An important point that Nyquist and Kitman brought up puts a very different spin on the way to look at the use of our main subject, which is these different types of drugs. Khrushchev had a very serious perspective respecting nuclear war. One had to be ready for it because if it came it would be so devastating. This was behind the Soviet preparation for war – fighting a nuclear war and surviving with enough power to expand its power. Nuclear war so dangerous that preparation for it was the single most important mission for a superpower.
The next most important was to continue the world revolutionary movement—defeat of capitalism—but in such a way that it would not lead into nuclear war. This meant changing the revolutionary war part of their strategy into national liberation so as to cover the Soviet intentions. Their intentions were not war but just providing aid and assistance to people trying to be free. To restate Khrushchev’s plan, it was to devise a war against the rest of the world that was covert and run by surrogates. It was a combination of Marxism-Leninism coupled with the Gramsci/Lucaks approach to war, which meant they would recruit people from the various countries and school them on becoming indigenous intelligence agents and indigenous surrogates trained in terrorism, narcotics trafficking, organized crime and many other skill sets. These were all battles that, in essence, were not to be recognized by the United States as what they were; that is, a bunch of covert armies waging war on industrial/capitalist countries, especially America, as part of the Cold War. Indeed, one of Khrushchev’s first directions was to blow the dust off of Gramsci’s “Prison Networks,” have them translated, and sent to all the communist leaders around the world so they would know how the revolutionary global war was to be constituted from here on: secretly, under cover of the Cold War, to win the war over capitalism by destroying the capitalists from within by their own countrymen and with Soviets nowhere to be seen or heard.
The Cold War was not just a bunch of psychological skirmishes in various third-world counties and Soviet policies of Peaceful Co-existence, Détente, and Peristroika; but, rather, a mass if hidden covert attacks using surrogates within the various counties and designed to bring down the culture, economy, and political structure of the United States and other threats to the progress of communism. This is the overarching goal within which we need to look at the accomplishments of drug trafficking, organized crime, and terrorism, all so effectively orchestrated that even the CIA has emerged as one of the Soviets’ main friends because of their (CIA’s) efforts to deny any serious Soviet connection to any of these and many other covert attack operations, and I thank Nyquist and Kitman for expanding our thinking out from the traditional view of these devastating attacks as mere crimes to be countered by traditional law and order agencies rather than as immensely successful covert war operations, all covertly financed by the citizenry of the capitalist countries themselves.
The impossibility of separating out narcotics trafficking from organized crime is further evident insofar as the proportion of organized crime that is narcotics trafficking has been generally estimated at thirty percent; that is, drug trafficking has been considered a component of organized crime since at least 1950. Further, as mentioned previously, the money laundering system, which can be viewed at one of the largest businesses in the world (today it would have to be estimated at over $10 trillion, of which 15 to 20 percent is the bank’s share, which instantly should explain why the banks are a witting integral part of both narcotics trafficking and money laundering – they are, indeed, along with politicians and government officials, a major component of “The Upper World” of organized crime.) In other words, when one steps on the toes of the narcotics trafficking and support superstructure, he or she had better think twice because they are simultaneously stepping on the toes of a very large corrupted and powerful global elite.
I was at a conference in Austria in 1999. One of the officials of Europol intelligence gave a talk on organized crime and drugs. His presentation was very sobering. He stated that drug crime had exploded from 15,000 crimes in 1995 to 185,000 in 1998! While in the past, the principal crime organizations were Sicilian, Japanese, Chinese and Latin American, the main problem in 1998 had become in the preceding five years Russian infiltration. Organized crime in Russia now controled over 40,000 businesses, 85 percent of the banks, and 20 percent of the Duma. The UN had placed the size of international organized crime in 1999 at $1.6 trillion and this is believed to be low, the speaker explained. A more realistic figure was $2 to $3 trillion. (U.S. specialists estimated that just the money laundering in 21 countries that cooperated in providing data totaled more like $3.5 trillion in 2001!
The main points the speaker at the conference made ran something like the following: Illegal drugs are corrupting our youth. Europe has had an explosion in political corruption. Illegal money is corrupting our legal, political, and financial systems and 15 to 20 percent goes into the stock markets. Soon the crooks will control the financial markets. European org crime has more money, better technology, and more political support than Europol. His parting shot was right to the point. He said, “This problem can no longer be defeated with legal means.” And in all the presentations, no one mentioned or seemed aware of the role of the main Communist intelligence services, the KGB and GRU, and the government of Russia itself (and Communist China). All of these “goals” in the organized crime and narcotics trafficking were understood in the KGB, GRU, and top government officials at the time these operations along with terrorism and deception were made “strategic intelligence operations” by Khrushchev and company in 1955-56.
This, in brief, is one reason why the wars on drugs and organized crime have been farces since the late 1960s. They are misdiagnosed and politically protected.
Nyquist: Some years ago I was talking with Col. Stanislav Lunev, a GRU officer who defected after the fall of the Soviet Union. He made a number of very passionate statements about the Soviet strategy of loosening American morals. He asked, “Do you think America has been, historically, a violent country?” I replied in the negative. “You are right,” he said, explaining his interest in American frontier history and literature. He went on to explain how difficult it was for the Soviet Union to penetrate and subvert the United States because of the high ethical standards that prevailed in Americans society half a century ago. He explained how the Soviet General Staff used intermediaries to pay film producers to introduce more violence and immorality in American movies, to bring lower standards to the culture overall. This, in turn, would allow the Soviet military to penetrate American institutions. If Americans live a clean life, if they are honest and hard-working, the task of encouraging treason or other high crimes is far from easy. If Americans use drugs, are sexually promiscuous, hedonistic and unethical, their lives are likely to be unhappy. Such individuals are weak in terms of patriotism and self respect. They are easier to prey upon. Such people are more likely to fall for “active measures,” and believe Soviet lies. This, in fact, is what happened with the drug culture. Drugs, sex and rock’n roll was not a patriotic movement.
I believe the drug culture has helped in the decline of American patriotism. To this day the drug business remains an essential component in Moscow next push, which would facilitate the further infiltration of the United States by terrorist cells working to import weapons of mass destruction via the same networks used to bring illegal drugs into the country. This, by the way, is the standard GRU approach to smuggling WMDs into the United States. If you have corrupted customs officials, then smuggling WMDs with these shipments would be child’s play. The national security implications of the illegal drug trade are huge; and there is no serious effort to annihilate the traffickers, as there should be. If we are to survive as a nation we cannot allow foreign criminal cartels, working with foreign intelligence services, to convert our borderlands into a free transit zone for weapons and terror agents.
Americans may not be familiar with a classified report written jointly by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Intelligence Service in 1997. I managed to obtain a copy of this report, titled “Sidewinder.” It says that Chinese organized crime groups are allied with the People’s Liberation Army and Chinese intelligence to infiltrate Canadian business and the political system. The Chinese objective was and is to convert Canada into a “highway” for attacking America in the flank. The Sidewinder report sounded a warning, calling on Canadian officials to mobilize law enforcement and intelligence resources to oppose Chinese subversion of the Canadian political system. Unfortunately, it was too late. The Chinese had already penetrated at a high level. I say this because Canada’s leading politicians suppressed the report, and business with China continued to accelerate along with organized crime.
A few years ago the Los Angeles Times reported that the Mexican mafia was being coordinated in its operations by the Russian mafia. There is also Chinese involvement in Baja, California. The Christian Science monitor reported on Chinese-Mexican convoys delivering secret cargoes to Baja in the 1990s. What was being delivered? The possibility of infiltrating and subverting a country, then dividing and conquering it, has lately been regarded as something of a joke – outside the realm of possibility. In fact, it is happening now. And we only have to look across the border to see what has befallen Mexico, and see what is in store.
For those who think the ultimate plan of the socialist bloc is benign, I should remind them as forcefully as I can, that Russia and China do not intend to make America into the most powerful socialist commonwealth on earth. The objective of the new post Soviet Russia was described in no uncertain terms by Russian intelligence defector Sergei Tretyakov, who said that his bosses in Russia intended to “destroy” America. This is the same language used in Hugo Chavez’s circle, as well. The intention is not really to convert America to a socialist state. The American socialists are regarded as complete idiots by the leaders in Moscow and Beijing. The advent of a “progressive” American administration is only a transitional phase on the way to completely destroying the United States. The frightening power of organized crime and drug trafficking has been harnessed to this end, and to no other. The trillions made by the drug business is not for the purpose of enjoyment, but for the purpose of destruction. In his book Lenin’s Tomb, David Remnick quotes the head of Italy’s parliamentary committee of inquiry into the mafia, who said Russia had become the capital of international organized crime. He told Remnick that the three leading Italian mafias reported to Russia, where seminars and coordination meetings were hosted. The harnessing of organized crime is not something that happened in one or two decades. It has been an ongoing operation for more than half a century. And if the Canadian political system was long ago subverted and compromised, imagine how compromised the U.S. political system is today. Merely look at the people who are in charge of the CIA and the White House. Look at what is being taught to our children in school. A person has to be blind or stupid not to see what has happened to us.
When a politician is corrupt, information about his corruption may travel all the way to Moscow or Beijing. What chance does our country have, in that event? How many politicians are in the hands of enemy surrogates who wear the mask of the common criminal? Even more frightening, we should also consider the growing power that government agencies have over our lives. What if these agencies are corrupted by Russian or Chinese crime groups? More than a decade ago I interviewed a Soviet immigrant in the Sacramento area, named Michael. When leaving the Soviet Union he was met by a KGB officer at the airport who jokingly explained that he was going to work for the motherland abroad. Michael thought this KGB officer was talking nonsense. In America there is the free press, the FBI and the CIA. In America there is protection from KGB thugs. But this wasn’t the case. When Michael settled in Sacramento he was summoned to a meeting for local Soviet immigrants. It was ostensibly to help newcomers find opportunity in America. At this meeting a man stood up and said, “I am GRU Captain so-and-so, and I am the boss of this city.” The GRU captain handed Michael a brown paper bag full of money. “Here,” he said, “take this bag to Child Protective Services.” He explained that the Slavic mafia owned Child Protective Services. “If you fail to cooperate,” said the GRU officer, “you need not fear for your safety. It will be much worse than that. We will take your children, and you will die alone in the gutter.”
There are thousands of businesses in the United States that serve as fronts for Russian and/or Chinese intelligence. There are hundreds of crime syndicates with ties to the police, intelligence officials, and politicians. How safe do we think the country actually is? When Hugo Chavez goes to China and calls himself a proud follower of Mao, and when he invites Islamic terrorists to Venezuela, what do we suppose he is doing? The billions in support he receives from China, Cuba and Russia is not for some innocent purpose. And the effect of the drugs that keep pouring in can be seen in the faces of our meth-addicts who wander our streets, twitching and muttering to themselves.
Kitman: The cat is really coming out of the bag! Very interesting remarks by both Douglass and Nyquist.
To round up the talk, Jamie, I think I will try and pick up on your initial suggestion and touch upon some of the overall parallels to our current confrontation with the Islamic world.
Before I begin though, I would like to iterate an important distinction Douglass made. The one between drug-trafficking as a crime perpetrated by gangs; and drug-trafficking as covert warfare perpetrated by enemy states. These scenarios are indeed completely different animals. With the latter enjoying all the benefits of state powers, i.e. intelligence agencies, scientists, military expertise, diplomacy, political influence etc. Our police and customs control are hardly geared to counter such an enterprise. And with politicians suspiciously reluctant to demand retaliation, we end up in an intolerable situation, basically paying for our own demise.
Now, with regard to the confrontation with the Islamic world, the situation is much the same. We see massive trafficking of drugs out of the Muslim world and into the West, undertaken by an alliance of enemy states such as Iran, Afghanistan Kosovo etc. And we find these operations orchestrated both as chemical warfare and as a means of financing larger multipronged campaigns aimed at our destruction.
Unlike narco-communists however, the Muslims are so upfront about the nature of their operations, that even the mainstream media can´t hide it. The New York Times for instance, reported how a Taliban, Haji Baz Mohamed, told his cohorts, that “selling heroin was a part of jihad, because they were taking the Americans´ money and the heroin was killing them”. Before getting caught in 2005 Mohamed managed to rake in around 25 billion dollars, by trafficking heroin into the US.
Similarly, in 2009, a long-time heroin-pusher from Luton told a British newspaper that “The big bosses have Taliban and al-Qaeda connections and we’re often told only to deal it to non-Muslims. They call it chemical jihad and hope to ruin lives while getting massive payouts at the same time… There are lots of big-hitters who only sell to non-Muslims – to poison them”.
The same year EULEX (European Law-Enforcement Mission in Kosovo) tried to gain some control over the main trafficking route into Europe by adopting a protocol focusing on border-control and information exchange concerning organized crime in Kosovo. A group called “Albanian Self-determination Movement” then burned out 28 EULEX vehicles, some 1,000 Kosovo-Albanians took to the streets against the crime-fighting initiative. Kosovo premier Hashim Thaci, then stated ‘As of today, all debates and talks on the subject of the protocol have ended,’
Add to this the alarming reports from Austrian forensic chemists, finding strychnine systematically added to batches of heroin and the overall image of state-sponsored chemical warfare through addictive substances clearly emerges once again.
There are however also interesting differences between communist and Muslim drug-running. In that, the Muslim operations have little or no elements of propaganda and persuasion. Instead they seem to build around a stronghold on human-trafficking and support within the ever-growing Muslim minority of the target nation. This way muslim operations has no need to persuade Westerners and convert them to their “cause” in the same way the Communists did. They seek segregation of the Muslim community instead, and then use gangs of 2nd and 3rd generation Muslim youths to push the drugs locally.
Strategically these operations make up an important part of the “stage of vexation and exhaustion” stealthily imposed upon western nations by their Muslim minorities in accordance with Al-Qaeda manuals.
Now, as scary as both communist and Islamic plotting and planning against our way of life might seem, to me, the truly disturbing fact is that we are actually tolerating it. There is a flaw within our own system, which has little or nothing to do with communism and Islam. Open for an enemy to prey upon, regardless of ideology.
What is keeping us? This is the urgent question. And before we find a good answer, I see little hope of progress, let alone proper retaliation against the nations inflicting such misery upon us.
FP: Frank Kitman, J. R. Nyquist and Dr. Joseph Douglass, thank you for joining Frontpage Symposium. And special thanks to Frank Kitman, who is the Godfather of this symposium, since he made the suggestion from which this symposium grew.