The use of Khashoggi’s villa, furthermore, can be interpreted as corroboration of this. A 1991 DIA report listed numerous Colombian traffickers and their associates, and included: “69. Adnan ((Khashoggi)) — An international arms trafficker who allegedly has sold arms to the Colombian drug traffickers, especially to the Medellin Cartel.”[22] This is of course consistent with the report, transmitted by Dunlop, that Alfonso Davidovich of Far West Ltd “is said to be responsible for laundering the funds of the Columbian [sic] left insurrection organization FARC.”

Many have observed that the military incursions used by America to fight terrorism in Asia are contributing to, not reducing, the threat to this country. My own conclusion is both more severely critical, and also in the end more optimistic. It is that America has been drawn into these conflicts by forces it failed to understand, some of which it is sustaining from the public trough. What is needed more than a change in Afghanistan or in Pakistan is a change in Washington itself, to cease subsidizing the predators who have been profiting from our discomfort and casualties abroad.

It would be nice to think that understanding of this folly would lead to its termination. But what we are witnessing is precisely the progressive erosion of the power of the public state to control the billions of activities that are conducted, in its name, for private profit. Neither the President nor the Congress appears capable of reversing the tide of corruption that is overwhelming both them and us.


[1] “Cheney firm won $3.8bn contracts from government,” Observer, July 21, 2002,  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2002/jul/21/globalisation.georgebush.

[2] Novyi Region, November 27-30, 2006: English summary in “U.S. Companies Linked to Vice-President Cheney Supervised the Transfar of Ukrainian WMD to Iran,” Left.ru, http://www.left.ru/burtsev/ops/novyiregion.phtml.

[3] PravdaInfo, 9/2/05, http://www.pravda.info/news/3601.html.

[4] Yuri Yasenev, “Rossiyu zhdet oranzhevaya revolytsiya” (“An Orange Revolution is in Store for Russia”), compromat.ru, 12/17/04, http://www.compromat.ru/main/surikov/saidov.htm; partial translation at http://www.left.ru/burtsev/ops/yasenev_en.phtml: Yasenev implied that in 2003-04 Georgia Far West had worked with KBR on the two Rose Revolutions which ousted Shevardnadze and installed Georgia’s present ruler, Saakashvili (Scott, “The Global Drug Meta-Group: Drugs, Managed Violence, and the Russian 9/11,” Lobster, October 29, 2005, http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/articles/global-drug.htm).

[5] “-Vladimir Ilyich [Filin], is it true that Americans are involved in drug business?

-Yes, they are in ideal situation for this. They control the Bagram airfield from where the Air Force transport planes fly to a U.S. military base in Germany. In the last two years this base became the largest transit hub for moving Afghan heroin to other US bases and installations in Europe. Much of it goes to Kosovo in the former Yugoslavia. From there the Kosovo Albanian mafia moves heroin back to Germany and other EU countries” (Alexander Nagorny, “Narkobarony iz CIA i MI-6” Pravda-info, September 13, 2004, translated into English at Left.ru, http://left.ru/inter/2005/narkobarons.phtml

[6] John B. Dunlop, “`Storm in Moscow’: A Plan of the Yeltsin “Family” to Destabilize Russia,” The Hoover Institution, October 8, 2004, http://www.sais-jhu.edu/programs/res/papers/Dunlop%20paper.pdf. This article disappeared from the Johns Hopkins University SAIS website shortly after my critique of it was published in October 2005.

[7] David Satter, “The Shadow of Ryazan: Is Putin’s Government Legitimate: Is Putin’s Government Legitimate?” National Review, April 30, 2002, http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-satter043002.asp. Cf. David Satter, Darkness at Dawn: The Rise of the Russian Criminal State (New Haven: Yale UP, 2003), Chapter 2.

[8] Patrick Cockburn, Independent, January 29, 2000: “Boris Kagarlitsky, a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Comparative Politics, writing in the weekly Novaya Gazeta, says that the bombings in Moscow and elsewhere were arranged by the GRU (the Russian military intelligence service). He says they used members of a group controlled by Shirvani Basayev, brother of the Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev, to plant the bombs. These killed 300 people in Buikask, Moscow and Volgodonsk in September. Mr Kagarlitsky, who, from internal evidence in the article, is drawing on a source with close knowledge of the GRU, says that invasion of Dagestan by Shamil Basayev himself in August was pre-arranged with a senior Kremlin leader at a meeting in France in July.”

[9] John B. Dunlop, “`Storm in Moscow’: A Plan of the Yeltsin “Family” to Destabilize Russia,” The Hoover Institution, October 8, 2004, http://www.sais-jhu.edu/programs/res/papers/Dunlop%20paper.pdf. This article disappeared from the Johns Hopkins University SAIS website shortly after my critique of it was published in October 2005.

[10] Letter of Anton Surikov to Oleg Grechenevsky: “I am personally acquainted with Mr. Ermarth as political scientist since 1996. It’s well known by many people and we never hid this fact.” Fritz Ermarth did not retire from the CIA until 1998. Cf. Argumenty i Facty, September 15, 1999, http://www.aif.ru/oldsite/986/art010.html. That the two men met in 1996 was indeed public knowledge. (The Russian journal Commersant published a photo of the two men and others at the International Seminar on Global Security in Virginia, April 1996). However in 2002 Surikov’s paper, Pravda.ru, published a front-page story (or better, rumor) linking Ermarth to Surikov’s enemy Berezovsky: “Berezovsky is much more interesting from the point of view of different manipulations in domestic and partially in foreign political life. For this very purpose, British special services `handed Berezovsky over’ to American colleagues. We have information that Fritz Ermarth, former CIA officer and specialist on special operations in the East-European region, is in close contact with the oligarch. Russiagate, the scandal on Russian budgetary finance laundering through BONY in August to September of 1998, was one of his projects. He is in contact with Former CIA Director Woolsey, who has no official job in Washington but is known as a person close to Cheney. It is not ruled out that it was Ermarth who suggested that Berezovsky switch his attention from the weak and unpromising micro-party Liberal Russia to financing and cooperation with the Communist Party” (http://english.pravda.ru/politics/2002/10/09/37954.html).

[11] Peter Dale Scott, “The Global Drug Meta-Group: Drugs, Managed Violence, and the Russian 9/11,” Lobster, October 2005, http://lobster-magazine.co.uk/articles/global-drug.htm#_ftn9; “The Tao of 9/11,” Jacket 34, October 2007, http://jacketmagazine.com/34/scott-p-d-5p.shtml.

[12] Dunlop, “Storm in Moscow.”

[13] In a revised version of my paper I delivered at a symposium at the University of Melbourne, August 12, 2006.

[14] Laurie Nowell, “Did an Aussie sell nukes to Iran?” Sunday Herald Sun (Australia), June 7, 2009: “`He said my father had been killed because the people at Far West and their Iranian partners feared the Americans would get to him and make him tell them about the missiles. They feared that he knew too much information about their dealings, and knew more information than anybody else.’ Far West’s partners, all former Russian or Ukrainian military or intelligence officers, had close contacts with military figures and mafia groups within Russia and its former satellites. They spirited the missiles out of the Ukraine and shipped them to Cyprus under the auspices of a company called SH Heritage Holdings — whose owner and sole director was Sarfraz Haider.”

[15] Kommersant-Ukraina, Kiev, July 17, 2007, 3; as reported by BBC Monitoring Kiev Unit, July 18, 2007.

[16] “X-55 Long Range Cruise Missile,” GlobalSecurity.org, http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/world/iran/x-55.htm. Cf. Financial Times, March 18, 2005.

[17] Moisés Naím. Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers, and Copycats Are Hijacking the Global Economy (New York: Anchor, 2006), 279-80.

[18] Pravda.info, November 16, 2005, reported in English  by Left.ru, “`Consulting’ Agency Far West, LLC Paid $3 Million Bribe to Ukrainian Official For Illegal Arms Deals with Syria and Iran,” Left.ru, February 18, 2006, http://www.left.ru/burtsev/ops/lysenko.phtml). According to Left.ru, Filin’s admission was in response to an article by Ivan Demidov in the Ukrainian journal Obkom. Demidov accused two of Filin’s Far West partners, Ukrainian Generals Leonid Kosyakov and Alexei Likhvintsev, and the Russian billionaire Vyacheslav Kantor, adviser to Yushchenko, of seeking to obtain control over two Ukrainian seaports, in Odessa and Ilyichevsk. Demidov’s article (“Who Squeezes Juice from ‘Drug-Injected Oranges'”) hinted that under the guise of fertilizers to be exported to South America by Kantor’s company Akron, the group planned to transport drugs. It also reprinted a letter from a Ukrspetsexport official listing Far West’s business partners: KBR Halliburton (US), Diligence Iraq, LLC (Kuwait), and Meteoric Tactical Solutions (South Africa). And according to Left.ru, Demidov’s article “alleges that Fritz Ermarth, formerly high ranking official in the CIA, NSC, and NIC, plays the role of the “supervisor” of this GRU group on the part of the FWL’s chief partner: KBR Halliburton and the Dick Cheney circle.”

[19] Editorial staff of burtsev.ru, http://www.left.ru/burtsev/ops/bolivia.phtml; citing Vladimir Filin, Pravda-info, July 29, 2005, http://www.pravda.info/news/3377.html. Cf. Financial Times, March 18, 2005. The relocation followed Filin’s announcement that Far West had paid bribes paid to Ukrainian officials. Cf. Boston Globe, 2/12/06, A1.

[20] Natalia Roeva, Pravda-info, February 24, 2006; partially translated. Roeva is herself a partner in Far West.

[21] Far West has planted destabilizing rumors to discredit both the U.S. and Russia. Ruslan Saidov has “accused the high ranking officer of US military intelligence (DIA) Colonel Caleb Temple and his colleagues of running a heroin operation in the Near East and using the hawala money-transfer system for money laundering” (http://left.ru/burtsev/ops/hawala.phtml). In August 2009 Vladimir Filin claimed that the recently hijacked ship the Arctic Sea, under the cover of a load of Finnish timber, was delivering a shipment of weapons to Iran via Algeria (Cristina Batog, “The truth is adrift with the Arctic Sea,” Asia Times, August 26, 2009, http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/KH26Ag01.html; cf. J. R. Nyquist, “Never Ask the Wolves to Help You Against the Dogs,”
GodlikeProductions.com, August 21, 2009, http://www.godlikeproductions.com/bbs/reply.php?messageid=869607&page=1&quote=13460278).

[22] DIA Report of 9/23/91, “Subj: (U) IIR [DELETED]/Narcotics – Colombian Narco-Trafficker Profiles,” http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB131/dia910923.pdf. Cf. New York Times, 8/2/04.