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The undoing of Gary Webb and today’s news organizations

My impression of Gary Webb was that, in addition to being a novice to tumultuous Central American politics, he was dead set on his thesis that the Contras originated the crack cocaine epidemic in the United States.

Reviving the messenger: Gary Webb’s tale on film

Dark Alliance rattled a lot of cages – it led to a Congressional investigation, and ultimately a CIA Inspector General’s report, which would corroborate some of Webb’s findings. But the San Jose Mercury News’ scoop also shook up a lot of the newspaper world. The New York Times, L.A. Times, and The Washington Post all went after Gary Webb to tear down his credibility and that of the story.

In the war on terror, CIA turned to toys

The goal of the short-lived project was simple: spook children and their parents, causing them to turn away from the actual bin Laden.

White House mistakenly identifies CIA chief in Afghanistan

The CIA's top officer in Kabul was exposed Saturday by the White House when his name was inadvertently included on a list provided to news organizations of senior U.S. officials participating in President Barack Obama's surprise visit with U.S. troops.

US Senate panel votes to release CIA interrogation report

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Senate Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to make public a long-awaited report that concludes that the CIA's use of brutal interrogation measures did not produce valuable intelligence and that the agency repeatedly misled government officials about the severity and success of the program.

27 years later, CIA pilot tells of using secret Costa Rican airstrip to traffic guns, cocaine

They seemed like isolated events unfolding in the chaos of Central America in the 1980s. But now, the pieces of the puzzle are fitting together.

Reagan administration, CIA complicit in DEA agent’s murder, say former insiders

Former DEA El Paso boss: Agent Camarena had discovered the arms-for-drugs operation run on behalf of the Contras, aided by U.S. officials in the National Security Council and the CIA, and threatened to blow the whistle on the covert operation.

Doctors complicit in torture at CIA, military prisons: study

The Defense Department and the CIA demanded that the health care personnel "collaborate in intelligence gathering and security practices in a way that inflicted severe harm on detainees in U.S. custody."

Reports: CIA present during U.S. drug agent’s torture, murder

After the high-profile 1985 assassination, a CIA pilot helped Mexican drug kingpin Rafael Caro Quintero escape to Costa Rica, new reports claim.

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