The Petraeus Affair vs. the CIA’s Long Criminal History
by Julie Lévesque
Affair has demonstrated yet again how a sex scandal story can be
fed into the U.S. media to serve both as a trigger for “political
assassination” and as “the tree hiding the forest.”
Even though what lies behind the salacious smoke screen is still
the object of speculation, most of those speculations are more credible
than a simple extramarital affair.
One of the
possible explanations of Petraeus’ departure is his stance on Israel
which he saw as a liability to US interests in the Middle East:
enduring hostilities between Israel and some of its neighbors
present distinct challenges to our ability to advance our interests
in the AOR [Area of Operations]. Israeli-Palestinian
tensions often flare into violence and large-scale armed confrontations.
The conflict foments anti-American sentiment, due to a perception
of U.S. favoritism for Israel. Arab anger over the Palestinian
question limits the strength and depth of U.S. partnerships with
governments and peoples in the AOR and weakens the legitimacy
of moderate regimes in the Arab world. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda and
other militant groups exploit that anger to mobilize support.
The conflict also gives Iran influence in the Arab world through
its clients, Lebanese Hizballah and Hamas.” (Ali Abunimah,
Former CIA Chief David Petraeus Enraged the Israel Lobby,
Electronic Intifada, November 12, 2012.)
Lendman observes, sex scandals don’t necessarily lead to resignations
unless state secrets are at stake:
over extramarital sex nonsense unless state secrets were compromised.
Lots of elected and appointed Washington officials had affairs.
Many likely have current ones. Resignations don’t generally follow.
Newt Gingrich survived sex and ethics scandals. He resigned as
House Speaker after the Republicans faired poorly in 1998 off-year
are secret CIA Benghazi operations. Involved are heavy weapons
sent to Syrian opposition fighters. Petraeus left days before
his scheduled congressional testimony [...] The Benghazi
operation is erroneously called a US consulate. It’s “a meeting
place to coordinate aid for the rebel-led insurgencies in the
include “collaborating with Arab countries on the recruitment
of fighters – including jihadists – to target Bashar al-Assad’s
regime in Syria.”Consulate designation provides cover.
Obama and Clinton call the post a “US mission.” The State Department
lists no consulate in Benghazi. (Stephen Lendman, Petraeus:
Resignation or Sacking?, Global Research, November 12, 2012.)
CIA’s shadow history, the cover-up of a secret CIA operation supporting
terrorists used as proxy warriors to overthrow a foreign government
seems the most likely explanation for Petraeus’ departure as Washington’s
the scope of the CIA’s operation in Benghazi – and whatever the
real reason for the resignation of the CIA chief – the key is
our historical and ongoing foreign policy.
the U.S. has backed terrorists for geopolitical ends.
government has been consistently planning regime change in Syria
and Libya for 20 years, and dreamed of regime change – using false
flag terror – for 50 years.
simply re-packaged Bush and the Neocons’ “war on terror” as a
series of humanitarian wars.
And the U.S.
and its allies will do anything to topple Iran … and is systematically
attempting to pull the legs out from Iran’s allies as a way to
isolate and weaken that country. (Why
Did CIA Director Petraeus Resign? Why Was the U.S. Ambassador
to Libya Murdered?, Washington’s Blog, November 10,
through terrorism is not the sole vocation of the CIA. Over the
years it has proven to be very efficient in money laundering, arms
and drug trafficking. Was the drug/arms trade called “The Enterprise”
in the Iran-Contragate just an isolated misdeed? Several testimonies
of former CIA, DEA and police officials, in addition to numerous
books, articles and documentaries on the CIA indicate it was just
business as usual.
At a very turbulent
town hall meeting November 15, 1996 former LAPD Narcotics Detective
Michael Ruppert told then CIA Director John Deutch quite bluntly:
“I will tell you Director Deutch as a former Los Angeles Police
Narcotics Detective that the Agency has dealt drugs throughout this
country for a long time.” The crowd started cheering loudly. A crack
cocaine epidemic had been ravaging LA’s poor neighbourhoods since
the early 80’s and had devastating effects on the black community.
(Watch the video: Former
LA Police Officer Mike Ruppert Confronts CIA Director John Deutch
on Drug Trafficking)
was recruited to protect the Agency’s drug operations in the US.
He had the evidence to prove it. He got shot at and was kicked out
of LAPD because of it.
year, San Francisco Chronicle journalist Gary Webb published a series
of articles about the L.A. crack explosion titled The
Dark Alliance. The story behind the crack explosion:
For the better
part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons
of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of Los Angeles
and funneled millions in drug profits to a Latin American guerrilla
army run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, a Mercury News
investigation has found. This drug network opened the first pipeline
between Colombia’s cocaine cartels and the black neighborhoods
of Los Angeles, a city now known as the crack capital of the world.
Dark Alliance. The story behind the crack explosion, San Jose
While he was
working for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Michael Levine witnessed
how the CIA AND the State Department were protecting the drug trade:
Chang Mai factory the CIA prevented me from destroying was the
source of massive amounts of heroin being smuggled into the US
in the bodies and body bags of GIs killed in Vietnam.
the Hard Narcotics Smuggling Squad, was charged with investigating
all heroin and cocaine smuggling through the Port of New York.
My unit became involved in investigating every major smuggling
operation known to law enforcement. We could not avoid witnessing
the CIA protecting major drug dealers. Not a single important
source in Southeast Asia was ever indicted by US law enforcement.
This was no accident. Case after case was killed by CIA and State
Department intervention and there wasn’t a damned thing we could
do about it. CIA-owned airlines like Air America were being used
to ferry drugs throughout Southeast Asia, allegedly to support
our “allies.” CIA banking operations were used to launder drug
money. (pp. 165, 166) (Michael Levine, America’s
“War on Drugs”: CIA- Recruited Mercenaries and Drug-Traffickers,
wanttoknow.info, January 13, 2011.)
Shower Posse is another criminal organization which thrived with
the help of the CIA and the American governement:
recent violence in Jamaica and the controversy over alleged drug
lord, Christopher “Dudus” Coke, many people are talking about
the infamous Jamaican Shower Posse and the neighborhood of Tivoli
Gardens, where they have their base. What is being ignored
largely by the media, is the role that the American government
and the CIA had in training, arming and giving power to the Shower
It is interesting
that the USA is indicting Christopher “Dudus” Coke, the current
leader of the Shower Posse for drug and gun trafficking, given
that the CIA was accused of smuggling guns into Jamaica
and facilitating the cocaine trade from Jamaica to America in
the 70s and 80s. In many ways Dudus was only carrying
on a tradition of political corruption, drug running,
guns and violence that was started with the help of the CIA
Agee, said “the CIA was using the JLP as its instrument in
the campaign against the Michael Manley government, I’d say most
of the violence was coming from the JLP, and behind them
was the CIA in terms of getting weapons in and getting money in.”
Casey Gane-McCalla, Jamaica’s
Shower Posse: How The CIA Created “The Most Notorious Criminal
Organization” Newsone, June 3, 2010.)
Back in 1995,
Philip Agee also warned:
which are coming up all the time in terms of the intelligence
community are the rogue states – the so-called rogue states: Iraq,
Libya, Iran, North Korea and, for some, Syria. (Video: Philip
Agee – Inside the CIA (the Intelligence Community)(1995)(1-9)(MODERN
Iraq and Libya
have been dealt with. Syria is the current victim and Iran and North
Korea are being threatened regularly by the US. Forget WMDs, and
the Arab Spring. Those, just as the Petraeus Affair, are only smoke
screens and mirrors.
And most of
all, forget the “War on Terror” and the “War on Drugs”.
opium production, which had been virtually eradicated under the
Taliban, has been booming under US occupation and US troops admitted
they were protecting poppy fields. (Washington’s Blog, Are
American Troops Protecting Afghan Opium?, October 28, 2012.)
The CIA, the
US military as well as other governmental agencies are allegedly
linked to the Mexican drug war and their goal is said to be far
from their stated objective:
Mexican drug cartel operative [Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla] currently
in U.S. custody is making startling allegations that the failed
federal gun-walking operation known as “Fast and Furious” isn’t
what you think it is.
wasn’t about tracking guns, it was about supplying them
all part of an elaborate agreement between the U.S. government
and Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa Cartel to take down rival cartels
claims that under a “divide and conquer” strategy,
the U.S. helped finance and arm the Sinaloa Cartel through
Operation Fast and Furious in exchange for information
that allowed the DEA, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE) and other federal agencies to take down rival drug
cartels. The Sinaloa Cartel was allegedly permitted
to traffic massive amounts of drugs across the U.S. border from
2004 to 2009 during both Fast and Furious and
Bush-era gunrunning operations as long as the intel kept
coming. (Jason Howerton, Mexican
Drug Cartel was working alongside the US Government, The Blaze
9 August 2012.)
all these crimes, an extramarital affair is quite insignificant.
from Global Research.