U.S. Pays Off Afghan Poppy Farmers

May 23, 2010

May 23, 2010

An ABC report is describing a “new approach” to the poppy production in Afghanistan.


If WE SECURE them getting a good harvest, now they’re going to get paid for their hard work. Then we can deal with trafficking afterwords” – U.S. Soldier in new ABC report.

Securing a good harvest and making sure these poppy farmers get paid is why troops are in these fields? What exactly is going on there?

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Censorship: Journalists Banned from Guantanamo Hearings by Obama Dept. of Defense

May 9, 2010

The public is deprived of the very skilled reporting of journalists who have been covering this story for a long time,” she said.

A story from McClatchy Newspapers, which owns the Miami Herald, said Rosenberg has covered every military commission hearing at Guantanamo Bay, with the exception of one week, since the proceedings began in 2004.

source: CNN       May 9,   2010

The Pentagon has banned four reporters from covering court proceedings on the U.S. naval station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, because they published the name of a former U.S. Army interrogator.

The journalists violated ground rules by reporting the name of a protected witness, Defense Department spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said.

Miami Herald reporter Carol Rosenberg, Globe and Mail reporter Paul Koring, Toronto Star reporter Michelle Shephard and Canwest News Service reporter Steven Edwards were notified by Defense Department officials Thursday.

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Ron Paul: After ‘CIA Coup,’ Agency ‘Runs Military’

January 21, 2010

source: Raw Story   Jan 21, 2010

US House Rep. Ron Paul says the CIA has has in effect carried out a “coup” against the US government, and the intelligence agency needs to be “taken out.”

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The Bush Crime Syndicate

December 28, 2009

  Part 1 of 2

  Part 2 of 2

source: We Are Change

Why Resistance Is Essential

December 15, 2009

This is an incredible video. I really liked how it pointed to solutions as well as problems. Very uplifting and I’m happy to help spread it! -Brian

Making Afghanistan Safe For Heroin

December 14, 2009

Source: BoilingFrogs

By Mike_Mejia

13. December 2009

US Media & The Perpetual Flip-Flopping on Drug-Related Stories

When I read Mizgin’s recent great post about Richard Armitage and his involvement in the Golden Triangle, I rolled my eyes.  “Some Daily Kos reader out there,” I thought, “is, at this very moment, shouting ‘conspiracy theory’ at their computer.” The “conspiracy theory” accusation comes up any time a journalist or a whistleblower points out that U.S. officials and agencies have been complicit in the global drug trade.  In fact, it has been an effective tool to try and silence truth tellers at least since Alfred McCoy was viciously attacked for writing the Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia.  Never mind the fact that allegations against the Central Intelligence Agency or the State Department have often been vindicated with the passage of time.  It just can’t be true that America would support drug lords, can it? Read the rest of this entry »

Cash From Organized Crime ‘Rescued’ Banks During Crisis: UN Official

December 13, 2009

drugmoney Cash from organized crime rescued banks during crisis: UN official

Source: RawStory

December 12th, 2009

The vast majority of an estimated $352 billion in proceeds of organized crime, mostly from the drug trade, was funneled through the global banking system during the financial crisis of the past two years, and in some cases, the money rescued banks from collapse, says the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

Antonio Maria Costa told the UK Observer that intelligence agencies and prosecutors alerted him 18 months ago to evidence that drug money was being “absorbed into the financial system.”

“In many instances, the money from drugs was the only liquid investment capital,” Costa said. “In the second half of 2008, liquidity was the banking system’s main problem and hence liquid capital became an important factor.” Read the rest of this entry »