"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 Frank
Church A pattern becomes apparent in regimes installed
or supported by the Central Intelligence Agency.
Nearly every regime
seems to derive a portion of its cash flow from the distribution of narcotics
as in the absence of a popular base for externally installed
puppets external funds
are needed for political repression.
There is always someone very close to the installed
puppet, typically a
relative, that is heavily involved in a narcotics supply network.
Taiwan Chiang Kai-shek and his brother-in-law TV Soong.
In Mexico Luis
Echeverría Álvarez and his brother-in-law Rubén Zuno
In Iran Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi
and his twin sister Ashraf Pahlavi.
Ngô dình Diem and
his brother Ngô dình Nhu.
Hamid Karzai and his brother
Ahmed Wali Karzai.
Laos broke the close family tie rule as Phoumi
Nosavan used Ouane Rattikone.
Indochina War the French SDECE military intelligence agency was in need of
money for its covert operations.
Its officers contacted 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 between the Corsican Mafia, who had an
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, who had been
imprisoned in the US during World War II for racketeering, is forged.
Lucky Luciano was 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 used 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
were then systematically eliminated.
Luciano was covertly permitted to
run his crime operations from prison, and at the end of the war he was deported
back to Sicily, where he immediately began 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 one of the largest
producing centers 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 Webb1977 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 of
Norwin Meneses Cantarero comes from a family intimately
linked to the Somoza dictatorship.
One brother had been chief of police
Two other brothers are generals in the force most loyal to
Somoza, the National Guard.
The US Drug Enforcement Agency and other
agencies began keeping files on Meneses in 1974.
evicts Anastasio Somoza and his corrupt regime.
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 distributed 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 had sent his officer corps for training in the US, and the
CIA station chief was the most powerful foreigner in Managua.)
Blandon's wife, Chepita, also came from a powerful clan, the Murillo
One of her relatives was 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 mustered 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
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 took command of the fledgling Contra force in
to the warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of the Hezbi-i Islami guerilla group
boom 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 was 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 US.
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.
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.
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."
2001 The 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
CIA controlled banks
have been involved with money laundering activities.
was replaced by the Nugan Hand Bank, who had as legal council
William Colby, retired
head of the CIA.
A Senate staff report has estimated "that $500 billion
to $1 trillion in criminal proceeds are
banks worldwide each year, with about half of that amount moved through
United States banks."
The London Independent reported in 2004 that drug
trafficking constitutes "the third biggest global commodity in cash terms after
oil and the arms trade."
Washington and the mass media have portrayed
the US in the forefront of the struggle against
narco trafficking, drug laundering
and political corruption: the image is of clean white hands fighting dirty
money from the Third world (or the ex-Communist countries).
is exactly the opposite.
US banks have developed a highly elaborate set
of policies for transferring illicit funds to the US, investing those funds in
legitimate businesses or US government bonds to legitimize them.
Congress has held numerous hearings, provided detailed exposés of the
illicit practices of the banks, passed several laws and called for
stiffer enforcement by any number of
public regulators and private bankers.
Yet the biggest banks continue
their practices, the sums of dirty money grows exponentially, because both the
State and the banks have neither the will nor the interest to put an end to the
practices that provide high profits and buttress an otherwise fragile empire.
In the wake of the 2008
economic crisis, this analysis found support from the claim of Antonio
Maria Costa, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, that "Drugs money
worth billions of dollars kept the
system afloat at the height of the global crisis."
According to the
London Observer, Costa said he has seen evidence that the proceeds of
organized crime were "the only liquid investment capital" available to some
banks on the brink of collapse last yearand that the majority of the $352bn
(£216bn) of drugs profits was absorbed into the economic system as a
"In many instances, the money from drugs was the only liquid
investment capital. In the second half of 2008,
liquidity was the
banking system's main problem and hence liquid capital became an important
factor" - Antonio Maria Costa
As I have observed elsewhere about the
US campaign against the FARC and cocaine
in Colombia, the aim of all US anti drug campaigns abroad has never been the
hopeless ideal of eradication.
The aim of all such campaigns has been
to alter market share: to target specific enemies and thus ensure that the drug
traffic remains under the control of those traffickers who are allies of the
state security apparatus and/or the CIA.
This was notably true of
Laos." - Peter Dale Scott
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