Tapes obtained by CNN of interrogations of a group of U.S. servicemen charged with the unprovoked killings of Afghan civilians describe gruesome scenes of cold-blooded murder carried out under the influence of illegal drugs.
Over this summer, 12 U.S. soldiers were charged for a variety of crimes in what military authorities believe was a conspiracy to murder Afghan civilians and cover it up, along with charges they used hashish, mutilated corpses and kept grisly souvenirs.
Five soldiers face murder charges, while seven others are charged with participating in a coverup. All of the men were members of a 2nd Infantry Division brigade operating near Kandahar in southern Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010.
According to the military documents, Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs and four other soldiers were involved in throwing grenades at civilians and then shooting them in separate incidents.
Authorities allege Gibbs kept finger bones, leg bones and a tooth from Afghan corpses. Another soldier, Spc. Michael Gagnon II, allegedly kept a skull from a corpse, according to charging documents. Several soldiers are charged with taking pictures of the corpses, and one -- Spc. Corey Moore -- with stabbing a corpse.
Drug production in Afghanistan has had a 40-fold increase since the U.S. led invasion of the country in 2001. But why the U.S. refusing to stop this dangerous and evil industry in occupied Afghanistan? Maybe like in the 80's, the Russophobes in the U.S. government don't mind fostering the terrorist networks in their strong desire to hurt neighboring Russia by killing tens of thousands of young Russians with a new covert action of narcotics flow. Estimates of how much money the former U.S. administrations channeled to the Afghan rebels during Soviet war with Islamic extremists vary, but most sources put the figure between $5 billion and $6 billion or more. If this is true, it is a repeated crime based on madness. The Russian intervention in December 1979 that meant to save the secular Afghan government and to prevent the neighboring country from turning into a terrorist state was the signal for U.S. Russophobes to considerably increase support to the Afghan Mujahedeen. Results are well known. After almost winning war against radicals, Soviet army withdrew and now American solders are dying fighting former allies of U.S. Russophobes. "It has been repeatedly demonstrated that the drug business provides the financial basis for terrorism and is one of its main factors for its upsurge"- said Viktor Ivanov, the head of Russia's Federal Service for the Control of Narcotics. IT WAS OSAMA BIN LADEN, IVANOV REMINDED, WHO IN THE MIDDLE 1990's CREATED HEROIN SUPPLY CHAINS TO RUSSIA'S CHECHNYA IN ORDER TO FUND CHECHEN TERRORISTS. "The task of eradicating Afghan opium production is an unrivaled priority for Russia", said Ivanov. "More than 90 percent of drug addicts in our country are consumers of opiates from Afghanistan. Up to 30,000 people die of heroin-related illnesses annually". Last year, Ivanov took his message to Washington D.C., where he gave a speech to the Nixon Center. There he stressed that Russia is not the only country that is threatened by the scourge of Afghan opium production. Ivanov then quoted the political analyst and author, David Kilcullen, the author of the book, "The Accidental Guerrilla." If the U.S. is already bombing Taliban positions", he quotes Kilcullen as saying, "why wont U.S. army sprays their fields with a harmless herbicide and cut off terrorists money?" 7,700 tons of opium were produced in Afghanistan last year, officials say, which accounts for 93 percent of total global opium production. Needless to say, opium is Afghanistan's cash crop. Will the United States eventually give in to Russian requests for an active defoliation program? Russia is the main victim of Afghan heroin, Ivanov said. However, it is helping the United States and NATO by making concessions. Russia allowed the transit of not only non-lethal, but also military Afghanistan-bound cargoes across Russian territory. This must be viewed as considerable support to the Coalitions activities in Afghanistan. Given this grim political landscape that presents a massive threat to both U.S. and Russia, some form of mutually advantageous cooperation should be achievable. After all, both countries share more or less the same nightmares over Afghanistan wars. Whatever the U.S. government's current rhetoric about the repressive nature of the Taliban regime, its long history of intervention in the region and beyond (including recent support for brutal Georgian aggression against civilians in South Ossetia and Russian peacekeepers) has been motivated not by concern for democracy or human rights, but by the Russophobia, the narrow economic and political interests of the U.S. ruling class. It has been prepared to aid and support the most retrograde elements and evil actions if it thought a temporary advantage would be the result.
Pinky interviews drug policy expert Clifford Thornton: "The War on Drugs has absolutely nothing to do with drugs - it's about power, it's about control, it's about coercion, it's about money."
Show transcript: http://www.pinkyshow.org/archives/episodes/081016_warondrugs/081016_credits.html
Efficacy website: http://www.efficacy-online.org/
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CGlD50mdbs
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcWBFllF6ds
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdePbIuoHKc
Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_3jMbaWjIM
Part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehGSfak13E4
Part 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzHC3kyJ8-4
The War on Drugs, A War on Ourselves? a 2002 ABC 20/20 special with John Stossel examines the effect of the War on Drugs on American society.
Stossel interviews Detroit's police chief Jerry Oliver who points out that since the dealing of drugs is between willing buyers and sellers, the War on Drugs forces cops to use deceit to catch those dealing drugs. Despite all the law enforcement resources put into fighting the drug war, availably of drugs is just as high as before the drug war began.
Three unintended consequences of the war on drugs are explored including that it sucks children into the underworld, corrupts cops, and creates crime.
Stossel travels to Colombia and examines the effect of the War on Drugs on Colombians.
The futile effect of incarcerating of drug dealers to stop the flow of drugs is noted and many people who choose to use drugs ask why they shouldn't have the freedom to choose what substances to put in their bodies.
Finally Stossel travels to Europe to see how drug legalization has affected European society.
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June 17, 2011 marks the 40th Anniversary of Nixon's War on Drugs. Ever wonder what it costs and if it's worth it?
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Directed by Brian Aitken (http://www.briandaitken.com) & Produced by Brian Wallace in association with NowSourcing with special thanks to Sheldon Richman (Editor of the Freeman Magazine) and Jeffrey Miron (Harvard Economist and Senior Fellow at the CATO Institute) for their work researching and analyzing drug war expenditures.
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excerpt from Deek Jackson's "THE LATEST FOOTAGE - FKN Newz 020312 [meant to mean: 2012-02-03]" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3DjrCRsgW4
Graham Hancock - "Its Not A War On Drugs, Its A War On Freedom [and Consciousness, a return to the..Inquisition]" -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf3CvpA0Wlw
Noam Chomsky - "On Pot" -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZSuLzn74HU
Noam Chomsky - "On Social Cleansing ..." -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-JX0yXDlh8
" Not only do I think that Marijuana should be legal, I think it should be *mandatory* ! " -- Bill Hicks (1961-1994), with whom I couldn't agree more...
IMAGINE... a world, where everyone in any position of power would have to prove hir integrity by partaking in at least two (supervised) major psychedelic sessions per years !
" Instead of all this energy and effort directed at the war to end drugs, how about a little attention to drugs which will end war? " -- DDr. Albert Hofmann (1906 - 2008)
" If the words "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" don't include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp it was written on. " -- Terence Kemp McKenna (1946-2000)