Saturday, September 25, 2010

Corporations At The Root Of Illicit Narco-Trafficking

Money trail leads straight to the nation's board rooms and banks, experts say

No one paid much attention back in March when Wachovia, a division of Wells Fargo Bank, signed a deferred prosecution agreement with the government.

The plea bargain included the payment of a $160 million penalty and the admission that the banking organization had laundered hundreds of billions of dollars for narco-traffickers in illicit drugs routed through Mexico and marketed in the U.S.

That's because the main stream media did not bother to explain that by doing so, the giant banking concern was able to get summary justice by paying less than 1% of the estimated $378.4 billion involved – an amount equal to one-third of the entire Mexican gross domestic product.

Social media such as blogs, Facebook and Twitter now dominate the news traffic from the border drug wars because the drug cartels have targeted journalists, eliminating 30 of them through kidnapping and murder so far this year.

Mexican drug gangsters just assassinated the 10th mayor of a city this year in a suburb of the industrial hub, Monterrey.

The Mexican government fired one in 10 policemen last month in an effort to get a handle on corruption. Gun battles take place daily amid the occasional car bombing in Reynosa, Juarez and Matamoros.

What else is new?

Intelligence types note the similarity of the tactics used by the Gulf Cartel and the rogue special ops soldiers' enforcement group, the Zetas, with those employed by Hezbollah and Hamas, both mideastern terrorist groups trained by Iranian jihadists.

The growing realization among homeland security officials and military types who study and plan for this problem that until the culture of corruption is wiped out, nothing much can be done about the so-called “war on drugs,” a war that has turned the northern tier of Mexican states into a killing field that has claimed more than 28,000 lives since Mexican President Felipe Calderon accepted U.S. Funds to mount a full-scale military attack on the drug cartels.

A Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives District 17, Col. Dave McIntyre, made this declaration repeatedly during the primary battle between 7 GOP hopefuls who duked it out for the nomination. Col. McIntyre had resigned from his position running a doctoral program in homeland security at A&M University at College Station.

The victor, oil man Bill Flores, also of Bryan-College Station, carefully avoided all mention of the issue.

He focused on the profligate spending experienced by the federal government that has driven the deficit into the trillions. But he never said a word about the security issue that is staring the nation in the face.

Another candidate vying for the Republican nomination, Chuck Wilson of Waco, who is a former CIA official and intelligence operative, threw all his support to Mr. Flores in the runoff campaign with Rob Curnock, a former television sports anchor and video dubbing service owner. Mr. Flores' campaign now occupies the offices on Lake Air Boulevard in that city once maintained by Mr. Wilson as his campaign headquarters.

The simple truth is this. There is a shadow government euphemistically referred to as the “intelligence community” that uses illicit narcotics as a way to raise massive sums of cash, cash that is then used to recruit, train, arm and equip foreign armies without the scrutiny of Congressional committees and Administration politicos.

Why narcotics? It's simple enough. They are worth a lot of money in the American markets of the underworld, it's a cash business, and the plants used to produce those narcotics are easily cultivated in the jungles and mountains of the regions where the latest brush fire wars of liberation are fought. They are places like southeast Asia, where war lords control the cue; the mountains of Afghanistan, where Islamic jihadists fight all comers, even their American sponsors from previous skirmishes; Colombia, Venezuela and Panama, where Uncle Sam can't afford to let the Communists get much of a stronghold, and the list goes on – and on.

Said Tom Burghardt in a recent article for Global Research, “While the United States has pumped billions of dollars into failed drug eradication schemes in target countries through ill-conceived programs such as Plan Colombia and the Mérida Initiative, in the bizarro world of the 'War on Drugs,' corporate interests and geopolitics always trump law enforcement efforts to fight organized crime, particularly when the criminals are partners in crimes perpetrated by the secret state.”

In the estimation of British journalist Simon Jenkins, “cocaine supplies routed through Mexico have made that country the drugs equivalent of a Gulf oil state,” whose statement appeared in the “Guardian” recently.

According to an article in “The Observer,” Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said he saw evidence that “the proceeds of organized crime were the only liquid investment capital available to some banks on the brink of collapse last year. He said that a majority of the $352 billion of drug profits was absorbed into the economic system as a result.”

In an article produced by The National Security Archive, a series of documents obtained in a freedom of information act request proved that “both the CIA and the FBI intervened in 1981 to block the indictment of stolen car charges of the drug-trafficking Mexican intelligence czar Miguel Nazar Haro. The article claimed he was “an essential contact for the CIA station in Mexico City on matters of “terrorism, intelligence, and counterintelligence” and concluded that “there is a deep connection between the former Mexican intelligence service and the country's drug mafias.

How do they know that? When Naro's corrupt Dirección Federal de Seguridad (DFS) took command of counterinsurgency raids in 1970's, they often stumbled onto narcotics safe houses and “quickly took on the job of protecting Mexico's drug cartels.”

Unfortunately, the rest is history and the truth is on its face. It is equally unfortunate that the electorate does not seem to want to hear anything about it.

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