Private Contractors Will Conduct Our War On Drugs In Afghanistan For Years To Come

Wondering what exists at the center of the War on Drugs vs. War on Terror Venn diagram? Wired reports that well into the foreseeable future, our military will be pumping billions of dollars into the pockets of Blackwater-esque private contractors in a battle against Afghanistan’s drug economy:

The U.S. war in Afghanistan is supposed to be winding down. Its contractor-led drug war? Not so much. Inside a compound in Kabul called Camp Integrity, the Pentagon stations a small group of officers to oversee the U.S. military’s various operations to curb the spread of Afghanistan’s cash crops of heroin and marijuana, which help line the Taliban’s pockets. Only Camp Integrity isn’t a U.S. military base at all. It’s the 10-acre Afghanistan headquarters of the private security company formerly known as Blackwater.

Those officers work for an obscure Pentagon agency called the Counter Narco-Terrorism Program Office, or CNTPO. Quietly, it’s grown into one of the biggest dispensers of cash for private security contractors in the entire U.S. government: One pile of contracts last year from CNTPO was worth more than $3 billion. And it sees a future for itself in Afghanistan over the long haul.

CNTPO has a longstanding relationship with Blackwater, the infamous security firm that is now known as Academi. In 2009, it gave Blackwater a contract to train Afghan police, and company employees used that contract to requisition guns from the U.S. military for their private use. Although that contract was ultimately taken out of CNTPO’s hands, the office’s relationship with Academi/Blackwater endures. Last year, Academi told Danger Room it has a contract with CNTPO, worth an undisclosed amount, to provide “all-source intelligence analyst support and material procurement” for Afghanistan.

  • Hadrian999

    what happened to the good old days when mercenaries had style, swagger, and panache like Bob Denard and “Mad” Mike Hoare? The new corporate mercenaries are just so bland.

    • Calypso_1

      The returning mercs in my vicinity seem to be in the business of opening clubs, limo companies & escort services associated with an influx of high grade heroin…Very Classy.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Let the market decide!

  • Christopher

    Afghan Weed. I can only imagine how crappy it is.

    • Saint Al

      Can’t be any worse than seedy & compacted, Mexican ‘flat tire’ smoke currently allowed in thru select channels. Afghan hash (c.1980) was the bomb, rivaled then only by ‘Lebanese Blonde’.

  • Tchoutoye

    “…Blackwater-esque private contractors in a battle against Afghanistan’s drug economy”

    Not so much battle against it, more control it for America’s own purposes, such as the destabilization of populations in Iran and Russia through mass heroin addiction. But then a perceptive and critical view of US military operations is hardly Spencer Ackerman’s strongest point (to put it mildly).

  • Will

    Afghan & Pakistani dope was the shit back in the day (’70’s-’90’s) & the Taliban had almost wiped out opium growing by the time we invaded. Now apparently Afghans have the crops to supply 110%+ of the worlds demand. I guess having the CIA control Afghanistan’s major airport doesn’t help matters.

  • BuzzCoastin

    the Bushy’s make tons of do-ray-me coming and going on this one
    besides the drug profits
    they also get the profit from the business side of interdiction
    through the Carlyle/Bankster connections
    and even though this widely known & the evidence widely available
    nothing will be done about it
    just ask Gary Webb about that

  • Dan Muench

    Don’t you mean, continue the US’s war on those who threaten their control of the drug crop?

  • Bruce Miller

    But legal now in some states? Hypocrisy or just stupid?

  • Bleya Feller

    Дакле и Америка је приватна прћија није само Србија.