CIA 'Manages' Drug Trade, Mexican Official Says
by Alex Newman
Intelligence Agency’s involvement in drug trafficking is back in
the media spotlight after a spokesman for the violence-plagued Mexican
state of Chihuahua became the latest high-profile individual to
accuse the CIA, which has been linked to narcotics trafficking for
decades, of ongoing efforts to “manage the drug trade.” The infamous
American spy agency refused to comment.
In a recent
interview, Chihuahua state spokesman Guillermo Terrazas Villanueva
Al Jazeera that the CIA and other international “security” outfits
"don't fight drug traffickers." Instead, Villanueva argued, they
try to control and manage the illegal drug market for their own
pest control companies, they only control," Villanueva told the
Qatar-based media outlet last month at his office in Juarez. "If
you finish off the pests, you are out of a job. If they finish the
drug business, they finish their jobs."
official, apparently a mid-level officer with Mexico’s equivalent
of the U.S. Department of “Homeland Security,” echoed those remarks,
saying he knew that the allegations against the CIA were correct
based on talks with American agents in Mexico. "It's true, they
want to control it," the official told Al Jazeera on condition of
issues with employees of the notoriously corrupt Mexican government
aside, the latest accusations were hardly earth shattering
the American espionage agency has been implicated in drug trafficking
from Afghanistan to Vietnam to Latin America and everywhere in between.
Similar allegations of drug running have been made against the CIA
for decades by former agents, American officials, lawmakers, investigators,
and even drug traffickers themselves.
Some of the
most prominent officials to level charges of CIA drug trafficking
include the former head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
(DEA), Robert Bonner. During an
interview with CBS, Bonner accused the American “intelligence”
outfit of unlawfully importing a ton of cocaine into the U.S. in
collaboration with the Venezuelan government.
New York Times eventually covered part of the scandal in a
piece entitled "Anti-Drug
Unit of C.I.A. Sent Ton of Cocaine to U.S. in 1990." And the
agency’s Inspector General, Frederick Hitz, was eventually forced
to concede to a congressional committee that the CIA has indeed
worked with drug traffickers and obtained a waiver from the Department
of Justice in the 1980s allowing it to conceal its contractors’
investigation by reporter Gary Webb dubbed the “Dark Alliance” also
uncovered a vast CIA machine to ship illegal drugs into the U.S.
to fund clandestine and unconstitutional activities abroad, including
the financing of armed groups. Webb eventually died under highly
suspicious circumstances two gunshots to the head, officially
ruled a “suicide.”
to Webb’s discoveries, top officials and even lawmakers eventually
acknowledged that the CIA almost certainly had a role in illegal
drug trafficking. "There is no question in my mind that people affiliated
with, or on the payroll of, the CIA were involved in drug trafficking,"
explained U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) after the Dark Alliance
officials have suggested complicity by U.S. officials in drug trafficking
as well even recently. “It is impossible to pass tons of
drugs or cocaine to U.S. without some grade of complicity of some
American authorities,” observed
Mexican President Felipe Calderon in a 2009 interview with the BBC.
an explosive report in the Washington Times, citing a CIA
source, speculated that the agency may be deliberately
helping certain Mexican cartels to beat out others for geopolitical
purposes. According to the sources, the intelligence outfit might
have also played a key role in the now-infamous Fast and Furious
scandal, which saw the federal government providing
thousands of high-powered weapons to Mexican cartels.
that, The New American reported
on federal court filings by a top Sinaloa Cartel operative that
shed even more insight on the U.S. government’s role in drug trafficking.
The accused “logistical coordinator” for the cartel, Jesus Vicente
“El Vicentillo” Zambada-Niebla, claimed that he had an agreement
with top American officials: In exchange for information on rival
cartels, the deal supposedly gave him and his associates immunity
to import multi-ton quantities of drugs across the border.
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