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CIA and Contras cocaine trafficking in the US

CIA and Contras cocaine trafficking in the US
Central Intelligence Agency The involvement of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in cocaine trafficking in Central America during the Reagan Administration as part of the Contra war in Nicaragua has been the subject of several official and journalistic investigations since the mid-1980s. Early reports[edit] "Once you set up a covert operation to supply arms and money, it's very difficult to separate it from the kind of people who are involved in other forms of trade, and especially drugs. There is a limited number of planes, pilots and landing strips. By developing a system for supply of the Contras, the US built a road for drug supply into the US." In 1984, U.S. officials began receiving reports of Contra cocaine trafficking. In 1985, another Contra leader "told U.S. authorities that his group was being paid $50,000 by Colombian traffickers for help with a 100-kilo cocaine shipment and that the money would go 'for the cause' of fighting the Nicaraguan government." Related:  Drug Smuggling & The CIAIran-Contra & Contra Drug SmugglingAbout Drugs & Drug smuggling

MK Occupy Minnesota: Drugs & the DRE Program at Peavey Plaza » Philosophers stone Minnesota – Video documentation by local activists and independent media claims to show police officers and county deputies from across Minnesota have been picking up young people near Peavey Plaza for a training program to recognize drug-impaired drivers. Multiple participants say officers gave them illicit drugs and provided other incentives to take the drugs. The Occupy movement, present at Peavey Plaza since April 7th, appears to be targeted as impaired people are dropped off at the Plaza, and others say they’ve been rewarded for offering to snitch on the movement. Local independent media activists and members of Communities United Against Police Brutality began investigating police conduct around the Plaza after witnessing police dropping off impaired people at the plaza and hearing rumors that they were offering people drugs. We videotaped police conduct and interviewed participants, learning some very disturbing information about the DRE program.

Iran–Contra affair The Iran–Contra affair (Persian: ایران-کنترا‎, Spanish: caso Irán-Contra), also referred to as Irangate,[1] Contragate[citation needed] or the Iran–Contra scandal, was a political scandal in the United States that came to light in November 1986. During the Reagan administration, senior administration officials secretly facilitated the sale of arms to Iran, the subject of an arms embargo.[2] Some U.S. officials also hoped that the arms sales would secure the release of several hostages and allow U.S. intelligence agencies to fund the Nicaraguan Contras. Under the Boland Amendment, further funding of the Contras by the government had been prohibited by Congress. The scandal began as an operation to free the seven American hostages being held in Lebanon by a group with Iranian ties connected to the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution. Several investigations ensued, including those by the U.S. Background[edit] Arms sales to Iran[edit] A BGM-71 TOW anti-tank guided missile

Oliver North Early life[edit] North was born in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Ann Theresa (née Clancy) and Oliver Clay North, a US Army major.[3][4] He grew up in Philmont, New York, and graduated from Ockawamick High School in 1961. He attended the State University of New York at Brockport in Brockport, New York, for two years.[5] While at Brockport, North spent a summer at the United States Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, and gained an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in 1963. He received his commission as second lieutenant in 1968 (he missed a year due to injuries from an auto accident). One of North's classmates at the Academy was future Secretary of the Navy and U.S. U.S. During his tenure at the NSC, North managed a number of missions. During his trial, Oliver North spent his last two years on active duty assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps in Arlington, Virginia. North resigned his Marine Corps commission in 1988.[11] Politics[edit]

The Contras, Cocaine, and Covert Operations National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 2 For more information contact: 202/994-7000 or nsarchiv@gwu.edu Washington, D.C. – An August, 1996, series in the San Jose Mercury News by reporter Gary Webb linked the origins of crack cocaine in California to the contras, a guerrilla force backed by the Reagan administration that attacked Nicaragua's Sandinista government during the 1980s. Webb's series, "The Dark Alliance," has been the subject of intense media debate, and has focused attention on a foreign policy drug scandal that leaves many questions unanswered. This electronic briefing book is compiled from declassified documents obtained by the National Security Archive, including the notebooks kept by NSC aide and Iran-contra figure Oliver North, electronic mail messages written by high-ranking Reagan administration officials, memos detailing the contra war effort, and FBI and DEA reports. Contents: Click on the document icon next to each description to view the document. U.S.

CIA-Contra Cocaine Scandal: The Tragic Saga of Gary Webb Starring Jeremy Renner as the late Gary Webb, the movie of Webb’s investigation of the CIA’s Contra-cocaine scandal – and of Webb’s destruction by mainstream news outlets – is set to begin filming this summer. If Hollywood gets the story right, it will be a dark and enlightening tale. While there was the usual glitz and glamour at this year’s Oscars, the star not strolling down the red carpet was actually an intelligence arm of the U.S. government. By bestowing “Argo” with its top award, the Academy gave props to the CIA for the forgotten heroic mission to save six Americans trapped in Iran. “Zero Dark Thirty,” also up for best picture, portrayed CIA analysts as heroes ridding the planet of a psychopathic murderer. But the CIA is not likely to be singing “Hurrah For Hollywood” for long. So, why is Hollywood so interested in an “ancient” story that has traversed through time over the past three decades? Soon, the firestorm erupted. Kerry and his band of merry staffers started digging.

La Russie interdit à l'Otan d'acheminer l'héroïne via son territoire In occasione del vertice NATO a Bucarest, nel 2008, il Presidente Dmitrij Medvedev aveva proposto di rendere nuovamente disponibili le linee ferroviarie russe per il trasporto da o verso l’Europa delle attrezzature non letali da o in direzione dell’Afghanistan. Il 5 aprile 2012, Aleksandr Grushko, vice ministro degli esteri russo dovrebbe diventare, che nei prossimi giorni, il rappresentante permanente della Russia presso la NATO, ha detto in un’intervista a RIA Novosti che il trasporto sarà ora disciplinato da un nuovo protocollo. In base a tale accordo, può essere perquisito dai servizi antidroga. Il consumo di eroina afgana è diventato un grave problema di salute pubblica in Europa in generale, e in Russia in particolare. Il paese ne è diventato il più grande consumatore mondiale. L’annuncio di Aleksandr Grushko e la sua nomina a Rappresentante Permanente presso la NATO, celebrano il ritorno al comando di Vladimir Putin.

IndieGoGo wants to give Kickstarter a run for its money Crowdfunding, the process of raising funds by collecting small amounts of money from many people, has become quite popular in recent years, and the poster child for the industry is New York City-based Kickstarter. But there are several other lesser well known startups beyond Kickstarter, like the crowdfunding veteran IndieGoGo. Founded in January 2008, San Francisco-based startup IndieGoGo is aiming to be the big, general player in the space, in contrast to other crowdfunding platforms that define themselves by the niche of the campaigns they serve. “We’re really aiming to empower the dreams of many, whether it be a through getting money for a liver transplant, or a new album, or a restaurant,” CEO Slava Rubin told me in an interview this week. The all-things-to-all-people strategy seems to be steadily picking up. To wit: Fractured Atlas, IndieGoGo’s partner for processing tax deductible contributions, recently surpassed the $1 million mark for charitable causes funded via IndieGoGo.

Ron Paul Had Accurate Conspiracy Theory: CIA Was Tied To Drug Traffickers WASHINGTON -- According to a former aide, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has long been drawn toward conspiracy theories. Eric Dondero, who served Paul off and on from 1987 to 2003, wrote recently that the Texas Republican suspected that George W. Bush may have had advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks and that Franklin Roosevelt knew in advance about Pearl Harbor. Paul's writings and speeches spotlight a host of other plots, including the "war on Christmas." But just because not all of Paul's theories are backed by good evidence doesn't mean none of them are. In 1988, while running for president on the Libertarian Party ticket, he highlighted yet another conspiracy theory, and this one doesn't collapse under investigation: The CIA, Paul told a gathering of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, was involved in trafficking drugs as part of the Iran-Contra debacle. All of these and other U.S. "My first thought was, 'Holy shit!'

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