The Film Archives – The CIA’s Crack Cocaine Controversy: Drugs for Weapons, Books, Smuggling, Reporter, Contras

Cutting A Pile of Cocaine (foto Gifer)

CIA Clandestine Operations (foto Twitter)
Remember Gary Webb (foto

This is Gary Webb and This is Phillip Marshall

I am Gary Webb (foto Pinterest)

Gary Webb – Dark Alliance (foto Barnes & Noble)

Hey CIA, Is that A Drug War You are Running or Are You Just Running Drugs (foto Facebook)

Estimated at 1,125 Kilograms of Processed Crack Cocaine (foto

Some Wars are Not Meant to Be Won (foto

Cocaine (foto Gfycat)

The Life and Death of Barry Seal (foto

Are You High Right Now? (foto Gifer)

Are You On Drugs? (foto

I don’t Want to Feel Anything (foto Gifer)

The CIA’s Crack Cocaine Controversy: Drugs for Weapons, Books, Smuggling, Reporter, Contras

In première gegaan op 29 okt. 2021

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The United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been Accused of Involvement in Drug Trafficking. Listen to an Audiobook on the Topic for free

Books and Investigations on the Subject that have Received General Notice include Works by the Historian Alfred McCoy, Professor and Diplomat Peter Dale Scott, Journalists Gary Webb and Alexander Cockburn, and Writer Larry Collins. These Claims have led to Investigations by the United States Government, including Hearings and Reports by the United States House of Representatives, Senate, Department of Justice, and the CIA’s Office of the Inspector General.

Government Officials said in 1990 the Anti Drug Unit of the CIAAccidentally” Shipped a Ton of Cocaine into the United States from Venezuela as Part of an Effort to Infiltrate and Gather Evidence on Drug Gangs. The Cocaine was Sold on the Streets in the United States. No Criminal Charges were Made in this Incident, however CIA officer Mark McFarlin Resigned and another CIA Officer was Disciplined. The CIA issued a Statement on the Incident saying there was “Poor Judgment and Management on the Part of Several CIA Officers (13)

During a PBS Frontline Investigation, DEA Field Agent Hector Berrellez said, “I believe that Elements Working for the CIA were Involved in Bringing Drugs into the Country.

I know specifically that Some of the CIA Contract Workers, Meaning Some of the Pilots, in fact were Bringing Drugs into the US and Landing some of these Drugs in Government Air Bases. And I know so because I was Told by Some of These Pilots that in fact They Had Done That.”

Several Conspiracy Theories assert that the CIA used Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport To Smuggle Weapons and Ammunition to the Contras in Nicaragua, and Drugs Back into the United States. Some Theories even invoke the Involvement of Political Figures, Including Oliver North and Former Presidents George HW Bush and Bill Clinton.

The CIA’s Self Investigation, Overseen by the CIA’s Inspector General, stated that the CIA had No Involvement In or Knowledge Of Any Illegal Activities that may have occurred in Mena. The Report said that the Agency had Conducted a Training Exercise at the Airport in Partnership with Another Federal Agency and that Companies Located at the Airport had PerformedRoutine Aviation Related Services on Equipment Owned by the CIA“.

The Film American Made is a Fictionalized Telling of the Story of Barry Seal, a Pilot and Medellín Cartel Drug Smuggler who Based his Operations in Mena.

In 1986, the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations began investigating Drug Trafficking from Central and South America and the Caribbean to the United States. The Investigation was Conducted by the Sub Committee on Terrorism, Narcotics, and International Operations, Chaired by Senator John Kerry, so its Final 1989 Report was known as the Kerry Committee Report. The Report Concluded that “It is Clear that Individuals who Provided Support for the Contras were Involved in Drug Trafficking, the Supply Network of the Contras was Used by Drug Trafficking Organizations, and Elements of the Contras Themselves Knowingly Received Financial and Material Assistance from Drug Traffickers.”

In 1996, Gary Webb wrote a Series of Articles Published in the San Jose Mercury News, which investigated Nicaraguans linked to the CIA Backed Contras who had Smuggled Cocaine into the US which was then Distributed as Crack Cocaine into Los Angeles and Funneled Profits to the Contras. His Articles Asserted that the CIA was Aware of the Cocaine Transactions and the Large Shipments of Drugs into the US by the Contra Personnel and Directly Aided Drug Dealers to Raise Money for the Contras. The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The Washington Post Launched Their Own Investigations and Rejected Webb’s Allegations. In May 1997, The Mercury News Executive Editor Jerry Ceppos, who had Approved the Series, Published a Column that Acknowledged Shortcomings in the Series Reporting, Editing, and Production, while m+Maintaining the Story was Correct “On Many Important Points.” (24) Webb later Published a Book Based on the Series, Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion.

The 2014 Movie Kill the Messenger Depicted Actor Jeremy Renner as Gary Webb. In 1989, the United States Invaded Panama as Part of Operation Just Cause, which Involved 25,000 American Troops. General Manuel Noriega, Head of Panama’s Government, had been Giving Military Assistance to Contra Groups in Nicaragua at the Request of the US – which, In Exchange, allowed him to continue His Drug Trafficking Activities, which They had Known about since the 1960’s.


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