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Narco dollars for Beginners: How the Money Works in the Illicit Drug Trade - Catherine Austin Fitts

Reading an article here on the DP about real estate by Catherine Austin Fitts, I found a link in the comments section at the site of the original article which lead me to this article on illicit drug money. Don't miss the explanation of how the drug money affects the economy.

October 24, 2001

Narcodollars for Beginners: How the Money Works in the Illicit Drug Trade

Part I in a Series by Catherine Austin Fitts


Part 2- the Narco Money Map


Part 3- Drugs as Currency


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TY very much for posting

"In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all -- security, comfort, and freedom. When ... the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free."

Awesome story, read like a

Awesome story, read like a novel. Unfortunately she's probably right. What gets me is that this is proof beyond a doubt that given a true free market including fair taxes, crime would be almost wiped out. She says that society always needs something in the shadows to profit from, but it's government that creates those shadows simply by its existence.

I remember reading Gary Webb

Rumors around here were he was killed, but you know about rumors. He may have had a Hunter Thompson moment. But what moved me was the two gunshot wounds to the head. How does one fire two rounds to the head? Maybe a double barreled shotgun? My knowledge of firearms is insufficient. In any case it was a rumor spread by conspiracy theorists in the area in 2004.

If one can get people to read this and maybe Rich Dad Poor Dad I think it will help people. But the title of the piece should read differently for the masses. I agree with the author's title but most people won't get past the first paragraph. We here at the DP will, but we aren't most people.

Rich Dad Poor Dad I think is a better (but more expensive) alternative.

Gary Webb's story is more in rank with actually telling the story of the ABC's and their cronies. I think I read this story by the woman a while ago, but I enjoyed it as well (again?)

here you go to Webb's story:


How things REALLY are - for those who are not satisifed...

Bumpety - Bump - Bump
Catherine Austin Fitts knows how things REALLY ARE. We have much to learn from this balanced, seasoned & decades-informed individual. Those who sincerely want to understand & are not satisfied with the surface one-liners will not be disappointed in reading her articles. The rest can by-pass her.

Super informative, thoughtful articles.

Go ahead and read -- you won't be sorry. Much more interesting and fun reading than it sounds from the title. The author has actually been persecuted like the Will Smith character in "Enemy of the State" (one of my favorite movies) for exposing some heavy truths about narco-dollars.

The author's conclusions about possible solutions are blue-sky nonsense, but one thing that's pretty clear is that we won't be seeing any legal or political solutions, either; as with so many things, government is not merely "the problem, not the solution" -- government is the enemy.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...

Ya, it was pretty disappointing

to read that once people figured out that their investments would collapse without the narco dollars, that they would no longer support legalizing drugs to end the narco dollars.

I am Ron Paul.

Excellent article. This helps

Excellent article. This helps to explain why although the war on drugs is such an obvious failure, ending it will be very difficult. Thanks for posting!