A BALLAD OF DRUGS AND 9/11
The truth shall make you free
— CIA Slogan
By Peter Dale Scott.
See also: The Global Drug Meta-Group
At the First Emperor’s Tomb
the Chinese People’s Republic
shows you a preliminary movie
in which this monument of empire
is seen through the eyes of peasants
who rose up in revolt
and smashed the terra cotta statues
we have come so far to see.
I tried asking whether the government
is more in favor of the tomb
or of its being smashed? The guide answered
Both! We think the tao of history
contains both the bright yang of order
and the dark yin of revolt.
So I said, Does that mean
that in the present phase of history
the yin is the Falun Gong?
A short silence. Then
You must understand that in China
there are some things we do not think about.
I know why I’m remembering this.
There are things we don’t think about in America
things I don’t want to think about myself
like this flood of emails from Russia
about Far West, Ltd.
a meta-group almost unknown
and yet so powerful
as well as secure from the law
it could manipulate the drug traffic
to serve both the Kremlin
and similar ruling cabals
such as the one in this country
and also manipulate states
for the ends of the drug traffic
spreading violence in an organized route
from Afghanistan to New York
as when in July ’99 a group —
citizens of three continents Venezuela Turkey United Arab Emirates Germany Britain
with excellent connections between them
to al-Zawahiri the brains of al-Qaeda
the Kremlin, Langley, FARC, and the KLA CIA, Colombian revolutionaries, Kosovo Liberation Army
a group supplying full service
like BCCI before them Bank of Credit and Commerce International
Who else could wire something together
to Saudi Arabia China Israel and the U.S.? — Beaty and Gwynne 347
gathered near Nice in southern France
to arrange in the villa of Khashoggi Cockburn ’00;Dunlop ‘04
the richest man in the world Kessler
for an invasion, bombings in Moscow
and the transit of heroin through Kosovo
to be sold in the streets of New York
where sales doubled in four years – Peter Klebnikov ‘00
a deal between Alexandr Voloshin
(the agent in the Kremlin
of the oligarch Boris Berezovskii
the richest businessman in Russia) Dunlop ’04; Paul Klebnikov ‘00, 1, 293, 303
Shamil’ Basaev (the Chechen Wahhabi
once controlled and financed by Berezovskii Paul Klebnikov ‘00, 300-01
who next month rekindled the Chechen War
by his brief incursion into Dagestan) Hunter, 154
Alfonso (the Venezuelan banker
who lives in Munich, knows Khashoggi, Dunlop ‘04
laundered money for Colombian cartels Yasenev ‘04
and is now a banker for FARC) http://www.compromat.ru/main/surikov/a.htm
Yakov Kosman (reported
by the scholar John Dunlop
from the Hoover Institution
to be German and, possibly, Israeli Dunlop ‘04
suppressing the rest of his footnoted source:
Kosman served as financial consultant
to Hashim Thaçi, the commander of KLA Kosovo Liberation Army; Yasenev ‘04
the Kosovo Liberation Army
just when The Times wrote of evidence
that drug money is funding –
as much as half of the funding —
the KLA’s leap to power) Times (London), 3/24/99
Anton Surikov (the GRU agent Russian military intelligence
whose study Crime in Russia
on the extraordinary extent to which the Colombian
cartel has targeted Russia
was published by King’s College London Surikov ’95, http://www.iprog.ru/cast/?id=8
followed by an invitation
to a Seminar in Virginia
on International Security
where he met Fritz Ermarth of the CIA)
and — this part I got first
from my poetic intuition —
was recruited both for his knowledge
and his access to the drug trade:
a hunch confirmed by the CIA’s
payment to his friend “Mekhmet” Yasenev ‘04
who was also at Khashoggi’s villa Dunlop ‘04
and to whom (says Dunlop’s source)
the CIA gave an “assignment”
to transmit $300,000
for the killing of his friend Abu al-Walid Abu al-Walid al-Ghamdi
Chechnya Weekly 2/2/05
when the CIA was concerned
al-Walid on leaving Chechnya
would go on to Iraq
to join up with al-Zarqawi. Yasenev ‘04
Why would Dunlop a reputable scholar
present the meeting in Khashoggi’s villa
as a mere plan for a Russian 9/11
at the behest of Yeltsin’s Kremlin
ignoring the role at the villa
of men like Sosnaliev and Tsveiba
from Abkhazia which now has become
a key heroin transiting point? Sida/Cornell Caspian ‘02
Did he suppress what his source
said about Surikov and Fritz Ermarth,
Mekhmet and the CIA
Kosman and the KLA
because just like myself
he did not want to think
about who was involved in opening
the new Kosovo drug route
after the mad dash of Russian troops
one month before the meeting June 11, 1999
to seize the main Kosovo airport Judah 279, 284-85
without the knowledge of Yeltsin Shevtsova 285, fn. 11
just as Al McCoy and myself
both forgot the terrorized vet
who reneged on telling us about drugs
after they firebombed his Jag. McCoy xii, Scott ’89 147-48
There are two kinds of businesses:
those which flourish from peace
and the strengthening of law
and those which require the opposite
zones of incessant chaos
like Chechnya Colombia Afghanistan
where drugs can be grown or trafficked
under the watch of PMCs private military companies
The CIA clearly knew this
when in 2001
they brought back “Mr. Ten Percent” Haji Mohammed Zaman
at the top of the heroin trade
from Dijon to Jalalabad Smucker, 9
and arranged for the release
of Haji Ayub Afridi from jail Raman
(the same men who in the ‘80s
had organized the heroin trail
to the Soviet troops —
i.e. to Filin and Surikov —
with the blessings of the CIA) Raman
thus restoring the Afghan
after two years of prohibition
under the Taliban. Scott ’03 33, 43-44
and pushing America and Russia
still further down the path
of increasing superwealth
and declining average income
(my starting salary in ’61 $7250.00
could buy a third of a good Berkeley house
whereas a starting salary today
would pay for perhaps a twentieth)
increasing income disparities
the sign our state is declining
the homeless we no longer support
and have grown used to not thinking about
as we step across them
towards our ATMs
what Sallust and Arnold discerned
in Rome and Victorian London
publice egestas Sallust, Arnold
until the republic is suborned
by these forces we cannot see
for which the intellectual price
is a shrinkage of our culture
towards the trivialities
of narcotic games and bottom-feeding poets.
Starting in 1998
Surikov, Alfonso, and Mekhmet
had their own PMC Far West http://www.pravda.info/news/2695.html
connected with the secured transport
of commercial shipments from Afghanistan Filin ‘05
and with representatives in the Emirates,
Afghanistan, Colombia, Kosovo http://www.pravda.info/news/2695.html
as well as contracts with Halliburton
(Far West’s leader Vladimir Filin
the suspected chief narcobaron Kaledin ‘03
announced that “a well-known American corporation
is a co-founder of our agency” Filin ‘05
while Filin and Far West
worked on the Georgian project,
financed by KBR Halliburton, apparently
with the approval of CIA) Yasenev’04
and Diligence Middle East a PMC
with success in securing contracts
from Neil Bush, the President’s brother Financial Times, 12/11/03. Cf. Asia Times, 5/20/04
headed by Joe Allbaugh Financial Times, 12/11/03; Asia Times, 5/20/04
who in 2000 organized
both the Bush-Cheney campaign
and the “19th floor riot” that
stopped the recount in Miami-Dade County Floridagate
and then was made head of FEMA .
the agency that with Cheney and Rumsfeld Mann, 139; Bamford, 72
had developed “Reagan’s Secret Coup Plans”
in the 1980s “Reagan’s Secret Coup Plans” Progressive Review, July 1988
the plans for COG Continuity of Government
the plans for an anti-constitutional takeover
in a time of crisis Progressive Review, June 1998. Cf. New York Times, 11/18/91
implemented on 9/11
after Bush had entrusted
Cheney and Allbaugh together
to set up a terrorism task force
to deal with terrorist attacks Houston Chronicle, 5/9/01; Ruppert, 412-18
It is too much. I think of Petrov
blown up in his car in Cape Town
after bugging his quarrel with Surikov
at the Hotel Bristol in Vienna Petrov ‘04
and I think of Indira Singh
who lost her job at J.P. Morgan
after she notified the FBI
about Ptech the hi-tech Islamist firm
bankrolled by Yasin al-Qadi,
a wealthy Saudi investor
who has been officially designated
as a terrorism financier Boston Herald, 1/18/04
with contracts at FAA
the White House the Secret Service
and links to the local Al Kifah al Qaeda support group
followed by a Treasury raid
on Ptech and then the immediate Boston Globe, 12/7/02; WBZ4, 12/9/02
firing of Paul O’Neill Secretary of the Treasury
Singh spoke publicly about Ptech
the FBI agents themselves
basically indicated to me
that absolutely no investigation was going on
at which point my hair stood on end NPR Radio, 12/8/02
adding as an aside
when I ran into the drugs
I was told that if I mentioned
the money to the drugs around 9/11
that would be the end of me. Indira Singh testimony
I remember the defeat and fear
in the face of Allan Francovich
whose film on Pan Am 103 and drugs Goddard ZZ
could be shown in Britain but not this country
the last time he contacted me
via a cut-out a mutual friend
one year before he dropped dead
while going through U.S. Customs Independent 4/28/97
and what happened to Danny Casolaro
also researching the so-called Octopus Beaty and Gwynne 224-25
until suicided in a West Virginia motel Buffalo News 8/27.93
with my name and number in his notebook
I think of Jim Wilcutt at the weapons protests
his brains scrambled and deranged
after he testified to Congress
about Lee Harvey Oswald and the CIA Hurt ’85, 203
Forgive me if I do not want to think
of how they destroyed L
the Republican businessman
(whose innocent mistake was to tell the FBI
about the Nicaraguan drug lord
who picked up the dinner tab
at the fundraiser in San Francisco
L had arranged for the Contras
after which L got a death threat
over the phone while waiting
in Senator Kerry’s outer office
for a secret rendez-vous)
and of what N told us — how Carlos Carlos Lehder
was released from his hundred-year sentence
to peddle cocaine to Russia
his name in the Lafayette phone book
It is a dilemma: Part of me
needs to agree with the left
that we have to wake up America
that it is knowledge will make us free
(the idea being that truth
unites us in thinking together
whereas these truths of darkness
have been known to destroy
those who have published them Gary Webb, Independent 10/8/05
and I myself can share with no one
except those who like myself
have become distanced from the crowd).
Part of me just meditates
on the new and more flourishing wildlife
that is improving Point Reyes
ten years after the Mount Vision fire San Francisco Chronicle 10/2/05
From the glories of the Tang Dynasty
I recall only one date: the year
of the usurper An Lushan
who drove both Wang Wei and Du Fu
far from the corrupt court
into the mountains
where for the first time they were free
to write the only poems we remember.
Matthew Arnold, Culture and Anarchy, http://www.authorama.com/culture-and-anarchy-3.html.
JamesBamford, A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America’s Intelligence Agencies (New York: Doubleday, 2004).
Jonathan Beaty and S.C. Gwynne, The Outlaw Bank: A Wild Ride into the Secret Heart of BCCI (New York: Random House, 1993).
Chechnya Weekly, 2/2/05, http://www.jamestown.org/publications_details.php?volume_id=409&issue_id=3219&article_id=2369196.
Patrick Cockburn, “Russia ‘planned Chechen war before bombings,’” Independent, 1/29/00, http://www.naqshbandi.net/haqqani/features/caucasus/news/stepashin_confession.htm.
John B. Dunlop, “`Storm in Moscow’: A Plan of the Yeltsin “Family” to Destabilize Russia,” The Hoover Institution, October 8, 2004, http://www.sais-jhu.edu/programs/res/papers/Dunlop%20paper.pdf.
Filin Interview, http://www.pravda.info/region/3601.html.
“Floridagate, or `Hey, what’s 2.5 million votes between friends?’” http://www.geocities.com/goretothecore/floridagate/
Donald Goddard, Trail of the Octopus: From Beirut to Lockerbie–inside the DIA (London: Bloomsbury, 1993)
Shireen T. Hunter, Islam in Russia: The Politics of Identity and Security (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2004).
Tim Judah, Kosovo: War and Revenge (New Haven: Yale UP, 2002), 279, 284-85.
Nikita Kaledin “Geroinovyi tur,” Stringer-news, November 4, 2003: http://www.stringer-news.ru/Publication.mhtml?PubID=2448&Part=39
Henry Hurt, Reasonable Doubt: An Investigation into the Assassination of John F. Kennedy (New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1985).
Paul Klebnikov, Godfather of the Kremlin: Boris Berezovskii and the Looting of Russia (New York:
Peter Klebnikov, “Heroin Heroes,” Mother Jones, January/February 2000, http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2000/01/heroin.html
James Mann, The Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush’s War Cabinet (New York: Viking, 2004).
Alfred W. McCoy, The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Traffic (Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books/ Chicago Review Press, 2003).
NPR Weekend, All Things Considered, December 8, 2002.
Petrov Audio Recordings, http://www.compromat.ru/main/surikov/narko.htm.
B. Raman, “Assassination of Haji Abdul Qadeer in Kabul,” South Asia Analysis Group, Paper No. 489, http://www.saag.org/papers5/paper489.html.
Michael C. Ruppert, Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2004.
Sallust, Bellum Catilinae, http://ancienttexts.org/library/latinlibrary/sall.1.html.
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Peter Dale Scott, Drugs, Oil, and War (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003).
Peter Dale Scott, “The Sleep of Reason: Denial, Memory-Work, and the Reconstruction of Social Order,” Literary Responses to Mass Violence (Waltham, MA: Brandeis University, 2004).
Lilia Shevtsova, translated by Antonina Bouis, Putin’s Russia (Washington: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2003).
SIDA/Cornell Caspian Consulting, “The South Caucasus: A Regional Overview,” 2002, http://www.cornellcaspian.com/sida/sida-cfl-2.html.
Indira Singh testimony, 9/11 Citizen’s Commission, 130, http://justicefor911.org/September-Hearings.doc.
Philip Smucker, Al Qaeda’s Great Escape: The Military and the Media on Terror’s Trail (Washington: Brassey’s, 2004).
Anton Surikov, Crime in Russia: the International Implications (London: Brassey’s for the Centre for Defence Studies, University of London, 1995).
Yuri Yasenev, “Rossiyu zhdet oranzhevaya revolytsiya” (“An Orange Revolution is in Store for Russia”), http://www.compromat.ru/main/surikov/saidov.htm.
DIRECTORS OF FAR WEST, LTD.
Leonid Leonidovich Kosyakov, b. 1955, Ukrainian citizen. Until 2005 resided in Dubai and Switzerland. ’83-’85 – in command of a special GRU group in Shindand, West. Afghanistan, assigned to intercept caravans with drugs. In different times under his command served Filin, Lunev, Likhvintsev, Surikov, Saidov, and Petrov. Ret. in ’93. Owns big travel company in Dubai. In the spring of 2005 was appointed to general’s position in Ukrainian military intelligence (GUR) and stepped down as the official president of Far West Ltd.
Vladimir “Ilyich” Filin, b. 1960, Kiev, Ukraine. Ukrainian. Doctor of sciences (1982). In ’83-84 served in a special unit of GRU in Western Afghanistan, assigned to intercept caravans with drugs. In 1993 retired from GRU in the rank of Lt.-Colonel.
Anatoly Baranov. Journalist. Under Masliukov-Primakov cabinet served as public relations executive director, Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG. In 2002 bought forum.msk.ru. Owner of Pravda-info. 2003 – Press secretary to the deputy prime minister Alyoshin (military-industrial complex). “Coordinator of media projects” at IPROG.
Audrius Butkevicius, Lithuanian. Presently resides in Georgia. Former Lithuanian minister of defense. Sentenced for bribery. Has close ties with Albert Einstein Institution. Member of Far West Ltd. board of directors and the editorial board of Pravda.info. ’94 – visiting scholar at Centre for Defence Studies at King’s College London (together with Anton Surikov and Igor Sutyagin, now in prison for espionage).
Alfonso Davidovich Ochoa (b. 1948), Venezuelan, resides in Munich, Germany. Has German and Venezuelan citizenship. In the 1970s went through special training in the USSR and East Germany. Was close to the Cuban General Arnaldo Ochoa Sanchez. In the past used passports in the names of Jose Rodriguez, Captain of the Cuban Army, and Jose Alva, Colombian citizen. Responsible for FWL office in Bogotá.
Alexei Likhvintsev (“Abdulla,” “Pribalt”), b. 1959, Lviv, Ukraine. Ukrainian. British citizen (2000), resides in Britain (Scotland?). ’84-85 special GRU unit based in Shindand, West. Afghanistan). Nov ’87-Jan ’89 – military advisor in Angola. 90′-’93 – together with Filin on assignment to sell the property of the Soviet Army in East Germany, did business with Kosovo Albanian companies. ’93.
Valery Nikolaevich Lunev (b. 1960, Belorussia). Belorussian. ’83-84 – special GRU unit based in Shindand, West. Afghanistan. Married to Dzhokhar Dudaev’s relative Fatima (b. 1970). Retired from the military in March of 1995. Lunev is responsible for security and “strong arm operations”. For his operations he hires the former and active duty officers of Russian secret services, including spetsnaz. Resides in the Netherlands, has Dutch citizenship. In 1990-91 Lunev took part in overthrowing the regime of Zviad Gamsahurdia in Georgia. Has extensive contacts in Tajikistan.
Ruslan Shamilievich Saidov (b. 1960, city of Khasavyurt, Dagestan). Avar Chechen-Spanish. Has Turkish passport in the name of Hungar (?) Mehmet and passport of Arab Emirates. ’83-84 – special GRU unit based in Shindand, West. Afghanistan. Later, assignments in Lebanon and Syria. Ret. Major of GRU ’93. Resides in Turkey since ’95 and in Dubai. Advisor to Necmettin Erbakan – ’96. Business partner of the Islamic Bank of Dubai and Habib Bank. Since mid-90s Saidov formed stable relations with the Saudi businessman Adnan Khashoggi, Prince Turki al-Faisal and Prince Na’if. Close to Basaev and Khattab.
Anton Victorovich Surikov , “Mansur” (Ancestrial name: Mansur Ali-Hadzhi Natkhoev), b. 1961, Sukhimi, Georgia, USSR. Ethnic Adygei. Son of a leading figure in the Soviet military-industrial establishment. Resides in Moscow. Has Turkish and, possibly, US citizenship. Doctor of sciences. ’84-served in a special GRU unit, based in Shindand, West. Afghanistan). ’90-96 – Institute of USA and Canada. ’92 – 93 – deputy of the Abkhazian minister of defense, made friends with Shamil Basaev, commander of the special battalion trained by GRU. ’94 – visiting scholar at the Center for Defence Studies, King’s College London. ’96 – ret. Colonel. Also on IPROG staff.
Yakov Abramovich Kosman (b. 1946), resides in Nice, France. Has German and, possibly, Israeli citizenship. Involved in real estate operations and banking. Has contacts with Kosovo Albanian criminal societies in European countries. In 1997-2000 he served as financial consultant to Hashim Thaçi, the chief commander of KLA. The new president of Far West, Ltd.