"The CIA is
a bureaucracy which
feeds on itself, and those involved are constantly sitting around thinking
up schemes for [foreign] intervention which will win them promotions and
justify further additions to the staff.
It self-generates interventions
that otherwise never would be thought of, let alone authorized." - Senator
"CIA arms, money, and disinformation enabled
Corsican criminal syndicates in Marseille to wrestle control of labor unions
from the Communist Party.
The Corsicans gained political influence and
control over the docks - ideal conditions for cementing a long-term partnership
with mafia drug distributors, which turned Marseille into the postwar heroin
capital of the Western world.
Marseille's first heroin laboratories
were opened in 1951, only months after the Corsicans took over the waterfront."
- Alfred W. McCoy, The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia
"The Nationalist Chinese army became the opium
barons of The Golden Triangle (parts of Burma, Thailand and Laos), the world's
largest source of opium and heroin.
A pattern becomes apparent in
regimes installed or supported by the
Air America, the ClA's
principal airline proprietary, flew the drugs all over Southeast Asia. Many
Gl's in Vietnam became addicts.
A laboratory built at CIA headquarters
in northern Laos was used to refine heroin.
After a decade of American
military intervention, Southeast Asia had become the source of 70 percent of
the world's illicit opium and the major supplier of raw materials for America's
booming heroin market." - Christopher Robbins, Air America
regime derives a portion of its cash flow from the distribution of narcotics.
In the absence of a popular base for externally installed puppets
external funds are needed for political repression.
There is someone very close to
puppet, typically a relative, that is heavily involved in
a narcotics supply
In Taiwan Chiang Kai-shek and his brother-in-law TV Soong.
In Mexico Luis Echeverría Álvarez and his brother-in-law
Rubén Zuno Arce.
Iran Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi and his twin sister
Ngô dình Diem and
his brother Ngô dình Nhu.
Hamid Karzai and his brother
Ahmed Wali Karzai.
Laos broke the close family
tie rule-of-thumb when Phoumi Nosavan used Ouane Rattikone.
1947-1954 First Indochina War
French SDECE military
intelligence is in need of money for covert operations.
contact opium producers in the Golden Triangle, and set up an international
system of smuggling, the "French Connection", aided by intelligence and other
aid from SDECE.
An alliance is made between
the Corsican Mafia, who has a historical presence in South Vietnam dating back
to the French occupation, and leading members of the American and Sicilian
Mafia, under the leadership of
Lucky Luciano is asked to provide assistance to American military
intelligence about Axis infiltration of the waterfront in American ports (which
was effectively controlled by the Mafia), as well as assisting
Allied forces in their invasion of Sicily and Italy.
Luciano uses his
contacts in the Sicilian
Mafia to assist US forces by gathering intelligence and identifying both
fascist collaborators and Socialist/Communist elements in the Italian
résistance movement, who are then systematically eliminated.
Luciano is covertly permitted to run his crime operations from prison,
and at the end of the war he is deported back to Sicily, where he immediately
begins a major expansion of his drug operations, forging alliances with
Corsican Mafia members in South Vietnam and organized crime figures in other
countries, including Australia.
1950 Drug lords
in Burma are recruited in operations against China.
Opium traffic identified
as an alternative source of income for Laotian government of Phoumi
1965 to 1975
Drug trafficking in Laos.
Laos becomes the largest
center in the world.
Support is provided General Ouan Rattikone
(Phoumi's successor) and his drug-funded army.
Airplanes are supplied for opium
transportation and intervene militarily with air support in battles over
contested opium caravans.
"American involvement had gone far beyond
coincidental complicity; embassies had covered up involvement by client
governments, contract airlines had carried opium, and individual agents had
winked at the opium traffic.
As an indirect consequence of American
involvement in the Golden Triangle, opium production steadily increased.
Southeast Asia's Golden Triangle grew 70% of the world's illicit opium,
supplied an estimated 30% of America's
Heroin, and was
capable of supplying the United States with unlimited quantities of
generations to come." - Alfred W. McCoy
"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 CIA." - Gary Webb
1977 Norwin Meneses Cantarero, known as El Rey del Drogas (the
king of drugs), feels the heat of a Nicaraguan customs probe into his smuggling
of high-end North American cars from the US into Nicaragua so
his gang murders the chief
Norwin Meneses Cantarero comes from a family intimately
linked to the Somoza
One brother had been chief of police in Managua.
Two other brothers are generals in the force most loyal to Somoza, the
The DEA and other agencies began keeping files on
Meneses in 1974.
1979 Sandinista revolution evicts Anastasio Somoza and his
Norwin Meneses Cantarero is granted political refugee
status when he and other
members of Somoza's elite flee to the US.
Norwin Meneses Cantarero,
"head of security and intelligence" for the leading organization in the Contra
coalition the Fuerza Democratico Nicaraguense works with Enrique
Bermudez, Oscar Danilo Blandon, a cousin, and Adolfo Calero.
They set up a cocaine distribution ring in San Francisco,
establishing ties with Freeway Ricky Ross who
manufactures crack out of shipments of
powder cocaine and distributes it through
the black street gangs of
South Central Los Angeles throughout America.
Profits made by the Nicaraguan
exiles are funneled back to the Contra army.
The son of a Managua slumlord, Blandon headed Somoza's
agricultural export program as an important component of the country's mainly
beef and coffee based economy.
The Somoza family owns at least a quarter
of the nation's agricultural land.
In his position as
head of the export program, Blandon has developed close ties to the Department of Commerce and the
He secures $27 million in USAID funding and is well
known to the US military and the CIA, both of which have a commanding presence
in Somoza's Nicaragua.
Somoza sent his officer
corps for training in the
The CIA station chief was the most powerful foreigner in
Blandon's wife, Chepita, came from a powerful clan, the Murillo
One of her relatives is the mayor of Managua.
Blandon and Murillo families lost their land locked fortunes in the 1979
In Somoza's final days, Jimmy Carter made a last-ditch
effort to maintain a US-backed regime in Nicaragua even if Somoza should be
forced to quit.
The plan is to preserve
the National Guard as the custodian of US interests.
The Sandinistas sweep into power,
Carter orders the initial funding of what later becomes known as the Contras,
operating out of Honduras.
The CIA musters
Argentinian officers fresh from their own death squad campaigns, and these men
began to organize the exiled National Guardsmen into a military
Enrique Bermudez had been a colonel in the National Guard, had
trained at the US National Defense College and had served from 1976 to July
1979 as Somoza's military attache in Washington.
$300,000 in CIA money, Bermudez takes command of the fledgling Contra force in
Support provided to the
warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of the Hezbi-i Islami guerilla group in
in the Pakistan drug trade was financed by BCCI."- Alfred W.
1981 Bermudez announces the formation of the FDN and his own
position as commander of its military wing.
The CIA script later
installs Adolfo Calero, formerly the
concessionaire in Managua, as the FDN's civilian head, operating mainly out of
the US, where he is under CIA supervision.
Reagan approves National Security
Directive 77, which provides a budget of $19.3 million for the
1989 "Bermudez was the target of a government-sponsored drug sting
operation." - John Kerry,
chairman committee investigating Contra cocaine smuggling. "Law enforcement
officials know that the sting was called back in the interest of protecting the
"There's a saying," Blandon testified, "that the ends justify
the means. And that's what Mr. Bermudez told us in
Committee report concludes that members of the State Department "provided
support for the Contras involved in drug trafficking ... elements of the
Contras received financial and material assistance from drug
November 1993 Judge Robert C.
Bonner, the former head of the DEA, appeares on 60 Minutes and alleges that the
CIA had permitted literally a ton of cocaine to enter the
Gary Webb writes a series of
articles published in the San Jose Mercury News which investigates the
Nicaraguans linked to the CIA-backed Contras who had smuggled cocaine into the
According to Gary Webb, the CIA was aware of the cocaine
transactions and the large shipments of drugs into the US by the Contra
personnel and directly aided drug dealers to raise money for the Contras.
CIA Director John M. Deutch went to Los Angeles to refute the allegations
raised by the Gary Webb articles, and was famously confronted by former LAPD
officer Michael Ruppert, who said he had witnessed it occurring.
Miami jury indicted former Venezuelan anti-narcotics chief and CIA asset,
General Ramon Guillen Davila, who "led a CIA counter-narcotics program that put
tons of cocaine on US streets in 1990."
American presence in Afghanistan is weakened initially by its dependence on a
drug-trafficking Tajik-Uzbek minority coalition - the Northern Alliance led by
Ahmad Shah Massoud.
"Since 2002, the prosecution of
the war in Afghanistan
at all levels' has been based on an implied strategy of attrition
via clearing operations
virtually identical to those pursued in Vietnam.
In Vietnam, they
were dubbed "search and destroy
missions;" in Afghanistan they are called "clearing operations"
and "compound searches," but the purpose is the same, to find easily replaced
weapons or clear a tiny,
arbitrarily chosen patch of worthless ground for a short period, and then
turn it over to indigenous security forces who can't hold it, and then go do it
again somewhere else." - Thomas Johnson
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