Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Federal Governments Big Contribution to Illegal Drugs And Money Laundering

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The Federal Governments Big Contribution to Illegal Drugs And Money Laundering


By de Andréa

Opinion Editorialist for

Posted December 20, 2017   

Obama not only allowed the Hezbollah terrorist group to smuggle drugs into the US to protect his treasonous Iran Nuclear Deal, but congress passed a law making it impossible for the DEA to stop the abuse of prescription opioids leading to an epidemic of drug addiction and the death of more than 200,000 Americans.

This shows everything people hate about the Washington Deep State Shadow Government.  It’s Time to put them in Jail!

A bombshell report from Politico last Sunday revealed that the Obama administration let Hezbollah’s money-laundering and drug-trafficking operations slide - in order to protect the Jihadist Iran nuclear deal from collapsing.

The Drug Enforcement Administration led a campaign dubbed “Project Cassandra” that reportedly targeted the criminal activities of the militant group.
However, the anti-American Justice and Treasury Department officials reportedly delayed or outright rejected the DEA’s requests for investigations, sanctions and prosecutions against members of the Terror group Hezbollah.

According to Josh Meyer of Politico, these players included: “Hezbollah’s high-profile envoy to Iran, a Lebanese bank that laundered billions in drug profits, and a central player in a U.S.-based cell of the Iranian paramilitary Quds force.”

In December 2011, U.S. attorney Preet Bharara filed a civil money laundering lawsuit against “Lebanese Financial Institutions That Facilitated a Hezbollah-Related Money Laundering Scheme.”

The lawsuit claimed that “Lebanese Financial Institutions, including institutions linked to Hezbollah, wired Over $300 Million into the United States for the purchase and shipment of used cars to West Africa as part of a money laundering scheme.”

The suit added that “Proceeds from Car Sales and Narcotics Trafficking Were Funneled Back to Lebanon Through Hizballah-Controlled Money Laundering Channels.”

While Bharara originally sought over $480 million in the suit, it was eventually settled in 2013 for $102 million.

Obama committed treason again

The DeepState continues to go after Donald Trump to hide their own criminal activities and because he continues to drain the dirty swamp of the anti -American Shadow Government.

Another example of the Jihadist Obama administration hindering DEA progress and the support of Hezbollah was its decision to refrain from pressuring the Czech government from extraditing Lebanese arms dealer Ali Fayad back to the U.S. amid U.S. courts indicting him on charges involving attempts to acquire anti-aircraft missiles, attempts to provide material support to a terror cell and plans to kill U.S. government employees.

As reported by Politico, U.S. officials believe Fayad is now helping to weaponize Syrian militants.

Perhaps most surprisingly, members of Project Cassandra claim that officials in the Obama administration undermined the DEA’s efforts to take down of one of Hezbollah’s top operatives, a man named “Ghost,” — Obama protected one of the world’s largest cocaine smugglers, including to the U.S.

Four former DEA officials with direct access to these cases say that the Justice Department also refused to investigate Abdallah Saffiedine, overseer of the Hezbollah’s “Business Affairs Component,” which involved international drug trafficking.

According to Defense of Department illicit finance analyst David Asher, these blockades set forth by the Obama administration, as well as other instances such as the DOJ’s refusal to charge the militant group’s military wing as an ongoing criminal syndicate, “was a policy decision, it was a systematic decision.”

“They serially ripped apart this entire effort that was very well supported and resourced, and it was done from the top down,” he added, referring to the Obama administration’s actions in handling the DEA’s requests for investigating Hezbollah.

Fox News detailed that after announcement of the deal in January 2016, Project Cassandra members were given other assignments unrelated to the Hezbollah investigation.

The Lebanese militant group is one of the world’s largest cocaine traffickers and supplies chemical and conventional weapons to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad — weapons the dictator has reportedly used on his own people.

And then…if that isn’t enough destruction by the DeepState, Tom Marino a four-term Republican member of the House who represents a district in northeastern Pennsylvania has been hard-hit by the opioid crisis. Yet Marino also has been a friend on Capitol Hill of the giant drug companies that distribute the pain pills that have wreaked so much devastation around the nation.

Marino was the chief advocate of the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act, which requires the government to meet a higher bar before taking certain enforcement actions.
The Drug Enforcement Administration fought against the bill for years, but finally relented last year after a leadership change at the agency. Marino is now President Trump’s nominee to become the nation’s next drug czar.  Come on Donald wake up!

The new law makes it virtually impossible for the DEA to freeze suspicious narcotic shipments from the companies, according to internal agency and Justice Department documents and an independent assessment by the DEA’s chief administrative law judge in a soon-to-be-published law review article. That powerful tool had allowed the agency to immediately prevent drugs from reaching the street.

The law was the crowning achievement of a multifaceted campaign by the drug industry to weaken aggressive DEA enforcement efforts against drug distribution companies that were supplying corrupt doctors and pharmacists who peddled narcotics to the black market. The industry worked behind the scenes with lobbyists and key members of the Shadow Government, pouring millions of dollars into their election campaigns.

Political action committees representing the industry contributed at least $2.5 million to the 23 DeepState lawmakers who sponsored or co-sponsored four versions of the bill, including nearly $100,000 to Marino. Overall, the drug industry brribed DeepState Congress members with $106 million, lobbying the bill and other legislation between 2014 and 2016, according to lobbying reports.

Marino of course declined repeated requests for comment. Marino’s staff called the U.S. Capitol gestapo when The Washington Post and “60 Minutes” tried to interview the congressman at his office on Sept. 12. In the past, the congressman has said the DEA was too aggressive and needed to work more collaboratively with drug companies. Meaning they should allow them to sell as much as they could to whomever they wanted. Which is exactly what they did.

Deeply involved in the effort to counter the DEA’s tough enforcement campaign was the agency’s former associate chief counsel, D. Linden Barber. While at the DEA, he helped design and carry out the early stages of that campaign, which targeted drug companies that were failing to report suspicious orders of narcotics that made their way into the hands of users and dealers. Follow the money!

When Barber went to work for the drug industry in 2011, he brought an intimate knowledge of the DEA’s strategy and how it could be attacked to protect the companies. He was one of dozens of DEA officials recruited by the drug industry during the past decade.

Barber played a key role in crafting an early version of the legislation that would eventually curtail the DEA’s power, according to an internal email written by a Justice Department official to a colleague. “He wrote the Marino bill,” the official wrote in 2014.

Marino’s district was devastated by opioids. Their Congressman became a criminal ally of the drug industry’s promotion of drug addiction.

As Rep. Tom Marino’s Pennsylvania district was reeling from the opioid crisis, he sponsored a bill that, current and former Drug Enforcement Administration officials say, undermined the DEA's efforts to stop the flow of pain pills. (Alice Li/The Washington Post)

For a hundred years since the 17 Amendment, the US Senate has done nothing but represent themselves, now it appears that the congress is doing likewise, and without even passing an amendment.

On Feb. 18, 2014, Marino introduced the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act, which raised the DEA’s standard for suspending drug shipments by requiring that the agency establish “a significant and present risk of death or serious bodily harm that is more likely than not to occur.”

Nearly two months later, with the bill stalled, Marino confronted the nation’s top law enforcement officer, the Shadow governments Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., during a House Judiciary Committee hearing. Marino told Holder the DEA was treating the companies like “illicit narcotics cartels.”

He told Holder that he wanted the Justice Department to meet with industry executives. When Marino wrote to Holder three weeks later urging him to set up the meeting, the congressman added a handwritten note: “It would be great to work together on this. — Tom.”

In a Sept. 18, 2014, congressional hearing, Marino tore into then-DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart. By then, the legislation had passed the House and had stalled in the Senate.

“It is my understanding that Joe Rannazzisi, a senior DEA official, has publicly accused we the sponsors of the bill of, quote, ‘supporting criminals,’ unquote,” Marino said. “This offends me immensely.”

Marino told Leonhart that Congress was sending the DEA a message: “You should take a serious look at your regulatory culture and seek collaboration with companies that want to do the right thing.”  Would that be to get America addicted to drugs Congressmen???

Marino and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) demanded that the Justice Department’s inspector general investigate the remarks by Rannazzisi, who ran the DEA’s diversion control office. They said he had tried to “intimidate” members of Congress. An investigation was launched. The DeepState replaced Rannazzisi in August 2015 and he retired that October.

“That led to his undoing,” said Matthew Murphy, a DEA official who worked with Rannazzisi in the diversion office. Rannazzisi had “very, very strong views” on what was happening on the street, Murphy said. “He wasn’t going to change his opinion because of some heat.”

Marino told The Post last year the conflict boils down to one person — Rannazzisi.

“We had a situation where it was just out of control because of [Rannazzisi],” Marino told The Post last year. “... His only mission was to get big fines. He didnt want to [do] anything but put another notch in his belt.”

In April 2015, the House took up Marino’s bill. On the floor of Congress, the House passed the bill by unanimous consent. President Obama signed the bill on April 19. The White House issued a one-page news release announcing its enactment.

With a few words, the new law changed four decades of DEA practice. Previously, the DEA could freeze drug shipments that posed an “imminent danger” to the community, giving the agency broad authority. Now, the DEA must demonstrate that a company’s actions represent “a substantial likelihood of an immediate threat,” a much higher bar.

“There’s no way that we could meet that burden, the determination that those drugs are going to be an immediate threat, because immediate, by definition, means right now,” Rannazzisi said.  Chief DEA Administrative Law Judge John J. Mulrooney II agreed.

In his article planned for the winter issue of the Marquette Law Review, Mulrooney wrote: “If it had been the intent of Congress to completely eliminate the DEA’s ability to ever impose an immediate suspension on distributors or manufacturers, it would be difficult to conceive of a more effective vehicle for achieving that goal.”

THE BOTTOM LINE: Well… They achieved that goal alright! It is estimated that 2.1 million people in the United States are suffering from substance use disorders related in some way to prescription opioid pain relievers.  In 2012 an estimated 467,000 were addicted to heroin which in some cases is now less expensive to buy on the street then hydrocodone.  The consequences of this abuse has been devastating and are on the rise.  For example, the number of unintentional overdose deaths from prescription pain relievers has soared in the United States, to more than 600 percent since the year 2000.  An estimated quarter of a million Americans have died of opioid overdoses since 2006. 

This concerns me because I am dependent on opioids myself. I am fighting addiction all the time. The problem is that nothing else works as well for chronic pain. Over the counter synthetic pain killers such as Acetaminophen can actually be more dangerous, because if one takes them regularly at a level needed to kill pain you will experience liver and/or kidney damage possibly enough to need a transplant.  

Some responsibility lies with the written prescription dosage. Even if one does not wish to get addicted to opioids, just by following the prescribed regular dosage it will lead to addiction.  I can attest to that first hand.  Some of what leads to addiction is its regular use, meaning routine around the clock use of the same dosage day after day. E.g. my dosage is 20 mg of hydrocodone every 6 hours.  Even if one takes 5 mg’s every 6 hours every day routinely, one will get addicted to the 5 mg’s. What I finally discovered was to take no more than the prescribed dosage every 6 hours but to take it only as needed not necessarily every six hours. Sometimes breaking a caplet in half after 4 hours or a full dose after 10 hours etc. breaking up the regular routine that causes addiction.

It took me getting addicted three times and going cold turkey off the drug and some research of what happens in one’s brain to finally realize what was going on.  It’s the routine use of the drug, same dosage same amount of time, around the clock, that causes addiction. Your brain gets programed to expect the same amount of the drug at the same time day after day every day.  And once you get into that loop it’s very hard to get out. 
Again it’s greed and/ignorance on the part of the government, pharma the medical community and the people. 
Thanks for listening my friend. Now go do the right thing, pray and fight for truth and freedom.  If you would like to write me direct with a question or a comment you can contact me at
- de Andréa
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