A Conspiracy Theory that became a “Conspiracy Fact”: The CIA, Afghanistan’s Poppy Fields and America’s Growing Heroin Epidemic
The heroin epidemic resembles the days when “Crack cocaine” became the major drug that destroyed communities across the United States and other parts of the world including the Caribbean that began in the early 1980’s.
The Crack epidemic coincidently began around the same time when the Iran-Contra Scandal was being exposed. U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, Miami and New York City experienced a rise in crime and disease. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported back in 2015 that “heroin use in the United States increased 63% from 2002 through 2013.” Fast forward to 2016, heroin is sweeping across the United States at unprecedented levels.
According to an NBC affiliate reported that state officials were set to declare a “public health emergency” in New Haven, Connecticut over the rise of heroin use which has resulted in two deaths:
Officials in New Haven on Friday were set to address a public health emergency declaration brought on by a rash of heroin overdoses in the city beginning Thursday. New Haven police said emergency responders saw at least 15 overdoses since Thursday afternoon, and possibly up to 22. At least two people have died. The city is warning residents that there is a batch of tainted, life-threatening heroin on the streets
In the suburbs of Long Island, NY, heroin use is an increasing problem. According to www.suburbanheroin.com a website devoted to the heroin epidemic on Long Island states that in 2012 – 2013 more than 242 people died from heroin use. Long Island is home to some of the wealthiest communities in New York State which goes to show that heroin is affecting all neighborhoods rich and poor. The NBC news report said that the CDC admitted that heroin has become an epidemic since 2002
“The CDC reports that between 2002 and 2014 the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths more than quadrupled and more than 10,500 died nationwide in 2014.”
Now the question is why heroin use has dramatically increased since 2002? Maybe the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 after the September 11th attacks under the Bush regime had something to do with it? The main-stream media (MSM) establishment mouthpiece The Washington Post admitted in 2006 that heroin production in Afghanistan “broke all records” while under U.S. occupation:
Opium production in Afghanistan, which provides more than 90 percent of the world’s heroin, broke all records in 2006, reaching a historic high despite ongoing U.S.-sponsored eradication efforts, the Bush administration reported yesterday.
In addition to a 26 percent production increase over past year — for a total of 5,644 metric tons — the amount of land under cultivation in opium poppies grew by 61 percent. Cultivation in the two main production provinces, Helmand in the southwest and Oruzgan in central Afghanistan, was up by 132 percent
Washington claims that Mexico is the source of the heroin that is flooding U.S. streets “with 10,500 hectares under poppy cultivation in 2012” while Afghanistan had “224,000 hectares” according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in a 2014 report but the numbers tell a different story. Mexico’s heroin trade is small in comparison although it has been increasing its production capabilities.
However, not only heroin from Afghanistan is the major source for U.S. citizens, “BigPharma”, or the ‘corporate drug dealers’ who sell “legal drugs” also have a hand in the epidemic because they produce and sell ‘Opioids’ such asOxyContin and Percocet which is similar to heroin. Opioid medications are normally used as painkillers for broken bones, lacerations or post-surgery pain. However, abusing Opioids can also lead to heroin use.
The online news source The Huffington Post published an article titled ‘Ron Paul Had Accurate Conspiracy Theory: CIA Was Tied To Drug Traffickers’ highlights what the former Libertarian Presidential nominee Dr. Ron Paul said on the involvement of the CIA in the drug trade which was not a “Conspiracy Theory” but a fact when taking into consideration the Iran-Contra Scandal:
In 1988, while running for president on the Libertarian Party ticket, he highlighted yet another conspiracy theory, and this one doesn’t collapse under investigation: The CIA, Paul told a gathering of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, was involved in trafficking drugs as part of the Iran-Contra debacle.
Drug trafficking is “a gold mine for people who want to raise money in the underground government in order to finance projects that they can’t get legitimately. It is very clear that the CIA has been very much involved with drug dealings,” Paul said. “The CIA was very much involved in the Iran-Contra scandals. I’m not making up the stories; we saw it on television. They were hauling down weapons and drugs back. And the CIA and government officials were closing their eyes, fighting a war that was technically illegal”
The Taliban banned the production of opium in 2000. The War in Afghanistan was mainly about producing opium which did end up in the streets of Iran, Russia and China. According to a Pravda report in 2015 by William Edstrom titled ‘Heroin Dealer in Chief. Afghanistan, Source of 90% of The World’s Heroin’ stated the impact of Afghanistan’s opium production on neighboring countries:
Afghanistan, source of 90% of Earth’s heroin, ended 90% of Earth’s heroin problems when Taliban outlawed opium in 2000. The reason for War in Afghanistan was because Taliban outlawed opium growing which ended economic wars (opium wars) against Iran, Russia and China
The heroin epidemic is now affecting cities and towns across the U.S. Edstrom estimates that 165,000 American’s will die from the heroin epidemic in the next 10 years:
The War in Afghanistan began as an opium war against Iran, Russia and China, the tables are turning into an opium war against Americans on track to kill 165,000 Americans (2016-2026). Americans, 5% of Earth’s population, take 60% of painkillers on Earth
The death rate could go much higher considering the increasing level of poverty in the U.S. especially in the inner cities where the highest unemployment rates is among the 18-34 year olds. Many young adults will unfortunately turn to the drug trade whether they sell or use as hope fades for the lack of jobs or opportunities.
Fox News had a segment with Geraldo Rivera that shows how the U.S. government (in this case, the U.S. Marines) is involved in Afghanistan’s heroin production with Washington’s approval of course.
Heroin is a valuable commodity as long as the War on Drugs remains in effect, that’s why Obama extended the Afghan mission until 2017, for the next U.S. elected president to occupy the White House. If it’s Hillary Clinton, U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan indefinitely. Trump might do the same, but that still remains to be seen. On July 7th, 2015 NBC reported on Afghanistan’s opium production and where they stand in terms of world supply
“According to the United Nations, the war-torn nation provides 90 percent of the world’s supply of opium poppy, the bright, flowery crop that transforms into one of the most addictive drugs in existence.”NBC also quoted John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction who did say that “Afghanistan has roughly 500,000 acres, or about 780 square miles, devoted to growing opium poppy. That’s equivalent to more than 400,000 U.S. football fields — including the end zones.”
That’s a large amount of land devoted to opium production which provides an opportunity for the CIA to cash in on the illegal drug trade for their secret covert operations (which avoids public scrutiny) and re-establish a drug trade route to target the populations of China, Iran and Russia.
The heroin crisis then and now is a direct consequence of the Military-Industrial Complex. During the 1970’s, around the same time during the Vietnam War, heroin made its way to the United States from the Golden Triangle which became an epidemic. It was estimated that more than 200,000 people in New York City alone were using heroin. At one point in time, you were able to find used syringes on public playgrounds. Now, heroin from Afghanistan has made its way back to the U.S. Heroin is profitable as much as it is strategic; it is also used as a weapon against Chinese, Iranian and Russian populations which has led to addiction, crime and helped spread diseases such as AIDS. Heroin is now affecting the United States, the CIA’s very own territory. Not that the CIA really cares who it effects when you closely examine their history of drug trafficking with the Iran-Contra Scandal or the Golden Triangle during the Vietnam War as author and activist William Blum noted in his book Rogue State,
“The CIA flew the drugs all over Southeast Asia, to sites where the opium was processed into heroin, and to trans-shipment points on the route to Western customers.”
As long as the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan continues under the guise of establishing a democratic government, the flow of heroin will continue unabated. One question we should ask is “who owns the planes and the ships that transport 90% percent of the world’s heroin from Afghanistan to the rest of the world in the first place? It sure isn’t the Taliban.
dazenzi: What’s a conspiracy for you guys is a page in one of my lessons at uni: since the invasion of usa in afganistan, the opioid abuse in the usa skyrocketed like nothing else. If it was a concern of public health soldiers would be running the poppy fields with flamethrowers instead of protecting them with guns
EvanSt19: Read “Drugs as Weapons Against Us” by John Potash. He tells of how the poppy fields in Vietnam, and how LSD was created to keep the hippies from protesting and what not. He also talks about the CIA using media to influence the minds of people (operation paperclip), and how American companies funded the Nazis. It’s a great read, and he provides sources.
EDIT: I meant Operation Mockingbird, not Paperclip.
isyad: The opiod crisis is not a coincidence.
ParadigmSaboteur: America didn’t give a shit what the Taliban did leading up to 9/11. They destroyed thousands of years old Buddhist statues and turned an internationally funded and built Soccer stadium into an execution grounds and America didn’t blink an eye. Burn opium fields? Suddenly the Taliban is Satan incarnate.
JakeElwoodDim5th: The term conspiracy theory was invented by the CIA precisely to hide this type of activity. Makes you wonder what else us proud tin-foil hatters were right about…
MantisGr33n: I worked with an Afghani about ten years ago who said that the Poppy Fields were being taken over by US military.
imhousing: Ex-dope user, Philly (dope capital of the north east, and i can easily prove that if there is any doubt).
Real heroin is rare on our it’s all Chinese opiates made in labs. It’s pure white and oderless and much more powerful that good old stinky dope. While I have no we are taking those poppies I’m pretty sure they are going to the large pharmaceutical companies and not the streets. The recent rise in opiate use is a result of decades of relying on opiates for pain management with no Research into non narcotics training for the doctors to notice drug seeking Behavior. The guidelines allow for mind-boggling amounts of opiates to be prescribed after 6 months of pain management. More prescribed than could be taken by one person. And when you’re prescribed 200 mg a day and you only need a hundred add your neighbor is offering you a dollar a milligram now you have a neighborhood drug problem. Multiply that by every blue collar job person who gets hurt and you have a nationwide drug problem. Those fields in Afghanistan were just a happy convenience the real money in that country is under the dirt in the form of rare earth metals.
jsecordphoto: The thing is, prior to fentanyl taking over, most of the heroin coming into the US is from South America- not the Middle East. We don’t even have a heroin problem in this country anymore- we have a fentanyl problem. Most of the powder heroin (east coast) is actually fent-analogs (from China btw) that are cut, a lot of times with no heroin at all. And then the west coast gets black tar. Even the illicit opiate pharmaceutical market is flooded with mostly fent-pressed pills.
know_comment: The interesting thing is that we knew this would happen before it did.
You have to be a conspiracy theorist to understand geopolitics and forecast these types of trends.
dankmemegawd: I thought everyone knew this
Well us afghans know this is true
War has to benefit one side or both
TurnOffTheNewsNRead: Why is this post getting downvoted so much?
CVORoadGlide: US Military & CIA can do as they please as long as poppies can be grown in Afghanistan … Prior to the US there Russia eradicated the Poppy fields and were in a endless messy war and left. US soldiers GUARD the fields for the liberty of not being terrorized. Afghanistan has numerous precious metals that US corps want … Heroin is shipped to Africa then to S America without issue, then cartels get the fentanyl from China that is also shipped to S America, then bring it up to the US thru the legal trucking roads that are not scrutinized buy boarder patrols as per DEA & DC … The trucking imports from Mexico to the US is a free ticket for cartels, literally 100,000’s of tractor trailer trucks go unchecked because of our law makers. Building a wall in not the answer – policing the truck imports is the real issue regarding drugs …
cosmicmailman: most of the dope produced in afghanistan finds its way to Russia, Iran or europe, though. Dope in the U.S. tends to come from Colombia (think of our historic ties with the government in that country and the recent peace accords with FARC, though) and Mexico (which, of course, is run by the cartels- and who allowed the cartels to rise to power? Clowns in America)
Dimone_Freehold: Nah. That’s still just another craaaaazy conspiracy theory. Like the CIA running cocaine into the US during the 80s. /s
dazenzi: Yup, but what flag is on the uniforms of the soldiers patrolling those fields = to whom is the money going?
Sornos: What’s the evidence here? The only connection I see is the assumption that because Afghanistan produces more heroin than Mexico, then American heroin must come from Afghanistan.
nmuir16: CIA protected Ahmad Massoud, a powerful military leader, who was good to have on our side to fight the soviets and the Taliban. But, he and his men were also smuggling heroin to fund their cause. You can argue whether that’s right or wrong cause his political reputation was key to fighting the Taliban.
euronforpresident: However true it may be, this article is complete shit
Flatened-Earther: Can we stop saying the CIA is doing this and just name the contractor?
We all know that it’s Blackwater, or whatever name they now call themselves.
Right wing owned private contractors are slime.
But that doesn’t fit the alt fact party agenda; too bad.
NegativeZEN: Huh, I knew season 1 of the Punisher wasn’t too far fetched. Smuggled heroine for everyone thanks to the CIA!!
ExistentialAllegory: Still don’t know what brings people to want to do heroin in the first place.
the_jack1991: Dude, I’ve been thinking this for years and when I tell someone about this, no one gives a shit.
ConterminousPoverty: A couple days ago I learned DynCorp is training afghan police and overseeing their narcotic operations.
Strictly_Baked: We kind of need it now with all of the fentanyl overdoses.
X-25Halo: That’s why the wars take so long there.
CaLyPsy: Back in 2008 I was finishing up a few classes for my degree. Ended up taking a class on Russia. My end of year term paper was based on not only the rise of HIV, but also the influx of heroin into Russia. IMHO…this is why poppy was once again cultivated in Afghanistan. It’s not just Russia, but Europe and Asia that is being affected. Russia in a lot of instances still has a communist societal influence. Needle exchanges are/where being run via NGO based out of France because the gvt had written those addicted to opiate off.
elsag8: my buddies a marine and said he had to guard afghan poppy fields.
Toofast4yall: Unpopular opinion of the day – the world is overpopulated and people dumb enough to stick themselves with needles full of one of the most dangerous and addictive substances known to man is a great place to start the cull. Addiction is a disease but addiction isn’t what makes you stick a needle in your arm the first time, or even the second or third. Many poor choices need to be made to get to the point where it’s a disease. The only bad part is they seem to breed faster than they die off from stupidity, leading the average IQ of an American citizen down day by day.