The 1985 murder of Kiki Camarena is unusual for a few reasons
a) There are at least three Mexican police officers who have gone on the record as witnesses. Very few murders have such solid witnesses.
b) There is audio of the murderer, an employee of the CIA, as he is asking questions while torturing Camarena.
c) The U.S. Justice Department knew who the person behind the murder was, at least as early as 1989, but declined to prosecute because he was employed by the CIA. The U.S. Justice then constructed elaborate fictions to cover the killer and others in the U.S. government involved in the killing.
d) The U.S. Justice Department carefully managed the cartel members it prosecuted so that neither they nor their associates would implicate the CIA publicly, which some did anyway.
The purpose of this page is not to advocate for the arrest of a person who is probably in his 80s, but there are questions that should be answered.
1) Why was he never arrested?
Felix Rodriguez is a Cuban of European descent who has helped implement a U.S. policy of indigenous repression for decades.
If there were ever a public investigation of his activities it would risk exposing dozens of major anti indigenous programs run through various government agencies, from 'counter terror' operations in Central America to 'gun walking' to building up cartels and using them to destabilize indigenous areas, as well as many less visible operations.
2) Is the U.S. fighting Latin American drug cartels, or running them?
A public investigation, run properly, would also show that the powerful drug cartels destabilizing Latin America were built by various agencies of the U.S. government, and the U.S. still has control over them to this day.
Overwhelming evidence shows that cartel employees in Mexico who arranged the abduction were working for Felix Rodriguez and company, not vice versa.
Beyond that broad fact there are many small details, suggested as asides in the video, which point to a much broader, and more malicious, conspiracy by people acting under authority of the U.S. government to sabotage indigenous interests across Latin America.
Notice the subdued references to the DFS including that they served as informal bodyguards for Camarena.
3) Was 'Iran Contra' the motive for short term drug dealing by CIA, or was it one of many covers for long term illegal/unethical financial projects, including drug dealing, around the world?
The public has been led to believe that a group of fairly respectable diplomatic/military types acquiesced to using cocaine selling as a way to fund support for the Contras in Nicaragua, and to pay for weapons to prolong the Iran/Iraq war, but there are some big problems with that.
The various 'public faces' of the cocaine smuggling which are used as possible figures Rodriguez was 'protecting', as well as the dollar values of the money needed for those causes, do not add up.
The people involved visibly in strictly the 'Contra' aspect, people like Oliver North etc, are not types with the tendencies, nor access to the connections needed for that project, and would not have solicited that access unless they were walked into it. And that amount of money, i.e., the visible cash used in Iran/Contra, could easily have been raised from other sources, and frequently is raised from alternative sources for comparable projects. In other words the CIA does have funding sources for covert projects. That organization does not rely on drugs for funding at an administrative level.
4) Are the same transnational individuals which have run the cartels suddenly working in the interests of their countries?
In the case of Iran/Contra, which was the specific context for Camarena's torture/murder, there was one transnational group which consisted of individuals pretending to be working in the interests of Israel and the United States.
That same group has individuals from many countries, but those two countries served as basis of that cover, at that time, so they were used.
Today the United States is being sabotaged in an offensive way by that same group, and Israel likewise, with populations in those two countries imagining that such individuals are defending their interests or acting for some greater good, which is not the case.
Note that at the time of those hearings it was already known to higher level people at the CIA, DEA, the Justice Department and perhaps other agencies that Kiki Camarena's abduction, torture and murder were arranged by CIA agents. According to many highly credible witnesses, CIA agents used the Mexican DFS and cartels to do certain types of jobs for them under guise of 'U.S. National Security'.
6 years after the hearings in the above video, Porter Goss, who is chairing the hearing, became director of the CIA.
In his junior year at Yale, Goss was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency. He spent much of the 1960s—roughly from 1960 until 1971—working for the Directorate of Operations, the clandestine services of the CIA. There he first worked in Latin America and the Caribbean and later in Europe.
In August 2001, Goss, ... visited Islamabad, Pakistan. Meetings were held with President Pervez Musharraf and with Pakistan's military and intelligence officials including the head of Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) General Mahmud Ahmed, as well as with the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan, Abdul Salam Zaeef. On the morning of September 11, 2001, Goss and Graham were having breakfast with General Ahmad. Ahmad's network had ties to Osama bin Laden and directly funded, supported, and trained the Taliban.
Note too with regard to that video, and the issue of the CIA pushing crack cocaine in black communities, Felix Rodriguez, along with several of his associates, were 'Miami Cubans' known for going out of their way to prove that they were more 'anti black' than any of their white colleagues might be. Rodriguez was known for using his 'official authority' to further personal aims and he certainly would have done harm to black areas if he could. It's very unlikely that it was simple coincidence that this cocaine went to urban blacks, as crack, more than to other groups.
Also worth noting that by the mid 1980s there were many independent cocaine transporters i.e., not working for government agencies, and part of the 'government enforcement' of trafficking laws was probably focused on competitive business aspects. There are hints of that in the 'Last Narco' episodes.
The 'cocaine onion', of which Camarena's murder was a part, had many layers.
Layer 1 / actual basic facts / a) The main long term strategic goal of the United States is to secure European control over what is called "U.S. territory", and the largest part of that effort involves pre empting any perception of indigenous sovereignty anywhere in the new world. b) Top U.S. 'strategists' including GBush used individuals like Felix Rodriguez to implement that policy so they could have 'arms length' protection. c) Cocaine trafficking was one part of a long term ongoing aspect of that policy. d) The 'Contra' effort was never seen as a viable military project. It's only use was in the fact that it provided cover for a few years for a small part of the drug operation. e) People like Ollie North were useful only for their stupidity, their patriotism. Useful idiots whose predictability and shallowness caused them to be carefully promoted to where they would be needed.
Layer 2 / what simpler people saw / Hostages in Lebanese territory provided a context in which arms could properly be sent to Iran, with most people understanding implicitly that the real goal of that project was to prolong the Iran/Iraq war in a way that would be as profitable as possible. Cocaine smuggling was a 'conspiracy theory', and all of the people involved were acting on patriotic motives.
Layer 3 / the child's view / People who are hired to work in jobs like those involved in this issue are hired for their ability to know things others can't know, and to act on their best motives so they should be trusted, their actions not examined.