The United States is a Narcodemocracy

The “drug war” and wall street drug money laundering are important props for the US dollar.  There are fewer and fewer reasons for foreigners to want dollars, but as long as drug-producing regions like afghanistan and colombia are forced to launder money through wall street, dollars will still have some role in world trade.

As many have noted, the U.S. government has – at least at some times in some parts of the world – protected drug operations. (Big American banks also launder money for drug cartels. See this, this, this and this. Indeed, drug dealers kept the banking system afloat during the depths of the 2008 financial crisis. But that’s beyond the scope of this post.)

The U.S. military has openly said that it is protecting Afghani poppy fields:

As Wikiepedia notes:

Opium production in Afghanistan has been on the rise since U.S. occupation started in 2001.

Public Intelligence has published a series of photographs showing American – and U.S.-trained Afghan – troops patrolling poppy fields in Afghanistan. Public Intelligence informs us that all of the photos are in the public domain, and not subject to copyright, and they assured me that I have every right to reproduce them.

We produce these photos and the accompanying descriptions from Public Intelligence without further comment. ….

If a ‘narcodemocracy’ means that the government is completely corrupt, that the government is involved in drugs, that the influence of drug traffickers reaches the top levels of government, then the United States is a ‘narcodemocracy’.”

Michael Levine, 25 year DEA veteran
Author of “The Big White Lie: The CIA and the Cocaine/Crack Epidemic”

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Hurricane Sandy: FEMA Is Not A Disaster Relief Agency

It’s primarily a continuity of government agency.  It’s there to ensure the government stays in control no matter what.

FEMA knew for at least a week, as we all did, that this hurricane could be devastating, that millions could end up without power or basic necessities, and that a large portion of those people left in Sandy’s wake would be woefully unprepared and relying on the agency to come in and save them.

In reality, FEMA knew for over seven years what Sandy could do; if anything, Hurricane Katrina should have taught the agency a thing or two about preparation and providing disaster relief following a major hurricane.

In the 72 hours after Sandy ravaged the coast literally leaving millions in the dark without electricity, stories of unfolding social collapse spread, from martial law being declared in one New Jersey town, to state troopers being called in to monitor violence over the last remaining fuel at gas stations, to New York deploying over a thousand National Guard troops to prevent looting.

While FEMA’s official Sandy webpage declares the “Federal Family” is continuing to “lean forward” to support response efforts (not coincidentally a throwback to Obama’s presidential campaign slogan), reports have come out that the agency is completely failing to live up to its promises yet again.

FEMA’s website alludes to supplies stored up across the country in case of a catastrophe. We know FEMA used taxpayer money to buy up $1 billion in storable food in 2011, for example. The presumption is this food would be used to provide relief to American disaster victims should the need arise.

Apparently FEMA’s food supply went elsewhere. While reports are coming out of unprepared, starving people actually dumpster diving in New York in Sandy’s wake, why are we just now seeing not one, but three FEMA solicitation requests on the website (here, here, and here) for a total of 4 million meals ready-to-eat to be delivered to New York and New Jersey this coming week?

The hurricane hit on Tuesday and the first solicitation for food didn’t even get posted until Friday, with the other two posted yesterday. In addition, why is Breitbart reporting that FEMA solicited for 2.3 million gallons of bottled water for which bidding was not set to close until November 3rd?

Sadly, Sandy is turning into Katrina 2.0 and FEMA has zero excuse for its grand failure redux. …