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For the past decade and a half the US government has sponsored the War on Drugs This has been a massive law enforcement effort aimed at stamping out the flow and use of illegal narcotics The main focus of this effort has been aimed at a relatively new yet extremely potent drug - crack However this massive crackdown is much more than a simple effort aimed at protecting US citizens Rather it is instead a case of the federal governments trying to undo its own massive blunder For much of the 1980s the federal government was involved in the sale and distribution of crack At the very least they simply turned a blind eye towards the problem At the worst - and what is the most likely possibility - the government condoned and facilitated the crack trade in the United States All of it was done through the CIA and was meant as a quick source of funding to overthrow a hostile regime in Nicaragua Yet there was no care given for the long term consequences In what is perh aps the worst example of racial discrimination taken by our government in decades they aimed this effort primarily at the black communities of America In financing this little war our government created a monster which it now has no way to control The history of our government - specifically the CIA - in the drug trade is astounding The CIAs predecessor the Office of Strategic Services OSS helped forge the original drug ties for our government Created during World War II the OSS often worked closely with Mafia heroin dealers in order to gain the US army access to the mainland of Italy so they could wage an attack Parry CIA Drugs the National Press After its creation in 1947 the CIA kept this connection alive This first started when the CIA formed an alliance with Corsican drug gangs in order to fight
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