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    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.

    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”.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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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    Coleman - Drug War Against America

    I found another interesting book - John Coleman “Drug War Against America”:
    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”.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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...

    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.

    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.

    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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    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
    ” (1998):

    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:

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

    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

    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:
    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 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 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.

    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.

    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
    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:
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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.

    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:

    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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    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):

    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.

    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

    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”:

    On 22 October 1983 Henry Kissinger met Contra-leaders from Nicaragua, including none other than Adolfo Calero:

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

    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:

    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:

    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

    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:
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  9. #8

    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.

    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:

    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:

    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:

    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:

    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:

    Here’s a short explanation of this scam.
    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 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:

    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):

    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.

    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:

    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:

    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:
    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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    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:
    (archived here:

    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:

    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
    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):
    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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    Jorge Cabrera, Ng Lap Seng, John Ashe

    I never expected to find so much information on the connections between known drugs traffickers and the elite.
    I’ve heard rumours about are laws in the USA that prevent politicians from receiving foreign campaign contributions…

    The Cuban born drugs trafficker Jorge Cabrera was asked for a campaign contribution by prominent Democratic fund-raiser Vivian Mannerud in a hotel in Havana. Several days later, in November 1995, Cabrera wrote a check for $20,000 to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) from an account that included proceeds from smuggling cocaine from Colombia to the USA.
    In December 1995, Cabrera attended a Christmas reception at the White House hosted by first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, while he had earlier met Vice President Al Gore in Miami.

    In 1983, Cabrera had been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of racketeering and drug distribution. He pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice for conspiring to bribe a grand jury witness. Cabrera served 42 months in prison.
    In 1988, Cabrera was charged with managing a narcotics operation. He pleaded guilty to filing a false income-tax return. He served one year in prison.

    In early January 1996, Cabrera and several accomplices were inside a cigar warehouse near Dade County, Florida, where more than 500 pounds of cocaine was hidden. Cabrera was charged with importing 6000 pounds of cocaine into the USA on boats through the Florida Keys.
    Cabrera pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 19 years in federal prison and a $1.5 million fine.
    In October 1996, DNC returned the $20,000 check from Cabrera to the Federal Treasury, stating that it was an “improper donation”.

    When Cabrera was arrested, agents found a picture of Cabrera with Fidel Castro. Cabrera tried to make a deal by offering evidence that the Cuban Government was involved in drug trafficking.
    In November 1995, about the time the DNC asked him for a campaign contribution, Cabrera met Castro in Havana – when he was planning the shipment that was later seized in Miami.
    Cabrera said Cali Cartel boss Carlos Tascon told him of plans to send a freighter full of cocaine from Colombia to the USA through Cuban waters. Cabrera detailed how he had picked up tons of Colombian cocaine in Cuban waters out of the reach of US authorities, before he was caught.
    Cabrera's co-defendant, the Colombian Alberto Franco Herrera, struck his own deal with the government and confirmed that he and Cabrera were in Cuba during the drug deal:

    The Dole-Kemp campaign had to file a Freedom Of Information Act request to force the Clinton Justice Department to release the following photos.
    In December 1995, Cabrera met Vice President Al Gore at a Miami fund-raiser.

    In December 1995, Cabrera attended the pre-Christmas event at the White House, here’s Cabrera (on the left) with Hillary Clinton.

    Hillary and Bill Clinton are also connected to the Macau crime (Triad) boss, Ng Lap Seng, who donated thousands of dollars to the Clintons and deals in heroin, murder for hire and gun smuggling.
    Back in the days that Bill was governor, the Clintons became friends with the Arkansas restaurant owner Charlie Yah Lin Trie, a member of the “4 Seas Triad”, a crime syndicate based in Hong Kong.
    Ng entered the United States with over $300,000 cash in his pockets, and subsequently visited the White House 12 times. Ng also wired Charlie Trie between $1.1 million and $1.5 million, of which at least $645,000 made its way to the DNC as illegally laundered campaign contributions.

    One of Ng’s operations includes DNC fundraiser Ted Sioeng in the firm Ang-Du International. According to the Wall Street Journal, Ang-Du abducts Thai women for Macau brothels. Sioeng was also pictured with Vice President Al Gore at the Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple.
    According to Marie Jose Ragab, the Clinton administration and the World Bank helped Thailand organise and nationalise their prostitution business - state-sponsored trafficking in women…
    Ragab wrote in 1992: “Last year in Thailand alone, trafficking 600,000 women and girls brought $5 billion into the country”. Millions of these women and girls have their passports confiscated by the traffickers so they can do nothing about being used for sex slavery.

    In February 1996, President Clinton met with Chinese arms dealer Wang Jun after taking a donation from Charlie Trie:

    The following article describes that Charlie Trie and Ng Lap Seng are members of the triads:
    Like other organized crime groups, triads have elaborate initiation ceremonies similar to those of the Italian Mafia and are engaged in a range of illegal activities such as bank and credit card fraud, currency counterfeiting, money laundering, extortion, human trafficking and prostitution.
    In the U.S., congressional investigators in the 1990s identified “China-gate” fundraising scandal figure Charlie Trie as a triad member who aided a Chinese government campaign to funnel millions of dollars to the Democratic Party. Trie was traced by investigators to Ng Lap Seng, a Macau-based triad.
    A powerful triad leader in Hong Kong was among the first to begin money laundering on behalf of China, converting billions of dollars worth of criminal money that was funnelled to China and funding the Chinese military, said Mr. McAdam, who is writing a book on the subject.
    Today, Hong Kong remains one of the money-laundering capitals of the world. Authorities in Beijing announced this week they are moving to curb the transfer of cash by limiting to $8,000 the amount of U.S. currency mainlanders can bring into Hong Kong.
    The following picture shows Ng Lap Seng with the Clintons.

    Although Ng was identified in a 1998 Senate report as the source of hundreds of thousands of dollars illegally funnelled through Charlie Trie to the DNC, Ng was not charged with any crime.
    If I understand correctly Charlie Trie did receive a prison sentence.
    Only last year, 2016, Ng Lap Seng, was charged with smuggling $4.5 million into the US since 2013 and lying that it was to buy art and casino chips.

    Dr John Ashe, president of the 193-nation assembly from September 2013 to September 2014 and for years Antigua & Barbuda’s Ambassador to the UN , was accused of taking more than 1 million dollars in bribes from Chinese “businessmen”, including Ng.
    Because Ashe had (partial?) diplomatic immunity he was (only) facing a trial for tax fraud.
    Also several other co-conspirators were charged.
    Ashe was awarded the Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George by Queen Elizabeth II in 2007.

    Before John Ashe got the chance to testify, he suddenly died.
    At first it was reported that he died of a “heart attack”, but later it was claimed that his throat was crushed in an “accident” while lifting a barbell in his house in Westchester County:
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    Here is Henry Kissinger; giving orders to President Donald Trump, a couple of days ago.
    Trump doesn't look like he wants to do what Kissinger says in that picture.

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    Every US president since Richard Nixon has done precisely what Henry Kissinger told them.
    It was Kissinger, who told Nixon to start the Plumbers, which led to the Watergate scandal and his resignation...

    Trump also met Kissinger in May 2016 at Kissinger’s home, and in November 2016 after Trump became President elect. According to ABC News they discussed “China, Russia, Iran, the EU and other events and issues around the world”:
    That sounds so much better than drug trafficking and money laundering...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter View Post
    Every US president since Richard Nixon has done precisely what Henry Kissinger told them.
    It was Kissinger, who told Nixon to start the Plumbers, which led to the Watergate scandal and his resignation...

    Trump also met Kissinger in May 2016 at Kissinger’s home, and in November 2016 after Trump became President elect. According to ABC News they discussed “China, Russia, Iran, the EU and other events and issues around the world”:
    That sounds so much better than drug trafficking and money laundering...
    The business of corruption is like any other.

  16. #14

    Birkenfeld, UBS, Clinton

    I think I’ve found a “real” whistleblower in the American Bradley Birkenfeld, who blew the whistle on the Swiss banking giant UBS. He made 30 names of the rich clients with secret Swiss bank accounts known to the US government, only one of these has been charged and publicly named.
    Whistleblowers are really dangerous, so Birkenfeld was jailed for two and a half years for helping his clients “evade taxes”. After being released in August 2012, he had to remain in the USA wearing an electronic ankle-tag until November 2015, before he moved to Malta.
    His information is hampered, because he is convinced that it’s all about tax evasion, instead of money laundering.

    Most (if not all) of his clients and superiors at UBS got off without prison time.
    Birkenfeld got a nice pay check for helping the US government get hundreds of millions in back taxes. According to some whistleblower policy he was entitled to 30% of the profits, which amounted to $104 million minus taxes leaving him with a pay check of $75 million net (he claims that he’s entitled to much more).

    Bradley Birkenfeld, worked as Head of Business Development for North America out of Geneva, Switzerland for UBS from 2001 to 2006. In 2007, Birkenfeld offered to help US authorities with information about how the UBS had helped thousands of Americans evade taxes.

    Maybe the most interesting is how he helped the Russian immigrant, Californian real-estate billionaire Igor Olenicoff, with connections to former Russian President Boris Yeltsin.
    Birkenfeld detailed how he bought and smuggled diamonds to the USA for Olenicoff in a toothpaste tube.
    He deliberately destroyed offshore bank records on behalf of clients and helped Olenicoff with offshore assets worth $7.26 billion.
    Olenicoff was looking at serious time in jail, but pled guilty to one count of filing a false tax return. This deal kept him out of prison and he only got 2 years of probation, and had to pay $52 million in back taxes.

    UBS bankers assisted wealthy Americans to conceal ownership of their assets by creating “sham” offshore trusts. Misleading and false documentation was routinely prepared to facilitate this.
    It is a system that connects Wall Street and the City of London to Liechtenstein, Panama and the British Virgin Islands - all places where Birkenfeld parked cash for his clients.
    As a result of Birkenfeld’s leak, UBS was forced to turn over to the IRS the account details of more than 4700 clients in the USA of the 19,000 illegal account holders, and paid a fine of $780 million in 2009:

    Birkenfeld bought and smuggled diamonds for Olenicoff. I suspect that these were paid for with dirty money.
    If a multibillionaire has millions worth of diamonds or art in his house, this wouldn´t necessarily be suspicious. I can´t tell if this is already enough to have the money laundered...
    Creating “sham” offshore trusts could be used to hide money from the IRS, but these types of constructions are also used for money laundering...

    Birkenfeld says he's looking for revenge, because he was locked up for so long, where nearly everyone else involved got off with light penalties or none at all.
    Of the tens of thousands of Americans who hid money overseas, only a handful were indicted or charged. Fewer than 50 American clients of offshore banks have been sentenced in the USA since the Birkenfeld revelations. One received a 19-month sentence, only a few have gone to jail, and nearly 30 were given no jail time at all.
    All of his bosses made secret non-prosecution agreements. When the head of the private bank, Raoul Weil, was indicted, he escaped and was arrested in Italy on an Interpol arrest warrant. Weil was acquitted in about 30 minutes because Birkenfeld wasn’t allowed to testify in his court case.
    Billionaire Ty Warner — one of the few Swiss bank clients whose name has been made public —was sentenced to probation without jail time.

    Birkenfeld saw clients coming into the bank with a million dollars in a suitcase. Specialised couriers brought cash into Switzerland and deposited it in the clients´ bank account. Many clients tore up receipts of a deposit on the spot.
    The best banknote for cash transactions is the 1000 Swiss franc bill - "The largest note in the world, I mean, you could put a half a million dollars in your pocket, no problem”.

    UBS was making $200 million for 8 years, that´s a total of $1.6 billion; and only got fined $780 million.
    Birkenfeld offered the DoJ to wear a wire to record conversations with bankers and clients. He said he turned over the names, cell phone numbers and preferred US hotels of UBS banksters. He offered to help the DoJ with the investigation. But the Department of Justice (DoJ) covered up this case.

    The Swiss government and UBS are really one organisation. The bank was protected but the clients, colleagues and shareholders were not.
    Back in 2004, UBS was sending illegal wire transfers of millions of dollars to Cuba, Libya, and Iran. The US government fines them $100 million and no one goes to jail. UBS promised to do better.
    In 2012, UBS was fined $1.5 billion for the Libor scandal.
    In 2015, UBS was fined $545 million for foreign exchange manipulation.

    Birkenfeld has not publicly named most of his clients at UBS, although he provided that information to the government.
    Birkenfeld did expose Abdul Aziz Abas, who had $420 million in six numbered accounts and lived in a $50 million condo in New York City. Abas was doing illegal oil sales with Saddam Hussein. The DoJ did nothing about Abas, because he was best friends with Rudy Giuliani and Raymond Kelly (Commissioner of NYPD).

    The most secret category of American client is the Politically Exposed Person (PEP).
    Birkenfeld does not know any names of American political figures who had secret accounts in Switzerland, or how many there were.

    According to Birkenfeld the Panama papers are an orchestrated leak by some intelligence agency (like the CIA or KGB) as it is impossible for any whistleblower to get his hands on 11.4 million documents:

    Barak Obama, back in the days he was Senator Obama, was on the Senate committee investigating UBS. At the time they were investigating UBS, he accepted millions of dollars from UBS for his Presidential campaign.
    In August 2009, on the first Sunday after Birkenfeld was sentenced to prison, Obama’s golfing partner was Robert Wolf, Chairman of UBS Americas.
    When Obama paid $1.4 billion to Iran, the money was sent in cash on a private jet from Geneva, Switzerland. So obviously President Obama had access to Geneva bank accounts.

    Eric Himpton Holder Jr. served as the 82nd Attorney General under President Obama from 2009 to 2015.
    In 2001, after having served as deputy Attorney General under Janet Reno, Holder started his private law practice, in which he represented UBS.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was also involved in covering up this affair.
    Until 2008, UBS donated less than $60,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
    After Hillary intervened to help UBS out with the IRS and announced the legal settlement, Bill Clinton was paid a whopping $1.5 million for speaking engagements, while the donations to the Clinton Foundation grew to about $600,000 by the end of 2014.
    UBS also helped the Clinton Foundation launch some inner-city development programs, by lending $32 million at very reasonable rates.
    The Swiss government also donated gave $500,000 to the philanthropic Clinton Foundation while they were negotiating the settlement with UBS:

    Because Birkenfeld was not happy with his job, he began to copy and hide internal UBS documents in Switzerland, France and the United States.
    Here are the UBS documents that Birkenfeld put on his website:

    Martin Liechti, the former head of UBS wealth management for the US and the Western Hemisphere, received a non-prosecution agreement. As a result, Liechti never spent a day in prison, probation or supervised release.
    Here´s the non-prosecuting agreement between the DoJ and Martin Liechti of 2 July 2008:

    Here´s the deferred prosecuting agreement of the DoJ with UBS of 2009, where they settled the case for $780 million:

    This brings me back to the current Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta, who as US Attorney made the deals with UBS:
    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter
    Acosta also oversaw the settlement with UBS, a bank from Switzerland which helped 20,000 Americans with assets of about $20 billion evade taxes.
    The bank paid $780 million and agreed to hand over the names of “some of their clients”:

    I’ve also searched for “whistleblowers” on the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC or Hongshang bank). No less than 3 supposed “whistleblowers” popped up, who look like “limited hangout operations” to me. Two of them are trying to sell their whistleblowing credentials by entering politrics...

    The most attention is given to the French-Italian Hervé Falciani, who supposedly copied confidential information on 300,000 secret Swiss bank accounts without it being noticed. Falciani was sentenced to 5 years in jail in Switzerland for violating the Swiss bank secrecy.
    While he boasts being arrested in France and Spain, he’s supposedly out of reach of the Swiss authorities by staying in France. Falciani said that being locked up for five and a half months in Spanish jail was part of his grand design in which he was helped by “the Network”.
    Falciani’s story even involved being kidnapped by Mossad agents, but he has later admitted that this tale was “real fake”:

    Of course I hope the wonderful “Network” will save the day, but have no reason whatsoever that something similar to “the Brotherhood” of George Orwell’s 1984 is for real…

    Another “whistleblower” is Sue Shelley, who until 2013 was an HSBC executive vice-president in charge of compliance in Luxembourg.
    An executive vice-president in charge of compliance for a big bank was enough for me to not take Sue seriously…

    Then there’s the British politician Nicholas Wilson, who’s uploaded a video in which he was “shut down” by Home Secretary Amber Rudd, when he made a political speech. He talked about how HSBC is involved in the arms trade to Saudi Arabia:
    I can’t rule out that Wilson is for “real”…
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    ABN Amro

    No surprises here, my former employer ABN AMRO bank has been involved in money laundering...

    In 2007, the Dutch ABN AMRO Bank was bought by a trio of banks, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Fortis and Banco Santander.
    RBS was fined in 2010 for the past activities of ABN AMRO’s New York branch. RBS agreed to forfeit $500 million in connection with a conspiracy to defraud the USA, violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Trading with the Enemy Act (TWEA), as well as a violation of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA).

    ABN AMRO implemented procedures to flag payments involving sanctioned countries so that ABN AMRO could delete problematic text to process transactions with countries in violation with the laws of the USA.
    From approximately 1995 to December 2005, offices and affiliates of ABN AMRO removed or altered names and references to sanctioned countries from payment messages. ABN AMRO’s New York branch office intentionally failed to establish an adequate Anti Money Laundering (AML) program.
    According to assistant Attorney General Breuer:
    ABN AMRO facilitated the movement of illegal money through the U.S. financial system by stripping information from transactions and turning a blind eye to its compliance obligations. It is essential that financial institutions both large and small properly monitor the origins of funds flowing into our financial system. When financial institutions fail to do so, and, even worse, manipulate information in order to profit from prohibited transactions, they will be held accountable.
    Multiple high-risk shell companies and foreign financial institutions were used to launder money through the USA. More than $3.2 billion dollars involved shell companies and high risk transactions with foreign financial institutions through ABN AMRO NY.
    In December 2005, ABN AMRO pleaded guilty and paid penalties:

    Correspondent accounts allow foreign banks to move funds into the US without a US branch, by paying fees to a host bank that has a US banking license.
    The Justice Department investigated $885,000 in transfers from Latvia through ABN AMRO in NY that were part of evading Russian taxes. That and similar transactions are part of a broader pattern of fraud, tax and money laundering involving millions of dollars, passed through ABN AMRO NY and banks in Russia and Eastern Europe.
    ABN AMRO had to cut off its correspondent banks in Cyprus, an offshore banking centre that caters to the Russian market.
    ABN AMRO didn’t check if customers were foreign shell banks used for money laundering and tax evasion:

    In 2005, International Strategies Group (ISG) from Hong-Kong-based accused ABN AMRO of helping First Merchant Bank from the Turkish part of Cyprus to swindle it out of $16.7 million.
    ABN AMRO NY was a “turn-key” operation for international money launderers.
    ABN AMRO’s New York office handled First Merchant’s business despite a warning from the Central Bank of Cyprus against First Merchant’s chairman, Hakki Yaman Namli. Namli was wanted by Italian police for laundering $50 million.

    It sort of went like this: 1) Money comes from New York; 2) is sent to First Merchant Bank in Cyprus; 3) Money is sent across the globe.
    The money was often send to countries with lax banking regulations, like Saudi Arabia, Chile, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and Latvia, which are part of Russian money laundering activities:

    In 2015, federal prosecutors fined ABN AMRO $80 million for money-laundering and violating federal restrictions on deals with Iran and Libya; $40 million to the Federal Reserve, $20 million to New York’s bank regulator, $15 million to Illinois’ bank regulator, and $5 million to Illinois bank examiners’ education fund.
    ABN AMRO falsified payments recorded at its US branches to camouflage transactions with Bank Melli Iran and the Arab Bank for Investment and Foreign Trade (owned in part by the Libyan government).
    ABN AMRO modified wire transfers and letters of credit in order to obscure any references to the Iran and Arab banks.
    This involved suspect Russian and US bank accounts.
    The transactions were carried out by the Dubai branch of ABN AMRO between 1997 and 2004:

    In 2015, ABN AMRO was also fined 625,000 ($682,000) by the De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB, the Dutch central bank) and a further $640,000 (€586,000) by the Dubai Financial Services Authority.
    The Dubai branch of ABN AMRO took part in high risk transactions that could facilitate money laundering.
    Suspect customers deliberately opened an account at the private bank to escape strict supervision. Most of the fraudulent customers came from India by way of the banks subsidiaries:

    In 2013 ABN AMRO was fined by the DNB for breaking anti-money laundering rules in connection with housing corporation Vestia for a mere €27,000:

    In December 2008 ABN AMRO was taken over by the Dutch State.
    Since the end of 2015, the State has been selling shares ABN AMRO mostly to institutional parties below the market price. To protect ABN AMRO from a hostile takeover, technically speaking the shares aren’t even sold.
    The State still owns 63% of ABN AMRO bank…
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  18. #16

    Epstein - Agency of fear

    I’ve read another book on the War by drugs; Edward Jay Epstein – Agency of fear; Opiates and Political Power in America (1977):

    This is a different book than the others I’ve posted in this thread. It shows how the fear for drugs is used to reorganise the government, and for mind control purposes. It shows similarities with the “war on terror”.
    I was surprised to learn how many of our ideas on addicts are the prejudiced ideas that were used to fuel the war by drugs. It’s almost exclusively about the Nixon administration…

    Epstein considers the description of drug addicts by the state propaganda similar to vampires.
    The story that each addict would make addicts of others was pioneered by Richmond Pearson Hobson in the 1920s (Hobson died in 1937). Hobson was financed by John D. Rockefeller Jr.
    In 1966, Nelson Rockefeller depicted heroin addiction as an infectious disease that would be spread to “innocent” victims in both the ghetto and the suburbs.

    In 1971, President Richard Nixon justified his request for emergency powers to deal with the drug epidemic by supplying statistics to the media that the number of addict-users had increased from 68,000 in 1969 to 315,000 in 1970 to 559,000 in 1971. Myles Ambrose declared that “Such a geometric progression threatened the entire American citizenry with "the hell of addiction" every individual infected with heroin was in turn driven to infect at least six others.
    How did they reach these remarkable numbers?
    In 1969 it was not assumed that there were many addicts unknown to the police; in 1970 it was assumed that there were 246,912 unknown addicts; in 1971 they supposed 490,912 unknown addicts at large.
    If the same method was used to reach the estimate of 68,088 addicts in 1969, by mid-1970 the addict population would be 68,864…
    To put this in perspective, there were more than 9 million alcoholics and less than 100,000 known narcotics addicts at the time.

    After continual White House pressure, by 1971 television stations had donated commercial time worth some $37 million for messages about the war on drugs, according to an estimate by the Advertising Council in 1972. Because of this massive campaign, President Nixon could rightfully claim in his June 1971, declaration of a national emergency that "the threat of narcotics ... frightens many Americans".

    In 2017, it’s still common to see addicts as major criminals. One of the strategies that is used to convince us of junkies as criminals, by putting the criminals back on the street directly after an arrest - "revolving door" arrests.

    Like the numbers to show that the amount of addicts was rising dramatically, also numbers were invented to show the addicts as major criminals.
    Governor Rockefeller stated that $5 billion was yearly stolen in New York City by addicts alone.
    If all the projected 559,000 addicts committed two or three burglaries a day, as President Nixon postulated, they would commit more than 365 million burglaries a year – 200 times more than all of the burglaries. If in 1970 there were 100,000 addicts in New York and they had to steal $30 a day to pay for their habit, than that "army of addicts" would steal $1,095,000,000. Calculations like these would mean that addicts would steal 12 times more property than was actually stolen in 1971.
    In 1973, Rockefeller claimed that the 135,000 addicts in New York had a "day-in, day-out" robbery schedule. This would amount to something like 49,275,000 robberies, muggings, and murders a year, which would mean that a New York resident would be robbed, mugged, and murdered approximately 7 times a year. There were (only) about 110,000 of such crimes reported in New York City.

    In the summer of 1972, a shipping strike temporarily interrupted the supply of heroin in Eastern cities and quintupled the street price of the drug. If heroin addicts had to finance their habit through theft, then there should have been either a sharp increase in crime or an increase in the number of applicants for methadone-treatment programs. But nothing like this happened…
    During the East Coast dock strike, IDA researchers found that heroin use in the Washington jails dropped from nearly 20% to 0, while the use of barbiturates and amphetamines among the arrestees rose from 3 - 4% to nearly 20%.

    The state propaganda often tells us about the successes of law enforcement in the “war on drugs”.
    On 24 October 1969, none other than Henry A. Kissinger demanded that poppy production in Turkey must be stopped:
    Mr. Kissinger recommended that the participants at the meeting constitute a Task Force, and that a working party be established under State's leadership. The working party should prepare a report to the Task Force containing a detailed action program relating to the following: specific measures to end the Turkish opium crop no later than summer 1970; action to ensure that heroin production is eliminated in France; a diplomatic scenario should be included and fully integrated with domestic programs. The report should be in the hands of the Task Force within one week, with a view to providing a Task Force report to the President immediately thereafter.

    Then suddenly in 1971, the Turkish military overthrew the elected government of Turkey. The new premier, Nihat Erim, agreed to suspend poppy cultivation in Turkey in time for the American election.
    This sounded like a major success, but according to estimates by the CIA, Turkey produced only 3- 8% of the illicit opium in the world. While the state media accused Turkey of supplying "[I]up to 80 percent of the heroin smuggled into the United States[/I]", the Golden Triangle was producing about ten times as much.

    Another great trick is to present drug catches in “street value”. A kilogram of heroin seized in 1970 could be replaced by a trafficker in France for about $5,000; but the Bureau of Narcotics would report it at $210,000 (more than 40 times what the heroin was actually worth).

    Poppy wasn’t only used in producing (illegal) heroin, but also for codeine used in (legal) drugs. In 1974, the “coughing crisis” erupted, and the Office of Management and Budget, decided to reverse the policy of annihilating the world's poppy production and seek new sources of opium for the drug industry.

    In 1930, it was already known that federal narcotics agents in New York City took credit for arrests made by the NYPD, and that some of the federal agents were themselves involved with narcotics traffickers.
    In 1969, it was discovered that the New York office of the federal Bureau of Narcotics had become the leading dealers in heroin in the USA and were protecting the operations of dealers (who in turn helped them to get their "arrests").

    If Americans could be persuaded that their lives and the lives of their children were being threatened by a rampant epidemic of narcotics addiction, Nixon's advisors presumed they would not object to government actions like no-knock warrants, pre-trial detention, wiretaps, and unorthodox strike forces.
    A new law was passed, that meant that if an addict took a drug within 24 hours after committing a crime, he could be mandatorily sentenced to concentration camps for life for committing a petty crime (of course in 2017 the USA promotes the 3-strikes law, which is arguably even more effective…).

    There was a new policy to check automobiles and trucks crossing the border with Mexico. This delayed them up to 6 hours in hundred-degree temperatures; anybody appearing suspicious or recalcitrant was stripped and bodily searched.
    More than five million people were checked, but virtually no narcotics were found. The task force thus was quietly withdrawn from the Mexican border.

    It was repeatedly suggested that the only way to get immediate results, is to assassinate traffickers.
    According to Ambassador Martin, the only way of disrupting the supply of opium from the Golden Triangle is to organise assassination teams to kill the key traffickers that control the trade.
    John Ingersoll was asked by the White House to prepare a plan for "clandestine law enforcement". According to Jeffrey Donfeld, who drew up most of the memoranda, assassination was "a very definite part of the plan".
    According to Egil Krogh's detailed description of the discussion on drugs of John Ehrlichman with President Nixon, the president agreed to "forceful action in [stopping] international trafficking of heroin at the host country".
    The memorandum of the meeting noted:
    It is anticipated that a material reduction in the supply of heroin in the U.S. can be accomplished through a $100 million (over three years) fund which can be used for clandestine law enforcement activities abroad and for which BNDD would not be accountable.

    Already 40 years ago it was known that methadone is just as addictive and damaging to the health as heroin, while letting the government provide it to addicts, doesn’t even reduce crime, and gives the addicts the possibility to become methadone dealers themselves…

    Methadone was developed by German Nazi scientists during World War II as a substitute for heroin and morphine. After the war the formula for this synthetic drug was given to American drug companies, and it was subsequently manufactured by Eli Lilly and Company.
    Jerome Jaffe claimed that by distributing methadone, he had single-handedly decreased the crime rate in Chicago with 40%.

    Under the auspices of the New York Health Research Council, Dr. Vincent P. Dole, of the Rockefeller Institute, and psychiatrist Maria E. Nyswander, experiments were done that laid the foundation for what was to become known as "methadone maintenance".
    Dole and Nyswander actually increased the dosages of methadone for 22 addicts participating in the experiment until they were stabilized on a higher dosage of methadone than they had previously used of heroin. They succeeded in substituting the methadone for heroin.
    Because the high of methadone is less intense and works longer, theoretically, addicts on methadone could better be employed (than on heroin).

    Other doctors tried to replicate Dole and Nyswander's program of methadone maintenance but found that many of the methadone patients continued their life of crime. They also found out that they persisted in using illegal drugs.
    An April 1974 report by the newly created Drug Enforcement Agency, entitled "Methadone: A Review of Current Information", showed that addicts on methadone maintenance are not necessarily rehabilitated heroin addicts. They found out that where there is an extensive methadone program, there were more methadone addicts arrested than heroin addicts.
    It was found that among the addicts younger than 31, the only reductions in criminal arraignments one year after they had begun methadone treatment occurred in three categories: drug offenses, forgery and prostitution. In all other categories the rate of criminal charges actually increased.

    In 2017, there are still methadone maintenance programs everywhere in the developed world. Most of the information on the internet is moderately positive about these methadone programs…
    The best critical review I found is from 2001, which focuses on Atlanta.
    By 1970, methadone clinics opened across the country. Approximately 800 clinics operate today; they have 115,000 patients.
    In the 1990s, private clinics began appearing. Addicts pay up to $300 a month for methadone versus $100 a day for heroin. A private clinic with 200 patients is guaranteed a monthly income of almost $60,000.

    Clinics regularly give methadone to patients who haven't proved an addiction, increase dosages without a physician's approval and provide take-home doses even to patients who were caught selling previous doses on the street.
    GPA Treatment Director Stacey Pearce says that new patients, with opiates in their urine, claims to be using heroin with track marks or prescriptions for pain pills at multiple pharmacies, get methadone.
    DHR inspection reports show that at 4 of 10 Atlanta-area clinics, patients have walked in for the first time and got methadone without proving they suffered an opiate addiction. At 2 clinics, patients that were caught selling their doses, can still take a home supply with them.
    Patients claim they can easily get more methadone. If they complain of leg cramps, insomnia or other withdrawal symptoms, the dose goes up.

    State rules say clinics can start a patient on a maximum dose of 30 milligrams and can increase the dosage until signs of withdrawal disappear (a 50 milligram dose can kill somebody who hasn’t build up a tolerance to opiates). It's pretty standard to get five or 10 additional milligrams every few days until the dosage reaches 60 to 100 milligrams (a day).
    On 3 January 1996, Chris Brackett walked into a methadone clinic. The clinic started him on a 30 milligram dose of methadone. When Brackett returned to the clinic at 7 AM the next day, a nurse gave him another 40 milligram dose, because his cravings and symptoms hadn't ceased. He went home, to Canton. Brackett's girlfriend walked into their apartment at 6 PM, and found him laying dead on the couch. The autopsy listed the cause of death as "intoxication by multiple prescription medications, including methadone":

    From 1999 to 2007 the number of methadone deaths in the USA increased from something like 800 to 5500 a year, then lowered to 4600 in 2010.
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    Afghanistan: a narco-state

    As part of “the war on terror”, the international community has openly supported the cultivation of poppy in Afghanistan. The 21st century Afghanistan is the only country that really deserves to be called a full-blown narco-state.

    The U.S. military has openly said that it protects Afghani poppy fields. It’s claimed that this will appease farmers, while it’s supposedly the Taliban that forces these farmers to grow poppy.
    There is even an example, where a US soldier seems to be helping with cultivation.
    In November 2009, the Afghan Minister of Counter Narcotics Khodaidad Khodaidad said that the majority of drugs are stockpiled in 2 provinces controlled by US, UK, and Canadian troops. He also claimed that NATO forces are taxing the opium and that foreign troops are earning money from drug production in Afghanistan:
    See the heavily armed US mercenaries patrolling the poppy fields

    In a 2010 report by Geraldo Rivera on Fox News, a USMC Lt. Col. Admitted that US forces encourage the Afghans to grow different crops, and tolerate poppy cultivation. The US army claims they are teaching the Afghans who are the “good” guys.
    The marines also got a nice visit by British Crown Prince Charles… - EDIT video was deleted by Youtube.

    In 1983, the British SAS trained the Mujahedin fighters of the drugs trafficking Osama Bin Laden in the hills surrounding the Criffel, Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland:

    In 2007, Dutch minister Agnes van Ardenne admitted that Dutch soldiers in Afghanistan won’t take part in the destruction of opium poppy crops because it’s “counterproductive”. Van Ardenne said the Netherlands and other European NATO members oppose the plan to destroy the poppies, and would explain this to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
    According to NATO commander US Gen. James L. Jones:
    Having NATO troops out there burning crops, for example, is not going to significantly contribute to the war on drugs. It's much more sophisticated and complex than that.

    In 2007, the Daily Mail reported that the biggest success that the British troops had achieved; is that Afghanistan is now capable of converting opium into heroin on an industrial scale in factories themselves. This has resulted in Afghanistan exporting heroin (instead of opium) and has lowered the heroin prices in Britain.
    Millions of gallons of the needed chemicals are shipped into Afghanistan by tanker. The transport is greatly supported by the roads creating with American aid.
    The 4 largest players in the heroin business are senior members of the Afghan government.
    After Alexander Litvinenko reported about the major involvement of government officials in St Petersburg in the heroin trade, he had to flee Russia, because he named political allies of President Vladimir Putin. Litvinenko died in London in 2010 by polonium 210 poisoning:

    Brother of the (then) Afghan president, Ahmed Wali Karzai, was suspected of being a key player in the booming opium trade. Ahmed Wali Karzai was paid for his “assistance” by the CIA since the NATO invasion of Afghanistan for at least 8 years. Ahmed Wali Karzai denied the money from the CIA but said he received regular payments from his president brother.
    A top former Afghan Interior Ministry official said that a major source of Ahmed Wali Karzai’s influence over the drug trade was his control over key bridges crossing the Helmand River.
    Ahmed Wali Karzai got sort of controversial when the CIA’s local paramilitary group, the Kandahar Strike Force, shot and killed Kandahar’s provincial police chief, Matiullah Qati:

    Here’s a 2010 article by Alfred McCoy, with also some history of the support of the drug trafficking mujahedeen, Hekmatyar and the Pakistani ISI by the CIA.
    The Bush administration did nothing to stop the heroin boom, and helped create a drug economy that corrupted and crippled the government. In recent years, for some 500,000 Afghan families, nearly 20% of the country's population, their main source of income is poppy cultivation.
    In late 2004, President Bush said he did not want to "waste another American life on a narco-state''.
    Many Afghan officials, from village leaders to Kabul's police chief, the defence minister, and the brother of President Hamid Karzai, have been involved in the drugs trafficking:

    Following is a 2016 article, on the decrease of poppy eradication in 2016,
    In 2016 only 355 hectares, or 877 acres, of poppy were destroyed in 2016, a 91% decline from 2015.
    According to the official numbers, 90% of the world’s heroin comes from Afghanistan:
    See the estimated numbers of the UN in metric tons, according to which 2007 was the top year…

    The 2004 World Bank paper “DRUGS AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFGHANISTAN” shows that there is no plan for poppy eradication at all, but only a plan to “control” the drug trade:
    The development implications of the opium economy include pluses as well as minuses. Among the former are the support provided by the opium economy to overall economic activity and the balance of payments. The opium economy has boosted rural incomes and has served as a coping mechanism helping large numbers of poor people through wage labor and sharecropping and tenancy arrangements which provide them with access to land and credit, albeit on unfavorable terms.
    Widespread availability of grain (imported or domestically produced) on local markets may enable farmers to shift more acreage to opium poppy cultivation by obviating the necessity to grow grain for self-consumption.
    In the short run, Afghanistan’s drug industry provides significant macroeconomic benefits for the country. Comprising a large share of total economic activity (roughly one-third in 2003), it is a major source of aggregate demand—for services, durable goods, construction, etc. It provides incomes and livelihoods for large numbers of people. In recent years Afghan farmers have received in the range of half a billion dollars annually from opium production, with another several hundred million dollars probably going to wage laborers (see Ward and Byrd 2004). This constitutes an enormous injection of income into Afghanistan’s battered rural economy. The drug industry supports Afghanistan’s balance of payments with a net positive impact that is hard to ascertain but may be in the range of $500-1,000 million annually, facilitating conservative macroeconomic management and supporting the currency. And although the drug industry as an illegal activity does not provide tax revenues directly to the government (except perhaps small local revenues), imports from drug proceeds do generate significant amounts of customs revenue.

    The question of controlling the monetary proceeds of the drug trade, which are transferred through the informal hawala financial system, is important. The subject is mentioned in the strategy but no specific actions are proposed.
    Overall, an eradication-led strategy would face severe problems with implementation, poverty impacts, and political damage.
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    And the whole reason for the WoD.
    There is no spoon.

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    Here’s a video compiled by James Corbett (36:59).
    It includes interviews with “Freeway” Ricky Ross and Gary Webb (from 2003, 2004).
    Ricky Ross made $2 million dollars a day in his top period.
    On 14 December 2004, Kevin Booth calls Ricky Ross in prison to tell him that Gary Webb was “suicided”. Ross tells that Webb was looking forward to the future, his phone was tapped, people were following him, and when he got home at night there were “government people” people snooping around.
    Gary Webb was still investigating the case.

    There were some links with the video, amongst others to official documents from the NSA:
    (archived here:

    On 10 February 1986, Rob Owen ("TC") wrote North ("BG") regarding a plane, belonging to the Miami-based company Vortex, run by Michael Palmer, one of the largest marijuana traffickers in the US. Palmer received over $300,000.00 from the Nicaraguan Humanitarian Aid Office (NHAO) - an office overseen by Oliver North, Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs Elliott Abrams, and CIA officer Alan Fiers - to ferry “supplies” to the contras.

    Reagan administration officials interceded on behalf of José Bueso Rosa, a Honduran general who was involved with the CIA's contra operations. In 1984, Bueso and co-conspirators hatched a plan to assassinate Honduran President Roberto Suazo Córdoba; to be financed with a $40 million cocaine shipment to the United States, which the FBI intercepted in Florida, after which Reagan interfered in his trial to give him a relatively light sentence:

    An import source for information to Gary Webb, were the 1990 court testimonies of Fabio Ernesto Carrasco, a pilot for the Columbian drug smuggler George Morales. Carrasco testified that in 1984 and 1985, he piloted planes loaded with weapons to the Contras in Costa Rica. On the return flights, drugs were flown to the US.
    Carrasco also testified that Morales provided "several million dollars" to Octaviano Cesar and Adolfo "Popo" Chamorro, who worked with the head of the Contras' southern front, Eden Pastora. Chamorro told him that he had called his CIA control officer to ask if the Contras could accept money and arms from Morales, who was under indictment for cocaine smuggling, which "was fine".
    See the 3 images from this official document:

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    Jeb Bush

    John Ellis “Jeb” Bush, the son of a Bush Sr, was partners in crime with Alberto Duque, who financed Jeb’s $30 million real estate development project.
    Alberto Duque is the same Colombian national who laundered drug money for the Medellin and Cali Cartels and Nicaraguan Contras, while being president of the General Coffee Company of Colombia and owner of City National Bank of Miami. In 1983, Duque was convicted for fraud and sent to federal prison.

    Duque hired Bush crony Don Beazley, to serve as City National Bank's president. Beazley had previously worked for the CIA's Nugan Hand Bank in Australia.
    Former CIA director William Colby was Nugan Hand's legal counsel.
    Beazley had also been president of Great American Bank of Miami. In 1982, this bank was indicted for drug money laundering. Beazley also negotiated the sale of Second National Bank of Homestead, a subsidiary of Great American, to Nugan Hand.

    Jeb was appointed by father George H.W. Bush to the board of the National Republican Institute, the Republican branch of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
    Jeb Bush's relationship with City National Bank, whose other senior director was director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Foundation Leonard Abess, ensured that a large slice of NED money flowed to Israeli security firms like Tadiran.

    In the 1980s, Jeb Bush was a liaison between daddy George "poppy" Bush´s national security adviser, Donald Gregg, and various Florida-based Nicaraguan and Cuban exile organisations to support the drugs for arms pipeline to the Nicaragua Contras.
    Mario Castejon, candidate for president of Guatemala, sought funding for arms to the Contras and other “rebel” groups in Central America, which would be labelled "medical supplies".

    Another partner in crime of Jeb Bush was Miami-based lawyer Paul Helliwell, who owned 2 CIA money laundering banks: Great American Bank of Miami (later bought by Nugan Hand and indicted in 1982 for drug money laundering) and Castle Bank & Trust Ltd. of Nassau in the Bahamas.

    Jeb Bush was also in business with 2 other Florida banks: Northside Bank of Miami (owned by the Cali Cartel) and the Popular Bank and Trust Company.
    Popular Bank was once owned by Nicaragua's Anastasio Somoza but transferred to CIA control after his assassination in 1980 by Sandinista commandos in Paraguay. Much of the billions of dollars that the Somoza family stole from Nicaragua ended up in CIA-connected banks that financed Jeb's many real estate and money laundering enterprises.

    After Jeb Bush stopped working for the Texas Commerce Bank in Venezuela in 1980, he hooked up with the Cuban-American Miami Armando Codina, who was connected to the CIA-supported anti-Castro Cuban exiles in Florida.
    Codina helped Jeb make millions of dollars in the real estate business and eventually launch his political career that made him Governor. Jeb sold high-priced condos and mansions in the Miami area to his connections in Venezuela for handsome commissions.

    One of Jeb Bush's Miami associates was Cuban terrorist Orlando Bosch. Bosch was a key figure in CIA's Operation Condor, which was an alliance of Latin American military dictatorships that assassinated South American leaders that were considered enemies of the CIA. From Caracas, Bosch helped in the October 1976 bombing of Cubana Airlines flight 455, which killed 73 passengers and crew. The Cubana bombing was discussed at a 1976 meeting in Washington between Bosch, another Cuban terrorist, Luis Posada Carriles, and Michael Townley of the CIA.
    Jeb's father, CIA director at the time, knew about this, as well as another plot to kill former Chilean Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier:
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    Alfa Group

    I’ve found information on money laundering by the Alfa Bank and drugs trafficking by Alfa Eko (both part of the Alfa Group).
    Alfa Bank is one of the biggest banks in Russia, affiliated with Russian President Putin, Donald Trump, Obama and Halliburton (Bush and Cheney).

    Alfa Bank is part of the Alfa Group, who’s CEO, the Ukrainian born Mikhail Fridman, is one of the richest billionaires in Russia and close to Vladimir Putin. Fridman has Israeli citizenship and resides in London.
    Fridman is also a board member of the US-based International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
    Pyotr Aven is another major shareholder and member of Alfa’s board.
    In 2013, Fridman also founded LetterOne Group (a.k.a. L1 Group) to invest in international projects in energy. Aven also sits on the Board of Directors of LetterOne.

    In 1993, a top Alfa official met Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, who in 2000 was imprisoned for money laundering for Colombia’s Cali cartel:
    to conclude an agreement about the transfer of money into Alfa Bank from offshore zones such as the Bahamas, Gibraltar and others. The plan was to insert it back into the Russian economy through the purchase of stock in Russian companies.

    According to a 1997 report by the FSB (the Russian FBI), in the early 1990s Alfa Bank and Alfa Eko had been laundering Russian and Colombian drug money and trafficking drugs from the Far East to Europe.
    Alfa Group’s top executives, Mikhail Fridman and Pyotr Aven:
    allegedly participated in the transit of drugs from Southeast Asia through Russia and into Europe.

    Alfa Eko supposedly specialises in the shipment of food…
    In 1995, residents of a Siberian town became “intoxicated” and “poisoned”, after they consumed heroin-laced sugar (after stealing a bag of what they thought was sugar) that had been shipped in a rail car container leased to Alfa Eko.
    Ministry of Internal Affairs agents conducted raids of Alfa Eko buildings and found “drugs and other compromising documentation”.

    In the 1980s, Mikhail Fridman was active in the Komsomol, and, according to insiders, “secretly cooperated with operatives of the KGB” .
    Komsomol was used to “groom” 47% of the KGB agents in the Soviet Union.

    The Alfa Group “bought” Tyumen Oil for roughly $810 million from the Russian government. Russian President Boris Yeltsin had instructed his Deputy Prime Minister Alfred Kokh, to “personally control the investment tender of the TNK company” (TNK = Tyumen Oil).
    In 2000, the US Export-Import Bank approved a $489 million “loan” to Russian oil company Tyumen Oil Co.; $292 million of those funds to refurbish a Siberian oil field owned by Alfa.
    Spokesperson for the Ex-Im Bank, Marsha E. Berry, said that we are “not aware of Tyumen’s connections to the mob”.

    Tyumen’s lead attorney at Akin Gump is James C. Langdon Jr., who was also one of George W. Bush’s “Pioneers”, a fundraiser who raised at least $100,000 for his presidential campaign.
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    In 2008, Trump’s friend Rudy Giuliani was hired by the Alfa Bank for a speech. Giuliani featured prominently on Alfa’s website.
    See Rudy Giuliani (on the right) with the heads of Alfa Bank; Mikhail Fridman on the left and Pyotr Aven in Moscow:

    In 2004, Giuliani flew to Russia to meet the Russian billionaire Victor Rashnikov.
    Rudy Giuliani’s law and consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, has also represented Russian oil company Rosneft. In one deal Giuliani Partners represented both seller Rosneft and buyer, Qatar’s investment fund.
    Giuliani’s firm has also worked for the Italian oil company Eni, which has a close partnership with Rosneft.

    In 2012, Bracewell & Giuliani announced that its client Chesapeake Energy had closed an energy deal with Royal Dutch Shell Oil.
    Shell announced that they were also advised in this deal by Bracewell & Giuliani.

    In 2007, it was revealed that Giuliani’s firm lobbied for the US subsidiary Citgo Petroleum Corp of the Venezuelan state-oil company PDVSA.
    PDVSA got a $1.5 billion dollar loan from Russia’s Rosneft to avoid default on its other obligations, with 49.9% as collateral.

    Giuliani Partners also worked for TransCanada of the Keystone XL pipeline.
    Rudy Giuliani has also represented Fox News(of Rupert Murdoch), the government of Saudi Arabia andUST Tobacco.
    Giuliani left Bracewell & Giuliani in 2016, and joined Greenberg Traurig:
    (archived here:

    In 1991, Hayley Barbour, governor of Mississippi 2004 - 2012, founded the lobbying firm BGR Group. In 2013, its 3 largest clients were the Republic of India, Ukraine Chevron Corporation, and the State of Kazakhstan.
    From at least 2004 until 2015, BGR Group represented Alfa Bank; BGR received almost six million dollars from Alfa for “Bilateral US-Russian Relations”.
    Jeffrey Birnbaum of BGR on behalf of Alfa firmly denied communication between Trump’s team and the Alfa Bank.

    In May 2010 and May 2011, Fridman visited the White House. Both times Fridman was accompanied by Richard Burt, who negotiated the 1991 START I nuclear treaty with the Soviet Union.
    In February 2016, Burt started lobbying work for New European Pipeline AG. By August 2016, Gazprom owned the full 100%.

    Alfa Bank has financed one of the companies involved in building Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant. Communicating through BGR, the Alfa said that the contact had ended “after 2008 UN sanctions”:

    Richard Burt has longstanding connections with both BGR Group and Alfa.
    Burt was a member of the advisory board of the Alfa Group and still has an advisory role at LetterOne.

    Richard Burt was also executive chairman and is still a member of the Advisory Board of corporate intelligence operation Diligence LLC, which employs former spies.
    Former director of CIA and FBI, William Webster, is also involved with Diligence LLC.
    A stake in Diligence is owned by none other than Nathaniel “Nat” Rothschild.

    Burt and Dimitry Simesare also board members of the pro-Russian think tank CNI.
    Dimitry Simes arrived in the US in 1973 and quickly made a career, becoming an informal policy adviser to Richard Nixon. In 1994 Nixon appointed Simes to lead the Nixon Center.
    In March 2011, the Nixon Center was renamed to Center of the National Interest (CNI) and separated from the Richard Nixon Family Foundation. Trump’s friend for many years, Henry Kissinger, is honorary chairman of the CNI, while the cofounder of Baron Jacob Rothschild’s investment fund Blackstone, Peter Peterson, is also a board member.

    In 2017, Simes met Kremlin adviser Gleb Pavlovsky and Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.
    In 2013, Simes attended the Valdai International Discussion Club alongside Putin. Putin meets Valdai Club’s participants every year since 2004:
    (archived here:

    In 2016, some computer hackers found out that a server registered to the Trump Organization was “secretly” communicating with the Alfa bank and Michigan-based Spectrum Health of the DeVos family:

    In the first half of 2017, Alfa Bank hired lawyer Brian Benczkowski, to discredit the evidence on communication between its server and the Trump Organization server.
    That same Benczkowski had been a member of Trump’s transition team and later was nominated to become Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice Criminal Division:
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    Chip Tatum, Darlene Novinger

    Here’s information by 2 whistleblowers on drugs trafficking by the CIA in the 1980s, going all the way to George H.W. Bush, his son Jeb Bush and Oliver North - Chip Tatum and Darlene Novinger.

    Dois Gene “Chip” Tatum, as a helicopter pilot for the US Army from 1982 to 1986, was involved in massive drug smuggling into the USA.
    His passengers included: William Barr; Buddy Young; Felix Rodriguez; Oliver North; Joe Fernandez; Manuel Noriega; Mike Harari.
    Tatum reported these illegal activities to his superiors in the army, his handlers in the CIA, the National Security Council, and various high ranking officials, including: George H.W. Bush; Oliver North; Don Gregg; William Barr; Felix Rodriguez; Joe Fernandez; Dewey Clarridge.

    Tatum was present at a meeting where dropping off drug money was discussed, in the presence of: Manuel Noriega; William Barr (associated with CIA proprietary Southern Air Transport and later US attorney general); Joe Fernandez; Mike Harari; General Gustavo Alverez. Participating in this meeting via satellite telephone were George Bush Sr., Oliver North, and (then governor of Arkansas) William Jefferson Clinton.

    On 15 February 1985, Oliver North assigned Major Felix Rodriguez to be Tatum’s local handler.
    “Missions” could be ordered by any of the following: Oliver North; Amiram Nir (former Israeli Mossad Intelligence Officer and Advisor to Vice President Bush Sr.); Felix Rodriguez- (CIA).

    On his flights to Arkansas Tatum met Dr. Dan Lasater. Lasater was usually accompanied by plain-clothes cop Raymond “Buddy” Young. Young later showed up in Honduras, posing as a member of the Arkansas National Guard.
    Tatum delivered cocaine and money to Arkansas, which were labelled “donor organs”, directly to Lasater, who handed it over to Bill Clinton. He was introduced to Governor William J. Clinton, and his security chief, Buddy Young.
    After Tatum returned to Ft. Campbell, he reported to CIA Director Colby that he had discovered that he delivered kilos of an off-white powdery substance and lots of cash. He later found identical packages in Honduras containing cocaine.
    Tatum telephoned Don Gregg (George H.W. Bush’s National Security Advisor) to inform him that he was transporting large quantities of cocaine. Gregg told him that the cocaine would be used as evidence against the Sandinistas.

    About a year later, Tatum was introduced to William Barr, Mike Harari, and Buddy Young. Barr presented himself as an emissary of Bush Sr. They met Felix Rodriguez for dinner at a local German restaurant.
    There was a discussion on whether they would increase the “price” in cocaine for the guns to the Contras.
    Harari: Look-one gun and 3,000 rounds of ammo is $1,200. A kilo of product is about $1,000. We credit the Contras $1,500 for every kilo. That’s top dollar for a kilo of cocaine. It’s equivalent to the American K-Mart special-buy four, get one free. On our side-we spend $1,200 for a kilo and sell it for $12,000 to $15,000. Now, that’s a profit center. And the market is much greater for the product than for weapons. It’s just good business sense-understand?
    Young: Well, we get our ten percent right off the top and that’s plenty. GOFUS can make it go a long way.
    Harari: Who is GOFUS?
    Young: Governor Clinton! That’s our pet word for him. You know they call the President ‘POTUS’ for ‘President of the United States.’
    Harari: One camp can produce 400 keys a week. The others are about half that. But that’s just our operation here. We have other sources in various parts of the world. Why do you ask?
    Tatum met General Manuel Noriega and Barr for a meeting in which the loss of over $100 million dollars worth of drugs and cash was discussed.
    Tatum once asked Barry Seal about the cocaine being made in Contra camps.
    Seal said it was a CIA operation.

    In another instance, Tatum was present when North, Rodriguez, and Ami Nir were inspecting cocaine in a Contra camp.
    North said on 30 March 1985:
    but he [Bush Sr.] is very concerned about those missing monies. I think he's going to have Jeb [Bush] arrange something out of Columbia.
    This could be a “subtle" reference to the later assassination of Barry Seal by members of the Medellin Cartel in early 1986.

    Bill Cooper and Buzz Sawyer were shot down in Nicaragua and killed. Their associate Eugene Hasenfus was captured by the Sandinistas.
    Three months later Barry Seal was killed outside a half-way house in Louisiana.
    In 1988, Ami Nir was killed.
    In 1989, General Gustavo Alverez was killed.
    In 1991, Contra leader and overseer of the cocaine kitchens Enrique Bermudez was killed.

    Buddy Young became director of Region 6 of FEMA based in Denton, Texas.

    In March 1986, Tatum was involuntarily recruited by Lt. Col. Oliver North into a Special Operations group named Pegasus. He would be working directly for President Reagan. Tatum was paid $43,394.40 in April 1986, given a medical discharge and reported to his new assignment in May 1986.
    During the next few years, Tatum was tasked by Bush Sr. with the “neutralisation” of: in 1988 a Mossad agent, in 1989 an army Chief of Staff, in 1989 the President of a third world country, and in 1991 the leader of a revolutionary force in Central America.

    In 1992, Tatum was ordered to “neutralise” an American citizen. Tatum refused and decided to leave the Black Operations unit.
    When Tatum told Colby of his decision, Colby said he can’t just walk away. Tatum replied that he had placed film and tapes in strategic locations around the world to insure his safety.

    In May 1996, Dois Gene Tatum was locked up in the Hillsborough County Jail on a treason charge, but the authorities didn’t give any information.

    Between the lines of the book, I can read that there is a lot more information that Tatum didn’t expose.
    Chip Tatum “The Tatum chronicles – Pegasus” (1996):

    There were 28 whistleblowers and witnesses, including FBI undercover agent Darlene Novinger, who suffered anthrax attacks between 1994 and 1997. 14 survived and several have died since of “cancer”. Darlene’s entire family, her husband, father, mother were all killed, and Darlene died in July 2003 from “cancer”.
    After Novinger’s husband was murdered her files were sent to Red Wood City, California to be shredded:

    In 1982, Darlene was told by the Smatt brothers (William and Raymond) that pharmaceutical-grade cocaine was delivered to the office of Vice President Bush at the White House. Smatt also told her that they had delivered prostitutes to Jeb and George Bush Sr. when they were in Miami.
    Raymond Smatt also told her that George H.W. and Jeb Bush had used cocaine at his Miami home.
    William Smatt showed Darlene personal correspondence, photographs, and checks of Vice President Bush and his son Jeb.

    Smatt told Darlene that he had provided money to the head of the Republican Party in Florida, and that Florida politicians kept asking him for more money.
    Smatt was called by the Miami Republican Party in her presence. Smatt screamed at them:
    I just gave you a couple hundred-thousand dollars and I want this done!
    After Novinger submitted her report with this information in December 1982, an investigation was started.
    In January 1983, George Bush Sr. fired his entire staff on the South Florida Drug Task Force. Novinger assumed this was to cover-up her report.
    Novinger´s cover was blown to the “criminals” she was spying on, she thought that they hoped they would kill her. She was also shot at, Novinger assumed to scare her.

    Listen to the June 1996 radio interview by Stew Webb with Darlene Novinger.
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    Celerino Castillo, Al Martin

    On with the next “whistleblower” former DEA agent Celerino Castillo III...
    I’m not sure about Castillo, who tries very hard to portray himself as an all-American hero. The problem with his book is that the most important “evidence” comes from other public sources.
    According to Castillo he was an important source for Webb.

    Castillo claims that he "quickly discovered that the Contra pilots were, indeed, smuggling narcotics back into the United States”.
    Castillo attempted to seek justice, by reporting on Oliver North and George H.W Bush on 24 March 1986. Castillo found that Craig Chretien was one of the agents sent to El Salvador to squash his reports.
    Castillo was asked to keep his file on the Contras open, so that Walsh's Iran-Contra investigators could be denied access to the reports under the Freedom of Information Act.
    So he filed a report, but where are the details?

    When Castillo met Bush, he said to him:
    There’s some funny things going on with the Contras in El Salvador.
    Bush didn’t reply but walked away, seeking another hand to shake. Castillo claims that this is evidence that Bush knew about the drug trafficking. See Celerino Castillo with George H.W. Bush, 14 January 1986.

    In 1994, Castillo went on the road to stop Oliver North’s Virginia Senate campaign – Castillo claims he was able to stop North...

    After Castillo arrived in Guatemala, Stia described the covert US operation with the Nicaraguan rebels, run out of Ilopango air base near San Salvador by Marine Lt. Colonel Oliver North:
    Be careful what you do up there. Don't interfere in their operation.
    Sofi told Castillo about big cocaine loads from Guatemala to Miami. Where are the details?

    One time, missiles destined for the Contras were seized by the Hondurans.
    A phone call from Reagan convinced President Roberto Sauzo Cordoba of Honduras to release the shipment. Washington rewarded Honduras with additional aid.

    Celerino Castillo III and Dave Harmon "Powderburns: Cocaine, Contras & the Drug War":

    I’ll end this post with a long article by Robert Morrow on some of the whistleblowers on drugs trafficking by the CIA in the 1980s, going all the way to George H.W. Bush, his son Jeb Bush and Oliver North.
    I don’t think that Daniel Hopsicker is a reliable source for information, but the other “whistleblowers” probably are (including some of the people already named in my previous post).

    Al Martin’s book “The Conspirators: Secrets of an Iran-Contra Insider (2001) details a September 1985 meeting where Jeb Bush discussed the murder of Barry Seal in February 1986 with Oliver North, Richard Secord and Dewey Clarridge.

    Martin writes about a meeting chaired by Jeb Bush, where North explained that they would “fight” against the lower revenue of cocaine because of the lower prices, by importing more.
    CIA-assisted enterprise narcotics trafficking depressed the street price value of cocaine from $30,000 in early 1985 to $12,000 by mid-1986.

    When Martin said he would expose what was happening, Jeb Bush responded by telling him that it would be “unfortunate”, since he might wind up like George Morales or Johnny Molina.
    Jeb continued on Morales (then in prison): “Of course, Morales will never leave prison alive”.
    The day after Morales would be released from jail, he would be flown to Washington to tell about the Iran-Contra affair. The day before Morales was to be released, he died, after slipping on a bar of soap in the prisoner’s shower.

    When Bush threatened Martin at 10:30 a.m., Molina was still alive…
    The next day Martin read that Molina had “committed suicide” the same evening at about 9:30 p.m. in Pensacola, Florida.
    Lawyer Neil Lewis also threatened Martin, to which Martin responded by telling that he was aware that his former colleague, Larry Hamil, prior to the November 1998 elections, was involved in a political campaign money laundering scheme. Hamil laundered monies of Chinese origin to certain Republicans, including Jeb Bush.

    Martin has personally known almost 400 people that died under suspicious circumstances.

    In 1988, Bo Gritz, wrote a letter to George H.W. Bush about a video tape showing Khun Sa offering to stop 900 tons of illegal narcotics and expose dirty USG officials. In reply to this letter Gritz was threatened to stop his investigation and his partner Scott was jailed.
    In a 28 June 1987 letter from Khun Sa to the US Justice Department, Richard Armitage, Theodore Shackley (former Deputy Director CIA from Covert Operations) and others are named as being involved in drug trafficking:
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    Baybasin, Kurt, Haase – Britain and the Netherlands

    In this post some stories on drug traffickers working for the government as “informers” in Britain and the Netherlands.

    Baybasin – Netherlands and Britain
    In July 2002, in the Netherlands the Kurdish Turk Huseyin Baybasin was sentenced in appeal to life in prison for running a “violent” criminal organisation that was involved in murder, extortion, kidnapping and heroin trafficking in the Netherlands, Turkey and the US.
    He was convicted based on (falsified?) tapes of telephone conversations and stabbed in the back by his own attorneys (in Dutch):

    The Baybasins had information on high-ranking members of the Dutch, British and Turkish government involved in the £25 billion heroin trade.

    By 1998, the Baybasin family was making millions from exporting heroin to Europe.
    Huseyin Baybasin settled in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
    Reportedly his crime organisation also extorted up to £10,000 a year from shopkeepers and other small businessmen.

    In March 2001, his brother Abdullah pleaded guilty to drug importation and in 2006 was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
    Six members of his gang were jailed to a total of 68 years after pleading guilty to offences involving guns, violence, extortion and blackmail:

    The Baybasins were already notorious across Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia when they were invited to move from Turkey to the Netherlands and Britain.

    In either late 1994 or early 1995, Abdullah Baybasin was encouraged by Customs to come to the UK where he settled in London. Huseyin Baybasin agreed to tell Customs investigators what he knew about the involvement of the Turkish authorities in the international heroin trade.
    Baybasin and his gang entered the country illegally using forged Dutch passports, and had no problems setting up business. Abdullah Baybasin claimed asylum in Britain and was given preferential treatment because he was an informant for Customs and Excise.
    Michael Howard was home secretary at the time.

    The Baybasin Cartel was linked to up to 25 murders.
    Several other relatives also lived in Britain, including 2 other brothers, Sirin and Mesut Baybasin. Sirin was once extradited from Spain to Italy to stand trial on drug smuggling charges but acquitted:
    (archived here:

    Ayhan Kurt - Britain
    Another major drug smuggler, Ayhan Kurt, was released by the British authorities because he was working for MI5 and Turkish military intelligence.
    Kurt had escaped justice, a month after in August 2002 being caught with 70 kilos of heroin. He had earlier avoided prosecution in 1998 and had his visa renewed despite being connected to 20 kilos of heroin concealed in a car.

    In January 1998, Kurt was arrested in a London hotel room with 7 kilos of heroin and £143,000 in cash. Charges were later dropped after he promised “to name an informant in a case".
    In 2002, Kurt and his partner Recep Yilmaz, imported 200-300 kilos heroin a month. In 2002, Kurt was arrested for possession of heroin but was not charged due to "insufficient evidence".
    In 2004 (after he fled Britain), he was still smuggling 80 kilos a month into Britain.

    Two British men, David Powell and John Rae, were sentenced to respectively 17 and 11 years in a conspiracy to supply heroin. Powell and Rae admitted they were smuggling cigarettes but that Kurt had set them up by replacing the cigarettes with heroin.
    The Court of Appeal quashed the original convictions after it was revealed that prosecution didn’t disclose information about Kurt and his associate, Abdullah Baybasin:
    (archived here:

    John Haase - Britain
    Drugs baron John Haase told Labour MP Peter Kilfoyle that he was released from prison early after making a payment of £400,000 to former Home Secretary Michael Howard's cousin Simon Bakerman.

    Haase and his nephew Paul Bennett were arrested in July 1993 for an international drug trafficking operation.
    After they were jailed in 1995, the judge wrote privately to Howard asking for a royal pardon, because they had offered to become informants for Customs and Excise and their lives “would be at risk”.

    Home Secretary Howard approved the “Royal Prerogative of Mercy” and cut their sentences from 18 to 5 years.
    They were released in July 1996 (after the payment of £400,000) - 10 months and 2 weeks after being sentenced:
    (archived here:

    IRT affair – Netherlands
    The IRT affair in the Netherlands also involved drug trafficking with the participation of the police.
    In 1995, Mink K was convicted of weapons possession and cocaine trafficking. He was released on appeal, due to a legal technicality.
    Mink K had connections with the US DEA agent Robert Nieves that was linked to the cocaine importing network of the CIA and the Contras.

    The Lockerbie bombing, “investigated” by amongst others Robert Mueller, was to cover-up a drug scandal:
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    IRT affair

    I’ve looked for more information on the connection between Dutch drug trafficker Mink Kok and US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officer - Robert Nieves.

    From 1985 to 1989, Nieves was the handler of Norwin "El Perico" Meneses the Cali cartel's representative in Nicaragua who was indicted on cocaine trafficking charges in the US in 1989, and arrested and sentenced to 12 years in Nicaragua in 1991.
    In 1995, Nieves served as chief of the DEA's International Division, which was responsible for the DEA input in the IRT affair. Shortly after leaving the agency, Bob Nieves joined Guardian Technologies, a security consulting service and body armour manufacturing company based in Virginia and owned by Olivier North and Joe Fernandez (former CIA chief of station in Costa Rica from 1984 to 1986, who was also an integral part of the Contra supply network).

    Mink Kok was arrested by the French police and extradited to Belgium in mid-1998. He was released on bail after only 2 weeks of detention, and returned to the Netherlands (after making a deal).
    The IRT operation was suspended in December 1993
    F. Lenaers (of the Belgian weapons manufacturer, Fabrique National (FN)) concluded that some of the guns had been ordered from FN by a US government agency:

    Gary Webb’s book, confirms that Robert J. Nieves was the control agent of Norwin Meneses throughout most of the 1980s.
    Joseph Kelso said that Nieves had been skimming cocaine from seizures made by the Costa Rican narcotics police. In 1986, Kelso had "hard-core, documentable, bring-it-into-court information" on Nieves, including 6 witnesses willing to testify that the DEA agents were skimming cocaine, making counterfeit money, sanitising intelligence reports to Washington, and protecting cocaine processing labs in northern Costa Rica.
    At the time DEA agents Nieves and Gonzalez were stationed in Costa Rica, the CIA station chief was Joe Fernandez, a close friend and confidant of Oliver North.

    When I looked for “evidence” on the connection between Mink Kok and Robert Nieves I found a book in Dutch; Bas van Hout “De jacht op de erven Bruinsma en de Delta organisatie (2000):

    Maybe it’s an honest attempt at a real investigation by journalist Van Hout, but I suspect him of keeping the worst scandals out of it.
    Other problems with this book are that there is no reference list and he uses fake names, while giving the impression that most of the names in the book are “real”.

    It could be interesting to look at the names Van Hout DOES mention...
    He names the American Steven Brown as one of the perpetrators. What could be the motive?
    Steven Brown has a blogspot where he labels our beloved Willem-Alexander, the “graai-King” and Willem-Alexander’s university friend PM Mark Rutte a “hofnar”. He also labels our Royal family and the crooks surrounding them as “gangsters”: https://stevenbrownsblog.wordpress.c...bers-in-crime/

    Besides not naming individuals (except Brown) he doesn’t even name the Luxembourg banks that were involved in laundering the money for Cees and his brother Henk de Jongh.
    The starting point of the book is Klaas Bruinsma’s drug organisation, but (officially) the IRT-affair really only started after “drug lord” Klaas Bruinsma was assassinated.

    The most important person in the book appears to be FIOD official Cees de Jongh; the specialist in “controlled” entry of narcotics into the Netherlands, approved by the “Officier” of Justice. Officials of customs said that they reported suspicious cargo to De Jongh, who decided what to do with it.
    Cees de Jongh worked together with Frits van der Putten (one of the very few “real” names in the book) of the CID.
    Henk de Jongh worked for his brother Cees. Henk repeatedly talked to Stanley Charles Esser, an important associate of Bruinsma.
    The CID is part of the police and the FIOD is the investigation unit for the taxes (Belastingdienst).

    The criminal file of Stanley Charles Esser was made unfindable...
    Esser had 30 trucks transporting the hashish (labelled as oranges) from Morocco and Spain to the Netherlands.
    Stanley Charles Esser was also an associate of Belgian Minister Paul vanden Boeynants, whose company was involved in transporting the hashish. Vanden Boeynants was sentenced for tax evasion. No more information on this interesting lead by Van Hout...

    Henk de Jongh did the money laundering for Esser through Luxembourg banks. Henk’s wife was a top executive at a large Luxembourg bank. They invested in a real estate, gold and aiki-Budo centres (martial arts).
    Stanley Charles Esser paid the brothers De Jongh many millions of guilders for getting the drugs through customs.

    The CID leaked information to Klaas Bruinsma so that he would assassinate certain criminals.
    The British Roy Adkins was killed in September 1990 in Amsterdam after Cees de Jongh informed Stanley Charles Esser that Adkins hired a contract killer to get rid of Bruinsma. Esser was also informed on the German “Hans” (fake name), that was murdered after they informed Bruinsma that a container with drugs was caught because he had been questioned at Schiphol.
    I think that it’s possible that the information leaked to Bruinsma was false...

    Klaas Bruinsma and a select group of associates planned to import a whopping 46,000 kilos of hashish from Pakistan in one ship. According to the Dutch government, this would have made profits of 450 million guilders.
    Bruinsma asked Esser (using De Jongh) for assistance to get this through customs. Shortly before the ship would arrive in Amsterdam, De Jongh threatened that if he wouldn’t get half of the profits the whole shipment would be caught. Stanley Charles Esser refused this offer and the whole ship was caught. Only some of the low operatives were caught and tried in court.
    Probably a part of the catch was sold anyway.
    According to “Nol Couperus”, they could have arrested Bruinsma and Esser after the 46,000 kilos was caught in 1990.
    To me this proves what amateurs Bruinsma and his gang were; they should have split this shipment over several transports...

    On 27 June 1991, Bruinsma was assassinated in Amsterdam.
    Cop Martin Hoogland was found guilty for the murder, 20 years, according to Van Hout based on the false testimony of heroin dealer Steve Brown.
    According to Van Hout, in 1994 Aleksander’s brother Branco Marianovic (from Montenegro) confessed killing Bruinsma and was the real killer. Marianovic was later murdered so we can’t ask him.

    Officially IRT started in 1992, but it’s clear that even before that Bruinsma imported drugs with the help of the authorities.
    Officially between 15,000 and 25,000 kilo cocaine and 500,000 kilo hashish were imported “controlled” – value 7 billion guilders.
    The “investigation” of Bruinsma and his associates cost the tax payers 150 million guilders by the end of the 1990s.

    An important associate of Klaas Bruinsma was Etienne Urka.
    Etienne was arrested in December 1996, and in March 1999 convicted to 18 months for tax evasion.

    In 1996, Maarten van Traa (head of the commission investigating the IRT-affair) was in contact with Stanley Charles Esser, at the time in prison, who wanted to make a deal to tell “everything” on the liquidations by the CID Haarlem.
    Adele van der Plas was the attorney of Esser.
    This deal was not finalised by Van Traa and Frank Bovenkerk.

    BVD informer W. Scholtemeijer was killed in 1997 in Haarlem

    Towards the end of the book, finally information on “Nico” Robert Mink Kok being helped to escape justice by DEA man Robert “the Snowman” Nieves (who was part of the Contra drug trafficking). I was hoping for more information, evidence, but Van Hout didn’t think this was an interesting lead...
    In 1996, Mink Kok got preferential treatment of “Raadsheer” Willem den Ottolander (friend of Cees de Jongh) of the court of appeal (Gerechtshof), involving 15,000 to 25,000 kilos cocaine worth 1.2 billion guilders and was acquitted.

    It has been rumoured that Jaap van der Heijden was murdered by Mink Kok after the CID informed Bruinsma that he was trying to kill him.
    In November 1997, Mink Kok was again arrested for buying secret police reports, but released in Belgium after a couple of months because of lacking evidence.
    In 1999, Mink Kok made a deal with Fred Teeven.

    After his release from prison, Mink Kok was accused of being the owner of a big weapons arsenal, including explosives and XTC in a house in Amsterdam. A new court case against Mink Kok was behind closed doors.
    On 30 March 2000, Mink Kok was sentenced to 4 years.

    Another CID informer “Chris J.” was involved in importing tons of cocaine from the Columbian Cali cartel and from Panama with the aid of the IRT.
    He was arrested in February 2000.

    Fred Teeven had to testify for the commission Van Traa where he defended his actions, by claiming that he didn’t know what Cees de Jongh was doing.
    Teeven admitted that 293,000 kilos drugs were imported. In reality it was much more.

    Cees de Jongh wasn’t questioned by the commission Van Traa for medical reasons. Van Hout describes going to an aiki-Budo work-out under false pretences to meet De Jongh. For some reason Van Hout “forgot” to ask De Jongh on his role importing drugs for the FIOD. This shows that the medical condition of De Jongh had been highly exaggerated.
    De Jongh bought several aiki-Budo centrums with dirty money, without raising suspicion from the authorities.
    According to Cees de Jongh, his superiors (including Fred Teeven) knew about the drug imports.

    Another criminal, “Roel C.” (another fake name), also made a deal with Teeven.

    Some time after the Commission Van Traa, the Commission Kalsbeek started a new “investigation”.
    This commission claimed that Mink Kok had imported 15,000 to 25,000 kilos of cocaine with the help of the IRT.

    That was all the worthwhile information I could find in this book.
    The rest of this post is information that I found on the internet...

    Minister of Justice since 1989 Ernst Hirsch Balin approved the “controlled” import of drugs (but he was defended by Teeven who claimed to know nothing...). Minister of Justice Hirsch Balin was appointed by then Queen Beatrix.
    In 1994, Hirsch Balin had to resign as minister over the IRT affair. He was knighted by Beatrix on 8 October 1994 (and again in 2010 and 2014).
    On 1 November 2000, Hirsch Balin was selected by Beatrix for the Raad van State (comparable to the British Privy Council.
    On 22 September 2006, Hirsch Balin again became Minister of Justice.

    When Minister of the Interior Ien Dales heard about the “controlled” import of cocaine by Dutch law enforcement, she reportedly said it should be stopped immediately. Ien Dales died very suddenly on 10 January 1994 of a “heart attack”.

    She was replaced by the long-time Mayor of Amsterdam, Ed van Thijn, who not only had to resign as Minister (even though he wasn’t involved in the “controlled” import of drugs), but also had his political career ruined (compare this to Ernst Hirsch Balin or Fred Teeven for example).

    Maarten van Traa died in a car crash on 20 October 1997.
    Was this an “accident”, like the state media claim, or did he know too much?
    According to André Rouvoet (who was also part of the Commission Van Traa), Van Traa continued to investigate the IRT affair even after the investigation had already been halted officially.

    In 1999 the commission Kalsbeek was started to “investigate” this affair further (again with Rouvoet).
    After they reported that in the beginning of the 1990s, more than 15,000 kilo cocaine had been imported with the help of corrupt government officials and also found huge amounts of exports of XTC to Britain, Minister Korthals ended the investigation in 2001 (in Dutch):

    Fred Teeven was later rewarded for his work by becoming Staatssecretaris of Justice.
    In that role he supervised a deal with Cees de Jongh.
    Johan V. (de Hakkelaar) got sentenced to 6 years in prison and a fine of 200 million Euro.

    Cees de Jongh got sentenced to a fine of 500 million guilder. In 1993, they confiscated 6 million of his assets.
    As part of the deal with Teeven, De Jongh was fined with 750,000 guilder and could keep the rest of the money tax free (in Dutch):

    Fred Teeven and Martin Witteveen also made a deal with another drug criminal - Ad Karman.

    One witness claims that Mink Kok paid Fred Teeven 1.2 million guilders at the beginning of the 1990s to get back a confiscated container with 2,500 kilo cocaine.
    Teeven got another 500,000 guilders for the deal with Mink Kok (in Dutch):

    According to the following only 5.1 million guilders of Cees de Jongh was confiscated and after paying 750,000 guilder he got 4.7 million guilders.
    The deal also included the early release of De Jongh, even before he was pardoned by Queen Beatrix.
    The Teeven deal was approved (in all justice) by the Procureurs-Generaal.

    In March 2014, Minister of Justice Ivo Opstelten and Fred Teeven claimed that Cees de Jongh only got 2 million.
    On 9 March 2015, Opstelten and Teeven resigned over the “bonnetjes affaire”.
    PM Mark Rutte admitted that the deal had been approved. Rutte explained that the new commission had to “investigate” who leaked that Cees de Jongh walked away with 4.7 (instead of 2) million guilders (in Dutch):

    There is of course much more, but I don’t know what I can find.
    The Dutch Royal family is effectively immune from prosecution, so anybody can understand that they are terrified to break the law...

    See crime boss Willem-Alexander, Maxima, and some drug criminals, including Siegfried “Piet” Ulrich Humphrey Wortel and Frankie Uden, South Africa 2010.
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    Frits Salomonson – attorney of the Queen

    The information in this post proves that journalist Bas van Hout is part of the cover-up.
    It’s certainly possible that the same networks used for drug trafficking are used for child trafficking. I try to keep the focus in this thread on drugs and money laundering. The only stories worth reading about the main topic of this post – Frits Salomonson - include paedophilia.
    All of these stories refer to the disinformation campaign – the Joris Demmink affair. In that story the former high government official Joris Demmink is accused of controlling the media, legal system, and even the cabinet and Raad van State.

    Because it would be impossible for Demmink to do this, I know that everybody that claims to have “researched” this (like Micha Kat) while calling this the “Joris Demmink” affair is a liar. That's not even counting that the state media, including the NOS, revealed Demmink's name!
    I certainly don’t claim that everybody that copy-pastes the stories on “Joris Demmink” is lying, but at the very least misinformed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter
    Maarten van Traa died in a car crash on 20 October 1997.
    Was this an “accident”, like the state media claim, or did he know too much?
    The (final) report of the Van Traa Commission (Appendix X) contains a list of (anonymous) attorneys that were involved with organised crime (including laundering drugs money).
    Attorney nr. 25 was laundering money for the Klaas Bruinsma and Etienne Urka organisation in a scheme that involved buying options of Janzing BV below the market price, paying the difference under the table and keeping the profits.
    It wasn’t hard to find out that Frits Salomonson was meant and the company Text Lite.
    Salomonson had been a good friend of Beatrix since they studied in Leiden. Salomonson had been judicial advisor to Queen Beatrix and her husband Prince Claus from 1976 to 1996. He was even a member of the Guardianship Council of Crown Prince Willem Alexander, the son of Queen Beatrix (in case Beatrix would die before Willem-Alexander would be ready to take the throne). He withdrew from his advisory position and moved to Belgium over this affair.
    Salomonson also was a subsidiary court judge in Amsterdam.

    From 1984 to 1988, Salomonson was head of the advisory board of Text Lite and remained on the advisory until the company collapsed in 1990. The collapse of Text Lite with a deficit of 31 million guilders would grow into a scandal by 1994.
    Salomonson had been a partner in the law firm Boekel de Nerée from 1991 to 1995, where Rutger Schimmelpenninck was another partner (since about 1979). Schimmelpenninck became the curator for Text Lite, but eventually withdrew as it was a too obvious that he had conflicting interests.

    After leaving Boekel de Nerée, Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck became a partner in Houthoff Buruma. He was also a board member of the ABN AMRO bank (affiliated with Rothschild and the Dutch Royal family), head of Barings Holland 1995-1996, and curator for the Dutch branch of Lehman Brothers and the DSB Bank (that was bankrupted with the assistance of former Minister and director of ABN AMRO Gerrit Zalm).

    In the 1980s, Frits Salomonson was also on the advisory board of Banque de Suez. In and around 1992, he also represented Banque de Suez Holland as a lawyer.
    Since 1988, the Suez Group was chaired by Etienne Davignon (later chairman of the Bilderberg Group).
    The Suez Group took over Societe Generale - that at the time controlled about one third to one half of the Belgian economy. Davignon and Maurice Lippens also chaired Societe Generale from that point on.

    Davignon and Lippens have been named as some of the prominent people in the Marc Dutroux child abuse ring.
    Some detectives spoke about a 1998 investigation in the Netherlands into a gay paedophile network of top public officials: 2 district attorneys (from a total of 19 in the Netherlands), a former minister, a professor and a former attorney of the Queen.
    Frits Salomonson was of course a former attorney of Queen Beatrix…

    In 1996, Salomonson’s neighbours P. Houben and J. Sietsema in Amsterdam sent a letter to the mayor to complain that Salomonson had been seeing underage male prostitutes. Salomonson took his (by then former) neighbours to court in a libel case.
    Salomonson lost the case after the editor in chief of gossip magazine Privé confirmed that in the 1980s he had received pictures that showed Salomonson in SM outfit with 4 underage boys:
    (archived here:

    In 1994, the FIOD searched the offices of Boekel de Nerée to find a letter from the curator of the Femis bank to Salomonson in which Salomonson was advised to get rid of evidence on bank accounts in Liechtenstein that contained drug money.

    Frits Salomonson was also an executive or on the advisory of financial companies: Interborg BV, Ordina Beheer, Allianz Nederland, Barbizon, Amsterdamse Trustee, De Faam, Handelsveem BV, Nestle Nederland and NIM Holdings NV.

    Former Minister and member of Bilderberg Neelie Kroes became Director of the investment fund Newtron that was founded by Salomonson, Willem Smit and former director of the CPB (the Dutch department of statistrics) P.M. de Ridder.

    In 1994, long-time associate of Salomonson, attorney Oscar Hammerstein (who was also an executive at Janzing BV), was “investigated” by the FIOD over laundering 17.5 million guilders drug money for the organisation of Klaas Bruinsma.
    The dirty money was labelled as the profits from the trade in wood and rice by Guptar, and transferred to a Swiss bank account.
    In July 1995, Hammerstein was acquitted in appeal.

    Another company involved in laundering money in a similar way as Text Lite was VHS. They again used Janzing BV, where Hammerstein through the Foundation Korf was a major shareholder.

    The Amsterdam criminal Charly Wong, who was involved with Klaas Bruinsma and Steve Brown, tried to blow the whistle on Text Lite. Wong talked to Parool journalist Bart Middelburg (that according to Bas van Hout made mostly unfounded claims).
    In 1993, Wong disappeared and his corpse was found a couple of months later in the woods near Lelystad (in Dutch): (archived here:

    See Frits Salomonson and Prince Claus walking....

    I have some more information to post in this thread, but this is probably the last for some time on the Netherlands.
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  31. #27
    Firestarter, you are well informed. The Tejapaibul family is a well known clan of criminals and degenerates infesting cities from Thailand to the USA. They operate in illegal narcotics, sex slavery, prostitution, gambling, banking and money laundering, insurance scams, investment scams, junk stocks/bonds, and industrial espionage. Having been run out by the italian, israeli, and russian mafias from many cities in Europe, you mostly find them in the UK, USA, and 3rd world countries. Here in the USA, they are active in cities such as Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Hartford, Dallas, and New York. They prey on immigrants and homegrown fools. They've lost most of their ties to government agencies due to them being discovered by law enforcement and the press except in Thailand where they still have limited (and wanning) footholds.

  32. #28

    BBCI, BNL, P2

    Isn’t it amazing that regularly when I keep connecting the dots, different threads come together?

    George W. Bush had important business relationships with the Saudi multibillionaire Sheikh Khalid bin Mahfouz; Osama bin Laden's long-term financial sponsor and banker to the king. In 1998, pathological liar, former CIA Director James Woolsey even claimed that Sheikh Mahfouz's sister is one of the wives of Osama bin Laden.
    George W. Bush was in business with 9 associates of Mahfouz, including 7 men associated with Harken: Dr. Hartmann, Sheikh's Bakhsh, Adham, Khalil and Khalifa, Bahrain deal-maker Michael Ameen and Jackson Stephens of Little Rock. Other individuals connected to both Bush and Mahfouz are Sami Baarma of the Carlyle Group and James Bath of Arbusto.

    Sheikh Mahfouz's banking syndicate performed major CIA-backed banking operations for CIA assets as Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Manuel Noriega and other drug trafficking generals in Pakistan. Much of this is documented in the 1992 US Congressional testimony of Senator John Kerry.

    The network of Mahfouz-connected banks included the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI).
    BBCI used secret accounts for illegal arms sales to Iran. For this task InterMaritime bank’s (another bank controlled by Mahfouz) president Bruce Rappaport partnered with notorious drugs trafficker Oliver North.

    In 1998, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told the Saudi Arabian Defence Minister, Prince Sultan, that Mahfouz had channelled tens of millions of dollars into terrorist accounts in London and New York.
    The Saudi Bin Laden Group is partners with Mahfouz in the Saudi Investment Corporation (SICO). In the late 1980's, SICO with the BCCI-controlled National Bank of Oman supported the heroin producing mujahedeen in Afghanistan. Arranging SICO's financing of Osama bin Laden were the top executives of InterMaritime Bank, Alfred Hartmann and Bruce Rappaport, joined by the infamous deceased CIA director, William Casey.

    In 1987, vice-president of InterMaritime Bank of Geneva and New York, Dr. Alfred Hartmann, arranged a $25 million investment into George W. Bush's Harken Oil and Gas.
    Hartmann was also the managing director of the joint venture between Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) and BCCI, Banque de Commerce et de Placements (BCP) in Geneva. It was BCP that financed Harken. This deal was originally set-up by billionaire Bush and Clinton donor, Jackson Stephens from Little Rock.
    Sheikh Abdullah Bakhsh was a major shareholder in the BCCI until its 1992 collapse and a major investor in Stephens' own Worthen National Bank. Sheikh Bakhsh's took a 20.8% stake in Harken by buying 3.5 million shares.

    Sheikh Adham and his successor as Saudi Intelligence Director, Abdul Khalil, for BCCI arranged the hostile take-over of Washington DC’s largest bank, Financial General Bankshares, that was renamed First American Bankshares. This deal was performed with the pivotal assistance of Jackson Stephens.
    Ed Rogers, who served as a political director for George Bush Sr. left his White House position to start a "consulting firm" that within a few weeks received $600,000 from Kamal Adham.
    In 1985, Mahfouz's Saudi National Commercial Bank (NCB) loaned Khashoggi $35 million dollars to finance the illegal sale of weapons to Iran, at the behest of Oliver North.

    One of Kamel Adham's close contacts, Adnan Khashoggi, is among the richest men in the world. Khashoggi was the arms merchant at the centre of the whole Iran-Contra scandal, and a long-time friend of the bin Laden family.

    Hartmann was also the chairman of the Swiss affiliate of yet another criminal bank, the Italian Banco Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL). According to a report by US House Banking Committee Chairman Henry Gonzalez in 1992, BNL secured billions of dollars in illegal weapons-directed loans from the George H.W. Bush administration to Saddam Hussein.

    NCB's top executive Sami Baarma also sits on the board of Mahfouz's Middle East Capital Group (MECG) with Harken-investor Sheikh Bakhsh on its board. Baarma also sits on the board of the Carlyle Group, where George H.W. Bush was a senior advisor.
    Baarma is also the CEO of the Pakistani Prime Commercial Bank (another Mahfouz-controlled bank); with one Abdul Rahman bin Mahfouz as an executive board member, the manager of the bin Laden-sponsoring “charity” - Blessed Relief. In 1995, Rahman and his brother Sultan bin Mahfouz, both NCB directors, invested $30 million dollar in Carlyle.

    Until the early 1990s, Bush's friend, James Bath, was also in multiple business ventures in the Houston area with Sheikh Mahfouz, BCCI's largest shareholder.
    Investigators found out that Mahfouz’s IC Inc., the company related to James Bath, was at the very centre of the private banking network supporting the Iran-Contra money laundering set-up by Oliver North.

    Another associate of Harken was the PM of Bahrain, Sheikh Khalifah, who was also a major investor in BCCI in August 1991.

    In 1992, the BBCI and Stephen’s Worthen Bank “loaned” $2 million to the primary campaign of William Jefferson Clinton. Earlier, Hillary Clinton and the Rose Law Firm, successfully defended Systematics, a subsidiary of Stephens Inc.

    Neither George W. Bush's Harken, nor Arbusto, were really oil companies at all, but rather financial institutions used for money laundering:
    (archived here:

    Between 1985 and 1990, the Atlanta branch of Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL) provided Iraq with over $4 billion in unreported loans. A number of the imports from the US were guaranteed by the Export-Import Bank.
    BNL was also a major participant in the Exim bank program for Iraq. In total, the Exim bank program helped to finance the sale of over $300 million in industrial goods to various Iraqi Government agencies.
    Former US attorney in Atlanta Robert L. Barr, who was in charge of the BNL investigation case until April 1990, acknowledged that considerations of foreign policy had become intertwined with those of law enforcement and that the State Department was involved in thwarting the BNL investigation.

    Henry Kissinger, and his Kissinger Associates compadres Brent Scowcroft and Lawrence Eagleburger, must have been aware of the BNL loans to Iraq.
    Until 1992, Kissinger was a member of BNL's international advisory board and during the financing of Iraq through the BNL-Atlanta office, BNL was a paying client of Kissinger Associates. Between 1985 and June 1991, Kissinger received at least $10,000 for each meeting of the BNL advisory board he attended.
    Kissinger claimed that he resigned from the BNL advisory board in February 1991. In fact, 60 Minutes' reported that Kissinger served on BNL's advisory board until his contract expired in the summer of 1991.

    When in 1969, Henry Kissinger became Nixon's national security adviser; Lawrence Eagleburger was his executive assistant. After working as a political adviser to NATO in Belgium, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of Defense, in 1973 Eagleburger rejoined Kissinger as his executive assistant.
    In 1989, Eagleburger became Deputy Secretary of State. During the early 1980's, Eagleburger promoted the use of the CCC and Exim bank to provide financial assistance to Saddam Hussein’s regime.

    In 1971, President Nixon appointed Brent Scowcroft as his military aide. In 1973 Kissinger chose him to be Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and in 1975 he succeeded Kissinger as National Security Adviser to President Ford. Scowcroft resigned only during the Carter administration.
    Scowcroft later became President Bush Sr.'s National Security Adviser and head of the NSC staff.

    A link between Kissinger Associates, BNL and Iraq is former economist at First Chicago Bank Alan Stoga, who in 1992 served as a director of Kissinger Associates.
    In the fall of 1989, Stoga negotiated with BCCI's representatives over BCCI becoming a client of Kissinger Associates. Officially BCCI never became its client, but BCCI's secretly owned affiliate National Bank of Georgia, did become a client of Kissinger Associates.

    Other BNL advisory board members have included David Rockefeller, former PM of Canada Pierre Trudeau (father of current PM Justin Trudeau) and former British Minister of Defence Lord Thornycroft:

    The Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL) leads to the P2 terrorist network.
    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter
    In March 1981, police found a list of alleged members of P2 in Gelli's house in Arezzo. It contained 962 names, that included important state officials, politicians and a number of military officers, the heads of the 3 Italian secret services (SISDE, SISMI and CESIS), Victor Emmanuel (the son of the last Italian king), a top manager of the Banco di Roma (then Italy's third largest bank), a director-general of the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (Italy’s largest bank), and future Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
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  33. #29
    There is of course a lot more on the BBCI scandal, including a nice role for “special” cover-up artist Robert S. Mueller III…
    Even the mainstream media, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and New York Times, have criticised the handling of the BCCI scandal by the US Justice Department.

    The following government officials have told how the Justice Department disrupted the “investigation”.
    Chairman of the Subcommittee Senator Kerry;
    Customs undercover officer Robert Mazur;
    Mazur’s superior at Customs, Commissioner William von Raab;
    New York District Attorney Robert Morgenthau;
    Former Senate investigator Jack Blum;
    Former US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Dexter Lehtinen.

    In the 1970's, BBCI officially first opened a branch in the US. There were rumours about BCCI’s involvement in criminal activity practically since its inception.
    According to the House Subcommittee on Crime and Criminal Justice, THE Subcommittee, as far back as 1983, federal authorities knew about BCCI’s illegal activities and by the mid-1980's the government had enough information to have put BCCI on the most wanted list.
    In 1983, Customs Service had information on illegal smuggling operations by one of BCCI biggest customers - the Jordanian arms merchant Munter Bilbeisi.

    In April 1984, former BCCI employee Aziz Rehman was interviewed by the IRS in Miami on transporting large volumes of currency in violation of Federal laws. He provided them with evidence on deposits to a nonexistent BCCI branch in Nassau, Bahamas.

    The Government of India provided the IRS with evidence of a money laundering scheme involving BCCI. Because India didn’t have a tax treaty with the US, the allegations weren’t followed up.

    In the autumn of 1984, Agha Hasan Abedi was told by the President of BCCI, Abdur Sakhia, that then-Senator Paula Hawkins had told President Zia to be concerned about drug money laundering by a BCCI subsidiary in the Cayman Islands.

    In early 1985, the CIA reported to government agencies the Treasury and the Comptroller of the Currency on BCCI's plans in the United States, including its secret ownership of First American. Officially that information wasn’t passed on to anyone else.
    Assistant Attorney General Robert Mueller told the Subcommittee that the Justice Department didn’t know about this CIA report.

    In 1986 undercover Customs agent Robert Mazur proposed an undercover money laundering operation called Operation C-Chase. Mazur opened a Panamanian account at BCCI because it was the easiest to get.
    His undercover operation handled roughly $14 million through BCCI on which BCCI earned banking fees in excess of $250,000. According to Mazur BBCI was more interested in getting large deposits than the fees.

    In September 1988, Mazur tape recorded his meeting with Amjad Awan, BCCI's personal banker to Panamanian General Manuel Noriega, in Miami, Florida.
    Awan told Mazur that he had been subpoenaed by the Foreign Relations Committee of the US Senate over Noriega's accounts and others in Panama. He also told Mazur about BCCI's secret ownership of First American and National Bank of Georgia through private individuals. He also gave his ideas on the political implications of Clark Clifford's chairmanship of First American.
    He explained that BCCI’s lawyer Robert Altman would simply obstruct the Subcommittee's investigation into the connection between Noriega and BCCI.
    In October 1988, federal agents arrested several intermediate managers of BBCI. This was coordinated with the authorities in the UK and France, who also made arrests.
    The sting operation was taken down. Both Mazur and assistant US Attorney in Tampa Mark Jackowski were unhappy with the handling of the C-Chase investigation.

    In the fall of 1989, the Subcommittee sought to depose a Colombian money-launderer, who had used BCCI in Panama. This was halted, so the information never reached the Subcommittee.
    To make matters worse, the communication was leaked to the press, imperilling the Colombian’s family and property, so that he refused to cooperate with the US authorities any further.

    Jack Blum was investigating drug trafficking in Panama. Blum contacted the Justice Department with startling information about BCCI - "a very senior BCCI officer” had given him evidence on the bank’s criminality.
    Blum gave evidence to Customs and IRS agents in Tampa, including conversations with Mark Jackowski. Blum thought that the Justice Department would use the information in its investigation of BBCI. Blum was disappointed that the Justice Department didn’t use the information:
    I waited for something to happen and, and what happened was, I started getting calls from the two guys I took to Tampa who said they're [the Justice Department] is not following up. Then, I talked to the agents, and the agents said, well, we're very busy...
    No follow-up. And I began to worry that something was very wrong with this case. In -- I now believe it was late May, I decided that I would bring this matter to another jurisdiction, and that was New York...
    [I] talked to Bob Morgenthau and essentially told him what I knew. On the basis of the same evidence essentially, and he ultimately communicated with the same witnesses, he produced the indictment.
    Between March 1988 and October 1991, the Justice Department repeatedly delayed or halted the investigation by the Kerry Subcommittee concerning BCCI, and even made false statements.
    The October 1988 indictment had charged BCCI with having a corporate policy of soliciting drug money. Then a plea was made, and prosecutors only blamed some individuals but not the bank (or its high executives). As a result, BCCI stopped its Florida operations and sacrificed a handful of bank employees for scapegoats. The Justice Department essentially stopped investigating BCCI after the plea deal.

    Dexter Lehtinen investigated both BBCI and David Paul's dealings in Miami's largest Savings & Loan, CenTrust, in which BCCI held a secret interest of 25% through its nominee, Ghaith Pharaon.
    When Lehtinen tried to have subpoenas enforced, the Justice Department simply refused to enforce them. Even after Attorney General Mueller offered to provide assistance to any US Attorney office pursuing a case against BCCI, he still refused to enforce Lehtinen’s subpoenas without any explanation.
    On August 22 1991, chief assistant to Assistant Attorney General Mueller, Dennis Saylor, called Lehtinen and "indicated to me that I was directed not to return the indictment”. The next day Lehtinen received a letter from the Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division Bruton, informing him that he should not move forward.

    NY District Attorney Morgenthau requested that the Justice Department provide a witness, to which he got the answer:
    They have said that he may be available in a year.
    Morgenthau also offered to exchange information with the Justice Department, but that they flatly rejected the offer:
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    Palme assassination

    I´ve found a good story on the circumstances surrounding the murder of Olof Palme in February 1986. It was written in 1988.
    It explains how drugs and money laundering finance terrorism. The most important man in this story is Theodore Shackley.
    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter
    In a 28 June 1987 letter from Khun Sa to the US Justice Department, Richard Armitage, Theodore Shackley (former Deputy Director CIA from Covert Operations) and others are named as being involved in drug trafficking:
    It is not only relevant to this thread, but also to the following:

    The writer introduces some “unknown” organisations that control the international drug trade, money laundering. These organisations are intertwined (most of them I had not heard of).
    - Operation Condor: a terrorist organisation located in Chile affiliated with both the Chilean secret service and the CIA.
    - World Finance Corporation (WFC), the gigantic banking system that was set-up in Miami by Cuban exiles to launder money and finance terrorism.
    - World anti-Communist League (WACL): a terrorist supporting, fascist organisation under the guise of fighting Communism.
    - Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO): the intelligence agency for WACL, and in control of the CIA.
    - The Enterprise: the people specialised in money laundering and financing terrorism - Ted Shackley himself, Thomas Clines, Richard Secord and Albert Hakim.

    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter
    After the coup failed, Borghese fled to Franco's Spain, where he died in 1974 (according to Delle Chiaie by poisoning). Delle Chiaie and Borghese met Dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet in Chile on 29 April 1974. Also present was Col. Jorge Carrasco, a protagonist in Operation Condor's tortures and murder.
    Michael Townley, for Condor, arranged a number of political murders, including Chile’s former Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the US, Orlando Letelier, by a car bomb. Townley had planned this murder with CIA trained Cuban exiles.
    In 1976, Townley was in Madrid together with the Italian terrorist Stephano delle Chiaie. They weren´t successful in assassinating Olof Palme on that occasion.

    Operation Condor carried out assassinations (mostly in Latin America). Condor was to a large extent supported by the CIA. In 1974, it was disclosed by an American Senate committee, that CIA agents in Latin America had instructed Condor operatives in torture methods. At the time, the CIA chief for its Latin American branch was - Theodore Shackley.
    Condor´s Banzer plan (named after the Bolivian dictator) was especially brutal. It involved the torture and murder of nuns, priests and bishops, and included the assassination of El Salvadorian Archbishop Oscar Romero in 1980.
    The Condor agents were supported financially by WFC, mainly by drug money. WFC laundered the money and channelled it to the death squads and Cuban exile terrorist groups in a long succession of Latin American terrorist attacks during the 1970’s.
    WFC was exposed and forced to close after a police investigation in the beginning of 1979.

    In 1961, Ted Shackley was already the CIA’s station chief in Miami. His closest colleagues were Thomas Clines and David Atlee Phillips. At the time Santo Trafficante was the USA’s largest narcotics importer.
    Later Shackley was transferred to Laos, where he allied himself with the heroin general Vang Pao and his Meo tribes warriors.
    The death campaign in Laos was controlled by Shackley. The Meo soldiers along with American Green Berets from the Special Operations Group, under the leadership of General John Singlaub, killed ten thousands of men, women and children. Singlaub had a young lieutenant working for him with the name of Oliver North, and a lieutenant major Richard Secord. All 3 would become leading figures in the Iran/Contra affair in the 1980s, and part of the “Secret team” of Ted Shackley.
    The Secret team also controlled the Nugan-Hand Bank in Australia, whose main activity was weapons and narcotics transactions.

    The Enterprise was led by Shackley himself, Thomas Clines, Richard Secord and Albert Hakim. These were also heavily involved in Iran/Contra.
    Florida was the epicentre of large scale cocaine smuggling in connection with Iran/Contra. This involved Shackley’s people. The court case was halted by Edward Meese, Reagan’s Attorney General.
    There was also a civil suit against Shackley crowd, including former WACL chief John Singlaub, for the bombing and assassination attempt on former Contra leader Eden Pastora that killed 7 people.

    The Croatian fascist Miro Baresic (a.k.a. Tony Saric) made explicit death threats against Palme.
    Baresic was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of the Yugoslavian ambassador to Sweden. After his associates took a plane hostage and threatened to blow up the plane with the 86 passengers aboard, the Swedish government released Baresic and 5 other imprisoned Croatians.
    They flew to Spain, and in the beginning of 1974 they flew to Paraguay. In Paraguay Miro Baresic worked directly under Condor’s Paraguay chief, head of the Security Police - Pastor Coronel.

    Baresic decamped to Uruguay, where he became a key operative for the Condor networks.
    In 1977, Baresic (under the name Tony Saric) came to the US on a diplomatic passport and acted as chief of security for Paraguay’s embassy in Washington DC. Later US law enforcement found out Baresic’s real identity and was extradited to Sweden.
    Baresic had requested for clemency. These requests were personally blocked by Palme.
    When Olof Palme was murdered, Baresic was still in Swedish prison. On the day Palme was killed, Baresic was on unsupervised leave.
    Yugoslavia had repeatedly and unsuccessfully pressed to have Baresic extradited. In December 1987, Miro Baresic was released and boarded a flight to his beloved Paraguay. Only after releasing him, the Swedish authorities decided they wanted to question him.

    In April 1978, there was a WACL conference in Washington DC in the presence of Baresic (under the alias Tony Saric). Two Swedes were also present, Ake J. Ek and Anders Larsson, as well as the Norwegian Tor Petter Hadland.
    Anders Larsson was also at this Washington conference of WACL. Larsson had good relationships with the Anti-Bolshevik Block of Nations (ABN) – a WACL umbrella organisation under.
    Ake Ek had various dealings with Hadland, Larsson, Miro Baresic, and numerous other neo-Nazis.
    Hadland was Erik Blucher’s right-hand man, Blucher was the leader of the Norwegian neo-Nazis. In 1981, Hadland settled in Orebro, Sweden while Blucher travelled to London. In 1983, Blucher left for Sweden (under the name Erik Olsen), where Hadland arranged an apartment for him.
    When Olof Palme was killed, 4 Scandinavian WACL adherents were in Sweden. It seems strange that the Swedish authorities had no interest at all in these Scandinavians that were part of the WACL that in the past had threatened Olof Palme.

    On 20 February 1986, Stieg Larsson delivered a mysterious letter with the text: “Palme Dead” (a week before Olof Palme was killed).
    One month before Palme’s death, the Yugoslavian mercenary Ivan von Berchan approached Alf Karlsson of Sapo (Sweden’s intelligence agency). Von Berchan stated that a CIA agent using the name George Moran had been offered $2 million to murder Palme. He knew the CIA agent from Libya at the end of the 1970s. Both Inger Baven and the secretary confirmed that Von Berchan had warned that Palme would be assassinated.

    Olof Palme supported both Cuba and Chile under Allende and later the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. This could be a motive for “neutralising” him.
    A short time before his death, Palme was making arrangements to stop the Bofors arms transports to Iran. This could also be a motive:
    (archived here:

    In 1976, Michael Townley had also been in Stockholm for the (then unsuccessful) assassination attempt of Olof Palme.

    WACL’s official facade is the General Secretariat of the right-wing Moon religious movement’s building in Seoul, South Korea. WACL holds yearly official congresses and outwardly looks like a legitimate organisation.
    The death squadron’s leaders were members of WACL’s Latin American branch - CAL. Among their victims were the 72 killed when a Cuban airliner exploded over Barbados in 1975. That terrorist act was planned by members of the WACL Cuban exile group, Alpha-66.

    Shackley became the CIA’s chief of station in Vietnam. In 1972, he was relocated to Latin America. He became the chief of Operation Track II. Track II arranged a campaign of terror that led to Allende’s overthrow in Chile to bring Pinochet to power.
    Shackley’s Cuban exiles established the World Finance Corporation banking system in Miami. It was used to launder Mafia boss Trafficante’s drug money and then channelled to Condor and Cuban exiles terror groups, like Alpha-66, Omega-7 and CORU.
    The investigation into WFC was stopped by the CIA. The policeman who headed the investigation told the press that at least 28 CIA agents had worked in the WFC bank.

    Shackley’s close associate, David Atlee Phillips, headed the AFIO.
    Two of Shackley’s associates trained terrorists in Libya, including Frank Terpil. Terpil once explained to a journalist:
    It is in reality the $#@!s from AFIO that run the CIA from the outside, as a shadow leadership: Ted Shackley, Phillips, Angleton, Conein...
    Bofors weapons were bought through Swedish weapons dealer Karl-Erik Smitz.
    The Danish ship Erria, smuggled Bofors weapons to both Iran and the Contras in South America. The Erria was owned by Dolmy Business Inc, which was controlled by Richard Secord and Albert Hakim.
    The leader of Svenska Incorporated was the drug and weapons smuggler, Steven Samos. Samos was a close business partner of “the Enterprise” and deeply involved in Contragate.
    Planes of St. Lucia Airways often transported Bofors weapons. St. Lucia was operated by “the Enterprise” and directed with the assistance of Oliver North.

    Former high level US military intelligence officer Gene Wheaton was stationed in Iran during the late 1970s.
    Wheaton and 2 colleagues, came across the illegal transactions of Shackley’s team and prepared a report on these activities. When Wheaton’s 2 colleagues were on their way to Washington with the report, they were conveniently murdered, and the report disappeared. Wheaton lists 17 murdered people by “the Enterprise”. There are many more, like Barry Seal and Don Arnow, who both had close connections to cocaine smuggler George Morales.
    Kevin Mulcahy died the day before he would have given testimony in the lawsuit against the narco-banking system WFC.
    Another chief witness, Steven Carr, was found dead of a drug overdose:
    (archived here:

    The Danish Kruger compiled the previous information, the 2 stories have some double information...
    Henrik Kruger also wrote the following book (I haven´t found a freely viewable version on the internet) – The Great Heroin Coup: Drugs, Intelligence and International Fascism:
    Do NOT ever read my posts. Google and Yahoo wouldn’t block them without a very good reason: Google-censors-the-world/page3

    The Order of the Garter rules the world: Order of the Garter and the Carolingian dynasty

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