA. Touchstone Books. ISBN 978-0-671-66637-8.

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      Read how 13 of the top 24 governments agencies have not been audited for a decade because their financial records are so screwed up (intentionally?). Crier explains how the alleged War On Drugs is a giant waste of taxpayer money and should stop immediately. We are being lied to and cheated by our own government. Read Catherine Crier's Book, it is eye-opening to say the least.

      There is No Legitimate War on Drugs — The War on Drugs is a Big Scam!

      If you think it is only a conspiracy theory that the CIA is trafficking massive quantities of opium and cocaine into the United States, you are dead wrong — It is a PROVEN and WELL DOCUMENTED FACT friend (Lots more documentation).  Let's start with California Congresswoman, Maxine Waters. She has taken trips to drug-infested countries like Nicaragua to investigate and document what our own CIA is doing to fight drug trafficking into the US, absolutely nothing! Maxine says, "There is no war on drugs going on in America today!" 

      She is doing everything possible to stop the CIA from further destroying south Los Angeles with tons and tons of drugs being trafficked in at an alarming rate. This is not some nut on the internet saying these things, this is a respectable congresswoman of the United States of America!!! And might I add, I am proud of her for taking a stand (Psalm 94:16)!

      The CIA should be renamed the "Cocaine Import Agency." Book after book has been written about this present-day evil.

      Al Qaeda = CIA

      The American people have fallen hook, line and sinker for everything that the global elite have thrown at them. I hate to say it, but it's the best word... Americans are just plain STUPID!

      Georgia Congresswoman, Cynthia McKinney, has also exposed the CIA's involvement in illegal drug-trafficking in the U.S. It's common knowledge that Afghanistan yields a yearly supply of opium (with a street value of $500,000,000,000). Don't believe the lying propaganda about the U.S. military burning poppy fields, our boys are over there protecting those crops!

      Thank God for those in leadership who have called for justice, and stand up for what is right as these bold ladies have. As a U.S. citizen, I am proud of Cynthia McKinney and you'll see why HERE. Also read THIS. Families are being destroyed all across America (just like the family featured in the tragic article above)! Children are losing their parents and homes! 

      Half the incarcerated people in America are in prison for drug offenses (Catherine Crier addresses this in her book). With only 5% of the world's population, the U.S. imprisons 25% of the world's inmates. Clinton made sure to build many more prisons while in office. Incarcerations more than doubled while Clinton was in office. Read "A Prison Nation HERE." What are they planning for? A police state? Yes, that is exactly right.

      Hey, type in the name "Barry Seal" and "drugs" and see what you get. Was Bush connected with Barry SealWow! You'll find umpteen articles on the biggest drug-dealer (CIA agent) in American history. He admitted to U.S. judges that he had flown tens of thousands of pounds of illegal drugs into the U.S. for the government. No wonder the CIA had him assassinated. He even explained how he did it. Seal owned several farms in Louisiana. He would fly guns and ammo down to Columbia and then bring drugs back into the U.S. 

      He would fly over his farms and drop the cocaine-filled duffle bags with parachutes onto his property. Slick huh? Then he flew to Mena Arkansas to complete his flight. Do you think it is mere coincidence that Clinton became president, after governing one of the most corrupt drug-trafficking states in the county? Do you think is was coincidence that the Bush brothers governed the two border states of Florida and Texas? No way! Where do you think the drugs are coming in? Friend, you have no idea what is going on in this crazy world today. 

      I want to now introduce you to a man I admire very much, Michael Ruppert. Mike used to work as an LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) narcotics officer in the late 1970's, trained in narcotics by the U.S. Justice Department. The CIA tried to recruit Mike to traffic drugs with them. When Mike tried to expose the corruption that he saw (the moral thing to do), he was fired without cause. As Governor Jesse Ventura says, "Don't just go along to get along."

      Mike Ruppert has spent the last 25 years fighting the system, trying to expose the lies and tyranny of the CIA (and many other offices of our government). This is no conspiracy theory, Mike Ruppert has presented over 6,000 documents indicting the U.S. government's involvement in decades of heroin and cocaine drug-trafficking into the cities and towns of the United States. You can subscribe to Mike's great newsletter at or go

      Gary Web
       — Dark Alliance

      Notice the foreword by Congresswoman Maxine Waters! This is no conspiracy theory. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney has also spoken out against this woeful evil lurking within our government. Journalist Gary Webb was found with 2 shotgun slugs in his head. Suicide? I don't think so. The official autopsy ruled Webb's death a suicide. The only way a person can shoot them self in the head twice with a shotgun is if they miss the first time. The CIA assassinated Webb to silence him.

      If you vote Democrat or Republican, you are part of the problem. We need a new government or America WILL face certain financial, economic and moral doom.

      Our own government leaders know that the average American is stupid, as naive and ignorant as can be. The CIA are trafficking the illegal drugs into the United States. But then they send you to prison for decades for even a minor possession of marijuana, being forced to work as a slave making license plates to help bring down real wages (just like all the illegal immigrants flooding into the U.S. are bringing down real wages).

      The drug war is rigged. The stock market is rigged. The war on terror is rigged. The housing market is rigged. It's all a big stinking market of slavery! America has become the land of the cowards and the home of the slaves. The merger of State and corporate powers is called fascism. This is not Socialism in America today; it is Communist tyranny and Nazi Fascism!

      Countless police have been caught on video planting drugs on innocent people. The victims have their homes confiscating and lose everything, going to prison. It's a gangster mafia ladies and gentleman, all operated and owned by offshore banks (rightfully called "Banksters" by author,William Guy Carr). This scam has been going on for over a century. The Federal Reserve Act of 1913 was the most hideous evil to ever overtake the U.S. government, plunging America into the Great Depression and the bankruptcy of the U.S. government in 1933. Today in the U.S., we are in debt for TRILLIONS of dollars to the privately owned Federal Reserve criminal gang who are shamelessly STEALING everything we own.

      In Mexico, politicians and lawmakers have been murdered for trying to shut down the illegal drug cartel. It's now happening in America. This is all a raw exercise of tyranny and abuse of power. Fox News even reported in May of 2010 that the U.S. has no choice but to grow poppy (heroin) in Afghanistan or else the terrorists will do it instead. What a bunch of lying propaganda! The mainstream newsmedia are a bunch of paid LIARS, media whores, who have sold their souls to Satan for filthy lucre! “Hell hath enlarged herself” (Isaiah 5:14). Evil people like the mainstream newsmedia don't care. They lie to please their network bosses. They don't care about suffering people. All that matters is their multi-million dollar salaries. They're all going to Hell.

      If you're a Christian who is loyal to the Republican Party, you had better get down on your knees and beg God to open your eyes to the blatant wickedness that exists within BOTH parties. The left/right paradigm is a big scam intended to divide and conquer the American people. The same politicians who seem to devour one another in the newsmedia, golf and vacation together in reality. It's all a big fake show intended to deceive the public. Tragically, most people are sold out to either the Democrat or Republican parties, but there's not a dime's difference between the globalist agendas of both parties. The globalist agendas of the occult-inspired elite are all aimed at achieving a New World Order, i.e., the Beast system of the coming Antichrist.

      The CIA is bringing illegal drugs into America to sell on our streets.  Our children are dying and our neighborhoods are suffering.  Thanks a lot Mr. Benedict Arnold President.  Yes, I mean Bush sr., Reagan, Clinton, Bush Jr. and the next president.  You don't get to be president of the United States unless you can keep your mouth shut and play the game.  They're all puppets in a global scheme to destroy America.  Don't be stupid, look into this matter because you will be an accomplice if you vote for these people after reading this.

      How much more proof do you need that we are being scammed as U.S. citizens by our own government, whom we trusted, supported and voted into power? There is no end which can justify the destructive means (drug profits) which have destroyed millions of families across America. It is evil men, greedy evil men and women who are to blame in all this. Just as the Bible teaches in 1st Timothy 6:10, "For the love of money is the root of ALL evil..." If the CIA is hedging up our economy to offset a 300 billion a year trade deficit, then the government should eliminate the trade deficit. 


      It's greedy corporation who are to blame for all this. The Federal Reserve Acts of 1913 never should have been created. It was deceitfully passed into law over a Christmas weekend, when key representatives were absent. This is the evil way that criminals and conspirators steal power and control from the American public. The U.S. Constitution gives THE PEOPLE, through congress, control of the money. Our founding fathers warned us that a Central Bank would be more deadly to freedom than a standing army ready to invade, and they were right. It was the Federal Reserve Bank (which is neither federal nor have they any reserve of gold), who caused THE GREAT DEPRESSION. They are the culprits behind the failing U.S. economy over the past several years, and the reason why millions of Americans have lost their homes, and the reason why there are no good paying jobs left in America. It's all by design, intended to bankrupt America.

      Our government should not be spending money borrowed from the Federal Reserve. The really sad thing is that we Americans provide the fabric by which the money is printed out of thin air, and then the bankers LEND IT back to us at interest. Our government is woefully in debt—a debt they incurred on purpose, and without our permission. America is NOT a democracy friend! 

      I'm not so sure I can honestly say were even a republic anymore.  We are headed towards a totalitarian government I fear.  We should not be paying federal income taxes.  In 1914 when the income tax 16th amendment was passed, you didn't pay any taxes unless you made six times the average American salary (which was only $500 at the time). So unless you made at least $3,000 a year in 1914, you paid no federal taxes. My how we have been scammed since then. 

      America has become a nation of scandalous thieves, liars and thugs running our nation. The whole Enron ordeal is pathetic, and the government looked the other way. The HUD scandal, the Housing and Loan scandal, and umpteen other scandals were dismissed.

      Alex Jones is another of my favorite Journalists, he really takes a stand for our rights. I greatly admire Alex for his zeal and patriotism. Here's his other website. Be sure to listen to him on internet radio every Monday through Friday at

      There are literally hundreds of books available on the subject of drug-trafficking in the U.S. The problem with most people is that they simply don't read. Some are intellectually lazy, but most people just DON'T CARE. But they will care when we become a police state and they're looking up the barrel of an M-16. I see it happening this way...  Right now, the government is playing with fire, a lot of fire. They are doing on a grand scale what Enron, World Com and many other scum-bucket companies have unsuccessfully tried to do. But they can only hide the truth so long.

      In fact, this is what most of the illegal drug profits are used for... to bolster up the dollar. It's complicated, but the simplest way to explain it is supply and demand. The more money they print, the less it's worth. So to prevent the economy from totally collapsing, they have to have a continual influx of cash. However, the good times are coming to an end and the time is near for the demise of the dollar. Americans will be MUCH poorer in the future.

      The Federal Reserve System was started in 1913. It is known as the Fractional Reserve Banking. Whereas a dollar used to be worth its value in gold, literally, in 1913 it became worth 10 cents. In the Nixon administration it became worth NOTHING. It's called "fiat" money. America money is worth no more than dollars from the game Monopoly.

      Our government over the decades has spent itself into massive debt, even in spite of all the ridiculous and unconstitutional increases in our taxes. The average American takes for granted all that we have, failing to realize that increasingly it is all a mirage. There will come a day when the gravy-train will come to a sudden end. It's just a matter of time before all the drug-dealing and corruption will not patch things up anymore. 

      People will start losing their property at an unbelievable rate. Last year alone, property forfeitures were up 316%. Our economy is in BIG TROUBLE. Do you have any idea what is going to happen when the bubble bursts? There will be massive layoffs, shortages of food and supplies. Lack of Police and fire protection. 

      Crime will skyrocket. The US will become a Police State overnight with the U.S. military shooting U.S. citizens by the thousands for revolting against the government in anger. FEMA camps will be filled beyond capacity. Food will be scarce and our water contaminated. Flu vaccines will be mandatory, containing R.F.I.D. chips. It's coming! All household appliances will be connected to the internet for licensing, and everything will be Carbon taxed for polluting the earth. Drivers will pay for every mile traveled and you'll need the government's permission to fly anywhere. Already these tyrannies are happening.

      Privatized Prisons and the Global Drug Syndicate

      The Bush Machine and Drug Cartel

      50 Years of Drug-dealing by the CIA

      There is NO War on Drugs!

      Top Secret CIA Drug Smuggling Operations  

      Mother gets life in prison for drug possession

      The CIA's Drug-Trafficking Activities (The CIA, America's Premier International Terrorist Organization)

      CIA Drug Trafficking

      We The People

      Bush Family Exposed

      Bush Revealed

      From the Wilderness

      CIA and Drugs

      The Bush Machine and Drug Cartel   

      50 Years of Drug-dealing by the CIA

      Top Secret CIA Drug Smuggling Operations  

      The CIA and the War on Drugs!

      Banks, the Mafia, and Drugs

      The Government's Dirty Little Secrets

      How the Drug Money Works

      The Editor of discusses Drugs, terrorists, illegal money and official complicity in all with researcher Daniel Hopsicker at the Venice Beach by the Venice Airport in Florida, which Hopsicker suspects is the Mena, Arkansas airport of today.

      January 8, 2003- Why does the War on Some Drugs and Users continue despite the obvious failure of every tactic tried by prohibitionists? Could it be that the illegal drug trade engenders such massive untraceable black market profits and forms of social control that the Warriors really do not want the War to end?

      When one takes the endless tales of corruption, greed and lies on the part of so many Drug Warriors into consideration, it isn't such a stretch of the imagination. Some researchers insist that the Warriors in positions of influence and power are making too much money waging the War on Some Drugs itself to ever allow honest Drug Policy Reform to happen, that these Warriors will stoop to any levels to make sure their profits and control never end, including enabling and even engaging in illicit drug trafficking themselves. This deadly sort of greed is by no means limited to Drug Warriors alone, but extends throughout government, military and corporate cultures around the world, lead by the US military/industrial/law enforcement complex, as evidenced by the numerous reports compiled at the websites linked below.

      All wars pay if one is in the business of supplying the weapons to all sides, controlling the means of spreading public information and spending tax dollars. It's a symbiotic relationship. Drug Crime certainly does pay if one is in the lucrative business of drug crime fighting, or shipping large amounts of pricey illegal drugs, made so expensive and profitable by prohibition itself. - Preston Peet

      More Drug Links

      Daniel Hopsicker- Mad Cow Productions

      Michael C. RuppertFrom the Wilderness

      Catherine Austin FittsSolari Inc.

      Washing Dirty Dollars- Preston Peet

      Money Laundering and Bribery

      Do the Math- Why the Illegal Business is Thriving- PBS Frontline, Oriana Zill and Lowell Bergman

      US Business and Money Laundering-
      PBS Frontline, Oriana Zill and Lowell Bergman

      How the People Seldom Catch Intelligence-
      Preston Peet

      Congressional Reports on Drug Corruption and the Federal Government

      U.S. Customs Cracks Money Laundering Ring That Moved Half A Billion Dollars in Eight Months- US Customs Press Release, June 2002

      The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

      DEA Drugs/Terror Museum

      Report: Cops Keeping Drug Money-
      American Civil Liberties Union

      The Function of the Drug War - J. Orlin Grabbe

      Follow the Drug Money: How to Get Some Dirt On Money Laundering - Bruce Porter, Colombia Journalism Review

      US is "World Headquarters" of Drug Money: La Jornada Obtains US Treasury Report

      Drug Trafficking- Drug Story

      Anti-Money-Laundering Law is just the beginning- Raul C. Dancel and Elena R. Torrijos

      The Money Laundering Cycle- UN Office on Drugs and Crime

      Bank of New York Accused of Money Laundering

      Drug money- Arianna Huffington

      Lost History: Contras, Dirty Money and CIA-
      Robert Parry

      Treasury Forfeiture Fund - US Department of Treasury

      Occhipinti Got Too Close-
      Preston Peet

      "Operation Capstone" Cracks Sophisticated $80 Million Money Laundering Scheme that Exploited the International Life Insurance Industry- US Customs Press Release, Dec. 2002

      Money Laundering- US Drug Enforcement Administration reports

      Argentina: Dirty Money, Big Banks and the Mafia State- Ana Simo

      Drug Wars- All Things Considered, National Public Radio, (Audio files)

      The Global Money Laundry- Bob Chapman

      Drug trafficking and terrorist trail

      Hearing on Administration's "National Money Laundering Strategy for 2001"

      Tom Flocco- For Honest Government in Our Times

      Drug Money Laundering booming in Turkey and Turkish-Occupied Cyprus-
      Orya Sultan Halisdemir, Turkish Daily News, 1997

      Money Laundering Costs All of Us-
      US Senator Carl Levin, April 2001

      Internal Revenue Manual-
      IRS on Narcotic Trafficking

      "The Money Laundering Enforcement Act" and "The Combating Drugs in Prisons Act"-
      US Senator Patrick Leahy, April 30, 1998

      Money Laundering: Stop or Prevent the Flow of Dirty Money - Kessler International

      Exploring the Definition of Money Laundering-
      The Belize Development Trust

      DRUGS: Global Drug Trade Reaches Staggering Proportions - Thalif Deen

      Drug Money Laundered by Cigarette Smugglers- Washington Post

      Money Laundering- A Primer

      Money Laundering Enforcement: Following the Money- Lester M. Joseph, Assistant Chief, Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section, U.S. Department of Justice

      US Investigate Money Laundering in El Paso

      The Black Market Peso Exchange

      Drug Politics: Dirty Money and Democracies-
      David C. Jordan

      Money Laundering- Check Your District

      What is Money Laundering?

      The Narco News Bulletin<br><small>Reporting on the War on Drugs and Democracy from Latin America


      Ask congresswoman Cynthia McKinney...

      The War on Drugs is a Scam!


      Ask congresswoman Maxine Waters...

      The War on Drugs is a Scam!


      Ask former LAPD Narcotics Police Officer Mike Ruppert...

      The War on Drugs is a Scam!

      Italian version (1998)

      Question by Congressman William Alexander, Jr. So you worked for Mr. [John] Gotti as well as for the CIA?
      Answer by Richard Brenneke. Actually the CIA told me to do that on his behalf.
      Q. So the CIA was in, would you say, partnership or association with Mr. Gotti?
      A. Yes, sir. I would say a partnership.
      Q. And can you describe the nature of that partnership?
      A. Sure. The organized crime members had a need for two things: they needed drugs brought into the country on a reliable, safe basis; they needed people taken out of the country or people brought into the country without alerting customs or INS to the fact that they were being brought into the country; they also needed their money taken offshore so that it would not be subject to United States tax where they might have to declare its source. And so we performed these kinds of functions for them.
      Q. Mr. Brenneke, are you saying that the CIA was in the business of bringing drugs into the United States?
      A. Yes, sir. That's exactly what I'm saying.
      — New York Mob at Mena

      CIA operations follow the same recurring script. First, American business interests abroad are threatened by a popular or democratically elected leader. The people support their leader because he intends to conduct land reform, strengthen unions, redistribute wealth, nationalize foreign-owned industry, and regulate business to protect workers, consumers and the environment.

      So, on behalf of American business, and often with their help, the CIA mobilizes the opposition. First it identifies right-wing groups within the country (usually the military), and offers them a deal: "We'll put you in power if you maintain a favorable business climate for us." The Agency then hires, trains and works with them to overthrow the existing government (usually a democracy). It uses every trick in the book: propaganda, stuffed ballot boxes, purchased elections, extortion, blackmail, sexual intrigue, false stories about opponents in the local media, infiltration and disruption of opposing political parties, kidnapping, beating, torture, intimidation, economic sabotage, death squads and even assassination.

      These efforts culminate in a military coup, which installs a right-wing dictator. The CIA trains the dictator's security apparatus to crack down on the traditional enemies of big business, using interrogation, torture and murder. The victims are said to be "communists" [or these days "terrorists"] but almost always they are just peasants, liberals, moderates, labor union leaders, political opponents and advocates of free speech and democracy. Widespread human rights abuses follow.

      — Steve Kangas: Timeline of CIA Atrocities

      Alongside and underneath these visible structures is a veritable menagerie of secret planning cabals and "operational units" that try to put the contending strategies of different power centers of capital into effect. This is, broadly speaking, the principal charge of the CIA, the biggest snake in the pit. The "Agency" is precisely that; it is the active force that puts the plans and schemes of the most powerful Wall Street, armaments and oil interests into operation. Within the CIA the lines between the state and private, corporate power are totally blurred, in fact have melded into one.

      — Max Kollskeg: 9/11 In Context: Plans and Counterplans

      The CIA's Drug-Trafficking Activities

      The CIA's operational directorate, in other words that's their covert operations, para-military, dirty tricks — call it whatever you want — has for at least 40 years that we can document paid for a significant amount of its work through the sales of heroin and cocaine. — Guerrilla News Network's Interview with Christopher Simpson

      ClA-supported Mujahedeen rebels [who in 2001 were part of the "Northern Alliance" fighting the Taleban which became the core of the new Afghani government following the U.S. attack on Afghanistan in late 2001] engaged heavily in drug trafficking while fighting against the Soviet-supported government and its plans to reform the very backward Afghan society. The Agency's principal client was Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, one of the leading druglords and a leading heroin refiner. CIA-supplied trucks and mules, which had carried arms into Afghanistan, were used to transport opium to laboratories along the Afghan/Pakistan border. The output provided up to one half of the heroin used annually in the United States and three-quarters of that used in Western Europe. U.S. officials admitted in 1990 that they had failed to investigate or take action against the drug operation because of a desire not to offend their Pakistani and Afghan allies. — The Real Drug Lords

      The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, as is by now well-known by anyone who has cared to be informed, has long been deeply involved in the international trafficking of the addictive drugs heroin and (since the early 1980s, if not earlier) cocaine, the enormous profits from which have financed, and continue to finance, both U.S. covert operations and the U.S. military (via payments to Pentagon contractors).

      The main reason why this is not more widely known is that the main players in the U.S. media have always worked to protect the Agency and to keep the American public in the dark as to the nature of its activities (as documented in great detail in Carl Bernstein's article in the October 20, 1977, issue of Rolling Stone: "The CIA and the Media: How America's Most Powerful News Media Worked Hand in Glove with the Central Intelligence Agency and Why the Church Committee Covered It Up"). The information you will find on this web page, and the web pages it links to, is not considered by the editors of the New York Times and other mainstream U.S. "news" media as proper for the public to know.

      By the end of the 1980's it was calculated that the illegal use of drugs in the United States now netted its controllers over $110 billion a year. — Modern Times, p.782.

      Covert government by defense contractor means corrupt wars of conquest, government by dope dealer. When the world's traditional inebriative herbs become illegal commodities, they become worth as much as precious metal, precious metal that can be farmed. ... Illegal drugs, solely because of the artificial value given them by Prohibition, have become the basis of military power anywhere they can be grown and delivered in quantity. ... To this day American defense contractors are the biggest drug-money launderers in the world.— Drug War: Covert Money, Power and Policy, p.318.

      Most of this page concerns the CIA's involvement in drug trafficking, but we should first note that this is only one part of its activities, the means by which it finances its operations in addition to the billions of dollars it gets from U.S. taxpayers courtesy of the U.S. federal government (the exact amount, of course, being kept secret from U.S. taxpayers).  In addition to being the principal source of U.S. propaganda for domestic and foreign consumption the CIA is the covert operations division of the U.S. goverment and as such has engaged in many terrorist activities. In fact the CIA is a terrorist organization, funded by the profits of international drug smuggling.

      Kennedy's intended change in Vietnam policy — his plan to unilaterally withdraw from the imbroglio — infuriated not only the CIA but elements in the Pentagon and their allies in the military-industrial-complex. By this time, of course, the Lansky Syndicate had already set-up international heroin running from Southeast Asia through the CIA-linked Corsican Mafia in the Mediterranean. The joint Lansky-CIA operations in the international drug racket were a lucrative venture that thrived as a consequence of deep U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia as a cover for drug smuggling activities. — Michael Collins Piper, The Final Judgment, quoted atVietnam, the CIA's Illegal Drug Trafficking, and JFK's Assassination

      From the days of the Vietnam War the CIA has been at the forefront of heroin trafficking. When the Reagan administration needed to finance its war against Nicaragua the CIA applied what it had learned in Vietnam to importing vast quantities of cocaine (sometimes 20 tons at a time) from Latin America, selling it to the Mafia, and using the profits to finance its "covert activities", activities so contrary to America's professed values that they must be concealed at all costs from the American people.

      I ask Dennis [Dayle, former head of DEA's Centac], "If the following statement were made to American citizens would you agree with it? 'Enormously powerful criminal organizations are controlling many countries, and to a certain degree controlling the world, and controlling our lives. Your own [U.S.] government to some extent supports them, and is concealing this fact from you.'"

      "I know that to be true. That is not conjecture. Experience, over the better part of my adult life, tells me that that is so. And there is a great deal of persuasive evidence. But I also believe that what you just said can be dealt with very effectively. You can contain drug trafficking by the immobilization of the few cartels who truly control it. There must be conscious decisions, based on fact rather than propaganda, at the grass-roots level of the global community, that the global drug-trafficking situation should not be tolerated." — The Underground Empire, p.1161.

      Because (some) drugs are illegal, there are huge profits to be made in supplying them to those who want or need them. Legalization would eliminate the enormous profits now being made and would provide a social context in which education concerning the use of drugs was not only respectable but also a social obligation. In the meantime the "War on Drugs" works only to keep (some) drugs illegal and to maintain the profits of the traffickers.

      Much information about the CIA is already available (see Audiotapes, Videos, CD-ROMs, Books and Articles), but the mainstream media has deliberately ignored this information, and as others have said, if it's not on TV then for many Americans it isn't real. But this is real, and it affects everyone.

      The CIA, Cocaine Smuggling at Mena and the Train Deaths

      • Sally Denton and Roger Morris: THE CRIMES OF MENA

        Of this Michael Rivero [page gone] has written:

        This is the article which had been scheduled to appear in the Washington Post. After having cleared the legal department for all possible questions of inaccurate statements, the article was scheduled for publication when, just as the presses were set to roll, Washington Post Managing Editor Bob Kaiser (Like George Bush, a member of the infamous Skull & Bones Fraternity) killed the article without explanation. According to the sidebar which appeared with the Penthouse Magazine version of this story, Bob Kaiser refused to even meet with Sally Denton and Roger Morris, hiding in his office while his secretary made excuses.

        Mena, Arkansas, was (and perhaps still is) one of the major centers for the smuggling of cocaine and heroin into America. This article is about the late Barry Seal, a CIA agent who is said to have smuggled between $3 billion and $5 billion worth of drugs into the U.S. It is based in part upon an extensive archive of Seal's personal records. Denton and Morris write:

        If the Seal documents show anything, an attentive reader might conclude, it is that ominous implication of some official sanction. Over the entire episode looms the unmistakable shape of government collaboration in vast drug trafficking and gunrunning, and in a decade-long cover-up of criminality.

      • Don and KevinThe "Train Deaths"

        August 23, 1987, in a rural community just south of Little Rock, police officers murdered two teenage boys [Kevin Ives and Don Henry] because they witnessed a police-protected drug drop. The drop was part of a drug smuggling operation based at a small airport in Mena, Arkansas. ... There were CIA operatives who took advantage of the protection their positions gave them, and they participated in saturating our country with drugs. Kevin and Don were victims of this atrocious crime, and it is up to us to expose those responsible.

        This site includes:

      • Jean K. Duffey:

      • Mara Leveritt:

        • review of the book The Boys on the Tracks
        • Asa and Me
          What does Asa Hutchinson (George W. Bush's nominee as head of the DEA) know about Arkansas's biggest drug smuggler? And when did he know it?
        • Mara Leveritt's web site
          "... the site is a significant collection of government documents about the murders of Kevin and Don, Berry Seal's drug smuggling, and the federal cover-up of the Mena guns-for-drugs operation."

      • Alexander Cockburn: Chapters in the Recent History of Arkansas

      • The Mena Scandal
        A chronological summary and archive of the Washington Weekly, with links to many supporting documents.

      • More on the CIA-Drugs Connection

      • Ace R. Hayes: New York Mob at Mena

        America is losing its mind. The two-party system has been utterly homogenized by corrupt money. The mob and Mossad have cut a deal with Wall Street and the CIA to run the world as a global plantation for the benefit of the global plutocracy. Only impoverished presses like the PFP, some talk radio and the Internet are yet outside the hegemonic power of transnational corporate fascism. However, when the Imperial pigs succeed in driving 80 percent of the world into the new serfdom, they will probably wish they had not let their greed glands run wild. When the middle class discovers that they are part of the impoverished and imprisoned rather than the privileged, they will lead the "underclass" in a revolution against the plutocracy and its gun thugs. Failure to deal with the Mena cesspool will continue to erode the credibility of a terminally corrupt governing class.

      • Ace R. Hayes: CIA Drug-Money Laundering

        ... knowledge of drug-running through Mena, Arkansas has been known to the FBI and the head of the Arkansas State Police since January 1988 ... The Arkansas Attorney General and Special Prosecutor Walsh have known of this since June 1991 ... How in the hell have the corporate media and government law enforcement succeeded in playing dumb for the past decade?

      • The Oral Deposition of Richard J. Brenneke (multipage; a single page version is here)
        Joint Investigation by the Arkansas State Attorney General's Office and the U.S. Congress; very revealing testimony.

      • Daniel Hopsicker: The Secret Heartbeat of America: A New Look at the Mena Story

        Secret Heartbeat

        What in my opinion has been involved is a CIA or rogue CIA operation, conducted by the CIA or CIA operatives. To smuggle drugs into the United States from South America, using Barry Seal's drug smuggling operation in Mena. — Linda Ives, mother of Kevin Ives, one of the boys murdered in the Train Deaths.

      • Two messages from Daniel Hopsicker:

      • Bill Clinton's Skeleton Closet has links to many articles concerning Mena, Barry Seal, etc.

      • Dick Russell: Spook Wars in Cyberspace — Is the FBI Railroading Charles

        Asked if then-Governor Bill Clinton was aware of the Mena operation, Hayes responded, "No, but his associates were involved." He elaborated that some of the money was laundered through two powerful Arkansas companies with ties to Clinton.

      • The Crimes of Mena: GRAY MONEY

      Mind Control and the CIA's Use of LSD

      The CIA's interest in drugs goes beyond heroin and cocaine. They have always been very interested in LSD and other drugs for use in interrogation and brainwashing.

      • G. J. Krupey: The High and the Mighty: JFK, MPM, LSD and the CIA

        Could it have been possible that some faction of CIA agents, their typical cold war super-patriot minds blown by acid, indeed flooded the country with LSD, not as part of some plot to forestall change or stifle rebellion, but to encourage it, especially in the aftermath of Kennedy's assassination by their dark counterparts within the agency?

          This shows part of the front page of The Washington Post, 1975-06-11. The report is the Rockefeller Commission investigation into the CIA's domestic activities, in which it was revealed that a U.S. Army scientist had died a week after having been given LSD. This is the "Suicide Revealed". The "suicide" was actually a murder. For further details see The Frank Olson Murder.

      • THE OLSON FILE: A secret that could destroy the CIA
        Gordon Thomas has his own idea of what it [the vital clue to the murder of CIA researcher Dr Frank Olson in 1953] was. "The CIA was using German SS prisoners and Norwegian Quislings [collaborators] taken from jails and detention centres as guinea pigs to test Cameron's theories about mind control. The Agency preferred to conduct such clinical trials outside the United States because sometimes they were terminal — the human guinea pig ended up dead.  ...  I believe that he [Olson] wanted out."  ...

        The CIA has always maintained as a matter of historical record that it has never murdered an American citizen on American soil. If ... this turns out to be a lie, it could well be the beginning of the end of the Agency.

      • The Sleep Room's Missing Memories

        How mental patients in Montreal were subjected to CIA-sponsored brainwashing, including the use of LSD and PCP.

      • In fact a book has been written on this subject — Father, Son and CIA, by Harvey Weinstein. Here is Chapter 9 from that book, Supply and Demand, concerning the origins of the CIA and its interest in brainwashing techniques.

      • Project MKUltra at Wikipedia
      For more on these topics see The CIA, MKULTRA and Timothy Leary and Project Monarch.

      The CIA and the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

      Was Sirhan Sirhan hypnotically programmed by CIA operatives to fire a gun at Robert Kennedy on the night he was assassinated? Sirhan's role in the assassination was not to be the actual assassin but rather to be a patsy.

      Mr. Teeter [Sirhan's lawyer] claims his client attended a hypnosis demonstration in Pasadena a month before the Kennedy assassination and may have been recruited by unnamed CIA members who he claims were experimenting with hypnosis at the time. — SIRHAN DEMANDS RETRIAL AS VICTIM OF CIA MIND CONTROL

      Another crazy conspiracy theory? (A 'conspiracy theory' is any hypothesis or explanation of a crime which is inconsistent with the official story.) Not if you are aware of the evidence that Sirhan never got close enough to Kennedy to fire the fatal shot, and that there is physical evidence that there must have been more than one shooter.

      [The] CIA was, by 1968, extremely experienced in various mind-control scenarios that involved drugs, hypnosis and a combination of the two. One of the CIA's initial forays into this area came through a project code-named ARTICHOKE. One ARTICHOKE document presents the question: "Can an individual ... be made to perform an act of attempted assassination involuntarily under the influence of ARTICHOKE?" This program later evolved into the MKULTRA program, an umbrella designation for hundreds of experiments that involved drugs, hypnosis and biological and chemical warfare. — Lisa Pease, The other Kennedy conspiracy

      But why would the CIA want to kill Robert Kennedy? The answer is supplied by one JMWeleski in a comment on Lisa Pease's article:

      As president, RFK could have [and presumably would have] waged an absolute jihad (both behind-the-scenes and public) against his brother's assassins. It would have been war. And if RFK came out on top, you can almost count on the fact that numerous high-ranking, very public figures would have been implicated, convicted of treason, and sentenced to death. The conspirators (cough, CIA, cough) couldn't let that happen. And what did they care? By that time they had already become experts at assassinating political leaders and subverting democracy. RFK was just another feather in their cap.

      See also: Robert Kennedy, Sirhan Sirhan

      Ralph McGehee and CIABASE

      Ralph McGehee was a CIA agent for 25 years, active mainly in South-East Asia, and received a career achievement medal upon retirement. Initially a gung-ho anti-communist crusader, McGehee's experiences in Vietnam, where he witnessed American bombing and napalming of villages, and of the men, women and children who lived in them, led him to examine closely what the CIA was really all about. He concluded that:
      The CIA is not now nor has it ever been a central intelligence agency. It is the covert action arm of the President's foreign policy advisers. In that capacity it overthrows or supports foreign governments while reporting "intelligence" justifying those activities. It shapes its intelligence, even in such critical areas as Soviet nuclear weapons capability, to support presidential policy. Disinformation is a large part of its covert action responsibility, and the American people are the primary target of its lies.

      After a long legal battle with the CIA censors Ralph McGehee published in 1983 his account of the CIA in his book Deadly Deceits (from which the paragraph above is quoted). A synopsis of this book is at Ralph McGehee, The CIA and Deadly Deceits (specifically here).

      As part of his efforts to demonstrate that nothing in his book contravened the secrecy agreement that he signed when he joined the CIA McGehee set up his CIABASE

      ... a computer data base on the Central Intelligence Agency that provides a vital, easy-to-use historical resource for policy makers, academicians, journalists, and students.

      Letter to McGehee from CIA Publications Review BoardThe CIA has officially acknowledged that McGehee's CIABASE activities were legal and constituted no threat to "national security" (click on the image at right). Yet he has recently been harassed both by the CIA and by the FBI, involving bodily injury, and his CIABASE website was shut down.

      Here is a statement from Ralph McGehee (given to Wade Frazier and copied from his website):

      I moved to Florida in July 2000. Immediately the harassment I experienced in Herndon transferred here. A major difference is that the FBI here openly advises I am a threat to National Security — because, I assume, I tell unclassified truths to the American people.

      In 1990 the CIA officially advised me in writing that I may use any information in the public domain — making the FBI's actions against me false if not illegal as I have never and will never expose secret persons or information.

      Harassment here has grown to such a degree that I fear staged incidents to arrest me for something — anything.

      I base my actions on what is in the best interests of the United States. This may be difficult to believe given my negative commentary, but I participated in and watched CIA operations in Vietnam and other countries nearly destroy the US/us.

      The CIA said I was an analyst with few peers and awarded me its Career Intelligence Medal. I use this ability and those experiences to inform about the CIA's many opportunities and deficiencies.

      Anyone wishing to know more may find details via a Google search under my name.

      — Ralph McGehee

      Here are reports by Ralph McGehee copied from his CIABASE website as at 2001-11-14 CE:

      See also Ralph McGehee's:

      The CIA and Torture

      In 2005 it began to become widely known (to the public) that the CIA routinely practices torture (or rather, outsources this to Syria, Egypt and other countries) and routinely abducts people and flies them around the world to be interrogated in torture centers. Here are some articles on this site relating to this:

      More about the CIA

      • Mike Lehman: The 1954 CIA Coup in Guatemala

        Information warfare, the manipulation of public opinion, in particular US public opinion, is the final determinant of the success of [a CIA] operation. In this sense, it can be said that the US public is one of the main targets of the CIA in any covert action. This level of organizational hubris, combined with the cloak of secrecy, render the CIA as a threat to the continuation of our democratic system.

      • Walter Pincus: CIA Had Hit List of 58 Guatemalans

        In 1953, the CIA included plans for 'K' groups, or assassin teams, to work with sabotage groups, and rebels began training assassins. CIA headquarters in Washington sent 20 silencers for .22-caliber rifle to the rebel killers training in Honduras, said a Jan. 11, 1954, cable. In the spring of 1954, CIA officers made official requests to the State Department to implement assassinations. ... Three weeks before President Arbenz resigned, a CIA field officer met with officials in Washington to submit the political assassination plan in person.

      • FBI Probed Alleged CIA Plot to Kill Saddam

      • Italy Charges CIA Agents

      • Rosa Brooks: Torture: It's the new American way

      • Transcript of 9/11 in Context: The Strategy of Tension Gone Global, Guns and Butter, January 24, 2007

        So he [L. Fletcher Prouty] got to understand what the C.I.A. was doing, and the interpenetration of the C.I.A. and the Pentagon. What he saw over time was that the C.I.A. was infiltrating the Pentagon. He developed this analysis that the C.I.A. is much bigger than the C.I.A. that's visible, and that there are C.I.A. agents in virtually every government department, as well as in many other institutions in American society. And the people who run this secret, very large C.I.A. he calls the Secret Team. He connects them to Wall Street; he says they're mostly connected to Wall Street and they're instructing their operatives to do the bidding of Wall Street, but all surreptitiously, that they've infiltrated departments and that the heads of the departments don't even know that they're actually C.I.A. with this task.

      • The Central Intelligence Agency — the lair of the beast itself.

        The CIA's web site has been through several versions. Here's an early version (with links to their site removed). At that time (1996-09-19) their website was broken into by some Swedish hackers, who replaced the CIA's home page by this (much more interesting) version:

        Welcome to the Central Stupidity Agency

        The CIA then cleaned up their act, but the next version had this on their home page:

        You are entering an Official United States Government System, which may be used only for authorized purposes. Unauthorized modification of any information stored on this system may result in criminal prosecution. The Government may monitor and audit the usage of this system, and all persons are hereby notified that use of this system constitutes consent to such monitoring and auditing.

        Sounds like the CIA alright. We could hardly expect otherwise from a bunch of control freaks. They've now moved this notice to a lower-level page.

      • Rodney Stich: Defrauding America

      • A letter from Rodney Stich

      • Domestic Surveillance: The History of Operation CHAOS
        An article by Verne Lyon, former CIA undercover operative. "For over fifteen years the CIA ... conducted a massive illegal domestic covert operation called Operation CHAOS ... [during which] the CIA spied on thousands of U.S. citizens." This article concludes:

        Given the power granted to the office of the presidency and the unaccountability of the intelligence agencies, widespread illegal domestic operations are certain. We as a people should remember history and not repeat it. It is therefore essential that the CIA be reorganized and stripped of its covert operations capability. Effective congressional oversight is also an important condition for ending the misuse of the intelligence apparatus that has plagued every U.S. administration since the formation of the CIA. A great deal is at risk our personal freedoms as well as the viability of this society. The CIA must be put in its place. Should we demand or allow anything less, we will remain vulnerable to these abuses and face the risk of decaying into a lawless state destined to self-destruction.

      • Campus Surveillance
        A sidebar to the preceding article.

      • The Secret Wars of the CIA
        Excerpts from a talk by John Stockwell, who served as a CIA case officer in Africa and in Vietnam. He was commander of the CIA's secret war in Angola in 1975 and 1976.

      • Producing the Proper Crisis
        Philip Agee on the connections between Bush's military adventures in the Gulf and Truman's military adventures in Korea.

      • The CIA and the Gulf War A talk by John Stockwell.

        But the key to understanding this system is that these ARE NOT U.S. corporations. Not anymore! They are multinational corporations, on a welfare dole from the U.S. taxpayers, producing MX missiles which are put in holes in the ground, which can never be used, and producing Tomahawk missiles and everything that we're pouring into the desert at a million dollars a shot ... [The] course that we are on will definitely lead, eventually, to rendering this planet UNINHABITABLE. Now, it won't happen in five years or ten years. But eventually, unless we profoundly change what we are doing, there will BE NO MORE warm-blooded life on this planet. Sooner or later, we MUST change or we will destroy ourselves.

      • The CIA in Australia, Part 1     Part 2     Part 3     Part 4     Part 5    

        A transcript of a five-part radio program series on the CIA and its involvement in Australia and in New Zealand, including an account of its overthrow of the Whitlam Government (originally at [but now disappeared]).

      • See also a transcript of the 1982-05-23 Australian 60 Minutes program: A Spy's Story

        Just two days before a Federal Parliamentary debate was due on the American satellite bases, a CIA telex arrived in Canberra. It warned that Prime Minister Whitlam was in danger of blowing the lid off Pine Gap. The next day, the Whitlam Labor Government was dismissed [by the Australian Governor-General].

      • The #59 issue of CovertAction Quarterly has a very interesting article by New Zealand writer Nicky Hagar about the Global Surveillance Network, which is the means whereby the spooks of the U.S. and the U.K. (and to a lesser extent those of Canada, Australia and New Zealand, making up the five countries in the UKUSA espionage 'alliance') are able to eavesdrop on every international telex, fax and email message (including yours). This is the ECHELON system.

        Plenty of other governments besides the U.S. and the U.K. are interested in spying on their own citizens. Germany (though it does not receive information from the ECHELON system) is one such country.

      • Excerpts from The Underground Empire — Where Crime and Governments Embrace, by James Mills (Doubleday, New York, 1986; Sidgwick & Jackson, London, 1987). These were uploaded to the CIADRUGS mailing list in June 1997.

        The CIA may argue that it dirties itself in the narcotics industry because that is where it finds the leaders of nations it seeks to comprehend and influence. Over a period of five years I became convinced of the participation in the drug traffic of high officials in at least thirty-three countries: Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia ... France, Haiti, Honduras, Italy ... and the United States. — from Excerpt 5

        • Excerpt 1
          Information [about Centac] continued to pour in. Phone calls came from as far away as Hong Kong, classified documents appeared in envelopes with no return addresses, a forty-pound cardboard carton arrived packed with CIA documents stamped SECRET.
        • Excerpt 2
          No more than a handful of men in the world understood completely what Centac was and what it did. Though Centac was controlled from a position within the Drug Enforcement Administration, its operations and power reached far beyond that agency.
        • Excerpt 3
          But leaders of source country governments, seeking foreign exchange or personal enrichment, frequently participated in the [drug] traffic themselves, and the American State Department and CIA, seeking to retain military, diplomatic, and intelligence allies, were loath to blow the whistle.
        • Excerpt 4
          Another secret cable, four pages in length, from the CIA's Bahamas station reported government corruption with astonishing precision, detailing not only the names of a half-dozen bribe-taking officials but the exact amount of the bribes ($50,000 to over $100,000) and specifically what favors they bought. At least one DEA official expressed shock, not so much at the revelations as at the thoroughness with which they were known. It was almost as if the CIA had been involved in some way.
        • Excerpt 5
          When Noriega later visited Washington, the CIA tried to prevent his meeting with DEA Administrator Francis Mullen. ... Evidently the CIA did not want Panama's boss establishing direct relations with the leadership of DEA. "Why not?" I asked an agent familiar with Noriega's visit. "Because the CIA takes the position that 'We have the total picture. We see things you don't see. You don't know it all.'" And surely that is true. Only the CIA knows it all.
        • Excerpt 6
          You do not have to be a ClA-hater to trek around the world viewing one major narcotics group after another and grow amazed at the frequency with which you encounter the still-fresh footprints of American intelligence agents. You might never be absolutely certain the footprints shouldn't be there, but you will always be uncomfortable that so many solemn men in pinstriped vests are lying about them. The tracks are everywhere.

      • Clandestine Drug Study Commission Act

        But the CIA defied the DEA and they shipped this pure cocaine into the United States in 1990, and they have since acknowledged that they defied the laws of this government and allowed the drugs to be sold on the streets of the United States of America. I challenge anybody to tell me that it did not happen, because it is documented.

        This document concerns an amendment to legislation pending before the U.S. House of Representatives. This amendment, put forward by Ms. Maxine Waters, Democrat from California, would establish a commission to be known as the "Clandestine Drug Study Commission" to investigate the involvement of the CIA in the smuggling of drugs (in particular, cocaine, in ton quantities) into the U.S. and the subsequent distribution of those drugs. The amendment was opposed by representatives Goss from Florida and Dixon from California. The discussion ends with the withdrawal of the amendment by Ms. Waters, perhaps because the votes were not there to pass it. The discussion is interesting, revealing on one hand the courage of Ms. Waters and her desire to bring the facts of this matter to the attention of the American people and, on the other hand, the willingness of representatives Goss and Dixon (despite their apparent agreement with the aims of Ms. Waters) to block this inquiry and to participate in the cover-up-as-usual.

      • Senator Barbara Boxer Calls for CIA Probe

      • Of Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories
        Some would have us believe that only paranoids believe in conspiracies. Is this what certain people want us to believe? And why?

      • Dope Story: Doubts Rise on Report Reagan Cited in Tying Sandinistas to Cocaine 
        Jonathan Kwitney's Wall Street Journal article on the attempt of the Reagan administration to accuse the Sandinistas of smuggling cocaine into the U.S.

      • Tim Weiner: House Panel Says CIA Lacks Expertise to Carry Out Duties

      • Michael Ravnitzky: 1996 CIA FOIA Case Log Highlights
        Information available from the CIA under the Freedom of Information Act.

      • Norman Solomon: Media Focus on CIA's Cocaine Links is Long Overdue

      • Cocaine Politics - Drugs, Armies and the CIA in Central America 
        A book by an academic and a journalist which exposes the lies and hypocrisy behind the Drug War.

      The Bay of Pigs — it seems that the CIA sabotaged its own operation in order to try to force President Kennedy into ordering a full-scale invasion of Cuba.  For details see Michael D. Morrissey's The Bay of Pigs Revisited.

      Newsgroup and Mailing List

      There was a Usenet newsgroup concerned with the CIA, Here are some postings from this newsgroup.

      There was a mailing list concerned with the drug-smuggling activities of the CIA: the CIADRUGS mailing list. See some messages to this list.

      Audiotapes, Videos, CD-ROMs, Books and Articles

      A CIA Reading List

      Links to Further Documents Concerning the CIA

      Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and the Press [Paperback]

      Alexander Cockburn (Author), Jeffrey St. Clair (Author)

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      Pipe Dreams: the CIA, Drugs, and the Media

      by Daniel Brandt and Steve Badrich
      From NameBase NewsLine, No. 16, January-March 1997
      Like some Russian high official come to treat with Chechen rebels, CIA Director John Deutch arrived in force -- by heavily-armed motorcade, and with helicopter cover. SWAT teams swarmed over the building that was Deutch's destination.

      But on November 15, 1996, Deutch's destination was in fact only the auditorium of Locke High School in the beleaguered South Central neighborhood of Los Angeles: for a U.S. public servant, not officially enemy territory at all. Still, the citizens who showed up to hear and question Deutch were searched with a metal detector in return for the privilege.

      And privilege it was. The post-Cold-War world had become so threatening to the CIA that Deutch was taking the unprecedented step of showing up in public -- of walking, in fact, directly into a popular firestorm. That evening, Deutch emphatically claimed that the CIA had no involvement whatsoever with the crack-cocaine epidemic that is battering South Central. It was a message Deutch's audience wasn't buying.

      This event and its aftermath are well worth reflecting upon. Unfortunately, the defense of Deutch and his agency by major U.S. media has proved far less illuminating than the narrow and ahistorical way these same media have defined and framed the relevant issues. The ability of well-paid media people to vaporize the known history of the CIA, to turn this history into a non-issue, is scary -- scarier, almost, than the long, lamentable, but extremely well-documented story of CIA involvement with drug traffickers on four continents.

      This essay will attempt to say something, yet again, both about the major media and about some of the many mind-bending episodes, already on the public record, of CIA-drug-trafficker complicity.

      The CIA's latest trials on this issue began in August 1996 with the now-notorious series on crack cocaine in the San Jose Mercury News. In this series, reporter Gary Webb made the case that the CIA, through the actions of several drug-dealing Nicaraguan contras it had funded, was involved in the introduction of crack into Los Angeles during the 1980s.

      Parallel stories have appeared in provincial papers before, and been ignored. But San Jose isn't in Silicon Valley for nothing; the Mercury News boosted Webb's stories with its state-of-the-art website, and a popular firestorm ensued. Soon Maxine Waters of the Congressional Black Caucus was calling for an investigation, and the Senate Intelligence Committee had scheduled hearings.

      Belatedly, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times all recognized that, this time around, they couldn't ignore the story. But instead of investigating the CIA, they investigated their fellow journalists at the Mercury News. Quoting each other's stories to strengthen their common case, editorialists, reporters, and columnists from all three papers attacked Webb's reporting -- or what they claimed Webb had reported -- as well as his ethics, his talk-show appearances, his book proposal, his movie deal, his editors, and even a graphic on his newspaper's website. Gary Webb, after all, is neither a Washingtonian nor a New Yorker.

      There was nothing casual or accidental about this bashing. The L.A. Times had 25 reporters on the story. The Post refused to print a reasoned letter from Mercury News editor Jerry Ceppos defending the series, even after Ceppos provided a requested revision. Perhaps the low point of this campaign was a story by Tim Golden of the New York Times, which explained that African-Americans are more susceptible than their fellow citizens to conspiracy theories and paranoia.

      But it's not necessarily paranoid to note what crack has done to our cities, or that the U.S. prison population has tripled over the past 14 years, or that California now spends more on prisons than it does on colleges and universities. And as the Mercury News noted: in 1993, snorters of powdered cocaine drew an average sentence of three months, whereas crack smokers got an average of three years. And 83 percent of those sent to prison for crack trafficking were African-American. If present trends were to continue for another 14 years, a majority of African-American males between the ages of 18 and 40 would be locked up.

      Deutch's audience at Locke High, furthermore, had a more appropriate response than the Washington Post did to Deutch's promise that the CIA would investigate itself: hoots and howls. After all, the last internal CIA report on contras and drugs, completed in 1988, is still secret. "I don't know why [Rep. Julian] Dixon is saluting Deutch's courage for coming here today," someone from the audience complained at the floor microphone, "when everybody knows this building's got hundreds of pigs in it. There's pigs behind those curtains, there's pigs on top of the roof. We're not going to get no justice here today -- we're going to need a revolution."

      And it's the major media, rather than the folks who turned out at Locke High, that are guilty of what amounts to suppression of evidence on this issue. Consider media treatment of Jack Blum, former special counsel to John Kerry's Senate subcommittee that investigated the CIA-contra-drug connection. If senators will listen to anyone who can speak authoritatively on this issue, it's Blum. On October 23, 1996, Blum told the Senate Intelligence Committee that although the CIA had not itself sold crack in the inner city, it had "ignored the drug problem and subverted law enforcement to prevent embarrassment and to reward our allies in the contra war.... A careful review of covert operations in the Caribbean and South and Central America shows a forty-year connection between crime and covert operations that has repeatedly blown back on the United States.... I would hope that this inquiry goes beyond the narrow questions posed in the San Jose Mercury News story."

      Blum's statement reviewed the same history of CIA complicity with drug traffickers that will be touched on in this essay: CIA ties to the Mafia during World War II; its role in Burma in the 1950s; in Laos in the 1960s; in Argentina and Bolivia in the 1970s; and in Central America and Afghanistan in the 1980s. But Blum's 3,700 words of historical perspective raised the specter of exactly the kind of inquiry that the major media don't want. ABC's Peter Jennings crunched Blum's reflections down to a single sound bite, perversely out of context, in which Blum absolved the CIA of directly selling drugs in Los Angeles. The two sentences on CNN's U.S. News Story Page on their website were equally shameless: "Jack Blum, a former Senate investigator who looked into the matter during the 1980s, defended the CIA. 'No members of the staff of the CIA ... (were) in the cocaine business,' he said."

      In fairness we may note that the media were only following the government's lead on this issue. CIA Inspector General Frederick Hitz lacks subpoena power and must produce a declassified report; for additional powers, he must petition Congress. But Congressional "oversight" over the CIA is unfortunately just that. The House Intelligence Committee is now chaired by Porter Goss (R-FL), a former CIA operations officer who still hangs out with Agency friends. Its Senate counterpart is under Arlen Specter (R-PA), whose major contribution to investigative history to date is the Warren Commission's "magic bullet" theory.

      Put simply, neither the major media nor Congress has the will, perhaps not even the power, to pursue the real history of CIA activity. Maxine Waters (D-CA) fears that the investigations now in train will fade away unless public pressure is maintained. To this end, Waters plans teach-ins on California campuses this spring. A fourth contra-crack investigation is being conducted by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Bromwich, a former narcotics prosecutor. But even though Bromwich's intentions seem good, he can subpoena only Justice Department documents, and cannot compel witnesses to testify.

      Jack Blum is surely right to want to pursue all CIA-drugs investigations within the framework of the larger history of the CIA -- even though one must surely question Blum's assumption that established agencies are capable of doing this. Since the 1960s, evidence of corruption and official lies has periodically made it onto the public record, but the worse the news, the more intense official resistance has become.

      What follows, nevertheless, is a quick sketch of what all such investigators -- and the public -- ought to have firmly in mind. A variety of sources have been assembled here into a rough chronological narrative. But the scope of this narrative is so great that only major chapters in the CIA's long association with drugs can be mentioned. Still, as a big picture, it's better than nothing -- which is what official sources and investigations, and well-heeled publishers and producers, threaten to give us.

      Back in 1936, Lucky Luciano, the boss of Mafia drug and prostitution rackets in New York City, was finally convicted as a result of Thomas Dewey's prosecution, and sentenced to thirty to fifty years. But in 1942 the Office of Naval Intelligence asked Meyer Lansky to seek Luciano's assistance in getting New York waterfront workers to watch out for enemy agents and activity. Soon Luciano's friends in Sicily, who had been severely repressed by Mussolini, were helping with the American invasion there. In 1946 the ONI appealed to Luciano's parole board. He was released from prison and deported to Italy -- where he built up a heroin syndicate.

      The immediate postwar problem in places like Italy and France, from the point of view of both the CIA and entrenched interests such as the Mafia, was that many Communists had been anti-fascist Resistance fighters, and as such were attractive to voters. The Marshall Plan aimed not merely to rebuild a war-torn Europe; it aimed to rebuild Europe in such a way that no Communists could ever win an election. To this end, the CIA played a major role in administering Marshall Plan aid.

      In Italy the CIA spent money to deny the 1948 elections to the Communists. By 1950 the Mafia again controlled Sicily. The CIA was also paying the Corsican Mafia in Marseilles to undermine Communist influence with striking workers. These Mafia syndicates were sufficiently well-protected that in 1951 they opened their first heroin lab. By 1965 there were two dozen labs in Marseilles, which together exported nearly five tons of heroin to the U.S. during that year.[1]

      Heroin trafficking shifted in the 1960s and 1970s from the Turkey-Marseilles connection to the Asian connection. For decades until the 1950s, the opium trade was sanctioned by colonial administrations in Asia. By the early 1960s, the mountain areas of Southeast Asia -- the Golden Triangle region -- produced most of the world's opium. Northeastern Burma was particularly productive.

      In the case of Burma, production before 1945 was insignificant -- as a province of India under the British, most of the opium traded in Burma was produced in India. But in 1949, Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist Forces retreated from Mao's army to the mountains of northeast Burma. The CIA helped maintain these troops, and sponsored two invasions of China. During their stay in Burma, the Nationalist Chinese exacted opium quotas from Burma's peasants; failure to pay was punished by the cutting off of fingers, hands, and feet. By the time the Nationalists fled in 1961, Burma had gone from producing about seven tons of opium per year to producing as much as a thousand tons, or about sixty percent of the world's production.[2]

      In French-occupied Indochina, meanwhile, the Corsican syndicates were operating the opium trade out of Saigon under the protection of French military intelligence. When France withdrew in 1955, the U.S. inherited France's colonial politics and infrastructure. The U.S. worked with the same peoples -- the Hmong in Laos -- that the French had used. And again, the American Mafia was involved through their Corsican contacts. From Tampa, Florida, Santo Trafficante ran the Marseilles connection in Cuba during the 1950s. In 1968 he visited Saigon to meet with Corsican syndicate leaders. After 1970, Asian heroin began showing up in the U.S.

      After the Cuban revolution, Trafficante's Mafia foot soldiers were mainly Cuban exiles.[3] In a 1982 interview, former CIA commando leader Grayston Lynch described what had once been the largest CIA station in the world, located south of Miami from 1961-1964. This station issued orders to 400 case officers and 2,000 exiles, dispersed in "safe houses" from Miami to Tampa. Lynch concedes that after the CIA cut off support, many of these exiles, trained in covert operations and smuggling, turned to narcotics trafficking.[4] Given that the CIA had worked with Trafficante to assassinate Castro in 1961,[5] the agency lacked sufficient ethical intelligence to worry that these Trafficante-associated exiles might pose a criminal problem. They were considered merely a "disposal problem," an institutional nuisance.

      At the time all of these events were unfolding, they were secret history, unavailable in books and newspapers. Then one day in 1970, the poet Allen Ginsberg stumbled onto the CIA-heroin connection while sorting his files of clippings. He noticed that when sorted chronologically, U.S. advances into the opium-producing areas of the Golden Triangle were followed, a few months later, by clippings that reported a rise in heroin overdose deaths in American cities. The alternative press fleshed out Ginsberg's insight, and the May 1971 Ramparts magazine featured a cover story on South Vietnam's "Marshal Ky: The Biggest Pusher in the World." The major media ignored everything until Sen. Ernest Gruening, a maverick from Alaska, opened hearings. At that point the Washington Post and NBC News "discovered" this story, but soon buried it. Only the alternative press kept it alive.[6]

      South Vietnam was completely corrupted by a heroin trade whose immediate origin was in Laos. The Hmong culture in Laos provided 30,000 men for the CIA's secret Laotian army under General Vang Pao. But in the process, opium production took over Hmong culture; the Hmong grew only enough rice for subsistence. To support the Hmong economy, the CIA's Air America transported raw opium out of the Laotian hills to the labs. At this point the CIA begged off, and let the syndicates and South Vietnamese officials take care of distribution. Double UOGlobe no.4 heroin, produced at a Laotian lab owned by Gen. Ouane Rattikone, became particularly famous. By mid-1971, Army medical officers estimated that fifteen percent of American GIs were addicted.

      Veterans of Vietnam and Laos with intelligence connections, men such as Theodore Shackley (former chief of the Miami station), his deputy Thomas Clines, Richard Secord, Oliver North, and Felix Rodriguez, later became familiar names during the Iran-contra scandal of the 1980s. More obscure was one Michael Hand, who had been a CIA contract agent in Laos. In 1973, Hand and his partner Frank Nugan established the Nugan Hand Bank in Sydney.

      A slew of top-level retirees from the CIA and U.S. military intelligence were associated with this bank; William Colby served as its attorney. Nugan Hand collapsed spectacularly in 1980. After three major investigations, Australian officials concluded that the bank had been primarily involved in laundering money for arms and drug traffickers.[7] Apparently the CIA's infamous "disposal problem" -- what to do with those nasty, well-trained former assets -- extends to its top-level former executives and administrators.

      Then there is the horrible tale of Afghanistan. Heroin there was also a well-kept secret, at least until the Soviet withdrawal in 1989. Then the Washington Post was free to "discover" that Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the CIA's favorite guerrilla leader, had commanders under him who worked with Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence agency to run heroin labs in southwest Pakistan. "Since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, U.S. narcotics policy in Afghanistan has been subordinated to the war against Soviet influence there.... In 1989, Afghanistan was second only to Burma as a producer of opium, growing 650 tons, nearly all of which was intended for heroin manufacturing, a State Department report said."[8]

      When Allen Ginsberg was sorting his clippings about heroin, his discovery of a correlation with CIA activity in the Golden Triangle must have seemed dismaying enough, almost unbelievable. Fortunately for Ginsberg, a proponent of LSD, he had no evidence that the CIA may have also been behind the expansion of LSD distribution within the counterculture. But such evidence later came to light.

      Ginsberg, like most of the counterculture, saw LSD as a liberating experience. The drug was nonaddictive, although it could be dangerous in the case of an overdose. A safe dosage, however, was entirely an individual phenomenon, and could not even be objectively established. And it soon became clear that LSD dramatically amplified tendencies that were already present in the individual and the immediate environment. The exact dosage that might have seemed liberating in 1967 might have been debilitating when ingested by the same individual in 1969, a banner year for agents provocateurs and bad vibes.

      In 1975, the Rockefeller Commission reported that the CIA had been testing LSD since the 1950s -- only to discover that the drug's effects were too unpredictable to make it a reliable tool for mind control. Still, given what the CIA knew about LSD at this early date, it doesn't seem inconceivable that the CIA may have hoped that greater availability of the powerful drug would undermine the political effectiveness of the student movement and counterculture.

      Evidence of the possible strategic use of LSD emerged in 1979, when Italian magistrate Giorgio Floridia issued a report on the case of Ronald Stark, who had been arrested in Bologna for drug trafficking in 1975. The magistrate ordered Stark's release on the grounds that he had been working for U.S. intelligence since 1960. From 1969-1974, Stark was a major producer of LSD, with factories first in Paris, then in Belgium and California, and a pipeline into the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, the world's largest distributor.

      Floridia cited Stark's frequent prison visits from Wendy M. Hansen at the U.S. consulate in Florence, "Dear Ron" letters from Charles C. Adams at the U.S. embassy in London, addressed to Stark's LSD lab in Brussels (these were seized by Italian police after his arrest), and his links with Philip B. Taylor III at the U.S. consulate in Rome. (Taylor is now in Sao Paulo, Brazil.) According to Floridia, Stark had done secret work for the Defense Department from 1960 to 1962, and had received "periodic payments to him from Fort Lee, known to be the site of a CIA office." On his release, Stark was ordered to report in to Italian police twice a week. But within days, Stark had left the country. Bologna police believe that Stark was secretly flown from a NATO air base in Pisa or Vicenza.

      In 1984 an Italian parliamentary commission issued a report on domestic terrorism that included a section on Ronald Stark. They concluded that Stark was an adventurer who was used by the CIA, but were unable to determine when the association began. In 1982, Stark was arrested in Holland. Charges were dropped the following year, and Stark was deported to a San Francisco jail, where pending federal charges were dropped by the Justice Department. When Italy requested extradition in 1984, U.S. officials sent a death certificate indicating that Stark had died of a heart attack.

      Way back in 1969, Stark first approached the Brotherhood, wowing them with a kilogram of pure LSD (more than they had ever seen), and claiming that he had a new, efficient production method. Stark's lab in France was already a going concern, and the Brotherhood agreed to distribute his product. When Stark shut down this lab in 1971 and opened a better one in Brussels, he boasted that he had done so because of a timely tip from the CIA. In all, Stark made 20 kilograms of LSD, enough for 50 million doses. Most of it was sold in the U.S. There's no proof that Stark was anything more than an adventurer and an opportunist. But Carl Oglesby, former national president of Students for a Democratic Society, sums up the Stark phenomenon as follows:

      What we have to contemplate nevertheless is the possibility that the great American acid trip, no matter how distinctive of the rebellion of the 1960s it came to appear, was in fact the result of a despicable government conspiracy.... If U.S. intelligence bodies collaborated in an effort to drug an entire generation of Americans, then the reason they did so was to disorient it, sedate it and de-politicize it.[9]

      Currently it's cocaine in the form of crack that's a major problem in the inner cities of America. Coca leaf is grown on the high Andean plateaus of Bolivia and Peru, and until 1980 it was generally refined in Colombia. After the Bolivian "cocaine coup," refinement of coca paste into cocaine became more of a local affair, while Peru and Paraguay also increased their production. New smuggling routes were established, and new strains of coca were bred that could thrive in the lowlands of the Amazon basin. Cocaine soon glutted the market. Prices dropped dramatically during the first half of the 1980s, which saw the appearance of crack -- a condensed, rock-like substance that can be produced by cooking cocaine with water and baking soda on a kitchen stove. Crack is smoked rather than snorted, a process which absorbs more of the drug into the body with less effort.

      The 1980 cocaine coup in Bolivia was arranged by the Argentine military, which in 1976 seized power in Argentina and proceeded to "disappear" about 11,000 of the country's own citizens. Michael Levine, who was the DEA's country attache to Argentina and Uruguay in 1980, discovered that the high-level Argentine military officers he was trying to bust for trafficking were well-connected in Bolivia, and that the entire bunch were protected by the CIA. Some of the bloodiest coup-makers in Bolivia were recruited by Klaus Barbie, a fugitive Nazi war criminal and long-time CIA asset.[10]

      Confirmation of the CIA's role came from testimony taken by the Kerry subcommittee in a closed hearing on July 23, 1987. Leandro Sanchez Reisse was assigned by the Argentine military to set up a money laundering front in Florida in 1977. He said that these fronts ran operations for and with the CIA, including weapons shipments to Argentine personnel in Central America. In 1980, funds from a major Bolivian trafficker were funneled to the Argentine military, which then sent ambulances loaded with weapons to Bolivia. These were used in the 1980 coup engineered by Luis Arce Gomez and Luis Garcia Meza, both of whom were connected to traffickers.[11]

      The CIA, claiming that the Sandinistas in Nicaragua were sending arms to guerrillas in El Salvador, paid Argentina to provide military training to contras in Central America. This arrangement ended in 1982, when the military government in Argentina lost power after the Falklands debacle. Within several years, however, the contra war developed into a major CIA operation involving Cuban exiles from Miami; former Nicaraguan guardsmen who fled during the 1979 revolution and regrouped in Honduras; and assorted CIA adventurers with drug- and arms-trafficking connections.

      Celerino Castillo fought in Vietnam from 1971-1972, where he saw the effects of drugs on U.S. troops. By 1975 he was a Texas cop, later a detective working drug cases. In 1980, Castillo joined the DEA and worked the streets of New York. He worked in Peru in 1984-1985, and Guatemala from 1985-1990. While stationed in Guatemala, Castillo was the DEA agent in charge of anti-drug operations in El Salvador from 1985-1987. During this period, he discovered that Oliver North's contras were running cocaine from El Salvador's Ilopango airport.

      Castillo did his best to bust them, but soon learned that the traffickers were protected by the CIA. "By the end of 1988," he writes, "I realized how hopelessly tangled DEA, the CIA, and every other U.S. entity in Central America had become with the criminals. The connections boggled my mind."[12] Feeling his life was in danger, Castillo got out in a hurry in 1990. The DEA, meanwhile, was increasing the pressure with an internal investigation of Castillo. His career was over and he resigned. Lawrence Walsh's office extensively debriefed Castillo, but when Walsh released his massive report in 1993, the narcotics connection was nowhere to be found. The combined House and Senate Iran-contra hearings in 1987 also ignored the drug issue. Instead, investigators granted immunity to Oliver North.

      John Kerry's subcommittee, the "Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics and International Operations," began its investigations in 1987, held hearings in 1988 and 1989, and issued a 144-page report on April 13, 1989.[13] At one point, the subcommittee took testimony from the head of the Honduran DEA office, who described how it was closed down in June 1983, at a time when the CIA station was doubling in size. Honduras was a major transit station for cocaine, thanks to their corrupt military. It was clear to the CIA and Pentagon that the contra effort required the support of Honduras, and that the price for this support was to overlook the cocaine traffic.

      "I watched the CIA protect drug traffickers throughout my career as a DEA agent," says Michael Levine. "I have put thousands of Americans away for tens of thousands of years for conspiracy with less evidence than is available against Ollie North and CIA people."[14] Tom Cash, a former top DEA official in Miami, agrees: "When you have those types of political upheavals and foreign policy considerations of the President to start with, and at the same time have a drug prosecution to contend with, drugs are going to be second. It is something we grappled with on a daily basis."[15]

      One could, arguably, defend the mainstream press for refusing to follow up on stories as improbable, and characters as fringey, as some of those we've considered here: an iconoclast poet like Ginsberg, a shapeshifter like Stark, a low-level Serpico like Castillo. But the real indictment of the major media on the CIA-drugs question is their inability to follow up on obvious leads occurring in major stories taking place under floodlights in their own backyard.

      Consider the case of Oliver North, known associate of drug traffickers. Oliver North's conviction for three felonies (lying, cheating, and stealing) was reversed in 1990 because his case was muddied by the Congressional grant of immunity. This meant that he could run for office, and in 1994 he was nearly elected to the U.S. Senate. North's infamous notebooks, however, may yet return to haunt him.

      Ten months after the Kerry subcommittee subpoenaed these notebooks, they still lacked clean, unexpurgated copies. Nevertheless, these notebooks contain dozens of references to contra drug trafficking. In an e-mail message about General Jose Bueso Rosa from Honduras, who was involved in a conspiracy to import 345 kilos of cocaine into Florida, North noted that U.S. officials would "cabal quietly to look at options: pardon, clemency, deportation, reduced sentence." Even after Panama's Manuel Noriega was exposed in the U.S. press as a drug runner, North met with him because Noriega wanted help to "clean up his image." In exchange, Noriega offered North some helpful anti-Sandinista sabotage.

      Or consider the decision by the Post and other major media to throw away a truly sensational story: the official declaration by Costa Rica, Central America's one shining light of democracy, that it considered a number of major U.S. officials to be drug traffickers, and as such was barring them from entering the country. The list here is nothing short of amazing: Oliver North himself, retired air-force major general Richard Secord, Reagan's former national security advisor John Poindexter, former U.S. Ambassador Lewis Tambs, and former CIA station chief Joseph Fernandez.

      On July 22, 1989, the Associated Press ran this story, but they were virtually alone; some major media buried this story, and the rest resolutely ignored it. When asked why, Post reporter Walter Pincus gave a revealing response: "Just because a congressional commission in Costa Rica says something, doesn't mean it's true."[16] (Before he joined the Post in the 1960s, Pincus traveled abroad on a CIA subsidy to spy on student leaders from other countries.[17] Unsurprisingly, Pincus was out in front of the pack of reporters that attacked the recent Mercury News story.)

      When the major media turn aside from stories so sensational, and so easy to pursue, it's unlikely to be an accident. And given that stories so high-profile go nowhere, it's not surprising that the same thing happens to countless lower-profile stories that lack immediately-recognizable American names. Space prevents giving even a "bullet" version of many stories that could be adduced here, but consider the following items, at least:

      • Medellin trafficker Carlos Lehder testified at Noriega's 1991 trial that the Medellin cartel gave $10 million to the contras.
      • FBI informant Wanda Palacio told the Kerry subcommittee that she saw cocaine being loaded onto pilot Wallace Sawyer's plane in Barranquilla, Colombia in 1985. (Sawyer and his Southern Air Transport L382, carrying guns this time, were shot down over Nicaragua one year later. The flight logs from the plane, recovered by the Sandinistas, substantiated Palacio's story.)
      • George Morales, a major cocaine trafficker, offered planes and cash to the contras; when contra leader Adolfo Chamorro checked with the CIA, they said Morales was fine and to go ahead with the deal.
      • Ramon Milian Rodriguez, the chief accountant for the Medellin cartel, testified to the Kerry subcommittee that he transferred money to the contras and laundered more than $3 million for the CIA, even after his indictment on drug charges in 1983.
      • In what was known as the Frogman Case, the U.S. Attorney in San Francisco, Joseph Russoniello, returned $36,000 to an arrested cocaine dealer after contra leaders stipulated that the money was earmarked for weapons. The Justice Department foiled Kerry's attempts to investigate this. (Russoniello, by the way, is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers.)
      • Recently a Venezuelan, Gen. Ramon Guillen Davila, was indicted in Miami for smuggling tons of cocaine. This is the only instance in which the CIA has acknowledged responsibility for drugs being imported into the U.S. One CIA officer resigned and another was recalled to Washington, but no CIA officials have been charged.

      Or consider the blatant attempt by the Washington Post and its corporate sibling Newsweek to bury the inconvenient results of Congressional investigations into CIA complicity with drug traffickers, and then smear the investigators. On July 22, 1987, the Post ran an article whose headline seemed perfectly clear: "Hill Panel Finds No Evidence Linking Contras to Drug Smuggling."

      But Charles Rangel (D-NY), chairman of the House Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control, wrote to the Post and complained, "Your headline says we drew one conclusion, while in fact we reached quite a different one." Rangel's letter ended up buried in the Congressional Record (August 6, 1987), because the Post refused to publish it. Two years later, when the Kerry subcommittee report was released, the Post buried it on a back page, and devoted most of the short article to Republican criticisms of Kerry. Newsweek called Kerry a "randy conspiracy buff."

      When our major media behave more irresponsibly than Congress, and frequently only a few members of Congress deserve our support, it's easy to see that we have a problem. The 1980s were a repeat performance of the 1970s, when the stakes were larger. At that time it was a question of organized assassinations and secret wars of aggression. Both Congress and the media were interested, at least initially. But our media establishment took one look into the abyss and decided that investigative journalism was not so profitable after all. Without the support of the media, Congress quickly lost interest.[18]

      Is it even necessary to write a conclusion to this tragic but also farcical story? Confronting his outraged fellow citizens in South Central, CIA Director John Deutch thought he was offering a reasonable extenuation when he remarked at one point: "Our case officers deal with bad people, very bad people." But a moment's thought reveals the utter vacuity of this remark. The Cold War is over. For the young, even its memory is fading away. What should fade away now are the rationalizations that once led men like Deutch to justify cutting deals with tinhorn dictators and smack dealers.

      Unfortunately, as Deutch's audience knew, the evil these men did lives after them -- on the streets of South Central, and all over our unhappy global village. It's still going on. Why can't our press report it?

      1. Alfred W. McCoy, The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade (Brooklyn NY: Lawrence Hill Books, 1991), pp. 29-63. This book is an expanded edition of Alfred W. McCoy, The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia (New York: Harper & Row, 1972).

      2. David Barsamian, "The Politics of Drugs: An Interview with Alfred McCoy," Z Magazine, January 1991, pp. 64-74.

      3. Henrik Krueger, The Great Heroin Coup: Drugs, Intelligence, and International Fascism (Boston: South End Press, 1980), pp. 142-43.

      4. Gary Moore, "The exiles who turned to drugs," St. Petersburg Times, 30 May 1982, pp. 1-A, 14-A.

      5. Central Intelligence Agency, Report on Plots to Assassinate Fidel Castro, 25 April 1967, pp. 19-20, 25-31.

      6. Chip Berlet, "How the Muckrakers Saved America," Alternative Media, Vol. 11, No. 1 (1979), pp. 5-7.

      7. Jonathan Kwitny, The Crimes of Patriots: A True Tale of Dope, Dirty Money, and the CIA (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1987), 424 pages; McCoy, The Politics of Heroin, pp. 461-78.

      8. James Rupert and Steve Coll, "U.S. Declines to Probe Afghan Drug Trade," Washington Post, 13 May 1990, pp. A1, A29.

      9. Carl Oglesby, "The Acid Test and How It Failed," The National Reporter, Fall 1988, p. 10. The information on Ronald Stark comes from three sources: Jonathan Marshall, "The Strange Career of Ronald Hadley Stark," Intelligence/Parapolitics, November 1984, pp. 15-18; Martin A. Lee and Bruce Shlain, Acid Dreams: The CIA, LSD and the Sixties Rebellion (New York: Grove Press, 1985), pp. 248-51, 279-82, 286-87; Philip Willan, Puppetmasters: The Political Use of Terrorism in Italy (London: Constable and Company, 1991), pp. 308-16.

      10. Michael Levine, The Big White Lie: The CIA and the Cocaine/Crack Epidemic (New York: Thunder's Mouth Press, 1993), 472 pages.

      11. David Corn, "The CIA and the Cocaine Coup," The Nation, 7 October 1991, p. 404-6.

      12. Celerino Castillo III and Dave Harmon, Powderburns: Cocaine, Contras and the Drug War (Oakville, Ontario: Mosaic Press -- Sundial, 1994), p. 208.

      13. The most comprehensive discussion of the details in this report can be found in Peter Dale Scott and Jonathan Marshall, Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991), 279 pages.

      14. Geraldo Rivera Show, CNBC-TV, 9 October 1996, with guests Jack Blum, Michael Levine, and Maxine Waters.

      15. Warren Richey, "CIA Under Pressure to Divulge Info on Contras," Christian Science Monitor, 20 September 1996, p. 3.

      16. "Censored News: Oliver North & Co. Banned from Costa Rica," Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, Extra!, October/November 1989, pp. 1, 5. See FAIR's website < > for more about major media and the CIA-cocaine story.

      17. Walter Pincus, "How I Traveled Abroad On CIA Subsidy," San Jose Mercury, 18 February 1967, p. 14.

      18. Kathryn S. Olmsted, Challenging the Secret Government: The Post-Watergate Investigations of the CIA and FBI (Chapel Hill NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1996), 255 pages.

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