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Posted 1 year ago on Oct. 29, 2012, 5:21 p.m. EST by amandayee (35)
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Read about it here

http://www.scribd.com/doc/98863510/The-CIA-The-Contras-And-the-Crack-Cocaine-Explosion-by-Gary-Webb-amp-Maxine-Waters

or here

http://tinyurl.com/8gsot3y

or download pdf if the above links dont work

http://www.pdfbook.co.ke/details.php?title=Dark%20Alliance&author=Gary%20Webb&category=Fiction&eid=13553&type=Book

Retired CIA Officer Robert D. Steele appeared with Celerino Castillo III in Kevin Booth’s 2007 film American Drug War: The Last White Hope along with several other notable law enforcement agents and political figures. Steele went on to review Dark Alliance and validated the Contra drug allegations. His comments go even further as he alleges that intelligence agencies employed a “eugenics” policy towards low income blacks, considering them “expendable”. “It is safe to say that all US Senators know the truth and have chosen to betray their Oaths of Office and their responsibility under Article 1 of the Constitution…. We the People are considered expendable by those who do this.”

American Drug War: The Last White Hope can be viewed for free on Youtube. http://www.americandrugwar.com/

The full Two hour film is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CyuBuT_7I4

CIA Case Officer from Central American Era Validates This Book, June 9, 2007 By Robert D. Steele

This review is from: Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion
I am probably the only reviewer who was a clandestine case officer (three back to back tours), who participated in the Central American follies as both a field officer and a desk officer at CIA HQS, who is also very broadly read.

With great sadness, I must conclude that this book is truthful, accurate, and explosive.

The book lacks some context, for example, the liberal Saudi funding for the Contras that was provided to the National Security Council (NSC) as a back-door courtesy.

There are three core lessons in this book, supported by many books, some of which I list at the end of this review:

1) The US Government cannot be trusted by the people. The White House, the NSC, the CIA, even the Justice Department, and the Members of Congress associated with the Administration's party, are all liars. They use "national security" as a pretext for dealing drugs and screwing over the American people.

2) CIA has come to the end of its useful life. I remain proud to have been a clandestine case officer, but I see now that I was part of the "fake" CIA going through the motions, while extremely evil deeds were taking place in more limited channels.

3) In the eyes of the Nicaraguan, Guatemalan, and Honduran people, among many others, the US Government, as represented by the CIA and the dark side Ambassadors who are partisan appointees rather than true diplomats, is evil. It consorts with dictators, condones torture, helps loot the commonwealths of others, runs drugs, launders money, and is generally the bully on the block.

I have numerous notes on the book, and will list just a few here that are important "nuggets" from this great work:

1) The CIA connection to the crack pandemic could be the crime of the century. It certainly destroys the government's moral legitimacy in the eyes of the people.

2) The fact that entrepreneur Ricky Ross went to jail for life, while his supplier, Nicaraguan Blandon, was constantly protected by CIA and the Department of Justice, is a travesty.

3) Nicaragua, under Somoza, was the US Government's local enforcer, and CIA was his most important liaison element. As long as we consort with 44 dictators (see Ambassador Palmer's "The Real Axis of Evil," we should expect to be reviled by the broader populations.

4) I believe that beginning with Henry Kissinger, the NSC and the CIA have had a "eugenics" policy that considers the low-income blacks to be "expendable" as well as a nuisance, and hence worthy of being targeted as a market for drugs to pull out what income they do have.

5) I believe that CIA was unwitting of the implications of crack, but that Congress was not. The book compellingly describes the testimony provided to Congress in 1979 and again in 1982, about the forthcoming implications of making a cocaine derivative affordable by the lowest income people in our Nation.

6) The Administration and Congress, in close partnership with the "mainstream media," consistently lied, slandered witnesses to the truth, and generally made it impossible for the truth to be "heard."

7) The ignorance of the CIA managers about the "ground truth" in Nicaragua and Honduras, and their willingness to carry out evil on command from the White House, without actually understanding the context, the true feelings of the people, or even the hugely detrimental strategic import of what they were about to do to Los Angeles, simply blow me away. We need to start court-martialing government employees for being stupid on the people's payroll.

8) CIA officers should not be allowed to issue visas. When they are under official cover they are assigned duty officer positions, and the duty officer traditionally has access to the visa stamp safe for emergencies (because the real visa officers are too lazy to be called in for an emergency).

9) I recently supported a movie on Ricky Ross, one that immediately won three awards in 2006 for best feature-length documentary, and I have to say, on the basis of this book, that Rick Ross was clearly not a gang member; was a tennis star and all-around good guy, was trying to make school grades; was disciplined, professional, and entrepreneurial. He did not create the cocaine, he did not smuggle it into the country, he simply acted on the opportunity presented to him by the US Government and its agent Blandon.

10) There is a connection between CIA, the private sector prison managers in the US, and prisoners. This needs a more careful look.

11) Clinton's bodyguards (many of whom have died mysteriously since then) were fully witting of Bill and Hillary Clinton's full engagement in drug smuggling into the US via Arkansas, and CIA's related nefarious activities.

12) CIA not only provided post-arrest white washes for its drug dealers, but they also orchestrated tip-offs on planned raids.

13) Both local police departments, especially in California, and the US Government, appear to have a standard "loot and release" program where drug dealers caught with very large amounts of cash (multiple millions) are instantly freed in return for a quit claim on the money.

14) CIA Operations Officers (clandestine case officers) lied not just to the FBI and Justice, but to their own CIA lawyers.

15) DEA in Costa Rica was dirtier than most, skimming cash and protecting drug transports.

The book ends with a revelation and an observation.

The revelation: just prior to both the Contra drug deals and the CIA's ramping up in Afghanistan, which now provides 80% of the world's heroin under US administration, the CIA and Justice concluded a Memorandum of Understanding that gave CIA carte blanche in the drug business.. The author says this smacked of premeditation, and I agree.

The observation: here is a quote from page 452: " ...the real danger the CIA has always presented--unbridled criminal stupidity, clouded in a blanked of national security."

Shame on us all. It's time to clean house.

Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & 'Project Truth' The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America, Updated edition The Big White Lie: The Deep Cover Operation That Exposed the CIA Sabotage of the Drug War : An Undercover Odyssey Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb The Crimes of Patriots: A True Tale of Dope, Dirty Money, and the CIA From BCCI to ISI: The Saga of Entrapment Continues Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil Breaking the Real Axis of Evil: How to Oust the World's Last Dictators by 2025 Fog Facts : Searching for Truth in the Land of Spin (Nation Books) Website of Robert D.Steele: http://www.phibetaiota.net/

Source: http://www.amazon.com/review/REVFM3PIMTIUN

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[-] 4 points by Renneye (3922) 1 year ago

Thanks for this. Peter Dale Scott's endorsement goes a long way. He has done terrific work with the 9/11 trials, which I most recently watched in Toronto.

"Systemic Destabilization in Recent American History: 9/11, the JFK Assassination, and the Oklahoma City Bombing as a Strategy of Tension"

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32552.htm

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[-] 3 points by amandayee (35) 1 year ago

The pattern of corruption continues to the current war in Afghanistan. Craig Murray, former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan is the latest casualty who sacrificed a promising career in order to bring forth tales of torture and drug trafficking:

From wikileaks:

2011 hack of 2007 Stratfor email: “CIA and White House told DEA to back off investigation” of Ahmed Wali Karzai, brother of the President, Hamid Karzai. AWK was named as a major trafficker and on US payroll since 2001. http://wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/5522439_re-humint-afghanistan-karzai-strictly-protect-confidential-.html http://www.businessinsider.com/hacked-stratfor-emails-dea-told-to-back-off-from-the-brother-of-afghan-president-hamid-karzai-2012-9#ixzz26t3ZkYiE

Brother of Afghan Leader Said to Be Paid by C.I.A. https://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/28/world/asia/28intel.html?pagewanted=all&_moc.semityn.www&_r=0 Cables Depict Afghan Graft, Starting at Top https://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/03/world/asia/03wikileaks-corruption.html?pagewanted=all&_moc.semityn.www

19 October 2009 Classified Embassy Cable: Afghan Vice-President Ahmad Zia Masood was stopped by DEA with $52 million he was ultimately allowed to keep without revealing the money's origin or destination http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/02/wikileaks-elite-afghans-millions-cash http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/us-embassy-cables-documents/230265


The Head of the UN Drug commission said that 352 billion in drug cash infused into the banking system is what saved the banks from collapsing http://www.guardian.co.uk/global/2009/dec/13/drug-money-banks-saved-un-cfief-claims https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiK9ht9HwdA


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MQoG5wfx5g&feature=player_embedded Former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray says UK and USA sent prisoners to Uzbek to be tortured. Murray says that the Taliban sympathizers only account for 10% of drug exports from Afghanistan, whereas Karzai’s people account for well over 50%. See this recent speech by Murray at the 7:20 mark:

CIA pays many in Karzai administration: report

http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/08/27/us-afghanistan-usa-cia-idUSTRE67Q0YG20100827

.................................. Reports Link Karzai’s Brother to Heroin Trade

http://www.rawa.org/temp/runews/2008/10/05/reports-link-karzaiand-8217-s-brother-to-heroin-trade.html My knowledge of all this comes from my time as British Ambassador in Uzbekistan. I ... watched the Jeeps ... bringing the heroin through from Afghanistan, en route to Europe. I watched the tankers of chemicals roaring into Afghanistan. The four largest players in the heroin business are all senior members of the Afghan government – the government that our soldiers are fighting and dying to protect. Craig Murray / The Mail, , July 21, 2007

Craig Murray is the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-469983/Britain-protecting-biggest-heroin-crop-time.html

2012 Afghanistan’s Opium Production on the Rise “We are back in the situation we had in 2007-08,” UNODC country representative Jean-Luc Lemahieu told the paper. “The Taliban definitely get income from opium cultivation … but the lion’s share of the income still disappears here, into the hands of the big patrons of this country.” http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/afghanistan-pakistan/opium-brides/afghanistans-opium-production-on-the-rise/

2012 United Nations Opium Report “…the government lacks the political will to clamp down on a crop worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year”, the United Nations' leading drug control official in Afghanistan said. The bleak figures were laid out in an annual risk assessment PDF, which has previously been announced with a press release but this year was uploaded to a UN website with no publicity. http://www.unodc.org/documents/crop-monitoring/Afghanistan/ORAS_report_2012.pdf

Opium farming in Afghanistan rising again, bleak UN report admits
Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul The Guardian, Tuesday 17 April 2012 In 2011, the farm-gate value of opium production more than doubled from the previous year to $1.4bn (£880m) and now accounts for 15% of the economy, Reuters news agency reported. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/17/opium-poppy-farming-afghanistan-rising

Photos of U.S. and Afghan Troops Patrolling Poppy Fields June 2012 https://publicintelligence.net/us-afghan-patrolling-poppy-fields-2012/

Mexican Diplomat Says America Pretty Much Invited The Sinaloa Drug Cartel Across The Border Michael Kelley | Oct. 1, 2012, 4:31 PM Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/stratfor-the-us-works-with-cartels-2012-9#ixzz28SIZZWt5

Retired DEA agent Mike Levine’s Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/michaellevine53/videos

[-] 3 points by amandayee (35) 1 year ago

Powderburns - Cocaine Contras and the Drugwar

Read about it here :

http://www.scribd.com/doc/111246977/Powderburns-COCAINE-CONTRAS-AND-THE-DRUG-WAR?secret_password=2n7u30mt9rpry7rgynt2

or here:

http://tinyurl.com/8cmxdnv

Celerino Castillo III is a Vietnam Veteran, former police officer and former DEA special agent. The author lectures regularly on foreign policy, law enforcement and intelligence matters. He is also an expert witness for the defense on court cases.

A copy of his testimony to the House committee is here: http://powderburns.org/testimony.html

Photos from Celerino Castillo III career: http://powderburns.org/photos.html


DEA agents Hector Berrellez and Mike Holm step forward to give interviews to Esquire Magazine in 1998. Berrellez worked on the Enrique Camarena murder case as a Supervisory Agent and was present for the Los Angeles raids on the Blandon Organization mentioned in Gary Webb’s “Dark Alliance”series. He ordered a criminal investigation of the CIA years before the Dark Alliance series as his drug investigations were being interfered with. He retired after being transferred to Washington DC and being assigned a blank schedule for one year.

Read more about it here: http://whosarat.websitetoolbox.com/post?id=163286

or here

http://www.scribd.com/doc/111254089/The-Pariah-1998

CIA Internal Investigation

"When CIA Inspector General Fred P. Hitz testified before the House Intelligence Committee in March 1998, he admitted a secret government interagency agreement. Let me be frank about what we are finding,' Hitz said.There are instances where CIA did not, in an expeditious or consistent fashion, cut off relationships with individuals supporting the Contra program who were alleged to have engaged in drug trafficking activity.' "The lawmakers fidgeted uneasily. Did any of these allegations involved trafficking in the United States?' asked Congressman Norman Dicks of Washington.Yes,' Hitz answered. Dicks flushed." "And what, Hitz was asked, had been the CIA's legal responsibility when it learned of this? That issue, Hitz replied haltingly, had a rather odd history...the period of 1982 to 1995 was one in which there was no official requirement to report on allegations of drug trafficking with respect to non-employees of the agency, and they were defined to include agents, assets, non-staff employees.' There had been a secret agreement to that effecthammered out between the CIA and U.S. Attorney General William French Smith in 1982,' he testified."

Hitz concluded his testimony by stating “This is the grist for more work, if anyone wants to do it.”

Overview: Report of Investigation https://www.cia.gov/library/reports/general-reports-1/cocaine/overview-of-report-of-investigation-2.html

Report of Investigation -- Volume I: (96-0143-IG) The California Story, Office of Inspector General Allegations of Connections Between CIA and The Contras in Cocaine Trafficking to the United States https://www.cia.gov/library/reports/general-reports-1/cocaine/report/index.html

Report of Investigation -- Volume II: (96-0143-IG) The Contra Story, Office of Inspector General Allegations of Connections Between CIA and The Contras in Cocaine Trafficking to the United States (1) https://www.cia.gov/library/reports/general-reports-1/cocaine/contra-story/contents.html

Findings- Describes what crimes they were required to report (Obviously not drugs) and the history of the MOU (only half of the 600+ pages in the report were released) https://www.cia.gov/library/reports/general-reports-1/cocaine/contra-story/findings.html#top

Hitz, Frederick P. "Obscuring Propriety: The CIA and Drugs." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 12, no. 4 (Winter 1999): 448-462.

"In my 30-year history in the Drug Enforcement Administration and related agencies, the major targets of my investigations almost invariably turned out to be working for the CIA." --Dennis Dayle, former chief of DEA CENTAC.(Peter Dale Scott & Jonathan Marshall, Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991, pp. x-xi.)

"I have put thousands of Americans away for tens of thousands of years with less evidence for conspiracy than is available against Ollie North and CIA people...I personally was involved in a deep-cover case that went to the top of the drug world in three countries. The CIA killed it." - Former DEA Agent Michael Levine - CNBC-TV, October 8, 1996

"When this whole business of drug trafficking came out in the open in the Contras, the CIA gave a document to Cesar, Popo Chamorro and Marcos Aguado, too..." "..They said this is a document holding them harmless, without any responsibility, for having worked in U.S. security..." --Eden Pastora, Former ARDE Contra leader - November 26, 1996, speaking before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on alleged CIA drug trafficking to fund Nicaraguan Contras in the 1980s

A Sept. 26, 1984, Miami police intelligence report noted that money supporting contras being illegally trained in Florida "comes from narcotics transactions." Every page of the report is stamped: "Record furnished to George Kosinsky, FBI." Is Mr. Kosinsky's number missing from (Janet) Reno's rolodex? – Robert Knight and Dennis Bernstein, 1996

"For decades, the CIA, the Pentagon, and secret organizations like Oliver North's Enterprise have been supporting and protecting the world's biggest drug dealers.... The Contras and some of their Central American allies ... have been documented by DEA as supplying ... at least 50 percent of our national cocaine consumption. They were the main conduit to the United States for Colombian cocaine during the 1980's. The rest of the drug supply ... came from other CIA-supported groups, such as DFS (the Mexican CIA) ... [and] other groups and/or individuals like Manual Noriega." -- Michael Levine, The Big White Lie: The CIA and the Cocaine/Crack Epidemic

"To my great regret, the bureau (FBI) has told me that some of the people I identified as being involved in drug smuggling are present or past agents of the Central Intelligence Agency." --Wanda Palacio’s 1987 sworn testimony before U.S. Sen. John Kerry's Senate Subcommittee on Narcotics and International Terrorism.

"Drug trafficking has permeated all political structures and has corrupted federal, state, and local officials. It has deformed the economy. It is a cancer that has generated financial and political dependence, which instead of producing goods, has created serious problems ultimately affecting honest businessmen. The Attorney General's office is unable to eradicate drug trafficking because government structures at all levels are corrupted."-- Eduardo Valle, former advisor, Attorney General in Mexico

Dennis Dayle, former head of DEA's Centac, was asked the following question: "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." Dennis Dayle's answer: "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.

"Here's my problem. I think that if people in the government of the United States make a secret decision to sacrifice some portion of the American population in the form of ... deliberately exposing them to drugs, that is a terrible decision that should never be made in secret."

--Jack Blum, speaking before the October 1996 Senate Select Intelligence Committee on alleged CIA drug trafficking to fund Nicaraguan Contras in the 1980s, Chaired by Senator Arlen Specter.

[-] 1 points by Karlin (350) from Nelson, BC 1 year ago

Thats a great list of examples where DEA had to stand down and let the CIA move drugs into the USA... Well done [did it take you hours??]

I read about these adventures in Alfred McCoy's "Politics of Heroin"...

There is no doubt it happened, that the CIA moved tons of cocaine into the USA,; it has been described in detail in a dozen books, and some documentaries..

But, ya know, it was to keep socialist governments from being elected democratically in South America. "Too MUCH democracy"?? Go USA USA USA.. but alas, America could not keep the people's will from becoming a reality forever, and now we see the South American nations thriving under their socialist governments, the 99% are being served!!

[-] 1 points by amandayee (35) 1 year ago

I wish I could take credit for all the info. It didnt take hours, (though reading the articles did) Its all online at this site:

http://whosarat.websitetoolbox.com/post?id=163286

Reagan is rolling over in his grave over these socialists who have taken over all of latin america-- By winning elections! The world is watching now, you cant get away with as much

[-] 2 points by Middleaged (5140) 1 year ago

Jon Stewart on Corruption as a Focus on Video interview. He is talking about Cable News Shows and trying to say news coverage should not be about conflict between the Democrats and Republicans like MSNBC VS. FOXNEWS. Look about 6 minutes into the Video and he seems to be saying "We should be Reporting about Corruption" everyday and as a matter of practice. We should not be taking sides or giving a free pass to our political party because we are on their side.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjqYufQVen0&feature=endscreen&NR=1

The Point is much of what I have been Reporting on (Writing about), Corruption.

1) Money's Influence on regulations, enforcement, and cutting of budget & staff resposible for enforcing regulations. 2) Conflict of Interest.
3) Regulatory Capture.
4) Revolving Door from Government to industry & Vice Versa.
5) War on Terrorism and War in general produces businesses, experts, and experts on terrorism that reinforce Terrorism and the Business of Fighting Terrorism and War.
6) Lobbying Congress not only build an Industry of people that do nothing of value, who corrupt Laws, but ... also creates more crime, fraud, accounting fraud, and corruption ... and more money flowing to Congress.
7) CIA has some deep flaw probably due to Strategic Planning that perpetually lead the Agency into Corrupt Activities like interfering with Foreign Governments.

http://www.salon.com/writer/glenn_greenwald/
http://www.salon.com/2012/08/15/the_sham_terrorism_expert_industry/

Glenn Greenwald has a good story above on the Terrorism Industry.

[-] 1 points by amandayee (35) 1 year ago

Oliver stone and Peter Kuznick just published a book and one of the key points is that Obama failed to roll back the wasteful National Security state when he had a chance. While i dont always agree with Stone, this book brings up some great points which are true and accurate observations.

Obama kept on Bush's agenda and let it get bigger than ever after 2008

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 1 year ago

Thanks will have to look for that one.

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

Stone pointed out the war plan perfectly in the movie W

Iran is the prize in the center.

Who wants WMD's and is a threat now?

[-] 2 points by amandayee (35) 1 year ago

NKorea lol

It is funny because people are just now finding out that the Neocons were writing papers at the think tank PNAC for years and asked Clinton at the tail end of his administration to consider Iraq, Syria and Iran invasions and he said hell no They waiting for George W and Paul Wolfowitz was giving presentations before the Defense Policy Board at the Pentagon telling them we had to invade the entire middle east.

The PNAC website says they acheived their goals and are now inactive due to the fact that the PNAC members "became the government".and took over!

[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (4759) 1 year ago

Remember Nancy saying, "Just Say No To Drugs", while the 'Contra Arms For Cocaine Swap' was happening.

On old rural phone line and not yet able to load links, but will try again later.

[-] 2 points by Builder (4202) 1 year ago

Black Eagles was a great read about the internal struggle between the alphabet soup groups.

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/larry-collins/black-eagles/

[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (4759) 1 year ago

Thank you Builder.

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 1 year ago

I've read it twice, over the years.

It's a great fact-based fiction novel.

[-] 1 points by amandayee (35) 1 year ago

How about the movie Last of the Finest

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 1 year ago

Three stars. 23 Mar 1990 – Scene for humdrum scene, The Last of the Finest may be the dullest thriller ever made — it's like some dawdling Albanian police movie shown....

[-] 2 points by amandayee (35) 1 year ago

Powderburns by Cele Castillo is exciting from start to finish. It has probably one of the better descriptions of day to day life in Vietnam during the war. It follows his career after the war to Latin America where he works against the cartels and crooked people in the US government

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 1 year ago

Thanks. That one looks better.

[-] 3 points by amandayee (35) 1 year ago

I could not speak more highly of it. Plus, the person who sent me the book met the author and they say he is a true gentleman and deserving of admiration for doing the right and difficult thing.

It takes a lot of guts for a person to stand up to the full power of the government and go against everything he is taught, sacrificing career and family.

[-] 1 points by amandayee (35) 1 year ago

The reason they were able to get away with it was that DOJ had an agreement with CIA allowing them to NOT REPORT it. sounds crazy , but you can see photos on the CIA website of the actual documents

In 1998, Fredrick Hitz, CIA Inspector General (IG) and Michael Bromwich DOJ Inspector General released reports admitting to the existence of an agreement which exempted the Intelligence agencies of the USA from reporting drug crimes. The legislative body chosen to hear the allegations was the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) chaired by Porter Goss, a former CIA officer (1960-71) who would later serve as Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) (2004 to 2006) under George W. Bush. The committee hearings were held behind closed doors from 1998 to 2000 and a final classified report was released in June, 2000. The report has never been released to the public.

https://www.cia.gov/library/reports/general-reports-1/cocaine/contra-story/01.gif https://www.cia.gov/library/reports/general-reports-1/cocaine/contra-story/13.gif https://www.cia.gov/library/reports/general-reports-1/cocaine/contra-story/14.gif https://www.cia.gov/library/reports/general-reports-1/cocaine/contra-story/findings.html#top

Journalist Robert Parry report on HPSCI hearings http://www.consortiumnews.com/2000/060800a.html

National Security Archives declassified records on Oliver North http://www.gwu.edu/%7Ensarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB113/

Peter Kornbluh Testimony before congress http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB2/pktstmny.htm

The Contras, Cocaine, and Covert Operations -- Documentation of Official U.S. Knowledge of Drug Trafficking and the Contras This electronic briefing book is compiled from declassified documents obtained by the National Security Archive, including the notebooks kept by NSC aide and Iran-contra figure Oliver North, electronic mail messages written by high-ranking Reagan administration officials, memos detailing the contra war effort, and FBI and DEA reports. The documents demonstrate official knowledge of drug operations, and collaboration with and protection of known drug traffickers. Court and hearing transcripts are also included. http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB2/nsaebb2.htm

[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (4759) 1 year ago

Thank you amandayee, for you effort here. A library of information.

[-] 3 points by amandayee (35) 1 year ago

the big banks are involved...

How a big US bank laundered billions from Mexico's murderous drug gangs

As the violence spread, billions of dollars of cartel cash began to seep into the global financial system. But a special investigation by the Observer reveals how the increasingly frantic warnings of one London whistleblower were ignored

Ed Vulliamy    The Observer, Sunday 3 April 2011

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/03/us-bank-mexico-drug-gangs

and the USA supplies the guns using tax payer money....

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/09/26/us-government-bought-and-sold-weapons-during-fast-and-furious-documents-show/

[-] 3 points by Nevada1 (4759) 1 year ago

British East India Company (Rothschilds) started the international drug trade in 1690. War and misery resulted, like in China and Afghanistan.

Things have not changed.

[-] 1 points by amandayee (35) 1 year ago

Wow, this website automatically censors you if your post has links in it from our favorite book seller Ama_on lol

im reposting my past reply:

You are welcome. Why spend hundreds of billions on the drug war and incarceration when the government does most of the importation.

Yes, the first cases of state sponsored drug smuggling in China- The Opium Wars is the cause of much resentment in China even today.

Here is the latest: connections between BLACKWATER, THE CIA and drug traffickers and outsourced killing:

The Terrifying Background of the Man Who Ran a CIA Assassination Unit By Conor Friedersdorf (July27, 2012) A federal investigation alleged Enrique Prado's involvement in seven murders, yet he was in charge when America outsourced covert killing to a private company.

Source: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/07/the-terrifying-background-of-the-man-who-ran-a-cia-assassination-unit/259856/

Did a CIA Agent Work for the Mob? Thursday, June 28, 2012, 1:57am (PDT) By Evan Wright

http://powerwall.msnbc.msn.com/politics/did-a-cia-agent-work-for-the-mob-1721447.story

How to Get Away with Murder in America

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[-] 2 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

You mean some yokle from Arkansas didnt just magically make it to the whitehouse? haha

[-] 3 points by amandayee (35) 1 year ago

I hate to say it, but Bill was involved too. Rep Bill Alexander ran a House Committee that took testimony on the Mena case in Arkansas.

and then there is John Kerry who started getting calls from all the senior democrats when he started investigating BCCI whose Washington DC office was owned/controlled by nominee owners Clark Clifford and Robert Altman.

The problem is not a few bad apples, it is systemic and involves both parties. JFK's widow called Kerry and told him to back off the investigation into Clark Clifford!!

http://www.albionmonitor.com/0411a/kerrybcci.html

The Senator Who Exposed The Criminal Bankers

https://www.fas.org/irp/congress/1992_rpt/bcci/13clifford.htm http://www.stewwebb.com/Money%20Laundering%20B.C.C.I.%20A%20Capital%20Scandal.html

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 1 year ago

Good info. BCCI, The bank was found by regulators in the U.S. and the United Kingdom to be involved in money laundering, bribery, support of terrorism, arms trafficking, the sale of nuclear technologies, the commission and facilitation of tax evasion, smuggling, illegal immigration, and the illicit purchases of banks and real estate. The bank was found to have at least $13 billion in unaccounted funds.[citation needed]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clark_Clifford#Bank_of_Credit_and_Commerce_International

The Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) was a major international bank founded in 1972 by Agha Hasan Abedi, a Pakistani financier.[1] The Bank was registered in Luxembourg with head offices in Karachi and London. Within a decade BCCI touched its peak. It operated in 78 countries, had over 400 branches, and had assets in excess of US$20 billion, making it the 7th largest private bank in the world by assets.[2][3]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_of_Credit_and_Commerce_International

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_of_Credit_and_Commerce_International#CIA_funding_to_the_Afghan_Mujahideen_and_the_Contras

I keep forgeting BCCI, but am sure i have posted about them before. Glad you have found an audience to read your posts.

Might be a crossover to some of my posts (nothing special just wikipedia links) http://occupywallst.org/forum/big-picture-commom-questions-about-corruption/

[-] 1 points by amandayee (35) 1 year ago

Wow, im surprised anyone else here remembers BCCI. This should be the core demonstration of how the corruption is in the system itself. If everyone here read about BCCi, which was never properly investigated or punished, it explains the problems of today and who covers up for them. Here is a great interview with Jon Winer:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/choice2004/interviews/winer.html

photo of winer

A lawyer and former State Department official, Jonathan Winer was a counselor to Kerry from 1983 to 1997. He was U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for international law enforcement during the Clinton administration. Mr. Winer previously served for 10 years as chief counsel and principal legislative assistant to U.S. Senator John F. Kerry, handling and drafting legislation pertaining to financial regulation and working with the Senate committees on foreign relations and banking. He conducted a series of congressional investigations, including the investigation of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International from 1989-1992.

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 1 year ago

Just Follow the Money I guess. So a Whistleblower in the DEA got the Iran Contra Scandal started. The Iran-Contra investigation lead to Noriega's Bank, BCCI.

Yes, I didn't see BCCI till I followed some links on Wikipedia this year I think.

[-] 1 points by amandayee (35) 1 year ago

Well, from what I understand. Senator John Kerry started getting reports from John Mattes (who would later become counsel to his committee) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Mattes

(Kerry had 3 attorneys on his committee including Mattes, Jon Winer and Jack Blum. Winer would later rise to a high level in the Clinton State Department during the late 1990's)

Mattes was a Federal defender (public defender) for a couple of people from Ollie North's contra resupply operation who had been arrested for drugs or other charges and started talking. One of the men was named Jack Terrell

from Wikipedia"

Mattes helped uncover illegal Contra Gun running in Central America and the role of Oliver North. Mattes was one of the first person to bring Oliver North and the Iran–Contra affair to the attention of Senator John Kerry. While at the public defender's office, Mattes found himself in the thick of the cloak-and-dagger incidents of the Contras and their allies in Miami. Mattes defended self-described mercenary whistleblower and freelance intelligence operative Jack Terrell from charges he had violated the U.S. Neutrality Act because of his Contra-supply work.

Ultimately the case was dismissed by a federal judge in 1990 on grounds that Terrell was a victim of selective prosecution. In the course of legal discovery in the Terrell case, Mattes obtained stacks of previously classified documents about the secret Contra supply network. These he turned over to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and its Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics and International Communications, headed by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), which was then digging into Contra improprieties. The Kerry report remains the most extensive inquiry into the Contra-CIA-drug connection."

They had started investigating Ollie North a year BEFORE Iran Contra broke as a news story

Celerino Castillo III a DEA agent in Central America was seeing the opposite end of the smuggling pipeline. He was normally told to CLOSE his case files quickly. As soon as Kerry started requesting DEA case files related to drugs and the contras, the supervisors ofCastillo told him to LEAVE FILES OPEN purposely, because an open investigation cannot be handed over to the senate committee. This is what prompted Castillo to take a closer look.

In the end, the Republican administration tried to dismiss Kerry's allegations as "conspiracy theory". Then Bizzarely, they used the same information to justify the raid on Panama and prosecuted Noriega using the SAME WITNESSES and testimony as presented before Kerry!

[-] 1 points by Middleaged (5140) 1 year ago

That might be the best description of the Affair, I have ever seen. I guess I need to look into it some more.

[-] 1 points by amandayee (35) 1 year ago

Not only that, they CLOSED DOWN the Honduras DEA office when it started to go after the traffickers Matta Ballesteros) helping the contras. http://ciadrugs.homestead.com/files/blumlive.html

So basically, the information gained by Kerry wasnt good enough to get anyone in trouble, but it stood up in federal court to indict and prosecute and convict Noriega. The threashold to presecute a law enforvement officer who looks the other way when drugs are sold is lower. So this goes to show you that there was no political will power to pursue this case.

Found this the other day,,, another good read.

Here is a copy of Maxine Waters review of the DOJ, LASD and CIA investigations of themselves. (They investigated themselves and declared themselves innocent!)

http://www.scribd.com/doc/111859275/Waters-1998-Review-of-CIA-DOJ-LASD-Investigations-into-ties-between-the-Contras-and-drug-traffickers

Guns drugs CIA special on PBS Frontline http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/drugs/archive/gunsdrugscia.html

[-] 1 points by zacherystaylor (243) 1 year ago

I was just searching for something else and found a copy of the Kerry Report which has been on the internet off and on at time. They posted it on the memory hole but that site has been down for quite a while now. It was also on Google Books and other sites but retracted there as well.

http://whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/ARCHIVE/KERRY.html

or for a PDF file see

http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB113/index.htm

[-] 1 points by amandayee (35) 1 year ago

http://www.pdfbook.co.ke/details.php?title=Dark%20Alliance&author=Gary%20Webb&category=Fiction&eid=13553&type=Book

I found another link for pdf download of the book if the scribd link doesnt work correctly.

[-] 1 points by zacherystaylor (243) 1 year ago

Thanks a lot! I read Gary Webb quite a while ago and while this is a tough topic to research he has done an excellent job citing his sources so if his critics are sincere they will have to address his sources as well; which isn't the way they have handled the situation. Instead they attacked his integrity and tried a smear campaign which indicates that they have no credibility although they attempt to make it seem as if he is the one without credibility.

Powderburns is great as well and "Compromised" by Terry Reed. The cumulative effect of all this research indicates that there is a lot here especially when you consider the fact that they use a lot of government sources.

Also this isn't the first time that this has been put online and that mole has been whacked before so I hope that people save copies of this. I'm somewhat inept at this; if I cut and paste it it seems to work but that is a lot of work and it needs to be reformatted that way. With PDFs I can save them easier but with Scribd I find that it doesn't work the same way for some reason or another.

[-] 2 points by amandayee (35) 1 year ago

You are welcome. The reason this is so important is the same group of people appear in all of the major wars and scandals--The anti-castro cubans and their handlers in the JFK assassination, Watergate, Iran Contra.

I would be happy to email the file to you, though most of the info is here http://tinyurl.com/8cmxdnv

and here http://whosarat.websitetoolbox.com/post?id=163286