The War on Drugs is Just a Turf War: Feds Arm Cartels and Banks Reap the Profits

by Scott Creighton

Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.” John Lennon

Many people know that Wachovia Bank had to admit to laundering 378.4 billion dollars in drug money between 2004 and 2007 and that they paid a mere 160 million in fines to avoid prosecution. What they don’t know is that the money was from a drug cartel in Mexico that the DEA and the Justice department supported as part of a program called “Divide and Conquer” which was designed to weed all the other drug gangs out and leave the one cartel, our cartel, in place.

In short, our banks laundered the money while the government looked the other way or even helped the Sinaloa Cartel bring the drugs into Chicago (there’s that town again) while providing thousands of illegal weapons to the cartel under programs like “Fast and Furious” which they used to murder other drug lords, police, and everyday citizens (and more than a few journalists and politicians who dared to open their mouths).

Now to me, if it’s the US government providing the weapons, the logistics, the protection from prosecution, the lethal hits on the competition, and the resources to launder the cash, then it’s the US government who is actually the drug cartel with the Sinaloa’s providing nothing but cover.

I mean, after all, we are guarding the heroin fields in Afghanistan. Guess someone wants a monopoly on all the illicit drugs in the world just like they want a monopoly on the oil fields, healthcare, GMO corn,  and the central banks.

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Russia Just Says No to NATO Smack

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: Go here to read how Hillary Clinton was recently praising the good work of NATO over the past 63 years and her plans to strengthen NATO’s abilities to wage these kinds of destabilization campaigns and drug trafficking operations.

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It’s being reported that Russia is finally putting their foot down to NATO’s use of their territory to transport Afghan heroin to Europe and other countries. Apparently they are pissed off about how much smack is flooding into their country killing their young people. Who can blame them right?

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Walking Guns and Laundering Drug Money – The “War” on Drugs is Doing Just Fine

by Scott Creighton

If there is an argument to be made that the United States is the biggest purveyor of terrorist activities across the world which we justify with the endless “Global War on Terror” (and that argument is not hard to make), what does that say about our “War on Drugs”? Look at just a few of the recent stories from the headlines and judge for yourself…

The Justice Department lied repeatedly about “gun walking” firearms to Mexican drug cartels – There was a policy in place at the highest levels in the ATF and the Justice Department to ship weapons to Mexican “drug cartels”.  This is at a time when violence in Mexico is at it’s highest level since the Spanish landed on their shores. In February the Assistant Attorney General wrote the following to an investigating body of congress; it was a complete fiction… a lie… and congress now has the emails to prove it.

“”ATF makes every effort to interdict weapons that have been purchased illegally and prevent their transportation into Mexico,” wrote Ronald Weich, assistant attorney general.” the Hill

Darrell Issa has backed off his calls for Eric Holder’s resignation. He basically states that since the program is institutional in the Department of Justice and has been since the Bush administration (yes, yet another Bush program the administration of CHANGE kept), holding Holder responsible would be pointless. If corruption existed before the new head took over and the new head of the department continues the same corruption and illegality, I guess he gets a pass. That’s what passes for logic these days.

“This isn’t the first time the FBI and other agencies have been involved in investigations in which bad people are allowed to continue doing bad things in the name of going after bad people,” Issa said” CSM

In that vein, we take a look at another developing story, this one deals with the money made by the so-called “drug cartels” in Mexico.

Apparently, while the ATF was shipping weapons to the drug cartels, the DEA was helping them launder their cash. I shit you not.

Undercover American narcotics agents have laundered or smuggled millions of dollars in drug proceeds as part of Washington’s expanding role in Mexico’s fight against drug cartels, according to current and former federal law enforcement officials.

… Another former agency official, who asked not to be identified speaking publicly about delicate operations, said, “My rule was that if we are going to launder money, we better show results. Otherwise, the D.E.A. could wind up being the largest money launderer in the business, and that money results in violence and deaths.”” New York Times

According to officials who are only speaking out about this because the plan was exposed, the idea was much like the one they claimed when Fast and Furious came out… they were laundering the money so they could catch the bad guys. But as the NYT article pointed out, they have been doing it for a couple of the drug cartels “for years

In Washington these days when you get caught doing something illegal and definitely immoral (like morality factors into any equation in DC anymore) all you have to do is say you were doing it to catch the bad guys. Arming thugs in Mexico to destabilize the country? Just say you did it to “catch the bad guys”. Laundering massive amounts of drug money for off the books financing of your destabilization teams? Just say you were doing it to “catch the bad guys”. Get caught fabricating “terrorist” plots to divert public attention from you SS style crackdown on legitimate protests in New York? Just say you did it to “catch the bad guys”

Seems pretty simple doesn’t it? And as long as you have over-paid stenographers posing as journalists in the MSM, it’ll work.

Here’s an interesting point brought up in the Times piece:

The laundering operations that the United States conducts elsewhereabout 50 so-called Attorney General Exempt Operations are under way around the world…” New York Times

About 50” drug money laundering programs “around the world“? What? And the AG is “exempt” from U.S. law while running them? Really? Really? That’s a lot of drug money. That’s a lot of drugs and ruined lives and crime and murder. And the AG is “exempt”?

Let’s take a trip back in the not-so-way-back machine to 2009 because remember, both Fast and Furious and apparently the drug money laundering program existed back then and god knows how many of the 50 other exempt operations did too. It was revealed by an Afghani counter narcotics official that U.S. and NATO forces were taxing the poppy growers and actually protecting their crops. (go to the link for an endless selection of photos of U.S. and NATO troops protecting the poppy fields)

“In November 2009, the Afghan Minister of Counter Narcotics General Khodaidad Khodaidad stated that the majority of drugs are stockpiled in two provinces controlled by troops from the US, the UK, and Canada. He also said that NATO forces are taxing the production of opium in the regions under their control and that foreign troops are earning money from drug production in Afghanistan.” Public Intelligence

His statement dovetails perfectly with something else we know about Afghanistan: 1. Afghanistan’s installed puppet president has a brother Wali, who is a notorious drug dealer with ties to the CIA and 2. the Taliban had nearly wiped out the poppy production in that country (drug dealing is a death sentence according to Sharia Law) until Baby Bush invaded in 2003 and got things going again.

Yes, you can go back to Iran Contra when it’s known that the CIA was shipping in cocaine and shipping out guns for another fascist coup.

Yes, you can go back to Mena Arkansas and the start of the Clinton rise to power.

Yes, you can go back to Ricky Freeway Ross and Gary Webb who showed that the CIA created crack cocaine and conspired to market it to the West coast of the U.S.  Gary Webb wrote “Dark Alliances” exposing all of this shit and when he turned up dead with two bullets in his head, they called it a suicide.

Yes, you can go back to Frank Lucas, that’s the New York heroin dealer made famous by a Hollywood movie recently. He became the drug kingpin of the 60s and 70s because during the Vietnam War, for some reason, he was able to have loads of smack shipped right along on Army transport planes with no one supposedly the wiser. For years his shipments came in regularly and he moved tons and tons of Asian heroin into New York and other cities without anyone ever getting to wise, that is until the end of the Vietnam War.

Hell, for that matter you can go back to the Opium Wars when Britain was shipping the shit from India to China. The Chinese government didn’t like it too much. Go figure. I guess back then they hadn’t invented the Attorney General Exempt Operation. That makes it all ok.

You can go back to all of those things and see a pattern of hypocrisy, corruption, and the vile institutionalized exploitation of the human condition if you want to, or you can just read today’s paper and connect the dots yourselves. Or you can get drunk and watch a football game and thank god they haven’t kicked in your door… yet.

CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., Friday, May 20, 2011: Celebrate Illegal Murder of OBL

by Scott Creighton

In two previous postings I put up photos of thousands of people protesting the austerity measures being forced on them in Spain and Greece by their own corrupt politicians and their CIA linked financial “advisers”

So, as a bit of contrast, while the rest of the country here at home suffers the same fate as the Spaniards and the Greeks, the insulated D.C. “intelligence” crowd took a little time to celebrate their fictitious murder of Osama bin Laden. President Obama graced the CIA working stiffs with an audience as a “reward” for their years of hard work tracking down a man who has quite probably been dead for almost ten years now.

Without fawning sycophantic idiots like these, fascists like the Bushes and the Clintons would be powerless.

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“Gun Walking” In Mexico and the ATF Spin to “Fix” the Story

The ATF allows weapons to flow into Mexico and land in the hands of certain drug cartels.

The ATF sent out a memo informing their spin doctors that they needed a wave of positive ATF stories to counter this bad publicity.

“Please make every effort for the next two weeks to maximize coverage of ATF operations/enforcement actions/arrests at the local and regional level. Given the negative coverage by CBS Evening News last week and upcoming events this week, the bureau should look for every opportunity to push coverage of good stories. Fortunately, the CBS story has not sparked any follow up coverage by mainstream media and seems to have fizzled.”  ATF memo

Meanwhile, 13 Mexican Army soldiers are going to be charged with transporting one ton of crystal meth and 66 pounds of cocaine into the U.S.  Of course, they will be tried in a military court, so who knows what will really happen to them.

“The Mexican army has ordered three junior officers and 10 soldiers to stand trial on drug trafficking and organized crime charges after they were allegedly caught with more than a ton of methamphetamines and 66 pounds (30 kilograms) of cocaine.”  NPR

You don’t make a ton of crystal meth in a bath-tub of a trailer out in the woods. That meth is probably professionally manufactured. I have speculated for some time that the Mexican government has been making meth and exporting to the U.S. with the full complicity of the U.S. government, and now we see some real tangible evidence that is the case. Just like back in the crack and heroin days, it seems the military is the import vehicle of choice since they are not searched while crossing the border.

So Why Not Legalize? “There is just too much money in it”

by Scott Creighton

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, nearly let the cat out of the bag  in an interview with Denise Maerker of Televisa on Jan. 24th of this year. When asked why we shouldn’t go ahead and legalize drug use, Hillary quipped “There is just too much money in it”. She tried her best to right the ship after it by saying something basically in line with “Won’t someone think of the Children!?”, but the damage was already done.

“QUESTION: In Mexico, there are those who propose not keeping going with this battle and legalize drug trafficking and consumption. What is your opinion?

SECRETARY CLINTON: I don’t think that will work. I mean, I hear the same debate. I hear it in my country. It is not likely to work. There is just too much money in it, and I don’t think that – you can legalize small amounts for possession, but those who are making so much money selling, they have to be stopped. They can’t be given an even easier road to take, because they will then find it in their interest to addict even more young people. Mexico didn’t have much of a drug problem before the last 10 years, and you want to keep it that way. So you don’t want to give any excuse to the drug traffickers to be able legally to addict young people.”  America.gov website

She’s absolutely correct. There is way too much money in it.  But what makes that money even more compelling, is that for the most part, that money is completely off the books, unaccounted for cash… the kind that every banker, corporate prison complex CEO, and CIA executive craves.

As Hillary was trying to fix her little slip-up, she went on and on about how the dealers make this unaccounted for cash, and that if we were to legalize it, they would just make more money, selling their product to kids.

This argument would have been ridiculed as horribly stupid and out of touch were it to have come from Sarah Palin or John McCain, but since it came from Hillary Clinton, everyone seems to be giving her a pass. The reason that low to mid level drug dealers make money at all is because of the current prohibition on drugs. In fact, it makes it easier for kids to get cocaine and other narcotics, since there is no regulation at your local crack-house.

But of course, the most widely abused narcotic in the under 18 age group is prescription pain medication made largely from all that poppy that our troops are protecting over in Afghanistan.

Obviously if there was an end to the prohibition then these drug dealers that Hillary was speaking about wouldn’t be able to just go out and sell more smack to children in their local kindergarten.  Why the obfuscation?  Perhaps the secretary of state was more concerned about the implications of yet another Kerry Commission report were the American public to start seriously looking at the real results of America’s War on Drugs, ie. who is being harmed and who is really profiting from the global drug racket.

“The Kerry Committee report were hearings chaired by Senator John Kerry which found the United States Department of State had paid drug traffickers. Some of these payments were after the traffickers had been indicted by federal law enforcement agencies on drug charges or while traffickers were under active investigation by these same agencies.”   Wikipedia

So let’s you and I take a look at it since Hillary and the rest of the press don’t seem to be inclined to do so.

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Money Laundering and the Global Drug Trade Fueled by Capitalist Elites

by Tom Burghardt, Global Research

When investigative journalist Daniel Hopsicker broke the story four years ago that a DC-9 (N900SA) “registered to a company which once used as its address the hangar of Huffman Aviation, the flight school at the Venice, Florida Airport which trained both terrorist pilots who crashed planes into the World Trade Center, was caught in Campeche by the Mexican military … carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine destined for the U.S.,” it elicited a collective yawn from corporate media.

And when authorities searched the plane and found its cargo consisted solely of 128 identical black suitcases marked “private,” packed with cocaine valued at more than $100 million, the silence was deafening.

But now a Bloomberg Markets magazine report, “Wachovia’s Drug Habit,” reveals that drug traffickers bought that plane, and perhaps fifty others, “with laundered funds they transferred through two of the biggest banks in the U.S.,” Wachovia and Bank of America.

The Justice Department charge sheet against the bank tells us that between 2003 and 2008, Wachovia handled $378.4 billion for Mexican currency exchanges, “the largest violation of the Bank Secrecy Act, an anti-money-laundering law, in U.S. history.”

“A sum” Bloomberg averred, equal to one-third of Mexico’s current gross domestic product.”

Since 2006, some 22,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence. Thousands more have been wounded, countless others “disappeared,” torture and illegal imprisonment is rampant.

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“The Evil Scourge of Terrorism”: Reality, Construction, Remedy

(In this article dated just yesterday, Chomsky talks about “the evil scourge of terrorism“… that’s the evil scourge of our state sponsored terrorism.  He addresses several examples dating back to Robert Kennedy bringing “the terrorists of the world” to Cuba to try to overthrow Castro up to the Reagan “war on terror”, which was pretty much just a way to use terrorism to compel nations to do as we wished. Chomsky calls it a “return to barbarism in our time”.  “Reagan was the first modern president to employ the audacious device of concealing his resort to “the evil scourge of terrorism” under the cloak of a “war on terror.”” Chomsky goes on to expose how terrorist have been enshrined in our national self-image… ” At Stanford University’s prestigious Hoover Institution Reagan is revered as a colossus whose “spirit seems to stride the country, watching us like a warm and friendly ghost.” We arrive by plane in Washington at Reagan international airport – or if we prefer, at John Foster Dulles international airport, honoring another prominent terrorist commander, whose exploits include overthrowing Iranian and Guatemalan democracy, installing the terror and torture state of the Shah and the most vicious of the terrorist states of Central America.”… This is an important article because in it, Chomsky is flirting with saying something entirely different from he has in the past…

The attack on Afghanistan in October 2001 is called “the good war,” no questions asked, a justifiable act of self-defense with the noble aim of protecting human rights from the evil Tali-ban. There are a few problems with that near-universal contention. For one thing, the goal was not to remove the Taliban. Rather, Bush informed the people of Afghanistan that they would be bombed unless the Taliban turned bin Laden over to the US, as they might have done, had the US agreed to their request to provide some evidence of his responsibility for 9/11. The request was dismissed with contempt, for good reasons. As the head of the FBI conceded 8 months later, after the most intensive international investigation in history they still had no evidence, and certainly had none the preceding October. The most he could say is that the FBI “believed” that the plot had been hatched in Afghanistan and had been implemented in the Gulf Emirates and Germany.

 Three weeks after the bombing began, war aims shifted to overthrow of the regime. British Admiral Sir Michael Boyce announced that the bombing would continue until “the people of the country…get the leadership changed” – a textbook case of international terrorism.”

…”In cases like these, the only rational conclusion is that the declared goals are not the real ones, and that if we want to learn about the real goals, we should adopt an approach that is familiar in the law: relying on predictable outcome as evidence for intent. I think the approach leads to quite plausible conclusions, for the “war on drugs,” the “war on terror,” and much else. That, however, is work for another day.” Chomsky)

by Noam Chomsky, the Erich Fromme Lecture, Information Clearinghouse

The president could not have been more justified when he condemned “the evil scourge of terrorism.” I am quoting Ronald Reagan, who came into office in 1981 declaring that a focus of his foreign policy would be state-directed international terrorism, “the plague of the modern age” and “a return to barbarism in our time,” to sample some of the rhetoric of his administration. When George W. Bush declared a “war on terror” 20 years later, he was re-declaring the war, an important fact that is worth exhuming from Orwell’s memory hole if we hope to understand the nature of the evil scourge of terrorism, or more importantly, if we hope to understand ourselves. We do not need the famous Delphi inscription to recognize that there can be no more important task. Just as a personal aside, that critical necessity was forcefully brought home to me almost 70 years ago in my first encounter with Erich Fromm’s work, in his classic essay on the escape to freedom in the modern world, and the grim paths that the modern free individual was tempted to choose in the effort to escape the loneliness and anguish that accompanied the newly-discovered freedom – matters all too pertinent today, unfortunately.

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Obama vs. Obama

by Michael Brenner, Huffington Post

The enigma that is Barack Obama grows day by day. Contradiction after contradiction, abrupt gear shifts, perpetual motion that never reaches a destination. ‘Obscene’ Wall Street bonuses suddenly transmute into well earned rewards for a good guy golfing buddy; the imperative to act boldly on the jobs crisis means placing it the callous hands of Max Baucus and Chuck Grassley of health care fame; the plotting of exit strategies from Afghanistan by 2011 becomes a ‘long as we have to’ occupation. All these contrapuntal reversals against a sound track of non-stop exhortation and a restless shuttling from one photo-op to another. Who is this guy, anyway?

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A Little News from what Obama calls “The Right War”

by Scott Creighton

Ex-ISI Chief talks about Afghanistan (by way of Kenny’s Sideshow) -  Before the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan, the country produced about 4,500 tons of opium per year.  By the end of the Taliban reign in 2001 that number was down to 50 tons. The Taliban had reduced the production of opium by 99% in about 5 years.   Last year over 6,000 tons of opium was produced and exported by Afghanistan and the U.S. military is targeting the “insurgent” linked drug lords… not the 98% of them that aren’t “insurgent” linked.  In fact, President Hamid Karzai’s brother is one of the biggest drug lords in Afghanistan. There are also credible allegations of U.S. military aircraft being used to transport opium out of the country.

Obama’s “Kill or capture drug lords in Afghanistan” order – I wonder if this order includes President Karzai’s brother?  Kind of like that scene in American Gangster when Denzel Washington just walked right up to the rival drug dealer and blew his head off in broad daylight, huh?

American Gangster

American Gangster

(Bit of irony: the story of the film American Gangster is the story of Frank Lucas, a major league drug dealer who rose to power by having a connection send him heroin directly from the source… using military transport planes returning from the Vietnam war. According to the film, the U.S. military had “no idea” that was taking place…. yeah right.)

The Spice must Flow – The demand for cheap heroin is on the rise from the south of China to the border states of Mexico and everywhere in between. In Mexico especially, the “War on Drugs” serves it’s horrible dual purpose; generating massive untraceable wealth (which must be laundered through the banks while THEY take their cut) and the justification for the militaristic crack-down on the civilian population.  In 2006, 12,000 Mexican civilians died compared to 72 soldiers in their “War on Drugs”.  Most people wouldn’t call that much of a war. Mexicans call it oppression.

Rampant corruption and the pending rigged election in Afghanistan – Occupiers NEVER bring democracy; they install dictators.  We should have learned this lesson from the Romans and the British empires before us.  There is no question among U.S. intelligence forces and even the White House advisers to the country, that the election about to take place in Afghanistan is a fraud. And yet nothing will be done to change it.  In this case, democracy just doesn’t serve our purpose of  “keeping the barbarians from coming together“.

Understanding “The Right War” and all it’s Globalist implications – An adviser to President Obama, Zbigniew Brzezinski, once wrote “For America, the chief geopolitical prize is Eurasia… Now a non-Eurasian power is preeminent in Eurasia – and America’s global primacy is directly dependent on how long and how effectively its preponderance on the Eurasian continent is sustained.

Cops Allow Dog to Bite Compliant Suspect, Then Plant Drugs on Him… All on Camera

from Nov. 2008 Cookeville, TN.

The fact that they had a pre-determined hand signal and the fact that the officer brought the drugs with him in his pocket, makes you wonder how many times they have done this is the past.

President Reagan’s Fake War on Drugs Will Continue Under Team DLC Obama™ Brand

by Scott Creighton

What a surprise… like the “Global War on Terror”,  ObamaGod will simply rename Reagan’s War on Drugs and call it done… “Mission Accomplished!” – Obama ends “The War on Drugs”! But of course, just like MOST of the Obama-Brand of “rhetoric”, that isn’t really true now is it?  How long into the new administration do we stop calling this stuff “rhetoric” and start calling it just plain old-fashioned “lies”?

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The “Obama” Horse!

Barack “I Never Met a War I Didn’t Like” Obama

Obama Plans Additional Afghan Escalation

War on Afghanistan: Despite Talk of “Exit Strategy,” Plan Will Further Increase Presence: Obama declared that the Taliban “must be stopped,” and that Americans must also accept that Pakistan “needs our help.”

Obama Continues the “Global War on Terror”

Global War on Terror: President says U.S. must ‘disrupt, defeat and dismantle’ al-Qaida: “… turn up the heat on terrorists that he said are plotting new attacks against Americans. The plan…”  (hmmm, “plots and plans”. Where have we heard THAT before?)

Despite Obama’s Vow, Combat Brigades Will Stay in Iraq

War in Iraq:They will be called advisory and assistance brigades,” said Gates. “They won’t be called combat brigades.”:  Let’s just call them “re-decorators” and be done with it.  Or better still, let’s pretend they are Iraqis and then they can stay as long as Obama likes….

Clinton admits US role in Mexico drug wars

The War on Drugs: She also promised extra money for more helicopters than already negotiated in a $700m (£479m) training and technology package under the Bush administration.

Obama: Automakers need ‘drastic changes’

War on the Middle Class:Everybody is going to have to give a little bitshareholders, workers, creditors,…” Everybody but the bankers and Wall Street execs, ain’t that right, Barack?  They get to keep all their stolen loot, and they stripped millions of people of their retirement accounts and mortgages… while those shameful autoworker bastards just built cars and increased their productivity over the past 5 years while taking one pay cut-back after the other.

War on America

The Reagan Revolution Continues

The Reagan Revolution Continues

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