By Kurt Nimmo, Another Day in the Empire
Sunday, Sep 4, 2016
|Why did the US outlaw Kratom?
It is in direct competition with the pharma industry.
Kratom is an opioid agonist. What this mean is it mimics the effects of opioid drugs such as heroin, morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and other dangerous drugs but without the risk of addiction, overdose, and other side effects.
It helps heroin addicts kick the habit.
It works for chronic pain sufferers.
Big pharma and the CIA will simply not tolerate that.
Even though the government is cracking down on opioid prescriptions, it is still looking out for the interests of big pharma.
Between 1998 and 2004 big pharma lobbied on at least 1,600 pieces of legislation. During the same period it donated $89.9 million to political candidates and parties. Between January 2005 through June 2006 the pharmaceutical industry spent approximately $182 million on lobbying Congress. It has an astounding 1,274 registered lobbyists in Washington.
Big pharma control freaks want to make sure they can squeeze every penny out of the sale of their products. It was behind the passage of the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003. The law prevents the government from directly negotiating prices with drug companies who provide those prescription drugs covered by Medicare. In other words, big pharma has a vested interest in making sure old people pay top dollar for medicine.
And the CIA?
It’s no secret they run the opium business in Afghanistan where 95% of the world’s opium is cultivated.
In 2009 it was reported that the CIA controlled the opium trade in Afghanistan through Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the former president, Hamid Karzai, who began his career as a fundraiser for the CIA’s mujahideen during the 1980s.
“CIA-supported Mujahideen rebels engaged heavily in drug trafficking while fighting against the Soviet-supported government and its plans to reform the very backward Afghan society,” William Blum writes in The Real Drug Lords.
“The Golden Crescent drug trade, launched by the CIA in the early 1980s, continues to be protected by US intelligence, in liaison with NATO occupation forces and the British military. In recent developments, British occupation forces have promoted opium cultivation through paid radio advertisements,” Michel Chossudovsky wrote in 2007.
In 2010 Fox News’ Gerald Rivera talked with an occupation soldier about U.S. support of the opium trade in Afghanistan. The soldier told Rivera he did not like supporting Afghan opium production. The U.S., he insisted, has turned a blind eye to the cultivation due to cultural considerations. He said he would rather see the Afghans grow watermelons.
Before 1980, Afghanistan produced 0% of the world’s opium. But then the CIA moved in, and by 1986 they were producing 40% of the world’s heroin supply. By 1999, they were churning out 3,200 TONS of heroin a year—nearly 80% of the total market supply. But then something unexpected happened. The Taliban rose to power, and by 2000 they had destroyed nearly all of the opium fields. Production dropped from 3,000+ tons to only 185 tons, a 94% reduction. This enormous drop in revenue subsequently hurt not only the CIA’s Black Budget projects but also the free-flow of laundered money in and out of banks.
The CIA was established by Wall Street lawyers, so it stands to reason the agency would look out for the interests of the banksters.
“In many instances, drug money is currently the only liquid investment capital,” said Vienna-based UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said in January of 2009 during the subprime mortgage crisis. “In the second half of 2008, liquidity was the banking system’s main problem and hence liquid capital became an important factor.”
Former Managing Director and board member of Wall Street investment bank Dillon Read, Catherine Austin Fitts, says banks launder imponderable amounts of drug money.
“According to the Department of Justice, the US launders between $500 billion – $1 trillion annually. I have little idea what percentage of that is narco dollars, but it is probably safe to assume that at least $100-200 billion relates to US drug import-exports and retail trade,” writes Fitts.
Big pharma, the CIA, and the federal government’s immensely profitable war on drugs are the primary reasons harmless plants and alternative medicines are at risk.
Competition is a sin,” declared John D. Rockefeller. Kratom and other natural plants are in direct competition with opioids.
As for the CIA, it wants as many heroin addicts as possible.
Wall Street and the CIA’s off-the-books black projects depend on it.
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