- 'The FARC guerrillas in Colombia are receiving their
arms from the Russians, and they're paying for it all with cocaine. And
guess what? The Russians are laundering their drug money back through the
Bank of New York!' - Mike Ruppert
- EUGENE, Oregon - "Economically,
America is much more hooked on drug money than it is on drugs," said
the former LAPD narcotics officer. The never-ending, all-American War on
Some Drugs, he stressed, "affects everything in our current economic
- THE SECRET HISTORIANS (making presentations) - Dedon
Kamathi, Celerino Castillo, Tim Bosker, Chris Melligan, Mike Ruppert.
- There were nine different speakers who addressed the
disparate audience at the historic "CIA-Drugs Symposium" here
at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene last weekend. All presented searing
accounts and first-hand testimony demonstrating that yes indeed, the CIA
and top levels of the US Government have been aware of political drug trafficking
for years, and complicit in it.
- First, Daniel Hopsicker's shocking, eye-opening film
on drug-running and corruption in the US government's security services,
www.MADCOWPROD.com/4thissue/ad.html THE SECRET HEARTBEAT OF AMERICA, set
the tone of the event.
- Organizer Kris Millegan welcomed the audience to the
Wheeler Pavilion: "I'm just really tired of the situation we've got
here, and I don't want my children to have to deal with it.... I am intent
on bursting the media bubble of silence surrounding this issue." Millegan
presented a documented historical review of political drug trafficking
by many governments throughout history, focusing on China and the Opium
Wars, which Britain forced on it in the 1800s. Millegan also discussed
Yale's secret Skull and Bones crypto-plutocratic society, initially set
up there by American opium traffickers.
- 'The Best Enemies Money Can Buy'
- Mike Ruppert, who publishes the seminal <http://www.copvcia.com
FROM THE WILDERNESS newsletter dealing with CIA-US Government-Drugs issues,
gave a very moving presentation of his own history as a former LAPD narcotics
officer, and his first-hand experience in the 1980s of CIA drug-running,
and the horrid conclusions he has drawn. "The model of the CIA dealing
drugs is exactly like a model wherein a family has a father who is molesting
the youngest daughter, and everyone else in the family conspires to keep
silent, to keep the family together, to scapegoat one member of the family
'so Daddy won't pick on me.' For that we must all share the blame, and
we must all share in the responsibility. Arguing for the lesser of two
evils is still arguing for evil. There's no other way."
- Ruppert ran down the particulars of why the US War on
Some Drugs perpetually continues, using the forthcoming US incursion into
the 50-year-old civil war in Colombia as an urgent economic example: "I
have information that the FARC guerrillas in Colombia are receiving their
arms from the Russians, and they're paying for it all with cocaine,"
related Ruppert. "The cocaine is then sold in Russia, but guess what?
The Russians are laundering their money back through <link
the Bank of New York on Wall Street. Isn't that amazing?" US financial
interests, he diagnosed, "protect, create, and arm both sides of the
conflict so they can profit from both sides. We have the best enemies that
money can buy."
- Ironically, the same multi-billion Congressional appropriation
to fight the "Drug War" in Colombia also contains millions to
support US troops in Kosovo: "We make money by destroying things,
as in Kosovo," Ruppert noted." We destroyed all the oil refineries
in a 500-mile radius there. They all have to be rebuilt. American companies
will rebuild them. We have a search-and-destroy economy."
- Who Benefits From Crack? The Jailers!
- "When you think Crack, don't think Black, think
CIA," admonished Dedon Kamathi, a producer with Motown Records (Conscious
Rap as opposed to Gangsta Rap) and co-chair of the California-based Crack
the CIA Coalition. Kamathi spoke to the US Government's strategic targeting
of minority and poor communities, reviewing the FBI's various generations-long
suppression operations against groups and individuals such as the Black
Panther Party, RAMPARTS magazine, Stokely Carmichael and others from the
1960s. Then in the 1980s, crack cocaine inundated poor and minority neighborhoods
throughout America when, charges Kamathi, "a conscious decision was
made to attack conscious rappers, to destroy African-American strugglers,
and music promoting gangsterism began to be promoted by the music industry."
- FBI guiding angel J. Edgar Hoover, Kamathi noted, "made
his name and reputation busting Marcus Garvey, yet denied the existence
of the Mafia almost his entire life and career. We have been programmed
in this country to think 'Crime' equals 'Black.'"
- Kamathi enumerated the aims of the Crack the CIA Coalition,
whose "mission statement stresses that we demand full disclosure and
prosecution of all CIA officers and assets complicit in drug trafficking;
dismantle the CIA, halt all covert wars and operations, all their dastardly
deeds; divert CIA funds to domestic programs that benefit all the people,
demand reparations, racial sentencing disparities, and ALL drug sentences--and
end the cover-up of CIA drug-trafficking complicity!"
- Speaking of dope-infested L.A. neighborhoods, Kamathi
pointed out that "before crack cocaine was introduced to Compton,
Goodyear and Firestone were the two biggest employers of African-Americans
in the area. Then the US Government enticed the companies to move operations
to Indonesia, leaving thousands unemployed in California. At the exact
same time these companies left, crack was introduced as an alternative
source of income."
- Not at all coincidentally, he noted, "The most powerful
lobbyist group in California now is the California Corrections Officers
Union. Every jailed prisoner generates $35,000 a year. Money is being taken
right out of education and put into the prison-industrial complex. Profits
over people, over spirituality, over Mother Earth and the environment."
- Freed From The Rule Of Law
- <link Catherine
Austin Fitts, former Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing
Commissioner under President George Bush from 1989 to 1990, agrees. Fitts
was fired for her outspoken attempts to cut official corruption costing
massive amounts of taxpayer money. In Eugene, Fitts spoke of how international
drug lords use Wall Street and investment banks to launder massive amounts
of drug proceeds. "Who will control our neighborhoods, organized crime
or the locals?" Fitts asked. "Whatever system we are living under,
it is not a democracy, and we are not protected by the rule of law."
- There was a presentation of another of Hopsicker's films,
titled <link IN SEARCH OF THE
AMERICAN DRUG LORDS. about Barry Seal, the infamous CIA dope pilot who
flew drugs for the US government from the Bay of Pigs to the heyday of
the Nicaraguan contras, before his 1986 assassination.
- After a quick presentation regarding the class-action
lawsuits against the CIA and others filed in California, Celerino Castillo,
URL: http://www.wbaifree.org/earthwatch/ciapns.html a 12-year veteran of
the US Drug Enforcement Administration, gave a presentation of his career,
which culminated in his assignment as Special Agent in Central America
from 1985 to 1990. Castillo's 1994 book, POWDERBURNS: COCAINE, CONTRAS
AND THE DRUG WAR, exposed CIA drug-running out of El Salvador in support
of the Nicaraguan contras.
- Castillo told the audience, "I hope that when you
leave here today you will have a better understanding of what really happened
with our government, and the deals they cut with criminals and drug traffickers.
I was there and I saw it. I kept journals. I took pictures of the good,
the bad, and the ugly, and I have them. I found out we were the Bad Guys."
Castillo described some of his close calls and misadventures while in service
of the DEA, and explained why more officers do not come forward with accounts
of their own eyewitness of corruption: "They're not about to report
anything as they have a wife, kids, house, mortgage, and don't want to
do anything to jeopardize their pensions."
- Castillo also stressed that the War on Some Drugs is
essentially political, because "if the Drug War ended now, our whole
banking system would collapse." He was not overly optimistic. "There
is no way the US Government is ever going to legalize drugs," he counseled.
"There is too much money being made now. It is going to get a lot
worse before it gets better, but we know who did this to us."
- <link Rodney
Stich, who began his attempts to expose US government corruption 40 years
ago while an FAA flight-accident investigator, described his ever-continuing
fight to expose official crimes. Author of the books DRUGGING AMERICA (1994)
and DEFRAUDING AMERICA (1999), Stich has collected case after case of official
drugrunning and corruption, detailed by government insiders and participants.
"There are way more agencies and departments involved than just the
CIA," said Stich, "a lot more government insiders and participants."
- Ruppert came back out and played a video clip of former
CIA Director John Deutch at a nationally televised town-hall meeting in
August of 1996 with South Central Los Angeles residents who were demanding
answers to CIA drug-running allegations. The clip showed Ruppert telling
Deutch that he, Ruppert, had information to supply on the topic. After
the clip, Ruppert gave a very warm welcome to <http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~pdscottPeter
Dale Scott, the prolific author of COCAINE POLITICS (1991, with Jonathan
Marshall), and DEEP POLITICS AND THE DEATH OF JFK (1993). Scott first wrote
of US- government-sanctioned drug trafficking in 1970, in his rare book
on Vietnam, THE WAR CONSPIRACY.
- The Latest Crock Of Lies
- Scott, a former Canadian diplomat, UC Berkeley English
professor, and co-founder in the 1970s of the Coalition on Political Assassination,
was the keynote speaker of the evening. He drew special attention to <link
the rep ort issued on May 11 by the US House of Representatives Select
Committee on Intelligence, which asserted that the committee had "found
no evidence" that employees or assets associated with any US security
service, including the CIA, have ever been complicit in running drugs into
the US, or in covering up for those who had.
- "The May 11th report basically says there is nothing
to worry about," asserted Scott. "This report is full of lies,
flat-out lies, in terms of what they've already admitted to in other reports."
Scott proceeded to rip the Committee's findings apart, point by eloquent
point, illustrating vividly how many of the US Government's own previously
released reports refute the farcical conclusion that there is "no
evidence" to connect both the CIA and the US Government to drug trafficking.
- In a letter offering support for the Symposium and its
aim to shine a light on officially sanctioned drugrunning and other corruption,
Peter DeFazio, (D-OR) wrote, "I have fought for years to lift
the dark veil of secrecy shrouding the US Intelligence bureaucracy. Unfortunately,
the intelligence establishment is given vast deference by many of my colleagues,
which has led to little accountability and virtually toothless oversight
- The massive secret computer spy system <link
Echelon was brought to public attention not by Congressional oversight,
but by independent journalists and researchers, DeFazio noted, bemoaning
the ability of the CIA to "slap the label of national security on
something as innocuous as a budget number." DeFazio concluded his
letter, "Given the low likelihood that enough elected officials will
rise to challenge the intelligence bureaucracy, it is up to concerned citizens
such as yourselves to reveal possible misconduct. Good luck with your symposium.
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