CIA now reigns supreme in the international narcotics trade
arena. Inevitably, the agency will further infect us with
the drug plague; that's simply the way it does business.
FBI is all but out of the narcotics game, gutted in the May-June
battle over who was to blame for September 11. Somebody had
to pay for the Bush administration's falling poll numbers, as
the facts surrounding the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks
finally began to assemble themselves under full public gaze.
Americans - Black Americans, especially - should be terrified
at the CIA's bureaucratic victory. In the course of more than
half a century, the agency's European, Asian and Latin American
adventures have led directly to the establishment and continual
expansion of the global drug trafficking network. We have now
reached the point at which U.S. resistance to the drug trade
comes to a full stop.
the CIA in charge, the War on Drugs is over.
effective surrender came in late May, when FBI Director Robert
Mueller announced that 400 drug agents would be "redirected"
to the all-encompassing War on Terror. In addition, the CIA
would play a larger role in the FBI's own "intelligence
analysis" functions, thus penetrating the J. Edgar Hoover
Building, itself. The spook agency's victory was complete.
FBI's role on the domestic side of the drug trade - that is,
what happens to narcotics once they have penetrated U.S. borders
- has been seriously curtailed. FBI drug task force manpower
is to be reduced by up to two-thirds.
more critically, only the CIA will have the resources to track
the global drug highways. The Drug Enforcement Administration
is puny by comparison, and counts for nothing in President Bush's
bogus War on Terror. The DEA has always gotten stomped in turf
conflicts with the CIA.
this new regime, the world is the CIA's oyster, and the drug
lords are its friends. The agency's deepening and multiplying
alliances in Latin America and Asia insure that cocaine and
heroin will flood the United States in unprecedented quantities.
is, literally, no one with the will or resources to stem the
worldwide flow of drugs into our cities and towns. In a real
sense, Bush's war has succeeded in defeating the American people.
criminals are in charge
the April 5 issue of Black Commentator, we described the CIA
as the virtual architect of the international drug trade. (See
Make This Amendment)
This air, land and sea highway was established through successive
American Cold War deals with criminals, beginning with the Italian
and French mobsters who proved so helpful in undermining strong
socialist and communist European movements after World War Two.
The gangsters were rewarded with impunity in setting up their
new drug networks, including the famed French Connection. The
CIA was born into a world of narco-dealing intrigue, in which
the agency became a central player. Dope gained a strong foothold
in the ghettos of the U.S. The CIA made it possible.
Vietnam War saw the CIA evolve into the international
arbiter of the heroin trade. Its Laotian, Thai and Burmese allies
were nothing more than heroin traffickers with guns. The CIA's
vast logistical resources were placed at the disposal of the
drug armies, while client governments facilitated passage of
massive shipments through their ports. Over the space of only
a few years and under the agency's guidance, the Asian heroin
trade increased tenfold! That's how the CIA's armies
same formula was later applied in Afghanistan. By now, most
Americans are aware that the $2 - $3 billion the U.S. provided
to anti-Soviet fighters - almost entirely administered by the
CIA - eventually gave us the Taliban and Osama bin Laden. However,
the devastation wrought in American cities was immediate. The
CIA's Afghan and Pakistani friends, operating with total impunity,
took only two years to capture 60% of the U.S. heroin market,
from 1979 to 1981.
Afghan chief Charles Cogan dismissed the domestic narcotics
disaster. "I don't think that we need to apologize for
this," Cogan told the press, in 1995. "Every situation
has its fallout."
in Afghanistan with a vengeance, the Bush administration is
following the lead of the very same CIA agents that brought
high quality, cheap heroin to American streets in the early
1980s. Some of these agents are getting old, but the post-September
11 call to arms put them back in business, as reported by USA
Today on June 17:
agency pulled hundreds of retired officers back to active
duty, especially those who had worked in Afghanistan after
the Soviet invasion there in 1979
CIA officers brought with them language proficiency, interrogation
skills and Afghanistan expertise that the commandos could
not match. They also had clearance to do some things the soldiers
could not: hand out large satchels of cash and call in weapons
drops to buy information and allegiances from Afghan fighters.
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld cannot contain his euphoria at the
scope and speed of America's deployment of "advisors"
everywhere he can find a landing field - most of them either
CIA or under agency supervision. (Special Forces troops often
operate under direct agency control.) "That is why we're
cooperating with Pakistan, that's why we're training people
in Yemen and in Georgia and in the Philippines, for them to
be able to do a better job of going after them - the terrorists,"
Rumsfeld told the New York Times, June 17.
has changed in the past two decades, except the designated enemy.
Soviets or "terrorists," it's all the same to Rumsfeld,
the man with the corporate executive smile, and Bush, the guy
with the crooked one. We refer the reader to the April 5 issue
of The Black Commentator:
must now expect a narcotics onslaught from multiple points
around the globe, simultaneously. In the guise of a war on
terrorism - which means whatever George Bush wants it to mean
- and at breakneck speed, the U.S. is setting up shop in several
former Soviet Central Asian republics, as well as the former
Soviet Georgia, in the Caucasus. The official excuse is anti-terror,
the real reason is oil and natural gas, but the end result
will be tons of poppy derivatives bound for the United States:
Yemen and the Philippines are also great places for cultivating
drug enterprises to pay off foreign collaborators in the world
war on "terror." U.S. intelligence agencies are
there, in force, looking for recruits in dark places. We have
an idea how they will be compensated. The same actors that
brought us the previous drug epidemics are in charge of these
far-flung outposts, employing identical modus operandi, infecting
yet more regions of the world with their fatal touch.
truth on its head
little has changed in Colombia in the two decades since Reagan
and his war-dog, Oliver North, tapped and vastly enhanced the
CIA's cocaine connections to fund the murderous war against
Nicaragua. The U.S. crack cocaine epidemic erupted at precisely
this time, the early to mid-1980s.
Colombian government remains soaked in cocaine money - the archetypal
narco-regime - while the guerillas of the Revolutionary Armed
Forces of Colombia (FARC, in the Spanish acronym) are limited
to taxing the raw coca crops of the peasants in FARC territories.
the U.S. corporate media relentlessly repeat as fact Bush's
bald lie, that FARC guerillas control the drug trade. This is
nonsense. The guerillas dominate remote areas in about a quarter
of the country - taxing peasants is about all they can handle.
The real international drug trade, which refines, packages,
markets and ships the final coca product, is run from offices
like any other multi-billion dollar export business, not from
jungle hideouts. Cocaine travels to the U.S. in planes, ships
and Mexican trucks. The FARC have no air force, no navy, no
seaports - in other words, the guerillas have no access to U.S.
or Europeans drug markets.
ranchers fund the right-wing private paramilitaries that kill
most of the civilian victims of Colombia's 40-year long civil
war. The Colombian army closely coordinates its operations with
the paramilitaries. The ranchers are at the heart of the Colombian
drug machinery. Export-import is their business. Their vast
estates are both military bastions and hubs of the cocaine economy,
complete with air and surface transportation links to coastal
cities. Thissemi-feudal aristocracy will soon enjoy outright
rule over the country, in the person of Alvaro Uribe Vélez,
who will be inaugurated President in August. Heir to a family
of rich ranchers, Uribe is backed by Washington and endorsed
by the major U.S. media. George W. Bush's Latin American champion
in the War on Terror is, in fact, the charismatic leader of
the cocaine barons.
U.S. has never intercepted any FARC drug shipments. Ever. Such
shipments simply do not exist, because FARC is not a player
in the international drug game.
Bush, Condoleezza Rice and the entire, shameless media chorus
scream wild fictions in the face of truth. They are absolutely
unconcerned that the rest of the world knows
perfectly well that they are lying. The Bush administration's
propaganda, like Colombia's drugs, is strictly for U.S. domestic
FARC must be narco-terrorists, because George Bush says
so. Up is down, and down is up.
CIA thrives in this Alice in Wonderland world. The Drug Enforcement
Administration, on the other hand, deserves our sympathy, even
pity. The DEA is made up of cops who don't stand a chance of
carrying out real police work in the CIA's domain. On June 19,
the DEA's dedicated lawmen were reduced to weak mimicry of the
White House political line, as they announced a "first"
in the decades-long war against Colombia's FARC guerillas, the
purported kingpins of cocaine:
Director Asa Hutchinson today announced the arrest of Carlos
Bolas, a Colombian national and a leader of the Colombian
narco-terrorist group, Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionaries de
Colombia (FARC), for drug trafficking
the first time we have not only indicted a member of a terrorist
organization involved in drug trafficking, but we have also
who may or may not be a high-ranking member of FARC, was arrested
in the airport of the capital city of Suriname, one of South
America's least influential countries. He and three companions,
also alleged to be FARC, were not in possession of any drugs.
They had been picked up for carrying false passports. Bolas
was later found to be on a U.S. wanted list and was turned over
to the Americans.
airport event represents the sum total evidence of narco-trafficking
by FARC, a movement that has been fighting for two generations
against the rulers of their country, the cocaine capital of
the world. Colombia is also the third biggest recipient of U.S.
aid dollars, right behind Israel and Egypt. Any sane person
must realize that the U.S. is on the wrong side of the Colombian
war, and that no American War on Drugs exists. In our April
5 issue, the Black Commentator discussed the consequences of
our own people, neighborhoods and institutions will sicken
and die, "fallout" victims in far greater numbers
than perished at the World Trade Center
are most concerned about the permanent civil strife that drugs
have brought to the United States: the one million men and
women of color behind bars, largely because of drugs; the
neighborhoods and entire cities rendered economically unviable
by successive drug plagues; the drug-fueled AIDS crisis; the
narco-based police state tactics that have been routine in
African American communities since long before the World Trade
Center was destroyed; the Black-on-Black crime that has disfigured
basic human relations among our people. The list goes on,
is the terror that stalks Black America. This is the battle
that demands our uncompromising commitment. We will get nowhere
unless we force a change in U.S. foreign policy. That can
only come from the U.S. Congress.
U.S. is now at the beginning of the fifth wave of CIA-facilitated
drug inundations. The first, born of the agency's post-World
War Two collaboration with European mafia, established the trans-Atlantic
heroin route. Next came the CIA's most notable contribution
to the Vietnam War, the massive Southeast Asian connection
that produced the Great Heroin Epidemic of the late Sixties
and early Seventies. Less than a decade later, Afghan and Pakistani
allies of the CIA flooded the inner city with more potent and
cheaper heroin. Just a few years later the fourth wave broke
over America, as crack cocaine made its debut, courtesy of the
CIA's associates in Latin America.
fifth flood has begun. It is already too late to stop it, and
there is no U.S. agency that is capable of intervening on our
behalf. Bush's global war has left the American public naked
to an entire world of drug sources. New routes are being established
as you read this commentary. The CIA sits atop its white powder
mountain, dispensing impunity to its criminal friends.
you know what was at stake in the CIA-FBI bureaucratic war in
Washington, four weeks ago. The bad guys won - big time. September
11 wasn't really the issue.
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