Washington D.C. -- Chuck Rosenberg, the new chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration, who admitted just after his hiring that he is "no expert on drugs," has recently declared heroin to be a "threat to national security." He went on to claim that he suspects drug dealers of funding terrorist organizations and insinuated that the agency had evidence of this happening. However, his statement was not convincing, and never actually offered up any real evidence to prove his claims.
There may not be evidence that drug smugglers are funding terrorists, but there actually is a great deal of evidence that connects the US military and their allies to worldwide drug smuggling. The mountains of evidence proving this connection has never been officially recognized by the DEA or the mainstream media.
Speaking to Fox News this week about heroin, Rosenberg said, "“It’s back, and it’s back with a vengeance. There's an enormous supply of heroin; it's cheap. In fact, it's a lot cheaper than prescription pills. If you take oxycodone and hydrocodone for a football injury and you get hooked, you're going to pay a dollar a milligram on the street for a pill – thirty milligrams, thirty dollars, give or take. Heroin is probably one-fifth the price, and because it has a similar chemical effect, a similar pharmacological reaction, folks make that transition.”
His assertions about prescription pill abuse leading to heroin addiction is actually very true, but after that, his interview took a turn for the bizarre, when he was asked if heroin could be a potential national security threat.
“Potentially," he responded, adding that "This is a multi-billion dollar industry. What are the bad guys doing with the money that Americans are paying for drugs? What's it funding overseas? I'm sure some of it's going to terrorist organizations; we've seen that. And so that worries me quite a bit.”
Meanwhile, just last month, former British Territorial Army mechanic Anthony C Heaford released a report and a series of photos which he says proves that British troops are harvesting Opium in Afghanistan.
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Heaford's report is just the most recent of many, and government drug trafficking is so widespread that more cases are surfacing all the time.
In September of 2007, a CIA jet crashed in Mexico with 3.2 tons of cocaine onboard. The jet was on its way from Bolivia when it was spotted by Mexican helicopters that followed in pursuit. The chase resulted in the crash of the jet and the seizure of the cocaine. Upon inspecting the wreckage site, the Mexican authorities found no body or survivors but did find several thousand pounds of cocaine. The serial numbers on the plane were eventually traced back to a company that transported terrorists for the US government. This story is not uncommon, there have been many cases where government planes have crashed in south and Central America with tons of illegal drugs onboard. On April 10, 2006, Mexican police seized a DC-9 aircraft that was carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine, flight records showed this aircraft to be another CIA “terrorist transport” plane that was used to transport drugs. The pilot of the DC-9 aircraft also managed to escape from Mexican authorities.
Many times in recent history the CIA has expanded its drug cartel to include the US military. During the Vietnam War, the US government used their occupation as a basis for covert drug operations, which in turn helped fund the war and other secret projects. Drugs were transported on military aircraft and brought back to America, where they were eventually sold to the mafia and distributed on the streets. The same techniques are being applied today during the occupation of Afghanistan. When the US invaded Afghanistan in 2001, there was an immediate hike in the amount of heroin that was flowing out of the country. According to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, after the US invasion in 2001 opium production in Afghanistan rose from 7,606 hectares in 2001 to 193,000 hectares in 2007. Now that the CIA has control of Afghanistan, 93% of the world’s heroin comes from inside its borders.
According to the UN, opium cultivation and production in Afghanistan reached record levels this year reaching 224,000 hectares in 2014.
It is certainly no coincidence that in recent history we have seen a surge of drug exportation from war-torn countries that were being occupied by western nations. During the Vietnam War, the area surrounding Vietnam was known as “The Golden Triangle,” a hotbed for heroin production. Now the Golden Triangle has taken a back seat to the “Golden Crescent,” which refers to the area in and around Afghanistan of course.
It is interesting that the US government and their allies seem so concerned with fighting the war on drugs back home when they have been implicated in drug smuggling themselves time after time. Regardless of who is actually responsible for bringing the drugs in, the fact that they are illegal makes them more dangerous, and it also makes them more plentiful because the high prices incentivize people to get involved in the black market. If the government actually wanted to do something to prevent heroin overdoses and deaths they would end the drug war and focus on solving the problem of addiction, instead of treating people like criminals.
John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter-culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work, he organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.