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Uploaded on Nov 13, 2010
The Brotherhood of Eternal Love remains virtually unknown in the early 21st century. Yet their influence upon the 'counterculture' that began in 1960s and which remains a strong influence to this day, was vast. They pioneered the first major hashish smuggling operation into the US and opened up Afghanistan to the US black market in the process, repercussions of which are still being felt today. They became the first international LSD smugglers and brought the world a particularly potent batch known as Orange Sunshine. They established the first major drug pipeline with Sinaloa, Mexico, possibly giving rise to the Sinaloa Cartel in the process. In the course of the 60s they were involved with countless other major figures and organizations in the burgeoning hippie movement that included Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey, Augustus 'Bear' Owsley Stanley, the Hell's Angels, the Weathermen Underground, the Back Panthers, the Moody Blues, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, and many more. They were a hippie cult experimenting with communal living along the lines of the Manson family and on a religious mission to 'turn on' the world one tab at a time. They were also an international drug cartel and eventual CIA front whose tragic and bloody legacy would have enormous implications for the destiny of this country.