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Now, gary webb pushes his investigation even further in his book, dark alliance. Starring jeremy renner as the late gary webb, the movie of webb s investigation of the cia s contra cocaine scandal and of webb s destruction by mainstream news outlets is set to begin filming this summer. The introduction to the first installment of the series read. He discussed his book, headline news and responded to audience telephone calls, faxes, and electronic. A revised version was published in 1999 that incorporated webb s response to the cia and justice department reports. Mar 27, 20 starring jeremy renner as the late gary webb, the movie of webbs investigation of the cias contracocaine scandal and of webbs destruction by mainstream news outlets is set to begin filming this summer.

Special reports cocaine, conspiracy theories and the cia. The february 2000 report by the house intelligence committee in turn considered the books claims as well as the series claims. In july 1995, san jose mercurynews reporter gary webb found the big one the blockbuster story every journalist secretly dreams about without even looking for it. The first thing i looked for was the amount of cocaine that the story said the cias army had brought into the country and funneled into the crack. Webb suggested that the central intelligence agency cia knew about the contras and protected their cocaine trade. In his report, webb who had won a pulitzer in 1989 for a different story claimed that the cia was partly responsible for bringing crack cocaine to the united states in the 1980s. Webbs story became notable as the first major journalism cause celebre on the newly emerging internet. Webb s bold, controversial reporting was the target of a famously vicious media backlash that. Did the cia play a role in launching the crack cocaine epidemic. Oct 17, 2014 webbs story made the extraordinary claim that the central intelligence agency was responsible for the crack cocaine epidemic in america.

An awardwinning investigative reporter, gary webb 19552004 is best known for his dark alliance series that linked a northern california drug ring with the cia and the united states burgeoning crack epidemic. In this episode, chris calton explains how the potent mix of politicans and fake news created the myth of the crack baby. Investigative reporter gary webb linked the cia to americas introduction to crack cocaine. Pablo escobars son reveals his dad worked for the cia. Gary webb, american investigative journalist who wrote a threepart series for the san jose mercury news in 1996 on connections between the central intelligence agency cia, the u. Dec 17, 2004 how the press and the cia killed gary webbs career. Cia involvement in contra cocaine trafficking wikipedia. Webbs series led to three federal investigations, none of which found evidence of any conspiracy by the cia or its employees to bring drugs into the united states. A powerful series by investigative reporter gary webb of the san jose mercury news says the answer may be yesand the charge. The investigation provoked massive protests and congressional hearings, as well as overt backlash from the mainstream media to discredit webb. The cia, the drug dealers, and the tragedy of gary webb. Amongst webb s fundamental problems was his implication that the cia lit the crack cocaine fuse. In a new book, pablo escobar in fraganti, escobar, who lives under the pseudonym, juan sebastian marroquin, explains his father worked for the cia selling cocaine to finance the fight against communism in central america.

He wrote about the cocaine trafficking trial of a former contra leader named. The cia, the contras, and the crack cocaine explosion webb, gary, waters, maxine on. Waters urged the cia, the department of justice, and the house permanent select committee on intelligence to investigate. How the cia s crack cocaine controversy destroyed journalist gary webb, will be published in october.

An investigative journalist, gary webb became interested in the covert activities of the central intelligence agency. Drawing from then newly declassified documents, undercover dea audio and videotapes that had never been publicly released, federal court testimony, and interviews, webb demonstrates how our government knowingly. In dark alliance, the 1996 mercury news series about the cia and crack cocaine, he did not have enough. Sep 25, 2014 the cia didnt really need to lift a finger to try to ruin gary webbs credibility, schou told the intercept. Perhaps most damningly, webb wrote that crack was virtually. Mar 21, 2015 the cia, the drug dealers, and the tragedy of gary webb in 1996, journalist gary webb began looking into links between nicaraguas drugrunning contra rebels and the cia. The cia, the drug dealers, and the tragedy of gary webb telegraph. As they entered the door, a note attached to it said, please do. Back in 1996, gary webb of the san jose mercury news broke a story stating not only that the nicaraguan contras supported by the united states in a rebellion against their leftleaning government were involved in the us crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s, but also that the cia knew and turned a blind eye to the operation. Key figures in ciacrack cocaine scandal begin to come forward. Black gangs used their profits to buy automatic weapons, sometimes from one of the cialinked drug dealers.

Gary webb was a pulitzer prizewinning journalist who did a lot of great work and certainly should be respected for his efforts to uncover the full extent of the cia contra cocaine connection. Decadesold cia crackcocaine scandal gains new momentum rt. The drug business is very different than what we dreamed, he continues. He then resigned and pushed his investigation even further in his book, dark alliance. The cia, the contras, and the crack cocaine explosion gary webb interview 1998 gary stephen webb august 31, 1955 december 10, 2004 was a pulitzer prizewinning american investigative journalist. Author and investigative journalist nick schou published numerous. Mercury news series about the cia and crack cocaine, he did not have enough. Webb conducted a yearlong investigation during which he discovered that a san franciscobased drug ring.

Freeway rick ross on how he introduced crack to the u. Oct 18, 2017 during the 1980s, the war on drugs became defined by cocaine and crack. Oct 10, 2014 in his report, webb who had won a pulitzer in 1989 for a different story claimed that the cia was partly responsible for bringing crack cocaine to the united states in the 1980s. Gary webb, the journalist who busted the cia for selling crack. He discussed his book, headline news and responded to audience telephone calls, faxes, and. In 1996, pulitzer prizewinning journalist gary webb 19552004 wrote a shocking series of articles for the san jose mercury news exposing the cias link to nicaraguan cocaine smuggled into the us by the contras, which had fueled the widespread crack epidemic that swept through urban areas. If hollywood gets the story right, it will be a dark and enlightening tale. A simple phone call concerning an unexceptional pending drug trial turned into a massive conspiracy involving the nicaraguan contra rebels, l. In 1996, investigative reporter gary webb broke the prior story that the cia was implicated in trafficking crack cocaine into the united states. How the press and the cia killed gary webbs career.

A powerful series by investigative reporter gary webb of the san jose mercury news says the answer may be yesand the charge, reviving old rumors about the agencys complicity in cocaine smuggling during the reagan administrations covert war in nicaragua, has some africanamerican leaders ready to carpetbomb langley. The cia, the contras, and the crack cocaine explosion. In january, it was revealed that the dea allows mexicos biggest cartel to traffic drugs in the us in exchange for information. In fact, the agencys central complaint, according to the document, was over the graphics that accompanied the series, which suggested a link between the cia and the crack scare. It was a tragic end to a brilliant, and tragic, career. Gary webb was american investigative journalist, pulitzer prize winner. San jose mercury news reporter gary webb the new york times. Just as the invention of crack was bringing cocaine out of the parlors and clubs of the elite and into poor urban neighborhoods, a young ricky ross used his connections to the crips organization. The cia, the drug dealers, and the tragedy of gary webb in 1996, journalist gary webb began looking into links between nicaraguas drugrunning contra rebels and the cia. The cia, the contras, and the crack cocaine explosion is a 1998 book by journalist gary webb. Gary webb was no journalism hero, despite what kill the.

In 1996, pulitzer prizewinning journalist gary webb 19552004 wrote a shocking series of articles for the san jose mercury news exposing the cia s link to nicaraguan cocaine smuggled into the us by the contras, which had fueled the widespread crack epidemic that swept through urban areas. The investigation, headed up by webb revealed ties between the cia, nicaraguan contras and the crack cocaine trade ravaging africanamerican communities. Gary stephen webb august 31, 1955 december 10, 2004 was an american investigative. Stories how a smuggler, a bureaucrat and a driven ghetto teenager created the cocaine pipeline, and how crack was born in the san francisco bay area in 1974. The cia, the contras, and the crack cocaine explosion by gary webb 1,238 ratings, 4. Special reports cocaine, conspiracy theories and the cia in. The cia, the contras, and the crack cocaine explosion, published by seven stories press.

Your worst fears are true the cia did help to smuggle drugs into american ghettos, says an investigative reporter, webb was asked whether his story had confirmed the suspicion within the black community that the crack cocaine epidemic might be part of a. The website artwork showed the silhouette of a man smoking a crack pipe superimposed over the cia seal. In 1996, a bombshell report by journalist gary webb claimed that the central intelligence agency cia supported cocaine trafficking into the u. A revised version was published in 1999 that incorporated webbs response to the cia and justice department reports. The cia, contras, gangs, and crack institute for policy. Sep 20, 2019 the secret flow of drugs and money, webb reported, had a direct link to the crack epidemic that devastated californias most vulnerable african american neighborhoods. Dark alliance blew the lid off the cia s ties to americas crack market by showing for the first time not just the agencys role in turning a blind eye to nicaraguan contras smuggling cocaine to. This was the first of two cia reports that eventually substantiated many. Gary webb is the former san jose mercury news reporter whose 1996 dark alliance series on the socalled cia crack cocaine connection created a firestorm of controversy and led to his resignation from the paper amid escalating attacks on his work by the mainstream media. The cia, contras, gangs, and crack based on a yearlong investigation, reporter gary webb wrote that during the 1980s the cia helped finance its covert war against nicaraguas leftist government through sales of cutrate cocaine to south central l. Mar 17, 2016 freeway rick ross on how he introduced crack to the u. Jan 23, 2014 in january, it was revealed that the dea allows mexicos biggest cartel to traffic drugs in the us in exchange for information. Decadesold cia crackcocaine scandal gains new momentum.

Webb s series led to three federal investigations, none of. Webb was vindicated by a 1998 cia inspector general. Weekly has a fascinating piece concerning the late gary webb, whose life and career were ruined when the establishment media joined with the government to discredit a series hed written. They just sat there and watched these journalists go after gary like a. Gary webb pushed his investigation even further in his book, dark alliance. Cia played a role in promoting crack, ceppos and webb have said that the articles did not draw the conclusion that the cia was directly. Key figures in ciacrack cocaine scandal begin to come. Dujmovic acknowledged that webb did not state outright that cia ran the drug trade or even knew about it. Here are 10 things to know about gary webb and his report that linked the cia to crack cocaine.

Aug 18, 2006 nick schou is an editor for oc weekly. When shou first contacted webb he was in washington, d. Sep 25, 2014 in fact, the agencys central complaint, according to the document, was over the graphics that accompanied the series, which suggested a link between the cia and the crack scare, and webbs. A publicist, working full time at the mercury news, fielded media inquiries. On january 29, 1998, hitz published volume one of his internal investigation.

The secret flow of drugs and money, webb reported, had a direct link to the subsequent explosion of crack cocaine abuse that had devastated. How the cia watched over the destruction of gary webb. Undoubtedly, agents of the cia and dea, and most certainly oliver north and his contra operation were aware of the source of the cocaine. Unfortunately, schou says, that was also its undoing gary webb had become the story. The charges of cia involvement in contra cocaine trafficking were revived in 1996, when a newspaper series by reporter gary webb in the san jose mercury news claimed that the trafficking had played an important role in the creation of the crack cocaine drug problem in the united states. The cia, contras, gangs, and crack institute for policy studies. Webb created a great of controversy when in 1996 he wrote a series of articles claiming that supporters of a cia backed guerrilla army in nicaragua helped trigger americas crack cocaine epidemic in the 1980s. Webbs story made the extraordinary claim that the central intelligence agency was responsible for the crack cocaine epidemic in america. With jeremy renner, robert patrick, jena sims, robert pralgo. Gary webb, the pulitzer prizewinning reporter who broke the story of the cia s involvement in the importation of cocaine into the u. Interesting how this piece is completely based on a cia document and softpedals every single instance of cia involvement from the contras, to the crack, to the attacks on webb. On august 18, 1996, the san jose mercury news published the first installment of a threepart series of articles concerning crack cocaine, the central intelligence agency cia, and the nicaraguan contra army.

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