Obama’s Hezbollah Drug Report Mirrors the CIA Drug Cartel Theory

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Obama's Hezbollah Drug Report Mirrors the CIA Drug Cartel Theory

by baldilocks

I’m old enough to remem­ber when it was con­sid­ered a lunatic con­spir­acy the­ory to assert that a gov­ern­ment entity would know­ingly and inten­tion­ally allow drugs to enter the United States and, thereby, allow drug car­tels to become filthy rich.

Politico:

In its deter­mi­na­tion to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama admin­is­tra­tion derailed an ambi­tious law enforce­ment cam­paign tar­get­ing drug traf­fick­ing by the Iranian-​backed ter­ror­ist group Hezbol­lah, even as it was fun­nel­ing cocaine into the United States, accord­ing to a POLITICO investigation.

The cam­paign, dubbed Project Cas­san­dra, was launched in 2008 after the Drug Enforce­ment Admin­is­tra­tion amassed evi­dence that Hezbol­lah had trans­formed itself from a Mid­dle East-​focused mil­i­tary and polit­i­cal orga­ni­za­tion into an inter­na­tional crime syn­di­cate that some inves­ti­ga­tors believed was col­lect­ing $1 bil­lion a year from drug and weapons traf­fick­ing, money laun­der­ing and other crim­i­nal activities.

Over the next eight years, agents work­ing out of a top-​secret DEA facil­ity in Chan­tilly, Vir­ginia, used wire­taps, under­cover oper­a­tions and infor­mants to map Hezbollah’s illicit net­works, with the help of 30 U.S. and for­eign secu­rity agencies. (…)

[A]s Project Cas­san­dra reached higher into the hier­ar­chy of the con­spir­acy, Obama admin­is­tra­tion offi­cials threw an increas­ingly insur­mount­able series of road­blocks in its way, accord­ing to inter­views with dozens of par­tic­i­pants who in many cases spoke for the first time about events shrouded in secrecy, and a review of gov­ern­ment doc­u­ments and court records. When Project Cas­san­dra lead­ers sought approval for some sig­nif­i­cant inves­ti­ga­tions, pros­e­cu­tions, arrests and finan­cial sanc­tions, offi­cials at the Jus­tice and Trea­sury depart­ments delayed, hin­dered or rejected their requests.

The report is very long, but well worth the read.

Among cer­tain cir­cles, it’s assumed that, in the 1980s, gov­ern­ment agen­cies – pos­si­bly the CIA and the FBI – sold drugs and weapons to the big city street gangs with the pur­pose being to weaken and reduce the pop­u­la­tion of minori­ties. (Friends who were in 1980s Los Ange­les – my home­town and present loca­tion – tell me that South Cen­tral was a vio­lent vision of Hell; I was in the USAF at that time. One per­sonal casu­alty of 1980s LA: my first boyfriend.)

I used to think this was ridiculous.

And, as I think on this fur­ther, I won­der if allow­ing the Hezbol­lah drug syn­di­cate to oper­ate here was the for­mer president’s method of pay­ing Amer­ica back for the alleged gov­ern­ment ruina­tion of blacks and browns.

Ruin us and we’ll ruin your whole coun­try.” Tank the econ­omy of the coun­try, fuel an opi­oid cri­sis among whites, and voila! Vengeance.

And the Clin­tons were sup­posed to keep the party going. No won­der they’re mad.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

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by baldilocks

I’m old enough to remember when it was considered a lunatic conspiracy theory to assert that a government entity would knowingly and intentionally allow drugs to enter the United States and, thereby, allow drug cartels to become filthy rich.

Politico:

In its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States, according to a POLITICO investigation.

The campaign, dubbed Project Cassandra, was launched in 2008 after the Drug Enforcement Administration amassed evidence that Hezbollah had transformed itself from a Middle East-focused military and political organization into an international crime syndicate that some investigators believed was collecting $1 billion a year from drug and weapons trafficking, money laundering and other criminal activities.

Over the next eight years, agents working out of a top-secret DEA facility in Chantilly, Virginia, used wiretaps, undercover operations and informants to map Hezbollah’s illicit networks, with the help of 30 U.S. and foreign security agencies. (…)

[A]s Project Cassandra reached higher into the hierarchy of the conspiracy, Obama administration officials threw an increasingly insurmountable series of roadblocks in its way, according to interviews with dozens of participants who in many cases spoke for the first time about events shrouded in secrecy, and a review of government documents and court records. When Project Cassandra leaders sought approval for some significant investigations, prosecutions, arrests and financial sanctions, officials at the Justice and Treasury departments delayed, hindered or rejected their requests.

The report is very long, but well worth the read.

Among certain circles, it’s assumed that, in the 1980s, government agencies – possibly the CIA and the FBI – sold drugs and weapons to the big city street gangs with the purpose being to weaken and reduce the population of minorities. (Friends who were in 1980s Los Angeles  – my hometown and present location – tell me that South Central was a violent vision of Hell; I was in the USAF at that time. One personal casualty of 1980s LA: my first boyfriend.)

I used to think this was ridiculous.

And, as I think on this further, I wonder if allowing the Hezbollah drug syndicate to operate here was the former president’s method of paying America back for the alleged government ruination of blacks and browns.

“Ruin us and we’ll ruin your whole country.” Tank the economy of the country, fuel an opioid crisis among whites, and voila! Vengeance.

And the Clintons were supposed to keep the party going. No wonder they’re mad.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!