For the evidence the CIA said didn't exist, purchase and read
Gary Webb's excellent book on the CIA and the Cocaine-Contra connection. Like CNN, the San
Jose Mercury claimed they had botched the story. But Webb shows in spades how right he was
the first time. Anyone reading this book will learn to take present and future retractions
of stories on black operations with the appropriate grain of salt.
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Did the CIA hire engage known drug runners in its efforts to
support the CIA-trained and backed Contras in Nicaragua in the 1980s? And was this
engagement an exception, or part of an ongoing history of CIA involvement in drug-running?Gary
Webb's excellent series called "Dark Alliance", originally published in the San
Jose Mercury News. While the SJM has since retracted the story, the story and the
documentation is still present. Decide for yourself whether Jerry Ceppos of the SJM did
the right thing in retracting the story.
The answers are yes and yes. But don't take my word for it.
Read the newly declassified (and until recently closely held)
Part II of
the CIA Inspector General (IG) Report on what the CIA knew about the drug runners in
its midst. Or better yet, read Robert Parry's commentary in a recent issue of The Consortium.
For the most well-documented accounting ever to be published
by the mainstream press, read
For a comedic view of the mainstream media's participation in
the cover-up of the truth, read
The Emperor's New
Clothes, or Gary Webb was Right.
The story of the CIA-Cocaine-Contra connection was originally
broken by Brian Barger and
Robert Parry when
they worked for the Associated Press. Their story ultimately led to the formation of the Kerry
Commission. The new IG report includes this passage:
discovered that CIA officials, including Dupart from the Central American Task Force, fed
leads to congressional Republican staff to discredit Kerry's investigation. Dupart, for
instance, told GOP aide Richard Messick that the FBI had "extensive information on
people who had been interviewed by Kerry's staff." [Graf 1102]
Let me condense it for you further:
...CIA officials...fed leads to congressional
Republican staff to discredit Kerry's investigation.
Just who is running the country?