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Uploaded on Jun 8, 2008

A Gulfstream II jet that crash landed in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula in late September bearing a load of nearly four tons of cocaine. This particular Gulfstream II (tail number N987SA), was used between 2003 and 2005 by the CIA for at least three trips between the U.S. east coast and Guantanamo Bay — home to the infamous "terrorist" prison camp — according to a number of press reports.

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Gary Webb uncovered that the CIA was responsible for distributing cocaine into poor Los Angeles neighborhoods. Shortly after Webb exposed the CIA, he was killed (the official story is that he committed suicide by shooting himself twice in the head).

War is profitable, and the so-called "War on Drugs" is no different. Government agencies make money in every part of the process: from sale, to seizure, to incarceration. America has 25% of the world's incarcerated population, and a higher percentage of its black population in prison than South Africa did at the height of apartheid.

Gary Webb's book, Dark Alliance, did make the connection between the Reagan administrations support for the Contras (some of which were involved in drug running) and the crack explosion that was going on in L.A. at the time. A subsequent John Kerry led congressional investigation into the matter confirmed that CIA operatives knew that some Contras were involved in drug running and they looked the other way (or in some cases helped get them out of trouble) because they thought their anti-communist crusade was more important. That is quite different from saying that the CIA was distributing cocaine in Los Angeles - not even Gary Webb said that. The other commenter who pointed out Gary Webb's fall, family problems and depression was right. If you want a critical, but real journalistic take on what is going on with this story (as well as a touching tribute to Gary by one of the people who worked with him), you should head over to http://www.narconews.com/. They are all over this story. And no I don't work for Narconews. I studied human rights violations related to the drug war in Latin America and am very familiar with Gary Webb and all the other people who work on this issue.

Why oh why doesn't the CIA get more heat for their central role in the corruption scandal(s) that support America's imperialistic foreign, as well as domestic, policies?

Is it because of their nice title: Central "Intelligence" Agency? What if we called them what they really are: Central Eavesdropping, Torturing, Drug-running, Gun-smuggling Agency?

Maybe then people would be able to recognize their crimes and demand they be held accountable.

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