CIA and Drug-Trafficking by Contra Supporters

[…] have dealt with the problem of drug-traffickers who owe their prominence and protection to their involvement with CIA-backed covert operations. The most relevant of these books is Cocaine Politics, co-authored with Jonathan Marshall and published in 1991 by the University of California Press. (Four of the chapters dealt with the subject of Contras and […]

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Pipe Dreams: the CIA, Drugs, and the Media

[…] public record, of CIA-drug-trafficker complicity. How the story broke The CIA’s latest trials on this issue began in August 1996 with the now notorious series on 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 […]

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Official: CIA does mean Cocaine Importing Agency after all

Official: CIA does mean Cocaine Importing Agency after all On October 8 1998 the CIA’s Inspector General published a report on the recent CIA-cocaine controversy which – apparently – more or less copped the lot, acknowledging that the CIA had ignored drug smuggling by its Contra allies. (See for example The Independent 7 November […]

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Lundy, and, Scotland Yard’s Cocaine Connection

Lundy: The Destruction of Scotland Yard’s Finest Detective Martin Short Grafton, London, 1991 Scotland Yard’s Cocaine Connection Andrew Jennings, Paul Lashmar and Vyv Simson Arrow, London, 1991 The sixties media guru Marshall McLuhan is nowadays generally derided as a fraud.I suspect that most people would found it difficult to accept his statement that television […]

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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 […]

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

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[…] account was published in the San Jose Mercury News. One sheriff’s department document reported that ‘the Blandon organization is believed to be moving hundreds of kilos of cocaine a month in the Southern California area.’ It added that ‘the money goes toward the purchase of arms to aid the “Contra” rebels fighting the civil […]

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Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies and the CIA in Central America (Book review)

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[…] regime. It was simplicity itself: planes flew from America carrying supplies for the CIA’s contra army camped along the Nicaraguan border, and flew back to America carrying cocaine. The authors note in their preface to this second edition, ‘Our conclusion remains that the first target of an effective drug strategy should be Washington itself, […]

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Drugs and Parafascism: Orlando Bosch and Christian David

[…] traffic, since both Lopez Rega and Bosch, along with other high-level security figures in Latin America, have been accused of financing their anti-Communist activities in part through cocaine. (67) Bosch’s daughter and son-in-law, Miriam and Carlos Rogers, were arrested in June 1977 on charges of smuggling cocaine, while his other son-in-law, Ruben Blinder, is […]

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Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies and the CIA in Central America

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[…] in Lobster 24). Since that first edition we have had the great furore over the 1996 stories published in the San Jose Mercury News which claimed that cocaine being consumed in black areas of cities in California was being brought in by a network linked to the CIA via the war against Nicaragua. Quite […]

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Print: Journals and book review

[…] condoned drug smuggling and other criminal activities to further its Central America policy. Among other things, the panel sought to determine if top leaders of the Colombian cocaine cartel escaped arrest because the much ballyhooed “war on drugs” took a back seat to a covert operation designed to discredit the Nicaraguan government – this […]

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