CIA to Dish out $3 Million to buy silence in Another Narco Scandal

The Mighty Agency on it’s Knees in a Legal Battle

CIAEmblemAfter 15 years of legal battles the CIA agrees to pay $3 million to a former DEA agent who accused a former CIA official of illegally eavesdropping on him as part of a joint CIA and State Department effort to thwart DEA’s anti-narcotics mission in Burma in the early 1990s.

Richard Horn was stationed in Burma in the early 1990s as the DEA country attaché to Burma, a nation that is ranked as one of the top opium poppy producing countries in the world. He was in charge of overseeing DEA’s mission in Burma involving eradication of the opium poppy, which is used to produce heroin.

Bill Conroy of Narco News covers the latest on State Secrets Privilege recipient Richard Horn. As always Conroy dares to dig and cover this significant story when the rest of the media stenographers are avoiding it like the plague and as they are told by their mighty government sources above.

The CIA’s efforts to undermine Horn’s work in Burma in getting that nation’s government to stem the flow of heroin to the United States should come as no surprise to those who are familiar with the “Agency’s” history. It seems the CIA, over the decades, has often found itself in the corner of narco-traffickers and thugs who support the Agency’s covert objectives in areas deemed critical to U.S. special interests – whether that be in Southeast Asia, Central Asia or Latin America.

The CIA list of hotshots involved in the case includes former CIA Director George Tenet and recently retired Acting CIA General Counsel John Rizzo. Tenet and Rizzo played major roles in setting up the legal basis to justify the CIA’s use of torture. Here is Mr. Rizzo in action during the agency’s cover up operation on torture:

Conroy sums up the latest status of the case and the potential deserved sanctions that may be brought against Tenet, Rizzo, and other current and former CIA culprits:

And now, as part of the Horn case filed in a Washington D.C. federal court, we find a U.S. District judge, former FISA court member Royce Lamberth, opening the door for sanctions to be brought (as a result of the fraud, or lie, perpetrated on the court) against Tenet and Rizzo — as well as several other current and former CIA officials, among whom is Robert Eatinger, the current Acting Deputy General Counsel for Operations in the CIA’s Office of General Counsel (OGC).

If Lamberth’s judicial opinions in the Horn case are allowed to remain in the court record — to be recalled and cited going forward by other lawyers, judges and academics — then untold damage could be done to the reputation of the CIA and its leadership. Those judicial opinions memorializing the CIA’s fraud on the court also would serve as a permanent reminder of the occasionally dubious credibility of the Agency’s pronouncements invoking national security and the state-secrets privilege.

As part of this article Conroy provides a complete timeline and background on Horn’s case, involved CIA culprits, and of course, the mind-boggling and nauseating conclusions and implications. I highly encourage you to read Bill Conroy’s A+ piece: Click Here. Afterwards we will have plenty to discuss over here, and plenty to show those who write off CIA’s long past and still present involvement in global Narco-Trafficking as fiction or conspiracy!

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  1. Thanks for posting this.

  2. The article makes it sound as though the CIA’s main interest in settling is to vacate the judge’s opinions of their fraud on the court, not their offense to Mr. Horn.

    Seems strange that the question of the judge’s opinions could be tied to a settlement with Horn. I wonder if Horn was asked to agree to that part of the settlement.

    Any lawyers here?

  3. I’m not an attorney. But I did take a lot of undergrad law courses :).

    In general terms, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some standard confidentiality agreement on this. All parties will say “no comment” when asked for specifics. Normally, if there’s some evidence of bias on the judge’s part, the defense can use that when they appeal. How high up could you go with that? I’m not sure.

    But re: the CIA, are all of these true?

    There’s a 3-year probationary period when you start.
    You can be fired at any time during that period.
    You must sign a non-disclosure agreement both before you start work. And then when you leave.
    If you publish any books after you leave, they have to be cleared by the CIA first before publication.

  4. @ Zica Tanka: I just received an e-mail from Conroy in response to your question:

    “I see a comment asking if acting the judge s orders was tied to the settlement:it was

    Horn had to agree not to oppose gov motions to vacate certain of the judge s opinions

    it is in a prior story i did on the settlement and the link to that past story is at the bottom of the current story.

    there s even a twist in that horn s lawyer was pressured to withdraw a motion that appears to fall outside the settlement was a motion related to the sanctions”

  5. Thanks, that’s interesting. I guess we can’t expect Horn to run away from $3Million in order to let the CIA have it’s due. I hope the judge disagrees. I’ll check out the prior story.

  6. This case is so astounding. I am surprised it has received little coverage from the left media. Besides Narco News, I could only find the Huffington Post.

    It is just weird how no one on the Left wants to discuss the drugs/foreign policy nexus. Everyone is afraid of being labeled a ‘conspiracy theorist’, even though the cumulative evidence is now fairly overwhelming that U.S. intelligence agencies have blocked drug investigations for years.

  7. @Miguel: Left media? When it comes to real coverage on real issues/cases such as this: no difference between the left media & the right media.
    One publication I read daily: Asia Times. Tonight I’ll have Pepe Escobar for BF Podcast interview (recording session).

    Also, on your other comment: I agree on all points/marijuana

  8. Bill Bergman says:

    This can be difficult material, but as Conroy concludes, Lamberth’s decision seems worth watching.

  9. @Bill: I’ll be certainly watching.

  10. I can understand that Mr. Horn’s desire to settle after 15 years but I wish he’d have been able to avoid giving up his right to contest the motions to vacate. I noticed too that the Al Harimain Foundation filed something opposing the motions to vacate. That’s interesting too. I don’t really understand all the legal niceties, so it would be interesting to know more about how the two cases could affect each other.

  11. Any billionaires listening who want to give Horn $3Mil to stick it to the CIA and pull some curtains back? Maybe what Nader says is true: “Only the Super Rich Can Save Us”

    When considering many of the foreign affairs discussions here, it seems that the domestic propoganda campaign called the War On Drugs is ripe for destruction. Starting with deconstruction. Edit Mommies, would you give us a rundown?

  12. No coincidence that wherever the Pentagon goes, the drug trade skyrockets. In Central America in the 1980’s, it was cocaine being transported out and sold on American streets to finance black ops and enrich insiders.

    During the War against Vietnam, heroin coming out of the Golden Triangle set records for the amounts produced and sold.

    Now we have a repeat with poppy fields and opium/heroin production coming out of Afghanistan making billions and billions for Wall Street banks and the CIA.

    And that’s what the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan is all about: Securing bases in the area to make a grab for the Caspian Basin oil and natural gas fields; surrounding one of Israel’s ‘existential’ enemies, Iran, with US firepower and making it safe for Wall Street banks to rake in billions selling misery.

    One publication I read daily: Asia Times. Tonight I’ll have Pepe Escobar

    Asia Times Online (ATOL) is an excellent online source of news that is a must read. And Pepe has some serious cajones as he bravely enters combat zones in the ME and SW Asia to get some real time reporting, unlike NYT hacks who report on the ME from New York, Toronto and London.

    [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The poster sent us ‘0 which is not a hashcash value.

  13. hi commenters and author ; i am richard horn’s atty , brian leighton . great comments and questions : to settle we were required by the spooks(cia)/doj to not oppose the gov’t.’s mtn to vacate judge lamberth’s critical orders this year ; we almost said “hell no” –but strongly felt that even without our opposition Judge Lamberth would NEVER vacate those orders—because THE CIA LIED to him , and played him for a fool— because he previously (2000- 2004) had utterly deferred to them (tenet and doj) telling him the the truth–not only as to Browns covert status but that all of this was really precious “states secrets privileged”: “hell hath no fury like a Judge lied to by one he has deferred to trust” [or something like that]. mr conroy has previous links to the court hearings on feb 4th and may 19 this year ; link to them and you can see the Judge is not a happy camper with the gov’t.; indeed quite livid. mr horn and i appreciate your interest ; should be in the main stream media–although these postings give the story much better justice.

  14. Mr. Leighton, thanks for your comments and your fight for justice. It’s nice to hear about your confidence in the judge’s convictions.

    Do you think the CIA’s motivation to settle has a lot to do with trying to vacate the judge’s orders, or is it more that they don’t want anymore to come out about their actions relating to your client (with Brown being reinstated as a defendant)?

    Do you see anything arising from this case that might warrant a criminal investigation/court?

  15. ZicaTanka: leighton here ; Cia’s motivation to settle is darn close to DoJ’s motivation to settle ; they have both immensley and irretrievably peeved the court ; the highest levels of CIA were found by the court to not only have lied to him in a situation that was the equivalent of owing a fiduciary duty but CIA continued to cover up the lie–and also arrogantly contended that it was no big deal anyway [which furter infuriated the court ] ; DOJ was carrying that same message to the court and imperiously lecturing the court [further fury by the court ] ; DOJ/CIA received progressively worse reviews by the court in his decisions—and DOJ finally realized [DUH !!!]they also were sinking—and making horrible precedence for them —and losing ALL credibility with the court—a very powerful judge . we thought—-Hmmmmm–we don’t believe the court would ever agree to vacate his well-justified orders. hope that answers your questions . brian

  16. Thanks, Mr. Leighton. Sounds like you and your client have really caused some high level embarassments. Hopefully those will be recorded and dealt with by the court. Too bad about the Main Stream Media.

    I guess my question has to do with WHY the CIA lied and committed that fraud upon the court. In other words, so what if they have to pay 3 million of OUR TAX DOLLARS to remain silent about WHAT WE REALLY WANT TO KNOW.

    So, again, was it just the embarassment that they’re settling, or is it that they don’t want Brown to testify (or similar roads they don’t want to travel any further)?

    Sorry if I’m not sounding appreciative. I am honeslty in awe of your accomplishments in this case.

  17. thank you for your interest . the court , twice , told the gov’t. that he was not buyiny the gov’t.’s assertion of the states secrets privileged because what it presented to the court in camera the court found not to be states secrets ; the court gave the gov’t. one more chance and ordered it to file in camera by sept. 4 it’s justifications for each claim of states secrets , shortly thereafter the gov’t notified us it wanted to settle . so we believe another motivating factor was to preclude the information from going public and from horn from publicly disclosing what he knows , and to preclude the state dept. IG investigator [who investigated horn’s claims] from being deposed ; our mtn to depose him was filed. . wish you had found that billionair .hope this answers your question. why your interest ?

  18. Many thanks. You guys are great. I’ll buy some lottery tickets.

  19. One element here that seems to be overlooked is the connection of the CIA/ state drug trafficking to the prison industrial complex. Prisons are a growth industry, both domestically and internationally, and the “war on drugs” has resulted in a ready made prison population. CIA involvement in drug trafficking ensures the continued availability of inmates. Daniel Hopsicker and his website Mad Cow News has regularly provided a glimpse into the dark underbelly of CIA drug trafficking (and 911). Can it be just a coincidence that two nations now enduring massive US military occupations, Colombia and Afghanistan, are responsible for 90% of the world’s production of cocaine and heroin? This is Scarface writ large and the resulting destructiveness to the human family in the violence of warfare and addiction, all for profit, is colossal.

  20. I for one would not be surprised to find that the CIA, and other covert operatives are funded via the drug industry. Yes, it’s a great way for them to keep the prison’s full, and to keep people quiet. I believe it’s why you saw such wide drug use during the Vietnam war. It was a great way to keep the troops from looking at what was really going on.

    And I believe it’s how they got the protesters from that era to lighten up a bit. Just like crack and meth. Why do you think it’s the drug so widely used by the poorer people? It was designed that way. You can’t tell me that somebody was sitting around one day and realized that combining a decongestant with cleaning supplies would make a great high. This was a drug that was designed for it’s effectiveness on the addict’s mind

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