JNN 19 May 2013 Kabul : Afghan President Hamid Karzai, has recently been criticized for taking ‘ghost money’ from the CIA and MI6. The sums With both the CIA and MI6 secretly providing ‘ghost money’ bribes to the Afghan political establishment, it’s likely that Afghans will increasingly support a resurgent Taliban and the drug trade will be further propped up.
are unknown – for the usual reasons of ‘national security’ – but are estimated to have been in the tens of millions of dollars. While this is nowhere near the eye-bleeding $12 billion shipped over to Iraq on pallets in the wake of the invasion a decade ago, it is still a significant amount.
And how has this money been spent? Certainly not on social projects or rebuilding initiatives. Rather, the reporting indicates, the money has been funneled to Karzai’s cronies as bribes in a corrupt attempt to buy influence in the country.
None of this surprises me. MI6 has a long and ignoble history of trying to buy influence in countries of interest. In 1995/96 it funded a ‘ragtag group of Islamic extremists,’ headed up by a Libyan military intelligence officer, in an illegal attempt to try to assassinate Colonel Gaddafi. The attack went wrong and innocent people were killed. When this scandal was exposed, it caused an outcry.
Yet a mere 15 years later, MI6 and the CIA were back in Libya, providing support to the same ‘rebels,’ who this time succeeded in capturing, torturing and killing Gaddafi, while plunging Libya into apparently endless internecine war. This time around there was little international outcry, as the world’s media portrayed this aggressive interference in a sovereign state as ‘humanitarian relief.’
And we also see the same in Syria now, as the CIA and MI6 are already providing training and communication support to the rebels – many of whom, particularly the Al Nusra faction in control of the oil-rich north-east of Syria are in fact allied with Al-Qaeda in Iraq. So in some countries the UK and USA use drones to target and murder “militants” (plus villagers, wedding parties and other assorted innocents), while in others they back ideologically similar Wahabi groups.
Recently, we have also seen the Biased Western media making unverified claims that the Syrian regime is using chemical weapons against its own people, and our politicians leaping on these assertions as justification for openly providing weapons to the insurgents.
But the factual reports are now emerging that indicate it was the rebels themselves who have been using sarin gas against the people , which was again been provides by the US and the Western Countries to Internationally Defame the Asad Government and to legalize a way to openly support and launch their support on the ground of the terrorist Networks like Al Qaida and and their allied groups , like Saudi Sponsored Al Nusra and others. As they did in Libya and other Middle Eastern countries , With the secrets being revealed by the Media and then even being confirmed by the sources, This may have halt the rush to war, but no doubt other support will continue to be offered by the West to these war criminals.
So, how is MI6 secretly spending UK taxpayers’ money in Afghanistan? According to Western media reporting, it is being used to prop up warlords and corrupt officials. This is deeply unpopular amongst the Afghan people, as in a way it will make way to the Public support for a resurgent Taliban. Who are also working under the Umbrella of CIA , and are Totally sponsored and been trained by the CIA and MI6 officers , in the Northern and FATA of Pakistan, which are still being under the total control of these terrorist organizations.
There is also a significant overlap between the corrupt US and West Sponsored political establishment and the illegal drug trade, up to including the president’s late brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai. So, another unintentional consequence may be that some of this unaccountable ghost money is propping up the drug trade.
Afghanistan is the world’s leading producer of heroin, and the UN reports that poppy growth has increased dramatically. Indeed, the UN estimates that acreage under poppy growth in Afghanistan has tripled over the last 7 years , while Afghanistan is totally under the control of the US and the allied forces . The value of the drug trade to the Afghan warlords is now estimated to be in the region of $700 million per year. While this Money is being used to finance the Taliban , Who can buy a lot of Kalashnikovs & explosives with that.
On the one hand, we have Western governments bankrupting themselves to fight the ‘war on terror,’ breaking international laws and murdering millions of innocent people across North Africa, the Middle East and central Asia, while at the same time shredding what remains of our hard-won civil liberties at home.
On the other hand, we apparently have MI6 and the CIA secretly bankrolling the very people in Afghanistan who produce 90 percent of the world’s heroin. And then, of course, more scarce resources can be spent on fighting the failed ‘war on drugs,’ and yet another pretext is used to shred our civil liberties.
This is a lucrative economic model for the burgeoning military-security complex. However, it is a lose-lose scenario for the rest of us.
Note : The Basic Data has been taken from the Article Written by Annie Machon who is a former intelligence officer for the UK’s MI5, who resigned in 1996 to blow the whistle. She is now a writer, public speaker and a Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.