Every once in a while, I get an email from somebody who thinks I’m an investigative journalist (I am better at it than Dan Rather, but still…), and this morning was one of those times.
Usually these letters end up being from people who were lucky to find enough time between swatting at imaginary flies and chasing passing airplanes with a can of Raid to send an email, but I was compelled to check this one out.
The email had the subject line, “CIA Torture Plane Crashes Carrying 4 Tons of Cocaine on Board in Mexico.” It came from an odd address, which is often the sign of spam, but it was sent to my WorldNetDaily email address and asked me if I’d write a piece about it.
I checked out some of the links, and if this begins to circulate more (maybe it is, but this is the first time I’ve heard of it), here’s the deal as I understand it…
In September, a plane carrying what Mexican newspapers reported as 3.2 tons of cocaine crashed in Yucatan, Mexico. If you want to know what 3.2 tons of cocaine looks like, climb inside Lindsay Lohan’s nasal cavity, or look at the picture below, reportedly taken at the crash site:
According to some of the frequenters of Airliners.Net (a great site if you’re a flight geek like I am) who looked up the numbers, the crashed drug plane is registered to Donna Blue Aircraft Inc. in Coconut Creek, FL. More on the registration of that particular plane is here.
Okay, but where’s the “CIA torture plane” come into play?
The email trail led me to left wing blog The Daily Kos, which contains the following without a link to any corroborating information:
…documents have turned up on both sides of the Atlantic that link this Cocaine Smuggling Gulfstream II jet aircraft # N987SA that crashed in Mexico to the CIA who used it on at least 3 rendition flights from Europe and the USA to Guantanamo’s infamous torture chambers between 2003 to 2005.
“Infamous torture chambers”? Who writes this stuff, Dick Durbin?
None of these “documents” are produced, however — at least as far as I can find. Here’s a YouTube video containing accusations only as well. There are more vague possible connections, such as here, but this “evidence” would hold up in kangaroo court only.
But if the story is true, has it occurred to anybody that maybe the CIA is forcing coke on Gitmo prisoners so that, upon their release, they’re hooked and spend all their subsequent time and money trying to score blow instead of plotting attacks on the West? That would be a brilliant “war on terror” tactic if you ask me.
Another reason I have trouble believing this story is that it doesn’t fit the government’s modus operandi. If this was a secret operation led by Bush/Cheney, the crashed plane would have been filled with dozens of now-dead terrorist suspects and Gitmo would be the world’s biggest coke stash.
I know the government’s up to all sorts of stuff that we know nothing about, but I have trouble believing that the pool of tax money isn’t deep enough to finance all of their underhanded needs without also having to be Amy Winehouse’s dealer on the side.
To add to proof of the paranoid and delusional nature of some of the accusers, on the Kos site, there’s a poll asking “why isn’t our English mainstream media covering this?” The majority of the respondants said it was because the mainstream media “work for the GOP.” Oh man, I love starting off a weekend with a good laugh.