CIA-drugs symposium reveals huge cover-up
by Reverend Damuzi (15 Jun, 2000)
The fabric of American society is a massive CIA deception.
Unsolved murders. Inner-city ghettos cleaned out by SWAT teams contracted by
the US Housing Department. Mysterious plane flights that don't show up on
radar. They were all tied together at the CIA drugs symposium on June 10 in
Speakers included ex-DEA agent Cele Castillio, ex-HUD Secretary General
Catherine Austin Fitts, ex-documentary maker Daniel Hopsicker, ex-LAPD
officer Mike Rupert, and ex-Federal Aviation Administration air-carrier
inspector Robert Stitch.
The proliferation of "ex's" in the list of speakers was evidence itself of
what this group of speakers had gathered to uncover. Without exception and in
the course of their regular duties, each had unwittingly discovered that the
CIA smuggles crack, cocaine and other illegal substances into the US to fund
covert operations south of the border. Each of them had chosen to speak out
about the CIA, and had been thrown out of their professions, bankrupted and
relentlessly persecuted in ways that could only be possible either by
remarkable coincidence or if they were speaking the truth.
Also at the conference was tireless Berkeley Professor Peter Dale Scott, who
has been documenting CIA drug smuggling since the 70's, Dedon Kamathi,
lecturer and African rights organizer and Kris Millegan, researcher and event
organizer. Among the audience, I could feel the oily presence of spooks shape
shifted into inquisitive onlookers and fake activists. I could also feel the
paranoia of the speakers, who sometimes winced in anticipation of a gunshot
when I moved in too quickly for a picture.
"I'll probably be dead within a year," said Castillo, who showed us pictures
of brutalized Salvadorans, tortured and killed to prevent them from giving
testimony about CIA/DEA and government involvement in drug trafficking.
Castillo took many of the pictures himself when he worked as lead DEA
investigator in El Salvador.
Together, the group is probably the most experienced, professional team of
investigators and researchers ever brought together on this topic. No wonder
the US government doesn't want anything to do with them. Their combined
stories sketched out a tale of deception that reaches from state police to
the presidency, and deep into the historical roots of secret agencies and
Among the well-documented allegations is that George W Bush was caught
red-handed picking up cocaine at a Florida airport in a DEA sting, that
President Clinton is complicit in CIA drug trafficking from South America
today, that US federal courts have conspired in the CIA cover up, and that
every aspect of government and society have been affected as a result.
According to Catherine Austin Fitts, former head of the HUD (Department of
Housing and Urban Development), organized crime and big business alike make
money from the desolation of inner-city neighborhoods that have become retail
shops for CIA-smuggled crack.
The most shocking and far-reaching revelation of all - an awareness brought
to me by the combination of information presented by these speakers - was
that the present US economy would collapse without the cocaine-trafficking
industry, that the biggest US banks would be forced to close their doors, and
that wall street would crash.
To conceal their huge cocaine-trafficking empire, the CIA, DEA and other
government officials operate under the cloak of national security, meaning
that no one involved can talk without facing persecution, assassination, or
Two years ago, when acclaimed journalist Gary Webb's series "Dark Alliance"
appeared in the San Jose Mercury News, documenting CIA crack smuggling in
exchange for arms to the US-backed Nicaraguan Contras, a dirty family secret
had suddenly become nieghbourhood gossip. A congressional investigation was
begun. During the conference, Peter Dale Scott revealed that the
congressional investigation had concluded its report in February of this
year, taken steps to prevent media interest in the story, and fully
exonerated the CIA of any wrongdoing.
"How do you hide a multi-billion dollar industry out in the open," asked one
of the speakers. The answer that emerged during the conference was that
government spooks don't hide cocaine trafficking very well at all. They just
deny it exists.
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