Subject CHEMICAL INDUSTRY - COCAINE CONNECTION Written 430 pm Feb 25, 1991 by christic in

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Subject: CHEMICAL INDUSTRY - COCAINE CONNECTION ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Written 4:30 pm Feb 25, 1991 by christic in THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY AND ITS COCAINE CONNECTION Project Censored: Nomination for "The Ten Best Censored Stories of 1990" War has always been good for business, and the war on drugs is no exception. During the years of blustering "just say no" rhetoric and swelling drug enforcement budgets, American industry openly and legally collaborated with South America's cocaine cartels, supplying the chemicals needed to turn coca leaves into cocaine. The process requires a number of so-called precursor chemicals that are also used for hundreds of legitimate products (which is the implausible defense used by the chemical industry). During the 1980s, American firms were the leading suppliers of these chemicals to South America. From 1982 to 1988, U.S. exports of the precursor chemicals to the Andean region doubled, and no one in government or business seemed even remotely curious why. There ought to be a law, and there is, sort of: the Chemical Diversion and Trafficking Act, which was signed by Ronald Reagan in November 1988. The act went into effect in February 1990 after two years of hearings and significant input from the chemical industry. In fact, some critics of the legislation, like Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, would even say the industry's lobbyists wrote it. "We looked at the law and saw the loopholes and contacted drug czar William Bennett's office," Reid says. "And he simply wasn't concerned. He sent a form letter in response to my inquiry." In its final form, the antidiversion law allows the DEA to screen only the new customers of chemical companies and permits the agency just fifteen days to do so. "And we only get one shot," says Gene Haislip, the DEA's director of diversion control. Once cleared, a customer can't be investigated again. Since the controls have been implemented, the DEA has denied permission to seventy percent of new customers for these chemicals. In the first six months of 1990, U.S. chemical exports to South America dropped fifty percent. Picking up the slack, however, is Germany, which has increased its exports to the region by over 400 percent in recent months. In response to the German connection, legislation has been introduced which would empower the president to ban foreign companies that sell chemicals to the drug cartels from doing business in the U.S. While President Bush has yet to call for such a measure, an equally large question looms: While the media devotes so much coverage to the "war on drugs," where were they during this battle? SOURCE: ROLLING STONE, 11/1/90, "By Keeping the Chemicals Flowing, American Industry Kept the Cocaine Cartels In Business," by Linda Feldman, p 44. End of text from Source: Peacenet Via New York Transfer News 718-448-2358, 718-448-2683 --- [ This file has travelled through the Socialism OnLine! BBS at +1-719-392-7781, 24 hours, 300-9600 bps HST/MNP/V42bis, on its way to you, the reader of this file. Please share any information you have about "big brother." Venceremos! ]


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