Compiled by Jamie
(Gary Webb, investigative journalist)
"You can't believe the government on anything. And you especially can't believe them when they're talking about important stuff."
Gary Webb was a Pulitzer-prize winning American investigative journalist, best known for his 1996 articles titled "The Dark Alliance," published in the San Jose Mercury News and later turned into a book. Webb investigated the Nicaraguans and their link to the CIA-backed Contras who were smuggling Cocaine into the United States.
Webb was born to a military family in Corona, California, and began writing editorials for his high school newspaper. Webb loved writing so much he attended the journalist school of Northern Kentucky University after he graduated from high school.
"It is one of the most bizarre alliances in modern history: the union of a U.S. backed army attempting to overthrow a revolutionary socialist government and the Uzi-toting "gangstas" of Compton and South Central Los Angeles."
From the introduction to the original Dark Alliance website
In August of 1996, the San Jose Mercury News published Webb's story "The Dark Alliance," a three-part series covering the Nicaraguan drug traffickers who sold crack cocaine in Los Angeles during the 1980's. Webb claimed that the drug money earned from this operation helped fund the CIA-backed Contras. The series revealed that this was going on for the better part of a decade and Webb demonstrates how our government knowingly allowed this money to change hands at the expense of our communities. Webb supported his story with documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, including a 450-page declassified version of an October 1988 report concluded by CIA Inspector General Frederick Hitz (see my pages MK-ULTRA and Operation Mockingbird). Click the link below to read the entire series:
After these series of articles were written their was an immediate backlash of criticism. Webb was fired from his job and never found another as a journalist because no newspaper in the country would hire him.
"Do we have a free press today? Sure we do. It's free to report all the sex scandals it wants, all the stock market news we can handle, every new health fad that comes down the pike and every celebrity marriage or divorce that happens. But when it comes to the real down and dirty stuff -- stories like Tailwind, the October Surprise, the El Mozote massacre, corporate corruption or CIA involvement in drug trafficking -- that's where we begin to see the limits of our freedoms."
The Mighty Wurlitzer, chapter 14
(see my page Operation Mockingbird)
"What I've attempted to demonstrate in my book was how the collapse of a brutal, pro-American dictatorship in Latin America, combined with a decision by corrupt CIA agents to raise money for a resistance movement by any means necessary, led to the formation of the nation's first major crack market in South Central Los Angeles, which led to the arming and the empowerment of L.A.'s street gangs, which led to the spread of crack to black neighborhoods across the country, and to the passage of racially discriminatory sentencing laws that are locking up thousands of young black men today behind bars for most of their lives."
Speaks on CIA Connections to Contra Drug Trafficking
"After spending three years of my life looking into this, I am more convinced than ever that the U.S. government's responsibility for the drug problems in South Central Los Angeles and other inner cities is greater than I ever wrote in the newspaper."
(Gary Webb on CIA Trafficking of Cocaine)
"The Gary Webb murder. Impossible to commit suicide by shooting yourself TWICE in the head. The second shot was just to make sure everyone knew this was a state sanctioned hit, and to leave it alone. Which everyone did. Old news, I know, but what the hey."
Webb was found dead of a gunshot wound on December 10, 2004, and the initial reports all called it an apparent suicide, despite the fact that there was no details or reasons why Webb would have taken his own life. The Sacramento coroner's office confirmed that Webb had been shot two times in the back of the head in a statement released a few days later.
Ray Horton of the Humboldt County coroner's office said in an interview for KMUD radio that "the flags go up" at his office when a suicide victim is shot twice. Two-shot suicides almost always involve smaller caliber weapons, Horton said, adding that the fact that a .38 was used in Webb's death "should be highly suspicious."
"I think George [H.W.] Bush is deep into it, well over his head. Somebody asked me once, if I thought George Bush knew about as much as what was going on as Ronald Reagan? I think George Bush knew a lot more about what was happening in the CIA, because I think Reagan was more removed from that by his own personality...but I think George Bush, through his office and the fact that he was head of the CIA, I think very, very close to it and knows exactly what was happening."
Ron Paul, 1988
on CIA drug trafficking
(Is the CIA involved in drug trafficking?)
(Gary Webb on CIA Drug Trafficking)