We all saw the Super Bowl ad where they tried to tie marijuana use and terrorism together. That seems ridiculous on the surface, but are there terrorist organizations that use marijuana profits to further their agendas?
Chris Zimmer
Phoenix, AZ

Dear Chris,
The first casualty of war is truth. Prohibition opens the door for windfall profits to everyone, including terrorists. In 1994, Interpol’s then-chief narcotics official, Iqbal Hussain Rizvi said, "Drugs have taken over as the chief means of financing terrorism." In December 2003 alone, there were at least three well-publicized hashish seizures in Middle Eastern waters, by US patrols. Pentagon spokespeople said the drugs were being sold to support Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.

The "revelation" from the Bush administration was issued to give credence to the failed War on Drugs in America and to demonize illegal narcotics internationally as the sleazy support system for the terrorists that attacked and killed innocent Americans on September 11, 2001. The team at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy had to get the word out to the American people. The discounted advertising rates during the Super Bowl gave them the opportunity. Who better than a group of rowdy, beer-guzzling American male football fans to guilt-trip into believing they support terrorism every time they take a hit of homegrown marijuana?

In January this year, the National Institute on Drug Abuse ended a four year study on the White House anti-drug advertising program. The conclusion: The program has had little influence on America’s teenagers, its primary target. The failed advertising plan costs taxpayers $150 million a year. In fact, the budget is so big and its controls so lax that advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather, contracted for this campaign, settled civil charges of $1.8 million that it overbilled the government agency for its work.
Underground "terrorist" wars will be funded by any illegal means possible. During the Vietnam War, the CIA transported drugs in Laos and Southeast Asia for warlords who did their dirty work for them. The Iran-Contra affair of the 1980s was run out of Vice-President George Bush’s office. They traded guns for cocaine so the CIA could support the Contras in Nicaragua. The guns and technology were traded via Israel to Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini regime for cash.

This link on the Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy is one of the best to check out for numerous articles dedicated to this subject; cfdp.ca/terror.htm

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