Posts Tagged ‘Central America’

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Elliot Abrams and the absurd paradoxes of American foreign policy

Only in America could a man best known for enacting policies that led to mass murder, participating in a criminal conspiracy to subvert the will of Congress, and helping to plan and execute a war that destabilized an entire region and resulted in more than a hundred thousand deaths be chosen to lead yet another delicate foreign policy mission and then enjoy the fulsome support of the country’s bipartisan national security establishment who passionately defend him as “a leading advocate of human rights and democracy.”

 

Only problem is there are no criminal conspiracies in America. They are defined out of existence.

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The insurgencies in El Salvador and Guatemala were crushed through the slaughter of tens of thousands of civilians. In Guatemala, about 200,000 people perished, including what a truth commission later termed a genocide against Mayan Indians in the Guatemalan highlands. In El Salvador, about 70,000 died including massacres of whole villages

The Bushes’ ‘Death Squads’

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The Dirty Secrets of George H.W. Bush

The Vice President’s illegal operations

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One of the Lamest Comic Books You’ll Never Read

“The Freedom Fighter’s Manual”

“Honduran DC-6 which is being used for runs out of New Orleans is probably being used for drug runs into U.S.”
-Oliver North’s Handwritten Notes

Conspiracy.

Period.

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The Kerry Committee Report. The Kerry Committee Report.

In 1996 San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb published an explosive three-part series, “The Dark Alliance”, on the connection between the genesis of the crack cocaine epidemic in California and across the U.S., to the contras, the CIA-run and Reagan-backed guerrilla army operating out of Nicaragua. The firestorm surrounding Webb’s controversial series prompted outrage among African American communities hard hit by the epidemic, attempts by the media to discredit Webb, three federal investigations, and inspired the recent Hollywood “newsroom thrillerKill the Messenger.

In 1998 the National Security Archive – in its second ever Electronic Briefing Book – posted a collection of declassified documents obtained through the FOIA concerning the meat of Webb’s reporting: that there was official U.S. knowledge of, and collusion with, known drug traffickers connected to the contras. The documents include handwritten notes by National Security Council…

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400-Kilo Drug Bust at Paris Hilton’s Ranch in Costa Rica

 

Business as usual? That’s why people buy 6000 acre ranches with landing strips in Central America. Her parents were there, by the way. As was lots of cash and drugs, seized by the Costa Ricans, not the US DEA.

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Hopsicker makes some connections, and he claims that Barry Seal may have been the getaway pilot in Dallas.

Barry Seal, the CIA camp in Lacombe, & the JFK Assassination

I wish he hadn’t mentioned the World Trade Center, with an unfounded dismissal of thermite (a valid theory with some supporting evidence).

Still, Barry Seal is a key figure in decades of CIA blessed drug trafficking, other conspiracies that need to be exposed.

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New Scientist:

Ground Zero’s fires still burning
11:20 03 December 01
Almost 12 weeks after the terrorist atrocity at New York’s World Trade Center, there is at least one fire still burning in the rubble – it is the longest-burning structural fire in history.

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Patron Saint of Death Squads and Plutocracy, Ronnie Reagan, supported Guatemala and its genocidal rampage that killed 200,000 indigenous men, women and children.  Now the Guatemalan dictator is on trial in his home country for what he did.  It was this obscenity in Central America that first alerted me to the horrors and despicable immorality of US foreign policy.

PBS reports, fairly well, on the ongoing trial.  It can happen in the third world, but American overlords will likely never stand trial for their crimes.

See also: 

What I’ve Learned About US Foreign Policy (2 hrs.)

 

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Ignorance kills.

 

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Gary Webb may finally be vindicated this year with a biopic that tells the story of “Dark Alliance,” Webb’s reporting on the CIA/Contra drug running.  This obviously goes straight to the top of my must-see list.

CIA-Contra Cocaine Scandal: The Tragic Saga of Gary Webb

H. “Corky” Johnson reports:

There’s now practically a cargo plane full of records replete with connections between the CIA and drug trafficking. Was the CIA complicit in the Contra drug trade? Check. Did the CIA and the U.S. pay the same Contra contractors who were also shipping drugs to the U.S.? Check. Did CIA Director William Casey obtain a special dispensation from the Attorney General to allow his Contra-support team to “look the other way” regarding the drug dealing? Check. Did the CIA deliberately deny to other agencies knowledge of Contra-connected dealers? Check.”

Jeremy Renner will play Webb in the film adaptation of Kill the Messenger, by Nick Schou.

“By operating in the subterranean world of arms and drug smuggling, the CIA took us down the rabbit hole where narco-mad hatters weren’t about to give us any straight dope, where the spooks had no clue and didn’t care where this unfettered trafficking would lead and where they were powerless to predict how many lives would be ruined in the country they were sworn to protect.”

Gary Webb took his own life after being hounded out of the journalism profession and his character assassinated by corporate media for daring to go after the Central Intelligence Agency.

“There’s no question in my mind that people affiliated with or on the payroll of the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while in support of the Contras.” -Sen. (now Sec. of State) John Kerry, PBS

 

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I highly suggest you read the above linked article first.  EW has a little more on the production:

“Michael Cuesta (Homeland) will direct, and Peter Landesman (Trade) is writing a script that draws from two books, Kill The Messenger: How the CIA’s Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb by Nick Schou and Webb’s own book, Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion.”

Get the books:

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DARK ALLIANCE: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion [Paperback]

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KILL THE MESSENGER: How the CIA’s Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb [Bargain Price] [Paperback]

 

 

FULL FILM

This is outstanding real history that will never be taught in schools. Iran Contra Scandal investigated. The drug connection exposed. The lies demolished. The Iran Hostage fiasco: George HW Bush’s deal to keep the Iranian held US hostages imprisoned until Reagan was installed in power. The film names names and gets the sources. Crucial US history:

COVER UP: Behind the Iran-Contra Affair

 

Today’s history lesson.

What I’ve Learned About US Foreign Policy(Film Website)

Professor Michel Chossudovsky has a new article entitled, Death Squads in Iraq and Syria. The Historical Roots of US-NATO’s Covert War on Syria.  Some of these previous “death squads” can be seen in the above documentary.  This is essential modern history that every American should already know like the back of his/her hand, and yet is nowhere to be found in US high school history classes.  …And that, my friends, is exactly what’s wrong with America.

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