El Chapo Escape in Mexico Points to Intelligence Links with Narco-Traffickers
Wayne MADSEN | 26.07.2015 | OPINION

El Chapo Escape in Mexico Points to Intelligence Links with Narco-Traffickers

The recent second escape from a Mexican maximum security prison of Joaquin Guzman Loera, also known as «El Chapo», the feared leader of the notorious Sinaloa drug cartel, has focused the media spotlight on the de facto narco-state of Mexico.

El Chapo’s first escape in 2001 from the supposedly escape-proof Puenta Grande prison and his second escape from another escape-proof prison at Altiplano, west of Mexico City, have implicated a number of Mexican officials in the acceptance of bribes from the cash-rich Guzman. In addition, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and its plants inside the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have come under renewed scrutiny for their roles as facilitators of successive Mexican government officials, including past president Vicente Fox and current president Enrique Peña Nieto, both accused of aiding and abetting in the respective escapes of El Chapo, but also the entire Mexican and Latin American drug smuggling infrastructure.

The focus of 2016 presidential candidates on the issue of illegal immigration from Mexico has resulted in a media attention bonanza for Republican hopeful Donald Trump while the softer immigration proposals of such candidates as Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio have come in for heavy criticism. Trump riled the American political establishment when he accused most illegal immigrants from Mexico of being criminals. The July shooting death in San Francisco of 31-year old Kate Steinle, in front of her father, by an illegal Mexican immigrant named Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez has boosted Trump opinion poll ratings, especially after it was revealed that Lopez-Sanchez had been deported from the United States on five previous occasions.

San Francisco has, for several decades, been a major transfer point for illegal drugs from Mexico and other countries in Latin America. When Lopez-Sanchez was arrested for the murder of Steinle, it was revealed he was already wanted by U.S. authorities on a narcotics-related warrant.

While Trump and Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz have denounced the idea of U.S. citizenship for millions of illegal Latin American immigrants in the United States, Bush and Rubio, with their own familial ties to Latin America, have supported the concept. Bush and Rubio are also avid free traders with a Mexican oligarchy-run economy. Mexico’s two largest parties, the conservative pro-business National Action Party (PAN) and the globalist-inclined Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), are also mired in drug money and cartel bribery.

The only party that seemed intent on cleaning up the cartels’ control over the Mexican political scene, the left-progressive Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), saw itself wracked by internal dissension and a party split after its razor-thin loss of the presidency in 2006 amid evidence of massive election fraud. The CIA’s playbook calls for sowing the seeds of rebellion in parties that are on the verge of taking power and challenging the power of the autocrats and globalists. Mexico was no exception.

Jeb Bush, whose wife is Mexican, will have a difficult time avoiding his past activities as both a Florida-based businessman and Florida governor that intersected with individuals linked to narcotics smuggling syndicates, including those like the Sinaloa and Gulf cartels based in Mexico.

While Bush was Florida’s governor, U.S. bank regulators discovered that El Chapo's Sinaloa cartel controlled 23 accounts at the Wachovia Bank branch in Miami. After leaving office as Florida governor in 2007, Bush established the office for Jeb Bush and Associates, in convenient rent-free office space, in the HSBC building on Brickell Avenue in the heart of Miami’s business district. Early in 2015, HSBC was caught by U.S. federal authorities laundering $881 million in narcotics money, much of it for the Sinaloa cartel. Earlier, HSBC was discovered to have laundered $376 billion for Wachovia. No one at HSBC went to prison and the bank paid a $1.9 billion fine to the Justice Department in a «deferred prosecution», a contrivance cooked up by attorneys and prosecutors to keep bankers from serving time in prison. Jeb Bush, whose links to Wachovia and HSBC should have caused a closer look by prosecutors, decided to try to become the third member of the Bush family to serve as president of the United States.

When Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega's American lawyers threatened to expose videotapes showing Noriega and George H W Bush conspiring to smuggle drugs into the United States, the trial judge, William M. Hoeveler, merely ruled that the CIA could not be brought up by the defense during Noriega’s trial in Miami. Hoeveler, a Jimmy Carter nominee, served on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida until his retirement last year. Although he obviously took his orders from Langley, Hoeveler is praised by his colleagues as a «shining star» of American jurisprudence. America’s judicial benches are rife with judges who have acted on behalf of money launderers and politicians who have benefited from their financial largesse. The Bush family is the worst example of a political dynasty that has enriched itself from narcotics smuggling and money laundering and has ensured that a network of «dirty judges» have been selected to serve on federal benches and state judgeships in Florida and Texas.

On September 28, 2007 a CIA contractor Gulfstream jet carrying 3.3 metric tons of cocaine from Colombia to El Chapo's Sinaloa Cartel in Cancun crashed in Quintana Roo state, near the town of Tixkoko, on the Yucatan peninsula. The aircraft was associated with two firms previously identified as charter firms for CIA rendition flights: S/A Holdings LLC of Garden City, New York and Richmor Aviation of Hudson, New York. On September 16, 2007, the plane was sold to two Florida businessmen, one from Miami and the other from Lakeland, Florida. The two businessmen were not identified but the plane was sold to the businessmen for $2 million by Donna Blue Aircraft of Coconut Creek, Florida. Any examination of the Bush family’s and CIA’s drug smuggling operations in Florida, Louisiana, and Texas always turns up a complicated network of «folding tent» companies, aircraft that constantly switch owners, shady Latin American billionaires and millionaires living in Florida, and the convenient «dead bodies» when law enforcement is tipped off about the smuggling operations.

Two individuals who were tied to Jeb Bush’s drug smuggling and money laundering operations in Florida turned up dead under very suspicious circumstances. Manny Perez, Bush’s money laundering accomplice at Eagle National Bank, was found floating in a canal in West Hialeah, near Miami, after it was believed he was going to blow the whistle on the Bush family's drug operations in Florida. Police ruled Perez’s death a «swimming accident.» Another Bush bagman, Manny Diaz, died in a suspicious car accident. Both Mannys were prepared to testify before Senator John Kerry’s Senate banking subcommittee investigating Iran-contra and drug money laundering in 1988. George Morales, a CIA contractor, died from slipping on a bar of soap in the prison shower the day before his release from prison in Florida for cocaine trafficking. Morales was scheduled to fly to Washington, DC to testify before the House of Representatives on the CIA’s drug and weapons smuggling operations, activities which involved Jeb Bush and his father, the 41stpresident of the United States.

Yet another CIA operative with enough information to sink the Bush family’s political fortunes in the 1980s, Johnny Molina, committed suicide in a Pensacola, Florida restaurant parking lot. Police concluded that Molina shot himself by unloading 20 rounds from a MAC 10 clip into his body. Molina's body was cremated before an autopsy could be conducted. Former CIA pilot-turned-DEA informant Barry Seal was gunned down gangland execution style in a Baton Rouge, Louisiana while performing community service after his drug conviction. When he was arrested in Louisiana for flying a plane full of marijuana into the state, Seal reportedly had George H W Bush’s private phone number in his briefcase.

Kerry discovered what many investigative journalists discovered about the CIA’s and the Bush family’s ties to drug smuggling: the interwoven web of companies, banks, CIA contractors, aircraft companies and planes, and ships involved in the illicit enterprise. All of these operations, from «Frigorificos de Puntarena», a Costa Rican seafood company, and Ocean Hunter, Inc., another seafood company based in Miami, to SETCO Air, which flew drugs from Central America to Florida, and Vortex/Universal Air Leasing of Miami, were linked to the CIA and Bush family, including Jeb Bush.

The ramifications of El Chapo’s prison escape and Trump’s inconvenient referrals to the Mexican criminal immigrant problem are bubbling to the surface in a presidential campaign where the connections of the Bush family to the CIA drug trade are an issue, whether the Bushes and their well-heeled supporters like it or not.

Tags: CIA  DEA  Mexico   US 

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