I have been organizing my thoughts about the CIA – and remembering several stories that raise troubling questions:
1) Is the CIA’s involvement in the drug interdiction program merely to augment or supplement our own DEA and military? Or is there a more nefarious link?
2) Is the CIA merely trying to protect its budgetary situation by sticking its nose into others’ turf? Or is there another motive?
3) Is the CIA an innocent victim of its own secrecy? Why are there so many stories of CIA involvement in running drugs into this country?
You may recall that just a few years ago charges were leveled at the CIA out in Los Angeles. It was alleged that far from trying to keep drugs
The black community in Los Angeles was up in arms over these charges. Seeing the gang wars, the drug killings and the disintegration of their community – all caused by drugs – these citizens
So convinced were the LA residents that the then-CIA director, John Deutch, I believe, flew out to LA and held an unprecedented town meeting in which he repeatedly denied CIA involvement.
Cynics would merely laugh at his denial. Either he did not personally know of CIA’s drug involvement (dirty underlings would not tell a ‘temporary political appointee’ and disrupt their gravy train) or lying is a prerequisite for the job.
Those who served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War swear that indeed the CIA actively participated in drug running as an "off-the-books" way to finance the secret war in Laos.
And, two decades later, similar charges flew that the CIA used the same playbook in Central America to finance our support for the Contras in Nicaragua during a time when Congress refused to fund that effort.
Six weeks ago here I quoted various newspapers from the mid-1980s that carried the charge by Burmese Drug War Lord Kun Sa against longtime CIA employee Richard Armitage -
Armitage has always denied these reports.
Still, he is the only U.S. government employee I have
Despite these serious charges – and with
Makes you wonder how serious Washington really is about the War on Drugs, doesn’t it?
Which brings me to a story I heard several years ago from a good friend of mine. His father was a doctor in Delaware and one of his patients was the base commander at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware.
One night – around 3:00 a.m. – the commander was awakened by a phone call from the control tower at the base: "Sir, you told me to call you the next time this happened. Well, they just called and we flipped the runway lights on. They’re landing in a minute or so."
The "they" was allegedly the CIA, which had ordered the 'closed at night' runway to be illuminated while an unmarked CIA transport plane quickly landed in the middle of the night, then taxied to the far end of the runway and was secretly unloaded by a convoy of trucks.
The base commander – an Air Force general - to this day is certain that this – and other previous landings – was a CIA "drug flight" to illegally bring massive amounts of illegal narcotics into the country.
Could such a diabolical plot be true?
Well, one thing we do know is that
You have to wonder what the CIA, the DEA and the U.S. military are doing if they cannot stop or even make an appreciable dent in this tidal wave of drugs.
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