Cia california campus culinary institute of america. Ah come on man, i need a bit of evidence to believe that. Why did the cia introduce crack into the black community. In 1996, a bombshell report by journalist gary webb claimed that the central intelligence agency cia supported cocaine trafficking into the u.
San jose mercury news allegations of ciacontra involvement in narcotics trafficking. Central intelligence agency to the introduction of crack cocaine into black neighborhoods with drug profits. It started when webb wrote a series of three articles for the san jose mercury news in 1996 dubbed dark alliance. The igs report cleared the cia of complicity with the innercity crack cocaine trade. Did the cia really introduce cocainecrack to the u. Where did the cia introduced crack to the inner cities in. I has destroyed african american people, culture, and communities. Introduction in august 1996, the san jose mercury news published a series of articles, entitled dark alliance. San jose mercury news published a threepart series of articles titled dark alliance. In his report, webb who had won a pulitzer in 1989 for a different story claimed that the cia was partly responsible for bringing crack cocaine to the united states in the 1980s. Small doses of it are smoked into the lungs and delivered quickly to the brain. The introduction to the first installment of the series read. A powerful series by investigative reporter gary webb of the san jose mercury news says the answer may be yesand the charge.
In my 30year history in the drug enforcement administration and related. On kill the messenger and the ongoing legacy of gary webb in 2014, gary webbs life was memorialized in the biopic kill the messenger, which recounted the tragic turn webbs life took following his controversial series on the ciacrack cocaine connection. The cia, contras, gangs, and crack institute for policy studies. Secret ties between cia, drugs revealed the final call. The articles further alleged that these individuals had used the proceeds from. On june 22, jamaican police arrested christopher dudus coke in the tivoli gardens neighborhood of kingston and immediately delivered him into u. Cia funnels drugs into poor us neighborhoods rt usa news. The following look at the press surrounding the biopic was written by ultracultures andrei burke on. According to the series, blandon was the johnny appleseed of crack in californiadistributing thousands of kilos of colombian cocaine to black dealers like ricky ross. Key figures in ciacrack cocaine scandal begin to come forward. Congress passed laws that created a 100 to 1 sentencing disparity for the possession or trafficking of crack when compared to. The cia, the drug dealers, and the tragedy of gary webb in 1996, journalist gary webb began looking into links between nicaraguas drugrunning contra rebels and the cia. Little did they know that the cia was using them as pawns in a larger scheme by allowing the more affordable drug to come into their neighborhood. Investigative reporter gary webb linked the cia to americas introduction to crack cocaine.
The charges of cia involvement in contra cocaine trafficking were revived in 1996, when a newspaper series by reporter gary webb in the san jose mercury news claimed that the trafficking had played an important role in the creation of the crack cocaine drug problem in the united states. While much of the ciacontradrug story had been revealed years ago in the. How the cias crack cocaine controversy destroyed journalist gary webb nation books, 2006 and. Special reports cocaine, conspiracy theories and the cia. Ciacrack the senate intelligence committee today held a hearing on allegations that the cia played a role in the introduction of crack cocaine into black communites. Jon carroll the cia and crack and that whole deal sfgate. Much like the aids in vending machines, this is moon landing, birther, conspiracy level insanity. Others however argued that this is not true and that its some sort of liberal agenda to demonize reagans term. Here are 10 things to know about gary webb and his report that linked the cia to crack cocaine.
Experience cooking and beverage classes taught by cia experts, curated tasting events and festivals, delicious dining selections. Cia involvement in contra cocaine trafficking wikipedia. Media coverage of ciacontrascocaine media war erupting over cia and cocaine by norman solomon a nationwide media war has broken out this fall, several weeks after a california newspaper reported a chilling story. Crack is not just a black problem, and america is the only country on the planet where crack is associated with black people, so i guess it started in that late 1970s disco culture to the beginning of the uberinclusive 1980s culture. It refuted charges that cia officials knew that their nicaraguan allies were dealing drugs.
Alliance, for the san jose mercury news in california, in august 1996. Webbs series led to three federal investigations, none of which found evidence of any conspiracy by the cia or its employees to bring drugs into the united states. Ciacontracrack cocaine controversy department of justice. A cia interrogator gives inside look at the war on terror. It is one of the most highly additive and destructive drugs in the world. Since the eruption of public protests over the allegation that the cia played a role in promoting crack, ceppos and webb have said that the articles did not draw the conclusion that the cia was. The five were allegedly working with known drug trafficker jorge morales. Gary webb, shadowy origins of crack epidemic, san jose mercury news. Requirements for cia jobs in california cia agent edu. Later in the same region, while the cia was sponsoring a secret war in laos from 1961 to 1975, it was openly accused of trafficking heroin in the area then known as the. Did the cia play a role in launching the crackcocaine epidemic. Preemployment screening all applicants for cia agent jobs in california must not have used illegal drugs within the past 12 months and may not disclose their interest in the cia to family or friends. There was an undercurrent of danger, but it was never as bad as it would get with the introduction of crack, a powerful cocaine.
The cia, the drug dealers, and the tragedy of gary webb. Holder delays release of justice, cia reports on crack. In august 1996, the san jose mercury news published a threepart series of articles titled dark alliance. During the korean war, the first allegations of cia drug trafficking surfaced after 1949, stemming from a deal whereby arms were supplied to chiang kaisheks defeated generals in exchange for intelligence. Bush holds a bag of crack cocaine as he poses for photographers in the oval office of the white house, sept. In october 1998, the cia released a declassified version of hitzs twovolume report, and the cia was cleared of its alleged complicity in the spread of crackcocaine in to the innercities.
This gave rise to gangs, tore black neighborhoods apart, and contributed to the massive international drug mafia we have today. On august 18, 1996, the san jose mercury news published the first installment of a threepart series of articles concerning crack cocaine, the central intelligence agency cia, and the nicaraguan contra. The govt cia invented crack just to target the black man in order to keep him down. This resulted in a number of social consequences, such as increasing crime and violence in american inner city neighborhoods, as well as a resulting backlash in the form of tough on crime policies. The series related to a drug ring in california and its alleged connections to the central intelligence agency ciabacked nicaraguan contra resistance of the 1980s. There is crack addiction and alcohol addiction and prescription pill addiction. It was president harry truman, in whose administration the central intelligence agency was created, who instituted the custom of providing candidates for the presidency with confidential briefings on foreign developments. Carle mentions that the urinals in the mens room at. Hello reddit, i was doing a little research on the crack epidemic of the 1980s and from what i read the cia introduce crack cocaine to the u. Such revelations are likely to illuminate past actions of. Peter kornbluhs testimony at california congressional inquiry 19 october 1996 crack, contras, and the cia. Gary webb, the journalist who busted the cia for selling crack.
California senators barbara boxer and dianne feinstein also took note and wrote to cia director. Freeway rick ross on how he introduced crack to the u. A number of writers have alleged that the united states central intelligence agency cia was. Allegations of a cia connection to crack cocaine epidemic. During the early 1980s, the drug first came into use in south. Decadesold cia crackcocaine scandal gains new momentum. On august 18, 1996, the san jose mercury news published the first installment of a threepart series of articles concerning crack cocaine, the central intelligence agency cia, and the nicaraguan contra army. Committee members heard testimony concerning allegations that the. Further, meeting the minimum requirements for cia jobs in california includes being able to pass a topsecret security clearance, a. Culinary degrees in california culinary institute of america.
Ciacontracrack cocaine controversy table of contents. Located in the heart of downtown napa, the cia at copia is the ultimate destination for exploring, experiencing, and enjoying the world of food, wine, art, and community. For nearly a decade the cia spread crack cocaine in black neighborhoods to fund their proxi nicaraguan contra army. Central intelligence agency facilitated the introduction and spread. In another instance, the cia received allegations that five members of the democratic revolutionary alliance adren those fighting along the border of nicaragua and costa rica were involved in drug trafficking. Oig analysis of allegations regarding blandons and meneses relationship with the contras and the cia. Special reports cocaine, conspiracy theories and the cia in. Back in 1996, gary webb of the san jose mercury news broke a story stating not only that the nicaraguan contras supported by the united states in a rebellion against their leftleaning government were involved in the us crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s, but also that the cia knew and turned a blind eye to the operation. The cia team, he says, also unsuccessfully tried to take out a whole section of the narrative about urinals. Many jamaicans are hoping that coke will now reveal the long history of connections between the countrys political leaders, its business elite, and its gunmen in the street. The series related to a drug ring in california and its alleged connections to the central intelligence agency cia backed nicaraguan contra resistance of the 1980s.701 724 531 540 383 182 447 1179 831 34 708 562 1265 1518 961 1484 328 679 92 1298 1310 439 1604 1043 490 1173 841 204 792 651 876 698 659 760 1167 1344 57 790