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Edward Jay Epstein – Agency of fear

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I’ve read another book on the War by drugs; Edward Jay Epstein – Agency of fear; Opiates and Political Power in America (1977): http://www.mediafire.com/file/c61nk1980 ... jkmmmm.pdf

This is a different book than the others I’ve posted in this thread. It shows how the fear for drugs is used to reorganise the government, and for mind control purposes. It shows similarities with the “war on terror”.
I was surprised to learn how many of our ideas on addicts are the prejudiced ideas that were used to fuel the war by drugs. It’s almost exclusively about the Nixon administration…

Epstein considers the description of drug addicts by the state propaganda similar to vampires.
The story that each addict would make addicts of others was pioneered by Richmond Pearson Hobson in the 1920s (Hobson died in 1937). Hobson was financed by John D. Rockefeller Jr.
In 1966, Nelson Rockefeller depicted heroin addiction as an infectious disease that would be spread to “innocent” victims in both the ghetto and the suburbs.

In 1971, President Richard Nixon justified his request for emergency powers to deal with the drug epidemic by supplying statistics to the media that the number of addict-users had increased from 68,000 in 1969 to 315,000 in 1970 to 559,000 in 1971. Myles Ambrose declared that “Such a geometric progression threatened the entire American citizenry with "the hell of addiction" every individual infected with heroin was in turn driven to infect at least six others.
How did they reach these remarkable numbers?

In 1969 it was not assumed that there were many addicts unknown to the police; in 1970 it was assumed that there were 246,912 unknown addicts; in 1971 they supposed 490,912 unknown addicts at large.
If the same method was used to reach the estimate of 68,088 addicts in 1969, by mid-1970 the addict population would be 68,864…
To put this in perspective, there were more than 9 million alcoholics and less than 100,000 known narcotics addicts at the time.

After continual White House pressure, by 1971 television stations had donated commercial time worth some $37 million for messages about the war on drugs, according to an estimate by the Advertising Council in 1972. Because of this massive campaign, President Nixon could rightfully claim in his June 1971, declaration of a national emergency that "the threat of narcotics ... frightens many Americans".

In 2017, it’s still common to see addicts as major criminals. One of the strategies that is used to convince us of junkies as criminals, by putting the criminals back on the street directly after an arrest - "revolving door" arrests.

Like the numbers to show that the amount of addicts was rising dramatically, also numbers were invented to show the addicts as major criminals.
Governor Rockefeller stated that $5 billion was yearly stolen in New York City by addicts alone.
If all the projected 559,000 addicts committed two or three burglaries a day, as President Nixon postulated, they would commit more than 365 million burglaries a year – 200 times more than all of the burglaries. If in 1970 there were 100,000 addicts in New York and they had to steal $30 a day to pay for their habit, than that "army of addicts" would steal $1,095,000,000. Calculations like these would mean that addicts would steal 12 times more property than was actually stolen in 1971.
In 1973, Rockefeller claimed that the 135,000 addicts in New York had a "day-in, day-out" robbery schedule. This would amount to something like 49,275,000 robberies, muggings, and murders a year, which would mean that a New York resident would be robbed, mugged, and murdered approximately 7 times a year. There were (only) about 110,000 of such crimes reported in New York City.

In the summer of 1972, a shipping strike temporarily interrupted the supply of heroin in Eastern cities and quintupled the street price of the drug. If heroin addicts had to finance their habit through theft, then there should have been either a sharp increase in crime or an increase in the number of applicants for methadone-treatment programs. But nothing like this happened…
During the East Coast dock strike, IDA researchers found that heroin use in the Washington jails dropped from nearly 20% to 0, while the use of barbiturates and amphetamines among the arrestees rose from 3 - 4% to nearly 20%.

The state propaganda often tells us about the successes of law enforcement in the “war on drugs”.
On 24 October 1969, none other than Henry A. Kissinger demanded that poppy production in Turkey must be stopped:
Mr. Kissinger recommended that the participants at the meeting constitute a Task Force, and that a working party be established under State's leadership. The working party should prepare a report to the Task Force containing a detailed action program relating to the following: specific measures to end the Turkish opium crop no later than summer 1970; action to ensure that heroin production is eliminated in France; a diplomatic scenario should be included and fully integrated with domestic programs. The report should be in the hands of the Task Force within one week, with a view to providing a Task Force report to the President immediately thereafter.
https://2001-2009.state.gov/r/pa/ho/fru ... /45848.htm

Then suddenly in 1971, the Turkish military overthrew the elected government of Turkey. The new premier, Nihat Erim, agreed to suspend poppy cultivation in Turkey in time for the American election.
This sounded like a major success, but according to estimates by the CIA, Turkey produced only 3- 8% of the illicit opium in the world. While the state media accused Turkey of supplying "up to 80 percent of the heroin smuggled into the United States", the Golden Triangle was producing about ten times as much.

Another great trick is to present drug catches in “street value”. A kilogram of heroin seized in 1970 could be replaced by a trafficker in France for about $5,000; but the Bureau of Narcotics would report it at $210,000 (more than 40 times what the heroin was actually worth).

Poppy wasn’t only used in producing (illegal) heroin, but also for codeine used in (legal) drugs. In 1974, the “coughing crisis” erupted, and the Office of Management and Budget, decided to reverse the policy of annihilating the world's poppy production and seek new sources of opium for the drug industry.

In 1930, it was already known that federal narcotics agents in New York City took credit for arrests made by the NYPD, and that some of the federal agents were themselves involved with narcotics traffickers.
In 1969, it was discovered that the New York office of the federal Bureau of Narcotics had become the leading dealers in heroin in the USA and were protecting the operations of dealers (who in turn helped them to get their "arrests").

If Americans could be persuaded that their lives and the lives of their children were being threatened by a rampant epidemic of narcotics addiction, Nixon's advisors presumed they would not object to government actions like no-knock warrants, pre-trial detention, wiretaps, and unorthodox strike forces.
A new law was passed, that meant that if an addict took a drug within 24 hours after committing a crime, he could be mandatorily sentenced to concentration camps for life for committing a petty crime (of course in 2017 the USA promotes the 3-strikes law, which is arguably even more effective…).

There was a new policy to check automobiles and trucks crossing the border with Mexico. This delayed them up to 6 hours in hundred-degree temperatures; anybody appearing suspicious or recalcitrant was stripped and bodily searched.
More than five million people were checked, but virtually no narcotics were found. The task force thus was quietly withdrawn from the Mexican border.

It was repeatedly suggested that the only way to get immediate results, is to assassinate traffickers.
According to Ambassador Martin, the only way of disrupting the supply of opium from the Golden Triangle is to organise assassination teams to kill the key traffickers that control the trade.
John Ingersoll was asked by the White House to prepare a plan for "clandestine law enforcement". According to Jeffrey Donfeld, who drew up most of the memoranda, assassination was "a very definite part of the plan".

According to Egil Krogh's detailed description of the discussion on drugs of John Ehrlichman with President Nixon, the president agreed to "forceful action in [stopping] international trafficking of heroin at the host country".
The memorandum of the meeting noted:
It is anticipated that a material reduction in the supply of heroin in the U.S. can be accomplished through a $100 million (over three years) fund which can be used for clandestine law enforcement activities abroad and for which BNDD would not be accountable.

Already 40 years ago it was known that methadone is just as addictive and damaging to the health as heroin, while letting the government provide it to addicts, doesn’t even reduce crime, and gives the addicts the possibility to become methadone dealers themselves…

Methadone was developed by German Nazi scientists during World War II as a substitute for heroin and morphine. After the war the formula for this synthetic drug was given to American drug companies, and it was subsequently manufactured by Eli Lilly and Company.
Jerome Jaffe claimed that by distributing methadone, he had single-handedly decreased the crime rate in Chicago with 40%.

Under the auspices of the New York Health Research Council, Dr. Vincent P. Dole, of the Rockefeller Institute, and psychiatrist Maria E. Nyswander, experiments were done that laid the foundation for what was to become known as "methadone maintenance".
Dole and Nyswander actually increased the dosages of methadone for 22 addicts participating in the experiment until they were stabilized on a higher dosage of methadone than they had previously used of heroin. They succeeded in substituting the methadone for heroin.
Because the high of methadone is less intense and works longer, theoretically, addicts on methadone could better be employed (than on heroin).

Other doctors tried to replicate Dole and Nyswander's program of methadone maintenance but found that many of the methadone patients continued their life of crime. They also found out that they persisted in using illegal drugs.
An April 1974 report by the newly created Drug Enforcement Agency, entitled "Methadone: A Review of Current Information", showed that addicts on methadone maintenance are not necessarily rehabilitated heroin addicts. They found out that where there is an extensive methadone program, there were more methadone addicts arrested than heroin addicts.
It was found that among the addicts younger than 31, the only reductions in criminal arraignments one year after they had begun methadone treatment occurred in three categories: drug offenses, forgery and prostitution. In all other categories the rate of criminal charges actually increased.

In 2017, there are still methadone maintenance programs everywhere in the developed world. Most of the information on the internet is moderately positive about these methadone programs…
The best critical review I found is from 2001, which focuses on Atlanta.
By 1970, methadone clinics opened across the country. Approximately 800 clinics operate today; they have 115,000 patients.
In the 1990s, private clinics began appearing. Addicts pay up to $300 a month for methadone versus $100 a day for heroin. A private clinic with 200 patients is guaranteed a monthly income of almost $60,000.

Clinics regularly give methadone to patients who haven't proved an addiction, increase dosages without a physician's approval and provide take-home doses even to patients who were caught selling previous doses on the street.
GPA Treatment Director Stacey Pearce says that new patients, with opiates in their urine, claims to be using heroin with track marks or prescriptions for pain pills at multiple pharmacies, get methadone.
DHR inspection reports show that at 4 of 10 Atlanta-area clinics, patients have walked in for the first time and got methadone without proving they suffered an opiate addiction. At 2 clinics, patients that were caught selling their doses, can still take a home supply with them.
Patients claim they can easily get more methadone. If they complain of leg cramps, insomnia or other withdrawal symptoms, the dose goes up.

State rules say clinics can start a patient on a maximum dose of 30 milligrams and can increase the dosage until signs of withdrawal disappear (a 50 milligram dose can kill somebody who hasn’t build up a tolerance to opiates). It's pretty standard to get five or 10 additional milligrams every few days until the dosage reaches 60 to 100 milligrams (a day).
On 3 January 1996, Chris Brackett walked into a methadone clinic. The clinic started him on a 30 milligram dose of methadone. When Brackett returned to the clinic at 7 AM the next day, a nurse gave him another 40 milligram dose, because his cravings and symptoms hadn't ceased. He went home, to Canton. Brackett's girlfriend walked into their apartment at 6 PM, and found him laying dead on the couch. The autopsy listed the cause of death as "intoxication by multiple prescription medications, including methadone": https://creativeloafing.com/content-184 ... -the-legal

From 1999 to 2007 the number of methadone deaths in the USA increased from something like 800 to 5500 a year, then lowered to 4600 in 2010.
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Afghanistan full-blown narco-state

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As part of “the war on terror”, the international community has openly supported the cultivation of poppy in Afghanistan. The 21st century Afghanistan is the only country that really deserves to be called a full-blown narco-state.

The U.S. military has openly said that it protects Afghani poppy fields. It’s claimed that this will appease farmers, while it’s supposedly the Taliban that forces these farmers to grow poppy.
There is even an example, where a US soldier seems to be helping with cultivation.
In November 2009, the Afghan Minister of Counter Narcotics Khodaidad Khodaidad said that the majority of drugs are stockpiled in 2 provinces controlled by US, UK, and Canadian troops. He also claimed that NATO forces are taxing the opium and that foreign troops are earning money from drug production in Afghanistan: https://publicintelligence.net/usnato-t ... ghanistan/
See the heavily armed US mercenaries patrolling the poppy fields

In a 2010 report by Geraldo Rivera on Fox News, a USMC Lt. Col. Admitted that US forces encourage the Afghans to grow different crops, and tolerate poppy cultivation. The US army claims they are teaching the Afghans who are the “good” guys.
The marines also got a nice visit by British Crown Prince Charles… - EDIT - video was deleted by Youtube.

In 1983, the British SAS trained the Mujahedin fighters of the drugs trafficking Osama Bin Laden in the hills surrounding the Criffel, Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/1546995.stm

In 2007, Dutch minister Agnes van Ardenne admitted that Dutch soldiers in Afghanistan won’t take part in the destruction of opium poppy crops because it’s “counterproductive”. Van Ardenne said the Netherlands and other European NATO members oppose the plan to destroy the poppies, and would explain this to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
According to NATO commander US Gen. James L. Jones:
Having NATO troops out there burning crops, for example, is not going to significantly contribute to the war on drugs. It's much more sophisticated and complex than that.
https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/wo ... stan_x.htm

In 2007, the Daily Mail reported that the biggest success that the British troops had achieved; is that Afghanistan is now capable of converting opium into heroin on an industrial scale in factories themselves. This has resulted in Afghanistan exporting heroin (instead of opium) and has lowered the heroin prices in Britain.
Millions of gallons of the needed chemicals are shipped into Afghanistan by tanker. The transport is greatly supported by the roads creating with American aid.
The 4 largest players in the heroin business are senior members of the Afghan government.
After Alexander Litvinenko reported about the major involvement of government officials in St Petersburg in the heroin trade, he had to flee Russia, because he named political allies of President Vladimir Putin. Litvinenko died in London in 2010 by polonium 210 poisoning: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... -time.html

Brother of the (then) Afghan president, Ahmed Wali Karzai, was suspected of being a key player in the booming opium trade. Ahmed Wali Karzai was paid for his “assistance” by the CIA since the NATO invasion of Afghanistan for at least 8 years. Ahmed Wali Karzai denied the money from the CIA but said he received regular payments from his president brother.
A top former Afghan Interior Ministry official said that a major source of Ahmed Wali Karzai’s influence over the drug trade was his control over key bridges crossing the Helmand River.
Ahmed Wali Karzai got sort of controversial when the CIA’s local paramilitary group, the Kandahar Strike Force, shot and killed Kandahar’s provincial police chief, Matiullah Qati: www.nytimes.com/2009/10/28/world/asia/28intel.html

Here’s a 2010 article by Alfred McCoy, with also some history of the support of the drug trafficking mujahedeen, Hekmatyar and the Pakistani ISI by the CIA.
The Bush administration did nothing to stop the heroin boom, and helped create a drug economy that corrupted and crippled the government. In recent years, for some 500,000 Afghan families, nearly 20% of the country's population, their main source of income is poppy cultivation.
In late 2004, President Bush said he did not want to "waste another American life on a narco-state''.
Many Afghan officials, from village leaders to Kabul's police chief, the defence minister, and the brother of President Hamid Karzai, have been involved in the drugs trafficking - EDIT new link: http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175225/ ... a_drug_war__/
(archived here: http://archive.is/fdT8w)

Following is a 2016 article, on the decrease of poppy eradication in 2016,
In 2016 only 355 hectares, or 877 acres, of poppy were destroyed in 2016, a 91% decline from 2015.
According to the official numbers, 90% of the world’s heroin comes from Afghanistan: https://www.businessinsider.nl/opium-po ... =true&r=US
See the estimated numbers of the UN in metric tons, according to which 2007 was the top year…

The 2004 World Bank paper “DRUGS AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFGHANISTAN” shows that there is no plan for poppy eradication at all, but only a plan to “control” the drug trade: http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTC ... 18_Web.pdf
The development implications of the opium economy include pluses as well as minuses. Among the former are the support provided by the opium economy to overall economic activity and the balance of payments. The opium economy has boosted rural incomes and has served as a coping mechanism helping large numbers of poor people through wage labor and sharecropping and tenancy arrangements which provide them with access to land and credit, albeit on unfavorable terms.
Widespread availability of grain (imported or domestically produced) on local markets may enable farmers to shift more acreage to opium poppy cultivation by obviating the necessity to grow grain for self-consumption.
In the short run, Afghanistan’s drug industry provides significant macroeconomic benefits for the country. Comprising a large share of total economic activity (roughly one-third in 2003), it is a major source of aggregate demand—for services, durable goods, construction, etc. It provides incomes and livelihoods for large numbers of people. In recent years Afghan farmers have received in the range of half a billion dollars annually from opium production, with another several hundred million dollars probably going to wage laborers (see Ward and Byrd 2004). This constitutes an enormous injection of income into Afghanistan’s battered rural economy. The drug industry supports Afghanistan’s balance of payments with a net positive impact that is hard to ascertain but may be in the range of $500-1,000 million annually, facilitating conservative macroeconomic management and supporting the currency. And although the drug industry as an illegal activity does not provide tax revenues directly to the government (except perhaps small local revenues), imports from drug proceeds do generate significant amounts of customs revenue.
The question of controlling the monetary proceeds of the drug trade, which are transferred through the informal hawala financial system, is important. The subject is mentioned in the strategy but no specific actions are proposed.
Overall, an eradication-led strategy would face severe problems with implementation, poverty impacts, and political damage.
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Re: Drug trade controlled by elite, Bush, Clinton, CIA and big banks

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Here’s a video compiled by James Corbett (36:59).
It includes interviews with “Freeway” Ricky Ross and Gary Webb (from 2003, 2004).
Ricky Ross made $2 million dollars a day in his top period.
On 14 December 2004, Kevin Booth calls Ricky Ross in prison to tell him that Gary Webb was “suicided”. Ross tells that Webb was looking forward to the future, his phone was tapped, people were following him, and when he got home at night there were “government people” people snooping around.
Gary Webb was still investigating the case.

There were some links with the video, amongst others to official documents from the NSA: http://nsarchive2.gwu.edu//NSAEBB/NSAEBB2/index.html
(archived here: http://archive.fo/vBkYt)

On 10 February 1986, Rob Owen ("TC") wrote North ("BG") regarding a plane, belonging to the Miami-based company Vortex, run by Michael Palmer, one of the largest marijuana traffickers in the US. Palmer received over $300,000 from the Nicaraguan Humanitarian Aid Office (NHAO) - an office overseen by Oliver North, Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs Elliott Abrams, and CIA officer Alan Fiers - to ferry “supplies” to the contras.

Reagan administration officials interceded on behalf of José Bueso Rosa, a Honduran general who was involved with the CIA's contra operations. In 1984, Bueso and co-conspirators hatched a plan to assassinate Honduran President Roberto Suazo Córdoba; to be financed with a $40 million cocaine shipment to the United States, which the FBI intercepted in Florida, after which Reagan interfered in his trial to give him a relatively light sentence: http://nsarchive2.gwu.edu//NSAEBB/NSAEB ... /doc13.pdf
http://nsarchive2.gwu.edu//NSAEBB/NSAEB ... /doc14.pdf

An import source for information to Gary Webb, were the 1990 court testimonies of Fabio Ernesto Carrasco, a pilot for the Columbian drug smuggler George Morales. Carrasco testified that in 1984 and 1985, he piloted planes loaded with weapons to the Contras in Costa Rica. On the return flights, drugs were flown to the US.
Carrasco also testified that Morales provided "several million dollars" to Octaviano Cesar and Adolfo "Popo" Chamorro, who worked with the head of the Contras' southern front, Eden Pastora. Chamorro told him that he had called his CIA control officer to ask if the Contras could accept money and arms from Morales, who was under indictment for cocaine smuggling, which "was fine".
See the 3 images from this official document: http://nsarchive2.gwu.edu//NSAEBB/NSAEB ... /doc17.pdf



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Drugs – Chip Tatum, Darlene Novinger, Celerino Castillo, Al Martin

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John Ellis “Jeb” Bush, son of a Bush Sr, was partners in crime with Alberto Duque, who financed Jeb’s $30 million real estate development project.
Alberto Duque is the same Colombian national who laundered drug money for the Medellin and Cali Cartels and Nicaraguan Contras, while being president of the General Coffee Company of Colombia and owner of City National Bank of Miami. In 1983, Duque was convicted for fraud and sent to federal prison.

Duque hired Bush crony Don Beazley, to serve as City National Bank's president. Beazley had previously worked for the CIA's Nugan Hand Bank in Australia.
Former CIA director William Colby was Nugan Hand's legal counsel.
Beazley had also been president of Great American Bank of Miami. In 1982, this bank was indicted for drug money laundering. Beazley also negotiated the sale of Second National Bank of Homestead, a subsidiary of Great American, to Nugan Hand.

Jeb was appointed by father George H.W. Bush to the board of the National Republican Institute, the Republican branch of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
Jeb Bush's relationship with City National Bank, whose other senior director was director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Foundation Leonard Abess, ensured that a large slice of NED money flowed to Israeli security firms like Tadiran.

In the 1980s, Jeb Bush was a liaison between daddy George "poppy" Bush´s national security adviser, Donald Gregg, and various Florida-based Nicaraguan and Cuban exile organisations to support the drugs for arms pipeline to the Nicaragua Contras.
Mario Castejon, candidate for president of Guatemala, sought funding for arms to the Contras and other “rebel” groups in Central America, which would be labelled "medical supplies".

Another partner in crime of Jeb Bush was Miami-based lawyer Paul Helliwell, who owned 2 CIA money laundering banks: Great American Bank of Miami (later bought by Nugan Hand and indicted in 1982 for drug money laundering) and Castle Bank & Trust Ltd. of Nassau in the Bahamas.

Jeb Bush was also in business with 2 other Florida banks: Northside Bank of Miami (owned by the Cali Cartel) and the Popular Bank and Trust Company.
Popular Bank was once owned by Nicaragua's Anastasio Somoza but transferred to CIA control after his assassination in 1980 by Sandinista commandos in Paraguay. Much of the billions of dollars that the Somoza family stole from Nicaragua ended up in CIA-connected banks that financed Jeb's many real estate and money laundering enterprises.

After Jeb Bush stopped working for the Texas Commerce Bank in Venezuela in 1980, he hooked up with the Cuban-American Miami Armando Codina, who was connected to the CIA-supported anti-Castro Cuban exiles in Florida.
Codina helped Jeb make millions of dollars in the real estate business and eventually launch his political career that made him Governor. Jeb sold high-priced condos and mansions in the Miami area to his connections in Venezuela for handsome commissions.

One of Jeb Bush's Miami associates was Cuban terrorist Orlando Bosch. Bosch was a key figure in CIA's Operation Condor, which was an alliance of Latin American military dictatorships that assassinated South American leaders that were considered enemies of the CIA. From Caracas, Bosch helped in the October 1976 bombing of Cubana Airlines flight 455, which killed 73 passengers and crew. The Cubana bombing was discussed at a 1976 meeting in Washington between Bosch, another Cuban terrorist, Luis Posada Carriles, and Michael Townley of the CIA.
Jeb's father, CIA director at the time, knew about this, as well as another plot to kill former Chilean Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier: https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/soci ... bush61.htm
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Drugs – Chip Tatum, Darlene Novinger, Celerino Castillo, Al Martin

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In this post is information by some whistleblowers on drugs trafficking by the CIA in the 1980s, going all the way to George H.W. Bush, his son Jeb Bush and Oliver North - Chip Tatum and Darlene Novinger.
All of these “whistleblowers” have claimed to have survived assassination attempts, including blowing their cover to the “criminals” they were spying on (in the hope that the “criminals” would finish them off).

Dois Gene “Chip” Tatum, as a helicopter pilot for the US Army from 1982 to 1986, was involved in massive drug smuggling into the USA.
His passengers included: William Barr; Buddy Young; Felix Rodriguez; Oliver North; Joe Fernandez; Manuel Noriega; Mike Harari.
Tatum reported these illegal activities to his superiors in the army, his handlers in the CIA, the National Security Council, and various high ranking officials, including: George H.W. Bush; Oliver North; Don Gregg; William Barr; Felix Rodriguez; Joe Fernandez; Dewey Clarridge.

Tatum was present at a meeting where dropping off drug money was discussed, in the presence of: Manuel Noriega; William Barr (associated with CIA proprietary Southern Air Transport and later US attorney general); Joe Fernandez; Mike Harari; General Gustavo Alverez. Participating in this meeting via satellite telephone were George Bush Sr., Oliver North, and (then governor of Arkansas) William Jefferson Clinton.

On 15 February 1985, Oliver North assigned Major Felix Rodriguez to be Tatum’s local handler.
“Missions” could be ordered by any of the following: Oliver North; Amiram Nir (former Israeli Mossad Intelligence Officer and Advisor to Vice President Bush Sr.); Felix Rodriguez- (CIA).

On his flights to Arkansas Tatum met Dr. Dan Lasater. Lasater was usually accompanied by plain-clothes cop Raymond “Buddy” Young. Young later showed up in Honduras, posing as a member of the Arkansas National Guard.
Tatum delivered cocaine and money to Arkansas, which were labelled “donor organs”, directly to Lasater, who handed it over to Bill Clinton. He was introduced to Governor William J. Clinton, and his security chief, Buddy Young.
After Tatum returned to Ft. Campbell, he reported to CIA Director Colby that he had discovered that he delivered kilos of an off-white powdery substance and lots of cash. He later found identical packages in Honduras containing cocaine.
Tatum telephoned Don Gregg (George H.W. Bush’s National Security Advisor) to inform him that he was transporting large quantities of cocaine. Gregg told him that the cocaine would be used as evidence against the Sandinistas.

About a year later, Tatum was introduced to William Barr, Mike Harari, and Buddy Young. Barr presented himself as an emissary of Bush Sr. They met Felix Rodriguez for dinner at a local German restaurant.
There was a discussion on whether they would increase the “price” in cocaine for the guns to the Contras.
Harari: Look-one gun and 3,000 rounds of ammo is $1,200. A kilo of product is about $1,000. We credit the Contras $1,500 for every kilo. That’s top dollar for a kilo of cocaine. It’s equivalent to the American K-Mart special-buy four, get one free. On our side-we spend $1,200 for a kilo and sell it for $12,000 to $15,000. Now, that’s a profit center. And the market is much greater for the product than for weapons. It’s just good business sense-understand?
Young: Well, we get our ten percent right off the top and that’s plenty. GOFUS can make it go a long way.
Harari: Who is GOFUS?
Young: Governor Clinton! That’s our pet word for him. You know they call the President ‘POTUS’ for ‘President of the United States.’
Harari: One camp can produce 400 keys a week. The others are about half that. But that’s just our operation here. We have other sources in various parts of the world. Why do you ask?
Tatum met General Manuel Noriega and Barr for a meeting in which the loss of over $100 million dollars worth of drugs and cash was discussed.
Tatum once asked Barry Seal about the cocaine being made in Contra camps.
Seal said it was a CIA operation.

In another instance, Tatum was present when North, Rodriguez, and Ami Nir were inspecting cocaine in a Contra camp.
North said on 30 March 1985:
but he [Bush Sr.] is very concerned about those missing monies. I think he's going to have Jeb [Bush] arrange something out of Columbia.
This could be a “subtle" reference to the later assassination of Barry Seal by members of the Medellin Cartel in early 1986.

Bill Cooper and Buzz Sawyer were shot down in Nicaragua and killed. Their associate Eugene Hasenfus was captured by the Sandinistas.
Three months later Barry Seal was killed outside a half-way house in Louisiana.
In 1988, Ami Nir was killed.
In 1989, General Gustavo Alverez was killed.
In 1991, Contra leader and overseer of the cocaine kitchens Enrique Bermudez was killed.

Buddy Young became director of Region 6 of FEMA based in Denton, Texas.

In March 1986, Tatum was involuntarily recruited by Lt. Col. Oliver North into a Special Operations group named Pegasus. He would be working directly for President Reagan. Tatum was paid $43,394.40 in April 1986, given a medical discharge and reported to his new assignment in May 1986.
During the next few years, Tatum was tasked by Bush Sr. with the “neutralisation” of: in 1988 a Mossad agent, in 1989 an army Chief of Staff, in 1989 the President of a third world country, and in 1991 the leader of a revolutionary force in Central America.

In 1992, Tatum was ordered to “neutralise” an American citizen. Tatum refused and decided to leave the Black Operations unit.
When Tatum told Colby of his decision, Colby said he can’t just walk away. Tatum replied that he had placed film and tapes in strategic locations around the world to insure his safety.

In May 1996, Dois Gene Tatum was locked up in the Hillsborough County Jail on a treason charge, but the authorities didn’t give any information.

Between the lines of the book, I can read that there is a lot more information that Tatum didn’t expose.
Chip Tatum “The Tatum chronicles – Pegasus” (1996):

There were 28 whistleblowers and witnesses, including FBI undercover agent Darlene Novinger, who suffered anthrax attacks between 1994 and 1997. 14 survived and several have died since of “cancer”. Darlene’s entire family, her husband, father, mother were all killed, and Darlene died in July 2003 from “cancer”.
After Novinger’s husband was murdered her files were sent to Red Wood City, California to be shredded: http://www.stewwebb.com/2014/02/22/fbi- ... rug-usage/

In 1982, Darlene was told by the Smatt brothers (William and Raymond) that pharmaceutical-grade cocaine was delivered to the office of Vice President Bush at the White House. Smatt also told her that they had delivered prostitutes to Jeb and George Bush Sr. when they were in Miami.
Raymond Smatt also told her that George H.W. and Jeb Bush had used cocaine at his Miami home.
William Smatt showed Darlene personal correspondence, photographs, and checks of Vice President Bush and his son Jeb.

Smatt told Darlene that he had provided money to the head of the Republican Party in Florida, and that Florida politicians kept asking him for more money.
Smatt was called by the Miami Republican Party in her presence. Smatt screamed at them:
I just gave you a couple hundred-thousand dollars and I want this done!
After Novinger submitted her report with this information in December 1982, an investigation was started.
In January 1983, George Bush Sr. fired his entire staff on the South Florida Drug Task Force. Novinger assumed this was to cover-up her report.
Novinger´s cover was blown to the “criminals” she was spying on, she thought that they hoped they would kill her. She was also shot at, Novinger assumed to scare her.

Listen to the June 1996 radio interview by Stew Webb with Darlene Novinger.

On with the next “whistleblower” former DEA agent Celerino Castillo III...
I’m not sure about Castillo, who tries very hard to portray himself as an all-American hero. The problem with his book is that the most important “evidence” comes from other public sources.
According to Castillo he was an important source for Webb.

Castillo claims that he "quickly discovered that the Contra pilots were, indeed, smuggling narcotics back into the United States”.
Castillo attempted to seek justice, by reporting on Oliver North and George H.W Bush on 24 March 1986. Castillo found that Craig Chretien was one of the agents sent to El Salvador to squash his reports.
Castillo was asked to keep his file on the Contras open, so that Walsh's Iran-Contra investigators could be denied access to the reports under the Freedom of Information Act.
So he filed a report, but where are the details?

When Castillo met Bush, he said to him:
There’s some funny things going on with the Contras in El Salvador.
Bush didn’t reply but walked away, seeking another hand to shake. Castillo claims that this is evidence that Bush knew about the drug trafficking. See Celerino Castillo with George H.W. Bush, 14 January 1986.

In 1994, Castillo went on the road to stop Oliver North’s Virginia Senate campaign – Castillo claims he was able to stop North...

After Castillo arrived in Guatemala, Stia described the covert US operation with the Nicaraguan rebels, run out of Ilopango air base near San Salvador by Marine Lt. Colonel Oliver North:
Be careful what you do up there. Don't interfere in their operation.
Sofi told Castillo about big cocaine loads from Guatemala to Miami. Where are the details?

One time, missiles destined for the Contras were seized by the Hondurans.
A phone call from Reagan convinced President Roberto Sauzo Cordoba of Honduras to release the shipment. Washington rewarded Honduras with additional aid.

Celerino Castillo III and Dave Harmon "Powderburns: Cocaine, Contras & the Drug War": https://www.scribd.com/doc/111246977/Po ... E-DRUG-WAR
(alternative: https://www.scribd.com/document/1170736 ... burns-2012)

I’ll end this post with a long article by Robert Morrow on some of the whistleblowers on drugs trafficking by the CIA in the 1980s, going all the way to George H.W. Bush, his son Jeb Bush and Oliver North.
I don’t think that Daniel Hopsicker is a reliable source for information, but the other “whistleblowers” probably are (including the people already named in this post).

Al Martin’s book “The Conspirators: Secrets of an Iran-Contra Insider (2001) details a September 1985 meeting where Jeb Bush discussed the murder of Barry Seal in February 1986 with Oliver North, Richard Secord and Dewey Clarridge.

Martin writes about a meeting chaired by Jeb Bush, where North explained that they would “fight” against the lower revenue of cocaine because of the lower prices, by importing more.
CIA-assisted enterprise narcotics trafficking depressed the street price value of cocaine from $30,000 in early 1985 to $12,000 by mid-1986.

When Martin said he would expose what was happening, Jeb Bush responded by telling him that it would be “unfortunate”, since he might wind up like George Morales or Johnny Molina.
Jeb continued on Morales (then in prison): “Of course, Morales will never leave prison alive”.
The day after Morales would be released from jail, he would be flown to Washington to tell about the Iran-Contra affair. The day before Morales was to be released, he died, after slipping on a bar of soap in the prisoner’s shower.

When Bush threatened Martin at 10:30 a.m., Molina was still alive…
The next day Martin read that Molina had “committed suicide” the same evening at about 9:30 p.m. in Pensacola, Florida.
Lawyer Neil Lewis also threatened Martin, to which Martin responded by telling that he was aware that his former colleague, Larry Hamil, prior to the November 1998 elections, was involved in a political campaign money laundering scheme. Hamil laundered monies of Chinese origin to certain Republicans, including Jeb Bush.

Martin has personally known almost 400 people that died under suspicious circumstances.

In 1988, Bo Gritz, wrote a letter to George H.W. Bush about a video tape showing Khun Sa offering to stop 900 tons of illegal narcotics and expose dirty USG officials. In reply to this letter Gritz was threatened to stop his investigation and his partner Scott was jailed.
In a 28 June 1987 letter from Khun Sa to the US Justice Department, Richard Armitage, Theodore Shackley (former Deputy Director CIA from Covert Operations) and others are named as being involved in drug trafficking: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2013/4 ... al-in-1986
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Re: Drug trade controlled by elite, Bush, Clinton, CIA and big banks

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In this post some stories on drug traffickers working for the government as “informers” in Britain and the Netherlands.

Baybasin – Netherlands and Britain
In July 2002, in the Netherlands the Kurdish Turk Huseyin Baybasin was sentenced in appeal to life in prison for running a “violent” criminal organisation that was involved in murder, extortion, kidnapping and heroin trafficking in the Netherlands, Turkey and the US.
He was convicted based on (falsified?) tapes of telephone conversations and stabbed in the back by his own attorneys (in Dutch): http://uitspraken.rechtspraak.nl/inzien ... 002:AE5920

The Baybasins had information on high-ranking members of the Dutch, British and Turkish government involved in the £25 billion heroin trade.

By 1998, the Baybasin family was making millions from exporting heroin to Europe.
Huseyin Baybasin settled in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Reportedly his crime organisation also extorted up to £10,000 a year from shopkeepers and other small businessmen.

In March 2001, his brother Abdullah pleaded guilty to drug importation and in 2006 was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
Six members of his gang were jailed to a total of 68 years after pleading guilty to offences involving guns, violence, extortion and blackmail: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4787088.stm

The Baybasins were already notorious across Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia when they were invited to move from Turkey to the Netherlands and Britain.

In either late 1994 or early 1995, Abdullah Baybasin was encouraged by Customs to come to the UK where he settled in London. Huseyin Baybasin agreed to tell Customs investigators what he knew about the involvement of the Turkish authorities in the international heroin trade.
Baybasin and his gang entered the country illegally using forged Dutch passports, and had no problems setting up business. Abdullah Baybasin claimed asylum in Britain and was given preferential treatment because he was an informant for Customs and Excise.
Michael Howard was home secretary at the time.

The Baybasin Cartel was linked to up to 25 murders.
Several other relatives also lived in Britain, including 2 other brothers, Sirin and Mesut Baybasin. Sirin was once extradited from Spain to Italy to stand trial on drug smuggling charges but acquitted: https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/mar ... andalcohol
(archived here: http://archive.is/pFJch)

Ayhan Kurt - Britain
Another major drug smuggler, Ayhan Kurt, was released by the British authorities because he was working for MI5 and Turkish military intelligence.
Kurt had escaped justice, a month after in August 2002 being caught with 70 kilos of heroin. He had earlier avoided prosecution in 1998 and had his visa renewed despite being connected to 20 kilos of heroin concealed in a car.

In January 1998, Kurt was arrested in a London hotel room with 7 kilos of heroin and £143,000 in cash. Charges were later dropped after he promised “to name an informant in a case".
In 2002, Kurt and his partner Recep Yilmaz, imported 200-300 kilos heroin a month. In 2002, Kurt was arrested for possession of heroin but was not charged due to "insufficient evidence".
In 2004 (after he fled Britain), he was still smuggling 80 kilos a month into Britain.

Two British men, David Powell and John Rae, were sentenced to respectively 17 and 11 years in a conspiracy to supply heroin. Powell and Rae admitted they were smuggling cigarettes but that Kurt had set them up by replacing the cigarettes with heroin.
The Court of Appeal quashed the original convictions after it was revealed that prosecution didn’t disclose information about Kurt and his associate, Abdullah Baybasin: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7205508.stm
(archived here: http://archive.is/gWogd)

John Haase - Britain
Drugs baron John Haase told Labour MP Peter Kilfoyle that he was released from prison early after making a payment of £400,000 to former Home Secretary Michael Howard's cousin Simon Bakerman.

Haase and his nephew Paul Bennett were arrested in July 1993 for an international drug trafficking operation.
After they were jailed in 1995, the judge wrote privately to Howard asking for a royal pardon, because they had offered to become informants for Customs and Excise and their lives “would be at risk”.

Home Secretary Howard approved the “Royal Prerogative of Mercy” and cut their sentences from 18 to 5 years.
They were released in July 1996 (after the payment of £400,000) - 10 months and 2 weeks after being sentenced: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... claim.html
(archived here: http://archive.is/yYmwm)

IRT affair – Netherlands
The IRT affair in the Netherlands also involved drug trafficking with the participation of the police.
In 1995, Mink K was convicted of weapons possession and cocaine trafficking. He was released on appeal, due to a legal technicality.
Mink K had connections with the US DEA agent Robert Nieves that was linked to the cocaine importing network of the CIA and the Contras.

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I’ve looked for more information on the connection between Dutch drug trafficker Mink Kok and US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officer - Robert Nieves.

From 1985 to 1989, Nieves was the handler of Norwin "El Perico" Meneses the Cali cartel's representative in Nicaragua who was indicted on cocaine trafficking charges in the US in 1989, and arrested and sentenced to 12 years in Nicaragua in 1991.
In 1995, Nieves served as chief of the DEA's International Division, which was responsible for the DEA input in the IRT affair. Shortly after leaving the agency, Bob Nieves joined Guardian Technologies, a security consulting service and body armour manufacturing company based in Virginia and owned by Olivier North and Joe Fernandez (former CIA chief of station in Costa Rica from 1984 to 1986, who was also an integral part of the Contra supply network).

Mink Kok was arrested by the French police and extradited to Belgium in mid-1998. He was released on bail after only 2 weeks of detention, and returned to the Netherlands (after making a deal).
The IRT operation was suspended in December 1993
F. Lenaers (of the Belgian weapons manufacturer, Fabrique National (FN)) concluded that some of the guns had been ordered from FN by a US government agency: https://www.mail-archive.com/ctrl@lists ... 36999.html

Gary Webb’s book, confirms that Robert J. Nieves was the control agent of Norwin Meneses throughout most of the 1980s.
Joseph Kelso said that Nieves had been skimming cocaine from seizures made by the Costa Rican narcotics police. In 1986, Kelso had "hard-core, documentable, bring-it-into-court information" on Nieves, including 6 witnesses willing to testify that the DEA agents were skimming cocaine, making counterfeit money, sanitising intelligence reports to Washington, and protecting cocaine processing labs in northern Costa Rica.
At the time DEA agents Nieves and Gonzalez were stationed in Costa Rica, the CIA station chief was Joe Fernandez, a close friend and confidant of Oliver North.

When I looked for “evidence” on the connection between Mink Kok and Robert Nieves I found a book in Dutch; Bas van Hout “De jacht op de erven Bruinsma en de Delta organisatie (2000): http://www.mokums.nl/copy/boek_basvanhout.pdf

Maybe it’s an honest attempt at a real investigation by journalist Van Hout, but I suspect him of keeping the worst scandals out of it.
Other problems with this book are that there is no reference list and he uses fake names, while giving the impression that most of the names in the book are “real”.

It could be interesting to look at the names Van Hout DOES mention...
He names the American Steven Brown as one of the perpetrators. What could be the motive?
Steven Brown has a blogspot where he labels our beloved Willem-Alexander, the “graai-King” and Willem-Alexander’s university friend PM Mark Rutte a “hofnar”. He also labels our Royal family and the crooks surrounding them as “gangsters”: https://stevenbrownsblog.wordpress.com/ ... -in-crime/

Besides not naming individuals (except Brown) he doesn’t even name the Luxembourg banks that were involved in laundering the money for Cees and his brother Henk de Jongh.
The starting point of the book is Klaas Bruinsma’s drug organisation, but (officially) the IRT-affair really only started after “drug lord” Klaas Bruinsma was assassinated.

The most important person in the book appears to be FIOD official Cees de Jongh; the specialist in “controlled” entry of narcotics into the Netherlands, approved by the “Officier” of Justice. Officials of customs said that they reported suspicious cargo to De Jongh, who decided what to do with it.
Cees de Jongh worked together with Frits van der Putten (one of the very few “real” names in the book) of the CID.
Henk de Jongh worked for his brother Cees. Henk repeatedly talked to “Karel Vosseveld” (fake name), an important associate of Bruinsma.
The CID is part of the police and the FIOD is the investigation unit for the taxes (Belastingdienst).

The criminal file of “Vosseveld” was made unfindable...
“Vosseveld” had 30 trucks transporting the hashish (labelled as oranges) from Morocco and Spain to the Netherlands.
“Vosseveld” was also an associate of Belgian Minister Paul vanden Boeynants, whose company was involved in transporting the hashish. Vanden Boeynants was sentenced for tax evasion. No more information on this interesting lead by Van Hout...

Henk de Jongh did the money laundering for “Vosseveld” through Luxembourg banks. Henk’s wife was a top executive at a large Luxembourg bank. They invested in a real estate, gold and aiki-Budo centres (martial arts).
“Vosseveld” paid the brothers De Jongh many millions of guilders for getting the drugs through customs.

The CID leaked information to Klaas Bruinsma so that he would assassinate certain criminals.
The British Roy Adkins was killed in September 1990 in Amsterdam after Cees de Jongh informed “Vosseveld” that Adkins hired a contract killer to get rid of Bruinsma. “Vosseveld” was also informed on the German “Hans” (fake name), that was murdered after they informed Bruinsma that a container with drugs was caught because he had been questioned at Schiphol.
I think that it’s possible that the information leaked to Bruinsma was false...

Klaas Bruinsma and a select group of associates planned to import a whopping 46,000 kilos of hashish from Pakistan in one ship. According to the Dutch government, this would have made profits of 450 million guilders.
Bruinsma asked “Vosseveld” (using De Jongh) for assistance to get this through customs. Shortly before the ship would arrive in Amsterdam, De Jongh threatened that if he wouldn’t get half of the profits the whole shipment would be caught. “Vosseveld” refused this offer and the whole ship was caught. Only some of the low operatives were caught and tried in court.
Probably a part of the catch was sold anyway.
According to “Nol Couperus”, they could have arrested Bruinsma and “Vosseveld” after the 46,000 kilos was caught in 1990.
To me this proves what amateurs Bruinsma and his gang were; they should have split this shipment over several transports...

On 27 June 1991, Bruinsma was assassinated in Amsterdam.
Cop Martin Hoogland was found guilty for the murder, 20 years, according to Van Hout based on the false testimony of heroin dealer Steve Brown.
According to Van Hout, in 1994 Aleksander’s brother Branco Marianovic (from Montenegro) confessed killing Bruinsma and was the real killer. Marianovic was later murdered so we can’t ask him.

Officially IRT started in 1992, but it’s clear that even before that Bruinsma imported drugs with the help of the authorities.
Officially between 15,000 and 25,000 kilo cocaine and 500,000 kilo hashish were imported “controlled” – value 7 billion guilders.
The “investigation” of Bruinsma and his associates cost the tax payers 150 million guilders by the end of the 1990s.

An important associate of Klaas Bruinsma was Etienne Urka.
Etienne was arrested in December 1996, and in March 1999 convicted to 18 months for tax evasion.

In 1996, Maarten van Traa (head of the commission investigating the IRT-affair) was in contact with “Vosseveld”, at the time in prison, who wanted to make a deal to tell “everything” on the liquidations by the CID Haarlem.
Adele van der Plas was the attorney of “Vosseveld”.
This deal was not finalised by Van Traa and Frank Bovenkerk.

BVD informer W. Scholtemeijer was killed in 1997 in Haarlem

Towards the end of the book, finally information on “Nico” Robert Mink Kok being helped to escape justice by DEA man Robert “the Snowman” Nieves (who was part of the Contra drug trafficking). I was hoping for more information, evidence, but Van Hout didn’t think this was an interesting lead...
In 1996, Mink Kok got preferential treatment of “Raadsheer” Willem den Ottolander (friend of Cees de Jongh) of the court of appeal (Gerechtshof), involving 15,000 to 25,000 kilos cocaine worth 1.2 billion guilders and was acquitted.

It has been rumoured that Jaap van der Heijden was murdered by Mink Kok after the CID informed Bruinsma that he was trying to kill him.
In November 1997, Mink Kok was again arrested for buying secret police reports, but released in Belgium after a couple of months because of lacking evidence.
In 1999, Mink Kok made a deal with Fred Teeven.

After his release from prison, Mink Kok was accused of being the owner of a big weapons arsenal, including explosives and XTC in a house in Amsterdam. A new court case against Mink Kok was behind closed doors.
On 30 March 2000, Mink Kok was sentenced to 4 years.

Another CID informer “Chris J.” was involved in importing tons of cocaine from the Columbian Cali cartel and from Panama with the aid of the IRT.
He was arrested in February 2000.

Fred Teeven had to testify for the commission Van Traa where he defended his actions, by claiming that he didn’t know what Cees de Jongh was doing.
Teeven admitted that 293,000 kilos drugs were imported. In reality it was much more.

Cees de Jongh wasn’t questioned by the commission Van Traa for medical reasons. Van Hout describes going to an aiki-Budo work-out under false pretences to meet De Jongh. For some reason Van Hout “forgot” to ask De Jongh on his role importing drugs for the FIOD. This shows that the medical condition of De Jongh had been highly exaggerated.
De Jongh bought several aiki-Budo centrums with dirty money, without raising suspicion from the authorities.
According to Cees de Jongh, his superiors (including Fred Teeven) knew about the drug imports.

Another criminal, “Roel C.” (another fake name), also made a deal with Teeven.

Some time after the Commission Van Traa, the Commission Kalsbeek started a new “investigation”.
This commission claimed that Mink Kok had imported 15,000 to 25,000 kilos of cocaine with the help of the IRT.

That was all the worthwhile information I could find in this book.
The rest of this post is information that I found on the internet...

Minister of Justice since 1989 Ernst Hirsch Balin approved the “controlled” import of drugs (but he was defended by Teeven who claimed to know nothing...). Minister of Justice Hirsch Balin was appointed by then Queen Beatrix.
In 1994, Hirsch Balin had to resign as minister over the IRT affair. He was knighted by Beatrix on 8 October 1994 (and again in 2010 and 2014).
On 1 November 2000, Hirsch Balin was selected by Beatrix for the Raad van State (comparable to the British Privy Council.
On 22 September 2006, Hirsch Balin again became Minister of Justice.

When Minister of the Interior Ien Dales heard about the “controlled” import of cocaine by Dutch law enforcement, she reportedly said it should be stopped immediately. Ien Dales died very suddenly on 10 January 1994 of a “heart attack”.

She was replaced by the long-time Mayor of Amsterdam, Ed van Thijn, who not only had to resign as Minister (even though he wasn’t involved in the “controlled” import of drugs), but also had his political career ruined (compare this to Ernst Hirsch Balin or Fred Teeven for example).

Maarten van Traa died in a car crash on 20 October 1997.
Was this an “accident”, like the state media claim, or did he know too much?
According to André Rouvoet (who was also part of the Commission Van Traa), Van Traa continued to investigate the IRT affair even after the investigation had already been halted officially.

In 1999 the commission Kalsbeek was started to “investigate” this affair further (again with Rouvoet).
After they reported that in the beginning of the 1990s, more than 15,000 kilo cocaine had been imported with the help of corrupt government officials and also found huge amounts of exports of XTC to Britain, Minister Korthals ended the investigation in 2001 (in Dutch): https://www.vn.nl/andre-rouvoet-bij-de- ... -borrelen/

Fred Teeven was later rewarded for his work by becoming Staatssecretaris of Justice.
In that role he supervised a deal with Cees de Jongh.
Johan V. (de Hakkelaar) got sentenced to 6 years in prison and a fine of 200 million Euro.

Cees de Jongh got sentenced to a fine of 500 million guilder. In 1993, they confiscated 6 million of his assets.
As part of the deal with Teeven, De Jongh was fined with 750,000 guilder and could keep the rest of the money tax free (in Dutch): http://politiek.tpo.nl/2014/03/11/irt-a ... t-de-wind/

Fred Teeven and Martin Witteveen also made a deal with another drug criminal - Ad Karman.

One witness claims that Mink Kok paid Fred Teeven 1.2 million guilders at the beginning of the 1990s to get back a confiscated container with 2,500 kilo cocaine.
Teeven got another 500,000 guilders for the deal with Mink Kok (in Dutch): https://www.vn.nl/de-dealmaker-waarheid ... ed-teeven/

According to the following only 5.1 million guilders of Cees de Jongh was confiscated and after paying 750,000 guilder he got 4.7 million guilders.
The deal also included the early release of De Jongh, even before he was pardoned by Queen Beatrix.
The Teeven deal was approved (in all justice) by the Procureurs-Generaal.

In March 2014, Minister of Justice Ivo Opstelten and Fred Teeven claimed that Cees de Jongh only got 2 million.
On 9 March 2015, Opstelten and Teeven resigned over the “bonnetjes affaire”.
PM Mark Rutte admitted that the deal had been approved. Rutte explained that the new commission had to “investigate” who leaked that Cees de Jongh walked away with 4.7 (instead of 2) million guilders (in Dutch): https://nos.nl/nieuwsuur/artikel/207384 ... t-het.html

There is of course much more, but I don’t know what I can find.
The Dutch Royal family is effectively immune from prosecution, so anybody can understand that they are terrified to break the law...

See crime boss Willem-Alexander, Maxima, and some drug criminals, including Siegfried “Piet” Ulrich Humphrey Wortel and Frankie Uden, South Africa 2010.
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Frits Salomonson – attorney of the Queen

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The information in this post proves that journalist Bas van Hout is part of the cover-up.
It’s certainly possible that the same networks used for drug trafficking are used for child trafficking. I try to keep the focus in this thread on drugs and money laundering. The only stories worth reading about the main topic of this post – Frits Salomonson - include paedophilia.
All of these stories refer to the disinformation campaign – the Joris Demmink affair. In that story the former high government official Joris Demmink is accused of controlling the media, legal system, and even the cabinet and Raad van State.

Because it would be impossible for Demmink to do this, I know that everybody that claims to have “researched” this (like Micha Kat) while calling this the “Joris Demmink” affair is a liar. That's not even counting that the state media, including the NOS, revealed Demmink's name!
I certainly don’t claim that everybody that copy-pastes the stories on “Joris Demmink” is lying, but at the very least misinformed.

Firestarter wrote: Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:09 pmMaarten van Traa died in a car crash on 20 October 1997.
Was this an “accident”, like the state media claim, or did he know too much?
The (final) report of the Van Traa Commission (Appendix X) contains a list of (anonymous) attorneys that were involved with organised crime (including laundering drugs money).
Attorney nr. 25 was laundering money for the Klaas Bruinsma and Etienne Urka organisation in a scheme that involved buying options of Janzing BV below the market price, paying the difference under the table and keeping the profits.
It wasn’t hard to find out that Frits Salomonson was meant and the company Text Lite.
Salomonson had been a good friend of Beatrix since they studied in Leiden. Salomonson had been judicial advisor to Queen Beatrix and her husband Prince Claus from 1976 to 1996. He was even a member of the Guardianship Council of Crown Prince Willem Alexander, the son of Queen Beatrix (in case Beatrix would die before Willem-Alexander would be ready to take the throne). He withdrew from his advisory position and moved to Belgium over this affair.
Salomonson also was a subsidiary court judge in Amsterdam.

From 1984 to 1988, Salomonson was head of the advisory board of Text Lite and remained on the advisory until the company collapsed in 1990. The collapse of Text Lite with a deficit of 31 million guilders would grow into a scandal by 1994.
Salomonson had been a partner in the law firm Boekel de Nerée from 1991 to 1995, where Rutger Schimmelpenninck was another partner (since about 1979). Schimmelpenninck became the curator for Text Lite, but eventually withdrew as it was a too obvious that he had conflicting interests.

After leaving Boekel de Nerée, Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck became a partner in Houthoff Buruma. He was also a board member of the ABN AMRO bank (affiliated with Rothschild and the Dutch Royal family), head of Barings Holland 1995-1996, and curator for the Dutch branch of Lehman Brothers and the DSB Bank (that was bankrupted with the assistance of former Minister and director of ABN AMRO Gerrit Zalm).

In the 1980s, Frits Salomonson was also on the advisory board of Banque de Suez. In and around 1992, he also represented Banque de Suez Holland as a lawyer.
Since 1988, the Suez Group was chaired by Etienne Davignon (later chairman of the Bilderberg Group).
The Suez Group took over Societe Generale - that at the time controlled about one third to one half of the Belgian economy. Davignon and Maurice Lippens also chaired Societe Generale from that point on.

Davignon and Lippens have been named as some of the prominent people in the Marc Dutroux child abuse ring.
Some detectives spoke about a 1998 investigation in the Netherlands into a gay paedophile network of top public officials: 2 district attorneys (from a total of 19 in the Netherlands), a former minister, a professor and a former attorney of the Queen.
Frits Salomonson was of course a former attorney of Queen Beatrix…

In 1996, Salomonson’s neighbours P. Houben and J. Sietsema in Amsterdam sent a letter to the mayor to complain that Salomonson had been seeing underage male prostitutes. Salomonson took his (by then former) neighbours to court in a libel case.
Salomonson lost the case after the editor in chief of gossip magazine Privé confirmed that in the 1980s he had received pictures that showed Salomonson in SM outfit with 4 underage boys: http://fourwinds10.com/siterun_data/hea ... 1267644687
(archived here: http://archive.is/pVVfa)

In 1994, the FIOD searched the offices of Boekel de Nerée to find a letter from the curator of the Femis bank to Salomonson in which Salomonson was advised to get rid of evidence on bank accounts in Liechtenstein that contained drug money.

Frits Salomonson was also an executive or on the advisory of financial companies: Interborg BV, Ordina Beheer, Allianz Nederland, Barbizon, Amsterdamse Trustee, De Faam, Handelsveem BV, Nestle Nederland and NIM Holdings NV.

Former Minister and member of Bilderberg Neelie Kroes became Director of the investment fund Newtron that was founded by Salomonson, Willem Smit and former director of the CPB (the Dutch department of statistrics) P.M. de Ridder.

In 1994, long-time associate of Salomonson, attorney Oscar Hammerstein (who was also an executive at Janzing BV), was “investigated” by the FIOD over laundering 17.5 million guilders drug money for the organisation of Klaas Bruinsma.
The dirty money was labelled as the profits from the trade in wood and rice by Guptar, and transferred to a Swiss bank account.
In July 1995, Hammerstein was acquitted in appeal.

Another company involved in laundering money in a similar way as Text Lite was VHS. They again used Janzing BV, where Hammerstein through the Foundation Korf was a major shareholder.

The Amsterdam criminal Charly Wong, who was involved with Klaas Bruinsma and Steve Brown, tried to blow the whistle on Text Lite. Wong talked to Parool journalist Bart Middelburg (that according to Bas van Hout made mostly unfounded claims).
In 1993, Wong disappeared and his corpse was found a couple of months later in the woods near Lelystad (in Dutch): https://www.groene.nl/artikel/advocaat-van-oranje (archived here: http://archive.is/kpS7l)

See Frits Salomonson and Prince Claus walking....

I have some more information to post in this thread, but this is probably the last for some time on the Netherlands.
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George W. Bush had important business relationships with the Saudi multibillionaire Sheikh Khalid bin Mahfouz; Osama bin Laden's long-term financial sponsor and banker to the king. In 1998, pathological liar, former CIA Director James Woolsey even claimed that Sheikh Mahfouz's sister is one of the wives of Osama bin Laden.
George W. Bush was in business with 9 associates of Mahfouz, including 7 men associated with Harken: Dr. Hartmann, Sheikh's Bakhsh, Adham, Khalil and Khalifa, Bahrain deal-maker Michael Ameen and Jackson Stephens of Little Rock. Other individuals connected to both Bush and Mahfouz are Sami Baarma of the Carlyle Group and James Bath of Arbusto.

Sheikh Mahfouz's banking syndicate performed major CIA-backed banking operations for CIA assets as Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Manuel Noriega and other drug trafficking generals in Pakistan. Much of this is documented in the 1992 US Congressional testimony of Senator John Kerry.

The network of Mahfouz-connected banks included the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI).
BBCI used secret accounts for illegal arms sales to Iran. For this task InterMaritime bank’s (another bank controlled by Mahfouz) president Bruce Rappaport partnered with notorious drugs trafficker Oliver North.

In 1998, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told the Saudi Arabian Defence Minister, Prince Sultan, that Mahfouz had channelled tens of millions of dollars into terrorist accounts in London and New York.
The Saudi Bin Laden Group is partners with Mahfouz in the Saudi Investment Corporation (SICO). In the late 1980's, SICO with the BCCI-controlled National Bank of Oman supported the heroin producing mujahedeen in Afghanistan. Arranging SICO's financing of Osama bin Laden were the top executives of InterMaritime Bank, Alfred Hartmann and Bruce Rappaport, joined by the infamous deceased CIA director, William Casey.

In 1987, vice-president of InterMaritime Bank of Geneva and New York, Dr. Alfred Hartmann, arranged a $25 million investment into George W. Bush's Harken Oil and Gas.
Hartmann was also the managing director of the joint venture between Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) and BCCI, Banque de Commerce et de Placements (BCP) in Geneva. It was BCP that financed Harken. This deal was originally set-up by billionaire Bush and Clinton donor, Jackson Stephens from Little Rock.
Sheikh Abdullah Bakhsh was a major shareholder in the BCCI until its 1992 collapse and a major investor in Stephens' own Worthen National Bank. Sheikh Bakhsh's took a 20.8% stake in Harken by buying 3.5 million shares.

Sheikh Adham and his successor as Saudi Intelligence Director, Abdul Khalil, for BCCI arranged the hostile take-over of Washington DC’s largest bank, Financial General Bankshares, that was renamed First American Bankshares. This deal was performed with the pivotal assistance of Jackson Stephens.
Ed Rogers, who served as a political director for George Bush Sr. left his White House position to start a "consulting firm" that within a few weeks received $600,000 from Kamal Adham.
In 1985, Mahfouz's Saudi National Commercial Bank (NCB) loaned Khashoggi $35 million dollars to finance the illegal sale of weapons to Iran, at the behest of Oliver North.

One of Kamel Adham's close contacts, Adnan Khashoggi, is among the richest men in the world. Khashoggi was the arms merchant at the centre of the whole Iran-Contra scandal, and a long-time friend of the bin Laden family.

Hartmann was also the chairman of the Swiss affiliate of yet another criminal bank, the Italian Banco Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL). According to a report by US House Banking Committee Chairman Henry Gonzalez in 1992, BNL secured billions of dollars in illegal weapons-directed loans from the George H.W. Bush administration to Saddam Hussein.

NCB's top executive Sami Baarma also sits on the board of Mahfouz's Middle East Capital Group (MECG) with Harken-investor Sheikh Bakhsh on its board. Baarma also sits on the board of the Carlyle Group, where George H.W. Bush was a senior advisor.
Baarma is also the CEO of the Pakistani Prime Commercial Bank (another Mahfouz-controlled bank); with one Abdul Rahman bin Mahfouz as an executive board member, the manager of the bin Laden-sponsoring “charity” - Blessed Relief. In 1995, Rahman and his brother Sultan bin Mahfouz, both NCB directors, invested $30 million dollar in Carlyle.

Until the early 1990s, Bush's friend, James Bath, was also in multiple business ventures in the Houston area with Sheikh Mahfouz, BCCI's largest shareholder.
Investigators found out that Mahfouz’s IC Inc., the company related to James Bath, was at the very centre of the private banking network supporting the Iran-Contra money laundering set-up by Oliver North.

Another associate of Harken was the PM of Bahrain, Sheikh Khalifah, who was also a major investor in BCCI in August 1991.

In 1992, the BBCI and Stephen’s Worthen Bank “loaned” $2 million to the primary campaign of William Jefferson Clinton. Earlier, Hillary Clinton and the Rose Law Firm, successfully defended Systematics, a subsidiary of Stephens Inc.

Neither George W. Bush's Harken, nor Arbusto, were really oil companies at all, but rather financial institutions used for money laundering: http://www.whale.to/b/rivers.html
(archived here: http://archive.is/WH75t)

Between 1985 and 1990, the Atlanta branch of Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL) provided Iraq with over $4 billion in unreported loans. A number of the imports from the US were guaranteed by the Export-Import Bank.
BNL was also a major participant in the Exim bank program for Iraq. In total, the Exim bank program helped to finance the sale of over $300 million in industrial goods to various Iraqi Government agencies.
Former US attorney in Atlanta Robert L. Barr, who was in charge of the BNL investigation case until April 1990, acknowledged that considerations of foreign policy had become intertwined with those of law enforcement and that the State Department was involved in thwarting the BNL investigation.

Henry Kissinger, and his Kissinger Associates compadres Brent Scowcroft and Lawrence Eagleburger, must have been aware of the BNL loans to Iraq.
Until 1992, Kissinger was a member of BNL's international advisory board and during the financing of Iraq through the BNL-Atlanta office, BNL was a paying client of Kissinger Associates. Between 1985 and June 1991, Kissinger received at least $10,000 for each meeting of the BNL advisory board he attended.
Kissinger claimed that he resigned from the BNL advisory board in February 1991. In fact, 60 Minutes' reported that Kissinger served on BNL's advisory board until his contract expired in the summer of 1991.

When in 1969, Henry Kissinger became Nixon's national security adviser; Lawrence Eagleburger was his executive assistant. After working as a political adviser to NATO in Belgium, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of Defense, in 1973 Eagleburger rejoined Kissinger as his executive assistant.
In 1989, Eagleburger became Deputy Secretary of State. During the early 1980's, Eagleburger promoted the use of the CCC and Exim bank to provide financial assistance to Saddam Hussein’s regime.

In 1971, President Nixon appointed Brent Scowcroft as his military aide. In 1973 Kissinger chose him to be Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and in 1975 he succeeded Kissinger as National Security Adviser to President Ford. Scowcroft resigned only during the Carter administration.
Scowcroft later became President Bush Sr.'s National Security Adviser and head of the NSC staff.

A link between Kissinger Associates, BNL and Iraq is former economist at First Chicago Bank Alan Stoga, who in 1992 served as a director of Kissinger Associates.
In the fall of 1989, Stoga negotiated with BCCI's representatives over BCCI becoming a client of Kissinger Associates. Officially BCCI never became its client, but BCCI's secretly owned affiliate National Bank of Georgia, did become a client of Kissinger Associates.

Other BNL advisory board members have included David Rockefeller, former PM of Canada Pierre Trudeau (father of current PM Justin Trudeau) and former British Minister of Defence Lord Thornycroft: http://archive.is/iwoYS

Isn’t it amazing that regularly when I keep connecting the dots, different threads come together?

The Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL) leads to the P2 terrorist network.
Firestarter wrote: Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:00 pmIn March 1981, police found a list of alleged members of P2 in Gelli's house in Arezzo. It contained 962 names, that included important state officials, politicians and a number of military officers, the heads of the 3 Italian secret services (SISDE, SISMI and CESIS), Victor Emmanuel (the son of the last Italian king), a top manager of the Banco di Roma (then Italy's third largest bank), a director-general of the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (Italy’s largest bank), and future Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
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