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Title: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: DCUBED on March 31, 2009, 03:46:40 pm
http://kdka.com/national/Afghanistan.us.drug.2.971357.html

U.S. Launches New Fight Against Afghan Drug Trade

American authorities are planning a broad new campaign against terrorist financing networks in Afghanistan, sending in dozens of federal drug enforcement agents to help stem the country's massive opium trade, the Associated Press has learned.

The surge of narcotics agents, which would boost the number of anti-drug officials inside Afghanistan from a dozen to nearly 80, would bolster a strategy laid out last week by the Obama administration to use U.S. and NATO troops to target "higher level drug lords."

Detailed plans described to members of Congress behind closed doors earlier this month suggest the effort will be modeled after the federal Drug Enforcement Administration's campaign against drug cartels in South America.

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., who chairs the House Armed Services terrorism subcommittee, said the DEA's effort is aimed at crippling the Afghan narcotics networks by driving up the costs of the opium trade.

"Any financing effort is really going to focus on the drug trade and the DEA is going to have to play a key role," Smith said.

Unveiling his new strategy for Afghanistan last week, President Barack Obama said the country's economy "is undercut by a booming narcotics trade that encourages criminality and funds the insurgency."

As the U.S. beefs up its military and civilian presence there, Obama said officials will track the growth of the Afghan illicit narcotics production as one measure of the administration's progress.

The strategy review called the drug trade the major driver of corruption in Afghanistan, and said allied forces must support local counternarcotics efforts to destroy drug labs, equipment and caches. It also urges efforts to identify other agricultural programs for Afghan farmer to replace their dependency on the illegal drug trade.

The DEA aims to complete its expansion inside Afghanistan by later this fall, building a team of nearly 80 agents and some additional analysts, said Michael Braun, who was DEA's operations chief until late last year.

"We are undergoing a significant increase there as we speak," said Braun, now managing director of an international security consulting firm that works with U.S. authorities in south Asia.

Braun said proceeds from the drug trade in Afghanistan have allowed the Taliban to flourish. There are also indications, he said, that al-Qaida is heavily involved in Afghan opium trafficking.

Afghanistan is the world's largest producer of opium, the main ingredient in heroin. The Afghan drug trade accounts for 90 percent of the worldwide production. The U.N. estimated last year that up to $500 million from the illegal drug trade flows to Taliban fighters and criminal groups.

The ramped-up drug effort in Afghanistan is similar in structure to a 2005 U.S. program in Iraq that targeted terror networks funding the insurgency in Iraq. The Baghdad-based effort, led by Pentagon and Treasury officials, collected and analyzed intelligence on terror financing and the flow of weapons and fighters into Iraq.

The multi-pronged approach used Treasury Department sanctions against organizations, assets freezes and orders banning financial transactions.

Matthew Levitt, a former Treasury and FBI official and now a terror financing expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told lawmakers that insurgencies can be disrupted when their financing networks are targeted. As core leaders of al-Qaida and other militant groups are less able to finance cells in other regions, those insurgent franchises may become more localized and easier to track and control.

The new Afghanistan anti-drug effort will also hone in on money flow, but it will concentrate on the money laundering operations used by drug dealers. The effort will trace both high-tech operations like offshore banking and cell phone transfers and more informal operations like the hard-to-penetrate hawala money-brokering system that flourishes in the Islamic world.

Defense officials declined to reveal details of the new Afghanistan program, and instead met with lawmakers in a closed session to provide additional information.

Smith said he told Defense Department officials in the closed session that he was skeptical that the DEA's successes against drug cartels in Colombia and other Latin American countries could be duplicated in Afghanistan, where the drug trade is a dominant part of the economy.

"I think it's going to take more than just imagining that they can eliminate the poppy crops in Afghanistan," said Smith. "It's going to take economic opportunity and a comprehensive development strategy to create alternatives."

The new Obama administration initiative follows previous efforts by the Bush administration and NATO to target Afghan drug lords and laboratories. The previous American push was met with resistance from U.S. allies, who were concerned about putting their troops at risk in encounters with Afghan drug rings.

A new report last month said that Afghanistan's production of opium poppies will likely decrease in 2009. But cultivation of the illegal crop remains entrenched in the southern provinces, the heart of the Taliban insurgency and the region where thousands of newly deployed U.S. troops will launch combat operations in the coming months.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: zafada on March 31, 2009, 04:07:47 pm
Ahh, there must be a good crop coming in this season. They need extra help harvesting.

seriously....
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on March 31, 2009, 04:20:51 pm
Just to connect some of the dot's here....

related: Don't Forget Yugoslavia! Bush AND Clinton need to be tried for warcrimes!  (http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=81241.msg465512#msg465512)
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Shortly After April 9, 1994: Bin Laden Travels to Albania, Meets with Government Officials Bin Laden visits Albania as a member of a Saudi government delegation. He is introduced as a friend of the Saudi government who could finance humanitarian projects. Yet, earlier the same month, the Saudi government supposedly cut all ties with bin Laden (see April 9, 1994).
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After 1994-1999: CIA and Bin Laden Train KLA in Albania  In 1994 Albanian Premier Sali Berisha reportedly helps bin Laden set up a network in Albania through Saudi charity fronts after bin Laden visits Albania (see Shortly After April 9, 1994). Berisha later uses his property to train the KLA militant group.
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It is clear that everywhere there is oil there is Brown & Root. But increasingly, everywhere there is war or insurrection there is Brown & Root also. From Bosnia and Kosovo to Chechnya, Rwanda, Burma, Pakistan, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Iran, Libya, Mexico and Colombia, Brown & Root's traditional operations have expanded from heavy construction to include the provision of logistical support for the US military. Now, instead of US Army quartermasters, the world is likely to see Brown & Root warehouses storing and managing everything from uniforms and rations to vehicles.

DRUG PIPELINE STREAMLINED

The Clinton Administration took care of all that wasted travel for heroin with the 1999 destruction of Serbia and Kosovo and the installation of the KLA as a regional power. That opened a direct line from Afghanistan to Western Europe - and Brown & Root was right in the middle of that, too.

The Clinton skill at streamlining drug operations was described in detail in the April 2000 issue of FTW in a story entitled "The Democratic Party's Presidential Drug Money Pipeline". That article has since been reprinted in three countries. The essence of the drug economic lesson was that by growing opium in Colombia and by smuggling both cocaine and heroin from Colombia to New York City through the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico (a virtual straight line), traditional smuggling routes could be shortened or even eliminated. This reduced both risk and cost, increased profits and eliminated competition.

...

Then I came across a piece written in 2000 by Michael Ruppert of Beyond the Wilderness, that broadened my inquiries as the article links Kellog Brown and Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton to the worldwide distribution of drugs via the global network that Halliburton owns or operates on behalf of the US government and various corporations including major oil companies. A network that evolved over time initially through the CIA's connection to the drug trade in the Golden Triangle but which has its roots in Nazi Germany over thirty years earlier and its connection to US big business. And in the post-war period, Brown Brothers Harriman were also involved in laundering Nazi money through a Dutch-based bank.


NATO in-fighting on wheather to suspend opium trade in Afghanistan  (http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=83181.msg475305#msg475305)
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The KLA has always been the armed wing of this Albanian Mafia. Its humiliating defeat at the hands of the Serbs was rather embarrassing for the United States. It was bad enough that the KLA was so lousy at fighting. Despite their sophisticated weaponry they could not stop 40,000 Serb regular and paramilitary forces from throwing out, in a matter, of a few weeks, 800,000 Albanians. But at least they could pay for their weapons.

Without the heroin money, however, they would no longer even be able to do that. NATO had to intervene. (NATO/Soros) It could not allow such a lucrative business to slip through its fingers.

The Balkan Route starts at the poppy fields of Pakistan and Central Asia, goes through Turkey and ends up in Western Europe. Yugoslavia's collapse into civil war in the early 1990s meant that heroin traders needed to find a more secure route. The heroin now went through Albania. Using the overland route drugs travel from Turkey to Greece and then to Macedonia. Albanians then transport the drugs by truck to the ports of Vlore and Durres [in Albania]. From there it is ferried by small craft either north toward the Dalmatian coast [Croatia] or across the Adriatic to Italy. Then it is taken to Germany and Switzerland.

The respected Jane's Intelligence Review recently reported: "Albania has become the crime capital of Europe. The most powerful groups in the country are organized criminals who use Albania to grow, process, and store a large percentage of the illegal drugs destined for Western Europe... Albanian criminal gangs are actively supporting the war in Kosovo."

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http://www.kosovocompromise.com/cms/item/topic/en.html?view=story&id=963&sectionId=1
UN: Ethnic Albanian heroin trafficking “single most prominent organized crime problem in Europe today”

 Friday, May 30, 2008
"Heroin represents the highest value contraband flow and, since the mid-1990s, ethnic Albanian traffickers have been said to control the trafficking of this commodity west into Europe ... Past estimates suggested that ethnic Albanian traffickers controlled 70 percent or more for the heroin entering a number of key destination markets, and they have been described as a ‘threat to the EU' by the Council of Europe", it says.

Nevertheless, the report said that "the single most notorious Balkan organized crime phenomenon - the role played by ethnic Albanian traffickers in West European heroin markets - appears to be in decline".

It added that "Kosovo is extremely vulnerable to organized crime and thus to money laundering".

The report also said that "only in Kosovo does the economy remain stagnant. Kosovo has the highest unemployment rate in South East Europe. The average salary is just 200 euros per month. There is 50 % unemployment, higher among youth, women and rural people. According to the Ministry of Finance and Economy, households in Kosovo receive more money from remittances than from work. More than half of the people live in poverty, and 30 percent live just above poverty line", the report said.

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http://www.metacafe.com/watch/yt-PKDdF6vfjoo/bush_in_albania_2007_cheering_in_fushe_kruja/

10th June 2007
A historic date for all Albanians

President Bush is given a hero's welcome in Albania. This is the first visit ever of a serving president of USA to visit Albania and will be remembered long time, even though it only lasted eight hours.

Albania is the only country where no one has seen any protests against USA or the President. Some even say the Albanians are the most proamerican people on the planet. This is not a hoax. This is a real deal and there is a reason for it.

Why Albanians love Americans? Simply because americans are a freedom loving people and they showed this love in practice many times in the history of Albanians (and other small nations) by defending the Albania's right to exists as a state despite the appetite of many world powers and neighboring countries to carve and erase the country from the map. e.g. USA's President Wilson in 1919, at the Paris Peace Conference, was a crucial voice that saved Albania from being ceased as a state.
Also in a more recent case, in 1999, it was USA and United Kingdom (leading) that saved kosovar albanians from being extinct by the killing machinery of Serbia. Therefore, the actions of the american people speak very loud about their just intentions towards small nations like Albanians. And remember, Kosovo had no oil worthy of such intervention in 1999! You americans should be proud of your soldiers who risk their own life to bring peace and stability to the world. They need your support!

Albania as a state had its ups and downs in relations with USA, but after fall of communism in 1990 (something that America and Bush Senior again helped to get rid off), since then, Albania and albanians are back on track to drive forward a lasting relationship with the american people. We urge the american government to be more involved in Albania and Kosovo, to work closely with Albanians and deter potential involvements of radical islamists who may want to exploit new democracies like ours, by offering the very much needed financial incentives, but with a high price in return. We are aware of this, but we need your help!

Albanians are a nation that will long remember your sincere attitude and support in our cause to freedom and democracy. Albanians stand united with Americans in the War on Terror! If you are told different, don't believe them! They are all ill wishers and they'll do anything to convince you otherwise!

SUPPORT INDEPENDENCE FOR KOSOVA! TIME IS NOW!

http://www.correntewire.com/get_to_know_your_albanian_national_anthem

Get to Know Your Albanian National Anthem!
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a228/mortaljive/Extra%20Images/IfitscamoflaugehowcomeIcanseethem.jpg)

George W. Bush, aka The Man Who Would Be King was embraced by the people of Albania with the kind of touchy-feely love often reserved for leper healers. But what is Albania? Well, for starters, it's a place Albanians sing about!
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Matt Hatter on March 31, 2009, 05:01:58 pm
Wow the Fox really is guarding the Hen House

"The Vienna based UN Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that the 2006 harvest will be of the order of 6,100 tonnes, 33 times its production levels in 2001 under the Taliban government."

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=CHO20060921&articleId=3294

And this was 3 years ago. What is it producing now!?
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Eckhart Tolle on March 31, 2009, 05:14:56 pm
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Afghanistan is the world's largest producer of opium, the main ingredient in heroin. The Afghan drug trade accounts for 90 percent of the worldwide production.

Wow 90 percent of the worlds Heroin comes from Afghanistan?

Now I see why we are over there "Fighting Terrorist"


Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Matt Hatter on March 31, 2009, 05:47:55 pm
Afghanistan opium poppy cultivation 1994-2007
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5c/Afghanistan_opium_poppy_cultivation_1994-2007b.PNG)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Afghanistan_opium_poppy_cultivation_1994-2007b.PNG
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Matt Hatter on March 31, 2009, 05:51:39 pm
Notice the drastic drop in 2001. The invasion of Afghanistan didnt happen until October 7, 2001. It appears that the Taliban cut production probably near the end of 2000 as 2000 was lower than 1999.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Freeski on March 31, 2009, 05:53:46 pm
Afghanistan opium poppy cultivation 1994-2007
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5c/Afghanistan_opium_poppy_cultivation_1994-2007b.PNG)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Afghanistan_opium_poppy_cultivation_1994-2007b.PNG

That dip is the result of a change of ownership in late '01/02.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on March 31, 2009, 11:46:13 pm
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/news/social_affairs/Ethnic_Albanians_keep_a_grip_on_heroin_supply.html?siteSect=201&sid=9609161&cKey=1220442127000&ty=st

August 26, 2008 - 9:48 PM    Ethnic Albanians keep a grip on heroin supply

Ethnic Albanian criminal gangs continue to pose a serious security threat, dominating the transit and supply of heroin to Switzerland, warns a federal police expert.

Three members of the same Kosovo family are currently on trial in Switzerland accused of operating one of Europe's largest heroin wholesale operations. Prosecutors say the 69-year-old father and his two sons, aged 42 and 28, used their base in the southeast European country to import 1.5 tons of heroin from Turkey for sale elsewhere. "[The clan] has been one of the principle suppliers of heroin in western Europe since the middle of the 90s," the prosecution claimed. The defendants deny all charges. They went on trial in Switzerland because the brothers lived and worked there. A verdict by the Federal Penal Court in Bellinzona is expected at the end of October. According to Roger Flury, an illegal drugs expert at the Federal Police Office, the seizure was very significant, even though it was split between different countries.

"1,500 kg - that's between 25 to 50 per cent of what people consume in Switzerland in one year," he told swissinfo.

Significant threat
In its 2007 internal security report published in July the federal police said that "criminal organisations from southeastern Europe" played a "significant role" in Switzerland. These internationally interlinked groups were involved in numerous criminal activities including drug and human trafficking, migrant smuggling, extortion, prostitution and money laundering, it stated.

According to the Vienna-based United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Switzerland has historically been singled out as one of the countries most affected by ethnic Albanian heroin trafficking, due to the large expatriate population.

There were an estimated 94,000 Albanian-speakers in Switzerland in 2000. In the late 1990s, Albanians were blamed for trafficking some 70 to 90 per cent of Switzerland's heroin supply into the country.

"The influence of ethnic Albanian criminal groups is still very strong, especially in the heroin market, and it's not abating," said Flury. "The vast majority of heroin sold in Switzerland still transits via ethnic Albanian groups."

Other criminal groups involved in the trade in Switzerland are from Turkey, Croatia, Serbia West Africa and Iraq, he added.

But Theodore Leggett, author of a UNODC report entitled "Crime and its impact on the Balkans", felt the importance of ethnic Albanian criminal gangs was waning.

"They had a period of unprecedented access to European markets in the 1990s and early 2000s and took advantage of that, and others took advantage of them, but stopping speedboat traffic to Italy had a big effect. I don't think they're competitive [in the] long term," he told swissinfo.

Ethnic Albanian criminal gangs built up a reputation as effective traffickers as they were violent and clannish with a language nobody else could understand and had an honour code similar to the Sicilian mafia, explained Leggett.

"But I don't think this makes for a very competitive drug trafficking group in the long term, as violence attracts unwanted attention. What tends to happen with these Albanian crime groups is that they build up to a certain level, then they shoot each other over an honour issue, which undermines their place in the market."

Balkan route
Southeastern Europe lies along the most conventional route - the so-called Balkan route - between the supplier of some 82 per cent of the world's heroin, Afghanistan, and its most lucrative consumer market, western Europe.

Today the Balkan route has split in three – a northern path (Afghanistan-Pakistan/Iran-Turkey-Bulgaria-Romania-Hungary), a central, original path (Afghanistan-Pakistan/Iran-Turkey-Bulgaria-Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia/Serbia-Bosnia and Herzegovina-Croatia-Slovenia-Italy) and a southern route (Afghanistan-Pakistan/Iran-Turkey-Bulgaria-Macedonia-Kosovo-Albania-Italy).

It is estimated that about 100 tonnes of heroin crosses southeastern Europe every year on its way to western Europe, of which 85 tons eventually makes it to the consumer, a flow estimated at $25-30 billion, says UNODC.

Switzerland has a small domestic market. It's not a traditional redistribution point, like the Netherlands, but more a transit country, with traffickers taking advantage of the land and air connections.

"The Swiss police are quite good in stopping the stuff and make a lot of seizures, but it continues to be a place that a lot of traffickers favour," said Leggett.

Despite a stabilisation in the world drugs market, in June the UN sounded the alarm about the recent surge in drug supply from Afghanistan, which may drive addiction rates up.

"We don't know exactly where this surge in heroin supply is headed. There's a belief that it's being stockpiled – getting banked," said Leggett.

But according to the Swiss police, Switzerland is already feeling this increase. Consumption is stable in Switzerland, but with decreasing prices and increasing purity levels, which are worrying indicators," confirmed Flury.

In 2007 seizures of heroin by Swiss police rose to 300kg from 230kg in 2006.
swissinfo, Simon Bradley
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on March 31, 2009, 11:56:49 pm
http://www.masterjules.net/afghanpop.htm
...
 Furthermore, now you know why Kosovo's "independence" ... read its actually coerced U.S./EU secession from Serbia and terminal ruination, is so heavily promoted by the U.S. government and its colleagues in the EU.

The machinations of the Kosovo Albanian drug mafia was amply documented at the time of Bill Clinton's Serbia/Kosovo bombing and thereafter.

As former Colonel in counterterrorism and historian, Richard Maybury often affirms in his magnificently instructive Early Warning monthly report, the U.S. nation is completely separate from its government:  "It's government is as crooked as a dog's hind leg."
http://www.sott.net/articles/show/148967-Russian-state-TV-suggests-USA-involved-in-drug-trafficking-from-Afghanistan

Russian state TV suggests USA involved in drug-trafficking from Afghanistan

BBC Monitoring, Channel One TV, Moscow, in Russian Sun, 10 Feb 2008 Russian state TV suggests USA involved in drug-trafficking from Afghanistan. Russian state-controlled Channel One TV has broadcast a report containing allegations that US forces are involved in drug-trafficking from Afghanistan to Europe. It also highlighted the problem of drug abuse in the British army. The channel's weekly news roundup "Voskresnoye Vremya" on 10 February noted that, according to the UN, the amount of opium being produced in Afghanistan has more than doubled since the coalition troops entered the country.

The report went on to show former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair visiting the country at an unspecified time. It said that he had met almost 800 British troops during the visit. "This is either a coincidence or the working of cruel fate, but this is the exact number of soldiers that the British army loses each year because of drug abuse. This is more than the total combat losses of the royal army in Iraq and Afghanistan," the correspondent noted. The report then featured an extract from a BBC news website story saying that the British army loses a whole battalion of troops a year because of drug abuse (Research revealed that the story was published on 14 December 2007). The report went on to look at the wider problem of how to reverse the trend of increasing opium production in Afghanistan.

Aleksandr Mikhaylov, the head of the department of interdepartmental and informational activity at the Russian Drugs Control Agency, was shown saying that economic measures to tackle the problem are foundering on local corruption. "The local authorities draw up seriously forged lists in which an amount is recorded for the amount destroyed and, in fact, the crop has not been destroyed at all. The theft of the money to combat narcotics is going on and is flourishing," he said.

The accusation that US forces are involved in drug-trafficking came from Geydar Dzhemal, chairman of the Islamic Committee of Russia. "Without the control and connivance on the part of the special services none of these things are possible. For example in Afghanistan, the CIA and the special services are quite brazen. Under the protection of the American army they meet the necessary people. They collect the stuff, go to the Bagram airbase and they hand in a large consignment of narcotics, which is then taken away," he said.

The report went on to say that heroin reached the Balkans via Turkey, which "has been a member of NATO since 1952 and is the USA's closest ally in the region". It said it is "another amazing coincidence" that Kosovo hosts the largest NATO base in Europe. The correspondent added that there is a "secret Interpol post" next to this base. "Here they speak almost openly about Afghan heroin in American planes," he noted.

A man captioned as Marko Nicovic, Interpol employee, explained that 90 per cent of heroin goes through the Albanian mafia, which is now more powerful than the Sicilian mafia. He also alleged that members of this mafia bribe European parliamentarians to support the independence of Kosovo.

The report went on to link high levels of drug crime in Russia with the US invasion of Afghanistan. "Since the Americans unleashed war on the Taleban, Russian crime labs have been working non-stop," the correspondent observed over footage of a drugs raid and packages of drugs being opened.

Aleksandr Mikhaylov, the head of the department of interdepartmental and informational activity at the Russian Drugs Control Agency, was shown saying that the production of narcotics in Afghanistan is getting more professional and that drugs have taken a real stranglehold on the Afghan economy. "The situation today is that narcotics have become a substance used for barter in Afghanistan," he observed.

"For as long as heroin remains the only hard currency in the country and until NATO and its military coalition do not resolve their own issues, the agricultural proclivities here will hardly change," the correspondent concluded.


Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Revolt426 on April 01, 2009, 12:01:45 am
Soros was behind the funding of the entire Kosovo incident, Clinton was merely a pressured reactionary.

Wherever there are poppy plants there are Soros networks. He is likely behind the British Helmand province Drug Running operation where they guard the poppy fields and parachute drop food supplies to the farmers so they can survive and work their asses off.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on April 01, 2009, 12:12:54 am
Soros was behind the funding of the entire Kosovo incident, Clinton was merely a pressured reactionary.

I'd would have said Clinton worked for Soros, nearly the same. And Soros didn't spend much at all, he got Nato to foot the bill and Brown & Root got the contracts....

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/02/333786.shtml
Back To Business: CIA Airlines Trafficking Heroin to Fund Operations
author: wmr
February 10, 2006 -- It's "back to business" for Porter Goss and "his" CIA. Informed intelligence sources report that the CIA's rendition and other "support" aircraft are ferrying around more than "Al Qaeda" suspects and flying spies in and out of remote countries

CIA aircraft operating under the cover of post office box firms and a humanitarian assistance operation are reportedly engaged in flying heroin out of Afghanistan as part of a 1980s-style covert operation to sell drugs for off-the-books operating capital.

The narcotics smuggling operation also maintains a presence in Geneva, Switzerland where cash can be easily laundered. A reputed relative of CIA Director Porter Goss (last name is Goss), who is based near Geneva, is reportedly involved in the drug smuggling operation. Sources confirm that Goss has re-engaged a number of CIA assets from the Iran-Contra scandal to participate in the operation.

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/02/333982.shtml

CIA-Contractor Christian Aviation Missionaries Smuggling Afghan Heroin
CIA: "Christians In Action" 'missionaries' reportedly involved in Afghan heroin smuggling under Porter Goss's direction. 

February 13, 2006 -- Goss's "Contraband Import Agency" (CIA) and its "program." WMR reported on Feb. 10  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/02/333786.shtml that the CIA under the command of Porter Goss is back into the drug smuggling business in Afghanistan. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov told a meeting of the Russian-NATO Council that "drugs and arms smuggling are booming and 'dirty cash flows' keep feeding extremist and radicalism in Afghanistan."

Ivanov's comments were reported by the Pak Tribune of Pakistan. Ivanov's comments followed the resignation of the CIA's Counter-terrorism Center chief Robert Grenier. Grenier, who held the job for only a year, was reported to have clashed with Goss over the issue of secret prisons, rendition, and torture of "Al Qaeda" prisoners.

However, Grenier may have also discovered that CIA contract flights are being used to transport high-grade Afghan heroin from the nation to black markets in Europe (particularly Turkey and Albania) and North America.

Grenier reportedly refused to "get with the program" Goss established in the CIA. Goss has reportedly re-engaged Iran-contra operatives who were involved in drug smuggling activities to illegally support the contras and other off-the-books CIA activities in the 1980s.

In particular, the CIA drug smuggling activities in Afghanistan are centered on Christian fundamentalist groups, including "aviation ministries," that operated various CIA money laundering fronts in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala during the contra wars. Some of the CIA contractor "Christian" aviation missionary fronts active in the Afghan drug smuggling operations, including one based in Dallas, have been linked in the past to Pat Robertson's 700 Club's Operation Blessing.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Revolt426 on April 01, 2009, 12:23:52 am
Soros recently said in the Australian:
http://www.larouchepac.com/node/9684
Soros Praises Brown's `Leadership' in Taking the World into Hyperinflationary Hell


"Soros claims that after "having little influence" over Bill Clinton, he now is confident that under Obama "at least I will get a hearing." He complains, however, that "it is difficult to generate the political will" for the nationalization scheme."
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Revolt426 on April 01, 2009, 12:27:17 am
The CIA , sure, well in modern day US Government the CIA is a rogue entity that the President really answers to at some points because it's a conduit to MI6.

Clinton was no angel but he certainly wasn't into Soros' ideals.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Revolt426 on April 01, 2009, 12:40:11 am
http://www.oilempire.us/soros.html

This site has a pretty detailed analysis .

In regards to Yugalosovia, He was the architect of the whole incident without a doubt.

Take the collapse of the Soviet Union, for example. Clark points out that “Soros’ role was crucial: “From 1979, he distributed $3 million a year to dissidents including Poland’s solidarity movement, Charter 77 in Czechoslovakia and Andrei Sakharov in the Soviet Union. In 1984, he founded his first Open Society Institute in Hungary and pumped millions of dollars into opposition movements and independent media. Ostensibly aimed at building up a ‘civil society”, these initiatives were designed to weaken the existing political structures and pave the way for eastern Europe’s eventual exploitation by global capital. Soros now claims with characteristic immodesty, that he was responsible for the “Americanization” of eastern Europe.”
More recently, there is the case of Yugoslavia. As Clark puts it:
TheYugoslavs remained stubbornly resistant and repeatedly returned Slobodan Milosevic’s reformed Socialist Party to government. Soros was equal to the challenge. From 1991, his Open Society Institute channeled more than $100 million to the coffers of the anti-Milosevic opposition, funding political parties, publishing houses and “independent” media such as Radio B92, the plucky little student radio station of western mythology, which was in reality bankrolled b one of the world’s richest men on behalf of the world’s most powerful nation. With Slobo finally toppled in 2000 in a coup d’etat financed, planned and executed in Washington all that was left was to cart the ex Yugoslav leader to the Hague tribunal, co-financed by Soros along with other custodians of human rights, Time Warner Corporation and Disney. He faced charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide, based in the main on the largely anecdotal evidence of (you guessed it) Human Rights Watch.”
Clark points out that “since the fall of Milosevic, Serbia, under the auspices of Soros- backed “reformers”, has become less, not more, free. The recently lifted state of emergency saw more than 4,000 people arrested, many of them without charge, political parties threatened with bans, and critical newspapers closed down” This has been so blatant that it was condemned by the UN Commission on Human Rights and the British Helsinki Group“Soros has made money in every country he has helped to prise ‘open’. In Kosovo, for example, he has invested $50 million in an attempt to gain control of the Trepca mine complex, where there are vast reserves of gold, silver, lead and other minerals estimated to be worth in the region of $5 billion. He thus copied a pattern he has deployed to great effect over the whole of eastern Europe of advocating ‘shocking therapy’ and ‘economic reform’, then swooping in with his associate to buy valuable state assets at knock-down prices,” according to Clark.*
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on April 01, 2009, 12:40:28 am
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Soros claims that after "having little influence" over Bill Clinton
What a liar....

The Brits are getting a share of the "trade" too.... First pushing it on there own country and then to the Russians...

http://www.left.ru/inter/2005/narkobarons.phtml

Russian Military Oligarch Accuses the CIA and MI-6 of Flooding Russia with Drugs


There have been reports in mass media about the involvement of the U.S. military in Afghanistan in drug trafficking. I asked the well-known political scientist and specialist on organized crime Vladimir Filin to comment on this.


-Vladimir Ilyich, is it true that Americans are involved in drug business?

-Yes, they are in ideal situation for this. They control the Bagram airfield from where the Air Force transport planes fly to a U.S. military base in Germany. In the last two years this base became the largest transit hub for moving Afghan heroin to other US bases and installations in Europe. Much of it goes to Kosovo in the former Yugoslavia. From there the Kosovo Albanian mafia moves heroin back to Germany and other EU countries. 3  

...

-And exactly who did this?

-Tendencies, not names are important. Before 2000, Russia was not a significant user of heroin. Its population was too poor and heroin was expensive. Besides, there was no tradition of using heroin. So the main part of "special merchandise"--25-30 tons a year--went to Kosovo Albanians in Europe. You see, it's not that simple to traffic drugs from Afghanistan to Tajikistan, from there to Russia and from Russia to Europe, former Yugoslavia. It took a serious organization with much power and good protection.

-You mean special services and the army?

- Why necessarily the army? Aga Khan IV Foundation always did this as well. And then not the entire army was involved in this.

- What did change after 2000?

Oil prices went up. Russia was getting easy money and a large internal market was created. It's easier to get "special merchandise" from Tajikistan to Russia than to move it from Russia to Europe. Monopoly and centralization does not help here. On the contrary, more effective is decentralization, a cell structure based on the multitude of predominantly small and middle-size ethnic societies, Tajik, for example. Besides the Tajik, this business attracted the government circles of Turkmenistan. The country is well located for this: the Caspian Sea, Astrakhan, and Azerbaijan. Afghan heroin comes to Azerbaijan from Iran as well. It used to come from Turkey too before last spring when they closed Batum. I believe it won't stay closed for long. In the end, all this heroin reaches Russia. Our Azeri diaspora is two million strong, the Tajik one million. There are also Gypsies, the worst of them all. In short, there exists a ready retail network for drugs. Nor do they have problems with laundering drug money in Russia. The Moscow construction business alone can take care of this! Approximately in 2002 British MI-6 and DIS (British military intelligence) took control of this drug business. They control it indirectly, of course, but very effectively.

- And how did this happen?

- In the end of 2001 the British came to the Kanduz province. It's their zone in Afghanistan. Within the multinational forces they are responsible for drugs control in the entire Afghanistan, not just in their zone in the north. To be more precise, officially they are supposed to fight poppy cultivation. Not the Americans, but the British are responsible for that. They began by flooding with drugs their own country. The use of heroin in Britain went up 1,5 times within one year. And four fifth of all heroin was trafficked through Tajikistan. After that they decided that it was enough for Britain and turned to the Russian market.

-How?

- They recruited big narcobarons, who were prominent statesmen of Tajikistan and had influence with the Tajik diaspora in Russia. This gave them an established retail network, ties with corrupt elements in police, FSB, and the customs. Besides, they had old ties with some Russians in Tajikistan, in the military and the border service, who are having financial problems after our troops withdrew from Bosnia and Kosovo. Not that they became poor, but before they did not have to count their money and now they do. In other words, these people cannot resist when their old partners in the Tajik elite approach them with "business" proposals. This is a typical commercial recruiting through intermediaries, a traditional British method.

-It turns out that the British control drug business in Russia?

-Yes, indirectly they control about 70 percent of both whole and retail sales of heroin. They do this through Tajik and Russian citizens, recruited on a commercial basis.


-What is to be done? How can we fight this?

-This situation cannot be changed radically by controlling the shipments of acetic anhydride to Asian countries. Nor the recent arrest of Gafur "Gray-haired" will solve all problems. [One of the closest associates of Tajik President Emomali Rakhmonov and the former head of the Presidential Guard, General Gafur Mirzoev was arrested in August 2004. At the time of his arrest Mirzoyev was the head of Tajik Drug Control Agency http://www.nobf.ru/engl/news/news_archive_04.html

There must be real struggle against corruption of customs officials and in the law-enforcement agencies. But with the present Russian administration these are pure dreams. However, I believe it is possible to scale down air and rail cargo transportation from Tajikistan, which will be also in the interests of our law-enforcement services. This would make harder large wholesale deliveries. Also something must be done with migration, both legal and not. This would be a blow to the network of drug dealers. In general, we need to cut down the traffic of Afghan heroin to our country by any means possible.

http://www.byzantinesacredart.com/blog/2008/02/cia-army-cia-state.html
KLA is CIA Army, Kosovo is CIA Lab
...
Kosovo is CIA Lab
http://www.glas-javnosti.co.yu/clanak/glas-javnosti-10-02-2008/bondstil-ce-zameniti-drzavu

Another article, carried from the Moscow daily Rosiyskaya Gazeta reveals that the biggest U.S. Army base abroad since Vietnam, Camp Bondsteel in southern Serbian province of Kosovo-Metohija, runs secret production operations.

“We managed to find very little, with the Albanians from the surrounding villages being reluctant and afraid to talk about this. It has been fully confirmed that every nearby Albanian who can work is desperately trying to get a job in the American base. They claim that there is a continuously open job application everyone is clamoring for. Apart from the wages, the successful applicants are promised a green card in United States after only two years of working in Camp Bondsteel,” Sergei Zharkih wrote.

“Why would Americans give the green cards so easily to those who pass through Bondsteel? It is a known fact that the procedure for getting a green card can last for years even for those who are already living in United States. It would seem that, in this case, the green card is a reward for silence, because everything points to very good reasons for wanting to keep everyone quiet. There are constant rumors about a secret production in Camp Bondsteel. Some say they are producing ammunition, while others claim the production involves crude chemistry. One thing is for sure: there is no smoke without fire, and as long as this 'fire' keeps burning, Americans will not leave Kosovo.”

...

Through Afghanistan and Kosovo, CIA Runs and Controls the Multibillion Dollar Heroin Trade
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7996
In a recent article, published on February 4, 2008, Professor Chossudovsky confirmed his earlier findings, concluding that both Washington and Brussels, and Western leaders in general, are not only aware of whom exactly are they dealing with in Kosovo province, but are the actual creators of the new mafia state from the very get-go:

“The proposed Kosovar political setup is integrated by criminal elements. Western politicians are fully aware of the nature of the Kosovar political project, of which they are the architects.

“We are not, however, dealing with the usual links of individual Western politicians to criminal syndicates. The relationship is far more sophisticated. Both the EU and the US are using criminal organizations and criminalized political parties in Kosovo to reach their military and foreign policy goals. The latter in turn support the interests of the oil companies and defense contractors, not to mention the multibillion dollar heroin trade out of Afghanistan.

“At the institutional level, the US administration, the EU, NATO and the UN are actually promoting the criminalization of the Kosovar State, which they control. In broad terms we are also dealing with the criminalization of US foreign policy. These criminal organizations and parties are created to ultimately serve US interests in Southern Europe.

“Kosovo independence would formally transform Kosovo into an independent mafia state, controlled by the Western military alliance. The territory of Kosovo would remain under US-NATO military jurisdiction.”
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Revolt426 on April 01, 2009, 12:44:22 am
When he says he had "little infleunce over clinton" it was in reference to his Open Society Policies of cooperating with his Drug Cartels and allowing states to distribute and tax drugs such as Heroin and Crack.

This guys ultimate goal is completely insane. He is an admitted Nazi.. Clinton was just a tool and you can't always get a tool to work for everyone.

As for the CIA, there is no doubt there are rogue elements not even answering to the Oval Office...... which is unfortunate but obviously true as shown by History (JFK for instance).
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on April 01, 2009, 01:16:45 am
There is nothing rogue about what the CIA was doing in Albania-Kosovo. Clinton-Bush-CIA-Brown&Root together moved drugs for years  and Clinton begins a new Drug trade route. Bush got us into Afganistan to get the product. They even got there player BinLaden to go to Albania to setup the future operation.

http://serbialives.blogspot.com/2007/03/albanian-and-kla-drug-trafficking.html
In the year 2000, CIA intelligence agents admitted to the London Sunday Times to having been training, equipping and supporting KLA fighters as early as 1998 -well before the NATO air strikes began, at the very time when the White House was pretending to be a mediator striving to resolve the conflict in Kosovo. The hypocrisy of the US was clear for all to see. The problem was that this was one isolated article, not a concerted media campaign like the one which demonized Serbs as the new Nazis.

http://www.serbianna.com/columns/rebic/003.shtml
Clinton Kosovo Policy Will Haunt Candidate Clinton
By Aleksandra Rebic
October 16, 2007

...
Candidate Clinton,

Due to Albanian manipulations, sanctioned by the powerful, political elite in this country and heavily underwritten by those such as financier George Soros, who have a vested interest in this little area in the Balkans, there was war in Kosovo, and though the war is over the consequences continue. The NATO bombing was not the only big crime committed. Criminal accountability lays on those who actively and clandestinely supported Albanian criminals and terrorists such as the KLA, the Kosovo Liberation Army, under the guise of humanitarian aid and support of so called “freedom fighters”.
...
THE KLA

Just who were these “freedom fighters” that enjoyed the support of certain American politicians who were influential in dictating U.S. foreign policy?  The Kosovo Liberation Army was the armed wing of the Kosovo National Front, a primary agitating force behind independence for Kosovo. That was not their only agenda, however. The Kosovo National Front was one of the most powerful heroin smuggling organizations in the world and throughout their fight with the Serbs over Kosovo, they were diverting the dirty profits from their dirty trade to the KLA "liberators" to buy weapons for the express purpose of killing. Not freedom fighting, but killing and terrorizing.

The U.S. State Department officially red-flagged the KLA in 1998. It was listed as an international terrorist organization. The primary charges against the organization were that it had bankrolled its operations with money made from the international heroin trade and from loans given by notorious terrorists like Osama bin Laden, who would become increasingly notorious and helpful to terrorist causes as time went by. A year later, in 1999, when Kosovo exploded on the world stage as a focus of international attention, nothing had changed insofar as the true nature of the KLA. Only then, due to "political expediency," instead of being called the terrorists that they were, they were being called "freedom fighters” and “liberators”.

Dirty money from dirty drug sales on a vast scale financed the weapons used against the Serbs and the Serbian civilians.  And our own people, our politicians, most notably Senator Joseph Lieberman, wanted to further augment and subsidize this organization with U.S. money, this after the Serbs had already been bombed mercilessly by NATO at the behest of the Clinton administration.

That same month that the bombing of the Serbs began, in March of 1999, it was estimated by "Jane's Intelligence Review" that drug sales alone could have netted the KLA profits in the high tens of millions of dollars. At that same time, this highly regarded British based journal noted that the KLA had rearmed itself for a Spring offensive against the Serbs with drug money, along with donations from Albanians in Western Europe and the United States.

Leading intelligence officials also confirmed that the KLA had financed its purchase of weapons in great part with profits earned from drug smuggling, the cash being laundered through banks in Italy, Germany, and the ever accommodating Swiss banks. The KLA, according to these same intelligence reports that our politicians and policy makers didn’t seem to be deterred by, paid for the weapons using the heroin itself as currency. These issues were all exposed at the same time that Senator Lieberman was pushing his “Kosovo Self-Defense Bill” that was intended to give the green light to further arming the KLA.  To my knowledge, Senator Lieberman's involvement did not begin with the Kosovo Self-Defense Act of 1999. As far back as 1994, the Senator received at least $10,000 from an Albanian-American PAC and was one of the most vocal proponents of "bombing Serbia," before NATO bombs were ever launched.

His determination to see the Serbs bombed would be echoed by the majority of the Clinton administration with fervor. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright seemed to make it her mission in life to see the Serbs “punished”.   Was Senator Lieberman’s “Kosovo Self-Defense Bill” intended to complement NATO’s bombing of the Serbs by giving their enemies an additional gift? This bill was to provide $25 million dollars of the American tax- payer money to equip 10,000 KLA fighters with arms and anti-tank weapons.  Our tax-payer money to fund terrorists.  Even though you weren’t a Senator back then, what I’m wondering is would you, Candidate Clinton, have supported this bill?

The KLA was ruthless and brutal in its conduct throughout the Kosovo conflict. The KLA did not operate under rules of civility or ethical and humane conduct in war. It did not follow rules. The KLA used its terrorist tactics not only against the innocent Serbian civilian population of Kosovo but against its own Albanian people who did not comply with the KLA program and who were perfectly satisfied to continue living in harmony with their Serbian neighbors. This was the group of people that people like Senator Lieberman who postured daily as a "moral, ethical, and righteous" politician against the excessive violence on television and in children’s video games, wanted to arm. This was the organization whose agenda the Clinton administration served to fulfill.
 
Perhaps what Harry Summers, Jr., a fellow of the Army War College, said shortly after the bombing of the Serbs began in March of 1999, best reflects the irony of United States support for the KLA and for the Albanian cause in Kosovo, but reading it now, eight years later, it was more than reflective.  It was one of those harbingers that don’t allow for a clear conscience. He called the NATO attacks on the Serbs
"the hubris of its leadership and the ineptitude of its foreign policy."

He wrote:

"The United States -- once the champion of internal stability and the sanctity of national sovereignty - has replaced the Soviet Comintern as the prime fomenter of international dissent and inciter of revolution... Not only by its actions in Bosnia did the U.S. encourage the KLA to revolt, but it also condemned Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic when he attempted to maintain order in his own country. In a bizarre twist to its foreign policy, the U.S. now tacitly supports the KLA guerrillas who are aided and abetted by America's arch enemy Osama bin Laden, who masterminded the African Embassy bombings last August...

Not only is America working against its own best interests by fostering a Muslim terrorist base in Europe, it is defeating the very purpose of its Balkan intervention. Ostensibly designed to promote stability in the region, U.S. foreign policy is doing precisely the opposite by its support of the Muslim revolution..."   

Funny thing.  Change the geographical context and you’d swear that was being said by someone such as yourself about the Bush administration and Iraq today.  But no. This was said in direct reference to the policy of the Clinton administration, a policy to which you gave your blessing.  It’s not over yet.  Kosovo just may well return to haunt you if you do make it all the way, Candidate Clinton. This is one legacy I would not want to inherit.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: JBS on April 01, 2009, 01:17:54 am
I see, the DEA has worldwide jurisdiction because international laws are non existent. How convenient.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on April 01, 2009, 01:31:22 am
http://www.cam.net.uk/home/aaa315/peace/opium.htm
...
Now as US military action will replace the Taliban government and fresh crops will be planted in Afghanistan, the slack in cash flow will assuredly be replaced by dramatically increased opium production in Colombia; the revenues from that effort being needed to maintain the revenue streams into Wall Street. Prior to the WTC attacks, credible sources, including the U.S. government, the IMF, Le Monde and the U.S. Senate placed the amount of drug cash flowing into Wall Street and U.S. banks at around $250-$300 billion a year.

In that context, the real history of Osama bin Laden, as America's useful terrorist-du-jour reveals a long and continuous history, interwoven with the drug trade and the Bush family, of supporting conflicts that have benefited U.S. military and economic interests

bin Laden
...
Economics Professor Michel Chossudovsky of the University of Ottawa has just completed a detailed history of bin Laden's career detailing his secret funding and logistical support to terrorist organizations beginning from his early CIA-supported roots in the 1980s as a "freedom fighter" through to the present day. Chossudovsky's compelling and well documented article, Who Is Osama Bin Laden? dated Sept 12, 2001 can be found on the Internet at: http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO109C.html.

Bin Laden's role has not just been as a practitioner of terrorist acts but as a trainer and supplier of terrorist organizations around the world. Included in bin Laden's coterie are terrorist groups linked to the Balkans, Albania, the KLA (a U.S. ally), and rebel groups leading the insurrection against Russia in Chechnya.

As FTW described in 1998, and as confirmed by Chossudovsky, the key to understanding U.S. support of bin Laden is to grasp that he has always been controlled by a cutout, the Pakistani government and its intelligence service the ISI. In this manner there has been virtually no direct contact between bin Laden and the CIA. This has served the dual purpose of maintaining his apparent "purity" with his followers and providing plausible deniability for the CIA. The whole underlying pretext for this relationship evaporated with the Taliban's destruction of the opium crop in February.

Chossudovsky writes:
"The history of the drug trade in Central Asia is intimately related to the CIA's covert operations. Prior to the Soviet-Afghan war, opium production in Afghanistan and Pakistan was directed to small regional markets. There was no local production of heroin. In this regard [Professor] Alfred McCoy's study confirms that within two years of the onslaught of the CIA operation in Afghanistan, 'the Pakistan-Afghanistan borderlands became the world's top heroin producer, supplying 60 per sent of the U.S. demand

"With the disintegration of the Soviet Union, a new surge in opium production has unfolded. (According to UN estimates, the production of opium in Afghanistan in 1998-99 -- coinciding with the build up of armed insurgencies in the former Soviet republics -- reached a record high of 4600 metric tons. Powerful business syndicates in the former Soviet Union allied with organized crime are competing for the strategic control over the heroin routes.

"The ISI's extensive intelligence military-network was not dismantled in the wake of the Cold War. The CIA continued to support the Islamic "jihad" out of Pakistan"

"The Golden Crescent drug trade was also being used to finance and equip the Bosnian Muslim Army (starting in the early 1990s) and the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). In the last few months there is evidence that Mujhideen mercenaries are fighting in the ranks of the KLA-NLA terrorists in their assaults into Macedonia

" With regard to Chechnya, the main rebel leaders Shamil Basayev and Al Khattab were trained and indoctrinated in CIA sponsored camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In this regard, the involvement of Pakistan's ISI and its radical Islamic proxies are actually calling the shots in this war.

"Russia's main pipeline route transits through Chechnya and Dagestan. Despite Washington's perfunctory condemnation of Islamic terrorism, the indirect beneficiaries of the Chechen war are the Anglo-American oil conglomerates which are vying for control over oil resources and pipeline corridors out of the Caspian Sea basin."

The oil and drug connections were the subject of FTW's story, The Bush-Cheney drug Empire in October, 2000.
That story is online at http://www.copvcia.com/stories/previous/bush-cheney-drugs.html.
Both Bush and Cheney are oil men.

George Bush, Sr. was Vice President and, by virtue of executive Order 12333, in charge of all U.S. intelligence and narcotics operations from 1981 through 1989.

As President from 1989 through 1993, he continued and expanded his control in these areas. Thus, it was Bush (the elder) who directly nourished and nurtured bin Laden's evolution.

Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on April 01, 2009, 02:20:31 pm
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2008 - Despite a stabilisation in the world drugs market, in June the UN sounded the alarm about the recent surge in drug supply from Afghanistan, which may drive addiction rates up.

"We don't know exactly where this surge in heroin supply is headed. There's a belief that it's being stockpiled – getting banked," said Leggett.

But according to the Swiss police, Switzerland is already feeling this increase. Consumption is stable in Switzerland, but with decreasing prices and increasing purity levels, which are worrying indicators," confirmed Flury.

In 2007 seizures of heroin by Swiss police rose to 300kg from 230kg in 2006.

So there is TOO much supply and they are banking the product. Time to take out the independent cowboy's in the market, these independent Jihad terrorist drug dealers . That is what the DEA's job is in this case. It seems all product must go thru the Americans, Brits and Albanians.

So for an example of the news we are going to see  lets look at this article from 2007 whose source is the DEA:

http://thesop.org/index.php?article=5597
DEA Arrest of Taliban-Linked Afghan Heroin Trafficker
May 12th, 2007 04:42 EST

MICHAEL J. GARCIA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and KAREN P. TANDY, the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency ("DEA"), announced today the arrest of MOHAMMAD ESSA, a/k/a "Haji Saheb," a/k/a "Abdullah," who is charged with conspiring to import approximately $25 million worth of heroin from Afghanistan and Pakistan into the United States and other countries. ESSA, previously in custody in Afghanistan, consented to his removal to the United States, and arrived in New York on April 27, 2007; he was presented in Magistrate Court and was ordered detained pending trial. ESSA?s first appearance before United States District Judge DENNY CHIN took place this afternoon. According to the Indictment and statements made during ESSA?s first appearance in Manhattan federal court:
From approximately 1990 until January 2005, ESSA was a member of an international heroin trafficking organization led by BAZ MOHAMMAD (the "Baz Mohammad Organization"), an organization that was responsible for manufacturing and transporting hundreds of kilograms of heroin in Afghanistan and Pakistan. During the course of the conspiracy, the Baz Mohammad Organization controlled opium fields in Afghanistan where poppies were grown and harvested to generate opium. After the opium was harvested, the Baz Mohammad Organization used laboratories in Afghanistan and Pakistan to process the opium into heroin. The Organization then arranged to transport the heroin from Afghanistan into the United States and other countries where it was sold for tens of millions of dollars. ESSA is one of the co-conspirators alleged to have managed the distribution of heroin by the Baz Mohammad Organization?s operatives in the United States and elsewhere.

The Baz Mohammad Organization was closely aligned with the Taliban in Afghanistan, and allegedly provided financial support to the Taliban in Afghanistan. In exchange for this support, the Taliban provided the Baz Mohammad Organization with protection for its opium crops, heroin laboratories, drug-transportation routes, and members and associates. From 1994 through 2000, ESSA and his co-conspirators collected heroin proceeds in the United States for the Taliban.

(As announced in previous releases by this Office, MOHAMMAD, a foreign narcotics kingpin designated under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, was extradited from Afghanistan to the United States in October 2005 -- the first such extradition in history. MOHAMMAD was extradited pursuant to Article 3(1) of the 1988 United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances. MOHAMMAD pleaded guilty on July 11, 2006, to conspiring to import heroin into the United States. MOHAMMAD faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years? imprisonment.)

Mr. GARCIA praised the investigative efforts of the New York and New Jersey Field Divisions of the DEA. Mr. GARCIA also commended the work of the New York Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force, which is comprised of law enforcement agencies including the DEA, New York City Police Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York State Police.

Mr. GARCIA added: "This important arrest reflects our continuing cooperation with law enforcement partners around the world to combat international narcotics trafficking. Our coordinated efforts are vital both because of the harm that drug trafficking causes in the United States and because of the destabilizing influence that drug trafficking has on Afghanistan."

"If you want a clear picture of the link between drugs and terrorism, look at MOHAMMAD ESSA," said DEA Administrator TANDY. "ESSA is a terrorist and a trafficker -- as part of the Baz Mohammad trafficking group he supported the insurgency in Afghanistan with drug profits, and helped carry out BAZ MOHAMMAD's ?jihad? against the U.S. by supplying tens of millions of dollars of heroin to our country. An adversary of American democracy, ESSA will now face one of its finest institutions -- the American justice system."

The return of ESSA was made possible through the consent and assistance of the Afghan justice officials and the support of the DEA Country Office and the DOJ Senior Federal Prosecutors Program in Kabul.
This prosecution is being handled by the International Narcotics Trafficking Unit of the United States Attorney?s Office. Assistant United States Attorneys AMY FINZI and JOCELYN E. STRAUBER are in charge of the prosecution.
The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Source:DEA


Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Brocke on April 01, 2009, 02:45:13 pm

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Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TheHouseMan on April 01, 2009, 03:30:21 pm
You see, this is what these people believe.

They believe that if the people have access to their own natural resources, they will use them for terrorism.

Well, that's one area. They also know that people living in their own local communities with their own little economies will be perfectly happy, and free from the strings of Western taxation slavery. And so, they kill and terrorise those who dare use their own resources.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on April 01, 2009, 08:28:08 pm
The more I read about this to get up to date on the Afghanistan situation I can see the reason for the escalation in bombings and fighting. ....

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/12/world/asia/12nato.html

NATO Chief Presses Afghan Drug Fight JUDY DEMPSEY
Published: February 11, 2009

BERLIN — NATO will remain within international law when it proceeds with new measures to kill drug traffickers in Afghanistan and bomb drug processing laboratories to deprive the Taliban of its main financing, the alliance’s secretary general said Wednesday.

The official, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, said that “a number of buffers and filters” had been put in place to safeguard the legality of combating what he termed the nexus between the insurgency and narcotics.

“It is according to international law,” he said. “And if nations at a certain stage think that they would rather not participate, they will not be forced to participate.”

Two weeks ago, the alliance was embroiled in controversy after Gen. John Craddock, the NATO commander who is also chief of American forces in Europe, said troops in Afghanistan would fire on individuals responsible for supplying heroin refining laboratories with opium without need for evidence.

In a letter to Gen. Egon Ramms, a German who heads the NATO command center responsible for Afghanistan, General Craddock said that “it was no longer necessary to produce intelligence or other evidence that each particular drug trafficker or narcotics facility in Afghanistan meets the criteria of being a military objective.”

General Ramms questioned the legality of the proposal, warning that it would violate international law and rules governing armed conflict. General Ramms’s letter was leaked, provoking a debate within NATO about the conditions and circumstances under which troops could attack drug laboratories.

Mr. de Hoop Scheffer ordered an investigation into the leak. “Our enemies and opponents in Afghanistan are reading this leak,” he said. “They are not stupid.”
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http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2009-02-08-soldiers-killed_N.htm
2 U.S. soldiers killed as they defuse Afghan bomb
Updated 2/8/2009 

KABUL (AP) — Two American soldiers died in Afghanistan when a roadside bomb they were trying to defuse exploded, a U.S. spokeswoman said. An Afghan interpreter and a policeman also died in the blast.
A group of American soldiers and Afghan officials had been traveling Sunday through the world's largest opium poppy producing region — the southern province of Helmand — when they discovered the roadside bomb and tried to defuse it, said Kamal Uddin, Helmand's deputy provincial police chief.

Two American soldiers died in the blast, said Capt. Elizabeth Mathias. Uddin said an Afghan translator and a police officer also died.

Helmand is a stronghold of Taliban militants, who control wide swaths of territory in the province. Helmand has long been the domain of British forces in the 40-nation fight against the Taliban, but the U.S. is expected to send thousands of troops there this year to help battle a militant movement that has grown in strength in the last three years.

The top NATO commander said Sunday that operations to attack drug lords and labs in Afghanistan will begin within the next several days in an effort to strike at a key income source for the Taliban.
...

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,604183,00.html
01/28/2009

NATO High Commander Issues Illegitimate Order to Kill
By Susanne Koelbl

The approach to combatting the drug mafia in Afghanistan has spurred an open rift inside NATO. According to information obtained by SPIEGEL, top NATO commander John Craddock wants the alliance to kill opium dealers, without proof of connection to the insurgency. NATO commanders, however, do not want to follow the order.

A dispute has emerged among NATO High Command in Afghanistan regarding the conditions under which alliance troops can use deadly violence against those identified as insurgents. In a classified document, which SPIEGEL has obtained, NATO's top commander, US General John Craddock, has issued a "guidance" providing NATO troops with the authority "to attack directly drug producers and facilities throughout Afghanistan."

According to the document, deadly force is to be used even in those cases where there is no proof that suspects are actively engaged in the armed resistance against the Afghanistan government or against Western troops. It is "no longer necessary to produce intelligence or other evidence that each particular drug trafficker or narcotics facility in Afghanistan meets the criteria of being a military objective," Craddock writes.

The NATO commander has long been frustrated by the reluctance of some NATO member states -- particularly Germany -- to take aggressive action against those involved in the drug trade. Craddock rationalizes his directive by writing that the alliance "has decided that (drug traffickers and narcotics facilities) are inextricably linked to the Opposing Military Forces, and thus may be attacked." In the document, Craddock writes that the directive is the result of an October 2008 meeting of NATO defense ministers in which it was agreed that NATO soldiers in Afghanistan may attack opium traffickers.

The directive was sent on Jan. 5 to Egon Ramms, the German leader at NATO Command in Brunssum, Netherlands, which is currently in charge of the NATO ISAF mission, as well as David McKiernan, the commander of the ISAF peacekeeping force in Afghanistan. Neither want to follow it. Both consider the order to be illegitimate and believe it violates both ISAF rules of engagement and international law, the "Law of Armed Conflict."

A classified letter issued by McKiernan's Kabul office in response claims that Craddock is trying to create a "new category" in the rules of engagement for dealing with opposing forces that would "seriously undermine the commitment ISAF has made to the Afghan people and the international community ... to restrain our use of force and avoid civilian casualties to the greatest degree predictable."

A value equivalent to 50 percent of Afghanistan's gross national product is generated through the production and trade of opium and the heroin that is derived from it. Of those earnings, at least $100 million flows each year to the Taliban and its allies, which is used to purchase weapons and pay fighters. That, at least, is the estimate given by Antonio Maria Costas, head of the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime.

But the chain of people profiting from the drug trade goes a lot further -- reaching day laborers in the fields, drug laboratory workers and going all the way up to police stations, provincial governments and high-level government circles that include some with close proximity to President Hamid Karzai. If Craddock's order were to go into effect, it would lead to the addition of thousands of Afghans to the description of so-called "legitimate military targets" and could also land them on so-called targeting lists.

The Taliban are still responsible for the majority of civilian victims in Afghanistan. According to a United Nations report, more than half of the approximately 2,000 citizens killed last year died as a result of suicide attacks, car bombs and fighting with extremists. Nevertheless, relations between the Americans and the local population are extremely tense due the rising number of US-led air strikes and the dramatic increase in the number of civilian casualties.

Afghan villagers complain of the increase in the deaths of relatives who were mistakenly killed during military operations carried out by the Americans and their allies, such as the one carried out recently in Masamut, a village in the eastern Afghan province of Laghman. The US army announced that it had "eliminated" 32 Taliban insurgents. However, survivors claim that 13 civilians had been killed during the search for a Taliban commander. In the eyes of many Afghans the former liberators have long become ruthless occupiers.

German NATO General Ramms made it perfectly clear in his answer to General Craddock that he was not prepared to deviate from the current rules of engagement for attacks, which reportedly deeply angered Craddock. The US general, who is considered a loyal Bush man and fears that he could be replaced by the new US president, has already made his intention known internally that he would like to relieve any commander who doesn't want to follow his instructions to go after the drug mafia of his duties. Back in December, Central Command in Florida, which is responsible for the US Armed Forces deployment in Afghanistan, yet again watered-down provisions in the rules of engagement for the Afghanistan deployment pertaining to the protection of civilians. According to the new rules, US forces can now bomb drug labs if they have previous analysis that the operation would not kill "more than 10 civilians."
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on April 01, 2009, 09:10:52 pm
Now this is rich, I almost can't believe someone wrote this:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/International/29-Mar-2009/US-wants-to-engage-Iran-on-Afghan-drugs
US wants to engage Iran on Afghan drugs
Published: March 29, 2009
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States said Saturday it hoped to engage Iran on ways to stem the lucrative narcotics trade in Afghanistan at an international conference on the country next week.

A day after the US envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke described Iran's decision to participate in the meeting in The Hague as a step forward another senior official outlined steps of possible common interest.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton worked with the Dutch, the Dutch have invited Iran to join the meeting in The Hague on Tuesday, said Denis McDonough, a deputy national security advisor to President Barack Obama. Our hope is that she has an opportunity to constructively engage this issue.

It is our assessment and we believe it is theirs, that there are issues as relates for example to narcotics that present a opportunity for Iran to engage Afghanistan in a way that can address an issue or a concern that we also have about Afghanistan.

http://www.state.gov/secretary/trvl/2009/120790.htm

Secretary Clinton: Travel to The Hague for International Conference on Afghanistan and to Europe

At the invitation of Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to the Netherlands to attend the “International Conference on Afghanistan: A Comprehensive Strategy in a Regional Context” in The Hague on March 31. Building on the achievements of the conferences held in Bonn, in London, and most recently in Paris last year, The Hague Ministerial should reaffirm the solid and long-term commitment of the international community to supporting the Government of Afghanistan in shaping a better future for Afghanistan and its people.

Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke accompanied Secretary Clinton. The ministerial discussion was co-chaired by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Afghanistan Kai Eide, Afghan Foreign – Afghan Minister for Foreign Affairs Spanta, and Foreign Minister Verhagen. While in the Netherlands, Secretary Clinton also had a bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister Verhagen to discuss issues of mutual interest.

On April 1, the Secretary joined President Obama as he travels to Europe.

http://enduringamerica.com/2009/04/01/playing-for-time-clinton-obama-and-the-hague-conference-on-afghanistan/
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Beyond the politics, Clinton offered the reconstruction approach of “the raw material of progress – roads, public institutions, schools, hospitals, irrigation, and agriculture”. Again, nothing unexpected in the rhetoric. And again no specifics: earlier this year, the US Government was thinking that European and NATO partners could take the burden of non-military projects but President Obama’s declaration last Friday of an expanded US civilian corps indicated that Washington may take the lead.
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I don’t have an answer. Nor, in my reading, does Washington. The more that one parses the Obama speech of last Friday and the Clinton statement yesterday, the more that it appears that the major objective for the Administration was to have something, anything, before next week’s NATO gathering. The US is now clearly on its own militarily, and President Obama, for all that charm, will struggle in getting an expanded non-military commitment from European partners outside Kabul.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/5462937/seeks-support-afghan-plans-hague-forum/

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will attend along with representatives from nearly 90 countries including Iran , with which President Barack Obama is seeking to improve ties.

A U.S. official said she had no plans for a "substantive" meeting with Iranian representatives, but State Department spokesman Robert Wood said that, " Iran has a role to play. We hope it will be a positive one."

Shi'ite Iran cooperated with Washington when the Sunni Taliban were ousted by the U.S.-led invasion in 2001. But it backed off after being branded by former president George W. Bush as part of the "axis of evil."

It has not said who it will send to the conference, although Dutch officials have said they expect Iranian representatives.

" Iranian attendance at a big Afghan conference ... is pretty important, there are many ways Iran can help," said Malcolm Chalmers at London's Royal United Services Institute.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai , who will also be in The Hague, said on Saturday the plan to include Iran in a regional role was "a positive thing."

BIG TENT MEETING

The so-called "big tent" meeting follows the announcement by Obama on Friday of a new strategy which will combine extra troops, funds for Afghanistan and Pakistan , and a renewed focus on targeting al Qaeda militants on the Afghan/Pakistan border.

"The meeting ... reflects the desire to reassess what the goals are and how to achieve them so that we have a strategy that is agreed on by all parties," Anne-Marie Slaughter, U.S. State Department Director of Policy Planning, told the BBC.

Organizers stress the conference will focus on regional cooperation rather than seeking extra troops or money for Afghanistan , facing problems of economic under-development and drug production along with the growing Taliban insurgency.

"This is not a pledging conference," said Dutch minister of development cooperation, Bert Koenders.

"Pledging conferences are maybe the easiest in saying how much money do you want to spend," Koenders said. "The conference will ensure that there is a better political strategy toward Afghanistan ."

The U.S. State Department has made clear that Clinton would not be attending with a "list of requirements" but rather seek suggestions.

More than 70,000 U.S. and NATO troops are in Afghanistan . On top of a deployment of 17,000 extra U.S. troops to tackle violence before elections due in August, Obama committed another 4,000 last week to train the army. More than 33,000 U.S. troops are currently deployed.

At a Paris donors conference in May 2008, more than $20 billion was pledged for a multi-year development effort, but critics said it exposed frustrations both at the inefficiency of the Afghan government and the failure of donors themselves to coordinate their aid.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on May 06, 2009, 02:24:36 pm
http://worldblog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/05/05/1923022.aspx
DEA ON THE HUNT FOR AFGHAN DRUGS
May 05, 2009

Fighting the Taliban now includes a concerted effort to cut the organization's financial lifeline: the illegal drug trade. NBC News' Jim Maceda goes behind the scenes in Afghanistan as a U.S. DEA team carries out drug raids. Video...

http://www.afghanistannewscenter.com/news/2009/april/apr202009.html

U.S. helps snare top Afghan drug lords
Sara A. Carter The Washington Times EXCLUSIVE: Monday, April 20, 2009

U.S.-Afghan operations have led to the arrests of seven of Afghanistan's most wanted drug lords and revealed the growing involvement of the Taliban in turning opium into heroin and morphine, Pentagon and Drug Enforcement Administration officials said.

U.S. and Afghan counternarcotics teams last month demolished a poppy bazaar in the southern Helmand province — an open market where traffickers sold seeds to grow top-quality opium and chemicals to turn raw opium into heroin.

The raid killed more than 40 Taliban militants in an eight-hour firefight, in which authorities recovered hundreds of suicide vests, rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons — including Russian-made PKM anti-aircraft weapons, said a senior U.S. official with knowledge of the operation. He asked not to be identified because of the nature of his work.

The successful raid, which has not previously been disclosed, and the arrests provide a bit of good news in a complicated struggle against drug trafficking — the key source of funding for the Taliban as it gears up to fight a surge of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Moreover, the Helmand battle demonstrated the importance of Afghan military and civilian police teams working with U.S. Special Forces and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to combat narcoterrorism, the U.S. official said.

Michael Braun, who was the DEA operations chief until late last year, said he could not comment specifically on last month's operation in Helmand, which is considered the opium capital of Afghanistan.

But Mr. Braun said experiences in Afghanistan and Colombia "clearly point to the effectiveness of teaming the DEA and host-nation law enforcement with our military."

"This is how you fight 21st-century warfare in places like Afghanistan and win," he said.

The raid involved Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan, DEA's foreign-deployed advisory and support teams and their trainer, the U.S. Army Special Forces.

The list, provided by U.S. officials, of Afghan drug kingpins arrested since 2005 includes Bashir Noorzai, described by the State Department as one of five founders of the Taliban governing council, or shura, in Afghanistan.

Noorzai, who is scheduled for sentencing on drug charges on April 30, was arrested in 2005 in New York. He was lured there in hopes of a deal and is thought to have offered information to U.S. prosecutors about Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Taliban leader who has been in hiding since the Sept. 11 attacks.

Other traffickers arrested include Baz Mohammed, another founder of the Taliban shura, who was extradited by Afghan President Hamid Karzai. He was convicted in 2006 of drug conspiracy charges in the Southern District of New York and sentenced to 15 years in 2007.

While Afghanistan remains the world's largest source of opium and heroin, the arrests have provided crucial information about the operations of complex South Asian drug syndicates and the links they have with extremists.

Narcotics profits have built a foundation for the Taliban to expand operations into extortion, kidnapping, natural resource smuggling and misappropriation of aid in Afghanistan, U.S. officials say.

"In Afghanistan, you can't separate drugs from terrorism," Mr. Braun said. "The drug traffickers are trying to destabilize the government, and it's the same for the terrorists. They all thrive in the same ungoverned space."

Mr. Braun, now a managing director of an international security consulting firm that works with U.S. authorities in Afghanistan, said no other illicit activity in Afghanistan "generates the kind of money that drugs produce."

The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that the Taliban earns $50 million to $70 million a year from taxing Afghan opium farmers and another $200 million to $400 million from processing and selling opiates.

The Taliban and al Qaeda use drug profits to purchase weapons and hire recruits, while using trafficking routes to move contraband and militants.

U.S. intelligence and DEA officials say the extremists also raise hundreds of millions of dollars annually through kidnapping, extortion and internal corruption — all of which puts money intended for rebuilding and humanitarian relief into militant hands.

DEA spokesman Rusty Payne said U.S. authorities "partner with the government of Afghanistan to go after these groups, who are directly or indirectly responsible for aiding the Taliban extremists and other terrorist organizations."

Mr. Payne said the DEA is planning on bolstering the number of agents in the region this year as part of the Obama administration's new strategy to defeat al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

About $20 million for the expansion of DEA operations was part of last year's second "war time supplemental" budget enhancement ordered by the Bush administration.

The DEA estimates that 5 percent of Afghan heroin is sold in the United States. Most goes to Europe and Russia or is consumed in South Asia.

In an interview in Kabul in December, Army Maj. Gen. Michael Tucker, operations chief for international forces in Afghanistan, said the Afghan Interior Ministry has the main responsibility for reducing opium cultivation.

"Our soldiers do not and will not physically eradicate the poppy," he said. "We will not be out there with a sickle cutting down poppy plants."

NATO, however, can support the Afghan effort with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, he said.

"If this drug lab produces narcotics that benefit the insurgency, and I can prove it through intelligence, then it is a military target by definition, and I can blow it to smithereens," Gen. Tucker said. "If this person is linked to the nexus, then I can put that person on the 'kill or capture' list."

The raid in late March in southern Afghanistan is a case in point, revealing the extent of Taliban involvement in heroin production and its access to sophisticated weaponry. The PKM machine gun, for example, can be used as a light anti-aircraft weapon when it is put on an anti-aircraft mount — an ominous capability reminiscent of the Stingers that brought down Soviet helicopters in the 1980s and ultimately turned the tide in that war.

Afghan, U.S. and allied security forces "as they are hitting these [heroin] labs are finding more and more direct involvement of the Taliban with &… the refining of opium to heroin, heroin to morphine," said the U.S. official with knowledge of last month's operation.

FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said his agency works closely with sister agencies in the region and international partners "as a pre-emptive measure, the best way to combat international criminals and terrorists."


NATO commander sees progress in anti-drug operations in Afghanistan
The Canadian Press 20 April 2009

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - The acting commander of NATO forces in southern Afghanistan is hopeful of progress in the anti-narcotics offensive in the country that produces the bulk of the world's opium.

British Brig.-Gen David Hook told The Canadian Press on Sunday that rural Afghans will be able to abandon poppy cultivation gradually thanks to an expected boost in security and a better market for agricultural crops.

He says a military solution plays only a small part in the overall program by the Afghan government, provincial reconstruction teams and coalition troops to reduce the rural population's dependence on poppies.

Hook believes that NATO's role is to both ensure farmers plant grains, fruits and vegetables and that they have the infrastructure necessary to make those crops profitable.

"The best example is two years ago it took two days to drive from Kandahar to (the Kabul market) because the road was so bad," Hook said.

"It's now been resurfaced so you can drive it in six hours."

He feels that NATO and Afghan security forces have a head start that will be bolstered by the arrival of the American troops.

"We'll be able to extend that security over a larger portion of the population, which will give us greater humanitarian space," he said.

"It will allow greater socio-economic development, better governance to grow, and you can see how that gives the local Afghan farmer the opportunity to turn to a legal crop."

NATO's anti-narcotics effort are on a positive path , he added.

"How far we get down that path is something that's very difficult to judge," Hook said, noting it depended on how quickly the coalition and Afghan security forces and government could establish development programs.

"It's not going to be solved in a year," he said. "But I believe we'll have made positive progress by this time next year."

Recently, there's been an overall reduction in poppy crops due to weather, eradication efforts, seed distribution programs, a boost in agricultural prices and depressed poppy prices worldwide, he noted.

"It's not just a result of what we've done."

Still, NATO's anti-drug plan has been more clearly defined, Hook said.

"Member countries crystallized their position last year on whether or not they support the anti-narcotics strategy."

NATO is only targeting drug trafficking linked directly to the Taliban, the brigadier-general noted, adding that it feeds an estimated $400 million US each year into the insurgency - one of the primary reasons the allied forces want to stamp out its production.

"Any other counter-narcotics effort is a law enforcement effort, not a military effort," he said

Poppy - used in heroin production - is cultivated mostly in southern Afghanistan where Canadian troops are stationed.

Operation Diesel, a raid by combined British and Afghan forces in the Helmand province last February, netted 1,300 kilograms of raw opium, drug production paraphernalia, and weapons.

The Canadian Forces public relations office was unavailable for questions Sunday regarding Canada's role in the anti-narcotics operations.

Afghanistan produces 90 per cent of the world's opium, roughly 7,000 tonnes. Some two million Afghans are involved in drug trafficking, according to the Washington Post. About 157,000 hectares of land were given over to poppy farming in 2008, much lower than the 190,000 hectares reported in 2007.

Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: zafada on May 07, 2009, 12:31:12 pm
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Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Eckhart Tolle on May 07, 2009, 05:09:02 pm
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Photographic proof US government runs the drugs (http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=104275.msg625802#msg625802)
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: L2Design on May 07, 2009, 07:21:01 pm
I BET YOU ANYTHING!! that they use the opium in our foods.
Convert it into a 'perservative' and use the addictiveness in their stupid products.

Luckily, I only eat organic and NO carbs NO breads NO cereal.

Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
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Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on June 17, 2009, 03:57:17 pm
The demon Iranians fight heroin from flowing into there country from good U.S./U.K. controlled Afghanistan .... Doesn't this sound like the old British pushing Opium on the Chinese?

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=30863&Cr=drugs&Cr1
Iran ‘holding back a flood of heroin’ from Afghanistan, UN drug official says

20 May 2009 – The top United Nations anti-drug official, on a visit to Tehran, today praised Iran for its efforts to stop the flow of drugs from Afghanistan to the West. Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said Iran was “holding back a flood of heroin” from Afghanistan, according to a news release.

During his visit, Mr. Costa met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Secretary-General of the Drug Control Headquarters and the Minister of Health, and praised the Iranian Government which he said was making “a massive sacrifice” in its efforts against drug smuggling.

“The anti-narcotics police in Iran are among the best in the world,” he said.

According to UNODC estimates, most of the opium going from Afghanistan to the West is smuggled via Iran. This amounts to approximately 2,500 tons of opium crossing Iran’s borders every year. Mr. Costa said the Iranian authorities seized about one-third of that amount.

“Most of the world’s opium is produced in one country (Afghanistan). The more drugs that are seized near production areas, the less drugs will reach Western streets,” he said. “This should be a shared responsibility, not only Iran’s problem.”

Mr. Costa visited a memorial to the more than 3,700 border control officers who have died while defending against well-armed drug traffickers. More than 12,000 others have been injured.

“These fallen police officers have given their lives to prevent drugs from poisoning the world, not just Iran,” Mr. Costa said.

He also visited a drug rehabilitation centre, and spoke with addicts attempting to shake their habits.

Iran has a major drugs problem, but it is taking the right steps to deal with it,” Mr. Costa said.

To stem the flow, the Government of Iran has erected over 1,000 kilometres of embankments, canals, trenches, and cement walls along its eastern border, UNODC said.

The CFR has been researching this for many years....

http://www.cfr.org/publication/11457/afghanistans_role_in_irans_drug_problem.html

Afghanistan's Role in Iran's Drug Problem
Author:  Lionel Beehner
September 14, 2006

The recent boom in Afghan opium production, propelled by a resurgent Taliban, has had an increasing impact on Iranians—both young and old—across the border. Iran has an estimated 3 million drug users and “by many accounts, the world’s worst heroin problem,” says Peter Reuter, a drug expert and professor at the University of Maryland. The rise in drug use and smuggling has strained Iran’s police forces and prisons, as well as its economy, and aggravated rifts along the population’s main fault lines: young versus old, religious versus secular, modernist versus traditional. Drug abuse in Iran often gets overshadowed by other issues—namely Tehran’s nuclear program—but experts say, if left unchecked, it may leave Iran with large social, demographic, and health problems for generations.
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The UNODC estimates 60 percent of Afghanistan’s opium is trafficked across Iran’s border (much of it in transit to Europe). Seizures of the narcotic by Iranian authorities in the first half of this year are up 29 percent from the same period last year, according to the country’s police chief, as reported by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). Experts say the rise in poppy cultivation in Afghanistan will have some effect on Iran’s opium prices but not a significant one. The Washington Post reports that Iran has the world’s highest per capita number of opium addicts. After the Bam earthquake in 2003, among the emergency supplies brought in was methadone, a synthetic drug used to treat heroin and morphine addicts. Experts say those affected most are the millions of unemployed Iranians and youth chafing under the restrictions placed on them from the Islamic government and basij, or civilian morals police.
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Which addictive drugs pose the biggest problem in Iran?
Opium has long been the narcotic of choice among Iranians. “At least parts of the [Iranian] population have always used opium the way the West uses alcohol,” says Francisco Thoumi, economics professor and expert on the global drug trade at the Bogotá-based Universidad Del Rosario. When opium prices soared after the Taliban cut poppy production in 2000, many Iranian drug users switched to heroin, a slightly cheaper derivative.
The increase in heroin use also reflects the government’s clampdown on drugs. “As countries get tougher on drugs, there’s an increased incentive to use heroin because it’s less conspicuous and more highly concentrated,” Reuter says. RFE/RL's Samii, who has written extensively about drug abuse in Iran, reports that young Iranians, restricted from drinking alcohol in pubs, are increasingly switching to synthetic “club drugs” like methamphetamines (crank) and LSD, in addition to cannabis, ecstasy, and crystal (concentrated heroin). Iran’s state welfare organization tells RFE/RL that an estimated 8 percent of the adult population is addicted to drugs, with 90,000 Iranians becoming drug addicts—most of them hooked on heroin or opium—each year. “Drugs are symptomatic of a people’s social problems,” Thoumi says, “[In Iran] it’s a conflict between pre-modern and modern Iranians.”
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What steps has Washington taken to curb opium production in Afghanistan?
According to the 2001 Bonn Agreement, which laid out Afghanistan’s postwar reconstruction plan, Britain was put in charge of opium eradication. In addition, the United States has provided the Afghan government with public-information campaigns, $135 million per year in financial aid for farmers to grow alternate crops, and technical assistance with eradication programs. In August, a group of Colombian police officers visited Afghanistan on a tour organized by Henry J. Hyde (R-IL), chair of the House International Relations Committee. Hyde has been critical of the Pentagon’s eradication efforts and favors more attacks against drug kingpins, production labs, and trafficking routes.The head of UNODC has also pushed for “robust military action” from NATO forces to take out poppy farms but NATO has resisted such a role.
A new report by the Senlis Council, a Europe-based think tank, cautions against mixing counter-narcotics campaigns with military counterterrorism operations. The report finds that poverty drives Afghan farmers to cultivate poppies. "By focusing aid funds away from development and poverty relief, failed counter-narcotics policies have hijacked the international community's nation-building efforts and undermined Afghanistan's democratically elected government,” the report concludes. U.S.eradication efforts have increased skepticism among local Afghans of Kabul’s ability to administer and provide poverty relief for its far-flung provinces and thereby driven many Afghans to support the Taliban. Thoumi agrees with this assessment. “The factors that lead to production [of opium] are very much structural, institutional, and cultural,” he says. “Countries that produce plant-based drugs are those with deep unresolved social problems and central states with no control of their territories.”  [Pot farmers anyone?]

Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: DCUBED on June 27, 2009, 08:53:28 am
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090627/ap_on_re_eu/eu_italy_us_afghanistan

US announces shift in Afghanistan drug policy

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TRIESTE, Italy – The United States has announced a new drug policy for opium-rich Afghanistan, saying it was phasing out funding for eradication programs while significantly increasing its funding for alternate crop and drug interdiction efforts.

The U.S. envoy for Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, told The Associated Press on Saturday that eradication programs weren't working and were only driving farmers into the hands of the Taliban.

"Eradication is a waste of money," Holbrooke said on the sidelines of a Group of Eight foreign ministers' meeting on Afghanistan, during which he briefed regional representatives on the new policy.

The G-8 ministers "strongly appreciated" the shift, which also includes an increase in annual U.S. funding for agricultural development from a few million dollars to a few hundred million dollars, said Foreign Minister Franco Frattini of Italy, the current G-8 president.

Officials at Afghanistan's Interior Ministry and Counternarcotics Ministry could not immediately be reached for comment.

Afghanistan is the world's leading source of opium, cultivating 93 percent of the world's heroin-producing crop. The United Nations has estimated the Taliban and other Afghan militants made $50 million to $70 million of last year's opium and heroin trade.

The U.N. drug office said in a report this week that opium cultivation dropped 19 percent last year, but was still concentrated in southern provinces where the Taliban insurgency is strongest.

The head of the U.N. drug office, Antonio Maria Costa, told the G-8 meeting that the dip in cultivation was welcome "though vulnerable to relapse" without concerted international efforts to assist farmers abandon poppy cultivation to harvest other crops. In addition, law enforcement operations must be increased to disrupt drug markets, production labs and convoys, he said.

Holbrooke said the U.S. planned to do just that with its new policy shift.

"We're essentially phasing out our support for crop eradication and using the money to work on interdiction, rule of law, alternate crops," he told the AP. At the same time, Washington is upgrading its support for agriculture programs.

"That's the big change in our policies," he said. "This was widely accepted as the right thing to do."

Costa said the United Nations had determined that eradication programs were inefficient since too few hectares (acres) were being cleared at too high a cost.

The U.S. strategy of phasing out eradication in favor of agricultural development and drug interdiction "seems to be the winning strategy, and I'm glad that all of this has received support from the G-8 ministers," Costa told the AP.

Holbrooke said the previous U.S. policy to combat Afghan poppy, which focused on eradication programs, hadn't reduced "by one dollar" the amount of money the Taliban earned off cultivation and production.

"It might destroy some acreage," Holbrooke said. "But it just helped the Taliban."

Agriculture was among the issues taken up at the G-8 meeting on Saturday, with participants saying in their final statement that agricultural development was "key to the future of Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as other countries in the region."

"Moreover, food insecurity and chronic poverty are root causes of civil instability and forced migration," it said in calling for expanded international cooperation in agriculture to boost employment and incomes and provide farmers with alternatives to poppy production.

Holbrooke said the international community wasn't trying to target Afghan farmers in its policies, just the Taliban militants who buy their crops.

"The farmers are not our enemy, they're just growing a crop to make a living," he said. "It's the drug system. So the U.S. policy was driving people into the hands of the Taliban."

Costa urged the international community to put the same amount of economic emphasis on boosting the agricultural sector that it puts on combatting the Taliban insurgency militarily.

"If this can be done, I believe that — and I'm optimistic — that the Afghan opium situation will improve dramatically," he said.

The shift in U.S. policy follows a steady decrease in the number of hectares (acres) destroyed by eradication programs.

According to the U.N. report, opium poppy eradication reached a high in 2003, after the Taliban were ousted from power, with over 21,000 hectares (51,900 acres) eradicated. In 2008, only 5,480 hectares (13,500 acres) were cut down compared with 19,047 hectares (47,000 acres) in 2007.

Costa said Afghan opium would kill 100,000 people this year in the parts of world where demand for heroin is highest: Europe, Russia and West Asia.

To fight it, he said major powers had to expand their counter-drug efforts to neighboring Pakistan as well as Iran, where half the 7,000 tons of exported Afghan opium transits, "causing the highest addiction rate in the world."

"Facing a grave health epidemic, Iran should be given the chance to engage in common efforts to combat illicit trafficking," he said.

Iran had been invited to attend the G-8 meeting on Afghanistan, because anti-drug efforts in Afghanistan have been identified as a key area where the United States and Iran can work together — part of President Barack Obama's outreach effort.

But Italy withdrew the invitation after Iran failed to respond and after its bloody postelection crackdown on protesters, which has sparked international condemnation.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: blackturtle.us on June 27, 2009, 11:18:24 am
I was always against destroying innocent opium plants in Afghanistan. Now if only the policy can be transferred to North America so that the cultivation of opium poppy plants and marijuana plants will be legal!!! There should be no laws against the cultivation of any plant!
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: vcif on June 27, 2009, 01:06:03 pm
if the goal is to eradicate poppies, then we should fund the Taliban since they basically stamped out production prior to the US invasion.

http://opioids.com/afghanistan/index.html

Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Xill on June 27, 2009, 11:02:31 pm
Right in blossom season, what a coincidence!! Good job CIA, getting people supporting your war for drugs. What? Blood on your hands? Really?
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Unintelligable Name on June 27, 2009, 11:04:17 pm
There should be no laws against the cultivation of any plant!

Except GMO's
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: SeasOfEuropa on June 27, 2009, 11:04:46 pm
Anything for their almighty Gold.Oil.Drugs
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: EvadingGrid on June 27, 2009, 11:19:16 pm
simply outrageous
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on June 27, 2009, 11:33:24 pm
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=96590.msg695216#msg695216
The demon Iranians fight heroin from flowing into there country from good U.S./U.K. controlled Afghanistan .... Doesn't this sound like the old British pushing Opium on the Chinese?

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=30863&Cr=drugs&Cr1
Iran ‘holding back a flood of heroin’ from Afghanistan, UN drug official says

20 May 2009 – The top United Nations anti-drug official, on a visit to Tehran, today praised Iran for its efforts to stop the flow of drugs from Afghanistan to the West. Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said Iran was “holding back a flood of heroin” from Afghanistan, according to a news release.
...

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Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Ghost in the Machine on June 28, 2009, 12:55:53 am
I wonder if Al Gore runs naked in the poppy fields master baiting to the cap and trade bill...  :-\ Lord when will this madness stop...
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on July 05, 2009, 10:27:32 pm
Quote
Iran ‘holding back a flood of heroin’ from Afghanistan, UN drug official says

Aflatoxin - Hepatitis B - Liver Cancer - Genetic Warfare - Eugenics  (http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=114049.msg725919#msg725919)

Now your going to love this one: 
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found aflatoxin B1 in four of 13 caches of heroin that they analysed

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg12316790.800-hiv-threat-lurks-in-heroin-fungus.html

HIV threat lurks in heroin fungus
26 August 1989

FUNGAL toxins that contaminate heroin may weaken the immune systems of heroin addicts, making them abnormally susceptible to the effects of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and the hepatitis B virus. The researchers say that 'a hitherto unsuspected group of people are exposed to aflatoxins', and recommend further studies.

The warning appears in a report in the British Medical Journal (19 August, p 492) by Ralph Hendrickse and his colleagues at the Department of Tropical Paediatrics and International Child Health at the School of Tropical Medicine in Liverpool. They note that in Africa, where the fungal toxins are especially common in food, AIDS and hepatitis B are widespread. The toxins, called aflatoxins, are produced by a fungus, Aspergillus flavus, which thrives on stored grain and nuts.

Aflatoxin B1, the most toxic compound, is known to suppress the body's immune system and is linked with the onset of liver cancer. 'Heroin is produced in subtropical countries from plants and may be susceptible to contamination by aflatoxins,' say the researchers. They found aflatoxin B1 in four of 13 caches of heroin that they analysed, and in 9 samples of urine taken anonymously from 133 heroin addicts in London, Amsterdam and Liverpool.

In total, 27 of the urine specimens contained various aflatoxins. The researchers point out that people who eat food contaminated with the toxins destroy the compounds in the liver, but that this line of defence is bypassed if people inject the toxins directly into blood.

http://www.hindawi.com/journals/cdi/2008/790309.html

Aflatoxin-Related Immune Dysfunction in Health and in Human Immunodeficiency Virus Disease

Received 18 March 2008; Accepted 28 May 2008

Yi Jiang,1 Pauline E. Jolly,1 Peter Preko,2 Jia-Sheng Wang,3 William O. Ellis,4 Timothy D. Phillips,5 and Jonathan H. Williams6
...
Hendrickse et al. [23] investigated the reasons for the rapid progression of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) in heroin addicts in the Netherlands and Scotland. They found that street heroin was often contaminated with aflatoxin, and that aflatoxin derivatives were commonly found in the body fluids of the addicts. They speculated that the accelerated rate of HIV progression was due to aflatoxin-related immune suppression, but did not undertake studies to examine this. This suggestion of synergy between aflatoxin and HIV progression is also supported by the broad correlation between estimated aflatoxin exposure and the commonly perceived faster rate of HIV progression in Africa than in developed countries in Europe or the United States of America [24, 25]. The HIV pandemic is critical enough for this possibility to be investigated as a matter of urgency.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: JonTheSavage on July 05, 2009, 10:59:14 pm
I wonder if Al Gore runs naked in the poppy fields master baiting to the cap and trade bill...  :-\ Lord when will this madness stop...

Someone care to make a comic of that? I would laugh my ass off.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: barndoor77 on July 06, 2009, 12:20:02 am
Hey Monsanto could get in on it - and make BT Toxin producing Poppy plants...

Or they could make terminator seed, so the farmers cannot get two crops out of their seed, but only one...

Then the corporates could come in buy off all the farmers for 'patent infringement' and then take it over, making the locals penal workers in the fields..

Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: A Who on July 06, 2009, 12:35:34 am
there was an article like this at the beginning of 2009 about how the US stopped marijuana cultivation in the hindu kush valley, but the afghan "government" spun it around and said 'they' stopped the production of poppies and opium during the last of the US invasions.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: g1rlg0ne on July 06, 2009, 12:51:09 am
http://kennysideshow.blogspot.com/2009/04/destroy-afghan-opium-crops-for-monsanto.html

Destroy the Afghan Opium Crops for Monsanto

Diary Entry by Kenny

US occupation of foreign countries is a corporate profiteer's dream.

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The occupation of Afghanistan will include a farming mix of opium and corporate genetically modified seed and herbicides.

The Afghan opium crop and the resulting drug trade create a multitude of problems for a great number of people. It also creates a monster of a money trail from the farmers right on up to the globalist world banking system.

It doesn't matter if you are totally anti-drug or for legalization to stop the insane 'war on drugs' or somewhere in between, there are a few corporate/government/fascist side trails that should be looked at.

Monsanto is not one to shy away from exploiting the US war/occupation of Afghanistan. It plays one side for the made for TV crop eradication programs and the other as 'friend' who will give the Afghani farmers 'free' seed if they won't grow their only cash crop.

Destroy the crops.
Although opium poppy production is reported to have decreased 19% in 2008, Afghanistan remains the world's largest producer of the drug, reports The Raw Story, which quotes new Obama-administration ambassador Ambassador Richard Holbrooke speaking at the Brussels Forum conference:
"The United States alone is spending over 800 million dollars a year on counter-narcotics. We have gotten nothing out of it, nothing."

One eradication method is aerial fumigation, a Bush-era policy of spraying chemicals such as Monsanto herbicide Roundup Ultra to eradicate the crop. Aerial fumigation -- one of the widest anti-drug efforts in Afghanistan -- began in 2008.

Roundup Ultra, which has glyphosate as an active ingredient, has also been blamed for health problems in people living near the targeted sites
{more}

Enter the seed.
From Robert Soave...my outrage wasn’t triggered until the very end of the article {The Wall Street Journal (U.S. Defines Its Afghan Strategy, 03/27/09) }, where the plan for handling Afghanistan’s illegal opium trade was detailed. Farmers who grow opium — an illegal substance used to produce drugs like heroin and morphine — will be offered wheat seeds for free from either Afghan or U.S. officials to start growing wheat instead of opium. Then the kicker comes: “If the farmers refuse, U.S. or Afghan personnel will burn their fields, and then again offer them free replacement seeds.” Let’s repeat that for effect — U.S. personnel will burn their fields and then pressure the farmers again. And we wonder why the Afghan people have not yet warmed to our presence in their country. {more}

Corporate, hybrid, GM seed for the farmers. "The first one's free."

The genetically modified infestation into Afghan farming has been going on for awhile.

Multinational companies move into farming
Soya has never been grown in Afghanistan and it doesn't form part of the country's culinary tradition, but a new programme, supposedly devised to combat malnutrition, plans to change all that. 1 USAID has funded Nutrition and Education International (NEI), set up by Nestle, to teach Afghans to sow and eat soya beans. 2 NEI is linked to the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH),3 which was founded by the American Soybean Association (ASA) in 2000,4 to organise the distribution of free soya milk to pregnant women and infants throughout the developing world. WISHH works with the North American Millers' Association (NAMA), whose members include global giants ADM, Bunge Milling and ConAgro. In Afghanistan NEI works with Stine Seed Company, Iowa, and Gateway Seed Company, Illinois, both of which supply it with genetically modified Roundup soya and Roundup-Ready herbicide to be sold on to the farmers. According to NEI, it distributed two tonnes of genetically modified soya seed in Afghanistan in 2005. {more}

The seed fascism in Iraq seems to have worked so the same plan is being implemented in Afghanistan.
The Real Victor in Iraq: Monsanto

It now looks like Monsanto is going to be the real victor in Iraq thanks to a postwar document known as Order 81.
Part of the infamous 100 Orders, Order 81 mandates that Iraq’s commercial-scale farmers must now purchase "registered” seeds. These are available through agribusiness giants like Monsanto, Cargill Corporation (a private company) and the World Wide Wheat Company (also private), but Monsanto is far and away the most significant player in the registered seed market.
Originally developed to avert world hunger (at least according to Monsanto), these GM crops not only do not produce more than their non-modified cousins, but the herbicide Roundup, developed in tandem by Monsanto to treat GM fields, is becoming increasingly ineffective. This has led to more herbicide purchases among farmers, greater profits for Monsanto, increasingly smaller yields, and greater environmental pollution overall.

Roundup, a glyphosate, is the direct descendant of Agent Orange (also produced by Monsanto), and is especially toxic to marine animals. Glyphosates, known as endocrine disruptors, are being increasingly implicated in neurological disorders, DNA damage and even death.
Order 81, by first forcing Iraq’s farmers to use GM seeds, and then by declaring natural seeds an infringement on Monsanto technology, will result in the sorts of tragedies seen elsewhere in the developing world, reducing Iraq’s farmers to drinking field-grade herbicides to escape financial catastrophe.
Nor will the Iraqi people benefit in terms of more food. Order 81, mandated under the dystopian title "Plant Variety Protection,” turns the agricultural world on its head by defining indigenous crops as invasive and GM crops as uniform and stable. Moreover, the six varieties of wheat developed for Iraq are primarily used in pasta. Since the Iraqis don’t eat pasta, one can only assume these food crops are destined for Western nations, leaving the average Iraqi that much closer to starvation.
Order 81, carefully crafted to look like humanitarian legislation aimed at rescuing a country decimated by half a decade of war, is in fact a Monsanto power play under U.S. government sponsorship. Farmers who do not comply will have seeds, farm implements and even land seized.
The infamous 100 Orders, of which 81 is only an instance, are clearly a ploy to allow multinationals like Monsanto to take over an entire nation. As Iraqi resentment over this privatization grows, expect continued resistance, more deaths, and ultimately a failure of democracy. {more}
 
The ones you don't kill, you must rape. That sounds like a good motto for the occupying empire and their corporate sponsors.

 
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on July 06, 2009, 01:30:18 am
Hey Monsanto could get in on it - and make BT Toxin producing Poppy plants...

Search : anti-crop bioweapon coca poppy mycoherbicide

Notice here the the Sunshine Project (which is probably funded by Soros I don't know) - is against anti-crop measures for Coca and Poppy....

http://www.sunshine-project.org/agentgreen/qanda.html

Mycoherbicides like Fusarium oxysporum and Pleospora papaveraceae are a form of biological control. Used to control plants, biological control is the science of using living organisms to attack and control targeted weeds

http://www.sunshine-project.org/publications/pr/pr171202.html
Agent Green: New US Bioweapons Threat on Colombia

The Sunshine Project News Release 17 December 2002

US Legislators Renew Calls for Bio-Attack on Illicit Crops
(Austin and Hamburg, 17 December 2002) – As the United States prepares to invade Iraq under the banner of destroying that country's alleged biological weapons programs, US legislators are making new threats to use biological weapons in Colombia's civil war. The weapons are pathogenic strains of fungi designed to kill drug crops. Ascendant Republicans in the US House of Representatives, supported by the US Department of State, lead the push.

The Sunshine Project is alerting governments and nonprofits that a new effort is required to stop the US from waging biological warfare in Colombia. This effort should include action by the Biological Weapons Convention, the principal treaty against biological warfare. The ramifications of the US bioweapons plan are global. If it proceeds in the Colombian conflict, pressure to use anti-crop bioweapons will quickly extend to other countries of Latin America and other world regions, particularly Asia.

US Congressional Testimony: At a hearing on Friday of the Committee on Government Reform of the US Congress, Florida Representative John Mica, a senior drug policy legislator, repeatedly pushed for the US to move ahead with biological warfare in Colombia. According to Mica, the time has come for the US to mount an attack. " We have to restore our... mycoherbicide," said Mica in reference to the biological agents, "things that have been studied for too long need to be put into action." He added, "we found that we can not only spray this stuff, but we can also deactivate it for some period of time... it would do a lot of damage... it will eradicate some of these crops for substantial periods of time."

In response, US Ambassador to Colombia Anne Patterson stated that she thought that the US had already tested anti-crop biological agents in Colombia. She later retracted the statement, saying that it was made under duress.

Appearing with Colombia on the US target list is Afghanistan, the major producer of opium poppy for heroin. Afghanistan's opium poppy crop is recently resurgent. Also on the firing line are other countries with coca and opium poppy production in South Asia, Southeast Asia and Latin America. The US has a huge illicit cannabis crop; but efforts to use the agents there were quashed by environmental regulators from Representative Mica's own state of Florida.

Agent Green Background: The US plan is to use airplanes to spray massive quantities of crop disease agents (specially formulated pathogenic fungi) in efforts to eradicate opium poppy and coca crops. Critics say that the plan proposes illegal acts of biological warfare, poses major ecological risks in the world’s 2nd most biodiverse country, and will increase the human damage of a failed eradication policy. The agents have been developed by the US Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, MD, and – by two others with US government funding - a private company in Montana and a former Soviet biological weapons facility in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The lead agents are types of Fusarium oxysporum (to kill coca and cannabis) and Pleospora papaveracea (to kill opium poppy). Their ecological and human health safety is very poorly tested, and they are known to impact non-target species.

The fungi are designed to be more powerful than the chemical agents currently used for the same purpose. Termed 'mycoherbicides' by supporters, they are better known as "Agent Green", as the Sunshine Project dubbed them. Proponents say that their goal justifies the agents; but as the history of the South African Apartheid regime's bioweapons reveals, claims of law enforcement ends can conceal heinous biowarfare plans.

If Agent Green is used anywhere, it will legitimize agricultural biowarfare in other contexts. Reasoning in a similar manner as the US, others might prepare a biological attack on the US tobacco crop, which poisons millions worldwide, or those opposed to alcohol might target grapes or hops. Opium poppy, cannabis, and coca are also cultivated for legal industrial and pharmaceutical purposes, and by indigenous peoples and traditional farmers for reasons unrelated to narcotics. These uses of these crops are also threatened.

See also:
http://www.bioone.org/doi/full/10.1641/0006-3568%282002%29052%5B0619%3APrison Planet Forum%5D2.0.CO%3B2

The United Nations Drug Control Program (UNDCP), with strong backing from the United States and Britain, has seriously investigated reducing drugs at their source through use of plant pathogens (Jelsma 2001). The interesting thing about this work is that many of the procedures for producing and storing inoculum, and its subsequent delivery by release from aircraft, are very similar to those developed in the former US and Soviet programs for biological warfare. The antidrug programs came to light in the popular press in 1999, partly in response to opposition by various groups (Kleiner 1999). There are at least three points of opposition to the real-life program. One is environmental, in that the release of large numbers of spores will have many undesirable consequences. Infection of plant species other than the intended targets is one example.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on December 14, 2010, 02:29:01 pm
Richard Holbrooke - RIP

Now this is rich, I almost can't believe someone wrote this:
http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/International/29-Mar-2009/US-wants-to-engage-Iran-on-Afghan-drugs
US wants to engage Iran on Afghan drugs
Published: March 29, 2009
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States said Saturday it hoped to engage Iran on ways to stem the lucrative narcotics trade in Afghanistan at an international conference on the country next week.

A day after the US envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke described Iran's decision to participate in the meeting in The Hague as a step forward another senior official outlined steps of possible common interest.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton worked with the Dutch, the Dutch have invited Iran to join the meeting in The Hague on Tuesday, said Denis McDonough, a deputy national security advisor to President Barack Obama. Our hope is that she has an opportunity to constructively engage this issue.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: chris jones on December 14, 2010, 07:12:37 pm
 The CIA enlists (recruits) the DEA, business is booming. the smack track..$$

Moons ago a group of soldiers gave testimony confirming the CIA controlled opium trafficing, golden triangle, Laos, Vietnam...A friend of mine gave testimony, he was TDY under CIA-Intell, controll.
This  congressional hearing was labeled Winter Soldiers, the evidence was irreputable and confirmed by congress. ( The CIA controlled the opium traffic).
The final result??  000000000000000000000000000000000000. No suprise, history repeats as the more things change the more they remain the same.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on May 03, 2011, 10:57:36 am
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashim_Tha%C3%A7i
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/fb/President_Bush_with_leaders_of_Kosovo.jpg/225px-President_Bush_with_leaders_of_Kosovo.jpg)

President of US George W. Bush shakes hands with Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu (center) and Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi (left) during a meeting in the White House on 21 July 2008, after Kosovo declared independence.
...
Alleged Criminal Activities
Thaçi is alleged to have extensive criminal links. During the period of time when Thaçi was head of the Kosovo Liberation Army, it was reported by the Washington Times to be financing its activities by trafficking heroin and cocaine into western Europe
...
A recent analysis of organized crime in Kosovo prepared by German intelligence service BND and a confidential report contracted by the German military, the Bundeswehr accuse Thaçi, as well as Ramush Haradinaj and the majority Kosovo parliament faction Xhavit Haliti of far-reaching involvement in organized crime.

The BND writes: “The key players (including Haliti, Haradinaj, and Thaçi) are intimately involved in inter-linkages between politics, business, and organized crime structures in Kosovo.”

The report accuses Thaçi of leading a “criminal network operating throughout Kosovo.” in the end of the 1990s.

Related: What's CIA director Hayden hidin'? By Ray McGovern   (http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=80906)
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on August 07, 2011, 04:55:16 pm
related: NATO in-fighting on wheather to suspend opium trade in Afghanistan - January 30, 2009 (http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=83181)

http://rt.com/politics/russia-opium-afghanistan-nato/
Russia slams NATO for losing Afghan opium war
Published: 01 March, 2011, 16:45

Moscow is growing impatient with US and NATO over what it says are "inadequate" methods for dealing with Afghanistan's verdant poppy fields.

Citing Russia’s “goodwill” decision to open an air and rail corridor over its territory for the transit of NATO cargo and personnel into Afghanistan, Viktor Ivanov, Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service Director, said that Russia “has not received an appropriate reaction from NATO” in return when it comes to combating heroin production.

"Why has the Russian government's good-will decision to make a corridor available for the transportation of personnel and NATO civilian cargo by rail and air from Europe to Afghanistan not received an appropriate reaction from NATO,” Ivanov asked during a visit with his Italian counterparts in Rome.

Ivanov added that NATO is responsible for controlling the heroin situation in the country.

Russia, which has witnessed a dramatic surge in heroin-related deaths since US forces opened military operations in Afghanistan almost 10 years ago, has repeatedly requested that the fight against opium producers be given top priority.

In October, Ivanov told the Carnegie Moscow Center that although the amount of opium harvested in 2010 was half of the amount produced the previous year, it is still twenty times higher than it was in 2001 under the Taliban.

He attributed last year’s decline in production to “climate factors” and opium crop disease rather than eradication efforts. He based his conclusion on the fact that the number of acres planted—123,000 acres—had not changed since the previous year.

Russia has long advocated the use of defoliants, sprayed on poppy fields via aircraft, as a means of eliminating the problem, but for various reasons – none of them acceptable to the Russian side – these plans have not been put into motion.

“When the US says you can’t deprive farmers of their livelihood, it actually sends a message to the Afghan leadership as well, saying they shouldn’t do it because, first, this will destroy people’s livelihoods and, second, you push farmers into the hands of the Taliban,” Ivanov told RT in an interview . “I think this is merely an excuse.”

According to the Federal Drug Control Services, an estimated 711 tons of heroin are consumed annually in Europe, 549 tons in Russia, and 212 tons in North America.

Meanwhile, unprecedentedly high consumption levels are taking an enormous toll: an estimated 100,000 people die annually as a result of consuming Afghan opiates.

These figures indicate that an estimated 1 million opiate-related deaths have occurred worldwide since 2000.

In light of these disturbing statistics, it is understandable why Moscow wants more cooperation on the opium front in return for allowing US and NATO non-military flights to access Russian airspace en route to Afghanistan.

...
Russia’s War on Drugs: 30,000 casualties a year

Sergei Ivanov, who revealed that “at least 30,000 young Russian lives” are lost each year to heroin addiction, said the upcoming 10-year anniversary of military operations in Afghanistan would be a “sad jubilee.”

"October 2011 will mark exactly 10 years since the start of the U.S. and NATO-led military operation in Afghanistan," Ivanov said. "This sad jubilee calls for a serious assessment.”

Russia has expressed its frustration with US-NATO efforts in Afghanistan, where heroin production has exploded by 40 times since the Enduring Freedom operation was launched on October 2, 2001, the Director of Russia’s Federal Drug Control Services said.

He then ridiculed the coalition member states for giving their citizens 5,000 tons of heroin in return for their taxes.

"The taxpayers of the coalition countries invested more than $300 billion into resolving the Afghan problem,” Ivanov argued. “In exchange, they received 5,000 tons of heroin, half of which landed in their stomachs, while global criminal and terrorist networks earned $1 trillion.”
...
The inadequacy of the international community's efforts in Afghanistan… has had a boomerang effect on health and public order in Europe,” he continued. “The international medical prescription for Afghanistan has produced an opposite effect in the form of large-scale drug production.

Ivanov portrayed the coalition’s failure on the heroin front as “a side effect of the military operation and a…major factor in the proliferation of criminal and terrorist elements.”
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Brocke on August 07, 2011, 05:18:15 pm

(http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p182/Brocke1964/The_DEA.jpg)
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Letsbereal on October 13, 2013, 01:12:56 pm
U.S. Nears Agreement With Afghanistan on Troops Post-2014
13 October 2013
, by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan and Eltaf Asefy Najafizada (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-10-13/kerry-gets-partial-deal-for-u-s-troops-staying-in-afghanistan.html

Excerpt:

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said they are close to completing a security agreement that would allow some U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

After two days of negotiations in Kabul, both leaders said the remaining obstacle to concluding the deal is whether Afghan representatives will endorse the U.S. having legal jurisdiction over international forces accused of committing crimes in the country.

Any agreement must be approved by both Afghanistan’s parliament and a council of elders, Karzai told reporters.

“We reached agreements,” he said at the presidential palace in Kabul after the two sides hammered out a draft text of the Bilateral Security Agreement,

wrapping up talks 10 hours later than planned. Karzai said he received “written guarantees” from Kerry’s side that detailed the U.S.’s commitment to defend Afghanistan against an outside attack.

President Barack Obama has said U.S. troops won’t stay to train and assist Afghan forces after the North Atlantic Treaty Organization withdraws all combat units next year unless the U.S. has a security agreement that protects any remaining forces.

Last year he had set a goal of completing a deal by Oct. 31.

U.S. and Afghan officials involved in the talks said both sides agreed on the wording of a draft text.

The next step is for a Loya Jirga, a national consultative assembly of tribal elders, to meet and consider the deal, a gathering that will probably take place next month.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Letsbereal on October 13, 2013, 03:05:40 pm
Just enough troops so that Skull & Bones can guard their poppies and to be sure the money keeps flowing in.

FOX - The Cultivation Of Opium Poppies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_gOaPeSCME

Drugs always was and is the main task of the CIA to secure their funding of all those black projects.

We all can remember the Drug trafficking, Oliver North and Noriega affaire http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB2/nsaebb2.htm
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Letsbereal on October 13, 2013, 03:34:17 pm
Drugs Traffic now has become the Achilles heel of the whole U.S. banking sytem LOlz

No drugs, no banking system, no full prisons and no very expensive black water wars.

Part of the U.S. system does the drug trafficking mainly CIA with the Army and further down the rat-line even FBI, DEA and Police forces and what have you.

Blast, the U.S. has more agencies than the alphabet … it’s just over the top. NSA … and they all have their little king domz.

Skull & Bones always was and is about drugs trade and Opium in particular.

Did you ever wonder why NATO troops are protecting opium fields?

The Yale secret society was built on the profits of opium smuggling, which dramatically increased after opium was made illegal around the world.

http://snippits-and-slappits.blogspot.nl/2012/07/opium-origins-of-skull-bones.html
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on October 13, 2013, 03:43:52 pm
'Cause you can't bleed America enough...
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: chris jones on October 13, 2013, 06:48:46 pm
 The golden triangle was a Big $$ for the agency & their masters.
 A friend of mine went TDY to Laos, agency, Sgt Paul Withers, his mission was to provide safety for a landing strip and for the hills tribe that grew & harvested the opium, he later regreted it... He left TDY went back to Nam and was wounded, retired.. Shortly after he appeared before congress, along with many others vets, testifying for what was called" Winter Soldiers "congressional hearing.
 Proven without a doubt the Agency ran the opium, Congressionaly..
 What happened, 0- Nothing, -business as usual.
 Col. Oliver North proven to have run dope in S.A., what were the results, nothing.
 Afghanistan has the crop the MSM don't discuss.
  Heavy duty class 1- Narcotics bring in more profit than Big oil, (pharmaceuticals are getting there-FDA approved).
 The money trail............
                               
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Letsbereal on November 08, 2013, 02:42:22 pm
Afghan Minister Daudzai Sees Accord With U.S. on Security
7 November 2013
, by Gopal Ratnam (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-11-07/afghan-minister-daudzai-sees-accord-with-u-s-on-security.html

Afghanistan’s interior minister said tough negotiations with the U.S. will pay off in a security agreement letting American forces maintain a presence in his country after most troops depart next year.

“The most important part is we want the highest level of friendship and partnership and the longest friendship with the U.S.,” Umer Daudzai said in an interview yesterday at his office in Kabul.

The agreement is taking time because “we Afghans want to make sure that the details are such that all Afghans subscribe to it, both my generation and the next generation.”

Agreement on a limited U.S. presence to train Afghan forces and fight terrorism has foundered in part over Afghanistan’s demand that the U.S. commit to defending the South Asian nation against external threats, a reference to insurgents backed by neighboring Pakistan.

The U.S. “will be committed to help us overcome any external threat, whether obvious and conventional or proxy and unconventional,” said Daudzai, 56, who has served as President Hamid Karzai’s chief of staff and as Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan and Iran.

At the same time, Afghanistan has resisted the American demand that any remaining troops be exempt from local prosecution.

Failure to reach such a status-of-forces agreement led President Barack Obama to pull the last U.S. troops out of Iraq in 2011.

The on-and-off negotiations on an accord don’t “mean that you may not sign it or we may not sign it,” Daudzai said.

“My instinct tells me it’ll be signed,” he said, without predicting when.

Tentative Accord

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reached a tentative agreement with Karzai last month over a draft text after talks that lasted 10 hours more than was planned.

Karzai has called for a loya jirga, a national consultative assembly of tribal elders, to meet this month to consider and approve the accord.

Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of the Taliban in Afghanistan, has warned of “grave consequences” for the U.S. and its allies if the agreement is signed.

Daudzai, who was a mujahedeen fighter against the Soviet Union after its invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, was named interior minister in September.

In the interview in his office, near several embassy compounds on a street blocked off from vehicles, Daudzai discussed his long-term plans for the Afghan Local Police force, which he oversees.
Insider Attacks

The local police, a community-based militia that’s being trained by U.S. special forces, was set up in 2010 to provide enforcement in areas where the national police force is weak.

Some Afghans have accused the militia of atrocities, and some officers have been involved in insider attacks against U.S. and allied forces.

In September 2012, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization temporarily suspended training for the Afghan Local Police after a spate of attacks.

Deaths of innocent civilians have stopped since he assumed office, said Daudzai, who’s responsible for all police forces in the country.

“There are combined special-forces and police operations every night, but we’ve streamlined our operations and we’ve applied cautions to bring it down to zero,” he said.

The ministry is weighing a long-term strategy that foresees the police “making a U-turn to its normal duty” as a law-enforcement agency rather than fighting an insurgency, Daudzai said.

Phasing Out

The Afghan Local Police force has about 24,500 members currently, according to an Afghan law enforcement official, who asked not to be identified because he isn’t authorized to discuss details.

Daudzai said the force strength will increase in 2014 and 2015, to guarantee safety during national elections next year and then when a new government takes office.

Starting in 2016, the local force will be gradually reduced and will be phased out by 2018, Daudzai said.

Many local officers will be absorbed into the Afghan National Police, the primary law-enforcement agency, Daudzai said.

The rest may be let go to “become businessmen, or go back to their village and become farmers.”

Top police officials have been disciplined to send a message to the force that they’re not to support or work against any candidate in the elections, Daudzai said.

Fair elections and a smooth transfer of power from Karzai to a successor may determine the continued flow of international aid to Afghanistan, which has been instrumental to its economy’s growth at an average of 9% a year since 2001.

Daudzai said he’s also cracking down on corruption within the police because “if this agency is clean, then we can implement strategies and laws for fighting corruption” in other agencies and ministries.

Progress in Afghanistan has been hampered by “the deeply embedded nature of societal corruption,” the U.S. Defense Department said in a July report, citing in particular the Afghan military.


Of course Skull & Bones Kerry doesn't want to give up on his poppy riches http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_gOaPeSCME

Skull & Bones originates from the opium trade btw: http://www.voxfux.com/features/scull_bones_opium.html
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: jofortruth on November 08, 2013, 02:56:22 pm
US may leave 'residual force' in Afghanistan post-2014   ::)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXp9g-2f-MQ


So, how many troops are in a "RESIDUAL FORCE" Obama? More WORD GAMES? What a joke!  ::)

So, how many promises have we heard OUT OF THE LIAR-IN-CHIEF'S MOUTH ABOUT WITHDRAWING TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN (and all the other preemptive war locations?  If you didn't know, they are still in Iraq also.) YET THEY ARE STILL THERE, AND NOW THEY ARE SAYING THEY WILL BE THERE EVEN LONGER.  YOU SEE, THEY NEVER PLANNED ON BRINGING THE TROOPS HOME, THEY JUST TOLD YOU THEY WERE! IT'S THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AND OVER!


 >:(

Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: chris jones on November 19, 2013, 02:42:59 pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it was still working through details of a security pact with Afghanistan, denying the two countries have agreed on the final text of an agreement that will determine future U.S. troop presence in the country beyond 2014.
                    Agreement, 3 bags full.. WASHINGTON Tue Jul 9, 2013 1:45pm EDT .... The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan — now around 63,000
 OK, how many mercs or security etc , 108,000 Private Contractors Are in Afghanistan and We Have No ...
www.policymic.com/.../108-000-private-contractors...‎

      Total, 171,000 remain in Afghanistan, its an occupation,$..Afghans want us out of there, but try to tell that to the elites and their political muppets. 
              Smedly Butler was strait up about it, he was in effect working for corporations, special operations for the big dogs.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: chris jones on November 19, 2013, 03:39:26 pm
P.S: Promises, promises,,,,,,,,kinda gettin tired of em?

OBY-“We are bringing our troops home from Afghanistan. And I've set a timetable. We will have them all out of there by 2014,” Obama said in Boulder, Colo., in September 2012. “Gov. Romney doesn't have a timetable. I think he's wrong. That's what's at stake in this election.”
  P.S.lestbereal. this is the site,
 108,000 Private Contractors Are in Afghanistan and We Have No ...


www.policymic.com/.../108-000-private-contractors...
05/06/2013 - By Aubrey Bloomfield June 5, 2013 ... Although the U.S. presence in Afghanistan is ostensibly winding down towards an eventual handover to Afghan security forces, as Francis argues, "the increase in ... Although still dwarfed by the ever-mounting total costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, CRS reports ...       
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Letsbereal on November 19, 2013, 04:26:01 pm
Endless Afghanistan? US-Afghan agreement would keep troops in place and funds flowing, perhaps indefinitely
19 November 2013
, by Richard Engel, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent - Kabul (NBC News)
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/19/21534305-endless-afghanistan-us-afghan-agreement-would-keep-troops-in-place-and-funds-flowing-perhaps-indefinitely?lite

While many Americans have been led to believe the war in Afghanistan will soon be over, a draft of a key U.S.-Afghan security deal obtained by NBC News shows the United States is prepared to maintain military outposts in Afghanistan for many years to come, and pay to support hundreds of thousands of Afghan security forces.

The wide-ranging document, still unsigned by the United States and Afghanistan, has the potential to commit thousands of American troops to Afghanistan and spend billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars.

The document outlines what appears to be the start of a new, open-ended military commitment in Afghanistan in the name of training and continuing to fight al-Qaeda.

The war in Afghanistan doesn’t seem to be ending, but renewed under new, scaled-down U.S.-Afghan terms.

“The Parties acknowledge that continued U.S. military operations to defeat al-Qaeda and its affiliates may be appropriate and agree to continue their close cooperation and coordination toward that end,” the draft states.

According to a document obtained by NBC News, the war in Afghanistan may not be over for years to come. NBC's Richard Engel reports.

The 25-page “Security and Defense Cooperation Agreement Between the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan” is a sweeping document, vague in places, highly specific in others, defining everything from the types of future missions U.S. troops would be allowed to conduct in Afghanistan, to the use of radios and the taxation of American soldiers and contractors.

The bilateral security agreement will be debated this week in Kabul by around 2,500 village elders, academics and officials in a traditional Loya Jirga.

While the Loya Jirga is strictly consultative, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said he won’t sign it without the Jirga’s approval.

The copy of the draft -- the full text is available here --  is dated July 25, 2013.

As a working draft, it is particularly revealing because it shows the back and forth negotiations, as U.S. and Afghan officials added words and struck out paragraphs.

The changes are marked by annotations still revealed in the text.

The document is a work in progress. US officials say there have been more changes since July.

The draft, however, does indicate the scope of this possible agreement with major implications for Washington, Kabul, U.S. troops and the continuation of America’s longest war.

Taken as a whole, the document describes a basic U.S.-Afghan exchange.

Afghanistan would allow Washington to operate military bases to train Afghan forces and conduct counter-terrorism operations against al-Qaeda after the current mission ends in 2014.

For that foothold in this volatile mountain region wedged between Pakistan and Iran, the United States would agree to sustain and equip Afghanistan's large security force, which the government in Kabul currently cannot afford.

The deal, according to the text, would take effect on Jan. 1, 2015 and “shall remain in force until the end of 2024 and beyond.”

It could be terminated by either Washington or Kabul with two years advance written notice.

There is however what U.S. officials believe is a contradiction in the July draft, which would effectively ask American troops to provide training and confront al-Qaeda from the confines of bases.

While it says operations against al-Qaeda may be necessary, it also says US troops will not be allowed to make arrests or enter Afghan homes.

“No detention or arrest shall be carried out by the United States forces.

The United States forces shall not search any homes or other real estate properties,” it says.

“[The contradiction] was a matter of serious consternation at the highest levels” of the Obama administration over the weekend, according to one senior defense official.

“It is the one remaining issue that could ultimately kill the deal."

However, US officials believe that in a more recent draft, which was circulated among key Pentagon officials and US lawmakers on Monday, the US has won its position on this point.

The document doesn’t specifically say how many U.S. and NATO troops would remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

Afghan officials tell NBC News they hope it will be 10 to 15 thousand. U.S. officials tell NBC News the number is closer to seven to eight thousand, with an additional contribution from NATO. Factoring in troop rotations, home leave, and breaks between deployments, the service of tens of thousands of American troops would be required to maintain a force of seven to eight thousand for a decade or longer.

The anticipated costs would likely run into the billions quickly.

Afghan officials tell NBC NEWS the agreement is critical to Afghanistan’s future stability.

Without ongoing military assistance, training and funding, those officials say the government could collapse and Afghanistan would enter a civil war.

If the agreement passes, the draft says Washington would commit to a long -term, indefinite military involvement in this land-locked Asian nation.

A spokesperson for the White House National Security Council did not comment on the draft version of the agreement, but said that "the President is still reviewing options from his national security team and has not made a decision about a possible U.S. presence after 2014."

The agreement circulating this week is unlikely to be the last. It first must pass through the Loya Jirga, then go onto parliament for final approval.

“We’re looking at 60-days or more” before the US and Afghanistan sign any agreement, defense officials said.

Here are highlights of the July draft of the bi-lateral agreement:

American bases

While the document specifically says the United States would not seek “permanent bases” in Afghanistan, the US military would have “access to and use of the agreed facilities and areas.”

Some of these areas would be for the “exclusive use” of US troops.

“Afghanistan hereby authorizes United States forces to exercise all rights and authorities within the agreed facilities and areas that are necessary for their use, operation, defense, or control, including the right to undertake new construction works,” the document says.

US troops would be allowed to carry weapons, wear uniforms and guard the perimeter of those areas.

The agreement does not say how many “exclusive use” sites there would be in Afghanistan.

The United States also would also be permitted to keep vehicles and aircraft in Afghanistan, take off and land from Afghan soil, and fly though Afghan airspace. 

The facilities would be provided the US government “rent free,” but significant costs would mount in other ways.

U.S. payments

The draft agreement says the Afghan government should “eventually” pay for all of its defense and security personal.

But until then, “so long as the strategic partnership agreement so provides, the United States shall have an obligation to seek funds on a yearly basis to support the training, equipping, advising and sustaining of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), so that Afghanistan can independently secure and defend itself against internal and external threats, and help ensure that terrorists never again encroach on Afghan soil and threaten Afghanistan, the region, and the world.”

The specific amount of payment is not stated. The money would be “managed by relevant Afghan institutions.”

Sticking points

The document shows a long and hard series of negotiations, particularly on the issue of legal jurisdiction.

The draft initially insisted that U.S. military personnel be subject to Afghan laws and, if accused of a crime, be tried in Afghan courts.

This section in the July draft is crossed out.

Afghan officials tell NBC NEWS the jurisdiction dispute appears to have been overcome, with U.S. troops only being subject to American laws.

Endless Afghanistan?

The document suggests Afghan negotiators want a long-term U.S. presence, with U.S. forces and contractors providing intelligence, training and funding, but also to keep American forces as confined as possible.

It shows Afghans want to keep their U.S. partners, but on their terms.

It also suggests the United States is not confident that without a long-term commitment, the Afghan government can bring stability or effectively fight terrorism. 

NBC News' Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube contributed to this report.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: chris jones on November 20, 2013, 07:20:18 am
Letsbereal.
               The takedown of the the Republic. The wars cost close to a billion a day, multiply that times 10 years and running.
               The Pentagon can't account for 8.3 trillion dollars, up in smoke, FRAUD/TRAITORS...
Historicaly-When a country goes belly up it has either been invaded or in debt. We have been hit on both sides of the coin, our Gov is infiltrated (parasitic insiders) and we are broke and in debt.
             The domestic issues are pathetic, the constitution / Bill of rights have been referred to as nothing but GWB:"GD pieces of paper".
                         Obama promised us we would have a troop withdrawal by 2014, do folks continue to believe this guy.
                           We are mucked inside out. Not the heavy's with titles and their suckling gang of shiitbags.
The end game, the final day, the shitstorm- only the elites know the day. Depending on Pols/ or the administration  to fix this is absurd, to beleive they can pull a rabbit out of the hat is insanity, there is no magical cure.
              Invest in items that will keep you and yours safe during the first few months of this abomination, buckle up, please.
                       I'm not a freaked out alarmist, the writing is chiseled in the wall, it is inevitable.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Letsbereal on November 20, 2013, 11:28:20 pm
U.S. Has Deal on Afghan Pact Before Tribal Leaders Meet
20 November 2013
, by Gopal Ratnam and Eltaf Najafizada (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-11-21/u-s-has-deal-on-afghan-pact-before-tribal-leaders-meet.html

After more than a year of negotiations, the U.S. and Afghanistan have forged an agreement that now needs approval from Afghan tribal elders and lawmakers to pave the way for a continued American troop presence in the country after next year and a continued flow of aid.

“We’ve reached an agreement as to the final language of the bilateral security agreement that will be placed before the Loya Jirga tomorrow,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters yesterday in Washington, referring to the council of elders gathered in Kabul.

While the Obama administration intends to remove all U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year, the tentative agreement would permit some American forces to remain to train Afghan soldiers and conduct counterterrorism operations.

Questions remain about whether, even with some American and other foreign support, Afghan security forces will be able to maintain security, prevent the Taliban from retaking parts of the country and protect infrastructure such as railroads, mines and roads that are essential to economic growth.

While U.S. officials have said Afghan forces are improving, they lack military necessities such as air mobility, logistics and intelligence support.

Maintaining foreign troops in the country would ensure security and also guarantee that international aid that has been pledged continues to flow, Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Nov. 19 at an event in Washington.

Extended Negotiations

Talks about a long-term U.S. troop presence began after Afghan President Hamid Karzai and President Barack Obama signed a strategic partnership accord in May 2012 that committed the U.S. to providing economic assistance and funds to support and train the Afghan military.

The U.S. now has 48,000 troops in the country, and the coalition of allies has an additional 27,000, according to the U.S. Defense Department.

Since the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S. has lost 2,155 troops in the war and an additional 19,475 have been wounded in action, according to Pentagon data compiled by Bloomberg.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has said that about 8,000 to 12,000 troops may remain in Afghanistan after next year to train and advise the Afghan military and police forces.

U.S. Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, has said that number wouldn’t include forces needed to carry out counterterrorism missions and protect U.S. diplomats.

Larger Units

U.S. troops are likely to focus their training on Afghan ministries and larger units of Afghan security forces to help them manage their combat capabilities, retired Army Lieutenant General David Barno, who led U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan in 2003, said in a phone interview.

Doing that also would keep U.S. troops out of the line of fire and keep casualties to a minimum, particularly considering that Obama has said repeatedly that the U.S. is ending its combat mission in Afghanistan by 2014, said Barno, now a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington.

In addition to stationing troops in Kabul, the U.S. may want to rotate forces through different areas of the country, especially to carry out raids against remnants of al-Qaeda, Barno said.

“Given the size of Afghanistan, and depending on how the threat evolves, the U.S. may want access to bases especially in the north and northeast,” Barno said. Afghanistan is slightly smaller than the state of Texas.

Counterterrorism Missions

U.S. forces are likely to carry out such counterterrorism missions in conjunction with Afghan forces, particularly because Afghan leaders disapprove of unilateral U.S. military actions, Barno said.

A U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014 also would pave the way for NATO allies and other nations to keep forces in the country.

In the absence of such support, “if security deteriorates to a point” where the $6 billion in annual aid promised to Afghanistan “dries up, then they can’t survive,” Dempsey said.

The agreement being considered by the Afghan elders and parliament came after contentious negotiations that began last May as the U.S. insisted on immunity for its troops from prosecution under local laws.

Afghanistan wanted a guarantee that the U.S. would defend it against external threats, a reference to insurgents backed by neighboring Pakistan.

It remains unclear how the two sides resolved these pending issues because the text of the bilateral security agreement hasn’t been made public.

‘Manufactured Crises’

“One can never be sure about whether the BSA language is actually final, given how long it’s taken to get to where we are now and the constant manufactured crises,” Caroline Wadhams, a senior fellow and Afghanistan specialist at the Center for American Progress said in an e-mail.

Karzai “consistently surprises us with his efforts to derail and delay, Wadhams said.

‘‘But probably the most contentious issues’’ in the agreement ‘‘are now resolved.’’

The latest crisis came two days ago, after the New York Times quoted Karzai spokesman Aimal Faizi saying the two sides agreed on allowing home raids if Obama wrote a letter acknowledging mistakes by the U.S. military in Afghanistan. Faizi didn’t answer calls to his mobile phone yesterday.

The dispute over raids concerns whether U.S. troops operating jointly with Afghan forces may enter Afghan homes, according to a U.S. official who spoke yesterday and asked not to be identified discussing the sensitive talks.

The U.S. is seeking to preserve the right in situations involving self-defense, the official said.

No Apology
 
Kerry yesterday dismissed reports about an apology, saying, ‘‘President Karzai didn’t ask for an apology.

There was no discussion of an apology. I mean, it’s just not even on the table. He didn’t ask for it. We’re not discussing it.”

Last year Obama did apologize to Karzai after U.S. troops burned copies of Korans at an airbase, setting off riots over the treatment of Islamic scripture.

The agreement now goes before the loya jirga, a national consultative assembly of 3,000 tribal elders and intellectuals that’s meeting in Kabul to consider the deal.

Karzai has said the country’s parliament also needs to bless the agreement.

Tribal elders “may ask for some wordsmithing, but I imagine the draft is largely final, absent an external shock,” Wadhams said.

“At this point, I don’t believe the loya Jirga will add further demands or conditions for the U.S. government.”
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Letsbereal on November 22, 2013, 11:22:14 pm
U.S.-Afghan Officials Extend Dispute on Signing Accord
22 November 2013
, by Gopal Ratnam and Eltaf Najafizada (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-11-21/u-s-wants-afghan-accord-this-year-to-plan-troop-presence.html

The U.S. and Afghanistan extended their dispute over the deadline for concluding a security pact that would pave the way for a continued American military presence after 2014.

President Barack Obama’s spokesman. Jay Carney, said today that the U.S. needs the agreement “done by the end of the year.”

He said the text now being weighed by a council of tribal elders in Kabul was the “final offer” on the agreement for some U.S. forces to remain after combat troops depart at the end of next year.

Aimal Faizi, the spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, repeated today Karzai’s comment to the council, known as a loya jirga, that the accord shouldn’t be signed until after his country’s presidential election in April.

“No U.S. deadline” is acceptable, Faizi said in an interview. Afghanistan needs “peace, guaranteed security and good elections,” and all are “essentials” in signing the accord, he said.

The loya jirga, a gathering of more than 2,500 Afghan tribal elders, political leaders and intellectuals, is due to make its recommendation on Nov. 24.

After that, the agreement would have to be signed by both countries before it’s ratified by Afghanistan’s parliament and signed into law by Karzai, according to two U.S. officials who briefed reporters yesterday on condition of not being identified discussing the process.

While the U.S. doesn’t want to set a hard deadline, the officials said, waiting several months wouldn’t leave enough time for military planning.

‘Timely Conclusion’

“We need a timely conclusion of this in order to plan for any potential post-2014 presence -- which means signing it by the end of the year,” Jen Psaki, a State Department spokeswoman, told reporters yesterday in Washington.

The agreement would let some U.S. forces stay to train Afghan soldiers and conduct counterterrorism operations. At stake is billions of dollars in annual aid money.

Within weeks of the bilateral agreement being concluded, Obama would decide how many troops to keep in Afghanistan beyond 2014, according to one of the U.S. officials.

The American administration foresees completing the mission in Afghanistan well before the security accord expires in 2024, the official said.

As many as 15,000 troops from the U.S., Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and other countries would remain in Afghanistan, Karzai said at the opening of the loya jirga.

Karzai’s Praise

The deal will “help strengthen our Afghan forces, bolster our economy and boost stability,” Karzai said.

“Pulling out international forces after 2014 without an agreement signed with the U.S. is not beneficial for us.”

Tribal elders “may ask for some wordsmithing, but I imagine the draft is largely final, absent an external shock,” Caroline Wadhams, a senior fellow and Afghanistan specialist at the Center for American Progress, said in an e-mail.

“At this point, I don’t believe the loya jirga will add further demands or conditions for the U.S. government.”

The U.S. now has 48,000 troops in the country, and its allies an additional 27,000, according to the U.S. Defense Department.

Since the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S. has lost 2,155 troops in the war and an additional 19,475 have been wounded in action, according to Pentagon data compiled by Bloomberg.

Obama’s Letter

“America’s role in Afghanistan will be one of a supporting partner,” Obama wrote in a Nov. 20 letter to Karzai.

The number of U.S. forces would be “much reduced” after 2014, Obama wrote, without citing a figure.

Talks about a long-term U.S. troop presence began after Karzai and Obama signed an accord in May 2012 that committed the U.S. to supporting and training the Afghan military.

Sticking points have included U.S. insistence on immunity for its troops from prosecution under local laws and Afghan demands for a guarantee that the U.S. would defend it against external threats, mostly from militants based in neighboring Pakistan.

Afghanistan has conceded the U.S. right to prosecute its troops under American law, according to the text of the agreement, which listed 26 articles that cover issues from prosecution to registration of vehicles.

The agreement says the U.S. will conduct counterterrorism operations against al-Qaeda and its affiliates in which Afghan security forces will take the lead.

It promised “full respect for Afghan sovereignty and full regard for the safety and security of the Afghan people, including in their homes.”

Obama said in the letter that U.S. troops will conduct raids on Afghan homes only “under extraordinary circumstances involving urgent risk to life and limb of U.S. nationals.”
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Post by: TahoeBlue on November 23, 2013, 11:36:45 am
Isn't this all just a negotiation on the dollar Opium/Heroin cut for the security contract?  What's Brown & Root's cut?

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Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Letsbereal on November 26, 2013, 05:21:09 am
Karzai Adds to Demands on U.S. in Meeting With Susan Rice
25 November 2013
, by Gopal Ratnam and Eltaf Najafizada (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-11-25/karzai-repeats-demands-on-u-s-after-meeting-with-rice.html

Afghan President Hamid Karzai added to the demands he said must be met before he’ll sign an agreement permitting some U.S. forces to remain in his country after the end of next year.

In a dinner meeting yesterday in Kabul with U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Karzai insisted that the U.S. release Afghan inmates from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a condition for the Bilateral Security Agreement, according to a Persian-language statement e-mailed by his office.

U.S. officials have been frustrated by Karzai’s shifting demands, even after a council of 2,500 tribal elders endorsed the draft agreement over the weekend, and by the delay he’s seeking in signing the pact until after Afghanistan’s presidential election in April.

“Karzai outlined new conditions for signing the agreement and indicated he is not prepared to sign the BSA promptly,” according to a statement issued by the White House describing Rice’s meeting at the presidential palace.

Without a “prompt signature, the U.S. would have no choice but to initiate planning” to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan, Rice told the Afghan leader, according to the statement.

Under an agreement, the U.S. would keep some forces to train the Afghan military and conduct counterterrorism operations after combat troops depart by the end of next year.

In her first meeting with the Afghan president, Rice told Karzai “that we have concluded negotiations and that deferring the signature of the agreement until after next year’s elections is not viable,” according to the White House statement.

Assurances Sought

The Afghan president sought assurances from President Barack Obama for a “complete cessation” of U.S. and allied counterterrorism raids on Afghan homes as well as the holding of “transparent elections” before he’ll sign the agreement, according to the statement from his office.

The delay threatens to torpedo the deal, jeopardizing billions of dollars in aid and threatening an increase in violence throughout the region.

Karzai told the tribal council in Kabul over the weekend: “The U.S. waited for two years, but can’t wait for only five months more -- why are they in a hurry?”

Afghanistan’s presidential elections are scheduled for April 5. “After we are assured we have guaranteed peace and security in the whole country, and secure elections, I will sign it,” Karzai said on Nov. 24.

‘Compelling Affirmation’

“I can’t imagine a more compelling affirmation from the Afghan people themselves of their commitment to a long-term partnership with the United States and our international partners,”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement commenting on the endorsement of the agreement by the tribal assembly known as a loya jirga.

He said the “critical next step” is to get the agreement signed in “short order.”

U.S. patience with Karzai’s demands is wearing thin, according to an American official, who asked not to be identified discussing the state of U.S.-Afghan relations.

The U.S. now has 48,000 troops in the country, and the coalition of allies has an additional 27,000, according to the U.S. Defense Department.

Sibghatullah Mojaddedi, a former president who headed the loya jirga, called on Karzai to sign the agreement quickly.

The security pact was “endorsed by the members,” Mojaddedi said. “The president must give us promises he would sign it sooner because the pact will benefit the country.”

Nine Bases

The agreement would provide the U.S. with access to nine bases at Kabul, Bagram, Mazar-e-Sharif, Herat, Kandahar, Helmand, Gardez, Jalalabad and Shindand.

While allowing the bases is “very hard emotionally and rationally,” Karzai said, the country is obliged to do so given the current volatile security situation.

The Taliban condemned the loya jirga’s endorsement and vowed to increase the fervor of their insurgency.

Afghanistan will “truly become the graveyard of international arrogance,” Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the militants, said in an e-mailed statement yesterday.

In his speech to the loya jirga, Karzai again criticized the U.S. for operations in Afghan homes. The agreement would be broken if the operations in homes are conducted “once more,” he said.

Obama said in a Nov. 20 letter to Karzai that U.S. troops will conduct raids on Afghan homes only “under extraordinary circumstances involving urgent risk to life and limb of U.S. nationals.”

Karzai said on Nov. 24 that he’s concerned that his legacy may suffer if the agreement fails to provide security. Term limits bar him from running for election again after 12 years as Afghanistan’s leader.

“If I sign it today, and tomorrow we don’t have peace, who would be blamed by history?” Karzai said. “So that is why I am asking for assurances.”
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Letsbereal on December 05, 2013, 06:36:00 am
Dempsey Says Signing Afghan Pact This Month Isn’t Urgent
5 December 2013
, by Tony Capaccio (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-12-05/dempsey-says-signing-afghan-pact-this-month-isn-t-urgent.html

Contradicting a White House statement last month, the top U.S. military official said Afghan President Hamid Karzai can continue to delay signing an agreement on a post-2014 U.S. military presence until as late as June.

Even if Karzai refuses to sign until midyear, the U.S. military would have time to withdraw what’s expected to be about 34,000 U.S. troops by then, down from the current level of 46,000, in an orderly fashion, Army General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday.

“We’re not the limiting factor,” Dempsey said at a press conference at the Pentagon.

“Nothing is irreversible, but we wouldn’t be to a level where we’d begin to affect the options until probably early summer,” he said.

Dempsey’s comments followed remarks on Dec. 3 by Secretary of State John Kerry that he has no “hard, fixed, specific” deadline for signing the agreement.

Both statements were at odds with comments from White House press secretary Jay Carney.

Carney said in Washington Nov. 22 that Karzai needs to act “before the end of the year” because “it is just untenable -- impossible really” for the U.S. and allies “to plan for a potential post-2014 military presence” without concluding an agreement before year’s end.

Two other administration officials said yesterday that Carney’s comments overstated how much time the military needs to plan for the withdrawal of all U.S. combat forces from Afghanistan by the end of next year.

Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Artificial Deadline

One of the officials said Carney’s comments prompted some officials in the State and Defense Departments to worry that the White House might be giving Karzai an artificial deadline to create a reason to make an early exit from an increasingly unpopular war in a congressional election year.

Dempsey said that instead of affecting the military’s withdrawal plans, a delay in signing the agreement has the more immediate effect of damping the confidence of Afghan military personnel “as they begin to be anxious, literally, about whether we’re going to be there to support them.”

“So it really needs to be done now, mostly because what’s hanging in the balance in Afghanistan is confidence,” Dempsey said. “The Afghan security forces are very capable, but they’re not confident.”

Afghan tribal elders have endorsed a security pact with the U.S. that would allow a follow-up mission aimed at training and counterterrorism missions by U.S. special operations forces.

Karzai’s Objections

Karzai has continued to raise objections about military operations that he says put Afghan civilians at risk.

He also has suggested that he may not be ready to sign the accord until after Afghanistan’s election to choose his successor as president in April.

Both U.S. officials, who have years of experience in Afghanistan and elsewhere in South Asia, said they’re discounting what they called Karzai’s theatrics, which they said are intended in part to demonstrate his independence from the U.S.

They also said they expect him to sign the agreement sometime in the first half of next year because he knows that his forces can’t maintain security in Afghanistan with international training, logistics, intelligence and other support.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Letsbereal on December 15, 2013, 01:42:16 pm
Karzai Sticks to Pact Demands in Dismissing U.S. ‘Brinksmanship’
14 december 2013
, by Kartikay Mehrotra (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-12-14/karzai-sticks-to-pact-demands-in-dismissing-u-s-brinksmanship-.html

Afghan President Hamid Karzai dismissed concerns that the U.S. is willing to withdraw all of its troops from his country next year as he refuses to sign a security pact until the administration of President Barack Obama meets his conditions.

“I don’t think Americans are thinking of the zero option,” Karzai told reporters in New Delhi, referring to a scenario under which all U.S. troops might leave Afghanistan in 2014.

“It’s brinksmanship they’re playing with us. Even if they did, then come what may.”

Karzai said he wouldn’t sign the pact that was endorsed by an assembly of Afghan leaders last month until the U.S. stops bombings and publicly starts peace talks with the Taliban.

The two conditions are “an absolute prerequisite” to concluding the agreement, he said.

“It is not time bound,” Karzai said, dismissing U.S. calls for him to sign the agreement. “It is action bound.”

At stake is a deal that would ensure billions of dollars in aid money flows to one of Asia’s poorest economies and increased security in a region with two nuclear powers.

While failure to reach an agreement would hurt Afghanistan’s economy, Karzai said, it wasn’t worth signing if the pact didn’t lead to peace.

The proposed agreement would let some U.S. forces stay to train Afghan soldiers and conduct counterterrorism operations after combat troops leave by the end of next year.

The U.S. now has 48,000 troops in the country, and the coalition of allies has an additional 27,000, according to the U.S. Defense Department.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on March 18, 2014, 01:11:54 pm
Peace in Afghanistan ----  

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/18/afghan-suicide-bombing-kills-13
Afghan suicide bombing kills 13
Man riding rickshaw blew himself up at market in Faryab province, authorities say
theguardian.com, Tuesday 18 March 2014 02.44 EDT   

A US helicopter in Afghanistan. The latest suicide bombing comes as national elections loom and foreign forces prepare to pull out. Photograph: Reuters

A suicide bomber riding a rickshaw blew himself up outside a checkpoint at a market in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 13 civilians, officials said, in the latest attack in the countdown to presidential elections to be held in less than three weeks.

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in the capital of Faryab province but it happened in an area where the Taliban and allied militant groups are active. The Taliban have threatened a campaign of violence to disrupt the 5 April vote, which will choose a new president to lead the country as foreign troops prepare to end their combat mission by the end of the year.

The attacker was approaching the checkpoint at the entry of the market in Maymana, the capital of Faryab province, when he detonated his explosives, which were hidden in the rickshaw, the officials said.

The provincial governor, Mohammadullah Patash, gave the death toll and said 23 people also were wounded in the attack.

The Taliban have staged numerous attacks in Faryab, far from their traditional strongholds in southern and eastern Afghanistan. In October 2012 a suicide bomber struck a mosque packed with senior regional officials in Maymana, killing 41 people.

Afghan civilians are frequently caught up in the violence as insurgents battle Afghan and international troops in an effort to undermine the Western-backed government. The United Nations said 2,959 civilians were killed and 5,656 wounded last year, a 14% increase from the previous year.

The Taliban deny that they target civilians, but the UN report blamed 74% of all civilian casualties last year on insurgents.

http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/afghanistans-opium-problem/
Afghan drug trade

(http://cbsnews2.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/13/22dd39ff-4868-4cc5-85d7-5809c6e053b8/resize/620x465/70596c2d08b4efbf238a233cecad34c4/001_001_AP674607847667.jpg)
Afghan farmers collect raw opium as they work in a poppy field in the Khogyani district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, May 10, 2013.

Afghanistan's opium production surged in 2013 to record levels, despite 12 years of international efforts to wean the country off the narcotics trade, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.N.'s drug control agency
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: chris jones on March 18, 2014, 02:23:40 pm
DEA, will enforce whatsoever they are told to, their Federal,   who runs the Gov runs these guys.
       Golden Triangle, opium, controller CIA.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: worcesteradam on March 18, 2014, 03:14:57 pm
Quote
Afghanistan's opium production surged in 2013 to record levels, despite 12 years of international efforts to wean the country off the narcotics trade
:D
lol
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on March 21, 2014, 02:59:36 pm
(Religion of) Peace in Afghanistan continues ...

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/21/taliban-gunmen-kill-nine-kabul-serena-hotel
Taliban gunmen kill nine civilians in attack at Kabul's Serena hotel

Four foreigners among victims in attack on luxury hotel as wave of violence sweeps Afghanistan ahead of presidential elections

Teenage Taliban gunmen who slipped into a top luxury hotel in Kabul on Thursday night shot and killed two young girls along with seven other civilians in the latest attack in a wave of violence hitting Afghanistan ahead of presidential elections. Six others were injured.

Four foreigners were also among the victims of the carefully planned assault, which was apparently aimed at undermining a vote now just two weeks away. Election monitors were among the Serena hotel's guests.

It came days after a marketplace bomb killed 16 people in the north and just hours after a complex attack on a police headquarters in Jalalabad city claimed at least 18 lives. On Friday morning an attack in southern Kandahar killed three.

The Taliban has vowed to disrupt the poll and said anyone who votes or works on the election is risking their life.

"This attack is connected to the election, our enemy is trying to sow uncertainty about our future," said Sediq Sediqqi, an interior ministry spokesman, at a news conference the morning after the assault on the hotel. "They are threatening the security of the election, which is one of the biggest events in the history of Afghanistan."

The gunmen launched their attack by opening fire in the Serena's popular buffet restaurant, which was packed with families and officials celebrating the start of the Afghan new year to live music.
...
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on April 06, 2014, 11:12:19 am
It's a religion of peace ....  

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/associated-press-photographer-killed-reporter-wounded-in-afghanistan/2014/04/04/91cd9e0c-bbdc-11e3-96ae-f2c36d2b1245_story.html
Associated Press photographer killed, reporter wounded in Afghanistan [ By Afghan police officer ]
By Kevin Sieff,    E-mail the writer
 
 KABUL — A photographer for the Associated Press was killed and a reporter wounded Friday when an Afghan police officer shot each of them multiple times.

The journalists were traveling with election workers in eastern Khost province in a convoy that was protected by Afghan soldiers and police officers, according to the AP.

Anja Niedringhaus, 48, a German photographer, was killed instantly. Kathy Gannon, a Canadian reporter, is in stable condition. Both were veterans with deep experience in the region.

(http://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_296w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2014/04/04/Web-Resampled/2014-04-04/[email protected].jpg)
Photographer Anja Niedringhaus killed in Afghanistan: A look at her work: Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, 48, was killed when an Afghan policeman opened fire while she and a reporter were covering the election there. The Pulitzer-winning photog was a veteran in the region, but also captured images from all around the world.

...
The man who shot Niedringhaus and Gannon goes by one name, Naqibullah, and was described as a mid-level police officer. He had been transferred to Khost about three months ago, according to Sardar Abdul Makinzoi, a member of the provincial council.

According to the AP report, “Naqibullah walked up to the car, yelled ‘Allahu Akbar’ — God is Great — and opened fire on them in the back seat with his AK-47.”

The two journalists had arrived at the government headquarters of Tani district, where they were covering the delivery of ballots across the province.

The gunman was taken into custody, according to Mubarez Mohammad Zadran, a spokesman for the provincial governor.
...
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on November 23, 2014, 04:07:20 pm
Yes we need our troops there to keep those tourist dollars coming ...

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30169457
23 November 2014 Last updated at 11:22 ET

Bomber 'kills 45' at Afghanistan volleyball match

A suicide bomber has killed at least 45 people at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan, officials say.

A spokesman for the governor of Paktika province told the BBC that the attacker had detonated the bomb amid a crowd of people gathering for a game.

About 60 people were also wounded in the bombing in Yahyakhail district.

It came after Afghan MPs approved security deals allowing Nato and US soldiers to remain after the withdrawal of most foreign troops next month.

The total number of soldiers in the new Nato force will be about 12,000. Their mission has been defined as training, advising and assisting the Afghan security forces.

There will also be a separate US-led force dealing with the remnants of al-Qaeda.

It emerged on Saturday, however, that President Barack Obama has approved guidelines to allow US troops to fight the Taliban and provide air support for Afghan missions.

'Heinous attack'

Sunday's bombing occurred when a crowd of people were preparing to watch the final of a regional volleyball tournament.

Local reports say a suicide bomber walked into the large gathering before detonating the explosives.

A spokesman for the provincial governor told the BBC that the crowd was made up mostly of young people. He said all of the casualties were civilians.
...
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on November 23, 2014, 04:13:53 pm
bump

http://kabul.usembassy.gov/dea.html

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a component of the United States Department of Justice. Our mission is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations involved in the growing, manufacture or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States, and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets.

In Afghanistan, DEA provides substantial cooperation and assistance to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in support of its narcotics investigations, operations, and capacity building throughout the country. Working together, DEA, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) and the Counter Narcotics Police – Afghanistan (CNP-A), target major narcotics trafficking organizations that support the insurgency, corrupt officials involved in narcotics trafficking and illicit finance.

The CNP-A was created in 2005 and has since established a presence in every province in Afghanistan and in the capital. CNP-A is the premier drug enforcement agency in the country, bringing counter-narcotics investigative and tactical expertise to the fight against the illegal drug trade. Several small subunits of the CNP-A have been established to provide specialized training. 

In support of CNP-A, DEA mentors and trains the Afghan National Interdiction Unit (NIU) and the Sensitive Investigative Unit (SIU). The NIU is a tactical enforcement unit, conducting counter narcotics law enforcement operations in the field. The Afghan government’s SIU conducts investigations. 

Local Address in Kabul:
Great Massoud Road
Wazir Akbar Khan (neighborhood)
Kabul
Afghanistan
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on November 27, 2014, 12:51:47 pm
It's a complete success in global politics .... look at all those peaceful happy Muslemen.... the lovers of life and earthly harmony  

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/27/kabul-suicide-attack-uk-embassy-six-dead
Kabul suicide attack on UK diplomats leaves six dead
Briton among casualties of Taliban attack on British embassy vehicle between Jalalabad and Kabul

At least six people including a British embassy guard were killed on Thursday when the Taliban launched a devastating suicide attack on a British diplomatic convoy near the Afghan capital Kabul, in a day of mayhem that also saw gunfire in the city.

The convoy was travelling on the road between Jalalabad and Kabul – about three miles east of the heavily fortified British embassy – when a suicide bomber struck. The bomber’s Toyota Corolla vehicle exploded – hurling the armoured British embassy SUV across the road and blowing off its roof completely. Smouldering debris was flung across a packed area including a mosque.

Later on Thursday there was a second explosion in Kabul’s Wazir Akbar Khan district, where the British embassy and other foreign missions are located. According to Afghan police, three Taliban fighters attacked a foreign guesthouse at 7.30pm. One fighter blew himself up while the other two staged a shoot-out with Nepalese security guards. Both attackers were eventually killed, police said. The compound belonged to International Relief and Development, a development agency.

The UK foreign secretary, Phillip Hammond, said that two British embassy workers died in the morning’s convoy attack. One was a British civilian security team member and the other an Afghan national working at the embassy. A second British member of the security team was injured, Hammond said. The private security firm G4S said both the dead security guard and his injured colleague were its employees.

Hammond described the bombing as an outrage and an “appalling attack on innocent civilians”.

“The families of the victims have been informed and my thoughts are with them,” he said. The dead Briton has not yet been named.
...

According to the local Pajhwok news agency, the Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest in a series in recent days that have killed dozens and wounded hundreds.

The attack on a high-profile British target appears to send a deliberate political message. It comes a week before a major conference on Afghanistan on 4 December in London, co-hosted by the UK and Afghan governments. According to Downing Street, the conference to be attended by international donors will “provide a platform for the government of Afghanistan to set out its vision for reform”. It will also give the international community an opportunity to demonstrate its continuing commitment to Afghanistan, as the majority of foreign combat troops withdraw after 13 years of war against the Islamist Taliban and their allies. A smaller support mission will stay behind.
...
The Taliban have long sought to use violence in Kabul itself to undermine confidence in the Afghan government and its foreign supporters, as well as to sap backing for continued involvement in the country in the west.
...
As foreign troops withdraw, Taliban militants have intensified assaults on government troops, particularly in provinces in the east and south.

About 4,600 members of the Afghan security forces have been killed already in 2014, more than 6% higher than the same period of 2013.

This year has also been one of the bloodiest for Afghan civilians, according to the United Nations, which recorded nearly 5,000 deaths and injuries of civilians in the first half of the year.

Barack Obama recently issued new orders to increase slightly the number of American troops who will stay in Afghanistan and to allow them a more significant combat role than previously envisaged.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Letsbereal on November 27, 2014, 02:06:23 pm
DEA= Drugs Enabling Agency

DEA, CIA, FBI NSA and the whole alphabetsoup are the biggest drugsdealers on the globe.

The Growth of Opium Trade in Afghanistan is a Direct Result of US Invasion http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-growth-of-opium-trade-in-afghanistan-is-a-direct-result-of-us-invasion/5409315

(http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/71083000/gif/_71083774_afghan_opium_624.gif)

US spends $7bn but fails to stop Afghan opium poppy growth http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29713547
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: jerryweaver on November 27, 2014, 02:47:37 pm
Kratom works as well as heroin without the nasty effect if you run out. Just sayin

And its legal
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: Letsbereal on November 27, 2014, 03:00:41 pm
There seems to to be so much heroin on the market that it's sold as cocaine which is very dangerous. Probably imported by the DEA into the Netherlands.

Two British men die 'snorting white heroin' in Amsterdam
26 November 2014
, by Emily Thomas (BBC News)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/30216771

17 people have needed medical attention after taking white heroin in the city. All of them were tourists.
 

We help The Cultivation Of Opium Poppies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_gOaPeSCME

Good work Yanks.


Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: jofortruth on November 27, 2014, 03:53:50 pm
Afghanistan Opium Crop Guarded By Military, While US Conducts Failed War on Drugs! (It's the same story every time! Hypocrisy and lies!)
http://z4.invisionfree.com/The_Great_Deception/index.php?showtopic=8236
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: worcesteradam on November 30, 2014, 01:26:00 pm
So it's doubled since the NATO alliance took over.
And how much money did the Taliban have to play with in their eradication efforts.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on February 18, 2015, 12:43:11 pm
bump - AJ caller talked about Heroin in US today
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on May 11, 2015, 04:53:14 pm
Afghanistan (CIA) is Housing 400,000 Football Fields Worth of Opium

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/afghanistan-housing-400000-football-fields-worth-of-opium/
Afghanistan is housing the equivalent of 400,000 football fields worth of opium fields, despite the United States having spent billions in taxpayer funds to combat the growth of illicit narcotics, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR).

While the United States has spent $8.4 billion on counter-narcotics programs in Afghanistan over the years, the country is estimated by the United Nations to have “roughly 500,000 acres, or about 780 square miles, devoted to growing opium poppy,” according to SIGAR head John Sopko, who criticized the billions in taxpayer money spent on these programs during a speech last week in New York City.

“As of this March, the United States has provided $8.4 billion-I repeat, billion-for counternarcotics programs in Afghanistan,” Sopko said, according to text of his remarks. The Pentagon “and State [Department] give information to SIGAR every quarter on their successes such as drug-treatment centers built, rehab workers trained, tractors donated (31 last year), alternative-livelihood programs executed, drug seizures, and so on. Yet, despite all this, we see record and rising levels of opium production.”
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: EvadingGrid on July 26, 2015, 03:37:11 pm
.repaired thread.
Title: Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
Post by: TahoeBlue on July 26, 2015, 03:56:24 pm
.repaired thread.

T[h]anks

for your enjoyment:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtWWeSuLGSU
Johnny Lydon vs. Allmans