Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Heroin is Back!

Not that it ever left, but the day the invastion of Afghanistan was announced anyone who has done any study of the history of the covert activities of our intelligence community, particularly the CIA, could have foreseen that a rise in heroin trafficking was the inevitable result. Local newspapers across the country are full of reports like these:

(Original Publication: July 10, 2005)

Heroin, an illegal drug that was more prevalent in the 1960s, is making a comeback across the nation as a chic and relatively inexpensive drug, experts say. And use is spreading into suburban areas like Rockland.

Heroin use spikes in region
Amy Wolff, an assistant state’s attorney in Sangamon County, said her office has noticed an increase in heroin cases over the past eight months to a year.

And on and on....

Utah teen's use of heroin growing Lake Tribune, UT - Jul 5, 2005

Teen heroin use growing Wyoming News, WY - Jul 5, 2005

And of course abroad:

With opium production soaring in Afghanistan, the drug of the Eighties is now cheaper than ever

Stephen Khan, Scotland editor Sunday July 6, 2003

Bumper crops in Afghanistan have made the drug cheaper than ever. Only £5 will buy enough to keep a smoker in a state of euphoria for hours….

Despite the removal of the Taliban regime and Western governments' promises to end the dominance of the opium crop, Afghanistan produced 3,400 tonnes last year. That was its biggest-ever harvest - up 700 tonnes on 2001 - and returns it to the top of the world league of heroin producers.
Funny isn't it that we invade Afghanistan and opium production goes up?
The disinformation machinery is going strong, however.

White House 'concerned'about al-Qaida drug link Bin Laden's control of Afghan opium reportedly funds nuclear terrorism

The White House is concerned about reports of Osama bin Laden's control of Afghanistan's poppy fields to finance his nuclear terrorism, said White House spokesman Scott McClellan in response to a question by WND.

bin Laden has spent billions of dollars on the successful purchase and development of nuclear weapons – money his al-Qaida terrorist network earned by directing
poppy cultivation in the fields of Afghanistan, right under the noses of U.S. occupation forces

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