Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Cocaine by Gary Webb, Maxine Waters

By Gary Webb, Maxine Waters

Author note: Maxine Waters (Foreword)
Publish yr note: First released in 1998

Major movie in line with darkish Alliance and starring Jeremy Renner, "Kill the Messenger," to be be published in Fall 2014

Dark Alliance is a booklet that are meant to be fiction, whose characters appear to come directly out of relevant casting: the overseas drug lord, Norwin Meneses; the Contra cocaine dealer with an MBA in advertising, Danilo Blandon; and the illiterate teen from the internal urban who rises to turn into the king of crack, "Freeway" Ricky Ross. yet regrettably, those characters are genuine and their tales are true.

In August 1996, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb surprised the area with a sequence of articles within the San Jose Mercury News reporting the result of his year-long research into the roots of the crack cocaine epidemic in the United States, particularly in l. a.. The sequence, titled "Dark Alliance," published that for the higher a part of a decade, a Bay quarter drug ring bought a whole bunch cocaine to l. a. highway gangs and funneled hundreds of thousands in drug earnings to the CIA-backed Nicaraguan Contras.

Gary Webb driven his research even extra in his booklet, Dark Alliance: The CIA, The Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion. Drawing from then newly declassified files, undercover DEA audio and videotapes that had by no means been publicly published, federal court docket testimony, and interviews, Webb demonstrates how our executive knowingly allowed substantial quantities of gear and funds to alter fingers on the fee of our groups.

Webb's unique article spurred a right away outcry. inside of days of booklet, either one of California's senators made formal requests for investigations of the U.S. government's courting with the cocaine ring. for this reason, public demonstrations erupted in L.A., Washington D.C., and manhattan. Then-chief of the CIA, John Deutsch, made an exceptional try out at predicament keep watch over by way of going to South principal L.A. to carry a public discussion board. consultant Maxine Waters later acknowledged in George journal, "I used to be stunned by way of the extent of corruption and deceit and how the intelligence businesses have wisdom of big-time drug dealing."

The allegations in Webb's tale blazed over the web and the Mercury News' site at the sequence used to be deluged with hits--over 1000000 in a single day. A Columbia Journalism Review hide tale known as it "the so much talked-about piece of journalism in 1996 and arguably the main famous--some might say infamous--set of articles of the decade."

Webb's personal stranger-than-fiction adventure can be woven into the e-book. His excoriation by means of the media--not as a result of any wrongdoing on his half, yet via an insidious strategy of innuendo and advice that during influence blamed Webb for the results of the story--had been all yet anticipated. Webb was once warned off doing a CIA reveal through a former Associated Press journalist who misplaced his task while, years prior to, he had stumbled onto the germ of the "Dark Alliance" tale. And notwithstanding inner investigations through either the CIA and the Justice division finally vindicated Webb, he had through then been driven out of the Mercury News and long gone to paintings for the California nation Legislature job strength on executive Oversight. He died in 2004.

The up-to-date paperback version of Dark Alliance beneficial properties revelations in just-released stories from the dept of Justice, inner CIA investigations, and a brand new cache of lately declassified mystery FBI, DEA, and INS...

Winner of the 1999 PEN/Oakland Censorship Award
Winner of the 1999 Firecracker replacement Bookseller (FAB) Award, Politics category
Finalist for the 1999 Bay zone e-book Reviewers Awards

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5 Mexico Independence in Mexico was a long, drawn-out, bloody affair that lasted for over a decade. Mexican independence was initiated through the efforts of a priest, Father Miguel Hidalgo. 6 Hidalgo’s revolutionary plan was simple. He had been meeting for months with another young Mexican Creole, Ignacio Allende. Under the guise of meeting as a literary society, Hidalgo, Allende, and others plotted the overthrow of Spanish authority in Mexico, and the creation of a Mexican Creole government. They planned their revolution for December 8, 1810.

In January of 1811, as Hidalgo tried to escape through northern Mexico—possibly intending to cross the border into the United States—he was captured by the Mexican military. He was subsequently defrocked, tried, condemned, and shot. Following Hidalgo’s death, leadership of his revolution passed to a fellow conspirator, Jos´e Maria Morelos, who was also a priest. But unlike Hidalgo, Morelos was a Mestizo, not a Creole. Morelos attempted to do what Hidalgo had refused to do by laying siege to Mexico City.

All of the continental Western European nations endorsed the plan with the exception of Portugal, which relied heavily on British shipping, trade, and maritime protection. Napoleon was furious with the Portuguese for refusing compliance, and planned an invasion to bring them under his control. However, since France had lost the bulk of its naval fleet at Trafalgar, Napoleon had only one viable option for placing troops in Portugal—he had to march them through Spain. In 1807 Napoleon received permission from Spanish First Minister Godoy to march his troops across Spain en route to Portugal.

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