July 23rd, 2014
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DRUG CARTELS AND U-BOATS

I had fully intended these next two weeks’ worth of blogs to be mostly about technological and cultural issues, but, as usual, on my normal surf through the always-rewarding and information-laden website of Russia Today (rt.com), I found once again that the government-sponsored Russian news service is reporting on an interesting development: the use of U-boats by the international drug cartels, to smuggle drugs:

Feds helpless in fight with drug cartel submarines

Eat your heart out Grossadmiral Doenitz; you could have had your U-boats, torpedoes, wolfpacks and drugs too!

That may seem like a wry and perhaps inappropriate joke, until one considers the implications here, and the things not being said in the article, but which, we may rest assured, rt.com – given its connections to the Russian government – probably already knows. Here are the implications:

  1. U-boats aren’t inexpensive; they’re costly;
  2. Training crews for submarine duty is also costly, thus implying this is a major investment for the cartels;
  3. The cartels are giving the nice shiny new US Coast Guard cutters runs for their money, meaning, that whatever these Medellin u-boats are, they’re not some patched up World War Two American, Japanese, German, British, Italian, or Russian navy surplus;
  4. This also means the crews are trained well enough to avoid American interdiction efforts, implying again a major financial commitment and some professional training of those crews;
  5. This means the drug cartels are investing significant money into their u-boat fleet, and this implies that they will attempt to buy “state of the art” equipment from those suppliers that would sell such equipment (maybe Russia, maybe Germany, maybe France…);
  6. the drug cartels, as most are aware, are deeply in bed with elements of American and other western intelligence (and some would say, I among them, with a rogue group within American intelligence, or a rogue group that has spun off from American intelligence);
  7. the drug cartels are – per the research of Henrik Krueger in The Great Heroin Coup – deeply penetrated by the postwar international Fascista (or whatever one wishes to call it, the point being, the Regia Marina, Kriegsmarine,and IJN had a little submarine experience under their belts, and the USN and RN even more so, and more recently at that)…
  8. Thus: buying u-boats and training crews implies, at some point, oligarchical complicity in the transfer of such capabilities to the cartels, via cut-out, international arms dealers, payments by, say, oh…. cash, drugs, bullion, bearer bonds, that sort of thing.

All humor aside: it looks like the really big people behind the cartels in the crazy world of intelligence-Mafia-Fascista interface are making good and sure that that drug money keeps rolling in… it’s a nice source of off-the-books funding for, oh….you know… covert operations, secret research, and stuff like that. And on the bright side, the same wonderful group of people can then turn around and demand – through their sock puppets, shills, and stooges in public politics – an increase in the funding for the “war on drugs” to upgrade equipment and give the Coast Guard missile cruisers and aircraft carriers(and the cartels will have to respond by buying their own aircraft carriers)… we can try to steal the cartels’ version of the Enigma encoding-decoding machine, and have a brand-spanking-new Battle of the Atlantic right here in our own back yard (the Caribbean Sea) with our own version of Admiral Tovey(that’s the good guy folks), and Admiral Doenitz(that’s the bad guy)…

All humor aside, the “drug war” has now become an “arms race” and the same people behind both sides will profit…so….

…sigh… Wait for it folks… the Congressional hearings, the quiet minutes with somber and stern-faced talking heads on Faux News and talk radio (if it makes the news at all)interviewing alarmed admirals opening the first salvos for requests for more funds, bigger boats, driving up the cost of drugs as more cargoes are interdicted, forcing the cartels to buy bigger and better U-boats, find better mercenary admirals to run their fleets (there are a few naval veterans in Latin America I hear… or maybe they’re already running some schools…hmmmm….)

See you on the flip side…

26 Responses to DRUG CARTELS AND U-BOATS

  1. Reno says:

    DHS has been building semisubmersibles since 2008 to mimic the smugglers’ subs and to test their remote sensing capabilities.

  2. liquid911 says:

    “A journey, they say, which can carry 10 tons of cocaine from Ecuador to Los Angeles without ever being noticed.”

    Hmm, seems Charlie Sheen is going to have to find a new way to transport his monthly supply from now on.

    :P

  3. paddy fields says:

    Where have you been? I have been posting drug sub items for years!! In the interests of economy, they are now building their own subs, having hired technicians.

  4. Johnycomelately says:

    A dead giveaway as to whose running the trade is the rise of Kosovo Albanians as major players in the European drug trade.

    Building the largest base since the Vietnam war in the backwaters of the Balkans makes no sense at all unless of course the Germans were reneging on their ‘agreements’.

    • RaPhi says:

      Hey, Johnny, I don’t quite understand what you mean. Linking German interests would be verrrry interesting. I guess anything in the area would get the attention of the largest western European county.

      But the response by NATO to what was happening in Kosovo 1998, although probably based on intel not all that accurate, was allegedly to help the Muslim Albanians, the majority in Kosovo, from being wiped out by the Serbs. Thus the subsequent war crimes trial of people like Milosevic.

      But it’s likely more complex than what we in the west know. Yugoslavia always was a mess. Although most of the time the groups managed to live with each other. The Serbs were Eastern Orthodox even before the Russians. From their point of view, Croats became Catholic as an abandonment of their faith to gain western protection. The Muslims similar during the Ottoman empire. Kosovo was was the Serbs (and other Christians) fought the Ottomans in 1389.

      The Serbs joined with the Russians in WWII, the other two groups were with the Germans. Tito could manage fractious Yugoslavia because he was an ethnic Croat, but as a Communist, was on the Allied side in WWII. Fast forward to the break-up. The Russians are still in the throes of their own recovery. Germany, Britain, and the US had an excuse for a large presence in the Balkans that is against Russian interests. And while supposedly “helping,” it’s another slap at the Islamic world as not being able to defend their own.

      So then isn’t the resulting western military base more of an affront to Russia than something in any way interfering with German interests?

  5. Hammer says:

    I just think it`s interesting that the elites smuggle drugs with submarines. What do they smuggle? Heroin and cacaine, naturally based substances. Many of those in Hitler`s staff were morphine or heroin addicted. When their supply got cut off, Hitler`s scientists invented an artificial substitute for heroin that they called, “Dolphine” after Adolph Hitler. That is what we know today as methadone. The difference is heroin is better as far as the effects are concerned. Both are highly addictive but to come clean from heroin doesn`t take as long as it does from methadone. But the elites are taking these drugs like kids in a candy store just like Queen Victoria was taking laudanam or liquid opium. It`s a fascinating story originating from Kew Gardens in London.

  6. Everett Mann says:

    I occurred to me that a fishing boat and a sidescan sonar could pick up these guys. For about 1200 bucks we could pick up one of these guys, set the crew adrift, air out the “officer” ( we all know what company he works for ), snort the coke and then scuttle the boat in Bikini Bay, St. Thomas. Then, we could make up whatever story we wanted and sell it to Time like everyone else does. In any event, they wouldn’t be hard to catch with a little air and sea snooping.

  7. Jon Norris says:

    Actually, submarines today are far easier to run, as one can see by visiting sites like:

    http://www.ussubmarines.com

    a builder of luxury subs for the ultra rich (there are others as well).

    With state of the art controls and electronics, these subs can do some pretty amazing things – including having a 3500 mile range, 300 meter operating depth, a 140 hour submerged endurance, and docking for minisubs and divers.

    Some will operate with a crew of 3 or 4. You can also have custom designed subs built with different features – greater range, more cargo space, more speed, etc.

    These things are popular with billionaires like Paul Allen – check out his mega yacht, Octopus – crewed by ex-Navy SEALS – helicopters, minisub, real James Bond stuff, right out of Thunderball.

    There is at least one yacht management firm who specializes in putting together crews like Allen’s.

    I think you’ll find it is far easier to put together such a fleet than you think – at least for the very rich (which drug cartels are…)

    And that is just one “legit” builder in the U.S.; there must be many more, some far less visible.

    Then there are the commercially available drones beginning to flood the market, which would make great tools for drug smugglers. They could easily be launched from the decks in low light or at night. They could fly low enough to avoid detection and drop cargo in remote places without risking pilots who might talk if captured.

    And that doesn’t even take into consideration applying remote controls to regular aircraft.

    • RaPhi says:

      Navy Seals may make an impressive deck crew, but they aren’t marine engineers or deck officers.

      High tech automation can mean fewer unlicensed crew, but also requires more from the officers. Even among us hard shell fossils, that’s three to four years of schooling plus years of experience. And most of us went for upgrade training every few years. Some of which is required. Point is that we skilled working people aren’t just easily interchangeable cogs.

      A crew of “3-4″ might be okay for a short day run, but not for weeks or months of commerical operations. Probably then two sets. More if there is other gear to consider.

      More importantly to the scenario here, as I said, that does indeed mean limited space and the need for places to obtain food and fuel. Probably enough space for an evap unit, so water supply aboard.

      Good point about drones, etc. But delivery can be quite simple. In the old low tech days, drug drops were done in things like crab pots. Which have locators. Small boats owned by locals would retrieve them, and they don’t look out of place at all.

  8. RaPhi says:

    All sorts of wtf flags here. I worked in ship engine rms. for more than 12 years; I know therefore what “fleets” of u-boats implies.

    1. Well-trained crew. Captains, radio oprs, and especially engine room. Can’t do this with three week wonders, or even three months. Most likely well-paid. Well, there are lots of unemployed military and merchant marine people in the US alone.

    2. They’re submarines! The lack of space is bad enough on a full-sized cargo vessel. So then not only limited room for product, but the crew has to be people who are calm and who can get along with each other.

    3. There are logistical considerations. Given the limited storage, I’d bet there are places along their routes where they take on fuel and food.

    4. In 1979, when I was in marine engineering school, we watched the USCG bring into port a large old wodden sailboat that had been running marijuana. It was spotted by the “weather” satellite because it was steering an odd zig-zag course up the coast. So then what can be observed 30 years later? These things can’t be unnoticed!

    5. The expertise US intelligence agents gained by running heroin out of SE Asia and cocaine in Central America means efficient managers who know how to keep the operation running smoothy. And they have plenty of connections.

    Gen. Smedley Butler ought to be required reading for all US high school kids. Falling wages, a fading middle class. The de facto economic draft. Then come home to an epidemic of crack, crank, and H. Creates great “market opportunities” and immobilizes the discontented peasantry.

    That comes pretty close to my definition of evil.

  9. LSM says:

    “Grossadmiral Doenitz; you could have had your U-boats, torpedoes, wolfpacks and drugs too!”- are we too naive to assume the Nazis were too busy with the war machine to ignore drugs?- war and drugs have always held hands-

    neither your research (which I very greatly admire- you know that already- otherwise I wouldn’t be here) nor that of Peter Levenda (whose rerearch I also greatly admire) among many others has for one second addressed this concept-

    “All humor aside, the “drug war” has now become an “arms race” and the same people behind both sides will profit…”-

    all “humor” aside: well, no shit!-

    so why do people still blindly consider “conventional” warfare and “drug wars” to be different entities?- wherever there is war there are always drugs involved-

    and we can be sure the Nazis were no different-

    Larry

  10. markLouis says:

    Well, there is one little country across the Atlantic that has a history of running drugs into another country to further their own economic and political ends. But, that having been said, if the past victim of that horrible practice turns it around and aims it at the West, could anyone blame them? So, I’d look first at the little country east of us, or then at the big country west of us.

    • amunaor says:

      How about the country that is US, the one in the mirror, with patriot Olie North waving back at ya, and Enron the drug money laundry mat, the cess-pool on the hill….etc, etc?

      The forrest isn’t that thick, is it?

      • HAL838 says:

        No, deforestation was bad ENOUGH;
        CHEMTRAILING is killing off the trees !!!

        And we are ALL starting to suffer from LACK OF OXYGEN.
        Yes, I think we should ALL put
        “all humor aside……”
        unless WE want to DIE LAUGHING…………….

        • HAL838 says:

          The three stooges
          was funny (?)
          but real life ends when beating each other
          over the head in every scene.

          Even insanity can be, and is, portrayed as HUMOR,
          but do you ALL want to keep being ruled by it ???

    • hal Hichler says:

      I don’t know why anyone would have to go to the trouble of getting submarines to smuggle drugs into the US. This country is so hopelessly corrupt anyone could bribe their way in with drugs. Just find some Southern Governor who will let you land your coke filled planes in his state. Or a port official who will look the other way when you bring a container full of cocaine into New Jersey. And we know who is bringing the heroin in so who is going to stop them? They just unload it at the military base in the region that it is being sold. I won’t even get into that little middle eastern country that makes all the XTC nowadays. You know nobody’s stopping one of their drug filled cargo planes or one of their passport holders at the NYC airport with his duffle bag full of product. I wouldn’t be surprised if their ambassador brings it in on his plane under the guise of diplomatic immunity.

      And I know for a fact that same little, but powerful country is now up to their eyeballs in the Columbian drug trade. IF an Israeli drug dealer talked a witless Columbian drug kingpin to buy a few submarines from his cousin Shlomo the arms dealer in Tel Aviv, I would believe that. In fact, I doubt there are very few intelligence services on this planet who don’t smuggle drugs into the US as a side venture. And I would second Mark Louis’s astute point about the Chinese getting revenge and taking the western imperialist slobs down the easy way.

      The only way the submarine drug runners would be credible to me is if the ATF, Israel (Russian mafia), or the CIA had such a stranglehold on the drug trade, that upstart south American drug dealers did it out of clever necessity. My other guess is that the submarine fleet is a backhanded way for a South American country assisted by Russia (Germany?) to build an armada and not be on the Pentagon’s radar. If the Pentagon thinks the submarines are for drug smuggling they will put it in the coast guard’s jurisdiction and forget all about it. Or they will know they are not supposed to deal with real threats to the American people like the scourge of drugs because the generals know the drug trade is controlled by the men they take orders from. Imagine an unaccounted for submarine fleet suddenly harassing US ships and the coast of Florida when the big war breaks out? How about all those Russian fighter jets hidden in the jungles of Cuba and Venezuela? That’s a quick flight to Miami and Naples.

      My only other guess would be, like the underground bases, there is more stuff going on beneath the sea that we can’t even guess. Elites traveling from their estates in Paraguay via submarines to underwater cities, fortresses or to visit their alien masters who have been living under the Oceans for eons.

      • HAL838 says:

        Modern [uhg] economy is based on debt,
        which in turn depends on wasting,
        and THEY ALL like to do that !

        It’s a rooster thing and who’s got the,
        well, you know…most to waste.

        “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” is an old movie.
        The rest of US are still in caves compared to what
        THEY know.

      • RaPhi says:

        Your scenario for a more likely reason for a fleet of subs makes sense.

        As do the comments about port officials. Everyone in the shipping industry realizes how vulnerable ports are. See all that foreign-flagged containerized cargo? How much of it do you think is screened prior to entering US waters? (Or entering any other country, for that matter.) Would take many, many more people and expensive equipment. Plus slow down the flow of uh,… commerce.

        The great irony being that US Merchant Marine credentials require a federal check. Plus anyone working in a port, on a US ship, or delivering to a port has to have a transportation workers’ ID card, another federal clearance. Credentials which have to be renewed every few years, a process that takes several months.

        It’s the appearance of safety that counts, right? I guess if you pile the paper high enough, it serves as insulation.

  11. terminally skeptical says:

    Guess this war comes complete with torpedoes and all, some of which are slated for any sub that doesn’t carry a I.F.F signal. The arena has shifted. What next? Will they start intercepting unmanned chemtrail sprayers and convert them into drug flyers? Or better still will these planes start running dual mission simultaneously? And as Joseph pointed out more budget allocation to fight “the bad guys” while the black ops go about their accustomed way.

    Without a hint of facetiousness are the Nazis getting their market share in all of this and does their technology provide them with a cloaking mechanism?

    I tell ya it’s enough to make ya start doing drugs

    • HAL838 says:

      No, it SHOULD be enough to make you [say]
      nuff is not snuff because
      enough is ENOUGH !!

      The economy has always been a see/saw.
      As the [legimate] economy goes down,
      the [illegimate] goes up…..
      somewhat VICE versa with a minor glitch
      in the what-goes-down-must-come-up…
      some never resurface, but ‘growth’ must be fed;
      so…fed what (?)
      There is always a limit, however, to ANY growth !

      It comes TIME that an
      Event/Happening/Apocalpse (?)
      becomes necessary and NOT disappointed.