S. Hrg. 108-173: NARCO-Terrorism: International Drug Trafficking and Terrorism--A Dangerous Mix: Hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session, May 20, 2003   [open pdf - 4MB]

The problems of terrorism, drugs and international organized crime pose new and significant challenges to our country. As everyone knows, these problems occur across our borders and are less and less subject to control by nation states. Terrorists around the world and in every region appear to be increasing their involvement in the trafficking of illegal drugs, primarily as a source of financing for their terrorist operations. Narco-terrorists participate directly or indirectly in the cultivation, manufacture, transportation and/or distribution of controlled substances. Several terrorist groups provide security for drug traffickers transporting their products through territories under the control of terrorist organizations or their supporters. No matter what form it takes or the level of involvement in drug trafficking, several significant terrorist groups are reported to be relying on drug money as one of several significant funding sources. This hearing revolves around this conclusion: "If we really want to win the war against terrorism, we need to continue and expand our commitment to cutting off all sources of terrorism financing, including drug trafficking. By doing so, we will not only cut off an important source of funding for terrorists, but we will reduce the amount of illegal drugs that poison our communities." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joseph R. Biden, Orrin G. Hatch, Jon Kyl, Patrick J. Leahy, Steven W. Casteel, John P. Clark, Larry C. Johnson, Deborah McCarthy, Steven C. McCraw, and Raphael Perl.

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