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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2008 10:05 pm    Post subject: Re: CIA 'rendition' plane crashes with cocaine cargo Reply with quote

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CIA Torture Jet wrecks with 4 Tons of COCAINE


4 tons in a Gulfstream II? That's well over three thousand pounds above its maximum payload.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:27 am    Post subject: Re: CIA 'rendition' plane crashes with cocaine cargo Reply with quote

Maybe that's why it crashed?


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CIA Torture Jet wrecks with 4 Tons of COCAINE


4 tons in a Gulfstream II? That's well over three thousand pounds above its maximum payload.



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing 2 contribute here - just to say 'preciate the quality of this thread
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Rendition - How many more lies from the UK government in this ‘war on terror’?

Friday, 22 February 2008
London, UK, February 22 2007 - Yesterday's extraordinary confession by British Foreign Secretary David Miliband about Britain's role in extraordinary rendition is hardly surprising given the politically expedient record of lies and spin from successive British governments. Rather than apologising to the victims of torture and extraordinary rendition, Miliband merely apologised for the inaccurate denials by the British government of their complicity in the CIA's rendition programme.

Commenting on this, Dr Imran Waheed, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "When it comes to the 'war on terror', politicians believe that they can say and do what they like because the 'ends justify the means'. That is why we have seen the use of secret detention, detention without trial, extraordinary rendition and torture. A dodgy dossier and non-existent WMDs were used to occupy Iraq, with the deaths of over half a million Iraqi civilians."


"Yesterday's admission by Miliband is hardly surprising. Over a year ago a report by MEPs expressed 'serious concern about the 170 stopovers made by CIA-operated aircraft at UK airports, which on many occasions came from or were bound for countries linked with extraordinary rendition circuits and the transfer of detainees'. The report also deplored 'the stopovers at UK airports of aircraft which have been shown to have been used by the CIA', on other occasions, for 'extraordinary renditions'".

"According to the Foreign Office adviser Michael Wood, receiving or possessing information extracted under torture, as long as there is no direct participation in the torture, is not prohibited. Under the Caliphate the ends do not justify the means - the principles of its judicial system dictate that torture is outlawed and citizens are innocent until proven guilty irrespective of the wishes of politicians."

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't even know how I ended up looking at this article, but it's sure a strangely familiar story: Connection between Joao Malago and CIA Gulfstream II - N987SA
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just noticed an article over at www.911blogger.com and it mentioned Gary Webb - I hadn't heard of him before - he broke the CIA / Drug smuggling news story over a decade ago. Rather sad that to see the CIA is still peddling drugs...

I checked up on Gary Webb and noticed his "suicide" in 2004: two gunshot wounds to the head...

To me, the world is turning into something like a cross between 1984 and Fahrenheit 451, everyday... scary stuff. The only difference, it seems, is the Internet.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008 - by Daniel Hopsicker
EU Officials: Investigate CIA Plane Used in Renditions Caught with 4 Tons of Cocaine



How did 100 drug planes escape U.S. scrutiny?
http://www.madcowprod.com/09102008.html

The CIA Drug Plane Scandal grew exponentially last week when European Union officials broke an official 40-year-long silence on the previously-taboo subject of the CIA’s worldwide involvement in drug trafficking.

Last week Mexico City newspaper El Universal reported that The European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation has begun an investigation one of the planes, the cocaine-laden Gulfstream II business jet (N987SA), for suspected use in CIA "rendition" flights in which prisoners are covertly transferred to a third country or US-run detention centers.

The plane crash-landed after running out of fuel in the jungle near the small town of Tixkokob, 40 miles outside the Yucatan capital of Merida on September 24th of last year.

The downed aircraft’s ties had already been conclusively demonstrated months ago in investigative reporting by this reporter, as well as by Bill Conroy of NarcoNews, who first broke news of the Gulfstream II jet's longstanding use by the CIA and the DEA in operations in Colombia.

How Did Fleet of 100 Drug planes Escape U.S. Scrutiny?

Both planes, earlier stories in our current investigation revealed, were connected to American covert intelligence and Homeland Security Agencies, as well as to senior Republican Party officials, including several figures closely associated with the successful Presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush.

We dubbed the affair the “One Hundred Drug Plane Scandal” after an announcement by the Mexican Attorney General stating that as many as 100 American aircraft were purchased by Mexican Drug Lords using the same funding mechanism, supposedly discovered only after the two American-registered drug planes were caught in Mexico’s Yucatan carrying a cumulative 10 tons of cocaine.

While the Gulfstream busted last year has now been definitively linked to CIA renditions, the DC9 airliner busted 18 months earlier flew painted with a bogus but official-looking Seal designed to impersonate aircraft from the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security.

This was done without any protest from the U.S. Coast Guard, also part of the Dept of Homeland Security, although their major air facility for the Caribbean Basin was located a scant hundred yards away.

Mum's the word from Bush Administration

Neither of the federal agencies with apparent jurisdiction—the DEA and FAA—has so far offered answers about how two American-registered jets with extremely politically well-connected owners, could have wound up carrying so much Colombian coke. But then, no mainstream American journalists have bothered to ask.

Mexican journalists have not been that timid:

“A plane supposedly once used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to transport prisoners to Guantanamo ended up in the hands of Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Mexican newspapers have reported.”

The Gulfstream jet (N987SA) conducted clandestine flights for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States, and subsequently for drug trafficker Joaquin El Chapo Guzman.”

The reason the story has not been picked up in the mainstream American press becomes painfully obvious in the story’s first paragraphs, quoted above.

“How had a CIA plane somehow “ended up” flying for the Sinaloa Cartel?” The question has no easy answer.

More U.S. "Blowback?"

The origins of Mexico's dominant Sinaloa Cartel, an agricultural state which has spawned Mexico's most notorious gangsters, are here in the U.S.

Opium poppies were cultivated there with U.S. government encouragement during WWII, and became a major source of the morphine used to treat wounded soldiers, and became a springboard for criminal gangs which several decades later began smuggling South American cocaine to the U.S. These immensely wealthy crime families now dominate several of Mexico's feuding cartels

The question of how a CIA plane ended up flying for the Sinaloa Cartel is reminiscent, as well, of the one raised in 1999, after our discovery, before the 2000 Presidential election, that the favorite airplane of Texas Governor George W. Bush once belonged to belong to Barry Seal, a life-long CIA pilot and the biggest cocaine smuggler of the go-go ‘80’s.

The Associated Press reported that it had all just been a coincidence.

Securing the evidence locker: Easier said than done.

Other parallels between Barry Seal’s CIA-connected drug trafficking career and current events are even harder to miss.

For example, among the more curious facts in the current case (which abounds with them) is that initial reports by Mexican officials stated the captured Gulfstream was carrying 3.8 tons of cocaine.

Was this just another example of the difficulties inherent in securing the evidence locker? Because, in the most recent stories, the 3.8 tons of cocaine has now been diminished—perhaps through an accounting error?—to a more modest 3.3 tons.

Something very similar happened after Barry Seal’s first major bust. He was busted on an island off the coast of Honduras in November of 1979, with what newspapers reported to be—not 3 tons, or 5 tons of cocaine—but a ‘mere’ 40 kilos.

Clearly some things have changed. But not everything... By the time Seal was arraigned on trafficking charges in the capital city of Tegucigalpa, newspapers there reported he had been busted with just 17 kilos.

Some Honduran General may have smiled when he read the newspapers figure of 17 kilos, while patting a suitcase in which he’d packed the other 23.

Agency still using 20-year old playbook

The importance of European officials “weighing in” on the scandal may prove crucial to penetrating the current “cover-up in progress” attempting to shield the Americans involved in the scandal.

As we reported in previous stories, the owners of the Gulfstream business jet have interlocking relationships with the owners of the second American-registered aircraft involved in the scandal, the DC9 airliner caught carrying an astonishing 5.5 tons of cocaine on the Yucatan Peninsula in Cuidad del Carmen on April 10, 2006.

These hidden connections may prove crucial to any successful demands for prosecution of the Americans who owned the planes, who have so far been protected from official scrutiny by unnamed DEA sources quoted in interviews in the mainstream press making unchallenged assertions that the American plane's owners are innocent of any wrongdoing.

Clearly, that is not the case.

Moreover our investigation uncovered evidence linking the past and current owners of both busted American planes to a continuing criminal enterprise engaged—not just in drug trafficking—but in massive financial fraud which has cost American taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

"Round up the usual suspects"

The owners of both planes also owned all three companies involved in a massive $300 million financial scandal called STOCKGATE, which was engineered by shadowy Saudi arms merchant and alleged CIA “fixer” Adnan Khashoggi, currently a fugitive from justice in the case.

The men involved include Stephan Adams and Michael Farkas, who owned two of three companies used in the hugely successful fraud, which stole over $300 million from unwary stockholders.

Miami attorney Michael Farkas was the founder of Skyway Aircraft, which owned the DC9. Farkas is also the American representative of an Israeli political party representing settlers on the West Bank, Manhigut Yehudit.

Stephen Adams, a secretive Midwestern media baron and Republican fund-raiser who owned the Gulfstream in 1999 and 2000, when he was also personally buying over $1 million in billboard advertising in support of George W. Bush’s 2000 Presidential campaign.

Together with Farkas, Adams owned Holiday RV Superstores, Inc., one of the companies involved in STOCKGATE. (Farkas controlled a second all by himself.)

And Adnan Khashoggi, who controlled the third corporation used in the scheme, Genesis Intermedia, and the mastermind of the financial fraud, is . Adjectives applied before Khashoggi’s name, even in the mainstream press, usually include “Saudi billionaire,” “arms merchant” and “CIA fixer.”

A $300 Million heist with next to no news coverage

In an irony we will not dwell on here, Genesis Intermedia was incorporated by the longtime lawyer for Barry Seal’s drug trafficking organization.

A lawsuit filed by this individual kept our book “Barry & the boys,” from reaching bookstores for more than five years.

Ramy El-Batrawi, one of Khashoggi’s lieutenants, ran Genesis Intermedia. El-Batrawi owned a charter airline which testimony during the Iran Contra Scandal revealed was a CIA subsidiary. His planes flew TOW missiles to Iran for Oliver North, supposedly to provide funds for the contras, although most of the money was never recovered or accounted for.

El-Batrawi also owned the sister ship to the busted DC9(N120NE).

In Khashoggi et al’s most recant caper, the looting led to the biggest brokerage failure in American history.

In a case providing a clear example of what has come to be called “Wall Street Socialism,” American taxpayers were left to pick up much of the bill, while nominally Republican figures with pig snouts snuffling through the public trough occasionally come up for air to rail against infringements on free enterprise.

Not surprisingly, considering the shameful state of American journalism, the massive fraud received surprisingly little press coverage. But, one has to wonder:

Would a $300 million bank heist receive a similar cold shoulder?

An unfair advantage


Officials in Central and South American countries were used to seeing both planes flying in and out on missions which they assumed were for the American Government

The Gulfstream was well-known in Colombia for flying for the CIA and DEA. The DC9 airliner from SkyWay was painted to impersonate a plane from U.S. Homeland Security.

It may even, when and if the truth finally comes out, be shown to have been one.

Thus, both of the busted American planes had a major advantage for drug trafficking not available to the ordinary slob on the street.

The question is: Why should anyone care? The answer is simple...

Every time the DEA, or the U.S. Coast Guard trumpets their latest multi-ton interdiction of cocaine (like one recently of a ship they busted with 12 tons of cocaine) the bust is of interest and concern to no one but other drug traffickers.

They haven't taken 12 tons of cocaine off the street. They've just created an additional marketing opportunity for somebody else's 12 tons of cocaine.

Who might that somebody else be?

Imagination runs riot.



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Crashed Jet Carrying Cocaine Linked to CIA

by Jeremy R. Hammond / September 13th, 2008
http://www.dissidentvoice.org/2008/09/crashed-jet-carrying-cocaine-lin ked-to-cia/

A number of jets connected to drug-trafficking, including a Gulfstream II carrying more than 3 tons of cocaine that crashed in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico last year, have been linked to the CIA through both its extraordinary rendition program and a supposed sting operation known as “Mayan Express”.

A private jet that crashed last year in eastern Mexico and was found to be carrying more than 3 tons of cocaine was also used by the Central Intelligence Agency for clandestine operations, the Mexican daily El Universal reported last week.

The newspaper cited documents from the United States and the European Parliament which “show that that plane flew several times to Guantanamo, Cuba, presumably to transfer terrorism suspects.” It said the European Parliament was investigating the jet for its possible use in “extraordinary rendition” flights, whereby prisoners are covertly transferred by the U.S. To a third country.

In June, 2006, the British Department for Transport website published flight data on US aircraft into or out of the UK. According to the site, “This data had previously been released by Eurocontrol to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to assist with its enquiry into allegations of ‘extraordinary rendition’ flights operating in Europe.” The jet that crashed in Mexico, with registration number N987SA, is listed in the data report.

According to El Universal, FAA records show that the jet flew to Guantanamo on May 30, 2003. From June 23 to July 14, the jet flew from New York to Iceland, France, Italy, and Ireland. From July 16 to 20, it flew from the U.S. To Canada, the UK, Ireland, the UK, Canada, and back to the U.S. Again. From April 7 to 12, 2004, it went from New York to Canada, the UK, Canada, and again to the U.S. The jet then flew to Guantanamo again. On April 21, it flew from the U.S. To Canada, France, the UK, Canada, and back to the U.S. It left the U.S. For Guantanamo once more on January 21, 2005.

The jet crashed on September 24, 2007. According to an Aviation Safety Network description of the accident, the Gulfstream Aerospace G-1159 Gulfstream II jet with registration N987SA crashed near Tixkokob in the northern part of the Yucatan Peninsula. ASN describes it as an “Illegal Flight” and reports that “When being chased by Mexican military helicopters, the crew carried out a crash-landing. No bodies were found in the wreckage, but soldiers found 132 bags containing about 3.6 tons (3.3. Metric tons) of cocaine.”

An initial Reuters report on the crash noted that “Drug planes packed with South American cocaine — often with passenger seats ripped out to make space — frequently fly through Mexico and Central America en route for the United States. Some unload their cargo at clandestine airstrips south of the border where traffickers send it on by road or sea.”

El Universal, in its initial report on the crash in 2007, stated that the cocaine was in 132 bags and noted the registration number of the wrecked plane.

McClatchy Newspapers observed a few days after the crash that “news reports have linked the plane to the transport of terrorist suspects to the U.S. Detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but those reports cite logs that indicate only that the plane flew twice between Washington, D.C., and Guantanamo and once between Oxford, Conn., and Guantanamo.”

In November of last year, reporters from the Tampa Tribune followed up on the international investigation that resulted after the Gulfstream II crash. An expert on the drug trade from the University of Miami told the reporters that cocaine is being moved by air through Florida more frequently, as an alternative to being brought into the U.S. In the southwest.

The Gulfstream II jet was one of two planes being used by the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel, also known as the Pacific Cartel, to carry cocaine. The other jet, a DC-9, had been seized and was found to be carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine. Both aircraft were purchased by the cartel from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.

The DC-9 with tail number N00SA, was seized on April 11, 2006 carrying an amount of cocaine valued at an estimated $82,500,000, according to Airport-Dat.com. Reportedly sold in March, the jet was scheduled to depart for Simon Bolivar International airport in Venezuela on April 5. FAA records show that at the time of the seizure, it was still registered to Royal Sons Inc., which operates out of St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. It was deregistered two days after the seizure and listed as exported to Venezuela.

At the time of the crash, the Gulfstream II was registered to Donna Blue Aircraft Inc., owned by Joao Luiz Malago and Eduardo Dias Guimaraes, who had reportedly purchased the jet in July and then sold it to two Florida men on September 16. Two days later, the jet left Fort Lauderdale for Cancun. Then, according to Mexican authorities, it flew to Columbia to pick up the cocaine and was en route to deliver the drugs when it came to the attention of the military and crashed in the resulting chase.

Some have speculated that Donna Blue Aircraft may have been a front company. The Florida Department of State Division of Corporations lists the “Date Filed” for the company as March 29, 2007. And from June 1, it was listed at an address in Coconut Creek, Florida. Then, on June 18, 2008, the company name was changed to North Atlantic Aircraft Services, Corp., listed at the same address, but with Malago as the sole owner.

Journalist Daniel Hopsicker visited the Coconut Creek location and found no sign that such a business existed there. Hopsicker wrote, “Moreover the brief description of Donna Blue on its Internet page, apparently designed to ‘flesh out the ghost a little,’ is such a clumsy half-hearted effort that it defeats the purpose of helping aid the construction of a plausible ‘legend,’ or cover, and ends up doing more harm than good… For example, the website features a quote from a satisfied Donna Blue Aircraft customer. Unfortunately his name is ‘John Doe.’ And the listed phone number is right out of the movies: 415.555-5555.”

The company’s website (now offline) stated only, “we are in this business over 20 years, attending South, North and Central america, with outstanding service, we are today most trusted company in this market. our customer loyality make us different” (sic). According to Whois, the site was created on August 20, 2007, a month after the Gulfstream II was reportedly bought by the company and less than a month before it crashed carrying the cocaine. Once uploaded, the site was apparently never updated and seems to have gone offline sometime after February 2008. According to the site description still available on Alexa, the company opened in 1995 despite the fact, as noted above, that the date the company was filed with the Florida Department of State was in March 2007.

Malago sold the jet to Clyde O’Connor. The name of Gregory D. Smith also appeared as a co-signer on the bill of sale.

A reporter from the Broward-Palm Beach New Times contacted Gregory D. Smith of Global Jet Solutions. When asked about the plane crash, Smith replied, “I’m not allowed to discuss that — I’m sorry,” and hung up. Contacted a second time, he said, “I’m not going to divulge anything.”

O’Connor had once written a letter to the editor in response to an article on the death of a police officer saying that “one less cop is not a bad thing.” He was convicted in 2001 for criminal air safety violations. In October 2007, he was detained by Canadian officials after they searched a Cessna 210 he had flown to Nova Scotia and found two Derringer pistols he had failed to report.

Reporters from McClatchy Newspapers attempted to reach O’Connor at one of his companies, Execstar Aviation in Fort Lauderdale, but the number had been disconnected. “Adding to the plane’s mystery”, their article noted, “are allegations that it made trips in 2003, 2004 and 2005 between the United States and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the U.S. detention center for suspected terrorists is located.”

Baruch Vega, a Columbian who has worked with the FBI, DEA, and CIA in law enforcement operations told Narco News that one of the main pilots used in operations for flights between Florida and South America was named Greg Smith. Vega said,

Well originally … I met Greg Smith … we needed a pilot, a very trustful pilot, someone we could trust to bring in the [Colombian] drug traffickers to surrender. Then the members of the FBI recommended to get in contact with this guy [Smith] because he was very close to them. Ever since we flew only with him. Everything was with him. … I never asked anything [about Smith's background]. But he [Smith] brought a couple of pilots because we always have two pilots in the plane. He occasionally brought pilots from the US Customs. I tell you one thing. We flew with Greg Smith easily 25 to 30 times. All [the] operations [were] between the end of 1997 to 2000.

He added that there were “DEA agents in the plane and of course drug traffickers who were coming to surrender with attorneys.” He also said the name of the company from which the aircraft were chartered was Aero Group Jets. A court document confirms one instance in which the CIA had worked with the DEA to bring a fugitive Colombian drug trafficker, one Mr. Cristancho, to Florida by means of an aircraft rented from Aero Group Jets.

According to Narco News, “A check of the public records available through Florida’s Department of State lists the registered agent/officer of that now inactive company as Gregory D. Smith.”

When contacted by Narco News, the Gregory Smith identified in the Broward-Palm Beach New Times story denied that he was the same Greg Smith as the one whose signature appeared as co-signer on the bill of sale of the Gulfstream II. He said his middle initial is “J’ and that he had been wrongly identified.

Narco News obtained a copy of a 2007 document with the signature of Gregory Smith from Global Jet Solutions and compared it with the signature Gregory D. Smith in a 1998 annual report from Aero Group Jets filed with the state of Florida. The signatures “appear to be different,” Narco News concluded. They do indeed appear to be different signatures, but the fact that the two samples are 9 years apart also must be taken into consideration, as a person’s signature may evolve over time.

In a follow up report, Narco News tracked down Malago, who denied that he operated a front company. “Some people told on internet,” he said, “that my company is a CIA cover office and that bring me a lot of problems. First this is not true and you can imagine if this people came to talk with me. I have family and dont want any more problems there” (sic).

Malago also agreed to share a copy of the bill of sale of the Gulfstream II jet with Narco News, which reported that “In comparing the two signatures, there are some differences, such as one is signed as Gregory D. while the other is signed simply as Greg, with no middle initial. However there are some striking similarities as well, including the fact that some of the letters appear to be penned in precisely the same way.”

Mike Levine, a former undercover DEA agent who has worked as an expert witness in court cases, told Narco News, “I did much of this handwriting comparison work, without using an expert, but my opinion was accepted before grand juries as having a significant amount of work experience in comparing handwritings (IRS, BATF, Customs and DEA). I would say the samples you sent me are definitely the same handwriting.”

Although inconclusive, there is thus compelling evidence that the Gregory Smith who cosigned with O’Connor for the purchase of the Gulfstream II from Malago was indeed the same Gregory Smith who was involved in piloting flights for CIA and DEA operations out of Florida.

The recent article from El Universal noted that the Gulfstream II jet had also been previously owned by AGI Holdings Corp., which sold it to S/A Holdings LLC, a company for which, the paper says, there is virtually no information.

The use of front companies by CIA to provide cover for its operations is well known and documented.

In December 2005, the Toronto Star ran a story on CIA “ghost flights”. It noted that a plane with registration N196D was registered with the FAA under Devon Holding and Leasing, Inc. — but that no such company existed.

There is no Devon Holding and Leasing Inc. at 129 W. Center St. in Lexington, N.C. There is no phone listing. The city offices have never heard of it; neither has the Chamber of Commerce. The law offices of James A. Gleason are at 129 W. Center St., but five days of inquiries there failed to yield an answer to this simple question: Does anyone in this office know of a company called Devon Holding and Leasing? It is almost certainly a CIA shell company, existing on paper only, and the turboprop was likely carrying a “ghost” prisoner to a country where torture is used during interrogations.

Devon Holding and Leasing was being investigated by the European Parliament for its possible role in the CIA’s rendition program, and was named by investigators as a CIA “shell company”.

In one documented case of extraordinary rendition, the Toronto Star story continues, the CIA flew Maher Arar, who is from Ottawa, from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport to Syria, where he was tortured as a suspected terrorist. In another case, Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr was abducted from the streets of Milan and taken to Egypt, where he was tortured. Saad iqbal Madni was similarly taken from Jakarta and flown to Cairo, where he was held for two years before being delivered to Guantanamo Bay. He claims he was tortured in Egypt.

On the use of front companies by the CIA:

“It’s careless tradecraft,” says John Pike, an expert on U.S. intelligence matters at GlobalSecurity.org. “They (the CIA) have allowed the tail-spotters into the game and they have not come to grips with the advent of the Internet, and not come to grips with the massive parallel processing which is underway with all those tail-spotters.” The planes are supposed to be registered with legitimate companies, so they just blend in and can’t be traced to the CIA, Pike says. “These are not real companies. They should be using good-looking companies which arouse no suspicion at all.”

The New York Times ran a story in 2005 stating that Aero Contractors Ltd. was a CIA front company. “When the Central Intelligence Agency wants to grab a suspected member of Al Qaeda overseas and deliver him to interrogators in another country,” the Times report said, “an Aero Contractors plane often does the job. If agency experts need to fly overseas in a hurry after the capture of a prized prisoner, a plane will depart Johnston County and stop at Dulles Airport outside Washington to pick up the C.I.A. team on the way.”

The Times also stated that “The company was founded in 1979 by a legendary C.I.A. officer and chief pilot for Air America, the agency’s Vietnam-era air company” and that “Aero appears to be the direct descendant of Air America”.

The article in the Times declined to note, however, the CIA’s well-documented role in heroin trafficking through Air America in southeast Asia during the war in Vietnam.

Adding to the intrigue, in December, 2007, Narco News reported that according to DEA officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the crashed Gulfstream II jet “was part of an operation being carried out by a Department of Homeland Security agency” codenamed “Mayan Express”. The effort was “spearheaded by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the sources claim.” The report continues:

The operation also appears to be badly flawed, the sources say, because it is being carried out unilaterally, (Rambo-style), by ICE and without the knowledge of the Mexican government — at least it was up until the point of the coke-packed Gulfstream jet’s abrupt impact with the Earth.

“This is a case of ICE running amok,” one DEA source told Narco News. “If this [operation] was being run by the book, they would not be doing it unilaterally,” — without the participation of the DEA — “and without the knowledge of the Mexican government.”

The DEA confirmed to Narco News that it was handling the investigation into the crash. The pilots were apprehended after their initial escape from the crash site and apparently “spilled the beans on the ICE operation during their interrogation by Mexican authorities, DEA sources tell Narco News.”

“One proposition that all of the law enforcers who spoke with Narco News agreed on with respect to the Mayan Express is that even if DEA was precluded from participating in the effort, the CIA almost certainly was involved on some level.”

Narco News also noted that a report from a British government agency listed the Gulfstream II jet as one “European investigators were interested in obtaining more information about in relation to a probe into CIA rendition flights” and added that other sources also suggested that “Mayan Express” might have been a CIA operation using ICE for cover.

Narco News reported again in 2008 on yet another plane that was apparently involved in a drug trafficking operation. On November 26, 2004, a twin-prop Beechcraft King Air 200 landed and was abandoned on a makeshift runway in a cotton field in Nicaragua. Traces of cocaine were found in the plane. The cocaine had apparently been loaded onto a truck. Several days after the plane was abandoned, law enforcement officials arrested the occupants of a truck carrying 1,100 kilos of cocaine.

The abandoned aircraft’s tail number was N168D, registered to none other than Devon Holding and Leasing Inc., the same company used as a front by the CIA for its extraordinary renditions operations, as noted previously.

Then the story of that plane gets even more convoluted, as FAA records show that the plane registered under Devon Holding and Leasing Inc. with tail number N168D actually belongs to a different kind of plane, model CN-235-300. The Beech 200’s actual tail number is N391SA,registered with the FAA under Sky Way Aircraft Inc.

Sky Way Aircraft Inc. can also be linked to Royal Sons Inc., which, as noted above, was still the registered owner of the DC-9 that was seized carrying more than 5 tons of cocaine. The parent company of Sky Way Aircraft was Skyway Communications Holding Corp., which had originally arranged to purchase the DC-9 that was ultimately registered with Royal Sons Inc. The president of Royal Sons, Frederick J. Geffon, was also a shareholder in Skyway Communications. In addition, the two companies had at one time jointly filed for a loan to purchase another DC-9, tail number N120NE. The CEO of Skyway Communications, James Kent, had also served under contract with the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, and the Department of the Navy.

Like the DC-9, the Beech 200 was sold to a buyer in Venezuela in October 2004, about one month before it was abandoned in the cotton field and linked by authorities to cocaine trafficking.

The Beech 200 may have been a part of the Mayan Express operation. According to Narco News, “Mark Conrad, a former supervisory special agent with U.S. Customs, ICE’s predecessor agency, speculates that the Mayan Express operation is not controlled by ICE at all, but is, in fact, a CIA-run operation using ICE as a cover. He adds that the CIA has agents operating inside many federal law enforcement agencies utilizing what is known as an ‘official cover.’”

A former ICE agent also told Narco News he suspected the CIA was behind the drug plane operations.

There is no shortage of precedents for alleged CIA involvement in drug trafficking.

Aflred W. McCoy’s “The Politics of Heroin”, first published in 1972, documented CIA complicity in drug trafficking such as its involvement the opium and heroin trade in southeast Asia.

Journalist Gary Webb’s “Dark Alliance” series is a well known investigation into allegations of the CIA’s involvement in the Los Angeles crack epidemic in the 1980s to help finance the Contras in the terrorist war to overthrow the elected government of Nicaragua.

Michael Ruppert, former narcotics officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, famouslyconfronted CIA director John Deutch at a televised conference with information on specific CIA operations, which he cited by name and said he had documentation on, and said the CIA had been dealing drugs in L.A. for a long time.

And there is evidence that the CIA flew drugs into Mena, Arkansas during Bill Clinton’s governorship, in its operations to finance the Contras.

In 1993, CBS 60 Minutes ran a show headlined “The CIA’s Cocaine”. The former head of the DEA, Judge Robert Bonner, told Mike Wallace, the show’s host, that the CIA had an unauthorized operation to bring drugs into the U.S. “If this has not been approved by DEA or an appropriate law-enforcement authority in the United States,” Bonner said, “then it’s illegal. It’s called drug trafficking.”

Bonner, asked to rationalize the operation, suggested that it might “lead to some valuable drug intelligence about the Colombian cartels.”

A DEA agent interviewed for the show said that she had been told by the CIA officer in charge of the CIA station in Caracas, Venezuela, that they had to keep the cartel happy by delivering their cocaine to their dealers in the U.S. “The CIA and the Guardia Nacional,” she explained, “wanted to let cocaine go on into the traffic without doing anything. They wanted to let it come up to the United States, no surveillance, no nothing.”

The CIA had gone to the DEA with its proposal, which was rejected. “They made this proposal,” said Bonner, “and we said, ‘No, no way. We will not permit this. It should not go forward.’ And then, apparently, it went forward anyway.”

Senator Dennis DeConcini of the Senate Intellience Committee also told Wallace, “It was an operation that I don’t think they should’ve been involved in…. I don’t doubt that the drugs got in here.” He called the operation “a mistake.”

Morley Safer closed the piece by saying, “And what happened to the tens of millions that were paid for the CIA’s cocaine? Well, General Guillen insists he didn’t get any of it. But Judge Bonner says one thing is certain, the Colombian cartel did. They got their money once the dope made it to our streets.”

Senator and 2004 presidential candidate John Kerry told NBC Dateline that the CIA was complicit in the flow of drugs into the U.S. His Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on Narcotics, Terrorism, and International Operations found that “it is clear that individuals who provided support for the Contras were involved in drug trafficking” and that this activity did not go unnoticed by the government agencies.

Kerry also headed up a Senate investigation in to the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) which documented the CIA’s involvement in the bank, which was a criminal front for money launderers, drug traffickers, arms dealers, and even nuclear proliferators.

The government went into damage control. In 1997, the Department of Justice issued a reportaddressing the allegations of CIA involvement in drug trafficking, and the CIA released its ownreport the following year.

The full story behind the crashed Gulfstream II jet and the other planes that were found to have been involved in drug trafficking is far from known. But the facts that have surfaced to date strongly indicate CIA involvement of one kind or another. The agency’s fingerprints, one might reasonably say, are all over this one.

Jeremy R. Hammond is an independent researcher and writer who examines the facts and myths of US foreign policy, particularly with regard to the US "war on terrorism." He currently lives with his wife in Taipei, Taiwan and can be reached at: jeremy@yirmeyahureview.com. Read other articles by Jeremy, or visit Jeremy's website.

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John Hatch said on September 14th, 2008 at 3:23pm #

It’s long been known that the ‘war on drugs’ is as bogus as the ‘war on terror’. Not that people don’t get hurt, though. There’s also a CIA drug connection to 9/11.
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Hans Bennett said on September 14th, 2008 at 7:46pm #

Great article! I had not heard about this at all. This is my favorite article giving background on CIA drug trafficking (deep stuff!):

The CIA and Drugs
Just say “Why not?”
by William Blum

“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 an elite DEA enforcement unit.{1}

On August 18, 1996, the San Jose Mercury initiated an extended series of articles about the CIA connection to the crack epidemic in Los Angeles. Though the CIA and influential media like The Washington Post , The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times went out of their way to belittle the significance of the articles, the basic ingredients of the story were not really new — the CIA’s Contra army, fighting the leftist government of Nicaragua, turning to smuggling cocaine into the U.S., under CIA protection, to raise money for their military and personal use.
What was unique about the articles was (A) they appeared in a “respectable” daily newspaper and not an “alternative” publication, which could have and would have been completely ignored by the powers that be; and (B) they followed the cocaine into Los Angeles’ inner city, into the hands of the Crips and the Bloods, at the time that street-level drug users were figuring out how to make cocaine affordable: by changing the costly white powder into powerful little nuggets of crack that could be smoked cheaply.
The Contra dealers, principally Oscar Danilo Blandon and his boss Juan Norwin Meneses, both from the Nicaraguan privileged class, operated out of the San Francisco Bay Area and sold tons of cocaine — a drug that was virtually unobtainable in black neighborhoods before — to Los Angeles street gangs. They then funneled millions in drug profits to the Contra cause, while helping to fuel a disastrous crack explosion in L.A. and other cities, and enabling the gangs to buy automatic weapons, sometimes from Blandon himself.
The principal objection raised by the establishment critics to this scenario was that, even if correct, it didn’t prove that the CIA was complicit, or even had any knowledge of it. However, to arrive at this conclusion, they had to ignore things like the following from the SJM series:
a) Cocaine flights from Central America landed with impunity in various spots in the United States, including a U.S. Air Force base in Texas. In 1985, a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent assigned to El Salvador reported to headquarters the details on cocaine flights from El Salvador to the U.S. The DEA did nothing but force him out of the agency{2}.
b) When Blandon was finally arrested in October 1986, after congress resumed funding for the Contras, and he admitted to crimes that have sent others away for life, the Justice Department turned him loose on unsupervised probation after only 28 months behind bars and has paid him more than $166,000 since.
c) According to a legal motion filed in a 1990 police corruption trial: In the 1986 raid on Blandon’s money-launderer, the police carted away numerous documents purportedly linking the U.S. government to cocaine trafficking and money-laundering on behalf of the Contras. CIA personnel appeared at the sheriff’s department within 48 hours of the raid and removed the seized files from the evidence room. This motion drew media coverage in 1990 but, at the request of the Justice Department, a federal judge issued a gag order barring any discussion of the matter.
d) Blandon subsequently became a full-time informant for the DEA. When he testified in 1996 as a prosecution witness, the federal prosecutors obtained a court order preventing defense lawyers from delving into Blandon’s ties to the CIA.
e) Though Meneses is listed in the DEA’s computers as a major international drug smuggler and was implicated in 45 separate federal investigations since 1974, he lived openly and conspicuously in California until 1989 and never spent a day in a U.S. prison. The DEA, U.S. Customs, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and the California Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement have complained that a number of the probes of Meneses were stymied by the CIA or unnamed “national security” interests.
f) The U.S. Attorney in San Francisco gave back to an arrested Nicaraguan drug dealer the $36,000 found in his possession. The money was returned after two Contra leaders sent letters to the court swearing that the drug dealer had been given the cash to buy supplies “for the reinstatement of democracy in Nicaragua”. The letters were hurriedly sealed after prosecutors invoked the Classified Information Procedures Act, a law designed to keep national security secrets from leaking out during trials. When a U.S. Senate subcommittee later inquired of the Justice Department the reason for this unusual turn of events, they ran into a wall of secrecy. “The Justice Department flipped out to prevent us from getting access to people, records — finding anything out about it,” recalled Jack Blum, former chief counsel to the Senate subcommittee that investigated allegations of Contra cocaine trafficking. “It was one of the most frustrating exercises that I can ever recall.”
A Brief History of CIA Involvement in Drug Trafficking
1947 to 1951, France
CIA arms, money, and disinformation enabled Corsican criminal syndicates in Marseille to wrestle control of labor unions from the Communist Party. The Corsicans gained political influence and control over the docks — ideal conditions for cementing a long-term partnership with mafia drug distributors, which turned Marseille into the postwar heroin capital of the Western world. Marseille’s first heroin laboratories were opened in 1951, only months after the Corsicans took over the waterfront.{3}
Early 1950s, Southeast Asia
The Nationalist Chinese army, organized by the CIA to wage war against Communist China, became the opium barons of The Golden Triangle (parts of Burma, Thailand and Laos), the world’s largest source of opium and heroin. Air America, the CIA’s principal airline proprietary, flew the drugs all over Southeast Asia.{4}
1950s to early 1970s, Indochina
During U.S. military involvement in Laos and other parts of Indochina, Air America flew opium and heroin throughout the area. Many GI’s in Vietnam became addicts. A laboratory built at CIA headquarters in northern Laos was used to refine heroin. After a decade of American military intervention, Southeast Asia had become the source of 70 percent of the world’s illicit opium and the major supplier of raw materials for America’s booming heroin market.{5}
1973-80, Australia
The Nugan Hand Bank of Sydney was a CIA bank in all but name. Among its officers were a network of US generals, admirals and CIA men, including former CIA Director William Colby, who was also one of its lawyers. With branches in Saudi Arabia, Europe, Southeast Asia, South America and the U.S., Nugan Hand Bank financed drug trafficking, money laundering and international arms dealings. In 1980, amidst several mysterious deaths, the bank collapsed, $50 million in debt.{6}
1970s and 1980s, Panama
For more than a decade, Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega was a highly paid CIA asset and collaborator, despite knowledge by U.S. drug authorities as early as 1971 that the general was heavily involved in drug trafficking and money laundering. Noriega facilitated “guns-for-drugs” flights for the Contras, providing protection and pilots, as well as safe havens for drug cartel officials, and discreet banking facilities. U.S. officials, including then-CIA Director William Webster and several DEA officers, sent Noriega letters of praise for efforts to thwart drug trafficking (albeit only against competitors of his Medellin Cartel patrons). When a confluence of circumstances led to Noriega’s political luck running out, the Bush administration was reluctantly obliged to turn against him, invading Panama in December 1989, kidnapping the general, and falsely ascribing the invasion to the war on drugs. Ironically, drug trafficking through Panama was not abated after the US invasion.{7}
1980s, Central America
Obsessed with overthrowing the leftist Sandinista government in Nicaragua, Reagan administration officials tolerated drug trafficking as long as the traffickers gave support to the Contras. In 1989, the Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics, and International Operations (the Kerry committee) concluded a three-year investigation by stating: “There was substantial evidence of drug smuggling through the war zones on the part of individual Contras, Contra suppliers, Contra pilots, mercenaries who worked with the Contras, and Contra supporters throughout the region. … U.S. officials involved in Central America failed to address the drug issue for fear of jeopardizing the war efforts against Nicaragua. … In each case, one or another agency of the U.S. government had information regarding the involvement either while it was occurring, or immediately thereafter. … Senior U.S. policy makers were not immune to the idea that drug money was a perfect solution to the Contras’ funding problems.”{8}
In Costa Rica, which served as the “Southern Front” for the Contras (Honduras being the Northern Front), there were several different CIA-Contra networks involved in drug trafficking, including that of CIA operative John Hull, whose farms along Costa Rica’s border with Nicaragua were the main staging area for the Contras. Hull and other CIA-connected Contra supporters and pilots teamed up with George Morales, a major Miami-based Colombian drug trafficker who later admitted to giving $3 million in cash and several planes to Contra leaders.{9} In 1989, after the Costa Rica government indicted Hull for drug trafficking, a DEA-hired plane clandestinely and illegally flew him to Miami, via Haiti. The US repeatedly thwarted Costa Rican efforts to extradite Hull back to Costa Rica to stand trial.{10}
Another Costa Rican-based drug ring involved a group of Cuban Americans whom the CIA had hired as military trainers for the Contras. Many had long been involved with the CIA and drug trafficking. They used Contra planes and a Costa Rican-based shrimpcompany, which laundered money for the CIA, to move cocaine to the U.S.{11}
Costa Rica was not the only route. Other way stations along the cocaine highway — and closely associated with the CIA — were the Guatemalan military intelligence service,which harbored many drug traffickers, and Ilopango Air Force Base in El Salvador, a key component of the U.S. military intervention against the country’s guerrillas.{12}
The Contras provided both protection and infrastructure (planes, pilots, airstrips, warehouses, front companies and banks) to these CIA-linked drug networks. At least four transport companies under investigation for drug trafficking received US government contracts to carry non-lethal supplies to the Contras.{13} Southern Air Transport, “formerly” CIA-owned, and later under Pentagon contract, was involved in the drug running as well.{14} Cocaine-laden planes flew to Florida, Texas, Louisiana and other locations, including several military bases. Designated as “Contra Craft,” these shipments were not to be inspected. When some authority wasn’t clued in and made an arrest, powerful strings were pulled on behalf of dropping the case, acquittal, reduced sentence, or deportation.{15}
1980s to early 1990s, Afghanistan
CIA-supported Moujahedeen rebels engaged heavily in drug trafficking while fighting against the Soviet-supported government and its plans to reform the very backward Afghan society. The Agency’s principal client was Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, one of the leading druglords and leading heroin refiner. CIA-supplied trucks and mules, which had carried arms into Afghanistan, were used to transport opium to laboratories along the Afghan-Pakistan border. The output provided up to one half of the heroin used annually in the United States and three-quarters of that used in Western Europe. US officials admitted in 1990 that they had failed to investigate or take action against the drug operation because of a desire not to offend their Pakistani and Afghan allies.{16} In 1993, an official of the DEA called Afghanistan the new Colombia of the drug world.{17}
Mid-1980s to early 1990s, Haiti
While working to keep key Haitian military and political leaders in power, the CIA turned a blind eye to their clients’ drug trafficking. In 1986, the Agency added some more names to its payroll by creating a new Haitian organization, the National Intelligence Service (SIN). SIN was purportedly created to fight the cocaine trade, though SIN officers themselves engaged in the trafficking, a trade aided and abetted by some of the Haitian military and political leaders.{18}

NOTES
1. Peter Dale Scott & Jonathan Marshall, Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America, Berkeley: U. of CA Press, 1991, pp. x-xi.
2. Celerino Castillo, Powder Burns: Cocaine, Contras and the Drug War, Mosaic Press, 1994, passim.
3. Alfred W. McCoy, The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, New York: Harper & Row, 1972, chapter 2.
4. Christopher Robbins, Air America, New York: Avon Books, 1985, chapter 9; McCoy, passim
5. McCoy, chapter 7; Robbins, p. 128 and chapter 9
6. Jonathan Kwitny, The Crimes of Patriots: A True Tale of Dope, Dirty Money and the CIA, New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1987, passim; William Blum, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II, Maine: Common Courage Press, 1995, p. 420, note 33.
7. a) Scott & Marshall, passim
b) John Dinges, Our Man in Panama, New York: Random House, 1991, passim
c) Murray Waas, “Cocaine and the White House Connection”, Los Angeles Weekly, Sept. 30-Oct. 6 and Oct. 7-13, 1988, passim
d) National Security Archive Documentation Packet: “The Contras, Cocaine, and Covert Operations” (Washington, D.C.), passim
8. “Kerry Report”: Drugs, Law Enforcement and Foreign Policy, a Report of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics and International Operations, 1989, pp. 2, 36, 41
9. Martha Honey, Hostile Acts: U.S. Policy in Costa Rica in the 1980s, Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1994.
10. Martha Honey and David Myers, “U.S. Probing Drug Agent’s Activities in Costa Rica,” San Francisco Chronicle, August 14, 1991.
11. Honey, Hostile Acts.
12. Frank Smyth, “In Guatemala, The DEA Fights the CIA”, New Republic, June 5, 1995; Martha Honey, “Cocaine’s Certified Public Accountant,” two-part series, The Source, August and September, 1994; Blum, p. 239.
13. Kerry report, passim.
14. Scott & Marshall, pp. 17-18
15. Scott & Marshall, passim; Waas, passim; NSA, passim.
16. Blum, p. 351; Tim Weiner, Blank Check: The Pentagon’s Black Budget, New York: Warner Books, 1990, pp. 151-2
17. Los Angeles Times, Aug. 22, 1993
18. New York Times, Nov. 14, 1993; The Nation, Oct. 3, 1994, p. 346
Written by William Blum, author of Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II; email:bblum6@aol.com
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Carol D McEver said on September 14th, 2008 at 10:10pm #

Greed and money! The “rulers” of the U.S. do whatever they want and the media brainwashed public does nothing.
Flood us with dope, ruin lives, then make it so hard to live that there’s no time to even know what is going on. Make gambling legal everywhere and put up casinos on every corner. So, the ones without jobs take their welfare, disability or retirement checks, and/or somebody else’s money they borrow or steal and sit in the casinos like mindless zombies until the casino gets it all.
And animal activists like me think we can get anywhere with the greedy factory farmers?!?
Too bad the ones who care about things like the environment, animal welfare and abuse and other societal issues aren’t the ones with the money to fix things.
I’ll never know, personally, but maybe once you reach a certain level of wealth, nothing else matters but getting more. Like you become addicted to the next dollar. No matter what it takes or who it hurts to get it.
Gamblers are addicted to that next win and will lose everything trying for it, while each win reenforces his motivation and each loss makes him return to “get it back”.
Crack addicts are always after that first hit. The best one, the big one, the next one…….and will keep smoking it until they absolutely cannot beg borrow or steal money anywhere.
And the problem with the money “addiction” is, they have the money to fund it!!

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Crashed Jet Carrying Cocaine Linked to CIA

Written by Jeremy R. Hammond
Monday, 29 September 2008
by Jeremy R. Hammond

A number of jets connected to drug-trafficking, including a Gulfstream II carrying more than 3 tons of cocaine that crashed in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico last year, have been linked to the CIA through both its extraordinary rendition program and a supposed sting operation known as "Mayan Express".

A private jet that crashed last year in eastern Mexico and was found to be carrying more than 3 tons of cocaine was also used by the Central Intelligence Agency for clandestine operations, the Mexican daily El Universal reported last week.

The newspaper cited documents from the United States and the European Parliament which "show that that plane flew several times to Guantanamo, Cuba, presumably to transfer terrorism suspects." It said the European Parliament was investigating the jet for its possible use in "extraordinary rendition" flights, whereby prisoners are covertly transferred by the U.S. To a third country.

In June, 2006, the British Department for Transport website published flight data on US aircraft into or out of the UK. According to the site, "This data had previously been released by Eurocontrol to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to assist with its enquiry into allegations of 'extraordinary rendition' flights operating in Europe." The jet that crashed in Mexico, with registration number N987SA, is listed in the data report......

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Mexican President: US Authorities 'Complicit' in Drug Trafficking

Stephen C. Webster -- Raw Story -- Saturday, April 4th, 2009
http://rawstory.com/blog/2009/04/mexican-president-us-authorities-comp licit-in-drug-trafficking/

The President of Mexico has an unfortunate message for Americans still ignorant of the Drug War's cold realities: Some of your politicians are involved.

Yes folks, it is long-past time to start thinking about alternative strategies for combating both the harmful effects of drug addiction and the deadly effects of forcing an economy outside of the law.

"It is impossible to pass tons of drugs and cocaine to U.S. without some great complicity of some American authorities," said Mexican President Felipe Calderone.

"There is traffic in Mexico because there is corruption in Mexico. And that is true. But with the same argument, if there is traffic in United States, it is because there is some corruption in United States."

Calderone's comments come at 3:01 in the following video.


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Oh dear, another thread with banned posters.
Q: Where will it all end?
A: In silence - meaning MIx will have 'won' - is that what you want, moderators? Silence?

Anyway, for whatever twisted reason, it looks like Bloomberg can no longer remain silent on this topic:-

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-06-29/banks-financing-mexico-s-drug -cartels-admitted-in-wells-fargo-s-u-s-deal.html

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U.S. BANKS FINANCING MEXICO DRUG GANGS ADMITTED IN WELLS FARGO DEAL
By Michael Smith

Just before sunset on April 10, 2006, a DC-9 jet landed at the international airport in the port city of Ciudad del Carmen, 500 miles east of Mexico City. As soldiers on the ground approached the plane, the crew tried to shoo them away, saying there was a dangerous oil leak. So the troops grew suspicious and searched the jet.

They found 128 black suitcases, packed with 5.7 tons of cocaine, valued at $100 million. The stash was supposed to have been delivered from Caracas to drug traffickers in Toluca, near Mexico City, Mexican prosecutors later found. Law enforcement officials also discovered something else.

The smugglers had bought the DC-9 with laundered funds they transferred through two of the biggest banks in the U.S.: Wachovia Corp. and Bank of America Corp., Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its August 2010 issue.

This was no isolated incident. Wachovia, it turns out, had made a habit of helping move money for Mexican drug smugglers. Wells Fargo & Co., which bought Wachovia in 2008, has admitted in court that its unit failed to monitor and report suspected money laundering by narcotics traffickers -- including the cash used to buy four planes that shipped a total of 22 tons of cocaine.

The admission came in an agreement that Charlotte, North Carolina-based Wachovia struck with federal prosecutors in March, and it sheds light on the largely undocumented role of U.S. banks in contributing to the violent drug trade that has convulsed Mexico for the past four years. etc etc etc


There's also a valid comment by Story. elsewhere:-

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This is absurd. Under the standard double-mindedness, dialectical non-ethic that characterises the criminalist behaviour of elements of the US Government, law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration battle valiantly against the proliferation of Mexican drug gangs, which now operate in every corner of the United States. Meanwhile, the drug offensive was organised and orchestrated by CIA operatives in Latin America in the 1970s and 1980s, aided by Israeli 'Black' intelligence headed by David Kimche (who died of brain cancer on 8th March 2010) and Michael Harari. Their involvement is proven by the Cutolo Affidavit dated 11th March 1980.


It's no good waiting for Paul & Kucinich to 'out' the CIA - look how far they got in reining in the FEDRES - nowhere - 2 years effort and nowhere

Revolution now almost a certainty before November, IMO.

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