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http://www.laweekly.com/2013-05-30/news/gary-webb-jess-katz-crack/full/





Ex-L.A. Times Writer Apologizes for "Tawdry" Attacks
Jesse Katz admits that attacking journalist Gary Webb's CIA-cocaine expose ruined Webb's life
A A A Comments (25) By Nick Schou Thursday, May 30 2013

Nine years after investigative reporter Gary Webb committed suicide, Jesse Katz, a former Los Angeles Times reporter who played a leading role in ruining the controversial journalist's career, has publicly apologized — just weeks before shooting begins in Atlanta on Kill the Messenger, a film expected to reinstate Webb's reputation as an award-winning journalist dragged through the mud by disdainful, competing media outlets.
New Times L.A. headline, circa 1996
New Times L.A. headline, circa 1996


Webb made history, then quickly fell from grace, with his 20,000-word 1996 investigation, "Dark Alliance," in which the San Jose Mercury News reported that crack cocaine was being peddled in L.A.'s black ghettos to fund a CIA-backed proxy war carried out by contra rebels in Nicaragua.

Kill the Messenger is based on Webb's 1998 book, Dark Alliance, in which he attempted to rebuild his ruined reputation, as well as my 2004 biography of Webb, Kill the Messenger, which shares the movie's title. (I worked as a consultant on the script.)

The movie will portray Webb as a courageous reporter whose career and life were cut short when the nation's three most powerful newspapers piled on to attack Webb and his three-part Mercury News series on the CIA's crack-cocaine connection.

The New York Times, Washington Post and L.A. Times each obscured basic truths of Webb's "Dark Alliance" series. But no newspaper tried harder than the L.A. Times, where editors were said to have been appalled that a distant San Jose daily had published a blockbuster about America's most powerful spy agency and its possible role in allowing drug dealers to flood South L.A. with crack.

Much of the Times' attack was clever misdirection, but it ruined Webb's reputation: In particular, the L.A. Times attacked a claim that Webb never made: that the CIA had intentionally addicted African-Americans to crack.

Webb, who eventually could find only part-time work at a small weekly paper, committed suicide.

No journalist played a more central role in the effort to obscure the facts Webb reported than former L.A. Times reporter Katz. But on May 22, Katz, who has penned a Los Angeles magazine story hitting newsstands now that resurfaces the Gary Webb episode, essentially apologized, on KPCC-FM 89.3's AirTalk With Larry Mantle.

Katz was discussing "Freeway Rick Is Dreaming" in the July 2013 issue of Los Angeles magazine, in which he profiles Ricky Ross, the notorious crack-cocaine dealer with whom Katz has a long, tortured relationship. In 1994, shortly after Ross got out of prison for coke trafficking, Katz wrote that Ross was the mastermind of America's crack-cocaine epidemic, at his peak pushing half a million rocks a day.

"f there was one outlaw capitalist most responsible for flooding Los Angeles' streets with mass-marketed cocaine, his name was 'Freeway' Rick," Katz's 1994 L.A. Times article claimed. "Ross did more than anyone else to democratize it, boosting volume, slashing prices and spreading disease on a scale never before conceived."

But Webb's 1996 Mercury News series exposed a startling fact: Ross' mentor and chief supplier, who helped him climb to the top of the crack trade, was Nicaraguan exile Oscar Danilo Blandón Reyes. Blandón belonged to one of Nicaragua's most prominent political families and was a major backer of the "contras" — a rebel movement secretly created by the CIA to overthrow the leftist Sandinista rebels.

While Blandón supplied Ricky Ross with coke, the Mercury News revealed, Blandón and others in his politically connected drug cartel, which supplied Ross, were using drug profits to arm the contras.

"Dark Alliance" blew the lid off the CIA's ties to America's crack market by showing for the first time not just the agency's role in turning a blind eye to Nicaraguan contras smuggling cocaine to the United States but also vividly illustrating the role of that cocaine in the spread — via marketers like Ross — of crack in America's inner cities.

Katz' rather embarrassed employer, the L.A. Times — caught off-guard by Webb's reporting in its own backyard — yanked Katz all the way from Texas to re-evaluate Ricky Ross' role in the crack epidemic.

Katz recast Ross as a much less central player in the crack plague, thus helping dilute the effect of "Dark Alliance," which had caused a firestorm of outrage, particularly in black communities.

"The story of crack's genesis and evolution," Katz newly wrote, "is filled with a cast of interchangeable characters, from ruthless billionaires to strung-out curb dealers, none of whom is central to the drama."

In researching the scandal over "Dark Alliance" for my book, I interviewed Katz about the stark disconnect between his two stories about Ross, and he struggled to answer. "I'm not sure I can answer that in a wholly satisfying way," he mused.

In his new Los Angeles magazine story, Katz buries and downplays his role in the debacle. Katz says he was just one of many reporters who ganged up on Webb. He apologizes only for bloating Ross' importance in his first Times piece on the dealer.

Contacted days ago, Katz said my interview of him for Kill the Messenger — "questions I didn't really have good answers for" in part inspired the new magazine article, but he had to edit out some of his self-reflection because the story ran too long.

He mostly focuses on Ross' near-miraculous early release from a life prison sentence, his hair-weave business schemes, his name-rights lawsuit against Florida rapper Rick Ross and a floundering movie deal. However, on AirTalk, when Mantle noted that many listeners were calling in with questions about "Dark Alliance," Katz made his confession.

"As an L.A. Times reporter, we saw this series in the San Jose Mercury News and kind of wonder how legit it was and kind of put it under a microscope," Katz explained. "And we did it in a way that most of us who were involved in it, I think, would look back on that and say it was overkill. We had this huge team of people at the L.A. Times and kind of piled on to one lone muckraker up in Northern California."

Katz stated there were "some flaws" in Webb's stories, and the L.A. Times "pointed all those out."

Katz seems to be referring to the fact that Times editor Shelby Coffey assigned a staggering 17 reporters to exploit any error in Webb's reporting, including the most minute. The newspaper's response to "Dark Alliance" was longer than Webb's series. It was replete with quotes from anonymous CIA sources who denied the CIA was connected to contra-backing coke peddlers in the ghettos. Eventually, Webb's unnerved editors in San Jose withdrew their support for his story.

L.A.'s alternative papers, New Times L.A. and L.A. Weekly, not only covered the media controversy but also advanced Webb's reporting. In my case, working for both L.A. Weekly and OC Weekly, I revealed that a central character in the Mercury News' series — a security consultant, former cop and partner of Blandón's, named Ronald Lister — gave Blandón weapons, which he sold to Ross, and helped the drug ring launder cash and evade police detection.

While Lister was laundering cash, he was staging "business meetings" with death-squad leader Roberto D'Aubuisson in El Salvador, as well as "retired" CIA agents in California.

Webb was vindicated by a 1998 CIA Inspector General report, which revealed that for more than a decade the agency had covered up a business relationship it had with Nicaraguan drug dealers like Blandón.

The L.A. Times, New York Times and Washington Post buried the IG's report; under L.A. Times editor Michael Parks, the paper didn't acknowledge its release for months.

The L.A. Times' smears against Webb continued after his death. After Webb committed suicide in a suburb of Sacramento in December 2004 — the same day he was to vacate his just-sold home and move in with his mother — a damning L.A. Times obituary described the coverage by the three papers as "discrediting" Webb.

As Katz admitted to Mantle, "We really didn't do anything to advance his work or illuminate much to the story, and it was a really kind of tawdry exercise. ... And it ruined that reporter's career."

Under editor Dean Baquet, the L.A. Times did publish a commentary I wrote on the 10-year anniversary of Webb's Mercury News series. In it, I lambasted the paper for its unfair treatment of Webb.

The L.A. Times has never apologized for its attacks on a reporter who took his own life after being hounded out of mainstream journalism. A few months before Webb died, he landed a part-time gig at the alt-weekly newspaper Sacramento News & Review, thanks to its sympathetic editor, Tom Walsh.

The brilliant, award-winning reporter wrote about library funding and traffic-ticket shakedowns. But the pay couldn't cover his mortgage and Webb had reached the end of his dwindling psychological resources.

Sadly, because Webb shot himself in the head twice — the first bullet simply went through his cheek — many falsely believe the CIA killed him. As Katz, if not the rest of the Times crew, knows, it wasn't the CIA that helped load the gun that killed Gary Webb.




http://news.firedoglake.com/2013/06/03/gary-webb-receives-posthumous-apology-from-la-times-writer/

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DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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Focus Features ‏@FocusFeatures 39m
Thrills ahead. #KillTheMessenger w/ Jeremy Renner make @IndieWire’s list of Most Anticipated Films of 2014.

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81. “Kill The Messenger”
Synopsis: This is the true story of journalist Gary Webb, who documented the CIA’s involvement in the global drug trade, and ended up having his career destroyed as a result.

What You Need To Know: Jeremy Renner is using his clout from “The Bourne Legacy” and “The Avengers” to get this story out there, serving as producer and star for this true story. The script from Peter Landesman draws inspiration from two books, Webb’s own “Dark Alliance: The CIA, The Contras And The Crack Cocaine Explosion” and “Kill The Messenger: How The CIA’s Crack Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Gary Webb” by Nick Schou. Renner was smart enough to reach into his past to hire his “Twelve And Holding” director Michael Cuesta, who has also logged hours in television with “Homeland” and “Dexter.” Rosemarie DeWitt, Tim Blake Nelson, Michael K. Williams, Robert Patrick, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Paz Vega, Michael Sheen, Ray Liotta and Mary Elizabeth Winstead co-star.

Why Is It Anticipated: Simply put, this is a significant story that needs to be told about the CIA sullying the name of an innocent man in plain sight in order to protect their clearly illegal actions. There’s been a strand of aggression and antagonism towards honest reportage in the recent political climate, and the government (and the media, somehow!) have been allowed to control the narrative and distract the public from nakedly obvious wrongdoing. A movie isn’t going to do much in the long run, but as far as informing the public, it’s a start.
Release Date: Possibly fourth quarter 2014.

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A TAINTED DEAL ALLOWED DRUG FLOW
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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Kill The Messenger release date OCTOBER 10 2014 -- PLEASE DISTRIBUTE

Kill the Messenger, Starring Jeremy Renner, is Coming in October
Source: Focus Features
March 5, 2014
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Focus Features announced today that Kill the Messenger, starring Jeremy Renner (Marvel's The Avengers, The Bourne Legacy), will be released on October 10, 2014 in limited theaters. The movie will then expand on October 17 and again on October 24.

The dramatic thriller is based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb (Renner) stumbles onto a story which leads to allegations that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications – and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life.

Josh Close, Rosemarie DeWitt, Andy Garcia, Lucas Hedges, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Wiliams and Mary Elizabeth Winstead co-star in the Michael Cuesta-directed film.

Read more: Kill the Messenger, Starring Jeremy Renner, is Coming in October - ComingSoon.net http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=115609&utm_medium=%20twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed#



http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1216491/board/thread/223590625?p=1

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A TAINTED DEAL ALLOWED DRUG FLOW
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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Maxine Waters Investigation

Quite unexpectedly, on April 30, 1998, I obtained a secret 1982 Memorandum of Understanding between the CIA and the Department of Justice, that allowed drug trafficking by CIA assets, agents, and contractors to go unreported to federal law enforcement agencies. I also received correspondence between then Attorney General William French Smith and the head of the CIA, William Casey, that spelled out their intent to protect drug traffickers on the CIA payroll from being reported to federal law enforcement.

Then on July 17, 1998 the New York Times ran this amazing front page CIA admission: "CIA Says It Used Nicaraguan Rebels Accused of Drug Tie." "he Central Intelligence Agency continued to work with about two dozen Nicaraguan rebels and their supporters during the 1980s despite allegations that they were trafficking in drugs.... he agency's decision to keep those paid agents, or to continue dealing with them in some less formal relationship, was made by top officials at headquarters in Langley, Va.". (emphasis added)
.........The CIA had always vehemently denied any connection to drug traffickers and the massive global drug trade, despite over ten years of documented reports. But in a shocking reversal, the CIA finally admitted that it was CIA policy to keep Contra drug traffickers on the CIA payroll. The Facts speak for themselves. Maxine Waters, Member of Congress, September 19, 1998




The 1982 MOU that exempted the reporting requirement for drug trafficking was no oversight or misstatement. A remarkable series of letters between the Attorney General and the Director of Central Intelligence show how conscious and deliberate this exemption was.

On February 11, 1982 Attorney General William French Smith wrote to Director of Central Intelligence William Casey that, "I have been advised that a question arose regarding the need to add narcotics violations to the list of reportable non-employee crimes ... o formal requirement regarding the reporting of narcotics violations has been included in these procedures."

On March 2, 1982 Casey responded happily, "I am pleased that these procedures, which I believe strike the proper balance between enforcement of the law and protection of intelligence sources and methods..."

Simply stated, the Attorney General consciously exempted reporting requirements for narcotics violations by CIA agents, assets, and contractors. And the Director of Central Intelligence was pleased because intelligence sources and methods involved in narcotics trafficking could be protected from law enforcement. The 1982 MOU agreement clearly violated the Central Intelligence Agency Act of 1949. It also raised the possibility that certain individuals who testified in front of Congressional investigating committees perjured themselves.
....... Many questions remain unanswered. However, one thing is clear - the CIA and the Attorney General successfully engineered legal protection for the drug trafficking activities of any of its agents or assets. Maxine Waters, Member of Congress, September 19, 1998




http://www.scribd.com/doc/117070568/US-Congresswoman-Maxine-Waters-Investigation-of-CIA-Contras-involvement-in-drug-sales-1996-2000

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A TAINTED DEAL ALLOWED DRUG FLOW
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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Kill the Messenger UK RELEASE DATE on November 14, 2014.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1216491/board/thread/223590625?p=2


USA RELEASE DATE OCT 10, 2014


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VIDEOS- Gary Webb- Kerry Committee- Iran CONTRA

Website established July, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Kerry Committee II Day 1: Manuel Noriega, the CIA, and Drug Trafficking (1988)
The subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics and International Operations led by Senator John Kerry began hearings to assess international narcotics control programs for Panama. Witnesses included Robert M. Morgenthau (district attorney, New York County, NY), Paul Gorman (retired U.S. Army General), a pilot for Eastern Air Lines (witness to drug trafficking in Panama and Miami, FL), and a drug trafficker serving a 30-year sentence for drug-related offences.
http://thefilmarchived.blogspot.se/2010/08/kerry-committee-ii-day-1-manuel-noriega.html

Pete Brewton on the Mafia, CIA and George Bush (1992)
Former reporter for the Houston Chronicle, Pete Brewton told of one of the most momentous stories of the past 50 years and how it was suppressed by the establishment media and the U.S. Congress. Brewton's book The Mafia, CIA and George Bush shows the incredible complexity of the relationships in the operation of the destruction of hundreds of Savings and Loans at the hands of the CIA and the Mafia, stealing many billions of dollars in the process, and leaving the taxpayers to bailout the banks. Big names at the state and national levels of power were involved, including Lloyd Bentsen, the Bush family, and power brokers in Houston. People such as Kenneth Keating and Don Dixon, mentioned prominently in the press in connection with the S & L debacle, were merely front men or "cutouts" for the main movers. Keating and his ilk only took millions; the CIA and the Mafia looted billions.
http://thefilmarchived.blogspot.se/2010/08/pete-brewton-on-mafia-cia-and-george.html

CIA and Drugs: Cocaine Sales - Drug Trafficking Allegations (1996)
Members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence heard testimony from two former Contra leaders (Adolfo Calero and Eden Pastora) about allegations that the CIA sold drugs in the U.S. to help finance covert operations against the Sandanista regime in Nicaragua. They denied any knowledge of the CIA either aiding or allowing drug sales to be used to fund the struggle against the Sandinista regime. Participants were questioned by Senator Arlen Specter and Rep. Maxine Waters was invited to participate in the questioning. At one point, the hearing was interrupted for several minutes while several members of the audience shouted accusations at the committee and the witnesses. Mr. Pastora's remarks were through an interpreter. The last segment of this hearing is missing audio on the original tape and is not included here.
http://thefilmarchived.blogspot.se/2010/08/cia-and-drugs-cocaine-sales-drug.html
Sunday, September 26, 2010
CIA Drug Trafficking: Town Hall with Director of Central Intelligence John M. Deutch (1996)
CIA Director Deutch spoke to central Los Angeles residents at a town hall meeting about allegations that the CIA sold drugs in Los Angeles in order to finance covert operations in Central America. Rep. Millender-McDonald, who represented California's 37th congressional district, sponsored the meeting. The director stated that he had seen no proof of such allegations but that he would continue to pursue the matter if more people brought new evidence to the investigation. Many of the questioners were very confrontational. The allegations were originally raised in the San Jose Mercury-News
http://thefilmarchived.blogspot.se/2010/09/cia-drug-trafficking-town-hall-with.html



Friday, August 6, 2010
CIA Drug Trafficking Allegations Involving the Sale of Cocaine in Los Angeles (1998)
House Committee Select Intelligence members heard testimony concerning allegations that the Central Intelligence Agency facilitated the introduction and spread of crack cocaine in U.S. urban areas in order to fund Contra activities in Nicaragua. Representative Millender-McDonald testified that the report by the CIA Inspector-General was incorrect and that the committee must pursue its own investigation of the matter to uncover those responsible for this activity. Inspector-General Hitz outlined his office's report, which found no evidence of any links between the CIA and drug traffickers in Central America.
http://thefilmarchived.blogspot.se/2010/08/cia-drug-trafficking-allegations.html

Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and the Press - Lecture by Alexander Cockburn (1998)
Alexander Cockburn, co-author of Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and the Press, gave this talk in 1998 regarding the CIA, the international illegal drug trade, and the media's treatment of this issue. The impetus for Whiteout came after journalist Gary Webb faced evisceration in the mainstream media for his series on the CIA and drugs originally published in the San Jose Mercury News. In this wide-ranging speech, Cockburn covers numerous topics including the CIA's involvement in drug smuggling, the Mafia, assassination, Nazis, mind control, and its role in U.S. foreign policy.
http://thefilmarchived.blogspot.se/2010/07/whiteout-cia-drugs-and-press-lecture-by.html

Gary Webb on Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion (1998)
Gary Webb is the author of Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion. He discussed his book, headline news and responded to audience telephone calls, faxes, and electronic mail. Topics included Bill Clinton, Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the Contras, the crack cocaine epidemic, CIA blowback, CIA drug trafficking, and drug smuggling.
http://thefilmarchived.blogspot.se/2010/09/gary-webb-on-dark-alliance-cia-contras.html


Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Iran-Contra Hearings Day 1: Richard Secord Testimony (1987)
The proceedings began with opening statements from Senate and House committee members, including chairmen Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI) and Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-IN). After two hours, testimony began with General Richard Secord, who testified voluntarily and without legal immunity. Secord described the network of private companies, known as the "Enterprise," that was used to sell arms to Iran and channel money and supplies to the Contras. Secord answered questions concerning the profits generated by the arms sales, the money that actually went to the contra supply effort, and money that remained in Swiss bank accounts.
http://thefilmarchived.blogspot.se/2010/08/iran-contra-hearings-day-1-richard.html
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKsecordR.htm


Iran-Contra Hearings Day 3: Richard Secord Testimony (1987)
Richard Secord was questioned on the profit-making aspects of the Contra supply operation. Secord maintained that he had no direct financial interest or motive.
http://thefilmarchived.blogspot.se/2010/10/iran-contra-hearings-day-3-richard.html





Iran-Contra Hearings Day 7: Robert McFarlane Testimony (1987)
Robert McFarlane was questioned about President Reagan's knowledge of Oliver North's activities. McFarlane testified that North seemed to be in regular contact with CIA director Casey concerning contra support strategy. McFarlane answered questions from committee members on topics including the Boland amendment.
http://thefilmarchived.blogspot.se/2010/12/iran-contra-hearings-day-7-robert.html

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Iran-Contra Hearings Day 12: Felix Rodriguez Testimony (1987)
Felix Rodriguez worked with the Contra supply network that worked out of El Salvador. He testified that he became disillusioned with the Contra supply operation and expressed his dissatisfaction in meetings with members of Vice President Bush's staff. Rodriguez also testified that, during a meeting with Oliver North, North said that Congress wanted to get him but "they can't touch me because the old man loves my ass."
http://thefilmarchived.blogspot.se/2010/10/iran-contra-hearings-day-12-felix.html

Iran-Contra Hearings Day 18: Fawn Hall Testimony (1987)
Oliver North's secretary at the National Security Council testified concerning documents she changed, destroyed, or removed at North's request.
http://thefilmarchived.blogspot.se/2010/09/iran-contra-hearings-day-18-fawn-hall.html

Ronald Reagan Testimony at the Iran-Contra Affair / Poindexter Trial (1990)
President Reagan testified in the trial of John Poindexter on charges related to the Iran-Contra scandal.
http://thefilmarchived.blogspot.se/2010/10/ronald-reagan-testimony-at-iran-contra.html









OFF -TOPIC


MISC VIDEO (This site has great classic, hard to find movies)

United States Senate Watergate Hearings (1973)
http://thefilmarchived.blogspot.se/2010/09/united-states-senate-watergate-hearings.html

Secret Wars of the CIA: John Stockwell Lecture (1989)
John Stockwell talked about the inner workings of the CIA. Topics included CIA destabilizing governments in Angola and other countries and setting up drug cartels as part of covert operations in certain countries. After his presentation he responded to audience members' questions.
http://thefilmarchived.blogspot.se/2010/09/secret-wars-of-cia-john-stockwell.html

Monday, September 6, 2010
The Secret War in Laos (1970)
This film is a CBS exploration of the history of the "secret" war in Laos, the Central Intelligence Agency's involvement in the war, and U.S foreign policy toward the country.
http://thefilmarchived.blogspot.se/2010/09/secret-war-in-laos-1970.html

Alexander Cockburn on Journalism in the United States and How Americans Receive World News (1987)
Alexander Cockburn, a correspondent for The Nation, was interviewed to talk about his book Corruptions of Empire. The book is part biography and part a collection of Mr. Cockburn's writing. Mr. Cockburn was viewed as a radical journalist at the time and a self-proclaimed "socialist."
http://thefilmarchived.blogspot.se/2010/12/alexander-cockburn-on-journalism-in.html

Alexander Cockburn and Steve Forbes on Events in the News (1992)
Steve Forbes and Alexander Cockburn discussed the presidential election and the Republican National Convention. They also discussed their own political beliefs and opinions on the presidential candidates and responded to viewer telephone calls.
http://thefilmarchived.blogspot.se/2010/12/alexander-cockburn-and-steve-forbes-on.html

Reefer Madness (1938)
Considered the archetypal sensationalized anti-drug movie, but it's really an exploitation film made to capitalize on the hot taboo subject of marijuana use. Like many exploitation films of the time, Reefer Madness tried to make a quick buck off of a forbidden subject while skirting the Motion Picture Production Code of 1930. The Code forbade the portrayal of immoral acts like drug use. ("The illegal drug traffic must not be portrayed in such a way as to stimulate curiosity concerning the use of, or traffic in, such drugs; nor shall scenes be approved which show the use of illegal drugs, or their effects, in detail.")

The film toured around the country for many years - often being re-edited and re-titled (Tell Your Children, Dope Addict, Doped Youth, Love Madness, The Burning Question). It was re-discovered in the early 1970s by NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and screened again as an example of the government's demonization of marijuana. NORML may have been confused about the film's sponsorship since one of the film's distributors, Dwain Esper, testified to the Arizona Supreme Court that Reefer Madness was not a trashy exploitation film but was actually sponsored by the U.S. government - a convincing lie, but a lie nonetheless.

That being said, the film is still quite enjoyable since it dramatizes the "violent narcotic's ... soul destroying" effects on unwary teens, and their hedonistic exploits enroute to the bottom.
http://thefilmarchived.blogspot.se/2010/11/reefer-madness-1938.html


The Roswell Interviews: Glenn Dennis, Mortician, Roswell Army Air Field (1990)
This video recording contains an interview with mortician W. Glenn Davis, alleged firsthand witness to events at Roswell Army Air Force Hospital concerning recovered alien bodies.
http://thefilmarchived.blogspot.se/2010/10/roswell-interviews-glenn-dennis.html


Nazi Concentration Camp Footage (1945)
U.S. Army film directed by George Stevens. As the Allies reached Germany, General Eisenhower ordered George Stevens to film the concentration camps. The camps were filmed and survivors were interviewed. This film was used as evidence at the Nuremberg Trials.
http://thefilmarchived.blogspot.se/2010/10/nazi-concentration-camp-footage-1945.html



http://thefilmarchived.blogspot.se/2011/07/vietnam-war-raw-footage-arvn-airborne.html

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A TAINTED DEAL ALLOWED DRUG FLOW
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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KILL THE MESSENGER MOVIE POSTER RELEASED MAY 28, 2014


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Focus Features has released the poster for director Michael Cuesta's thriller, Kill the Messenger, starring Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Andy Garcia. Check it out below and stay tuned for the trailer tomorrow.

The October 10 release is based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to allegations that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications – and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life.


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A TAINTED DEAL ALLOWED DRUG FLOW
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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5/29/2014 -- KTM MOVIE TRAILER ON YOUTUBE

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Kill The Messenger
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by Jeremy Renner
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http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0719637/


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After directing such television as Dexter, Six Feet Under and, most recently, Homeland, helmer Michael Cuesta (L.I.E.) is back with a new drama and today we have the first trailer. Led by Jeremy Renner, Kill the Messenger follows the true story of a journalist, Gary Webb, who, in 1996, asserted the C.I.A was involved in crack cocaine importation to California.

Sadly, (and spoilers, we suppose) he then went on to commit suicide in 2004 after a smear campaign by the CIA ruined his professional career. This first trailer hints at those darker elements towards the end, but mostly showcases an entertaining drama with a strong central performance. Check out the trailer and poster below for the film starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Andy Garcia.

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Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Bourne Legacy”) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets…and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. – and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life.

Kill the Messenger opens on October 10th, 2014.
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Kill the Messenger posterFocus Features has released the trailer to upcoming film, ‘Kill The Messenger,’ which opens in theaters on October 10, 2014.

Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Bourne Legacy”) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb.

Directed by Michael Cuesta (“Homeland”), the cast includes Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Andy Garcia.

Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets…and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. – and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life.

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MOTHER JONES COVERAGE of "A TAINTED DEAL"
https://web.archive.org/web/20050420101319/http://www.motherjones.com/commentary/columns/1998/06/cia.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20050405214411/http://www.motherjones.com/news/special_reports/total_coverage/coke.html




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A TAINTED DEAL ALLOWED DRUG FLOW
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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FAMOUS QUOTES (updated 6/4/14)

"In my 30-year history in the Drug Enforcement Administration and related agencies, the major targets of my investigations almost invariably turned out to be working for the CIA."

--Dennis Dayle, former chief of DEA CENTAC.(Peter Dale Scott & Jonathan Marshall, Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies,and the CIA in Central America, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991, pp. x-xi.)




"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."

—Senator John Kerry, The Washington Post (1996).



"our covert agencies have converted themselves to channels for drugs."
--Senator John Kerry, 1988



"It is clear that there is a network of drug trafficking through the Contras...We can produce specific law-enforcement officials who will tell you that they have been called off drug-trafficking investigations because the CIA is involved or because it would threaten national security."

--Senator John Kerry at a closed door Senate Committee hearing




We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows.

--1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham at CIA Headquarters






"We were complicit as a country, in narcotics traffic at the same time as we're spending countless dollars in this country as we try to get rid of this problem. It's mind-boggling.
I don't know if we got the worst intelligence system in the world, i don't know if we have the best and they knew it all, and just overlooked it.
But no matter how you look at it, something's wrong. Something is really wrong out there."
-- Senator John Kerry, Iran Contra Hearings, 1987




"it is common knowledge here in Miami that this whole Contra operation was paid for with cocaine... I actually saw the cocaine and the weapons together under one roof, weapons that I helped ship to Costa Rica." --Oliver North employee Jesus Garcia December, 1986





"I have put thousands of Americans away for tens of thousands of years with less evidence for conspiracy than is available against Ollie North and CIA people...I personally was involved in a deep-cover case that went to the top of the drug world in three countries. The CIA killed it."
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Former DEA Agent Michael Levine - CNBC-TV, October 8, 1996





"When this whole business of drug trafficking came out in the open in the Contras, the CIA gave a document to Cesar, Popo Chamorro and Marcos Aguado, too...""..They said this is a document holding them harmless, without any responsibility, for having worked in U.S.security..."

--Eden Pastora, Former ARDE Contra leader - November 26, 1996, speaking before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on alleged CIA drug trafficking to fund Nicaraguan Contras in the 1980s





"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 U.S. and landing some of these drugs in government air bases. And I know so because I was told by someo f these pilots that in fact they had done that."

– Retired DEA agent Hector Berrellez on PBS Frontline. Berrellez was a supervisory agent on the Enrique Camarena murder investigation
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"I do think it a terrible mistake to say that
'We're going to allow drug trafficking to destroy American citizens'
as a consequence of believing that the contra effort was a higher priority."
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Senator Robert Kerrey (D-NE)





A Sept. 26, 1984, Miami police intelligence report noted that money supporting contras being illegally trained inFlorida "comes from narcotics transactions." Every page of the report is stamped: "Record furnished toGeorge Kosinsky, FBI." Is Mr. Kosinsky's number missing from (Janet) Reno's rolodex?

– Robert Knight and Dennis Bernstein, 1996 . Janet Reno was at that time (1984), the Florida State prosecutor.----on Sept. 13, 1996, the nation's highest law enforcement official, Attorney General Janet Reno, stated flatly that there's "no evidence" at this time to support the charges. And a week earlier, on Sept. 7, director of Central Intelligence, John Deutch, stated his belief that there's "no substance" to allegations of CIA involvement.




"For decades, the CIA, the Pentagon, and secret organizations like Oliver North's Enterprise have been supporting and protecting the world's biggest drug dealers.... The Contras and some of their Central Americanallies ... have been documented by DEA as supplying ... at least 50 percent of our national cocaine consumption. They were the main conduit to the United States for Colombian cocaine during the 1980's. The rest of the drug supply ... came from other CIA-supported groups, such as DFS (the Mexican CIA) ... other groups and/or individuals like Manual Noriega."

-- Michael Levine, The Big White Lie: The CIA and the Cocaine/Crack Epidemic





"To my great regret, the bureau (FBI) has told me that some of the people I identified as being involved in drug smuggling are present or past agents of the Central Intelligence Agency."

--Wanda Palacio’s 1987 sworn testimony before U.S. Sen. John Kerry's Senate Subcommittee on Narcotics and International Terrorism.



“I sat gape-mouthed as I heard the CIA Inspector General, testify that there has existed a secret agreement between CIA and the Justice Department, wherein "during the years 1982 to 1995, CIA did not have to report the drug trafficking its assets did to the Justice Department. To a trained DEA agent this literally means that the CIA had been granted a license to obstruct justice in our so-called war on drugs; a license that lasted - so CIA claims -from 1982 to 1995, a time during which Americans paid almost $150 billion in taxes to "fight" drugs.God, with friends like these, who needs enemies?”

- Former DEA Agent Michael Levine, March 23, 1998.




CIA ADMITS TO DEAL WITH JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO OBSTRUCT JUSTICE.“The CIA finally admitted, yesterday, in the New York Times no less, that they, in fact, did "work with" the Nicaraguan Contras while they had information that they were involved in cocaine trafficking to the United States. An action known to us court qualified experts and federal agents as Conspiracy to Import and Distribute Cocaine—a federal felony punishable by up to life in prison. To illustrate how us regular walking around, non CIA types are treated when we violate this law, while I was serving as a DEA supervisor in New York City, I put two New York City police officers in a federal prison for Conspiracy to distribute Cocaine when they looked the other way at their friend's drug dealing. We could not prove they earned a nickel nor that they helped their friend in any way, they merely did not do their duty by reporting him. They were sentenced to 10and 12 years respectively, and one of them, I was recently told, had committed suicide.”

- Former DEA Agent Michael Levine, September, 1998 from the article “IS ANYONE APOLOGIZING TO GARY WEBB?”




“After five witnesses testified before the U.S. Senate, confirming that John Hull—a C.I.A. operative and the lynch-pin of North's contra resupply operation—had been actively running drugs from Costa Rica to the U.S."under the direction of the C.I.A.," Costa Rican authorities arrested him. Hull then quickly jumped bail and fled to the U.S.—according to my sources—with the help of DEA, putting the drug fighting agency in the schizoid business of both kidnapping accused drug dealers and helping them escape…. The then-President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias was stunned when he received letters from nineteen U.S. Congressman—including Lee Hamilton of Indiana, the Democrat who headed the Iran-contra committee—warning him "to avoid situations . . .that could adversely affect our relations."

-Former DEA Agent Michael Levine, September, 1998 from the article “I Volunteer to Kidnap Oliver North”




"Drug trafficking has permeated all political structures and has corrupted federal, state, and local officials. It has deformed the economy. It is a cancer that has generated financial and political dependence, which instead of producing goods, has created serious problems ultimately affecting honest businessmen. The Attorney General's office is unable to eradicate drug trafficking because government structures at all levels are corrupted."

-- Eduardo Valle, former adviser, Attorney General in Mexico





Dennis Dayle, former head of DEA's Centac, was asked the following question: "Enormously powerful criminal organizations are controlling many countries, and to a certain degree controlling the world, and controlling our lives.Your own U.S. government to some extent supports them, and is concealing this fact from you."Dennis Dayle's answer:
"I know that to be true. That is not conjecture. Experience, over the better part of my adult life, tells me that that is so. And there is a great deal of persuasive evidence.




"He (Former Congressman Bill Alexander - D. Ark.) made me privy to the depositions he took from three of the most credible witnesses in that project, which left absolutely
no doubt in my mind that the government of the United States was an active participant in one of the largest dope operations in the world.."

--
Former Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Jim Johnson





The Contras moved drugs not by the pound, not by the bags, but by the tons, by the cargo planeloads”

--Jack Blum, investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee, testimony under oath on Feb. 11, 1987






“… he was making millions, 'cos he had his own source of,… avenue for his own,..heroin.I'm sure we all knew it, but we tried to monitor it, because we controlled most of the pilots you see. We're giving him freedom of navigation into Thailand, into the bases, and we don't want him to get involved in moving, you know, this illicit traffic--O.K., silver bars and gold, O.K., but not heroin. What they would do is, they weren't going into Thailand, they were flying it in a big wet wing airplane that could fly for thirteen hours, a DC-3, and all the wings were filled with gas. They fly down to Pakse, then they fly over to Da Nang, and then the number two guy to President Thieu would receive it.”

–CIA Officer Anthony (“Tony Poe”) Poshepny May 17, 1988 PBS Frontline episode “Guns, Drugs, and the CIA”

(Poshepny was a legendary covert operations officer who had supervised the CIA’s secret war in Northern Laos during the 1960s and early 1970s. In the interview, Poshepny stated that the CIA had supplied air transport for the heroin shipments of their local ally, General Vang Pao, the only such on-the-record confirmation by a former CIA officer concerning agency involvement in the narcotics trade.)



"It is … believed by the FBI, SF, that Norwin Meneses was and still may be, an informant for the Central Intelligence Agency."
--CIA OIG report on Contra involvement in drug trafficking (ChIII, Pt2).
(Norwin Meneses was issued a visa and moved freely about the United States despite being listed in more than40 drug investigations over the two previous decades and being listed in an active indictment for narcotics. He has never been prosecuted in this country.)



“There is secret communication between CIA and members of the Congressional staff - one must keep in mind that Porter Goss, the chairman, is an ex CIA official- indicating that the whole hearing is just a smoke and mirror show so that the American people - particularly the Black community - can "blow off some steam"without doing any damage to CIA. The CIA has been assured that nothing real will be done, other than some embarrassing questions being asked.”

- Former DEA Agent Michael Levine, March 23, 1998. CIA ADMITS TO DEAL WITH JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO OBSTRUCT JUSTICE.



"If you ask: In the process of fighting a war against the Sandinistas, did people connected with the US government open channels which allowed drug traffickers to move drugs to the United States, did they know the drug traffickers were doing it, and did they protect them from law enforcement? The answer to all those questions is yes.""We don't need to investigate . We already know. The evidence is there."--
Jack Blum, former Chief Counsel to John Kerry's Subcommittee on Narcotics and Terrorism in 1996 Senate Hearings



“Several informed sources have told me that an appendix to this Report was removed at the instruction of the Department of Justice at the last minute. This appendix is reported to have information about a CIA officer, not agent or asset, but officer, based in the Los Angeles Station, who was in charge of Contra related activities.According to these sources, this individual was associated with running drugs to South Central Los Angeles,around 1988. Let me repeat that amazing omission. The recently released CIA Report Volume II contained an appendix, which was pulled by the Department of Justice, that reported a CIA officer in the LA Station was hooked into drug running in South Central Los Angeles.”

--U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters – October 13. 1998, speaking on the floor of the US House of Representatives.





“My knowledge of all this comes from my time as British Ambassador in Uzbekistan. I … watched the Jeeps … bringing the heroin through from Afghanistan, en route to Europe. I watched the tankers of chemicals roaring into Afghanistan.

The four largest players in the heroin business are all senior members of the Afghan government – the government that our soldiers are fighting and dying to protect.” --Former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray,2007

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-469983/Britain-protecting-biggest-heroin-crop-time.html




This war with China … really seems to me so wicked as to be a national sin of the greatest possible magnitude, and it distresses me very deeply. Cannot any thing be done by petition or otherwise to awaken men’s minds to the dreadful guilt we are incurring? I really do not remember, in any history, of a war undertaken with such combined injustice and baseness. Ordinary wars of conquest are to me far less wicked, than to go to war in order to maintain smuggling, and that smuggling consisting in the introduction of a demoralizing drug, which the government of China wishes to keep out, and which we, for the lucre of gain, want to introduce by force; and in this quarrel are going to burn and slay in the pride of our supposed superiority. — Thomas Arnold to W. W. Hull, March 18, 1840

http://www.victorianweb.org/history/empire/opiumwars/opiumwars1.html





"We also became aware of deep connections between the law-enforcement community and the intelligence community. I, personally, repeatedly heard from prosecutors and people in the law-enforcement world that CIA agents were required to sit in on the debriefing of various people who were being questioned about the drug trade. They were required to be present when witnesses were being prepped for certain drug trials. At various times the intelligence community inserted itself in that legal process. I believe that that was an impropriety; that that should not have occurred."

--Jack Blum, speaking before the October 1996 Senate Select Intelligence Committee on alleged CIA drug trafficking to fund Nicaraguan Contras in the 1980s, Chaired by Senator Arlen Specter.



"The CIA wants to know about drug trafficking, but only for their own purposes, and not necessarily for the use of law enforcement agencies. Torres told DEA Confidential Informant 1 that CIA representatives are aware of his drug-related activities, and that they don't mind. He said they had gone so far as to encourage cocaine trafficking by members of the contras, because they know it's a good source of income. Some of this money has gone into numbered accounts in Europe and Panama, as does the money that goes to Managua from cocaine trafficking. Torres told the informant about receiving counterintelligence training from the CIA, and had avowed that the CIA looks the other way and in essence allows them to engage in narcotics trafficking."

--1987 DEA REPORT


"(US ATTORNEY WILLIAM) Weld claims he followed up with an investigation. But there is, however, no record that while Weld was the chief prosecutor for the U.S., that so much as one Contra-related narcotics trafficker was brought to justice."
--John Mattes, special counsel to Sen. John Kerry's Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on terrorism and narcotics.



(When the FBI was notified) "in fact they didn't want to look at the contras. They wanted to look at us and try to deter us from our investigation. We were threatened on countless occasions by FBI agents who told us that we'd gone too far in our investigation of the contras."
--John Mattes, special counsel to Sen. John Kerry's Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on terrorism and narcotics.



"There would appear to be substance to the allegations," "potential official involvement in...gunrunning and narcotics trafficking between Florida and Central and South America." "that the Justice Department either attempted to slow down or abort one of the ongoing criminal investigations."
---House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime chairman William Hughes (D-N.J.) 1987 press conference



"Cabezas claimed that the contra cocaine operated with the knowledge of, and under the supervision of, the CIA. Cabezas claimed that this drug enterprise was run with the knowledge of CIA agent Ivan Gómez."
--1987 DEA REPORT QUOTING A 1985 CIA REPORT


"what we investigated, which is on the record as part of the Kerry committee report, is evidence that narcotics traffickers associated with the Contra leaders were allowed to smuggle over a ton of cocaine into the United States. Those same Contra leaders admitted under oath their association and affiliation with the CIA."
--John Mattes, attorney, former federal public defender, counsel to John Kerry's senate committee



"we knew everybody around Pastora was involved in cocaine... His staff and friends... were drug smugglers or involved in drug smuggling."
--CIA Officer Alan Fiers



(At Ilopango) "the CIA owned one hangar, and the National Security Council ran the other."
"There is no doubt that they were running large quantities of cocaine into the U.S. to support the Contras," "We saw the cocaine and we saw boxes full of money. We're talking about very large quantities of cocaine and millions of dollars."
"my reports contain not only the names of traffickers, but their destinations, flight paths, tail numbers, and the date and time of each flight."
--DEA Agent Celerino Castillo III said he detailed Contra drug activities in Official DEA reports, each signed by DEA Country attache Bob Stia.



an eight-page June 25, 1986, staff memorandum clearly stated that "a number of individuals who supported the Contras and who participated in Contra activity in Texas, Louisiana, California and Florida, as well as in Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, have suggested that cocaine is being smuggled in the U.S. through the same infrastructure which is procuring, storing and transporting weapons, explosives, ammunition and military equipment for the Contras from the United States."
----March 31, 1987 Newsday article



"What we investigated and uncovered, was the very infrastructure of the network that had the veil of national security protecting it, so that people could load cannons in broad daylight, in public airports, on flights going to Ilopango Airport, where in fact the very same people were bringing narcotics back into the U.S., unimpeded."
--John Mattes, attorney, former federal public defender, special counsel to Sen. John Kerry's Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on terrorism and narcotics.




"Imagine this, here you have Oliver North, a high-level official in the National Security Council running a covert action in collaboration with a drug cartel,"

"That's what I call treason we'll never know how many kids died because these so-called patriots were so hot to support the contras that they risked several generations of our young people to do it."
--MICHEAL LEVINE, (DEA RETIRED)



"As a key member of the joint committees, he (HENRY HYDE) certainly played a major role in keeping the American people blindfolded about this story," Levine said. "There was plenty of hard evidence. … The totality of the whole picture is very compelling. This is very damning evidence. ...
--MICHEAL LEVINE, (DEA RETIRED)




(FBI Agent Mike Foster) "Foster said it (CONTRA DRUG TRAFFICKING) would be a great story, like a grand slam, if they could put it together. He asked the DEA for the reports, who told him there were no such reports. Yet when I showed him the copies of the reports that I had, he was shocked. I never heard from him again."

---Celerino Castillo III describes his meeting with FBI agent Mike Foster, who was assigned to Special Prosecutor Lawrence Walsh.



"My god," "when I was serving as a DEA agent, you gave me a page from someone in the
Pentagon with notes like that, I would've been on his back investigating everything he did from the minute his eyes opened, every diary notebook, every phone would have been tapped, every trip he made."

--Michael Levine (DEA retired) read Oliver North's diary entries, finding hundreds of drug references. Former Drug Enforcement Administration head John Lawn testified that Mr. North himself had prematurely leaked a DEA undercover operation, jeopardizing agents’ lives, for political advantage in an upcoming Congressional vote on aid to the contras (p.121).




"In my book, Big White Lie, I that the CIA stopped us from indicting the Bolivian government at the same time contra assets were going down there to pick up drugs. When you put it all together, you have much more evidence to convict Ollie North, Dewey Clarridge and all the way up the line, than they had in any John Gotti case." _MIKE LEVINE, (DEA RETIRED)



"The government made a secret decision to sacrifice a part of the American population for the contra effort,"

-- Washington attorney Jack Blum before the Senate Intelligence Committee in 1996. Blum had been special counsel to Sen. John Kerry's Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on terrorism and narcotics.


(Reagan administration officials were) "quietly undercutting law enforcement and human-rights agencies that might have caused them difficulty," "Policy makers absolutely closed their eyes to the criminal behavior of the contras."
-- Washington attorney Jack Blum before the Senate Intelligence Committee in 1996.



"For some reason, Webb's piece came up, and I asked the guys (Undercover narcs), 'So, what do you think? Is what Webb wrote about the CIA true?'" "And they all turned to me and said," Of course it is.'
--Writer Charles Bowden describes the reaction of drug agents during an interview, September, 1998



"Here's my problem. I think that if people in the government of the United States make a secret decision to sacrifice some portion of the American population in the form of ... deliberately exposing them to drugs, that is a terrible decision that should never be made in secret."

--Jack Blum, speaking before the October 1996 Senate Select Intelligence Committee on alleged CIA drug trafficking to fund Nicaraguan Contras in the 1980s, Chaired by Senator Arlen Specter.

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2013-2014 EX-DEA SUPERVISORS BLAME CIA FOR DEATH OF DEA AGENT ENRIQUE "KIKI" CAMARENA


“It was I who directed the investigation into the death of Camarena” “During this investigation, we discovered that some members of a U.S. intelligence agency, who had infiltrated the DFS (the Mexican Federal Security Directorate), also participated in the kidnapping of Camarena. Two witnesses identified Felix Ismael Rodriguez. They (witnesses) were with the DFS and they told us that, in addition, he (Rodriguez) had identified himself s “U.S. intelligence.”

--EX DEA AGENT HECTOR BERRELLEZ October, 2013. Berrellez lead the murder inestigation "Operation Leyenda"" into the death of DEA agent ENRIQUE "KIKI" CAMARENA


“Caro Quintero had billions of dollars stashed in secret bank accounts in Luxembourg and in Switzerland,” “The one in Luxembourg had $4 billion and the other one had even more.”
“To my knowledge they were never confiscated,”
--EX DEA AGENT HECTOR BERRELLEZ, Forbes Magazine December 5, 2013


“In interrogation room, I was told by Mexican authorities, that CIA operatives were in there. Actually conducting the interrogation. Actually taping Kiki.”
--Phil Jordan (DEA-RET.), former director of the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) October, 2013



"The CIA was the source. They gave them to us," "Obviously, they were there. Or at least some of their contract workers were there."
-EX-DEA Agent Hector Berrellez (COPIES of the audio taped torture session were provided to DEA within a week)



“The CIA ordered the kidnapping and torture of ‘Kiki’ Camarena, and when they killed him, they made us believe it was Caro Quintero in order to cover up all the illegal things they were doing (with drug trafficking) in Mexico” “The DEA is the only (federal agency) with the authority to authorize drug trafficking into the United States as part of an undercover operation”.

“The business with El Bufalo (RAFAEL CARO QUINTERO's RANCH) was nothing compared with the money from the cocaine that was being sold to buy weapons for the CIA”.
--Phil Jordan (DEA-RET.), former director of the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) October, 2013





"I know and from what I have been told by a former head of the Mexican federal police, Comandante (Guillermo Gonzales) Calderoni, the CIA was involved in the movement of drugs from South America to Mexico and to the U.S.,"
--Phil Jordan (DEA-RET.), former director of the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) October, 2013





He (Mexican Judicial Police Officer Guillermo Gonzalez Calderoni) told me: ‘Hector, get out of this business because they’re going to fuck you over. The CIA is involved in that business about ‘Kiki’. It’s very dangerous for you to be in this.’ He gave me names, among them that of Felix, and details and everything, but when my bosses found out, they took me out of the investigation and sent me to Washington.
"He told me, 'Your government did it,' "
--EX DEA AGENT HECTOR BERRELLEZ October, 2013. Calderoni was killed in in McAllen Texas in 2003. His murder remains unsolved.





"Back in the middle 1980's, the DFS, their main role was to protect the drug lords,"
"Upon arrival we were confronted by over 50 DFS agents pointing machine guns and shotguns at us--the DEA. They told us we were not going to take Caro Quintero," "Well, Caro Quintero came up to the plane door waved a bottle of champagne at the DEA agents and said, 'My children, next time, bring more guns.' And laughed at us."
--EX DEA AGENT HECTOR BERRELLEZ October, 2013. (Caro Quintero allegedly carried DFS credentials during the escape flight piloted by a CIA Contractor.)



"Our intelligence agencies were working under the cover of DFS. And as I said it before, unfortunately, DFS agents at that time were also in charge of protecting the drug lords and their monies,"
"After the murder of Camarena, (Mexico's) investigation pointed that the DFS had been complicit along with American intelligence in the kidnap and torture of Kiki. That's when they decided to disband the DFS."
--EX DEA AGENT HECTOR BERRELLEZ October, 2013




"I know what these men are saying is true, that the Contras were trafficking in drugs while the CIA looked the other way, because I served in the trenches of Latin America for six years when this was going on,"
--EX DEA agent Celerino Castillo III, October, 2013.




“I don’t know of any DEA administrator that I worked for who would have sanctioned cocaine smuggling into the United States in the name of national security, when we are out there risking our lives,”
--Phil Jordan




“Kiki said, ‘That’s horseshit. You’re lining your pockets,’” “He could not believe that the U.S. government could be running drugs into the United States.”
-Phil Jordan




"the use of a drug dealer’s property by the CIA for the purpose of helping the Contras didn’t sit well with the DEA agents."
“That’s the way we’re brought up, so to speak,” he said. “When we see someone running drugs, we want to bust them, not work with them.”
--Phil Jordan



“The Contras were running drugs from Central America and the Contras were providing drugs to street gangs in Los Angeles. That’s your connection.”
--Hector Berrellez



"We've been attacked for this, and our credibility has been questioned, by people who were not involved in the investigation and had no first-hand knowledge of what took place then or what is happening now."
-Phil Jordan



“We’re not saying the CIA murdered Kiki Camarena,” Jordan said. But the “consensual relationship between the Godfathers of Mexico and the CIA that included drug trafficking” contributed to Camarena’s death, he added.
“I don’t have a problem with the CIA conducting covert operations to protect the national security of our country or our allies, but not to engage in criminal activity that leads to the murder of one our agents,”
--Phil Jordan



"We have people in the U.S. witness protection program who say they are willing to give additional statements under oath to a federal agent or federal prosecutor concerning these details," ....I am not an active federal agent, so I can't take the allegations into an indictment process, but interested agents and prosecutors can do this. We're waiting."
-Hector Berrellez







--------------From "The Pariah" by Charles Bowden, Esquire Magazine, September, 1998


"When the Big Dog gets off the porch, watch out."
"The CIA's mission is to break laws and be ruthless. And they are dangerous."

--EX DEA Agent Mike Holm, September, 1998, Esquire Magazine article "The Pariah" by Charles Bowden





"stand down because of national security."

--DEA agent Mike Holm (Holm's superiors at DEA's reaction to reports that Southern Air Transport, a CIA-contracted airline, was landing planeloads of cocaine at Homestead Air Force)





"There ain't no fucking drug war," he says now. "I was even called un-American. Nobody cares about this shit.
"As I read (about Gary Webb), I thought, This shit is true,"

--Hector Berrellez checked into a blank schedule for one year after being transferred to Washington DC desk job. He had ordered a criminal investigation of the CIA and drug trafficking. His informants were "reporting strange fortified bases scattered around Mexico, ...and, his informants told him, the planes were shipping drugs." Berrellez went to Mexico City to meet with his DEA superiors and American-embassy staff, mentioned the reports and was told, Stay away from those bases; they're our training camps, special operations"





"Remarks made by retired Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Phil Jordan and those of other retired DEA agents do not reflect the views of the Drug Enforcement Administration,"
-- DEA statement, 2014




Maxine Waters Investigation

Quite unexpectedly, on April 30, 1998, I obtained a secret 1982 Memorandum of Understanding between the CIA and the Department of Justice, that allowed drug trafficking by CIA assets, agents, and contractors to go unreported to federal law enforcement agencies. I also received correspondence between then Attorney General William French Smith and the head of the CIA, William Casey, that spelled out their intent to protect drug traffickers on the CIA payroll from being reported to federal law enforcement.

Then on July 17, 1998 the New York Times ran this amazing front page CIA admission: "CIA Says It Used Nicaraguan Rebels Accused of Drug Tie." "The Central Intelligence Agency continued to work with about two dozen Nicaraguan rebels and their supporters during the 1980s despite allegations that they were trafficking in drugs.... The agency's decision to keep those paid agents, or to continue dealing with them in some less formal relationship, was made by top officials at headquarters in Langley, Va.". (emphasis added)
.........The CIA had always vehemently denied any connection to drug traffickers and the massive global drug trade, despite over ten years of documented reports. But in a shocking reversal, the CIA finally admitted that it was CIA policy to keep Contra drug traffickers on the CIA payroll. The Facts speak for themselves. Maxine Waters, Member of Congress, September 19, 1998




The 1982 MOU that exempted the reporting requirement for drug trafficking was no oversight or misstatement. A remarkable series of letters between the Attorney General and the Director of Central Intelligence show how conscious and deliberate this exemption was.

On February 11, 1982 Attorney General William French Smith wrote to Director of Central Intelligence William Casey that, "I have been advised that a question arose regarding the need to add narcotics violations to the list of reportable non-employee crimes ... No formal requirement regarding the reporting of narcotics violations has been included in these procedures."

On March 2, 1982 Casey responded happily, "I am pleased that these procedures, which I believe strike the proper balance between enforcement of the law and protection of intelligence sources and methods..."

Simply stated, the Attorney General consciously exempted reporting requirements for narcotics violations by CIA agents, assets, and contractors. And the Director of Central Intelligence was pleased because intelligence sources and methods involved in narcotics trafficking could be protected from law enforcement. The 1982 MOU agreement clearly violated the Central Intelligence Agency Act of 1949. It also raised the possibility that certain individuals who testified in front of Congressional investigating committees perjured themselves.
....... Many questions remain unanswered. However, one thing is clear - the CIA and the Attorney General successfully engineered legal protection for the drug trafficking activities of any of its agents or assets. Maxine Waters, Member of Congress, September 19, 1998



“Several informed sources have told me that an appendix to this Report was removed at the instruction of the Department of Justice at the last minute. This appendix is reported to have information about a CIA officer, not agent or asset, but officer, based in the Los Angeles Station, who was in charge of Contra related activities.According to these sources, this individual was associated with running drugs to South Central Los Angeles,around 1988. Let me repeat that amazing omission. The recently released CIA Report Volume II contained an appendix, which was pulled by the Department of Justice, that reported a CIA officer in the LA Station was hooked into drug running in South Central Los Angeles.”

--U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters – October 13. 1998, speaking on the floor of the US House of Representatives.


http://www.scribd.com/doc/117070568/US-Congresswoman-Maxine-Waters-Investigation-of-CIA-Contras-involvement-in-drug-sales-1996-2000

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FAIRNESS AND ACCURACY IN MEDIA COVERAGE OF CONTRA CRACK
http://web.archive.org/web/20121025005853/http://www.fair.org/issues-news/contra-crack.html
Gary Webb Explains how the media caved in
http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/taking-a-dive-on-contra-crack/
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"Drugs, Law Enforcement and Foreign Policy"
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MOTHER JONES COVERAGE of "A TAINTED DEAL"
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https://web.archive.org/web/20050405214411/http://www.motherjones.com/news/special_reports/total_coverage/coke.html

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http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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KILL THE MESSENGER FILM IS NOW ON FACEBOOK - PLEASE DISTRIBUTE
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OFFICIAL KILL THE MESSENGER MOVIE SITE

http://www.killthemessengerthefilm.com

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A TAINTED DEAL ALLOWED DRUG FLOW
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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OFFICIAL KILL THE MESSENGER MOVIE SITE - PLEASE DISTRIBUTE

http://www.killthemessengerthefilm.com

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A TAINTED DEAL ALLOWED DRUG FLOW
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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The central figure in Gary Webb's book, DARK ALLIANCE HAS A NEW BOOK OUT:


Freeway Rick Ross The Untold Autobiography by Cathy Scott
Product Details

Paperback: 298 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (June 11, 2014)
Language: English
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RICK ROSS website
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Twitter Freeway Ricky Ross and let him know what you think:
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The Untold Story Behind Why I Am a Narco News Journalist
Posted by Bill Conroy - July 1, 2014 at 10:11 pm

"Authenticity Is Not the Easiest Path ... But It's The Only Path That Leads Forward" — Al Giordano

Narco News on July 9 will celebrate its fourteenth anniversary at a bash in the Big Apple. For me, it also will be a tenth anniversary fiesta. I started reporting and writing for Narco News in 2004.

Until now, though, I have never been able to tell fully the story of why I hooked up with Al Giordano and Narco News in the first place, because I was employed by a company that I felt would not appreciate the story being told in real time, as it really happened.........

http://narcosphere.narconews.com/notebook/bill-conroy/2014/07/untold-story-behind-why-i-am-narco-news-journalist


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A TAINTED DEAL ALLOWED DRUG FLOW
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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9/9/2014 New UPDATED Versions of Gary Webb's DARK ALLIANCE book and Nick Schou's Kill The Messenger book will be available from Amazon in preparation for the October 10, 2014 release of the KILL THE MESSENGER Movie.




Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Cocaine Explosion Paperback – September 16, 2014
by Gary Webb (Author), Maxine Waters (Foreword)

http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Alliance-Contras-Cocaine-Explosion/dp/1609806212/



Paperback
$17.21

Major Motion Picture based on Dark Alliance and starring Jeremy Renner, "Kill the Messenger," to be be released in Fall 2014

In August 1996, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb stunned the world with a series of articles in the San Jose Mercury News reporting the results of his year-long investigation into the roots of the crack cocaine epidemic in America, specifically in Los Angeles. The series, titled “Dark Alliance,” revealed that for the better part of a decade, a Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to Los Angeles street gangs and funneled millions in drug profits to the CIA-backed Nicaraguan Contras.

Gary Webb pushed his investigation even further in his book, Dark Alliance: The CIA, The Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion. 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 allowed massive amounts of drugs and money to change hands at the expense of our communities.

Webb’s own stranger-than-fiction experience is also woven into the book. His excoriation by the media—not because of any wrongdoing on his part, but by an insidious process of innuendo and suggestion that in effect blamed Webb for the implications of the story—had been all but predicted. Webb was warned off doing a CIA expose by a former Associated Press journalist who lost his job when, years before, he had stumbled onto the germ of the “Dark Alliance” story. And though Internal investigations by both the CIA and the Justice Department eventually vindicated Webb, he had by then been pushed out of the Mercury News and gone to work for the California State Legislature Task Force on Government Oversight. He died in 2004.

Product Details

Paperback: 592 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press (September 16, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609806212
ISBN-13: 978-1609806217

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Kill the Messenger (Movie Tie-In Edition): How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb Paperback – September 9, 2014
by Nick Schou (Author)

http://www.amazon.com/Kill-Messenger-Movie-Tie-In-Edition/dp/1568584717/

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Jeremy Renner

Kill the Messenger tells the story of the tragic death of Gary Webb, the controversial newspaper reporter who committed suicide in December 2004. Webb is the former San Jose Mercury News reporter whose 1996 "Dark Alliance" series on the so-called 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. Author and investigative journalist Nick Schou published numerous articles on the controversy and was the only reporter to significantly advance Webb's stories.

Drawing on exhaustive research and highly personal interviews with Webb's family, colleagues, supporters and critics, this book argues convincingly that Webb's editors betrayed him, despite mounting evidence that his stories were correct. Kill the Messenger examines the "Dark Alliance" controversy, what it says about the current state of journalism in America, and how it led Webb to ultimately take his own life.

Webb's widow, Sue Bell Stokes, remains an ardent defender of her ex-husband. By combining her story with a probing examination of the one of the most important media scandals in recent memory, this book provides a gripping view of one of the greatest tragedies in the annals of investigative journalism

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Nation Books; Revised Edition edition (September 9, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1568584717
ISBN-13: 978-1568584713

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A TAINTED DEAL ALLOWED DRUG FLOW
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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http://narcosphere.narconews.com/notebook/al-giordano/2014/09/narco-news-needs-your-help-exciting-moment


Narco News Needs Your Help at this Exciting Moment
Posted by Al Giordano - September 16, 2014 at 1:49 pm

September 16, 2014

Please Distribute Widely

In Memoriam: Gary Webb (1955-2004)



Dear Colleague,

For more than fourteen years “the little online newspaper that could” has done great reporting and analysis that can’t be found anywhere else. We investigate and break important stories. We produce videos that “go viral.” And we’ve trained hundreds of talented people to do this work. If you’re receiving this message it’s because you already know that. So I’ll get right to the point.

Narco News is in a severe “cash crunch” right now. We do not have the minimal resources we need to get us through this next month and do the job we have to do. I’ll tell you exciting news about what is ahead in a moment but I know your time is valuable so here, up top, is the link to how you can make a donation to the Fund for Authentic Journalism right now online:

http://www.authenticjournalism.org

Or you can send a check to:

The Fund for Authentic Journalism

PO Box 1446

Easthampton, MA 01027

The first and biggest thing that is about to happen – and it’s a game changer for authentic journalism – is that on October 10 a Hollywood movie hits the cinemas about the late Narco News editor and School of Authentic Journalism professor Gary Webb. It’s called “Kill the Messenger.” Jeremy Renner portrays Gary and his 1996 reporting of the Dark Alliance story that documented cocaine trafficking by the CIA and touched off an international firestorm.

Last week, on Narco News, we retold that story and set up vital context for the movie’s release. If you missed that story, here is the link.

With your immediate help, we will be able to send our senior investigative reporter, Bill Conroy, to Northern California to interview the people who were closest to Gary and tell their story of his life and death.

The movie names names and takes aim at the three big daily newspapers that led the character assassination campaign against Gary for having reported that series: the LA Times, the Washington Post and the New York Times. They hounded a good man to his grave. Gary’s own newspaper, the San Jose Mercury News, cowardly censored his Dark Alliance series from the Internet. One of Gary’s final requests was that Narco News publish it and make it live again, and upon his death, with his family’s permission, we did so. It appears at this link:

http://www.narconews.com/darkalliance

In the coming weeks, Narco News TV will release eight short videos of Gary Webb in his own words, from the 2003 School of Authentic Journalism. If you help us today, we will be able to promote them with advertising on Facebook and other social media before and after the movie comes out. Gary deserves to be widely heard in his own voice. You can make that possible.

As you know, at Narco News we live close to the land and keep a very low overhead so we don’t have to ask you for money constantly. We’d much rather be doing the work of reporting.

If you and others like you all chip in what you can at this historic moment, you can also make it possible for me to go to New York City for the premier of the movie, and from the media capital of the world, make the maximum possible noise to bring attention to Gary’s real life message. For those of you who will be in the New York area on Thursday, October 9, and who give a donation this week, I invite you to join me – and other School of Authentic Journalism graduates - at the midnight premier of Kill the Messenger. Once you’ve donated, send me an email at narconews@gmail.com and prior to that date I’ll contact you with the details so we can meet up for a drink and a chat before the premier and do it together as a group.

Obviously, that can only happen if enough of you respond to this message. But if we’re one thing in this newsroom, we are optimists! You’ve never let us down before and every day we remind ourselves that, in turn, we can’t ever let you down either.

Even if you, like us at this moment, don’t have the resources to make a donation, there is another important way you can participate. In the coming weeks we will make available a leaflet to be distributed at the cinemas where “Kill the Messenger” will screen, informing moviegoers of where they can read Gary Webb’s Dark Alliance series online. It will be a national (and international) grassroots organizing campaign in memory of our fallen friend and colleague. It will likely also include creative actions at the gates of the big media companies that so viciously attacked Gary and his journalism, which the movie – like the facts themselves – vindicates. Stay tuned for more details on how you can be part of it.

During these weeks we’ll also continue our regular work: Bill Conroy’s investigative reports about the drug war, a new Narco News TV video that gives migrants the last laugh (Greg Berger was able to raise the minimal resources for that through a Kickstarter campaign last month), and you may have also noticed that I am reporting anew on US politics and specifically looking ahead to the 2016 presidential elections, as well as continuing the writing of the oral history of the No Nukes movement from 1973-1982.

Once we “stop the bleeding” on our current financial crisis, we’ll organize a Kickstarter campaign to fund the next School of Authentic Journalism. But first things first, we have this huge month ahead, and need your help and participation to seize the unique moment it will create.

Once again, you can make your contribution (which is tax-deductible) online via this link:

http://www.authenticjournalism.org

Or you can send a check:

The Fund for Authentic Journalism

PO Box 1446

Easthampton, MA 01027

Thank you, again and in advance, for your support and participation. These are exciting times. Let’s all live up to them!

From somewhere in a country called América,



Al Giordano

Publisher, Narco News

narconews@gmail.com

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A TAINTED DEAL ALLOWED DRUG FLOW
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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Gary Webb's Official Facebook Page is here, It is maintained by the Webb family. Please stop by and leave messages here:

https://www.facebook.com/garywebbdarkalliance

Gary Webb Presente!

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A TAINTED DEAL ALLOWED DRUG FLOW
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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9/19/2014 MoJones Article--FOIA Lawsuit Reveals CIA Used Friendly Journalists to Crush Dark Alliance Story
CIA Admission: "a ground base of already productive relations with journalists" helped "prevent this story from becoming an unmitigated disaster."



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10 Fascinating Articles From the CIA's Secret Employee Magazine

—By Dave Gilson, Michael Mechanic, Alex Park, and AJ Vicens
| Fri Sep. 19, 2014

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/09/10-declassified-articles-cia-intelligence-journal


In 2007, Jeffrey Scudder, a veteran information technology specialist at the Central Intelligence Agency, came across the archives of the agency's in-house magazine, Studies in Intelligence. The catch: They were classified. So Scudder filed a Freedom of Information Act request. And then things got messy. "I submitted a FOIA and it basically destroyed my entire career," he told the Washington Post.

As a profile of Scudder in the Post explains:

He was confronted by supervisors and accused of mishandling classified information while assembling his FOIA request. His house was raided by the FBI and his family's computers seized. Stripped of his job and his security clearance, Scudder said he agreed to retire last year after being told that if he refused, he risked losing much of his pension.

Now, in response to a lawsuit filed by Scudder, the CIA has declassified and released some of the hundreds of journal articles he's requested. Nearly 250 of them have been posted on the CIA's website. Published over four decades, they offer a fascinating peek at the history of US intelligence as well as the corporate culture of "the Company."

Here are 10 that grabbed our attention:




8. "Managing a Nightmare: CIA Public Affairs and the Drug Conspiracy Story ": This undated release, apparently from the late '90s, takes on the PR disaster spawned by San Jose Mercury-News reporter Gary Webb, who had accused the CIA of importing drugs into the United States in the '80s. Webb's claims were "alarming," and the agency was particularly stung by the allegation that it had worked to destroy the black community with illegal drugs. Fortunately, the Studies in Intelligence article explains, "a ground base of already productive relations with journalists" helped "prevent this story from becoming an unmitigated disaster." Hostile reporters attacked Webb's work and he eventually became a persona non grata in the newspaper world.

Ultimately, claims the article, part of the problem with the response to Webb's stories was a "societal shortcoming": "The CIA-drug story says a lot more about American society…that it does about either CIA or the media. We live in somewhat coarse and emotional times—when large numbers of Americans do not adhere to the same standards of logic, evidence, or even civil discourse as those practiced by members of the CIA community." In 1998, the agency partly vindicated Webb's reporting by admitting that it had had business relationships with major drug dealers. Jeremy Renner stars as the late Webb in a new movie, Kill the Messenger.




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“Kill the Messenger”: The dark side of journalism
Posted on Friday, September 19 at 6:36pm | By John Diaz

http://blog.sfgate.com/opinionshop/2014/09/19/kill-the-messenger-the-dark-side-of-journalism/

       

(Video clip of Director Michael Cuesta, talking with the Chronicle’s John Diaz about the Gary Webb story)

My Sunday column http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/diaz/article/Kill-the-Messenger-cautionary-tale-for-5768089.php

explores the controversy and the context of “Kill the Messenger,” the upcoming film about “Dark Alliance,” the 1996 series by San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb that examined the links between the CIA-backed Nicaraguan Contras and the drug trade.

The movie itself is a superb piece of filmmaking, with Jeremy Renner putting in a powerful performance as Webb. It’s not easy to do an action thriller when the basic framework of the story, including the tragic ending, has been in the public venue for 18 years.

Not surprisingly, the real-life story is a bit more complicated than the good-vs.-evil, courage-vs.-timidity, ethics-vs.-amorality tale portrayed in the movie. Yes, the Los Angeles Times sent a large team of reporters to check out the explosive allegations. The suggestion is the Times was hellbent to discredit an enormous story it missed in its own backyard. But wouldn’t it have been an even greater instance of journalism malpractice if the Times had simply ignored the story without pursuing it? After all, even Webb’s most ardent defenders have acknowledged there were flaws in its story, from its presentation (a smoldering crack pipe against the CIA logo) to its breathless language in the first installment that implied — but did not state — that the CIA intentionally flooded South Central Los Angeles with crack cocaine in order to fund the Nicaraguan Contras.

The evidence is overwhelming (by the CIA’s own admission in a 1998 internal report) that the Contras used profits from U.S. drug sales to finance their fight against the Sandinista regime in the 1980s. Webb’s series presented the strongest evidence to that date that, at the very least, the U.S. government was looking the other way. But the content of the story did not quite add up to the hyperbole in the introduction. As we say in the news business: The story did not support the lead, as the paper’s executive editor, Jerry Ceppos, later had to acknowledge to readers. The movie presents Ceppos and his note to readers in an unflattering light, as a copout under legal and political pressure. But, again, would it be more admirable for him to ignore the obvious flaws in his newspaper’s huge endeavor? In my view, accountability is a virtue in journalism.

“All the President’s Men” it is not. Sadly, “Kill the Messenger” is a story with no true heroes.

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"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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The New York Times Film Club post screening Q&A for the upcoming movie Kill the Messenger with Jeremy Renner at Sunshine Cinemas in NYC on 9/22/14. Warning for plot spoilers, adult language and a jet lagged Jeremy. :-) Apologies for the wonky video but the person in front of me kept moving his giant head. I believe the movie will be released in October in the US.

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DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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9.22.14 MPAA CEO,Senator Chris Dodd greets Jeremy Renner at Washington DC KTM screening

http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/yGIAC8ONAXH/Kill+the+Messenger+Screening/bH3WI-BdPKy

In This Photo: Jeremy Renner, Chris Dodd
Actor Jeremy Renner (L) greets Chairman & CEO, MPAA, Senator Chris Dodd at Capitol File's 'Kill the Messenger' Screening at MPAA on September 23, 2014 in Washington, DC.
(2014-09-22 16:00:00 - Source: Paul Morigi/Getty Images North America)

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Have been reading reviews! There are a lot of them so I'm still reading !


Reviews from Variety & Cinemablend are glowing!
The Guardian review is good, stating that the story has holes but Renner's performance is great!

It’s nonetheless a flinty, brainy, continually engrossing work that straddles the lines between biopic, political thriller and journalistic cautionary tale, driven by Jeremy Renner’s most complete performance since “The Hurt Locker.”



http://variety.com/2014/film/reviews/film-review-kill-the-messenger-1201314058/

Jeremy Renner is electrifying as Webb. He shrugs off the sardonic charms he's made famous as Hawkeye, and wallows in barely repressed outrage for much of Kill The Messenger's runtime. Much like he was in The Hurt Locker, Renner is playing a cowboy variant, someone who fights for society, while being an outsider. Though a family man and a seeker of truth, Webb is not an out-and-out good guy. But Kill The Messenger dares us to not be distracted by his faults, while not daring to hide them. What you think of the man--the film suggests--is secondary to what you make of his story.

This marks Renner's first producing effort, and it seems he's made a shrewd move picking a script that plays well to his entrancing intensity. He also brought together an incredible cast that's full of strong performers. Rosemarie DeWitt gives some welcomed depth to his onscreen wife, a role that could have come off as purely stereotypical nag in the hands of a lesser actress. Lucas Hedges, who recently impressed in The Zero Theorem, steals a scene as Gary's heartbroken eldest son. Paz Vega adds danger and sex appeal as a flirtatious informant. Michael Sheen brings a hangdog longing to the role of a wary politician. Ray Liotta pops up for a small but riveting turn where he's barely lit, yet mesmerizing. Really, every part of this sprawling cast is worthy of praise, nailing the drama's steely tone and resolve.



http://www.cinemablend.com/m/reviews/Kill-Messenger-66330.html

In the court of public opinion, everyone deserves a chance to defend themselves and have their side of the story told. For the late Gary Webb, Michael Cuesta's Kill the Messenger represents that opportunity. While many will argue that Webb's monumental reporting was reckless and lacked professionalism, Jeremy Renner's towering performance convinces modern day audiences of just the opposite. Renner, whose latest work begs for awards season recognition, does an exceptional job in the lead role and single-handedly carries Cuesta's film from start to finish.



http://moviecriticdave.blogspot.com/2014/09/kill-messenger.html?m=1




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Kill The Messenger: the Gary Webb story has holes but Renner's performance still sticks

by Jordan Hoffman Friday 26 September 2014 18.28 BST

He has a sturdy build, a clear moral compass, wears cool sunglasses and rides a vintage motorcycle. Everything about Jeremy Renner’s portrayal of journalist Gary Webb in Kill the Messenger readies a conditioned moviegoer to expect him to kick ass in the name of justice. But this is a movie for grownups, so The Avengers’ Hawkeye puts down the bow and arrow and picks up his pen – or more specifically his mid-90s desktop mouse – and uses his brain instead of his brawn.



http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/sep/26/kill-the-messenger-gary-webb-review


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From Gary Webb's hometown paper...

Friday, September 26, 2014
Movie Trailer: Investigative Journalist Gary Webb From "Kill The Messenger" Was Plain Dealer Reporter
Posted By Sam Allard on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 8:33 AM
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Gary Webb, the investigative journalist best known for his massive "Dark Alliance" series, which ran in three parts in the San Jose Mercury News in 1996, was a former statehouse correspondent for the Plain Dealer.
http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2014/09/26/movie-trailer-investigative-journalist-gary-webb-from-kill-the-messenger-was-plain-dealer-reporter?mode=print

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DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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10.4.14 - Two New Clips from KILL THE MESSENGER MOVIE - Gary Webb/Jeremy Renner

http://www.flicksandbits.com/2014/10/03/2-new-clips-from-kill-the-messenger-starring-jeremy-renner-as-gary-webb/77068/


From Focus Features comes these two clips from the true-life dramatic thriller ‘Kill the Messenger,’ which is led by Jeremy Renner (Marvel’s The Avengers, The Hurt locker, The Bourne Legacy). Opening in the US on October 10th in limited theaters, the movie will then expand on October 17th and again on October 24th. Josh Close, Rosemarie DeWitt, Andy Garcia, Lucas Hedges, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael K. Williams and Mary Elizabeth Winstead co-star in the Michael Cuesta-directed film.

Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner stars as Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic in the US… and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the US, and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. – and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life. The film opens on November 28th in the UK.

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A TAINTED DEAL ALLOWED DRUG FLOW
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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10.4.14 Cleaveland Plain Dealer-Gary Webb and 'Kill the Messenger':Reporter played by Jeremy Renner

Gary Webb and 'Kill the Messenger': Reporter played by Jeremy Renner honed journalism skills in Cleveland and Columbus
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Jeremy Renner plays investigative reporter Gary Webb in "Kill the Messenger." The thriller opens nationwide Friday, Oct. 10. (Focus Features)
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When Gary Webb wrote a major expose about the CIA and cocaine trafficking in 1996, he might have expected the toppling of government officials and massive follow-up investigations, not to mention a possible Pulitzer, book offers and movie deals.

Instead, the reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, who had honed his investigative skills at The Plain Dealer in the 1980s, ran into a firestorm. Not from the drug dealers, money launderers and gunrunners he had written about, but from America's major newspapers, which went into attack mode regarding his findings.

"He was never really the same after that," said Sue Stokes, Webb's former wife. "He lost his spark."

Within a year of the series, Webb had quit the Mercury News and never again worked for a daily newspaper. After divorcing, he fell into money troubles and depression. In December 2004, he killed himself. He was 49.

Jeremy Renner plays Webb in the new thriller "Kill the Messenger," which hits Cleveland theaters on Friday, Oct. 10. Directed by Michael Cuesta and written by Peter Landesman, the film also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Michael Sheen and Andy Garcia.


It charts Webb's 12 months of digging to uncover ties between the CIA and the arming of the Nicaraguan Contras in the 1980s thanks to money from tons of cocaine flooding the U.S. The three-part series, published in August of 1996, connected the dots of the powder trail and suggested that it helped spur the crack-cocaine explosion in poor black urban areas, especially South Central Los Angeles.

"The tragic irony in all of this is that Webb was brought down by his bliss," said Cuesta, an Emmy-award winning director of such shows as "Homeland" and "Six Feet Under." "To believe in something so deeply, to be so passionate, and then to have that same thing turn on you is devastating."

The series was one of the first major newspaper projects to be posted online simultaneously, and it included links to Webb's documentation and taped interviews, then a rarity. Thanks to the Internet, the story spread across the country and fueled public outrage, particularly in the black community. Newsweek called the series "powerful," saying "this is the first time the Internet has electrified African Americans."

Webb became omnipresent on talk radio and network and cable news shows. The national press had largely abandoned the story of drug-smuggling related to the Contras in the wake of the Iran-Contra scandal and the 1987 congressional hearings that made Lt. Col. Oliver North a household name. NBC and a few other news organizations advanced certain aspects of the series, but beginning in early October of 1996, Webb became the focus of a 1-2-3 punch.

First the Washington Post, then the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, published lengthy page-one stories deriding Webb's reporting and conclusions. It was the beginning of his professional undoing.

"Each one of the papers did it for a different reason," said Landesman, a former investigative reporter who wrote for the New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker before turning to screenwriting.

"The L.A. Times had an envious, jealous reaction of being scooped in their own territory. They created a team of 15 journalists to specifically go after Gary and the story," he said.

Some called it the "Get Gary Webb Team."

"The Washington Post had a very strong quid pro quo relationship with the CIA, and the Post was not going to be outdone by an out of town reporter who didn't have any Washington relationships," he said. "The New York Times' approach was more professional arrogance."

Landesman's script is based on two books: Nick Schou's "Kill the Messenger," published in 2006, and Webb's own "Dark Alliance: The CIA, The Contras and the Crack Cocaine Explosion," from 1998.

The film does not focus on Webb's suicide, instead streamlining events from 1995-1997. Under the weight of the mounting national criticism, the Mercury News ran an unprecedented apology in May of 1997 backing away from parts of Webb's series. The stories had overreached in some areas and had not nailed down a direct connection between the CIA and crack cocaine dealings. Critics on both sides of the Webb ordeal agree that the stories would have benefited from sharper editing.

One aspect that hounded Webb for years was not of his making. The large, featured graphic illustrating the series was a shadowy figure lighting a crack pipe over the official seal of the CIA.

Marine Brat with Swagger

Gary Stephen Webb was born in Corona, California, on Aug 31, 1955. His dad was a Marine Corps sergeant and the family bounced from California to Hawaii, Florida and North Carolina, eventually landing in suburban Indianapolis.

"Gary was 18 and I was 16 when we first met and started dating in Indianapolis," said Sue Stokes. She and Gary were married from 1979 to 2000 and had three children. Sue remarried two years ago and now lives in El Dorado Hills, California, outside of Sacramento. After they met, Gary's family moved again, to Cincinnati, and he attended Northern Kentucky University before dropping out to take a reporting job at the Kentucky Post.
Gary WebbView full sizeGary Webb's staff photo when he worked at The Plain Dealer in the 1980s.Plain Dealer File Photo

"We wrote a lot of letters," said Sue of their long-distance romance. "And we sent cassette tapes back and forth because phone calls were too expensive and our parents would yell at us."

Gary was smart, very detailed in his work and loved to debate, said Sue. He also looked cool driving around in an MG sports car (later shifting to Triumph TR6s). Webb rose quickly at the Post, winning acclaim for co-writing a series about mobbed up coal operations. In 1983, he was hired at the Plain Dealer and he and Sue, who was pregnant with their first child, bought a house on West 138th Street.

Webb was hired at the urging of another star Plain Dealer reporter, Walt Bogdanich, who had met Webb in Kentucky when he was doing legwork for a story.

"We immediately hit it off. He was full of life and had a great sense of humor," said Bogdanich, now an acclaimed New York Times investigative reporter and editor who has won three Pulitzer Prizes.

"Gary was a great researcher. In the pre-Internet era, he was able to find records and materials hidden away in very unusual places. He was big on documents," said Bogdanich. "He had a low threshold of indignation, which is a critically important element of any investigative reporter."

Webb joined the Plain Dealer as part of a hiring wave that included Christopher Evans and Steve Luttner.

"Gary had zero tolerance for sycophants and fools," said Evans, now an editorial writer and columnist for the Northeast Ohio Media Group. "The hardcore investigative reporters, the Gary Webbs, the Walt Bogdaniches, once they got your scent, God help you."

Luttner sat in front of Webb amid the Plain Dealer's rows and rows of industrial desks in the cramped, smoke-filled newsroom. "If he got hold of a story he was consumed by it. And I mean that in a positive way," said Luttner, now with Lesic & Camper Communications in Cleveland.

In 1985, Mary Anne Sharkey, The Plain Dealer's bureau chief in Columbus, enticed Webb to move to the capital where he could keep closer tabs on state officials. "He told me working in Columbus was like being a kid in a candy shop," said Sharkey.

Webb exposed corruption in Ohio's Supreme Court, the state medical board and state mental health system, among other institutions. He and Sharkey also published a high-impact series on bizarre serial killer Dr. Michael Swango.

"I would come to work sometimes and Gary had been there all night," said Sharkey, who now runs a public affairs consulting firm. "And he would be reading documents. His office would be stacked and stacked with files."

When Landesman started writing the script about eight years ago, he contacted Sharkey several times to fill in the shadings of Webb's life.

"Gary had a feisty personality," said Sharkey. "People might think because he was a newspaperman he leaned liberal, but he didn't really. He had a weapon. He once shot a guy in the ass who was trying to steal his car. He kept a bottle of whiskey in his desk drawer."

Sounds like a movie-ready character.

"He was a good looking guy," said Sharkey. "He had a swagger. He really attracted women. They called him the Marlboro Man."

Love of the Chase

Renner definitely has the requisite swagger, but he plays Webb as more of an astonished researcher than stud reporter. He can barely believe the levels of deceit he keeps uncovering.

"Kill the Messenger" rattled around in various stages of development for years and finally came together when Renner signed on to star, and co-produce, in February of 2013. The actor, who plays Hawkeye in the Marvel movies and has two Oscar nominations for "The Hurt Locker" and "The Town," delivers another terrific performance. He conveys Webb's doubts and struggles, his affection for his family, and his truth-seeking devotion.

He loved the chase and the writing. During one hellacious typing session, Renner captures Webb's fury, pounding away at his keyboard to the fight-the-power sounds of The Clash's "Know Your Rights."

After Webb left the Plain Dealer in 1988, he was part of a Mercury News reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake that devastated Northern California in 1989. Webb was again based at a state capital bureau, this time in Sacramento.

He didn't even answer the phone call that changed his life. It appeared in the form of a pink While You Were Out message slip left on his desk in July of 1995. When he returned the call, he discovered the tipster was Coral Baca, girlfriend of a drug trafficker named Rafael Cornejo who was awaiting trial. One of the government's witnesses, she said, was a man "who used to work with the CIA selling drugs. Tons of it."

"In 17 years of investigative reporting," Webb later wrote, "I had ended up doubting the credibility of every person who ever called me with a tip about the CIA."

This was different. The next year was filled with traveling; interviews; shady sources; stacks of notebooks, tapes, court records, police reports; and the bizarre horizontal haziness of Freedom of Information Act requests, which yielded reams of papers often dominated by neat rows of blacked-out sentences.

When the Mercury News brass backed away from the story, Webb said, "It's nauseating. I had never been more disgusted with my profession in my life."

His editors doubled the blow by demoting Webb to a suburban bureau. "This is just harassment," he said. "This isn't the first time that a reporter went after the CIA and lost his job over it."


He quit the paper in 1997, worked for a time as an investigator for the California Legislature, did some freelance writing and was briefly on staff at an alternative weekly in Sacramento. A report released in 1998 by the CIA Inspector General revealed that the CIA did have ties to drug smugglers supporting the Contras, and that between 1982 and 1995 the agency got a free pass from the Department of Justice because it had not been required "to report on allegations of drug trafficking with respect to non-employees of the agency."

It did not do much to vindicate Webb, as the more scathing aspects of the CIA's report were released at the height of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal. Missing the hunt of investigative journalism, Webb sent out more than 50 resumes at one point but had no takers. Then his marriage unraveled.

"Gary had affairs. That's what ended our marriage," said Sue, who is portrayed in the film by Rosemarie DeWitt. "I didn't know about the affairs at the time. He was having an affair in 1999 and that's what started this whole downward spiral through the divorce. And it was during therapy when things came out about other affairs. That was one of the reasons he had wanted to move to California."

Conspiracy Theories

A detail-oriented man, Webb stage-managed a detail-oriented death.

He wrote and mailed letters to his ex-wife, his three children, his brother and his mother. He updated his will. He set out his Social Security card, cremation certificate and a suicide note. On the turntable was a favorite album, Ian Hunter's "Welcome to the Club: Live." Running out of money, he was preparing to live with his mother, and movers were arriving the next day with a truck. He stuck a note on the front door: "Please do not enter. Call 911."

Almost immediately, there were rumors that Webb had been murdered. The Sacramento County coroner's report revealed two gunshot wounds from a .38-caliber revolver. Conspiracy theorists said Webb had been killed by shady operatives, grim speculation that found currency in online headlines such as "The Murder of Gary Webb" and "Did the CIA Kill Gary Webb?"

There were two gunshot wounds because the first one was off target and went through his cheek. So he fired again.

"It's gruesome, but he never hit his brain," said Sue. "According to the coroner's office, the second bullet hit the carotid artery and he just bled out."

Sue, who consulted on the script and provided old home videos to the producers, has now seen the film three times at preview screenings set up for her and Webb's family and friends. "The first time, I was just too close to it. I could barely blink through the whole thing. But it's impressive."

Is it accurate?

"It is Hollywood and it's not a documentary. But I felt it was a really good portrayal of what happened to him."

She plans to attend the New York premiere on Thursday.

"It has given us some closure as a family," she said. "And hopefully, somehow, somewhere, Gary knows this is happening, and maybe it gives him some peace."

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A TAINTED DEAL ALLOWED DRUG FLOW
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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10.3.14 LA Times --Jeremy Renner reflects on an unexpected Hollywood trajectory --By Josh Rottenberg

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-jeremy-renner-hollywood-kill-the-messenger-20141005-story.html



Jeremy Renner reflects on an unexpected Hollywood trajectory
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Via #LATimes: Jeremy Renner, newsman? Upcoming role in 'Kill the Messenger' is building buzz
#JeremyRenner: 'I'm very aware of all of my flaws and strengths as a human being and very content with them'

In 1992, Jeremy Renner came to Los Angeles as an aspiring actor with three specific goals in mind. (1) He wanted to be in a movie. (2) He wanted to have a significant enough role that he wouldn't have to explain that he was, say, that guy wearing the red shirt in the party scene. (3) He wanted to appear in a film big enough that it would play in his hometown of Modesto.

Renner figured it would probably take him a decade or so to meet those goals. As it happened, he achieved them on his first job — as an underachieving teen in the 1995 high-school comedy "National Lampoon's Senior Trip."

Modesto native Jeremy Renner dabbled in a diverse area of studies, including criminology, computer science and psychology, before the acting bug finally bit him. He studied the art at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre before moving to Los Angeles.

After working the acting circuit through commercials and supporting roles in TV and film, Renner made a name for himself when he portrayed a deeply complex, dark serial killer in the drama "Dahmer." Critics noticed. Plus, Renner earned an Independent Spirit Award nod.
'S.W.A.T.' | 2003
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In his first commercially successful film, Renner played a former S.W.A.T. member turned mercenary, alongside A-list actors like Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell. Renner's role catapulted him to fame among a mainstream audience.
'Neo Ned' | 2005
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Renner landed a leading role in the romantic drama "Neo Ned." He played an institutionalized white supremacist in love with an African American woman, played by Gabrielle Union, pictured. His portrayal earned him the Palm Beach International Film Festival's best actor award.
'North County' | 2005
Caption 'North County' | 2005
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In the drama "North County," a fictionalized story of the first successful sexual harassment case in America, Renner played a supporting role alongside actors Woody Harrelson, pictured, and Charlize Theron. Renner took on several supporting roles on the big screen shortly after this one.

But if he thought success would unfold in a predictable fashion from there, life had other plans. Four years later, Renner was living by candlelight in his apartment because he couldn't afford to pay his electric bill. And 10 long years and two dozen mostly minor film and TV appearances after that — well past the point when many reasonable people would have abandoned the acting dream — his career suddenly took off with his Oscar-nominated turn as a single-minded Army explosives expert in the 2009 Iraq war drama "The Hurt Locker."

"It was like you're playing baseball your whole life and then you suddenly get on a team and go to the World Series," Renner reflected one afternoon this summer, perched on a stool at a bar in his sprawling home in Hollywood, a house once owned by director Preston Sturges. (Renner, who has a side business buying, renovating and reselling houses, has worked to restore the property to its former glory.) "All of a sudden I was 'the new guy in town' after being here 20 years. I was like, 'That's fine by me, I'll be the new guy.'"



At 43, Renner is no longer the new guy, but he continues to carve out one of the most improbable acting careers in a city full of them. A leading man with the rugged looks and slightly off-kilter sensibility of a character actor, he finds himself in the enviable situation of balancing roles in a number of the industry's biggest franchises — the "Avengers," "Mission: Impossible" and "Bourne" series — with smaller dramas like 2010's "The Town," for which he earned his second Oscar nod, 2013's "American Hustle" and "Kill the Messenger," which opens Oct. 10.
Suddenly I'm action-hero guy. I didn't see myself that way. - Jeremy Renner, actor

In "Kill the Messenger," Renner plays newspaper reporter Gary Webb, who published a series of investigative stories in the San Jose Mercury News in 1996 alleging that throughout the crack epidemic of the 1980s, drug-trafficking profits were used by the CIA to support the Nicaraguan Contras. Webb's "Dark Alliance" series sparked a public firestorm, and a number of other news organizations including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and the Washington Post dispatched their own reporters to pick apart his work. Buffeted by controversy, dismissed by many as a conspiracy theorist, Webb saw his career founder. He eventually resigned from the San Jose Mercury News, and in 2004 he took his own life.

Over the years, Webb's work has been reappraised and largely vindicated. In 2006, the L.A. Times published an op-ed by journalist Nick Schou, whose book about Webb, also titled "Kill the Messenger," was the eventual basis for the new movie. Schou wrote that while there were "major flaws of hyperbole" in "Dark Alliance," they ultimately "had more to do with poor editing than bad reporting." Then-L.A. Times Managing Editor Leo Wolinsky (who is portrayed in the film by Dan Futterman) told Schou , "In some ways, Gary got too much blame. He did exactly what you expect from a great investigative reporter."



Despite hailing from close to where Webb's story unfolded, Renner was unfamiliar with the history before the script came along. (The closest he ever came to the story, he said, was when he auditioned for a "This Is Your Brain on Drugs" public-service ad early in his career.) What interested him was less the political aspect of Webb's saga than the personal one.

"Pointing the finger at the CIA or Ronald Reagan or whatever — that's a very complicated net to cast," Renner said. "What I liked about the story is you could personalize it to one human being that really got screwed over. I love all that cinema of the 1970s, and that's what this felt like to me. It resonated with movies like 'All the President's Men' and 'The Parallax View.'"

Director Michael Cuesta, who among other credits earned an Emmy nod for directing the pilot episode of "Homeland," says that, more than comic-book movies or action blockbusters, "Kill the Messenger" — the first film Renner has produced under his production banner, the Combine — represents the type of film closest to the actor's true spirit. Indeed, early reviews have praised Renner's performance as one of the strongest of his career.

"I'm not discounting any of his work, because he's a movie star, and that's what movie stars need to do to finance these kinds of films," Cuesta said. "But we haven't seen him play a mature guy with a family and a passion for his calling in life, and he is perfect for that. His face communicates so much in the quiet moments, you don't have to have any dialogue."

"Kill the Messenger" costar Rosemarie DeWitt, who plays Webb's wife, Susan, admires the way Renner has managed to navigate between the commercial and artistic poles of Hollywood. "The fact that he can straddle those worlds so effortlessly — as an actor, it's wildly inspiring," she said.

It hasn't always been easy. Renner, who is shooting the fifth installment in the "Mission: Impossible" series and will reprise his role as the bow-and-arrow-wielding superhero Hawkeye next year in "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," admits he felt overwhelmed when, after years of just getting by, he suddenly found himself inundated with a string of high-profile, high-pressure offers, including inheriting the "Bourne" franchise from Matt Damon.

"I was doing 'Mission: Impossible,' then 'Hansel & Gretel,' then 'Avengers,' and then 'Bourne' reared its head," he said. "That was when I started freaking out. I had to think, 'Can I do this physically? Am I going to have free-will time, or am I just going to be working for the man?' I had a lot of fears about it. Suddenly I'm action-hero guy. I didn't see myself that way."

In conversation, Renner, whose parents managed a bowling alley in Modesto and divorced when he was 10, comes across as no-nonsense and unapologetically rough around the edges. (A singer-songwriter and guitarist on the side, he's interested in possibly playing outlaw country singer Waylon Jennings in a biopic.) "I'm very aware of all of my flaws and strengths as a human being and very content with them," he said. "I'll be the same with Barack Obama as I am in any scenario."

In fact, Renner met President Obama at a private event in Beverly Hills in 2012, and his lack of a filter was on full display. "I probably said some very offensive things," Renner said. "I said something about how he should strap on an 'Avengers' costume: 'You know, you could get some votes, dude. Sling a bow and arrow around you and people will start liking you.' That's OK, he laughed."

While Webb's life came unraveled in the wake of what seemed to be his biggest triumph, Renner — who recently got married for the first time to model Sonni Pacheco, with whom he has a 1-year-old daughter — is trying to keep all the balls of his success in the air as gracefully as he can. And now he has a new goal.

"The plan was always that I would retire when I'm 45," he said. "Now mind you: My definition of retirement doesn't mean I'm not working anymore. It just means I will have acquired enough work and value in my life to where I don't have to worry or shape a career or invest in anything."

If Renner has learned anything about Hollywood at this point, though, it's that sometimes you need to tweak your goals a bit — and the retirement idea is no exception. "Maybe when I'm 50," he said with a wry grin.

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A TAINTED DEAL ALLOWED DRUG FLOW
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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10.6.14- The Tonight Show - JIMMY FALLON - Jeremy Renner Interview about KTM and Gary WEBB 1135PM EST

http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/filters/guests/11841

https://www.facebook.com/FallonTonight

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A TAINTED DEAL ALLOWED DRUG FLOW
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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http://narcosphere.narconews.com/thefield/5055/distribute-exciting-flyer-and-become-narco-news-messenger


The original Dark Alliance series is here:
http://narconews.com/darkalliance

Distribute this Exciting Flyer and Become a Narco News Messenger
Posted by Al Giordano - October 8, 2014 at 12:09 pm
By Al Giordano
http://narcosphere.narconews.com/userfiles/70/gary.pdf

In the next 48 hours the tables are going to turn, once again, against the corrupted industry of journalism and in favor of the grassroots movement of authentic journalism.

Our late friend and colleague Gary Webb (1955-2004) and his investigative reporting will hit the silver screen in the premier of “Kill the Messenger,” coming to cinemas throughout the US and Canada on Friday and in some places Thursday night. In the coming weeks and months it will go international. Gary was a cofounder and professor of the School of Authentic Journalism and an editor of Narco News before his death. Actor and producer Jeremy Renner portrays Gary’s work in 1996 when his Dark Alliance series exposed US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) complicity with cocaine trafficking from Central America to the streets of the United States. The movie recalls how the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post maliciously and unfairly attacked Gary for doing what journalists are supposed to do: tell the truth.

At Narco News and the School of Authentic Journalism we have been looking for a way to involve our readers and colleagues more in this important work. Hundreds of journalists and communicators have attended our school, thousands have applied to it, and we remain a low budget project supported only by volunteer contributions to the Fund for Authentic Journalism.

Before Gary Webb died, he asked Narco News to publish his Dark Alliance series that the San Jose Mercury News had censored from the Internet. And since some months after his passing, for the past nine years, that work has been preserved on our site. Suddenly and thanks to this major motion picture coming out, there is more interest than ever in reading Gary’s groundbreaking and obviously historic work. Without the economic resources to purchase enough advertising to make sure moviegoers and people everywhere will finally read the Dark Alliance series, we turn to you – what the corporations call “human resources,” and we call friends – to make this happen.

See the flyer above? Below you’ll find links to download it in .pdf form and print it out. There is a black and white version and a color version. We’re asking that when you go to see “Kill the Messenger” you print out enough copies and distribute these to people as they are entering or exiting the cinema. If you can, organize some friends to do it with you and form a local “Narco News Messengers” group with them.

We have developed a few guidelines below to make sure this is done in a way that is respectful of Gary’s legacy and helpful, never harmful, to the cause of authentic journalism.

Three Guidelines for Narco News Messengers Groups

1. Narco News Messengers groups are formed in local communities, by journalists and non-journalists together, to build a grassroots movement that replaces corporate media with new and better ways for news to be reported. A group can consist of two people, six, ten, twenty or more, any size will do. More than one group can exist in any town or city. Part of the mission is to have fun doing good work with people you like and trust. And because each group agrees to these three guidelines, no group ever has to worry about what another group is doing or not doing. The first mission of Narco News Messengers groups will be to promote Gary Webb’s Dark Alliance series at this moment when the movie “Kill the Messenger” is bringing unprecedented interest to it. And from time to time we’ll let the Messengers groups know of other important projects we can all organize around at the grassroots level.

2. Narco News Messengers groups are a project of Narco News and the School of Authentic Journalism and do not affiliate with or endorse any other project, candidate, political party or media organization. We invite each group, once two or more people form it, to email us at narconews@gmail.com with a contact email for the local group and news of your activities so we can promote your efforts to readers in your area. Once you indicate your agreement with these three guidelines, we’ll be glad to promote and add your chapter to the list of Narco News Messengers groups so that others can find you.

3. Each local Narco News Messengers group agrees that its actions will always be joyful, nonviolent, non-threatening, respectful of and pleasant toward every person it encounters, including law enforcement officers, corporate journalists and public officials even when they are adversarial to our goals, will not vandalize property and will not be aggressive toward or otherwise hostile to anyone who might disagree with any of our shared goals. We fervently believe that public opinion is important, that it can be enticed but can never be bullied. Any individual or group that does not follow those guidelines will, by definition, no longer be called a Narco News Messengers group. After all, if a group (or individual) harms the efforts of all, it should not be using the name, and we won’t be shy about disassociating from it. Nor will we be shy about widely promoting and seeking to work more closely with those who do this work well. Within adherence to these three guidelines, each local Narco News Messengers group is autonomous to determine how to best promote the work of authentic journalism in accordance with its organizing needs and the character of its local population.

To download the black and white version of the flyer, click here.

To download the color version (good for posting on community bulletin boards), click here.

In New York City, some of us have formed a “Meet Up” group to see the premier of “Kill the Messenger” together, and a Facebook group toward the same end. About 30 of us will meet before the movie’s premier tomorrow night and go view it together. If you agree with the three guidelines above, feel free to use Meet Up, Facebook and other social networks to organize similar efforts in your own town or city. And of course even more effective than online attempts to reach others is to simply go visit or make a phone call to the people you already know to get such a local project moving.

Finally, we know you are busy with your own work, projects, families and missions, and if you don’t have enough time to form or join a local Messengers group, please consider donating to the work of The Fund for Authentic Journalism, which supports our work. We’d like to purchase more online ads for people searching for Dark Alliance and Gary Webb’s work on the Internet, but are so far limited to a $5-a-day budget! You could make an immediate difference by clicking this link and donating.

This is an exciting moment for the work of authentic journalism and we’d like to share it with you and bring you in to be part of it. Above are some suggestions for how to do that. You may also have ideas of your own and feel free to contact me by email at narconews@gmail.com to share them, and, of course use the same email address to keep us posted on your local organizing efforts around the excellent opportunity the release of this movie provides to inform and involve the greater public in the work of authentic journalism. Let us know, most of all, how we can be helpful to your local organizing efforts.

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A TAINTED DEAL ALLOWED DRUG FLOW
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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10.9.14 LA TIMES -'Kill the Messenger' a cautionary tale for crusading reporters

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-kill-the-messenger-review-20141010-column.html

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Timeskenneth.turan​@latimes.com

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A TAINTED DEAL ALLOWED DRUG FLOW
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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The Family of Gary Webb Arrives at New York Screening of Kill The Messenger at The Museum of Modern Art Oct 9, 2014
http://www.gettyimages.de/detail/nachrichtenfoto/the-webb-family-arrives-at-the-kill-the-messenger-new-nachrichtenfoto/456969646

FREEWAY RICKY ROSS and Michael K. Williams
http://www.gettyimages.de/detail/nachrichtenfoto/author-freeway-ricky-ross-and-actor-michael-kenneth-nachrichtenfoto/456969712

Rosemarie Dewitt and Sue Webb
http://www.gettyimages.de/detail/nachrichtenfoto/actress-rosemary-dewitt-and-sue-webb-arrive-at-the-nachrichtenfoto/456969362

Key Figures In CIA-Crack Cocaine Scandal Begin To Come Forward
Posted: 10/10/2014 7:30 am EDT
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/10/gary-webb-dark-alliance_n_5961748.html

Jerry Ceppos Interview
http://www.nola.com/entertainment/baton-rouge/index.ssf/2014/10/lsu_journalism_dean_depicted_i.html

Jeremy Renner on Live with Kelly and Michael October 10, 2014 (full episode)


Jeremy Renner passed out after 48 hrs promoting his movie
http://www.whosay.com/status/jeremyrenner/1005244?wsref=fb&code=dTu9oVS



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A TAINTED DEAL ALLOWED DRUG FLOW
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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