Investigative journalist Gary Webb speaks to a packed house

Investigative journalist Gary Webb speaks to a packed house
Mon Dec 13, 2004 04:04


Gary Webb on CIA drug dealing and press censorship


Investigative journalist Gary Webb speaks to a packed house on the CIA's connection to drug trafficking, and the failure of the media to expose the truth.

by Charles Overbeck
Matrix Editor

When the Nicaraguan contras began to covertly fund their war against the Sandanistas by selling drugs and guns to California street gangs, the Central Intelligence Agency turned a blind eye. While black neighborhoods were being ravaged by the crack cocaine plague, CIA operatives actively participated in this devastating drug explosion, protected from prosecution by a secret agreement between the Department of Justice and the CIA. The bastards knew it was happening, and they did nothing to stop it. Once again, human rights and human life took a back seat to "national security" considerations.

Nevertheless, thanks to investigative journalists like Bob Parry and Gary Webb, the story got out. When Webb's "Dark Alliance" series was released on the Internet by the San Jose Mercury News, the scandal ripped across USENET and the Web like a wildfire. Yet three years later, we're still fighting to get all the answers from a government that would prefer to flush the whole matter as quickly as possible.

On January 16, 1999, Webb spoke to a packed house at the First United Methodist Church in Eugene, Oregon. Approximately 300 people listened with rapt attention as Webb recounted his investigation of the CIA's connections to contra drug trafficking. Webb's presentation was followed by an intense question-and-answer session, during which he candidly answered questions about the "Dark Alliance" controversy, his departure from the San Jose Mercury News, and CIA/contra/crack secrets that still await revelation.



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Gary Webb - R.I.P.
By Steve Young,
Posted on Sun Dec 12th, 2004 at 09:22:31 PM EST
Excerpt from an obituary in the Sacramento Bee:

Gary Webb, a prize-winning investigative journalist whose star-crossed career was capped with a controversial newspaper series linking the CIA to the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles, died Friday of self-inflicted gunshot wounds, officials said.

Mr. Webb, 49, was found dead in his Carmichael home Friday morning of gunshot wounds to the head, the Sacramento County Coroner's Office said Saturday.

He left a note, but officials would not disclose its contents.

"I'm still in a state of shock," said Tom Dresslar, who works as a spokesman for California Attorney General Bill Lockyer and had known Mr. Webb for 15 years.

"He was a hard-core, no-fear investigative reporter," Dresslar said. "He wasn't afraid to stand up to whatever authority."


... Ceppos to last year's explosive revelations about CIA complicity in cocaine importation
did not alter or challenge the basic thrust of Gary Webb's assertions. ...

Gary Webb on CIA drug dealing and press censorship



-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: Gary Webb, Dead at 49 - Linked CIA to Drug Sales
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 01:05:51 EST

It is weird that so many are dead "by suicide" that expose corruption. Oracle, Enron, Carlyle, Bush, Clinton connections to San Bernardino county and California doings connecting the banking and corporations who have elected officials in key positions to get contracts and state, federal funding. All feed at the trough and all justify their actions. Judges are normally paid off in property or favors to their children, they also use ficticious names. Ex: Riverside County board of supervisor Tavaglione has cousing or nephew as a "contractor", Hansberger clan has business with Canada (lumber, MTBE (changed name so wouldn't be noticable, but still is party of genecide of the masses agenda-global style), judge krug (kruger, Saunders, as Sanders or by middle name, Larson as Lawson and etc.P)Hansberger's in Yuma have electric, heating and cooling throughout U.S. by different contractors name, and developments, Centex had a case in supreme court. Denial of opportunities and specific contracting to raise prices of contract or products (Scalia, O'Connor). The monopoly on concrete, cement is very well known /with Mitsubishi hidden contracts paid by U.S. To China, Japan as well as Corporate structure of Robertson's, Emerich, Rancho and etc. Isn't it weird that a husband and wife die so easily after a lover quarrel and both are shot in the head. It is definately weird that so many are connected to properties, real estate, water, and non-profits for profit and are found in many construction ditches and after fires?

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