The Politics of Heroin

The Politics of Heroin

CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade : Afghanistan, Southeast Asia, Central America, Colombia

Book - 2003 | 2nd rev. ed.
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The first book to prove CIA and U.S. government complicity in global drug trafficking, The Politics of Heroin includes meticulous documentation of dishonesty and dirty dealings at the highest levels from the Cold War until today. Maintaining a global perspective, this groundbreaking study details the mechanics of drug trafficking in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South and Central America. New chapters detail U.S. involvement in the narcotics trade in Afghanistan and Pakistan before and after the fall of the Taliban, and how U.S. drug policy in Central America and Colombia has increased the global supply of illicit drugs.
Publisher: Chicago : Lawrence Hill Books, c2003.
Edition: 2nd rev. ed.
ISBN: 9781556524837
Branch Call Number: 363.45 McCo 2003 3583mc 1
Characteristics: xxvi, 710 p. : ill., maps.
Additional Contributors: McCoy, Alfred W.


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Jan 15, 2014

[Another fantastic book to read in conjunction with this is by Douglas Valentine, The Strength of the Wolf.]
This is a great book, with great information; not an easy read, but a required one. Prof. McCoy especially provides great information on the strong connections between the Corsican gangsters [Union Corse, or Corsican Brotherhood] and the CIA - - especially regarding the strong connections between CIA guy, Lucien Conein, in his cover as an Army officer in Vietnam [although his reserve rank is Lt.Col., not a great stretch] and also Gen. Edward Lansdale. [This is important as on 11/22/63, photographic evidence clearly indicates Lucien Conein in the crowd in Dallas viewing the president's motorcade, as well as Gen. Lansdale closely passing the so-called three tramps from the grassy knoll - - most probably Moise Maschkivitzan with the turned up collar and the tall blond being Lazlo the Hungarian, OAS, while the third pudgy guy was an actual tramp, although he did bear a canny resemblance to the CIA's J.C. King?]
Just three major criticisms in the way Prof. McCoy [I believe now deceased, sad to say] analyzed and critiqued the data he provides [and since he has put his life on the line for a great deal of it, he is to be much respected]: the professor contradicts himself by noting that the price of heroin zooms when it becomes a prohibited narcotic, and then states the US was myopically moral and ignored market dynamics of drugs [when it is illegal, the price zooms upwards, when it becomes legal, it drops, just as it does with marijuana in Colorado and Washington state. Just as when the US government sanctions Iran, then Iranian oil is officially removed from much of the world markets, thus driving up the price of oil].
Also, not enough emphasis on the guilt of the CIA, et cetera, although their involvement is stated again and again, author too neutral, IMHO! Also, the professor towards the end of the book demonstrates he buys into this red-blue, republicon-dem dichotomy, clearly not as sophisticated as one wished he'd have been!

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