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NCJ Number: 158391 Find in a Library
Title: Persian Drugs: Oliver North, DEA and Covert Operations in the Mideast
Author(s): J Marshall
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 22
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The secret negotiations involving Oliver North of the National Security Council and Iranians during 1985 and 1986 represented the disastrous culmination of a long history of ties between Federal drug enforcement authorities and various components of United States intelligence, including the Central Intelligence Agency.
Abstract: At the same time that North was profiting Iranian heroin traffickers by negotiating arms-for-hostages deals with them, he was also sending United States drug agents with large amounts of cash to pay off anyone, including other drug traffickers, who claimed to know the whereabouts of the hostages in Lebanon. North's success in recruiting the Drug Enforcement Administration bureaucracy demonstrates the hypocrisy of official drug policy in the Reagan years and the ongoing potential for presidential abuses of drug law enforcement. The use of drug law enforcement as a front for intelligence missions raises major questions about the ability of Congress to control covert operations. In addition, it carries the risk that the perversion of law enforcement institutions abroad could ultimately jeopardize the very legitimacy of law enforcement within the United States. 68 references
Main Term(s): Drug sources
Index Term(s): Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); Corruption of public officials; Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Drug law enforcement; Drug Policy; Drug Related Crime; Foreign policies; Iran
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