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Drug lawfare funds death squads in Honduras

Lawfare turns laws into weapons. No better example of lawfare exists than the never-ending saga of the South American Drug War. Drug lawfare is waged by the DEA and the U.S. Congress to protect oil, gas, mineral, and timber extraction industries from irate villagers. The villagers are upset because the foreign extraction corporations operating in Latin America tend to take a colonialist approach to business, pillaging, and stealing indigenous property to gain access to rich natural resources. The blowback consists of cheated inhabitants who revolt in clever ways and who tend to enlist the aid of anyone willing to back them.

Congress decided it’s the DEA’s job to help counter these revolts and any democratic, socialist or communist political economy that might arise. Legislators legitimatized their tactic by making drug enforcement part of the national security apparatus. Because huge amounts of money can easily be allocated for drug enforcement—no questions asked—the U.S. taxpayer is tricked into funding corporate welfare schemes tied to financing death squads in Honduras and elsewhere. T. J. Coles is director of the Plymouth Institute for Peace Research and he describes the history and ongoing situation in Honduras:

The cover for setting up a military police force is countering narco- and human-traffickers, but the record shows that left-wing civilians are targeted for death and intimidation. To crush the pro-Zelaya, pro-democracy movements Operation Morazán, [created] the Military Police of Public Order (PMOP)…the PMOP consisted of 4,500 personnel in 10 battalions across every region of Honduras, and … murdered at least 21 street protestors [in 2018]. […]

Between 2010 and 2016, as U.S. “aid” and training continued to flow, over 120 environmental activists were murdered by hitmen, gangs, police, and the military for opposing illegal logging and mining. Others have been intimidated. In 2014, for instance, a year after the murder of three Matute people by gangs linked to a mining operation, the children of the indigenous Tolupan leader, Santos Córdoba, were threatened at gunpoint by the U.S.-trained, ex-Army General, Filánder Uclés, and his bodyguards…crimes against the peoples of the region increased…Lawfare is also used, with over 160 small farmers in the area subject to frivolous legal proceedings. […]

…The names and command structures of U.S.-backed military units in Honduras have changed over the last four decades, but their goal remains the same. […]

Ending the U.S. funded drug lawfare racket in Latin America would compel extraction industries to deal with their own political problems in ways that don’t bleed taxpayers. No longer able to hide behind the plausible disguises of drug enforcement, the need for corporate business and political security would encourage commercial operations to spend their own money to make peace with the locals and to cease using lawfare to rob, attack, or murder citizens, journalists, and political or environmental activists. As a bonus for those opposing corporate welfare handouts of any type, the drug war perfectly showcases the evils of corporate welfare when it’s left unchecked.

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11 comments to Drug lawfare funds death squads in Honduras

  • Lawfare — good word, Servetus.

  • darkcycle

    Nice one, Servetus. Happy new year my couch friends. Hope you all enjoyed some bubbly (bong hits, that is) in your new year’s celebrations…

  • Son of Sam Walton

    Excellent Servetus.

    But, you’ve struck up my government issued Tourette syndrome created by the use of drug money to fund a war to fight Americans exploiting Iraq and Afghanistan. Stuck in the middle are the kids, families, and innocent people.

    How can we say it is Illegal for tens of thousands of Central Americans to flee northwards into America at will, just to save their own lives? The Drug Laws: your child can be murdered just so my little Johnny can make a choice to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to street dealers selling uncontrolled drugs to anybody with money.

    More Central Americans began to flee northward as a direct result of America’s Federal Courts, Federal Judges, and Federal Prosecutors issuing a ‘Drug Money Laundering License’ for a small fee to Wachovia (now belonging to Wells Fargo) and HSBC Bank in Dec of 2012 . . . war in Syria amped up overnight when banks were given the license. With no incentive to stop, HSBC, BNY Mellon, Deutcha, JP Morgan, etc have been known to launder over $2 trillion since 1999 . . . a few years of laundering drug money for Osama to move assets around and to lock down on opium production so the Taliban’s enemies would have less access to fund their fight and to drive up the prices of Taliban stockpiles in a world where 1/3 or more of the world’s heroin just never existed, overnight——Because Osama believed something would cause Americans to flock to Afghanistan and stay for a very long time, like the Russians.

    Now, drug money controls the Labor Laws, funded by Americans via the 1961 U.N. Singles . . . Christians aren’t meant to manipulate governments set up by God, like totally controlling the Labor and Wage Laws of Afghanistan for Mineral rights (computer chips), thus loopholes found in ‘Workers rights’, ‘wages’, ‘safety standards’ and ‘trade’ i.e. no laws stating that if X happens on account of B making a trade with L, so B can move contracts to M, then Iran must be willing to take a Percent of imports from Afghanistan or Iran must be allowed to sell a percentage of their stuff to Afghanistan as stated in the contracts with M. We’ve subcontracted the shit out of those two nations because it is very costly for Americans to fight an enemy funded by drugs and not by commerce/tax/industry as seen in past American wars where infrastructure and factories were targets.

    ISIS this July or June in Italy, lost 1.2 Billion euros of meth to authorities. How many times have they succeeded before and since? Euros will buy twice to four times the amount of death in Warlands. European currencies are far more valuable than most money.

    At least the American people will no longer fund the Marijuana portion of the 1961 U.N. Single Laws. Now, ISIS will have to start selling grass to local Islamic Magistrates that keep the drug illegal, like Lebanon and Syria. I swear, ISIS will burn no more ‘local’ pot fields anymore.

    But Cocaine and heroin are still all the reasons why Americans buy plastics from China/Asia, today with the altered 2007 Contracts that gave America its own oil field in the middle of Iraq . . . from Nationalized (1972/73) to denationalized oil. And plastics love to be made with oil. Now any American can exploit an Iraqi child when they buy a toy or food packaged in plastic or when they drive a new car made with plastics or on a tared road or in a car ran on gas or in a car that needs lubes or a TV or a computer/cellphone/tablet made with plastic parts . . . and cell phone/cable/internet bills are just extensions to paying more death by the use of the items made from plastics circa 2007 . . . that and our providers constantly used plastics from Iraq so we can have internet/cellular/cable, and computer chips from Afghanistan, being China and India are their bordering neighbors. And Asia sells America her most tech from many of Afghanistan’s mines.

    We need to start growing our own plastics and computer chips.

    If there was only a plant that could create biodegradable plastics, lubes, paints, fuels, textiles, etc. Then Iraq and Afghanistan might be free from American consumerism. The American Dream is Keeping Up with the Jones and if they have it, damn sure well we must also buy one, but better and newer.

  • Vortexkso

    or their samples written

  • Son of Sam Walton

    Inauguration day: huff post has pictures of my congressman Markwayne Mullin standing right behind three secret service agents point pistols at a blocked door with broken glass pane. He’s the guy with the beard.

    If I got paid a dollar for every time I wrote to him about the War on Terror, the market, and the Drug War, I’d be making corporate wages. His secretary (assuming) once phoned me about using my idea of fining Europe for violating the 1961 U.N. Singles Convention in regards to narcotics coming out of enemy lands and using the fine to pay for the wall. I don’t think they realized I wasn’t being serious, but that guy does work on Georgia, the nation, in regards to monopolies and trade.

    Now, or several hours ago, other Republicans like him, are holding him hostage.

    • Son of Sam Walton

      Forgive me for using INAGURATION DAY. I’m asleep at the wheel, stunned at what’s going on now and all year long. Too bad I don’t have access to an edit option. And lots of flower mixed with waxes and diamonds and vape hits (my mom died one year ago today)

      But its good that most of those guys are white or they’d be shot at by now.

      Too bad they cannot accept the election results. But Trump will run again and again and again.

  • Merry Xmas Again

    Sheldon Adelson dies at age 87

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