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 according to 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 instantly out of valuable 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 develop 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 USA, in particular in la. The sequence, titled "Dark Alliance," printed that for the higher a part of a decade, a Bay region drug ring offered a whole lot cocaine to la highway gangs and funneled thousands in drug gains to the CIA-backed Nicaraguan Contras.

Gary Webb driven his research even additional in his ebook, Dark Alliance: The CIA, The Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion. Drawing from then newly declassified records, undercover DEA audio and videotapes that had by no means been publicly published, federal courtroom testimony, and interviews, Webb demonstrates how our executive knowingly allowed tremendous quantities of substances and cash to alter arms on the price of our groups.

Webb's unique article spurred a right away outcry. inside days of e-book, either one of California's senators made formal requests for investigations of the U.S. government's courting with the cocaine ring. accordingly, public demonstrations erupted in L.A., Washington D.C., and ny. Then-chief of the CIA, John Deutsch, made an unparalleled try at quandary keep watch over via going to South significant L.A. to carry a public discussion board. consultant Maxine Waters later stated in George journal, "I used to be surprised via the extent of corruption and deceit and how the intelligence enterprises 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 was once deluged with hits--over 1000000 in a single day. A Columbia Journalism Review disguise tale known as it "the so much talked-about piece of journalism in 1996 and arguably the main famous--some may say infamous--set of articles of the decade."

Webb's personal stranger-than-fiction adventure can also be woven into the publication. His excoriation by way of the media--not due to any wrongdoing on his half, yet via an insidious means of innuendo and recommendation that during impression blamed Webb for the consequences of the story--had been all yet envisioned. Webb was once warned off doing a CIA disclose via a former Associated Press journalist who misplaced his activity while, years sooner than, he had stumbled onto the germ of the "Dark Alliance" tale. And even though inner investigations through either the CIA and the Justice division finally vindicated Webb, he had by way of then been driven out of the Mercury News and long gone to paintings for the California country Legislature job strength on executive Oversight. He died in 2004.

The up-to-date paperback version of Dark Alliance good points revelations in just-released studies 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 sector ebook Reviewers Awards

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