De-Manufacturing Consent- Are Americans Getting Serious about Ending the Drug War?

Guillermo Jimenez Presents Phillip Smith

On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent: Guillermo is joined by Phillip Smith, writer and editor of the Drug War Chronicle and drug policy activist. Phillip describes what end to the drug war in the United States would look like, and how close we may be to achieving this goal. We discuss the four pending marijuana legalization initiatives that are on the ballot in November, and what the odds may be of ending prohibition across the country in the foreseeable future. We also go over the current "tax and regulate" legalization model being used in Washington and Colorado, whether or not it's been successful, and how this model stacks up to others employed around the world.

Lastly, we explore some of the arguments against legalization. Is there a danger for the emerging marijuana industry to become the new "Big Tobacco?" What, if anything, should be done to prevent this? Beyond "reefer madness" and other misguided fears, are there any legitimate reasons for keeping marijuana and other drugs illegal?

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De-Manufacturing Consent- Nullification Works: Decentralized Solutions for Illegal Spying, Drug War & the Police State

Guillermo Jimenez Presents Michael Maharrey

On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent: Guillermo is joined by Michael Maharrey, National Communications Director for the Tenth Amendment Center. Maharrey provides an update on the progress of the Off Now campaign to "nullify the NSA" at the state and local level, where victories have been won, and which states and corporations have provided the most resistance.

We also discuss the latest ACLU report on the "excessive militarization" of police in America, and how the principles of nullification, decentralization, and state's rights can be used to reign back the police state. We also dispel some of the misconceptions and historical misinterpretations of nullification and explain how, in terms of the drug war and marijuana legalization, nullification is already working and is something most Americans now support.

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De-Manufacturing Consent- “Prohibition Kills: Legislating Morality Has Deadly Consequences”

Guillermo Jimenez Presents Peter Christ
On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent: Guillermo is joined by retired police captain and co-founder of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), Mr. Peter Christ. Guillermo and Peter discuss the heroin overdose of Philip Seymour Hoffman and the many other thousands of people whose deaths could have been prevented if not for our current drug policy. We cover the shift in the political, economic, social and cultural landscape in recent years regarding marijuana legalization, why an end to prohibition is the only sensible solution, and why the conversation must extend to "all consensual adult behavior."

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De-Manufacturing Consent- “A Journey through the Narcoland: Money, Drugs, Lies & the Worst Face of Government Corruption”

Guillermo Jimenez Presents Anabel Hernandez

On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent: Guillermo is joined by investigative reporter and author of the bestselling book, Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and their Godfathers, Ms. Anabel Hernandez. Anabel shares her remarkable story, detailing the tragedy her family endured and how it sparked a journey uncovering the hidden world of organized crime, implicating the highest levels of government.

We discuss the contents of her book, Narcoland, her discovery of the federal government's complicity in the prison escape of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who the big players really are, and where the truth leads when you follow the money. Despite constant threats to her life and currently under 24-hour protection, Anabel deconstructs the Mexican government's demonstrable lies and propaganda spin and demonstrates that the real story is not the cartels or the violence—the "mother of all problems" is government corruption.

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De-Manufacturing Consent- Blowing the Whistle: The Price of Speaking Truth & the Greater Cost of Staying Silent

Guillermo Jimenez Presents Cele Castillo

Guillermo Jimenez Presents Cele Castillo
On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent: Guillermo is joined by former DEA Agent, Iran-Contra whistleblower, and author of the book, Powderburns: Cocaine, Contras, and the Drug War, Celerino Castillo III. Cele shares his remarkable story, reflecting on a journey that began over twenty years ago after blowing the whistle on some of the biggest crimes the U.S. government has ever committed. Cele provides a first-hand account of the CIA's policy of death and destruction, its wiretapping of DEA agents in the field, the assassination of agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena by its assets, and how he narrowly escaped the same fate. We take a candid look at the price paid, both professionally and personally, for speaking truth to power, and why it had to be done.

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NarcoNews: Assassinated DEA Agent Kiki Camarena Fell in a CIA Operation Gone Awry

He Was Killed, They Say, Because "He Knew Too Much" About Official Corruption in the Drug War

By Bill Conroy

DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was abducted in early February 1985 shortly after leaving the US consulate in Guadalajara, Mexico. His body was found several weeks later, partially decomposed, wrapped in a plastic death shroud and buried in a shallow grave some 70 miles north of the Mexican city.

One of the chief architects of Camarena’s kidnapping, brutal torture and ultimate death, Rafael Caro Quintero, was released prematurely on Aug. [Read more...]

NarcoNews: Former ICE Informant Sues US Prosecutors, Federal Agents

Litigation Claims US Officials Conspired to Silence the Informant & Cover-up Their Role in the House of Death Murders

By Bill Conroy-NarcoNews

A former US government informant who penetrated one of the most ruthless drug organizations in Mexico has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against a group of federal prosecutors and agents as well as several county sheriffs and detention-facility officials alleging they acted in a conspiracy to violate his civil rights.

The accuser, Guillermo Eduardo Ramirez Peyro, is a former Mexican federal cop who worked for a top lieutenant (Humberto Santillan Tabares) of the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes drug organization in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in the early to mid-2000s. [Read more...]

De-Manufacturing Consent with Guillermo Jimenez Presents Bill Conroy: Black Ops& Black Markets

Mexico's Drug War "Realignment" and the Unseen Hand of the CIA

On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent: Guillermo is joined by investigative journalist for Narco News, Mr. Bill Conroy. Guillermo and Bill discuss the recent release of Rafael Caro Quintero, who in 1985 was convicted, along with former kingpins Miguel Felix Gallardo and Ernesto Fonseca, of the torture and murder of DEA agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena. We discuss the drug lord's documented links to the CIA, the Agency's complicity in Camarena's murder, and how this relationship with the CIA may have continued with Quintero's successor, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Also, the capture of Los Zeta's cartel leader Z40 and Gulf Cartel capo X20 - is it a coincidence that rival cartels are "decapitated" as Sinaloa's mentors are set free?

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Release of DEA Agent Kiki Camarena’s “Murderer” Is Game Changer for CIA

Narco-Trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero Knows Where All the Skeletons Are Buried in the US’ Dirty Drug War

By Bill Conroy-NarcoNews

*The following are excerpts from the latest analysis by one of my favorite investigative journalists Bill Conroy at NarcoNews. I encourage you to read the article in its entirety here at NarcoNews:

The recent release from a Mexican prison of Rafael Caro Quintero — a godfather in Mexico’s Narco-Trafficking world — rips a scab off a long metastasizing tumor in the US drug war.

A Mexican federal court on Friday, Aug. 9, overturned Caro Quintero’s 40-year sentence after 28 years served because, the court contends, he was tried wrongly in a federal court for a state offense. Caro Quintero was convicted of orchestrating the brutal torture and murder of US DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena — who was abducted on Feb. 7, 1985, after leaving the US Consulate in Guadalajara, Mexico, to meet his wife for lunch. His body was found several weeks later buried in a shallow grave some 70 miles north of Guadalajara. [Read more...]

De-Manufacturing Consent with Guillermo Jimenez-Stateless Order: Libertarian Solutions to Real World Problems

“Political philosophy & the application of libertarianism to present-day situations” with Sheldon Richman

On today's episode of De-Manufacturing Consent, Guillermo is joined by Sheldon Richman, the Vice President of the Future of Freedom Foundation. Sheldon and Guillermo discuss political philosophy and the application of libertarianism to present-day situations. We explore issues regarding the drug war, race and racism, immigration, public education, as well as societal obstacles to liberty, such as militarism, nationalism, deference to authority, and general dependence on the state.

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Narco News: FBI Director Candidate Comey Complicit in “Dark Chapter” in US History

Former Deputy Attorney General Played Leading Role in Cover-Up of US Government Informant’s Participation in Mass Murder in Mexico

By Bill Conroy

President Barack Obama is expected to nominate former George W. Bush-era Deputy Attorney General James Comey as the next director of the FBI, according to multiple media outlets that have published fawning reports about Comey’s supposed independence and upstanding moral character.

Comey, according to those reports, is deemed the ideal pick because he is a Republican who also is admired by Democrats for his principled stand against the Bush Administration’s warrantless surveillance program — a still highly-classified program Comey ultimately acquiesced to after some unspecified technical changes were adopted by the Bush administration.

But is Comey, who now serves on the board of the giant British Lender HSBC, really the guy in the white hat the commercial media – always enamored of power and not so much principle – paints him to be? [Read more...]

Drug-War Homicides Spiking Under Mexican President Peña Nieto

Mexico-based Private Security Firm’s Intelligence Shows Big Jump in Murders, Political Assassinations Since December 2012

By Bill Conroy

The administration of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has made it a priority to divert the media’s focus from the drug war and toward his economic efforts to bring the Latin American nation in closer alignment with the international corporate agenda of assuring a cheap supply labor and nearly risk-free return on investment. So he is much more eager to talk about the benefits of a gradual privatization of PEMEX, Mexico’s state-owned energy company, than he is to discuss the realities of the ongoing, bloody drug war that was ramped up by his predecessor in Los Pinos, former Mexican President Felipe Calderón.

Toward that end, Peña Nieto has put a halt to the parade of TV-camera narco-villain perp walks popularized by Calderón and promised to address the street-level violence of the drug war as opposed to employing the military in large numbers to hunt down criminal-organization leaders. Given Peña Nieto’s radical policy departure from the Calderon administration’s all-out war on the “cartels,” and his imperative of putting corporate trade and commerce at the tip of his policy sword, it is crucial that Peña Nieto demonstrate early success in reducing the visible violence of the drug war — which produced some 120,000 homicides in Mexico over the course of the six years Calderón held office…

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Banks Are “Where the Money Is” in the Drug War

“Big Lenders Face Few Hard Consequences for Violating Anti-Money Laundering Laws”

By Bill Conroy

banks1Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Wachovia (acquired by Wells Fargo in 2009), HSBC Holdings, ING Bank, Standard Chartered, American Express Bank International, and not a few others, have a common bond beyond ranking among the largest banks in the world.

All have been accused within the past five years (and several this year) of failing to comply with US anti-money laundering laws — thereby enabling, collectively, hundreds of billions of dollars worth of suspicious transactions to move through the banking system absent adequate monitoring or oversight.

Yet not one these banks, nor any of their top executives, has been hit with criminal sanctions. [Read more...]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 40

Drug War or Class War?

EPPTo understand the nature of the drug war, one must turn to history, and notably, the history of prohibition in the United States, directed against what were called the "dangerous classes," such as poor immigrants and workers, Mexicans and blacks. Prohibition of drugs is a method of social control, turning a potentially rebellious population into a 'criminal' population, poised for imprisonment and exploitation. The drug war itself is part of an international cartel of organized crime with the money leading right up to the major American banks, while the poor and largely black and Hispanic populations that use drugs are sent into the prison-industrial complex to be removed from society or used as cheap labor. Prohibition and drug wars are programs for a class war on the "dangerous classes," when the most dangerous class is the one that profits from the drug war itself.

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Murder of Miami’s ‘Cocaine Queen’ Offers Teaching Moment

The Truth of the Drug War Won’t Be Found in Hollywood or the Mainstream Media — Which Both Work From the Same Tired Script

By Bill Conroy

cocainequeenGriselda Blanco, 69, was cut down in front of a butcher shop in Medellin, Colombia, in early September by a middle-aged man who was delivered to the murder scene on the back of a motorcycle — and who calmly, methodically, jumped off the back of that bike, held a gun to Blanco’s head, and pumped two bullets into her brain.

Blanco, well prior to her death, had been pumped up as a rock star of the drug war by the US mainstream media and various Hollywood-inspired films, such as the Cocaine Cowboys documentary. In fact, at the time of her death, several feature films about her life as a big-time cocaine dealer and killer in Miami in the 1970s and early 1980s were reportedly in the works — including one in which movie star Jennifer Lopez is seeking to play the leading role as the “Narco Queen” in hopes of winning an Oscar, according to Fox News Latino. [Read more...]