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December 04, 2011

U.S. Government Is "Tracking" Its Business

In the Fast & Furious operation the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives handed thousands of automatic guns to the Mexican drug cartels. This was supposed to "track" where the guns were going. The ATF then lied about the operations.

In another operation, revealed today, agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency laundered cartel money to "track" where it is going:

The agents, primarily with the Drug Enforcement Administration, have handled shipments of hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal cash across borders, those officials said, to identify how criminal organizations move their money, where they keep their assets and, most important, who their leaders are.

They said agents had deposited the drug proceeds in accounts designated by traffickers, or in shell accounts set up by agents.
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One D.E.A. official said it was not unusual for American agents to pick up two or three loads of Mexican drug money each week. A second official said that as Mexican cartels extended their operations from Latin America to Africa, Europe and the Middle East, the reach of the operations had grown as well. When asked how much money had been laundered as a part of the operations, the official would only say, “A lot.”
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And the former officials said that federal law enforcement agencies had to seek Justice Department approval to launder amounts greater than $10 million in any single operation. But they said that the cap was treated more as a guideline than a rule, and that it had been waived on many occasions to attract the interest of high-value targets.

In other operations, to be revealed at some later point, the Department of Agriculture is optimizing South American coca plantations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service is helping the cartels to implement product quality standards for coca procession, the Special Operation Command is training cartel members how to effectively fight against Mexican government forces and the Central Intelligence Agency is providing the top management personal of the Mexican drug cartels.

The immense profits from these operations get washed through too-big-to-fail banks at Wall Street and a part of them is used to by off the politicians who would otherwise ask too many questions.

All this of course is only to "track" what the drug cartels are doing.

Such "tracking" is just what every business owner is doing in his own shop. Tracking what is bought, produced and sold and the money streams involved. The U.S. government is doing just the same. All to keep the customers happy and the profits to flow.

So there is nothing of interest to see here. But look over there, those must be terrorists. And there is that small country on the other side of the planet that is threatening our business. Must. Go. To War. Now.

Posted by b on December 4, 2011 at 9:11 UTC | Permalink

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b, that is astonishing, amazing, mind blowing.

Story about the guns "smuggled" into Mexico was bad enough. I expect that you have seen narconews - a treasure-trove of news and The Archives, but your other readers may not be aware of ...

http://narconews.com/

Your writing is very very! VERY!! much appreciated.

Posted by: Northern Night Owl | Dec 4 2011 10:35 utc | 1

yeah, that really is the issue of Western democracy - secret services are completely out of democratic control (plus more and more privatised, i.e. up to the richest bidder) - I do wonder if we will ever know the truth of the connections between the German right wing terror cell killing Turkish immigrants (and what else) and the German "Verfassungsschutz", politicians behave as if the other shoe has yet to drop ...
it is working with the same rationale, having members in right wing groups involved in terror acts so you know what is going on ...

Posted by: somebody | Dec 4 2011 10:46 utc | 2

U.S. Government is "Tracking" not only its business

The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution provides as follows: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated . . . .” The Fourth Amendment contains the general requirement that the police must obtain a warrant from a judge before conducting a search or seizure.

The U. S. Supreme Court, United States v. Jones, is being asked to decide whether the government may use Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to track any person’s movements without a warrant. The Department of Justice took the position in oral argument before the Supreme Court on November 8 that there are no constitutional limits to the government’s power to use GPS to track the movements of each citizen in public without a warrant.

Chief Justice Roberts: “Your argument is, it doesn’t depend how much suspicion you have, it doesn’t depend on how urgent it is. Your argument is you can do it, period. You don’t have to give any reason. It doesn’t have to be limited in any way, right?”

DOJ deputy solicitor general: “That is correct, Mr. Chief Justice.”

Justice Stephen Breyer: “So if you win, you suddenly produce what sounds like 1984.”

Americans should expect no privacy while in public. California man finds not one but two devices on his vehicle:

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/11/gps-tracker-times-two/all/1

Our government knows where you are, it knows who you are.

“Smith!" yelled a voice from the telescreen.

“6079 Smith W! Hands out of pockets…!”

- George Orwell, 1984

Posted by: DakotabornKansan | Dec 4 2011 11:57 utc | 3

It appears that govvie drug running has been going on a long time. Banksters have 'laundered' billions, see this:

http://www.golemxiv.co.uk/2011/04/money-laundering-and-the-moral-world-of-bankers/

""In the four years between 2004 and 2007, one of America’s largest banks, Wachovia, now owned by Wells Fargo, accepted $378.4 billion without paying attention to whether it was drug or otherwise ‘dirty’ money. According to Fincen (The US Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network) $20 billion of that has been identified as definitely laundered drug money and they have only just started. So it turns out Wachovia has laundered billions of dollars of Mexican Drug money.""

I don't recall anyone going to jail for this... but my memory seems completely blank when it comes to banksters going to jail (tho I can recall a few easily paid fines). I guess they knew that the prisons would soon be too full of the 99% who wished to peaceably assemble, or some such Constitutional claptrap.

Posted by: no6ody | Dec 4 2011 13:38 utc | 4

Excellent post, b. Spot on. It's insidious and pernicious.

For anyone who wants to become a successful Meth Dealer, may I suggest Breaking Bad.....the best damn television show ever. The only thing it hasn't covered, and won't because Sony and AMC would never allow it, is the true purpose of the DEA.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--z4YzxlT8o

I am AWAKE.

Posted by: Morocco Bama | Dec 4 2011 14:14 utc | 5

"The ATF then lied about the operations"

Yet, here "we" (the scum in DC) are giving governmental agencies unprecedented permissions to target American citizens for assasination, arrest, detention, and incarceration sans the protections guaranteed by the Constitution. If there is one thing that is a constant, it is the fact that power abuses power. The more power we give these dirtbags, the greater the abuses. And,the "war on terrorism" has given them the power to dismantle any of the checks and balances through which the American public can combat governmental abuses of power. We have already passed the point of no return. Just by virtue of placing a label on you, they can silence you forever.

Posted by: PissedOffAmerican | Dec 4 2011 14:16 utc | 6

"In other operations, to be revealed at some later point ..."

be careful, reality always overcomes sarcasm these days

Posted by: claudio | Dec 4 2011 15:14 utc | 7

Perhaps the US government should get better at tracking its own hardware. If the Iranians managed to take down the drone with minimal damage, it would be a wonderful Christmas present for them. Expect a knock-off Iranian copy to appear shortly if they haven't already flogged it to the Russians and/or Chinese.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/04/iran-shoots-down-us-drone

Posted by: blowback | Dec 4 2011 21:40 utc | 8

If the Iranians really have taken down an Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel drone using electronic measures as they claim, then it's as if all their Christmases came as one.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_Martin_RQ-170_Sentinel

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2011/12/20111241599102532.html

ps I do know that Iran is an Islamic state but the giver of this present likes to think of itself as a Christian state.

Posted by: blowback | Dec 4 2011 21:50 utc | 9

CELAC: Alternative to a Washington-Controlled OAS

Latin America and caribbean region is progressively disengaging from US hegemony.

CELAC comprises 33 regional countries. America and Canada are excluded.

"Henceforth, every nation's foreign policy must be judged at every point by one consideration: does it lead us to a world of law and order or does it lead us back to anarchy and death?"
- Albert Einstein

Posted by: Outraged | Dec 4 2011 22:08 utc | 10

this is way off topic but I am wondering if anyone else has seen this yet. The article speaks of 16 trillion in loans but I cannot make sense of the actual GAO report.

stuff like this makes a lot of people look at Ron Paul again. he is the only one to come out against the Fed.

Posted by: dan of steele | Dec 4 2011 23:35 utc | 11

@ dan of steele

Almost incomprehensible. So this is Constitutional Democracy under a Republic, heh ?

Truly, the elites, the suborned and the drones will not go quietly into the night ... how will this play out ... in the post in the other thread , even the IMF acknowledges a regression in standard of living for 1/5 the worlds population ...

Latin America and the true populist/national movements in the ME give hope, however, history has shown the response to such confluence of events is authoritarianism ... and yet, open authoritarianism rarely prevails for long in modern times ...

"What luck for Rulers that Men do not Think."
—Adolf Hitler

Posted by: Outraged | Dec 5 2011 0:04 utc | 12

This story is no surprise.
In most societies, a vulgar accumulation of wealth is a passport to reverence and respectability. The Kennedy clan became respectably wealthy on the profits from importing Canadian whiskey during the fake War on Alcohol.
Making alcohol, or drugs, illegal keeps black market prices high enough to pay off the 'right people'.
Legalising and regulating opiates etc, in the same manner as alcohol, would introduce competition and eliminate the windfall profits which fuel corruption.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Dec 5 2011 12:39 utc | 13

The whole purpose of having certain drugs declared illegal is that the massive profits from their sale escape tax, VAT, sanitary controls, gov oversight, etc. and upping the profits to about say several hundred %.

Then there’s all the fun of skirmishes, aggro, arms, complicit banks, deals on deals and more deals, shoot outs, planes, corruption, gang murders, secret meets, and let’s not forget, imprisoning poor saps who are end consumers (in the US, not in Portugal for ex.) who can then rot in jail and work on circuit boards or helmets (US) providing slave labor. Too cool... win-win for those in the know, though attrition is tough too... you take risks, it is high stakes man, etc.

Posted by: Noirette | Dec 5 2011 16:18 utc | 14

Added remark:

What industry enjoys and benefits from oppressing, repressing, and knocking away it’s own clients?

It is all part of the business plan.

Even the sex-slave labor- circuits don’t work that way.

Posted by: Noirette | Dec 5 2011 16:47 utc | 15

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