shadow military actions
Though its budget is secret, through leaks and estimations the total spent by the CIA was at least two trillion dollars. Some of this was from hard working American tax dollars, other sources of income are less savory and often done in area where we have a military interest(1 ).
In an attempt to fight Communism the CIA worked with Corsican mobs of Marseilles, France. It is also believed that the CIA worked with Mafia drug traffickers in an attempt to Assassinate Fidel Castro. During the war in SE Asia the CIA aligned itself with opium-growing Hmong tribe in Laos. They provided air logistics for opium growers in the Area. Then in the 1980's CIA operatives used drugs to support their covert operations (2 ).
As a covert aspect of the cold war, American diplomats and CIA Agents had convert alliances with major illegal drug manufacturers. They provided logistics to and help conceal the drug makers activities. All of this aided in the growth of the illegal drug market(3 ).
When the Soviets occupied Afghanistan in the 1980's the Afghan mujahedin Refined and exported Heroin to support their activities with the full knowledge of British and USA Intelligence agencies (4 ).
American and British intelligence agencies also supported Mujahedin financially with western cash for their activities against the Soviets (5 ).
The CIA ran Air America and it was partly used to transport Heroin during the Vietnam war (6 ).
In the 1970's Australia's Nugan Hand bank was used to launder much if the dirty from CIA activities (7 ).
Nugan Hand Bank was founded by Michael J. Hand and Francis J. Nugan. An Australia Joint Task Force said the Nugan Hand bank was involved with a wide range of legitimate and illegal activities. The report also found it was also involved with drug traffickers (8 ).