Sep 8, 2008

A Mexican plane crash, the CIA, and 3.3 tons of cocaine

What's the link between a plane crash landing in Mexico, the CIA and 3.3 tons of cocaine?, asks Jeff Sparrow.

Last week, AAP carried a brief report on a story breaking in Mexico.

MEXICO CITY (AFP) -- A private jet that crash-landed almost one year ago in eastern Mexico carrying 3.3 tons of cocaine had previously been used for CIA "rendition" flights, a newspaper report said here Thursday, citing documents from the United States and the European Parliament.

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  1. James O'Neill

    It is refreshing to see at least some acknowledgment of the linkages between the CIA and international drug cartels but Mr Sparrow only skims the surface. Alfred McCoy has written extensively on the links between the CIA and drug manufacture and distribution in S.E.Asia. Daniel Hopsicker has done similarly excellent work demonstrating the linkages in Mena when Clinton was governor of Arkansas, and latterly on the connections between Mohammed Atta, the CIA and various drug linked figures in Florida and elsewhere before and subsequent to 9/11. No analysis of the close links between the drug lords and the CIA can be complete without reference to Peter Dale Scott’s brilliant analyses over the past 40 years, most recently in The Road to 9/11 which includes invaluable analysis of the current Afghanistan situation.
    The CIA have been using the proceeds of their drug trafficking to finance a multitude of off the books black operations for decades. Only the terminally naive fail to see the present day connections involving drugs, oil and strategic goals in Afghanistan. To no-one’s surprise the Australian government is playing its role in this global enterprise by keeping troops in Afghanistan. After all, those with an attention span longer than that of a gnat recall the days of the Nugan Hand Bank and its role in money laundering the proceeds of world wide drug trafficking. Being part of the great game in Afghanistan is just more of the same.

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