Unsolved murders. Inner-city ghettos cleaned out by SWAT teams contracted by the US Housing Department. Mysterious plane flights that don’t show up on radar. They were all tied together at the CIA drugs symposium on June 10 in Eugene, Oregon.
Speakers included ex-DEA agent Cele Castillio, ex-HUD Secretary General Catherine Austin Fitts, ex-documentary maker Daniel Hopsicker, ex-LAPD officer Mike Rupert, and ex-Federal Aviation Administration air-carrier inspector Robert Stitch.
The proliferation of “ex’s” in the list of speakers was evidence itself of what this group of speakers had gathered to uncover. Without exception and in the course of their regular duties, each had unwittingly discovered that the CIA smuggles crack, cocaine and other illegal substances into the US to fund covert operations south of the border. Each of them had chosen to speak out about the CIA, and had been thrown out of their professions, bankrupted and relentlessly persecuted in ways that could only be possible either by remarkable coincidence or if they were speaking the truth.
Also at the conference was tireless Berkeley Professor Peter Dale Scott, who has been documenting CIA drug smuggling since the 70’s, Dedon Kamathi, lecturer and African rights organizer and Kris Millegan, researcher and event organizer. Among the audience, I could feel the oily presence of spooks shape shifted into inquisitive onlookers and fake activists. I could also feel the paranoia of the speakers, who sometimes winced in anticipation of a gunshot when I moved in too quickly for a picture.
“I’ll probably be dead within a year,” said Castillo, who showed us pictures of brutalized Salvadorans, tortured and killed to prevent them from giving testimony about CIA/DEA and government involvement in drug trafficking. Castillo took many of the pictures himself when he worked as lead DEA investigator in El Salvador.
Together, the group is probably the most experienced, professional team of investigators and researchers ever brought together on this topic. No wonder the US government doesn’t want anything to do with them. Their combined stories sketched out a tale of deception that reaches from state police to the presidency, and deep into the historical roots of secret agencies and governments.
Among the well-documented allegations is that George W Bush was caught red-handed picking up cocaine at a Florida airport in a DEA sting, that President Clinton is complicit in CIA drug trafficking from South America today, that US federal courts have conspired in the CIA cover up, and that every aspect of government and society have been affected as a result. According to Catherine Austin Fitts, former head of the HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development), organized crime and big business alike make money from the desolation of inner-city neighborhoods that have become retail shops for CIA-smuggled crack.
The most shocking and far-reaching revelation of all – an awareness brought to me by the combination of information presented by these speakers – was that the present US economy would collapse without the cocaine-trafficking industry, that the biggest US banks would be forced to close their doors, and that wall street would crash.
To conceal their huge cocaine-trafficking empire, the CIA, DEA and other government officials operate under the cloak of national security, meaning that no one involved can talk without facing persecution, assassination, or imprisonment.
Two years ago, when acclaimed journalist Gary Webb’s series “Dark Alliance” appeared in the San Jose Mercury News, documenting CIA crack smuggling in exchange for arms to the US-backed Nicaraguan Contras, a dirty family secret had suddenly become nieghbourhood gossip. A congressional investigation was begun. During the conference, Peter Dale Scott revealed that the congressional investigation had concluded its report in February of this year, taken steps to prevent media interest in the story, and fully exonerated the CIA of any wrongdoing.
“How do you hide a multi-billion dollar industry out in the open,” asked one of the speakers. The answer that emerged during the conference was that government spooks don’t hide cocaine trafficking very well at all. They just deny it exists.
-For the full story, read the November/December issue of Cannabis Culture magazine.