President Abraham Lincoln was killed as a result of a conspiracy inside his own administration.
Alfred Dreyfus was railroaded in France in 1894.
Sicilians invented a secret society in America in the 1840s that eventually took great power and inducted thousands of members in total secrecy for generations.
The Chicago White Sox were paid to throw the 1919 World Series.
Major General Smedley Butler was approached by leading figures on Wall Street to overthrow FDR with a mercenary army of WWI vets.
Scientists knew asbestos was toxic in the 1930s, but all evidence was buried. The same could be said for tobacco cigarettes.
General Motors conspired to rip up electric trolley tracks starting in 1938.
Hundreds of Nazi spies and scientists were secretly located to the New World under new identities after WWII. Operation Paperclip, as it was known, was greatly assisted by the Vatican and involved collusion by the Knights of Malta.
Billions in gold and other assets stolen by the Nazis and Japanese were put into funds controlled by the CIA (Black Eagle Trust) so as to avoid restoring it to the rightful owners. It appears the operation was aided by Opus Dei, a society that has assumed great power inside the Vatican.
The government began a mind control program in the 1950s (MK/Ultra) that secretly fed LSD to unsuspecting citizens for years.
The FBI began an illegal dirty tricks program known as Cointelpro in 1956 and continued through to 1971 when it was uncovered.
Many prominent figures in the national media became CIA assets through Project Mockingbird in the 1950s, a propaganda operation that continues today in some form.
JFK turned down a plan by the Pentagon (Operation Northwoods) to blow up an American ship and blame it on Cuba to justify an invasion.
The CIA’s JM/Wave station assassinated JFK with the help of the Chicago outfit and Texas oil barons.
The Gulf of Tonkin incident was staged to justify a war in Vietnam.
Karen Silkwood was murdered after she blew the whistle on her own company.
The CIA-backed Contra army was involved in cocaine distribution to raise funds.
Barry Seal flew cocaine for the CIA into Mena, Arkansas, while Bill Clinton was governor.
A right-wing masonic lodge in Italy (Propaganda Due) plotted terrorist acts to be blamed on leftists.
From the opening sequence, when the narrator introduces Colombia as the center of gravity on magical realism, I knew two things were happening. One, these writers were a lot more inventive than the average action-adventure hack, and this series was going to play fast and loose with the facts. And I was not disappointed on either account. In fact, I don’t think I’ve had such a satisfying TV binge since Netflix released the Euro version of the Borgias. I watched all ten episodes of Narcos in two days.
Side note: Although you’ve been led to believe the term “magical realism” began with Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, it actually is as old as time and had surfaced in Europe during Germany’s Weimar Republic, one of my favorite periods, alongside expressionism and surrealism. A generation later, it was being used to describe the work of painters like Ivan Albright, who received a commission for the film version of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, one of the great horror classics, and an immensely rich (though heavily censored) philosophical ramble through the corridors of hedonism and spirituality.
Dorian is a remarkably beautiful young man, who somehow retains his youthful good looks while everyone around him ages. Only his portrait changes and with each sin Dorian foments in the aid of his career, the painting becomes progressively ugly. When the film was released in 1945, the painting must have had a profound effect on a generation. Although shot in black & white, the film flipped to color at the very end, when the painting was finally revealed. The painting makes a wonderful illustration for the soul of Pablo Escobar.
Magical realism has a history that predates Borges, who is Argentinian, although Marquez is the most famous Colombian. Too bad the series doesn’t delve into Pablo’s relationship with Marquez, who served as go-between with Castro, whose brother was put in charge of cocaine smuggling. Much of the cocaine moving into Miami comes through Cuba, where smuggling has been an art form for centuries.
There is a ton of magic in Colombia, however, and I prefer to think the origin is related to the country’s biodiversity. Only one other country has more plant and animal species and that’s Brazil, and they have 7 times the acreage. And when it comes to birds, Colombia beats out Brazil. And bird feathers have always played a huge role in ceremonial magic. But then, so have intoxicating substances.
Narcos is told from the point-of-view of the DEA agent who claims credit for bringing Pablo down, so this is the officially sanctioned, DEA-approved version of the story, so viewer beware, disinfo rabbit holes abound. Still, there’s a remarkable amount of magical realism conveyed, like when the DEA employs terror tactics and becomes the bad cop in the good-cop versus bad-cop games. Reminds me of our CIA agents on the ground in Vietnam, who laid the groundwork for the Phoenix Project, our nation’s largest assassination program that’s been officially admitted to in Congress.
So when CIA asset Barry Seal is shot down, they refer to him as “ex-CIA” and don’t discuss his destination (Mena, Arkansas) or the fact he was ID’d by Oliver North’s testimony in Congress, and a Colombian hit squad hired so it would look like the cartel killed him, when the real problem was Seal was threatening to tell the world he worked for George Bush and Oliver North if they hung him out to dry, which they did. Bush’s phone number was found on Seal’s dead body.
When the Cali cartel emerges to compete against Escobar, who is making $60 million a week tax free and spending thousands every week just on rubber bands to hold the cash together, the series isn’t going to delve into the long and murky relations between the Cali cartel and the CIA.
Just google “Michael Abbell.” He was the top dude at Justice overseeing extradition of drug kingpins before departing to become the lawyer for the Cali Cartel. He eventually earned a 5-year sentence for money laundering, but that offense must have gone away, because he maintains his Washington DC law practice as well as his expertise in fighting extraditions.
As long as a drug kingpin runs his money through the right bank and makes the right payoffs, he won’t be bothered. Problem is, Pablo got too big, and his pride got to him, and he had a burning desire to be President of Colombia, but after he engineered a seat in Congress, the oligarchy shamed him and made it clear he would never be allowed to join their sons and daughters in their private ceremonies. I don’t know if Pablo was a psychopath before that happened, but he certainly became one afterwards, evolving into one of the most vicious serial killers in history, and paid out millions in assassination fees over the years.
The Cali Cartel assisted the DEA and Colombian forces take-down of Pablo, and afterwards, upped Pablo’s 80% world market share to 90% for a time, and were just as ruthless and vicious as Pablo, but a lot more low-key in the media. Plus, they had the advantage of amazing intel, and always seemed to know what the Americans, police and military were up to. And they ran their money through the right banks.
I bet you never heard of Philip Marshall. He was a pilot and worked directly under Barry Seal in New Orleans at the height of the Contra-Cocaine effort, when planes full of guns were flying south and coming back stuffed with happy dust. Barry was one of the biggest spooks in history and ran an immense operation, but he turned on his CIA masters and went rouge and was soon dead.
Philip was his aide at the time, and he went on to write a “novel” about those years called Lakefront Airport, after the New Orleans airport Barry first employed for smuggling operations, a site later switched to Mena, Arkansas, after a favorable Governor to the CIA was installed there no doubt. Marshall used his spook connections to write an expose on 9/11 that actually tracked the real information and tied the event to a Bush-Saudi alliance. I plan to get this book very soon as I believe it’s probably got some explosive revelations that have not been unveiled anywhere else. Marshall was a real insider, and capable of following the threads, so there’s a good chance this book shines a spotlight in some dark corners.
But there’s a price for telling the truth in America, and in this case, that price included the murder of his children and dog?
They were all found shot dead. The kids were arranged on the couches as if they both were sleeping when assassinated with a bullet to the brain. There was zero investigation and it was immediately ruled a double murder suicide by Marshall, who by all evidence was a completed devoted single dad who would have done anything for his kids. But one day, he woke up and decided to kill off everyone?
The official story does not hold water, however, as there is no way Marshall could have fired all those bullets without the shots being heard all over the neighborhood. And since there was no disturbance, that means a silencer had to have been used, something not found at the scene. But since the crime scene was sanitized, and no forensics conducted at all, we will never come close to the truth. Oh, and Marshall’s relationship with Barry Seal is well documented, as was Seal’s long history running guns and drugs, and some of those operations were reportedly done under the guidance of Oliver North.
Here’s a shot of the notorious Operation 40 crew assembled as a CIA assassination squad. Seal is the third person sitting on the left. The guy hiding his face? That’s Frank Sturgis, who would soon start work on assassinating Fidel Castro. The latin guy in front with a cigarette in his hand? That’s Felix Rodriguez and he went on to kill Che Guevara, along with many others no doubt. I only show you this photo to explain how real Seal and Marshall are in the kingdom of spookdom, which is why this death should have been taken very seriously by local law enforcement, and not shoved under the rug so quickly.