Rumors Persist That The CIA Helps Export Opium From Afghanistan

Unconfirmed rumors persist that the CIA is helping export opium, or at least prefers to “manage” Afghanistan's opium trade rather than fight it. Who profits?
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    KABUL — Despite billions spent to eradicate opium crops in Afghanistan, the crop is more popular than ever there, leading many to wonder whether some U.S. forces may actually be encouraging its growth and the heroin it later becomes.

    In July, the Centers for Disease Control warned of record-breaking numbers of heroin deaths in the United States. “Heroin use more than doubled among young adults ages 18–25 in the past decade,” the CDC reported.

    In the same month, it was reported that opium production is stronger than ever in Afghanistan, which now produces 90 percent of the world’s supply of the plant that’s refined to create heroin. This rise in production would have been impossible prior to the U.S.-led invasion, and it comes despite some $8.4 billion spent in counternarcotics efforts by the U.S., specifically designated to wipe out opium production in Afghanistan.

    In fact, as Global Post reported in October, under the watchful eye of the U.S., opium use expanded to new parts of Afghanistan and growers now make use of modern, advanced agricultural technologies.

    With photos circulating in 2010 that show U.S. soldiers patrolling opium fields, questions remain about what America’s real involvement may be in the opium trade. As Abby Martin noted in a 2014 investigation for Media Roots, while the Taliban had all but eradicated opium, it began to thrive just months after American forces replaced the Taliban-led government in 2001.

    Martin noted that the CIA has long been tied to the global drug trade, where it’s accused of putting more effort into controlling rather than eradicating illicit substances. She added,

    “Circumstantial evidence aside, there is no conclusive proof that the CIA is physically running opium out of Afghanistan. However, it’s hard to believe that a region under full US military occupation – with guard posts and surveillance drones monitoring the mountains of Tora Bora – aren’t able to track supply routes of opium exported from the country’s various poppy farms (you know, the ones the US military are guarding).”

    According to a January report from Mother Jones, the DEA agent formerly in charge of the agency’s efforts in Afghanistan reported repeated conflict between DEA eradication efforts and CIA agents:

    “[Edward] Follis says the DEA and CIA often bumped heads in Afghanistan. … While hinting that the CIA sometimes turned a blind eye to the Afghan drug trade, Follis won’t get into specifics. In his book, [‘The Dark Art: My Undercover Life in Global Narco-Terrorism,’] he writes, ‘Almost everywhere in the world I worked, I had static with the CIA. We’re often working the same terrain, but with different legal and moral parameters … They exist completely in the shadows.’”

    Among the groups profiting off the Afghan opium trade — and the failed efforts to eradicate it — is the mercenary group Academi, better known by its former name, Blackwater. In April, RT reported that Academi earned $569 million from counternarcotics contracts in Afghanistan.

    “[T]he notorious company has been the biggest beneficiary of counternarcotics expenditure in the war-torn country,” RT wrote.

    Watch “The Worst Narco-State in History? After 13-Year War, Afghanistan’s Opium Trade Floods the Globe” by Democracy Now!:


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    • Howard Johnson

      Goldman Sachs owns Afghanistan…..

      Only, most of it’s citizens don’t know it yet…..

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    • Charles Lloyd

      Two years into the Afghan war. The Russians were protesting the increased opium and heroin trafficking through Russia from Afghanistan. The protest quickly faded even though production was still increasing. The logical answer to this is that the Russian intelligence was made a partner in the trade. Money talks. And it is viewed by some that the CIA profits were used in the Ukraine, Libyan, Yemen and Syrian revolts.

    • TSK

      I knew it had something to do with Drugs.

      If only sheepish Americans wake up and realize what their country is doing around the world.

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    • mike tyson

      Your brother did the right thing to not be part of the mass murder of young Americans from heroin by the US government,. The most corrupt government in the world.

    • mike tyson

      America is the most corrupt country in the world. That is why everyone hates us. Am i suppose to believe the CIA is to stupid to stop heroin from leaving Afghanistan. If that is the case the CIA is friggin stupid. What a bunch of worthless idiots. There is plenty of video and pictures showing American troops guarding the fields . The CIA has turned into a joke and those people that work for them are dumb. Stupid . An embarrassment. Glad i don’t work for a group of idiots that are to stupid to even crack an iPhone.

      • I agree 110%. The persecution (gang stalking, harassment, legal wrangling) imprisonment, and execution of whistleblowers (Gary Webb, Pat Tillman, Michael Ruppert, Michael Levine, Andrew Breitbart, Tom Clancy, the list goes on and on) for we the people are a dark stain on the govt who feigns transparency then redacts public information supposedly available through FOIA. The *CIA has nothing to do w/intelligence or national security*, it is an unconstitutional rogue terrorist organization that works in tandem w/MI6, Mossad, and Royal House of Saud to terrorize the world. The War on Terror is the War of Terror any American, Israeli, or British citizen who doesn’t know this is willfully ignorant or minus a brain. To paint another terrorist organization like the DEA in a good light by comparison speaks volumes. There is no role for these organization to play in a Constitutional Republic which needs to be REestablished immediately by the imprisonment of 535 Congressmen for treason, for illegally abrogating or delegating their powers to other branches of govt or non governmental entities such as the illegal Federal Reserve and unconstitutional AUMF, P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act, NDAA, Smith Mundt Modernization Act, allowing US Federal courts to sit in permanence in violation of the Article III, illegally sending State Guard units out of country w/declaration of war, default on bonds (Puerto Rico), theft of over 8 TRILLION dollars just from the DOD alone. The terrorization of doctors and patients in the illegal unconstitutional War on Drugs aka the war on the American people. Anyone who votes for this criminal organization that pretends to be a govt is a treasonous unAmerican pos and could use a lobotomy. I am not lecturing just merely wanted to expand on your post. For anyone stupid enough to buy into the CIA bull crap take a look at this video by banker stooge John Brennan and tell me about conspiracy theories (a term invented by the CIA itself to discredit people who are not easily brainwashed)

    • Jerry W. Kelley

      All wars are a racket to make the filthy rich richer!

    • edbotsko

      Where do we go for “confirmation”??? The CIA sure isn’t talking about it… To whom do they sell this drug? If we know enough to write an article like this, surely we can interview customers of someone as big as the CIA….

      • mike tyson

        Yea right. They are making sure it makes it to America. You must be to stupid to connect the dots.

      • Jack Starw

        The route has always been through the country of Sicily. Opium has been refined in Sicily for centuries, and then the heroin is smuggled West. When I was in high school they were selling it out of Sicilian controlled pizza joints all up and down the East Coast. Why would anything have changed, I don’t think the regime in Sicily, or the mob, has changed so I think it is safe to assume the Sicilian mob is still in control of refining the opium into the heroin hydro-chloride. There is a lot of heroin coming into this country, They grow poppies in Afghanistan, but I doubt they refine the opium into heroin there. I would bet the heroin problem would disappear over night if we withdrew from Afghanistan. The Aghan conflict ended the USSR in the 1990s, I think it will end the USSA as well.

      • vic_vega

        I bet the CIA controls teh Mexican drug cartels. Then there was the whole Mena thing. The answers are out there, read a book or two.

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    • Spencer James Smith

      sure is a breath of fresh air to comment on a news site where you dont have to fear your comment getting deleted or even getting yourself blocked. im now blocked from ABC news. other sites have ridiculously strict censoring and monitoring, to a baffling extent.

      • mike tyson

        They block you if you don’t say what they want you to say. You tube is real. Real news and no bull sht;

      • TSK

        I also got blocked by ABC News for comments that they didn’t like.

      • I had my whole G+profile taken down for speaking out against the msm lies on all these false flags. If you stick to preaching to the choir you are A-ok but like several here have mentioned, step into the realm of the sheeple brainwashing “programming” and you will be shut down. It took all of a couple hrs for my suspension from Youtube for posting a 30 second section of an interview of Rudy Giuliani affirming that he was told the WTC were going to collapse prior to their collapse (Bldng 7 w/out being hit by anything other than a few office fires/Lucky Larry’s “pull it” comments aside). It was to douse the propaganda of Mr Trump the chump who was pushing for the treasonous pos to be a cabinet member due to his heroic efforts in the wake of 9/11. I was also banned from WND on Disqus for commenting on the ludicrous nature of being the only country on earth to allow dual citizens to hold public office. Of course since Israeli Americans are the only dual citizens able to hold that dubious distinction my comment was obviously antisemitic and therefor hate speech!!

        For anyone holding out hope for Donald Gump the chump I should point out the fact that he has already given the Treasury Dept to a Goldmans Sachs stooge AND ex Soros money manager Mnuchin and taken 160 million bailout from G.Soros on his Trump construction project but hey whats a 160 mil between enemies right. I’m sure if you or I were in the same fix he’d step in and help us out to right? The “govt” is a cesspool of corruption, criminality and outright genocide on the American people and replacement w/3rd world immigrants who don’t know any better and would be happy just to be here and not complain about the illegalities and outright theft of what should be left to our posterity. Thank you for guys for speaking out, this needs to be stopped yesterday before we experience another holodomor.

    • Spencer James Smith

      ya..they do. the american military is merely a tool for the globalists. if you think americas military protects peoples freedoms (forget even just americans, im talking about anyones), you need to do some more research with an open mind.

      • Haggai Aviam Shimoni

        When i hear iraq and Afghanistan i think O O oil n opium. All the top people in bush’s admin took part in creating a problem and profiting along the way. Chaney’s haliburton milking tax payers while setting up in iraq. Charging for a whole truck when only a tire blew out. Gasoline went upto 5$ a gallon cause our dollar became weak. Bush pushed GM to build bigger land yachts SUV. Opium being transported by CIA. In the year 2000 taliban put a ban on opium and cut production by 90% guess where us forces went a year later? Donald rumsfeld was ceo of gilead a company which developed hep C with patents the VA had. More addicts more hep c more profitable. Top politicians Profiting from war and drugs and supposed treatment. Its like purposely making a problem and also profiting with solutions. (Its like throwing nails on the road by the owners of a tire shop down the road.)

    • Micheal stevenson

      my brother was serving he said the exact same thing, that his main job was to make sure the farmers were producing opium. because it was their “only lively hood”. He didn’t re-enlist this year.

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    • jerryJ

      Neighbors son, was stationed in Afghanistan his “Duties” Guard the poppy fields ????? He objected about the assignment, was told he would be subjected to ,I believe he said a “ARTICLE 13”. After his tour of duty, he did not RE-enlist !!!!!!!!!!

    • jxs9

      CIA is the largest drug trafficker in the world.Its pretty well known.

      • edbotsko

        Well known by who? Why didn’t I “know” this? I suspect that you are bullshitting us again.

        • mike tyson

          Ed you are a dk sucking idiot. Go suck off the CIA you piece of trash.

        • yeah lets pretend the whole world didn’t find out about the cocaine trafficking in the 80s too. I mean whats the word of a sitting judge and ex head of the DEA Judge Bonner on 60 MINUTES NO LESS!! How much are being paid to post these asinine intimations? Is it by the post or hr? feral hog afterbirth has more appeal than your dense utterances. Do the world a favor and go play in traffic. Damn trolls

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    • James M. Ray

      “Rumors”? I’d call it “tradition” at this point…

    • NDMA

      I hear Bolivia’s drug export rate has been dropping ever since they kicked out the DEA…? 😉

    • Heroin is a class warfare tool.

      • Coonhound

        Class welfare tool?

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    • Vaughn H

      RUMORS????? Are you kidding/ Of course they’re behind it. They’re the biggest marketers of the product as well !!!!

      • Eddie273273

        Exactly the DEA helps . CIA and DEA work hand in hand .

    • CB Allen

      The CIA has been smuggling drugs since Vietnam probably longer. I worked with a veteran who was stationed in Laos (illegally) who saw, first hand, cargo aircraft, unloaded, then packed with heroin. Senior Bush was head of the CIA, in the 70s when cocaine was flooding the US to the point that the prices dropped & rock became popular. These a$$hols have been stealing the money to fight drugs & making BILLIONS selling it ! ALL SCUM !!!

      • Coonhound

        Look into the Flying Tigers and smuggling through Burma post WWII and private airfields related to their flyers in Florida. Why else would go to a 3rd rate piss hole like Vietnam, to stop ‘communism’ please, get real, gaining a toehold w/ access to the golden triangle which has now switched to the Golden Cresent same reason. Taliban were bad guys cuz they all but eradicated the poppy plant, so obviously they had to go. We had no problems w/ them or their ‘terrorist training camps’ b4 then

      • fawkvalberger

        The CIA thru Air America that is. They use Air America to smuggle opium out of Laos. In turn they blame it on the same people they use to fight the Vietcong with, the Laotian Mountain tribe. In a twist they use the money they make to pay for that secret war in Laos! Tada! Those people at the CIA are geniuses!

    • iwantapony

      “Unconfirmed”…Yeah, im sure it’s totally a coincidence that the Obama regime stations the bulk of its forces around poppy fields and heroin use in the U.S. has exploded to levels never seen before.

    • iwantapony

      “Unconfirmed”…Yeah, im sure it’s totally a coincidence that the Obama regime stations the bulk of its forces around poppy fields and heroin use in the U.S. has exploded to levels never seen before.

      • Coonhound

        Closed circle. Great for law enforcement, attorneys, for profit prison industry, black ops-can we say ISIS/Al-Queda? yep been going on for decades back AT LEAST to the flying tigers those brave souls who fougnt communism by bring heroin out of Burma bless their souls, gimme a break.

    • saibubbasez

      I had a neighbor in Virginia who was CIA Station Chief in Thailand during the Vietnam war. He returned with oodles of cash – he bought a gold/sapphire mine in Montana to launder his cash. He financed a housing tract that went belly up – beat the ‘partner’ half to death on his own front porch when the deal went bad. It was assumed by thinking folks he had been involved in ‘the Trade’ as he was big Kahuna in ‘The Triangle’ for years.
      Of course, he could have simply stolen money from the CIA ‘seed fund’. Either way, our ‘Patriots’ seem to come home very very rich sometimes.

      • Coonhound

        Or dead in cases like Pat Tillman silver or lead aint just relegated to Columbia

      • fawkvalberger

        In the words of the now deceased Rolling Stones magazine journalist Micheal Hastings “I’m glad the general was able to profit from the war”! That says it all!

    • aldo ortiz

      iran contras …in 80s….when CIA ..and others created …crack cocaine…and given free in the schools in los angeles california…and the REAGANS APPEAR IN TV ADDS….playing …the war in drugs….IN HOME….HIPOCRATS

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    • Simiansez

      Rumors? Seriously?
      Has everyone forgotten that prior to the US installment of Karzai (years ago, now) opium production went through the roof, encouraged, ignored and unabated??
      What would have possibly given the US and Afghan a change of heart?

    • Robert Munro

      The CIA and “Air America” were HUGE players in the murder of tens of thousands of Americans through heroine addiction during the Vietnam war.

      The Taliban had almost stamped out the heroine trade in Afghanistan – until the US took control. Now, heroine is cheap again thanks to your US government.

      • Garry Compton

        Ya I remember years ago when Obama included the Afghanis poppies in their war on Drugs – 2 weeks later there was an article about 5ooo marines in the poppy fields lookin for Taliban – they should have given them machetes too. I was in Nam but I was too young to figure the scam out – Base camp was partying a lot but the guys in the field ha to keep their shot together – America’s military today is a big Scam – trying to pin everything on everyone else — while destroying America’s Past Great Name !

        • Robert Munro

          Well, most of the heroin came to the states. I was there for 22 months and my guys used pot – nothing more.
          For the last 50 years, our “military” has been nothing but mercenaries for banks and corporations. One of these days, that has to change.

          • dishatin

            Unfortunately it has been that way since the 1920s and the rise of the Dulles Brothers; John Foster and Allan; secretary of state and head of CIA, respectively. both were partners of
            Sullivan and Cromwell whose clients were multinationals around the world. President Woodrow Wilson was the very worst monstrous President who had no respect for the heads of countries he felt were ‘inferior’ to the U.S. particularly if the color of their skin was brown or black. Funny how no program on CSPAN has addressed the segregationist Woodrow Wilson; the same President who gave carte blanche to Sullivan and Cromwell to indent as many countries and municipalities around the world to S and C’s ‘clients’; JP Morgan, etc banking and investment houses. This is when the cabal began assassinating duly elected heads of state unfriendly to US Business and Industrial Interests. So it is now 100 years later and isn’t it business as usual? This can only be gotten rid of by disestablishing the CIA, prohibiting continued activities by its rogue veterans, etc. and trimming State down to size. We can no longer claim as Americans we didn’t know… thank G*d for the brave authors who have down the research and written the truth… why we do with it will determine our future.

            • neroden

              It’s been that way even longer. Read _War is a Racket_ by General Smedley Butler (ret.) — the US military was mercenaries for banks and corporations for the second half of the 19th century too.

              Interestingly, the US military was way more competent and successful at that sort of mercenary work in the 19th century and the 1920s than it has been lately. Back then, it *worked* — I think it was evil, but it *succeeded* at “making the world safe for American business”.

              After WWII, the US kept doing the same sort of mercenary crap, but it never *worked* — it’s been blowback after blowback after blowback. The world is more resistant to that sort of crap than it was before, and all of these mercenary invasions have backfired to hurt the very banks and corporations they were supposed to be for.

              • N0 0ne

                They’re working for different people now.