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Media Roots – Afghanistan: Endless War for Resource Control

Afghan Poppy Field

MEDIA ROOTS- Last year marked the tenth anniversary of America's invasion of Afghanistan, officially making it the longest war in US history. Now that Osama Bin Laden is finally confirmed dead, the federal government's logic of continuing the occupation remains unclear.

Initially, the Bush administration irrationally insisted that any sovereign nation harboring terrorists was itself complicit in "terror" and therefore open for pre-emptive US military action. This rationale is absurd– just because one criminal might be living inside of a particular country doesn't make that entire country guilty of the criminal's crimes.

In 2002, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was quick to tell CNN that US forces had successfully pushed the Taliban and Al Qaeda out of the region, and reports reveal that Osama Bin Laden hadn't even been in Afghanistan since 2001. Additionally, a White House spokesperson recently admitted that there hasn't been a terrorist threat in the country for the last eight years.

So what has the US been doing in Afghanistan for the last decade?

Latin America: Mexican Decriminalization Bill Now Law of the Land

No one here has mentioned the topic of Mexico's bill to decriminalize the personal use of drugs so I thought I would post one of the first and very best articles about it that basically gets straight to the point. Although news of the bill is not directly related to 9/11 truth, I think it's important that people know about it as the drug wars and 9/11 wars are inextricably tied.

Source: http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/598/mexico_decriminalization_law_enacted

Drug War Chronicle - world’s leading drug policy newsletter

Latin America: Mexican Decriminalization Bill Now Law of the Land

from Drug War Chronicle, Issue #598, 8/21/09

A bill that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of drugs for personal use in Mexico is now the law of the land, although it will not go into effect for one year to give states time to adjust their laws. It was published Thursday in the Official Daily of the Federation, the Mexican equivalent of the Federal Register. (To read the complete text of the bill in Spanish, go to page 83 of the Official Daily.)

Sibel Edmonds interviewed by Electric Politics- Luke Ryland, partial transcript- Rastibini Overview

Luke Ryland posts partial transcript of Sibel Edmonds recent Electric Politics interview. Post includes link to that, and link to rastibini commentary/interview highlights

The Poppy Palace- April 19, 2009
http://www.electricpolitics.com/podcast/2009/04/the_poppy_palace.html

THE DEEP STATE AND CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN - Mizgin
http://rastibini.blogspot.com/2009/04/deep-state-and-change-you-can-believe.html

Ryland also comments here:

First Merchant Bank exposed
http://lukery.blogspot.com/2009/04/first-merchant-bank-exposed.html
A partial transcript of Sibel's recent interview is now up at Let Sibel Edmonds Speak.

The most interesting news involves First Merchant Bank (FMB) in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). The TRNC is only recognized by one country, Turkey.

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Luke Ryland- Sibel Edmonds interview partial transcript post:

Sibel Edmonds interviewed by Electric Politics
http://letsibeledmondsspeak.blogspot.com/2009/04/sibel-edmonds-interviewed-by-electric.html

Sibel gave a 75-min interview to Electric Politics on April 10. You can listen to it here. Mizgin has an overview of the interview here. A partial transcript follows:

The Post-9/11 Afghan Heroin Explosion

The War on Drugs. The War on Terror. Narco-Terrorism.

Prior to 9/11, the poppy production levels in Afghanistan were at a low and many of the Taliban were against heroin and the poppies. However, since U.S. forces entered after 9/11, the poppy crop has skyrocketed. The UN released a report saying that the six-year boom has lead to the Afghan crop being responsible for 92% of the world's heroin trade. With Homeland Security and the War on Terror, it's amazing that the drug still gets into the USA, one of it's strongest marketplaces.

http://www.theage.com.au/world/afghanistan-drug-trade-hits-4-billion-a-year-20080627-2y43.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acWUbVCorQo

Ellsberg: Hastert got suitcases of Al Qaeda heroin cash, should be in jail

Via Scott Horton at www.TheStressBlog.com ...

Ellsberg: Hastert got suitcases of Al Qaeda heroin cash, should be in jail

Lukery has transcribed this interview of American Hero Daniel Ellsberg. From WotIsItGoodFor.com:

“Daniel Ellsberg said that Dennis Hastert received suitcases of cash at his home from Turkish heroin money and that Hastert should be in jail, along with his friends.

He also says that people in the State Department, and in nuclear labs, are paid in ‘cold cash’ for secrets that are sold on the nuclear black market.

He also says that a Dem Congress “could be pressed into holding genuine investigations of the torture, of the corruption, getting rid of Hastert, and starting impeachment proceedings.”

All errors are mine, some snippage, usual disclaimers, etc.

[SNIP]

[SNIP - for 20 minutes Ellsberg discusses martial law & the shredding of the constitution, ‘the next 911, the Reichstag fire’)

update: if you are interested in Sibel Edmonds’ case, there’s a new movie about her. and don’t miss my interview with the director.

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