After 16 Years of War, Afghanistan Still World’s Heroin Supplier
By Jeffrey James Higgins
Published on August 23, 2017
On Monday, President Donald Trump revealed many substantive changes to U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, but the longest war in U.S. history cannot be won without confronting narco-terrorism. After 16 years and billions of U.S. dollars spent, Afghanistan now supplies more than 75 percent of the world’s heroin and the region hosts the highest concentration of terrorist groups. Not only that, Afghanistan serves as a primary hub where the world’s largest drug trafficking groups directly support Islamic terrorism. There will be none of Trump’s promise of victory without confronting these dark truths.
Narco-terrorism describes the nexus between drug traffickers and terrorists. It manifests itself in four basic forms: 1) drug traffickers who engage in terrorist activity to further their drug trade; 2) terrorists who sell drugs to finance their operations; 3) organizations with equal interests in drug trafficking and terrorism; and 4) drug traffickers and terrorists who mutually support each other.
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Law Enforcement Today
By Jeffrey James Higgins
Published on August 19 2017
Stories about racism are dominating the news and the false narrative that there is an epidemic of racist police officers killing unarmed black men continues to be widely believed, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. It was a hot political issue during the last presidential campaign and it became one of the most reported stories in 2016. The value of propagating this falsehood has dwindled since the election, but it still lurks below the surface, waiting to be resurrected as a political weapon.
It is time to end this myth.
A quick statistical analysis of reported police shootings in 2015 and 2016 clearly shows that the unlawful use of deadly force by police against blacks is statistically insignificant. The number of people killed by insects in the United States each year is higher than the number of unarmed blacks shot and killed by police officers. Unfortunately the proliferation of this political lie and the vilification of police has resulted in the assassination of police officers, inflamed racial tensions, and a surge of violence in black communities.
Obviously, there is racism in the United States, just like there is in every other country in the world. Some police officers do commit individual acts of racism and there may even be residual, systemically racist policies in some police departments. There are also instances when deadly force is improperly used by some police officers, but racism cannot be assumed without evidence. While individual acts of racism and excessive use of deadly force by police do exist, the characterization of these incidents as systemic problems is absurd.
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I’m quoted several times in today’s article in The Diplomat, discussing China’s cooperation with the US in combating opioids.
My interview with CNN and the CNN Declassified episode about the capture of the world’s most prolific heroin trafficker were postponed last week because of news coverage of the riots in Charlottesville.
Both my interview and the airing of Heroin’s Godfather: Haji Baghco have been rescheduled for Saturday, September 9th, starting at 8:50 p.m.
I hope you can watch.
By Thom Patterson, CNN
Updated 8:25 AM ET, Thu August 10, 2017
Program note: Learn about the daring operation by a special DEA team who captured one of the world’s biggest heroin kingpins in Afghanistan on CNN’s Original Series “Declassified”Saturday, August 12, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
(CNN)In 2005, the US Drug Enforcement Administration embarked upon an unprecedented operation: to capture the man they described as “the most prolific drug dealer in the world.”
His name is Haji Bagcho, and the DEA described him as a “criminal mastermind” of one of the largest heroin operations in Afghanistan. Agency sources said he had been dealing heroin and opium — both derived from the poppy plant found in the region — since the early 1990s.
By the mid-2000s, the ties between heroin and terrorism were growing. This prompted the DEA for the first time to form special commando-style units called Foreign-deployed Advisory Support Teams (FAST), and then deploy them to Afghanistan alongside US troops fighting the war against Taliban forces.
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On Saturday, August 12, at 9:00 p.m. ET, CNN Declassified will air Catching a Global Godfather of Heroin.
This episode explores the arrest and conviction of Haji Bagcho, the world’s most prolific heroin trafficker and a significant Taliban benefactor. I explain the magnitude of Bagcho’s drug trafficking organization and his jihad against America.
I’m also scheduled be interviewed by CNN Anchor Ana Cabrera five or ten minutes before the episode airs, so tune in and watch.