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Douglas Valentine: How I came to understand the CIA

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A useful article by Valentine, partly on the SE Asia drug trade.

It's important for assassination researchers to get a handle on a paradigm it took a me a lot of reading to grasp: Since at least WW II (if not since the domestic strike breaking of the pre-war period) organized crime has not been merely an occasional set of go-to guys for isolated dirty work, but a readily mobilized covert force for the official covert forces.  They provide plausible deniability and eventual legal disposability through arrest and imprisonment, or through rub-outs by other gangsters.  Because they can't fight City Hall - or, in the case of Barry Seal, the White House.  Drug trade movement through organized crime funds wars, counter-revolutions, and military and covert operations.

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