U.S. Agents Launder Mexican Profits of Drug Cartels
Published: December 3, 2011
WASHINGTON — Undercover American narcotics agents have laundered or smuggled millions of dollars in drug proceeds as part of Washington’s expanding role in Mexico’s fight against drug cartels, according to current and former federal law enforcement officials.
The agents, primarily with the Drug Enforcement Administration, have handled shipments of hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal cash across borders, those officials said, to identify how criminal organizations move their money, where they keep their assets and, most important, who their leaders are.
They said agents had deposited the drug proceeds in accounts designated by traffickers, or in shell accounts set up by agents.
The officials said that while the D.E.A. conducted such operations in other countries, it began doing so in Mexico only in the past few years. The high-risk activities raise delicate questions about the agency’s effectiveness in bringing down drug kingpins, underscore diplomatic concerns about Mexican sovereignty, and blur the line between surveillance and facilitating crime. As it launders drug money, the agency often allows cartels to continue their operations over months or even years before making seizures or arrests.
Agency officials declined to publicly discuss details of their work, citing concerns about compromising their investigations.
Read entire story at the New York Times -
Representative Issa’s letter to Attorney General Eric Holder dated December 05, 2011 (pdf) –
David Codrea’s coverage of December 05, 2011 –
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today announced an investigation into the Drug Enforcement Agency’s alleged laundering of millions of dollars in Mexican drug cartel money,” a December 5 House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform press release declared.
Note from Elias Alias: In June of 2011 I published an article here at Oath Keepers about Wachovia Bank’s laundering of $378 BILLION dollars in Mexican drug cartel cash. See the details of Wachovia’s confession and their payment of a $160 Million dollar fine before being bought by Wells Fargo, who received a $50 Billion dollar reward through the banking bailouts for cleaning up Wachovia’s mess. Please note in reading the Wachovia article that no one was indicted, no one was charged with any crime, no one went to jail in a confessed admission that the bank had laundered hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of Mexican drug cartel money while the ATF at the same time was furnishing thousands of guns to those same Mexican drug cartels.
To all of America’s cops and soldiers being used in this farcical charade called the “War on Drugs”, I would like to challenge you individually to question your orders. Is there any authorization in the U.S. Constitution for the Federal government to assume ownership of any citizen’s body? If you can find that authorization, please leave it here in the comments section under this article.
If you cannot find any justification for Federal ownership over any citizen’s body, then you must ask yourself about the nature of the orders under which you are operating in the so-called “War on Drugs”.
The reason we must ask such questions has to do with the destruction of America from within and the various aspects of that destruction which are no longer hidden from public scrutiny. The War on Drugs has eviscerated the Bill of Rights in our Constitution and has assaulted the spirit and letter of the U.S. Constitution. The War on Drugs is un-Constitutional on its face, and has been used to weaken our Constitutional protections for American citizens, while at the same time damaging the sovereignty of the several autonomous nation-state Republics which are party to the compact which created the Federal Union.
The so-called War on Drugs has been used to keep the Wall Street bubble afloat as well as to finance the “Black Budget” which was created in the late 1940s after WWII at the same time the CIA was created. (1947, 1949, National Security Act of 1947, with amendments in ’49, and subsequent revisions.) The CIA has been required by Congress twice – that’s two different times – to investigate its proximity and relationship to international drug smuggling activity, including importation of tons of cocaine into the United States of America, and has published its reports on its website. As one might expect of CIA when CIA is ordered to investigate CIA, of course CIA has denied that CIA is involved in drug smuggling.
However, under President Reagan the CIA and the Department of Justice communicated between DOJ and CIA regarding President Reagan’s Executive Order 12333 (1982). William French Smith, Reagan’s Attorney General (same position now held by Eric Holder), sent on Justice Department letterhead a letter to Bill Casey, Reagan’s Director of Central Intelligence (DCI of CIA) a letter explaining that DOJ would not require CIA to report CIA’s drug smuggling activities. This is rather disturbing news for many peace officers who read here, so allow me to offer you the document itself on the CIA’s website.
For readers who do not want their computer being tracked while visiting the CIA’s website, here is a jpeg copy of the document –
That document was the forerunner of the CIA’s massive importation of cocaine into Florida, Mena, Arkansas, and California during the subsequent “Iran-Contra-Mena” scandal, which revealed in the U.S. Senate not only the proximity of CIA black operatives to drug smuggling into America, but also the existence at the NSC (where Oliver North operated) of “Continuity of Government” (COG).
These are not easy times. However, it is certainly time to honor one’s Oath to the Constitution. The War on Drugs is one part of a juggernaut built on two pillars; the other part is this insane, so-called “War on Terror”. Both pillars are supporting a burgeoning tyranny right here in America, and Oath Keepers must not remain silent as our country is destroyed by evil men in positions of the public trust. As Stewart Rhodes quickly declared upon passage of the National Defense Appropriations Act of 2011, “the Federal government has declared war on the American people”.
Notes From Congress:
This is on the Congressional Record, placed on record during budget hearings for Intelligence. In response to CIA’s request for additional funding, one member of Congress noted the following, on the record.
Intelligence Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 1999
(House of Representatives – May 07, 1998)
In support of the U.S. war in Vietnam, the CIA renews old and cultivates new relations with Laotian, Burmese and Thai drug merchants, as well as corrupt military and political leaders in Southeast Asia. Despite the dramatic rise of heroin production, the agency’s relations with these figures attracts little attention until the early 1970s.
Manuel Antonio Noriega goes on the CIA payroll. First recruited by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency in 1959, Noriega becomes an invaluable asset for the CIA when he takes charge of Panama’s intelligence service after the 1968 military coup, providing services for U.S. covert operations and facilitating the use of Panama as the center of U.S. intelligence gathering in Latin America. In 1976, CIA Director George Bush pays Noriega $110,000 for his services, even though as early as 1971 U.S. officials agents had evidence that he was deeply involved in drug trafficking. Although the Carter administration suspends payments to Noriega, he returns to the U.S. payroll when President Reagan takes office in 1981. The general is rewarded handsomely for his services in support of Contras forces in Nicaragua during the 1980s, collecting $200,000 from the CIA in 1986 alone.
A Christian Science Monitor correspondent reports that the CIA `is cognizant of, if not party to, the extensive movement of opium out of Laos,’ quoting one charter pilot who claims that `opium shipments get special CIA clearance and monitoring on their flights southward out of the country.’ At the time, some 30,000 U.S. service men in Vietnam are addicted to heroin.
The full story of how Cold War politics and U.S. covert operations fueled a heroin boom in the Golden Triangle breaks when Yale University doctoral
student Alfred McCoy publishes his ground-breaking study, The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia. The CIA attempts to quash the book.
Thai national Puttapron Khramkhruan is arrested in connection with the seizure of 59 pounds of opium in Chicago. A CIA informant on narcotics
trafficking in northern Thailand, he claims that agency had full knowledge of his actions. According to the U.S. Justice Department, the CIA quashed
the case because it may `prove embarrassing because of Mr. Khramkhruans’s involvement with CIA activities in Thailand, Burma, and elsewhere.’
Mexican police, assisted by U.S. drug agents, arrest Alberto Sicilia Falcon, whose Tijuana-based operation was reportedly generating $3.6 million a week from the sale of cocaine and marijuana in the United States. The Cuban exile claims he was a CIA protege, trained as part of the agency’s anti-Castro efforts, and in exchange for his help in moving weapons to certain groups in Central America, the CIA facilitated his movement of drugs. In 1974, Sicilia’s top aide, Jose Egozi, a CIA-trained intelligence officer and Bay of Pigs veteran, reportedly lined up agency support for a right-wing plot to overthrow the Portuguese government. Among the top Mexican politicians, law enforcement and intelligence officials from whom Sicilia enjoyed support was Miguel Nazar Haro, head of the Direccion Federal de Seguridad (DFS), who the CIA admits was its `most important source in Mexico and Central America.’ When Nazar was linked to a multi-million-dollar stolen car ring several years later, the CIA intervenes to prevent his indictment in the United States.
Soviet-backed coup in Afghanistan sets stage for explosive growth in Southwest Asian heroin trade. New Marxist regime undertakes vigorous anti-narcotics campaign aimed at suppressing poppy production, triggering a revolt by semi-autonomous tribal groups that traditionally raised opium for
export. The CIA-supported rebel Mujahedeen begins expanding production to finance their insurgency. Between 1982 and 1989, during which time the CIA ships billions of dollars in weapons and other aid to guerrilla forces, annual opium production in Afghanistan increases to about 800 tons from 250 tons. By 1986, the State Department admits that Afghanistan is `probably the world’s largest producer of opium for export’ and `the poppy source for a majority of the Southwest Asian heroin found in the United States.’ U.S. officials, however, fail to take action to curb production. Their silence not only serves to maintain public support for the Mujahedeen, it also smooths relations with Pakistan, whose leaders, deeply implicated in the
heroin trade, help channel CIA support to the Afghan rebels.
Despite advance knowledge, the CIA fails to halt members of the Bolivian militaries, aided by their Argentine counterparts, from staging the so-called
`Cocaine Coup,’ according to former DEA agent Michael Levine. In fact, the 25-year DEA veteran maintains the agency actively abetted cocaine
trafficking in Bolivia, where government officials who sought to combat traffickers faced `torture and death at the hands of CIA-sponsored
paramilitary terrorists under the command of fugitive Nazi war criminal (also protected by the CIA) Klaus Barbie.’
DEA agent Enrique `Kiki’ Camerena is kidnapped and murdered in Mexico. DEA, FBI and U.S. Customs Service investigators accuse the CIA of stonewalling during their investigation. U.S. authorities claim the CIA is more interested in protecting its assets, including top drug trafficker and
kidnapping principal Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo. (In 1982, the DEA learned that Felix Gallardo was moving $20 million a month through a single Bank of America account, but it could not get the CIA to cooperate with its investigation.) Felix Gallardo’s main partner is Honduran drug lord Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros, who began amassing his $2-billion fortune as a cocaine supplier to Alberto Sicilia Falcon. (see June 1985) Matta’s air
transport firm, SETCO, receives $186,000 from the U.S. State Department to fly `humanitarian supplies’ to the Nicaraguan Contras from 1983 to 1985. Accusations that the CIA protected some of Mexico’s leading drug traffickers in exchange for their financial support of the Contras are leveled by government witnesses at the trials of Camarena’s accused killers.
Deciding that he has outlived his usefulness to the Contra cause, the Reagan Administration approves an indictment of Noriega on drug charges. By this time, U.S. Senate investigators had found that `the United States had received substantial information about criminal involvement of top Panamanian officials for nearly twenty years and done little to respond.’
The Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics and International Communications, headed by Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, issues its
1,166-page report on drug corruption in Central America and the Caribbean. The subcommittee found that `there was substantial evidence of drug smuggling through the war zone on the part of individual Contras, Contra suppliers, Contra pilots, mercenaries who worked with the Contras supporters throughout the region.’ U.S. officials, the subcommittee said, `failed to address the drug issue for fear of jeopardizing the war efforts against Nicaragua.’ The investigation also reveals that some `senior policy makers’ believed that the use of drug money was `a perfect solution to the Contras’ funding problems.’
Honduran businessman Eugenio Molina Osorio is arrested in Lubbock Texas for supplying $90,000 worth of cocaine to DEA agents. Molina told judge he is working for CIA to whom he provides political intelligence. Shortly after, a letter from CIA headquarters is sent to the judge, and the case is dismissed. `I guess we’re all aware that they [the CIA] do business in a different way than everybody else,’ the judge notes. Molina later admits his drug involvement was not a CIA operation, explaining that the agency protected him because of his value as a source for political intelligence in Honduras. [EA note: However, DEA/CIA aircraft flew in the tonnages which people like Osorio distributed, so Osorio's “admission” was to scratch CIA's back – after the CIA had him released. One favor deserves another.]
Former head of the Venezuelan National Guard and CIA operative Gen. Ramon Gullien Davila is indicted in Miami on charges of smuggling as much as 22 tons of cocaine into the United States. More than a ton of cocaine was shipped into the country with the CIA’s approval as part of an undercover program aimed at catching drug smugglers, an operation kept secret from other U.S. agencies. [...]
-end passages from 1998 Congressional Record-
At the same time we learn that the ATF is arming the Mexican drug cartels and the U.S. banking fraternity is laundering the Mexican drug cartels’ money in cash, the Department of Homeland Security is classifying anyone who votes for Ron Paul, anyone who mentions the U.S. Constitution “too much”, anyone who opposes the ‘new world order’, anyone who is a returning war veteran, anyone who opposes a North American Union (the SPP started by Bush-43 and carried forth by President Obama), anyone who does not support state-funded abortions, anyone who believes in personal sovereignty, anyone who believes in State sovereignty, anyone who does not approve of the Federal Reserve System, Inc., anyone who believes that Congress must declare war before fielding a military invasion of a foreign nation-state, anyone who disbelieves the government’s official story about Oklahoma City bombing of 1995 or the attacks of September 11, 2001, anyone who doubts the authenticity of the ratification of the 16th Amendment – anyone, in other words, who has not swallowed the propaganda of the Federal government – as potential threats to law enforcement, potential radicalized extremists, and potential terrorists or supporters or sympathizers of terrorism.
Further, the Federal government under Obama has stated directly and publicly that “conspiracy theorists” are to be opposed proactively by the Federal government, as suggested by Cass Sunstein,
Government is faced with suppliers of conspiracy theories, and might aim at least in part to persuade, debias, or silence those suppliers...
-end quoted passage from Cass Sunstein, Obama Administration-
Bear in mind that the brand new National Defense Appropriations Act of 2011 invites law enforcement and domestic military operations to view suppliers of conspiracy theories as potential extremists (possibly guilty of “pre-crime mental activity”), which is a Govlish term for “thought crime“, who may be categorized, under the rubric of giving comfort to the enemy, as “enemy combatants” in the global War on Terror.
Under this year’s NDAA America has been classified officially as a battleground in the global war on terror, and the U.S. military is now tasked with policing extremism in America, on American soil. Just bear that in mind please while we consider how that might relate to the Federal government using its DEA to launder billions of dollars in Mexican drug cartel profits and using the ATF to provide combat-grade arms to the same Mexican drug cartels.
Further yet, private sector think tanks affiliated with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are applying Govlish twists to common terms such as “anti-government“, “extremism” and “sovereignty“. Here is an example from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
One manifestation of the ideology of resistance to the government was the creation of the Oath Keepers group in March 2009… The “orders” the Oath Keepers refuse [to obey] reveal their extreme conspiratorial mindset, because the “orders” are not instructions ever likely to be actually handed down by Obama or his officials; instead, they are reflective of the anti-government conspiracy theories embraced by the extreme right… Indeed, in a message posted to the Oath Keepers’ Web site and “recommended” by Stewart Rhodes, one member using the pseudonym Elias Alias claimed that the United States was currently ruled by an “imposter government” and warned against the encroachment of a “New World Order.”
-end quoted passages from ADL article-
To further define patriotic Americans as the “enemy” and demonize us, another infamous government tool of psy-war, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has had plenty to say about Oath Keepers and Constitutionalists. Example -
Oath Keepers, the military and police organization that was formed earlier this year and held its April muster on Lexington Green, may be a particularly worrisome example of the Patriot revival. Members vow to fulfill the oaths to the Constitution that they swore while in the military or law enforcement. “Our oath is to the Constitution, not to the politicians, and we will not obey unconstitutional (and thus illegal) and immoral orders,” the group says… That same pugnacious attitude was on display after conservatives attacked an April report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that suggested a resurgence of radical right-wing activity was under way…
-end quoted passages from the SPLC-
And even further yet, the head of DT Analytics, Daryl Johnson, former employee at Homeland Security for six years and author of the infamous and leaked report of April 07, 2009, says this about Oath Keepers -
The Oath Keepers organization is, however, a domestic extremist group that embraces antigovernment conspiracy theories such as FEMA detention camps and the New World Order. They are not a traditional threat such as organized crime, violent gangs or terrorist groups. Rather, they represent an internal operational security and counterintelligence threat.
The Oath Keepers’ mission is solely about subverting the U.S. Government through secretive infiltration, covert monitoring of law enforcement, military and intelligence communications and, if necessary, unauthorized disclosure of sensitive information to their membership, affiliated groups and the general public. This makes the organization and its membership a particularly dangerous (and peculiar) type of domestic threat.
-end quoted passages from Darly Johnson’s website-
It has likely never occurred in the tortured mind of Daryl Johnson that Oath Keepers might actually be here to subvert the actions of those who would use our seats of governmental power and authority to subvert the Constitution itself. The Constitution is our highest original law. It is the source of all other law in America.
The Constitution is the law which is most directly connected to the bosom of the people. The people extended from their own personal sovereignty a portion of themselves through delegation of their own autonomy as free men the granted (and enumerated) authority of the General (Federal) government.
Oath Keepers expects all who swear [or affirm] the Oath to that Constitution to honor the Constitution. When a criminal mind makes its way into seats of governmental authority, it is only patriotic and just to remove that criminal mind from our government. That is not “anti-government”. That is in fact very “pro-government”.
Indeed, for all power-damaged mentalities who are subjected to Feducation and Govlish conditioning, it would seem absurd to ever question the mission as dictated for each Department in any President’s Cabinet. To the willfully blind zealot statist, whatever the government dictates is gospel and law, and anyone who challenges un-Constitutional acts by government is therefore obviously an enemy of the state. The NDAA of 2011 is the Govlish answer to any challenge through traditional lawful channels, including mental pre-crime, such as this article you’re reading.
In other words, people like me who share a vision of returning this nation to the rule of law under the highest uncontested law of the land, the Constitution for the united States of America, are now painted by our own government as being enemies of the state. I, an aging and simple man who once fought in a foreign war for this nation, am now being defined by my own damned government as an enemy, and cops and soldiers are presently being trained to subdue me with the full force and might of the Federal mechanism which issues marching orders for cops and soldiers through DHS.
Now, under the NDAA act which our treasonous Congress has just passed, this same government which was created in compact between the several sovereign nation-state Republics, claims the right to waive Posse Comitatus, to waive Habeas Corpus, to waive our Bill of Rights, to waive our right to trial by jury of peers, to waive our citizenship, to engage in pre-crime indefinite detention under the military’s rules of war, for anyone, including me, who belligerently opposes the destruction of our Constitution by government fiat.
I object. I object because of this. Above in this article we have seen that the ATF has broken our laws by arming the Mexican drug cartels. We also have seen that the banking industry and the DEA have both been complicit in laundering the Mexican drug cartels’ profits here in America. It must be seen as plainly as possible – our government is behind both sides of the War on Drugs and the War on Terror, creating it, facilitating it, making it profitable – all the while accruing thousands of innocent deaths in the wake of such insane Federal policies.
And that same government which is breaking very serious laws for which you and I would be given life sentences or worse, now targets me for being a Constitutionalist. Well, I can stand up to that, for I am a Marine and have fought for what’s right before, and even now as an old guy shall stand again in the face of tyranny.
So here is how it looks to me. Eric Holder has been caught running operations which have
1) Furnished Mexican drug cartels with military-grade weapons in large numbers;
2) Assisted the Mexican drug cartels with their drug-money laundering operations here in this country and abroad.
These two things are now known, and the man has not been indicted. I must ask, is the Federal government completely impotent? Can the Law itself not indict this mass murdering money-laundering illegal-gun dealing explosives-furnishing power-damaged individual?
Holder is directly answerable to the Obama Administration. Where is Obama on this, aside from initially lying about how much he and Holder knew about the gun-running scandal over at ATF?
This Administration now has declared that I and people like me, including all Oath Keepers, John Birchers, Tax Honesty people, sovereignty and States’ Rights groups, Ron Paul supporters, Constitutionalists, libertarians, and general patriot movement groups and individuals, are to be seen as “enemies of the state” (i.e., “anti-government”) and are now subject to being black-bagged in the night from our homes and silently condemned into military custody under international rules of war and subject to military tribunal as our only chance at review – all on the say-so, without any need or requirement of filing charges against one, of some idiot like Holder in the Obama Administration.
I did not draw this line. The damned by God Federal government drew this line. I’m too old to back down now. I can still remember the grandeur and glory of “America”. I will carry on my work to expose the corruption of those who would use the American people’s government to enslave them. I will call out for a great wakeful remembrance in the bosom of the American people, a great and moving return to the Constitution, to our roots as free people meaning no harm to any nation anywhere but possessed of the will to do peaceful trade with all nations, a great awakening to our individual authority over this Federal madness and our powers collectively as the rightful source of legitimacy for our respective sovereign nation-state Republics, through which we may lawfully, easily, and non-violently dispose of those who would subvert the Constitution and use its offices and powers to oppress we the people.
To use government offices and agencies to do what DEA and ATF have been proven to do is a grave betrayal of the American peoples’ trust. Yet the criminal Holder walks to work each day and runs other agencies which have an interest in what Oath Keepers is saying and doing.
That is the Federal military-police state corporate/industrial banking/elitist socialist national-fascist Marxist line. This is the government’s line in the sand nowadays.
The government drew that line by stepping out of line according to its founding legal charter. I have drawn my own line in response.
My line is simple:
Regarding the NDAA of 2011, I shall regard that in terms which a dear friend suggested, and greet that sort of Govlish idiocy with “Red Neck Nullification”. I shall simply nullify that law in my heart, mind, and soul, and resolve that I “ain’t gonna take it”. The marching order I walk under today states simply, “Ain’t Gonna!”
Red Neck Nullification, American style. That’s my line. The NDAA put my back against an immoveable wall. I’m nullifying the Federal government right here and now, and will continue to nullify the Federal government until it operates totally within its enumerated granted powers and recognizes those powers retained by the States or by the People.
I will close by reminding every cop and soldier and firefighter that the Oath you swore [or affirmed] was sworn to the Constitution and it was not sworn to the government which came after that Constitution. The Federal government did not sign the Constitution, nor did anyone on its behalf. Only the designated representatives of the several sovereign nation-state Republics signed that document. On that America now depends. On your ability to honor your Oath, I, as a war veteran, a former businessman, a grandfather, and as an American patriot, now depend.
The time for serious introspection, serious self-questioning, serious awakening, is at hand for each woman and man who has sworn [or affirmed] the Oath. Are you for the American people and our Constitution, or are you for a berserk, imposter Federal government? This is the question all Oath takers will now face as America enters the tumult of 2012.
Part of our awakening involves recognizing that we, as a country full of good people, have been mercilessly and relentlessly lied to by the very government we depend upon to represent us. We have to face up to that, we have to admit it. The DEA has laundered billions of dollars for the drug cartels at the same time the ATF has armed the drug cartels. And we now have on-the-record proofs that the FBI was involved in furnishing the bombs for the 1993 WTC bombing in New York. None of that would be possible without the Federal government spearheading its so-called “War on Drugs” and the equally treasonous “War on Terror”.
Whatever else a firefighter, cop, or soldier decides regarding the Oath, please – Please! – do not turn your tax-dollar-financed arms upon your own people. Our country is in trouble. As you can see, the most massive crimes harming the American people are being committed in Washington D.C. and on Wall Street. Think of your families and their future as free people. Think of your friends’ families. Think of what’s right. Think of America.
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