Another Fine Meth

There’s something you begin to notice when it comes to scandal when you look at it long and deep enough. There is a point where the more horrible the crime, the less likely it will get covered by the news, result in indictments. Similar to the murder 10 and you’re a killer, murder a million and you’re a world leader meme, it also goes when the crimes are just too unthinkable.

If it’s bad enough to keep the average person awake at night, in general, we don’t want to think about it, or want it framed in such a way that we can accept the justifications for it. The excuse we give is “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.” That’s a matter of perceptions, not truth; they require the same proof as any other claims.

Consider this 60 Minutes segment regarding the rape and sometimes murder of children as young as 8 years old. Not only Parliament and Lords involved, not only top MI6 spooks, but covered up by Scotland Yard.

And then there’s this possibly awaiting its turn.

John Vibes, “Classified Evidence: US Soldiers Raped Boys In Front Of Their Mothers,” Anti-Media, 17 December 2015:

Every time something like this does come to light, the response is the same: “Revealing the horrible things we do will help the terrorists.” The idea that maybe simply not doing things that make us look like the Great Satan don’t enter into it. Really, this is because they want radicalization because it provides more opportunities to raid the US Treasury.

Now backing up and taking a drive down the pre-Vietnam era drug scene. In Albarelli’s A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments, he quotes conversations that the CIA’s Inspector General had that stated Sandoz Corporation and Eli Lilly may not have been the only two manufacturers of LSD-25 for CIA. A report also stated conflicting information about how much Sandoz had on hand but put the number around 20 pounds or 40 kilograms. This is an incredible amount–in the hands of just one supplier–for experimental use given the drug’s potency.

The answer then is, of course, distribution. But what isn’t clear, is why. Taking a guess, I think the first thought was to derail a future anti-war movement via saturation with mind altering substances. I think it’s fair to say some of that backfired, though some did not. The loss of Jimi Hendrix and others via overdose likely didn’t help end the Congressional cash cow that Vietnam had become. But one can see the idea: living in an illusion might effect one’s ability to organize, protest, affect changes to policy.

The second reason, perhaps, was untraceable income, to be used for operations that Congress had not approved. This is in part what the Iran-Contra Scandal was about: Using illegal arm sales to one country to fund revolutions in another country.

Additionally, we’ve seen many of the old Cold War programs, the ones Congress promised would not be repeated, would not occur again, reconstituted post 9/11. In some cases, clearly before that. NSA is wiretapping again. Law enforcement is opening mail again, and spying on civil rights leaders again. Not only is human experimentation back but it brought torture along for the ride.

During MKULTRA and other programs as they related to substances being researched for various purposes included both enhancing and resisting the interrogation as well as other aspects of altering behavior. Some of this research occurred on college and university campuses as well as corporate laboratories. On occasion, CIA also ran operations with the cooperation and/or cover of other agencies within the government itself.

Now to the point today. A National Institute of Standards and Technology {NIST} lab in Maryland exploded recently. The reason it exploded was it apparently contained a meth lab:

Morenike Adebayo, “Meth Lab Found At A Federal Research Facility After It Explodes,” IFL Science, 26 July 2015:

Are we there again? You’ll note that there have been no arrests as of that article, though that will hardly explain a potential that there are similar labs all over the country.

The problem with the War on Drugs, much like the War on Terror, is that it requires a long, hard, honest look in the mirror. The “call,” as in the slasher film trope, is coming from inside the house. Or very, very nearby.



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