Jack Blum

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InterestsCIA/Drug trafficking


Lawyer. He spent fourteen years as a staff attorney with the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He played a central role in the Lockheed Aircraft bribery investigation of the 1970's and in the investigation of the BCCI.

As chief investigator for the Kerry Subcommittee on narcotics and "terrorism", Jack Blum testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about CIA/Drug trafficking as part of Iran-contra that "We don't have to investigate. We already know."[1][2] During that hearing (at 00:22:08) he also stresses that: "We knew about the connection between the West Coast cocaine trade and the Contras. It was an astonishing case, called the Frogman case. In that case, I believe it was in that case, the United States attorney for San Francisco, a man by the name of Russo Nello, return thirty five thousand dollars of cocaine proceeds - voluntarily - to the Contras. When it had been seized as a proceeds of drug trafficking. We found that absolutely astonishing, I know of no other situation where the Justice Department was so forthcoming in returning seized property."

Later activities

As of 2016, he was treasurer of the Center for International Policy.[3]


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