NATO triples Afghanistan heroin production

How MI6, CIA Spend Your Tax Money on Propping Up Drug Production

By Annie Machon
May 06, 2013 “Information Clearing House” -“RT” – With both the CIA and MI6 secretly providing ‘ghost money’ bribes to the Afghan political establishment, it’s likely that Afghans will increasingly support a resurgent Taliban and the drug trade will be further propped up.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, has recently been criticized for taking ‘ghost money’ from the CIA and MI6. The sums are unknown – for the usual reasons of ‘national security’ – but are estimated to have been in the tens of millions of dollars. While this is nowhere near the eye-bleeding $12 billion shipped over to Iraq on pallets in the wake of the invasion a decade ago, it is still a significant amount.

And how has this money been spent?  Certainly not on social projects or rebuilding initiatives.  Rather, the reporting indicates, the money has been funneled to Karzai’s cronies as bribes in a corrupt attempt to buy influence in the country.

None of this surprises me. MI6 has a long and ignoble history of trying to buy influence in countries of interest.  In 1995/96 it funded a ‘ragtag group of Islamic extremists,’ headed up by a Libyan military intelligence officer, in an illegal attempt to try to assassinate Colonel Gaddafi.  The attack went wrong and innocent people were killed. When this scandal was exposed, it caused an outcry.

Yet a mere 15 years later, MI6 and the CIA were back in Libya, providing support to the same ‘rebels,’ who this time succeeded in capturing, torturing and killing Gaddafi, while plunging Libya into apparently endless internecine war. This time around there was little international outcry, as the world’s media portrayed this aggressive interference in a sovereign state as ‘humanitarian relief.’

And we also see the same in Syria now, as the CIA and MI6 are already providing training and communication support to the rebels – many of whom, particularly the Al Nusra faction in control of the oil-rich north-east of Syria are in fact allied with Al-Qaeda in Iraq.  So in some countries the UK and USA use drones to target and murder “militants” (plus villagers, wedding parties and other assorted innocents), while in others they back ideologically similar groups.

Recently, we have also seen the Western media making unverified claims that the Syrian regime is using chemical weapons against its own people, and our politicians leaping on these assertions as justification for openly providing weapons to the insurgents.
Other reports are now emerging that indicate it was the rebels themselves who have been using sarin gas against the people. This may halt the rush to war, but not doubt other support will continue to be offered by the West to these war criminals.

So, how is MI6 secretly spending UK taxpayers’ money in Afghanistan? According to Western media reporting, it is being used to prop up warlords and corrupt officials. This is deeply unpopular amongst the Afghan people, leading to the danger of increasing support for a resurgent Taliban.

There is also a significant overlap between the corrupt political establishment and the illegal drug trade, up to and including the president’s late brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai. So, another unintentional consequence may be that some of this unaccountable ghost money is propping up the drug trade.

Afghanistan is the world’s leading producer of heroin, and the UN reports that poppy growth has increased dramatically. Indeed, the UN estimates that acreage under poppy growth in Afghanistan has tripled over the last 7 years.  The value of the drug trade to the Afghan warlords is now estimated to be in the region of $700 million per year.  You can buy a lot of Kalashnikovs with that.

On the one hand, we have Western governments bankrupting themselves to fight the ‘war on terror,’ breaking international laws and murdering millions of innocent people across North Africa, the Middle East and central Asia, while at the same time shredding what remains of our hard-won civil liberties at home.

On the other hand, we apparently have MI6 and the CIA secretly bankrolling the very people in Afghanistan who produce 90 percent of the world’s heroin. And then, of course, more scarce resources can be spent on fighting the failed ‘war on drugs,’ and yet another pretext is used to shred our civil liberties.

This is a lucrative economic model for the burgeoning military-security complex. However, it is a lose-lose scenario for the rest of us.

Annie Machon is a former intel­li­gence officer for MI5, the UK Secur­ity Ser­vice, who resigned in the late 1990s to blow the whistle on the spies’ crimes with her ex-partner, David Shayler.

The Tap Blog is a collective of like-minded researchers and writers who’ve joined forces to distribute information and voice opinions avoided by the world’s media.

3 Responses to “NATO triples Afghanistan heroin production”

  1. Road_Hog says:

    Drugs is how the Lockerbie bomb was got on board. The CIA (or one of their associate departments) was running a drug operation from Cyprus (Cyprus is pretty close to the Middle East and has a military base).

    The drugs were sold and the cash was used for ‘off book’ expenses. They had an agreement with the airport officials that the suitcase/brief case would not be searched at Frankfurt airport. But the terrorists (which weren’t Libyan) switched the case and that’s how it got on undetected.

    Gaddafi wrongly got the blame for it, instead of Iran, because we were working up to go to war with Iraq and didn’t want to fall out with Iran at that time.

    And talking of payments, the witness that was used in the trial to convict the Libyans, was later found out to have been paid over a million pounds by the Americans. It was reported in Scottish papers and confirmed but didn’t make the major national press.

  2. Anonymous says:


    And the wars we keep hearing about on the MSM are about establishing resources such as oil, opium, land-grabbing by those globalists that fund these wars.

    Every week, you hear about some soldiers (pawns) being killed/having their legs blown off in Afghanistan, etc.

    That’s what these globalists want:

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Tap, This is how the private Banks became so powerful, dealing in drugs.
    The Boxer wars in China were a result of opium dealing.
    The Elite are so two faced, they tell us one thing and do the other themselves.
    On u tube, there is a video taken from a helicopter.
    Showing hundreds of thousands of acres of good growing land, all near the river, full of opium poppies.
    The Elite have no shame, so no use saying they aught to be ashamed.
    A rope around their necks is the only thing that will stop them.

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