I have a, uh, fetish, I guess, for the historicity of state complicity in the trafficking of 'narcotics' (to which connects: organized crime, arms trafficking, money laundering, blackmail, banking scandals, etc). Recently I've begun delving deeper into this practice by the British (ie Opium Wars). But the most interesting stuff (probably because it's the most well researched) involves the CIA (who are really just modeled on the British but with funny accents).
It has become increasingly interesting to note how many of the most infamous intrigues from the mid-20th century up until (at least) the event known as '9-11' turn up the same cast of characters over and over. It is with this that offer this piece of media from forensic historian Richard Grove.
At it's center is the most notorious drug smuggler in U.S. history, Barry Seal. A name which, no doubt, 95+% of people will have never heard of. [For any fans of the show 'Narcos', it was after his murder was depicted five minutes into his arrival in the show (and combined with the fact that by episode 4, George H.W. Bush's name hadn't been mentioned once) that I knew the show was no longer interested in revealing truths and therefor no longer worth my time].
The more I study, the more it looks like bin Laden and his merry band of 'hijackers' were essentially just members of the same organized crime syndicate as Barry Seal- running drugs and guns with the complicity of the 'Builders of Empire'.
In January of 2017 Hollywood will attempt to do what it does so well...rewrite history. Tom Cruise will star as Barry Seal in the movie, 'Mena'. People will leave the theater believing they just heard the true story of a real American cowboy. It will no doubt be full of bullshit. With some interest and a lot of patience, you can chip away at that bullshit. if your interest is there but your attention span isn't, at least check out Daniel Hopsicker's work (I've been reading it for years) - it's featured in the wider presentation. Hopsicker has done the definitive work on Seal and his investigations into Mena, Arkansas and the 9/11 hijackers, respectively are worthy of much respect (even if his documentaries have a low-budget 80s feel to them)
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Hopsicker's documentaries (also contained within the above media):
Edited by August West, 10 June 2016 - 02:32 AM.