Insider Reveals Arms Deals Behind Recent Major Events by smonebkyn


									Insider Reveals Arms Deals Behind Recent
Major Events
Jim Marrs
September 23, 2013

Money makes the world go
Nowhere is this motto more
relevant than in the shadowy world
of smuggling weaponry and drugs,
not to mention legal arms sales
which all too often lead to modern
weaponry falling into the hands of
America’s worst enemies.
This all becomes evident when
dissecting recent events such as the
2011 ouster of Libyan leader
Muammar Gaddafi, the death of US
Border Agent Brian Terry with
weapons obtained through the
government’s “Fast and Furious”
program, the 2012 murder of US
Ambassador Christopher Stevens in
Benghazi, and the arming of Syrian
rebels attacking the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
According to various sources, behind all this bloody turmoil lies a program known as Direct
Commercial Sales (DCS). This group operates within the US State Department’s Directorate of
Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). The DCS program regulates private U.S. companies’ overseas sales
of weapons and other defense articles, defense services, and military training. It is separate from the
Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program, which manages government-to-government sales. It is within
little-known programs such as this that vast sums of money are shuffled through international banks,
corporate business and foreign governments.
In a program entitled “Blue Lantern” the DDTC monitors end-use recipients of weapons and services
licensed by the State Department provided by Direct Commercial Sales. Some defense industry sources
now claim that DCS is “playing both sides against the middle for corporate or political gain.” Such
activity has been traced back to operations in Cuba in the 1950s and 60’s, the Iran-Contra Scandal of
the Reagan administration and the long-lost War on Drugs. An objective look at this program also lends
tremendous support to critics who contend that the United States is the “arms merchant of the world.”
In Blue Lantern reports going back to the early 2000s, it was found that many investigations of end
users of weaponry supplied by US firms were “unfavorable,” with arms sometimes ending up in the
hands of foreign enemies. Such reports were handed to law enforcement agencies for possible legal
                                                                action but usually have been dropped for
                                                                foreign relations considerations.
                                                              William Robert “Tosh” Plumlee, a
                                                              former CIA contract pilot who flew arms
                                                              and ammunition for the agency as far
                                                              back as the overthrow of Cuban dictator
                                                              Fulgencio Batista and the 1961 Bay of
                                                              Pigs Invasion, questioned if such arms
                                                              dealing might be another “off-the-
                                                              books” covert operation run by the CIA’s
                                                              Special Tactical Unit akin to the arms-
                                                              for-drugs deal in Iran-Contra and the
                                                              Cuban Project of the 1950s, in which
                                                              both Fidel Castro and the Batista
Government in Cuba were sold weapons from American stockpiles for corporate profit. Numerous field
reports have stated Plumlee flew arms to Nicaragua during the Iran-Contra Scandal. In testimony to the
US Senate, Plumlee also said he returned to the US with loads of cocaine during the Reagan years.
Recently, Plumlee has worked as a photojournalist along the US-Mexican border and participated in
investigations into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Fast and Furious
sting operation..
Plumlee said he perceives the same type of operations being conducted today in the Middle East. He
reported to federal officials large shipments of “High Impact” weapons as well as small arms and
ammunition being funneled through a network of clandestine CIA safe houses in Turkey, Jordan, Qatar,
Pakistan and other Middle Eastern locations by hired civilians and mercenaries financed by private US
corporations and the CIA’s “Black Budget.” Plumlee said he worked with a unit called Task Force
Seven under Able Charlie Command headquartered at Ft Bliss, Texas.
According to a recent article in a June 2013 edition of Defense News, the Pentagon’s Defense Security
Cooperation Agency (DSCA) informed Congress of $13 billion in potential defense trade. Heading the
list was Saudi Arabia with a potential sale of $6.4 billion for a “National Guard modernization
program, new Mark V patrol boats and follow-on support for the Royal Saudi Air Force.” Saudi Arabia,
home of the bin Ladens, is run by the fundamental Wahhabi sect of Muslims, one of the most vicious
opponents of Israel.
Iraq was named as a pre-approved buyer with $4. 7 billion in possible sales which could include a $2.4
billion integrated air defense system and $900 million worth of Stryker vehicles. Other Mid-East
potential buyers include Qatar, Libya and Kuwait. According to the DSCA, such sales would “advance
US foreign policy and national security interests.”
According to Plumlee, for several years American intelligence agents operating from a number of safe
houses in Syria aided in the sale of arms to the Syrian rebels even to the extent of deciding which
terrorist gang or commander should receive the weapons as they arrive. The New York Times in March
2013 reported the scale of arms shipments was “very large,” and that the Turkish government exercised
oversight over much of the operation. “A conservative estimate of the payload of these flights would be
3,500 tons of military equipment,” stated Hugh Griffiths, an illicit arms transfers monitor for the
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. “The intensity and frequency of these flights are
suggestive of a well-planned and coordinated clandestine military logistics operation,” Griffiths added.
On September 17, 2013, the White House announced that President Obama has waived portions of a
federal law aimed at preventing arms being sold to terrorist groups. He did this so that the Syrian rebels
 could legally be supplied weaponry and ammunition. This waiver could prove problematic, according
to The Washington Examiner, since a significant portion of the Syrian opposition has been connected to
radical Islamic terrorist groups including al Qaeda.
It was only in mid-June 2013 that the White House finally announced that President Obama had
authorized “direct military support” to Syrian rebel forces. According to a Reuters news dispatch,
“Syrian rebel and political opposition leaders immediately called for anti-aircraft and other
sophisticated weaponry. The arrival of thousands of seasoned, Iran-backed Hezbollah Shi’ite fighters to
help Assad combat the mainly Sunni rebellion has shifted momentum in the two-year-old war, which
the United Nations said … had killed at least 93,000 people.”
A report issued by revealed that even as the US Senate debated authorizing an air strike
against Syria, a number of prominent senators had received large donations from the military-
industrial-banking complex. “It is hardly surprising that uber-hawk Sen. John McCain led the way with
more than $176,000 in contributions from defense interests,” commented Watchdog’s Eric Boehm. He
added that senators indicating approval of the strike resolution received, on average, 83 percent more
money from defense contractors than the others.
Several researchers, including Plumlee, have stated the CIA was smuggling weapons from seized
Libyan depots to the Syrian rebels even before the 2012 attack on the US embassy in Benghazi. CNN
reported the circumstances surrounding the Benghazi were covered up to conceal the arms smuggling,
which had been taking place since at least September 2012. US agents were running the operation out
of safe houses as well as the Benghazi “annex,” not far from the embassy. The media even has reported
CIA has muzzled their employees and foreign ground assets regarding the circumstances of this still-
controversial incident.
One allegation is Stevens, the US Ambassador to Libya, along with four other Americans were killed
by a heavily-armed group in 2012 in a planned attack designed to prevent them from revealing the
arms-for-profit activities there. The Obama administration and the US corporate media claimed the
attack was a spontaneous act by
Lyban demonstrators against
Gaddafi. However, investigations
by US groups, including several
congressional committees
determined the attack was
premeditated. Some of Stevens’
colleagues have claimed the
ambassador was attempting to buy
back Stinger missiles provided to al
Qaeda by the State Department
during the Libyan civil war in 2011.
“It appears America is again…
destabilizing a region, escalating
the conflict, all for the sake of
corporate and political profit. Is history again repeating itself?” asked Plumlee. “Mainstream media is
not allowed to cover these subjects [as] it’s classified a matter of ‘National Security’.”
The Direct Commercial Sales program also involves weapons sales to Central and South America,
mostly connected to the War on Drugs, which often have backfired on the US. For example, a federal
operation dubbed “Fast and Furious” allowed weapons from the U.S. to pass into the hands of
suspected gun smugglers purportedly so they could be traced to Mexican drug cartels. The ATF lost
track of hundreds of firearms, many of which have been linked to crimes, including the shooting death
of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December2010.
In 2012, Danny Cruz Morones, 24, of Phoenix became the first of 20 Fast and Furious defendants
indicted in 2011 for buying high-powered firearms in Arizona to be used by Mexican drug gangs.
Morones pled guilty to acting as a “straw purchaser” of weapons, including AK-47 assault rifles, as
well as recruiting others to buy the weapons. He was sentenced to 57 months in prison. The Fast and
Furious cases were shifted to San Diego after the U.S. attorney’s office in Phoenix recused itself
because of its ties to the local ATC office.
According to investigative reporter Bill Conroy writing for Narco News, in 2006-2007 alone the DCS
program involved the sale of $3.3 million in ammunition, explosives and ammunition-manufacturing
equipment; $11.6 million in semiautomatic rifles and pistols, $518,531 in grenade launchers; $78,251
in explosive projectiles including grenades; and $963,201 in night-vision equipment.
The San Antonio Express News reported Mexican authorities in Reynosa across the border from
McAllen, Texas, recently seized the country’s single largest stash of cartel weapons — nearly 300
assault rifles, shoulder-fired grenade launchers and a half million rounds of ammunition.But weeks
later, Mexican authorities still have not allowed the ATF access to serial numbers that would help them
track down the buyers and traffickers on the U.S. side.
One Blue Lantern report detailed how a Latin American arms dealer served as a front for another
company which only existed on paper and provided small arms to “gangs in [a] third country”.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon told the Associated Press in 2009, “…[W]e’ve seized in this two
years more than 25,000 weapons and guns, and more than 90 percent of them came from the United
States, and I’m talking from missile launchers to machineguns and grenades.”
Conroy said his investigations confirmed that the deadliest weapons now in the hands of Mexican drug
gangs came from perfectly legal private-sector arms exports measuring in the billions of dollars and
sanctioned persons within the US State Department.
In July 2013, retired United States Border Patrol agents, writing on behalf of the National Association
of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO), issued a public letter warning that violent Mexican drug
cartels are operating all across the US. In part, the letter noted, “Organized crime on [the] scale we are
speaking about cannot exist without political protection.”
Such activities prompted Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to complain in
a 2006 letter to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “You surely know that all of this began when a
group of about 30 traffickers of influence and corrupt politicians, using the cover of so-called
neoliberal economic policies, took control of the Mexican State…these policies of pillaging that has
enriched a minority in an exaggerated and obscene manner …[and] has condemned the Mexican people
to exile and survival.”
The arms pipeline begins with the large multinational banks which loan and manages the large sums of
money involved. Next, private US arms manufacturers gain licenses from the State Department to sell
arms to other nations. But the status of the end use of such weapons then becomes murky. For instance,
in Mexico, arms were sold to the government of former President Vicente Fox and then were diverted
to drug gangs, such as the violent Zetas, by Mexican soldiers who defected from the military. Plumlee
said American agents could not have been unaware of such activities in corruption-ridden Mexico.
Conroy cited a former US Customs Inspector, who requested anonymity, as saying, “I would agree
entirely [that] DCS (and DoD gifted, as opposed to DCS sold) weapons are obviously the simplest
explanation for the massive rise in the number of fully automatic weapons, grenades, rockets, etc.,
obtained by the narcotics gangs…That is to say, they are obtaining their weapons from their own,
Mexican, government, by various illegal means.”
Plumlee revealed the Zetas have reportedly bought property in the Columbus, NM, border region to
stash weapons and other contraband. “From the intel, it appears that a company was set up in Mexico to
purchase weapons through the US Direct Commercial Sales Program, and that the company may have
had a direct link to the Zetas,” he said. According to US Government statistics, the DCS program has
approved more than $4.7 billion in private-sector weapons exports to Mexico since 1996. In 2010
alone, Direct Commercial Sales provided Mexico with $416.5 million worth of weapons and
Phil Jordan, who served as director of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s El Paso Intelligence
Center in 1995, told the El Paso Times the Zetas drug organization shipped large amounts of weapons
purchased in the Dallas area through El Paso. However, a spokesperson for the El Paso DEA office said
the agency does not have any information about the Zetas operating in the border region.
Recipients of arms sales include the Department of Homeland Security, which, according to
mainstream media reports, has been buying millions of rounds of ammunition, much in calibers not
used by the US military. Such ammo stockpiling promoted retired United States Army Captain Terry
M. Hestilow to write Texas Sen. John Cornyn on Facebook labeling the Obama administration’s recent
appropriation of weapons a “bold threat of war” against citizens of the United States of America.


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