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Supplement to the Narco-Fascism of Chiang Kai-shek Series

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COMMENT: As William Faulkn­er not­ed: “The past is nev­er dead and buried. It isn’t even past.”

In FTR#1209–part of the recent­ly con­clud­ed series on “The Nar­co-Fas­cism of Chi­ang Kai-shek and the Kuom­intang”– we wrapped up the broad­cast with dis­cus­sion of the sem­i­nal influ­ence of Chi­ang’s drug-deal­ing regime on asso­ci­at­ed Amer­i­can nation­al secu­ri­ty ele­ments that con­tin­ued and expand­ed that nar­cotics traf­fick­ing.

A char­ac­ter­is­ti­cal­ly inci­sive, infor­ma­tive foot­note in Peter Dale Scot­t’s Amer­i­can War Machine fur­ther devel­ops the pro­found oper­a­tional imprint that the KMT had on post World War II U.S. intel­li­gence net­works.

Exem­pli­fy­ing the Kuom­intang fas­cist her­itage of this milieu is Gen­er­al George Olm­stead, in charge of covert “ops” for Albert Wede­mey­er, who leaked FDR’s Rain­bow Five mobi­liza­tion plan, as dis­cussed in, among oth­er pro­grams, FTR#1202.

Wede­mey­er’s leak was a con­sum­mate act of trea­son.

Amer­i­can War Machine: Deep Pol­i­tics, the CIA Glob­al Drug Con­nec­tion, and the Road to Afghanistan by Peter Dale Scott; Row­man & Lit­tle­field [HC]; Copy­right 2010 by Row­man & Lit­tle­field; ISBN 978–0‑7425–5594‑5; p. 331.

. . . . [Gen­er­al George] Olmstead’s intel­li­gence con­nec­tions dat­ed back to wartime ser­vice on the staff of Gen­er­al Albert Wede­mey­er in Chi­na, where he was in charge of clan­des­tine oper­a­tions and in that capac­i­ty worked with OSS. He was thus a senior fig­ure in what I am tempt­ed to call the OSS Chi­na con­nec­tion, which unit­ed so many of the peo­ple who were promi­nent in [OSS and CIA agent Paul] Helliwell’s post­war glob­al drug con­nec­tions. We have already men­tioned Hel­li­well him­self, who was head of the Spe­cial Intel­li­gence branch of OSS in Kun­ming before he cre­at­ed Sea Sup­ply Corp. in Bangkok. Willis Bird was the deputy chief of OSS Chi­na and then became the most impor­tant fig­ure in Sea Sup­ply after Helliwell’s return in 1951 from Bangkok to Amer­i­ca. C.V. Starr, lat­er rep­re­sent­ed by [Tom­my “The Cork”] Cor­co­ran, opened his insur­ance empire [lat­er A.I.G.] in Chi­na to the cre­ation of an OSS net­work out­side the OSS-KMT coop­er­a­tion agree­ment. See Smith, OSS, 267 (Starr), 273 (Bird), 236 (Hel­li­well). But this is not the whole pic­ture. Else­where, I have dealt with the post­war activ­i­ties of oth­er mem­bers of the small OSS Detach­ment 202 under Paul Hel­li­well in Kun­ming: E. Howard Hunt, Ray Cline, Lou Conein John Singlaub, and Mitchell Wer­Bell. All these men went on to devel­op post­war con­nec­tions for the CIA with drug traf­fick­ers. Hunt in Mex­i­co, Cline in Tai­wan, Conein in Viet­nam, Wer Bell in Laos, and Singlaub with the World anti-Com­mu­nist League, which Hunt and Cline had help[ed to cre­ate. (Scottm Drugs, Oil and War, 20, 207).


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