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.

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    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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      • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

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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.