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 12 months note: First released in 1998
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Major movie in response to darkish Alliance and starring Jeremy Renner, "Kill the Messenger," to be be published in Fall 2014

Dark Alliance is a ebook that are supposed to be fiction, whose characters appear to come directly out of relevant casting: the foreign drug lord, Norwin Meneses; the Contra cocaine dealer with an MBA in advertising, Danilo Blandon; and the illiterate youngster 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 shocked the area with a chain 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, in particular in la. The sequence, titled "Dark Alliance," printed that for the higher a part of a decade, a Bay region drug ring bought a whole lot cocaine to la highway gangs and funneled thousands in drug earnings to the CIA-backed Nicaraguan Contras.

Gary Webb driven his research even additional in his publication, 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 mammoth quantities of gear and cash to alter arms on the cost of our groups.

Webb's unique article spurred an instantaneous outcry. inside of days of ebook, either one of California's senators made formal requests for investigations of the U.S. government's dating with the cocaine ring. for this reason, public demonstrations erupted in L.A., Washington D.C., and ny. Then-chief of the CIA, John Deutsch, made an unparalleled test at situation regulate by means of going to South crucial L.A. to carry a public discussion board. consultant Maxine Waters later stated in George journal, "I was once stunned through 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' web site at the sequence was once deluged with hits--over one million in a single day. A Columbia Journalism Review hide tale referred to as it "the such a lot talked-about piece of journalism in 1996 and arguably the main famous--some could say infamous--set of articles of the decade."

Webb's personal stranger-than-fiction event can also be woven into the publication. His excoriation by means of the media--not as a result of any wrongdoing on his half, yet by means of an insidious strategy of innuendo and advice that during influence blamed Webb for the consequences of the story--had been all yet expected. Webb used to be warned off doing a CIA divulge via a former Associated Press journalist who misplaced his task whilst, years prior to, he had stumbled onto the germ of the "Dark Alliance" tale. And notwithstanding inner investigations by way of either the CIA and the Justice division finally vindicated Webb, he had via then been driven out of the Mercury News and long past to paintings for the California country Legislature activity strength on executive Oversight. He died in 2004.

The up-to-date paperback version of Dark Alliance gains 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...

Awards
Winner of the 1999 PEN/Oakland Censorship Award
Winner of the 1999 Firecracker replacement Bookseller (FAB) Award, Politics category
Finalist for the 1999 Bay region booklet Reviewers Awards

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Ultimately, my hope is that the ethnographic insights developed regarding the dynamics of postwar rebuilding, community development, historical memory, and the politicized issue of migration can shed light on what has now become a global postwar development and peace-building industry. For now, I spotlight one case as it unfolds. 1 Entangled Aftermaths Postwar El Salvador is defined by what I term the entangled aftermaths of war and displacement, aftermaths that have produced postwar deception and dis- illusionment.

I remember not being able to correct him. What to make of the notion of pity? Day-to-day events informed by fieldwork practices and in situ theorizing indexed in fieldnotes are at the heart of this book. For example, with increasing violence, with several colleagues attacked in different contexts, with constant stories circulating by Chalatecos about the increasing violence on the highway from San Salvador to Chalatenango and from Chalatenango to Las Vueltas and about masked men pointing guns at busloads of people, and all of this framed by my collection of people’s remembrances of wartime violence, my romance with the country was dwindling.

Additionally, many people I spoke with requested I not use their names, particularly when making critiques of the Left and in discussing their postwar moves. 12 And so I locate my fieldwork site in the department of Chalatenango, the municipality of Las Vueltas, but provide a pseudonym for the repopulated community that is at the heart of this study—El Rancho. Throughout the book, I provide pseudonyms for all residents of the repopulated communities, many who become the axes upon which I tell this story.

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