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    Default Drugs profits for Oil wars

    I found an interesting book that describes the “War by drugs”- Peter Dale Scott “Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Columbia, and Indochina” (2003): https://ourrebellion.files.wordpress...indo-china.pdf
    It is 16 GB to download (I’ve saved it as a text document at 0.5 GB)…
    My very short summary of the Peter Dale Scott book is that drugs are used to fund wars for oil. In this post I’ll try to summarise the book.

    WAR FOR OIL
    The short-term effect of oil investments from the USA is to increase corruption and dictatorship. From Iran in 1953, to Indonesia in 1965 and Ghana in 1966; the CIA overthrew governments that threatened to nationalise their oil industry.
    In the half century since the Korean War the USA waged 4 major wars in the Third World: Vietnam (1961-1975), the Persian Gulf (1990-1991), Colombia (1991-present), and Afghanistan (2001-2002) – written shortly before the invasion of Iraq in 2003. These wars were in or near oil-producing areas. All 4 relied on major drug trafficking proxies. The USA trains, arms, and finances drug-trafficking allies to secure oil resources abroad, which caused a huge increase in global drug trafficking since WW II.
    So-called US aid programs usually spend 90% of the budget on military. According to US Ambassador Robert White: “If you put over 90 cents of your foreign policy dollar into the Pentagon and the CIA, then your policy is going to emphasize a military approach, a secretive, under the [table] approach, to the problem”.

    AIR AMERICA, BBCI
    An important role in the drug trade was played by the quasi-autonomous Civil Air Transport (later named Air America). Most Air America planes carried drugs, and were jointly owned and operated by Kuomintang (KMT) Chinese and the CIA. In Air America’s wake a number of outsourced, nominally private corporations were founded, such as DynCorp.
    Paul Helliwell, the OSS-veteran and eventual CIA officer, was involved with Meyer Lansky’s bank in Miami, Civil Air Transport (CAT), and a succession of banks with CIA and mob ties: Castle Bank of the Bahamas, World Finance Corporation, Nugan Hand Bank (Australia), and Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI). These banks were used to launder money for CIA and mob. George Olmsted’s (from Washington) Financial General Bank was also involved and eventually taken over by BCCI.
    CIA Directors George H.W. Bush and William Casey were linked to BCCI, at least since 1976. Also the Bank of England participated in a cover-up of BCCI’s criminality.

    BURMA/LAOS - KMT
    Starting in 1949-1950 the CIA shipped arms and supplies to the KMT drug network in Burma. In February 1951, CAT planes delivered arms and took KMT’s opium for the return flight. Thanks to KMT warlords and CAT, opium production in Burma increased fivefold in less than a decade - from 80 to 400 tons a year.
    This evolved into the larger program of support for the opium-growing Hmong tribesmen in northeast Laos. The US government made sure that drug-trafficking (mainly opium) and triads remained under KMT control.
    In July-August 1959 they arranged a phony Laotian crisis of to have an official White House sanction for a continuous Air America airlift to Laos; amongst others to Hmong (Meo) camps in northeast Laos. Most of the opium and heroin ended up in traditional KMT networks through Hong Kong to the USA.
    Opium production soared over 2 decades of CIA-KMT meddling in Burma and Laos, and then plummeted in 1975 after the USA withdrew from the region. According to the US Bureau of Narcotics in 1970 the annual opium production was between 1,250 and 1,400 tons, more than half of it coming from the Golden Triangle of Burma, Laos, and Thailand.

    PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN
    The CIA with Saudi intelligence started collaborating with Islamists like Bin Laden at the beginning of the 1970s, and backed the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies. The Golden Crescent along the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, went from 400 tons of heroin in 1971 to 1,200 tons in 1978. Before 1979 almost no heroin from this area reached the USA, but it supplied 60% of US heroin through the 1980s.
    In April and May 1979 the USA armed mujahedin guerrillas in Afghanistan, amongst whom Gulbuddin Hekmatyar - a known drug trafficker with heroin refineries. During the Afghan resistance to the Soviet Union in the 1980s, Bin Laden was the financier and logistics expert for the Saudi-financed Makhtab al-Khidamat, an organisation that recruited volunteers from all over the world. Bin Laden made commission on the transactions, which were laundered by the Russian Mafia.
    In 1999 the United Nations estimated the yearly opium production of Afghanistan at 4,600 tons; 70% of the world’s crop (7,000 tons). The heroin was trafficked by the mujahedin that had been supported by the CIA.
    In the 1980s Global International Airways (of Farhad Azima) delivered arms to Afghanistan, taking narcotics back. Also Global International Airways (Kansas City), which was reportedly founded with money from BBCI, was involved in the arms for drugs pipeline.
    By the mid-1980s processing and exporting heroin had created a black economy in Pakistan of about $8 billion - half the size of the official economy - and Pakistan’s military administration was evolving into a full-blown narco-government.
    In July 2000 Mullah Mohammad Omar leader of the Taliban imposed a ban on opium: resulting in some 70% of the world’s opium production being wiped out virtually at a stroke. The CIA switched their alliance to another drug proxy the Northern Alliance, who trebled their opium output in 2000 in northeast Afghanistan. The Northern Alliance helped in the war “against” Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda.

    COLOMBIA
    After Occidental Oil discovered the Caiio Limon oilfield in 1983, by 1984 he USA were present in Colombia. A US security firm working for Occidental Petroleum participated in a Colombian army military operation that killed 18 civilians.
    Before that already in 1977 Jet Avia had landed in Colombia with the Texan drug trafficker Jimmy Chagra; the plane was owned by Danny Ray Lasater. Lasater had ties with organised crime and made contributions to the campaigns of Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton and Kentucky Governor John Y. Brown, Jr.. Lasater was eventually convicted for cocaine distribution in Colombia.
    The coca production in Colombia went from 3.8 to 12.3 thousand hectares between 1991 and 1999.
    In 1993, while working for the Cali cartel, Carlos Castaiio collaborated with the CIA and the Colombian police to bring down the drug baron Pablo Escobar. Castaiio and brother were leaders of the Los Pepes death squad that killed members of Escobar’s organisation. Castaiio admitted in a television interview that 70% of the income for his group, the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), came from drugs.
    In the 1990s Clinton’s drug czar, General Barry McCaffrey, blamed “narco-guerrillas” for the flood of cocaine that was in fact controlled by the Colombian government and right-wing paramilitaries.
    One of the principal suppliers to the Mexican cartels is the Henao-Montoya organization with which Carlos Castaiio is affiliated.
    In 2001 Colombian government sources estimated that 40% of Colombian cocaine exports were controlled by right-wing paramilitary warlords and allies. Meanwhile the amount controlled by the FARC, was estimated by the Colombian government at 2.5%. FARC was the target of the US “war on drugs”.
    In Colombia the CIA used another airline - Southern Air Transport. In November 1998, a Colombian air force plane landed at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport with a hidden cargo of 1600 pounds of cocaine.

    In my opinion there is only one major flaw in this book: it focuses completely on how everything is controlled from the USA.
    Peter Dale Scott does mention that the British, the French, and the Dutch-used drugs as a cheap way to pay for overseas expansion. As far as I can tell these countries are still major players in the international drug trade.



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    Default Coleman - Drug War Against America

    I found another interesting book - John Coleman “Drug War Against America”: http://www.mediafire.com/file/1kr78c...7lr/646377.pdf
    The value of the Coleman book is that it presents information from a different viewpoint and as such is complementary to the book by Peter Dale Scott. It leads to the Anglo-Dutch bankers and concludes that since the seventeenth century the whole drugs industry is controlled by the English Royal family.
    In my opinion it doesn’t stand up to the Dale Scott book that I posted earlier. Dale Scott explains how drugs are part of the whole system, while this Coleman book describes drugs as the ultimate goal. If you agree with my criticism that Dale Scott is wrong to put the blame almost completely on the CIA, you might prefer the Coleman book.
    In this post I will present the “good” information from the Coleman book, by ignoring the information that I don’t subscribe to.

    Coleman worked as an assistant administrator for operations for the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and was involved in the capture of Pablo Escobar. Don’t be surprised that John Coleman puts the blame on forces outside the US government and bases his story on information by the DEA.
    The first 20 pages of the Coleman book are (almost) ridiculous with the claim that the British music invasion, led by the Beatles and Rolling Stones, was designed to get the USA hooked on drugs and a call for draconian laws; according to Coleman: “Addicts caught smoking or ingesting dope should be tried by a special court and if found guilty, sent to a correction camp in the middle of the Mojave desert with the minimum of human comforts”.

    LONDON RUNS THE DRUG GAME
    The drugs trade really began in 1652. The British East India Company, on whose board of directors sat the holiest of the British aristocracy, had the monopoly on the opium trade to China. Almost 13% of the income of India under British rule was from the sale of opium to Chinese addicts.
    When some investigators arrived in China to investigate the opium trade allegations made in England, their British passports were promptly revoked by magistrates of East India Company. Officially China passed a law (the Yung Cheng Edict of 1729) prohibiting the importation of opium. The British East India Company could export without hindrances at least up until 1753.
    During Queen Victoria's reign, 15 Members of Parliament in England controlled the drugs trade; they included Lord Chamberlain, Sir Charles Barry and Lord Palmerston. Like the opium trade to China, the drug trade in the Caribbean, Central and South America, the Middle and Far East, became a British monopoly.
    America and England are run by 300 families that are all intertwined through companies, banks and marriages, and ties to the Black Nobility. The elite of this world - the "royal" and "noble" families of Europe and the "best" families of America and Canada are in charge of drugs. Because it goes to the highest echelons of power; drugs won’t be eradicated. The British "Blue Blood" families made their fortunes by shipping opium from Afghanistan and Pakistan to China. Queen Elizabeth Guelph is not only the Queen of the British Empire, but also of the drugs business.
    As far back as 1931, the heads of the drugs companies and banks were made peers. The Queen of England herself extended special protection to the big 5 drug trade companies in England.
    Lord Halifax, Britain's Ambassador to Washington, took control of US foreign policy prior to and during WW II. His son, Charles Wood, married Miss Primrose, a blood relative of the House of Rothschild. What Britain dictates, America carries out.
    In 1930, British capital invested in South America greatly exceeded its total investment in the so-called dominions. Mr. Graham, said that British investments in South America "exceeded one trillion pounds". The reason why Britain invested so much in South America is in one word: DRUGS.
    LSD is manufactured by the Swiss Oligarchy-Black Nobility family - Hoffman LaRoche.

    MAKING MONEY – GOLD, HONGSHANG, BANKS
    In 2003 the International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimated global money laundering between 590 billion and 1.5 trillion dollars a year, representing 2-5% of the global GDP. A large share of money laundering is linked to the narcotics trade. According to the Independent of February 29, 2004: drug trafficking is the third biggest global commodity in cash terms after oil and the arms trade.
    Opium produces 64% of the Gross Domestic Product of China.
    Labour and raw material is so cheap that profits of up to 5000% can be made in producing cocaine.
    Drugs are traded with gold. To facilitate this, Credit Suisse sells 1 kilo of pure gold bars. The world price of gold is "fixed" every day at the offices of N.M. Rothschild, St. Swithins Court, London. The price of gold is strongly connected to the price of opium.
    Offshore banks that are known launderers of drug money are often affiliated with the Royal Institute for International Affairs (RIIA). Here is a list of countries where they are located: Singapore, Bahamas, Antigua, Antilles, Bermuda, Trinidad, Caymans, and Panama.
    A company called Tejapaibul banks, with Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank (known as the Hongshang Bank), with a large office in London is in the middle of the drugs business. Some of the banks involved in money laundering for drugs: Credit Suisse; The Royal Bank of Canada; Banconacional de Panama; National Westminster Bank; Barclays Bank.
    Credit Suisse in Geneva and First National Bank of Boston were caught red handed laundering dope money. Some 1200 separate indictments were brought against First National, the Justice Department combined these into a single charge. First National was given a symbolic $500 fine and Credit Suisse wasn’t even pursued by the Justice Department or the Treasury. Credit Suisse remains one of the largest dope money laundering banks after American Express — the "untouchables" of banking.

    AFGHANISTAN BARAKZAI DYNASTY
    Long before the Taliban were brought to power in Afghanistan, it was growing opium on a massive scale. From 1747 to 1929, it was ruled by the Barakzai Dynasty, which controlled the opium trade for at least 150 years. When the Taliban were overthrown, they made a member of the clan, Hamid Barakzai, the head of Afghanistan.
    President Hamid Karzai had actually collaborated with the Taliban before. Since the mid-1990s, Karzai was a consultant and lobbyist for the US oil company, UNOCAL, and negotiated with the Taliban.
    In 2001 an estimated 7606 tons of opium poppy was produced in Afghanistan; in 2007 with 88,000 tons production was almost back at the record level of 90,983 tons in 1999. According to the UNODC, in 2003, opium in Afghanistan generated $1 billion for farmers and $1.3 billion for traffickers.

    COLUMBIA & BOLIVIA – IMF & BIS
    The IMF and the Bank of International Settlement (BIS) are clearinghouses for the drug trade.
    The drug barons in Columbia and Bolivia received every possible help from the IMF. All of the economic plans by the government were rejected by the IMF to help drugs take over the economy.
    Roberto Suarez, a former dictator and friend of the Bolivian Mafiosi, was helped to power by the IMF. Suarez had to enforce the brutal conditions imposed on Bolivia by the IMF, which resulted in many Bolivians dying of starvation in the months that followed - in accordance with Global 2000.
    Then a flood of cocaine began pouring into the USA. Somehow the money never goes back to Colombia, but most of it finishes up in the vaults of Swiss banks. We’re oh so happy with the Swiss banks secrecy...

    PANAMA – IMF
    The banking structure in Panama was set up by Nicolas Ardito Barletta. Barletta formerly ran the Marine and Midland Bank, which was taken over by the drug banker's Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank. While Panama banks control the cocaine trade, the opium/heroin trade is controlled from Hong Kong.
    In 1982 the Treasury Department stated that Banco National de Panama had become the main clearinghouse for drug dollars with a six-fold increase in cash flow from 1980 to 1988.
    Henry Kissinger and the US State Department promoted General Paredes as a "Panama nationalist, a staunch anti-Communist friend of America", in reality Parades had long-standing ties to Fidel Castro. Paredes took command of the National Guard and supported Kissinger's Andean Plan to turn Central America into another war area for the US military. Parades sabotaged Contadora's efforts to reach a peaceful solution to the problems in the region.
    The IMF blackmailed Panama by threatening that the preliminary agreement to restructure Panama's $320 million debt might be cancelled if they wouldn’t follow orders. General Noriega told the Panamanian people on national television on March 22, 1986, that the IMF is strangling Panama.
    Roberto Eisenmann accused Noriega of destroying Panama's economy, and even of being involved in the cocaine trade, when in fact Eisenmann worked closely with the Colombian cocaine barons.
    President George H.W. Bush had a meeting with the Panamanian "opposition forces," the Panamanian Democratic Opposition Civic Alliance, with ties to banks in Panama and Florida that launder drugs money. Its leader, Guillermo Endara, on television called for the assassination of Noriega. Naturally Ted Turner’s CNN supported the campaign to get rid of Noriega. Bush declared the drug-tainted Civic Alliance the "official government of Panama". They were "sworn in" on a US military base.
    Noriega was kidnapped by a 7000 strong military contingent and brought to Miami to stand trial as a major "drug dealer". On November 16, 1990, Noriega made the following statement in court:
    I am now at the mercy of a totally unfair, unjust system, which chooses my prosecutors, and now chooses my defense attorney”.
    In 2009, drugs are flowing more freely than ever from Panama; and drug money laundering banks operate in ever more freedom.

    CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEANS
    The plan for the Caribbean Islands drug trade came from David Rockefeller and was called the "Caribbean Basin Initiative". Members of the consortium were Fidel Castro, David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger and the IMF, plus a number of major banks and the US State Department.
    Fidel Castro got a dope empire worth more than $35 billion a year.
    The IMF demands that Latin America grows "cash crops" - marijuana and cocaine - to meet international debt obligations. The IMF encouraged several countries, including Jamaica and Guyana, to grow drugs. The IMF's position is on record; the Colombian office of the IMF stated openly that marijuana and cocaine are crops just like any other crops.

    TIR – DRUGS TRAFFICKING IN EUROPE
    The trucks of Triangle International Routier (TIR) are loaded in Bulgaria and Turkey. They are not checked in Europe, because they are expected to be clean. TIR trucks are heavily involved in smuggling drugs in Europe.
    In Bulgaria several banks are knowingly involved in laundering drugs money.
    Kintex is a drug company run by the Bulgarian state.


    In the Dutch news this week. Last March 8, the police found 60,000 XTC-pills and 25 kilos of MDMA, with an estimated value of almost 1 million Euro. 1 person was arrested.
    At first reading this sounds impressive, but when you think about it... the total catch is maybe 200 pounds of drugs. The only reason that the value is so high, is because prices are increased by our corrupt legal system (and stories like these keep the prices high).

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    Default Gary Webb – Dark alliance

    I’ve found another interesting book about the CIA’s involvement in cocaine trafficking in which Nicaragua’s Contras (Fuerza Democratica Nigaraguense, FDN) were used and financed.
    It shows that the whole Iran-Contra affair was a cover-up of the ugly truth that the CIA was making the crack epidemic of the 1980s happen, and used the proceeds to finance the Contras in Nicaragua. Also some other Latin American countries were involved (notably the Panama of Dictator Manuel Noriega).

    Gary Webb “Dark alliance - The CIA, the CONTRAS, and the CRACK
    COCAINE EXPLOSION” (1998): http://www.mediafire.com/file/kdayng...5sv/953236.pdf
    Objectively speaking Webb’s book is a better book than the other 2 I’ve found. The other 2 books are flawed in that they tell a story, but are light on evidence.
    The Webb book has almost an overkill of evidence. The result is that it’s too long for people that rather wait for the movie than read a book (the PDF counts 867 pages).

    Gary Webb is one of the suspicious deaths of the Clinton-Bush bodycount; on 9 December 2004 he was suicided. Conveniently Webb’s suicide letter was typed.
    According to Coroner Robert Lyons: “It’s unusual in a suicide case to have two shots, but it has been done in the past, and it is in fact a distinct possibility”.
    Webb was found with 2 bullets from a 38 calibre revolver in his head ((some claim even 3 pistol shots).
    One of the sources Webb had based his story on, Ricky Ross, spoke to Webb in the days before his death. Webb had told him that he was working on a new story concerning the CIA and drug trafficking: https://theawakezone.wordpress.com/2...ys-remembered/

    I will not even try to summarise the book, but will name the most interesting names, with some additional information. And some nice pictures.

    PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN
    In March 1981, Ronald Reagan authorised the CIA to explore ways of aiding the Contras. By November 1981, the Contra project was already running, and the CIA made its sponsorship of the FDN official. Reagan approved the plans and in December 1981 sent CIA director William Casey to present it to Congress, saying that the covert operations for Nicaragua were in the interest of US national security.
    From 1981 to 1984, the CIA helped the Contras directly, by providing weapons, money, training, planning strategy and tactics, and keeping tabs on its hirelings.

    The Contras became too controversial (if I understand correctly about some minor technicalities like murdering some innocent people). On Christmas Eve 1982 the Boland amendment passed the House by a vote of 411–0. It looked like Congress was cracking down the Contra project, by cutting funding, but without actually doing so.
    By early 1983, CIA dollars were pouring into Honduras and Costa Rica, which benefitted the Contras. But the money the Contras received wasn’t nearly enough to finance the growing military organisation. The CIA recruited Norwin Meneses so that drug sales could be used to support the Contras.
    Ronald Reagan installed Oliver North to arrange the details.
    The following picture shows from right to left Ronald Reagan, Oliver North, Adolfo Calero (CIA operative installed as FDN commander) on 4 April 1985.


    In the following picture are Adolfo Calero (centre) and drug lord Norwin Meneses on the far right, around June 1984


    OLIVER NORTH
    With the assistance of lawyer and then CIA-director William Casey, Oliver North created a network of offshore bank accounts to conceal the source of the drugs money.
    When the Boland Amendment went into effect in October 1984, day-to-day control of the Contra project passed to the Reagan White House and Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North at the National Security Council. The US government was business partners with cocaine traffickers.
    Norwin Meneses' cocaine was smuggled to the USA in military transport planes.

    In June 1985, on a yacht in the Pacific port of Balboa, North and Manuel Noriega made a deal that Panama would help to support the Contras; particularly by making airbases located in Panama available for the drugs for arms pipeline.
    The Columbian drug trafficker, George Morales, testified that in March 1984 in Fort Lauderdale he talked with 3 Contras close to the CIA, Octaviano Cesar, Adolfo "Popo" Chamorro and Marcos Aguado, who asked him to support the Contras and told him they worked for the CIA. Cesar and Aguado (old friends of Meneses) promised Morales that they could help make his “legal problems disappear”.
    Aguado, the chief pilot for the ARDE Contra forces in Costa Rica, was identified in a 1987 congressional testimony as a CIA agent.
    Morales said planeloads of weapons were flown to a ranch in Costa Rica owned by CIA-operative John Hull; a training area for Contra soldiers. After the arms were dropped off, large green duffel bags stuffed with cocaine from the Contras were loaded aboard and flown back to the United States, usually to the public airport at Opa Locka, Florida. A pilot, Gary "Hippie" Betzner, testified that their flights were protected by the CIA.

    In 1984, at a top-level meeting with DEA officials in Washington, North shocked the room by suggesting that $1.5 million in cocaine cash the DEA planned to seize from the Medellin cartel should be turned over to the Contras.
    A $10 million donation from the Medellin cartel to the Contras was arranged by Carlos Lehder and paid to the Cuban (former) CIA agent Felix Rodriguez. Here’s a picture of George H.W. Bush and Rodriguez.


    Oliver North used Rob Owen to carry out orders and inform him on the CIA’s operation in Central and South America. In this way North could keep his hands clean.
    According to Oliver North’s personal notes in July and August 1985 he was informed of the drugs trafficking by the Contras: https://nsarchive.wordpress.com/2015...-declassified/
    North summarised a meeting with Rob Owen on 9 August 1985 and wrote down in his notebook
    Honduran DC-6 which is being used for runs out of New Orleans is probably being used for drug runs into U.S.


    MANUEL NORIEGA
    Manuel Noriega was the dictator of Panama that helped in the cocaine trafficking; he suddenly became an enemy of the USA and was sentenced to prison.
    In 1988, Noriega's pilots would fly up weapons for the Contras along with the drugs, leaving the guns behind in Costa Rica, and dumping the drugs in Louisiana and Texas.
    Then Vice-president of the United States, George H.W. Bush, met Manuel Noriega in 1983.


    NORWIN MENESES
    Norwin Meneses Cantarero came from Nicaragua to the USA in 1979 (he settled in Miami), and later moved to Costa Rica.
    In the 1980s, Meneses and Blandón became the biggest cocaine suppliers for the USA; both were working for (one or both of) the DEA and CIA.
    In 1982 and 1983, Blandón and Meneses brought 3 or 4 planeloads of cocaine from Miami to Los Angeles. Each one of those loads ranged between 200 and 400 kilos. These flights continued until at least 1984.
    When Meneses lived in Costa Rica he was dealing cocaine for the Contras. Meneses was one of the first economic supporters of the FDN in Costa Rica.

    Both to the Costa Rican authorities and the DEA knew that Norwin Meneses was a drug lord. The DEA was informed of Meneses' Costa Rican drug operations in February 1984.
    According to Contra supporter Dennis Ainsworth: Meneses was protected by the US government.
    Enrique Miranda Jaime, who became Meneses' emissary to the cartels of Colombia in the late 1980s, testified in his 1992 trial in Nicaragua that: "Norwin was selling drugs and tunnelled the benefits to the Contras with help of high-ranking military officials of the Salvadoran Army, especially with the help of the head of the Salvadoran Air Force and a Nicaraguan pilot named Marcos Aguado".
    In 1992 Meneses was sentenced to prison. In January 1996, Gary Webb interviewed Meneses in the Tipitapa prison outside Managua.

    DANILO BLANDON
    On 5 July 5 1979 Oscar Danilo Blandón Reyes arrived at LAX from Nicaragua; he became partners with Norwin Meneses and used Ricky Ross to sell cocaine in Los Angeles.
    The Colombians advanced Blandón 15 kilos (worth about $885,000). He started out with 15 kilos a month and within a couple months had progressed to 30 kilos a month. According to Meneses between 1980 and 1991 Blandón moved some 50,000 kilograms of cocaine to the USA.
    Blandón's DEA case agent, Charles Jones, stated in 1995 that Mr. Blandón was considered the largest Nicaraguan cocaine dealer in the United States.
    Blandón’s attorney, Bradley Brunon, said in court in 1992 that the DEA knew already in 1981 of Blandón's dope dealing.
    Blandón set both Meneses and Rocky Ross up, in return for a relatively small prison sentence. Blandón walked out of jail on 19 September 1994 after serving only 28 months for 10 years of cocaine trafficking.

    RICK ROSS
    Ricky “Freeway” Donnell Ross was selling between 1,000,000 and 1,250,000 doses of crack every single month in Los Angeles (20–25 rocks of crack per gram of powder, 20,000 to 25,000 per kilogram). At seven kilos a day, Ross was moving more than 200 kilos of cocaine every single month. That meant he was pumping out around 165,000 vials of crack a day (5 million rocks a month).
    When in 1987 things got a little too hot for Ricky Ross in LA, he moved to Cincinnati. Pretty soon Blandón made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Ross asked some of his associates to come over from LA, and took over the cocaine business not only of Cincinnati, but also Toledo, Cleveland, Columbus, Hamilton, Middle-town, Fairfield, Ohio, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Atlanta, Texas, and even in faraway Seattle.
    Ross said he sold 300 or 400 kilos of Blandón's cocaine in the Midwest, netting around $2 million in profits.
    When one of his dealers, Alphonso Jeffries, got locked up in prison, Ricky decided to go back home to LA in the fall of 1988.

    Right at that moment the LAPD was doing something against crack. In 1988, the sheriff's office hauled in $33.9 million in cash and another $33 million in 1989 — along with 66 houses, 110 vehicles and 4 airplanes. In 1988, only the Majors had brought in 4,470 pounds of cocaine.
    Alphonso Jeffries had turned government witness against Ricky Ross. When Ross was finally arrested, the cops beat him up. Ross was asked to testify against the cops that had not only had beaten him up, but were also taking some of the money from the dealers. On 22 February 1990, a federal grand jury indicted 10 deputies on 27 counts of theft, tax evasion, and conspiracy, Ricky Ross the star witness in 1991.
    Ross was released from federal prison in August 1993 and returned home to South Central. He still had another charge in Texas, to which he pleaded guilty, and re-entered prison in December 1993, until August 1994 when he was released.

    Then Blandón contacted Ricky Ross numerous times. Ross said he wanted to stay clean, but found a normal job too difficult, and the profits too low. When his friend, Chico Brown, asked Ross to introduce him and his friend from Baltimore, Curtis James, to his dealer, in return for the $30,000 Ross had already loaned, and an additional $70,000 for his troubles, Ross introduced them to Blandón.
    In late February 1995, Ross, Brown, and James were set up by government witness Blandón and were arrested. Ross's third strike; he was looking at a very long time in prison this time.
    Gary Webb repeatedly interviewed Ricky Ross in prison for his book.


    Webb has collected an impressive amount of information in his book, but he wasn’t the first.
    On 9 July 1987 2 protesters, Michael L. Kreis and Michael E. Bardoff both from Baltimore, held up a banner "Ask about cocaine smuggling" during the Iran-Contra hearings, when Oliver North was lying under oath.
    Kreis and Bardoff were arrested, we can’t have activists trying to expose the ugly truth, when the government is trying really hard to cover it up, can we?
    While they were led away, they yelled things like:
    "What about the cocaine dealing that the U.S. is paying for?
    Why don't you ask how many non-combatants have been killed by the . . . contras?
    Why don't you ask questions about drug deliveries?
    ".
    They were charged with “disrupting a congressional hearing and demonstrating within a Capitol building”: http://articles.latimes.com/1987-07-...3196_1_contras
    Kreis and Bardoff were pronounced guilty in November, 1987 (but they only got a light sentence).

    Maybe more interesting is the Committee led by Senator John Kerry, which concluded in a report released on 13 April 1989:
    That individuals who provided support for the Contras were involved in drug trafficking and the Contras knowingly received financial and material assistance from drug traffickers, including cash, weapons, planes, pilots, air supply services and other materials.
    Participation of narcotics traffickers in Contra supply operations through business relationships with Contra organisations.
    "the CIA's Chief of the Central American Task Force went on to say: We knew that everybody around Pastora was involved in cocaine ... His staff and friends (redacted) they were drug smugglers or involved in drug smuggling”.
    The US State Department paid over $806,000, authorised by Congress, to known drug traffickers to “carry humanitarian assistance to the Contras”. In some cases after the traffickers had already been indicted by federal law enforcement agencies on drug charges, in others while traffickers were under active investigation by these same agencies: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerry_Committee_report
    Do NOT ever read my posts.
    Google and Yahoo wouldn’t block them without a very good reason.

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    In March 1998, the CIA Inspector General testified that from 1982 to 1995 there had been a secret agreement between CIA and the Justice Department that the CIA didn’t have to report drugs offenses by its assets.

    The actual request from Central Intelligence Agency Director William J. Casey to Attorney General William French Smith to exclude “narcotics violations” from the “reportable offenses” is still kept secret.

    Here’s the reply by William French Smith to William Casey, dated 11 February 1982:
    Dear Bill:

    Thank you for your letter regarding the procedures governing the reporting and use of information concerning federal crimes. I have reviewed the draft of the procedures that accompanied your letter and, in particular, the minor changes made in the draft that I had previously sent to you. These proposed changes are acceptable and, therefore, I have signed the procedures.

    I have been advised that a question arose regarding the need to add narcotics violations to the list of reportable non-employee crimes (Section IV). 21 U.S.C. 874(h) provides that `[w]hen requested by the Attorney General, it shall be the duty of any agency or instrumentality of the Federal Government to furnish assistance to him for carrying out his functions under [the Controlled Substances Act] . . .' Section 1.8(b) of Executive Order 12333 tasks the Central Intelligence Agency to `collect, produce and disseminate intelligence on foreign aspects of narcotics production and trafficking.' Moreover, authorization for the dissemination of information concerning narcotics violations to law enforcement agencies, including the Department of Justice, is provided by sections 2.3(c) and (i) and 2.6(b) of the Order. In light of these provisions, and in view of the fine cooperation the Drug Enforcement Administration has received from CIA, no formal requirement regarding the reporting of narcotics violations has been included in these procedures. We look forward to the CIA's continuing cooperation with the Department of Justice in this area.

    In view of our agreement regarding the procedure, I have instructed my Counsel for Intelligence Policy to circulate a copy which I have executed to each of the other agencies covered by the procedures in order that they may be signed by the head of each such agency.

    Sincerely,
    William French Smith



    Casey in reply thanked French Smith, dated 2 March 1982: “I am pleased that these procedures, which I believe strike the proper balance between enforcement of the law and protection of intelligence sources and methods, will now be forwarded to other agencies”.

    From 2 March 1982 to 3 August 1995, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Attorney General and the DCI under Executive Order 12333 excluded reporting narcotics violations for "non-employees" of the CIA (like assets and independent contractors).
    This MOU was made public by Representative Maxine Waters (who did her own investigation on the drugs trafficking by the CIA in the wake of the Dark Alliance series by Gary Webb) on 7 May 1998.
    The document has been removed from the internet. Its text is available on the following archive link: http://archive.li/csck8

    See the following excerpt from the MOU:
    C. `Employee' means:
    1. A staff employee or contract employee of an Agency;
    2. Former officers or employees of an Agency, for purposes of offenses committed during their employment; and
    3. Former officers or employees of an Agency, for offenses involving a violation of 18 U.S.C. 207.
    Then in Section “IV. NON-EMPLOYEE REPORTABLE OFFENSES” is prescribed which offenses by “non-employees” are “reportable”, the list excludes narcotics offenses.

    That secret understanding remained in effect until August of 1995, when Attorney General Janet Reno rescinded the agreement. The 1995 MOU didn´t exclude drugs crimes (for non-employees).
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    Default Terry Reed - Compromised

    I’ve found another book on the drugs for arms pipeline centred in the Arkansas of Governor Bill Clinton - Terry Reed & John Cummings “Compromised: Clinton, Bush and the CIA” (1994): http://survivorbb.rapeutation.com/vi...p?f=218&t=2785

    This book is different from the other books about drugs trafficking in this thread. It’s sort of a personal story about Terry Reed, who was part of the drugs for arms pipeline involving the Contras, without even knowing the drugs part.
    This book is (almost) impossible to find on the internet. The previous link has some short sections inserted that are not part of this book (I estimate this is less than 1% of the total text there).

    On 24 February 1982, in Oklahoma City; Terry Reed first met Oliver North (who used the name John Cathey at the time). At that time Reed could contact North through the FBI. Reed frequently met North.
    Only in 1987, when Iran-Contra hit the press, Reed found out that “John Cathey” was really Oliver North.
    On 11 March 1983, North proposed Reed to meet Barry Seal (Adler Berriman Seal) so he could help in supplying guns to the Contras. Shortly thereafter Dan Lasater introduced Seal to Reed.

    One of the first tasks for Reed in working for Seal was to make sure that no FAA regulations were violated for the airport they set up near Nella, about 12 miles from Mena, Arkansas (population 5000) which was only accessible by four-wheel drives.
    The airport was first used to train Contra pilots in air-delivery techniques for the Contra Air Force.

    When the airport became fully operational; weapons were delivered by “special barge traffic” over the Arkansas River to Nella and protected by the US Army Corps of engineers. The arms were temporarily stored there and flown to the Contras.
    Cash and drugs were dropped in Arkansas from planes. The cash airdrops amounted to more than 9 million dollars a week.
    Terry Reed saw the operation by being involved, but didn’t realise that the cash came from cocaine trafficking. He also knew that the CIA and White House were involved (of course at the time he didn’t know the identity of Oliver North yet).

    Planes were “borrowed”, with and without the owners' cooperation, for "sting" operations.

    The New Jersey gun-manufacturing company Iver Johnson’s arms Inc. was moved to Jacksonville, Arkansas.
    The untraceable parts (without serial number) for the M16 rifles for the Contras were manufactured by the firm Park On Meter Inc. (POM) located in the town of Russellville.
    Seth Ward Sr. was a high roller in Arkansas that was involved with POM, together with his son Seth Jr. (Skeeter). The son-in-law of Seth Ward Sr. was Webster (Webb) Hubbell, partner at the Rose law firm where Hillary Clinton was an attorney. Hubbell was also the corporate lawyer for POM and probably the biological father of Chelsea “Clinton”.
    Hubbell denied that POM manufactured parts for M16’s, but admitted to a reporter of Time magazine that they had made a nose cone for a rocket launcher.

    Barry Seal was one of the biggest US drugs traffickers in the 1980s and had been working as an informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for years.
    Seal told Reed that he was involved in the arrest of Bill Clinton’s campaign contributor Dan Lasater and half brother Roger Clinton. This was done because Clinton had taken 10% of the gross instead of the agreed upon 10% of the profits.

    Seal wanted desperately to get out of the game. Seal decided to go public in order to protect himself against an impending Louisiana indictment.
    Barry Seal told Reed that George H.W. Bush's kids are in the drug business, when Reed asked for confirmation, Barry answered:
    Yup, that's what I'm tellin' ya. A guy in Florida who flipped for the DEA has got the goods on the Bush boys. Now I heard this earlier from a reliable source in Colombia, but I just sat on it then, waitin' to use it as a trump card, if I ever needed it. I even got surveillance videos catchin' the Bush boys red-handed. I consider this stuff my insurance policy. It makes me and my mole on the inside that's feedin' the stuff to me invincible”.
    Seal was of course murdered on 17 February 1986 after the court ordered him to work for the Salvation Army, while prohibiting him to carry a gun or hiring armed protection...

    Reed describes a meeting on 19 April 1986 at Juanita's Restaurant in Little Rock.
    The "guest list" included Oliver North, Felix Rodriguez (alias Max Gomez), resident CIA agent Akihide Sawahata, Agency subcontractor Terry Reed, and Robert Johnson (lawyer for Southern Air Transport) was in charge of the meeting. Governor Bill Clinton and his aide Bob Nash dropped in uninvited.
    This meeting confirmed that Clinton knew all about the drugs for arms pipeline centered in Arkansas.
    After the meeting, Clinton invited Reed for a short talk, where Clinton smoked a joint (and inhaled deep!).
    At the time they wanted Terry to set up a company for gun parts that would operate as a front in Mexico. Clinton advised Reed to set up this company for Oliver North.

    A Classified FBI AIRTEL, dated 18 August 1987, warns the FBI, DEA and CIA of pending media investigation into the CIA activities at Mena, and identified Barry Seal as a CIA operative.
    BOTH THE NEW YORK TIMES AND THE TELEVISION NEWS SHOW WEST 57TH STREET ARE PRESENTLY PREPARING STORIES REGARDING ALLEGED CIA ACTIVITIES AT AN AIR FIELD IN MENA, ARKANSAS.

    THE ORIGINAL INFORMATION DATES BACK TO A PILOT, BARRY SEAL, NOW DECEASED, WHO IS PURPORTED TO HAVE FLOWN GUNS TO SOUTH AMERICA FROM MENA AND DRUGS BACK INTO THE UNITED STATES. THE INFORMATION INDICATES THAT SEAL WAS AN INFORMANT FOR THE DEA AT THE TIME BUT ALSO WORKING AS AN OPERATIVE OF THE CIA. DURING THE PAST FEW YEARS, THE ACTIVITY AT THE AIRSTRIP HAS AROUSED THE INTEREST OF LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT WHO THEN ATTEMPTED TO CONDUCT SOME INVESTIGATIONS BUT WERE BLOCKED BY THE U.S. ATTORNEY. IN 1986, SEAL WAS GUNNED DOWN IN BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA. THIS WAS PURPORTED TO BE A HIT BY COLOMBIAN DRUG DEALERS.
    See the following facsimile of the August 1987 "Secret" report.


    Dan Lasater’s Company, was handling more than $300 million annually in preferred state bond activity. Then Arkansas Development and Finance Authority (ADFA) was created, directly controlled by Governor Clinton's office. ADFA was designed to compete for the profits generated by the bond issues necessary to “industrialize Arkansas”.
    The state was using the Rose Law Firm as its bond counsel for much of this activity.

    See the chart that was drawn by Terry Reed in January 1991. It shows the connections between Clinton, the Rose Law firm, Lasater, POM, Seth Ward, Webb Hubbell and Barry Seal.


    An example of the dealings of the ADFA, is the deposit of $50 million on an offshore bank account with the Fuji Bank in the Cayman Islands on 29 December 1988. A strange transaction for an organisation founded to lend money for development in Arkansas.
    Fuji subsequently took over the loan on behalf of POM, and now presumably made payments directly to Fuji. This was curious since POM gave up a long-term, fixed rate, low interest loan issued by ADFA, which had a guarantor, the bank in Memphis, to back it up.
    Clinton started borrowing money from First American in order to make up for their cash shortage, which could have made big problems for everybody involved.
    Years later the BCCI scandal reached the headlines. Which showed money laundering and fraud – when at least 8 billion dollars, perhaps more than 12 billion, were missing.
    Jackson T. Stephens, the chairman of Stephens & Co. in Little Rock, helped BCCI get started in the USA.
    Investigators in New York would accuse First American Bank and Trust in Washington, for having hidden ownership ties to BCCI. This “secret tie” was denied by its chairmen, former Defense Secretary Clark Clifford and Robert Altman, who were both indicted for this connection.
    Terry expected that the Arkansas drugs pipeline and money laundering would be blown wide open, but it never did.

    Here’s another chart made by the Harkin campaign committee during the 1992 Presidential Primaries. It shows similarities to the one Reed drew in 1991.
    It includes the Clintons, ADFA, Rose law firm, Buddy Young, Terry Reed, Felix Rodriguez, the McDougals, Madison Guarantee, Stephens Inc, First American and BCCI.


    When Terry Reed was running the gun tool company in Mexico he was contacted by the Hungarian businessman and intelligence operative - George Fenue in July 1987.
    Fenue had discovered a crate filled with cocaine and demanded Reed to explain using his company for shipping narcotics. Fenue had already discovered 2 earlier shipments in the logs with probably a similar content.
    Reed secretly took 2 bags out before contacting his CIA handler in Mexico - Mitch Marr. Marr quickly took the bait by demanding what had happened to the 2 missing bags. Now Reed had certainty that the CIA had used him to traffic drugs.

    Now suddenly Reed had become a liability, and he found himself in legal problems.
    On 5 May 1988 a FBI AIRTEL message classified Reed as an "instant matter now being carried as armed and dangerous due to information developed by the Little Rock division".
    Raymond (Buddy) Young was involved in framing Terry Reed; Reed was wrongfully accused of drugs trafficking (he was eventually acquitted).
    Here’s a picture of Hillary Clinton and Buddy Young.


    In a strange way this book is really about Barry Seal. Terry Reed doesn’t come close to describing what Seal knew (I believe that Reed is still alive).
    Seal was portrayed in the 1991 movie "Double Crossed", and for this September another glossy movie is planned, featuring the little actor Tom Cruise playing the 300 pound heavy Barry Seal.

    Here’s a 10:16 interview with Terry Reed.
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  7. #6

    Default Henry Kissinger

    Sadly overlooked in this thread, is “Sir” Henry Kissinger, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for peace in 1973 for orchestrating the mass murder in Southeast Asia (including but not limited to Vietnam and Cambodia). This went too far even for the notorious Nobel committee – 2 members of the committee actually resigned over awarding “war criminal” Kissinger this highly regarded prize.
    “Sir” Henry Kissinger is one of the “philanthropists”, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth.

    This is nowhere near a full story about Henry Kissinger; Rockefeller’s favourite agent since the 1960s. Kissinger has been instrumental in controlling US politrics ever since Richard Nixon became US president.
    Kissinger played an important role in the drugs for arms pipeline for the Nicaragua Contras project.

    Shortly after inauguration, President Reagan appointed Henry Kissinger as chairman to the Commission on Central America.
    One of the first appearances of Oliver North was in travelling to Central America for Kissinger’s commission. North later became the NSC liaison to this commission.
    Kissinger was completely aware of the cocaine trafficking by the Contras, and from the following summary of the proposal by the Kissinger commission it becomes clear that he implicitly instructed the US government to set up the drugs for arms pipeline.

    The Kissinger commission prescribed a policy for Nicaragua of economic, military and political pressure, using counterrevolutionary actions, see the following excerpts from its report:
    We do not believe that it would be wise to dismantle existing incentives and pressures on the Managua regime except in conjunction with demonstrable progress on the negotiating front.
    (...)
    the majority of the members of the Commission, in their respective individual judgments, believe that the efforts of the Nicaraguan insurgents represent one of the incentives working in favor of a negotiated settlement.
    The Kissinger Commission also acknowledged the importance of support by Honduras to the Contras, so its air force should be beefed up.
    Obviously drugs trafficking was read between the lines by the initiated in “deep politics”: http://www.envio.org.ni/articulo/3959

    On 22 October 1983 Henry Kissinger met Contra-leaders from Nicaragua, including none other than Adolfo Calero: http://www.nytimes.com/1983/10/23/wo...countries.html

    Here is Henry Kissinger; giving orders to President Donald Trump, a couple of days ago.
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  8. #7

    Default Elaine Chao

    It could be funny if it wasn’t so horrible...
    The trail of drugs trafficking, money laundering, Henry Kissinger, leads to Elaine L. Chao and back to Donald Trump, George Bush and the Clintons.

    President Trump nominated Elaine L. Chao (born in Taiwan) to Secretary of Transportation, which the Senate confirmed by a vote of 93-6 (her husband Senator Mitch McConnell didn’t refrain from voting…).
    Elaine Chao has earlier served as a Reagan administration official and secretary of labor in the George W. Bush cabinets (from 2001 to 2009). Elaine Chao is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

    Elaine’s father, James S.C. Chao, was a classmate at Jiao Tong University of Jiang Zemin, the president of China in the ’90s. They have kept in touch ever since.
    Through James Chao, Elaine and Mitch McConnell met Jiang several times, both in Beijing and Washington. When Jiang visited the White House in 1997, he met privately with Elaine and Mitch McConnell, before a state dinner hosted by President Clinton; Senator McConnell again met Jiang the next morning.
    In 1999, Elaine and Mitch appeared at the University of Louisville with Chinese Ambassador Li Zhaoxing.

    When James Chao emigrated from Taiwan to the USA, upon settling in New York, he founded the Foremost Maritime Corporation. Foremost transports goods to China and buys its ships from the China State Shipbuilding Corporation.
    Senator Mitch McConnell’s ties to the Chao family go back to the late 1980s, when James Chao began donating to his campaigns. In 1993, McConnell married Elaine Chao.
    In April 2008, James Chao gave Elaine and Mitch $5 to $25 million to help the McConnells get over the dip in their stock portfolio after the financial crisis earlier that year. The generous gift made McConnell one of the wealthiest in the Senate, with an estimated net worth of $22.8 million.

    In 1989, Elaine asked John Huang to raise money for Republican senators. In 1993, Huang, then head of the Lippo Bank (based in Indonesia), arranged a coalition of Chinese banks and individuals to sponsor Chao’s visit to Los Angeles as the new head of United Way.
    Huang also gave McConnell $2,000 in illegal donations as part of a foreign money-laundering scheme.
    Elaine has been a director for Protective Life Corp., which owns 50% of CRC Protective Life Insurance. Lippo co-owns the rest of the Hong Kong-based insurance company with China Resources Holdings Co., a front company for China’s People Liberation Army.
    Lippo is controlled by the Riady family and was at the centre of the Clinton “Chinagate” fundraising scandal. Lippo´s chief executive James T. Riady pled guilty to a felony charge for illegally donating to the campaign of Bill Clinton.

    One of Elaine’s patrons was Maurice “Hank” Greenberg.
    Greenberg is chairman and chief executive of the New York-based American International Group (AIG), which does a lot of business in China.
    Greenberg and AIG, through its employee PAC, have donated thousands of dollars to Mitch McConnell’s campaigns. Mitch also received large sums for speeches for AIG.
    AIG has also hired Henry A. Kissinger, for his connections (including in China).

    Chao also served on the board of directors for Bloomberg Philanthropies, the foundation started by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
    Elaine served as studies advisor to Heritage as well. Bloomberg gave Heritage $180,000 in 1998 and at least $100,000 a year for more than a decade through his Starr Foundation for writing favourably about trading with China: http://www.wnd.com/2016/11/trump-sho...s-elaine-chao/

    The China connection (again) leads to Henry Kissinger.
    Kissinger has visited China more than 80 times since his first clandestine 1971 trip.
    After Donald Trump became US president elect, Kissinger swiftly visited Chinese President Xi Jinping.
    Kissinger was amongst a select group of US experts that met Xi in February 2012 before he became president.
    Other Americans on this short list were former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and… Elaine Chao: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...iend-kissinger

    Now for the shocking stuff…
    In August 2014, the ship “Ping May” of the Foremost Maritime Corporation of daddy Chao was in Santa Marta en route to the Netherlands.
    Before it could leave the port, Colombian inspectors discovered, amidst its load of coal, approximately 40 kilograms (about ninety pounds) of cocaine in 40 separate packages
    : https://www.thenation.com/article/mi...pping-company/

    The following photo shows James Chao (second from right), at the christening of the “Ping May” in Shanghai.



    Elaine Chao has also served on the board of Wells Fargo, one of the biggest banks in the world.
    In 2012, Wells Fargo paid a $175 million settlement after it was accused of charging higher fees and rates to minority borrowers (maybe not of Chinese origins…) than to white borrowers with the same “credit risk”.
    Even more interesting is that in 2010, Wachovia – purchased by Wells Fargo in 2008 – paid a settlement of $160 million for laundering over $100 million in drugs money for “Mexican and Colombian drug cartels” (I didn’t know that Bush, Clinton and Kissinger are Mexican Columbians…).
    The bank admitted that it had failed to “apply the proper anti-laundering strictures” regarding the handling of $378.4 billion in currency exchanges with Mexico between 2004 and 2007.

    In the aftermath of the financial crisis, the big banks received huge government bailouts (Wells Fargo got $25 billion from the US government).
    According to the UN, proceeds from the global drug trade was “the only liquid investment capital” that ultimately helped keep Wells Fargo and other banks afloat.
    Wells Fargo also profited, and continues to profit, at the other end of the “war on drug” as a major investor in the prison-industrial complex, specifically with heavy investments in the GEO Group, the second largest private prison company in the USA: http://www.alternet.org/economy/whats-wrong-wells-fargo
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  9. #8

    Default Money laundering banksters

    I have been searching for information on “money laundering”...
    There are lots of stories with “money laundering”, but (unfortunately) most don’t explain how it works.

    Money laundering is mostly creative accounting.
    That is by adding “dirty” money to the money stream of companies, but without putting it in the books, and then the (higher) profits are accounted for; and the money is laundered.
    “Dirty” money is also used to bribe corrupt politicians and judges, so that in return they can get unreasonable high prices for their products, or pay too little for products (like for example oil). I consider this also as money laundering.

    In this context, the pharmaceutical industry is a prime example with pills that are produced for a cost of a couple of cents and then sold for 50 dollars...
    Another example is the ridiculous (high) prices paid to the arms companies.


    WELLS FARGO
    The Wachovia Bank was accused of laundering $380 billion in Mexican drug money.
    Wachovia was acquired by Wells Fargo in late 2008. Wells Fargo settled the case for $160 million and promised never to do it again.
    3.5 million unauthorised bank accounts were created for this scam.
    No large US bank has ever been indicted for violating the Bank Secrecy Act or any other federal law. Instead, the Department of Justice (DoJ) settles criminal charges with deferred-prosecution agreements, in which a bank pays a fine and promises not to break the law again...
    The mere possession of a small amount of drugs can get you sentenced to years in prison, but laundering hundreds of billions of dollars? A fine of a small percentage of the money laundered and the promise to don’t do it again: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zach-c..._b_645885.html

    Of course those poor people on the board of directors cannot be held accountable for laundering hundreds of billions of dollars...
    Five people were convicted as scapegoats, for money laundering of a little more than $1 million.
    The funds were laundered using newly created bogus bank accounts, into which proceeds were deposited. The cashier’s checks and wire transfers were made out to gold dealers.
    The bank accounts were opened using the identities of individuals from Eastern Europe who were not in the USA when the accounts were opened: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/forme...trademark-scam


    HSBC - RUSSIA
    UK banking giant HSBC (HQ London) is in a league of its own.
    At least $20 billion (possibly $80 billion) was moved out of Russia between 2010 and 2014 in the money-laundering operation dubbed “The Global Laundromat”.
    HSBC processed $545.3 million in Laundromat cash, mostly routed through its Hong Kong branch.

    Several of China’s state-controlled banks have processed hundreds of millions of US dollars from this money-laundering operation run by Russian “criminals” with links to the Russian government and spy agency FSB.
    The 5 largest Chinese banks processed more than $1 billion. Bank of China processed $716 million of the Laundromat cash, making it the fourth most active bank in the plot.
    Laundromat also included the Chinese banks: China Construction Bank Corporation, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), Bank of Communication and Agriculture Bank of China.
    Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Bank is also implicated.

    Credit Suisse, Citibank and Falcon Private Bank have also processed dirty money through their Chinese branches.
    The OCCRP investigation shows that $20 billion found its way to 96 countries, with about $915 million ending up in mainland China, and $927 million in Hong Kong: http://www.atimes.com/article/chines...undering-scam/

    Other UK banks involved in the “The Global Laundromat” are: the Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays and Coutts.
    It involves 1,920 transactions totalling nearly £600 million that went through UK banks, with a further 373 million routed through US banks: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/bu...-a7640861.html

    More banks involved in the Laundromat: Bank of America, JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered, Lloyds, UBS and ING (from the Netherlands).
    According to OCCRP, the scheme allowed tens of billions of dollars to be moved out of Russia, involving roughly 70,000 transactions from 2011 to 2014.
    According to prosecutors in Moldova, at least $22 billion was laundered as part of the scheme.
    They are investigating 16 judges, 4 employees of Moldova’s central bank and 9 commercial bank employees over involvement in the money laundering operation.
    500 people are suspected of being involved, including many wealthy and influential Russians.
    French bank BNP Paribas pleaded guilty in 2014 to violating US money laundering laws by helping clients dodge sanctions on Iran and Sudan: http://money.cnn.com/2017/03/24/news...-global-banks/

    Here’s a short explanation of this scam: http://www.independent.co.uk/atom/4009236
    Two front companies are set-up in the UK, which allow the owners behind them to remain secret.
    Company 1 makes a huge loan to company 2, a Russian company guarantees the loan, and a Moldavian straw man is included as co-guarantor for the loan.
    UK-company 2 refuses to pay the loan back to company 1.
    UK-company 1 sues in a Moldavian court to get back the loan.
    The judge orders the Russian guarantors to pay the sum, typically in the range of $100-800 million.
    The Russians transfer the money to a bank account in Latvia, and the court order has made this clean money.


    HSBC – MEXICO/COLUMBIA
    HSBC Holdings Plc’s agreed on a $1.9 billion settlement with the US to resolve charges it failed to monitor more than $670 billion in wire transfers and more than $9.4 billion in purchases of US currency from HSBC Mexico, allowing for money laundering.
    HSBC also violated US economic sanctions against Iran, Libya, Sudan, Burma and Cuba.
    HSBC paid a $1.256 billion forfeiture and $665 million in civil penalties.
    The deal was approved by a federal judge: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...ndering-accord

    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter
    What Britain dictates, America carries out.
    A report by the US House financial services committee dated 11 July 2016 shows that UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, warned the US against prosecuting HSBC, because it could lead to a “global financial disaster”.
    The US government decided not to pursue criminal charges against HSBC for laundering hundreds of millions of dollars (and not reviewing transactions worth over $200 trillion). The HSBC settled the case for $1.92 billion
    According to the committee the UK interventions “played a significant role in ultimately persuading the DoJ not to prosecute HSBC”.
    Here's the 288 page report of the committee (which contains the written mails and documents that led to the settlement): http://financialservices.house.gov/u...oi_tbtj_sr.pdf

    The most interesting from this report is the letter by UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne to US Fed chairman Ben Bernanke dated 10 September 2012 (pages 42-45), see the picture.



    The settlement agreement between the DoJ and HSBC of November 2012 is also interesting (pages 73-151), see the following excerpts:
    10. There were at least four significant failures in HSBC Bank USA's AML [Anti-Money Laundering] program that facilitated the laundering of drug trafficking proceeds through HSBC Bank USA:
    a. Failure to obtain or maintain due diligence or KYC information on HSBC Group Affiliates, including HSBC Mexico;
    b. Failure to monitor over $200 trillion in wire transfers between 2006 and 2009 from customers located in countries that HSBC Bank USA classified as "standard" or "medium" risk, including over $670 billion in wire transfers from HSBC Mexico;
    c. Failure to monitor billions of dollars in purchases of physical U.S. dollars ("banknotes") between June 2006 and July 2009 from HSBC Group Affiliates, including over $10.5 billion from HSBC Mexico; and
    d. Failure to provide adequate staffing and other resources to maintain an effective AML program.
    (…)
    16. From 2006 to 2009, HSBC Bank USA knowingly set the thresholds in CAMP so that wire transfers by customers, including foreign financial institutions with correspondent accounts, located in countries categorized as standard or medium risk would not be reviewed. Only transactions that involved customers in countries rated as cautionary or high risk were reviewed by CAMP. During this period, HSBC Bank USA processed over 100 million wire transfers totaling over $300 trillion. Over two-thirds of these transactions involved customers in standard or medium risk countries. Therefore, in this four-year period alone, over $200 trillion in wire transfers were not reviewed in CAMP.
    (…)
    18. Despite this evidence of the serious money laundering risks associated with doing business in Mexico, from at least 2006 to 2009, HSBC Bank USA rated Mexico as standard risk, its lowest AML risk category. As a result, wire transfers originating from Mexico were generally not reviewed in the CAMP system, including transactions from HSBC Mexico. From 2006 until April 2009, when HSBC Bank USA raised Mexico's risk rating to high, over 316,000 transactions worth over $670 billion from HSBC Mexico alone were excluded from monitoring in the CAMP system.
    (…)
    63. From at least 2000 through 2006, HSBC Group knowingly and willfully engaged in conduct and practices outside the United States that caused HSBC Bank USA and other Financial institutions located in the United States to process payments in violation of U.S. sanctions. To hide these illegal transactions, HSBC Group altered and routed payment messages to ensure that payments violating IEEPA, TWEA, and OFAC regulations cleared without difficulty through HSBC Bank USA and other U.S. financial institutions in New York County and elsewhere. The total value of OFAC-prohibited transactions for the period of HSBC Group's review, from 2000 through 2006, was approximately $660 million. This includes approximately $250 million on behalf of Sanctioned Entities in Burma; $183 million on behalf of Sanctioned Entities in Iran; $169 million on behalf of Sanctioned Entities in Sudan; $30 million on behalf of Sanctioned Entities in Cuba; and $28 million on behalf of Sanctioned Entities in Libya.
    (...)
    7. As a result of the Bank's conduct, including the conduct set forth in the Statement of Facts, the parties agree the Department could institute a civil and/or criminal forfeiture action against certain funds held by the Bank and that such funds would be forfeitable pursuant to Title 18, United States Code, Sections 981 and 982. The Bank hereby acknowledges that at least $881,000,000 was involved in transactions, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1956 and 1957; and that at least $375,000,000 was involved in transactions in violation of Title 50, United States Code, Appendix, Sections 3, 5 and 16 and the regulations issued thereunder, or Title 50, United States Code, Section 1705 and the regulations issued thereunder. In lieu of a criminal prosecution and related forfeiture, the Bank hereby agrees to pay to the United States the sum of $1,256,000,000 (the "Forfeiture Amount"). The Bank hereby agrees the funds paid by the Bank pursuant to this Agreement shall be considered substitute res for the purpose of forfeiture to the United States pursuant to Title 18, United States Code, Sections 981 and 982, and the Bank releases any and all claims it may have to such funds.

    RABOBANK CALEXIO - MEXICO
    In the first of a series of purchases of US regional banks, the Dutch Rabobank (that was involved in a plot to murder me by simply blocking my bank accounts) acquired Valley Independent Bank in 2002 and its two dozen branches. This included one in Calexico - located on a major border crossing with Mexico.
    The deposits of the Calexico office from 2008 to 2013 rose 39% to $153 million.
    So many US dollars were deposited that they needed weekly armoured truck (sometimes more) to transport all the cash.

    Rabobank recruited Laura Akahoshi, a 10-year veteran of the Comptroller’s office responsible for watching the banks, for compliance officer to solve problems with the authorities.
    Akahoshi left the US to work in Rabobank’s headquarters, according to her LinkedIn profile, and later moved on to a special assignment in Asia...

    Rabobank in California got rid of 3 of the 9 people monitoring money laundering. Each remaining worker went from checking about 25 transactions a day to more than 75 (about 6 minutes per transaction).
    Eventually the Rabobank compliance team was consolidated at its Roseville office in the centre of the state, leaving no one in Calexio: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...-over-rabobank


    CONSULTANCY FEES AND SPEECHES
    After the “dirty” money has been washed clean, the money has to be funnelled back to the drug trafficking elite.
    This can be done by paying ridiculous wages, like half a million for a part-time job like corporate director, or bizarre amounts in consultancy fees, and best of all, hundreds of thousands of dollars for speeches.

    Former President Bill Clinton earned more than $16.3 million for 72 speeches in 2012 alone, and combined with Hilary Clinton - the couple have made $25 million since the beginning of 2014 and $130 million since Bill left the White House (not even counting Chelsea). On average they earn around $200,000 per appearance. Bill Clinton made $750,000 for one speech in Hong Kong to Swedish telecom giant Ericsson.
    Another former President, George W. Bush, gets up to $175,000 per speech, and George Jr. even collected $100,000 to speak at a charity fundraiser for wounded US military veterans (so the “charity” was really the poor Bush family).

    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair got an estimated £2 million salary at JP Morgan for consultancy. Blair got as much as $300,000 per speech. In two half hour speeches in the Philippines in 2012, Blair was paid close to £400,000 (or over £6,000 a minute).
    Former French President, Nicolas Sarkozy got €250,000 to speak at a conference by Morgan Stanley.

    Former Fed chairman, Alan Greenspan reportedly received $250,000 for a speech in 2004.
    Former Fed chairman, Ben Bernanke reported a $250,000 fee for a speech in Abu Dhabi in 2014: http://www.cityam.com/221317/forget-...make-big-bucks

    Donald Trump was caught in one of his (many) blatant lies, when he claimed that he was paid $1.5 million per speech by the Learning Annex in 2006, 2007.
    He later said that they had paid him approximately $400,000 per speech. Donald Duck explained that the promotional campaign, that included himself, made his pay worth more than $1 million to himself: https://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczy...PRQ#.oqAGQgnN9
    In reality Donald wasn’t paid only for his speeches, but also for taking part in the advertising campaign.

    I can’t even believe that they paid Trump $400,000 for every speech though.
    But I also have a hard time believing that Donald is US president and only now realise that my wages when I worked for a big bank were much too low, so never mind poor old me...
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  10. #9

    Default Dope Inc.

    The strange thing is that I had not found out yet that the HSBC and Wells Fargo banks formed a joint venture in California in 1995 - the Wells Fargo HSBC Trade Bank, the only US-chartered bank dedicated exclusively to “global trade”: http://www.panama-guide.com/article....07080913452886

    From May 18 on, Congresswoman Maxine Waters got lots of attention in the state media about some “dirty secret”, involving Russia, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, bank records and a Committee: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/vid...peachment.html

    On 28 April, I posted:
    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter
    This MOU was made public by Representative Maxine Waters (who did her own investigation on the drugs trafficking by the CIA in the wake of the Dark Alliance series by Gary Webb) on 7 May 1998.
    And on 13 May:
    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter
    The trail of drugs trafficking, money laundering, Henry Kissinger, leads to Elaine L. Chao and back to Donald Trump, George Bush and the Clintons.
    My follow up investigation led to money laundering of drugs money from Russia by the HSBC bank, which I posted on 19 May (but starting to investigate a few days earlier):
    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter
    HSBC - RUSSIA
    UK banking giant HSBC (HQ London) is in a league of its own.
    At least $20 billion (possibly $80 billion) was moved out of Russia between 2010 and 2014 in the money-laundering operation dubbed “The Global Laundromat”.
    (...)
    A report by the US House financial services committee dated 11 July 2016 shows that UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, warned the US against prosecuting HSBC, because it could lead to a “global financial disaster”.

    I really don’t have a clue what story they are trying to bury...


    Here’s another book about drugs trafficking by the elite – by a US Labor Party investigating team “Dope, Inc. – Britain’s opium war against the U.S.” (1978): http://exopolitics.blogs.com/files/d...trade-1978.pdf
    I had already read this book while ago, but didn’t post it because I thought it was too similar to the Coleman book in post #2. I came back to it, because otherwise this thread becomes too much about the USA.

    The great aristocratic families of Britain – with the British monarchy at the top — rule the drugs business.
    The names of the families are familiar to the insiders: Matheson, Keswick, Swire, Dent, Baring, and Rothschild.
    The names of the institutions involved: the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank (HongShang), the Chartered Bank, the Peninsular and Orient Steam Navigation Company.
    HongShang, created in 1864, does what the Keswicks set it up to do: provide centralised financing of the drug trade.
    They operate through occult secret societies: the Order of Zion, Mazzini's Mafia, and the China "Triads".
    The Order of Zion rested in the British Board of Deputies, was founded in 1763 and is still active. One of the board's earliest presidents was Sir Moses Montefiore - "Queen Victoria's favourite Jew".
    The Order of Zion was funded through the London and Paris banking houses of Rothschild, Montefiore, and De Hirsch.

    In 1919, the British elite founded the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA) as the central planning and recruitment agency for the “New World Order”. The RIIA is not composed of the most influential people in Britain, but brings together the chief operating officers of the British monarchy.
    The RIIA not only controls the drugs traffic, but every important money laundering operation in the world.
    The RIIA dominates: all of Britain's top commercial banks; British Petroleum and Royal Dutch Shell; the leading British merchant banks; the world gold and diamonds trade; all leading opium trading firms (including the P&O Steamship Company, Jardine Matheson, John Swire and Sons, and Charterhouse Japhet).

    Probably the total world cash flow of illegal drugs traffic (in 1978) is between $100 and 200 billion.
    The cash must go through nominally legitimate channels, in such volume that the legitimate banks — like HongShang — cannot possibly be unwitting as to the origin.
    The Anglo-Dutch "offshore" banking system launders all of this dirty money through the international banking system past the eyes of law enforcement authorities. The Anglo-Dutch oligarchy's banking operations have the following qualifications :
    1) They have run the drug trade since the first half of the 18th century.
    2) They dominate the "offshore", unregulated banking centres that are closed off to law enforcement.
    3) They dominate all banking at the heart of the narcotics traffic.
    5) They control the world trade in gold and diamonds, a necessary aspect of exchange for drugs.
    6) They subsume the full array of organised crime, the state media, politics, the legal system, and all other required elements of distribution, and protection.

    By 1830-31, the number of chests of opium brought into China had increased fourfold to 18,956 chests. In 1836, this figure exceeded 30,000 chests.
    In 1838, on the eve of the first Opium War, British troops landed in China to force the drugs distributed by British merchants on China.
    From 1829 to 1840, a total of 7 million silver dollars entered China, while 56 million silver dollars were sucked out by the opium trade.

    There is evidence of the strategic agreement between Great Britain and the Maoist People's Republic of China, going back to negotiations between British opium-runners and Mao Tse-tung, under the auspices of the RIIA.
    The British maintained an official pro-Maoist propaganda campaign, before and after the Communists Party (CCP) took over. British officials gave awards to leading members of the CCP, even while maintaining "official" diplomatic relations with dissident elements, like Chiang Kai-shek and the Kuomintang.

    The B'nai B'rith effectively merged its operations with another branch of the Scottish rite (freemasons), based in the Midwest and South of the USA — the Knights of the Golden Circle, the forerunner of the Ku Klux Klan.
    On 6 January 1920, Britain declared its opium war against the USA – the prohibition. The British, through their distilleries in Scotland and Canada, and opium refineries in Shanghai and Hong Kong, were the suppliers.
    The drugs from the Far East are distributed into the USA through the British colony Canada.
    Each of the 5 Canadian money laundering banks has at least 1 Knight of Malta on its board. The Canadian Imperial Bank and the Bank of Nova Scotia are directed by 3 Knights of Malta each.
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