@Regrann from @freedom_faction - When you hear “#AirAmerica,” there is a good chance the 1990 movie starring #MelGibson and #RobertDowneyJr. is the first thing that comes to mind. The plot revolves around two men who find themselves in the middle of the #CIA’s private airline, which is used to deliver food, supplies, and even #opium, to a small kingdom during the #VietnamWar.
But what if it was more than just a movie plot?
According to the Central Intelligence Agency’s own website, Air #America is in fact described as “an airline secretly owned by the CIA,” which was used as “a vital component in the Agency’s operations” in the small Southeast Asian Kingdom of #Laos, from 1955 to 1974.
The version presented on the CIA’s website is authored by William M. Leary, a former history professor at the #UniversityofGeorgia. He attempted to dispel the rumors by blaming Air America’s poor public image on the fact that the Blockbuster version featured “a cynical CIA officer who arranged for the airline to fly opium to the administrative capital of Vientiane for a corrupt Asian general—loosely modeled on Vang Pao, a military leader of the mountain-region-based Hmong ethnic group.” “The film depicts the CIA man as having the opium processed into heroin in a factory just down the street from the favorite bar of Air America’s pilots. The Asian general, in return, supplied men to fight the war, plus a financial kickback to the CIA,” Leary wrote. “Ultimately, we learn that the #Communist versus anti-Communist war in Laos was merely a facade for the real war, which was fought for control of the area’s opium fields.” In an opinion piece for the New York Times in 1993, titled “The CIA Drug Connection is as Old as the Agency,” Larry Collins noted that the CIA has had its hand in the international drug trade since the Korean War in 1950, when they traded weapons and heroin, in exchange for intelligence.
The practice continued as the Vietnam War started in 1955, and Collins noted that the CIA appeared to have one interest in mind—the cultivation of the opium poppy. 🖐🏾More in comments👇🏾#WarOnDrugs #regrann