Evo Morales Challenging Media to Read Between the Lines of “The Big White Lie”
Bolivian President Evo Morales earlier this week held up a book, titled “La Guerra Falsa,” for the world to see.
The tome Morales displayed for the cameras on March 3 at a military ceremony in La Paz, Bolivia is the Spanish-language version of “The Big White Lie,” a book penned by former DEA undercover agent Mike Levine. The book exposes the CIA’s corrupt involvement in the drug war, including its role in the “cocaine coup” in Bolivia in 1980.
The U.S. mainstream media coverage meme now argues that when Morales kicked the DEA out of Bolivia in 2008, it opened the door to widespread narco-corruption, as evidenced by the recent arrest in Panama of Bolivia’s former top counternarcotics cop, Rene Sanabria.
Morales’ critics contend Bolivia’s stability is in jeopardy because it has become a magnet for global narco-trafficking since the DEA’s departure. Consequently, the critics argue, Morales should let the U.S. counter-drug agency back onto Bolivian soil.
Morales, though, is steadfast in his refusal to change course on that front, given the reasons for making that decision in the first place seem to remain valid concerns in his mind.
“Morales [in 2008] accused the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration of espionage and funding “criminal groups” trying to undermine his government,” states a 2008 AP story.
A more recent Associated Press story, published this past Friday, states that the former commander of Bolvia’s anti-narcotics police force, Sanabria, was detained in late February of this year in Panama, along with co-conspirator Marcelo Foronda, and both were subsequently deported to the United States. Sanabria, who at the time of his arrest was serving as an intelligence advisor to Morales’ government, was the target of a DEA cocaine-trafficking sting that had been ongoing for some two years, a Wall Street Journal story reports.
The undercover DEA operation was undertaken without the approval or knowledge of the Bolivian government, according to an unnamed official quoted in the AP article.
“The official would not say whether the U.S. had information to suggest corruption in Morales’ administration reached higher than Sanabria,” the AP reports.
Seemingly implied by the statement above as one possible conspiracy theory is that Morales’ administration may be corrupt to its core, and Morales (the former head of the indigenous coca-growers union in Bolivia, where the coca leaf is considered sacred and chewing it an ancient tradition) is either a clueless dupe or himself involved deeply in narco-trafficking — despite Morales’ professed policy of having zero tolerance for cocaine trafficking.
Or could another possbile scenario be in play here, as Morales seems to be suggesting?
Could Sanabria’s arrest instead be evidence of another “cocaine coup” in the making? Might that be the message Morales is sending by displaying Levine’s book for the world to see in the wake of the arrest of Bolivia’s counternarcotics chief?
That conspiracy theory might sound outlandish to some. But then history isn’t a subject everyone is equally comfortable embracing.
From an essay written by Levine that discusses the “cocaine coup” in Bolivia:
On July 17, 1980, for the first time in history, drug traffickers actually took control of a nation. It was not just any nation, it was Bolivia, at the time the source of virtually 100 percent of the cocaine entering the United States. The “Cocaine Coup” was the bloodiest in Bolivia’s history. It came at a time that the US demand for cocaine was skyrocketing to the point that, in order to satisfy it, suppliers had to consolidate raw materials and production and get rid of inefficient producers. Its result was the creation of what came to be known as La Corporacion — The Corporation — in essence, the General Motors or OPEC of Cocaine.
Immediately after the coup production of cocaine increased massively until, in short order, it outstripped supply. It was the true beginning of the cocaine and crack “plague” as the media and hack politicians never tire of calling it. July 17, 1980 is truly a day that should live in equal infamy along with December 7th, 1941. There are few events in history that have caused more and longer lasting damage to our nation.
What America was never told, in spite of mainstream media having the information and a prime, inside source who was ready to go public with the story, was that the coup was carried out with the aid and participation of Central Intelligence. The source would also testify and prove that, in order to carry out that coup, the CIA, State and Justice departments had to combine forces to protect their drug dealing assets by destroying a DEA investigation—US v Roberto Suarez, et al. How do I know? I was that inside source.
Sanabria’s case is now pending in federal court in Miami, where earlier this week he pled not guilty to the charges against him, according to media reports.
Whatever the course of Sanabria’s case, it seems clear that Bolivia is once again in the thick of drug-war intrigue in which the truth is always illusive and the “Big White Lie” often right in front of our faces.
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