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Afghanistan’s Kandahar Airfield an Alleged Heroin Hotbed

In Afghanistan, Archive, Military, USA on June 17, 2015 at 4:54 AM
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Toor Jan was clearly nervous when he arrived at the guesthouse in Kandahar, Afghanistan. “If my boss found out I did this, he will shoot me,” the young heroin dealer told the Georgia Straight in an interview.

Toor Jan (not his real name) described last March how he sold large amounts of heroin to Afghan translators working at two NATO bases in Kandahar who, in turn, resold the heroin to NATO soldiers.

Toor Jan said he and his partner were selling from 270 grams to one kilogram of heroin weekly to the translators working at Kandahar Airfield—until recently headquarters of Canada’s mission in Afghanistan—and at Kandahar City’s Camp Nathan Smith, former home of the Canadian provincial reconstruction team.

It’s enough to get 2,700 to 10,000 users high. The street value in Vancouver would be $54,000 to $200,000.

It works out to about 14 to 52 kilograms annually, worth up to approximately $10.4 million. (Toor Jan said his boss employs two other teams of dealers who sell similar amounts of heroin to translators at the NATO bases.) In comparison, Canadian police seize only about 70 kilos of heroin in an average year in all of Canada.

Toor Jan said he had heard that some foreign contractors also buy heroin and are involved in smuggling it through Kandahar’s airport but that they “normally deal with other people, not with small guys like us”.

A Kandahar district official who has extensive knowledge of the heroin trade also said some foreign contractors and NATO military personnel are involved in trafficking heroin by plane to North America out of Afghan airports that are under NATO control.

“They have Afghan people who go through the process and purchase the drugs for them. Once it is acquired, they bring it to them, and they smuggle it to North America,” the official said in an interview in a Kandahar guesthouse. “They use the airports.”

(It is Georgia Straight policy to include anonymous sources in stories only in exceptional circumstances, such as when sources’ safety or employment could be jeopardized if their names were revealed. Wherever possible, their identities are confirmed with editors, and—to the extent possible—the Straight corroborates their information with named sources.)

The accounts give a rare glimpse into how some NATO personnel and contractors seem to have gotten ensnared in Afghanistan’s multibillion-dollar narco economy, which supplies 90 percent of the world’s opium, the raw ingredient of heroin.

Canada and other NATO powers have long been accused of turning a blind eye to a 15-fold increase in Afghan opium production since 2001 (according to UN figures) and cozying up to Afghan warlords and officials reputed to be involved with drugs.

But these new accounts suggest NATO’s presence helps fuel the gigantic Afghan drug trade.

The accounts are reminiscent of the Vietnam War, when U.S. forces befriended opium-dealing warlords in Southeast Asia and many U.S. soldiers became addicted to heroin, with some smuggling it back home.

A Canadian military historian said the notion that NATO soldiers are buying heroin in Afghanistan and smuggling it out is “completely plausible”.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all. That’s the way things are there,” Sean Maloney, associate professor of history at the Royal Military College, said by phone from Kingston, Ontario.

“In an environment like that, anything is possible.”

With between 200 and 700 daily flights, the Kandahar Airfield is the world’s busiest single-runway airport. The airfield/NATO base is the size of a small city, home to 30,000 NATO troops and contractors and, until recently, headquarters of Canada’s mission in Afghanistan.

The last Canadian troops left KAF on December 12 as the military assumes its new role training the Afghan army, mostly in Kabul, near the country’s border with Pakistan.

It’s easy to see how drugs could flood into KAF. A reporter from the Straight experienced only a cursory security check at KAF’s outer gate in a visit last spring. Inside is a large area housing thousands of Afghan and foreign contractors.

A second, more heavily guarded, gate controls entry to the NATO compound, but NATO troops and contractors can easily mingle between the two gates.

An Afghan source who works at KAF said Afghan contractors are widely known to bring in heroin for their own use and for use by NATO troops.

“It is dangerous and stressful work. They are in constant fear. So they use heroin to feel invincible and calm,” he said in an interview in Kandahar City.

He said some Afghan shopkeepers with stalls at the weekly base bazaar also bring in heroin.

“You’re dealing with a frontier town,” Maloney said of KAF. “I call it Deadwood.”

Maloney is an adviser to Canadian Forces chief of the land staff Lt.-Gen. Peter Devlin and has travelled to Afghanistan 10 times. The army has commissioned Maloney to write the history of its involvement in Afghanistan.

Maloney stressed that he was speaking as an RMC professor, not for the Canadian military.

He said KAF seems to have become an important new smuggling waypoint in recent years. The new route emerged as Afghan heroin barons sought to seize more profits by circumventing Pakistani middlemen who traditionally processed opium into heroin and smuggled it abroad through the Pakistani port of Karachi.

“They realized that with an airport [in Kandahar], they can cut the Pakistanis out,” he said.

Toor Jan said his Afghan translator clients smuggle heroin into KAF in their shoes. He said he charges them US$20 to $25 for a package of three or four grams of heroin (locals pay the equivalent of only about $6), which they resell to NATO soldiers for $40 to $50. (Each package would have a street value of $600 to $800 in Vancouver.)

“Since the foreigners are not allowed to drink liquor, they use heroin and other drugs,” he said.

Allegations of NATO troops smuggling Afghan heroin have surfaced before. Last year, the Sunday Times in London reported that British authorities were investigating whether British soldiers in Helmand province and Canadian soldiers at KAF were smuggling heroin.

An Afghan drug dealer told the Times: “Most of our other customers, apart from drug lords in foreign countries, are the military.…So most of the foreigners who do these deals are the military.

“As I have heard, they are carrying these drugs in the military airlines.”

Canadian defence officials said at the time that they had no evidence of smuggling by Canadian troops.

A retired Canadian military police captain told the Straight in a phone interview that it is common knowledge that opium is available at KAF.

“Oh, yeah, that’s open source. It’s endemic across the country,” said Wayne Boone, now vice president of the Canadian Intelligence and Military Police Association and assistant professor of international affairs at Ottawa’s Carleton University, in a phone interview. “You’ve got Afghan nationals coming in and out [of KAF] with impunity and background checks focusing only on their loyalty. It does stand to reason that opium products may be brought in.”

Boone also said Canadian soldiers flying home from Afghanistan aren’t normally subject to thorough searches. “It’s not typical to search every bag unless there’s cause.”

The Afghan opium business also seems to have gotten an unexpected boost from Canada’s much-lauded $50-million project to rebuild Kandahar’s irrigation network.

Maloney said the signature project has helped opium producers irrigate their poppies. He said he warned Canadian officials about the risk at a meeting in Kandahar in 2005. He was told not to worry because Afghan farmers were to be weaned off opium with alternative-crop programs. But those programs didn’t work, he said.

Two former Canadian soldiers said opium use among Afghan police, soldiers, and translators was widespread and sometimes posed operational problems.

“We couldn’t take Afghans out [on patrol] because they were all rolling around in a ditch, too high to cock their weapons,” said Matthew Young, who served in Afghanistan in 2006.

“We tended not to rely on Afghans for our own security,” he said by phone from Edmonton, where he lives.

Grant Custer, a Canadian artillery captain who served in Afghanistan in 2008 and 2009, said some Canadian military units in Kandahar also experienced problems with Afghan translators who used opium. “We were told to watch out for that, especially if we took them with us. They just couldn’t do their job properly,” he said by phone from Hamilton, Ontario.

A Canadian military spokesman said he has no evidence that Canadian soldiers or Afghan translators smuggled heroin out of Kandahar.

“If something was wrong with Canadian employees, action would have been taken,” Lt.-Col. Chris Lemay said by phone from Ottawa.

Lemay also said NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), not Canada, was responsible for security at KAF. Asked about drug use by Afghan soldiers, he said: “Any allegations that they would have been under the influence and difficult to work with—sure, this is Afghanistan.”

He also acknowledged that opium producers could have benefited from the Canadian irrigation project but said that it was still worthwhile because it helped Afghan farmers.

An ISAF official in Kandahar emailed the Straight a statement saying ISAF “supports a drug-free work environment and the vast majority of ISAF personnel live up to these standards”.

The Afghan source working at KAF said base security hasn’t changed in the eight months since the Straight first asked Canadian and NATO officials about the smuggling.

This story was done in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Investigative Reporting and was supported by a grant from the Open Society Foundations. The CCIR’s Bilbo Poynter contributed additional reporting.

Unlawful Killing: The Murder of Princess Diana

In News, NWO, Other Leaks, UK, Viral Videos on December 22, 2012 at 6:20 PM

12/22/2012

Banned in the U.K., this documentary explores the possibility that Princess Diana was murdered by the British Royal establishment.

http://vimeo.com/56155344

FBI Phone Conference – Fuck FBI Friday Feb 3rd 2012

In Al Jazeera NEWSHOUR, Anonymous, China, Columbia, India, leaksource, News, NWO, Occupy Canada, Occupy Melbourne, Occupy Oakland, Occupy Wall Street, OccupyTogether, OccupyWallStreet, OpenLeaks, Police Brutality, Ron Paul, Ron Paul 2012, Science & Technology, twitter, Viral Videos, Wall Street, WikiLeaks, World Revolution on February 4, 2012 at 2:35 AM

Fuck FBI Friday Feb 3 2012

A link to a download  was the first followers on twitter were given, this turned out to be an mp3 file which had a recorded conversation between United Kingdom and American FBI agents.

The mp3 file was easily slotted with a cutaway image and uploaded to You Tube.

Initially people were sceptical saying that the recording was staged….it is 100% bone fide

In the video box are links to all the major internet news media and the FBI admitting the recording is 100% bone fide.

The mp3 was on a public file share, which was found on a public website, uploaded to a public video sharing site.

No crime there, except….. Law Enforcements Laxdæla saga and sometimes crued and debasing style of conversation data mining.

Not to mention the deliberate collusion to purposefully delay trial proceedings.

and the frivolous travel plans at the tax payers expense , learn to livestream Bruce.

Further to this is this news reporter on FOX News

This guy was just handed the brief on this in the green room…he has no idea at this point that this would be the beginning of another Fuck FBI Friday that LEA’s would not forget for some time.

 

Along with Fuck FBI Friday was the Haditha e-mails 

and the defacements….

Newark Police Foundation

what this has shown , yet again….in less than 140 charachters?

1. deliberate collusion between law agencies to delay court hearings.

2. People crack and purge – they spill their guts, while others stand staunch and shut the fuck up.

read the links in the video boxes at all times.

stay safe …..keep your eyes on the prize

Virgil Hesse

OccupyOakland – YMCA “Kettleling”

In Anonymous, News, Oakland, Occupy, Occupy Oakland, Occupy Wall Street, OccupyTogether, OccupyWallStreet, Police State, World Revolution on January 29, 2012 at 3:12 AM

Occupy Oakland

This is live video from OakForShor.

Video shows how protestors were kettled as the tried to move through the YMCA building and exit away from the police cordon.

#OpAssange – #OpHorizon (reloaded)

In Anonymous, Bradley Manning, leaksource, NWO, WikiLeaks, World Revolution on January 29, 2012 at 3:05 AM

#OpAssange

 

Greetings to all people everywhere
Over the next week events may take a course, which for some may seem unacceptable,
Completely unacceptable
Of course
We refer to the supreme court hearing regarding the european arrest warrant for Julian Assange, journalist and publisher of Wikileaks, this February first and second.
If the supreme court upholds the extradition of Julian Assange, may we offer a number of legal ways in which supporters of Julian and Wikileaks can show their support
Along with the outcome of the supreme court hearing , the passage of sopa and pipa should also be held in distain as governments seek to throttle the last vestiges of freedom from the internet we all know and love so dearly.

Firstly may we suggest revisiting Op Paperstorm.
In this operation which has been highly successful in past protests,
activist use facsimile message to protest by sending messages directly to politicians and law makers.
Make leaflets and paste them in prominent locations in your community
Spray paint your message so all can see on government buildings
Make adhesive stickers and place them again in prominent spaces
Second , we suggest flash mobs.
Flash mobs have been a way in which large numbers of people from all walks of life are able to protest against injustices by turning up at locations where their presence can be most felt.
Spend the day at the largest furniture store in your area, make your self comfortable and let your children run wild. Try out the beds, the comfortable chairs, in fact try everything.
If visiting a Swiss furniture outlet is not your thing, book a test ride in a Swiss car, see what it red lines at, and for how long.
The main purpose is to agitate.
Organize your people
Network, communicate
Use all of the social media to great a wave of activism
Make your feelings known as to the gross injustices that take place in the name of justice
Shout,
Laugh,
Cry
Stand as one be divided by zero
Make this an event to remember
As in the not to distant future, activism in the name of free speech will be deemed a crime punishable by citizenship removal and indefinite detention
Agitate

#OpHorizon – reloaded
Headlines of the same date for three years document the tragedy of reactionary politics.

January 25, 2010’s headlines spoke only of despair, citing the recent earthquake in Haiti, an airplane crash, and empty promises in President Obama’s upcoming State of the Union address.
January 25, 2011 is now recognized as the true beginning of the Arab Spring, inspired by Tunisia’s revolution, catalyzed by Wikileaks and continually enabled by Anonymous and other open-information groups such as Telecomix.
January 25, 2012 marks a day which has seen recent international consolidations of power in response to a year which witnessed so much hope. Internet censorship in the name of anti-piracy has made its way onto US legislative floors, and the consideration of SOPA & PIPA has led other western countries to draft similar censorship legislation.

Recently, the United States passed NDAA, defense bill which contained a dangerous provision stating that any person declared a “terrorist” (no definition) or who has aided (no definition) a “terrorist” can be indefinitely detained without trial or charge. This provision was changed to read that only non-citizens could be detained, but another bill, EEA, is hoping to remove the citizenship of any person declared a terrorist.

Even without EEA, NDAA is applicable to current cases, one of which is rather well known. Julian Assange has been called a “hi-tech terrorist” by US Vice President Joe Biden. Many other distinguished figures, including US presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, have labeled Julian Assange an enemy combatant and have even called for his assassination.

Julian Assange’s final extradition hearing will take place on February 1. However broken the system, it will set a precedent and its occurrence will not be ignored. Operation Horizon continues to represent the hopes of those who have become martyrs, those who have been arrested for peaceful protests (both digital and irl), and those who have been victimized by illegitimate governments. We will remind the world that this period of change did not happen by chance, and that the livelihood of the person most heavily responsible for the publication of critical documents is hanging in the balance. Assange’s Feb 1 extradition trial is not about sex crimes; it’s about the possibility of extradition to the US for prosecution as an enemy combatant.

The truth has become the weapon of this information war. Mothers, students, doctors, journalists, you, me, we could all be labeled terrorists if we sympathize with Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Anonymous, the Arab Spring, the anti-austerity protesters, Occupy Wall Street & the 99% movement, or with those who fight for freedom independently. Governments which will prosecute journalists and their sources, but ignore the criminals uncovered by the reports have no right to determine who qualifies as a terrorist.

Anyone affected by 2011 has a responsibility to take a stand for free speech, freedom of information, freedom of assembly and a free press.
Stand for you right to change the world.

We are Anonymous
We are Julian Assange
We are Bradley Manning
We are the Arab Spring
We are the 99%
We do not forgive
We do not forget
Expect us.

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