March 13, 2012


The Complete Malcolm X: malcolmxfiles.blogspot.com “For the better part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of Los Angeles and funneled millions in drug profits to a Latin American guerrilla army run by the US Central Intelligence Agency.” So begins the controversial three part series, published last August, by Gary Webb in the San Jose Mercury News. The story makes the allegation that beyond selling drugs in America in the 1980’s, the US-backed Contra rebels, fighting a Cuban-backed Nicaraguan regime, were largely responsible for introducing crack-cocaine into the US This issue has raised interest to the point that a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has begun hearings on it. The story has been picked up by other news organizations, notably The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times. These two papers question some of Mr. Webb’s sources and his findings, especially regarding the introduction of crack into America, the targetting by Contra dealers of African-American communities and the involvement of the CIA. In his defense, Mr. Webb told The Washington Post that “this (series) doesn’t prove the CIA targeted black communities. It doesn’t say this was ordered by the CIA… Essentially our trail stopped at the door of the CIA.” A 1989 Senate Foreign Relations Committee report that looked into this issue also stopped just short of implicating the CIA. It stated, “There are some serious questions
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