Date: Sat, 31 May 1997 09:31:58 -0400 (EDT)
From: Joe Canepa <>
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Subject: ciadrugs] Two Brits Comment on the US

"But now these public relations efforts [the CIA taking the CBS staff to dinner [in the 60's and 70's, jc]] were growing less frequent, because, though the Agency was much more active, there was little Allen [Dulles, jc] could talk about, much less boast about. The climate was changing. Stories were coming back from Asia about what the CIA was doing in Vietnam and Laos, and no one liked what they heard. Could it be true, as it was rumored in certain restricted circles in Washington, that the CIA in Southeast Asia was actually _running heroin_ and using it as a currency for covert operations in Saigon, Pnom Phen, and Vietiane? It sounded like a hark back to the beginning of the century, when the British had used opium in China to buy their way in and make the mandarins rich and the masses supine as they tightened their colonial grip on the country. Yet the skeptics who protested that Americans--even American intelligence agents--could never stoop so low were confounded. It was only too true. The CIA was spreading drugs and corruption though Asia, and the stench of evil was beginning to cling to the Agency's name."

Leonard Mosley (O.B.E.) _Dulles: A Biography of Eleanor, Allen, and John Foster Dulles and Their Family Network_ (New York: The Dial Press/James Wade, 1978) 457-58

"By the end of the 1980's it was calculated that the illegal use of drugs in the United States now netted its controllers over $110 billion a year."

Paul Johnson _Modern Times_ (New York: HarperPerenial, 1991 Rev. Ed.) 782

Joe Canepa

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