Note of disclosure: I have known Mike Levine some 17 years or so and he calls me a friend and I call him a friend; though we have not met face-to-face, I knew of his work and he of mine and we have maintained a friendship over the years and distances that has led me to have a great deal of respect for this man. He is the real deal no doubt. And he is the reason why we can never allow the decent and courageous in law enfocement, such as Mike Levine, Kiki Camarena and others, who just wanted to do the jobs they were sworn to do (to help to liberate people from the scourge of drugs) to be lumped in with a broad brush with those in law enforcement and intelligence who were/are naked criminals, fascists, poseurs and worse.
For example, as someone 66 years old, I remember vividly, those pioneers in same-gender marriage J “Edna” Hoover and Clyde Tolson, when they were shitting all over the U.S. Constitution and engaged in outright extortion, blackmail, illegal surveillance and black bag jobs (see former FBI Special Agent Wesley Swearingen), COINTELPRO (I and my family were targets) and so many lives of innocents ruined. The fact that the FBI Building, an Agency of the Department of JUSTICE is named after J “Edna” Hoover ( a vile hypocritical homophobe) is like having a shelter for battered women named after TED BUNDY; it is an obscenity and does not speak well for where the FBI’s head still is at.
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One of my programs with Mike on the subject of the naked racism and shameless hypocrisy in using the name “Geronimo” for Osama bin Ladin (not for the operation even as the White House later lied about, for bin Ladin himself–then the White House lied as there was a reaction to the use of the name Geronimo by some) then in the archives under the program Geronimo you will find the program along with many other fascinating programs that Mike and Mark have done over the years.
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Bolivian President Bans DEA from Bolivia, Citing Book ‘La Guerra Falsa’ (The Big White Lie) by Former DEA Agent Michael Levine
On 3/3/11, President Evo Morales vowing that DEA would not be permitted to enter Bolivia, cited the book, La Guerra Falsa (The Big White Lie) as proof of CIA’S use of the War on Drugs to manipulate his and other governments.
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ENGLISH VERSION OF LA GUERRA FALSA
“The truth is that the only thing white about their lies is the thousands of tons of cocaine that have almost buried us because of their actions.”
Stone Ridge, NY (PRWEB) March 6, 2011
When Bolivian president Evo Morales held up the book “La Guerra Falsa” (The Big White Lie) by Michael Levine for the photo that would rocket around the world, claiming that it was proof of DEA and CIA protecting the biggest drug traffickers in the world and using the drug war to manipulate, control and even overthrow governments, he was wrong about one thing: “The Big White Lie” does not blame DEA; it lays the blame exclusively on CIA.
For photo: *http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/03/AR2011030303976.html
English paraphrase of speech:
***Spanish language articles paraphrasing the actual statement made by Morales: http://informe21.com/politica/evo-morales-ningun-militar-extranjero-armado-ni-dea-volveran-bolivia
The Big White Lie by Michael Levine and Laura Kavanau, published in 1993, is an insider’s account of a deep cover sting operation (US v Roberto Suarez et al and Operation Hun – See “The Big White Lie, Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1993) that was called the “greatest undercover sting operation in narcotics history” by Penthouse Magazine, (August 1992, by Jonathan Kandell). A covert operation that succeeded in penetrating to the top of the cocaine trafficking world at a time when the Bolivian Cartel run by Roberto Suarez was responsible for more than 90% of the cocaine in the world.
(Testimony of Felix Milian Rodriguez, convicted Medellin Cartel money-launderer before US Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism and International Communications, 1-26-87).
Based on secretly tape-recorded conversations and video-tapes, The Big White Lie is a non-fiction, fly-on-the-wall look at how an undercover team of DEA agents posing as an American Mafia family—with the secret aid of the then Bolivian government— succeeded in uncovering what would soon become La Corporacion – the General Motors of cocaine; the prime source of America’s crack cocaine explosion, only to learn that the cartel leaders were CIA assets. Called a book that “reads like an edge of your seat thriller” by the NY Times (Treaster review 1/23/94) it is a blow-by-blow account of how the kind of CIA ineptitude, mismanagement and corruption that led to 9-11, turned the biggest victory of our War on Drugs into its biggest defeat. It is the true story behind the “Coca Revolution,” the most violent revolution in that country’s history.
From author’s Introduction of The Big White Lie:
“In these pages I will lead you through the deep cover odyssey that I lived for six years. You will hear the words I heard, witness what I and others did, and learn the real reasons behind our cocaine and crack epidemic — the ones your elected representatives hid from you in secret sessions behind closed doors and a misuse of the secrecy laws that must have had our founding fathers twisting in their graves.
“I will give you a fly-on-the-wall look at how the CIA perverts the American justice system by protecting drug dealers and murderers from prosecution; at how even federal judges and prosecutors alleged to have violated narcotic laws were protected from investigation; at how a beautiful South American woman called ‘the Queen of Cocaine,’ by Pablo Escobar, responsible for shipping more cocaine into the United States than any one person I had ever known, was able to seduce the CIA into destroying her competitors, protecting her from prosecution, and paying her a small fortune in taxpayer dollars for her ‘services’; at how the only ruling government of Bolivia that ever wanted to help DEA defeat their drug barons was paid for its faith in our sincerity with torture and death at the hands of CIA-sponsored paramilitary terrorists under the command of fugitive Nazi war criminals. And finally, you will realize, as I did, the ultimate betrayal of America; how, without the CIA’s protection and support the resultant crack/cocaine epidemic might never have occurred.
“Without further ado, enter the inner sanctum of the biggest, whitest, deadliest lie of them all: the war on drugs.”
All the assertions of this book as to CIA’s role in protecting and aiding and abetting some of the world’s biggest cocaine traffickers, in particular those in Bolivia, would later be corroborated by testimony of CIA Inspector General Fredrick Hitz before Congress, public statements made by top DEA officials, and the work of some of our countries best investigative journalists.
See: Consortium News
“CIA are drug smugglers” Robert Bonner, DEA Administrator, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_UbAmRGSYw
See Frontline interview of Hitz:
Baltimore Chronicle Article: “In 1998, CIA’s Inspector General Frederick Hitz confirmed the earlier allegations of extensive cocaine trafficking by the Contras, including significant ties to Bolivia’s traffickers. Hitz also cited a partially redacted document referring to a “religious” group cooperating with the Contra-cocaine trade.”
For history of CIA bungling and inability to handle and control criminal assets, see Crier Report:
For a Spanish language interview of Michael Levine about “La Guerra Falsa, see: http://tu.tv/videos/la-guerra-falsa
For additional information or author interviews contact
Sentac International Investigations
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