Posts Tagged ‘cover up’

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Creating a Crime: How the CIA Commandeered the DEA

By Doug Valentine
Original at Counterpunch

The outlawing of narcotic drugs at the start of the Twentieth Century, the turning of the matter from public health to social control, coincided with American’s imperial Open Door policy and the belief that the government had an obligation to American industrialists to create markets in every nation in the world, whether those nations liked it or not.

Civic institutions, like public education, were required to sanctify this policy, while “security” bureaucracies were established to ensure the citizenry conformed to the state ideology. Secret services, both public and private, were likewise established to promote the expansion of private American economic interests overseas.

It takes a book to explain the economic foundations of the war on drugs, and the reasons behind the regulation of the medical, pharmaceutical and drug manufacturers industries. Suffice it to say that by 1943, the nations of the “free world” were relying on America for their opium derivatives, under the guardianship of Harry Anslinger, the Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN).

Narcotic drugs are a strategic resource, and when Anslinger learned that Peru had built a cocaine factory, he and the Board of Economic Warfare confiscated its product before it could be sold to Germany or Japan. In another instance, Anslinger and his counterpart at the State Department prevented a drug manufacturer in Argentina from selling drugs to Germany.

At the same time, according to Douglas Clark Kinder and William O. Walker III in their article, “Stable Force In a Storm: Harry J. Anslinger and United States Narcotic Policy, 1930-1962,” Anslinger permitted “an American company to ship drugs to Southeast Asia despite receiving intelligence reports that French authorities were permitting opiate smuggling into China and collaborating with Japanese drug traffickers.”

Federal drug law enforcement’s relationship with the espionage establishment matured with the creation of CIA’s predecessor organization, the Office of Strategic Services. Prior to the Second World War, the FBN was the government agency most adept at conducting covert operations at home and abroad. As a result, OSS chief William Donovan asked Anslinger to provide seasoned FBN agents to help organize the OSS and train its agents to work undercover, avoid security forces in hostile nations, manage agent networks, and engage in sabotage and subversion.

The relationship expanded during the war, when FBN executives and agents worked with OSS scientists in domestic “truth drug” experiments involving marijuana. The “extra-legal” nature of the relationship continued after the war: when the CIA decided to test LSD on unsuspecting American citizens, FBN agents were chosen to operate the safehouses where the experiments were conducted.

The relationship was formalized overseas in 1951, when Agent Charlie Siragusa opened an office in Rome and began to develop the FBN’s foreign operations. In the 1950s, FBN agents posted overseas spent half their time doing “favors” for the CIA, such as investigating diversions of strategic materials behind the Iron Curtain. A handful of FBN agents were actually recruited into the CIA while maintaining their FBN credentials as cover.

Officially, FBN agents set limits. Siragusa, for example, claimed to object when the CIA asked him to mount a “controlled delivery” into the U.S. as a way of identifying the American members of a smuggling ring with Communist affiliations.

As Siragusa said, “The FBN could never knowingly allow two pounds of heroin to be delivered into the United States and be pushed to Mafia customers in the New York City area, even if in the long run we could seize a bigger haul.” [For citations to this and other quotations/interviews, as well as documents, please refer to the author’s books, The Strength of the Wolf: The Secret History of America’s War on Drugs (Verso 2004) and The Strength of the Pack: The Personalities, Politics, and Espionage Intrigues that Shaped the DEA (TrineDay 2009). See also www.douglasvalentine.com]

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FBI coughs up new 9/11 records about Sarasota; Documents, evidence missing

 

Newly released FBI documents say agents investigating 9/11 connections did not obtain security records from a Sarasota-area gated community containing alleged evidence that 9/11 hijackers had visited the residence of a Saudi family with ties to the royal family.

The memorandum also fails to explain, as the commission’s final report suggested it would, the basis for FBI statements made to the 9/11 Review Commission that sought to discredit an April 2002 FBI report that – contrary to the FBI’s public comments – said agents found “many connections” between the Sarasota Saudis and “individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001.”

A heavily censored copy of the four-page Memorandum for the Record is among more than 200 pages of declassified 9/11 Review Commission records released to FloridaBulldog.org this month by the FBI amid ongoing Freedom of Information litigation.

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Felony conspiracy to torture and obstruction of justice.

Obama orders full Senate Torture Report kept secret for 12 years

 

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Exxon has lied since 1977.

DemocracyNow:

Docs Suggest All Major Oil Giants Have Lied Since 1970s

 

Trump is set to install an Exxon CEO in power and other deniers. We are sliding toward complete mega-idiocy.

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Like a good non-fake journalist I checked the source, and voila! It’s gone. Winston Smith lives.

US Military Admits: We Deliberately Bombed A Hospital In Iraq

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by Joe Giambrone

A Democratic Party connected pizza restaurant, which just happens to be run by a gay man, is under siege from right-wing extremists, and even Alex Jones has tried to distance himself from the more obvious bullshit (after promoting it in the first place).

The alleged child sex ring run out of a DC pizza parlor, “#pizzagate,” has been debunked repeatedly, but that doesn’t matter to a whole lot of post-truth personalities you’ll run across on Facebook. A Youtube rumor mill churns out twists and turns daily, and these obvious propaganda pieces get re-posted unquestioningly. Lies always outpace the truth.

I’ve blocked several people whom I’m not sure genuinely believe what they’re posting. Some do, and that’s just as problematic. Snopes has a pretty good summation of this fiasco to date.

Now that assault-rifle-wielding vigilantes have taken up the cause we had all better take a step back and consider where we are as a nation. Most Americans believe mountains of bullshit all the time. And I do mean you, the reader. With the corporate media’s credibility at all-time lows the information void has been filled by trolls, scammers, political dirty tricksters, and all other varieties of dark intelligence type mercenaries. Much of what comes across the feeds is wholesale bullshit deliberately fabricated to push buttons.

What’s most damaging about all this is that it erodes the truth, making it more difficult to find or to care about. The noise barrage prompts apathy among the many and insane overreactions within a few.

There are real conspiracies. Powerful people do commit crimes, lots of them. They are not, however, so inept and incompetent about it to be running child sex slave rings out of pizzarias! To believe such nonsense requires a level of gullibility that is shocking. It requires one to be divorced from reality, living in a TV type world where such crimes are easily perpetrated and plot holes don’t matter. And neither does credible evidence.

Things have become more dire, news wise, with the recent hysteria over alleged Russian propaganda. Similarly debunked claims of Russian state involvement were sanctioned by the Washington Post. Evidence, of Russian connections to US independent media, is non-existent. Specious fake journalism appeared right in the supposed bastion of truth, where the US government routinely proclaims its objectives and floats its excuses. There is no shortage of “fake news” to rail against.

The #pizzagate fiasco was clearly the work of Trump supporters acting anonymously to drum up a hot-button smear against Hillary Clinton, just prior to Election Day. But the mainstream media has taken up the banner to try and assail all alternative news sources–alternative to them–their direct competitors. With this new escalation into the realm of vigilante violence, and with the multitude of hate crimes witnessed since the election, the country teeters in a state of trepidation over what will come next when Trump takes over.

But #pizzagate is not over yet. We still have the unfortunate business of Jeffrey Epstein to contend with.

“Epstein, who counts among his pals royal figures, heads of state, celebrities and fellow billionaires, spent 13 months in prison and home detention for solicitation and procurement of minors for prostitution. He allegedly had a team of traffickers who procured girls as young as 12 to service his friends on ‘Orgy Island,’ an estate on Epstein’s 72-acre island, called Little St. James, in the U.S. Virgin Islands.” (“Flight logs show Bill Clinton flew on sex offender’s jet much more than previously known”, Fox News, May 13, 2016)

And it’s not just right-wing sources reporting on Epstein. Says The Daily Beast:

“Epstein’s little black book and flight logs read like a virtual Who’s Who: Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Larry Summers, Kevin Spacey, Prince Andrew, and Naomi Campbell all hitched rides on Epstein’s private planes… In 2008, Epstein was convicted of soliciting sex from an underage girl and quietly paid settlements to scores of alleged victims who said he serially molested them… Epstein had 14 private numbers for Trump and his family in his little black book. Meanwhile, Bill and Hillary Clinton have remained mum about their ties to the Palm Beach pedophile—despite evidence that shows Bill was one of the most famous and frequent passengers on Epstein’s‘Lolita Express’ and that Epstein donated money to the Clinton Foundation even after his conviction.”

 

I am reminded of Sibel Edmonds’ take on the elites and how politicians are vetted to insure they do have skeletons in their closets, so that they can be controlled by the Deep State. All of these crimes are known to intelligence at the highest levels, and that is why these people are allowed to rise into positions of power. It is expressly because they have dark secrets that these individuals become our so-called “leaders.”

We can see why the trolls wanted to limit the pedophilia charges to a Democrat friendly pizza parlor in D.C., now that Donald Trump himself has been connected to Jeffrey Epstein’s “Lolita Express.” The hysteria was carefully focused and localized, no matter how glaringly false it happened to be.

Don’t look for Alex Jones to pursue Donald Trump’s link to Epstein, however. He’s already been busy attempting to deflect the charges. Don’t look for that link to go wider among the right-wing trolls, even though the President-Elect has been exposed exactly as Bill Clinton was. The right cares nothing for reality, but instead creates a false reality daily to suit their political ambitions. It is a lust for power, not for justice.

#pizzagate #hypocrisy


 

Joe Giambrone is an author and filmmaker and an enemy to propagandists of all stripes.

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McCain & Graham with head of ISIS in Libya Abdelhakim Belhaj

 

Graham, McCain Unveil Plan to Weaken Saudi 9/11 Bill

he 9/11 Advocates Group is accusing Sen. Lindsey Graham (R – SC) of stabbing them in the back today after he and Sen. John McCain (R – AZ) unveiled what they are called a “fix” to the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), a bill which aimed to allow the 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for backing al-Qaeda ahead of the attack..