Readings — From the February 2013 issue

Smuggler Nation

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By Peter Andreas, from his book out this month from Oxford University Press. Andreas is a professor of political science at Brown University.

The agents moved in to seize the shipment, but the traffickers turned on them, shooting the senior officer and torching his vehicle. With the local courts hopelessly compromised and corrupt, the outraged authorities wanted to extradite the perpetrators of this brazen crime. But this only made the outlaws more defiant and violent, and they were never caught.

This may sound like Tijuana or Juárez today, but the year was 1772, and the place was near my adopted hometown of Providence, Rhode Island. The ringleader of the attack, John Brown — a prominent local merchant whose business interests included smuggling, privateering, and slave trading — was one of the founders of the university that bears his family’s name (and that happens to be my employer).

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QV462DBA2PIVEOLX2Y4GMEULLM Tiger Claw

    An excellent article lacking only reference to the CIA’s well documented role in smuggling heroin and cocaine and raking in massive profits. The CIA really got their foot in the door during the Vietnam war with incursions into the Golden Triangle. Thereafter the easy profits were too lucrative to pass up so they set up shop in Central and South America. They got their money’s worth as well by making cheap heroin and crack available in ghettos across the US thereby pacifying large sectors of society that might otherwise have been too rebellious or disruptive. The latest front for CIA drug smuggling is Afghanistan which supplies most of the heroin for Europe. Check out sites like narconews and some of Mike Ruppert’s observations for further details on state sponsored skullduggery directly funded by taxpayer dollars. GOD=Gold,Oil and Drugs

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