Gary Webb (CASE STUDY-8)
BACKGROUND Death When: the night of Dec. 9 or 10 2004 Allegedly committed suicide December 10, 2004 Where: Sacramento, California in his home How: Apparently the main story is two gun shots - one that missed but scraped faced, the second which hit an artery Alternative Suggestion: Murder, Shotgun Timing: The US had recently invaded Iraq the past year, and had an ongoing simultaneous battle with Afghanistan; 9/11 was in 2001, about three years earlier; his Dark Alliance series on cocaine usage by CIA was about eight years prior. Suspicious for suicide story: he was about to move, there were signs he had some hope in this regard; the meticulous detail of showing he was planning a suicide by sending letters -see LA Times-2005/03/16, etc.; apparently he had indicated he felt followed and that had strangers had broken into his house shortly before his death-see BS News. “Then, sometime during the evening of Dec. 9, Webb, age 49, went into his bedroom. He put his driver’s license on the bed next to him and placed an old .38-caliber revolver near his right ear.When he pulled the trigger, the bullet sliced down through his face, exiting at his left cheek, a non-fatal wound. He pulled the trigger again. The second shot, coroner’s investigators believe, nicked an artery. “LA Times-2005/03/16 The fact that Gary had used a .38 was not disclosed until a December 14th Coroner's statement and a follow-up story from the Sacramento Bee were necessitated by the hysterical rumor mongering an unbridled publishing coming from the activist-progressive community. Indy Bay dot org-2004 Dec 20 Michael C. Ruppert Controversy Was Gary Webb murdered or was it a suicide? He was a well known writer who researched and wrote about controversial topics, and might have been touching upon 9/11 and who was behind it around the time of his death. Signs of Planned Suicide From LA Times 2005 Secretly, Webb signed over the titles of his motorcycles and cars to his oldest son. He made his ex- wife a beneficiary on his bank accounts. And, in late fall, he bought a cremation certificate. Webb put his house in Carmichael on the market in November and sold it for $323,000. He promised to vacate the premises by the second week in December. He was facing the prospect of moving back in with his mother. The night that he died, he dropped a box of mementos off at her house. He told her he didn’t think he had anything left to live for. Dark Alliance-San Jose Mercury News In 1996, he wrote a three-part series for the San Jose Mercury News, “Dark Alliance,” that exposed the distribution network, which included the Nicaraguan Contras, responsible for supplying the cocaine that helped kick off South Central Los Angeles’s crack epidemic. The allegations were not new. Earlier, in the 1980s, Robert Parry and Brian Barger reported on the story for AP, which was picked up by then freshman Senator John Kerry, who in 1988 released an extensively documented committee report showing the ways the Contras, backed by Ronald Reagan’s White House, were turning…. https //www thenation com/article/new-york-times-wants-gary-webb-stay-dead/ Names Kristina Borjesson Indy Bay dot org Ricky Ross - Freeway Ricky”, Ricky Ross. A source for Gary Webb. Was in prison. “who [allegedly] was the person who was supplied with CIA cocaine and the biggest known drug dealer in West Coast history… The name “Freeway” came from the fact that he was buying up so much real estate along the harbor freeway in Los Angeles. And when he finally got put away the second time, he didn’t know that the CIA was behind allowing him to become so big.” (BS News) Cele Castillo DEA agent Former DEA agent Cele Castillo concurs that Webb was murdered and that in such a ‘revenge hit’ situation it was common in his experience that the murderers would have likely talked to Webb at length about how and why they were about to kill him. BS News-2004 Susan Bell Ex-wife she indicated he was not doing well before his death His wife discovered Webb’s infidelities and filed for divorce in 2000.(See LA Times 2005) Mary Ann Sharkey former editor (See LA Times 2005) Ralph Frammolino (See LA Times 2005) John D Kerry (See LA Times 2005) Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) issued a 437-page report in 1989, concluding that the Reagan administration had “delayed, halted or interfered” with anti-drug investigations when they conflicted with its effort to help the Contras. Jerry Ceppos (See LA Times 2005) Marc Cooper (See LA Times 2005) Jon Roland Futile Work Groups The Contras were the various U.S.-backed and funded right-wing rebel groups that were active from 1979 to 1990 in opposition to the Marxist Sandinista Junta of National Reconstruction Government in Ni…Webb suggested they received funding through drugs sold by the CIA, and that this lead to crack usage and sales in the US. Sandinista a member of a left-wing Nicaraguan political organization, the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), which came to power in 1979 after overthrowing the dictator Anastasio Somoza. Opposed during most of their period of rule by the US- backed Contras, the Sandinistas were voted out of office in 1990. VIDEOS Youtube Kill the Messenger: Mike Levine and Gary Webb https //www youtube com/watch?v=LG8XNFPBPUs 1998 On Osama BinLaden https //www youtube com/watch?v=M2u9wh_HWf Kill The Messenger https //www youtube com/watch?v=kn10itGL5iM ARTICLES *A* *B* BS News dot info 2004/12/14 Interview of Kevin Booth and Cele Castillo. Alex Jones Radio Show. By Jimmy. [Note from PF: Alex Jones has since gotten in trouble; there are signs he was dishonest and flaky, Excerpt: e was shot-gunned in the face – something that the major newspapers aren’t reporting. But I have this from direct sources in Sacramento and some of Gary’s best friends and associates. It’s just unbelievable. He was shot- gunned in the face. And then movers who were coming to the house found a note on the door saying “Don’t Come in, Call 911, Call an Ambulance.” …But he did tell me that Gary knew he was being followed. Every time he drove some where, there were always cars following him around. He said he knew it was government people. Several times he came home to his apartment, his two-story apartment, late at night, and a guy would come shimmying down a drainage pipe off of his balcony. You could tell he wasn’t a burglar. It was obviously somebody probably in his apartment rummaging around looking at documents or looking at his computer…And we talked off air and he was described as kind of a Special Forces type, you know really fast going down the pipe. .. Gary described the men around his home as ‘professionals’ who jumped from his balcony and ran away when Gary confronted them. [Note from PF: it seems unlikely that a drainage pipe could be strong enough to hold a man coming down it; I suspect such pipes are usually minimally tacked down; also, how could one know for sure someone was a professional (government agent, SOF or hit man) just by looking? Is this the convict’s lie or Webb’s real suggestions about who he thought was following him and breaking into his home?] *C* Consortium News: The warning in Gary Web’s Death. By Robert Parry (originally 12/09/2011; published again 12/09/2012) https //consortiumnews com/2012/12/09/the-warning-in-gary-webbs-death-2/ Excerpt: Looking back at CIA cables from the early-to-mid-1980s, you can already see the bias dripping from the analytical reports. Any drug accusation against the leftist Sandinistas was accepted without skepticism and usually with strong exaggeration, while the opposite occurred with evidence of Contra cocaine smuggling; then there was endless quibbling and smearing of sources. https //consortiumnews com/2012/12/09/the-warning-in-gary-webbs-death-2/ Counterpunch - article referred to in Fair, but seems no longer online https //www counterpunch org/2014/10/17/THE-CIA-THE-PRESS-AND-THE-HUNT-FOR-SMOKING-GUNS/ *D* *E* *F* Fair 10/21/2014 By Peter Hart http //fair org/media_criticism/wash-post-webb/ Futile Work also see memory Hole Was Gary Webb 'Suicided' To Kill New Book?12/27/2004By Charlene Fassa *G* *H* Huffington Post: See also Huffington Post article by Marc Levin: http //www huffingtonpost com/marc-levin/gary-webb-was-right_b_6024530 html *I* Independent: http //www independent co uk/news/world/americas/susan-bell-a-shameful-secret-history-317908 html Indy Bay By Michael Ruppert (who was later found dead of either suicide or murder himself) Excerpt: Then I drove to a nearby Doubletree Hotel and met Gary's family. I note that not one of the so-called journalists eager to cry murder -- especially radio demagogue and sensationalist fear monger Alex Jones (See Below) -- bothered to pick up the phone, send an email or make any attempt to contact the family or any agency for their observations, wishes or facts. Not the slightest concern was shown by any of them for an already devastated family. The wounded were kicked and exploited when they were already down. For this there can be no forgiveness and no pardon. In other words, one of the most fundamental tenets of journalism - one that Gary himself would have honored and demanded - was completely ignored by people who demonstrated that they have no class, zero judgment and not the slightest thought for anything but their own self-serving needs. Here are the facts: Gary Webb fired two shots from a .38 caliber revolver into his own head. The entrance wounds for both shots were at or near the right ear. However, for the first shot Webb had the gun angled downward which produced a through-and-through wound blowing out his lower left jaw. This was obviously not a fatal wound. His second shot, angled upward, successfully reached the brain, killing him instantly. IPS Institute for Policy Studies 1996/11/01 The CIA, Contras, Gangs, and Crack. By William Blum Based on a year-long investigation, reporter Gary Webb wrote that during the 1980s the CIA helped finance its covert war against Nicaragua's leftist government through sales of cut-rate cocaine to South Central L.A. drug dealer, Ricky Ross. long%20investigation,%20reporter%20Gary%20Webb,to%20South%20Central%20L.A.%20drug%20dealer,%20 Ricky%20Ross. Excerpt: In August 1996, the San Jose Mercury News initiated an extended series of articles linking the CIA’s “contra” army to the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles. Based on a year-long investigation, reporter Gary Webb wrote that during the 1980s the CIA helped finance its covert war against Nicaragua’s leftist government through sales of cut-rate cocaine to South Central L.A. drug dealer, Ricky Ross. The series unleashed a storm of protest, spearheaded by black radio stations and the congressional Black Caucus, with demands for official inquiries. The Mercury News‘ Web page, with supporting documents and updates, received hundreds of thousands of “hits” a day. While much of the CIA-contra-drug story had been revealed years ago in the press and in congressional hearings, the Mercury News series added a crucial missing link: It followed the cocaine trail to Ross and black L.A. gangs who became street-level distributors of crack, a cheap and powerful form of cocaine. The CIA’s drug network, wrote Webb, “opened the first pipeline between Colombia’s cocaine cartels and the black neighborhoods of Los Angeles, a city now known as the ‘crack’ capital of the world.” Black gangs used their profits to buy automatic weapons, sometimes from one of the CIA-linked drug dealers. long%20investigation,%20reporter%20Gary%20Webb,to%20South%20Central%20L.A.%20drug%20dealer,%20 Ricky%20Ross. *J* *K* *L* LA Times 2005/03/16 WRITTEN IN PAIN BY TINA DAUNT TIMES STAFF WRITER %20a%20controversial%20figure%20in%20American,scathingly%20about%20the%20CIA%20nine%20years%20ago.%20Ad vertisement Lew Rockwell 2010 note from PF: this is a left-leaning biased writer *M* Memory Hole Blog 2014/10/10 Was Gary Webb Suicided to Kill New Book? Byconcettafannin2 [Note from PF: As of 2022/05/25 this website and article are still up on the internet. In looking over other articles associated with Memory Hole, there is a strong anti-CIA/CIA conspiracy aspect; it will spend time on anti-Mossad possibilities; This resource entry was moved over time from my other websites (PF related) to PF. Gary Webb Might Have Been Suicided: Possible Mossad/South America drug cartels connection (also in General Notes Section on this website)] http //memoryholeblog com/2014/10/10/was-gary-webb-suicided-to-kill-new-book/ Excerpt: So I’m going to get a little help from my friends at Liberty Lobby Forum. The rumor mill was churning hot and heavy at Liberty Forum and Webb’s death was addressed with an attention-grabbing post: Did the Israelis pay a Visit to Webb? To summarize: allegations are made that Webb was working on a new book exposing the hidden Jewish element that is the controlling factor behind drug trafficking in South America. Apparently, a huge drug war in South America is about to erupt. It’s characterized as a massive power grab against South American Jewish-drug-lords. According to this scenario, Hugo Chavez is playing the foil, and is planning to clean-up drug trafficking in his neighborhood, or at least look as though he is, by militarily moving against Columbia. The prize is control over the illicit $50 billion cocaine and marijuana market. According to this speculation, Webb was “suicided” by Mossad because he was getting ready to break this story via his new book. Is the above true? I have no idea. I’ve not been involved with any research about South American drug trafficking. But, I do know and it has been reported that Chavez has purchased MIG-29’s from Russia. And at this point, it’s anyone’s guess as to what Gary’s alleged book contains. One thing is for sure, this sort of material would be his bailiwick. Does this information merit further investigation? I think it does, although some may disagree. I’m merely bringing this to the attention of serious researchers and truth seekers. It’s up to them to decide if the material merits more study. AND: It centers on Ross’ comments after learning about Gary Webb’s alleged “suicide”. In the recorded phone conversation, Freeway Rickey corroborates what Luis Gomez tells us: Gary was working on a project. Additionally, we learn via Rickey that Gary had told him that he was receiving death threats and harassment from government types. AND: Jon Roland, constitutional reporter, who had an email dialogue with Gary): “I spoke to Gary and in the conversation he indicated he had a lot of evidence that did not appear in his writings. I cautioned him that the CIA might contrive to “suicide” him, and he indicated that if he died it would not be suicide.” As to when he had this contact with Gary: Jon said, “after the Mercury articles were written, and Gary had been living in Sacramento 3 or 4 months.” Jon also reiterated that Gary had a cache of evidence, left over from his writings that had never been published, which made him concerned for Gary’s life.” http //memoryholeblog com/2014/10/10/was-gary-webb-suicided-to-kill-new-book/ *N* A New Kind of Human 2017/02/27 Gary Webb : Murdered For Exposing The Truth? Gavin Nascimento [still on internet 2022/05/25] Narcosphere Gary Webb: Do What He Did and notes on suicide in general http //narcosphere narconews com/notebook/al-giordano/2004/12/gary-webb-do-what-he-did The Nation 2014/11/07 Racism Drove the Backlash Against Gary Webb (Greg Grandin http //www thenation com/blog/190193/racism-drove-backlash-against-gary-webb 2014/10/10 New York Times Wants Gary Webb to Stay Dead. By Greg Grandin Many journalists went after Webb, destroying his reputation and driving him out of the profession and into a suicidal depression. Now they’re at it again. https //www thenation com/article/new-york-times-wants-gary-webb-stay-dead/ The New American 2013 Suspicions Growing Over Death of Journalist Probing NSA and CIA Abuses by Alex Newman July 8, 2013 New York Times 2014/10/05 Kill the Messenger recalls a reporter wrongly disgraced https //www nytimes com/2014/10/05/movies/kill-the-messenger-recalls-a-reporter-wrongly-disgraced html *O* *P* *Q* *R* Rense - Charlene Fassa ( - see 12-10-2005, parts one and two. (see Notes Section 6/19/2015) Rense: Webb And... on his murder (not a suicide) It should be clear to most that at the time of his death Gary Webb had evolved into a high profile dissident, a full fledged "enemy of the state." Although it's true Webb wasn't the first journalist to uncover the CIA's extensive involvement in drug trafficking, he was the first mainstream journalist to uncover and publish his well documented findings in a major USA newspaper, revealing to the general public that the CIA's covert participation in drug trafficking had come home to roost in America. And...on Webb’s writings on CIA and drugs in LA area: Introduction to the original Dark Alliance website, August, 1996: "For the better part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of Los Angeles and funneled millions in drug profits to a Latin American guerrilla army run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, a Mercury News investigation has found. "This drug network opened the first pipeline between Colombia's cocaine cartels and the black neighborhoods of Los Angeles, a city now known as the crack capital of the world." Note: For those not familiar with the "Dark Alliance" series you can read it here: *T* Telegraph By Alex Hannaford 03/2015 Time *W* Washington Post: Gary Webb - alternative view on his CIA-contras link 2014/10/17/026b7560-53c9-11e4-809b-8cc0a295c773_story.html Wired: Filmmaker claims CIA kept innocent man jailed to cover up drug trafficking. By Liat Clark (04/22/2013) Video clip in this article: Gary Webb on C.I.A. Trafficking of Cocaine Excerpt on Tyree, etc: An affidavit allegedly penned a few months later by Colonel Edward Cutolo -- in command at Fort Devens -- recounts a far more sinister motive. It details his, Tyree's, and CIA and Army personnel's involvement in and knowledge of Special Forces missions enabling the transportation of cocaine from Colombia to Panama's Albrook Army Airfield to help in the funding of, among other things, Manuel Noriega's apparent fight against communism. It also recounts details of surveillance at Tyree's home that would have exonerated the private. Updates:2022/5/25-26; 07/10/2017 telegraph, nation, ny times, time; 07/09/2017 consortium news; 06/16/2017; 06/09/2017
Background o Death o Controversy o Dark Alliance-San Jose Mercury News-1990s exposed drug distribution network Videos o Kill the Messenger: Mike Levine and Gary Webb Articles o 2011-The warning in Gary Web’s Death. Robert Parry-Consortium News o Counterpunch-THE-CIA-THE-PRESS-AND-THE-HUNT-FOR-SMOKING-GUNS/ [note from PF: seems no longer online] o o Gary-Webb-was-right_Huffington Post o New-York-Times-wants-gary-webb-stay-dead-The Nation o Ex-Wife Bell Says Webb’s Death Was Suicide-Independent o was-gary-webb-suicided-to-kill-new-book-Memory Hole Blog o 2017-Gary Webb : Murdered For Exposing The Truth? Gavin Nascimento o 2014-Gary Webb was no journalism hero, despite what ‘Kill the Messenger’ says- Washington Post-Jeff Leen o 2014-Fair-Peter Hart o The New American o 2013 Suspicions Growing Over Death of Journalist Probing NSA and CIA Abuses by Alex Newman o 2005-WRITTEN IN PAIN LA Times BY TINA DAUNT o 2004-Evidence Begins To Indicate Gary Webb Was Murdered BS News By Jimmie See also: Michael Ruppert; Aaron Russo;
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