Case Study/Gary Webb
See also: Ruppert, Michael BACKGROUND Allegedly committed suicide December 10, 2004 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. 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/ 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 LINKS A - 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/ G, H, I, J, K, L Huffington Post: See also Huffington Post article by Marc Levin: http //www huffingtonpost com/marc-levin/gary-webb-was-right_b_6024530 html Independent: Ex-Wife Bell Says Webb’s Death Was Suicide http //www independent co uk/news/world/americas/susan-bell-a-shameful-secret-history-317908 html 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. M, N, O, P Memory Hole Blog 2014/10/10 Gary Webb Might Have Been Suicided: Possible Mossad/South America drug cartels connection (also in General Notes Section on this website) Excerpt from http //memoryholeblog com/2014/10/10/was-gary-webb-suicided-to-kill-new-book/ 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/ 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/ 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 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 messenger-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:07/10/2017 telegraph, nation, ny times, time; 07/09/2017 consortium news; 06/16/2017; 06/09/2017