In the aftermath of the "coup" in Turkey, there has been so much speculation on who was behind it, and why, that adding yet more grist to the mill may seem counterproductive. After all, too much grist and the mill simply ceases to function. But a regular reader here, Ms. S.H. found this important article, and it's significant enough that I thought it deserved to be passed along:

As you'll note, the essence of the article is that the drug trade in opium flows from Afghanistan through Incirlik airbase - which, notably, the Sultan has turned on the power again and allowed NATO bombing missions to continue- and from Incirlik on to the markets in North America and, presumably, Europe.

There's some nuggets in this article, however, that contain their own clues for some high octane speculation, from the "globalization" of the drug trade:

But quality heroin has done a bit of “Globalization” in its own right, as such “good dope” is no longer the purview of Eastern regions exclusively. Shortly after Colombia and neighboring nations stepped up production of high-grade white heroin, Mexican Cartels (spearheaded by the Sinaloas) abandoned their position as lowly black-tar producers and middle-men, turning Guerrero’s staple cash crop from avocados to poppy in just a few short years: the formation of "Drug trusts" (somewhat misnamed "Cartels") controlling the entire process from production to distribution, and even allegations that "GMO opium" has also entered the stream of the drug trade:

Some have even speculated that this global heroin explosion and corresponding quality increase is due, in no small part, to the emergence of Genetically Modified poppy plants. While hard evidence of this claim remains elusive, in a world where even GM yeast has proven effective in producing opiods, the thought can hardly be dismissed outright.

All this leads to the following thesis:

This investigation started with questions about the future of the NATO-backed drug terminal run out of Incirlik Air Base amidst ongoing political instability in Turkey; and while this author has succeeded in documenting CIA’s longstanding “alternative” to Incirlik being rapidly built up in West Africa as well as the fever-pitch of development to turn Southern Mexico into the next Northern Afghanistan, I must confess that I do not know exactly what this spells for the future of Turkish regime change.

I can, however, posit a hypothesis: As international gold reserves between West and East are being globalized, world currency holdings between nations via the SDR are being globalized, and the “new energy paradigm” of Agenda 21 is being globalized, is it inconceivable to think that the global drug trade, too, is being “equitably internationalized?”

Unfortunately, I don’t have the answer to this question – but I bet a fly on the wall at last week’s meeting between John Kerry and Vladimir Putin could shed some light on the situation.

So let's do a bit of high octane speculation. Most readers here are aware that Sultan Erdogan was involved in corruption of his own, soaking up money from ISIS's oil trade and shipments via Turkey, until Mr. Putin put an end to that. Let us also recall that recent revelations indicate that Erdogan's government was warned by Russia of an impending coup. Most of the speculation out there has centered upon the idea that with the apparent extent of the coup, it would have been impossible for at least someone's intelligence services picking up on it. But the entrance of the drug trade into the picture alters this consideration, and not inconsiderably.  I take it as a given that the drug trade is not a CIA-only affair, but rather, that it is the principal means for most intelligence agencies to have access to funds free from the oversight of their respective governments, and that thus, the international "mafia" forms a kind of network of its own, a kind of "power of attorney" for all these intelligence agencies, a kind of "Sullivan and Cromwell" of the underworld, a firm that will broker for anyone for a "cut of the action". At this deep level, the CIA, FSI, MI6, Mossad, GRU, and so on, are all interconnected. It is an underground information flow. The article itself mentions the late Gary Webb's research into illicit drug operations of the American intelligence community in this regard. But we might equally mention Stephen Handelman's Comrade Criminal: Russia's New Mafiya and its overtones of Russian-KGB and GRU involvement in these drug(and teror) networks for some time. So, could this coup, which followed so quickly upon Mr. Erdogan's sudden about-face in the Middle East, have provided Mr. Erdogan a golden opportunity not only to break with his Suni-Wahhabist allies of yesterday to pursue Turkey's own Sufist version of Islamicization, but also have afforded him the opportunity to cash in on a relationship with Russia and China and their "silk road" project, including a hefty piece of the action for the drug trade?

And let's not hold back in our high octane speculations: could drugs and the domination of Central Asia poppy fields and distribution routes, be what this is all about?

I don't know about you, but I have a strong suspicion that this is the case.

See you on the flip side...

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Pellevoisin on July 25, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    The real winner in the coup theatre is the Prime Minister of Turkey. Had Erdogan died, the PM is the most likely to become the next President. Erdogan’s plans for turning Turkey into a strong Presidential system would have been in the hands of the monster who is PM.

    To my mind there is not enough attention paid to the PM and AK Party chief Binali Yildirim.

    I recall when the Taliban destroyed the poppy fields in Afghanistan and wondered when the CIA would be back to replant the poppy. And as with all things: The spice must flow…

    • Guygrr on July 26, 2016 at 11:10 am

      Today I look back on Dune and think wow, Herbert really was onto something.

      • zendogbreath on July 27, 2016 at 12:58 am

        ya do know who herbert was working for, right?

        • zendogbreath on July 27, 2016 at 12:58 am

          or at least what acronym – who knows who owns that acronym, right?

    • goshawks on July 26, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      One thing that I love about this place is how many readers are tuned-in to science fiction and can use little tidbits and quotes to make a point. Thanks!

  2. Guygrr on July 25, 2016 at 9:16 am

    I was waiting for this angle to be addressed. Isn’t it strange that it always comes back to drugs. I was made aware of an interesting angle to the construction of the railroads here in the United States in the late 19th century, almost immediately the rails were used to smuggle Chineese opium across the country. If 9/11 had drugs at it’s core, it makes sense that the construction of the Silk Road does as well. Drugs/gold are at the heart of everything, there’s a reason heroin addiction numbers have tripled in the last ten years.

    “Some have even speculated that this global heroin explosion and corresponding quality increase is due, in no small part, to the emergence of Genetically Modified poppy plants. While hard evidence of this claim remains elusive, in a world where even GM yeast has proven effective in producing opiods, the thought can hardly be dismissed outright.”

    Wow, guess my research was on point after all.

  3. TonyM on July 24, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Also worth noting that U.S.-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen accussed by Erdogan of masterminding the coup is also deeply embroiled in the international heroin trade (or at least his international Gulen movement is – valued at $50 billion) according to F. William Engdahl in his book The Lost Hegemon.

    • Robert Barricklow on July 24, 2016 at 11:46 am

      Read all his books.
      Target China, Very Good as well.
      He is a must read as is Dr. Farrell.

  4. Tim H on July 23, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    All the more reason to knock prohibition on the head? And here in Oz, a blip on the radar, I know, the word around the campfire is that the bulk of the imported heroin is coming from the Shan States of Burma, part of the seemingly forgotten Golden Triangle. Gee, no CIA history there.

  5. goshawks on July 23, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.” Stupid, since it is mainly quotes from a semi-mainstream author. goshawks – July 23, 2016 at 5:59 pm.

  6. goshawks on July 23, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    I thought that I’d toss this in for yet-another-perspective as to why this area is being fought-over so hard (in addition to oil and drugs)…

    From “Magicians of the Gods” by Graham Hancock, pp. 334-338:

    “In Chapter Fourteen we saw that another group, known as the Sabians and renowned as ‘star-worshippers’, came from even further away as pilgrims to the Pyramids of Giza. Their home city was Harran, located near Göbekli Tepe [formerly known as ‘Portasar’, in Armenian times, p.150] in what is now southeastern Turkey.

    It is a remarkable thing that the ‘pagan’ religion of Harran survived for several hundred years into the Islamic era. This owed much to the acceptance of the Sabians as a ‘people of the book’ (the reader will recall from Chapter Fourteen that they successfully claimed Hermes as their prophet and offered a compilation of the Hermetic texts as their Scriptures).

    Since 8,000BC – 10,000 years ago – marks the approximate epoch in which Göbekli Tepe [‘Portasar’] was abandoned and the last of its stone circles deliberately buried, I was intrigued to learn that the site of Yardimci’s excavations [six km south of Harran, since 2006] has been known as ‘Tell Idris’ – i.e., ‘the settlement mound of Idris’. This is interesting, because Idris, in the Koran, is the name of the Biblical prophet Enoch… Moreover, Muslim traditions associate Idris/Enoch with Hermes.

    With their ability to blend in and survive changing circumstances, with their knowledge of the astronomical qualities of the pyramids preserved until as late as the thirteenth century AD, and with their very name, as Selim Hassan rightly recognized, derived from ‘Sba’, the ancient Egyptian word for ‘star’, the Sabians of Harran have all the hallmarks of carriers of the secret tradition.”

    Combine the above with Andrew Collin’s investigations of the proto-Kurds as intimately associated in distant times with the Watchers, and we may have the REAL reasons why there is intense fighting over the occupation-rights of this large area…

    • Pellevoisin on July 24, 2016 at 12:41 am

      Portasar is not something I would think about related to the coup, but it raises a very interesting point. With the Armenian Genocide great Armenian antiquities, books, records, and treasure flew out of Turkey. That in Cilicia was secreted away to Lebanon, Jerusalem, and Alexandria. Some things were turned over to the Syriac Orthodox in Mosul for safe keeping (let that soak in for a moment). Such things in the East especially near Lake Van were spirited away north as far as Moscow and in another direction to Teheran. Another lot in the East went into Europe to Sofia, to Venice, to Budapest, and especially to Vienna. I wonder if the Germans were led to Portasar (Turks call it Göbekli Tepe) because of one of these items coming into their hands or something simply seized or confiscated by the Ottoman Turk and conveyed to allies in Berlin. Something of this sort may have been behind the hand guiding ISIS to Mosul and to Palmyra.

      • goshawks on July 24, 2016 at 1:59 am

        Pellevoisin, thanks for the wonderful reply. Plenty of info that I had not known. I am glad that many pieces of our history seem to have been saved from the barbarians.

        Similar to that Armenian diaspora of ancient wisdom, I also had mental images of the Tibetan diaspora of ancient wisdom when the Chinese Communists started destroying their cultural wisdom. It seems like there is some force that wants old roots to go away, or at least remain unavailable…

        My comment was not so much about the coup in a specific way, but more on the ‘churning’ that has made the greater Watcher area unsafe/inaccessible to any public archeology or anthropology. If Erdogan’s difficulties result in Turkey descending into violent chaos, I would consider the possibility that this was part of a greater agenda…

        • marcos toledo on July 24, 2016 at 6:33 pm

          Thanks goshawks for connecting Tibet to this ongoing cultural destruction and plunder. This has been standard operations for the last two thousand years erase the past down the memory hole TPTB created Turkey erasing it from the map would be routine to them.

          • Nathan on July 26, 2016 at 6:41 pm

            I agree wholeheartedly Marcos TPTB are definetly hiding and destroying ancient knoweledge that was meant to be passed down through the ages to mankind, instead they covet this knoweledge for themselves

      • DanaThomas on July 24, 2016 at 2:57 am

        Sorry I pressed “report” by accident.
        This is an excellent point, and since there are a lot of libraries worldwide that have dusty collections of archaeological periodicals, there is surely scope for research here…

      • Nathan on July 26, 2016 at 6:40 pm

        Great points pellovison, TPTB have been destroying and hiding the ancients and their technology for a long time, I would think to hide the true origin of man, also to keep the knowledge hidden away from the masses , a very old playbook indeed

    • Guygrr on July 25, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      My thoughts were the same regarding the Turkey Coup, Gobleki Tepi and the Sabians as discussed in Magicians of the Gods. Also there are underground cities in Turkey. Like I commented on last weeks news and views, The Great Babylonian Treasure Hunt continues.

      • goshawks on July 25, 2016 at 4:52 pm

        Guygrr, I tried to reply but “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” Stupid, as it is completely non-controversial. goshawks – July 25, 2016 at 4:50 pm.

      • goshawks on July 25, 2016 at 8:02 pm

        Guygrr, that was interesting – my comment was just ‘disappeared’, probably by Joseph.

        It had to do with the underground cities in Turkey, which is most interesting. (Hancock visited them, and wrote about them in that book.)

        • goshawks on July 26, 2016 at 6:13 pm

          Ah, that was allowable. Let’s see if this is allowable. On the Turkish underground cities, establishment archeologists stated the were built to hide from ground invaders. Non-establishment types pointed-out that this was nonsense, since the dwellers would have to have above-ground food sources, etc., that would quickly give them away. The only ‘hiding’ scenario that made sense was to avoid sporadic aerial reconnaissance…

          (Let’s see if that makes it through.)

        • goshawks on July 26, 2016 at 6:17 pm

          To continue, Hancock noted that the huge underground city which he visited had no aboveground-evidence of the ‘tailings’ removed in the excavation. He did find much deposits in a far-downstream ‘delta’, and wondered how long it would take all that debris to be transported way down there…

          • Roger on July 27, 2016 at 6:46 pm

            A lot of it is probably used as rail road ballast stones and is sold by gravel companies.

          • goshawks on July 29, 2016 at 3:04 am

            Roger, that is what Bolivian companies did with the irreplaceable Tiahuanaco relics. Grrr…

        • goshawks on July 26, 2016 at 6:20 pm

          “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” Well, the second part did not make it past the mods. So, it either has to do with the author’s name or the lack-of-deposits issue. Most interesting…

          goshawks – July 26, 2016 at 6:17 pm.

      • goshawks on July 25, 2016 at 8:04 pm

        “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” This was a short one, in response to the first one being ‘disappeared’. Interesting…

        goshawks – July 25, 2016 at 8:02 pm.

        • zendogbreath on July 27, 2016 at 12:56 am

          i dunno robert. i got less and less faith in graham hancock. fascinating stuff he’s done. his whole cannabis abuse satori via Ayahuasca use thing is kinda tiresome. and probably indicative.

          not that i’m arguing good bad or indifferent with his choices. his judgement and choices just seem a bit less than the well organized objective ideals he works to pretend they are. reminds one of dry drunks at aa meetings snarfing every possible grain based product they can short of alcoholic beverages.

          makes one wonder who got to who here. and what they’re doing and have done to graham.

          • goshawks on July 27, 2016 at 2:50 pm

            ZDB, I mostly stick to Hancock’s ‘travelogues’ of interesting places he actually visits. I find that his descriptions often bring-out nuances that mainstream sources gloss-over or avoid…

          • goshawks on July 27, 2016 at 2:52 pm

            “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” Wow, two innocuous sentences… goshawks – July 27, 2016 at 2:50 pm.

  7. DownunderET on July 23, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Erdagan is a bug looking for windscreen, who knows what is in his mind at the moment. Drugs huh, well that little commodity is a world wide trade and whoever runs it has a very big say in what goes on and what goes off.
    My guess is, and I’ve said it before here, let’s just wait a while and see how this Turkey thing pans out.

    • zendogbreath on July 24, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      he looks more like noriega only with a new and much longer lease on life. and it looks like putin et al just picked up ownership on that lease.

      now if feels like all that obama and putin have to work out is how to transfer ownership of those nukes (or transfer the nukes).

  8. Robert Barricklow on July 23, 2016 at 11:41 am

    The theme here again is:
    The Threat To the Public State From Private and Corporate Power.
    They are not protecting society from drug trafficking; but drug trafficking from civil society.

    • zendogbreath on July 24, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      word robert.

  9. marcos toledo on July 23, 2016 at 11:09 am

    But as I have written before the states of Europe are pseudo-nations. Supertribes masquerading as nations more honestly criminal enterprises if the truth be said. Free trade or trade in general is a façade behind which plunder and destruction is the real motive. The West economy if you can call such is built on two pillars of merchants of death drug pushing and weapons sales. And these pillars are more intertwined when you think of them as ideas as well as physical objects.

    • Nathan on July 23, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      I agree walking dead , except I believe that governments have always done this, the drug trade has always been the most lucrative , it was just they hid it better , now that done even care to hide it well anymore, the public is so brainwashed that they don’t need to

      • zendogbreath on July 24, 2016 at 10:09 pm

        agreed nathan

        gods = guns, oil, drugs, slaves


        how has that changed in the last, oh let’s say, 10 millenia?

  10. WalkingDead on July 23, 2016 at 10:59 am

    We have a military presence in Afghanistan, and I would assume a CIA presence there also. Incirlik airbase is ~2000 miles due west of there. You would have to detour around Iran, making the journey even longer. That seems like a long way to fly drugs from one military base to another; the CIA, being who they are, would provide the security.
    This would mean that the top brass military along the route is also in on the this along with maintenance, refueling, supply, and security forces; as well as the CIA. Everybody gets their small slice of the pie along the route to maintain the secrecy. Those who do not go along with the agenda become “casualties” of the war; everyone else just follows orders and is, more or less, ignorant of the situation.
    Having served in the military myself, I can see how this would work. It saddens me to come to the realization that our nation and its military forces have become this corrupt. Just as a fish rots from the head, so does our nation. The fact that we are even contemplating electing an all too obvious career criminal to the highest office in our government brings this home like a jack hammer.
    We no longer have a government, we have an organized criminal corporation running this country for its own profit. Once we have been disarmed, we are screwed beyond belief. The fact that 90% of the citizens of this once great nation can’t see this is simply amazing. Just about every one I have attempted to discuss any of this with stares at me like I’m some sort of bug or simply refuses to see what’s so obvious. It’s almost as if they are in a hypnotic trance.

    • Don B on July 23, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      You aren’t alone my friend, but there is good news on the horizon with an undercurrent of the Templars, if you want to call it that, are at work and it will get very bloody down the road…. a new and improved Crusade if you will. Sit tight. db

    • zendogbreath on July 24, 2016 at 12:07 am

      that 90% of disbelief you see might be different than you think. some of that 90% might be more jaded and cynical than you. some might be looking ignorantly at you not because they don’t get “it” but because they don’t get how long it took you to get it. have experienced that a couple times while evangelizing a political perspective.

      in terms of your perspective here, if it’s any comfort, from this armchair, it looks like you were far too kind in you summary of the situation – both in severity and in timeframe.

  11. Aridzonan_13 on July 23, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Again, a line from Frank Zappa,”Dope is a plot by the Government to keep young people stupid and w/o amibition”. Sharing info and drug moneys are a quick way to make friends & influence people. A snippet of info the East India Company founded HSBC.. So, Intel, Narcotics and Banking appear to be an major underpinning of Wester Civ.. Oil and Dope have driven US foreign policies for years. Hence, the MX opium explosion and LENR tech on the horizon to offset FedGov.Inc’s loss of control over petroleum and Afghanistan/Turkey.

    • Aridzonan_13 on July 23, 2016 at 11:01 am

      The GMO angle is very intersting. My SWAG is, that when the $FRN loses WRC status. They’ll legalize pot to act as a revenue source for the States. However, it will be GMO pot.. Kiss those SAT scores and critical thinking skills good-bye!!

    • MxFusion on July 24, 2016 at 10:00 am

      Aridzonan_13, That’s a good remark by Zappa, but he’s a tainted messenger to deliver it. He gave us no clear positive vision or plausible alternative. It was like “don’t screw your mind up with drugs, I’ll do it for you with my music.” His “music” being a sort of zany, avant guard nihilism.

      Fact is, Zappa was part of the 60’s Laurel Canyon Rock music crowd, which has been shown to be psy-ops operation by Intel. Zappa could be considered the “controlled opposition.” Laurel Canyon has long been a CIA haven of safe houses and the at one time secret Intel propaganda film production base called Lookout Mountain.

      For starters and more info check Dave McGowen’s book “Weird Scenes Inside Laurel Canyon: Laurel Canyon, Covert ops & the Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream.”

      • Phil the Thrill on July 25, 2016 at 3:09 pm

        Frank Zappa played with some of the best musicians in the world, not least among them Aynsley Dunbar and Dale Bozzio. Mr. Zappa had a fiercely keen intellect, and he rightly saw in a young Alice Cooper another genius. Mr. Zappa did not deliver a message, as you suggest he should have, because that’s not who he was; he left preaching to preachers. Mr. Zappa’s inestimably valuable contribution to society was being a living affirmation of the noblest pursuit, and the highest exhortation one human can provide another: Be Yourself.

        • MxFusion on July 26, 2016 at 2:46 pm

          I’m not saying that Zappa didn’t have talent, he did, and so did a lot of the Laurel Canyon musicians. Many were only mediocre and were dubbed by studio musicians for their albums.

          But, Intel was in charge of the music companies and they manufactured and ran the Rock music scene. The same with British Intelligence in Britain. Zappa was part of that scene and none of his early albums would have been released without Intel’s approval.

          Also, it’s been well known for quite awhile that Zappa exploited and misused a lot of people. The Mothers of Invention crew had to sue him to get their rightful pay. He exploited a mentally challenged man named Wild Man Fisher pitifully.

          If it will make you feel any better, all those 60’s Rock bands, especially from Laurel Canyon, were stopped being supported by Intel by 1970 or so, Zappa included. They were on their after that and 98% of them faded fairly fast. Intel was off promoting Death Rock, Punk and eventually Rap. Better to push more drugs with a then younger generation coming into its own. Zappa was able to gain an audience mainly in Europe in his later years.

          If you can’t afford Dave McGowen’s book, check his interviews on YouTube under his name. It will help bring you up to speed on all this.

  12. DanaThomas on July 23, 2016 at 6:33 am

    This issue of psychoactive drugs must have several levels and up to now most interpretation is to see it as another piece on a flat 2-dimensional strategy game along with banks, armies etc.
    But now, after reports of GMO hemp, there is talk about GMO poppies – which brings us to transhumanism and mind control. Apart from classical political and economic profit.
    It seems that there is an increasingly concerted effort to keep people in the matrix – perhaps due to a “quantum effect” awakening. In this respect it would not to too far-fetched to forecast that in a not too distant future, the craving to consume hard drugs will no longer impinge on human consciousness any more than a craving to drink a bottle of brandy per day. This might take place when there is widespread awakening as to the nature of money as it is currently, given the overlapping between “money-gold-drugs”.

    • Guygrr on July 25, 2016 at 11:15 am

      If anything, I would argue that craving has increased.

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