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How the US Capitalist Class Makes Billions of Dollars A Year From The Illegal Drug Trade

The US government’s long-running. bloody – and profitable –  “War On Drugs(TM)” is widely considered to have been a complete failure. Illegal drugs have never been so easy to obtain as they are today; and the supply of heroin in the USA has become so plentiful that its price has dropped to a level at which it has become the drug of choice for teens to start off with. 

Here we will provide a running collection of all the evidence we have found over the past decade or two which proves that the #1 reason why the US government opposes re-legalization of drugs is that the capitalist class that runs the USA makes tens to hundreds of billions of dollars a year laundering drug money for the top drug cartels, from Mexico to Afghanistan to Southeast Asia.  If you run across any articles that provide more evidence of US capitalist class, military of police collusion with the drug cartels, send them to us and we’ll add them to this archive.

The evidence is not to be found on the popular conspiracy-mongering websites but hidden in the archives of the world’s bourgeois press.  All of the information we’ll provide here has been found on such top bourgeois press websites as Reuters, Bloomburg, New York Times, The Guardian, Wall St. Journal, The Economist as well as WikiLeaks and other “alternative press” sites.

The US Drug Enforcement Agency and the US military forces involved in supposed drug interdiction operations are among the most corrupt police state operations in the world.  Since they have militarized the “War On Drugs(TM)” the relatively non-violent drug cartels have been steadily replaced by much more violent ones like Mexico’s “Los Zetas” – composed of and led by Mexican special forces soldiers trained by the Pentagon in counterinsurgency warfare and then unleashed against the peasant-revolution-leading Zapatistas in Chiapas, Mexico.  Since the US militarized the “War On Drugs(TM)” practically every police force and the military forces of every nation from Mexico south have both received training from the US Government and had many of their members recruited by the top drug cartels.  Thousands of workers in North and South America have been murdered by these Pentagon-backed drug cartels; journalists who seek to expose the connections between top politicians, military and police officials and the cartels have been murdered. Likewise, every politician in Mexico, Central and South America who threatens to expose or clean up the deep connections between the ruling classes and the cartels is threatened with torture and/or assassination.  Meanwhile, in the US itself, the “War On Drugs(TM)” has led to the unleashing of a massive police state apparatus ostensibly dedicated to shutting down the drug trade, but which has instead has been used as a pretext for militarizing the police forces of every town and city in the US, increasing mass surveillance of the entire population and has criminalized millions of workers who enjoy using drugs which were legal from the time of the American Revolution until the 1920s.

As always in the racist, capitalist USA, the burden of the “War On Drugs(TM)” has fallen most heavily on the poor and especially African-American and Hispanic workers – not on the bankers who have made billions laundering drug cartel money.  In fact, the US capitalist class’ “War On Drugs(TM)” has filled US prisons to bursting with primarily black and Hispanic workers arrested for non-violent drug “crimes” and has given the US the hideous distinction of having the world’s highest prison population per capita.  On the streets of US cities – and especially here in Chicago – violent gangs fighting over drug dealing turf shoot and kill hundreds of people every year.  Corrupt cops extort millions in bribes monthly from the street gangs who must pay up or go to jail.  The “War On Drugs(TM)” has been a disaster for the working class – and a very profitable business for the cops and the bankers.  That’s why the US government and the US capitalist class opposes the legalization of pot, cocaine and other popular drugs. If they re-legalized drugs the capitalist class would lose billions of dollars a year in illegal income from drug cartel operations.

Many of the most popular drugs today were legal for thousands of years and were only criminalized in the first few decades of the 20th century.  With medical science having discovered ways to effectively deal with drug addiction there is no rational reason to maintain a phony, expensive and very bloody  “War On Drugs(TM)” at all. The vast majority of people who use “recreational drugs” like cocaine, pot, Ecstasy and others never become addicted to drugs at all.  For the minority of users who do become addicted, drug treatment programs could be expanded to treat everyone who wants to get off their heroin and cocaine addictions.  Under socialism we would seek to implement this kind of rational science-based way of dealing with drug addiction; we’d re-legalize all drugs so that drugs would no longer be adulterated with poisons that kill hundreds of people every year.  We’d expand drug treatment programs so that everyone who wanted to get off drugs could immediately begin treatment instead of being forced to wait for months – or even years – for an opportunity to get clean.

Nothing short of workers socialist revolutions in the USA and throughout the Americas and the world can put an end to the reign of terror imposed upon the workers of the world by the blood-drenched, money-grubbing capitalist classes of the world.  For that to be accomplished requires the building of revolutionary socialist political parties – specifically, Leninist vanguard parties – which are the only political force that has ever successfully overthrown the capitalist class anywhere.  The Independent Workers Party is dedicated to this task – but we can’t do it until YOU – and thousands of honest, brave workers like you – join our party and dedicate your lives to this work as well.  What are you waiting for?  Get in touch with us and let’s get this Party started!

— IWPCHI

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1973

March

Censored U.S. Department of State Cable: “IBMND [Taiwan’s “Intelligence Bureau, Ministry of National Defense”] INVOLVEMENT IN NARCOTICS TRAFFICKING”

April

U.S. Department of State Cable: “SMUGGLING OF HEROIN BY CREWMEMBERS OF U. S. S. KING ( DLG-10)”

U.S. Department of State Cable: “BANKING & CORPORATE ACTIVITIES IN THE BAHAMAS DAMAGING TO U. S. INTERESTS”

May

U.S. Department of State Cable: “POSSIBLE INVOLVEMENT OF KING ZAHIR’ S PERSONAL VALET AND AFGHAN EMBASSY/ WASHINGTON IN SMUGGLING OF HASHISH OIL TO U. S”

July

U.S. Department of State Cable: “JACK ANDERSON ARTICLE”

 

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1989

AGENTS ACCUSED: THE DRUG FIGHT’S DARK SIDE – A SPECIAL REPORT: Corruption in Drug Agency Called Crippler of Inquiries and Morale

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2009

January

U.S. Department of State Cable: “MEXICAN ARMY MAJOR ARRESTED FOR ASSISTING DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATIONS”

August

U.S. Department of State Cable: “SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON ZETAS AND U.S. MILITARY TRAINING”

December

How important are illegal drug profits to the maintenance of the disgusting, worker-exploiting-and-slaughtering world capitalist system? “Drugs money worth billions of dollars kept the financial system afloat at the height of the global crisis, the United Nations’ drugs and crime tsar has told the Observer.”

 

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2010

US Drug Enforcement Agency and International Association of Chiefs of Police – “Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization”

June

“Banks Financing Mexico Drug Gangs Admitted in Wells Fargo Deal”

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2011

April

Wachovia: “How a big US bank laundered billions from Mexico’s murderous drug gangs”

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2012

May

“Special Report: Mexico’s Zetas rewrite drug war in blood”

July

“Mexican Drug Cartel Laundered Money Through BofA, FBI Alleges”

“Bank Accounts Figure in Drug Probe – FBI Says Mexican Cartel Funneled Money Through Bank to Horse-Racing Firm”

 

 

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2014

January

“Marijuana Businesses Need Banking Access Now, Colorado Lawmakers Say”

 

September

“Banks Launder Billions of Illegal Cartel Money While Snubbing Legal Marijuana Businesses”

 

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2017

October

“DEA Agents Sold Opioids, Stole Cash, and Falsely Identified Drug Suspects, Say Feds – Seize the drugs. Sell the drugs. Arrest the buyers. Repeat.”

 

 

Complete (but heavily censored) 600+ Page Ashton Report on FBI Murder of Ibragim Todashev

[UPDATED: corrected error in first paragraph that misidentified Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a suspect in a 2011 triple murder in Waltham, MA.  The person suspected of involvement in that murder was his brother, Tamerlan.  We apologise for the error. – IWPCHI]

The Independent Workers Party of Chicago presents here Florida States Attorney Jeffrey L. Ashton’s report on the FBI murder of Ibragim Todashev – wanted for questioning in a triple homicide that took place in Waltham, Massachusetts on September 11, 2011 as well as for his ill-starred friendship with fellow mixed-martial-arts enthusiast and alleged triple murder co-conspirator Tamerlan Tsarnaev of Boston Marathon bombing infamy.   These documents, which are heavily censored, include autopsy reports, crime scene photos, FBI ballistics test results, sworn statements by the Massachusetts State Police Officers and the FBI agent present in the home of Todashev at the time of his murder and much more.  To date, this archive represents the most comprehensive documentary record of the strange series of events leading up to the murder of Todashev.

The documents – over 600 pages in all – leave many questions unanswered in the case.  Why did the FBI agree to interrogate Todashev at his own home rather than wait for an arrest warrant from Massachusetts, which would have allowed them to take him into custody for questioning in a controlled and thoroughly documented manner?  Why were the audio and video recordings of Todashev’s 4- 1/2-hour alleged “confession” to involvement in the triple homicide in Waltham so haphazardly recorded?  How can the state explain the bullet entry wounds in Todashev’s back, supposedly fired at him as he allegedly attempted a frontal attack on an FBI agent and a Massachusetts State Police officer with a flimsy household mop handle?  How is it that even though Todashev was brandishing the mop handle at the two law enforcement officers when he was killed with a volley of seven bullets, his fingerprints were not found on the mop handle?  Why was Medical Examiner Lora Zedick repeatedly told at the scene of Todashev’s murder that not one but TWO FBI agents were involved in the shooting?  Why are the names of so many government police agencies censored from the Ashton Report?  Why did the FBI insist on censoring all of Todashev’s statements to the cops who were interrogating him?  These are just a few of the most glaring questions that will occur to anyone even making a casual review of the 161-page summary of the Ashton Report.

These documents were released by the office of Florida States Attorney Ashton via their website.  We had a pretty tough time locating these docs, as they were squirreled away deep in the bowels of the website of the States Attorney’s Office, rather than openly presented by the Office of the Florida Attorney General on their website.   Hopefully, publishing them here will allow more people to find these documents with far less hunting around the Internets.

IWPCHI

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SA Investigation into death of Ibragim Todashev 

SA Ashton Letter to FBI Director Comey (03-25-14)

Todashev Final Report 03-17-14 (OCR) (censored)

Todashev Supplemental Report (03-24-14)

 

Attachments to Investigative Report:

Attachment 93 (Transcripts 1-3) (OCR) (censored)

Attachment 93 (Transcripts 4-15) (OCR) (censored)

Attachments 1-28 (pgs. 1-100) (OCR) (censored)

Attachments 29-49 (pgs. 101-199) (OCR) (censored)

Attachments 50-71 (pgs. 200-301) (OCR) (censored)

Attachments 72-92 (pgs. 302-400) (OCR) (censored)

Attachments 94-115 (pgs. 401-498) (OCR) (censored)

Attachments 116-121 (pgs. 499-529) (OCR) (censored)

 

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS:

US_DoJ_civil-rights-division-todashev-report

 

 

Local U.S. Cops, Military, Using Pilotless Drones to Spy on US Citizens – EFF

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has, through a series of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, revealed the vast extent to which the US Military is flying armed and unarmed pilotless drones through US airspace, subjecting the public to what the Air Force calls potentially “catastrophic” interference with civilian and commercial aircraft.

In addition, the EFF’s FOIA documents show that dozens of local law enforcement agencies in the United States are using the pilotless drones to monitor drug dealing activity and to provide an “eye in the sky” during SWAT team raids – among other things.

To top it all off, the EFF reports that several US big-city police departments have refused to comply with the EFF’s FOIA requests, citing a new claim – not denying the requests on the basis of “national security” but of the request’s interference with “law enforcement operations”!

We’ll have much to say about this as we review this massive cache of documents.  In the meantime, dig in and do your own research on this.  The EFF’s Drone Files are available here:

Electronic Frontier Foundation – Newly Released Drone Records Reveal Extensive Military Flights in the U.S.

IWPCHI

Chicago City Council Passes Phony Pot “Recriminalization” Law in Chicago

In a bid to prop up the Democratic Party’s non-existent support among youth, today the Chicago City Council voted 44-3 to pass their phony bill that pretends to decriminalize marijuana, but which actually is just another scam to rob the citizens of Chicago.

Wacko, right-wing nutjob alderman Edward Burke, who voted in favor of the legislation stated: “This is re-criminalization, a more intelligent and effective way of addressing a problem.”

The “problem”, as arch-reactionary Napoleonic Mayor Rahm Emanuel sees it, is that under the old system, in spite of the Chicago Police making over 18,000 arrests (in 2011) and “wasting” 45,000 cop-hours a year processing people who were being arrested for simple possession of this relatively harmless drug, those busted were able to beat their cases 80% of the time! These pigs in the Chicago City Council just want to steal millions of dollars from impoverished youth through these pot fines, like they stole billions from the entire city with their red-light cameras and by privatizing the parking meters.  The Chicago Democrats on the City Council see the workers as nothing but sheep that need to be sheared!

The Democrats are attempting to spin this crappy, reactionary, pro-Drug War legislation as some kind of victory for civil rights.  In fact, the legislation does nothing but give the cops the “option” of giving out tickets instead of arresting people.  And these tickets will not be cheap: the fine for a first offense is $250; a second offense will be $500; and they can then try to force youth to sign up for pointless (but very profitable for the friends of the City Council who run them) “drug rehabilitation” classes.  Please explain to us, dearest Democrats: in a city where the unemployment rate for youth is over 75%, how in the world are these young workers – or their already financially strapped families –  supposed to pay for the tickets they’ll be receiving for the “crime” of smoking or possessing pot?  And if they don’t pay?  Won’t they be thrown in jail anyway?

The most corrupt City Council in North America pretends that this lousy legislation will correct what has historically been a racist application of the drug laws; last year, of the 18,298 total arrests for possession of less than 10 grams of weed (10 nice sized joints), more than 16,000 were of African-Americans.  The City Council, in the original draft language of the ordinance, cited the following statistics: “[E]ach year the Chicago Police Department arrests approximately 23,000 individuals for low level possession of marijuana… a disproportionate number of these arrests are of minorities including 78% African-American, 17% Hispanic and 5% Caucasian”!  Under this new system, obviously, it will still be black workers taking the biggest hit because it will be the same old racist Chicago cops enforcing the drug laws.

Well it comes as no surprise to us that, like everything else the racist, brutal Chicago Police Department does, the burden of their “drug law enforcement efforts” falls heaviest on black and Hispanic workers and youth.  That is not news to anyone living in Emanuel’s ghettoized “city of neighborhoods”.  Hardly a week goes by that the Chicago cops don’t shoot a black or Hispanic youth in the back, claiming he or she pulled a gun on them.  And hardly a week goes by that another disgusting scandal of police brutality doesn’t emerge from the sewer that is the Chicago Police Department.  Just yesterday, the Chicago Sun-Times featured a front-page tale of Chicago cop savagery in which a drunken off-duty Englewood district cop, Chris Gofron, brutally attacked a young couple, sending both of them to the hospital with severe injuries.  The phony-ass “Independent Police Review Board” and the Chicago Police Department spent two years dragging their feet on the case, refusing to identify the psychopathic cop who committed this brutality.  Obscenely, Gofron still carries a gun in Englewood doing god knows what to the people of that embattled south side black neighborhood, while the “Independent Review Board” twiddles it’s thumbs, pretending to investigate the case.  [Source: “Beat Cop”, Chicago Sun-Times, 26 June, 2012]

Quoth Emanuel: “[This] ordinance… allows us to observe the law, while reducing the processing time for minor possession of marijuana – ultimately freeing up police officers for the street.”  Yes, and that’s the true purpose of this war-on-drugs ordinance: to put even more psycho cops like Chris Gofron on the street to terrorize black and Hispanic youth and the general population instead of “wasting their time” on minor drug possession cases.

The Independent Workers party says: Just as we must Dump the Democrats, that reactionary party of war and union-busting, we need to dump their phony “War on Drugs” as well.  It is past time to “re-legalize” all drugs, including cocaine and heroin – make them all legal again, just like they were back in the “good old days” before prohibition.  Drug addiction is a medical and psychological issue, not a criminal issue.  The responsible use of recreational drugs by adults is not and should not be something the government intrudes itself upon.  What the working class does in their own homes on their own time is not the government’s business!

The truth is that the primary reason that drugs are made illegal is that the US government, the military, weapons manufacturers, the bankers and the law enforcement “community” are making billions of dollars off the drug trade.  Over the last couple of years it was revealed that some of the US’ largest banks – including Wachovia, Bank of America and Wells Fargo – made HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS of dollars laundering drug money for the big drug cartels, through currency exchanges and other methods.  And even though the US Justice Department got the banks to admit they’d done it – NO ONE WENT TO JAIL!  The banksters simply paid fines and walked away from the case!  Wachovia alone, from 2004 to 2007 handled $378.4 BILLION dollars transferred from Mexico via currency exchanges affiliated with that institution.  Instead of being sent to jail for admitting that they “failed to effectively monitor for potential money laundering activity more than $420 billion in financial transactions”, the criminals running Wachovia bank were able to enter into what the US Attorney General’s office for the Southern District of Florida called a “deferred prosecution”: “In light of Wachovia’s willingness to acknowledge responsibility for its actions and omissions, its cooperation and remedial actions to date, and its promised continued cooperation and remedial actions in the future, the government has agreed to defer prosecution of the criminal charge in the information for 12 months. If Wachovia fully complies with its obligations under the Agreement, the U.S. agrees to dismiss the criminal information at the end of the 12 months.”

Can you believe that!  If a local kid gets caught selling 10 grams of crack cocaine, he goes to jail.  If one of the biggest banks in the US gets caught laundering as much as $420 BILLION in Mexican drug money… they get off if they can somehow manage to keep their fingers out of the drug trade for 12 whole months!  Can you see now who really runs this country?  Read these articles if you think we’re making this up:

[Sources: The Guardian (London): ““How a big US bank laundered billions from Mexico’s murderous drug gangs” by Ed Vulliamy, 2 April 2011;  Bloomberg News: “Banks Financing Mexico Gangs Admitted In Wells Fargo Deal”  by Michael Smith, 28 June 2010; US Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida Press Release: “Wachovia Enters Into Deferred Prosecution Agreement” 17 March 2010]

Then last year we learned that, between 2006 and 2011 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms allowed THOUSANDS of guns to be shipped from the US to drug lords in Mexico – while the ATF watched.  This is what is now known as the “Fast and Furious” scandal, which Democrat Barack Obama’s Administration has been trying to cover up, and whose Attorney General, Eric Holder, has just been found to be in contempt of Congress for impeding Congressional investigations into this unbelievably massive corruption at ATF.  Think we’re lying?  Read the newspaper articles at the end of the Wikipedia essay on what they call the “ATF gunwalking scandal”!  There are 87 of them and counting, each one more stunning than the previous one.

[Sources: Wikipedia: “ATF Gunwalking Scandal” ]

In Afghanistan, before the US invaded, the Taliban had almost completely wiped out the cultivation of opium poppies.  As soon as the US invaded, Afghanistan once again became one of the world’s biggest suppliers to the heroin trade – and the brother of the US’ puppet leader in Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, was alleged to be the biggest heroin dealer in that brutalized nation!

Need more proof that the big US and international banks are deeply involved in the drug trade?  Check this out: in 2009, Antonio Maria Costa, the head of the UN’s “Office on Drugs and Crime” told the Guardian newspaper of London that “[d]rugs money worth billions of dollars kept the financial system afloat at the height of the global crisis” in 2008!

“Costa, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said he has seen evidence that the proceeds of organised crime were ‘the only liquid investment capital’ available to some banks on the brink of collapse last year. He said that a majority of the $352bn (£216bn) of drugs profits was absorbed into the economic system as a result”!

” ‘In many instances, the money from drugs was the only liquid investment capital. In the second half of 2008, liquidity was the banking system’s main problem and hence liquid capital became an important factor,’ he said.”

[Source: The Guardian (London): “Drug money saved banks in global crisis, claims UN advisor” by Rajeev Syal, 12 December, 2009]

The War on Drugs is a naked attempt to control the US population by making pleasure illegal.  Like the reactionary laws against prostitution, making drugs illegal gives the government the “goods” on just about every citizen in the US.  If you’re not into drugs, you must be into kinky sex, right?  Make those two things illegal, and you can bust anyone, any time.

It’s time to STOP THE WAR ON DRUGS!  RE-LEGALIZE ALL “ILLEGAL” DRUGS, like they were before 1930s drug prohibition!

(to be continued)

IWPCHI