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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: JUST HOW FAR DOES CIA GO IN SOME OF ITS TERROR PROGRAMS? WE LEARNED UNFORGETTABLE THINGS ABOUT CIA’S WORK DURING THE VIETNAM WAR – THE SECRET EXECUTIONS OF TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CIVILIANS IN OPERATION PHOENIX – AND SHIPPING DRUGS HOME ON COMPANY-OWNED AIR AMERICA FOR OFF-THE-BOOKS FUNDING   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN INTERVIEW WITH DOUGLAS VALENTINE IN COVERT ACTION MAGAZINE

“Inside the Organized Crime Syndicate known as the CIA”

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Response to a comment which said, “Of course if he did get too close to certain truths, he would be committing suicide.

“Operation Phoenix in the Vietnam war involved murdering people on some of those lists, and they even deployed military hit-men to pull off these murders.

“Something also not mentioned in this review was the opium trade going on involving the CIA in Vietnam, Thailand, in the area known as the golden triangle.”

 

Yes, Operation Phoenix was a secret American mass-assassination operation that continued for many years during the Vietnam War.

We first learned of it in the 1970s from CIA Director William Colby who himself had earlier administered it.

The name of the program came up again briefly when it was learned that Senator Bob Kerrey, a fairly well-regarded politician running for the 1992 Democratic nomination, had served under the program as a Navy SEAL. He withdrew from the race.

Somewhere between 30,000 and 40,000 people were butchered in Operation Phoenix.

And “butchered” is the right word.

They generally had their throats slashed (for silence) by special-forces troops assigned to work under CIA. They would crawl into villages in the night to attack innocent civilians whom CIA previously had identified.

The people selected for death were those who held administrative jobs such as village mayors or just influential figures, not soldiers.

The concept was just plain terror, intended to make America’s opponents lose their capacity for resistance.

Nothing ISIS or al Qaeda ever did was more loathsome.

And, yes, CIA was in the drug business during the Vietnam War. Drugs were moved by the Agency’s private airline of the time, Air America, used for many dark operations and, of course, never stopped or questioned or searched by American officials.

The Agency often earns off-the-books money during conflicts by dealing in drugs and/or weapons. The money is good, and there are no official budget records with which to be concerned.

They likely have been part of the flood of drugs coming from Afghanistan since the US toppled the Taliban government there, a government which had banned growing opium poppies.

But the trade has flourished since the American invasion, contributing to the many gang killings over sales turf of recent years in American cities. Such volumes of opioids were flowing out of Afghanistan that prices declined on the streets, much intensifying competition.

Your American tax dollars at work.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: TIME TO GET SERIOUS ON THE WAR ON DRUGS BLUBBERS A BRAINLESS EDITORIAL – REFLECTIONS ON AMERICAN SOCIETY THE CONSUMER OF HALF THE WORLD’S DRUGS   Leave a comment


 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO AN EDITORIAL IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

The war on drugs is as meaningless as the war in Afghanistan.

Not that they both don’t hurt lots of innocent people, but neither can ever enjoy anything called success.

Indeed, in the last decade the two have become badly tangled.

The Taleban – a movement originally representing the Muslim fundamentalist idea of clean government – had virtually eliminated the opium business.

The American gangbusters invasion, which Canadians are supporting with the blood of soldiers and billions from the treasury, brought it back like a fury.

Even Russia has complained formally of America’s impact on the flow of drugs.

Prices actually fell on world markets, one of the surest marks of a flood of drugs.

Nice achievement there, America.

But of course what people like the silly author of this editorial completely ignore in blubbering about drugs – always – is that it is America itself, with less than five percent of the world’s population, that sucks up fully one-half of the world’s illicit drugs.

It’s just part of the “I want it all, and I want it now” philosophy that pretty much characterizes today’s American society, the same ungoverned lusts that gave the world its financial collapse.

America also has a monstrous appetite for wars, manufacturing them even where there is no good cause.

Basically , America cannot govern itself, yet insists on many fronts in telling others how to govern themselves. It is, if you will, the great dark joke of the century.

So how do you solve a serious human problem having those kinds of roots?

You don’t, ever.

And people like the editorial’s author should just stop blubbering. They are literally peeing against the wind.