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108. The Dea, CIA, DoD, & Narcotrafficking

The U.S. Military and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are at it again, this time in Guatemala. The State Department’s recently released 2003 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report states that Guatemala has become “the preferred Central American staging point for cocaine shipments northwards to Mexico and the United States.” That Guatemala is a major transport route for illegal drugs is nothing new and neither is the DEA’s presence here. However, what is new and troubling is the U.S. government’s recent overtures of military aid towards Guatemala and the reimplementation of Plan Mayan Jaguar, a joint DEA-Department of Defense project that sets no limit on the number of U.S. military and DEA personnel that could be deployed in Guatemala on joint anti-narcotrafficking operations. Add to this the familiar irony that many of the drug kingpins in the country benefited from previous trainings by either the DEA or the CIA and all the pieces are in place for more chaos and disaster in this latest chapter in the war on drugs.

What role does the DEA and the U.S. military have to play in this debacle? During the 1980s, the U.S. military and the CIA played an active support role in Guatemala’s transition from military to civilian rule. This transition was orchestrated by the Guatemalan military seeking to maintain power behind the scenes while creating a sense of legitimacy for the Guatemalan government through the appearance of democracy. The Guatemalan military was aided in this project by U.S. agencies whose main objective was not to do anything about the Guatemalan military’s continuing human rights abuses, but rather to “professionalize” the force. This idea of creating an efficient, though not necessarily just, military apparatus and later police force, was taken up by the DEA in its attempts to control the flow of drugs through the country. This desire for efficiency led the DEA, the CIA, and the DoD to collaborate with the country’s military intelligence, a move that proved to be the equivalent of striking a deal with the devil. The criminal element in the country’s military intelligence—a Guatemalan institution that has excelled in the art of forced disappearance, torture, and assassination—used the support of these U.S. agencies to their own benefit, becoming heads of narcotrafficking cartels and key players in the hidden network that is the real power in Guatemala.

This power dynamic had become so entrenched and the government’s relationship with narcotrafficking so obvious that at the beginning of 2003 the U.S. government decertified Guatemala as a country active in the fight against drug trafficking. Plan Mayan Jaguar appeared to be suspended indefinitely and even the continuation of a type of military aid known as Expanded IMET seemed to be in jeopardy. Guatemalan human rights activists cheered the move as a condemnation of the country’s rampant corruption and deteriorating human rights situation. But the decertification lasted less than a year. By September 2003, Plan Mayan Jaguar was back on track. By February 2004, the Guatemalan Congress broadened the mandate of Plan Mayan Jaguar to allow more U.S. troops in Guatemala to conduct joint counternarcotraffic patrols with Guatemalan officials, a move that was opposed by some Guatemalan politicians who see the plan as a threat to Guatemalan sovereignty.
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  -Larger CIA and DoD Privatization Scandal Emerging from Walter Reed Story and US Attorney Firing leveymg  Mar-09-07 11:56 AM   #0 
  - Like the caveman  90-percent   Mar-09-07 11:59 AM   #1 
  - Mind-blowing  malaise   Mar-09-07 12:01 PM   #2 
  - I agree  Buttercup McToots   Mar-09-07 12:58 PM   #23 
  - Nicely researched!!  Roland99   Mar-09-07 12:03 PM   #3 
  - Curiouser and curiouser... - n/t  porphyrian   Mar-09-07 12:03 PM   #4 
  - Excellent -n/t  PhilipShore   Mar-09-07 12:04 PM   #5 
  - The Army Times sure does some good reporting  bobbie   Mar-09-07 12:05 PM   #6 
  - I only read part of this but I'm recommending  BlackVelvet04   Mar-09-07 12:07 PM   #7 
  - exactly.  robinlynne   Mar-09-07 12:20 PM   #13 
  - K&R  maddezmom   Mar-09-07 12:09 PM   #8 
  - Thankyou Mark - Now it is up to us to move Mark's compilation to MSM and hope  blm   Mar-09-07 12:12 PM   #9 
  - Salute, K&R, and use the links you'll find at the Research Forum:  Amonester   Mar-09-07 09:25 PM   #81 
  - My God! Where to begin????  BonnieJW   Mar-09-07 12:13 PM   #10 
  - K & R for all the research. Bookmarked as a resource.  Cerridwen   Mar-09-07 12:13 PM   #11 
  - thank you for all the work.  xxqqqzme   Mar-09-07 12:19 PM   #12 
  - Same here xxqqqzme  Lochloosa   Mar-09-07 12:51 PM   #20 
  - Why Cerberus, do you suppose...  annabanana   Mar-09-07 12:24 PM   #14 
  - These folks are never what they preach outwardly.  blm   Mar-09-07 12:52 PM   #21 
  - I was thinking the same thing annabanana,  Uncle Joe   Mar-09-07 01:04 PM   #29 
  - was wondering about that  kineneb   Mar-09-07 01:39 PM   #39 
  - yes, and in Hebrew and Islamic traditions he has other roles....  KoKo01   Mar-09-07 02:52 PM   #46 
  - republicon crony Dan Quayle's 'christian' Cerberus  SpiralHawk   Mar-09-07 03:03 PM   #51 
  - republicon crony Commander AWOL's insignia of loyalty  SpiralHawk   Mar-09-07 03:06 PM   #53 
     - What is it with republicons and darkside occult cabals? Perceptive question, SpiralHawk.  stubtoe   Mar-10-07 09:35 AM   #100 
  - You don't think it's appropriate?  Raksha   Mar-09-07 11:51 PM   #85 
     - Dogs of War, Inc.  Octafish   Mar-10-07 12:10 AM   #87 
  - "IAP Worldwide Services President Dave Swindle.."  EVDebs   Mar-09-07 12:35 PM   #15 
  - Jeebus that was some great research! Thank you K&R  BR_Parkway   Mar-09-07 12:43 PM   #16 
  - Hedge Fund!? Jesus, the Bush Administration makes it too easy to  The Backlash Cometh   Mar-09-07 12:45 PM   #17 
  - good point  blm   Mar-09-07 12:54 PM   #22 
  - Here's the link to that discussion from the General Discussion Forum:  The Backlash Cometh   Mar-09-07 01:00 PM   #25 
  - This is the same article and discussion from the Latest Breaking News section:  The Backlash Cometh   Mar-09-07 01:04 PM   # 
     - Here's the Army Times article link  leveymg   Mar-09-07 01:10 PM   #31 
     - Nope  Buttercup McToots   Mar-09-07 01:13 PM   #33 
        - That page has gone AWOL!  vickiss   Mar-10-07 10:26 AM   #102 
     - grazie  blm   Mar-09-07 01:11 PM   #32 
  - CNBC Analyst cautioned regulating Hedges would take "Liquidity out of the Economy..  KoKo01   Mar-09-07 03:05 PM   #52 
  - Former foreign-policy hands...advise hedge funds/Fortune 500's on how geopolitics affect investments  Emit   Mar-10-07 11:24 AM   #104 
  - This CNBC Analyst?  fooj   Mar-10-07 04:35 PM   #121 
  - I read something about that -- and found that back in '04, Quayle  Emit   Mar-09-07 03:51 PM   #58 
     - Amazing what they can make happen under the radar when media is focused on other  blm   Mar-09-07 04:15 PM   #59 
  - Holy KB&R!!!  Karenina   Mar-09-07 12:47 PM   #18 
  - Looks like the Army Times link as been yanked --  AikidoSoul   Mar-09-07 12:50 PM   #19 
  - Try this  leveymg   Mar-09-07 05:07 PM   #67 
  - War is their girlfriend, but they're married to privatization  GreenZoneLT   Mar-09-07 01:00 PM   #24 
  - Cheney started privatization of military logistics in 1991. Clinton let it stand.  blm   Mar-09-07 01:17 PM   #34 
  - K&R  bobthedrummer   Mar-09-07 01:02 PM   #26 
  - Bookmarked. Kicked. Recommended. Re-read. Snuggled.(? Why not?)  loudsue   Mar-09-07 01:03 PM   #27 
  - Careful Mark...  Buttercup McToots   Mar-09-07 01:04 PM   #28 
  - You are not kidding. The guy who alerted about Olmert's bias in the bid for Bank Leumi  Emit   Mar-09-07 03:42 PM   #57 
  - Important!!  Buttercup McToots   Mar-09-07 01:08 PM   #30 
  - WOOF!  dwp6577   Mar-09-07 01:18 PM   #35 
  - BCCI all over again  nadinbrzezinski   Mar-09-07 01:21 PM   #36 
  - BCCI never stopped - they just took it out of sight till they regained power  blm   Mar-09-07 01:40 PM   #40 
     - And notice the connections to failed World Com. Who would know  KoKo01   Mar-09-07 02:54 PM   #47 
     - Why did Clinton bury the BCCI investigation?  riderinthestorm   Mar-10-07 10:06 AM   #101 
        - Jackson Stephens  Octafish   Mar-10-07 12:28 PM   #110 
        - So if I follow you, Stephens' probably stipulated that Clinton had to bury the BCCI  riderinthestorm   Mar-10-07 01:19 PM   #117 
        - There probably was no quid pro quo. More likely it was: "Do it or else."  Octafish   Mar-10-07 09:54 PM   #125 
        - Another example: The Perseus Group  bobthedrummer   Mar-11-07 01:38 PM   #129 
        - I don't think Bill MEANT to do it, but BECAME compromised to the point of no return.  blm   Mar-10-07 12:29 PM   #111 
           - Octafish seems to be saying that Clinton was bought off by one of Poppy's bankers  riderinthestorm   Mar-10-07 01:32 PM   #118 
              - I agree with Octa - however Bill started he's with them now. Bush1 would likely have  blm   Mar-10-07 01:36 PM   #119 
              - I love your shiny hat.  fooj   Mar-10-07 04:48 PM   #122 
                 - Painfully clear that Clinton has been instrumental in providing the friendly face  blm   Mar-11-07 04:08 PM   #131 
                    - It IS painful.  fooj   Mar-11-07 04:50 PM   #133 
  - So, first there were S&Ls,  hootinholler   Mar-09-07 01:29 PM   #37 
  - Much harder  conscious evolution   Mar-10-07 12:50 PM   #113 
  - OMG this thing has tentacles everywhere  lovuian   Mar-09-07 01:34 PM   #38 
  - The Octopus  SpiralHawk   Mar-09-07 03:11 PM   #54 
  - Wowzer. n/t  AzDar   Mar-09-07 01:47 PM   #41 
  - Link for the Army Times CIA and DoD Privatization Scandal article  PhilipShore   Mar-09-07 02:08 PM   #42 
  - Thanks - this helps alot.  blm   Mar-09-07 02:37 PM   #43 
  - This makes Carlos Gambino's syndicate look like  Jacobin   Mar-09-07 02:40 PM   #44 
  - They developed schemes to put billions of tax dollars in their own pockets.  blm   Mar-09-07 02:56 PM   #48 
  - Mark, you should send this to Don Imus - he's been staying on Walter Reed like  blm   Mar-09-07 02:40 PM   #45 
  - You don't think Imus might suspect some of this....remember Lieberman  KoKo01   Mar-09-07 02:58 PM   #50 
     - Imus turned on Lieberman the other day because of Walter Reed.  blm   Mar-09-07 03:14 PM   #55 
        - But...will he "still love him 'Tomorrow?'" That's the question with Imus  KoKo01   Mar-09-07 06:48 PM   #75 
           - Kick...It's a "Heavy Read" Bookmark and take Weekend time...  KoKo01   Mar-09-07 06:55 PM   #76 
           - The reason BushInc gets away with so much is because people are lazy for the most part  blm   Mar-11-07 11:16 AM   #128 
           - Kick for the Long WEEKEND when READING is GOOD! Lots there in OP!  KoKo01   Mar-09-07 07:43 PM   #79 
  - Such important material here. Absolutely must read it all. Thank you so much. n/t  Judi Lynn   Mar-09-07 02:57 PM   #49 
  - afternoon kick  DemReadingDU   Mar-09-07 03:23 PM   #56 
  - Tremendous research and work bringing this altogether!  Pastiche423   Mar-09-07 04:17 PM   #60 
  - Will do. Also, more on the Rep. Lewis - Wilkes (MZM) scandal  leveymg   Mar-09-07 04:58 PM   #66 
  - Bookmarked and recommended!  robertpaulsen   Mar-09-07 04:32 PM   #61 
  - I keep getting error messages on the links nt  Peggy Day   Mar-09-07 04:34 PM   #62 
  - Army Times: Committee subpoenas former Walter Reed chief  PhilipShore   Mar-09-07 04:37 PM   #63 
  - PNAC members are heavily involved in the War Scam.  Disturbed   Mar-09-07 04:54 PM   #65 
  - Here's a couple of corrected links, too  Emit   Mar-09-07 04:50 PM   #64 
  - This link did not work, would you please check it. thx.  mod mom   Mar-09-07 05:09 PM   #68 
  - Here's that link  leveymg   Mar-09-07 05:28 PM   #69 
     - thank you. excellent thread-as usual!  mod mom   Mar-09-07 05:58 PM   #70 
  - Holy S***, Batman. Good work!  Canuckistanian   Mar-09-07 06:09 PM   #71 
  - That's a helluva map connecting the dots. Are you a PI or something?  sicksicksick_N_tired   Mar-09-07 06:26 PM   #72 
  - OMG. Absolutely breathtaking  Morgana LaFey   Mar-09-07 06:44 PM   #73 
  - Exactly - some of us have been mocked for years for pointing it out persistently  blm   Mar-10-07 01:05 PM   #115 
  - That page has gone AWOL!  cyberpj   Mar-09-07 06:46 PM   #74 
  - here's the link  highnooner   Mar-09-07 09:06 PM   #80 
  - I learned of this on Wash. Journal yesterday morning from a Dem  tnlefty   Mar-09-07 06:57 PM   #77 
  - CBS Corporation Sold Local TV Stations in Four Markets to Cerberus Capital Management  Emit   Mar-09-07 07:20 PM   #78 
  - They keep buying up all available media - the more media they own the more control  blm   Mar-10-07 12:54 PM   #114 
  - Let's make that 101 Recommendations! nt  kiteinthewind   Mar-09-07 10:08 PM   #82 
  - Thanks for this - it's a lot to digest  Synnical   Mar-09-07 10:37 PM   #83 
  - what we have in BushCo is a rogue executive branch . . .  OneBlueSky   Mar-09-07 11:26 PM   #84 
  - K & R for your incredible research. Also bookmarked,  Raksha   Mar-10-07 12:01 AM   #86 
  - Count me in...K & R  opihimoimoi   Mar-10-07 12:26 AM   #89 
  - Now THIS is a post. Infinite thanks, leveymg!  Octafish   Mar-10-07 12:22 AM   #88 
  - I wonder what the flow chart will look like?  nolabels   Mar-10-07 03:26 AM   #90 
  - Short form: A monkey's eye atop a pyramid.  Octafish   Mar-10-07 11:56 AM   #107 
     - I Copernic'ed for a BFEE flow chart and looked what popped up on top........  nolabels   Mar-12-07 03:44 AM   #135 
        - The pathetic thing is that mainstream media won't TOUCH any of those connections  blm   Mar-12-07 09:14 AM   #136 
           - In some ways corporate owned media outlets are doing us a favor  nolabels   Mar-12-07 10:37 AM   #137 
              - It forced many of us to get involved OURSELVES and dig deeper - but for how long  blm   Mar-12-07 10:47 AM   #138 
                 - How long for what?  nolabels   Mar-12-07 10:28 PM   #141 
                    - Internet access to the information we need to stay on top of BushInc.  blm   Mar-13-07 08:08 AM   #142 
  - And it may tie into the madam threatening to sell her  vickiss   Mar-10-07 01:07 PM   #116 
  - We have to keep moving with this one and not let it slip past....BushInc thrives  blm   Mar-10-07 06:36 PM   #123 
  - very helpful post  lebkuchen   Mar-10-07 03:38 AM   #91 
  - Excellent job! Please put it in the research section--  eridani   Mar-10-07 05:03 AM   #92 
  - Mind boggling! Has me eating my own face.  lonestarnot   Mar-10-07 05:36 AM   #93 
  - Oh muh gawd! We must inform our congressmen about this.  Major Hogwash   Mar-10-07 05:55 AM   #94 
  - K & R Excellent research.  Cobalt Violet   Mar-10-07 06:13 AM   #95 
  - Well, who'd a thunk it.  yibbehobba   Mar-10-07 06:34 AM   #96 
  - This Story is now Top of the Recomended List Over at DKos  leveymg   Mar-10-07 06:44 AM   #97 
  - Great thinks mind alike.  Octafish   Mar-10-07 10:54 AM   #103 
  - Just came from there, Mark. Good to see this story moving through the internet.  blm   Mar-10-07 12:49 PM   #112 
  - Oh golly, it's all connected  rman   Mar-10-07 07:46 AM   #98 
  - Kick  shanine   Mar-10-07 09:32 AM   #99 
  - Bump...up  Buttercup McToots   Mar-10-07 11:45 AM   #105 
  - ..  flamin lib   Mar-10-07 11:46 AM   #106 
  - The Dea, CIA, DoD, & Narcotrafficking  PhilipShore   Mar-10-07 12:04 PM   #108 
  - Funny how drug trafficking became MORE widespread since Bush took office.  blm   Mar-11-07 06:01 PM   #134 
  - kick  stonebone   Mar-10-07 12:17 PM   #109 
  - Someone might want to take a closer look at former US Army Major General Kenneth L. Privratsky  bobthedrummer   Mar-10-07 01:38 PM   #120 
  - kick!  ftr23532   Mar-10-07 07:05 PM   #124 
  - Great work there! On a related note:  MatrixEscape   Mar-11-07 12:12 AM   #126 
  - This is why the powerstructure had to keep Kerry out - he was an open government Dem  blm   Mar-11-07 10:43 AM   #127 
  - Vulture Fund Cerberus Weiging Bid for Chrysler!  KoKo01   Mar-11-07 02:11 PM   #130 
  - been away for a couple of days -- SO GLAD to happen across this!  nashville_brook   Mar-11-07 04:32 PM   #132 
  - ^^^^^^ Hey Journalists - do your JOB for a change!!! ^^^^^  blm   Mar-12-07 12:04 PM   #139 
     - Steve Kangas, James A. Hatfield, Danny Casolaro, Pete Brewton...  grasswire   Mar-12-07 01:07 PM   #140 

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