Afghanistan War – CIA Fueling A New U.S. Drug Epidemic? – Thorn

…While the financial rip-off in Afghanistan can be attributed to a high level of corruption in Afghan society, the reality is huge sums of U.S. and British taxpayer money were tossed around like confetti without anyone held accountable…

 

Is the CIA Fueling a New U.S. Drug Epidemic Using Cheap Heroin Straight from Afghanistan?

FIRST PUBLISHED IN AMERICAN FREE PRESS ISSUE 12 , 2014

By Victor Thorn (Suicide or Suicided?)

Is the CIA Fueling a New U.S. Drug Epidemic Using Cheap Heroin Straight from Afghanistan?

The tragic overdose death of Academy Award winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman on Feb. 2 brought renewed interest to the subject of cheap heroin on America’s streets. Across the country, heroin use is on the rise, despite the billions of dollars spent by U.S. law enforcement fighting it. Recently, southwest Pennsylvania suffered 22 overdoses in little more than a week’s time from heroin, and dozens of users were hospitalized in Camden, N.J. due to a highly po- tent batch that was being sold on the streets of that city.

One of the big questions asked by naïve media talking heads is: Where does all of this heroin come from? The an- swer is the same as it was a decade ago following a CIA- led invasion of Afghanistan: 75%-80% of the world’s heroin is exported from Afghanistan. In spite of the fact that the U.S. military controls a great deal of that mountainous country, production levels hit record highs last year.

Since American forces have been entrenched in Afghanistan for a dozen years and have squandered over $700 billion to date, AFP has long been one of the few pub- lications to openly address a highly taboo subject. This in- volves elements within the CIA having been heavily involved with illegal narcotics trafficking since the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 1970s and Iran-Contra in the 1980s.

On March 13 AFP contacted investigative historian Robert Morrow, whose research into the murder of CIA- sanctioned pilot Barry Seal is unparalleled. Seal claims to have run drugs for U.S. intelligence.

When asked about official criminality associated with Afghan’s opium business, Morrow replied: “U.S. government involvement in the drug trade ebbs and flows depending on a particular administration’s level of corruption. If a Bush or Clinton is in office, you better believe it’s rip-roaring.”

Morrow provided more insights. “Their complicity is so in- stitutionalized that presidents don’t even control it. Intelli- gence agencies and the military do. The government has many faces. One DEA agent could be entirely honest while another is on the take from drug cartels and the government.”

Delving into deep state secrets, Morrow stressed: “The people who ran all the drugs into America during the Iran- Contra era were George Bush Sr., CIA Director William Casey, Oliver North and both Clintons. Airports like the one in Mena, Ark. that Bill and Hillary operated stretched all across the southern U.S. You need to remember that Barry Seal [who allegedly flew more cocaine into America than any pilot in history] was personal friends with Bill Clinton.

He also spoke with Bush, Sr. on a weekly basis.”

Morrow turned his attention to Clinton’s partner-in- crime.

“As Vice President, George Bush, Sr. had all aspects of law enforcement answering to him,” said Murrow. “That way, legitimate police officers weren’t arresting his CIA drug dealers.”

Ending on a riveting note, Morrow said: “These topics aren’t expressed in the mainstream media because it would be detrimental to the government’s credibility. Nobody is supposed to know that certain elements running our coun- try are drug dealers, murderers and thugs.”

On March 13 AFP also spoke with Dean Henderson, au- thor of the book Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families & Their Global In- telligence, Narcotics & Terror Network.

In terms of CIA links to the Afghan heroin trade, Henderson said: “They’ve been running it from the get-go, all the way back to when the Mujahideen were formed. It’s been the same game starting with Jimmy Carter’s people through Reagan, the Bushes, Clinton and now Obama.”

Henderson provided more details: “After the Vietnam War when heroin stopped coming out of the Golden Trian- gle, the CIA set up bases near Afghanistan in the late 1970s. CIA asset Osama bin Laden helped train these men, and soon warlords were planting poppies. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out. Obama’s advisors work for the same neocons as did Bush’s. These same people do the dirty work.”

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Amount of Your Money Wasted on Afghan War Is Mind Boggling

FIRST PUBLISHED IN AMERICAN FREE PRESS ISSUE 12 , 2014

 

By Richard Walker

When pundits talk about the cost of the war in Afghanistan they neglect to mention the sheer scale of the waste of taxpayer dollars in the form of “aid.”

Take the British. They recently discovered that approxi- mately $3 billion sent to Afghanistan for the past five years to persuade farmers not to grow opium achieved nothing. In fact, opium production is booming, reaching record levels in 2013, with the situation now described as dire.

And, if that was not depressing enough, the Afghan au- thorities have admitted over $7 billion was spent on the drug war in the past 12 years—but they need even more funding.

While that is only the tip of the iceberg of wasteful spending, it is nevertheless significant.

On Jan. 16, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, called for more financial aid to be channeled to the war on narcotics in Afghanistan. Somewhat ironically, she noted it would be vital for the U.S. to seek the help of Iran and Rus- sia, something the Obama and Bush administrations singularly failed to do.

Afghanistan, like Iraq, has sucked untold billions in aid, much of it untraceable, out of the Pentagon and the U.S. Agency for International Development. According to the Afghan Study Group, $83 billion was wasted. It said a for- mer auditor for the Special Inspector General admitted only 15% of aid had ever reached those for whom it was intended.

In 2009, when Hilary Clinton became secretary of state, she promised to deal with wasteful spending in Afghanistan but never followed through.

Of the $93 billion of U.S. aid spent in Afghanistan, and that figure may be on the small side, much of it was ear- marked for reconstruction and in many cases for projects that were never completed. While Afghans bear much of the blame, the fact aid was handed out casually to con- tractors and Afghan companies encouraged corruption. In one instance, a building constructed for $43 million was so badly put together it had to be torn down and all the money was thus lost.

A study conducted by the World Affairs Journal described some of the waste. For example, $1.1 billion annu- ally was set aside for fuel for the Afghan military even though no one knew how much fuel the Afghans used. The study cited a Government Accountability Office report that found many gross examples of waste. One was a $130,000 shower facility with no holes in the floor or plumbing and others were buildings constructed in the wrong locations. A classic form of wasteful spending was inherited from Iraq. It permitted large sums of cash to be dispensed to con- tractors, as well as Afghan companies and militias. The system was called the Commanders Emergency Response Fund (CERF). It permitted senior U.S. military personnel to disperse large sums of money to the tune of several bil- lion dollars to projects they felt were vital to the war effort. In Iraq, CERF was a slush fund used to bribe guerrilla fighters. Much of the money that flowed from it was never traced. In addition, $7 billion worth of military equipment was destroyed.

While the financial rip-off in Afghanistan can be attrib- uted to a high level of corruption in Afghan society, the re- ality is huge sums of U.S. and British taxpayer money were tossed around like confetti without anyone held account- able. A striking scam that cost U.S. taxpayers at least $1 bil- lion was the money Washington pumped into the Kabul Bank. It went in the front door and vanished out the back. The waste was best described by Thor Halvorssen of the Human Rights Foundation, who said spending aid money in Afghanistan was like “giving booze and the car keys to a teenager.”

Sadly, in this case the aid came from the pockets of hard- working Americans and Britons.                                                                                    ★

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