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The Consequences of Not Studying Your History

June 12, 2013

The DEA and the CIA also got involved. “I’ll be right up front with you,” said DEA public affairs chief James McGivney, after reviewing Meneses’s intelligence files in Washington, D.C. “I’ve already talked to the CIA people, because obviously there’s some implications in some of the things I’ve seen that he may have been or at least he represented himself to be, and frankly, the CIA says, ‘Hey, you know, that’s fine. If he wants to talk to the reporter, he can tell them whatever he wants.’ Their thinking on it was: ‘We’ve been through this before’ and they didn’t think they had anything to hide on it.” — Gary Webb in Dark Alliance

 

In the above video you see a rude scumbag by the name of Dewey who was in charge of operations in Central America for the CIA go on and on about how this is such nonsense. Well, the fact that in the 90s people couldn’t believe that the CIA was involved in drug smuggling shows me that we were and continue to be a society that does not respect nor appreciate history.

Drug smuggling by the CIA is not new nor did it start with cocaine in the 1980s. Drug smuggling for the CIA goes back to their operations with the KMT in Burma. KMT is short for Koumingtang which was the Chinese Nationalists who were engaged in a war with the Chinese Communists. Of course according to one historian, the CIA would never admit that the KMT campaign had become “a drug-producing operation”. Moreover, the CIA found its alliance with an opium army potentially embarrassing.

The Contra’s involvement in the cocaine trade with the protection of the CIA was history repeating itself. It had happened before with the KMTs involvement in the Burmese opium trade where as a CIA client they enjoyed its political protection to enrich itself from the narcotics trade.

Somoza was to Nicaragua what Phao was to Thailand in which both had the critically important support of the CIA. In 1951 the CIA front organization, Sea Supply Corporation, begin delivering lavish quantities of naval vessels, arms, armored vehicles, and aircraft to Phao’s police force. If people would avail themselves of a copy of The United States National Security Policy and Aid to the Thailand Police by Thomas Lobe, they would learn that it reads just like the Iran-Contra scandal. Now I don’t think that Somoza enjoyed the friendship with benefits with the CIA like Phao of Thailand did. Phao used his new political power to further strengthen his financial base. He took over the vice rackets, expropriated the profitable Bangkok slaughterhouse, rigged the gold exchange, collected protection money from Bangkok’s wealthiest Chinese businessmen, and forced them to appoint him to the boards of more than twenty corporations. But Phao didn’t stop there, he expanded his police force, he mounted a massive repression of all dissidence, both actual and potential. He created a network of civilian informants, organized the powerful Political Affairs Bureau with CIA support, and conducted a mass arrest of 104 leading intellectuals in 1952. He became the most important CIA client in the history of Thailand.

Needless to say Thailand became the most corrupt and repressive country under Phao with the support of the CIA to the extent where it began to obtain international attention. Some of the press were even bold enough to accuse the CIA’s Sea Supply Corporation of being involved in Phao’s opium trafficking, but yet, Gary Webb didn’t know what he was talking about. He was just some irresponsible investigative journalist, right?

The U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica, was the nerve center for all of the Reagan Administration’s covert operations on the so-called Southern Front of the Contra war, and these included a number of illegal CIA ventures that would later be exposed during the Iran-Contra scandal. The North American Ambassador, Lewis Tambs, was taking orders directly from Oliver North and the CIA’s Costa Rican station chief, Joseph Fernandez. Tambs was so heavily involved with illegal Contra operations that he would be fired and indicted for his participation.

The CIAs support to General Phao was of paramount importance in his role in the opium trade. The agency supplied the aircraft, motor vehicles, and naval vessels that gave Phao the logistic capability to move opium from the poppy fields to the sea lanes. CIA support for Phao and the Koumintang during the 1950s inspired innovations in Thailand such as modern aircrafts replacing mules, naval vessels displaced sampans, and well-trained military organizations expropriated the traffic from bands of mountain traders.

Doesn’t this all put things into perspective? When we think about the Panamanian drug smuggling despot, Manuel Noriega, do we not act surprised anymore? Learn your history!

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