12 de diciembre de 2010

Documentos presentados por Wikikeaks evidencian la alianza entre la CIA de Estados Unidos y narcotraficantes afganos

Las Madres contra la Guerra hemos denunciado que existe una enorme cantidad de opio en las calles de Afganistán, que muchos militares regresan con " problemas" de drogas. La CIIA, en alianza con el gobierno afgano,  protege a los narcotraficantes. Veamos:

The Afghan War: Spreading "Democracy" (and Heroin)

Friday 10 December 2010

by: Ryan Harvey, t r u t h o u t | News Analysis

The Afghan War: Spreading Democracy (and Heroin)
Ahmed Wali Karzai. (Photo: isafmedia / Flickr)

Leaked documents reveal US and Afghan government collusion with major traffickers.

Documents made public by WikiLeaks' latest file drop show that Afghan President Hamid Karzai pulled strings several times throughout early 2009 to free numerous drug traffickers with whom he had political or economic ties.

The documents also show that US officials have held multiple high-level meetings with a man widely viewed as one of the country's major heroin dealers.

That man is Ahmed Wali Karzai: He's the half-brother of President Karzai and has been investigated by numerous major newspapers for drug allegations.

Referred to in many US documents as "AWK," Ahmed Wali Karzai, has long been on the radar of government officials and journalists for his off-the-books dealings with local warlords, traffickers, Taliban members and Afghanistan government officials.

Now, previously secret US Embassy documents, made public by WikiLeaks, further these claims. The documents also show that the US has continued to consult with AWK on major infrastructure projects, security contracts and economic plans.

One of the leaked documents is a report from a November 2009 meeting between AWK and the US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry. In this document, Eikenberry describes Karzai as being, "... widely understood to be corrupt and a narcotics trafficker." Nevertheless, he cautions that working with Karzai is a political necessity.

In this meeting, Karzai calls for private "jihadi" mercenaries operating within the region to fall under his control; he also calls for major development projects to be initiated with his oversight. Eikenberry responds, "... given AWK's reputation for shady dealings, his recommendations for large, costly infrastructure projects should be viewed with a healthy dose of skepticism."

He also notes that Karzai, "... is understood to have a stake in private security contracting ..." and "... both he and the governor have tried to exert control over how contracts are awarded in the province ... all of which could be a significant conflict of interest in the province."

In another document, made public by WikiLeaks, there is a report from a February 2010 meeting with AWK in which, then-Deputy Ambassador to Afghanistan Francis Ricciardone says that Karzai, "... appears not to understand the level of our knowledge of his activities and that the coalition views many of his activities as malign."

This new information linking the Karzai's with the heroin trade supplements previous reports on AWK's operations in Kandahar. It also further emphasizes the realities of the "dirty war" in Afghanistan.

In 2008, The New York Times released reports that Ahmed Wali Karzai was extensively linked to the heroin trade. An investigative report, in late 2009, declared that Karzai was, "... a suspected player in the country's booming illegal opium trade."(1)

The report also announced (citing, "current and former American officials") that Karzai, "... gets regular payments from the Central Intelligence Agency and has for much of the past eight years."(2)

According to The New York Times, the Bush White House said it, "... believes that Ahmed Wali Karzai is involved in drug trafficking," and, "Neither the Drug Enforcement Administration, which conducts counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan, nor the fledgling Afghan anti-drug agency, has pursued investigations into the accusations against the president's brother." (3)

The Times article also extensively quotes a jailed, high-level Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) informant, named Hajji Aman Kheri. "It's no secret about Wali Karzai and drugs," he told them. "A lot of people in the Afghan government are involved in drug trafficking."(4)

Other examples of such immunity were recently made public by WikiLeaks as well.

In April 2009, President Karzai pardoned five border policemen who were caught smuggling 124 kilograms of heroin in their patrol vehicles. They were sentenced to terms of 16 to 18 years each, only to be pardoned by President Karzai shortly after, "on the grounds that they were distantly related to two individuals who had been martyred during the civil war."

Rumors in the US Embassy are that Karzai is also planning on pardoning several other men caught smuggling heroin. One man was a high-ranking police chief and nephew of a member of Parliament, who was caught ordering his men to smuggle heroin. Another man was a "priority DEA target."

The same document says that Karzai tampered with the case of a narcotics trafficker whose father is a wealthy businessman and Karzai supporter. "Without any constitutional authority," the embassy cable says, "Karzai ordered the police to conduct a second investigation which resulted in the conclusion that the defendant had been framed."

These documents come after controversy arose last year when former Afghan Defense Minister and current First Vice President Muhammad Fahim was selected as Karzai's running mate. CIA reports sent to the White House in 2002 suggested that Fahim was involved in narcotics trafficking and, though the White House avoided public criticism, they privately directed American military trainers to work with Fahim's subordinates only, but not with Fahim himself.

President Karzai's other brothers have also made headlines this year for their secret dealings. Abdul Qayum Karzai mediated secret talks with the Taliban in Saudi Arabia. Mahmood Karzai has come under a federal investigation for tax evasion, racketeering and extortion.