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Rumors Persist That The CIA Helps Export Opium From Afghanistan

World  (tags: drug trade, opium, Afghanistan, Taliban, CIA, heroin deaths, CIA exporting Opium, Blackwater, contractors, US troops patrolling opium fields )

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while the Taliban had all but eradicated opium, it began to thrive just months after American forces replaced the Taliban-led government in 2001. Martin noted that the CIA has long been tied to the global drug trade, where it's accused of putting more ef


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Animae C (507)
Thursday October 29, 2015, 4:58 am
Hmmmm i've heard the same rumour!
Production is booming & use has doubled in the US....

And where exactly was the billions spent?
O yeah the growers have modern, advanced agricultural technologies.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday October 29, 2015, 5:09 am
KABUL — Despite billions spent to eradicate opium crops in Afghanistan, the crop is more popular than ever there, leading many to wonder whether some U.S. forces may actually be encouraging its growth and the heroin it later becomes.

In July, the Centers for Disease Control warned of record-breaking numbers of heroin deaths in the United States. “Heroin use more than doubled among young adults ages 18–25 in the past decade,” the CDC reported.

In the same month, it was reported that opium production is stronger than ever in Afghanistan, which now produces 90 percent of the world’s supply of the plant that’s refined to create heroin. This rise in production would have been impossible prior to the U.S.-led invasion, and it comes despite some $8.4 billion spent in counternarcotics efforts by the U.S., specifically designated to wipe out opium production in Afghanistan.

In fact, as Global Post reported in October, under the watchful eye of the U.S., opium use expanded to new parts of Afghanistan and growers now make use of modern, advanced agricultural technologies.

With photos circulating in 2010 that show U.S. soldiers patrolling opium fields, questions remain about what America’s real involvement may be in the opium trade. As Abby Martin noted in a 2014 investigation for Media Roots, while the Taliban had all but eradicated opium, it began to thrive just months after American forces replaced the Taliban-led government in 2001.

Martin noted that the CIA has long been tied to the global drug trade, where it’s accused of putting more effort into controlling rather than eradicating illicit substances. She added,

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

According to a January report from Mother Jones, the DEA agent formerly in charge of the agency’s efforts in Afghanistan reported repeated conflict between DEA eradication efforts and CIA agents:

“[Edward] Follis says the DEA and CIA often bumped heads in Afghanistan. … While hinting that the CIA sometimes turned a blind eye to the Afghan drug trade, Follis won’t get into specifics. In his book, [‘The Dark Art: My Undercover Life in Global Narco-Terrorism,’] he writes, ‘Almost everywhere in the world I worked, I had static with the CIA. We’re often working the same terrain, but with different legal and moral parameters … They exist completely in the shadows.’”

Among the groups profiting off the Afghan opium trade — and the failed efforts to eradicate it — is the mercenary group Academi, better known by its former name, Blackwater. In April, RT reported that Academi earned $569 million from counternarcotics contracts in Afghanistan.

“[T]he notorious company has been the biggest beneficiary of counternarcotics expenditure in the war-torn country,” RT wrote.

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 29, 2015, 10:07 pm
There was a great story on this issue, in Vanity Fair, several years ago. It ended with the author being careful not to give away exact locations and enjoying an exotic visit with an old native in a small house, built on stilts, in the water. I believe this above to be true. As with most available natural products that grow on Earth, if they were used with care and moderation, they are useful as either medical or leisure relaxation purposes. Unfortunately, anything, any resource, ends up being "controlled", for their profit, by the 1%, covert operations. Thanks BMutiny.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday October 30, 2015, 11:52 am
The CIA is less than angelic. . . . no sh$t Sherlock, as they say in England.

Birgit W (160)
Friday October 30, 2015, 1:05 pm
I would not be surprised. Thanks.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday October 30, 2015, 1:51 pm
Noted. Many thanks for posting, BMutiny.
Glad to see this article report about the CIA's hand in all of this, as well as its' hand in it over the decades. And, Academi (formerly Blackwater) is profiting to the tune of millions off this?!

Is this really what all our tax money is going to in these "wars"? Our soldiers are dying, civilians....children and families are dying. And, we are creating more terrorists. I am so furious!

Janet B (0)
Friday October 30, 2015, 1:53 pm

Christeen A (300)
Friday October 30, 2015, 2:26 pm
Rumor ha.

Paul Christensen (1)
Friday October 30, 2015, 5:39 pm
None of this would surprise all

Gloria H (88)
Friday October 30, 2015, 8:38 pm
old news. What ISN"T the CIA involved in? Church picnics and lemon aide stands maybe? Give them time. Spooks are everywhere....I prefer the thing under the bed, the thing that lives in the closet to CIA characters in suits and earphones...which are way less than human in conduct and morals.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday October 31, 2015, 12:56 am
Drugs are big business as are arms.

If you can convince people that they NEED these to survive and thrive, you've got yourself a little cottage industry.

Now apply that to the world stage.

Dale M (0)
Saturday October 31, 2015, 1:49 am
When the magazine SPIN was created in the '80's, one of its first issues detailed how DEA agents were being silenced by the CIA regarding its drug activities. If a DEA agent persisted in their attempts to stop the CIA flow of drugs into the US, or went public about it, they (and sometimes their whole family) were "neutralised" (murdered).

The article itself came from an understandably anonymous DEA agent, who recounted the murders of 15 of his colleagues.

Roslyn M (28)
Saturday October 31, 2015, 2:00 am
Unfortunately, this doesn't come as a surprise. The CIA have been known for being "dirty", not to mention black-ops, for some time now.

robert W (4)
Saturday October 31, 2015, 6:12 am
nothing much different, just an isolated reporter who dares speak about what is actually going on. Business as usual. Back in the 90's, a reporter dared to actually report the news about the CIA association in the CRACK cocaine boom in lower income area's in LA, then spreading throughout the US and abroad, that reporters name was WEBER, he later was found dead from TWO gunshots to the head. It was reported as a SUICIDE. 2 shots to the head

Roger G (148)
Saturday October 31, 2015, 4:04 pm
noted, thanks
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