American Are Deeply Involved In Afghan Drug Trade

By chillinwill · Nov 29, 2009 · ·
  1. chillinwill
    The U.S. set the stage for the Afghan (and Pakistan) war eight years ago, when it handed out drug dealing franchises to warlords on Washington's payroll. Now the Americans, acting as Boss of All Bosses, have drawn up hit lists of rival, "Taliban" drug lords. "It is a gangster occupation, in which U.S.-allied drug dealers are put in charge of the police and border patrol."

    If you’re looking for the chief kingpin in the Afghanistan heroin trade, it’s the United States. The American mission has devolved to a Mafiosi-style arrangement that poisons every military and political alliance entered into by the U.S. and its puppet government in Kabul. It is a gangster occupation, in which U.S.-allied drug dealers are put in charge of the police and border patrol, while their rivals are placed on American hit lists, marked for death or capture. As a result, Afghanistan has been transformed into an opium plantation that supplies 90 percent of the world’s heroin.

    An article in the current issue of Harper’s magazine explores the inner workings of the drug-infested U.S. occupation, it’s near-total dependence on alliances forged with players in the heroin trade. The story centers on the town of Spin Boldak, on the southeastern border with Pakistan, gateway to the opium fields of Kandahar and Helmand provinces. The chief Afghan drug lord is also the head of the border patrol and the local militia. The author is an undercover U.S.-based journalist who was befriended by the drug lord’s top operatives and met with the U.S. and Canadian officers that collaborate with the drug dealer on a daily basis.

    The alliance was forged by American forces during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, and has endured and grown ever since. The drug lord, and others like him throughout the country, is not only immune to serious American interference, he has been empowered through U.S. money and arms to consolidate his drug business at the expense of drug-dealing rivals in other tribes, forcing some of them into alliance with the Taliban. On the ground in Pashtun-speaking Afghanistan, the war is largely between armies run by heroin merchants, some aligned with the Americans, others with the Taliban. The Taliban appear to be gaining the upper hand in this Mafiosa gang war, the origins of which are directly rooted in U.S. policy.

    "It is a war whose order of battle is largely defined by the drug trade."

    Is it any wonder, then, that the United States so often launches air strikes against civilian wedding parties, wiping out the greater part of bride and groom's extended families? America’s drug-dealing allies have been dropping dimes on rival clans and tribes, using the Americans as high-tech muscle in their deadly feuds. Now the Americans and their European occupation partners have institutionalized the rules of gangster warfare with official hit lists of drug dealers to be killed or captured on sight – lists drawn up by other drug lords affiliated with the occupation forces.

    This is the "war of necessity" that President Barack Obama has embraced as his own. It is a war whose order of battle is largely defined by the drug trade. Obama's generals call for tens of thousands of new U.S. troops in hopes of lessening their dependency on the militias and police forces currently controlled by American-allied drug dealers. But of course, that will only push America's Afghan partners in the drug trade into the arms of the Taliban, who will cut a better deal. Then the generals were argue that they need even more U.S. troops.

    The Americans created this drug-saturated hell, and their occupation is now doomed by it. Unfortunately, they have also doomed millions of Afghans in the process.

    Glen Ford
    November 29, 2009

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  1. old hippie 56
    Reminds me of the Contras back in the 70s. Seem like a never-ending cycle of deceit and treachery.
  2. Spucky
    AW: American Are Deeply Involved In Afghan Drug Trade

    Show clearly how the Americans use Drugs to manipulated the Islamic World,
    as well as Drugs as a Weapon of Mass-Destruction.
    Many People see a involvement of the Government of the US of A. also in Iran,
    there is a damned high increase of addicted People.

    People there always used Morphine Drugs but now there unnaturally many!
  3. chillinwill
    Afghans oppose U.S. hit list of drug traffickers

    A U.S. military hit list of about 50 suspected drug kingpins is drawing fierce opposition from Afghan officials, who say it could undermine their fragile justice system and trigger a backlash against foreign troops.

    The U.S. military and NATO officials have authorized their forces to kill or capture individuals on the list, which was drafted within the past year as part of NATO's new strategy to combat drug operations that finance the Taliban. The list is thought to include people with close ties to the Afghan government and others who have served as intelligence assets for the CIA and the U.S. military, according to current and former U.S. and Afghan officials.

    Afghan counternarcotics officials expressed frustration that U.S. and NATO military leaders have refused to divulge the names on the list, a decision that they said could undercut joint operations to hunt down opium traffickers.

    Gen. Mohammad Daud Daud, Afghanistan's deputy interior minister for counternarcotics efforts, praised U.S. and British special forces for their help recently in destroying drug labs and stashes of opium. But he said he worried that foreign troops would now act on their own to kill suspected drug lords, based on secret evidence, instead of handing them over for trial.

    "They should respect our law, our constitution and our legal codes," Daud said. "We have a commitment to arrest these people on our own."

    For years, the NATO-led military coalition in Afghanistan ignored the opium trade, saying their mission was to fight the Taliban and al-Qaeda, not drug dealers. Afghanistan's poppy fields supply about 90 percent of the world's opium.

    At a meeting in Budapest last October, however, NATO defense ministers reversed their strategy and authorized their forces to confiscate narcotics and target drug labs as well as kingpins who provide monetary or other support to the Taliban.

    Target list of 50

    Since then, the U.S. military has developed a target list of about 50 drug kingpins thought to support the insurgency and has ruled that they can be killed or captured "on the battlefield," according to a Senate Foreign Relations Committee report released in August.

    Two unnamed U.S. generals in Afghanistan told the committee's staff members that the list complies with international law and the U.S. military's rules of engagement because it contains only drug lords with "proven links" to the insurgency. To add someone to the list, the Pentagon requires "two verifiable human sources and substantial additional evidence," according to the Senate report.

    U.S. Army Col. Wayne M. Shanks, chief of public affairs for coalition forces in Afghanistan, declined to answer questions about the list or to say whether anyone on it has been killed or captured.

    The military "is concerned when we see a nexus between insurgent activity or financing and drug trafficking in Afghanistan," he said in an e-mail. "We regularly conduct operations to limit the insurgents' ability to intimidate, or otherwise threaten the Afghan people."

    Ali Ahmad Jalali, a former Afghan interior minister, said that he had long urged the Pentagon and its NATO allies to crack down on drug smugglers and suppliers, and that he was glad that the military alliance had finally agreed to provide operational support for Afghan counternarcotics agents. But he said foreign troops needed to avoid the temptation to hunt down and kill traffickers on their own.

    "There is a constitutional problem here. A person is innocent unless proven guilty," he said. "If you go off to kill or capture them, how do you prove that they are really guilty in terms of legal process?"
    Need for secrecy

    At the same time, Jalali said he could understand why U.S. and NATO officials would want to keep their target list a secret from their Afghan counterparts. Corruption in the Afghan government is widespread, and some high-ranking officials are suspected to be involved in the drug trade.

    Jalali said the Afghan government once kept its own secret list of drug traffickers. The list was considered highly sensitive, he said, because many of the suspects had ties to influential Afghan leaders, while others had served as intelligence assets for the CIA or the U.S. Defense Department.

    "Many of these people were empowered by the international community when they were fighting the Taliban and al-Qaeda after 9/11," said Jalali, now a professor at the National Defense University in Washington. "There was no political will to go after them."

    In general, NATO forces have taken a more aggressive approach against Afghan drug operations in recent months, particularly in southern poppy-growing provinces.

    In Kandahar, U.S. and British troops are joining a new task force consisting of Afghan police officers, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and officers from Britain's Serious Organized Crime Agency. The task force's mission is to seize heroin stockpiles, blow up drug labs and investigate corrupt Afghan officials.
    New approach praised

    U.N. officials, who closely monitor the drug trade in Afghanistan, praised the new cooperative approach. They said the joint police-military operations were especially timely because opium production has dropped by more than one-third since 2007 because of a supply glut on the global market.

    Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Afghanistan director for the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, said the decline represented a one-time opportunity to make a permanent dent in production levels. He said NATO's help in going after drug labs and stockpiles had proven effective, but he cautioned the military against taking the fight a step too far.

    "Extrajudicial killing is not something you want to see," Lemahieu said. "Let's be very, very clear. Don't expect the military to do the job of a police officer. It won't work."

    Afghanistan's nascent judicial system, however, has struggled to enforce the law against traffickers. And when it does win convictions, cases can still fall apart.

    In April, five traffickers who had been sentenced to long prison terms received pardons from President Hamid Karzai, who said he intervened "out of respect" for their family members. One defendant was the nephew of Karzai's campaign manager.

    "We have some people, powerful people, inside and outside government, who can freely smuggle drugs," said Nur al-Haq Ulumi, a member of the Afghan parliament from Kandahar. "If we had an honest government, the government could track down and arrest these people -- everybody knows this."

    But Ulumi said it would make things worse if coalition troops began to kill drug dealers. "Already, people feel that foreigners didn't really come here to reconstruct our country," he said. "They think the foreigners just came here to kill us."

    Ahmad Big Qaderi, director general of prosecutions for the Criminal Justice Task Force, which oversees narcotics cases and is financed largely by the U.S. government, said NATO forces needed to trust his agency to prosecute drug dealers.

    "We should go through the Afghan legal channels to convict criminals," he said. "We have professional staff here and all the mechanisms to prosecute the big fishes."

    By Craig Whitlock
    October 24, 2009
    The Washington Post
  4. enquirewithin
    Hamid Karzai ‘angry’ at taskforce for arrest of police chief accused of drug links

    Afghan intelligence officials expected high praise from their political masters after they arrested a police colonel accused of running a sophisticated drug-smuggling ring.

    It was, after all, the first operation of the country’s new Major Crimes Taskforce; a “textbook” mission praised by Western mentors for taking a top scalp in the war on government corruption. Acting on information from a series of intercepted telephone conversations, Afghan commandos seized 80kg (176lb) of opium and almost four tonnes of marijuana in two raids in July. The colonel in question was arrested, along with his driver and two bodyguards, as he tried to board an aircraft at Kandahar airport.
    However, instead of congratulations there were “howls of protest” from the Presidential Palace, officials said. A triumphant press conference was cancelled abruptly.

    The Interior Minister was furious, intelligence sources told The Times, because the target — a border police chief in the southern province of Kandahar — was linked to President Karzai’s half-brother. “He was part of Ahmed Wali Karzai’s network,” said a senior government official involved in the case. “The President was very angry when he was arrested. Ahmed Wali was also very unhappy.”

    Afghan and Western officials said that President Karzai phoned the Interior Minister, Hanif Atmar, to complain. The minister, in turn, summoned the taskforce chiefs and demanded an explanation.

    As a result, investigators now have to perform detailed political risk assessments before every operation, despite government promises to root out corruption.

    The 45-year-old colonel, who can be identified only as Commander S, is due to stand trial today at a heavily fortified court on the outskirts of Kabul. Afghan law prevents suspects being named until their conviction is upheld by the country’s Supreme Court.

    That this case has made it to trial at all is proof, diplomats say, that the anti-corruption taskforce can work — but investigators admit that their achievement has been marred by the political fallout.

    Details surrounding Commander S’s arrest emerged as chief prosecutors claimed yesterday that there was enough evidence to charge two serving ministers and three former ministers — if only the President would waive their immunity and sign arrest warrants. “The President only has to grant his approval, then the trials can proceed,” said the Attorney-General, Mohammed Ishaq Aloko.

    Mr Karzai promised to crack down on corruption during his inauguration speech last week, but his Western backers have demanded action rather than words. The President continues to defend his brother, who has denied allegations that he controls southern Afghanistan’s billion-dollar opium trade, dismissing the claims as politically motivated. Ahmed Wali, 48, has also denied claims that he has been on the CIA’s payroll for eight years.
    Another of the President’s brothers, Mahmoud, has grown into one of the country’s richest businessmen since 2001. He won rights to Afghanistan’s biggest cement factory after delivering $25 million in cash to the Mining Ministry in a last-minute change to the bidding process.

    “Karzai can’t get rid of these people,” said a government official. “He can’t even deal with corruption in his own office. All the corrupt officials, the drug traffickers and the warlords supported Karzai’s election campaign. These people control him.”

    Commander S was chief of the border police in Arghestan district, on the border with Pakistan. He was also the acting police chief in Spin Boldak, the main crossing point between Kandahar and Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.

    Although Ahmed Wali’s only official position is head of Kandahar’s provincial council, he is viewed widely as southern Afghanistan’s most influential powerbroker. “Nothing moves down there without his say so,” said a Western official.

    “I am powerful because I am the President’s brother,” Ahmed Wali said last week. “This is a country ruled by kings. The king’s brothers, cousins, sons, are all powerful. This is Afghanistan. It will change, but it will not change overnight.”

    American officials have told President Karzai that they want his half-brother sidelined within six months but he is said to have demanded concrete evidence of wrongdoing and has so far not taken any action. US officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration, working alongside the Major Crimes Taskforce, intercepted Commander S’s mobile phone conversations this summer. “His voice was recorded,” said a taskforce spokesman. “He is suspected of having relations with a big drugtrafficking network.”

    Agents from Afghanistan’s intelligence services, backed by FBI mentors and staff from Britain’s Serious and Organised Crime Agency (Soca), searched his home and a nearby warehouse in Arghestan, which was guarded by about 60 uniformed policemen.

    Commander S was arrested, flown to Kabul and held in a dedicated counter-narcotics jail adjacent to the court. Officials familiar with the case claim that he has since made a full video confession.

    Under Afghan law, he could halve his sentence by giving evidence against people further up the chain, but he might hold out for a presidential pardon instead.

    Shortly before Commander S was arrested, Mr Karzai pardoned five convicted drug smugglers. One of them was related to his campaign manager.

    The President’s spokesman directed inquiries to the Interior Ministry yesterday. A ministry spokesman refused to comment. In an interview two weeks ago, Mr Karzai said that the smugglers’ pardon was linked to the separate release of a student sentenced to life for blasphemy. “It is very hard for the Western audience to understand what I’ve done,” he said.
  5. enquirewithin
  6. old hippie 56
    Now that the US is adding another 30,000 troops to the mix, makes one wonders what is really the allure of Afghanistan.
  7. enquirewithin
    What is the allure of Pakistan and Iraq? Control of the ME.
  8. pinksox
    SWIM's theory is a bit different. Swimmy believes that the US has not only allowed, but encouraged(and perhaps even supported--by whatever means) the opium trade in Afghanistan. She also believes their goal in doing so was to make sure as much high-grade narcotics as possible were shuttling into Iran.

    Helmund is the province where much of this drug activity occurs. Helmuld, until recently, has been under British control. Opium has been produced in Afghanistan for centuries. And, for centuries, some of that has made its way across the border into Afghanistan.

    It wasn't until the past several years however that a new, highly addicting version of injectable heroin based narcotic mixed with additives to make it more highly addicting has been introduced in massive quantities in Iran.

    Iran now has two generations of men of fighting age, a significant portion of which has serious addictions to this drug. It has killed many thousands of others. It's not well publicized, but if you look into it--thanks to the global freedom of speech the internet provides-- you will find plenty of first-hand accounts by Iranians of just how bad an epidemic this has become in their country. Heck, just go to youtube and run a few keyword searches...the videos you find there are quite astounding.

    It's long been known that the US, Britain, and her close ally Israel have done everything under the sun to ensure Iran was as weak a fighting force as possible. We've both sabotaged their nuclear program and provided direct assistance to other Nations in their efforts to do likewise. We've been at odds with them ever since the 70's when the US-puppet Shah was removed from power.

    I dearly wish I had more time to provide research on the subject as it's one that I feel strongly about. The US government does not respect the sovreignity of an Nation that it perceives to be a threat... but we expect that our will be respected... we demand it. We hampered for decades but could no longer prevent the inevitability of Iran's entry into the nuclear age; however, we have effectively made sure that a large portion of the fighting age men are hardcore heroin addicts... dependent not on the pure heroin they've had for centuries...but a new, stronger, more addictive heroin-based compound that has been introduced into their society by none other than our own CIA's SAD/SOG unconventional warfare division.

    Is it any wonder they, and other Arab Nations are hostile towards us?
  9. Spucky
    AW: American Are Deeply Involved In Afghan Drug Trade

    @pinksox: swiny is always welcome in "the New World Order Thread"!
    We collect already a lot of evidence and need new input!
  10. CoryInJapan
    Nothing new really. Our Government has been run by a shadow government since the 30's when they put the Illuminati symbol on the back of the US dollar bill in the 30's....Around the time they made cannabis/hemp illegal.

    Ever since then America has been ever changing for the worse.Our freedom is coming to a near end as we know it. The American government is not the American government anymore and is carrying out the supremest hidden agenda.Open your eye's everyone the sign's are all around us.You just need to look.
  11. enquirewithin
    I don't think any country's motivations are that simple. There is never one conspiracy, like the Bilderberg group, the Bavarian Illuminati. or reptilian aliens disguised as Jews, behind world events. A quick glance at any period of history that even amongst any powerful group, interests vary a great deal.

    A part of US policy may be to destabilize Iran by allowing a great deal of heroin in to Iran, but certainly not the only reason (Britain used opium to ruin China, the Japanese to demoralize China later). It's no mystery that the US's main interest in the ME is control of oil reserves. Of course, the US didn't go there to bring democracy or to free women.

    A major reason that the opium trade is flourishing is that the US's allies in the Northern alliance are making money from it (including Karzai's bother) that and the fact there is almost mo other way of making money in a country whose infrastructure and economy has been destroyed by foreign occupation.

    The motivations of an imperialistic country like the US are complex and often based on outmoded, apparently illogical thinking.
  12. bravedog
    pdf attached
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