[The DEA has, as revealed and documented in the last Wikileaks release, become one important method of maintaining US hegemonic controls throughout the world. Cultivating corrupt relations as well as ensuring privileged investment and trade over entire economies or selected industries, requires a broad range of controls, from World Bank and IMF to World Court and DEA—instruments which have been organized and wielded systematically since the end of the 2d World War. Drug enforcement concerns one area of particularly lucrative and perilous capitalist investment and production, which has grown exponentially and globally when many other capitalist industries have not.–Frontlines ed.]
Mon, Dec 27, 2010
NEW YORK: The US Drug Enforcement Administration , an agency tasked with the job of tracking drug traffickers around the world, has over the years transformed into a global intelligence organisation with its tentacles extending far beyond narcotics, according to secret American diplomatic cables .
The organisation has an eavesdropping operation so expansive it has to fend off foreign politicians who want to use it against their political enemies, the New York Times reported on Sunday, quoting a cache of cables published by WikiLeaks . The body’s vast network of informants also had on its roll David Headley, an accused in the Mumbai attacks case, who worked as a double agent for the DEA.
In far greater detail than previously seen, the cables offer glimpses of drug agents balancing diplomacy and law enforcement in places where it can be hard to tell the politicians from the traffickers, and where drug rings are themselves mini-states whose wealth and violence permit them to run roughshod over struggling governments, the report said. Continue reading