Blacks Were Targeted for CIA Cocaine

Michael C. Ruppert

January 28, 1999

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For a long time, many people have believed that African-Americans
were targeted by the Central Intelligence Agency to receive the
cocaine which decimated black communities in the 1980s. It was,
until now, widely accepted that the case could not be proven because
of two fallacious straw obstacles to that proof. Both lie smack
dab in the misuse of the word “crack” and that is why, in my
lectures, I have strenuously objected to the term “CIA crack”.

First, it cannot and probably never will be established that CIA
had anything to do with the first creation of crack cocaine.
Chemically, that problem could have been solved as a test question
for anyone with a BS in chemistry. The answer: add water and baking
soda to cocaine hydrochloride powder and cook on a stove. A study
of the literature (including articles I wrote 14 years ago for The
U.S. Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence), as opposed to, for
example, that pertaining to LSD, shows no CIA involvement whatever
in the genesis of crack cocaine. Also, there has never been any
evidence provided that CIA facilitated the transport or sale of
crack itself. What is beyond doubt is that CIA was directly
responsible for the importation of tons of powdered cocaine into
the U.S. and the protected delivery of that cocaine into the inner

Another obstacle has been the fact that CIA imported so much cocaine
that, even if every black man, woman and child in the country had
been using it, they could not have used all of what CIA brought
in. Ricky Ross, the celebrated dealer of Gary Webb’s Dark Alliance,
sold approximately four tons of cocaine during his roughly five
years in business. Yet one CIA ring, that of Miguel Angel Felix
Gallardo and Rafael Caro-Quintero, was moving four tons a month.
And that was only a fraction of the total CIA operation.

Leaving the unsupportable arguments aside, is there a supportable
case that CIA directly intended for African-Americans to receive
the cocaine which it knew would be turned into crack cocaine and
which it knew would prove so addictive as to destroy entire
communities? The answer is absolutely, yes.

And the key to proving that CIA intended for blacks to receive the
drugs which virtually destroyed their communities lies in the
twofold approach, of proving that they brought the drugs in and
interfered with law enforcement – AND that, by virtue of CIA’s
relationships with the academic and medical communities, they knew
exactly what the end result would be. Knowing that, we then have
a mountain of proof, especially since the release of volume II of
the CIA’s Inspector General’s Report (10/98) that the CIA specifically
intended and achieved a desired result.

For anyone not familiar with the ways in which CIA studies and
manipulates emerging social and political trends I cannot encourage
strongly enough a reading of The Secret Team by L. Fletcher Prouty,
Col., USAF (ret.).

This article is a start, a beginning on the painful work that needs
to be done to build a class-action lawsuit. Such a suit, by necessity,
will have to include room for all the whites, Asians and Latinos
who also fell prey to cocaine addiction. But this article should
convince any reader that the argument is solid – and winnable. I
thank Gary Webb and Orange County Weekly reporter Nick Schou for
giving me the missing pieces I had waited nineteen years to find….


As a budding LAPD narcotics investigator I was selected in 1976 to
attend a two-week DEA training school in Las Vegas. The diploma I
received from that school, approximately 30% larger than the one
I received from UCLA, hangs above my desk to this day. At that
school I was given the official position of the DEA and the
government, which was that cocaine was less addictive and less
harmful than marijuana. I had only made one arrest for cocaine, a
heroin addict who liked speed balls (heroin and cocaine mixed),
and I had seen it less than a half dozen times in my life.

One of those times was right after my fiance Nordica D’Orsay, a
CIA agent, had broken her ankle in the summer of 1976. Before I
could take her to the emergency room she had to make some urgent
calls from a pay phone equipped with the then new touch-tone
technology. Our home phone was monitored, she said. Having broken
both ankle bones she was in severe pain. She went into her purse
and produced a paper bindle filled with a white crystalline powder.
She rolled a dollar bill and snorted the powder. Her people, she
said, recommended it to treat pain when an agent was wounded or
over-tired and needed extra strength. Once she ingested what was
in the bindle we delayed for about an hour while she made the urgent
phone calls from a gas station. Only then was I permitted to take
her to the hospital. Her ankle had swollen to the size of a
grapefruit. She came out five hours later with a cast from her toes
to her crotch. Who was I to question the CIA?…!searchin/

The CIA and the Crack Cocaine Epidemic

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