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CIA Drugs: Gary Webb: Vindicated

Sometimes, they kill the messenger, and the message takes flight, only to return later, with its truth self-evident to a new generation. And then, the messenger is resurrected.

Investigative journalist Gary Webb wrote a series of stories in 1996 for the San Jose Mercury News that documented the US-government-backed Contra insurgents’ drug pipeline into Los Angeles. More importantly, Webb’s reporting revealed that CIA assets were involved in the sale of millions of dollars worth of cocaine in South Central LA to raise funds for the Contras, who in the 1980s, during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, were seeking to overthrow the democratically elected Sandinista government in Nicaragua. The cocaine — transformed into cheap, addictive crack rocks at the street level — hit Los Angeles and spread like the plague. The proceeds from the drug running by the “CIA’s army” were then used to buy weapons for the Contras, fueling more misery and bloodshed in Nicaragua.

The series was pioneering in that the stories and all the documentation also were posted on the Internet, and quickly went viral without the help of the establishment media, creating a national sensation that threatened to buckle the CIA’s pretense. A media smear campaign against Webb, seeded by the CIA, followed on the heels of that threat, a campaign that attacked Webb personally while sidestepping the facts he had uncovered. The major agenda-setting media — including the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times — were unrelenting in their assault, with the Los Angeles Times putting some 17 reporters on the assignment to destroy Webb, the messenger.

The Mercury News’ top editor, Jerry Ceppos, ultimately buckled, threw Webb to the wolves and penned a letter of apology to the readers for the Dark Alliance series. Webb was subsequently banished to a small Mercury News bureau in Cupertino, Calif., south of San Francisco — and some 125 miles from his home and family in Sacramento. He was forced to write stories normally assigned to cub reporters. His career was effectively destroyed, and he would never again get a job with a daily newspaper. He took his own life on Dec. 9, 2004.

“Gary saw the writing on the wall. It took him a long time to sign a resignation letter, and I don’t blame him,” recalls Sue Bell Stokes, Webb’s widow, ex-wife and enduring friend — since they began dating in high school. “Then he finally signed it, on December 10, and that was the day he was found dead, on December 10, seven years later.”

But in Webb’s case, his message did not die. And it has now returned, in the vessel of a major Hollywood movie set to hit theaters nationwide on Oct. 10, starring box-office sensation Jeremy Renner. And that means Webb’s legacy, and his Dark Alliance investigate series, are about to push back hard against the lies and petty self-interests that worked to destroy his life — though they could never vanquish his spirit. You see, you can’t kill the truth, because it survives even death. …

http://www.narconews.com/Issue67/article4763.html

Gary Webb, a prize-winning investigative journalist whose star-crossed career was capped with a controversial newspaper series linking the CIA to the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles, died Friday of self-inflicted gunshot wounds, officials said.

Mr. Webb, 49, was found dead in his Carmichael home Friday morning of gunshot wounds to the head, the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office said Saturday.

https://web.archive.org/web/20041215060449/http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/11744167p-12630255c.html

NEW YORK The death of investigative reporter Gary Webb has been confirmed as a suicide, according to a coroner’s statement. There has been speculation that he may have met with foul play because he had received two gunshot wounds to the head, The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday.

“The cause of death was determined to be self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head,” said a statement issued by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office. “Information and evidence gathered at the scene of death, including a handwritten note indicating an intention on the part of the decedent to take his own life, resulted in ‘suicide’ as the determined manner of death.”

The statement was issued because of numerous calls to the Coroner’s Office following a Bee report Sunday that Webb’s death was caused by more than one wound. A former San Jose Mercury News reporter, Webb was found dead in his Carmichael, Calif., home Friday morning. …

http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/december2004/151204deathconfirmed.htm

CIA Drug Scandal? No Problem for the Fake Media

Eighteen years after it was published, “Dark Alliance,” the San Jose Mercury News’s bombshell investigation into links between the cocaine trade, Nicaragua’s Contra rebels, and African American neighborhoods in California, remains one of the most explosive and controversial exposés in American journalism.

The 20,000-word series enraged black communities, prompted Congressional hearings, and became one of the first major national security stories in history to blow up online. It also sparked an aggressive backlash from the nation’s most powerful media outlets, which devoted considerable resources to discredit author Gary Webb’s reporting. Their efforts succeeded, costing Webb his career. On December 10, 2004, the journalist was found dead in his apartment, having ended his eight-year downfall with two .38-caliber bullets to the head.

These days, Webb is being cast in a more sympathetic light. He’s portrayed heroically in a major motion picture set to premiere nationwide next month. And documents newly released by the CIA provide fresh context to the “Dark Alliance” saga — information that paints an ugly portrait of the mainstream media at the time.

On September 18, the agency released a trove of documents spanning three decades of secret government operations. Culled from the agency’s in-house journal, Studies in Intelligence, the materials include a previously unreleased six-page article titled “Managing a Nightmare: CIA Public Affairs and the Drug Conspiracy Story.” Looking back on the weeks immediately following the publication of “Dark Alliance,” the document offers a unique window into the CIA’s internal reaction to what it called “a genuine public relations crisis” while revealing just how little the agency ultimately had to do to swiftly extinguish the public outcry. Thanks in part to what author Nicholas Dujmovic, a CIA Directorate of Intelligence staffer at the time of publication, describes as “a ground base of already productive relations with journalists,” the CIA’s Public Affairs officers watched with relief as the largest newspapers in the country rescued the agency from disaster, and, in the process, destroyed the reputation of an aggressive, award-winning reporter. …

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/09/25/managing-nightmare-cia-media-destruction-gary-webb/

FBI Says No One Killed at Sandy Hook

Agency publishes crime report showing “0” murders occurred in Newtown in 2012

Recently released FBI crime statistics curiously show that no murders occurred in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, despite reports that numerous schoolchildren and faculty members were slaughtered during a shooting rampage in December of that year.

On December 14, 2012, the world watched in horror as the corporate media reported the deaths of 20 students and 6 staff members at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown at the hands of a deranged 20-year-old.

Internet sleuths immediately took to the web to stitch together clues indicating the shooting could be a carefully-scripted false flag event, similar to the 9/11 terror attacks, the central tenet being that the event would be used to galvanize future support for gun control legislation. Two years later, and scores of politicians and gun control groups have cited the Sandy Hook incident as a pretext to curtail Americans’ Second Amendment rights.

The investigation took an odd turn earlier this year when national school safety consultant Wolfgang Halbig was visited and threatened at his home by homicide detectives after he began reporting on additional inconsistencies in the Sandy Hook narrative, which he believes prove the shooting to be fabricated.

Among 16 questions which Halbig says are key to unlocking the Sandy Hook mystery, Halbig asks, “Why and for what reason would the FBI classify the SHES shooting when they did not classify the Columbine shooting which also was an Active Shooter Mass Casualty Incidents (AS/MCI)?”

Additionally, Halbig questioned why no trauma helicopters were ever summoned to the school, and why paramedics and EMTs weren’t allowed to enter the building to try to save lives.

In contrast to the Connecticut report, the 2012 FBI crime report for the state of Colorado shows that 29 murders occurred in the town of Aurora that year, a figure which takes into account the number of people who died in the Century Theater during the premiere of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight film.

While those who question the official Sandy Hook story have largely been marginalized, the FBI’s own data is now seemingly substantiating their theories.

http://www.infowars.com/fbi-says-no-one-killed-at-sandy-hook/

The FBI also said they never put 9/11 on Osama bin Laden’s rap sheet because they had no evidence he was involved in it.

Also see http://thoughtcrimeradio.net/?s=sandy

They can’t keep their lies straight.

NSA: The Eye of Sauron

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 – The National Security Agency has released hundreds of pages of long-secret documents on the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident, which played a critical role in significantly expanding the American commitment to the Vietnam War.

The material, posted on the Internet overnight Wednesday, included one of the largest collections of secret intercepted communications ever made available. The most provocative document is a 2001 article in which an agency historian argued that the agency’s intelligence officers “deliberately skewed” the evidence passed on to policy makers and the public to falsely suggest that North Vietnamese ships had attacked American destroyers on Aug. 4, 1964.

Based on the assertion that such an attack had occurred, President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered airstrikes on North Vietnam and Congress passed a broad resolution authorizing military action. …

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/02/politics/02tonkin.html

The Psychiatric Secret of Success

 … Psychiatry is not about medicine in the commonly understood sense. Real medicine is guided by the maxim “First, do no harm”, and values the integrity and self-determination of the individual above all else. Instead, psychiatry is about the one thing that shrinks never mention: power. Power imbalances and powerlessness are quite obviously the primary preventable causes of emotional suffering in humanity. Indeed, many if not most cases of “depression” could be more aptly described as “internalized oppression”. Power over one’s own life is a bare minimum requirement for happiness and mental health. Yet psychiatry’s first step is to take away power, to infantilize and objectify the patient and pathologize a hypothetical “disease” which is functionally indistinguishable from the patient itself.

By implicitly and automatically accepting the power status quo and, in effect, enforcing it, psychiatry is a major source of human misery and oppression among the powerless, and a costly and often traumatic detour from emotional healing and “mental health.” Furthermore, despite its supposed campaign against the stigmatization of the “mentally ill,” psychiatry itself is the source of most of that stigma: the “medicalization” of injustice necessarily results in the dehumanization and marginalization of its victims, who are seen as incompetent and without legitimate grievances in the public eye. This process of marginalization has the added benefit of alienating public compassion, which allows shrinks to run their punitive, profitable fiefdoms without outside interference.

Thus the analogy between forced psychiatry and the Catholic Inquisition goes deeper than human rights abuse. In many ways, psychiatry could be said to be the Church of the Status Quo, the medical face of fascism. It’s a powerful and violent tool of social control in a deeply unjust and dysfunctional society.

http://www.stopshrinks.org/winkel/2nader080100.htm

Premiere Institutional Child Abuser Pushing Shock Treatment on Infant Survivors of Obstetrical Abuse

Ok, so I’m talking statistically.  The odds are that these kids started out in life with a huge handicap: being brought into this world under a distillation of centuries of profit-motivated medical quackery with zero feedback from one of the two people involved in every birth.   Even now, obstetrical doctors insist that babies don’t remember, much less imprint the profitable abuse being heaped on them in their most vulnerable hours.   Western obstetrics has turned birth, childhood and motherhood on its head, causing untold suffering and costing billions of dollars in addiction, violence, lost intelligence, allergies, disease etc, for two  reasons: it makes money and they can get away with it.

CHILDREN younger than four who are considered mentally disturbed are being treated with controversial electric shock treatment.

Medicare figures show the use of Electroconvulsive Therapy has tripled in Victoria in the private health sector alone in six years.

A VicHealth report confirms more than 18,000 treatments were conducted in Victoria in 2007-2008.

Federal Government statistics show the use of ECT – an electric shock delivered straight to the brain – in the state’s private health system increased from 1944 treatments in 2001-2002 to 6009 in 2007-2008.

About 12,000 treatments were performed in the public health system last financial year.

Medicare statistics record 203 ECT treatments on children younger than 14 – including 55 aged four and younger. …

http://intcamp.wordpress.com/ect-kids/