by Gordon Duff, VT Senior Editor, …with New Eastern Outlook, Moscow, (founded in 1816)
First published November 12, 2020
Today, sources in Afghanistan have confirmed a “fact” that runs totally against what is reported, that a prominent CIA officer rumored to have died in a plane crash, is being held by Pakistan’s ISI.
The individual involved, Mike D’Andre, according to sources, is responsible for the murder of General Soleimani, an Iranian diplomat, and of hundreds of Iraqis as well.
The US claims he is alive and well but other sources, intelligence, sources on the ground in Afghanistan with the Pashtun resistance, tell a very different story.
The plane that crashed was a surveillance and mobile command center. Bodies were found but, moreover, it is claimed there were survivors who were taken prisoner. In that part of Afghanistan, a prisoner is more likely to end up with Pakistan’s ISI spy agency than the Taliban. (banned in Russia)
Does D’Andre get brought home or, as the US has lied about everything as it always does, is he to be left there? Does the US even want him back?
After all, the US abandoned hundreds of POWs in Vietnam after Nixon was forced to resign, simply because they lied about getting “everyone” back and would rather see American’s suffer and die rather than admit to another of a series of endless lies to the American people.
US President Donald Trump is removing American troops from Afghanistan, replacing them with private contractors tied to his personal financial allies. Eric Prince, sister of Trump’s controversial Secretary of Education, has acted, according to sources, as unofficial “Secretary of State” for Trump, going places Pompeo can’t, cutting personal deals for Trump with the Chinese, arms deals for the Saudis and Gulf States but mostly interest in Afghanistan prevails, particularly for Prince.
One thing is clear, the US cannot leave Afghanistan until its massive heroin business is in safe hands. Were one to have sat in on the Qatar based negotiations that led to the peace agreement, there is little doubt that nothing was said about mining rare earth elements, which Afghanistan is rich with, and securing the narcotics trade got endless attention.
Military contracting firms such as Blackwater, now being re-introduced by Prince, could play a key role in this effort.
When the US went into Afghanistan in 2001, hunting for Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, looking for their 24 massive underground bases, thousands, later tens of thousands of American contractors followed.
A “green zone” complex of massive size was built in Kabul, million dollar dwellings for warlords, drug barons and visiting US congressmen while Afghanistan, a nation with no drug problem at all and virtually no opium production, was converted, with technical expertise from USAID and the US Department of Agriculture, into supplying 95 percent of the world’s opium.
Within two years heroin production facilities were built, under US supervision, and distribution began, targeting Russia first, but eventually leading to a glut of cheap high-quality heroin that addicted millions in the US, Europe and elsewhere.
In the process, up to 9 million Afghanis became drug addicts with millions of others trafficked into prostitution, all by US military contractors.
As the war continued, neighboring countries suffered, to the north from the flood of cheap narcotics but mostly Pakistan.
That nation had joined the US, back in the 1970s, in its covert war on Russia and had expected this joint effort with the CIA would earn benefits that would secure Pakistan militarily for decades. This was not to be the case.
Instead, terrorism in Afghanistan became a convenient backdrop for Pakistan’ enemies to advance their agenda. India and Israel, under protection of the Bush regime in Washington, set up terrorist training camps along Pakistan’s borders and began a terror campaign that is ongoing today, simply another front in the Kashmir conflict.
This effort has bankrupted Pakistan who no longer has an American ally, which has pushed Pakistan into China’s sphere of influence.
Then again, there are those in Pakistan that look at the billions of dollars of heroin being flown out of Afghanistan, certainly not on the Taliban’s planes, and want a big piece of the action.
They also think they deserve it as payment for what they have lost to the US incursion into Afghanistan.
There is also a secondary issue, the fact that the US, in order to keep a war going in Afghanistan and to build a drug empire, required considerable logistical access to Pakistan. This pushed the CIA into a long-term deep cover operation against Pakistan, politically and militarily, which only ended with the election of Imran Khan as Prime Minister, someone with the strength to stand up to the United States.
Today, there are those in Pakistan who want a piece of the heroin trade for themselves, not to compensate Pakistan for lost revenue due to terrorism but for the reasons so many political and military leaders around the world are involved in narcotics trafficking.
What is the Truth?
We begin with a story. As is so often the case, the work of real journalism is. Any story told is told in a context and in today’s world the primary issue of context is that any real story will typically involve a narrative long ago branded “conspiracy theory.”
Thus, telling a story, one with confirmed sources and a substantive background, will reach only those with inside knowledge or an active intellect capable of grasping divergent ideas. We begin.
Back in January 2020, an American spy plane and mobile command center crashed in Afghanistan. From Veterans Today:
“The downed plane was the mobile CIA command for Michael D’ Andrea, head of operations against Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan, America’s most advanced spy platform and mobile command center with all equipment and documents now in enemy hands.
VT Damascus: It has been reported that (Mike de Andrea) responsible for the assassination file of the martyr Major General Qassem Soleimani was killed in the accident of the American plane that was shot down in Afghanistan. He is the most prominent figure of the CIA intelligence in the region. The CIA top official was killed in the US bomber crash in Afghanistan.
Since 2017, D’ Andrea has run the CIA’s false flag and assassination programs in the Middle East, allegedly responsible not only for the murder of General Soleimani but the killing of 300 Iraqi demonstrators as well.”
What is the truth then? The Taliban claimed that high ranking CIA officers were onboard but killed during the crash, from RT:
“A Taliban spokesman said that the aircraft’s crew and everyone on board, including what he claimed were high-ranking officers, were killed on the spot.
The so-far unverified claim includes a suggestion that the officers belonged to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).”
However, phone calls directly from the scene said prisoners were taken and now we are told at least one is held in Pakistan as a “hostage.”
The Disease of Lying
Perhaps the worst case of press participation in covering up an atrocity is the August 4, 2020 explosion in Beirut. What are the facts?
- Days before, Israel’s PM and Defense Minister cited the location of the explosion as a Hezbollah rocket storage facility and said they planned to bomb it
- Just before the explosion, Israeli planes were seen diving over the site of the explosion, though videos have been censored from the internet,
- President Trump, citing Pentagon sources said this was an attack with a bomb of some type
Let us stop there. In two interviews, Trump cited Beirut as an attack. After these statements by Trump, who named Pentagon intelligence sources, no member of the press as written about this. Trump has never been asked nor has he been criticized for “making it all up.” This is strange in that nearly everything Trump says is subjected to some kind of retribution, but not this. Why?
OK, more facts:
- The crater at ground zero is 50 feet deep and over 500 feet in diameter in solid rock. Only one similar crater caused by an explosion exists in the American state of New Mexico. It was caused by a ground blast from a 2-megaton hydrogen bomb.
- Various claims, that fertilizer and fireworks caused the blast are simply disproven with elementary science.
Ammonium nitrate only explodes when mixed in a slurry with fuel oil, carefully mixed and set off with high explosives. Even this has little power unless substantial amounts of powdered aluminum are added.
When used to blast rock, deep holes are drilled as well. No conventional explosive can crater rock from a surface blast, certainly not a 500-foot crater.
Why do we bring this up?
It seems there is nothing so childish and absurd that the press will not seemingly report an impossible version for public consumption if ordered to. This means, of course, the press simply does not exist.
Worse still, the examples pile up each day, fake gas attacks in Syria, or glaringly obvious US complicity in support of al Qaeda and ISIS (both banned in Russia), not just in the Middle East but now deployed in Africa and moving East across Asia as well, as though they were America’s new “special forces.”
Two decades later and the fake government in Kabul is still what it was, American puppets and Northern Alliance drug lords. Nothing changes.
What then is the basis of the peace agreement?
What is clear is this, the only real US interest is in continuing narcotics production in Afghanistan which can now be done without an American military presence.
That the US has always had more military contractor than troops in Afghanistan is one of the worst kept secrets in the world. Donald Trump has tripled the number of contractors, read “narcotics runners” in that beleaguered nation over Obama presidency levels. From US News:
“The main problem with contractors of all sorts is there’s just not enough attention to what they’re doing. That’s not been reported out in a clear way to anybody’s satisfaction for all these years,” says Catherine Lutz, a professor at Brown University and a director of its Costs of War project, which documents the use of private contractors in US conflicts. “The Pentagon should be telling us, the American public, who’s funding this, what that means, why this is happening.”
There are simple questions that can be asked but are never asked as there is no free press to ask them. Let us look at one or two:
- The US has around 4000 logistics contractors, mostly transportation, supporting around 5500 troops. Does each soldier need a personal driver or are they doing “something else?”
- There are an equal number of US paid armed contractors providing security for 5500 troops, who are themselves armed. Does anyone see a problem with this because the “press” certainly does not?
Then we ask about Mike D’Andre, alleged CIA assassination mastermind. Is he dead? Is he somewhere laughing at all of us or is he rotting in a Pakistan prison?
If the truth were to prevail, little chance of that, how does one explain a billion-dollar American spy plane flying around Afghanistan supervising 8000 private contractors who are supplying the world’s heroin?
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War that has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades and consulted with governments challenged by security issues. He’s a senior editor and chairman of the board of Veterans Today, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”