CIA’s Well Beaten Path to Harlem

During the Nixon administration,the War on Drugs began and every year since, U.S illegal drug use has gone up, and more and more people are sent to jail.We now have the largest percentage of the population, of any country in the world, that are incarcerated.Most of these inmates are black and many are from inner city areas like Harlem,even as statistics show that whites take far more drugs than blacks.These are old statistics taken 10 years ago, by the Department of Health and Human Services but show a clear picture of real numbers.
“With respect to absolute numbers, most current illicit drug users are white. There were an estimated 9.9 million whites (72 percent of all users), 2.0 million blacks (15 percent), and 1.4 million Hispanics (10 percent) who were current illicit drug users in 1998”
There seems to be an abundance of evidence of CIA involvement in both the heroin and cocaine trade since the 1950’s.The growth of the Golden Triangle’s heroin trade was revealed inadvertently, by the Agency itself when it leaked a classified report on the Southeast Asian opium traffic to the New York Times. The CIA analysis identified twenty-one opium refineries in the tri-border area where Burma, Thailand, and Laos converge and reported that seven were capable of producing 90 to 99 percent pure No. 4 heroin. Of these seven heroin refineries, the most important were located in the areas around Tachilek, Burma; Ban Houei Sai and Nam Keung in Laos; and Mae Salong in Thailand. Many of those refineries were located in areas totally controlled by paramilitary groups closely identified with American military operations in the Golden Triangle.
Soon after the war ended in Vietnam in the mid 70’s,the Soviets invaded Afghanistan and opium production rose though the 1980’s.By 1986 a Department of State report describes Afghanistan and the bordering tribal areas of Pakistan as “the world’s leading source of illicit heroin exports to the US and Europe. The sale of this opium played an important part in the finances of the CIA-backed Afghan rebels,as reported in the New York Times 6/20/86.
On the other side of the world, cocaine was used to finance the war in Nicaragua, in support of the Contras,Ronald Reagan’s “freedom fighters”.This story was documented in Gary Webb’s book Dark Alliance.The story makes the allegation that beyond selling drugs in America in the 1980’s, the U.S.-backed Contra rebels, fighting a Cuban-backed Nicaraguan regime, were largely responsible for introducing crack-cocaine into the U.S. This issue raised interest to the point that a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence had hearings on it. It stated, “There are some serious questions as to whether or not U.S. officials involved in Central America failed to address the drug issue for fear of jeopardizing the war effort against Nicaragua.”
George Herbert Walker Bush served as Gerald Ford’s Director of Central Intelligence from November 1975 to January 1977. He was the first CIA outsider to hold the agency’s top position. During his tenure he maintained a policy of disinformation and secrecy, despite a public show of cooperation with congressional investigations of CIA abuses such as assassination plots using Mafia hit men. In September 1976, Chilean dissident leader Orlando Letelier was assassinated in Washington D.C. by agents of DINA, Chile’s secret police. The CIA knew of such plots, and the two assassins entered the U.S. using fake Paraguayan passports. But the FBI was kept in the dark about this information.
After Ronald Reagan won the presidency and chose Bush as his vice president, Bush cast three tie-breaking votes to renew chemical weapons production, supported sale of missiles to terrorist Iran and the illegal arming of the Nicaraguan contras and other paramilitary groups.This would appear to put Bush front and center of the Iran Contra scandal but somehow he mysteriously and successfully managed to put himself “out of the loop”.
In 1988 Bush became president.On Dec. 20, 1989, in what was probably the most destructive and expensive manhunt in history, George Bush launched a full-scale invasion of, Panama. 4000 Panamanians were killed during this illegal invasion. General Noriega had been an asset of the CIA, the National Security Agency and other government agencies for 20 some years.
Noriega had a role in covert U.S. operations. He was an important player in the training and resupply of the Nicaraguan rebels. An earlier investigation into Noriega’s gunrunning was discouraged by Washington, primarily because of former White House aide Oliver North’s involvement and rumors of drug running by CIA pilots to pay for contra guns.
Defense lawyers,for Noriega tried behind the closed doors of U.S. District Court Judge William Hoeveler’s ninth-floor chambers in Miami to win the release of classified documents. . Noriega had dealt with drug traffickers as part of a Washington- sanctioned arrangement. Many of the crimes General Noriega committed, he did for and on behalf of the U.S. government,but many of the texts already made available hardly proved revealing. Censors had taken a giant white-out brush to entire pages on Noriega’s dealings with Bush, North and the late CIA Director William Casey.
In July 1994, in the Arkansas Crime Inc. paper, an editorial linked Clinton to Iran-Contra. Shortly afterwards evidence started to surface that documented Clinton’s link to Iran-Contra. People alleged under sworn statements that Clinton profited from an operation at Mena Arkansas by laundering money through the newly created Arkansas Development Finance Authority. That was just the tip of the iceberg regarding what was really going on at Mena. A larger number of people testified under oath that the airplanes returning from Central America were loaded with cocaine, which was then dropped over Arkansas for distribution to larger U.S. cities.
In July 2000, more than a year before the United States knocked it out of power, the Taliban banned the cultivation of opium, leading to a sharp decline in production.In 2001 a 12-member team from the U.N. Drug Control Program spent two weeks searching most of the nation’s largest opium-producing areas and found so few poppies that they did not expect any opium to come out of Afghanistan for that year.
The Drug Enforcement Administration declined to comment.
Since the invasion of Afghanistan in the fall of 2001,the illicit trade soared despite the injection of hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign aid to fight the drug over the past two years. While many analysts and political experts attribute the increase in the cultivation and trade of opium to the U.S.occupation of Afghanistan, Western media blames the ousted Taliban regime and warlords for the illicit trade.
While the Bush administration repeatedly claims that it is committed to curbing the Afghan drug trade, statistics prove that the U.S. occupation has served to restore rather than eradicate the drug trade.
Drug production has soared since the U.S. occupied the country in 2001. 61,000 hectares of poppy had been cultivated during the crop season in 2003 compared with 30,750 in 2002, according to White House figures released in November 2003.
A Virginia-based research group,Global Advisory Services,stated,”To build these alliances, unfortunately, we’ve had to make some arrangements, compromises with people who, frankly, may have some history of involvement with the drug trade and may be even currently protecting the drug trade”. Once again it’s the CIA that is in control of the drug trade in the region and we see two things. First, the world has seen an explosion of heroin from the region. Second, the cash flows from the smuggling are now being directed through U.S. banks and stocks. That is what the CIA does best.

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  • I am looking for information regarding the US government’s sending agents to distribute street drugs to residents of Harlem. It seems to me that I read about this somewhere, but I can not locate a source. I am a writer interested in the Harlem Renaissance Black arts movement and in the development of bop jazz. The Federal Bureau of Narcotics under Harry Anslinger wanted to vilify Black men and made examples of great geniuses of jazz, such as Lester Young, in order to promote racist mania against Black folks. The subject needs to be written about to inform the public about exactly what has been taking place within the government to undermine the Black community. The so-called “war on drugs” is no accident. I will appreciate any sources you can give me.

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