Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion|
by Gary Webb (Author)
In July 1995, San Jose Mercury-News reporter Gary Webb found the Big One--the
blockbuster story every journalist secretly dreams about--without even looking
for it. A simple phone call concerning an unexceptional pending drug trial
turned into a massive conspiracy involving the Nicaraguan Contra rebels, L.A.
and Bay Area crack cocaine dealers, and the Central Intelligence Agency. For
several years during the 1980s, Webb discovered, Contra elements shuttled
thousands of tons of cocaine into the United States, with the profits going
toward the funding of Contra rebels attempting a counterrevolution in their
Nicaraguan homeland. Even more chilling, Webb quickly realized, was that the
massive drug-dealing operation had the implicit approval--and occasional
outright support--of the CIA, the very organization entrusted to prevent illegal
drugs from being brought into the United States.
Within the pages of Dark Alliance, Webb produces a massive amount of evidence
that suggests that such a scenario did take place, and more disturbing evidence
that the powers that be that allowed such an alliance are still determined to
ruthlessly guard their secrets. Webb's research is impeccable--names, dates,
places, and dollar amounts gather and mount with every page, eventually building
a towering wall of evidence in support of his theories. After the original
series of articles ran in the Mercury-News in late 1996, both Webb and his paper
were so severely criticized by political commentators, government officials, and
other members of the press that his own newspaper decided it best not to stand
behind the series, in effect apologizing for the assertions and disavowing his
work. Webb quit the paper in disgust in November 1997. His book serves as both a
complex memoir of the time of the Contras and an indictment of the current state
of America's press; Dark Alliance is as necessary and valuable as it is
horrifying and grim. --Tjames Madison --This text refers to an out of print or
unavailable edition of this title.
The Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review, Michael Massing
...a densely researched, passionately argued, acronym-laden 548-page volume.
Paperback: 548 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press; 2Rev Ed edition (May 1999)