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U.S. Links to Drug Gangs

Feb 5, 2018

According to Congressional records, the CIA and the U.S. military have been linked to violent drug gangs all over the world since WWII.

In the 1940s, the CIA allied with the Sicilian mafia to fight communists in Italy and France. As part of this alliance, the CIA helped them smuggle heroin into European and U.S. cities.

During the Vietnam war, the CIA allied with opium producers in Laos. One pilot was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor in 1970 saying “opium shipments get special CIA clearance and monitoring on their flights southward out of the country.” Thousands of U.S. soldiers got hooked on heroin in the process, providing a ready market for the drug back home.

In the 1980s, the U.S. helped smuggle cocaine through Nicaragua. The U.S. was supporting the Contras, another group of murderers fighting a movement that had taken power in that country. After some activists publicized the Contras’ brutality, Congress banned the U.S. from directly funding them. So the U.S. funded them covertly through the cocaine traffic.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg: the U.S. military and the CIA have also been linked with murderous drug gangs in Mexico, Bolivia, Columbia, Panama, Venezuela, Honduras and other countries. In each case, the U.S. allied with these gangs, one more violent than the next, because they helped U.S. imperialism keep the local population under control.

And the drugs and the gangs came back into the U.S. during and after each war.

So yes, as Trump says, drugs and gangs are a real threat to us in this country, and in other countries as well. And if we want to go after their source, we should look to the U.S. military and the CIA.