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Originally posted by tetra50
Drugs and running them, growing them, transporting them are completely political currency and have always been. Keeping a black market in place in this country has its own layered and varied currencies, as well.
Question, though: I thought I saw a documentary with an interview with Barry Seal.....when was he murdered?
On February 19, 1986, Barry Seal was shot to death in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in front of a branch of the Salvation Army on Airline Highway (U.S. 61), where he was required to stay as a condition of his plea bargain, making him an easy target for retaliation. As he sat in his parked Cadillac, a man carrying a MAC-10 machine pistol approached him. The man then emptied a magazine into Seal's body, neck and head, killing Seal instantly, which brought the DEA's investigation to an end. Colombian assassins sent by the Medellín Cartel were apprehended while trying to leave Louisiana soon after Seal's murder.
The brutal murder of Barry Seal, 46, at a Baton Rouge halfway house in 1986 would send shock waves up and down the political spectrum. It would focus the glare of the media spotlight on not only the Colombian Medellin Cartel, but also on the FBI and CIA as well as such political icons as then-Vice President George H.W. Bush and Oliver North.
Most of all, Seal’s murder would lay bare for all the world to see the seamy underbelly of America’s duplicitous war on drugs, and how drug smuggling was in fact sanctioned by powerful men in order to advance a hidden agenda. That agenda would turn up in the sordid details of the Iran-Contra scandal.
The inhabitants of Earth spend
more money on illegal drugs than
they spend on food. More than
they spend on housing, clothes,
education, medical care, or any
other product or service.
Originally posted by tetra50
The secrecy of it all gives it tremendous power, but that is the nature off secrecy, and the purpose of it, really: to foment and control and manipulate underneath the hedging and wedging of what cannot be said.
In 1952, while still a teenager, Barry Seal enlisted with the Civil Air Patrol in Baton Rouge. Shortly after joining he participated in a joint training exercise with the Patrol's New Orleans unit, where he met Lee Harvey Oswald. Seal's association with Oswald and his flight instructor David Ferrie, both known to have been involved in the assassination of JFK, make his claim to have flown the getaway plane on 22 November 1963 entirely plausible.
Seal joined the Special Forces Reserve in late 1962 and about a month later was photographed in a Mexico City nightclub sitting with CIA operative Porter Goss and the rest of Operation Forty, the special operation charged with assasinating Fidel Castro.
After getting out of the Army, Seal went to work as a pilot for TWA. Fellow Operation Forty pilot Tosh Plumlee maintains that Seal moonlighted as a CIA pilot working for Ted Shackley in Laos and Vietnam, flying Special Ops missions. In 1972, Seal was arrested in New Orleans for attempting to smuggle 7 tons of C-4 to an anti-Castro group in Mexico...
Soon after being fired from TWA, Seal turned to drug smuggling as a major source of income. In December 1979 he was arrested in Guatemala with $25M worth of coc aine and imprisoned. In Sepetember 1980, he was released without being charged.
Seal soon began flying coc aine shipments into the US for the Columbian cartel. By the time Seal was arrested in Ft. Lauderdale in March 1984, he had flown over 100 flights for the Medellin, bringing between $3B and $5B worth of coc aine into the United States -- perhaps more than anyone in history.
Seal now returned to drug-smuggling with official sanction (if indeed he hadn't had it before) in return for smuggling arms to Contras in Honduras.
Before 1984 was over, Seal would be again arrested for smuggling drugs, this time marijuana. He posted bail and once again returned to smuggling drugs. In December 1985, Seal was finally sentenced to six months supervised probation. Within seven weeks he was dead, assassinated by a squad of Latin Americans in front of the halfway house.
Everything seemed to fit together -- a DEA informant had been targeted by the cartel he had betrayed. Yet soon after the assassination, the FBI showed up at the Louisiana State Police forensics lab and illegally seized all of Barry Seal's personal effects. When a state judge ordered the evidence returned, defense lawyers received an obviously ransacked suitcase. One thing the FBI had overlooked was a scrap of paper with VP George Bush's personal phone number. The assassins told their lawyers that once inside the US, they received directions from a US military official, later identified as Oliver North.
Originally posted by mikegrouchy
After Carter left office the group CENTAC was absorbed by the CIA,
who's director happened to be Bush Sr. What he learned from them,
and later capitalized on during his own Presidency, was that
1) Noriega the ruler of Panama was using his military to move drugs,
2) The Triads banking system using stamps could deliver $1 million in gold overnight, worldwide.
3) All the heroin was coming from France in things like statues of Buddha
4) and someone called "the ghost" could get anything across the Atlantic
Adler Berriman Seal (July 16, 1939 – February 19, 1986), better known as Barry Seal, was a United States drug smuggler and aircraft pilot who flew covert flights for the Central Intelligence Agency and the Medellín Cartel.
wikipedia /Barry Seal
Originally posted by Grifter42
What do you make of the connection to Lee Harvey Oswald, in the early days? He and Oswald trained together in New Orleans. Now, I don't know how early the CIA connection began, but it's a creepy coincidence. If it is a coincidence.