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All Hallows’ Eve…

We buried Paul Gribling in Matamoros, Mexico, November 1st, 1975, the day after All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween). That was 41-yrs ago . . . Paul was only 29.  When we arrived at the cemetery, the area was full of road-stands selling foods and souvenirs. There was quite a crowd costumed colorfully . . . like it was Carnival.

Halloween-002Asking the funeral rep accompanying us with Paul’s body, “Is the cemetery like this all the time?

He replied, “No. This is Día de Todos los Santos [All Saints’ Day].  It’s believed that the souls of children return to the world of the living followed by adult spirits on Día de los Muertos–tomorrow.

“The children are known as angelitos, so today is called El Día de los Angelitos. The graves of children are cleaned and decorated with candles, paper streamers, and seasonal flowers such as cempazuchiles [Marigolds].  Shops and stands throughout Mexico sell toys and candy in the form of symbols such as toy skeletons, coffins, and the personification of La Muerta [Death].

“Many families have special gatherings at home and cemeteries to honor dead relatives today and tomorrow. There’s a belief among some that those buried today will rise back to life tomorrow…”

I turned to my associates, Dr. Robin Barraco and Jim Kennedy, “Maybe we outta stick around and see if Paul comes back?”  Bad joke…

The author, Donny and Paul, our own Plan Colombia...1974...

The author, Donny and Paul. Our own Plan Colombia…1974…

Paul Gribling was my friend and partner in the drug trade at Wayne State University, Detroit, where we were both students. We had graduated from reefer…

In ’74 we put together an op to smuggle kilos of cocaine from Colombia, South America. A key down there cost $3,000.  It flipped in Detroit for $50,000!  In today’s money, that’s $275,000! One duffel of coke could make us all $millionaires. We weren’t alone in this market.

Criminalization (prohibition) drove the market.  Back in the 1960s and ’70s there were few moral concerns regarding the recreational use of reefer, coke, LSD, peyote and the like. The university scene was relatively open to drug experimentation. Clients included students, faculty and professionals; doctors, lawyers, judges, businessmen, cops . . . you name it.

This was some 10-yrs before the CIA-Contra connection created the crack market ($5, $10 and $20 rocks of cheap, smokable coke) that devastated black and poor communities. (After 1983 the “politically correct” market for coke changed significantly.)

Paul & friends off the Florida coast, 1974...

Paul & friends off the Florida coast, 1974…

Included in our main Carib crew were Donnie, a key-grip who provided gaffing (lighting, electrical, etc.) for the movie-film industry, and Mike, a former decorated Navy SEAL in Vietnam who commanded an oil company capping-sub in the Gulf.  In addition to school, I was a criminal investigator for area law firms at the time and a pilot.

(Years later, as a collaborator to the author Elmore “Dutch” Leonard, I provided a number of these vignettes for use in his novels. Dutch’s novel, Freaky Deaky (1988) includes part of that period.)

One leg of the op included renting a yacht in West Palm Beach. It wasn’t supposed to go all the way down to Colombia (the coke would be air-dropped to them off the coast), but after some 3-weeks-or-so, Paul became quite ill from the sun and exposure.
After a couple of weeks land-side, Paul felt well enough to continue the journey back to the US (two of the crew were skilled scuba divers, which took care of the delivery end). Paul again became quite ill. It later turned out, having the kind of pale skin he had, he was especially susceptible to the sun.

Visiting a Palestinian base in Syria, '71...

Visiting a Palestinian base in Syria, ’71…

By the time Paul was diagnosed w/melanoma cancer, it had metastasized throughout his organs. Despite our Hail Mary’s at certain Mexican clinics, within the year he succumbed.

I’ve always associated this time of the year to the memory of Paul. He started his academic career seeking to become a CIA analyst. After his graduation with a BA, he became expert in the Koreas. Paul was on his last leg to obtain a master’s degree on the subject.

Paul and I traveled a lot, including East Africa and the Middle East.

His Southern California upbringing, long hair, political independence, veggie-diet and abiding interest in numerous coeds always struck me as a rite of passage. I could never get a handle on what he was truly serious about. Where he might have ended up is anyone’s guess. But that was true for many of us in the generation born during World War-II and immediately thereafter . . . and coming of age in the Cultural Revolution of the ‘60s.

East Africa, '73...

East Africa, ’73…

Like myself, Paul was a secular universalist. We especially enjoyed Halloween. I’ve studied Halloween for its historical context. It always seemed to me to be the one pure Pagan holiday that Christianity had not usurped, but not for lack of trying.

In the US and Canada, the season is also nationally celebrated as a harvest Thanksgiving (Jour de l’Action de grâce in French Canada), as a holiday of giving thanks for the bounty of the preceding year’s harvest.

Halloween started out in the Gaelic version as Samhain (SAH-win), about halfway between the Autumn equinox and the winter solstice. Its theme was to use “humor and ridicule to confront the power of death.” Clearly, Pagans loved to invent reasons to party-down.

Colombia 1974

Santa Marta, Colombia 1974

Once the Christian church achieved partnership w/the Roman Empire (circa 300 CE), they engaged in a series of usurpations of other holidays in order to co-opt such celebrations. Why bother trying to invent new ones when they can simply take over those already in existence?

Sometimes the takeover was not complete. The Pagan holiday of winter solstice, for instance, was always a big event. The sun seems to stand still and then return for another year of growth in the world.That was certainly cause for celebration.

Christians celebrate the Birth of Christ (even though he was not born at that time of year) as one of worship and fasting (at least initially). A week later we can all celebrate the event as New Year’s, partying down in a drunken orgy.

A 10-yr Anniversary to Paul. Greektown, 1985...

A 10-yr Anniversary to Paul. Greektown, 1985…

As we were burying Paul, we had attracted quite a large crowd. We were told that people do not normally bury bodies on that day. While there were no problems, it did make us somewhat wary. I suppose that some paid particular attention to that grave over the next couple of days….

All in all, I prefer the harvest festival . . . Halloween, of all the holidays. The Gaelic guising (trick or treat in various disguises) as a child was an added bonus.

Dr. Publico (Nick Medvecky, PsyD), October 2014…

 

 

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101–The Kurds…

PRELUDE: One of the great ironies of history occurred in 1241. After Mongol hordes had conquered practically all of Asia, Iran and Russia, they were at the gates of Vienna with nothing standing between them and all of Europe. Suddenly they stopped….Mongols

Their leader, Ogedei Khan, had died and they returned home to compete for the succession to the Mongol Empire. Europe was thus spared conquest, occupation and a change in the course of all history since.

Consider what Europe and Christianity eventually inflicted throughout the world, especially the Western Hemisphere thru colonial genocide over the next several hundred years. The First World War? The Second?

Would an Asian history be substantially different or was humanity doomed to the type of predatory profiteering we still see today as conservative Social-Darwinists employ to excuse their behavior?

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Iraq, Syria & Humanity…

Galactic Status Report: Given the following analysis and the potential for humans to discover the technology allowing them to travel beyond their star system, we caution against any contact at this time.
We estimate that while only some 3% of the human species are predatory, this group has in fact usurped the vast majority of wealth on the planet (all produced by a wage-slave, working-underclass) and rule over the entire species–indeed, the entire bio-habitat–w/a parasitic pathology.Earth Observer
Given previous contacts, we expect that this species has a small chance to socially advance and learn to control their predatory sub-caste. More likely, they will self-destruct. Either event is well w/in the norms of the Prime Directive. (End of report.)

In addition to social development, how nice it would be if we simply followed The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948.
Of course, the reality is that Euro-colonialism—which the West celebrates as commencing w/the 15th century travels of Columbus—is the result of quite intentional decisions by persons seeking personal profit by colonial predation over victim societies. This remains much the same template for international relations today.
When I look at the changes in the Lavant over just the lifetime of my grandparents (1900), I’m quite astounded.

On the eve of The Great War (World War-I), the entire region was occupied and dominated by the Ottoman Empire, founded in 1516. The Ottomans joined w/Germany and Austria-Hungary and when the war was lost by these Central Powers, they also lost their colonies.OttoEmp1900

The former League of Nations established a mandate system of administering certain former colonies after the Great War. France took the mandates of Lebanon and Syria, and Britain took Palestine and Mesopotamia.
Lebanon and Syria formed their own republics during the Second World War and in 1946 the French left. Britain carved their areas into the political states of Palestine, Jordan and Iraq.
Underlying these social and political realities is the creation of Israel in 1948 and the fact that 66% of the world’s oil production comes from the Middle East.
The World Zionist Organization (WZO), founded in the 1890s in Austria among a group of ultra-nationalist Jewish petty-bourgeoisie, assumed that assimilation was impossible. They argued that there is an abiding state of anti-Semitism among non-Jews and that the solution was their own colonial-state in Palestine and beyond (how far beyond is an evolving issue). As for oil, this resource remains the major driving force in all Western/Middle East competition and conflict. As the popular saying goes, “Follow the money…”PalArea1916
The old Phoenician empire evolved into the modern state of Lebanon. Lebanon’s location, as also w/Palestine, at the Med/Arabian crossroads shaped a cultural identity of religious and ethnic diversity. Both Maronite Christians and Islam continue to share cultural and political power in Lebanon.
The Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party was founded in Syria in 1941 w/an ideological mixture of Pan/Arab nationalism and socialism. Ba’athism calls for “Unity, Liberty, Socialism” of the Arab world. While recognizing the freedom of religion, it was able to advance toward a modern, multi-ethnic state, and grant women far more power and equality than they get in either the Islamic or aristocratic states of the region. Allied w/the former Soviet Union, its anti-imperial policies made it a steady target of the West and Israel.
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was carved out of a vast area east of the Jordan River by the British and achieved its aristocratic independence also in 1946. During Israel’s takeover of most of the Palestinian mandate in 1948, Jordan invaded the West Bank of the Jordan River and effectively annexed the territory.
In 1967, Israel launched a preemptive war against Jordan, Syria and Egypt, thus expanding their territory east to the Jordan River, south to the Suez Canal and north through the Golan.
Iraq is by far the most intriguing state in the region. It is the birthplace of the West’s concept of its own beginnings…the “Cradle of Civilization.” Iraq’s borders were carved out of the area known as Mesopotamia almost single-handedly by an extraordinary British woman, Gertrude Bell. Bell was an English writer, political officer, administrator, archaeologist and spy.
At the conclusion of her political duties, she founded and administered the National Library of Iraq and the Iraqi Archaeological Museum.
Bell and T.E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”) both employed the standard political practice of installing ruling gov’ts in their colonies from minority elites, initially even importing the Hashemite brothers respectively as kings in French Syria and British Jordan and Iraq.

Middle East 1923

Middle East 1923

While working to keep major influence in the hands of their former colonial masters, it also contained the seeds of conflict. While monarchies were established in these nations, the only surviving one to date is in Jordan.
Established in 1922, the Kingdom of Iraq gained independence from Britain in 1932. In 1958, the monarchy was overthrown and the Republic of Iraq was created. Iraq was then controlled by a wing of the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party from 1968 until 2003 under Saddam Hussein.
At the height of the Bush-Cheney drumbeats for war against Saddam Hussein and Iraq in the post-“Reichstag Fire” 9/11 atmosphere (their intent to use that excuse to seize Iraq’s oil, the world’s second-largest producer after Saudi Arabia), I wrote a proposal for consideration to the Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq, Tariq Aziz who was scheduled to appear at the UN in NYC. I was a federal prisoner at that time.
I’ve always had an avid interest in anthropology, archaeology and other expressions of ancient history. The West derives much of its self-image from the history of the “Cradle of Civilization” and the “Fertile Crescent,” primarily the Tigris-Euphrates Mesopotamian basin, which is today the central mass of modern Iraq.
The ancient empire of Sumer gave birth to Abram, the father of Judaism, which in turn spawned Christianity and Islam.
My proposal—many would no doubt call it a pipe-dream (preferably a hookah filled w/Afghani hashish)—not-so-modestly entailed declaring the entire state of Iraq to be a United Nations National Park museum-site. As such, it would be administered by the then regime of Saddam Hussein and be open to all nations.

Ancient Mesopotamia

Ancient Mesopotamia

Recall, that back at the time of this proposal–on the eve of March 20th, 2003, when the US and others invaded Iraq–there could be no doubt where all that was going to end. The Bush administration had falsely linked Saddam and Iraq w/the “global war on terror.” Salafist terrorists at that time had zero-presence in Iraq. Saddam Hussein had zero tolerance for Islamic fanatics.
If Iraq could petition the support of a vast majority of UN membership, charter the nation as a World Heritage Site based upon its history and vast untapped archaeology w/an international proposal to rebuild where possible those ancient cities funded by the state’s oil revenues, and open the state to the world based upon that scenario as a tourist mecca, it could literally avoid the certain ravages of war…or at least make it perfectly clear to all that such a war is purely the for-profit intent of certain predatory profiteers.
Given the conditions of the time, I don’t think the proposal was all that off-the-wall. With an open-state declaration, what could be the justification for war? The letter was delivered back to me unopened.
So here we are. On March 20th, 2003, the US commenced its “Shock & Awe” devastation of the thoroughly modern city of Baghdad, then occupied that nation…spawning further fanatical resistance.

Even the former director of the CIA at the time, George J. Tenet, stated that VP Cheney and other Bush officials pushed the country to war in Iraq without ever conducting a “serious debate” about whether Saddam Hussein posed an imminent threat to the United States.MEastToday
It’s estimated that 1+million civilians in Iraq alone have lost their lives due to the conflict. The originally US/Saudi/CIA force of Al Queda (created and deployed to Afghanistan back in 1980 to fight the Soviets) have morphed exponentially into an astonishing array of Salafist/Wahhabist fanatics and others across the breath of the Middle and Near East and throughout Northern Africa.
The US and the world have been plunged into a Great Recession, second only to the Great Depression of the 1930s (which had further led to world war). Currently, the US/Israeli/Saudi axis is fanning and fighting a runaway blowback effect in Syria and beyond. Not having learned the lesson of Saddam (if, indeed, it was not a conscious strategic decision to begin with), the axis is now seeking to destroy what remains of the gov’t of Syria.
If there are galactic observers of humanity’s ruling wealthy elite, they are surely astonished at both the utter madness of the leadership and the pathetic lack of rational response by the masses. Small wonder that SETI is greeted by total silence.

Dr. Publico (Nick Medvecky, PsyD), October 2014…

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Politics or Crime?

The morning of 9/11/2001, as America was learning about the terror attacks in NYC and Washington, DC, I was approached by three prison lieutenants and locked down in the Segregated Housing Unit (SHU, the “hole”) at FCI Jesup, GA. It wasn’t yet noon.

9/11, 2001

9/11, 2001

    I would be held there incommunicado for the next 50 days. I later learned I was one of 130+ political prisoners in the United State’s federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) locked down by a secret Justice Department directive that day. I was in good company…
    Upon my eventual release back to general population in November, I learned of the attacks and that a grab-bag of security-state powers had been enacted as the oxymoronic Patriot Act.
    The business partners of Bush & Cheney— the Saudis and bin Ladens—had been allowed to escape FBI interrogation and returned to their nation (even as all general and commercial aviation in the US had been shut down).
    The most astonishing fact was that wars against Afghanistan and Iraq (and beyond) were in preparation. The attack was obviously an international criminal act, not perpetrated by any nation (unless one considered certain Saudis, who financed Al Qaeda and provided 15 of the 19 terrorists; none of whom were Palestinian, Afghani, Iraqi, Syrian or Libyan . . . the apparent fall guys for neo-con wars for profit). As a former journalist combat-stringer in the Middle East, I knew that blaming Afghanistan or Iraq was pure folly.

(My own research indicated that a criminal vs. a war paradigm was rejected early as not serving the political and commercial interests of the Military Industrial Complex.)
    Millions have subsequently been murdered and displaced. The blow-back continues. The use of the military to combat terrorist groups that have sanctuary w/in national borders is understandable, but only w/in the context of international criminal-justice . . . not a war that can’t help but target innocent populations.
And that’s where we remain today…

“Political” propaganda is the default cloak of state and high crime. “Crime” itself is defined and legislated by those who rule and regulate it. The Koch Brothers are poster boys for political-criminal corporatism. One measure of a civilization is how well the masses can assert political power over themselves.
When I was 13, I robbed my newspaper-route manager. I was given probation. While the juvey detectives were writing me up, one said, “You gotta be pretty stupid to do this knowing that you couldn’t get away with it!

Without thinking, I replied, “YOU gotta be pretty stupid if you think that I did this knowing I’d be caught!” (Actually, I wasn’t “caught,” I was snitched out.) The cop behind me kicked out the chair and slapped the piss outta me. One of my life lessons: Cops (state actors) can say and do whatever they want, you can’t. (As a PsyD, forensic psych, I employ these autobio-memories to evaluate a subject’s basic value beliefs.)
At 16, I was given a choice of going into the Army or facing charges for a number of business burglaries. (Ironically, again, I was never actually caught. Someone else was and–having entirely too much info about me–traded me for walk.) Elvis was in, why not me I figured. When I got to my first recruitment gathering point I’d guess that of the 200+ “inductees”there, easily a third were “volunteers” in the same category as myself. Still the same today.

   In the Army at 17, I found real crime and terror (1959-61; 101st Airborne, GA and TN). I was introduced to the KKK, their police allies (most often one and the same) and a post-bellum population that largely excused and enabled them. I managed to survive…barely. While having a rudimentary class-consciousness,  I now acquired experience with direct police/racist terror collusion.

How much have the times REALLY changed?

How much have the times REALLY changed?

After the Army I remained in the Old South _primarily Nashville), taught roller-dancing and sold encyclopedias door-to-door. I was also active in civil rights throughout GA, FL, AL, MS and TN. My reward was a year+ on one of the South’s most brutal chain-gangs and Finally Got the News.
In September of ’65, they took me outta the hole–after patching me up (minus a few teeth) and operations to repair a hand and remove a soup spoon handle from my gut—took me down to the Trailways bus station, put me on the first bus going north, removed my chains, and warned me, “Don’t let your goddamn yankee, ‘nigger-lovin’ ass, step foot south of the Mason-Dixon again, boy, Or you’ll get what your kind got in Mississippi next time!”
I left them with a gift. I blew the whistle on their criminal-terror system in a series of articles in the Nashville Tennessean, helped get the rock-quarry gang closed down and place the workhouse under federal receivership. At least for awhile. What did I learn? I learned that while the South lost the military conflict, within a dozen years they won the political war. Time to get back to that ol’ business and finish it up.
Trailways took me to Detroit. I got a factory job that exposed me to old-time radicals from the 1930s and and ’40s, and soon acquired a comprehensive class-consciousness (Local #212, UAW). In the summer of ’66 I had a conversion experience and have since considered myself a revolutionary socialist.

(I recalled one time when I maybe 8-yrs-old being dragged down to South Central Park Avenue on the El by my Slovakian aunt, a governess for rich folks like the Trumps. It was snowing, I was being a little shit–wet and cold–on the way back home to our Bronx ghetto. Stopping to cross the street in front of high-end restaurant, I was staring at two of the fattest people I ever saw eating a feast of a meal. The man saw me looking in and tapped his fork on the window. My aunt’s lesson was a ringing slap to the side of my head that had my ears ringing for a while. My auto-bio lesson? Well, not exactly a “Miracle on 34th Street.”)

Turning to political activism, I was elected Chairman of the Detroit Committee to End the War in Vietnam (DCEWV), co-founder and chair of the Detroit Veterans Against the War (VAW) and an Executive Committee member of the Young Socialist Alliance and the Socialist Workers Party (YSA/SWP).
In ’68, I took the SAT and was accepted at Wayne State University (despite my 9th grade education, I had passed the GED in the Army). I attended school on the GI Bill. (Meanwhile, Herr Drumph had graduated w/a mock real-estate economic’s degree, feigned a bad foot thus escaping military service in ‘Nam, and went on to Rentier Glory.) In my freshman year, I became the Managing Editor of the daily student newspaper, The South End. I handled other assignments as well, including being Director of Black Star Productions, the film division of the Marxist League of Revolutionary Black Workers in Detroit.

The skids were well-greased for several years as a journalist combat-stringer (embedded w/various military forces, regular and otherwise) in the Middle East, then 17-yrs in criminal/civil investigations out of Detroit, and eventually a doctorate (PsyD) in Forensic Psychology. I also learned some of the finer merits of capitalism … at least the truly free enterprise side of Carib-Colombian smuggler privateering (I was also a land/sea pilot).

Coming out of the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, in addition to rock ‘n roll and free-love, were a variety of drugs … especially reefer and cocaine. Whenever the state prohibits a popular product or service they in fact create a profitable market for it. Kind of like the “war” on terrorism.

Make Love -- Not War!

Make Love — Not War!

The reality is that a significant portion of the US economy is based on under-the-table entrepreneurship … a cash economy. What? You thought all that $$ went into backyard PVC tubes? The real deal is that 99% of illicit cash is either recirculated into the economy and/or “trickles up” into the coffers and pockets of the wealthy elite (the reverse of Stockman/Reagan’s trickle-down dictum.) I wouldn’t hold my breath them voluntarily ending these prohibitions and the criminalization of “surplus” labor anytime soon.
For some of us (on main-street), rather than continuing to seek drugs from a stone-criminal market, we had developed our own sources. Why let our money keep flowing to external criminal orgs? We could finance our own ops.
The market and purchases continued to escalate reaching higher into wholesale suppliers. Mid-level business developed and the standard market-pyramid was created. I was soon marketing lots of 100 lbs of and up of reefer. I recall one delivery of a ton, 2,000 lbs. People major in Harvard for this shit. I think they call economics and business management.
Almost all of the funds went into progressive causes. (Right-wing orgs and gov’t agencies do the same–to wit: Ollie North et al. The difference is we’re not sanctioned–usually–by the State.)

In 1974, pursuing a defense witness in a drug case I was investigating, I traveled to Colombia, South America. Long story short, I was on the cusp of a marketing revolution in cocaine…a product that had become ubiquitous in the student/grad/professional community (including lawyers, teachers, doctors, cops, judges, politicians, etc.) and would make a transition to a primary product in the criminalization of poor and black communities.
A kilo of coke (2.2 lbs.) in ’74 in Colombia went for $1500-to-$5000. It flipped in Detroit (wholesale) for $50,000! ($275,000 in today’s $$) I was also a pilot by then, so the transition was logical. Returning vets from ‘Nam were quite ubiquitous in their entrepreneurial skills … yachts, ships, subs … you name it. (One of my yacht captains that the product was dropped to at sea was also a former SEAL and capping-sub commander for a major oil company.)

Captain XX, Santa Marta, Colombia...

Captain XX, Santa Marta, Colombia…

But things changed big-time in 1983 when the CIA and its ultra-right contractors got into the drug and arms trade. Reagan had a war to finance (Congress denied him funding after Vietnam.) Col. North and Admiral Poindexter actually testified to Congress in the Iran-Contra Hearings that they didn’t inform Reagan because, they “knew what he wanted and what needed to be done,” and that it was their duty to give the President “plausible deniability.” In addition to arms, the DEA, CIA and other ops opened up new coke markets in the US (starting in LA) by creating crack. The whole episode is documented in a new film coming out on the subject, “Kill the Messenger.”
Unlike powder coke, usually sold by gram weight, snorted and costing about $100, rocks of crack (free-base coke) was smoked, having a greater and immediate rush-high and affordable rocks at $5, $10 and $20 sizes.
As a marketing strategy, it was brilliant. It was also deadly. It was remarkably cheap, instantaneous, and psych-addictively devastating (especially to populations that simply don’t have higher social safety nets). And it had the dual benefit of financing both the war and providing unending fodder to the prison-industrial complex. (The mirth in gov’t and corporate club rooms must have been quite hilarious.)
Practically every progressive/left org in the US had at least one op who handled “underground fund-raising.” We formed a secret, security-conscious formation (like Mission Impossible, it required that such volunteers swear to individual responsibility . . . like Ollie).  Discussions concerning the social devastation being created upon a susceptible mass of the population led to the Movement’s internal decision to suspend all political sales related to cocaine.

♪"Bringin' in a couple of keys..."♫

♪”Bringin’ in a couple of keys…”♫

By 1988, I became personally aware of a mail-cover, wiretaps and surveillance by the FBI (they got their spies; we had plenty of our own . . . still do). Being out of the drug trade for some 6-yrs at the time, I ignored them and continued my investigation work for Detroit area law firms.
Well, as the ancient Chinese Curse goes, “May you live in interesting times…” A series of incidents, occurred that put me back on the burner. I shot a former client in self-defense who later turned out to have been a confidential informant (CI) for the FBI. Opps… He was a part of their entrapment scheme.
While the state ruled it justifiable homicide, the FBI set me up for charges w/a crew they had just busted (a criminal group; no one I ever worked with). It was a pressure tactic to recruit me. I refused to “cooperate.” They gave several of those conspirators a free ride if they testified against me (putting me in their conspiracy). Three did.
I was tried, convicted and sentenced to 25-yrs. Long story. From 1990 thru 2010, I attended the American Gulag University (the federal Bureau of Prisons) “grad-school” for advanced criminal “justice.” (Hey! What can I say… It’s not like I can get too bent outta shape. Come the revolution, they’ll have no complaints when THEY TOO will pay for their PAST misdeeds.

The irony of course goes further; many of those ops were parallel w/gov’t ones. to my own ops. My primary source was DAS, the FBI of Colombia, and the DEA–also dealing–had a “Live and let live” attitude . . . at least down at that level. I’m sure they’d love to be the fly-on-the-wall in those prison discussions. So even I decided that I would “cooperate” to beat the case–97% of those convicted do–who would I testify against? The gov’t??)

I did my time honorably, serving in over a dozen US prisons, mostly clerking for staff, UNICOR (prison factories), eventually even being assigned to the Air Force at Maxwell AFB as an animal trainer, and the Navy as a Haz-Mat officer at Pensacola NAS. (Being sent to Naval Officers school as a civilian prisoner was a trip…the public has no freakin’ idea how embedded the corps and military actually are…)
When several US banks and Wall Street financial manipulators busted the economy in 2008, they had their bribed elected officials loot the public treasury in turn to “bail them out.” They were “too big to fail.” Ponzi taken to the nth power…  Back in ’33 FDR signed the Glass-Steagall Act to prevent bank theft; in ’99, Bill & Hill killed it. (Exceptions like Bernie Madoff were only busted because they targeted fellow corporatists, the hoi polloi.)
I’ve had lots of interesting cellmates (including Chelsea Clinton’s father-in-law, Congressman Ed Mezvinsky). Another cellmate was “Hans,” a Deutsche Bank exec. He taught me another aspect of high crime. He devised his own heist system—based upon the international scams he was daily observing/handling in NYC. Thru a not-so-complicated scheme, he grafted a scam-w/in-a-scam and suckered in Citibank, JP Morgan and Bank of America (not his own bank).
Attributed to P.T. Barnum is the quote, “You can’t cheat an honest man.” His point was that the foundation to most scams is a touch of larceny; the scam works because the sucker thinks they’re stealing from someone else.
The NY bank/financial syndicates thought they were routinely heisting pension funds. Hans took them for $200 million. Of course, these corps were “connected,” so they got their gov’t pols to arrest Hans.
Hans laughed as he related to me how he took an 11-yr rap. The banks never did recover the funds. Hans did his time and, last I heard he was on his 110′ yacht in the Carib. Let’s see … would you trade 11-yrs in Club Fed for $200 million? Sounds like a great retirement plan to me. While I was celling w/Hans, he even received a letter from Deutsche Bank assuring him that his job awaited his release. We got a few more laughs from that. I remain close friendships w/a number of my former cellmates. It’s an international club. Doctoral-level graduates of capitalism (just not from Harvard).
I’m sure you’ve heard of Watergate. A president was forced to resign (the first in history), a US Attys General and a number of others were convicted and sent to prison. (Could you imagine that happening today?) The reporters for the Washington Post, Woodward and Bernstein, got much of their info from an inside source they called “Deep Throat.” That turned out to be Mark Felt, Associate Director of the FBI. (Got a few more stories there…)

Felt’s advice to the reporters: Follow the Money. There it is: Capitalism-101. For corporatist-political-crime, that’s about as clear as one can get. Where are all those surviving players today? Working for big $$ finance firms, and being interviewed for their current “political and economic” opinions on Fox News, CNN, et al. So you tell me . . . does crime pay? (PS: I’m not talkin’ about the robber-schlep that walks outta the front door of a bank w/a few measley $$ in his pocket. I’m talkin’ about the $billions that go out the back door.)
When Bush & Cheney were (s)elected to the White House by the Gang-of-Five co-conspirators on the US Supreme Court (having heisted the election), one of the first things they did is gut Clinton’s anti-terror/Al Qaeda/bin Laden initiatives.

Just business...

Just business…

The Bushes & Cheney had considerable history and business w/the Saudis and the Bin Laden Group … thick as thieves. They consciously and deliberately ignored all evidence that these Salafist fanatics were also terrorists. To the Bushes & Cheney it was just business… Enter 9/11.
I presume they thought at first when the hit was so massive: Holy Shit ! WTF!! But they soon recovered … “Oh well, how we gonna profit from this and keep our asses outta the line of fire?!?” (Hey! When you own the gov’t and its police, intel, military, etc., what’s the problem?)
When 9/11 occurred, there was a missed opportunity that we and the world are paying for to this day… The corporateers couldn’t afford to regard terrorism as a “criminal” offense, per se. Who knows where that could lead? People might actually start “following the money.”
When we sanction individual/group criminal actions as war, and corporations as “too big to fail,” we empower them and their “ideology.”
A lesson many might take to heart: Capitalism is not “simply” an “ideology.” It’s a CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY.
…and maybe it just takes one to know one

Dr. Publico (Nick Medvecky, PsyD), October 2014