[Here the Grand Father of all truth-tellers – Dr. Peter Dale Scott – deconstructs the recent propaganda directed by Washington in an attempt to implicate Hugo Chavez in a 2.2-ton shipment of cocaine. After Scott wrote this response to a story posted at VCrisis.com, it was revealed that the facts surrounding how the seizure of that shipment went down are anything but clear.
VCrisis effectively functions as an anti-Venezuelan Langley (CIA) propaganda tool, whether intentional or otherwise. In March of 2004, VCrisis editor Aleksander Boyd published “I Wish I Was Genghis Khan” where he mentions Venezuelan officials by name saying:
“I wish I was the Khan an (sic) order my hordes to capture them and pour melted silver into their eyes.”
Dominican Today reports “Venezuela, U.S. cooperate in the largest drug bust in Dominican history.” The AP corroborates this report.
Authorities in Santo Domingo were tipped by Venezuelan anti-narcotics officials about the incoming 2.2tons of cocaine on the Sierra Express seven days after the very same ship was reported to have been apprehended by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Puerto Rico. The ICE stated they seized 4,900 lbs of cocaine, but curiously no arrests were made in Puerto Rico during the seizure.
It would appear the ICE allowed the ship to continue to Santo Domingo loaded with cocaine. But if that is the case, then what are these pictures published by ICE from September 11th, 2006?
I don’t directly see any cocaine in these pictures, but the ICE is assuring us that this is the large cargo of cocaine they seized in Puerto Rico from the Sierra Express. But on September 20th the AP reported that the cocaine cargo “previously passed undetected through the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico” before being seized in Santo Domingo.
The very same day this seizure in Santo Domingo was reported, Washington released a report chastising Venezuela for failing to combat drug trafficking.
It is laughable to see Washington point a finger at any nation whatsoever regarding drug trafficking. In 1977, then Los Angeles Police Officer Michael C. Ruppert witnessed CIA operatives importing drugs and exporting guns off the coast of Louisiana on Brown & Root oil rigs. Today, Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) is a subsidiary of the infamous energy industrial conglomerate once run by Dick Cheney – Halliburton. – MK]
TONS OF COCAINE: CARACAS TO WASHINGTON
Peter Dale Scott, PhD.
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September 22nd 2006, 2:04PM [PST] - The V Crisis story by Aleksander Boyd about a 2.2ton seizure of cocaine on the Sierra Express is a propagandistic exaggeration of a corroborated story.1
Boyd’s most controversial sentence is this: “International authorities have seized more than 41 tons of cocaine consignments originated in Venezuela since Hugo Chavez took power, a huge increase on previous years.” Venezuela has been a major exporter of cocaine for years, certainly since the 1980s. The 41 tons of cocaine in Chavez’ eight years in power averages out to five tons a year. Just one individual, Gen. Ramon Guillen Davila, a Venezuelan general who led a Central Intelligence Agency counter-narcotics program, was belatedly indicted in 1996 for authorizing shipments of 22 tons of cocaine into the United States between 1987 and 1991.2 That works out to an average of four tons a year for just one individual.
Gen. Guillen was tried in Miami in 1997, but Lexis Nexis shows no evidence that anyone other than his top aide, Adolfo Romero Gomez, was ever convicted. According to the New York Times, "The CIA, over the objections of the Drug Enforcement Administration, approved the shipment [by Guillen] of at least one ton of pure cocaine to Miami International Airport as a way of gathering information about the Colombian drug cartels." One official said that the total amount might have been much more than one ton.3
The fact that 41 tons of cocaine have been exported from Venezuela since 1998 does not of course prove guilt on Chavez’ part. On the contrary, the CIA has worked in the past with drug traffickers to remove elected presidents, successfully in Chile, and unsuccessfully in Cuba.
It is worth noting that one shipment of 5.5 tons of cocaine earlier this year from Venezuela, on the airplane N900SA downed in Mexico, has been linked by researchers to CIA associates such as Adnan Khashoggi and Wally Hilliard.4
Peter Dale Scott is currently writing a new book titled The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America, to be published by the University of California Press next year. In addition, he has co-edited with David Ray Griffin, 9/11 and American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out which is now available and can be purchased at http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~pdscott/q.html
1 A Caribbean source puts the size of the seizure at 3,904 pounds, still a major seizure, but by no means unprecedented
2 New York Times, November 23, 1996.
3 New York Times, November 23, 1996; see also Wall Street Journal, November 22, 1996.
4 Mexico Drug Bust, Tom DeLay, A.Khashoggi, Jeb Bush, Wally Hilliard Terrorist Flight School
by Tony Ryals Saturday, Apr. 22, 2006 at 10:54 PM
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