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Opium cultivation in Afghanistan grew by 17 percent in 2007, reaching record levels for the second straight year, according to a United Nations report released Monday (August 27, 2007)”.
Despite $600 million American counter narcotics effort and an increase in the number of poppy-free provinces to 13 from 6, the report found that the amount of land in Afghanistan used for opium production is now larger than the amount of land used for coca cultivation in all of Latin America.”
Afghanistan now accounts for 93 percent of the world’s opium up from 92 percent last year, the report said.
John, any more thoughts regarding were all that drug money goes?
That's shocking that it accounts for 80 percent of the economy. How many people in that "industry" get arrested and jailed for dealing drugs?
How does that affect the economy?
What about the drug seizures that happen quite often?
Are those drugs seized and then sold by the government? I'm just really interested in what's behind the whole "war on drugs" scam and some of the details are confusing to me.
Originally posted by Icarus Rising
The other thing to consider, from a conspiratorial standpoint, is the possiblity that snorted or injected opium/heroin could be used as a delivery vehicle for even more nefarious nanotech or other bio-implant control mechanisms.
I appreciate your effort John, but IMO you are looking for a conspiracy that isn't there.
No arguments here, but I always thought Afghanistan was for the pipeline, and the opium crop was just the icing on the cake for the CIA...
Originally posted by johnlear
now that you've jogged my memory on the pipeline, the threat to Iran makes much more sense. Thanks again.
Our system is terrible, corrupt, ineffective and indefensible from any viewpoint; except for the view that money is God and the political boys that are the real drug bosses believe that for sure. The intelligence community is as dirty as hell and there are Americans right now distributing heroin into this nation as official policy of the shadow govt, the same players that pulled 9-11. Same gang, different missions. One side makes the money and the other side stages the events that make even more money. this nation is in real trouble..we may be too far gone to save at this point.
Ernie wasn't supposed to get busted. On his payroll were top lawyers, police, politicians, CIA agents, senior Mafia figures, and Hell's Angels. He had been a fugitive for twelve years. What had gone wrong?
'What exactly will you want done, Bill?'
'The dope has to be put in specially constructed wooden crates. I have the dimensions here. Then the crates have to be taken to the American President Line in Karachi docks. The United States Government will then ship the whole works to the United States naval base in Alameda, California. The crates have to be delivered to the American President Line by you personally. We can't let these dope-dealing rag-heads know what's going on'
'Howard, you know I'm a CIA agent, right?'
'The possibility had occurred to me.'
'The US Government has a number of secret bases, spy networks, and equipment scattered throughout Pakistan. Ocacasionally, we have to send equipment back in such a way that no one knows what the # we are doing. I have clearance to send spy helicopter parts back from here by ship on the American President Line. I'm given a lot of room to manoeuvre. No one can open this in Alameda except me. I cheat a bit. Like now I'm going to send some dope. I have friends in Washington who are sympathetic to whichever of these rag-heads over here are anti-Communist. They ain't gonna mind if I do a dope deal and get the rag-heads some money. The CIA owns the American President Line. Once the dope is on there, it's mine'
Fred Hilliard had died of a heart attack while the wooden crates of dope were heading to Alameda on the American Presidential Line. Only Fred had been capable of clearing the load, which was now about to be discovered and cause one almighty scandal. The United States Navy was not meant to be smuggling top-quality hash through its shipyards. Questions would be asked. Governments might topple.