Narco-Terrorism

The Obama/Soros Legacy

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

Donald Trump’s choice of his VP running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, worries the marijuana lobby. They question Pence’s belief that marijuana is a gateway drug and its abuse is a crime, deserving penalty. While the marijuana lobby claims “Marijuana is a happy, healthy, wonderful plant and everybody should have the... ...

The Counter-Terrorist-Financing Farce

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Left: The chart on the right shows the intricate money-laundering system the Lebanese Canadian Bank used to divert money to the Shiite militant group Hezbollah, according to United States officials. (The NYT, Dec 13, 2011). And on June 25, 2013, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney announced “$102 Million settlement of civil forfeiture... ...

Saudi Princes Trafficking Drugs: Déjà vu

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Saudi prince Abdel Mohsin Bin Walid Bin Abdul-Aziz was detained by Lebanese authorities at Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport on October 26, 2015. Two tons of amphetamines (fenethylline) and some cocaine were found onboard his private plane before it took off to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. According to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime 2014 report,  “Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria accounting for more... ...

The Cuban fiasco*

Monday, April 13th, 2015

In that simplistic jargon characterizing Pres. Barack Hussein Obama’s worldwide “transformation” of U.S. foreign policy, the chief argument for his Cuban shift has been “[T]hese 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked.” In the facts of history, in this as in so many other instances, Obama is wrong.... ...

Mexico: Mañana is Here*

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Much has changed, obviously, since 1989 when I published “Mexico: chaos on our doorstep.** As so often has happened, my timing was bad. The book’s research identified a problem prematurely and the title raised hackles among some Latin American specialists, most of whom had a more optimistic view. But what... ...

The Caucasus Snake Pit

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

An Islamic militant plot target, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, was reported in late May 2012. News reports indicated that Russia’s security agencies, working with Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee in Georgia’s former Abkhazia region, had uncovered the plot. A large number of caches of arms, ammunition, and explosives, including... ...

Erdogan’s Russia Problem and Vice Versa

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s growing Islamist tendencies, his crackdown on the military and the media have upset many in Turkey. Revelations of the gold-for-oil raid and the extent of his and his associates’ corruption, bribes to members of his government and his son’s corrupt land and construction deals with... ...

Terrorism Financing in North Africa

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Introduction: Financial resources and funding methods of the North African terrorist organizations have been largely influenced by two factors. The first is their longtime strategic and tactical independence. Despite the fact that several of these organizations emerged in the aftermath of the Afghan conflict, including the historical GSPC – Salafist... ...

The Illicit Drug Economy & The Case Against Cornflakes

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Societies, in general, take a long time to recognize a new problem. They take even longer to acknowledge a problem that has been ignored, denied and excused for a long time, and reluctance to embrace effective solutions prevails. Sometimes reasonable doubts are raised but, most often, objections are promoted by... ...

Latin America’s Narco-Terrorism Nexus & The Obama Administration

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

“Terrorists use drug profits to fund their cells to commit acts of murder,” said President George W. Bush, on December 14, 2001. “It’s so important for Americans to know that the traffic in drugs finances the work of terror, sustaining terrorists.” On March 19, 2002, Attorney General John Ashcroft went on... ...

Drug Trafficking, Kidnapping Fund Al Qaeda

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Al Qaeda Inc. might suffer some initial setbacks from Osama bin Laden’s death, but so did Apple Inc. when shares dropped over rumors of Steve Jobs’ illness. But it did not take long to realize that Jobs has established a highly functional corporation, and the shares bounced back. The same... ...

Defund The Taliban

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Drug money is funding the Taliban’s increasingly numerous and bolder attacks in Afghanistan. Yet, the United States has shifted its policy from eradicating poppy fields – the source of the high-grade cheap heroin that feeds at least 93% of the world’s opiate addiction – to interdiction. The U.S. now targets... ...

Turning The Battle Against Drugs

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

On his recent surprise visit to Afghanistan, President Obama properly criticized the government for ignoring corruption and mismanagement. At the same time, the United States’ current policy allows Afghan opium production, the major funding source for the Taliban. It is the drug trade, which permeates every corner of government and... ...

Winning The War In Afghanistan

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

While the Obama administration is debating whether to escalate the war in Afghanistan, there may be a better solution for stabilizing the country. No one expects Afghanistan to become a peaceful, self-sustaining democracy overnight. However, without an effective strategy to turn the situation around, the surge is likely to result... ...

Defeating Narco-Terrorism

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Narco-terrorists and the international criminal organizations that thrive on the illegal drug trade now threaten the national security of many nations. The nexus between transnational criminal organizations and terrorist groups does not end with illegal drug trafficking. Their partnerships are complex, linking illegal drugs, money, geography and politics. Yet, U.S.... ...

Stop The Afghan Drug Trade, Stop Terrorism

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

“The fight against drugs is actually the fight for Afghanistan,” said Afghan President Hamid Karzai when he took office in 2002. Judging by the current situation, Afghanistan is losing. To win, the link between narcotics and terrorism must be severed. That is the necessary condition for a successful strategy to... ...

Osama: The Heroin Pusher

Sunday, January 30th, 2005

Afghanistan no longer serves as al-Qaeda’s home base. Yet, it remains the source of another great evil — the biggest heroin supply in the world. Since its liberation, Afghanistan’s heroin production has gone from 640 tons to 5,000, an increase of almost 800%. Afghanistan now supplies 87% of the world’s... ...

Afghanistan And Heroin

Wednesday, January 5th, 2005

The liberation of Afghanistan may have ended one evil, but unless it is stopped, it is creating a bigger evil – an 800% increase in heroin production, which not only funds the Islamist terrorists, but also kills and destroys the lives of hundred of thousands around the world. In 2005,... ...

The War On (Narco) Terror

Thursday, May 20th, 2004

The international drug trade puts hundreds of millions of dollars in the coffers of global terrorists, which threatens the global community. Each year the US and other members of the G-8 summit spend hundreds of billions of dollars fighting the production of Opium in Afghanistan, yet this years poppy harvest... ...

Funding Evil

Thursday, January 15th, 2004

http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Printable.asp?ID=11760 Frontpage Interview has the pleasure to have Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, the author of the new book Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed and How to Stop It, as its guest today. Dr. Ehrenfeld is the director of the New York-based American Center for Democracy, and the Center for the... ...

Funding Terrorism: Sources and Methods

Friday, March 29th, 2002

CONTENT I. Introduction II. Funding Terrorism III. Illegal Drugs and Terrorism IV. Was This Unavoidable? V. How Much Money is Involved in this Business? VI. Narcoterrorism and the Weakening of Democracies VII. Conclusions I. INTRODUCTION President Bush declared in his address to the United Nations General Assembly on November 10, 2001: “For the United States of America,... ...

Blind To Narco-Terrorism: US Fails To Confront A Growing Threat

Thursday, June 29th, 2000

Since Narco-terrorism has not been recognized as one the of the leading killers of American citizens in the last two decades- in the form of Cocaine and Heroin. And since the Narco-terrorist organization has not been identified as the driving force behind the real on – going chemical warfare on... ...

Selling Syringes: The Swiss Experiment (Drug Legalization)

Wednesday, September 6th, 1995

ZURICH — As U.S. communities continue to experiment with programs to cut drug addiction and HIV infection spread by drug users, some have cited European experiments with the decriminalization of drug use. But before venturing further in this direction, policy makers should acquaint themselves with an elaborate new “scientific” program... ...

The Americas: Colombia Must End Flirtations With Drug Lord

Friday, August 14th, 1992

Three years after a bomb destroyed a Colombian plane in flight — killing all 110 passengers, including two U.S. citizens — a U.S. attorney in New York has indicted Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and one of his chief assassins for the murders. Perhaps now authorities will find some way... ...

The Drug War In The Halls Of Justice

Monday, April 9th, 1990

When President Bush decides to deliver another “War on Drugs” speech to the nation, it may not be necessary for the Drug Enforcement Agency to stage a drug buy at Lafayette Park. Perhaps all the president has to do is phone Attorney General Dick Thornburgh and ask him to step... ...

The Americas: Castro Is Shocked! Shocked! To Find Drug-Dealing Comrades

Friday, June 23rd, 1989

While “perestroika” makes headway in the Soviet Union and other East Bloc countries, and while Communist China is cleaning house in Beijing, “spring cleaning” is taking place in Havana. “The true revolution cannot leave unpunished those who violate its principles” said Granma, the Cuban Communist Party’s newspaper. The editorial was... ...

The Narcotic-Terrorism Connection

Monday, February 10th, 1986

“A growing narcotics network is only a part of an increased trend of international lawlessness,” said Secretary of State George Shultz in a 1984 address to the Miami Chamber of Commerce. The Reagan administration is increasingly emphasizing the link between drug traffickers, terrorists and organized crime, to a sometimes skeptical... ...