CIA and Drug-Trafficking by Contra Supporters

[…] last Lobster has been the CIA-deals-crack story. The Web site at has an enormous amount of information, including an important piece by Robert Parry, ‘Lost History: Contras, Dirty Money and the CIA.’ Another important background piece is Jack Blum’s testimony to the Senate Select Intelligence Committee last year, which is reproduced in Covert […]

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Persian Drugs: Oliver North, the DEA and Covert Operations in the Mideast

[…] George protested to CIA Director William Casey that he was ‘not going to run this guy’, North liked Ghorbanifar’s ‘neat idea’ of diverting arms profits to the contras via Switzerland. And so the deals continued, supervised by only a handful of NSC, CIA and Pentagon aides. The Bank of Credit and Commerce International Ghorbanifar […]

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Pipe Dreams: the CIA, Drugs, and the Media

[…] crack cocaine in the San José Mercury News. In this series, reporter Gary Webb made the case that the CIA, through the actions of several drug-dealing Nicaraguan contras it had funded, was involved in the introduction of crack into Los Angeles during the 1980s. Parallel stories have appeared in provincial papers before, and been […]

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Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion

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[…] at the University of California at Berkeley. Two years ago Gary Webb touched off a national controversy with his news stories linking the CIA and the Nicaraguan Contras to the rise of the crack epidemic in Los Angeles and elsewhere. His gripping new book, richly researched and documented, deserves an even wider audience and […]

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The Conspirators: secrets of an Iran-Contra insider

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[…] Iran-Contra fund-raising operations in the US were either designed as frauds or were exploited as frauds; that what began as an attempt to raise money for the Contras pretty quickly developed into a vast series of scams in which – as usual – the US tax-payer got royally screwed. These aren’t vague generalisations; he […]

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The CIA: A history of torture

[…] against Nicaragua involved a campaign of terror waged by CIA mercenaries that was nevertheless presented to the world as a liberation struggle. President Ronald Reagan celebrated ‘the contras’ as men in the same mould as the ‘Founding Fathers’ of the United States. This did not stop him trying to subvert the Constitution the Founding […]

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Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the press and ‘Project Truth’

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Robert Parry, The Media Consortium, Arlington, Virginia, USA, 1999 $19.95 (US) $25.00 (Europe) ISBN 1-893517-00-4   Another important book from Parry, author of Trick or Treason about the so-called October Surprise. Parry has two major themes here. The first is the contra-cocaine story which he tried to research as it broke in the 1980s while … Read more

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Israel’s Edwin Wilson

[…] airbase in El Salvador. Rodriguez’s close colleague on the Contra operation, the CIA’s Donald Gregg, was the Reagan administration’s prime channel to Israel on matters regarding the Contras. Former Noriega aide, Jose Blandon, testifying to Senator John Kerry’s subcommittee on Narcotics, Terrorism and International Operations, has alleged that Harari and his network ran a […]

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Official: CIA does mean Cocaine Importing Agency after all

[…] acknowledging that the CIA had ignored drug smuggling by its Contra allies. (See for example The Independent 7 November 1998, ‘CIA turned a deliberate blind eye to Contras’ drug smuggling’. I say ‘apparently’ above because I have not read the report in question.) There is even a reliable report of evidence implicating a CIA […]

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