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CIA “Manages” Drug Trade, Mexican Official Says
The New American ^ | July 28, 2012 | Alex Newman

Posted on 07/29/2012 12:19:13 PM PDT by AuntB

The Central Intelligence Agency’s involvement in drug trafficking is back in the media spotlight after a spokesman for the violence-plagued Mexican state of Chihuahua became the latest high-profile individual to accuse the CIA, which has been linked to narcotics trafficking for decades, of ongoing efforts to “manage the drug trade.” The infamous American spy agency refused to comment.

In a recent interview, Chihuahua state spokesman Guillermo Terrazas Villanueva told Al Jazeera that the CIA and other international “security” outfits "don't fight drug traffickers." Instead, Villanueva argued, they try to control and manage the illegal drug market for their own benefit.

"It's like pest control companies, they only control," Villanueva told the Qatar-based media outlet last month at his office in Juarez. "If you finish off the pests, you are out of a job. If they finish the drug business, they finish their jobs."

Another Mexican official, apparently a mid-level officer with Mexico’s equivalent of the U.S. Department of “Homeland Security,” echoed those remarks, saying he knew that the allegations against the CIA were correct based on talks with American agents in Mexico. "It's true, they want to control it," the official told Al Jazeera on condition of anonymity.

Credibility issues with employees of the notoriously corrupt Mexican government aside, the latest accusations were hardly earth shattering — the American espionage agency has been implicated in drug trafficking from Afghanistan to Vietnam to Latin America and everywhere in between. Similar allegations of drug running have been made against the CIA for decades by former agents, American officials, lawmakers, investigators, and even drug traffickers themselves.

Some of the most prominent officials to level charges of CIA drug trafficking include the former head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Robert Bonner. During an interview with CBS, Bonner accused the American “intelligence” outfit of unlawfully importing a ton of cocaine into the U.S. in collaboration with the Venezuelan government.

Even the New York Times eventually covered part of the scandal in a piece entitled "Anti-Drug Unit of C.I.A. Sent Ton of Cocaine to U.S. in 1990." And the agency’s Inspector General, Frederick Hitz, was eventually forced to concede to a congressional committee that the CIA has indeed worked with drug traffickers and obtained a waiver from the Department of Justice in the 1980s allowing it to conceal its contractors’ illicit dealings.

An explosive investigation by reporter Gary Webb dubbed the “Dark Alliance” also uncovered a vast CIA machine to ship illegal drugs into the U.S. to fund clandestine and unconstitutional activities abroad, including the financing of armed groups. Webb eventually died under highly suspicious circumstances — two gunshots to the head, officially ruled a “suicide.”

Responding to Webb’s discoveries, top officials and even lawmakers eventually acknowledged that the CIA almost certainly had a role in illegal drug trafficking. "There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, or on the payroll of, the CIA were involved in drug trafficking," explained U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) after the Dark Alliance series.

Top-level Mexican officials have suggested complicity by U.S. officials in drug trafficking as well — even recently. “It is impossible to pass tons of drugs or cocaine to U.S. without some grade of complicity of some American authorities,” observed Mexican President Felipe Calderon in a 2009 interview with the BBC.

Last year, an explosive report in the Washington Times, citing a CIA source, speculated that the agency may be deliberately helping certain Mexican cartels to beat out others for geopolitical purposes. According to the sources, the intelligence outfit might have also played a key role in the now-infamous Fast and Furious scandal, which saw the federal government providing thousands of high-powered weapons to Mexican cartels.

Shortly before that, The New American reported on federal court filings by a top Sinaloa Cartel operative that shed even more insight on the U.S. government’s role in drug trafficking. The accused “logistical coordinator” for the cartel, Jesus Vicente “El Vicentillo” Zambada-Niebla, claimed that he had an agreement with top American officials: In exchange for information on rival cartels, the deal supposedly gave him and his associates immunity to import multi-ton quantities of drugs across the border.

“Indeed, United States government agents aided the leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel,” the court filing states. Zambada-Niebla is currently being held in federal prison, but he argues that he is innocent because he had approval from — and collaborated with — U.S. agencies in his illegal drug-trafficking operations.

Another expert who spoke with Al Jazeera, a university professor, also indicated that the American federal government was deeply involved in the drug trafficking business. He said the drug war was an “illusion" aimed at justifying control of populations and intervention in Latin America. As evidence, he pointed to the fact that one of the top drug kingpins in the world — billionaire “El Chapo” of the Sinaloa cartel — operates openly and with impunity.

Numerous drug bosses and American officials have made similar claims, alleging that the U.S. government in essence controls at least some of the cartels. According to former DEA operative and whistleblower Celerino Castillo, American federal authorities have even been training members of the brutal Los Zetas cartel in Texas.

CIA and DEA insider Phil Jordan, meanwhile, publicly claimed last year that the Obama administration was selling military-grade weaponry to the deadly organization through a front company in Mexico. And with the Fast and Furious scandal, it emerged that the Obama administration was using tax money to arm Mexican cartels, then exploiting the ensuing violence to attack the Second Amendment.

The President and his Department of Justice have been engaged in a cover-up since whistleblowers first exposed the scheme more than a year ago, leading Congress to hold disgraced Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. Another congressional investigation being obstructed by the Justice Department surrounds DEA drug-money laundering operations revealed in an explosive New York Times article late last year.

"While the quality of the involvement of the CIA and other security agencies may be debatable, it is impossible to excise the blame from America," noted an analysis about the latest allegations published by Catholic Online. "If the CIA is part of the problem, then it will only be one more sign of the corruption and evil that pervades American and Mexican politics and holds hostage millions of innocents."

Some 50,000 people have died just in recent years as part of Mexico’s U.S. government-backed “war on drugs,” and anger south of the border continues to build. But even as Latin American leaders openly debate legalization and threaten to defect from the controversial “war,” the Obama administration has promised to continue showering taxpayer money on regimes that expand the battle.

Meanwhile, as the bloodshed continues to spiral out of control, the U.S. border remains virtually wide open on purpose, according to experts. And despite tens of billions spent on the endless “war,” numerous analyses indicate that the flow of illegal drugs into America is actually growing — not to mention consumption. By contrast, Portugal, which legalized all drugs about a decade ago, has seen declining rates of addiction, drug abuse, and crime.

In the United States, pressure is still growing on both sides of the aisle to reform or end the unconstitutional federal drug war once and for all, with polls showing rapidly declining support among voters. Over a dozen states have already nullified some unconstitutional federal statutes on marijuana as well. How long the "war" will go on, however, may depend on the federal government’s ability to continue borrowing funds to wage it.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Mexico
KEYWORDS: borderwars; cia; ciadrugs; ciadrugtrade; corruption; drugs; mexico
"It's like pest control companies, they only control," Villanueva told the Qatar-based media outlet last month at his office in Juarez. "If you finish off the pests, you are out of a job. If they finish the drug business, they finish their jobs."
1 posted on 07/29/2012 12:19:23 PM PDT by AuntB
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To: AuntB

It wouldn’t surprise me if this had a measure of truth.

Nobody likes to work themselves out of a job.


2 posted on 07/29/2012 12:22:53 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: AuntB
Chihuahua state spokesman Guillermo Terrazas Villanueva told Al Jazeera

NOW, that is a reliable source for news? /sarcasm

3 posted on 07/29/2012 12:27:37 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: AuntB
Does anyone seriously believe that our government is in favor of bringing illegal drugs into the United States? Anyone?


4 posted on 07/29/2012 12:32:22 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Pollster1
I've always believed that they all do it, even the Bush's.

The profits from drugs (tobacco, alcohol, opium, hashish, marijuana, etc.) has shaped our geopolitical history for centuries.

Why do you think they never close the border?

5 posted on 07/29/2012 12:39:17 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (All Y'all White Peoples is racist!)
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To: AuntB

There is also speculation US military action in Afghanistan is directly related to CIA’s battle for control of the heroin traffic.


6 posted on 07/29/2012 12:40:26 PM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: bcsco; Travis McGee; HiJinx; SwinneySwitch; All

What do you think?


7 posted on 07/29/2012 12:41:38 PM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

“I’ve always believed that they all do it, even the Bush’s.

The profits from drugs (tobacco, alcohol, opium, hashish, marijuana, etc.) has shaped our geopolitical history for centuries.

Why do you think they never close the border? “

No better way to control a ‘ free’ population than to drug the natives into complacency and then import millions of foreigners who care nothing about our freedom in the first place.

There are two ways to conquer a nation, the other one is just blow them to hell.


8 posted on 07/29/2012 12:46:35 PM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: AuntB

THIS is what I have been saying all along.

They don’t want to ‘close’ the border, they want it ‘selectively’ open so they can ‘control’ it. That is why they have invaded Arizona and declared it an ‘illegals and drug smuggling corridor’.


9 posted on 07/29/2012 12:47:58 PM PDT by UCANSEE2
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To: Aevery_Freeman

Well, Bush Sr was DCI, so it’s next to impossible he didn’t know.


10 posted on 07/29/2012 12:52:19 PM PDT by MetaThought
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To: AuntB
And despite tens of billions spent on the endless “war,” numerous analyses indicate that the flow of illegal drugs into America is actually growing

Elements in our government (both parties) are not only profiting from the billions spent in the "war" but also many times more from their cut on drugs allowed to enter the USA. The open border situation is not a fluke. The entrenched politicos who profit the most are fighting harder to keep the borders open than to close or control.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, our government is in the hands of a political crime syndicate with Democrat and Republican parties as a front. Our treasury has been looted and now they are looting money that is being borrowed in our name, semi trucks loaded with drugs roll freely across our borders, more and more rights taken away on a regular basis and the citizens don't even stir................WTF is wrong with people???

11 posted on 07/29/2012 12:55:17 PM PDT by varon (The patriots stand guard tonight.)
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12 posted on 07/29/2012 12:57:10 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: AuntB

Why did the Opium Wars occur between the UK and China?

Because the Brits were smuggling in drugs into China. The Feds do the same with importing the crap into our country. The UK leads and the US follows.


13 posted on 07/29/2012 12:57:13 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Texas Fossil

The CIA became chumy with nazis like Rheinhard Gehlen. They did LSD tests on unwitting people. Our government has admits to allowing in tons of cocaine while they investigate a cartel. Clinton and his Arkansas airport smuggling connection stinks to high heaven. HSBC bank admitted that they were a laundering operation. Other banks are happy to slop up the brug billions.
Now we have Fast and Furious that was DESIGNED to cause misery n Mexico that could be layed at the doorstep of US gun laws.
And right now, in the heroin growing center of the world, our troops are strictly forbidden from doing anything that could damage the poppy crop. Photos abound of them walking through immense fields of pot and poppy bulbs.

Nawwww,,, the CIA would NEVER see the Cartels as something to control to their own purposes, rather than as something to destroy.


14 posted on 07/29/2012 12:57:13 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: AuntB

Then maybe the stories of Bill Clinton, and those CIA drug flights in to Mena Arkansas full of coke are true.
No wonder they turned a blind eye towards all his illegalities.
Bill couldn’t afford a pay toilet prior to those flights.


15 posted on 07/29/2012 12:58:52 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: AuntB

I heard a police officer once on the radio who had studied the illicit drug trade. He was of the opinion that the Feds import about 70% it into the US.


16 posted on 07/29/2012 1:00:11 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: AuntB

When Zelaya was driven out of power in Honduras, there were some Colombian officials who spoke of American transport planes that make stops at jungle airfields in the Honduran jungle.


17 posted on 07/29/2012 1:01:31 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: AuntB
By contrast, Portugal, which legalized all drugs about a decade ago, has seen declining rates of addiction, drug abuse, and crime.

Portugal didn't legalize drugs, they decriminalized it. There is a big difference. In Portugal you still have to go to court, and can be ordered into drug treatment, but you don't go to jail. This would never work in the U.S. because drug users would consider frequent visits from a drug aversion social worker a form of harassment. The ACLU would file a lawsuit on their behalf.

18 posted on 07/29/2012 1:02:46 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Jonty30

No mention of Air America (not the movie or radio network) in the article.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_America_(airline)


19 posted on 07/29/2012 1:04:39 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
THE CHINESE OPIUM WARS

an interesting read...
20 posted on 07/29/2012 1:05:14 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: AuntB

http://www.maebrussell.com/Prouty/Harry%20Truman’s%20CIA%20article.html

Harry Trumans view of the CIA, published within 4 weeks of JFK being assassinated.


21 posted on 07/29/2012 1:07:25 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: AuntB

There is not a doubt in my mind that this is true.


22 posted on 07/29/2012 1:07:54 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: UCANSEE2; varon

See post 8...

No better way to control a ‘ free’ population than to drug the natives into complacency and then import millions of foreigners who care nothing about our freedom in the first place.

There are two ways to conquer a nation, the other one is just blow them to hell.


23 posted on 07/29/2012 1:16:21 PM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: AuntB

“There are two ways to conquer a nation, the other one is just blow them to hell.”

King of like sheep being slaughtered, they know what’s happening but they can’t do anything about it.


24 posted on 07/29/2012 1:51:24 PM PDT by dljordan ("Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered.")
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To: AuntB

the CIA has work with/for the mob since the 2nd world war


25 posted on 07/29/2012 2:38:36 PM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: AuntB

the CIA has worked with/for the mob since the 2nd world war


26 posted on 07/29/2012 2:38:49 PM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: AuntB

Catherine Austin Fitts, who was Assistant Secretary of HUD under Jack Kemp in the George H.W. Bush administration, has written extensively on the kleptocratic narco-state, including government involvement in the drug trade and spinoff revenue opportunities like for-profit prisons. For example, she published a series of stories online at http://dunwalke.com/contents.htm.

As former CIA Director William Colby was quoted, “The Latin American drug cartels have stretched their tentacles much deeper into our lives than most people believe. It’s possible they are calling the shots at all levels of government.”


27 posted on 07/29/2012 2:45:32 PM PDT by Hetuck
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To: Java4Jay
There is also speculation US military action in Afghanistan is directly related to CIA’s battle for control of the heroin traffic.

Research the opium crop in A-stan and compare the acreage planted from the time the Taliban were in charge to now. You'll be amazed.

28 posted on 07/29/2012 2:57:09 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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To: AuntB
"No better way to control a ‘ free’ population than to drug the natives into complacency..."

They don't even have to drug us. The State uses the extra power they acquire from the War on Drugs to control all of us -- whether we use drugs or not. They give free rein to chaos so we will welcome a police state.

29 posted on 07/29/2012 3:04:21 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: AuntB
There are two ways to conquer a nation, the other one is just blow them to hell.

That means one way in America. Short of nuclear annihilation (OK, EMP), we are unconquerable.

30 posted on 07/29/2012 4:21:33 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (All Y'all White Peoples is racist!)
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To: The Wizard

I also don’t believe in drugs. For years I paid my people extra so they wouldn’t do that kind of business. ... I want to control it as a business, to keep it respectable. I don’t want it near schools! I don’t want it sold to children! That’s an infamia. In my city, we would keep the traffic in the dark people, the coloreds. They’re animals anyway, so let them lose their souls.

Don Giuseppe Zaluchi


31 posted on 07/29/2012 4:35:11 PM PDT by Huaynero
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To: Pollster1
>"Does anyone seriously believe that our government is in favor of bringing illegal drugs into the United States? Anyone? "

It would explain why the cocaine besotted congress has kept the borders open.

32 posted on 07/29/2012 6:37:19 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: DesertRhino

Rheinhard Gehlen? It has been quite a while since I heard that name.

Have a book about him in my library somewhere.

Yes, there have been questionable employees of the CIA since before it existed. Back in Wild Bill Donavan’s days with the OSS. Never quite understood how he could embrace hard leftists.

As far as the Mena AR connection. I know some people in Mena. Have read a great deal about that mess. Am a believer in Terry Reed’s Book: Compromised. But not some of the wild accusations mentioned on the cover, but not explained inside the book. Real people: Dan Lasiter, Susan McDougal, Seth Ward, Barry Seal, Felix Rodriquez. Now, those were some interesting times.


33 posted on 07/29/2012 8:48:03 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Pollster1

The government covers many people, and many departments. The government as a whole? No. Obama regime? Maybe. I can’t rule it out during other times either.


34 posted on 07/29/2012 9:00:33 PM PDT by PghBaldy (Obama 07/22/12: "we all reflect on how we can do something about some of the senseless violence...")
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To: Pollster1

Ever hear of a guy named Mike Ruppert? On November 15, 1996, there was a town meeting in Los Angeles on allegations of CIA involvement in drug trafficking. Former Los Angeles Police Narcotics Detective Mike Ruppert seized the opportunity to confront then CIA Director John Deutch and blew the lid off the whole situation. That’s one.
Here have a look:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UT5MY3C86bk&feature=related

Want more?


35 posted on 07/30/2012 12:32:02 AM PDT by 1madmarine
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To: AuntB
Maxine been tellin yas that its true...

"The CIA be bringin dat crack and killin the chillenz..."
"
36 posted on 07/30/2012 6:34:19 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: AuntB

Of course it’s true. It’s also the reason for the Afghan war. No doubt in my mind. Why do you think Napoleon, the British, Hitler, the Soviets and now us have had an interest in controlling Afghanistan of all places? Heroin.

That’s why I always laugh when people yell at me for disliking Bush and Cheney, oh, how dare you they’re such swell guys. Yeah, okay. Keep telling yourself that if it makes you sleep better at night.

Since Reagan, the country has had P.O.S. on either side. Two sides of the same coin since him. Bad people, doing bad things.


37 posted on 07/30/2012 7:07:15 AM PDT by hitchwolf
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To: hitchwolf

“That’s why I always laugh when people yell at me for disliking Bush and Cheney, oh, how dare you they’re such swell guys. Yeah, okay. Keep telling yourself that if it makes you sleep better at night.”

I understand...I made that point on an earlier thread.

People, even Freepers, simply refuse to look at the facts and records of people once they’ve ‘fallen’ for their beloved candidates. It’s ALL about emotion. They’ll do anything but admit they were mistaken in picking the jerk in the first place! My GAWD, they’re not having a personal relationship with these politicians but you’d never know it. The emotion has to go or we are sunk!

Dick Cheney’s son in law was buried deep in the Justice Dept, partly responsible for Ramos/Compean prosecution and all kinds of nefarious junk. Cheney’s domestic policy advisor Cesar Conda helped destroy prop 187 in Calif and is an amnesty pusher who went to work for Soros.

All these politicians want is power and they don’t care who they use to get it! Democrats use blacks, gays, etc. Repubicans use the Christian right, 2nd amendment folks, etc.

The point is WE ARE ALL BEING USED, but damn at least throw out some of the users once in a while! Or at least admit who they are!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2912103/posts?page=143#143


38 posted on 07/30/2012 7:30:33 AM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: Texas Fossil
That's as far as I got. We all know Al-Jazeera has only but the sincerest of concerns and best of intentions for us. /s
39 posted on 07/30/2012 7:44:32 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: Pollster1
"Does anyone seriously believe that our government is in favor of bringing illegal drugs into the United States? Anyone? "

Does anyone seriously believe that our government was facilitating the shipment of untraced heavy weapons to Mexican drug cartels? Anyone?

40 posted on 07/30/2012 9:28:13 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
Does anyone seriously believe that our government was facilitating the shipment of untraced heavy weapons to Mexican drug cartels? Anyone?

Exactly. I'm exactly as willing to believe that the man who swore an Oath (twice!) to uphold the Constitution is secretly working to undermine our Second Amendment as I am to believe that the man who said, "pot had helped . . . maybe a little blow when you could afford it," is supporting the import of illegal drugs.

41 posted on 07/30/2012 9:38:37 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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