Speech By Jeffrey Steinberg
Executive Intelligence Review
"If George Bush is prosecuted, and goes to jail for the
crimes he committed when he was the Drug Kingpin of the 1980s, this will
be the single most important historical event in decades. It will define
a realm of possible action that many people right now feel is impossible,
or unfathomable - that it would ever happen. It can happen, it must
happen. This is the responsibility of the American people." - Jeffrey
November 16, 1996
The purpose of this forum is to present a work in progress, evidence that we and others have developed, over a long period of years, of fighting to cure this epidemic of drugs, that has all but destroyed our nation and many others. The idea is to initiate a policy discussion that will carry forward from here, and shape the conditions, so that the period of the second Clinton administration will become a unique moment, in which we abandoned the fraud, and actually launched a serious effort to tackle and defeat this drug scourge.
There are two recent developments that I want to just cite right at the beginning. One, as Dennis indicated, is that there is a tremendous popular ferment in the United States now, over the question of the role of certain elements of the government, in fostering the crack cocaine epidemic, particularly the crack cocaine epidemic that hit the streets of Los Angeles and every other city in the United States beginning in the early 1980s.
In August of this year, the San Jose Mercury News published a three-part series, documenting the role of the Nicaraguan Contras in bringing crack cocaine onto the streets of Los Angeles, with the full knowledge and complicity of U.S. government officials. This has provoked a massive public moral outcry which has generated town meetings, campus teach-ins, congressional hearings, and, at this point, three official investigations. This story is becoming increasingly too big to bury.
Sadly, the other event that has occurred in recent weeks, is that voters in California and Arizona passed referenda that were placed on the ballot in both states, that have begun the process of the legalization of dangerous drugs in the United States. The California referendum provides for medical legal use of marijuana. The Arizona law goes much further: It provides for legal medical use of all forms of Class 1 addictive drugs, and it even has some other provisions that further hamstring legitimate law enforcement efforts to deal with this.
Both of these campaigns were heavily bankrolled by people like international speculator George Soros. In California, enormous amounts of Hollywood funds (not surprisingly, given the culture that comes out of Hollywood these days) went into it. And, in Arizona, the major fulcrum for the organizing for the legalization of drugs was an institute called the Barry Goldwater Institute. It was the libertarian right-wing of the Republican Party that put the money and the resources into getting that referendum passed.
So, we've got a number of problems that we've got to deal with, one of which is the demoralization, and gullibility, and stupidity, of many of our fellow-citizens, who, out of despair and out of frustration at the fact that, up until this point the war on drugs has been a cruel hoax, you've got people now throwing up their hands, and preparing to, in effect, cave in to the power of the international drug cartel. And, if that's allowed to go any further, this country is finished.
The Drug Conspiracy
So, the question of conspiracy has come up, and not surprisingly, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, have come out with in-depth psychoanalytic material, explaining that the African American community collectively have a screw loose at the idea that there could be conceivably a conspiracy, especially a conspiracy involving high-ranking government officials, to bring drugs on to the streets of the United States.
Today, I want to present some material that, hopefully, will help people independently judge whether or not there is a conspiracy involving the massive outbreak of this drug counterculture: whether this is something that is a form of paranoia or mental disorder.
In a 1961 lecture at the California Medical School in San Francisco, organized by the State Department's U.S. Information Agency - their propaganda outlet called the Voice of America - the well-known British writer, Aldous Huxley, a leading figure within Hollywood, and high-ranking official of British Intelligence, said the following: "There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution."
Now, looking around the room, I can see that at least some people were alive and active during 1961. So, reflect back on what the world looked like and what the United States looked like at that point. Kennedy was President. We were embarking on the Moon project, we were going through a brief period of economy recovery. The country was governed by cultural optimism, every kid in school wanted to be an astronaut, and there was scarcely a drug problem in the United States.
Yet, at a U.S. government conference in 1961, someone like Aldous Huxley could get up and spell out a vision for the future that was based on a drugging and counterculturalization of an entire society, very much of which has indeed happened over the last 35-year period since he gave this speech.
Huxley was not arrested by the FBI and charged with treason or sedition for even putting those kinds of ideas forward.
So, this is 1961. Where do we stand now?
Last summer, in July of 1996, Executive Intelligence Review magazine published a lengthy survey of the current state of the world's drug economy. We based this on material from the Drug Enforcement Administration. In fact, the DEA, every year since 1978, has published a fairly detailed statistical survey of what's occurred inside the world of the illegal drug cartels. And, they provide a kind of political-economic road map of this drug underground criminal economy.
[Let's talk about] what's occurred over the last decade... We're talking about the period of the Contra wars in Central America, of the war in Afghanistan, and other efforts that were directed during the 1980s by Vice President Bush, all of which involve a massive use of illegal drugs as a funding mechanism for government covert operations.
In 1985, we already had a global epidemic of illegal drugs - the total value of the sales was $259 billion. About half of those drugs are sold in the United States.
That $259 billion is real money. This is real physical cash; fives, tens, twenties, hundred dollar bills, that go into the hands of the drug cartels. By last year, the $259 billion figure had doubled, in the span of one decade, to $521 billion. Again, figure that about half of that reflected sales of illegal drugs on the streets of the United States.
If you go back to 1980, the situation was already out of control: $189 billion in constant dollar value. But, if you look at the mid-1980s, which was really the period at which all of the various covert operations of the Reagan-Bush administration, the war in Central America, the war in Afghanistan, similar activities throughout Africa, were at their takeoff point. And, that coincides with the period of the biggest single increase in the distribution and volume of sales of illegal drugs in the United States and around the world.
The Drug Cartel
There is a drug cartel. This is not a business that occurs at the street level, this is not a business that simply occurs as a kind of coincidence of local entrepreneurs. Just think about the situation here in Washington, D.C., or the situation that's been widely publicized out in the South Central area of Los Angeles. Both are inner cities areas that have been flooded with crack cocaine. Yet, there are no coca fields in Washington, D.C. You can't drive across the Anacostia and immediately run into hundreds of acres on which coca is under cultivation; the same thing is true in Los Angeles.
These drugs are grown in other parts of the world. They require enormous amounts of chemicals to process them into the drugs that hit the streets of the United States. The funds count not conceivably be handled through physical couriers: They require direct access at the highest levels to the international financial system. In effect, we're looking at one of the largest, if not now the largest, commercial venture in the world.
At the point that the marketing division of these international drug cartel operators decided to launch the crack cocaine epidemic, they borrowed a leaf from Sam Walton of Wal-Mart. They said, "Obviously, to flood the inner cities of the United States with cocaine, is an impossibility at the kinds of prices that cocaine was at that time selling for in the jet-set community, Hollywood, New York City, Miami. So, the decision was made to drive down the price, and make the money on volume."
If you want to translate at least part of this story into real human terms, we're talking about the streets of inner-city America being flooded with crack cocaine. We have the testimony of Ricky Ross, who reports on a small but very important piece of this process. And, his suppliers, the Nicaraguan Contras, with the knowledge and backing of elements of the U.S. government, were, at certain points, practically giving the cocaine away for free, so that it could be converted into crack, and distributed on the streets of South Central Los Angeles and many other neighborhoods in every other inner city in the United States, at rock-bottom prices. That created, literally, a drug epidemic, a cocaine epidemic, in neighborhoods that had never even heard of cocaine because the price was simply too outrageously high for anybody who even might have wanted to try crack cocaine to be able to even afford [it].
The same thing is true, in a certain sense, in an even more dramatic way, for heroin... and synthetic drugs. These are drugs that are produced by chemists in laboratories. Some of the drugs that are being produced through research laboratories are creating strains of cocaine and heroin that are 1,000 times more addictive than the stuff that's being distributed today.
There have been massive transformations, even in the production of marijuana, to where the marijuana that is distributed in the grammar schools and on the streets of the U.S today, is 100 times more powerful than marijuana was 10 or 20 years ago. But, synthetic drugs, in a certain sense, are very much the wave of the future.
The figure of $521 billion a year in real money extracted from the pockets of citizens of every country around world doesn't even begin to tell the story of the magnitude of the money that we're talking about here.
Because the infrastructure that's been created, the global criminal infrastructure that is involved in the production and distribution of illegal drugs, is also a service economy that deals with other forms of illegal activity as well. Average: $200 billion a year in tax evasion, $125 billion a year in other money that's illegally smuggled out of one country and into another; $100 billion a year in other contraband commodities: precious metals, gold, diamonds, illegally smuggled petroleum. At this point, white slavery, human body parts, you name it. There's nothing that is out of the question in terms of commodities that are being smuggled on this global black market.
And, the figure of $70 billion only involves the sale of illegal weapons. This has nothing to do with the far larger amount of legal weapons that are sold.
Addicted To Drug Money
Some of this money goes to financing an expanding infrastructure of a criminal subculture that exists in the United States and in every other country around the world. We're seeing a massive phenomenon of criminalization of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, as the result of policies of institutions like the IMF, which is creating the opportunities for this kind of criminal underworld to move in and become, in effect, the primary engine of economic life.
But, the money that's left over after the actual costs of the infrastructure, of manpower and producing and distribution of these illegal commodities is one of the major sources of money going into the financial bubble: into the derivatives markets, into the speculation in real estate. Very often, these criminal funds are being significantly ballooned by speculation on these funds. This is, in effect, the major driving force behind this financial bubble, which is on the verge of blowing.
So, in effect, we've got a criminalization of not only the world economy, but the entirety of the world banking system. The major financial institutions in the world today are more addicted to drug money, and more dependent on drug money, than the most severe crack cocaine addict is to the physical drugs.
So, we're now dealing with very much the realization of the picture envisioned by Aldous Huxley back in 1961. And, the question that has been put on the table for all policy makers in Washington as the result of the San Jose Mercury News and what we've done to fill that picture out, is: Can the drug epidemic be stopped? Can something be done about it? Or is it simply too late?
The answer, very simply, is that the international drug operations, as large as they are, can be defeated. They can be defeated relatively easily, provided that we can pass through the critical hurdle...
Fighting The War On Drugs
We have the material resources to do that. We have satellites that photograph every inch of the surface of this planet every 12 days, that can identify exactly what's being grown everywhere. So, there is no mystery as to where the illegal coca fields are, where the opium fields are, where the marijuana plantations are. There are safe chemicals that can be used to eradicate those drugs.
We've got the ability, technologically, to trace the funds; to go after the people "above suspicion" in the financial institutions who are responsible for continuing this scourge...
As we documented in the first of the two recent special reports, at the very outset of the Reagan administration, President Reagan made a terrible mistake. He signed a series of Executive Orders and National Security Decision Directives that placed Vice President George Bush in charge of the anti-drug effort, the anti-terror effort, and a number of other secret, covert programs which were generally given the title "Special Situations." ... One of the "special situations" that Bush was the director of, was the war in Central America: the creating of the Contra apparatus. The story that came out in the San Jose Mercury News about the role of a particular group of high-ranking Contra officials (Norwin Meneses, Blandon), in bringing cocaine into the United States, helping to launch the crack epidemic in Los Angeles, in South Central and Compton and other neighborhoods: This was all done on George Bush's watch. He was the ultimate person responsible...fully aware that this was going on.
I say this on the basis of simply reviewing the findings of a number of government investigations: the Kerry Committee in the U.S. Senate, Lawrence Walsh's Special Prosecutor's investigation, the criminal trial of Ricky Ross, and the testimony of a number of professional drug enforcement officials, whose job it was to investigate these crimes in the 1980s, and who did a credible job, and found the evidence leading right to George Bush's door.
So, we have a very practical question at hand: Between now and when the Congress reconvenes in January, when President Clinton is inaugurated for his second term in office, we have to make sure that the momentum, the political mobilization to ensure that this scandal is not buried, goes forward.
The Evidence Against Bush
I can assure you that the evidence against George Herbert Walker Bush and the entire list of complicit figures, all the way down to William Weld, is more solid than the evidence that was presented in the trial against Ricky Ross, is more solid than the evidence that's presented in 99 out of 110 cases that go to trial by the federal government in this country today. There is no question that George Bush was in charge of an operation that helped flood the streets of the United States with cocaine and heroin during the 1980s.
These people are guilty. They've been caught. We've assembled enough evidence to send them to jail for the rest of their lives. We're not proposing to open up the prisons and let all of the low-level traffickers out on the street. We're proposing that there should be a principle of equity here, that the people at the top of the drug pyramid, the actual kingpins; not the Ricky Rosses who typically get indicted as kingpins but have probably, in Ross's case, never left the streets of South Central while they were committing the crimes that they were accused of.
We want the real kingpins to go down. And, think about the political implications, for this country and the world, if George Bush goes to jail, is prosecuted, and does real hard time for the crimes that he committed when he was the Drug Kingpin of the 1980s. This will be the singlemost important historic event in decades. It will define a realm of possible action that many people right now feel is impossible, or unfathomable - that it would ever happen. It can happen, it must happen. This is the responsibility of the American people. If we accomplish this, if we bring down that list of kingpins that we've identified in our indictment, if they go to trial and go to jail, it will be a far more entertaining television trial than the O.J. Simpson case - and one that would be important for every American citizen to follow very closely.
To the extent that that happens, then, and only then,
can we launch a real war on drugs. If we accomplish that, the war
on drugs is simply a matter of implementation; because, we will have gotten
over the political hurdle.
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