Late investigative journalist Gary Webb revealed how the CIA was involved with the drug trade in the USA. He died in 2004.
On December 10, 2004, he was found dead from two gunshot wounds to the head. Sacramento County coroner Robert Lyons asserts that it was suicide, noting that a suicide note was found at the scene although he was unable to explain how Webb could shoot himself twice in the head with a .38 caliber pistol.
There is no evidence the CIA was directly involved with the distribution of drugs in the USA but there is evidence that the CIA had an agreement with Latin American drug dealers where the CIA allowed the drug dealers to transport drugs into America and in exchange for that the CIA would be granted money which would then be used to fund militias in Latin America. These militias sponsored by the CIA were hired by the USA to suppress democratic popular movements and keep areas in Latin America in a state of exploitation by the USA.
In August 1996 the San Jose Mercury News published Webb’s “Dark Alliance,” a 20,000 word, three-part investigative series which alleged that Nicaraguan drug traffickers had sold and distributed crack cocaine in Los Angeles during the 1980s, and that drug profits were used to fund the CIA-supported Nicaraguan Contras. Webb never asserted that the CIA directly aided drug dealers to raise money for the Contras, but he did document that the CIA was aware of the cocaine transactions and the large shipments of cocaine into the U.S. by the Contra personnel.
Prolific author Charles Bowden wrote an article about Gary Webb.
Two years ago, Gary Webb wrote a series of articles that said some bad things about the CIA and drug traffickers. The CIA denied the charges, and every major newspaper in the country took the agency’s word for it. Gary Webb was ruined. Which is a shame, because he was right.
A link to the book Dark Alliance by Gary Webb about CIA involvement in the drug trade.
A link to a book by Charles Bowden about the drug trade and corruption.
The drugs the CIA let into the country contributed to the deaths of many African-Americans in the ghetto, these drugs were part of the crack epidemic.
There was a recent scandal involving the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms(ATF) known as operation fast and furious where ATF agents deliberately allowed guns into the hands of drug cartels. ATF agents were told that they were to allow such things to happen in order to track the guns serial numbers(?) and gain information about the cartels. It was later found that no information was gained from doing that.
There are two possibilities why the ATF did what they did. The first possibility is they were honest about their motivation and they did it to gather intelligence(and the operation was a failure insofar intelligence gathering was concerned). The other possibility is that they were bribed by the drug cartels to look the other way and allow the guns in. A third possibility is that other people in the government were in someway bribed to look the other way and those officials gave some sort of order to ATF officials.
Many of the guns allowed to drug cartels were found at scenes of gruesome crimes.
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