America's War on Drugs

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“America’s War on Drugs” is an immersive trip through the last five decades, uncovering how the CIA, obsessed with keeping America safe in the fight against communism, allied itself with the mafia and foreign drug traffickers. read more
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“America’s War on Drugs” is an immersive trip through the last five decades, uncovering how the CIA, obsessed with keeping America safe in the fight against communism, allied itself with the mafia and foreign drug traffickers. In exchange for support against foreign enemies, the groups were allowed to grow their drug trade in the United States. The series explores the unintended consequences of when gangsters, war lords, spies, outlaw entrepreneurs, street gangs and politicians vie for power and control of the global black market for narcotics – all told through the firsthand accounts of former CIA and DEA officers, major drug traffickers, gang members, noted experts and insiders. Night one of “America’s War on Drugs” divulges covert Cold War operations that empowered a generation of drug traffickers and reveals the peculiar details of secret CIA LSD experiments which helped fuel the counter-culture movement, leading to President Nixon’s crackdown and declaration of a war on drugs. The documentary series then delves into the rise of the cocaine cowboys, a secret island “cocaine base,” the CIA’s connection to the crack epidemic, the history of the cartels and their murderous tactics, the era of “Just Say No,” the negative effect of NAFTA, and the unlikely career of an almost famous Midwest meth queen. The final chapter of the series examines how the attacks on September 11th intertwined the War on Drugs and the War on Terror, transforming Afghanistan into a narco-state teeming with corruption. It also explores how American intervention in Mexico helped give rise to El Chapo and the Super Cartels, bringing unprecedented levels of violence and sending even more drugs across America’s borders. Five decades into the War on Drugs, a move to legalize marijuana gains momentum, mega-corporations have become richer and more powerful than any nation’s drug cartel, and continuing to rise is the demand for heroin and other illegal drugs.

Original Release

06/18/2017 on HIST

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Cast

Richard Stratton Himself - Expert
Ty Hurley Correctional Officer
Christopher Glover Joaquin Guzman (El Chapo)
Jon Tozzi Carlos Lehder
Alberto Maneiro Felix Rodriguez
John Schwab Rob Maheu
Sarah de Freitas Griselda Blanco
Gabriel Andreu Caro Quintera
Juan Cely Pablo Escobar
George Savvides Bagcho Sherzai
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 Acid, Spies & Secret Experiments Sunday, 18 June 2017
2 Cocaine, Cartels & Crackdowns Monday, 19 June 2017
3 Gangs, Prisons & Meth Queens Tuesday, 20 June 2017
4 Heroin, Terrorists & Kings of Pain Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Directors

Julian Kemp

Cast

Richard Stratton Himself - Expert
Ty Hurley Correctional Officer
Christopher Glover Joaquin Guzman (El Chapo)
Jon Tozzi Carlos Lehder
Alberto Maneiro Felix Rodriguez
John Schwab Rob Maheu
Sarah de Freitas Griselda Blanco
Gabriel Andreu Caro Quintera
Juan Cely Pablo Escobar
George Savvides Bagcho Sherzai
Ross Carter Chilean Chemist
Matt Kennard Chris George
Joseph Balderrama Danilo Blando
Sam Kennard Jeff George
Daniel Coonan Tony Po
Antonio Mancino Humberto Loya Castro
Jake Abraham Manuel Noriega
Raymond Waring Meth Cook
Robert Jezek Gordon Liddy
Adam Basil 1.2

Producers

Michael Stiller Executive Producer
Julian P. Hobbs Executive Producer
Claudia López Executive Producer
Elli Hakami Executive Producer
Anthony Lappé Executive Producer
Andy Pearson Producer
Justin R. Silverman Producer
Claudia López Producer
Yasemin Rashit Producer
Anthony Buzzetti Producer
Steve Murphy Producer
Sophia Youssef Producer
Adrian Murray Producer
Heidi Mueller Producer
Jillian Bergman Producer
Celia Aniskovich Producer
Dana Sauchelli Producer
Brian Becker Producer

Editors

Adrian Murray, Mark Lechner, Prichard Smith, Aaron Paul Rogers, David Abelson, Wyatt Rogowski

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