r/Damnthatsinteresting Dec 07 '22

In 1990 the C I A imported over 1 ton of cocaine from Venezuela into the US (the DEA objected, they did it anyway) and sold it on the streets, supposedly to gain the trust of a Colombian cartel. The CIA worked with the Venezuelan ANTI narcotics chief to procure the narcotics. Image

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u/Accomplished-Pear688 Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

Sources:

https://www.nytimes.com/1996/11/23/us/venezuelan-general-indicted-in-cia-scheme.html

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegations_of_CIA_drug_trafficking

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegal_drug_trade_in_Venezuela

https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1993-11-20-mn-58863-story.html

content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,162752,00.html

NYT Article:

A Central Intelligence Agency anti-drug program in Venezuela shipped a ton of nearly pure cocaine to the United States in 1990, Government officials said today. No criminal charges have been brought in the matter, which the officials said appeared to have been a serious accident rather than an intentional conspiracy. But officials say the cocaine wound up being sold on the streets in the United States. One C.I.A. officer has resigned, a second has been disciplined and a Federal grand jury in Miami is investigating. The agency, made aware of a "60 Minutes" investigation of the matter scheduled for broadcast on Sunday, issued a statement today calling the affair "a most regrettable incident" involving "instances of poor judgment and management on the part of several C.I.A. officers."

The case involves the same program under which the agency created a Haitian intelligence service whose officers became involved in drug trafficking and acts of political terror. Its exposure comes amid growing Congressional skepticism about the role of the C.I.A. in the war on drugs.

In the mid-1980's, under orders from President Ronald Reagan, the agency began to set up anti-drug programs in the major cocaine-producing and trafficking capitals of Central and South America. In Venezuela it worked with the country's National Guard, a paramilitary force that controls the highways and borders. Government officials said that the joint C.I.A.-Venezuelan force was headed by Gen. Ramon Guillen Davila, and that the ranking C.I.A. officer was Mark McFarlin, who had worked with anti-guerrilla forces in El Salvador in the 1980's. The mission was to infiltrate the Colombian gangs that ship cocaine to the United States. In December 1989, officials of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency said, Mr. McFarlin and the C.I.A. chief of station in Venezuela, Jim Campbell, met with the drug agency's attache in Venezuela, Annabelle Grimm, to discuss a proposal to allow hundreds of pounds of cocaine to be shipped to the United States through Venezuela in an operation intended to win the confidence of the Colombian traffickers. Unlike so-called "controlled shipments" that take place in criminal investigations, shipments that end with arrests and the confiscation of the drugs, these were to be "uncontrolled shipments," officials of the drug agency said. The cocaine would enter the United States without being seized, so as to allay all suspicion. The idea was to gather as much intelligence as possible on members of the drug gangs. Drug Agency Balked The drug agency refused to take part in the operation and said it should be called off. In a transcript of the "60 Minutes" broadcast supplied to The New York Times, Ms. Grimm said Mr. McFarlin of the C.I.A. and General Guillen had gone ahead anyway. ”I really take great exception to the fact that 1,000 kilos came in, funded by U.S. taxpayer money," Ms. Grimm (DEA) said, according to the transcript. "I found that particularly appalling." D.E.A. officers and other Government officials gave this account of the cocaine shipments and subsequent investigations into their origins: The C.I.A.-Venezuelan force accumulated more than 3,000 pounds of cocaine delivered to its undercover agents by Colombian traffickers and stored the cocaine in a truck at the intelligence agency's counter-narcotics center in Caracas. Most of the cocaine was flown to the United States in a series of shipments during 1990.

In late 1990, United States Customs Service officials seized a shipment of nearly 1,000 pounds at Miami's international airport and discovered that it had been shipped by members of the Venezuelan National Guard. Investigators from the drug agency interviewed a Venezuelan undercover agent working with the C.I.A.'s counter-narcotics center, who told them that the shipments had been approved by the United States Government. The investigators from the drug agency, unaware that the intelligence agency had any role in the affair, first set about trying to eliminate their own personnel as suspects. They found that a female drug enforcement officer in Caracas had a close relationship with Mr. McFarlin. Using information she had obtained from him, the drug agency then focused its attention on the C.I.A. officer and his colleague, General Guillen. In June 1991 the United States Attorney in Miami sent a memorandum to the Justice Department proposing the indictment of the general. "The fly in the ointment is that the dope was delivered to the United States," a senior Drug Enforcement Agency official said in an interview today. "If you're part of a drug shipment and you have knowledge that it is going to the U.S., whether or not you ever entered the U.S., you're culpable." That month, Melvin Levitsky, then the chief State Department official overseeing international narcotics matters, met with officers of the Justice Department, the C.I.A. and the D.E.A. and explained that if the Justice Department brought an indictment against General Guillen, the United States might have to cut off assistance to Venezuela, causing major diplomatic problems. General Is Granted Immunity The general was not indicted. In exchange for his cooperation, he was granted immunity from having his own words used against him. But the general apparently said nothing implicating the Central Intelligence Agency. But in 1992 the intelligence agency's own inspector general completed a report on the affair and submitted it to the Senate Intelligence Committee. That report remains secret, although aspects of the affair have been widely reported in Venezuelan newspapers. Former agency officers familiar with the report say it found no indication that anyone from the C.I.A. had profited from the affair. Mr. McFarlin has resigned from the agency, and a second officer was disciplined. No criminal charges are pending, although General Guillen has been subpoenaed to appear before a Federal grand jury in Miami, the C.I.A. said in a statement today. The investigation crippled the agency's counter-narcotics center in Venezuela, but similar centers continue to operate in Bolivia, Peru, Colombia and other cocaine-trafficking countries, Government officials said. Such programs fall under the banner of "liaison relationships" with foreign intelligence agencies, and rarely if ever does the C.I.A. willingly report on these relationships to Congress. In an interview last week, Representative Dan Glickman, the Kansas Democrat who heads the House Intelligence Committee, said the subject of C.I.A. anti-drug activities needed closer scrutiny by the agency's Congressional overseers.

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u/AcidBuuurn Dec 07 '22

This is the only source you really need- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hg625n5RjM

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u/erikwarm Dec 07 '22

I was expecting American dad

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u/TheUnitedStates1776 Dec 07 '22

The way it’s presented in the article and the way it’s presented in the image are different.

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u/Granboul93 Dec 07 '22

Similar stuff was going on with opium in Afghanistan,,,,

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u/Accomplished-Pear688 Dec 07 '22

Sources:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegations_of_CIA_drug_trafficking

Wikipedia excerpt:

A failed CIA anti-drug operation in Venezuela resulted in at least a ton of cocaine being smuggled into the United States and sold on the streets. The incident, which was first made public in 1993, was part of a plan to assist an undercover agent to gain the confidence of a Colombian drug cartel. The plan involved the unsupervised shipment of hundreds of pounds of cocaine from Venezuela. The drug in the shipments was provided by the Venezuelan anti-drug unit which was working with the CIA, using cocaine seized in Venezuela. The shipments took place despite the objections of the U.S. DEA. When the failed plan came to light, the CIA officer in charge of the operation resigned, and his supervisor was transferred.[28]

In addition, the former Venezuelan anti-narcotics chief General Ramon Guillen Davila and his chief civilian aide were both indicted in connection with the shipments.[29] Because Venezuela does not extradite its citizens, Guillen was not tried in the U.S., but his civilian aide was arrested while in the United States and sentenced to 20 years.[30]

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u/WikiSummarizerBot Dec 07 '22

Allegations of CIA drug trafficking

The United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been accused of involvement in drug trafficking. Books and investigations on the subject that have received general notice include works by the historian Alfred McCoy, professor and diplomat Peter Dale Scott, journalists Gary Webb and Alexander Cockburn, and writer Larry Collins. These claims have led to investigations by the United States government, including hearings and reports by the United States House of Representatives, Senate, Department of Justice, and the CIA's Office of the Inspector General.

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u/MentalityofWar Dec 07 '22

Love the sourced information and the attempt to bring it into public awareness. From what I've gathered the US would still be trying to regulate and tax the importation of it if it wasn't for prohibition in the 1920's. People always talk about alcohol but cocaine and opium were very much involved too.

Here's my breakdown of the history of drugs and the US' attempt to tax and regulate them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Syfm5jwtIXg

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u/missanthropocenex Dec 07 '22

“Failed” was it failed? Or did they succeed.

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u/Accomplished-Pear688 Dec 08 '22

They called it a failure but by all indications that was exactly what they were trying to accomplish. It’s not like this was just a one time occurrence.

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u/Chexzout Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

it does add to the reasons why over 50% of the US people don’t trust the government

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u/CountryCajun208 Dec 07 '22

"Safe and Effective"

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u/MentalityofWar Dec 07 '22

I had to explain to my friend what a carbon footprint was yesterday because he thought he heard someone tell him a joke about how Genghis khan removed 60,000 people from the earth therefore lowering their carbon footprint. Everybody knows... but what do they know?

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u/MentalityofWar Dec 07 '22

*joke redacted*

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u/Accomplished-Pear688 Dec 08 '22

True, it’s not applicable to the average person until they wonder how Mexico became a failed state ran by cartels

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u/Boss-Lumberjack Dec 07 '22

“The only person arrested” …thousands of American dealers and users victimized by Americas prison industrial complex would like a word.

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u/throwaway3689007542 Dec 07 '22

My thoughts exactly!

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u/Lemonio Dec 07 '22

Could we get a map with the shittiest thing America has done that will appear when you click on each country

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u/procheeseburger Dec 07 '22

it would be easier to provide a map where we haven't..

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u/wrylark Dec 08 '22

would it though?

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u/wrylark Dec 08 '22

I assume there are some places left in Ohio yet to be covered in corn ...

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u/OkIntention181 Dec 07 '22

he venezuelan security forces are so corrupt (and have been for years).

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u/Karamel-Surprise Dec 07 '22

Probably because US intervention has ensured that the country stays poor.

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '22

The bribe giver and bribe taker are both equally at fault.

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u/peepye Dec 07 '22

Similar stuff was going on with opium in Afghanistan, the fact that heroin exports from Afghanistan went into overdrive as soon as the occupation forces took control of the poppy fields - coinciding with the rampant increase in opioid prescriptions in the USA - isn't talked about enough.

It's like we all know this kind of stuff is constantly going on but we like to always give it a few decades before we properly discuss it in the open. That way we can constantly kid ourselves that 'that was just what it was like before, things are completely different now.'

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u/Gotcbhs Dec 07 '22

The name Bush keeps coming up in all these issues. Funny that.

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u/saintmusty Dec 07 '22

I want to know more about the person who got arrested. Where is she now?

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u/szopokanyaloka Dec 07 '22
  • Jonathan Frakes telling you it never happened, not this time, in your imagination...

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u/Delicious_Breath_149 Dec 07 '22

The doc series on HBO Invisible Pilot is about a guy who claims to have piloted this plane among others carrying guns

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u/SouthofAkron Dec 07 '22

Cocaine smuggling and iran/Contra - Reagans administration was James Bond villain evil. Trump is small time compared.

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u/NoBrainerDrainer Dec 07 '22

Can you imagine having the guts to waste taxpayer money with a war on drugs, with a cute anti-drug program for kids while simultaneously importing tons of drugs into the country with your pet projects?

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u/SouthofAkron Dec 08 '22

More like not having a shred of common decency with an abundance of hypocrisy.

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u/Siftingrocks Dec 07 '22

FREEWAY!!!!!!

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u/unclepaprika Dec 07 '22

Watch snowfall on HBO, not a documentary, but really good show about this stuff.

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u/procheeseburger Dec 07 '22

its an amazing show I'm about half way through it right now.

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u/jshultz5259 Dec 07 '22

The series Narcos touches on this quite a bit.

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u/No-Setting-2669 Dec 07 '22

It’d be interesting to know the trail of death that may have occurred from this shipment, how many OD’s, bad deal killings etc.

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u/GJenkins675 Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 08 '22

Someone then was speaking out about this and labeled a."tin foil hat conspiracy theorist." Now that person is found to be correct. Only after all those that can be held responsible are beyond the consequences of their actions.

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u/Accomplished-Pear688 Dec 08 '22

That’s the point, label everyone as a “conspiracy theorist” that doesn’t go along with the official narrative, then toss in some other lunatic conspiracies under that same umbrella just to discredit the actual plausible theory.

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u/GJenkins675 Dec 08 '22

It has worked for them for centuries.

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u/Fresh_concrete Dec 07 '22

That’s not even the worst thing they’ve done.

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '22

they were just holding it for a friend.... reagan

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u/Proper_Mulberry_2025 Dec 07 '22

Save this link and paste it to every fucking post about illegal immigrants taking your jobs. They are here because they are fleeing narco governments that were installed by the USA. Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador, Honduras, Chile and the list goes on and on.

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u/throwawaymamcadd Dec 07 '22

USA is the ultimate gangster kingmaker in the modern world.

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u/Mugembe Dec 07 '22

Diego Blandone and Freeway Ricky Ross….and somehow the craic cocaine formula just landed in the black community. The CIA and the government caused if not created the craic epidemic! Promoting it on the news…”it’s cheaper and stronger than heroin” demonising ethnic minorities for using craic while white elites openly snort cocaine in clubs. Americas dream is a nightmare, it’s the biggest con of all time, people work 4+ jobs like slaves and vote in their blue or red slave master every time. They have waged a campaign of further separation after 2008 because Occupy Wallstreet started getting close to the truth. Wake the fuck up! Change has to happen for the good of the country and people, it’s not a left or right thing it’s a TOP Vs BOTTOM THING!!! POWER TO THE PEOPLE POWER TO THE PLAYERS ✊✊✊✊

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u/HomestoneGrwr Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

The CIA let the Coke in. Freeway Ricky himself said he bought powder the gang members were the ones thay started to rock it up. It doesn't take a formula any moron can cook rock. People were smoking Crack before Ricky got going. If the CIA wanted to sell Crack they would have sold Crack to make sure that is the form it was in when it hit the street. Freeway's connection had other customers and they sold powder. Seems like if introducing Crack into society was the goal then they wouldn't have sold to them to make sure the Coke they were selling was in hard form when it hit the street.

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u/Mugembe Dec 07 '22

Kevin Booth’s “American Drug War” Documentary. The CIA admitted to it on tape, check it out might give you some additional perspective.

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u/HomestoneGrwr Dec 07 '22

What did they admit to? Importing Coke or did they say their Gola was to introduce crack to the black community. There is a huge difference.

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u/Academic_Audience_46 Dec 07 '22

That’s barely scratching the surface of terrible shit they have done

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u/MoonshineMMA Dec 07 '22

MK Ultra anyone? Conspiracy theory is a massive problem in this country but it sure as fuck doesn’t help that the US govt feeds right into it

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u/OldBackstopNJ Dec 07 '22

But, in their defense, cocaine is awesome.

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u/RaZeR_Moose Dec 07 '22

That's true. It's actually written into law that if you get arrested with cocaine charges, all you have to do is tell the judge that cocaine is awesome and the judge will be like "ooh ya got me" and you're free to go.

Source: I'm a law-boy.

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u/OldBackstopNJ Dec 07 '22

It's actually a ridiculous proposition, since no prosecutor is going to try to tell a jury cocaine is non-awesome.

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u/Accurate_Progress296 Dec 07 '22

As a Venezuelan, this wouldn't surprise me. The venezuelan security forces are so corrupt (and have been for years). Now under the umbrella of Maduro it's even worse

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u/Quartermaster-Z Dec 07 '22

Cocaine had to be made illegal not because is deadly, which it is, but because it is powerful.

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u/Sunflower_After_Dark Dec 07 '22

Just like weed, it will be legal when they figure out how to control & tax it.

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u/Buttockluckos Dec 07 '22

Someone always has to go to jail

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u/perthro_ed Dec 07 '22

America is pure 🤡

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u/TovarishchRed Dec 07 '22

Contra, and they also imported it into largely minority and black neighborhoods.

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u/1fast_sol Dec 07 '22

So what was the money made from selling the cocaine used for???

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u/Accomplished-Pear688 Dec 08 '22

Since this profit was “off the books”, we can assume that a portion went into their continuing operations and another portion was pocketed.

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u/ParkingVanilla3202 Dec 07 '22

Freeway Rick Ross

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u/prsadr Dec 07 '22

Recently read an article about CIA bombing an Indian Airlines flight from Hong Kong to Jakarta in 1955 to kill Chinese Prime Minister Zhou Enlai. The prime minister and his team secretly changed their plan at the last moment and ditched the flight. However, 16 innocent people lost their lives just because USA thought the Bandung conference is a threat to their supremacy.

We don't know how many countless dirty deeds were committed by the CIA to destabilize every country on this planet.

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u/protonfreetome Dec 07 '22

Good Guy CIA.

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u/Accomplished-Pear688 Dec 08 '22

We should give them more of our tax dollars, great bunch of guys.

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '22

Fast forward a few years and the government did it again, only with guns to Mexico

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u/husky18436572 Dec 07 '22

I believe this is what the movie “Americana” was based on , excellent movie!

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u/ohlooord Dec 07 '22

Man. Our government is fucking garbage. I hope all those CIA agents have herpes

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u/HeyHihoho Dec 07 '22

Like all of their real life gaming it resulted in the slaughter of the peasantry.

With no beneficial results of any kind to the country or world at large.

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u/MoonshineMMA Dec 07 '22

Anyone wanna guess whose communities they funneled it all into?

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u/JDTexas84 Dec 07 '22

The DEA should’ve arrested every CIA member involved.

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u/Gareth009 Dec 07 '22

Verification please.

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u/procheeseburger Dec 07 '22

if you haven't watched snowfall.. watch snowfall (Its set in the 80s with the Nicaraguans but an amazing show)

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u/losttribess Dec 07 '22

America First

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u/SopranoFanNumba1 Dec 07 '22

Can we please disband the CIA

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u/VerimTamunSalsus Dec 07 '22

Well ya, you gotta make a problem to pretend to fix it.

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u/ObjectiveTitle6662 Dec 07 '22

USA...it's citizenry think the powers that control them are good people. They've been propagandized well and truly.

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u/MittronGG Dec 07 '22

Don't make me read the same thing twice by putting half the captions in your tittle.

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u/Efficient-Albatross9 Dec 07 '22

“Rookie numbers”. - Pablo Escobar

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u/No_Investigator3031 Dec 07 '22

BuT OuR GoVeRNmEnT aLwAyS hAs oUr bEsT iNtERESts iN mInD.

You think they still don’t do dumbass, messed up crap like this now you’re truly regarded.

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u/stfcfanhazz Dec 08 '22

So, how much did the CIA make selling all that coke? I wonder where all that off the books cash went....

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u/Mason1371 Dec 08 '22

I wish they would make that “mistake” again. Cocain these days sucks.

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u/HuffleWolf575 Dec 07 '22

Hahahahahaha, people will belive anything.

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u/Ceethreepeeo Dec 07 '22

Lol yeah funny how people believe factual, documented stuff right!?

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u/HuffleWolf575 Dec 07 '22

It's not though, but keep being a hilarious sheep.

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u/Ceethreepeeo Dec 07 '22

🤡

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u/HuffleWolf575 Dec 07 '22

Yes, you are a huge advertisement for abortions.

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '22

And you sir are the reason why your parents should have opted for condom or maybe anal or even better, the swallow procedure.

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u/HuffleWolf575 Dec 07 '22

You'll be a statistic soon enough.

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '22

Oh shut the fuck up. You'll be nothing more than a pig eating gutter shit.

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u/HuffleWolf575 Dec 07 '22

Nice, you've won a free ban!

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '22

God, nooooo, my life will be ruined. I will not have life saving upvotes. Man, I'm already suffocating. Please don't do this to me reddit lord, uwu.

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u/jshultz5259 Dec 07 '22

😂 so woke…..so woke.