CIA Drug Trade

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HSBC: The World’s Dirtiest Bank

1992 China (31)(excerpted from Chapter 2: Hong Kong Shanghaied: Big Oil & Their Bankers…)

In July 2011, First Niagara Financial Group announced that it would buy 195 retail bank branches in New York and Connecticut from HSBC for around $1 billion. [1]  HSBC had acquired the branches when it bought the spooky Marine Midland in 1980.  According to Global Finance, the UK-headquartered HSBC Holdings is the world’s 3rd largest bank with $2.36 trillion in assets. [2]

Formerly known as Hong Kong Shanghai Bank Corporation, HSBC has served as the world’s #1 drug money laundry since its inception as a repository for British Crown opium proceeds accrued during the Chinese Opium Wars.  During the Vietnam War HSBC laundered CIA heroin proceeds. Continue reading

Bogotá Blues

000022(Excerpted from Chapter 17: The Inca Trail: The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries)

The Colombian border station is ultra-modern, the Mercedes Benz bus we board on the other side is even more so.  We cruise north in luxury, hopping off for the night at Popayan.  The age-old dilemma of the traveler sets in during a conversation at our guest house with an Irish couple, whose eyes glow with a wonderment that makes me want to go where they had just been.  That place is five bumpy hours southeast of here at the ruins of San Augustin and Terrendios.  It is a tangent with a nice ring, a ganja-filled paradise of overwhelming quietness, despite its proximity to FARQ-held territory. Continue reading

CIA Created Afghan Heroin Trade

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has good reasons for trying to shut down US investigations into corruption in his government.  The Afghan aristocracy has always run the nation’s heroin trade.  But it was the CIA that created it.

(What follows is excerpted from Chapter 8: Project Frankenstein: Afghanistan: Big Oil & Their Bankers…)

In 1933 King Mohammed Zaher Shah took the throne in Afghanistan, ruling the country in feudalistic fashion until he was deposed by his cousin Mohammed Daoud in 1973.  A handful of families including the Karzais and the Kalilzidads (Zalmay Kalilzidad is US Ambassador to Afghanistan) owned nearly all arable land, while most Afghans languished amidst some of the planet’s worst poverty.  Finally, they’d had enough. Continue reading

Canada’s Dirty Banks

(Excerpted from Chapter 4: Nicaraguan Contraband: Big Oil & Their Bankers…)

During the Nicaraguan contra war, the CIA ran a guns-for-drugs operation out of Belize.  One note in Oliver North’s diaries read, “Proceed on White House project in Belize”.  Another read, “wants to contact drug people in Belize camps”.

In 1984 Walter Mischer, a Houston business man with mob connections started a shrimp business in Belize that was a carbon copy of the one John Hull cohort Paco Chanes had started in Costa Rica to move Columbian cocaine. Continue reading

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