Thursday, June 12, 2008

Your Taxpayer Dollars at Work

Geopolitics of Drugs: Narcoavión de Guantánamo

Call me old fashioned, but this is just evil.

Why would an American Gulfstream jet, serial number N987SA, that was once used to ferry CIA interrogators from Connecticut and Washington D.C. to the prison camp in Guatanamo Bay crash outside of Tixkokob, Yucatan with over four tons of bundled cocaine two weeks after the CIA sold it to a non-U.S. businessman with a front company?

What's going on here?

This happened last September. The ONLY mainstream American media outlet that carried the story was NPR. But, this story is famous in Mexico.

Haven't heard about it either? Well, click on the above link and read the investigation, or better yet, listen to the NPR journalist's podcast to get a better picture of what is happening.

If this story angers you half as much as it does me, then hopefully, you'll put down the remote and the Starbucks and call your state and federal representatives demanding accountability.

I have several times. I will continue to do so.

The CIA has a history of funneling illegal drugs into specific populations that represent potential threats to power. These strategies work because they worked for the British when they flooded China with Opium to quell Chinese resistant to British Imperialism. During the Vietnam War, the CIA flew opium into Vietnam to undermine the rural resistance to "pro-democracy" powers. The CIA also channeled cocaine into urban back communities in the late sixties to undermine the emerging militant civil rights movement.

When the American ban on narcotics began in the early 20th century, legislation was aimed at providing a means to incarcerate racial minorities. America was (and still is) a racist nation. The 1970 Controlled Substances Act provided leverage for the Federal government to continue incarcerating poor ethnic minorities despite the civil rights reforms that took place during the sixities. This is why, still today, black, mexican, and latino populations represent a disproportionate share of America's prison population.

So, why is the CIA continuing to funnel cocaine from central america to Florida?

Something has to change. Otherwise, the ideals of our nation are nothing but broken pipe dreams.

You might be happy living in a dysfunctional society in denial.

I am not. I want change. I'll make change.

Who's with me?


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