March 12, 2009
Roger Rufe, Homeland Security’s head of operations, wants to further erode the Second Amendment. Rufe told lawmakers more restrictive gun control and law enforcement may be needed in the Southwest United States in response to the drug war in Mexico, according to the Associated Press.
|According to Congress and the DHS, the Second Amendent and the right to gun ownership is at the root of Mexican drug cartel violence.|
Rufe also said protecting border may require “deploying military personnel and equipment to the region if other agencies are overwhelmed.” He did not specify what circumstances would trigger a call for troops. “We would take all resources short of DoD (Defense Department) and National Guard troops before we reach that tipping point,” Rufe told lawmakers on a House homeland security subcommittee. “We very much do not want to militarize our border.”
Democrats joined the chorus rallying against the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
In order to solve the problem of violence associated with the drug cartel war in Mexico, Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass) said during a House subcommittee hearing on Thursday that the government should think about imposing further restrictions on the Second Amendment. “Let’s examine our gun laws, let’s cut down on U.S. drug consumption, let’s ask there to be more resources to root out drug money laundering,” said Tierney.
Instead, we should examine the role of the U.S. government in the illegal drug trade. As former DEA agent Cele Castillo has told Alex Jones on numerous occasions, the DEA and CIA are intimately involved in drug smuggling. Castillo has “personally witnessed CIA drug smuggling operations funneled through terrorists that were also involved in kidnappings and the training of death squads on behalf of the U.S. government,” writes Michael Webster for the American Chronicle.
Evidence of this surfaced on September 24, 2008, when a Grumman Gulfstream II jet crashed near Cancun, Mexico with 4 tons of cocaine onboard. The plane had the same registration number as a CIA transport plane used to ferry prisoners to Guantanamo Bay between 2003 and 2005.
CIA involvement in cocaine trafficking in partnership with the Contras was so rampant in the 1980s that the CIA’s Inspector General Fred Hitz was obliged to testify before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence admitting as much.
In 1999, it was estimated by the Department of Justice that that $100 billion in drug funds were laundered in the U.S. each year. Catherine Austin Fitts, the former Assistant Secretary of Housing under Bush Senior, placed the figure at $250 to $300 billion (see Fitts’ Narco-Dollars for Beginners:
How the Money Works in the Illicit Drug Trade). Others place the figure closer to $1 trillion annually.
So important are illicit drug profits for Wall Street and the banksters, Richard Grasso, Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, to flew to Colombia in 1999 to meet with a spokesperson for Raul Reyes of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), the supposed “narco terrorists.” It was explained at the time that Grasso was dispatched “to bring a message of cooperation from U.S. financial services” and discuss foreign investment and the future role of U.S. businesses in Colombia. In fact, as a Wall Street mob boss, Grasso was talking with the Marxist FARC in order to keep to the circulation of cocaine bucks surging through Wall Street financial institutions.
In February, the United Nation’s Office on Drugs and Crime Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa told an Austrian magazine that drug money has been the only thing that has kept many major banks in business. “In many instances, drug money is currently the only liquid investment capital,” said Costa.
In 2008, the U.S. Justice Department opened an investigation into money transfers conducted by Wachovia bank. It is alleged that Wachovia transferred funds from drug deals in the United States to Mexican and Columbian money-exchange houses, or casas de cambio.
It is not only Wachovia, however, that is suspected of laundering money for the drug cartels. American Express International Bank, Bank Atlantic, the Union Bank of California, the Sigue Corp. and others, according to the Justice Department, have resolved cases of money laundering to avoid federal prosecution.
The Mexican Attorney General’s office says many of the casas de cambio are part of an elaborate system which funnels drug money through U.S. banks, on to European banks and then back to the U.S. and Latin America (see The Banking Industry’s Dirty Little Secret: Money Laundering For The Drug Cartels).
If Rep. John Tierney was sincerely interested in ending drug money laundering, he would take his investigation to Wall Street. Of course, if he did that, he would likely be the victim of an unfortunate accident.
But then the idea here is not to put an end to the lucrative Mexican drug business. Instead, it is a cynical effort to contrive yet another excuse to chip away at the Second Amendment and take guns away from law-abiding American citizens that have nothing to do with the problem-reaction-solution drug war in Mexico.
Roger Rufe and the Ministry of Homeland Security will eventually call for the deployment of troops but this has nothing to do with ending the violence along the border – or ending illegal immigration for that matter.
“The State Department recently estimated U.S.-originated guns were used in 95% of Mexico’s drug-related killings,” the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week. “Ms. Napolitano has promised a total of $45 million more for border protection next year, but it’s unclear how much of that would be directed toward stemming the flow of guns and money to Mexico.”
In other words, the problem is not illegal immigration or the bankster spawned drug cartel war in Mexico – the problem for the government and the global elite is the American people, their guns, and archaic belief in the Second Amendment and the Constitution.
This article was posted: Friday, March 13, 2009 at 6:08 am