The facts are in and you're an idiot. You continue to vote in these 'law and order' assholes and you've managed to turn the greatest country on the planet into a zoo. While the politicians, pharmaceutical CEOs, Big Oil and Wall Street bankers laugh all the way to their offshore bank accounts.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Afghanistan: CIA’s Shady History of Drug Trafficking

By Abby Martin and Christopher R Rice


Afghanistan remains the longest military quagmire in US history. Aside from troops still occupying the country, thousands of private contractors are on the ground that the Pentagon can’t even account for.

The Centers for Disease Control warned of record-breaking numbers of heroin deaths in the United States. “Heroin use more than doubled among young adults ages 18–25 in the past decade,” the CDC reported.
 
In the same month, it was reported that opium production is stronger than ever in Afghanistan, which now produces 90 percent of the world’s supply of the plant that’s refined to create heroin. This rise in production would have been impossible prior to the U.S.-led invasion, and it comes despite some $8.4 billion spent in counternarcotics efforts by the U.S., specifically designated to wipe out opium production in Afghanistan.

The Taliban had successfully eradicated the opium crop in the Golden Crescent before the US invasion. Now, more than 90% of the world’s heroin comes from the war torn country. Despite the United States spending nearly $8 billion to fight the Afghan narcotics trade, the country is producing more opium than ever.

Immediately following the October 2001 invasion, opium markets were restored. By early 2002, the opium price (in dollars/kg) was almost 10 times higher than in 2000. In 2001, under the Taliban opiate production stood at 185 tons, increasing  to 3400 tons in 2002 under the US sponsored puppet regime of President Hamid Karzai.

After more than fourteen years of military occupation, Afghanistan’s opium trade isn’t just sustaining, it’s thriving more than ever before. According to a recent report from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, 2013 saw opium production surge to record highs:

“The harvest this May resulted in 5,500 metric tons of opium, 49 percent higher than last year and more than the combined output of the rest of the world.”

Wow, that’s a lot of opium – and a lot of money being made. Under the watchful eye of the U.S., opium use expanded to new parts of Afghanistan and growers now make use of modern, advanced agricultural technologies.

During the eighties, the CIA financially and logistically backed anti-communist contras in Nicaragua who also happened to be international drug traffickers. In the mid-1980s, Afghanistan produced about 20 percent of the world's opium. Today it produces more than 80 percent.

Academi, better known by its former name, Blackwater earned $569 million from counternarcotics contracts in Afghanistan. The notorious company has been the biggest beneficiary of counternarcotics expenditure in the war-torn country.

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai's late half-brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, was deeply involved in the heroin trade. Mr. Karzai has denied being involved in the drug trade.

There is no conclusive proof that the CIA is physically running opium out of Afghanistan. However, it’s hard to believe that a region under full US military occupation – with guard posts and surveillance drones monitoring the mountains of Tora Bora – aren’t able to track supply routes of opium exported from the country’s various poppy farms (you know, the ones the US military are guarding).

In today’s globalized world of rule-for-profit, one can’t discount the role that multinational corporations play in US foreign policy decisions either. Not only have oil companies and private military contractors made a killing off the occupation, big pharmaceutical companies, which collectively lobby over 250 million dollars annually to Congress, need opium latex to manufacture drugs for this pill happy nation.

Multinational corporations are in it for the long haul, despite how low public support is for the war. A little mentioned strategic pact has already been signed that will allow a US troop presence to remain in Afghanistan until 2024.

Clearly, this war is meant to be sustained.

Stay informed: 

Ghani: CIA promises to continue cash payments
http://undergroundnewzinc.blogspot.com/2017/04/ghani-cia-promises-to-continue-cash.html 

How the CIA Creates Drug Cartels
http://undergroundnewzinc.blogspot.com/2017/04/how-cia-created-drug-cartels-worldwide.html 

Afghan heroin & the CIA 
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/afghan-heroin---the-cia-.html 

The war will never end
http://realpimpshit.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-war-will-never-end.html 
 

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