Pezer wrote:Agreed. But that is just the corporate side of the story. On the political side, the CIA was active in the toppling of democratic governments and the instating of brutal, military regimes. Sometimes to protect the interests of corporations and sometimes to solidify control over their slice of the post WW2 pie.
On the political side, the CIA has always
had its nose in all kinds of sinister shit, all around the world. We aren't talking a 'lesser of evils' approach here either -- as in resorting to questionable tactics to prevent some larger threat. I'm talking about scouting resources and political/military systems around the world in the interest of buying them off as one might a business partner, or threatening them into submission. If that didn't work, we'd... well, take the shit.
Crack was introduced to the United States by its own government -- specifically by the CIA, down to law enforcement, then onto the streets. The CIA was involved in some "secret" conflict in Nicaragua over natural resources. To avoid any direct link between the U.S. and the war, the CIA enlisted native contras to fight on their behalf [rather than send our own military]. In order to fund the war, they'd essentially give the contras weaponry, training, etc. in exchange for mass amounts of cocaine. They'd bring the coke shipments back and use law enforcement to distribute the shit into the streets. It wasn't as easy as they thought it might be because even desperate people know better than to fuck with crooked cops. So, they find a guy in California, who is already buying off law enforcement and managing to move serious weight, to use as the point man. The CIA would fly in the shit, law enforcement would pick it up, then get it to Freeway Ricky Ross, who was the
drug dealer in the U.S. at the time. Law enforcement even showed him how to rock it up and sell as a different, more modern product; something to keep the money moving at a faster pace. Ricky Ross literally had dope houses set up all throughout the West coast - known by lower law enforcement, but protected by CIA - that he'd use to sell the coke\crack out of like a McDonald's drive through. It went on for years, Rick got unfathomably rich and powerful, and his "dealing" escalated to become a franchise. When Ricky Ross' operation started becoming increasingly autonomous, the police popped him. He's still in prison now. And, thanks to him, the campaign he was unknowingly funding in Nicaragua was successful. The U.S. drug czar at the time was questioned specifically about government involvement in the crack epidemic in a public forum shortly afterward, based on information coming out of the streets. He denied it, of course, and refused to answer any other questions. 10 or so years later, a new president, new administration, new drug czar, etc. and they suddenly find a conscience. They admit, in full, everything that had been done regarding the secretive war effort, drug trafficking, government and law enforcement involvement, Ricky Ross' setup, etc. What did it change? Absolutely nothing. Not. One. Thing.
If you are an imperialist, you should see those as the US's first forays into imperialism: sloppy but effective. Oh, yeah, and massively homicidal.
Almost as homicidal as it is greed-fueled. Wars are little more than business opportunities to this country anymore.
I blame the citizens for thinking the U.S. government stood for, or was remotely a part of, 'the people.'