Saturday, October 11, 2014

Gary Webb "Kill The Messenger" In His Own Words

One of the sadder more galling stories of the second half of the 20th century is getting a little more exposure in the past couple of weeks with the release of a couple of new films. The  story is about the drugs for guns program run by Nicaraguan rebels the with the assistance of the US government. On the one hand Nancy Reagan was telling us to “just say no” and her husband was enacting harsh penalties on people who used crack. At the same time Oliver North, George Bush and his cronies at the CIA were at the very least turning a blind eye towards drugs being imported into the country to finance covert warfare in Nicaragua.

How deep was the governments involvement? We'll never no because it's a story America's so called liberal media covered the story up and drove one man who tried to break the story to kill himself. That man was Gary Webb his story was called “The Dark Alliance” and he and his story are the subjects of the films.

There is a documentary, “Freeway: Crack in the System,” directed by Marc Levin, which tells the story of “Freeway” Rick Ross, crack kingpin in LA during the 1980s and one of the subjects of Webb’s “Dark Alliance” series of reports. Then just released Friday is “Kill The Messenger,” which focuses on Webb's tragic story and features Jeremy Renner in the role of Webb. You can read more about these films and see their trailers by clicking on this link to Huffington Post. One of the sadder more galling stories of the second half of the 20th century is getting a little more exposure in the past couple of weeks with the release of a couple of new films. The  story is about the drugs for guns program run by Nicaraguan rebels the with the assistance of the US government. On the one hand Nancy Reagan was telling us to “just say no” and her husband was enacting harsh penalties on people who used crack. At the same time Oliver North, George Bush and his cronies at the CIA were at the very least turning a blind eye towards drugs being imported into the country to finance covert warfare in Nicaragua.

There is a documentary, “Freeway: Crack in the System,” directed by Marc Levin, which tells the story of “Freeway” Rick Ross, crack kingpin in LA during the 1980s and one of the subjects of Webb’s “Dark Alliance” series of reports. Then just released Friday is “Kill The Messenger,” which focuses on Webb's tragic story and features Jeremy Renner in the role of Webb. You can read more about these films and see their trailers by clicking on this link to Huffington Post. 

We at MindsiMedia first reported on this story about seven years ago om our Mindsi2 YouTube station. Mindsi2 was a station that explored some of America's hidden history. Tracing the growth of the American empire from the Spanish American war onwards. While the stupid name hindered our growth we had a respectable viewership before YouTube terminated it last year. Why it was terminated I don't know it had no strikes one day and the next it was gone.

We have revived the spirit of Mindsi2 at MindsiMedia. On our ChiTownView YouTube station we are uploading videos and collecting them in a playlist we call the old news. Two new clips we have just uploaded deal with Gary Webb and the Contra Drug story. Both of them were part of the Mindsi2 library. “Gary Webb In His Own Words” is an interview that was recorded shortly before he committed suicide in 2002. CIA / Contra Drug Connection? is a clip that tells the wider story of possible CIA involvement in drug running.


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Other places on MindsiMedia where you can explore stories that aren't part of the mainstream are on our web site on the Mindsi 2 / Hidden History page

If your on Pintrest there are several relevant boards on my page there.

We have also blogged here on this subject but to be honest our archives are in a bit of disarray. It's an issue were working on.

One of the first journalists to report on this story, even before Gary Webb was Robert Parry who has the online news magazine Consortium News check it out by following thelink. 



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