Sex, Drugs and Three-Card Monte
Let the wind blow low, let the wind blow high,
One day the little boy and the little girl
Were both baked in a pie. - Bob Dylan
Former DEA special agent Michael Levine likens the "War on Drugs" to the con game three-card monte: the grifter lays down three cards on a table, shows you that one is the Queen of Spades, then turns them over and quickly shuffles. He asks if you can pick the Queen, and you saw some guy before you win easily, so you reach for your wallet. Guess what? You lose. And you know that guy who won? He's part of the scam.
In the early seventies Levine was assigned to the Hard Narcotics Smuggling Squad, which investigated all heroin and cocaine smuggling through the port of New York City. In Kristina Borjesson's Into the Buzzsaw he writes that "we could not avoid witnessing the CIA protecting major drug dealers":
In fact, throughout the Vietnam War, while we documented massive amounts of heroin flooding into the US from the Golden Triangle...not a single important source in Southeast Asia was ever indicted by US law enforcement. This was no accident. Case after case...was killed by CIA and State Department intervention and there wasn't a damn thing we could do about it.
The DEA, of course, is allowed some victories in order to support the bogus strategy that supports the bogus war. The media - the shilling co-conspirator in the game of Drug-War Monte - dutifully reports the massive busts and seizures. Though they had better be the right bust. When Florida's 9/11 flight school bagman, the Jeb Bush-backed Wally Hilliard, happened to be caught with 43 pounds of heroin onboard his private plane (the largest seizure in the history of Florida, and that state's had some history) it was all a simple misunderstanding, corrected with one phone call.
Media's shill duties, as I experienced them firsthand, were twofold: first, to keep quiet about the gush of drugs that were allowed to flow unimpeded into the US; second, to divert the public's attention by shilling them into believing the drug war was legitimate by falsely presenting the few trickles we were permitted to indict as though they were major "victories" when in fact we were doing nothing more than getting rid of the inefficient competitors of CIA assets.
I thought of this tonight after reading the story "Russian and US special services arrest international child traffickers":
Russian and US special services have conducted a special operation in Moscow to arrest members of an international criminal group that was dealing with the trafficking of children. The operation was completed successfully. "The group was conducting illegal activities for several years under the guise of various public services," Deputy Prosecutor General of Russia, Sergei Fridinsky said Tuesday.
According to the official, several Russian and American citizens set up a firm which they named as Yunona. The company was registered in California. The firm was collecting confidential information about children in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Guatemala and several other countries. The criminals were selling the collected information to adoption agencies. "It has been proved as a result of investigation that the organization was involved in the adoption of Aleksei Geiko who subsequently died in the USA in 2005," Sergei Fridinsky told reporters.
The illegal company had a network of agents in various countries of the world. The agents were digging for information in children's homes and other social institutions with the help of bribes. The services of the child-trafficking agency cost from $10,000 to $20,000 for each client.
Drugs and children are commodities that trade on the same grey markets, and by the same day traders. For instance, Plan Colombia has been largely outsourced to DynCorp, but the Texas firm charged with eradicating narcotics at source has been implicated in both its trafficking and in Bosnian child prostitution.
"The White House is crippling a Senate inquiry into the government's sluggish response" to Katrina, as it's revealed that the Bush administration receieved detailed early warning of the hurricane's impact. And the hundreds of children still missing from Katrina - what's become of them?